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  1. And here is finally the recording of the session. It is 2 hours long, but after those you'll be able to drive your dailies in SCRATCH 😉 .
  2. Hi everyone, as RED recently released their new metal-decode SDK, I found it a good idea to make a quick video about which settings you can tweak in order to maximize performance for playback and transcoding. Cheers, Mazze
  3. Hi all, here's the recording of our recent webinar about live streaming with an introduction to the basics about live streaming as such and then setting up a live streaming session via Youtube, or a custom streaming server - enjoy! Greetz, Mazze
  4. Hi all, just catching up on posting videos 🙂 . Here's a little overview of the most important new features in SCRATCH 9.2. First and foremost the new annotation tool, which can be used for review sessions (also via live streaming) and the new Soft Clip toolset. Cheers, Mazze
  5. Just added a small bit: We will also get to enjoy a short demo (incl. Q&A) of the latest version of COPRA web dailies platform, by Ansgar Krützmann of CinePost in Berlin 🙂 !
  6. Online Session hosted by Mazze Aderhold Wednesday, May 20th 10am Los Angeles | 1pm New York | 7pm Berlin Register here: What is this online event about? This online session we will not only highlight why you want to do dailies in SCRATCH, but also show you how to do it. Mazze will walk you through the complete dailies process – from import to export, incl. all the advantages that come with it. You’ll walk out of this online session, fully prepared to start a dailies job on SCRATCH. Also we will have Ansgar from the COPRA team to show the latest features for v5 their web dailies platform! Dailies in SCRATCH: • settings & project creation • importing clips • offloading • import of ALE/EDL • Media Browser Tool • LUT/CDL loading & matching • audio sync (TC-based + manual sync) incl. LTC • metadata QC + Scene/Take • dailies grading + RAW decode options • color management (i.e. monitor HDR and SDR side by side) • timeline automation • output tree with different deliverables and metadata burn-ins • output filenaming + preset creation • render check / QC reports • import offline clips into Avid, incl. all clip metadata • COPRA Dailies Platform - new Version Demo • Q&A The event is free for all attendees. The content is designed for DITs, colorists and finishing artists. We will also record the event for you to watch later. Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: Cheers, Mazze
  7. Hi everyone - recording of the webinar is available here: The PDF used in the presentation can be found here: And due to popular demand, we also made the test chart used during the webinar available here: Cheers, Mazze
  8. Hey everyone, as of today, ScopeBox ships with native direct ScopeLink support for all Assimilate products. Get a 14-day trial of ScopeBox to use it with SCRATCH, or our Live tools - it’s the most fantastic set of scopes! ==> Don’t have a SCRATCH license? Head over to our website - all Assimilate products are FREE until end of October! ==> Cheers, Mazze
  9. Aaaaand for those who were waiting... we finally got them back in stock: Image credits to peter Hacker at fatrat color grading! Cheers, Mazze
  10. Creative Boost: Client attended Color Sessions via Live Streaming Wednesday, May 6th 10am Los Angeles | 1pm New York | 7pm Berlin Register here: What is this online event about? Join Leo and Oscar from moving forward studios on this online event showing how to live stream your color- or review session to your clients via a private Youtube channel, or your own rtmp server setup. We will show: • how to stream a color session to your clients via a private Youtube channel • how to set up your own secure rtmp server for live streaming • host review sessions with on-screen annotations, metadata burn-in and QC-reports • Q&A + whitepaper PDF at the end of the session for all attendees The event is free for all attendees. The content is designed for DITs, colorists and finishing artists. We will also record the event for you to watch later. Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: Looking forward to see you all 🙂 . Cheers, Mazze
  11. If it doesn't need to be Resolve, you can use SCRATCH... it has a native live streaming option (and is free of charge until end of October right now). You can either let it stream to you a (private) Youtube live channel, or Vimeo, or Wowza, or your own rtmp server if you happen to have one. Youtube has about 2-3 seconds delay, if you have a decent bandwidth and set the stream on Youtube to "Ultra Low Latency". I've seen custom setups with delays less than 1sec going halfway around the globe.
  12. ALL, We hope you all are healthy and safe during these times. If you are working from home, If you need to connect with people remotely, If you have some time to learn new things, We are here to help, with the ASSIMILATE Creative Boost! As of today, we are offering all of our products for FREE until the end of October 2020! Yes for FREE! Register for your FREE licenses here: Use, Learn, Enjoy! All of our products are FREE until October 31, 2020! Check out online tutorials: FREE access to Lowepost online SCRATCH Training: Stay tuned for more information coming to you as we go online and interactive to help with knowledge!
  13. Not too much to work with, but... first have a try reinstalling your GPU drivers. Windows Updates loves to every now and then kill things like OpenCL support with Nvidia drivers.
