New White Dash Player / Trimmer

White Dash Professional Video Player


The White Dash Player / Trimmer was designed to make selective cuts in the new Panasonic GH5 and other 4K and beyond video clips before batch conversion – reducing compute time and disk storage needs. Selections are then appended to a shot list one at a time until ready to be saved to either a Simple EDL (.sedl) for import into Convert V4, Dali’s Mustache or the new V6 Media Tool Suite for transcoding, or alternately saved to a standard  EDL for use in pro editing applications such as DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer

Single frames can also be captured at full resolution and bit-depth – great for working with the Panasonic GH5 6K Photo Mode!


Use the right-click context-sensitive menu to import a clip from the standard Windows open file dialog



White Dash controls are much like any other player with play, stop, frame reverse and frame forward along with in and out mark buttons. Use the [ and ] transport buttons for moving directly to the first or last frame instantly without scrubbing

The idea is to select portions of each clip that you want to work with – and then convert only those portions rather than convert entire clips. This can save an incredible amount of computer render time – and in the case of high-bitrate codecs can save a huge amount of disk space. You trim your clips and save the selections for either conversion to other formats or for importing into other pro applications

Marked regions are shown by [ and ] marks that identify the range selected


TC Panel

The timecode panel keeps track of current timecode as you scrub or play through a clip
The total frame count is displayed right beside the timecode panel



As you mark in / out regions with the [ Mark In and Mark Out ] buttons, use the Add To Shotlist button to record your selection to the shot list. Every new set of in / out marks gets appended to the shot list. You can record multiple cuts from a clip into the shot list or mark several clips for a large batch conversion in a single shot list. Once completed you can save the shot list to SEDL for use with the V6 Media Command Builder or as a standard EDL


Full Frame Interface


Double-click the video window to enter Full Frame Interface Mode and hide the player controls – regardless of player size. Maximize the interface – then double-click to run fullscreen. The keyboard shortcuts can be used to control playback and to add In and Out marks for output to EDL or S-EDL file. The interface can be resized or moved easily when in Full Frame mode. Double-click or use the right-click menu and select “Full Frame Toggle” to enter or exit Full Frame Mode


Now included in the White Dash distribution are monitor calibration patterns from AVSHD and SpectraCal. For the optimum viewing experience, first select a Video Output Driver (in Preferences) – then use the calibration patterns to calibrate your monitor. A link is also provided to the HD Nation AVSHD tutorial video to help get your system up-to-spec

See the SpectraCal website for more information or to download the AVSHD disc images and additional charts.


Clip resolution, framerate, duration, timecode start, timecode end, timecode span and total number of frames information is displayed directly within the interface. Hover over a control for tool tips


Click the “grab frame” to save a full-frame TIFF, PNG, BMP, or JPG image of the current frame

Right-click in the player interface to open Preferences to select the captured image format and to set the capture directory

screen grab


Shot List

The shot list contains entries of all the clips and the in / out ranges along with timecode information for exporting to EDL. To work with V6 conversions it is necessary to export to S-EDL. You can then import that S-EDL into the V6 main queue, select the conversion of choice via the Media Command Builder and batch-convert the selected ranges from each clip. (V6 cannot import standard EDLs)

You can remove individual entries from the shot list at any time. Use the right-click menu to remove selections, save to S-EDL or EDL and clear the shot list for a new S-EDL


LEFT and RIGHT – Seek Backward / Forward 1 frame
UP and DOWN – Seek Backward / Forward 1 second
I – Mark In Point
O – Mark Out Point
P – Add Cut to Shot list
R – Reset In / Out Marks
SPACE – Play / Pause
NumPad 5 – seek 5 seconds forward
V – cycle subtitle visibility
S – cycle subtitle languages
A – cycle audio languages
L – loop playback forever
K – no looping
T – cycle color transfer (opengl only)
Y – cycle color primaries (opengl only)
F – cycle full frame interface
H – hide cursor


White Dash is compatible with most formats including XAVC & MXF and handles 8K resolution and beyond. White Dash is also hardware accelerated so playback is smooth even with limited computer resources

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