Multichannel edit-while-ingest on one Mac

The most demanding productions need the most reliable products and that is why MovieRecorder 4 has been the go-to recording solution for broadcast customers in sports, music, multi camera productions, news, REMI, corporate events and houses of worship. Boasting a wide range of features such as edit-while-ingest (growing files), multi channel recordings, multi destinations, external audio, NDI, HDR, and remote control show that this recording solution isn’t part of the workflow… MovieRecorder is the workflow.

SD? Of course. HD? Absolutely. 4K? Truly. 8K? That’s right.

If you have the machine powerful enough for 8K, and the storage size to match, MovieRecorder will work. Our solution runs on Pro, Ultra, Max, & Minis. As new Macs are released, computer upgrades are as simple as walking your MovieRecorder dongle license to your new machine. If you need more than what a single Mac can do, leverage multiple remote ingest computers from a single workstation.

Your production is going places.

In a QuickTime or MXF wrapper, MovieRecorder can record to Apple ProRes, H.264, HEVC, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, AVC-Intra, DV/DVCPRO, DNxHD or IMX XDCAM. With Metadata. With Closed Captioning. Simultaneously. You can point the recording destinations to separate storage locations, and even have the file organize it’s own folder structure.

Growing, and going.

With turn-around times that will make your head spin, edit-while ingest gives editors the content as it’s captured. MovieRecorder allows your production and post-production to work concurrently, and even finish the job at the same time. Supported in Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe’s Premiere Pro, Avid’s Media Composer, and Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.

Hear, hear. All right here.

Record your audio mixer output with your video signal without the need for an SDI embedder. External audio sources enables audio capture, mapping, and flexible offset. If your audio capture hardware, or network audio like Dante or MADI is available to the macOS, then it is compatible with SDI sources in MovieRecorder.

Effects and Overlays

Crop, deinterlace, rotate, and resize your video before it is encoded. Rotate the signal 90° or crop portions of the image to make your video social media ready. Burn in timecode, an image, or even overlay text on your recording. Separate destinations means you can use one signal to make two recordings; one with effect and overlays, and another as a clean feed.

Daily. Weekly. Confidently.

As simple as picking a day and time, then a recording name and a destination. For more advanced controls, you can specify exact dates and durations, and even choose multiple destinations. Plus trigger Ross or Blackmagic Designs routers to switch the input at start, automatically send Slack or Teams messages with the finished recording name, and many other possibilities with Applescripts. Also, the schedule exists as a webpage hosted by MovieRecorder. This allows non-tech savvy users to add scheduled recordings without giving them direct server control, perfect for Newsroom environments.

HEVC Support

Using HEVC, recordings can compress up to 40% of the size of an H.264 file without losing quality. The CPU performance required to make HEVC isn’t available in most hardware solutions. However, MovieRecorder leverages the hardware accelerators in the Mac to record multiple HEVC files in real time simultaneously with ProRes and other professional codecs. Encoding on the Apple silicon computers has greatly improved HEVC performance up to 8 HD channels on an M1 Mac.

Flexible timecode input

MovieRecorder supports multiple timecode sources for your best convenience.

  • Mac Clock: That's the simplest timecode source, available with all Macs. ;-)
  • Audio LTC: Use an audio input on your Mac and we'll decode the TC
  • Embedded TC: Use SDI embedded TC. Only one SDI source needs TC, then you can share it with the other signals
  • Video device timecode input: Available if the video device have a TC input connector
  • Timecode Systems products allow to retrieve timecode using WiFi, Network or Bluetooth. Read more about Timecode Systems...

NDI® Sources

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.

A View of the vision

Configure the layout and the amount of windows that meets your need. MovieRecorder comes with preconfigured layouts, but are also customizable. The overlays have individual toggle controls, leaving you with the information you need in a glance. Switch the position of sources, or enable/disable/solo a destination on all viewers at once. Crash record with a simple button press, or use gang control to name and record all the sources at once.

Save and Restore Configurations

Production studios are dynamic, and so is MovieRecorder. Name your cameras, assign the storage path, configure the required codec to meet your client’s needs. The “save and restore” feature allows you to restore configurations in seconds. The feature can also be used if you want to keep a backup of a configuration before running tests on a new show, with new setups.

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World Class Support

Support is included in our permanent licenses. There are no recurring fees
Softron has a worldwide network of highly skilled specialists to help you.
Setting up our software is simple and straight forward. But we are always happy to help you!
Our customers love our products and our support.