  14. You know, this isn't really the best way to ask for help. But assuming that's what you're after, you could start by giving a bit more info about your system, source footage and what you were doing when the error popped up.
  15. Watch the videos and you'll find out 🙂 .
  16. Hi all, in this thread I'll add all tutorials related to Live Looks and Live Assist, that exist up to today. Note that all Live Looks videos also apply to Live Assist, since Live Assist is a superset of Live Looks. 01) Live Looks: Introduction - UI and Overview 02) Live Looks: Setup Part 1 - Hardware and project settings 03) Live Looks: Setup Part 2 - Channels and color management 04) Live Looks: Player Overview 05) Live Looks: Grading Tools 06) Live Looks: Workflow Part 1 - Working in Live Looks 07) Live Looks: Workflow Part 2 - Look-matching in SCRATCH 08) Live Looks: Workflow Part 3 - Look-matching in Resolve 09) Live Assist: Introduction & Recording modes Enjoy 🙂 Mazze
  17. Hi all, with the release of SCRATCH 9.2, we also announced two new on-set tools: Live Looks and Live Assist. These 3 videos should give you a good idea on what they do 🙂 . And for those into reading press releases - here it comes: Assimilate Streamlines On-Set Production with New Software Ecosystem for Live Grading, Video-Monitoring and Dailies Launches Live Looks and Live Assist Tools to Optimize Camera to Post Workflows March 17, 2020 – San Jose, CA – Assimilate today announced Live Looks and Live Assist, advanced tools for on-set production, which give media professionals the speed and specialized features for on-set live grading, look creation, advanced video monitoring and recording. Live Looks provides an easy to set up environment for video monitoring and live grading, supporting any resolution from standard HD up to 8K workflows. Packed with professional grading and FX / green-screen tools, it is straight forward to operate and offers a seamless connection into the dailies and post workflows. With Live Looks and Live Assist being available on both macOS and Windows, users are for the first time completely free to go with their platform and hardware of choice. Running on anything from a laptop to a full-blown on-set DIT rig, Live Looks provides LUT-box control, supporting Flanders, Teradek and TVLogic devices. It also supports video-io from AJA, Bluefish444 and Blackmagic for image and full camera metadata capture. Direct reference recording to Apple ProRes, makes it the only tool of its kind available on macOS and Windows. Live Looks goes beyond LUT-box control, the user can process the live camera feed via video-io, allowing for more advanced grading and comparing looks, managing all metadata, annotate camera input and generate production reports. Its fully color managed environment ensures the looks created will come out the same in dailies and post. Live Looks provides a seamless path into dailies and post with look-matching in SCRATCH and CDL-EDL transfer to DaVinci Resolve. Assimilate brings its high-end grading toolset - beyond Lift, Gamma, Gain and CDL: Powerful Curves, and easy-to-use Color Remapper to Live Looks. On-set previews can go beyond just color to include real-time texture effects like Grain, Highlight Glow, Diffusion and Vignette -- all GPU accelerated. Advanced chroma keying to replace green-screen backgrounds with just two clicks makes for the easiest and quickest way to set up and preview a green-screen set. This ensures proper camera angle, green-screen tracker/anchor point locations, and lighting. As with all Assimilate software, load and play back literally any camera format, including RAW formats such as Red RAW and Apple ProRes RAW. Live Assist has all of the features of Live Looks, but includes features for basic video-assist tasks. It provides multi-cam recording and instant playback of all recorded channels. It seamlessly combines live grading with video assist tasks in an easy to use UI. Live Assist automatically records camera inputs to file, based on the Rec-flag inside the SDI signal, including all live camera metadata. Live Assist also extends the range of supported "edit-ready" capture formats: Apple ProRes (MOV), H264 (MP4) and Avid DNxHD/HR (MXF). Operators can also then choose whether they want to record the clean signal, or with the grade baked in. "We are thrilled to provide DITs and other production professionals with a fast, flexible and easy-to-use software toolset, allowing for more advanced color and look development on-set, while still fitting into existing LUT- and CDL-based workflows. With Live Looks’ intuitive chroma keyer, they can create a live green-screen preview literally within seconds! Both Live Looks and Live Assist provide the first step to establishing more efficient and productive on-set workflows in a complete software environment.” said Mazze Aderhold, product marketing manager at Assimilate. “Live Looks and Live Assist dramatically increases the crucial speed of color/look execution. When the cinematographer, director and talent are ready to go, they won’t be waiting for the DIT. Both products are fast, efficient and minimalist without sacrificing toolset performance,” said Daren Smith, founder and Local 600 DIT at Radar ( “We are excited to see the powerful new Live Looks and Live Assist launch with full support of Flanders Scientific’s BoxIO Color Management device as well as DM series monitors. This furthers FSI’s commitment to integrating with the industry’s leading on- set color management and monitoring solutions,” said