The release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks in October 2013 finally brought full support of AVCHD importing and editing to OS X.
For the first time, you can import and edit any AVCHD video file in iMovie and Final Cut Pro.
VoltaicHD has always bridged the gap between the Apple video editors and the AVCHD format. With Apple now providing full support for AVCHD video, VoltaicHD has had its day.
Mavericks also presented us with some major challenges with our conversion engine. It would have been a major development exercise to update our AVCHD conversion engine to work with Mavericks.
So, after a great 7 years as the best quality AVCHD video converter on the market, its time to say goodbye to VoltaicHD and RevolverHD.
For the past three years, Smart Converter Pro has taken over the number one performer for Shedworx, and continues to be the top ranking video converter on the Mac App Store. Music Converter Pro is also a big winner for us, so we will be concentrating our efforts on these apps from now on.
We've also been working on an exciting new project for the past 18 months which is about to be launched in Australia, and then the world. More on this soon!
We're coming to MacWorld! Again!
We're all set and heading to MacWorld in chilly San Francisco in a few days time.
Shedworx will be in booth 1010, on the right hand side of the Expo hall, near Appalooza.
Its been two years since we were at MacWorld and a lot has changed for us in that time.
The biggest thing for us has been Smart Converter. Smart Converter is the number one free video converter for the Mac worldwide and Smart Converter Pro is the top rated, most popular and highest grossing video converter on the Mac App Store. Through Smart Converter and Smart Converter Pro, Shedworx software is now on a significant percentage of all Macs out there. This means a huge number of people use our stuff, and we can't wait to talk to people about it.
If you're in the Bay area, we'd love to see you down at MacWorld. As part of our booth package we have an almost unlimited number of Expo passes to hand out, so if you want to save $25 on the door charge, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll have a pass waiting for you at the door.
Among other things, we will be selling the MacWorld SUPERBUNDLE! All of our apps in one super bundle for $40 - a discount of 80%, available only on the Expo show floor.
Here's the flyer we will be handing out...
For those who can make it to MacWorld, we can't wait to see you there. For those who can't, stay tuned, we'll have our MacWorld post and photos up real soon!
We've got a new logo!
We started Shedworx in 2007 and quickly threw together a logo and brand.
Five years and a few million app downloads later, and its time for a new look.
We've gone with a simple branding with a splash of colour to represent the different things that we do.
The swirls even contain the S and W initials of the Shedworx name.
We hope you like it!
This is the new branding for our journey to MacWorld Expo 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. More on that soon...
Mountain Lion support for Shedworx apps!
Today we finished our application updates for Mountain Lion support.
Now, everything except HD Quick Look has been updated to support Mountain Lion.
This means that all the Shedworx apps that you download from shedworx.com (not the App Store) now include the Developer signing that is required for an app to run under Mountain Lion.
All the apps have also been submitted to Apple for updating on the Mac App Store, so that will happen when it happens. There seems to be a big backlog with the App Store review process at the moment, probably due to all the apps being updated for Mountain Lion.
HD Quick Look
HD Quick Look is a still under development while we decide whether or we can update it to work under Mountain Lion.
We will put out a separate post with details of where we end up with this.
All three of the Shedworx AVCHD apps have been updated with a few key fixes and Mountain Lion support.
We have updated our core AVCHD engine with a couple of key updates.
Over the past few months camera manufacturers have released new AVCHD variants in the 50p and 60p area.
50p (and 60p) are the highest level of HD recording available on consumer camcorders today. The 50p refers to the 50 full (progressive) frames per second that these cameras can record. The video from these cameras is the absolute best quality available today.
We have supported the initial 50p and 60p formats used by Panasonic since 2010 so this update covers all 50p and 60p recording formats from all AVCHD camera manufacturers.
LPCM audio support
LPCM is a pro-level audio format used in Pro video cameras.
Over the past year more and more Pro video cameras have moved to the AVCHD video format, away from vendor-specific video formats.
As they have moved into AVCHD, these Pro cameras have begun using LPCM audio, rather than the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio that consumer camcorders use.
LPCM has always been in the AVCHD spec, its just that nobody was using it.
This update to our AVCHD apps now supports LPCM audio in AVCHD videos.
We've also updated all the apps to be signed with the Shedworx Developer Certificate. This allows our apps to be installed and run on Mountain Lion under the default OSX security setting which prevents the execution of non-signed apps.
Voltaic, Revolver and Cosmos are now available for Download from shedworx.com or via Automatic Update from the applications themselves.
All three apps should be available via the Mac App Store within a couple of weeks. We submitted them today.
Smart Converter Pro is now the top ranked video converter in both the Top Paid and Top Grossing lists on the Mac App Store.
Smart Converter free edition continues to hold down Number 1 spot on the Top Free list for Video. We've been the Number 1 free Video app for five weeks now.
The Smart Converter Engine
Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are now using the Smart Converter Engine to convert their video and music. The same Smart Converter Engine is used in both Basic and Pro versions of the app, so everyone can enjoy the unprecedented speed that Smart Converter makes possible.
For people who have a lot of files to convert, or just need to take more control of their conversions, Smart Converter Pro is the answer. We're pleased to see so many people buying Smart Converter Pro to take control of their conversions.