Multiformat video player & encoder with inspection and correction!

Switch for Mac

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Switch for Mac

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  • Latest Version:

    Switch 5.2 LATEST

  • Requirements:

    macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later

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  • Author / Product:

    Telestream, Inc. / External Link

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Switch for Mac lets you play a variety of web and professional media formats, inspect and adjust the properties of the file, and then export a new file. Designed for media professionals, It enables visual file inspection, single file transcoding and is an affordable software solution for professional media Quality Control.

Telestream continues to refine and improve playback and indexing performance within Switch for macOS. Particular attention was given to the performance of caption decoding and making sure It is making efficient use of file system reads and writes, as well as only decoding the data that is actually needed.

The ability to open files and play them back while they are still being written to disk enables live capture workflows that include previewing the quality of live video captures, extracting portions of the already written video for use in social media promotion of live productions, and the ability to confirm the media encoding of content coming from live capture systems.

The app is now capable of decoding and displaying OP-47 and OP-42 Teletext captions. This support maintains format parity with Telestream’s caption authoring tools MacCaption and CaptionMaker and will enable users to play back their captions and view them to confirm positioning, styling, and sync accuracy without the need for expensive hardware decoders.

New collaboration feature allows users to create and view flags on the timeline that contain comments, errors, or feedback. Share these flags between team members using a sidecar flags file to allow collaboration to occur without making any changes to the video. Simple to understand formatting of the flags document allows for automation systems to be able to create reports that can be reviewed and visualized on the timeline!

Affordable high-quality QC
With features such as professional audio meters with loudness monitoring, HDMI/SDI Output to an external monitor, easy media file comparison feature, and support for playback of captions, Switch Pro provides an affordable software solution for professional media Quality Control.

Caption playback and verification
Play CEA-608 & CEA-708 captions, as well as SCC, DVB, TTML (iTT and SMPTE-TT) and WebVTT, SRT and STL subtitle files to verify timing and accuracy. The app is the only software player with full support for CEA-708 caption decoding, including advanced 708-only features like Unicode character support.

Deep file inspection
It gives you frame-accurate playback of all your media and lets you see detailed information about it in an intuitive, well-organized interface. See metadata (including DPP), bitrate, video essence and codec, audio channels, speaker assignments, and loudness levels. Also, compare multiple files in a single window – great for ABR workflows.

Windows Media Support
Enable playback and conversion of Windows Media content on your Mac! The program is a fully licensed Windows Media playback tool for Mac and is able to convert Windows Media content into other formats compatible with your equipment. Switch Plus and Pro allow you to convert other media formats into Windows Media files for applications that require this format.

Powerful, professional production features

Play It
Trust Switch for frame-accurate, smooth playback of all your media files, including captions and subtitles. Includes SDI out for external preview.

Check It
Inspect video properties, audio properties, captions, and subtitles. Includes loudness monitoring, compare media feature, and Timeline view showing video GOP structure.

Fix It
Make changes: trim, scale or crop your media; rearrange audio tracks; change speaker assignments and rewrap or encode your media. Create an asset-only iTunes store package with the Multiformat video player, inspection and conversion tool

Deliver It
Export your corrected media or publish it directly to Vimeo, Youtube, or Facebook!

Note: Limited functionality in demo version.

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What's new in this version:

New features:
Customer Requests:
- Added support for AJA Kona LHi

- Added support for macOS Ventura 13

- Customer Requests:
- Improved scrubbing performance. If the user is moving the scrubber to within 500ms of video, we will continue trying to seek to B-frames and P-frames. If the user has moved the scrubber more than 500ms away from the previous seek attempt, we will instead seek to the nearest I-frame. The user can also hold down the shift key while scrubbing to force Switch to seek to any frame. This can be helpful if they want precision scrubbing and their machine can handle it.
- Made it easier to passthrough Dolby-E by automatically setting the volume to full for external playout and muting it for desktop playback. This removes the need for the user to change a preference setting for analyzing audio to detect SMPTE 337M.
- Removed embedded web browser for purchasing via web store. This allows customers to buy with PayPal again, and avoids potential security concerns. Activation of Switch serial numbers can now be done by clicking on a hyperlink.
- Improved support for sending selected timecode to external devices

Customer Issues:
- a bug that prevented changes to the starting timecode and format for some secondary subtitle files from taking effect the first time they were changed
- a bug that caused halos around the borders between masked objects in videos with alpha channels on Mac
- a bug that, on rare occasions, caused some very large files to take a very long time to load
- a bug that prevented quadraphonic MOV/MP4 files from opening if they lacked a channel configuration
- a bug that caused TTML caption top/bottom placements to be swapped in Hebrew and Arabic languages
- a bug that prevented opening of UTF-16 SRT subtitle files
- a bug that prevented opening of files that contain AC-3 audio in little-endian byte order

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