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VoiceQ 3.1 Update Release Information

Release Date:             April 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.1

VoiceQ 3.1 signals the largest update since the release of 3.0 Democracy Series in 2016 including:

• Support for Blackmagic Design devices
• An all-in-one script writer
• 12 additional features
• 9 changes
• Extensive changes to the database structure to improve performance

Important

Projects created in VoiceQ 3.1 cannot be opened in any previous version of VoiceQ. What about 3.0? Please consult our support team if you require assistance or experience compatibility issues. This update has extensive improvements in response to client requests. Please consult our support team if you would like any assistance at.

The Blackmagic plug and play feature enables VoiceQ™ to output video through Blackmagic hardware, increasing the number of supported output devices and enhancing rythmoband precision. This solves the problems of changing workflows and adding further hardware and cabling to studios, reducing set-up time.  

Video Output Configuration

This update provides video device support for Blackmagic hardware. Please see the tutorial page for VIDEO OUTPUT information and how to set-up external devices in VoiceQ. 

VoiceQ 3.1 supports a wide range of video hardware devices from Blackmagic Design. 

The following Blackmagic devices have been tested for compatibility with VoiceQ 3.1:

• Intensity Shuttle for USB 3.0 
• UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™ 4K 
• Decklink 4K Extreme card 
• Decklink 4K Extreme 12G card
• Decklink HD Extreme 2, 3 

VoiceQ was created with the latest API from Blackmagic Design, we support all hardware currently supported by Blackmagic Design. Please update to the latest Blackmagic drivers if you have issues with connectivity.

 Visual features active in Blackmagic video output:

• Waveform 

• Rythmoband 

• Ruler 

• Streamers 

• Visual count down/up 

• Script preview 

The next VoiceQ update will include:

• Recording indicator 

• Support for AJA video devices 

• Support for industry third-party cards 

• Dynamic latency detection 

Additional Features

1. Track sizing: Users can change the size of each track in the Timeline view by selecting a line and dragging to the users desired size.

2. Secondary language view: Users can now view languages side by side for faster translation within VoiceQ. Secondary language view is only visible when users have added a second language.  To select another language if using three or more languages in a project, right click on the secondary language bar

3. Playback Rate Options: Right-click on the Play icon to bring up playback options: 0.5x,1.0x,1.5x,2.0x playback rates. Users can now control the speed at which the video plays back allowing for more precise syncing.

4. Multiple Character Filter: Users can select multiple characters to filter. This allows users to view selected characters in the Timeline, script view and video window.

5. Gender Assignment: Users can easily assign and sort characters by gender located in the Characters pane.

6. Import Excel (.XLSX) files: Users can now import spreadsheets from the latest version of Microsoft Excel. XLSX is a file extension for an open XML spreadsheet file format used by Microsoft Excel.

7. Import Final Draft (.FDX) files: Users can now import files from Final Draft Pro. FDX is the XML file format native to Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8 and the Final Draft Writer for iPad.

8. Export Excel (.CSV/.XLSX) files: Users can now export spreadsheets. A CSV is a comma separated values file which allows data to be saved in a table structured format. XLSX is a file extension for an open XML spreadsheet file format used by Microsoft Excel.

9. Individual Character report export options: Users can now export character progress reports individually. This allows content producers to send scripts to specific talent before recording. To use this select File>Report>Individual Character Script Reports… and select a folder to save to.

10. Post-roll: Post-roll has been added for use when recording via MIDI using a DAW. 

11. Cue numbers: Users can now add cue numbers to imported scripts and will see the cue numbers visible in the script view in a new column.

12. Split Scene: Users can now split lines and create a new scene via the script view. Select a line and right click, then select ‘Split Scene’ 

Feature Changes

1. Improved connectivity via MIDI to DAW applications: The team at VoiceQ has improved connectivity between DAW applications via Network and Local MIDI. Expect less frame drops and discrepancies when using this version of VoiceQ.

2. Removal of Pre-Roll: Pre-roll options omitted from preferences as it caused confusion. Users will need to set pre-roll in the DAW settings if they wish to add pre-roll. VoiceQ will follow pre-roll when playback is initiated via DAW. 

3. Spellchecker: Enabled by default when using script view for user convenience. 

4. Character assignment: New line will now be assigned to the last character by the user. You can change this in the preferences window under ‘Character Options’.

5. Column selection options: Users can right click on the columns in the script view to select which columns should be visible to the user. Note: The selections made will  carry over to each new project.

6. Character sorting: Users can use sorting options in each column to easily sort characters. The sort position of each character can be visible in the character filter view menu.

7. Output MMC MIDI options: Users can select whether VoiceQ sends MIDI signals to DAW application, or just receives. To use this feature, go to the preferences and select/de-select the check box for ‘Output MMC Port’.

8. Video Conversion: If a user imports a media file that is not supported ( i.e. AVID codec files) VoiceQ will give the option to convert the video file to MacOS format for use in the VoiceQ project.

9. Genlocked Playback: Genlock MTC support with Pro Tools via MIDI/MTC 

This update has extensive improvements in response to client requests. Please consult our support team if you would like any assistance at support@voiceq.com


Release Date:             January 2017
Build Number:            VoiceQ 3.0.2

This is a minor update release that provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important

If users experience any issues with saving we have added an option under 'File>Export>Export Project'.
This will allow you to migrate your data to a new project file. Users may use this feature if they suspect their project file is potentially corrupted.

