Beta: Assimilate SCRATCH v9.0 Open BETA + Review

Beta: Assimilate SCRATCH v9.0 Open BETA + Review
News, Reviews May 15, 2018 at 07:00 AM

Download the newest beta for Scratch v9.0 and try it out. RedShark News reviews the beta if you want to have another opinion on it.

SCRATCH 9 Review Summary from RedShark

Scratch's price has decreased dramatically. It's around $700 for a one-year license rental and Assimilate's support has been very good. There's an active Google group where other users and Assimilate staff responds pretty quickly and the Assimilate staff is very good about engaging customers with technical support needs quickly. Assimilate is also paying close attention to customer requests.

While it costs more than Resolve, it doesn't need nearly as much hardware to sing and it has a more robust dailies toolset. It's also the only robust dailies tool available for Windows currently and it includes a powerful and user-friendly color grading toolset.

SCRATCH 9.0 review
from RedShark

updated with review 15 May 2018

SCRATCH v9.0 requires an upgrade of your license. If you have a valid v8.6 license your license is automatically updated to include the new v9.0 version. After installing the beta build (or reverting to the 8.6 build) you have to re-activate your existing license key. Contact licensing@assimilateinc.com if you have any question on licensing for this beta version.

This version contains a number of changes from the current 8.6 release in how certain formats are processed. As such, it is not backward compatible. Before upgrading, you should maintain a backup and are advised not to upgrade in the middle of a project.

Download / Installation Instructions

  • Make sure you have the appropriate license to run the new version/build. Contact licensing@assimilateinc.com if you have any questions.
  • Backup all your settings and projects before installing any new version of SCRATCH.
  • Un-install any previous version of SCRATCH using the Add/Remove Programs option in the Windows Control Panel.
  • Legal notices - SCRATCH contains software licensed by third parties. Before installing SCRATCH click here to find all information and legal notices

Download the software using the links below.

Unzip and run the Windows .msi installer or installation package for OS X.

Download the latest SCRATCH Build from here:

Windows version              OS X version

The 6 May '18, build 978 has the following updates and change. 

  • The toolset-switch now adjusts the UI dynamically without the need to go back and forth the Construct
  • Enabled HEVC encoding and decoding on the Mac and general performance improvement of HEVC en/decoding.
  • Update on SCRATCH memory consumption which for very large projects could eat away all available memory relative fast.
  • Report generator updates: Option to select proxy image frame position, media-size calculation, and metadata column, added a progress bar. In the media browser, the MD5 and media size calculations were split into separate functions.
  • Adjusted the default control sizing for high-resolution monitors to make the Menu vs Viewport ratio more in line with the default HD interface. With this, the size of the new tab-navigation controls was also adjusted.
  • Updated AJA SDK to version 14.0.1. and BMD DeckLink SDK to version 10.9.12.
  • Exiting the Media Browser in a large project could take a relatively long time.
  • Added two metadata items for compressed media formats (DNx, QuickTime, H26x): "Compression" and "Bit Depth". Note that in e.g. case of ProRes the bit depth cannot always be determined and as such is not displayed.
  • To preserve image quality, the VR Transformer plugin now suggests adjusting the output resolution - depending on the type of conversion.
  • You can now update the main output node (res/fps/aspect) by dropping a node on the label in tab-navigation panel (rather than having to open the render tab itself).
  • Adjusted control sensitivity for X/Y Scale controls in ColorFX.
  • Double click on plug-in in the plug-in browser now defaults to applying the plug-in on a layer. Alt+double click will start a drag.
  • The EXR compression types ZIPS and ZIP were mixed up using one method while the other was selected.
  • ARRI Raw Red-gain behaved incorrectly with Fast debayer.
  • Project poster could get too big for shots with the aspect not equal to 1.
  • The application could crash when it had problems open the ImageFormats.cfg configuration file due to authorization issues.
  • Clear Audio in the Media Browser did not clear the audio slip.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki

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