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Digital Rebellion Pro Media Tools

Media and workflow management for video professionals

Digital Rebellion Pro Media Tools is a suite of workflow tools designed to simplify media management and streamline workflows in Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Premiere for Mac.

Digital Rebellion Pro Media Tools Highlights

The suite contains tools for detecting gamma shifts, editing QuickTime movie metadata, watching render files, editing markers, and much more. The applications are capable of outputting a variety of file formats to suit different editing systems and workflows.

With apps such as Quick Bins, Batch Renamer & Project Overview, I feel like I have an assistant editor living in my dock. I’m starting to forget how I worked without them.

Digital Rebellion Pro Media Tools Features

Organize your projects

To summarize, automatically sort clips into bins, collapse tracks, and create project templates to ensure consistent project organization.

Improve DSLR workflows

Offload and verify your media, tag it with timecode and metadata, and conform slow-motion footage.

Manage chapters and markers

Mass-modify markers and convert marker lists to QuickTime chapters.

Render alerts

Get alerted when a render or export finishes. You can even send alerts to a mobile device.

Manage metadata

Modify timecode, reel, scene, and other QuickTime movie metadata. You can even add your own custom metadata fields.

Clean up timelines

Collapse tracks, remove disabled clips, strip filters, and markers.

Batch rename

Batch rename large quantities of files at once, renumber frames, and close gaps. Great for DI workflows with large numbers of frame images.

Fix gamma shifts

Repair gamma shifts arising from mismatched metadata.

Quality assurance

Scan and detect non-broadcast safe video files. Ensure exported files meet the specs of the broadcaster.

Digital Rebellion Pro Media Tools Contents

Auto Transfer

Automatically offloads from camera memory cards to your computer. It can copy to multiple destinations at once, verify the copied files to ensure integrity, and even embed relevant metadata in a spreadsheet.

Batch Renamer

Renames multiple files at once with options including find and replace, frame renumbering, frame padding and more.

Edit Detector

Scans video files to locate where edits and scene changes occur. Can output QuickTime movies, marker lists, Final Cut Pro XML files and EDLs.

Gamma Shift Detector

Detects gamma shifts between source and destination media. It will tell you if the shift directly affects the pixels in the image or if it is just a mismatch in metadata.

Post Haste

Create folder structures for each project from customizable templates.

Project Overview

Provides a complete overview of your Final Cut Pro project, showing you all media, effects, and markers. Data can be printed and modified en-masse. Can be used for mass-editing markers with offsetting, custom fields, label presets, and the ability to import Avid locators into an FCP project.
Not supported by Avid Media Composer or Final Cut Pro X

QT Edit

Edits QuickTime movies. Add and remove media. Edit timecode information. Modify chapters. Change metadata. All changes are displayed in a real-time preview window. Media files can also be batch edited.

Quick Bins

Automatically sorts media into bins according to various criteria. Very useful for quickly sorting an untidy mass of dailies.
Not supported by Avid Media Composer or Final Cut Pro X

Render Watcher

Watches a set of directories, render files, or Compressor batches and notifies you via a sound and Growl notification when renders are complete. Can be set to sleep, log out, or shut down the computer when all renders are finished.

Timeline Tricks

Performs common cleanup tasks on sequences including replacing gaps with slugs, collapsing tracks, removing unused tracks and stripping filters.
Not supported by Avid Media Composer. Limited functionality on Final Cut Pro X

Video Check

Scans a video file for illegal luminance values, flash frames, and audio peaks and shows the exact frame where errors are occurring. Can output results to FCP marker lists, Avid locators, CSV, and text.



Auto Transfer

  • Transfers camera memory cards to your hard disk
  • Copied files are verified to ensure integrity
  • Verification types include MD5 and SHA1
  • If any files fail verification, they can be individually recopied
  • Auto Mode automatically starts transferring a recognized drive once it is inserted
  • Auto Transfer can manually copy any drive but only drives it recognizes as media volumes will transfer automatically
  • Supported card types for Auto Mode are P2, RED, ARRI Alexa, Canon EOS series (5D/7D/1D), XDCAM, XDCAM EX and AVCHD.
  • Can also transfer and verify folders from your hard disk
  • Can copy to multiple destinations at once
  • Destinations can be easily enabled and disabled
  • Performs actions upon successful transfer including importing QuickTime movies into a Final Cut Pro project, showing a Growl notification, playing a sound, showing the copied files in the Finder and more
  • Can eject and erase volumes
  • Volumes can be ignored to prevent them from displaying in the list and transferring in Auto Mode
  • Tag volumes with metadata
  • Metadata can be used to make up the destination path (e.g. automatically putting media from Camera A in one folder and Camera B in another)
  • Metadata can be added to a spreadsheet inside the project directory
  • Optionally it can transfer only QuickTime movies if they exist on a volume. If no QuickTime movies exist, the entire volume is copied