Bram Desmet, CEO and General Manager at Flanders Scientific. ( Price and Availability Live Looks available now, starting at $89 (USD) monthly. Live Assist is also available immediately, starting at $325 (USD) monthly. Both products and free trials are available at, Additionally, SCRATCH 9.2 is now available, starting at $89.00 (USD) monthly and $695.00 (USD) annually. About Assimilate Assimilate offers Live Looks and Live Assist, a tool suite for on-set production, which provides the speed and specialized features for on-set live grading, video monitoring and recording. Its SCRATCH dailies and post-production workflows have proven essential to productivity and creativity in the creation of high-end 2D/3D/VR studio and independent feature films, documentaries, TV episodes, commercials and music videos. SCRATCH is resolution independent, and is first to update support for new formats. Used by DITs and post artists worldwide, SCRATCH is known for its power, stability, speed, groundbreaking and unique feature set, and streamlined workflows for tackling complex projects with ease. Additionally, in SCRATCH VR, Assimilate offers the only professional end-to-end VR workflow and tools for VR360 / 3D and VR180 / 3D, including stitching, Ambisonic sound, and live streaming. Learn more at Assimilate Contact Aggie Frizzell VP Communications ASSIMILATE +1 425-503-3036
  18. Hi all, SCRATCH 9.2 just got released 🙂 . The biggest changes are here in this video: Next, here are the full release notes: Assimilate Product Suite v9.2 - Release Notes Licensing With v9.2 you can activate multiple license keys at once on a single system so you can easily combine products. Furthermore, v9.2 allows you to de-activate a license and unlock it from a specific system so you can activate and use the license on another system. In order to de-activate a license you first need to enable the unlock. You do this through the MyAssimilate website where you set the allow-deactivate option for a specific license key. Note that the de-activate option on the myassimilate website will only become available a few days after the release of v9.2. If you need to move a license key earlier, please contact licensing(a) Color • A new set of clipping- and softness controls in the LUT menu for soft-clipping your grade. • Most noticeable – a new look and feel of the color-ball controls. Note that on the Color menu the original color A / B color-balls have been replaced by sliders. The menu also comes with a Dim button to adjust the display saturation of the new color-ball controls. • The layout of the Player-Settings-Monitor menu has been updated. With the update of the VideoIO implementation (see below) you can now have multiple reference monitors. Each of those can have its own color space / eotf setting, which the software uses to convert the image into before displaying it on the particular monitor. Alternatively you can set it to <Source> which will leave the image as is. This corresponds to the Apply option in prior versions. • The ACES implementation is now fully processed on the GPU rather than creating in-between LUTs from the IDT / ODT transforms in CTL scripts. This improves the accuracy of the transforms. Note that with this update we also updated the Rec709 and sRGB ODTs; in prior versions we used a different (D60) white point. This can cause a slight change in how ACES media is displayed when compared to v9.1. You still have the option to use the same transforms as in v9.1 by enabling the 'Use ACES-REC709 D60 transform' advanced system setting. With the new ACES implementation it is now also possible to set a display LUT after the ACES (ODT) transforms. This was not possible in prior versions as the ACES transforms were handled as the display LUT. Note that with the update of ACES implementation, the application no longer uses external CTL files and as such it does no longer come with all the IDT/ODT files. Furthermore, you no longer select an ACES version in the Project settings but rather always use the latest available version. • Support for Tetrahedral LUT interpolation for smoother and more gradual results. Tetrahedral is the default interpolation method in v9.2 and in general does require slightly more processing (although on most systems not noticeable). If needed however, you can revert back to linear interpolation though the Advanced Settings (search for ‘interpolation’). • Added new standard gamuts and eotf options: Black Magic Wide Gamut / BMDFilm gamma, Z-Cam Log, Nikon and Fuji log curves. Also, ACEScg (AP1) is now a separate color space next to ACES (linear AP0). • The default value for the Clip Levels setting of a shot is now set to true, which means that by default when applying a LUT on a shot any ouot of range values are clipped. Note that only the default value was changed - this does not affect existing setups. Reason for changing the default is that clipping is the more expected behavior when applying a LUT. Formats • Update on ProRes RAW handling. The Mac version now uses the OSX VideoToolBox for decoding with support for Afterburner card and Metal for GPU processing. This requires OSX Catalina 10.15 or the installation of Pro Video Formats 2.1.1. • Update on ARRI footage handling. SCRATCH can now reads and applies the look-information that comes with an ARRI Raw and ARRI ProRes MXF media and when specified in the look, automatically updates the color space of the shot. Also, we added Kelvin and Tint white balance controls with the ARRI RAW reader, which seemed to be preferred over the RGB gain controls. • In this version we no longer include the Codec Support Package (CSP). By now all of the formats that were supported by CSP have been moved to specialized readers. Note that the only remaining format not yet fully supported outside CSP is Panasonic Op1b MXF: currently the standard reader does not include the audio of this format. We are working on fixing that in an update release. In the meantime, the alternative is to select the FFMpeg reader for this format. • Added support for XDCAM MXF files (MPEG-2 Long GOP HD) • We added the option to generate DNx in a QuickTime (.mov) container. • This version contains various fixes on the Cineform Reader. • AJA implementation updates. 