cineXinsert App Can Add Scenes Without Re-Rendering

cinextools-interfaceBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

It’s almost an axiom of the computing world that the older a utility gets, the more complicated it becomes with additional features that were never intended when the utility was envisioned. And while some apps can expand their reach with more features, there’s some that have one job, and they do it well because it’s what they were written for. CineDeck’s cineXinsert is one of these.

If you’re spending more than a few minutes to fix your file, that’s already too long. Whether it’s SD, HD, UHD or 4K, cineXinsert’s file-to-file insert edit application has you covered for overwriting changes to the file you’ve already exported. –

cinextools_audio_mappingWhat cineXinsert does is enable you to insert a scene into a QuickTime file without having to re-render the entire file. This can be very helpful if you’re outputting a file and at the very end there’s an error or the program crashes. Or maybe you’re looking at end credits and see that a name was misspelled. Rather than having to completely re-render the entire final file, you just fix the credits and insert it using cineXinsert.

“With a typical export workflow, you edit a program, export your timeline and QC the file. If you find an issue during QC, the entire process is repeated. cineXinsert directly fixes files, saving hours of aggravation and wasted resources.”

Here’s how it works. You bring in your video file into cineXinsert and cue it up to where you want the file to go. Next you load your new file and you set the in and out points for a simple 3 point edit, then select the files to insert. cineXinsert then automatically makes the edits, overwriting between the in/out points and renders out the final file within minutes. Easy Schmeasy.

You can even do a simple audio dub, meaning that if there’s a drop out in audio, it’s just as easily fixed.  Not only that, but it also supports audio versioning, for the creation of different layouts to the master file.

CineXInsert supports Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, XDCAM-HD, and JPEG 2000 codecs and outputs them to either QuickTime MOV files, or MXF wrappers. It also supports 4K, 1080p Full HD, or standard definition files. And if you have a complicated audio setup, cineXinsert can handle up to 32 audio channels. For MAC OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and above.

Now here’s the stinging part. This incredibly simple application is very pricey. $1500 pricey, especially since it outputs to the now obsolete QuickTime format. There is a free try before you buy demo license that you can request, which will give you up to seven days to try it out, but according to the site, you must have an iLok Second Generation USB Smart Key dongle to hold that license, meaning you have to buy it (for $50) if you don’t have one. Then you need a free iLok account.

Frankly, I think that is overly complicated. Why not just do the standard try before you buy watermark, or have the app time out after a week and be unusable after that? But the good news is that you can use it on multiple computers for testing. But for a simple tool an editor can keep in their digital toolbox, it may be worth the price.

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About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.