Batch Renamer

  • Renames multiple files simultaneously
  • Detects frame gaps in image sequences
  • Can Find and Replace text in filenames including regular expressions
  • Image sequence options include offsetting frame numbers, closing gaps, padding, reversing and reordering
  • Prefixes and suffixes can be added to text
  • Non-alphanumeric characters can be stripped
  • Various capitalization options
  • Several options for managing file conflicts: move existing file to a separate folder (default), rename existing file, send existing file to trash or skip file

Edit Detector

  • Scans video files to locate where edits and scene changes occur
  • Edit points are shown in a table along with their thumbnails
  • The sensitivity can be readjusted to produce different results without needing to rescan
  • Edit points can be manually added, removed and adjusted
  • Results can be exported to self-contained or reference QuickTime movies for each shot, markers in FCP XML format (allowing you to easily create subclips), EDLs, Final Cut Pro marker lists, Avid locator lists and more

Gamma Shift Detector

  • Detects gamma shifts between source and destination media
  • Checks to see if the shift is occurring within the pixels of the movie or its metadata
  • If the gamma shift is occurring in metadata, Gamma Shift Detector can sync metadata from the source movie to the destination
  • If the shift occurs within the pixels, it will tell you the percentage difference to allow you to compensate for it in your compositing application or NLE

Post Haste

  • Create customized folder structures for each project
  • Modify the included templates or create your own from scratch
  • Setup filename parameters such as project name, client and date to enforce a common naming convention
  • Use folder breaks to create a folder hierarchy from your parameters
  • Built-in template editor includes several blank project files for common applications

Project Overview

  • Shows all media in a Final Cut Pro project or XML file, including how many times a particular clip has been used
  • Graphs show how much space the media files are taking up on your media drive
  • Effects and filters can be batch enabled, disabled or removed
  • Marker information can be batch edited including colors and comments
  • Markers can be offset by a certain number of frames
  • Color label presets can be used to assign meaning to each color, such as “Needs VFX” for green markers
  • Custom fields can be added to tag markers with your own custom data
  • Markers can be imported from Final Cut Pro marker lists and Avid locator lists. This is our preferred method of importing files from Cut Notes
  • Markers can be exported to Final Cut Pro marker lists or Avid locator files
  • All information within Project Overview is printable

QT Edit

  • Edits QuickTime movies
  • Can add and remove tracks including timecode and text tracks
  • Can import data from THM files to allow you to tag DSLR clips (e.g. from the Canon 5D) with time-of-day timecode
  • Movie files can be quickly conformed to different frame rates
  • Chapters can be added, edited, removed and imported and exported from other movies, Final Cut Pro marker lists, Final Cut Pro X XML projects, Avid locator lists and DVD Studio Pro chapter lists
  • Metadata can be added, edited, removed and imported and exported from other movies, CSV and text files
  • Encoding Attributes allow you to correct any encoding flags that may have been incorrectly assigned by other applications. Some applications do not set these correctly (e.g. setting the interlaced flag when a movie is progressive) and this can cause visual artifacts
  • Movies can be transcoded to other codecs
  • Batch processing support

Quick Bins

  • Automatically organizes media into bins or can generate empty bins
  • A Bin Range is a range of empty bins numbered in ascending order. This could be used to quickly create bins numbered 1-100 for each scene in a movie, for instance.
  • Smart Bins automatically organize media into the bin based on criteria such as clip name, reel, scene, file type, etc. This is similar to Smart Playlists in iTunes.
  • A Smart Range automatically creates a bin for each variation in the criteria you specify. For instance, if you specified Scene as the criteria, it would automatically create a new bin for each scene in the movie and would place all clips from that scene inside, organizing your entire project in seconds.

