VCube Release Notes - Merging Technologies

VCube Release Notes
Updates: Please check our Web site http://www.merging.com periodically for information, patches and updates.
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VCube v4.0.10 HotFix
BUGS FIXED:
MT5148: Fixed.
MT5171: Fixed.
MT5160: Fixed.
MT5165: Fixed.
Fixed. potential
Missing dialog and Crash in ConvertMedias
Level Magic Init Error (fixed from Junger)
VCube: Clicks in MOV files with channels paired
VCube: Autoedit function does not behave as a VTR do
crash when using FinalCheck
VCUBE 4.0 Release Notes
IMPROVEMENTS
Improved Auto Edit mode for Record, including new 'ASSEMBLE' mode
Better handling of image sequences: now detects them and import whole sequence into VCube as
one video clip.
Progress bar when opening Media file (no more white screen)
Cross-wrap MXF to MOV and MOV to MXF for compatible codecs (IMX, XDCAM-HD, DNxHD…)
New settings icons: drop-down list and overlay
VCube: Drag & Drop files from Windows Explorer :
Drop into preview screen
The composition will be closed (after asking for a confirmation) and a new one will be
created to follow the characteristics of the media file dropped (image size, frame rate,
aspect ratio, interlacing...). The media will be placed at its original timecode in the
timeline.
Drop into timeline
The composition characteristics will not be changed to conform to the media.
If more than one file is dropped at the same time, they will be placed in sequence in the
timeline.
“Place to Cursor” mode (default behaviour)
The media will be placed at the current cursor position in the timeline.
If the “Ctrl” key is pressed while dropping the file, the files dropped will be
inserted, and all clips after them will be rippled
“Enqueue” mode
If the “Shift” key is pressed while dropping the file, the media will be placed at
the end of the composition, immediately following the last clip (or at current
timecode if the composition is empty)
MXFix 2.0:
Batch Render mode
2-pass Loudness Normalizer based on Final Check (+ True Peak Limiter)
Channel routing
Dolby E full integration (decode / encode / re-encode after correction)
Cross-wrap MOV <-> MXF for compatible codecs (IMX, XDCAM-HD, DNxHD, DVCPro...)
Preset for ARIB TR B32 specification
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VCube v4.0 BUGS FIXED
Fixed. MXF: Some files were causing crashes at opening
Fixed. VCube Batch Render: all files were encoded with the same fps (the one blocked in Video
settings tab of Render dialog)
Fixed. VCube: DNxHD problems in Batch Render: forced FrameLayout to Interleaved_UpperFirst
Fixed. VCube: apply audio out changes was not working in SE mode (thus routing of render was not
working)
Fixed. Render to MXF XDCAM-HD could have missing video frames
Fixed. MXFix: increased robustness of Dolby E decoding
Fixed. MXFix: corrected FinalCheck measures for NTSC compositions.
Fixed. VCube: new settings icons: drop-down list and overlay
Fixed. VCube: repaint GUI after wrap for proper refresh
Fixed. VCube: added delay buffer in FinalCheck VCube to handle NTSC wraps
Fixed. VCube: MXF: correct size info for AVCIntra-50
Fixed. VCube: MXFix Render won't lose codec settings when changing the WatchFolder
Fixed. VCube: changed NTSC default mode to NTSC DropFrame
MT4136: Fixed. VCube: TC overlay color is not saved
MT5133: Fixed. VCube: Render: crash when video file format is set to none
MT5132: Fixed. VCube: Record: last recorded file can't be loaded in Timeline
MT5090: Fixed. VCube: MXF: files with IMX from Adobe Premiere cannot be read
MT5084: Fixed. VCube: MXF: faster loading of NTSC files (XDCAM-HD)
MT5012: Fixed. VCube: MXF: can't read video of files with Subtitle Track 436M
MT4710: Fixed. VCube: Render/wrap to MXF DNxHD is corrupted with NTSC files
MT4412: Fixed. VCube: drag & drop from Win explorer not always working
MT4308: Fixed. VCube: MXF record broken for DVCPro, DNxHD
MT4915: Fixed. Render of regions start at TC 0 if some tracks are not selected
MT4994: Fixed. VCube: Crash when leaving capture mode of a hidden clip
MT4999: Fixed. VCube: can't transfer wraps of MXF/DV on XDCAM (PDW-1500) (IRIB)
MT4966: Fixed. VCube: Memory leak at end of QuickTime encoding
MT4990: Fixed. VCube: Chase offset stored with wrong sign in SE mode
MT4345: Fixed. VCube: MPG .vidx files regenerated at each re-opening or re-import of MPEG files
MT4490: White screens during Render process
BUGS FIXED between v3.1 and 4.0 Beta release
MT4764: Fixed. VCube installer: AAF dlls fail to register
MT4773: Fixed. MXFix : some files cannot be moved from process to done folder
Fixed. VCube: FinalCheck report was incorrect regarding 'Dolby E' pairs
Fixed. MXFix crash when selected a stereo pair before a Dolby pair with LevelMagic active
MT3437: Fixed. VCube: unicode names not supported in various xChange plugins (MXF...)
