Last year’s release of the Samsung NX1 APS-C hybrid camera excited many moviemakers with its promise of a vastly smaller and more efficient video file format in HEVC aka H.265 in combo with a Super 35mm sensor size.
The biggest downside? HEVC wasn’t supported then by the Mac operating system nor most popular video file convertors. Now EditReady, favoured by many video pros and prosumers over better-known applications like Adobe's Media Encoder, Apple's Compressor, iFFmpeg or Episode, has taken up the challenge with version 1.2.1 supporting the Samsung NX1’s native H.265 codec.
Transcoding support for the Samsung NX1 is just one of many improvements in the latest version of EditReady. Its developer, divergent media, has added quite a list of other improvements:
- Better support for AVCHD timecode.
- Improved stability when working with AVCHD on Mac OS X 10.8.
- Support for DVCPro50.
- Support for AVCIntra50.
- Better support for GoPro Hero4 timecode.
- Fixes an issue with AAC audio tracks that misreport their channel count (some YouTube files).
- Fixes audio track mapping for MXF sources.
- Ensures audio and video tracks match in length in Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Enhanced command line interface.
- Better support for working with large numbers (many hundreds) of AVCHD files.
- Fixes an audio issue with some Canon 5D files.
According to divergent media’s speed tests against other professional video transcoders, EditReady outstrips Adobe Media Encoder in transcoding a 7.5 minute GoPro clip to ProRes 422 in 2:20 seconds against Media Encoder’s 3:26 seconds. Apple Compressor, meanwhile, limped in at 9:30 seconds for very same file.
With time always equating to money in the post-production business, an EditReady licence translates into quite a saving especially when working with single or many simultaneous batches.
There is plenty else to like about EditReady. One that caught my eye is its ability to apply LUTs for color correcting dailies. For example, LUTs in the SpeedLooks Clean set by LookLabs are often used for cleaning up flat log and REC.709 footage for post-shoot viewing before post-production commences.
But what I am most excited about is EditReady’s NX1 support. Many moviemakers are reporting difficulty in locating Samsung NX1s to see if they live up to the hype. I managed to find one closely tethered to a home superstore shelf so couldn’t put it to much of a test. I am looking for an available darkness performer on par with the Sony A7s but preferably with a smaller sensor and more user-friendly body design. The NX1’s files looked impressive enough when run through a non-professional transcoder but it was slow going on my brand new iMac 5K and not massively faster on loaner Mac Pro.
I ran the same files through EditReady and the speed gain was impressive. Though I am no color science expert, the color and tonal range looked better too. More experienced minds than I may put EditReady 1.2.1 to the NX1 transcoding test soon.EditReady fast pro video convertor now supports Samsung NX1 HEVC H.265 video files. Click To Tweet
I asked the divergent media team to share their aims with EditReady, a newish product at just eight months old, and Mike Woolworth replied:
“With the NX-1 we're seeing the beginning of the adoption of HEVC as an acquisition format. Our goal with EditReady is to support cameras as quickly as possible when they enter the market, so that our customers don't need to think about codecs. They can choose the right camera for the job, and know EditReady will be there to integrate it into their existing workflow.”
EditReady’s support for the Samsung NX1 has removed one potential barrier to me adopting the camera as my low light champion. Now we just need Samsung to add more pro video-oriented lenses and make them and the NX1 way more available in camera stores and rental companies everywhere. And in Samsung’s own Samsung Experience stores too.
EditReady: Easy, Fast and Powerful Transcoding for Video Professionals
* Quickly transcode any MXF, MTS (AVCHD), M2T (HDV), or QuickTime file to an edit-ready format like Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD
* Simple settings – EditReady does the hard work for you
* Apply LUTs for color correction
* View and Edit Metadata
View and Edit Metadata
EditReady allows you to view and edit all of the metadata contained within your file – this may include location data, camera settings, and diagnostic information. You can even use metadata to automatically rename files.
EditReady is designed to use all the power available on a modern mac. It can even leverage the power of your graphics card for fast image processing.
Learn more about EditReady Here.
(cover photo credit: snap from EditReady)