Video compression is a necessary evil; very few people understand it and even fewer enjoy doing it. However, compression is a necessary and vital part of video production today. EditReady is designed to convert files prior to editing into a single, high-quality video format.
While you can use it at the end of the process to create files for YouTube et al, that is not how it was designed. When first downloaded, it runs in Trial mode, allowing you to compress the first minute of a file. Purchasing the software provides a serial number which is used to unlock the software. Installation was straight-forward and took me about a minute and a half.
You can display the footage as either a list or thumbnails. These images courtesy of Joe Centeno and his backyard. This is the list view. The default transcode settings are set to ProRes , with uncompressed audio. However, there are eleven preset output options.
Remember, EditReady is designed for prepping files prior to editing, not final compression before distribution. For this reason, the presets are optimized for editing. I really like that the default setting for audio is uncompressed. This is a very smart choice. Clicking the additional options Edit button allows you to apply a LUT to the footage prior to conversion, retime footage, scale footage, adjust H.
You can learn more about a clip by clicking the triangle icon in the top right corner. EditReady was finished in exactly three minutes. Importing these files in Adobe Media Encoder generated this error message. Installing the Dolby codec took seconds… Then this error message appeared. This can be especially irksome if you had the wrong setting applied when the clips were imported. It took me longer to reset all these compression settings and repoint the destination than it did for Edit Ready to transcode these files.
Final results: Edit Ready: Could not open the files AME: Why should we consider using EditReady? You do, if you have an assistant who can prep files for you without tying up your editing system.
You do, if speed is important to you. By off-loading the transcoding process to a separate computer or assistant, the editor is able to focus on editing while files are being prepped for the edit.
Keep in mind that LUTs can be compute-intensive, particularly on 4K files. Slower computers or computers with slower graphics cards may have trouble with realtime playback. For example, a Reel name or even the folder the file is stored in. You can easily monitor the conversion status of each clip — green is done, blue is in-process. EditReady includes a metadata editor which allows you to change metadata associated with each clip or globally for all clips.
A HUGE benefit of this is that you are able to change the starting timecode for a clip before converting it! Metadata may include camera settings like F-Stop, Iris, and Shutter, as well as items like Location if your camera has GPS , media serial numbers, or even diagnostic data. You can open multiple EditReady windows so you can compress files from different sources using different settings all at the same time. EditReady is not a resource hog. This section of the chip does not report its usage in Activity Monitor.
Because of this EditReady is able to maximize performance, while the general purpose sections of the CPU are still idle for use by other processes. Edit Ready is very RAM efficient, leaving plenty of overhead for other software. Here is his response. We already have a number of video compression utilities, why did you create EditReady? We surveyed the market and found the compression tools that existed focus on general purpose transcoding.
From the popularity of ClipWrap, we knew there was a market for tools tailor made for workflow specific use cases. More and more cameras are shooting in heavily compressed interframe codecs that are poorly suited for editorial. We wanted to make a tool for quickly converting a pile of disparate footage into a single clean, organized, well named, edit-ready format. Who do you see as the principle market for the software?
We target professional and prosumer video creators. People who plan to edit their content, produce dailies, make H. Does this replace ClipWrap?
Add in thumbnails, preview, metadata editing, and LUT-based color correction, and we think its an excellent replacement for ClipWrap. The advantage of making such a laser-focused product is how simple we can make the process.
The UI is designed to make it super easy to take disparate source media and transcode everything into a single format for editing. This can save users a ton of time and frustration fiddling with settings. For people who refuse to read manuals, what secret tip about the software should they know about? I think the features people are most surprised by are the things EditReady does for you automatically.
Compression software has traditionally barraged users with settings and options they have to properly configure given their source media to achieve a quality output. Because we do all of that automatically based on the metadata we parse within the source media — without user intervention — its common for customers to assume we are somehow more basic than other apps.
In a similar vein, many users are not aware of our camera file parsing. If you drop a folder of camera original clips onto the app, EditReady will automatically join spanned clips into a single seamless movie.
Is there a quality difference, or just a speed difference, when using EditReady compared to other compression software? It depends which apps you are comparing us to. Many of the other transcoding solutions have subpar color science or unlicensed ProRes implementation. And by choosing the newest foundation to build upon, we are able to achieve this while also being the fastest tool on the market.
Can EditReady be automated; i. So users can roll their own workflow automations. Users are always amazed how fast EditReady is. Both the speed of actual file transcodes, and how quickly they can launch the app and setup a batch to transcode. We really pride ourselves on how painless we make the process. It is ideally suited for organizing the mess of video formats that every editor faces on a daily basis into something manageable for their video editing software.
EditReady is a fast, flexible, simple to use video converter, created by the same folks that created ClipWrap. If you are looking for a tool to help speed your editing, provide greater flexibility with clip naming, change the timecode of a source clip, or simplify media management, you need to take a long look at EditReady. The renaming feature enables me to identify each camera position easily after the shoot instead of asking my camera people to change their naming within their cameras.
The renaming function is also helpful when you are giving the footage to the client. In FCPX imported footage goes into a hidden folder within the library not hard to get to but using EditReady puts the footage wherever you want.
EditReady gives me the ability to fuse the clips together into one file. I rarely transcode to ProRes before editing, instead I just re-wrap and if you want to see speed, try that. As a disclaimer, many years ago I met Mike Woodworth at a trade show and became a beta tester for the wonderful ScopeBox program I believe I was helpful in figuring out how to talk to JVC cameras and decks despite their poorly programmed FireWire protocol and later a beta tester for ClipWrap.
EditReady is a very, very useful program and I recommend that all editors look into it and at least try it.
It is being end-of-lifed. It is a sad thing to see this go…it has been one of the most useful software tools in my kit for many many years, it not the most useful. MTS camera masters into Quicktime files.
You could either re-wrap it as MOV and still retain the H. What was great about ClipWrap is that Mike, the main guy over at Divergent Media , seemed to always be on top of the new formats, and would release updates to ClipWrap much faster than the camera makers would release plugins.
Which was very helpful for those times your producer buys the latest camera, shoots a sizzle reel, and then needs you to edit it right away. For example…quick story. A producer of mine bought the brand new Sony NX camera and shot a pilot with it.
Of course, FCP 7 had issues bringing this in. If a clip was shorter than 5 min, all was good. Odd bug. And Avid? I tried it, and it worked! But there was a small glitch in the first 2 seconds of the clips…every clip. So I emailed Mike with the issue, he asked for a small sample file, I sent one his way, and within a day an update was released that made that glitch go away.
So yeah…ClipWrap, that amazing app, is going away. No…they have a better option going forward. Everything that ClipWrap was and is, is available in EditReady …and has been for quite some time.
AND…it will do it a lot faster than ClipWrap does. Up to three times faster in many cases. And you can make adjustments to the image like flipping, rotating, retiming and applying LUTs.
Everything ClipWrap is, plus a whole lot more. So stop recommending ClipWrap to people on help forums. Move on to the more improved EditReady. Exact same price, but tons more features. And yes, a trial is available. Yes, I was approached by Mike to do a write up on this. ClipWrap has saved by bacon more than once. And Mike has always been nice, personable, and quick to address any issues that came up.