VOICEQ PRO

Previous release information

VOICEQ PRO 3.8 UPDATE

Release Date:             March 2018 (Update May 2018)

Build Number:            VoiceQ Pro 3.8.2

For users without iLok: VoiceQ Pro 3.8.2 Special

 

Update Notes (Hotfix 3.8.2 notes)

 

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements as well as workflow improvements.

 

Features

 

  1. Subtitle support: New formats are now compatible with Voice

    • Import EBU SEF (.stl)

    • Import SMPTE TTS (.dfxp, .ttml, .xml)...

  2. New shortcut key to quickly move lines: Holding 'Shift+Command' and dragging with the mouse on the timeline allows users to push lines forward or back changing postions quicker and more efficiently.

  3. Video Export: Users can now export by selecting a scene in the export window.

  4. Report Builder: Character description added to report builder menu.

  5. Core video display timer: Under 'Global>Experimental', This feature can support smoother playback of the rythmoband when using the default media window.

 

Fixes

 

  1. Large text editing issue: Issue when entering text in large line formats caused significant performance issues.

  2. Text wrapping: Issue when viewing large script lines in the drop down script selection.

  3. Blackmagic device / Open GL output: Improvements around font handling. If a font is not specified, text may appear unreadable. Selecting a font will remove the issue around un-readable or pixelated text.

Update Notes (Hotfix 3.8.1 notes)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements as well as workflow improvements.

  1. MIDI compatibility issues: Fixed a sync issue for some users.

  2. Fixed an issue where the Advanced Export would not correctly appear upon selection. (OSX 10.9)

  3. Cantonese support: Cantonese words can be separated automatically.

  4. Non-English script in MS Word file import: Fixed a bug dropping all non-English text.

  5. Smaller Toolbar: The size of main toolbar became smaller to populate more important content.

  6. Fixed an issue where merging a scene would not include scene characters.

 

IMPORTANT

 

  1. If users open project files with the latest VoiceQ, the older versions of VoiceQ may not be able to open the updated project files.

  2. MacOS 10.13 users need to 'Save as...' projects if previously built on MacOS 10.12 or lower. VoiceQ will then restart and users can use the updated file.

New Features

 

  1. Preference profiles: Users can import/export and save user created preference profiles. This is great for users who switch workstations and require their set-up personalised.

  2. Snapshots: Auto-save functionality returns in the form of Snapshots. Users can select when the project is saved and how many back-ups they require. This can be found under the Misc. options in preferences.

  3. Merge Scenes: Users can now merge scenes. Simply collapse all scenes and select two or more to merge them into one.

  4. Merge Lines: Users can now merge lines of the same character. Once merged the lines will be separated by a gap to retain current timing settings.

  5. Done line options: Users can select multiple lines and select them as done and/or deselect done lines.

  6. MIDI Reset: A MIDI reset button has been added to the DAW menu. This is for users who experience issues with Pro Tools connectivity.

  7. Character sorting: Users can sort scene characters now for faster sorting of timeline lines. This also affects the character selection dropdown in the script view.

  8. Percentage rating (Auto-Sync): Adds a percentage rating and bar to Auto-Sync. This allows user to see how many lines are left to sync. 

  9. Pop-up window quick keys: Users can press return to select 'OK' and click esc key to select 'Cancel'. This allows for faster integration and workflow.

  10. Character selection simplification: Users can now select character filtering quicker with a new dropdown menu. Users can also op out of the tick box design of the current character selection in Preferences>Behaviours>Character Editor by selecting it to filter based on selection.

 

Fixes

  1. Line snapping: An issue causing line-snapping to stop functioning has been resolved.

  2. Play head positioning: An issue causing play head position to appear off-screen has been resolved.

  3. DAW Issues: Fixed a bug that could cause out of synch with DAWs under certain studio configurations.

  4. General macOS 10.13 compatibility testing: Please note we have tested this version up until macOS 10.13.4. As Apple rolls out further updates we will continue to support with newer versions of VoiceQ.

VOICEQ PRO 3.8.2 UPDATE

Release: March 2018

Support Release: May 2018

Build Number: VoiceQ Pro 3.8.2

For users without iLok: VoiceQ Pro 3.8.2 Special

 

Update Notes

 

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements as well as workflow improvements.

