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April 2022 – cineSync 5

Introducing cineSync 5, the next generation of media review. cineSync 5 is built on the legacy of industry-leading cineSync, now rebuilt from the ground up to meet the evolving demands of creative review and approval. With cineSync 5, we’re streamlining the media review process and supporting more collaborative reviews—both local and remote—while still meeting the highest requirements across security and performance that cineSync users have come to expect over the last 17 years.

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With cineSync 5, we wanted to build the foundations for an exciting new future for cineSync. As such, cineSync 5 is an entirely new, completely redesigned version of cineSync, featuring a new infrastructure designed from the ground up.

Work more intuitively via a modern UI and faster, more responsive review. Enjoy improved playback performance when working with large files.

cineSync 5’s new player, cineSync Play, can run locally without a license, so you can just dive in and perform local reviews for free.

Go in-depth on media with OTIO and OCIO v2 support.

Support for high-resolution original media, including frame/image sequence playback and OpenEXR support.

Experience enhanced production tracking integrations with ftrack Studio and ShotGrid.

Find more ways to compare media, with new features like wipe, A/B, top/bottom, side-by-side, and overlay with transparency.

Work in your language—localization is now supported, with the first release of cineSync 5 translated into Chinese.

Access tons of new features: view image layers, access a new text annotation tool, support for separate audio tracks, and more.

April 2021

cineSync now fully supports 360 video content. 360s or “latlongs” are a video format currently redefining on-set virtual production for projects such as Disney’s The Mandalorian. With cineSync, creators of 360 video 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 inside the image, and add positionally accurate annotations, all in real-time sync with other collaborators.

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cineSync’s annotation tools now allow for “ghosting”—the display of drawings or sketches across multiple frames. Ghosting is particularly useful when working in animation, for example when sketching out an object’s proposed trajectory or a character’s movement across several frames. With ghosting, collaborators can sketch out potential action to feel out what works or what doesn’t for a scene. cineSync offers control over how many frames the ghosting effect is shown, before or after the annotated frame.

cineSync’s latest update brings updated Amazon S3 file transfer functionality, meaning users can more easily and securely transfer encrypted review content to anyone, anywhere in the world. For guests, this means an automated download process: guests can jump into a review session and access review content without seeking out and manually downloading the files under review, as files with an S3 bucket will automatically download.

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.

May 2020

Choose the output quality of any post-session PDF round-ups. Simply select PDF quality from the Drawings/Color interface.

Choose high-quality images that elucidate annotations, or a quick-and-easy lo-res summary.

The Shotgun and ftrack Studio production tracking integrations with cineSync are now much improved. cineSync 4.1.13 brings pronounced speed improvements when working with both ftrack Studio and Shotgun.

Searching within Shotgun is far more efficient, especially on high-latency networks, and Shotgun playlists now add to individual groups within the playlist. cineSync 4.1.13 also adds additional logging to Aspera Faspex file transfers.

Sometimes the little things make a big difference. In cineSync 4.1.13, other reviewers’ inactive cursors fade out over time.

This new feature proves particularly useful when running sessions with 10-20 collaborators: any cursors that stop moving will eventually disappear, which means increased interface clarity and fewer distractions from the art.

cineSync 4.1.13 introduces a cluster of improvements to make cineSync easier to use than ever before:

  • Improvements to high-DPI device support on Windows
  • Improved text color in “dark mode” to ensure clarity of all text when using a projector on macOS
  • Fixed: updates to the UI, improving overall performance
  • Fixed: issue preventing saved session files containing certain characters from loading correctly
  • Fixed: fullscreen playlist sometimes displaying incorrectly on Windows
  • Fixed: scroll bar within the chat window
  • Tons of bug fixes and optimizations!