DrasticPreview - Audio/Video/Metadata Player
DrasticPreview Professional Media Player
DrasticPreview is a professional media player for formats used in the broadcast and production industries. DrasticPreview supports today's most important file types, and includes a number of others we've added over the years. This innovative software allows the user to view their files on a VGA/DVI monitor without tying up the native, or even compatible (typically in high demand) production or broadcast device or application. Play media for collaborative and review applications, scene marking and EDL construction. Play media stranded by failed or unavailable legacy devices or applications. Play all your files from one station, using one application.
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The main GUI offers a full range of transport controls for forward and reverse playing and cueing, displays time code and audio levels, playback mode, and file name, and shows a slider to indicate the current position within the clip. The on-screen viewer window may be scaled to effectively accommodate varying viewing requirements, including a full-screen mode.
Media can be selected through a standard browse approach, or dragged and dropped onto the display window. Once loaded, the clips may be played or viewed in various playback modes, including normal, looping, and palindromic. DrasticPreview provides a full range of keyboard/number pad commands for transport control and other settings, and window resizing including zoom and pan controls. Cut, copy and paste (CTRL+X/C/V) or time code is also available for moving time codes to text documents, spreadsheets or TCCalc. Pasting time code will automatically seek the file to that point.
Transport Controls and Displays
The Transport Controls and Displays offer the following functionality:
- Time Code display - shows the current time code location. Clicking in the time code field, and entering a time code location then pressing enter will cue to that location if it exists.
- Video Standard display - shows the file's video standard
- Time Code Source display - shows the current time code source, and allows the user to click to cycle through available time code sources
- File Name display - shows the name of the current file
- Playback Mode display - shows the current playback mode
- Playback Speed display - shows the current playback speed - reverse playback speeds are preceded by a minus symbol
- Audio Levels display - shows relative audio levels during playback
- Position Bar and Slider - Click on any point on the slider to instantly cue that relative point in the file, or 'grab' the pointer and drag it to quickly scrub through to find a particular scene
- Fast Reverse - Play the file in reverse at the fastest possible speed
- 5 Seconds Back - Cue the frame 5 seconds before the current location (or the beginning if less than 5 seconds from the first frame)
- 1 Frame Back - Cue the frame immediately before the current frame, useful for finding a specific location
- Reverse Play - Play at -100%, or normal speed in reverse
- Pause - Stop playback and display the frame at the current location
- Stop - Stop playback and cue the first frame
- Play - Play at 100%, or normal speed
- 1 Frame Forward - Cue the frame immediately after the current frame, useful for finding a specific location
- 5 Seconds Forward - Cue the frame 5 seconds after the current location (or the end if less than 5 seconds from the last frame)
- Fast Forward - Play the file (forward) at the fastest possible speed
- Open - press to open a standard browser, which allows the user to select a file for playback
- Mode - click to cycle through available playback modes
- Unlock - click to toggle between locked (controls and displays are always on top of the GUI) and unlocked (controls and displays disappear when the mouse is not over the GUI) display
- Full - click to toggle between fullscreen or non-fullscreen display
- CC - click to select between available closed caption settings
- Audio - click to select which audio pair will be monitored
Track Info Data
The Track Info data window may be selected by pressing the Track Info button on the GUI - this section displays:
- Duration - both in current time code type (HH:MM:SS:FF) and as a total number of frames
- FPS - frames per second to two decimal places
- Width - in pixels
- Height - in lines (for both fields if interlaced)
- Bit Depth - per pixel or per component
- FourCC - video codec information
- Bit Rate - overall rate of the file in bits
- Video Channels - video channels bit array
- Audio Codec - audio fourcc descriptor
- Audio Channels - audio channels bit array
- Audio Frequency - samples per second
- Audio Bits/Sample - how many bits in an audio sample
Time Code Data
The Time Code data window may be selected by pressing the Time Code button on the GUI - this section displays:
- TC (time code) - Absolute position
- LTC Frame - Longitudinal (SMPTE) time code
- LTC Ub - Longitudinal (SMPTE) user bits
- VITC Frame - Vertical interval time code
- VITC Ub - Vertical interval user bits
- DATA 0 - user data or size (4 bytes)
- DATA 1 - user data or pointer (4 bytes or greater) Basic Elements
Time code type is specified by the last separator:
- : (colon) = Non drop frame
- ; (semicolon) = Drop frame
- - (dash) = 24 FPS (FILM)
- . (period) = 25 FPS (PAL)
The Metadata window may be selected by pressing the Metadata button on the GUI - this section displays over a hundred metadata elements with information specific to the many facets of each media file's existence, and in some cases the attributes of a selected track, or stream. For a complete list of metadata fields, see the Drastic Metadata page.
