Softron MovieRecorder 2 (Electronic Download)

Softron MovieRecorder 2 (Electronic Download)

Softron MovieRecorder 2 (Electronic Download)

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Product Highlights

  • Mac-Based Acquisition Application
  • Digitizes Video into QuickTime Clips
  • Up to 8 Ingests (1 License per Ingest)
  • Stores to Multiple Locations at Once
  • Manual and Automatic Recording Schedules
  • Mac / iPhone / iPad Remote Control
  • Edit-During-Ingest Capability
  • Dynamic Memory Buffering
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Softron's MovieRecorder 2 (Electronic Download) is a Mac-based, multi-format acquisition software for television stations and post-production facilities. It digitizes video into self-contained QuickTime reference clips for use in Softron programs and 3rd party programs like Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Server.

MovieRecorder 2 supports up to 8 simultaneous streams, but one license is required for each stream. When clicking on "Add to Cart" to place your purchase, you can enter in the quantity of licenses you'd like to the left of the "Add to Cart" button. When downloading the software, you'll have the option of selecting a Single, Dual, Quad, or Octo version, depending on how many streams you want. Eight licenses will allow you to ingest eight SD or 4 HD streams. Multiple streams will also require multiple capture cards, which can be used on the same or different workstations. Most PCI, Thunderbolt, and ExpressCard cards are supported. (Please click on the Specifications tab for card compatibility details.)

Ingests can be scheduled to automatically take place over time or can be triggered manually, and clips can be stored to multiple locations at the same time. Any number of licenses can be remotely controlled via a supporting app called MovieRecorder Control, which is included, or via MovieRecorder Remote, an app available for purchase at the Apple App Store. MovieRecorder Control is Mac-based, and MovieRecorder Remote is for iPhones and iPads.

MovieRecorder 2 uses dynamic memory buffering, which is less memory-intensive than normally when compressing incoming video streams, and thereby overcomes AFP server file size limitations present in the original MovieRecorder. The MovieRecorder 2 Pro option, sold separately, additionally allows capture of proxy clips and metadata, customization of metadata keys, and batch capture from tape decks.

Main Features
  • Supports ingest of up to 8 SD or 4 HD signals on one Mac (one license per channel required)
  • Supports AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, MOTU, and most other PCI, Thunderbolt, and ExpressCard cards
  • Can be set to perform manual or scheduled recordings
  • A timer can be set to automatically stop a manual recording after a given time
  • Capable of recording to multiple destinations simultaneously (for redundancy)
  • An included application called MovieRecorder Control lets you create Final Cut Pro XML multicam files automatically
Remote Control
  • Any number of licenses can be remotely controlled via MovieRecorder Control or MovieRecorder Remote
  • MovieRecorder Control (Mac) is included, and MovieRecorder Remote (iPhone/iPad) is available for purchase at the Apple App Store
  • AppleScriptable -- you can build your own AppleScripts and control MovieRecorder from 3rd party software
  • 3rd party control works through Telnet, and the protocol is the same as the one for MovieRecorder Control / Remote
  • You can set a recording duration and it gets updated at the end of the recording (longer or shorter)
  • MovieRecorder is compatible with most editing applications, including FCP X, Avid, Premiere
  • You can schedule daily and weekly recordings
  • And you can export/import schedules as XML for 3rd party integration
  • Each schedule item can have its own destination/file name
  • Schedules can be controlled remotely through MovieRecorder Control / Remote
Other Features
  • An AppleScript can be started automatically at the beginning or end of a recording
  • Warnings can be disabled in remote sessions
  • Numbers can automatically be incremented to file names
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System Requirements Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

4 GB for single stream
6 GB for two streams
12 GB for four streams and eight streams

Supported Video Cards:
Please visit for an updated list of supported AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox, MOTU, and other cards/configurations/limitations

Supported Mac Models:
Please visit for an updated list of supported Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini systems
Number of Licenses Required One complete license (with options) is required per stream
Please download the appropriate version -- Single, Dual, Quad, Octo
Supported Files / Codecs Supported:
DV-PAL, DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, DVCPro-PAL, DVCPro 50, Uncompressed 10-bit, Uncompressed 8-bit

The following are supported but require a QuickTime component to be downloaded (please find more details on

AJA 8-bit, AJA 10-bit, Apple ProRes 422 family, Apple ProRes 444, Blackmagic 8-bit (2Vuy), Blackmagic RGB 10-bit, DVCPro HD Interlaced, DVCPro HD Progressive, MPEG IMX (30/40/50), XDCAM EX 1080i, XDCAM EX 1080p, XDCAM EX 720p, XDCAM HD 1080i, XDCAM HD 1080p, XDCAM HD422 1080i, XDCAM HD422 1080p, XDCAM HD422 722p
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