VideoTools

Release: VideoTools, v2.5

Release Type: Production
Version: 2.5
Release Notes

Changes since VideoTools 2.4

  • Updated to Blackmagic SDK version 10.6.1.
  • Added the new 4K video modes available in the latest Blackmagic SDK (2160p50, 2160p5994, and 2160p60).
  • Fixed a potential crash when selecting a video mode unavailable on the selected Blackmagic device.

Credits

  • The Blackmagic Capture patch was commissioned by Stuart White of Control Freak Systems.
  • Support for selecting and simultaneously capturing from multiple Blackmagic devices was sponsored by Igloo Vision.

Known Issues

  • ProRes 4444 format does not support transparency (so videos are fully opaque)
  • H.264 videos stutter when played backwards
  • All VideoTools patches provide only video input, not audio input
  • Firewire cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.

Release: VideoTools, v2.4

Release Type: Production
Version: 2.4
Release Notes

Changes since VideoTools 2.3

  • Fixed crash when using the Blackmagic Capture patch. (Bug reports: 1, 2, 3.)
  • Improved quality of the YUV-to-RGB conversion in the Blackmagic Capture patch (eliminated the vertical stripes).
  • Added input ports to the Blackmagic Capture patch to select which device and input connection to capture.
  • Added more capture formats to the Blackmagic Capture patch: 4k (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30), NTSC-progressive, PAL-progressive.
  • Improved error handling in the Blackmagic Capture patch.

Credits

  • The Blackmagic Capture patch was commissioned by Stuart White of Control Freak Systems.
  • Support for selecting and simultaneously capturing from multiple Blackmagic devices was sponsored by Igloo Vision.

Known Issues

  • ProRes 4444 format does not support transparency (so videos are fully opaque)
  • H.264 videos stutter when played backwards
  • All VideoTools patches provide only video input, not audio input
  • Firewire cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.

Release: VideoTools, v2.3

Release Type: Production
Version: 2.3
Release Notes

Changes since VideoTools 2.2

  • New Blackmagic Capture patch.
  • Added support for ProRes formats:
    • ProRes 422
    • ProRes 422 (Proxy)
    • ProRes 422 (HQ)
    • ProRes 4444

Credits

Known Issues

  • The Blackmagic Capture patch has only been tested with the Blackmagic Decklink card
  • ProRes 4444 format does not support transparency (so videos are fully opaque)
  • H.264 videos stutter when played backwards
  • All VideoTools patches provide only video input, not audio input
  • Firewire cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.

Release: VideoTools, v2.2

Release Type: Production
Version: 2.2
Release Notes

Changes since VideoTools 2.1

  • Fixed bug that caused Video Input patch to stop updating its outputs.
  • Fixed crash when Video Input Features Structure input is fed a structure containing strings (e.g. from XML Parser).
  • Added sample composition to demonstrate Video Input Features Structure input.

Known issues

  • H.264 videos stutter when played backwards.
  • VideoTools patches provide only video input, not audio input.
  • Firewire cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.

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Release: VideoTools, v2.1

Release Type: Production
Version: 2.1
Release Notes

Changes since VideoTools 2.0

  • Added support for OS X 10.7 to QuickTime Player patch. (Other patches already support OS X 10.7.)
  • Added H.264 support to Video Player patch.
  • Added support for AVT Guppy F503C firewire camera to Video Input patch.

Known issues

  • H.264 videos stutter when played backwards.
  • VideoTools patches provide only video input, not audio input.
  • Firewire cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.

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Release: VideoTools, v2.0

Release Type: Production
Version: 2.0
Release Notes

Changes since VideoTools 1.0

  • Added Network Camera Input patch. It was previously released as Axis Camera. Since the latest Axis Camera patch release, it's been expanded to work on many additional camera brands, and to improve resilience against unstable network connections.
  • Added Video Player patch for QuickTime-free video input.
  • Added QuickTime Player patch for QuickTime video input in a separate process.

Known issues

  • VideoTools patches provide only video input, not audio input.
  • Firewire cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.

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Release: VideoTools, v1.0

Release Type: Production
Version: 1.0
Release Notes

Provides QuickTime-free live Firewire video capture, using libdc1394 2.x. Supports any IIDC/DCAM-compliant Firewire camera.

Cameras Tested Successfully

  • DMx 21BF04 by The Imaging Source
  • Flea2 Color (FL2G-13S2C) by Point Grey Research
  • Flea2 Mono (FL2G-13S2M) by Point Grey Research
  • iSight by Apple (External Firewire)

(see also dc1394's camera list)

Known Issues

  • Cameras only support certain combinations of Color Coding, Resolution, and Framerate. Watch the Error output and Console log when troubleshooting.
  • Due to issues with the underlying frameworks, video device info cannot be queried once a video device is in use. Therefore Video Device Info is only updated once: when the composition is first started.