The Play List window may be selected by pressing the Play List button on the GUI - this section allows the user to set up a list of files, or clips. Each file that is opened is added to the Play List, and files can also be added by a drag and drop operation. Once in the Play List all of the clips may be played in sequence, starting with the clip the user double clicks on.
Zoom and Pan
Video playback on in the application fully supports zooming and panning the video in still or playback. Using the scroll wheel of the mouse the image can be zoomed out to cover a small part of the screen, or zoom in to closely check individual pixels. Left clicking and dragging will move the image to view different parts while zoomed in. Clicking the right mouse button will fill the application with video, and clicking the middle button will set the image to pixel for pixel (where every image pixel is exactly one screen pixel). Zoom is available in windowed or full screen mode.
Time Code Display
A dedicated time code field not only displays the current time code location but allows the user to enter a known time code location within a selected clip, and press Enter to cue that frame. In Full Screen mode, an optional time code display may be overlaid. The user may select between available time code sources by clicking on the time code source field. Copy and pasting of time code is also available by using <ctrl>-c and <ctrl>-v
DrasticPreview supports 608/708 Closed Captions. The closed caption information will be displayed over the video frame when enabled. Supported sources include SMPTE 436, CEA-708, OP-47/RDD-08, CEA-608, MCC, AAF, SCC, STL, EBU, embedded and many other formats. See the caption section below for more details.
Please note: The CC feature is only available when running under a temporary or permanent license. Please contact Drastic if you want to test this feature.
Audio Channel Selection
DrasticPreview generally supports stereo audio output, however any channel pair of up to 16 available in the file can be selected for playback. For up to 16 channel simultaneous playback, please see DrasticPreview Pro.
Support is Windows + Mac unless otherwise indicated
|ARC||IFX Piranha||Audio/Video (YCbCr/RGB 8 only)||X|
|ARI||Arri||Raw 12 bit bayer||X|
|AVC, AVCHD, MTS||AVC-HD||MPEG-2 camera media||X|
|AVI||Windows||DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, CineForm*, CineForm3D*, YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD, standard codecs||X|
|CDX||Codex ActionCam||Raw bayer images||X|
|CINE||Phantom||Phantom 10, 12 and 14 bit bayer||X|
|DNG||CinemaDNG||10, 12 and 16 bit bayer||X|
|DPS||DPS||Compressed DPS files (Windows only)||X|
|DPX||Cineon||RGB 8, RGB 10, YCbCr 4:2:2||X|
|DT3D||DT3D||XML 3D redirector||X|
|DVS||DVS||Uncompressed YCbCr and RGB files||X|
|GEN||GEN||4:2:2 YCbCr (Avid DSHD)||X|
|GV||XML/N0/A/T/I||Grass Valley disk record native (K2)||X|
|GXF||GXF SMPTE 360||MPEG-2, DV25, DV50, DVHD||X|
|HDR||YUV||DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100*, RGB, Uncompressed YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD||X|
