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This version of MovieRecorder 3 for Mac from Softron is an electronic download and includes a single license, meaning it can be used to capture one video stream. MovieRecorder 3 is a video ingest application for Mac that supports up to 8 streams of 1080p HD video on a single computer. In most configurations, the software works in conjunction with a third-party capture card, and has been tested to work with cards from AJA, Blackmagic-Design, and Deltacast. It can be used for on the spot direct to edit capture or you can schedule records, and 24/7 operation is even possible.
You can choose from a number of poplar codecs, including H.264, DNxHD, and ProRes for editing in most NLEs' including Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and Avid. It can also be configured for live streaming or direct upload to a remote FTP server; and a cloud-based backup can even be made while streaming.
Use Thunderbolt and PCIe Capture Cards
Most PCIe, Thunderbolt, and ExpressCard/34 capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, and Deltacast are supported by MovieRecorder 3. It is possible to use multiple cards in aggregate for multi-stream ingest
Record Multiple Streams on One Mac
With MovieRecorder you can record up to 8 streams of HD video on a single Mac. Thanks to Thunderbolt and PCIe expansion chassis, the only limitations are the CPU performance and of course storage space. For capturing more than 8 streams, it is even possible to link several computers but ingest everything onto a single workstation
Note: One complete license required per stream of video you wish to capture. This version includes 1
Edit While Ingesting
When used with Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro it is possible to start editing the footage while it is still ingesting. Ingest options offered include recording to multiple destinations simultaneously for redundancy and recording the same source in multiple codecs. Plus when capturing via a supported I/O device from AJA, Blackmagic Design or Deltacast Movie Recorder can capture in advanced intermediate codecs such DNxHD and ProRes
Schedule Recordings or Crash Record
The simplest way of recording to disc is called "crash recording". No need to be a specialist to get it to work. Simply push the record button in the user interface and your recording will start right away. In addition, making unattended scheduled recordings is also possible by specifying the start and stop date and time
Record to Multiple Destinations, Using Multiple Codecs
With MovieRecorder 3, you can create as many preset destinations as you want to, and use them simultaneously or not. You can create QuickTime, MXF or HLS type of destinations. Once created, you just need to enable or disable them for each source
MovieRecorder features a number of audio and video presets to help you get started as quickly as possible. In most cases the Recommended Presets should be appropriate, however Custom Presets can be created if the existing presets don't meet your needs
Built-In Streaming Support
With MovieRecorder 3 it is possible to create an HTTP Live Streaming destination, as well as send HLS streams to multiple destinations. Simultaneously you can record onto local storage, which can be any mounted volume on your Mac, whether an SMB or an AFP volume. You can also automatically upload to an FTP server or to your Amazon S3 account. Plus you can use multiple destinations so that you'll have an automatic backup copy of your live streams
In looped recording, MovieRecorder keeps recording over the same file again-and-again, automatically going back to the beginning once it reaches the end. This can be useful for "time-shifting" playout, sports replay, or surveillance applications
OnTheAir Video Support
A direct link from OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node means no video input is required to ingest from these applications playing on the same Mac
4K recording is possible for a single video stream. Multi-stream 4K capture may become possible down the road as computer hardware performance improves
Frame-accurate file switch for 24/7 recording
HTML-based remote control possible using a REST API
Single Stream: 4 GB Up to Two Streams: 6 GB Up to Four Streams: 12 GB
Supported Graphics Cards
ATI Radeon, Nvidia (GPU requirements depend on specific application)
Supported I/O Cards
AJA Single Stream: 1 x Single-input card Up to Two Streams: 2 x Single-input cards, 1 x KONA 3G, or 1 x Io 4K Up to Four Streams: 4 x Single-input cards, 2 x KONA 3G, 2 x Io 4K
Blackmagic-Design Single Stream: 1 x Single-input card Up to Two Streams: 2 x Single-input card, 1 x Decklink Duo Up to Four Streams: 4 x Single-input card, 1 x Decklink Quad (multi Decklink Duo cards not supported)
Deltacast Single Stream: 1 x Single-input card Up to Two Streams: 1 x Multi-input card Up to Four Streams: 1 x Multi-input card
For full list of supported cards see Softron website.
Mac Pro Single Stream: MacPro 2009 Up to Two Streams: MacPro 2010 6-Core Up to Four Streams: MacPro 2010 12-Core
iMac Single Stream: 2011 with Thunderbolt Up to Two Streams: 2012 27" (using the two Thunderbolt ports or an expansion chassis) Up to Four Streams: 2012 27" (will require a Thunderbolt expansion chassis to use either a Decklink Duo, Quad or AJA KONA)
MacBook Pro Single Stream: 2011 with Thunderbolt Up to Two Streams: 2012 15" (using the two Thunderbolt ports or an expansion chassis) Up to Four Streams: 2012 15" (will require a Thunderbolt expansion chassis to use either a Decklink Duo, Quad or AJA KONA)
MacBook Air Single Stream: 1.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Up to Two Streams: Not Supported (because of CPU/GPU limitations) Up to Four Streams: Not Supported (because of CPU/GPU limitation)
Mac Mini Single Stream: 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Up to Four Streams: 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (will require a Thunderbolt expansion chassis to use either a Decklink Duo, Quad or AJA KONA)
Up to Four Streams: Yes, with appropriate hardware and depending on the codec used
Single Stream: Yes, with appropriate hardware and depending on the codec used Up to Two Streams: No Up to Four Streams: No
Dynamic Graphics Overlay Support
Any storage that can sustain the required constant write speed (depending on the number of streams, the codec, and format). For network storage, make sure to enable Macro blocks, and disable cache flushing.
Video Codecs: Apple ProRes 422 family, Apple ProRes 4444, Avid DNxHD, H.264, Uncompressed
Video Wrappers: MXF (DNxHD), QuickTime (.mov), Transport Stream
Audio Codecs: AAC, Apple Lossless, Linear PCM
Number of Licenses Required
One complete license required per stream
Note:Note: These specifications are valid for 1080i clips in ProRes (LT), and that changing the frame rate, resolution, or codec may affect the system requirements. For example, H.264 needs much more CPU to be decoded than ProRes.
Softron MovieRecorder 3 for Mac (Download, Single License) Review