Render Watcher

  • Watches a set of directories, render files or Compressor batches and notifies you when they are complete
  • Notification options include Growl alerts, sound effects, email, text messages and more
  • Can be set to sleep, log out or shut down the computer when all renders are finished
  • Supports Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder

Timeline Tricks

  • Performs cleanup tasks on Final Cut Pro, FCPX and Adobe Premiere sequences
  • Final Cut Pro X is limited to removing filters and markers
  • Can replace gaps with slugs
  • Can collapse multiclips
  • Can collapse video layers
  • Can remove unused video tracks
  • Can remove disabled audio and video clips
  • Can remove all filters
  • Can remove all markers

Video Check

  • Scans a video file for illegal luminance values, flash frames and audio peaks and shows the exact frame where errors are occurring
  • Support for detecting long frames (dropped frames)
  • Support for checking if a video begins at a certain timecode
  • 10-bit support available on Lion
  • Minimum black and maximum white thresholds can be adjusted
  • Sort, filter and color code the results
  • Can output results to FCP marker lists, Avid locators, CSV and text



Pro Media Tools 1.7.1 – May 30 2018

  • Batch Renamer – Dragging a file from Finder onto a specific item in the list now inserts it before that item instead of at the end of the list (this makes the frame reordering function easier to use)
  • Batch Renamer – Filenames are now truncated in the middle so you can see the frame number if it exists
  • QT Edit – Many improvements to conforming
  • QT Edit – Fixed an issue where the audio sample rate wouldn’t change when conforming certain QuickTime movies
  • Video Check – Sensitivity adjustments to prevent false positives when checking luma
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.7

  • Timeline Tricks – Added the ability to remove audio and video transitions
  • Edit Detector – Support for exporting markers to Resolve
  • Video Check – Support for exporting markers to Resolve
  • QT Edit – Space bar now plays back video
  • QT Edit – Track Name is now the default selected tab when selecting a track
  • Batch Renamer – Added a Clear button to clear the entire file list at once
  • Batch Renamer – Added an option to automatically clear the file list after processing
  • Video Check – Fixed an issue where results may be color-coded incorrectly
  • Video Check – Fixed an issue where the Export dialog would default to a .txt extension irrespective of the initial output type
  • General bug fixes, tweaks and optimizations

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.6.1

  • Auto Transfer – Added a List metadata type that only allows you to choose specific values
  • Auto Transfer – Added an option to include the camera number in auto-detected reel names (e.g. A010)
  • Auto Transfer – Support for detecting volumes from DJI drones
  • Auto Transfer – Fixed an issue where metadata columns in the Transfer view wouldn’t reorder when reordered from the Metadata pane
  • Auto Transfer – Fixed an issue where files on transferred volumes may not retain their original modification dates
  • QT Edit – Times in the Info tab are now shown in your local timezone (there is an option in preferences to force UTC)
  • QT Edit – Limited the maximum number of metadata fields to 400 to prevent the app hanging if a movie has corrupt metadata
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a “trial has expired” message to appear
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.6

  • Auto Transfer – Support for automatically detecting reel numbers from RED media
  • Auto Transfer – Offline destinations are now indicated as offline in the Destinations pane
  • Auto Transfer – Leading zeroes of the default reel are now respected when auto-detecting a reel name
  • Auto Transfer – Added an option to prepend a metadata item’s title to its value when creating a path, so for example it would create a “Day 1” folder instead of just “1”
  • Auto Transfer – Modified the default metadata settings so that timestamped folders are now no longer created automatically. The default folder structure is now “Day [day] > [reel]”. This change only affects new users but existing users can recreate it manually if desired.
  • Auto Transfer – Drag metadata fields to change folder structure order
  • Auto Transfer – Metadata folder structure preview now shows values rather than field names
  • Auto Transfer – Fixed an issue where some cards may not appear in the list
  • Auto Transfer – Fixed an issue where a cancelled transfer couldn’t be restarted
  • Auto Transfer – When automatically incrementing the day number, a new day is now considered to start at 5am instead of midnight
  • Auto Transfer – Prevented system sleep during transfers
  • Edit Detector – Improved FCPX compatibility
  • QT Edit – When modifying timecode in batch mode, the original file’s reel name is preserved unless directly modified
  • Video Check – Improved FCPX compatibility
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.5