MT4398: Fixed. Dolby Encoder crash if number track count is incorrect
Fixed. VCube: Remote access no longer warns users with DirectDraw error message
MT4735: Fixed. VCube: waveforms not shown with most zooms for NTSC
MT4730: Fixed. MXFix: hang decoding multiple Dolby E files
MT4728: Fixed. Prores HD .mov audio 32 bits fix not correctly decoded
MT4632: Fixed. MXFix: DolbyE encode: only first file is correctly encoded
MT4715: Fixed. MXF: report error when writing of AES3 audio for D-10 failed
MT4715: Fixed. MXF: frame size could be incorrect in some rare cases when wrapping D-10
MT4695: Fixed. VCube: Level Magic update, fixing the 'evaluation period' issue
MT4713: Fixed. VCube: Import Media: auto fit Composition window
MT4641: Fixed. VCube: Added option (button) under the Buffer and Frames setting in order to
“align audio read on frames”
Fixed: MXFix: write of 16-channel MXF files
MT4646: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Some audio not read due to Sampling Rate
MT4638: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Level Magic applied with only 2 channels could crash VCube
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MT4632: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Dolby E encode: Only first file was correctly encoded
MT4589: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: IRT analyzer reports an error
MT4543: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Added Web monitoring and simple control
MT4127: Fixed. VCube: Reload of MXF files containing MPEG-2, which was failing (a purple frame
was displayed instead of the video)
Fixed. VCube: Name of first video clip in timeline suggested as the composition name in 'Save as'
Fixed. VCube: Virtual Tape not working with NTSC
Fixed. VCube: Dolby E encoding until the last frame (2 frames were wrong)
Fixed. VCube: Potential crash when closing compos with PMF files
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VCUBE 3.2 Release Notes (MXFix1 release)
Installation:
WARNING: DO NOT INSTALL MXFix/VCube 3.2 ON A COMPUTER ON WHICH PYRAMIX IS INSTALLED
This may cause instabilities in the software. These PC configurations will NOT be supported by Merging.
NEW FEATURES
MXFix:
Merging Technologies introduces the MXFix™ batch wrapper. Designed to make wrap processing of
large amounts of broadcast quality video files as simple as possible for all users in a video workflow.
MXFix can perform any or all of the following tasks in combination with each other as needed. Each
watch folder has its own set of tasks to be performed on the files that are copied to it.
Possibilities:
Scan multiple video files in multiple watch folders to determine process priority and
compatibility
Decode Dolby E audio streams to PCM (for re-wrapping or measurement) with the SurCode
Dolby E® decoder plug-in
Scan and correct loudness levels of stereo and surround channels to user defined target
values of stereo and surround channels with Jünger Audio’s Level Magic®
Measure EBU R-128/ITU.1770 (ATSC) loudness levels of any stereo or surround channels
with Merging’s Final Check™ technology
Generate a loudness level report file in .xml format with Final Check
Correct MXF aspect ratio metadata
Correct audio word length values
Correct audio track counts to fit MXF hardware manufacturers’ standards
Encode Dolby E audio streams
Wrap it all to a new video file
Push that newly wrapped video file to an Output Folder for deployment
Erase or move the original file away from the watch folder for archiving
MXFix Web Monitor:
The Web Monitor is available from the moment VCube is running in MXFix mode [Alt + M]. It is
accessed through a Web Browser, Merging recommends the use of Chrome or Safari. You simply need
to be logged onto the same network domain as that of VCube running MXFix.
We recommend the use of the Chrome web browser.
