Multicam Logger allows a user to log all of the different angles (or inputs) used in a live multi-camera production. It records which input the director has selected on his video mixer and when. Multicam Logger thus creates a multicam clip for Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro using the logs and the files recorded by any type of video recorder. The purpose is to use the resulting media to edit a final version of the production which could include necessary corrections.
Multicam Logger can integrate with most production switcher through GPI. With NewTek's Tricaster® and Blackmagic Design's ATEM® Production Switcher Line it is even easier as you can connect through Ethernet. The inputs on the network switcher appear immediately on the Multicam Logger screen and connect through a simple Network Connection, no need for complicated cabling and you can use any of the ATEM or Tricaster Production Switcher line.
Selecting an on your production switcher automatically selects it on Multicam Logger. The clean and easy to use interface indicates which item is currently selected as Program and which is selected as Preview.
If you do not have an ATEM Switcher, you can also connect to your favourite Switcher using a standard GPI/tally interface. To connect to a Production Switcher using GPI, all the user needs to do is connect the device to Softron's GPICommander2 (sold separately) Logged information includes the Start, End, Duration and Input for each input into the ATEM Production Switcher.
By moving from camera to camera or from one device to another device, Multicam Logger notes the timecode for the start and the end of the selection. It also displays the duration and which input has been used.
Once the live session has ended, the user selects the file in the Finder that he wants to associate with the input and drops it onto the named input. He can then simply click on send multicam to send the multicam to his favourite editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro). All of the changes will then appear in your editing solution and are ready to be modified. The user can then work as he would with any standard multicam clip to change which angle is chosen and when, as well as to modify the edit points, add effects, etc..
Multicam Logger does not record any video and is hardware agnostic. What Multicam Logger does is log the angles that the director has selected on his vision mixer when producing a live show. To get to the multicam clips afterwards, it is necessary that you have the capability to record each of the cameras on set and ideally the program output as well. To record each camera feed, the user can select whatever solution is appropriate. You should just check that the recorded file type and codec are supported by Multicam Logger.
Of course, our bias is to use Softron's MovieRecorder for all recording. Other recording devices can include the AJA KiPro or Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck, even cameras with built-in memory can be used.
After the Live production, to create your multicam clip, you simply drag and drop each recorded file(s) to each camera angle in Multicam Logger. For example, during your live show you recorded the Camera 1 feed using MovieRecorder which created a video file named MyLiveShow (Camera 1).mov. Simply drag that file and drop it on the Camera 1 line in Multicam Logger. This file will now be associated with that angle, provided the recorded file type and codec are supported by Multicam Logger. Note that Adobe Premiere only supports one file per angle.
You can also simply add Markers and To-Dos that will then be added to your project sequence, so you can log all the important moments or the moments that need to be reworked. With Final Cut Pro X, you can even add "To-dos" that you can then check in the Timeline index when they are done, so you are sure you don't miss out on a correction.
Multicam Logger supports multiple timecode sources for your best convenience.
You can add markers (such as if there was a highlight to remember, or a wrong camera) remotely simply from a webpage that we have built in Multicam Logger. Just enter the address and start adding markers. If you are more adventurous, we have an open RESTfull API that is available for you to work with so you can build your own webpage or software that integrates with Multicam Logger.
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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 allow you to log only 10 changes of angles. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked.
|Control your production switcher during your Live production from Multicam Logger|
|Add markers to indicate which parts need to be corrected or add indications|
|Sync angles with Timecode in file, file creation date/time, or simply concatenate and sync in edit software|
|Send your multicam to your favourite editing software with the angle changes that you did to allow for a quick and easy correction before rebroadcast|
|Important note: Multicam Logger does not record your camera ISOs, you can use MovieRecorder to record them or ANY other solution that you will see fit as long as the recorded file type and codec are supported by Multicam Logger|
|ATEM Production Switcher line connected through ethernet|
|All other production switchers supported but requires GPICommander|
|Support for X-Keys XK-24 and X-Keys XK-16. No configuration nor driver required!|
|Support for Keyboard shortcuts|
|Support for mouse controls|
|Support for Stream Deck to add markers easily|
|Support for a RESTfull API to add markers through a simple web page|
|Internal Mac Clock|
|Remote MovieRecorder Timecode|
|Timecode Systems products (Timecode over Network or Bluetooth)|
|Export to Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or DaVinci Resolve|
|Simply link your recorded camera ISOs files to each angle|
|All video formats supported by your editing software|
|Warning: multiple files in one angle is only supported when exporting to FCP X|
|Use any type of video recording device|
|Support for multiple codecs formats and resolutions in one multicam session|
|Recommended macOS (for latest version)||macOS 10.15.5 or later*|
|Supported Mac computers||
Intel Processors: Version 1.0 and later
Apple Silicon Processors: Version 2.2 and later
WARNING: With Apple Silicon processors, ATEM production switchers software is not working yet when starting the application in Universal. Start it with Rosetta to be able to connect to an ATEM switcher. Check the following article to know more
|Recommended RAM||2 GB for the first channel. Then add 2GB per additional channel.|
|Supported Graphics Cards||All graphics cards supported|
|Supported Video Switchers with Ethernet connection||Blackmagic Design ATEM, NewTek Tricaster|
|Supported Video Switchers using GPI/tally||Any switcher that has GPI outputs (requires GPI Commander).|
|Supported Video Switchers using MIDI||Any switcher that has MIDI outputs.|
|Supported Codecs & Formats||Many types of file are supported. Check the codecs & Formats pane. Note that export to FCP7 and Premiere only supports Stereo, 24 bit, 48Khz audio.|
|Required Final Cut Pro X versions||
Multicam Logger 1: Final Cut Pro X 10.0 and later
Multicam Logger 2: Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1 and later
|Requires Monitor Connected||Yes. Even if it 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).|
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.
Version 2.2.5 - 1 June 2022
Once downloaded, unzip the file, and drag and drop the "MovieRecorder" Application in your Applications Folder.
Do NOT run the application 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:
For Intel and Silicon
In DEMO mode, Multicam Logger will allow you to add 10 change of angles and send them to your editing station. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked
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.