  • Auto Transfer – Offloading performance improvements
  • Auto Transfer – Added an “Open QuickTimes movies as CinePlay playlist” option to Actions
  • Auto Transfer – Reel number is now auto-detected if it’s in the volume name (certain volumes only)
  • Auto Transfer – Better support for detecting ARRI volumes
  • Auto Transfer – Support for detecting Tascam volumes
  • Auto Transfer – Improved the responsiveness of ejecting a volume
  • Auto Transfer – Fixed an issue where the day could increment more than once if the app is launched with more than one card mounted
  • Auto Transfer – Fixed an issue where ignoring a volume may not work correctly
  • Edit Detector – Exporting an FCPXML event now automatically imports it into FCPX
  • Edit Detector – Added the ability to suppress the deletion prompt when removing edit points
  • Edit Detector – Improved compatibility with FCPX
  • QT Edit – Support for setting Ultra HD and HDR color flags
  • QT Edit – Better error reporting when a movie can’t be opened
  • Video Check – Results are now cached when reloading a file
  • Video Check – Export errors as markers in an FCPX event
  • Video Check – Metadata errors are now tagged with timecode
  • Video Check – Default bit-depth is now 10-bit
  • Video Check – Settings are now saved correctly when a text box is still editing when you click submit
  • Video Check – Arrow keys now work correctly in text boxes
  • Video Check – Fixed an issue where timecode tracks may be detected incorrectly
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.4.5

  • Import timecode from BWF files – QT Edit has a new quick task to import timecode from Broadcast Wave (BWF) audio files. You can either select a single file to import from or an entire folder. If you select the latter, it will match audio files to video files with the same name in the batch.
  • Conform improvements – We’ve improved the accuracy and reliability of conforming video files to different frame rates in QT Edit.
  • QT Edit – Fixed an issue where the Discard button does nothing when closing a batch that hasn’t been submitted
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Open dialog in several apps to show at startup even if a previous file was automatically reopened
  • Various other fixes and tweaks

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.4.4

  • QT Edit Quick Tasks
    • Invert pixel aspect ratio (e.g. 10:11 becomes 11:10)
    • Copy reel name from filename – Sets the timecode track’s reel name field to the movie’s filename
    • Copy reel name from folder name – Sets the timecode track’s reel name field to the folder that the movie is located in

The reel name tasks in particular are extremely useful when applying to multiple clips at once in a batch.

  • Other changes
    • QT Edit – Improved compatibility when conforming movies with generic media tracks
    • QT Edit – An alert message is now only shown for the first Quick Task queued up in batch mode
    • Various other minor bug fixes and tweaks

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.4.3

  • Set QuickTime movie track names – You can now specify track names in QT Edit, allowing you to give a user-friendly description of the track’s contents, such as “M&E” or “French language dialogue”. These descriptions will show up in the Movie Properties pane of QuickTime Player 7 and any app configured to support them. We will be adding support to CinePlay soon.
  • Export edit points as still images – Edit Detector can now export full-size still images of the frame at each detected edit point, which are useful for creating thumbnails or adding to spreadsheets.
  • Run script upon render – Render Watcher can now run an AppleScript, Bash or Swift script, or alternatively an application, upon successful render. This is useful for connecting with other services such as Slack.
  • QT Edit – Improved support for importing FCPX markers
  • QT Edit – Fixed an issue that could cause timecode to run at a faster rate than the movie’s frame rate
  • Render Watcher – Improved support for Compressor droplets

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.4.1

  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan support

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.4

  • Major overhaul of Auto Transfer with copy and verification to multiple destinations in one step
  • Auto Transfer – Significantly faster transfer speeds
  • Auto Transfer – Link metadata fields to QuickTime metadata keys, allowing you to automatically embed metadata inside QuickTime movies that can be read by other applications.
  • Auto Transfer can now determine if a volume has already been copied when it is mounted. This can be switched off in preferences and requires the volume to be writeable.
  • Auto Transfer – Improved stability when copying to multiple destinations
  • Auto Transfer – Improved reliability when transferring multiple sources to multiple destinations at once
  • Auto Transfer – Copy progress is now shown in the window title and icon
  • Auto Transfer – Notification Center alerts are now shown on failure
  • Auto Transfer – Volumes chosen as destinations no longer appear as transfer sources
  • Auto Transfer – The Day field intelligently auto-increments
  • Auto Transfer – Select multiple volumes at once and batch eject or transfer
  • Auto Transfer – The number of copy failures is now linked to the drive serial number rather than volume name
  • Auto Transfer – The drive’s UUID is now logged in the spreadsheet
  • Auto Transfer – Many UI improvements
  • App launcher – Various UI improvements and fixes
  • QT Edit – Added support for additional ARRI Alexa metadata fields
  • QT Edit – added an option to strip out QuickTime track edit information during conforming, which can fix problems when this metadata becomes corrupt
  • Render Watcher – Several improvements to email alerts
  • Many other bug fixes and tweaks

What’s New in v1.3.7:

  • Batch rotate and flip QuickTime movies – QT Edit can now rotate, flip and flop QuickTime movies, either individually or in a batch. This is useful if videos were shot in landscape on a phone but are incorrectly rotated to portrait. It can also be helpful in situations where a lens adapter or other camera accessory is causing video to be recorded upside down.
  • QT Edit – Videos can now be batch rotated, flipped and flopped
  • QT Edit – Conform improvements
  • QT Edit – Improved detection of non-HFS file systems
  • QT Edit – Added an option to disable non-HFS file system check
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

What’s New in v1.3.5:

  • QT Edit – Fixed a rare issue that could result in conformed movies being output at the wrong frame rate
  • Render Watcher – Simplified the email setup pane
  • Render Watcher – Improved email reliability
  • Render Watcher – Various minor tweaks to email profiles
  • Video Check – Fixed an issue where deselecting “Enforce aspect ratio” still shows aspect ratio errors
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

What’s New in v1.3.3:

  • Gamma Shift Detector – Improved detection of pixel-based gamma shifts
  • QT Edit – More responsive saving
  • Video Check – Significantly faster processing
  • Video Check – Improved detection of subtle flash frames
  • Video Check – Increased the default flash frame sensitivity
  • Video Check – Fixed an issue where the progress bar may hang
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

What’s New in v1.3:

  • Support for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 and FCPX 10.1.2
  • QT Edit – Batch mode overhaul with improved stability. There is now no limit to the number of files that can be processed at once for registered users.
  • QT Edit – Improved batch UI. The task list shows which actions are queued for processing and allows you to delete unwanted tasks.
  • QT Edit – Error alerts are now saved until the end of batch processing to prevent the queue from being interrupted
  • QT Edit – Improved framerate conform reliability in batch mode
  • Render Watcher – Fixed an issue where Adobe Media Encoder jobs may not be detected correctly
  • Render Watcher – Fixed a hang when Compressor jobs end
  • Various other bug fixes, tweaks and improvements

QT Edit batch overhaul

We’ve completely overhauled batch processing in QT Edit, boosting performance and stability. This has allowed us to remove the limit on the number of files that can be processed simultaneously in a batch (trial users are still limited to 5 files per batch).

The batch processing UI has also been redesigned. As you queue up tasks, they appear in the Task Queue on the right. This allows you to see which actions will be performed on the files in the batch and you can delete tasks if you change your mind before submitting the batch.

  • macOS 10.13 or higher
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC / CS5 or higher
  • Avid Media Composer 5 or higher
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.1 or higher
  • Final Cut Studio 2 (FCP 6) or higher


Changes in Pro Media Tools 2.0 November 2020

  • QT Edit has been rewritten to use the modern AV Foundation framework, allowing it to work in Catalina and Big Sur. This is a preview release that should largely be stable but we recommend operating on a copy of your media files just in case. The majority of features from the old version still exist, with the exception of a few small features that no longer exist in the new API. Chapter support is not present in the new version because chapters are different in the new API and it makes more sense to implement them in a new way instead of directly porting the old implementation, so chapters will be returning in a future update.
  • Video Check – It’s now possible to run audio scans without scanning video
  • Video Check – Improved the reliability / accuracy of audio scans
  • Video Check – Performance improvements
  • Edit Detector – Reliability improvements
  • Various other optimizations and modernizations

Changes in Pro Media Tools 1.9 May 2020

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina compatibility for all apps except QT Edit. QT Edit is still in the process of being converted to AV Foundation and will be updated in a future release.
  • Gamma Shift Detector has been discontinued and removed from the suite but can be freely downloaded from https://www.digitalrebellion.com/support/gammashiftdetector
  • Dark mode support
  • Apps in the suite now use the modern AV Foundation API (this primarily affects Edit Detector and Video Check)
  • Edit Detector is now more accurate at finding edit points
  • Pro Media Tools now requires macOS 10.10 or higher
  • Various bug fixes, tweaks, and modernization

Pro Media Tools 1.8 July 30, 2019

  • Auto Transfer – Added a Checksum Validator to compare two or more drives, directories, or files
  • Auto Transfer – Added a right-click option to add a mounted drive as a destination
  • Auto Transfer – Added file sizes to transfer log
  • QT Edit – Various conforming improvements
  • QT Edit – Added an option to switch off frame rate inversion when conforming, which can sometimes fix issues converting from fractional (e.g. 23.976) an integer (e.g. 25) frame rates
  • Edit Detector – Numbers in filenames are now padded
  • Video Check – Added space, JKL, and arrow key shortcuts to navigate the video
  • Minor bug fixes, tweaks, and optimizations

In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering

The idea of network rendering is to distribute your render over a network, or farm, of computers, to speed up your render times.


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