 

Features

 

  • Preference profiles: Users can import/export and save user created preference profiles. This is great for users who switch workstations and require their set-up personalised.

  • Snapshots:Auto-save functionality returns in the form of Snapshots. Users can select when the project is saved and how many back-ups they require. This can be found under the Misc. options in preferences.

  • Merge Scenes: Users can now merge scenes. Simply collapse all scenes and select two or more to merge them into one.

  • Merge Lines: Users can now merge lines of the same character. Once merged the lines will be separated by a gap to retain current timing settings.

  • Done line options: Users can select multiple lines and select them as done and/or deselect done lines.

  • MIDI Reset: A MIDI reset button has been added to the DAW menu. This is for users who experience issues with Pro Tools connectivity.

  • Character sorting: Users can sort scene characters now for faster sorting of timeline lines. This also affects the character selection dropdown in the script view.

  • Percentage rating (Auto-Sync): Adds a percentage rating and bar to Auto-Sync. This allows user to see how many lines are left to sync. 

  • Pop-up window quick keys: Users can press return to select 'OK' and click esc key to select 'Cancel'. This allows for faster integration and workflow.

  • Character selection simplification: Users can now select character filtering quicker with a new dropdown menu. Users can also op out of the tick box design of the current character selection in Preferences>Behaviours>Character Editor by selecting it to filter based on selection.

  • Subtitle support: New formats are now compatible with Voice

  • Import EBU SEF (.stl)

  • Import SMPTE TTS (.dfxp, .ttml, .xml)...

  • New shortcut key to quickly move lines: Holding 'Shift+Command' and dragging with the mouse on the timeline allows users to push lines forward or back changing postions quicker and more efficiently.

  • Video Export: Users can now export by selecting a scene in the export window.

  • Report Builder: Character description added to report builder menu.

  • Core video display timer: Under 'Global>Experimental', This feature can support smoother playback of the rythmoband when using the default media window.

 

Fixes

 

  • Large text editing issue: Issue when entering text in large line formats caused significant performance issues.

  • Text wrapping: Issue when viewing large script lines in the drop down script selection.

  • Blackmagic device / Open GL output: Improvements around font handling. If a font is not specified, text may appear unreadable. Selecting a font will remove the issue around un-readable or pixelated text.

  • MIDI compatibility issues: Fixed a sync issue for some users.

  • Fixed an issue where the Advanced Export would not correctly appear upon selection. (OSX 10.9)

  • Cantonese support: Cantonese words can be separated automatically.

  • Non-English script in MS Word file import: Fixed a bug dropping all non-English text.

  • Smaller Toolbar: The size of main toolbar became smaller to populate more important content.

  • Fixed an issue where merging a scene would not include scene characters.

  • Line snapping: An issue causing line-snapping to stop functioning has been resolved.

  • Play head positioning: An issue causing play head position to appear off-screen has been resolved.

  • DAW Issues: Fixed a bug that could cause out of synch with DAWs under certain studio configurations.

  • General macOS 10.13 compatibility testing: Please note we have tested this version up until macOS 10.13.4. As Apple rolls out further updates we will continue to support with newer versions of VoiceQ.

IMPORTANT

 

If users open project files with the latest VoiceQ, the older versions of VoiceQ may not be able to open the updated project files.

MacOS 10.13 users need to 'Save as...' projects if previously built on MacOS 10.12 or lower. VoiceQ will then restart and users can use the updated file.

VOICEQ PRO 3.7 UPDATE

Release Date:             February 2018

Build Number:            VoiceQ Pro 3.7.1

Download: VoiceQ Pro 3.7.1 Special

HOTFIX NOTES (VoiceQ Pro 3.7.1):

 

  1. Fixed crashes on 10.13 when there is no activation.

  2. Advanced Export Menu added. You can export in .xlsx or .csv.

  3. Columns can be included/excluded using the pop-up menus.

  4. Scene ID, Line ID and Done columns added.

  5. Filtered by Characters/Languages.

  6. Fixed an error that caused all the characters to disappear in the filter tab in the advanced export sheet.

  7. Fixed a typo in the menu (languages).

  8. Fixed character sorting by name correctly in the filtering pop-over.

 

Update Notes

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

 

IMPORTANT

 

  1. If users open project files with the latest VoiceQ, the older versions of VoiceQ may not be able to open the updated project files.

