Cinema Tools 4 Release Notes


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Cinema Tools 4.0.1 Release Notes

This section contains release information about Cinema Tools 4.0.1.

Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard Support

Cinema Tools 4.0.1 is compatible with Mac OS X v10.4.11 and Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard.

About Working with the Cinema Tools XML Film Lists

The XML film lists exported by Cinema Tools and Final Cut Pro contain all film-related information from a Final Cut Pro sequence. To help you understand how to process these XML files, a variety of sample files, starter project files, and documentation files are available at

Pull Lists Now Show the Correct Length for Speed Changes

Pull lists exported from Final Cut Pro sequences that include speed changes in the Motion tab now show the correct value in the Footage Length, Time Length, and Count Length columns.

Messages Now Included in Exported Lists

Exported film lists now include message text as needed. The text includes information and warnings about issues encountered during the export process.

Change Lists Now Support PDF Formatting

Change lists exported from Final Cut Pro and Cinema Tools now support the same PDF formatting as the other lists you can export. When exporting change lists from Cinema Tools, you now have the ability to choose the orientation and font size to use for the PDF file.

A new column, named Shots, is included in the change lists. This lists the number of shots that the action in the Do This column applies to. For example, if there are no changes for the first three shots, the Do This column says No Change and the Shots column says 3.

All other rules that affect the actual columns that are included in the change lists are described in the Cinema Tools 4 User Manual, available from the Cinema Tools Help menu.

ALE Imported Sound Rate Now Matches the Database Rate

When you import an ALE file, the frame rate for the sound timecode is now set to match the Sound TC rate of the database you are importing the ALE file into.

Reel and Roll Names Now Sort More Predictably in the List View Window

Reel and roll names that use the combination of a letter and a number (such as A13) now sort more predictably in the List View window. The list now sorts by letter, and within each letter group, by the number that follows the letter group.

Cinema Tools 4.0 Release Notes

This section contains release information about Cinema Tools 4.0.

Cancel Button Added to Export Progress Dialogs

Cinema Tools now includes a Cancel button in the progress dialogs that appear when you are exporting film lists.

Note: This feature is not described in the Cinema Tools 4 User Manual.

Important: Allow plenty of time when exporting PDF-format film lists for large projects before deciding that the export has failed and canceling the export. The PDF formatting may take longer than expected.

Additional Support for Importing FLEx Files

Cinema Tools will now correctly import FLEx files that include each entry in multiple timecode formats. For example, if the FLEx file includes both NTSC and 24 fps timecode entries, Cinema Tools will create records using the FLEx file’s timecode entries that match the database’s fame rate.

You Can Now Choose Whether to Include Transitions When Exporting Audio EDLs

A new checkbox that allows you to choose whether to include audio transitions in an exported audio EDL has been added to the Export Audio EDL dialog.

Select the “Omit transitions” checkbox to have the exported audio EDL handle each transition as a cut. Deselect the “Omit transitions” checkbox to include the audio transitions in the EDL. (Audio transitions in the EDL are actually shown as cut events with an overlap during the transition period.)

Note: This feature is not described in the Cinema Tools 4 User Manual.

Additionally, the Export Audio EDL dialog has had several other changes made to it that are not described in the Cinema Tools 4 User Manual. The most significant is that the OK button has been changed to Export. You click this button once you have configured the dialog’s settings and are ready to export the audio EDL.

November 2, 2007