Today we’re announcing the the release of cineSync 4.0 – a major new update to our Academy Award-winning remote review and approval solution.
cineSync 4.0 introduces a new iOS app, an overhauled video playback system, deeper production tracking integrations with Shotgun and ftrack, and a wealth of enhanced security features in our new product tier cineSync Pro Studio – including on-demand watermarking via a new integration with MediaSilo’s Safestream.
Introducing cineSync Pro Studio
cineSync 4.0 has been developed in conjunction with the security departments of several major studios, meeting their requirements at every step. This has resulted in the creation of a new package in addition to cineSync and cineSync Pro: cineSync Pro Studio.
cineSync Pro Studio includes all of the features of cineSync Pro, but introduces some major new security features:
A new integration with MediaSilo’s SafeStream watermarking technology allows for automated, on-demand, individual watermarking of all review files. All guests in the review will receive customisable files watermarked with their name, cineSync session key, IP address and the review time/date. The process is fast and efficient, due to Safestream’s scalable architecture.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Cospective to enable production and visual effects teams to collaborate securely on high-profile projects,” says Kai Pradel, CEO of MediaSilo. “Our joint goal is to remove friction from creative workflows while still ensuring the highest level of protection for valuable pre-release content.”
For additional review security, guests are authenticated in advance – only guests who have been approved will have review access. This system has been designed in conjunction with Hollywood studios to allow the maximum control over who has access to review material, while imposing as few technical hurdles as possible. All reviews are also tracked in the management portal, allowing admins to see when reviews occurred and who was involved.
Other cineSync 4.0 features
A new cineSync app for iOS is now available, enabling guests to join cineSync reviews from mobile devices. The app integrates seamlessly with Shotgun and ftrack, meaning review information and media can be pushed securely to mobile devices. Files are automatically deleted at the end of the review, but all drawings and saved frames can be saved back to Shotgun or ftrack by the session host.
Revamped video playback
cineSync 4.0 features an overhauled video playback system. QuickTime has been retired and replaced by a new, adaptable video architecture. This means that cineSync 4.0 can support a wide array of video formats, resolutions, and frame-rates across all platforms.
Production tracking integration
cineSync 4.0 features a deeper integration with production tracking tools Shotgun, ftrack, and NIM. Users can browse and load media playlists directly from these applications, and access seamless transfer and recording of review information, saved frames and other feedback.
“Communication is vital in post-production, but not at the expense of security. The cineSync team has elegantly addressed this both across desktop and, most awesomely, on the go with a cineSync app. Anything that protects the filmmakers’ creative vision makes me sleep better at night and cineSync 4.0 will do just that.” Jake Morrison, VFX Supervisor Ant-Man, Thor:Ragnarok
cineSync 4.0 is out now. We will continue to roll out new features for cineSync, cineSync Pro and cineSync Pro Studio over the coming months.
Users with a valid subscription to an existing cineSync package, will be eligible to upgrade to the latest version.