Record Up to 24 HD Channels on one Mac!
- Edit-while-ingest (Growing Files)
- External audio sources (only on local sources, not supported with NDI®)
- Effects and overlays (8-bit only)
- Multiple destinations
- Scheduled Recordings
- HEVC (H.265) support
- Fully configurable user interface
- NDI® sources
MovieRecorder 4 is your go to application to record your live event, be it a multichannel sport event, a concert, or corporate event. Record multiple channels on one Mac and/or remotely control another Mac to add even more channels. Supports edit-while-ingest (growing files) so you can start editing as soon as the recording starts. Supports SDI and NDI sources, external audio with local sources. Record the same source to multiple destinations simultaneoulsy and add effects and overlay. MovieRecorder Express is our “lite” version of our ingest solution, and is the most affordable broadcast video recorder on the Mac.
With MovieRecorder you can record multiple channels of HD video on a single Mac— the only limit is the capacity of the CPU and the amount of available storage. When new Macs are released, , the capability to record more channels may increase. If you need more than what one Mac can do, you can have multiple computers but control all ingest from a single workstation. And doing a multi-camera ingest is very easy with the gang record feature.
With MovieRecorder 4 you can record to a QuickTime or MXF wrapper, and record to Apple ProRes, H.264, HEVC, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, AVC-Intra, DV/DVCPRO, DNxHD or IMX XDCAM, without the need to purchase a separate option. It is built-in!
If you don't need all these codecs and format, the exceptionally affordable entry-level MovieRecorder Express might be for you. It comes with a more limited functionality and codecs set than MovieRecorder, check belwo the differences. We just want you to pay the right price for the features you need!
Users very often need their media to be “edit-ready” even while the event that is being recorded continues. This allows editors to start working on growing files during the show, so that they can be done editing sooner, and sometimes even before the show ends. This can for example be used for shows where you want to have a short summary ready at the end of the show. Files created by MovieRecorder can grow in Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe's Premiere Pro, Avid's Media Composer or Blacmagic-Design's DaVinci Resolve.
The ability to use external audio sources (including network audio such as Dante or MADI) instead of SDI embedded audio help those who want to record the audio coming from an audio mixer without the need of expensive SDI embedders. MovieRecorder 4 supports all the audio sources that are available to the macOS. Coupled with the Audio Mapping available in the AVPresets, this brings a lot of flexibility to your Audio configuration. Note that this feature is not yet available for NDI sources.
Crop, deinterlace, rotate, and resize your video before it is encoded. You can for example rotate the signal 90° for display on LCD monitors placed sideways, or to crop portions of the image. You'll also love the ability to overlay text, the current timecode, or even an image to your recording. As it's a "per destination" setting, you can have one signal recorded with overlays, and another as a clean recording. The multiple destinations available with MovieRecorder will be even more handy with this new feature!
The ability to schedule recordings is a must for any recording device and will greatly improve your productivity. With MovieRecorder, scheduled recording is as easy as programming your DVR, because it is integrated into the program. You can schedule recordings to automatically start at a specified time, by date or day(s) of the week.
With HEVC, files can be compressed to 40% of the size of an H.264 compression without losing quality. But that encoding efficiency requires a lot of horsepower, and the best CPU can barely encode in real time, but luckily the Mac comes with Hardware acceleration to encode to HEVC in real time! Since macOS 10.13, Apple has added the ability to use the HEVC hardware acceleration available on some computers (those running the 6th Generation Intel Core and over), allowing us to fully take advantage of the codec. The Apple Silicon computers have also greatly improved the encoding to HEVC allowing to encode in real time up to 8 HD channels on an M1 Mac.
MovieRecorder supports multiple timecode sources for your best convenience.
- Mac Clock: That's the simplest timecode source, available with all Mac. ;-)
- Audio LTC: Use an audio input on your Mac and we'll decode the TC
- Embedded TC: Use SDI embedded TC (even if only one of your source has TC, you can share it with the others, so you only need one TC embedder)
- Video device timecode input: Some video devices have a TC input connector
- Timecode Systems products allow to retrieve timecode using WiFi, Network or Bluetooth. Read more about Timecode Systems...
NDI® is an open, low-latency, video-over-IP protocol developed by NewTek™. It uses a simple gigabit ethernet cable to transmit video and audio over a local area network between multiple video systems. Now, thanks to NDI®, you can transfer HD and 4K video over a simple Ethernet cable. There is no need for additional routers or even SDI cables anymore, further demonstrating the ease-of-use and reliability of our products. NDI® opens the world to a different way of doing video production and to an ecosystem of devices supporting the protocol.
NDI® is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc.
Select the number of Viewers you want to display at once, and then choose the layout that best suits your needs. MovieRecorder comes with a whole set of preconfigured layouts, but you can also customize them yourself.
All the overlays can be turned off if you just want to preview the video and not be distracted by their presence.
Switch the position of two sources, or enable/disable/solo a destination on all Viewers at once.
Often you will have different shows running in the same studio, with different requirements. The camera names will change, you may need to record to a different storage, or with a different codec, etc. Thanks to the “save and restore” feature, you will now be able to save multiple configurations and restore them in seconds. This will make your workflow much smoother. The feature can also be used if you want to keep a backup of a configuration before running tests on a new show, with new setups, etc
If you need to record multiple channels on the same Mac, MovieRecorder can be purchased in bundles. You can for example get 8 licenses of MovieRecorder together with an 8 input Deltacast card with the M|80i to use with your Mac Pro. Or still 8 licenses of MovieRecorder with a Thunderbolt chassis to use with a Mac Mini, MacBook Pro or iMac. We also have software only bundles with 8 or 4 licenses of MovieRecorder.
Check the M|Family bundles for more information.
Buy or Upgrade
Pre-Release (Universal version available)
Version 4.3.9 - 31 August 2020
- Release Notes
- System requirements: macOS or driver requirements may change between versions, so make sure to check.
- Help Center: Includes a lot of useful information, sometimes not available in the user manual
- User Manual
- YouTube Channel
Once downloaded, unzip the file, and drag and drop the Application "MovieRecorder" in your Applications Folder.
Make sure also to download and install the drivers for your video device:
Recommended drivers for Intel
Recommended drivers for Apple Silicon
In DEMO mode,MovieRecorder will burn a blue frame in the recorded file at some intervals. That's the only limitation and difference. After your test, you will keep on using the same application, just with the demo mode unlocked
How to unlock the DEMO version ?
Just download the latest version and replace your previsous version. It is always recommended to run extensive tests with your specific workflow and setup before putting a new version in production. You can use a free demo version for that on a separate computer. Previous legacy versions are available from the general downloads page.
You do not need to deactivate and reactivate your serial number when updating your Softron software. Read the following article to know when to deactivate.
This software uses code of FFmpeg, licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.