|HDR||YUV||YCbCr10, YCbCr16, DPX RGB, DNxHD (licensable)||X|
|HDV||HDV||MPEG-2 camera files||X|
|ISMV||MS SS||Microsoft Smooth Streaming||X|
|JS||Jaleo/Mistika||Sgo native 4:2:2 YCbCr||X|
|KRW||Kinefinity||KineRAW Compressed Raw||X|
|LUMA RMY BMY||LUMA RMY BMY||Uncompressed YCbCr||X|
|LXF||Leitch/Harris||DVSD, DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi50*, AVCi100*, MPEG-2, h.264||X|
|MKV||MKV||Matroska audio video||X|
|MLV||Magic Lantern||Raw 14 bit bayer with PCM audio||X|
|MOV||QuickTime||DV50, DVHD, AVCi100*, YCbCr 8 & 10 SD/HD, MPEG IMX||X|
|MP4||XAVC-S||Sony XAVC-S HD/4K Cameras||X|
|MPEG||MPEG-2||4:2:0/4:2:2 SD/HD up to 80 mbits/sec||X|
|MTS, M2TS||M2TS||AVC-HD camera files||X|
|MXF||AS-02||AVCi*, DNxHD*, DVHD, JPEG-2000||X|
|MXF||AS-11 DPP UK||AVCi100, IMX 50||X|
|MXF||Avid||DV25, DV50, DVHD, DNxHD*, Uncompressed||X|
|MXF||JPEG-2000||DCP Encrypted (requires EasyDCP license)||X|
|MXF||JPEG-2000||Digital Cinema - DCI Unencrypted||X|
|MXF||EditCam||DV25, DV50, DVHD, DNxHD*||X|
|MXF||Grass Valley||Grass Valley iCR||X|
|MXF||IMF||Interoperable Master Format||X|
|MXF||JPEG-2000*||Grass Valley Infinity||X|
|MXF||OP1a||AmberFin, EVS, MainConcept, MOG, OpenCube, Rovi||X|
|MXF||OP1a/Omneon||DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100*, Uncompressed||X|
|MXF||OP1b||Panasonic AVCi 4K*||X|
|MXF||Panasonic-P2||DV25, DV50, DVHD, AVCi100/200*||X|
|MXF||Panasonic||Varicam LT & 444, AVCi Ultra||X|
|MXF||Snell & Wilcox||MPEG-2, IMX||X|
|MXF||Sony||XDCamHD, XDCamEX 4:2:0/4:2:2||X|
|MXF||Sony||HDCam SR 4:2:2 and 4:4:4||X|
|MXF||Sony||F65 raw bayer||X|
|MXF||Sony||F5, F700 raw bayer||X|
|MXF||XAVC||XAVC HD and 4K||X|
|OMF||OMF||DV25, JPEG, Meridien, AVBV, CamCutter (Windows)||X|
|QNT||Quantel||Raw uncompressed YCbCr images||X|
|R3D||RED||Red camera files||X|
|RAW||ML/IOI||Magic Lantern RAW, IOIndustries RAW bayer||X|
|RBG||RED BLU GRN||Uncompressed RGB||X|
|RMF||RMF||Canon C500 raw 10 bit bayer files||X|
|RTIN||RTINDEX||Real time replay of CBR and VBR records while still recording||X|
|RTV||RTV||Uncompressed Video Toaster files (Windows only)||X|
|Stills||Series of stills||BMP, SGI, PSD, RAW, YUV10, YUV16, VSR, RAS, RAW, JP2, JPG - Series of stills (many others)||X|
|TREC||Camtasia||Screen capture (also avi/mov)||X|
|V210||V210||4:2:2 10 bit YCbCr image sequence||X|
|VPB/QTL||Quantel||Quantel uncompressed YCbCr images||X|
|VRW||Varicam Raw||Panasonic Varicam Raw||X|
|WMV/ASF||WMV/ASF||Unencrypted/DRM Free only||X|
|XAVC||X-AVC HD/4K||X-AVC 264 in MXF||X|
|Y4M||Y4M||YCbCr raw stream||X|
|YUV||YUV||4:2:2 and 4:2:0 YCbCr image sequence||X|
|Y U V||YUV||Multi file component YCbCr files||X|
* = may require optional license
DrasticPreview supports a wide range of embedded/internal closed caption formats as well as external closed caption formats and subtitle formats. If any of these caption types are found in the same directory as the main file, with the same file name, they will automatically be loaded and displayed.
