- Provides high quality video conversions
- Adds derived timecode and metadata to conversions
- Allows manual assignment of timecode
- Carry assigned timecode through multiple sessions
- Creates 1/2 resolution lower bitrate proxies
- Easily setup large-scale batch conversions
- View clip media info at a glance
- Easily determine best Avid DNxHD bitrate for source
- Quickly setup multiple jobs for automated processing
- Monitor job status in realtime (local processing)
- Track conversions in application logs
- Run conversions on local PC or send to AWPro Server
- Converts .mts, .m2t, .m2ts, .mp4, .mxf & .mov
- New Renaming Tool for clip name management
- New optimizations provide faster conversions
Designed For Rapid Turnaround Video Conversions
AWPro was designed as a robust, stable platform for high-volume batch conversions using ffmbc processing, where job tracking and reliable, predictable output is critical. The application layout provides for fast loading of source clips, quick and intelligent file renaming and copying to long-term storage (from flash drive or portable media), rapid codec selection and fast assignment of Reel Name / subdirectory structure for converted clips. Application settings are saved at exit for rapid setups of new footage.
Multiple Input Options
You can drag-and-drop any number or sequence of files into the Media Pool that you want to convert as a group. Mix and match files from different folders to create a master project conversion, or convert any subset of clips in one run. Each clip will have it's own Time-Of-Day timecode applied and will share a common Reel Name and output subdirectory for easy project identification if elected. You can alternately assign a starting timecode that will properly adjust for all the clips you add to the media pool - regardless of resolution or framerate.
You can also right-click to select an entire directory - or filter to files of type for quick loading. The context-sensitive menu also includes selections to trim or clear items from the media pool as well as as Soft Kill feature to allow a conversion to complete - but terminates the batch job. There is also a CANCLE RUN button to kill all running jobs immediately.
Fast Handling Interface Designed For Lots-Of-Use
Once you get comfortable with the layout and sequence of events that glean the optimum performance from AWPro, you will find the application layout is well designed for volume handling and human interaction. If you setup your conversions and leave the Reel Name entry for last, once you enter that new Reel Name just hit Enter and the conversion run begins (or the job is sent to the AWPro Server). Double-click on a clip in the Media Pool to open it in the preview player. Selectively remove multiple clips from the media pool by right-click - (does not remove clips from disc - only from conversion batch). Keyboard shortcuts are provided for most major functions and all AWPro suite applications provide drag-and-drop file copying via the Alt key.
Add Timecode For Use In Pro Applications
AWPro derives Time-Of-Day timecode from the creation time of your source clips. You can use this timecode along with your custom Reel Name metadata to import your converted footage into pro applications for editing or color grading, then output EDL or CDL files for use in subsequent applications without the need for additional rendering before final output. You can also create proxies with identical timecode and Reel Name metadata for use while editing, then link in the full quality conversions to render at highest quality - all without additional handling. Save the EDL and CDL files and you can recreate any aspect of your project on demand.
AWPro Client will also allow you to set your own timecode start point - AWPro automatically calculates the resulting timecode on-the-fly. AWPro will also maintain the timecode even if you change directories and load new clips into the media pool. It will then start the next clip conversion timecode where that last batch conversion left off - or you can reset to whatever value you choose.
For those interested in wrapping AVCHD to .mov format, AWPro will add timecode and Reel Name to wrapped clips. AWPro also provides fast wrapping to MP4 without timecode.
It is important to set the clock in your camera in order to generate representative Time-Of-Day timecode. If you record a slate with realtime Time-Of-Day it provides one more cue for syncing your video clips with separately recorded audio (especially if you record timecode to one of your audio tracks). AWPro makes it easy to determine the derived timecode of your source clips at a glance - or you can set the timecode according to your needs.
The AWPro Suite is designed primarily for source clips that do not contain timecode or metadata information (AVCHD formats). It does work with Canon .mov format as well. If your source clips do already contain timecode, AWPro will pass that timecode along to the converted clips. Reel Name metadata however will be replaced by the Reel Name you supply at runtime.
Clip Info At A Glance
Click on any clip in the Media Pool to show file and format details at a glance. The Clip Info window shows file size, resolution, framerate and interlace characteristics of your source clip. This info can be copied to the clipboard and saved to a standard text file. You can also turn off the display if you choose.
Monitor Clip Conversion Status In Realtime
Use the Clip Info window to monitor the progress of each clip as it is converting - AWPro provides ffmbc output in realtime. Clips in the Media Pool are highlighted as they are being converted so you can follow the progress of the entire batch job. (Available in Process Local mode only).
Fire Multiple Conversion Jobs To An AWPro Server
For brute-force clip conversions on a larger scale, use AWPro on one or many clients to send conversion jobs to the AWPro Server. Each AWPro Client can be assigned a unique Client ID to make job tracking at the server a snap. Once your jobs get to the server you can close AWPro Client and get right back to editing or color grading.
New Renaming Tool
AWPro now includes the Renaming Tool as a separate module available via right-click. It has new renaming capabilities and also supports drag-and-drop input as well as between the other AWPro and Clip-X modules.
ProRes for Avid Exports
AWPro now provides ProRes with proper gamma and color balance for use in Avid DNxHD to ProRes conversions for outbound projects. AWPro ensures that the conversions will be visually identical and that gamma ranges will be spot-on when compared with the original DNxHD source.
Customized Codecs, Command-Lines And Branding
The AWPro Suite of tools can be customized for any ffmbc-based codec / command-line for specific post-production needs. Custom configurations can also be fitted with company logos or other branding requirements. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Current Codecs Supported by AWPro
- ProRes 4:2:2 & 4:4:4
- Avid DNxHD 8-bit & 10-bit* in 220, 185, 175, 145, 120, 115, 90, 75, 60, 45 & 36Mbps - *10-bit where available
- XDCAM 50 4:2:2 MXF
- Wrap to MP4 - No Timecode
- Wrap to MOV with Timecode
- M-JPEG 220Mbps with Timecode
- DeInterlaced M-JPEG 220M w/ TC
- PAL IMX 50
- DVCPro 100 4:2:2
- QT-Raw - uncompressed YUV
- ProRes proxy format 36MBps @ 1/2 resolution of source
- M-JPEG proxy format 50Mbps @ 1/2 resolution of source
- Avid DNxHD 36Mps proxy format available from main codec list
AWPro Client is free to use stand-alone and for Local Processing and conversions. Purchases of AWPro Server will include a license for a single AWPro Client. Additional Client licenses (to be used from multiple workstations with a single server for example) will require an additional license, purchased separately. For more information or to purchase client licenses please click here.
All AWPro tools utilize ffmbc for all conversion processing. ffmbc provides broadcast standard and predictable conversion output and is supplied with the AWPro tools installation.
AWPro Utilities are provided as-is and have limited support. If you experience problems please send a detailed e-mail describing the problem and your use. These software applications are not covered by any warranty nor guaranteed to work for your application. Please be sure to test AWPro Client before purchasing AWPro Server.
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Minimum system requirements for acceptable performance
- Windows 7 - 32 or 64-bit versions
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom Quad Core 9750 2.4 Ghz or higher
- 2GB of RAM
- 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
- 1GB for initial install, 20GB recommended
- Broadband internet connection for download
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