  2. MacOS 10.13 users need to 'Save as...' projects if previously built on MacOS 10.12 or lower. VoiceQ will then restart and users can use the updated file.

New Features

 

1. Conformalizer support (EDL): Support for text files created with Conformalizer:

 

View our conforming guide here: https://www.voiceq.com/conforming

 

Notes:

  • This only affects the timing of the existing lines.

  • If the line is missing by the conforming (editing) you can choose what to do for the affected lines.

2. Full text search/Search and replace in Script: Basic search functions added to the script view. Users use (Command+F) to open search function to find specific words and will also have the option to find and replace.

 

3. Shortcut for skipping to characters lines: Using the shortcut key combination ‘(Control+Option+Up/Down)’ users can scroll lines of a selected character more efficiently when not using a character filter. i.e. Select a line set to 'Character 1'. Using a shortcut key combo the user will skip to the next line of 'Character 1'. This requires no use of the Character filter and will make selecting the next line of a character faster without using Character filter.
 

4. Drag & Drop Video: Users can drag and drop supported video files from finder straight into the VoiceQ timeline to initiate import.Note: Users will be prompted if frame-rate differs.
 

5. Drag & Drop Script: Users can drag and drop supported script files from finder straight into the VoiceQ Script view to initiate import.

 

6. Selected Language Import/Export (Merge): Users can import and export to share language projects with multiple users.

 

Notes: 

 

  • There must be a main (parent) project and all the child projects must be branched out from it. Every line has its own unique IDs for change tracking.

  • The line with different ID is treated as a different line: even if all other contents are identical with another. The line ID is allocated when a line is created. If you create same line in different child projects, they will be treated as different lines. I recommend to add/remove lines only in one project (the main one may be preferable) and propagate the changes to the children by merging.

  • Project export and merge: The first request is language specific, but it isn’t limited to its languages. Merging process can affect most of the changes including character, media, language, text and line/word timings too. It doesn’t affect the project itself (project name, start time offset, framerate) at the moment. It would if many uses want it.

  • Importing child project: will always change the original when there is conflict, the project manager must advise other staffs who are working in parallel before starting the job.

  • Start time in a child project: If you change the timings the original line in the parent project will be affected by merging.

  • Delete or add lines in a child project: VoiceQ will ask you really want to add or to remove lines in the parent project as well before merging.

 

7. Avoid overlapping times of character lines: Stops a character(s) lines from overlapping with the next line of the same character(s). You can set adjustment in the import window & Preferences.

 

Enhancements

  1. Looping - Rewire (Pro Tools Issues): Looping via ReWire has been greatly enhanced from the previous version. For older machines we recommend using Open GL video output as it will increase playback time and reduce input lag from Pro Tools.

  2. EDL: User Interface: User interface for Conformilizer txt files shows changes visually.

  3. EDL: Framerate Prompt: Prompts user of frame rate changes from Conformilizer txt files.

 

Fixes

  1. DAW Issues - Fixed a bug that could cause out of synch with DAWs under certain studio configurations.

  2. General MacOS 10.13 compatibility testing - Please note we have tested this version up until MacOS 10.13.4. As Apple rolls out further updates we will continue to support with newer versions of VoiceQ.

VOICEQ PRO 3.6

Release Date:          December 2017

Build Number:         VoiceQ 3.6.0

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Update Notes

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

 

IMPORTANT

We are aware of an issue with opening VoiceQ on MacOS 10.13 High Sierra and are currently working with PACE as there is a compatibility issue with iLok manager.

 

In the interim please follow the steps below:

  1. Run iLok License Manager

  2. Login with the iLok account that has the license(s).

  3. Drag the license(s) to a proper place (Local Machine (writer only) or iLok USB key)

  4. Then VoiceQ will start without issue.

 

Auto-Updates

The older versions of VoiceQ prior to 3.6.0+ cannot receive auto updates any longer because our server address has been updated.

Users will need to download 3.6.0+ to receive auto updates.