8K capture support as well as 12-bit RGB packed format for playback and capture. Please note that default SCRATCH v9.2 does not have any SDI capture capabilities. SDI capture is available with Live Looks and Live Assist or under custom licensing. • Parsing more EXR metadata: SCRATCH did not parse any non-string tagged metadata. • Fix on the Phantom reader that had an issue with certain 8bit bayer-pattern files. Project / Metadata / Miscellaneous • This version has a new Annotation (paint) tool. From the main toolbar you can enable/disable viewing of annotations while from the top menu bar you can open the paint toolbox. Annotations can be created per shot or per frame. When selecting to display note-markers on the mini timeline, these will include markers for the paint-annotations. Furthermore, from the Reports option in the Construct module, you can also select an annotation report which contains (proxy) images of all shots in the timeline that contain annotations (text / paint). • Added flexibility to licensing: you can now de-activate a license on one system and activate it again on another system. Note that to be able to de-activate a license you first need to mark the license through the MyAssimilate. • Directly output pdf formatted reports. When setting the report filename you can now choose between html and pdf as output format. • This version contains a new Video-IO implementation that supports multiple inputs and outputs at the same time. Note that by default SCRATCH only comes with support for multiple outputs. Live Looks and Live Assist also include support for multiple inputs. Supported Video-IO hardware continues to be AJA, BMD and Bluefish444. • Blackmagic Decklink SDK has been updated to v11.5, AJA SDK has been updated to v15.5 • You can now use the mouse scroll-wheel to adjust position of the mini-timeline. • Load and match Live Looks grades in SCRATCH. Either from the 'New Timeline' panel after the File Browser or from the Match Live Looks button in the Construct you can easily match and apply grades that you created in Live Looks or Live Assist onto the selected clips in your timeline. • The Same as Source render now respects the slot disabled-state in a timeline. • A new Remote Control application with which you can control the basic player functions from an external device (phone / tablet). The Remote Control is a first application for the new http/web server interface of the software. Currently you first need to explicitly enable the embedded web server through the corresponding advanced system setting. When enabled, the Tools menu in the top menu in the Player will show a Remote Control option. This will open a panel with a QR code / ip-address, that you can scan / enter in your external device to start the actual remote control. Cheers, Mazze
  19. It takes in two HD-SDI signals and can output in a 3D-pattern like side-by-side, or frame-packed, etc.. No live streaming.
  20. No problem - let us know how far you got 😉 .
  21. Hey Geoff, not 100% sure what you intend with the sequence - note though that you can just load an image sequence just like a container shot - for the sequence just pass the name of the first file. As for retrieving the full project database in xml form - you would add to the project settings to always generate an xml database on exiting the project or create a so called custom command button and set this to export the full project database in xml. You can do that in the System Settings ==> Custom Commands tab. Check this (rather old) video for a quick explanation: Cheers, Mazze
  22. Hi Geoff, yes it is possible to name slots: just use a <name> tag within the <slot> tag (rather than an attribute). As for the sequence: If you mean that you want to use different sections of the same shot, then just add the same file multiple times (as <shot>) and set different in-out in the <handles> section. Hope this answers your questions^^. Greetz, Mazze
  23. Actually, I found a sample playlist (find attached). You can just dag this onto the SCRATCH icon on your desktop or alternatively start SCRATCH via command line and add this .splx file as startup argument^^. Greetz, Mazze my_playlist.splx
  24. Cool - will get you this on monday 🙂 .
  25. Thanks for linking me in, Tom! Geoff, check this link: This does not yet cover a recent function added: The option to start Play Pro (or the player of full SCRATCH) with a playlist which could be useful for certain review sessions: some of our customers build a setup where you can click a (web) link that (dynamically) generates / returns a play-list (*.splx) file that directly opens in Play Pro. Feel free tp ing me if that is of interest and I can provide you with info on that. Else, the link above should have everything you need^^. Cheers, Mazze