Softron MovieRecorder 2.0 PCI

Softron MovieRecorder 2.0 PCI

Softron MovieRecorder 2.0 PCI

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Softron MovieRecorder 2.0 PCI

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Product Highlights

  • Records Video Via PCI Express Video Card
  • Records In Any Format QuickTime Supports
  • Ingests Multiple Inputs Simultaneously
  • Edit-While-Ingest Supported
  • Record 8 SD, 4 HD Streams On One Mac
  • Schedule Your Recordings
  • No Transcoding, Re-Linking, Re-Rendering
  • Requires One License Per Channel
  • Bundled With MovieRecorder Control
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  • 1Description

The MovieRecorder 2.0 PCI software from Softron is an application that records video via a PCI Express video card. It is capable of recording in any format supported by QuickTime, including Apple ProRes, DVCPro HD, DVCPro 50, DVCPRO HD, and DV. The application is capable of ingesting multiple inputs simultaneously on a single workstation, even a laptop computer. Video clips captured with MovieRecorder are editable during ingest, which is highly convenient for live sports editing. Enjoy the freedom to schedule your recordings.

Designed especially for live ingest, MovieRecorder works with cameras, tape decks and live feeds. You will need one license per channel (video output device). MovieRecorder provides a cost effective method of capturing video for collaborative editing. There's no media transcoding, re-linking or re-rendering required! Post sessions are now far more manageable, thanks to pre-editing beginning at ingest and content being totally online and easily searchable. With Edit while Ingest, you now have the ability to start editing in Final Cut Pro mere seconds after ingest has begun.

Record as many as 8 streams of standard definition (SD) video on one Mac and as many as 4 high definition (HD) streams. The only limiting factors are your CPU and storage. If you require greater then 4, no sweat--you can have multiple computers but control all ingest from a single workstation via MovieRecorder Control or MovieRecorder Remote. Performing a multi-cam ingest is simple using the gang record.

Users often find themselves in need of media that is "edit-ready," even while the event being recorded continues. MovieRecorder allows Edit while Ingest on multiple destinations for redundancy. The software gives you a choice between scheduling recordings for later use or editing clips while they are being captured--using, say, Final Cut Pro. When used in tandem with a PCI or PCI Express video I/O card, like those from AJA, Blackmagic Design or Matrox, MovieRecorder is capable of capturing in most QuickTime codecs in both SD and HD.

The easiest way to record to disc is known as crash recording. The best part is that you don't have to be a specialist to be able to work it. Just press the record button in the user interface and your recording will begin immediately. You can also automate recordings, making unattended scheduled recording possible and thus significantly improving productivity and workflow. With MovieRecorder software, scheduled recording is as simple as programming your VCR, since it's integrated right into the program. Schedule recordings to automatically begin at a designated date and time.

Your software is bundled with MovieRecorder Control, an application enabling you to monitor and control one or multiple networked ingest stations from a single workstation, thus freeing up resources in any suite. What's more is that with MovieRecorder control, you've got gang recording capability. Let's say you have multiple feeds incoming simultaneously. With gang recording, you can begin several MovieRecorder applications at the same time and keep them perfectly in sync with one another!

Optional MovieRecorder Remote and MovieRecorder Remote HD, applications for the iPhone and iPad, respectively, are available from the AppStore. They enable you to monitor and control one or more networked ingest stations from your iOS device. This simplifies the task of taking control of your ingest stations. MovieRecorder Remote HD also features gang recording and lets you customize your layout to your liking.

The Pro option (not included) adds proxy recording, metadata, looped recording, and VTR control and batch capture. You can have a proxy file created at the same time of recording which is also edit-while-ingest. Get real-time live logging along with customizable metadata fields and logging templates for both QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. Metadata helps you find what you need and stay organized. By storing as many metadata tags as possible within a movie, you ensure that the metadata will always be associated with the image, and that no one will have to manually enter it again--even in the event that you change your video editing software, archive your videos, or share copies. With VTR control and batch capture, you are able to type in start and end timecode values numerically and control exactly what gets captured. This would come in handy if you had logged your tape and chosen which clips to capture offline and didn't want to capture everything on the tape.

Primary Features

Record one or more video signals on your Mac--up to 8!
Supports most PCI, Thunderbolt and ExpressCards, including those from AJA, Blackmagic-Design, Matrox and MOTU
Perform manual or scheduled recordings
Timer lets you automatically stop a manual recording after a designated time
Simultaneously record to multiple destinations for redundancy
Metadata (with Pro option only) - recorded in QuickTime file to be used by Media Asset Management, etc.
Generate a proxy file (with Pro option only) at the same time of recording in MP4 or Apple ProRes (Proxy). ProRes codec must be installed separately.
Looped recording (with Pro option only) - records permanently on the same file and returns to the beginning when it reaches the end of the file, e.g., for TimeShifting playout

Multiple Ingest

Up to 8 SD ingests and 4 HD ingests on a single Mac 1
Compatible with AJA cards - max 3 input and with certain limitations. You must select the card you wish to use in AJA Control Panel
Works with Blackmagic-Design Video cards without limitations
With MovieRecorder Control, you can automatically create Final Cut Pro XML multicam files