 

New Features

  1. Alert user before deleting (scenes) – May be controlled by an option in the preferences.

  2. Option to Collapse all scenes at once / Open at once

  3. Navigation by Markers - List of Markers in Project

  4. Selecting a line should snap to position on timeline when selection is made

 

Fixes

 

  • Fixes issues with Marker additions to Timeline.

  • Fixes issues with Character behaviour to add.

  • Fixed sizing of toolbar UI position. 

  • Fixed a logic issue with undo/redo not including editing the length of a line(s) on the timeline.

  • Compatibility fixes for MacOS 10.13

VOICEQ PRO 3.5

Release Date:          November 2017

Build Number:         VoiceQ 3.5.0

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Update Notes

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

 

IMPORTANT

AUTO-UPDATE CHANGES

The older versions of VoiceQ prior to 3.5 cannot receive auto updates any longer because our server address has been updated.

 

Users will need to download 3.5 to receive auto updates.

 

New Features

  1. Floating Waveform - Can always show the waveform track. It can be set in the Preferences Window->Global->Timeline.

  2. Higher Zoom Out - To overview the whole project, you can optionally choose higher zoom out level. It can be set in the Preferences Window->Global->Timeline.

  3. Looping - VoiceQ can loop the selected lines. Select this right-click on Play icon.

    • Note for Looping (DAW) - If VoiceQ runs as slave of DAW, VoiceQ's loop setting will be ignored. To loop with Pro Tools, MIDI song position should be used for synchronisation. The synchronisation using MIDI song position may not be as good as that using MTC but Pro Tools doesn't send correct MTC while looping. If possible, please use ReWire as communication protocol for looping.

  4. Looping Pre-Roll - Preroll time for looping can be set in the Preferences Window->Global->Timeline.

  5. Single Character Mode - Easy way to set up character filter on one character to concentrate one character in the work-process.

  6. Marker Import/Export - Markers are included in the import/export projects in JSON format.

Fixes

Fixed a bug that long lines were not shown in the video window under certain output mode.

VOICEQ PRO 3.3

Release Date:            August 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.3

Update Notes

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important

Google API support - Users need to sign-in with their Google Cloud account to access the service. Please refer to Google Cloud for pricing & charges while using the service at the following link: https://cloud.google.com/

 

Improvements

AutoSync Assistant API - Auto Sync can work with Google Cloud Speech. User must provide their own Google Cloud API key enabled the service.

AutoSync Language Support (via Google Speech API) - AutoSync Assistant now supports a larger amount of languages. Please refer to the following link to see supported languages: https://cloud.google.com/speech/docs/languages

External Service Configuration (Command+6) - Open the configuration window to add in your Google API and choose which service you wish to use.

Multiple lines in Script View - Users can select to see all text in a line. Right-click a selected line and select 'Show Multiple Lines' to see all text in a line in the script view.

Google sign-in - Instruction for users to download a pass-key

FDX Timecode Support - Enhanced FDX import logic that can import timecode in the ‘number’ fields. Also the language can be auto detected.

Internal window shortcuts - Added short cuts for various configuration sheets. Users can now close them by pressing the escape (ESC) key.

 

Fixes

AutoSync Logic - Auto Sync logic enhanced to reduce errors and to increase synchronisation percentages.

Line highlight during playback active - Fixed an issue where lines would not highlight correctly in the script view during playback.

Line selection - Selection by clicking in timeline now affects selection in script view.

Line addition - Adding a line in timeline by pop up menu works with the clicked time and track.

Pop-up Menus - Popup menus in timeline view and script view work more consistently with clicked items rather than with selected items.

Timeline Changes - Reduce jumpy scroll and other glitches in timeline after performing specific operations such as add/delete/undo/redo.

Transcription - Transcript re-enabled by Google Cloud Translation. User must provide their own Google Cloud API key enabled the service. Please refer to Google Cloud for pricing & charges.

Negative duration (Unable to save) - Fixed an error that an empty line has negative duration and cause UI error and save failure in specific languages such as Japanese and Chinese.

VOICEQ PRO 3.2

Release Date:            June 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.2.3

 

Update Notes (v3.2.3 - July 25th 2017)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important 

Transcription - Removed transcription service as current servers are offline. A new service will be instated in a future build of VoiceQ.

Improvements

  1. Multiple lines in Script View - Users can select to see all text in a line. Right-click a selected line and select 'Show Multiple Lines' to see all text in a line in the script view.

