- August 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm
Hey Oliver….I see you mentioned Switch in the FCP update thread. Can you tell us how you use Switch in your day to day workflow? Is it indispensable to your workflows? Any specific features you don’t get in other apps?
I loved it when it first came out but it didn’t do enough to justify the price tag…$69 seemed about right….$250 didn’t.
Love to hear your thoughts.
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
- August 31, 2020 at 1:50 pm
[Rich Rubasch] “Can you tell us how you use Switch in your day to day workflow?”
Sure. The first big use is as a media player and/or QC tool. Many of the formats that can’t be viewed in QTX Player can be opened in Switch. You can also sometimes do this with VLC, but Switch covers more pro formats, like various MXF-wrapped files. This can be done even with the cheapest version, although they will be watermarked. It also displays time, frame count, or timecode.
Depending on the version you buy, you can also check embedded captions or attach and check sidecar caption files or descriptive audio files. Same thing, depending on version, you can also check multichannel audio, like individual 5.1 channels, or loudness metering.
The second is as a transcoder for single files. Switch includes all of the encoding features of Telestream’s Episode encoder, but only for individual files (no batch encoding). You can also use it to quickly export frame grabs at any point where the file is parked.
In our daily use, I have the cheapest version installed on every workstation for viewing. Then one station has the upgraded version for QC. Does that answer your question?
BTW – if you just need another encoder, I was made aware of Shutter Encoder over the weekend reading an Avid forum. A few of the editors mentioned it highly. It’s a free download with donation requested. Seems pretty full-featured and it’s 64-bit Windows and Mac.
Oliver Peters – oliverpeters.com
- August 31, 2020 at 3:36 pm
That looks incredibly useful and the price is right. Now I have something to replace Mpeg Streamclip with, once they pry that out of my hands.
- September 1, 2020 at 1:27 am
[Oliver Peters] “A few of the editors mentioned it highly. It’s a free download with donation requested. Seems pretty full-featured and it’s 64-bit Windows and Mac.”
And Linux. It’s working on my Linux Mint laptop. Thanks for the heads up. Pretty impressed so far.
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