Improvements

Cue Numbers - Added Cue numbers; Cue numbers can now be added to scripts when importing. (Note: Cue numbers are not implemented in script reporting)

Video Conversion - VoiceQ can now convert video files such as DNX codec and other non-native quicktime formats. (Note: 10.11/10.12 only)

Zoom Shortcut - Zoom in and out with our new hotkeys Cmd+Opt+[ and ]

Fixes

Playback - Minor playback issue resolved after a user creates a new line. Playback would not continue after the last added line.
Stability fixes - Application stability has been increased from previous versions.


Release Date:              November 2016
Build Number:             VoiceQ 3.0.1

This is a minor update release that provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important

Auto-save features have been removed to enhance performance and decrease load on devices. This measure was taken to allow for better loading on larger VoiceQ projects. This also allows a significantly decreased wait time when adding or removing lines.

Major Enhancements

Increased Overall Performance - Increased performance and load times have been reduced when running large scale projects. The development team have eased the load caused by VoiceQ on users base Memory and CPU. Users can add and/or remove lines faster and more efficiently than in previous versions of VoiceQ. 

Feature Enhancements

ReWire Support – ReWire has been added to VoiceQ to create the best synchronisation between VoiceQ and external audio software. Unlike MIDI ReWire has a lower latency and has been proved to be the best method of integrating recording software. Please update to the latest version of VoiceQ software to use the ReWire plug-in.

ReWire plug-in support is for 64-bit platforms only. Users running Pro Tools 10 or below will need to upgrade to a 64-bit version to take full advantage of ReWire. Users have the ability to use either MIDI or ReWire to sync between VQ and PT. Users may need to remove there plug-ins preferences file from Pro Tools to scan for the new ReWire plug-in if it does not appear on initial load.

Timeline Zoom – Higher Zoom level added to easily oversee project.
Video position – The position of the video window is saved, when user re-opens a saved project the video window will be in previous position.

AutoSync Assistant

Language support – Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Sinhala, Chinese Mandarin.
Audio split – Visual indicator has been added to the timeline view in the AutoSync Assistant window.
Script importing – Minor TXT & CSV importing issues have been addressed.
MOV file support – Fixed an issue with waveform read when using imported .MOV files.
Comments – Fixed an issue adding comments without permission.
Comments omission – Omitted comments now removed from view in AutoSync window.
Auto-save removed - This feature has been removed to allow for faster performance when using voice recognition.

Shortcuts added in AutoSync window: 

Add Script: ‘A’

Adds a new Script block for users to add in new lines for synchronisation.

Split and Edit: ’S’

Allows user to edit the selected text block in a text editor field. Users can make multiple lines using this function.

Merge Scripts: ‘C’

User can select multiple script blocks and merge them into a single block.

Delete Block: ‘Delete’

User can select multiple script/audio blocks and delete them very easily.

Merge audio: ‘M’

User can select multiple audio blocks and merge them into a single block.

Up/Down: ‘↑’ / ‘↓’

Move selection in the imported script lines blocks section

Left/Right: ‘←’ / ‘→’

Move selection in the audio blocks section

Command + Up/Down: ‘⌘+↑’  / ‘⌘+↓’

Expand selection in the imported script lines

Return (Enter): ‘⏎’

Toggle connection (only works with 1:1 selection)

Space: ‘␣’

Play the (last) selected audio block.

Improvements

Preference changes – Text changes to defaults: ‘Restore User Default’ & ‘Save as User Default’
Defaults change - Set 'Chase external Timecode' to 'Off' by default
OS Support - macOS 10.12 Sierra officially supported
MIDI Recording - Trigger Recording from VoiceQ via MIDI – keys ‘shift+option+space' to initiate record via VQ to PT


Release Date:              July 2016
Updated:                     August 2016
Build Number:            VoiceQ 3.0.0

This is a major update release that provides enhanced performance and usability improvements. Users will need to purchase an upgrade to use this update. Please contact one of our team to purchase a license today.

Feature Enhancements
  • AutoSync Assistant 

    ‘The AutoSync Assistant’ is a built in script processor designed to minimise the time it takes for users to import text along the VoiceQ timeline. The AutoSync Assistant has a built-in voice recognition engine that can match your imported script text to a supported media file. The recognition engine finds appropriate audio segments and matches the imported text using an advanced system. Once completed technicians can use a simple structure to check that segments match up and make changes to the text. 

    The AutoSync Assistant can also be used for multilingual projects. The AutoSync tool will use speech region detection to easily sort your speech audio so users can easily assign text lines to audio. Users can also opt out of using recognition and match segments manually. 

Additions
  • Teleprompter for narrators who don’t require word-by-word synch.
  • Toggle speech regions to be visible during project layout in Timeline.
  • Trigger Recording from VoiceQ for faster and accurate line by line recording with ProTools. (Shift+option+Space)
  • Red light notification for `Recording In Progress’ on-screen display when in record mode.
  • ‘Actor Progress Display’ so voice talent can now see their lines well before they’re due to perform them
  • Recording visuals for more accurate and faster integration with ProTools.
Fixes
  • Fixed a bug that caused Recording mode to be disabled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented scripts from importing with Chinese language
  • Fixed several bugs with script import in AutoSync Assistant
  • Fixed several bugs with AutoSync Assistant UI
  • Fixed a bug where a user could not split or delete audio in AutoSync Assistant (10.9/10.10 only)
  • Trigger Recording from VoiceQ for faster and accurate line by line recording with ProTools. (Shift+option+Space)

Note: All versions of VoiceQ 2/3 require a system running MacOSX 10.9 or later to run application. There is no system support for 10.8 or below available.