  2. Inverted Rythmoband - This feature allows users to use coloured text on a white background. It inverts the Rythmoband so character colour is set to text and not band. To set this go to 'Preferences>Project>Text>'Use coloured text'.

  3. Video Sizing - Rythmoband can now be viewed below the video in both the default and Open GL/Blackmagic output selections. To activatethis select 'Reserve bottom space for two Rythmoband's' from the 'Text' menu in Preferences.

  4. Video brightness - Users can brighten video using a slider under 'Preferences>Global>Video Playback Window'.

  5. Letter count - Users can now see the column 'letters' added to the Script view. This functions counts all active characters in each scriptline.

  6. Character Report (Letter count) - Character count has been added to the Report builder. By default you may also export a 'Characterprogress report' & 'Character summary report' to view total letter counts.

  7. Croiselle (Matrix) Reporting - Basic Croiselle reporting shows word/letter counts per scene in a more thorough colour coded report.

  8. Excel importing - Merged Excel (XLSX/XML) & Word (DOC/DOCX) file import into one selection as multiple selection was confusing someusers.

  9. Excel (XLSX) import changes - XLSX import now ignores blank columns. Previously import would included all columns as active causing import errors.

Update Notes (v3.2.2 - June 29th 2017)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important 

There is a known issue with Logic that will be resolved in a future build.

  1. Users using Logic X with MIDI on a single device may experience issues with playback.

  2. Users may however use network or hardwire MIDI if required.

  3. Please install a previous build if you require MIDI connection to Logic X.

Improvements

  1. Video Export -  This allows users to export media in formats up to 4k resolution. Export rendering time will depend on hardware used to export. Users can find video export options under File>Export>Export Video... In this window users will find options for output video size, output frame-rate, which characters lines to export and time users wish to export.  Important Note: Users should save their projects prior to export. 

  2. Insertion follows playback - This highly requested feature from our Pro Tools users allows VoiceQ to listen to Pro Tools Insertion follows playback when engaged. This can be toggled in Pro Tools using 'Cntrl+N'.

  3. Character Filtering in Open GL and Blackmagic - Users that have issues when using character show/hide can now show/hide using the assigned characters show/hide checkbox in the Characters section.

  4. New UI changes - The UI has been slightly improved to match icons from other DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) applications to give better visibility. All icons are in the same position as previous builds.

  5. Improved VoiceQ file compatibility - Users reporting issues with opening VoiceQ 3 projects with streamers and MIDI active when saved, can now open their files in VoiceQ Writer without error.

  6. Excel script import fix - XLS omits empty columns and combines lines without defined characters if all other columns empty. Another addition is better handling of importing scripts with multiple lines in a cell. VoiceQ will now read these as separate lines and merge them into one row.

  7. Negative duration fix - this resolves a previous project saving bug 

  8. General stability improvements - Improvements to saving, duplicate and Save As.

Update Notes (v3.2.1 - June 2017)

This hot-fix addresses the following issues:

  • Fix for playback triggers from line start

  • MIDI development to enhance sync on older devices

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

Important

For use with MIDI: Turn on MTC in DAW applications.

  1. Avid Pro Tools: Users can access this function via the transport window. Select ‘Synchronisation’ from the dropdown if not visible.

  2. Logic Pro X: Option can be found under Synchronization preferences. Users may need to re-adjust latency compensation in the preferences to get the best synch.

Improvements

  1. MIDI Synch Fix: MIDI sync has been greatly improved in this version of VoiceQ for all DAWS.

    • Users must turn on MTC Gen in Pro Tools.

  2. Automatic transcription: Users can transcript languages with the following steps:

    • Users need to add a language then set the language they wish to translate from as the main language.

    • Once the main language is set, users then need to set the secondary language to the language they wish to translate.

    • Right-click and then select ‘Transcript…’ This is a FREE service is powered by transltr.org

  3. Colour coded script lines: Users can colour code by right-clicking a line in the script view and selecting a colour.

  4. Mute when recording: Can be found in preferences under the global tab.

  5. Volume control: Users can right-click the mute button to adjust the volume. Options can be found in preferences under the global tab.