Buy or Upgrade

Make sure to test with our free DEMO version available for download before purchasing so you are sure it fits your need. In DEMO mode, the application will burn a blue frame in the recorded file or at output 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.


Options
You may also need
Supports
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Devices from AJA and Blackmagic-Design
Deltacast
NDI® sources
Direct Link Sources (from one of Softron's playout application)
Remotely Control other MovieRecorders
Record Multiple channels at once (Depend on the format, codec and the computer. Up to 12 channels on one Mac)
Max Resolution (Depend on the video device used, check this article) Up to 8K
Pixel Formats (Depend on the video device and connector used, check this article) 8bit, 10bit or ARGB
Color Space (Depend on the video device used, check this article) Rec. 601, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020
HDR (Depend on the video device used, check this article) HDR static metadata packing,
HLG and PQ transfer characteristics
Add Effects and Overlays *

(only in 8bit)
External Audio Sources (instead of using the audio from the video device, use another audio available for the macOS)

On "Local Sources", not yet on NDI sources
Audio Mapping (done in the AV Presets)
Timecode Sources Video device timecode (LTC, RP188,...) or application timecode (Mac Clock, Audio LTC, Timecode Systems)

* Effects and overlays can have an impact on performances and the number of channels you'll be able to encode in real time on one Mac, depending on the format and codec. Make sure to run extensive long term tests.

Destinations
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Record to multiple Destinations with different codecs using easy presets
MXF Support
Advanced codecs support

Check list of supported wrappers and codecs

Check list of supported wrappers and codecs
Add effects (crop, resize, rotate) and overlays (text, timecode, image) on the recorded video
Closed Captioning Record (CEA-708 to a QuickTime CC track)
only with 8bit sources
Looped recording (record permanently in the same file and go back to the beginning when it reaches the end of the file. Ideal for TimeShifting playout for example)
Custom naming (to automatically name your files with tokens)
Metadata (embedded in the QuickTime file or as a sidecar file)
Frame-accurate automatic split the recordings into chunks (support for 24/7 recording with no frames lost)
Frame-accurate manual split the recordings (create a new file manually instead of manually)
Support edit-while-ingest

With MXF, Classic or Segmented destinations (compatibility depend on the editing software)
Integration & Control
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Remotely Controllable using a REST API
Control with GPI triggers (Requires GPICommander)
Send GPI triggers (Requires GPICommander)
Control from Elgato's Stream Deck
Controllable via AppleScript
Trigger AppleScripts when start/stop record or on error
VTR Control and batch capture (using RS422 port on a device or our SerialCommander)

Only record from tape, no record to tape available
Other Features
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Fully configurable user interface
Save and restore configurations (save the layout, source names, scheduled recordings,etc... and restore them at a later time)
Remote Source Slave mode
Scheduled Recording (repeated weekly, or specific date)
SHORTLIST of features ONLY available in MovieRecorder
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Multiple Destinations
Supported Codecs ProRes, H.264, Uncompressed Sames as Express + AVC-Intra, DV/DVCPRO, DVCPRO HD, DNxHD, FFV1, IMX, XDCAM
MXF
Closed Captioning
Metadata
External audio sources (including Dante, or MADI)
Add effects (crop, resize, rotate) and overlays (text, timecode, image) on the recorded video
Save and restore configurations
Trigger AppleScripts when start/stop record or on error
VTR Control and batch capture
Remote Source Slave mode
macOS compatibility
Version
Ventura
13.00
Monterey
12.00
Big Sur
11.00
Catalina
10.15
Mojave
10.14
High Sierra
10.13
Sierra
10.12
El Capitan
10.11
Yosemite
10.10
Mavericks
10.9
M. Lion
10.8
4.5 and later
      
4.3.9 to 4.4.3
     
4.3 to 4.3.8
    
4.2    
    
4.0 to 4.1    
   
3.6    
   
3.5      
  
3.2 to 3.4      
 
3.0 to 3.1      


Specs and Requirements
Required MovieRecorder Version by some macOS Version

macOS 10.13: Version 3.6 or later (For dongle compatibility)
macOS 10.15: Version 4.3 or later (For QuickTime Classic compatibility)

Recommended macOS macOS 10.14.6 or later*
Supported Mac computers Intel Processors: Version 3.0 and later*
Apple Silicon Processors: Version 4.4 and later*

WARNING: With Apple Silicon processors, some third party libraries may not be able to run natively, so will have lower performances. Other libraries may not run at all. Check the following article to know more

Recommended RAM
HD: 4 GB for the first channel. Then add 2GB per additional channel
4K: 8 GB for the first channel. Then add 4GB per additional channel
8K: 16 GB for the first channel. Then add 8GB per additional channel
Supported Graphics Cards

A graphics card that supports Metal is recommended.

