Archive for December, 2016

OS X Automator to Shut Down Avid Application Manager

Friday, December 16th, 2016



For those using Media Composer with dongles, Avid’s Application Manager is only useful from time to time, and when you do need it, you just launch it, log in and do what you need to get done. But for the majority of the time, there is no need for it to be running in the background using up cycles (even small ones) and pinging for something new to report. We all get news about updates through several other channels already.

Just quitting out of Application Manager does not quit the Helper application. That has to be done manually via the Activity  Monitor. It’s been a long time request that there be a setting in the Application Manager to not launch on startup. While waiting for that feature, Dennis Bethke created a small Automator that will shut down both the application and the helper with a simple double-click. Maybe someone has a Windows version they can share and that I can point to from this blog entry.

Download here.

Here are steps to disable it from launching on startup.

Create ProRes on Windows

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016


 I was involved with a VR project that had a 4K clip that could not be opened or played in any professional app I tried. I tried transcoding it, but alas the usual transcode tools decoded as a green corrupt frame. So I started looking at any transcode application I could find with a Google search. I found “WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe” (for OS X and Win). Lo and behold it opened and played back the file with no issues. More interestingly though was the fact that I was on a Windows system and the software exported several flavors or ProRes. All this for US$35.

There seems to be a rule that consumer applications have lots of words in their product name, and the UI has that nice consumer look. But all that aside, the ability to easily create ProRes at a basement bargain price outweighed any of the consumer approach to the application.

Choose an Output Profile in its ProRes Final Cut Pro section:
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Once selected:


Further settings:


The exported file seen in Media Info:


It’s not the fastest encoder/transcoder and I have not really done a whole lot of quality comparisons of the same file being transcoded on a Mac, but at the very least creating a ProRes file of a work in a process to send your Mac based clients is easier to do at a great price.

Note that many of these types of applications may be creating ProRes without a proper Apple license.