Log on to your VCube’s IP address and add following the URL :7777
Example: http://10.0.0.80:7777
You may also log on to the MXFix Web Monitor from a browser on the local machine by
entering the following URL in your Web Browser: http://localhost:7777
Optional with new keys:
MXFix Key
Jünger Level Magic Key
Final Check metering Key
Note: All Details on the MXFix & Web Monitor workflows are available in the VCube User Manual
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IMPROVEMENTS
MXFix
Expert Settings panel now available for Jünger
Continuous watch
MXFix will be relaunch automatically if a problem is encountered
If the MXFix Watch mode encounters a failure due to a specific file, this file will be put in
folder named “Errors”. MXFix will then restart automatically and process the next file in
order
Auto-detect low memory conditions and relaunch if necessary to free memory
MXFix now integrates a checkbox "DEC Dolby E" for batch decoding of Dolby E streams, in the
"Channel Description" panel
FinalCheck comprehensive XML report with no limitation on number of channels
Daily report logging MXFix activity throughout each day (text file exportable to Excel table)
Wrap
Dolby decoding “DEC Dolby E” option now available in the Audio Processing
Users can chose the channels destination
Wave file format now supported in Wrap
Final Check
No longer limited to 8 channels
Can measure up to 24 channels
QuickTime
Added wrap support for HDV, IMX, and XDCAM codecs
Render
MXF: support of B-frames in Render of MPEG2-HD (XDCAM-HD)
Waveform generation
Added the possibility to force the waveform generation even if this disabled in the Settings.
Force the Waveform generation by selecting the timeline clip and accessing the context menu
(Mouse + Right Click) and select the entry “Build Waveforms for Selected Clip”
Added warnings:
Added message box when memory is > 85% just after loading a file. To warn of potential
memory shortage
Added warning message if Dolby encoding is set and audio out is not 24-bit (MT4397)
Added “align audio read on frames” option (button)
Under the Buffer and Frames setting in order to “align audio read on frames”
This option must be enabled for MXF files
Will improve Audio reading performance for video file with embedded audio
Replaces the registry key “VS3 Virtual Tape”
Auto fit Composition window
Media imported in an empty timeline will automatically fit the composition window range
Media imported out of the timeline displayed range will Auto fit the composition window
range to show all the media clips present in timeline
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BUGS FIXED VCube v3.2 Release
MT4764: Fixed. VCube installer: AAF dlls fail to register
MT4773: Fixed. MXFix : some files cannot be moved from process to done folder
Fixed. VCube: FinalCheck report was incorrect regarding 'Dolby E' pairs
Fixed. MXFix crash when selected a stereo pair before a Dolby pair with LevelMagic active
BUGS FIXED VCube v3.2 RC1
MT3437: Fixed. VCube: unicode names not supported in various xChange plugins (MXF...)
MT4398: Fixed. Dolby Encoder crash if number track count is incorrect
Fixed. VCube: Remote access no longer warns users with DirectDraw error message
BUGS FIXED VCube v3.2 beta 2
MT4735: Fixed. VCube: waveforms not shown with most zooms for NTSC
MT4730: Fixed. MXFix: hang decoding multiple Dolby E files
MT4728: Fixed. Prores HD .mov audio 32 bits fix not correctly decoded
MT4632: Fixed. MXFix: DolbyE encode: only first file is correctly encoded
MT4715: Fixed. MXF: report error when writing of AES3 audio for D-10 failed
MT4715: Fixed. MXF: frame size could be incorrect in some rare cases when wrapping D-10
MT4695: Fixed. VCube: Level Magic update, fixing the 'evaluation period' issue
MT4713: Fixed. VCube: Import Media: auto fit Composition window
MT4641: Fixed. VCube: Added option (button) under the Buffer and Frames setting in order to
“align audio read on frames”
Fixed: MXFix: write of 16-channel MXF files
BUGS FIXED VCube v3.2 beta 1
MT4646: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Some audio not read due to Sampling Rate
MT4638: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Level Magic applied with only 2 channels could crash VCube
MT4632: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Dolby E encode: Only first file was correctly encoded
MT4589: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: IRT analyzer reports an error
MT4543: Fixed. VCube: MXFix: Added Web monitoring and simple control
MT4127: Fixed. VCube: Reload of MXF files containing MPEG-2, which was failing (a purple frame
was displayed instead of the video)
Fixed. VCube: Name of first video clip in timeline suggested as the composition name in 'Save as'
Fixed. VCube: Virtual Tape not working with NTSC
Fixed. VCube: Dolby E encoding until the last frame (2 frames were wrong)
Fixed. VCube: Potential crash when closing compos with PMF files
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KNOWN ISSUES VCube v4.0
(Visit the Merging VCube Support http://forum.merging.com Forum for all details and updates)
First playback when configured with a Mykerinos (VS3 Control Panel) could crash.
Workaround: simply select the desired sampling rate under the VCube settings.
Playback of QuickTime files with H.264 Encoding might cause playback stall. Issue
MT3723. Typical behavior is your movie playing for some seconds, then stops and then play
again.
Playback Info window in Vcube will show that the read time is much too long to achieve
correct playback.
H.264 can heavily compress the files, also meaning that the decompression process will
require heavy processing.
