Telestream Switch with 1-Year Premium Support v4


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The only tool you need to play, inspect and correct all your media files

Professional media player, inspector and correction tool for Mac and Windows. One professional tool that does it all: Multi-format media playback, deep file inspection, and powerful conversion as well as iTunes verification and presets.


Switch Pro

Play, QC, fix and deliver.  Designed for broadcast & media QC professionals. Adds more playback support, loudness monitoring, advanced metadata display, compare media feature, preview to an external monitor, and iTunes package export.

Switch Plus

Play, inspect and fix.  Perfect for video editors and post-production professionals. Adds more playback support, embedded caption playback, audio meters, new publishing destinations, and single file transcoding.

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,
New! 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

Use the iTunes preset to create asset-only iTunes store packages, or New! publish your media directly to Vimeo, YouTube, or Facebook.


telestream switch qcAffordable 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, Switch Pro provides an affordable software solution for professional media Quality Control.

telestream switch playbackCaption 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. See MacCaption/CaptionMaker for caption creation.

telestream switch deep fileDeep 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.


What's new in Switch 4?

Switch 4 adds improved performance, growing file support, OP-47/OP-42 Teletext caption playback and team collaboration.

Switch 4 is a free upgrade for Switch v2 and v3 customers who have Premium Support. For customers without Premium Support, Switch 4 is a paid upgrade.

telestream switch performanceImproved Performance

Telestream continues to refine and improve our playback and indexing performance within Switch.  Particular attention was given to the performance of caption decoding and making sure we are making efficient use of file system reads and writes, as well as only decoding the data that is actually needed.

Growing File Support

The ability to open files and play them back while they are still being written to disk enables live capture workflows that include previewing the quality of live video captures, extracting portions of the already written video for use in social media promotion of live productions, and the ability to confirm the media encoding of content coming from live capture systems.

OP-47/OP-42 Teletext Captions   Plus  Pro

Switch is now capable of decoding and displaying OP-47 and OP-42 Teletext captions.  This support maintains format parity with Telestream’s caption authoring tools MacCaption and CaptionMaker, and will enable users to play back their captions and view them to confirm positioning, styling, and sync accuracy without the need for expensive hardware decoders.

Team Collaboration   Plus  Pro

New collaboration feature allows users to create and view flags on the timeline that contain comments, errors, or feedback. Share these flags between team members using a sidecar flags file to allow collaboration to occur without making any changes to the video. Simple to understand formatting of the flags document allows for automation systems to be able to create reports that can be reviewed and visualized on the timeline!.


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; GXF; MPEG-2 Program Streams and Transport Streams; MOV; MP4, and more.

Switch can also play HEVC and 4K files, DNxHD, JPEG2000 and WMV (available in Switch Plus & Switch Pro, and available in Switch Player for Mac with Flip4Mac installed).

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 (Plus & Pro)
Switch will playback embedded CEA-608 & CEA-708 captions, as well SCC, DVB, TTML (iTT and SMPTE-TT captions) and WebVTT 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  (Plus & Pro)
Use the Audio Meters to solo or mute audio channels, and inspect true peaks and momentarily loudness values. Switch Pro adds a loudness panel that calculates gated (BS.1770-3) or ungated (BS.1770-2) loudness levels.

Compare Alternate Media  (Pro)
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  (Pro)
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  (Pro)
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 (Pro)
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 (Plus & Pro)
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; add metadata, and much more. Export to Apple ProRes, H264, MPEG-2 Video, MP4, MPEG-2 program streams and transport streams.

Powerful audio editing (Plus & Pro)
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.

Rewrap files (Plus & Pro)
Switch includes the ability to pass-through audio and video on export, or omit the video and export as an audio only file.

Deliver it

More Publishing Options:  (Plus & Pro)
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.

Streamlined creation of iTunes store packages  (Pro)
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.