Embedded Caption Formats
- MXF SMPTE 436 and Avid embedded
- CEA 608, CEA 708, OP-47/RDD-08
- MPEG-2, h.264, MPEG-4, AVC1 user space
- TS/MTS CC in separate PID
- GXF SMPTE 360
- LXF Leitch/Harris
- MOV CC Tracks
External Broadcast Caption Formats
- SCC Scenarist SD Captions
- MCC MacCaption Format 708 Captions
- AAF Avid Format 708 Captions
- STL EBU Broadcast Captions
Subtitle Caption Formats
- Avid Caption - txt
- Belle Nuit - stp
- Comma Separated - csv
- Digital Cinema 2007/2010 - xml
- EBU Sub Titles - stl
- Final Cut Pro - xml
- Final Cut Pro X - xml
- Flash - xml
- iTunes Timed Text - txt
- JSON (various) - json
- QuickTime Text - txt
- SAMI - smi
- SoftNI - sub
- Sony DVD Architect - sub
- Sony DVD - txt
- SubRip - srt
- Sub Station Alpha - ssa
- Swift - sif
- Timed Text - dxfp, ttml, xml
- WebVVT - vvt
- YouTube Annotations - xml
- YouTube - sbv
- YouTube Transcript - txt
8000Hz..96000Hz, 8/16/20/24/32 Bits, 2 Channels
VIDEO Frame Rates:
- 60 or greater
VIDEO Frame Sizes:
- Variable (60x40~4096/3112)
- Most Standard Video Sizes
SDK and APIs
DrasticPreview is based on two Drastic APIs that are available to third party developers:
DrasticPreview Pro - HD-SDI media preview player
- DrasticPreview SDK - A full preview engine from reading the file to playing out to audio devices, memory planes or OpenGL surfaces. More information is available here.
- DTMediaRead SDK - Integrate all the file types we read into your own application. Read uncompressed audio and compressed or uncompressed YCbCr 10, YCbCr 10, RGBA or RGB 10 frames. More information is available here.
With the huge variety of MXF formats and sub formats, DrasticPreview makes an excellent general player due to its wide compatibility with all MXF types, standard and non standard
Closed Caption Check
DrasticPreview can display CC1, CC2, CC3 and CC4 closed captions from a wide variety of sources (a list is available here) directly over the video, providing an easy way to check closed captions in files before they go to the server
On Set File Check
Because DrasticPreview supports capture formats like RMF (Canon/Gemini/Codex), DNG (Blackmagic/OneCam), ARI (Arri/Codex), CINE (Phantom/Miro/Flex), MXF Raw F65 (Sony), MXF XAVC (Sony), MXF HDCam/XDCam (Sony), MXF P2 (Panasonic), MXF Avid (Avid/Ikegami), AVCHD (Canon/JVC/Panasonic/Sony) it makes an inexpensive add on for checking file metadata, audio, video and consistency from copy.
Pre Air Confidence Check
With support for all major server file formats (including LXF), DrasticPreview can be used to check files before they are actually copied to the server. This can avoid expensive and time consuming server crashes and bad or incorrect files from going to air
Production Assistant Data Collection
DrasticPreview is the most cost effective way for files to be catalogued and checked on laptops or other low end machines by production assistants, which save the expensive systems for editing and finishing.
Deluxe, Technicolor, Corus Entertainment, NBC/Universal, NetFlix, PBS, Rogers Communications, Bell Media, A&E, Discovery, Avid, Adobe, Telestream, TF1, NASA, Scenic Labs, Haivision and many broadcasters and post houses.
Please note: DrasticPreview version 5 has been superseded by videoQC version 7. Please download that for the most recent player
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DrasticPreview has been deprecated and will no longer be offered to new clients. If you are an existing client of DrasticPreview and for some reason you need to reinstall, please contact us for information.
DrasticPreview Documention: DrasticPreview Manual PDF
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DrasticPreview has been replaced with videoQC
videoQC is a robust media player, with a full range of QC tools, including scopes and full reference comparison. Here is a page with purchasing information.
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