A very useful tool to check the setting of the file is MediaInfo, that you can download here :
http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
Workaround:
Here are the recommended H.264 settings (at encoder side) for a proper playback with VCube
:
Profile: Main or High
Level: 3.0 for SD, 4.0 for HD, or less than 4.1
CABAC: off
Reference frames: 2 or less
Note: If you still have troubles at some locations in the video (scene change or a lot of
move), please try increasing your playback buffer size around 15 frames
On certain installation the "dict.xml" and "types.xml" files are misplaced that might result in a
“Failed to load Dictionary Files” warning.
Workaround:
1. Close Vcube
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2. Verify whether the xml files "dict.xml" and "types.xml" are present in
C:\Program Files\Merging Technologies\VCube\Plugins\xChange
3. If they are present copy them and paste them in the VCube root directoy:
"C:\Program Files\Merging Technologies\VCube"
4. Relaunch Vcube and warning should no longer be present.
AJA LHi or 2K GUI: "Audio Source" selection under construction
OTHER KNOWN ISSUES
-> Installer: upgrades can at time end up with a repair process or rolling back to the previously installed
version. In such case Merging recommends that you un-install the current VCube version prior to installing
VCube v4.0, instead of doing an upgrade.
-> Installer: QuickTime not always seeing the current version installed
In some case the installer will not see that a QT installer is present, you might in such case have to uninstall and re-install QT.
-> For Windows XP users: This new version requires an upgrade to Windows XP-SP3
-> Canopus ADVX1000 is no longer supported in Vcube
-> VCube Runtime C++ Error when playing video file (e.g. in Follow VT mode)
Merging recommends that all VCube 4.0 configurations have at least 2GB of Ram (memory)
-> Remote: The first time 9 pin remote and/or machine control is used, you have to confirm that you use
e,g. COM3 in the 9pin settings.
-> VCube Dolby E
Decoding and Encoding support Optional “SurCode Dolby E Decoder” and/ or “Surcode Dolby E Encoder”
key needed. Dolby E is only available through a separate installer.
-> MT4478: Audio track numbers ignored by Dolby E decoder
Dolby E decoder will only work on the first Audio track group (a1).
Workaround: Make sure the Audio Files are all in the same Audio Track Group. Add Audio Layers if you
need more audio tracks (Ctrl + Shift + N)
-> MT4463: Dolby E does not decode in 720p timeline
Due to FPS (x2) Dolby E signal cannot be decoded
-> MT4343: AJA/Mykerinos audio output is delayed by 6 samples
When playing back, audio out is delayed by about 6 samples (~ 120 us). This can cause the Dolby E start
code to be out of range
Workaround: A Sample Audio Read offset can be used as a registry key. Contact support@merging.com
for further details
-> MT4441: Record MXF: audio first frames are corrupted when Group By Stereo Pairs option is set
Workaround: Disable Group By Stereo Pairs option in Audio Advanced Settings
-> MT4470: Audio fade do not work
Audio Fade in / Fade out / CrossFade not working
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-> MT3285: AJA playback performance issues
We have identified several hardware / software settings to improve performances. Please contact the
Support team if you encounter such issue
-> MT3468: VCube: Composition with too many MXF (MPEG-2 HD) clips may crash VCube due to memory
load
Workaround: We recommend not to use more than 10 MXF containing MPEG2-HD/XDCAM-HD files
simultaneously to avoid such a problem
-> MT3497: VCube: import from "Still Images" to MXF has false colors
-> MT3266: VCube high memory consumption when searching media
-> MT3532: VCube: AVC-Intra decoder not properly initialized until 1st frame is read
-> MT3511: VCube: Some QT files (2 video layers) will cause playback problems
QuickTime 2 Video Layers files are not yet supported, please avoid using such files
-> MT3530: VCube playback may flicker at very high speed (>60 fps)
-> MT3533: VCube could crash if Audio Meters are detached at UI launch
Workaround: Make sure Audio Meters are attached at launch
-> MT3538: VCube could crashes when activating AJA on PyraCube MassCore under Windows XP
Make sure you launch the System with the proper MassCore boot line selected
-> MT3541: VCube LTC slave with USB-Sync board - record 1 frame offset
Workarounds:
A- Go to the Record settings and adjust the Audio Offset (samples) accordingly
B- Use Sony 9Pin mode
C- Use a Mykerinos instead of the USB-Sync Board
-> MT3559: VCube SE in Simple Mode can randomly crash on exit
-> MT3560: VCube Multi-Display Windows offset (top display not aligned)
Workarounds: In the Windows Display Properties Settings verify that the Two Screens are align from the
top
->MT3561: MT USB Sync Board with AJA not locking in CrossLock mode (e.g. 9pin Remote 24fps +
composition 25fps )
Workarounds: Merging recommends the use of a Mykerinos & AJA in order to work in CrossLock
Synchronization
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