updated 05:25 pm EDT, Thu May 19, 2005
Mac Digital Clip Library
Imagine Products today released and HD Log v3.0 with a new, "Video Assist" mode that auto-digitizes on-the-fly preview or edit quality, timecode accurate clips from video camcorders. Mac Digital Clip Library is a turnkey digital library solution for creating a web-based solution to share logs, thumbnails and video clips. It includes HD Log Gold logger, a registered MySQL Database, and Web Search module with shopping cart. Mac Digital Clip Library is available for $7000 and includes HD Log Gold, MySQL library module and Web search shopping cart.
"Whether you're looking for a simple single-user setup on a single Mac computer, or need a more robust multi-user environment that digitizes and shares QuickTime clips over the web, the library can be configured to fit your needs. Powerful cataloging features save time and promote data consistency in describing and sharing analog or digital content with text and images."
HD Log v3.0--both Silver and Gold editions--are specifically designed for seamless XML export of clips to Final Cut Pro HD. The 'Video Assist' feature can monitor HD work without expensive downconverters or wear and tear on camera heads. "Just plug the USB timecode reader and analog (or DV input) into your PowerBook. HD Log watches for incoming timecode to start recording, then stops when timecode stops. You can immediately review the clip without waiting for it to render or save to file. And, it automatically names the clips eliminating annoying file save dialogs."
In addition to single clip QT files, HD Log Gold's Batch Digitize option can be used to automatically control the deck and capture clips for entire log files. The encoding options allow for individualized files for each clip. Adjustments for adding Head and Tail frames let you "pad" the clips to ensure the meaningful material is fully preserved. Use the Merge Rule if you want multiple entries contained within roughly equal length video clips (chunks).
The precise embedded timecode assures frame-accurate playback and useful QuickTime files for editing in Final Cut Pro, Avid and others. HD Log Silver can be used to log and capture clips for Adobe After Effects or other non-digitizing applications. Both versions oare Tiger, QuickTime 7, and H.264 compatible.
HD Log also features custom templates as well as the ability to capture thumbnail pictures along with timecode, digitize clips, print out storyboards, sort files, search logs, select the best clips, copy and paste the clips into new log files. Users can also import/export, and translate batch digitizing files and EDLs between various nonlinear systems.
HD Log Silver is $500, while the 'Gold' version is $700. HD Log as well as Mac Digital Clip Library runs on Mac OS X 10.3/10.4.