Sunday, July 15, 2007

Raylight for Mac 1.06 is out!

Raylight for Mac 1.06 is out, registered users can get it at

Read about it below, or read the
help file here.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Raylight for Mac 1.06 coming

1.06 will be out soon. It offers improved file organization, the ability to save program options, a quickstart guide for new users, and allows you to put the metadata slate on frame 2 so you can see the video instead of the slate in the Final Cut Pro thumbnails.

The next release after 1.06 will concentrate on new pulldown removal features such as removing 3:2, 2:2 pulldown from 60P and 50P, variable speed pulldown, and the ability to set the frame rate for silent clips.

Also coming is a Raylight DVCPROHD codec that can be used in place of the Apple codec. This is mainly of interest to users that do not have FCP installed on their computer or cannot get access to a copy of FCP.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Raylight for Mac 1.05


Raylight for Mac 1.05 is out. It adds timecode and metadata support, and support for DVCPRO50. You can view metadata from the camera in the Final Cut Pro timeline, or from the Quicktime player. Clips can be automatically named from the "User Clip Name" metadata item, and organized into folder names derived from the "Program Name" item.

Support for Premiere Pro CS3 released

Raylight 301-3 has been released. Get it at The only change was to the installation program, which now checks for and installs the Raylight plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro CS3. This is for the Windows version only.


Here are previous postings from since Jan 2007:


Raylight for Mac is here and has already gone through some changes. Raylight for Mac allows direct MXF file editing in Final Cut Pro. Here is the release history:
1.0 First release
1.01 Added the ability to scan P2 card data from any folder.
1.02 Fixed a problem with scanning MXF files from the system
drive(basically it did not give you a good link).


The current release folder has been bumped to 301-2 to fix a problem with
RayMaker not reading the native size and self-contained options correctly.


Adobe Premiere CS3 - Raylight works with CS3, but one customer reports that for the Premiere CS3 Beta, you must copy the Raylight plugin (raylight.prm in the raylight installData folder) to the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS3\Plug-ins\Common

23-May-2007 3.0 Birth pangs

Raylight 3.0 has been updated to 3.01 to fix the following probelms: 1) image rotate feature bug, and 2) MXF plugins do not read the Native Frame Size option


Raylight 3.0 is released. The online documentation has not yet caught up. Please refer to the ReadMe file that comes with the download for latest info!


Raylight 3.0 is coming, possibly next week. It will be a free upgrade to all registered users. The main new feature is a new quality level called Raylight
Green. Green is capable of 720/24P full-screen high-quality real time playback
in Windows Media Player on most PC's, and 1080/24P full screen high-quality real
time playback on dual-core systems, for Raylight AVI's.

For editing MXF files in Premiere and Vegas, it will have nearly the same quality as Raylight Blue but about 2X faster. Blue is still recommended for final rendering. The
table here will be updated soon with performance specs for Green.

Green will function only if you have Direct-X 9 and the Panasonic P2 Viewer installed. Direct X is included with Windows XP and Vista. The P2 Viewer is a free download for owners of the HVX200 camera.

Use of the Panasonic decoder in Green is an interim measure until we have our hardware-accelerated decoder which will apppear later this year.


Created a table showing typical performance on a dual-core AMD 64. Coming soon data on Core 2 Extreme.


Release Folder 202-10Update to fix a crash on MXF files in Vegas 7.0d. Also added logging to the installer. If you have problems with the installer, please
email us with the Log.txt file.Several users report success with running Vegas
7.0d +Raylight in Windows Vista.


Release Folder 202-9 Reliability improvements to Vegas plugin-- fixed occasional
crash on importing MXF files.


We've created a DVFilm storefront at as a redundant ordering
system, mainly in case our website or email service goes down but also for more
automation because of the increased number of orders that we receive. Also
several new products will appear there eventually like production bundles at a
discount price. You can purchase any of our products there right now including
Raylight and receive an instant download..


Release Folder 202-8 Corrected problem in Ppro Plug-in with missing or corrupted
audio track if conformed during video playback


Release Folder 202-6 Updated the Premiere plug-in to fix "Codec Not Inited"
error after about 50 MXF files into the bin


Release folder
202-5 Updated the Vegas plugin to:Correct 2:2 pulldown (25P/30P) not handled
correctlyFix occasional crash on selecting an MXF file.

Updated the Premiere plugin toCorrect same problem with 2:2 pulldownAdd checks for low memory condition


Take a look at the Raylight Tricks and Tips on our Discussion Board.


Plugin for Adobe PremiereTM is released!
You can drag MXF files directly
into your project window. Works with Premiere Pro 1.5 and Premiere Pro 2.0.

Pulldown removal, timecode, pixel aspect ratio, DVCPROHD, DVCPRO50 and
DV, both 60Hz/50Hz all supported. (DVCPRO50 and DV require the free Matrox
codecs installed). Check the ReadMe file included with the Raylight download for
the latest info or read more info here.


New version of the Vegas plugin is online (unzips to folder 202-3). If you have
Vegas 7, you must upgrade now to 7.0d before installing Raylight. If you
previously had the Raylight plugin working with Vegas 7, do not UnInstall it but
install Vegas 7.0d and then install the new Raylight.Other improvements: it now
removes pulldown automatically, has faster playback in 1/2- and 1/4- size
previews, and supports DVCPRO50 and DV- MXF files (if you have the free Matrox
codecs installed). Note that by using the plugin the DVCPRO50 or DV is always
correctly set for pixel aspect ratio.


I'm looking now into using the Microsoft DIrectX Video Accelerator to speed up
the decoder, since with SSE2/MMX and massive multithreading Raylight is pretty
much already at the speed limit for a CPU-only decoder, yet it needs to be
faster. DXVA is used for MPEG-2 and WM9 hardware acceleration, and works only
with certain graphic chips made by NVidia and ATI, however even so, it is in
widespread use.


Happy New Year! The new plug-in for Vegas has now been tested with Vegas 7. A
modification to the Raylight installer was required in order to disable Sony's
MXF file reader to allow the Raylight MXF reader to take precedence. The release
version is still 2.02, but the download will unzip into a folder called