  6. Export scripts or subtitles including "selected characters only"

  7. Search in character filtering popover

  8. Gen MTC Support

Please keep sharing your feedback and successes, this helps guide our R&D and support.

We look forward to delivering more VoiceQ innovations throughout the year.

VOICEQ PRO 3.1

Release Date:            April 2017
Update Date:             May 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.1.1

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

Update Notes (v3.1.1 - May 2017)

This hot-fix addressed the following issues:

1. Issues when zooming out too far: Caused an issue where project lines were to no longer visible.

2. Filter character: Alt+Up/Down not working as intended; Has been addressed and works correctly.

3. Playback issue: Issue when initiating playback before media is ready; Caused play button to be inaccessible.

4. Issue when connecting via MIDI: Users found initiating playback using a large timecode caused errors.

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 

Future updates may 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

VOICEQ PRO 3.0.2

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.

VOICEQ PRO 3.0.1

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

VOICEQ PRO 3.0

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.

VOICEQ PRO 3.3

Release Date:            August 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.3

Update Notes

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important

Google API support - Users need to sign-in with their Google Cloud account to access the service. Please refer to Google Cloud for pricing & charges while using the service at the following link: https://cloud.google.com/

 

Improvements

AutoSync Assistant API - Auto Sync can work with Google Cloud Speech. User must provide their own Google Cloud API key enabled the service.

AutoSync Language Support (via Google Speech API) - AutoSync Assistant now supports a larger amount of languages. Please refer to the following link to see supported languages: https://cloud.google.com/speech/docs/languages

External Service Configuration (Command+6) - Open the configuration window to add in your Google API and choose which service you wish to use.

Multiple lines in Script View - Users can select to see all text in a line. Right-click a selected line and select 'Show Multiple Lines' to see all text in a line in the script view.

Google sign-in - Instruction for users to download a pass-key

FDX Timecode Support - Enhanced FDX import logic that can import timecode in the ‘number’ fields. Also the language can be auto detected.

Internal window shortcuts - Added short cuts for various configuration sheets. Users can now close them by pressing the escape (ESC) key.

 

Fixes

AutoSync Logic - Auto Sync logic enhanced to reduce errors and to increase synchronisation percentages.

Line highlight during playback active - Fixed an issue where lines would not highlight correctly in the script view during playback.

Line selection - Selection by clicking in timeline now affects selection in script view.

Line addition - Adding a line in timeline by pop up menu works with the clicked time and track.

Pop-up Menus - Popup menus in timeline view and script view work more consistently with clicked items rather than with selected items.

Timeline Changes - Reduce jumpy scroll and other glitches in timeline after performing specific operations such as add/delete/undo/redo.

Transcription - Transcript re-enabled by Google Cloud Translation. User must provide their own Google Cloud API key enabled the service. Please refer to Google Cloud for pricing & charges.

Negative duration (Unable to save) - Fixed an error that an empty line has negative duration and cause UI error and save failure in specific languages such as Japanese and Chinese.

VOICEQ PRO 3.2

Release Date:            June 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.2.3

 

Update Notes (v3.2.3 - July 25th 2017)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important 

Transcription - Removed transcription service as current servers are offline. A new service will be instated in a future build of VoiceQ.

Improvements

  1. Multiple lines in Script View - Users can select to see all text in a line. Right-click a selected line and select 'Show Multiple Lines' to see all text in a line in the script view.

  2. Inverted Rythmoband - This feature allows users to use coloured text on a white background. It inverts the Rythmoband so character colour is set to text and not band. To set this go to 'Preferences>Project>Text>'Use coloured text'.

  3. Video Sizing - Rythmoband can now be viewed below the video in both the default and Open GL/Blackmagic output selections. To activatethis select 'Reserve bottom space for two Rythmoband's' from the 'Text' menu in Preferences.

  4. Video brightness - Users can brighten video using a slider under 'Preferences>Global>Video Playback Window'.

  5. Letter count - Users can now see the column 'letters' added to the Script view. This functions counts all active characters in each scriptline.

  6. Character Report (Letter count) - Character count has been added to the Report builder. By default you may also export a 'Characterprogress report' & 'Character summary report' to view total letter counts.

  7. Croiselle (Matrix) Reporting - Basic Croiselle reporting shows word/letter counts per scene in a more thorough colour coded report.