Control

Control any number of MovieRecorders via MovieRecorder Control (bundled with software), or the optional MovieRecorder Remote and Remote HD, applications for the iPhone and iPad, respectively (not included; available from the AppStore)
AppleScriptable, enabling you to develop your own AppleScripts to control from third party software
Open to third party integration. Controlled via Telnet. The protocol is simple to implement and the same as that used for MovieRecorder Remote and MovieRecorder Control

Edit-While-Ingest

Set a recording duration and it will be updated (longer or shorter) at the conclusion of the recording
Proxy files created are also edit-while-ingest
Compatible with the majority of editing applications, including Final Cut Pro X

Scheduling

Schedule daily and weekly recordings
Every scheduled item can have its own destination / file name
You can export or import schedules as XML for third party integration
Manage schedules remotely via MovieRecorder Remote (optional) or MovieRecorder Control

VTR Control (With Pro Option Only)

Batch capture via RS422 Sony Protocol to control VTR
Export or import batch captures as XML for third party integration

Other Features

Start an AppleScript automatically at the start or end of a recording
Disable warnings when used in Remote sessions
Automatically add numbers to your file names
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  • 1Description
Minimum System Requirements HD: For single, dual and quad configurations, requires appropriate hardware and depends on codec; not supported for octo (8) configuration
Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
RAM: 4.0 GB for single; 6.0 GB for dual; 12 GB for quad or octo
Thunderbolt support requires single configuration (not supported in dual, quad or octo due to CPU limitation)
Monitor must be connected to keep Open GL active - unless one of following conditions met: Use an "active" KVM that will keep the output active, such as those by Aten; use a device like "DVI-Detective" from Gefen; use the DVI (or mini-DisplayPort) to VGA converter and add a device such as Dr. Bott gHEAD / gHEAD II; for Mini DisplayPort only, use products such as those from Kanexlive that keep the output active
MacPro types supported: 2009 (can be G5 for SD) for single ingest; 2010 6 Core for dual ingest; 2010 12 core for quad or octo ingest
iMac types supported: 2011 with Thunderbolt (single configuration only)
MacBook Pro types supported: 2010 with ExpressCard, 2011 with Thunderbolt (single configuration only)
MacBook Air types supported: 2011 with Thunderbolt (single configuration only)
MacMini types supported: 2011 with Thunderbolt (single configuration only)
Compatible Storage: Any that can sustain required constant write speed (depending on number of streams, codec and format)
Compatible Video Cards AJA Video Systems:
Io Express - ExpressCard, supported for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
Io HD - FireWire, supported for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
Io XT - Thunderbolt, supported for single ingest, not tested for multi ingest
Kona 3G - PCI card, supported for single ingest, max 3 supported for multi ingest (with limitations)

Blackmagic Design:
Decklink 4K - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 2 using 1 card for multi ingest
Decklink Duo - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 6 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Decklink HD Extreme 3D - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Decklink Optical Fibre - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Decklink Quad - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 8 using 2 cards for multi ingest
Decklink SDI - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Decklink Studio - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Intensity Extreme - Thunderbolt, supported for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
Intensity Pro - PCI Card, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Multibridge Eclipse - PCI Breakout box, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
Multibridge Pro - PCI Breakout box, supported for single ingest, max 3 using 3 cards for multi ingest
UltraStudio 3D - Thunderbolt, supported for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
Matrox Digital Video Solutions:
Mojito MAX - PCI Card, supported for single ingest (with 4 frames A/V desync), not supported for multi ingest
MXO2 - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, supported for single ingest (with 4 frames A/V desync), not supported for multi ingest
MXO2 Min - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, supported for single ingest (with 4 frames A/V desync), not supported for multi ingest
MXO2 Rack - Express Card, PCI Card or Thunderbolt, supported for single ingest (with 4 frames A/V desync), not supported for multi ingest

MOTU:
MOTU HD Express - FireWire, not tested for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
MOTU HDX-SDI - FireWire, not tested for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
MOTU V4HD - FireWire, supported for single ingest, not supported for multi ingest
Supported Codecs AJA 8-bit (QuickTime Component required)
AJA 10-bit (QuickTime Component required)
Apple ProRes 422 Family (QuickTime Component required)
Apple ProRes 444 (QuickTime Component required)
Blackmagic 8-bit (2Vuy) (QuickTime Component required)
Blackmagic RGB 10-bit (QuickTime Component required)
DV-PAL
DV / DVCPRO-NTSC
DVCPro-PAL
DVCPro HD Interlaced (QuickTime Component required)
DVCPro HD Progressive (QuickTime Component required)
DVCPro 50
MPEG IMX (30/ 40/ 50) (QuickTime Component required)
MPEG-4 Video (only the proxy recording at 1/2 resolution)
None
Uncompressed 10-bit
Uncompressed 8-bit
XDCAM EX 1080i, 1080p, 720p (QuickTime Component required)

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