What's New in Switch 5 Switch 5 adds improved performance, Reduced Frame Decoding, ProRes RAW playback (Pro), IMF/DCP Package playback (Pro) & more. Improved Performance All versions of Switch now natively support Metal on macOS and Nvidia QuickSync on Windows for enhanced playback performance. Reduced Frame Decoding Decode and playback 4K/UHD media smoothly on lower-powered systems. ProRes RAW Playback ProRes RAW brings the same great performance, quality, and ease of use to raw video that ProRes has brought to conventional video. The Apple ProRes codec family provides unparalleled and impressive image quality preservation. IMF/DCP Package Playback Switch Pro now supports the playback of simple and complex IMF/DCP assets. Just load your CPL file, and let Switch do the heavy lifting. Your content will be automatically stitched together and played back seamlessly. Switch Multiformat video player & encoder with inspection and correction Play, inspect, QC and correct all your media with Switch Switch lets you play a variety of web and professional media formats, inspect and adjust the properties of the file, and then export a new file. Designed for media professionals, Switch enables visual file inspection, single file transcoding and is a complete software solution for professional media Quality Control. Everything you need in one application High-quality QC With features such as professional audio meters with loudness monitoring, HDMI/SDI Output to an external monitor, easy media file comparison feature, and support for playback of captions. Caption playback and verification Play CEA-608 & CEA-708 captions, as well as SCC, DVB, TTML (iTT and SMPTE-TT) and WebVTT, SRT and STL subtitle files to verify timing and accuracy. Switch is the only software player with full support for CEA-708 caption decoding, including advanced 708-only features like Unicode character support. Deep file inspection Switch gives you frame-accurate playback of all your media and lets you see detailed information about it in an intuitive, well-organized interface. See metadata (including DPP), bitrate, video essence and codec, audio channels, speaker assignments, and loudness levels. Also compare multiple files in a single window - great for ABR workflows. Windows Media Support Enable playback and conversion of Windows Media content on your Mac! Switch is a fully licensed Windows Media playback tool for Mac and is able to convert Windows Media content into other formats compatible with your equipment. Switch Pro allow you to convert other media formats into Windows Media files for applications that require this format. IMF/DCP Playback Switch Pro now supports the playback of simple and complex IMF/DCP assets. Just load your CPL file, and let Switch do the heavy lifting. Your content will be automatically stitched together and played back seamlessly. The only tool you need to play, inspect, QC and correct all your media Switch Pro - Play, QC, fix and deliver A complete solution for Broadcast and Media QC professionals. Includes all of the features of Switch Plus and adds more playback support, loudness monitoring, advanced metadata display, compare media feature, preview to an external monitor, and iTunes package export. Powerful, professional production features Play It Trust Switch for frame-accurate, smooth playback of all your media files, including captions and subtitles. Includes SDI out for external preview. Check It Inspect video properties, audio properties, captions, and subtitles. Includes loudness monitoring, compare media feature, and Timeline view showing video GOP structure. Fix It Make changes: trim, scale or crop your media; rearrange audio tracks; change speaker assignments and rewrap or encode your media. Deliver It Export your corrected media or publish it directly to Vimeo, Youtube, or Facebook! Play It Plays any file format professionals care about Trust Switch for frame-accurate playback of all your professional media files, including embedded captions and subtitles. Multi-format playback support includes MXF, IMF, GXF, MPEG-2 Program Streams and Transport Streams, and formats such as MOV, MP4, WMV, and more! Switch can also play HEVC and 4K files, DNxHD, and JPEG2000 (requires Switch Plus or Pro). All the playback controls you expect Switch has all the playback control features you'd expect in a professional player such as JKL navigation, fast forward and rewind, slow motion, as well as single-frame forward and back. "Jump To" allows you to jump to a specific timecode, frame or time in your video. Full caption support Switch will play back embedded CEA-608 & CEA-708 captions, as well SCC, DVB, TTML (iTT and SMPTE-TT captions) and WebVTT, SRT and STL subtitle files. Switch is the only software player with full support for CEA-708 caption decoding, including advanced 708-only features like Unicode character support. Switch will also decode captions from virtually all wrappers and formats, so you can verify captions within your MXF or Transport Stream file. Check It Inspect all the properties of your media file Check video and audio properties such as audio channels, speaker labels, aspect ratio, clean aperture, bitrate, frame rate, metadata, encoding formats and more. Add secondary files You can also load secondary audio or closed caption files to check sync. Audio Meters Use the Audio Meters to solo or mute audio channels, and inspect true peaks and momentarily loudness values. Compare Alternate Media Compare Alternate Media lets you open additional media files to compare with your primary media file. Up to sixteen alternate media files can be opened. Once opened, all of the files are listed on the View > Alternate Media File menu where they can be shown in Full View, Split View or Difference View. Great for checking your multiple adaptive bitrate files in ABR workflows or easy comparison of multiformat media. Timeline Use the Timeline feature to view the GOP structure of a video segment, highlighting the I, P, and B frames. You can also see the data rate information associated with the video. Preview to external monitors Preview your files on a broadcast monitor or other devices. Switch Pro supports HDMI/SDI hardware output via AJA or Blackmagic Design devices for preview and quality check. Switch supports the Blackmagic Design SDK, and AJA Kona 4, Kona 3G, T-TAP, Io 4K, and Io XT. Switch also adds the ability to view Vertical Ancillary (VANC) data on an external monitor. DPP/AMWA Certified Player Switch Player lets you visually QC DPP files on the desktop, playing back the files as well as displaying DPP AS-11 MXF metadata. Switch was among the first players to achieve DPP/AMWA certification as part of the DPP (Digital Production Partnership)'s Compliance Program. Enough information but not too much Switch displays all the relevant media information about your file in an intuitive, well organized interface. The inspector is deep enough to be meaningful, without giving users so much information that it becomes cumbersome. Fix It Make changes to your file and export By switching to edit mode, users can modify settings and export a new file. Switch lets you specify a new file format; a new video or audio codec; trim, scale or crop the video and much more. Export to Apple ProRes*, Windows Media, H264, MPEG-2 Video, MP4, MPEG-2 program streams and transport streams. Rewrap files Switch includes the ability to pass-through audio and video on export, or omit the video and export as an audio only file. Powerful audio editing In the audio tab, you can split or join different audio tracks, rearrange audio tracks; change speaker assignments, then change the audio format and sample rate. Switch also supports downmixing: take a file with eight channels and mix it down to stereo. Deliver It More Publishing Options Export your video directly to Vimeo, YouTube, or Facebook from within Switch. Select export, choose your destination, and Switch will publish directly to your destination and save a local copy on your computer. Switch will create the appropriate files for your destination, taking the guesswork out of encoding and submitting content. Streamlined creation of iTunes store packages Choose the iTunes export preset to create packages ready for distribution to the iTunes store. This creates an asset-only iTunes package file (a .itmsp file) which includes the media content, secondary subtitle or audio files, chapter information, and an XML file.