• Are you planning to make a Windows or Android version of this?
We are planning to do it in the future, but we’ll need to gauge the interest before moving forward. We love the idea of the openness of Android and the variety of devices it could work on (especially some of the ones with anti-glare matte screens…), but right now we’re focusing on improving the Mac OS and iOS apps.
• What exactly is supported for QRSlate Desktop?
QRSlate Desktop supports Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro X. But note that not all features are available due to limitations in the NLE’s import.
Avid Media Composer – Does not import markers, and will not sort by bin.
Final Cut Pro 7 – Supports all available features.
Adobe Premiere – Does not import Good take. (Imported from the same XML as FCP7)
Final Cut Pro X – Breaks down fields into Keywords and Markers, does not support separation by bin.
• What’s the deal with the timecode?
The current situation is that the timecode you’re seeing on the slate is a small notch about cosmetic. There is no syncing with external devices, and it strictly is representing TOD. Currently, the purpose of the slate is metadata management, not timecode syncing. While this is counter-intuitive to may weathered production folks, note that we are planning to allow for a more versatile slate in the future. But right now, the slate is strictly meant to manage metadata.
• Hey, why is there no clap sound? Clapsticks should have a sound! How are we going to sync without that?
It does. You’re iPad is muted.
• What is actually supported?
Only Quicktime files are supported. That means no RED, DPX sequences, XDCAM, MXF or other formats. We’re hoping to expand this, but right now they are not supported. Also, we’re having some trouble with the new Canon 5D Mark III. Not quite sure what the issue is, but something about the h.264 isn’t playing nice with QRSlate.
Are there any known bugs?
Yep. There are some bugs. We’re working on them. So in full disclosure, we’re having the following issues:
• Illegal Characters such as @ $ % & and quotation marks can cause issues in some situations and are best avoided.
• FCP-X XML is producing an issue with timecoded Quicktimes where audio is being erased on import. We’re working diligently to resolve this issue.
• Some people have experienced issues running the Desktop Importer on slower machines running Snow Leopard.