cineSync‘s April update introduces 360/latlong video review, animation ghosting, and a host of improvements for even more effective desktop-based media review.
The April 2021 update of cineSync, ftrack’s Academy Award- and Emmy-winning desktop-based media review solution, is now available. cineSync’s update introduces 360 video review, animation ghosting, and various improvements for more effective collaboration.
Support for equirectangular 360 video
cineSync now fully supports 360 video content. 360s or “latlongs” are a video format currently redefining on-set virtual production on projects like Disney’s The Mandalorian. With cineSync, creators of 360 content can review and approve latlongs in advance of their use on set. Users can view spherical 360 video in a standard rectangular viewing window, pan around the image, and add positionally accurate annotations, all in real-time sync with other collaborators.
Jake Morrison, VFX Supervisor at Marvel, comments: “Although we use latlongs with our director all the time, we’ve lacked a quick, interactive, and creative way to work with them. Now we can use latlongs in cineSync to create new shots, annotate them, and save the results in a heartbeat. It’s a game changer.”
Rory McGregor, Product Manager, Media Review at ftrack, comments: “As virtual production technology becomes more prominent, creatives must ensure 360 video content is LED wall-ready. With cineSync, users can now review latlongs before shooting, test sets and locations before they go live, or even “scout” digital locations in sync to ensure they fit a show’s creative needs.”
Animation ghosting added to reviews
cineSync’s annotation tools now allow for “ghosting”—the display of sketches across multiple frames. Ghosting is particularly useful when working in animation, for example, when sketching out an object’s proposed trajectory across several frames. cineSync offers control over how many frames the ghosting effect is shown, before or after the annotated frame.
Streamlined file transfer and automatic media download for guests
Updated Amazon S3 file transfer functionality means users can more easily transfer encrypted review content anywhere in the world. For guests, this means an automated download process: guests can jump into a review session and access review content without manually downloading the files under review. In all cases, the content remains fully encrypted and playable only in cineSync. Review owners can set the content to auto-delete from the guest machine at the end of the review if they so wish.