Supported Sources AJA, Blackmagic-Design,Deltacast, NDI®
Hardware acceleration to encode in Apple ProRes
Supported hardware: MacBook Pro M1 Max
Required macOS version: macOS 12 or later
Required software version: MovieRecorder 4.4 or later
Warning: Hardware acceleration for ProRes does NOT work with interlaced sources, only with progressive
Hardware acceleration to encode in H.264
Intel Processors: With all Mac computers with i5 or i7 processors, running macOS 10.9.5 or later for one channel. macOS 10.13 or later is required for multichannel support.
Apple Silicon Processors: All models support hardware acceleration for H.264, but they are more optimised for HEVC, so we recommend using HEVC whenever possible
Hardware acceleration to encode in H.265 / HEVC
Intel Processors: With all Mac computers with 6th generation of intel processors (2016 and later), running macOS 10.13 or later. Macs with M1 chips or later can support multichannels as well./div>
Apple Silicon Processors: All models support hardware acceleration, and are optimised for HEVC
Compatible Storage Most storage that can sustain the required constant write speed (depending on the number of streams, the codec and format). For network attached storage (NAS), make sure to enable Macro blocks, and disable cache flushing. If you need to run tests, make sure to do long term tests.
Requires Monitor Connected (Open GL Active) Yes. Even if MovieRecorder should behave fine in most cases, it is recommended to keep a monitor connected at all times for best performances. Or you should make the macOS think that there is a monitor connected. Beware of some KVM switches that can cause interrupts in the signal.
Number of license required One complete license required per channel (source).
Supported codecs and formats
Video Codecs
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Up to version 4.4 (Intel)
MovieRecorder
Version 4.4 and later (Universal)
Type of destinations
Apple ProRes 422 Family
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic)
Apple ProRes 4444
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic)
Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
-
Apple ProRes RAW
-
AVC-Intra 
(50 & 100)
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic), MXF OP1a*
Avid DNxHD

(MovieRecorder 4.5 or later)
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic), MXF Op1a**
Avid DNxHR

(MovieRecorder 4.4 or later)

(MovieRecorder 4.5 or later)
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic), MXF Op1a**
Blackmagic RAW
-
DV/DVCPRO
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic), MXF OP1a*
DVCPro HD
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic), MXF OP1a*
H.264
QuickTime (None, Segmented)
H.265 (HEVC)
QuickTime (None, Segmented)
HDV
QuickTime (None, Segmented), MXF OP1a*
MPEG IMX (30/40/50)
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic), MXF OP1a*
Uncompressed
QuickTime (None, Segmented, Classic)
XAVC
-
XDCAM
QuickTime (None, Segmented), MXF OP1a*

* MXF destinations are only available with MovieRecorder, not with MovieRecorder Express

** MovieRecorder 4.0.8 and earlier used MXF OpAtom for the DNxHD codec. Starting with MovieRecorder 4.1, MXF OP1a is used.




File Wrappers
MovieRecorder Express
MovieRecorder
Up to version 4.4 (Intel)
MovieRecorder
Version 4.4 and later (Universal)
Supported codecs
MXF OP1a
AVC-Intra, DNxHD, DVCPRO HD, IMX, HDV, Uncompressed, XAVC, XDCAM.
.mp4 .m4v
H.264, HEVC
QuickTime (.mov) - None or Segmented
All
QuickTime (.mov) - Classic
Apple ProRes, AVC-Intra, DNxHD, DNxHR, IMX, Uncompressed.




