Open and flexible live ingest solution
- Edit-while-ingest (growing files)
- Gang and Schedule recordings
- Automatically detect incoming video format
- Integrated Remote Control
- Automatic file naming and folder creation
- NDI® sources
Ten years after the release of the first version of MovieRecorder, we are bringing another major (r)evolution to ingest solutions with MovieRecorder 4 and MovieRecorder Express 4.
MovieRecorder Express is an entry-level version of MovieRecorder. It uses the same reliable recording engine and beautiful user interface as MovieRecorder 4, with many of the same outstanding features, such as edit-while-ingest, NDI® sources, scheduling, remote control, etc. But it limits some of the available features to make it even more affordable for those whose needs do not require the full package of MovieRecorder 4. See below for the complete list of features.
With MovieRecorder Express you can record multiple channels of HD video on a single Mac— the only limit is the capacity of the CPU and the amount of available storage. When new Macs are released, , the capability to record more channels may increase. If you need more than what one Mac can do, you can have multiple computers but control all ingest from a single workstation. And doing a multi-camera ingest is very easy with the gang record feature.
At NAB 2017, we announced the ability to output to NDI® with all our playout software, and it proved to be very successful, with a lot of customers embracing the new technology. It is only natural that we now support recording those sources in MovieRecorder. NDI® is an open, low-latency, video-over-IP protocol developed by NewTek™. It uses a simple gigabit ethernet cable to transmit video and audio over a local area network between multiple video systems. Now, thanks to NDI®, you can transfer HD and 4K video over a simple Ethernet cable. There is no need for additional routers or even SDI cables anymore, further demonstrating the ease-of-use and reliability of our products. NDI® opens the world to a different way of doing video production and to an ecosystem of devices supporting the protocol.
NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc.
Thanks to MovieRecorder Express 4's new user interface you can customize the display with multiple viewers’ sizes and positions. Select the number of Viewers you want to display at once, and then choose the layout that best suits your needs. MovieRecorder comes with a whole set of preconfigured layouts, but you can also customize them yourself.
With the advent of 4K, an even more efficient codec than H.264 was needed. This is why HEVC/H265 has been created. Files can be compressed to 40% of the size of an H.264 compression without losing quality. But that encoding efficiency required a lot of horsepower, and even the highest end Mac Pro was not able to encode to HEVC in real time. And for MovieRecorder, as we encode live, we need real time!
With macOS 10.13, Apple has added the ability to use the HEVC hardware acceleration available on some computers (those running the 6th Generation Intel Core and over), allowing us to fully take advantage of the coded.
The ability to schedule recordings is a must for any recording device and will greatly improve your productivity. With MovieRecorder Express, scheduled recording is as easy as programming your DVR, because it is integrated into the program. You can schedule recordings to automatically start at a specified time, by date or day(s) of the week.
Users very often need their media to be “edit-ready” even while the event that is being recorded continues. This allows editors to start working on growing files during the show, so that they can be done editing sooner, and sometimes even before the show ends. This can for example be used for shows where you want to have a short summary ready at the end of the show. Files created by MovieRecorder Express can grow in Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Adobe's Premiere Pro.
MovieRecorder Express supports multiple timecode sources for your best convenience.
- Mac Clock: That's the simplest timecode source, available with all Mac. ;-)
- Audio LTC: Use an audio input on your Mac and we'll decode the TC
- Embedded TC: Use SDI embedded TC (even if only one of your source has TC, you can share it with the others, so you only need one TC embedder)
- Video device timecode input: Some video devices have a TC input connector
- Timecode Systems products allow to retrieve timecode using WiFi, Network or Bluetooth. Read more about Timecode Systems...
Download MovieRecorder Express
|MovieRecorder Express 4
Version 4.3.9 - 31 August 2020
- Release Notes
- System requirements: macOS or driver requirements may change between versions, so make sure to check.
- Help Center: Includes a lot of useful information, sometimes not available in the user manual
- User Manual
- YouTube Channel
Once downloaded, unzip the file, and drag and drop the Application "MovieRecorder Express" in your Applications Folder.
Make sure also to download and install the drivers for your video device:
In DEMO mode, MovieRecorder Express will burn a blue frame in the recorded file at some intervals. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked
How to unlock the DEMO version ?
Just download the latest version and replace your previsous version. It is always recommended to run extensive tests with your specific workflow and setup before putting a new version in production. You can use a free demo version for that on a separate computer. Previous legacy versions are available from the general downloads page.
You do not need to deactivate and reactivate your serial number when updating your Softron software. Read the following article to know when to deactivate.
This software uses code of FFmpeg, licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.