VoltaicHD for Mac version 1.6.0 released

We have just released version 1.6.0 of VoltaicHD for Mac.

The main change in this release is the addition of Advanced Export options under the Preferences. This allows you to export from VoltaicHD into any format supported by QuickTime on your computer, rather than just AIC.

This is also the first release that we have made using the auto-update function, so registered users should receive this update automatically.

Finally, we are testing a new conversion method using FFmpeg. This works for some cameras and is a significant speed-up for one part of the conversion process.

Final Cut Express 4.0.1 Upgrade - Full HD editing at last!

While doing various testing with Final Cut Express, we've noticed that Apple have finally added support for Full HD editing in Final Cut Express for the first time.

A very un-publicised 'feature' of FCE was that it did not support 1920x1080 video, but only went as high as 1440x1080 (the old Sony HDV standard for tape-based video cameras). Version 4.0.1 now includes new profiles (under Easy Setup) which go as high as 1920x1080.

This change was not publicised by Apple, obviously to hide the fact that FCE has not supported full HD editing all this time.

This is a welcome upgrade for the HD purists out there, so we thought that we'd let everyone know.

VoltaicHD for Mac version 1.4.4 released

This is a bug fix release of VoltaicHD.

Fixed in this release is an incorrect frame rate setting that occurred only in 1440x1080i clips (PAL and NTSC) for AVCHD clips over 1Gb (i.e. greater than about 9 minutes) in size.

RevolverHD version 1.0 released

We have just released the first full version of RevolverHD for Mac, which adds the ability to create Blu-ray compatible AVCHD disks using MTS or M2TS clips from AVCHD cameras.

Note that RevolverHD version 1.0 does not yet support iMovie and Final Cut QuickTime exports as part of an AVCHD disk. RevolverHD can take these QuickTime exports and convert them for playback on a PlayStation3, but only using a Data disk. Data disks will not play on a normal Blu-ray player.

We are now working on a new feature to take Full HD exports from iMovie or Final Cut and burn an AVCHD disk which will play on any compatible Blu-ray player.

RevolverHD works on Intel and PowerPC platforms and supports OS X 10.4 and 10.5.

VoltaicHD for Mac version 1.3 released

This is the biggest release of VoltaicHD for Mac for some time.

Here's what we've included.

A progress indicator

We have had this requested many times so we've finally done it!

The VoltaicHD conversion takes place in 3 stage:
- Preparing: where the AVCHD file is 'unwrapped' to split out its video and audio streams
- Converting: the main conversion of the H.264 video
- Exporting: final encoding to AIC

The 'Converting' stage takes about 95% of the total elapsed time (although we are working on making this a lot faster right now), so we're printing out the % complete for this stage.

Audio and Visual pop-up alerts

Some users have requested an audio or pop-up alert at completion of the batch. We've added this in, although it is a Preference setting, so you can turn it off.

AppleScript support

A number of users have been asking for this ever since we first released VoltaicHD in July '07.

We've finally taken a break from the heavy duty video codec work to fit this in. The AppleScript interface for Voltaic lets you add files and convert the (of course) and also gives you access to the preferences. This allows you to process multiple batches of files using a script, changing output locations for each batch.

Over the next month we will post some sample AppleScript scripts which use VoltaicHD.

Here is a sample script which adds some files to VoltaicHD and converts them.
Voltaic AppleScript sample

Japanese translation

One of our users has been good enough to translate VoltaicHD to Japanese.

VoltaicHD for Mac version 1.2.5 released

Voltaic 1.2.5 has been released to improve the handling of very large files and address a few minor bugs.

The bugs fixed in this release are:
- input file sizes up to 6Gb (and possibly much higher) now supported
- audio sync problem with very large NTSC clips fixed
- frame rate display issue in FCE fixed

This is basically a bug fix release which addresses a few smaller issues that have only been affecting a handful of users.

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