Supported Inputs & Outputs
Application Version First Supported Drivers Last Supported Drivers
Version 4.4 (Universal) 16.1 latest
Version 4.4 (Intel) 15.0 latest
Version 4.2 and later 15.0 latest
Version 4.0 and later 12.4.2 latest
Version 3.5 until 3.6.9 12.4.2 14.3
Version 3.4 12.3.7 14.3
Version 3.3 12.1.2 14.3
Version 3.2 10.5.2 12.2.2
Version 3.0 until 3.1 10.5.2 10.6.1

WARNING:

  • Some AJA devices need to use the latest SDK in our applications. Make sure to check which application version support your device in our help center article.
Application Version First Supported Drivers Last Supported Drivers
Version 4.4 (Universal) 12.0 or later latest drivers
Version 4.4 (Intel) 11.0 or later latest drivers
Version 4.2 and later 11.0 latest drivers
Version 4.0 and later 10.9.5 latest drivers
Version 3.6.1 and later 10.9.5 latest drivers
Version 3.6 and later 10.9.3 latest drivers
Version 3.2 and later 10.3.1 latest drivers
Version 3.0 until 3.1 9.9.3 10.3.7


WARNING:

  • macOS 11 (Big Sur) requires Blackmagic-Design drivers 11.7 or later.


Application Version First Supported Drivers Last Supported Drivers
Version 4.4 (Universal) 6.17 Universal beta 1 latest version
Version 4.4 (Intel) 6.15.01 latest version
Version 4.0 until 4.3 5.21 latest
Version 3.6 5.21 latest
Version 3.5 5.21 6.01.01 (but not 6.0 nor 6.01)
Version 3.4 5.19.03 6.01.01
Version 3.3 5.18 6.01.01
Version 3.0 until 3.2 5.17 5.18


WARNING:

  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) requires drivers version 6.13 or later
  • You should only download the Deltacast drivers from our website. Indeed we validate them with our applications before putting them online.


Application Version NDI library version
Version 4.4 5.0.10 (Firt compatible with Apple Silicon)
Version 4.3.8 4.5.3
Version 4.3 4.1
Version 4.2 3.8
Version 4.1 3.7
Version 4.0 3.0
About these specifications

We know that some of our users can not upgrade their macOS very often. This is why Softron tries to maintain compatibility with older versions of macOS as much as possible, but it is not always possible to achieve. Because Operating Systems are usually significantly improved over previous versions, Softron must use many of the more capable built-in functionalities inherent in Apple's latest OS releases. Failing to do so would mean that Softron software would essentially be blocked from using the new Frameworks provided in the OS. For this reason, Softron's free support is provided only on the current and previous macOS versions. Also, most of our tests will be done on these macOS versions, and only basic tests will be done on the previous OS. We will always try to help, but in some cases, the best solution is to upgrade your macOS to a more recent version.


Softron does not warrant that these recommended configurations will always meet specific user requirements. They are intended as guidelines and are based on extensive testing that Softron has done, they can be changed without notice. Hardware, drivers, software and operating systems change regularly and we advise users and prospective users to evaluate their requirements in their specific environment/workflow using Softron demo licenses that are available for downloading from Softron's web site.

MovieRecorder
Version 4.5.2 - 19 January 2023
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Useful Resources


Installation instructions

Once downloaded, unzip the file, and drag and drop the "MovieRecorder" Application in your Applications Folder.
Warning!
Do NOT run MovieRecorder from your downloads folder or it will be quarantined. Always drag and drop from the Downloads folder to the Applications folder before using it. Make sure also to download and install the drivers for your video device:

AJA Drivers
Blackmagic-Design Drivers
Deltacast Drivers
For Intel and Silicon

DEMO Limitations

In DEMO mode, the application will burn a blue frame in the recorded file or at output 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 ?

Purchase a license through one of our resellers or the Softron online store, then just activate your serial number in the License window or plug your dongle in the computer.

Upgrade/Update instructions

Just download the latest version and replace your previous 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.

Legacy versions
MovieRecorder 4.5.1
8 December 2022
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MovieRecorder 4.4.3
30 June 2022
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MovieRecorder 4.4.3 (Intel)
30 June 2022
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MovieRecorder 4.3.9
31 August 2020
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MovieRecorder 4.3.8
26 June 2020
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MovieRecorder 4.2.1
6 June 2019
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MovieRecorder 4.1.3
4 December 2018
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MovieRecorder 4.0.8
11 Septmeber 2018
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MovieRecorder 3.6.9
22 Ocotber 2018
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MovieRecorder 3.5.5
28 April 2017
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MovieRecorder 3.4.14
8 November 2016
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MovieRecorder 3.3.18
28 June 2016
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MovieRecorder 3.2.14
9 September 2015
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MovieRecorder 2.5.24
2 April 2015
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MovieRecorder 1.2.3
18 November 2011
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MovieRecorder Control 2.3.4
3 May 2013
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Copyright

This software uses code of FFmpeg, licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.