Windows Minimum System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 64-bit SP1
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10


  • 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo or faster.
  • Any Core i3, i5, or i7


  • 4 GB or more


  • Any graphics adapter that supports Direct3D feature level 10.1 or better
  • 256 MB or more


  • 1280 x 768 or larger
  • 50 Hz or faster

Mac Minimum System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • macOS Sierra 10.12
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11


  • All Macs that support 10.11 and higher
  • 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo or faster.
  • Any Core i3, i5, or i7


  • 4 GB or more


  • 256 MB or more graphics memory


  • 1280 x 768 or larger
  • 50 Hz or faster

*Note: Minimum specifications are the required hardware for playback of standard definition content. 
  Playback of demanding content such as 4K, HEVC, and high frame rate video may require more powerful hardware.

Playback Format Support


  • AAC
  • AC31
  • AIFF
  • ASF1
  • AVC (AVC Elementary Stream)
  • AVI (open DML)
  • DV
  • GXF
  • HEVC2 (HEVC Elementary Stream)
  • IMF1
  • LXF
  • M1V (MPEG-1 Video Elementary Stream)
  • M2V (MPEG-2 Video Elementary Stream)
  • MOV
  • MP3 (MPEG Layer 1, 2, 3 Audio Elementary Stream)
  • MP4 (ISO Base Media Format)
  • MPG (MPEG-1 System Stream)
  • MPS (MPEG-2 Program Stream)
  • MTS (MPEG-2 Transport Stream)
  • MXF (AS113 with UK DPP metadata)
  • MXF (OP-1a; AS02, AS033, AS113)
  • MXF (OP-1a proxy)
  • MXF (OP-1b)
  • MXF (OP-Atom)
  • SCC4
  • WAV

Video Codecs (decode only):

  • Apple QuickTime Animation RLE5
  • Apple ProRes
  • DNxHD1
  • DNxHR1
  • DV 25
  • DVCPro 25
  • DVCPro 50
  • DVCPro 100
  • DVCPro HD
  • H.263
  • H.264
  • H.2651
  • JPEG
  • JPEG20001
  • MPEG-1
  • MPEG-26
  • MPEG-4
  • Uncompressed YUV
  • WMV

Audio Codecs (decode only):

  • AAC
  • AC31
  • G.711 aLaw
  • G.711 uLaw
  • G.726
  • Microsoft ADPCM
  • MPEG Audio Layer 1,2,3
  • PCM
  • WMA1


  • Extraction and playback:
    • CEA-608 & CEA-708
  • DVB files
  • SCC4 files
  • SRT files
  • STL files
  • TTML /iTT and SMPTE-TT files
  • WebVTT (HTML5) files

Encode Format Support7


  • MOV
  • MPEG-2 TS/PS
  • MPEG-4
  • MXF (OP-1a, OP-Atom)

Video Codecs:

  • Apple ProRes8
  • MPEG-2 Video
  • x264

Audio Codecs:

  • AAC
  • MPEG Layer 2
  • PCM

1 Not supported in Switch Player.
2 HEVC support of 8-bit 4:2:0 profiles in Elementary Streams, MPEG-2 Transport Stream or MP4 files.
3 Advanced inspection of application-specific metadata included in Switch Pro.
4 Currently supports export of .scc files as part of an iTunes asset-only package.
5 Currently supports 24-bit and 32-bit only.
6 Not supported in Switch Player for Windows.
7 Switch export is available for Plus and Pro only.
8 ProRes export on Windows only possible in iTunes packages using Switch Pro.

iTunes Package Export
Creates an asset-only iTunes package file (an .itmsp file) which includes media content, secondary subtitle (.iTT or .scc files) or audio files, chapter information and an XML file. iTunes packages can only be created using the ProRes 422 HQ profile.

DPPAMWADPP/AMWA Certified Player
Switch can visually QC DPP files on the desktop, playing back the files as well as displaying DPP AS-11 MXF metadata.

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