  8. Excel importing - Merged Excel (XLSX/XML) & Word (DOC/DOCX) file import into one selection as multiple selection was confusing someusers.

  9. Excel (XLSX) import changes - XLSX import now ignores blank columns. Previously import would included all columns as active causing import errors.

Update Notes (v3.2.2 - June 29th 2017)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important 

There is a known issue with Logic that will be resolved in a future build.

  1. Users using Logic X with MIDI on a single device may experience issues with playback.

  2. Users may however use network or hardwire MIDI if required.

  3. Please install a previous build if you require MIDI connection to Logic X.

Improvements

  1. Video Export -  This allows users to export media in formats up to 4k resolution. Export rendering time will depend on hardware used to export. Users can find video export options under File>Export>Export Video... In this window users will find options for output video size, output frame-rate, which characters lines to export and time users wish to export.  Important Note: Users should save their projects prior to export. 

  2. Insertion follows playback - This highly requested feature from our Pro Tools users allows VoiceQ to listen to Pro Tools Insertion follows playback when engaged. This can be toggled in Pro Tools using 'Cntrl+N'.

  3. Character Filtering in Open GL and Blackmagic - Users that have issues when using character show/hide can now show/hide using the assigned characters show/hide checkbox in the Characters section.

  4. New UI changes - The UI has been slightly improved to match icons from other DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) applications to give better visibility. All icons are in the same position as previous builds.

  5. Improved VoiceQ file compatibility - Users reporting issues with opening VoiceQ 3 projects with streamers and MIDI active when saved, can now open their files in VoiceQ Writer without error.

  6. Excel script import fix - XLS omits empty columns and combines lines without defined characters if all other columns empty. Another addition is better handling of importing scripts with multiple lines in a cell. VoiceQ will now read these as separate lines and merge them into one row.

  7. Negative duration fix - this resolves a previous project saving bug 

  8. General stability improvements - Improvements to saving, duplicate and Save As.

Update Notes (v3.2.1 - June 2017)

This hot-fix addresses the following issues:

  • Fix for playback triggers from line start

  • MIDI development to enhance sync on older devices

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

Important

For use with MIDI: Turn on MTC in DAW applications.

  1. Avid Pro Tools: Users can access this function via the transport window. Select ‘Synchronisation’ from the dropdown if not visible.

  2. Logic Pro X: Option can be found under Synchronization preferences. Users may need to re-adjust latency compensation in the preferences to get the best synch.

Improvements

  1. MIDI Synch Fix: MIDI sync has been greatly improved in this version of VoiceQ for all DAWS.

    • Users must turn on MTC Gen in Pro Tools.

  2. Automatic transcription: Users can transcript languages with the following steps:

    • Users need to add a language then set the language they wish to translate from as the main language.

    • Once the main language is set, users then need to set the secondary language to the language they wish to translate.

    • Right-click and then select ‘Transcript…’ This is a FREE service is powered by transltr.org

  3. Colour coded script lines: Users can colour code by right-clicking a line in the script view and selecting a colour.

  4. Mute when recording: Can be found in preferences under the global tab.

  5. Volume control: Users can right-click the mute button to adjust the volume. Options can be found in preferences under the global tab.

  6. Export scripts or subtitles including "selected characters only"

  7. Search in character filtering popover

  8. Gen MTC Support

Please keep sharing your feedback and successes, this helps guide our R&D and support.

We look forward to delivering more VoiceQ innovations throughout the year.

VOICEQ PRO 3.1

Release Date:            April 2017
Update Date:             May 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.1.1

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

Update Notes (v3.1.1 - May 2017)

This hot-fix addressed the following issues:

1. Issues when zooming out too far: Caused an issue where project lines were to no longer visible.

2. Filter character: Alt+Up/Down not working as intended; Has been addressed and works correctly.

3. Playback issue: Issue when initiating playback before media is ready; Caused play button to be inaccessible.

4. Issue when connecting via MIDI: Users found initiating playback using a large timecode caused errors.

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 

Future updates may 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

VOICEQ PRO 3.0.2

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.

VOICEQ PRO 3.0.1

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

VOICEQ PRO 3.0

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.

VOICEQ PRO 3.3

Release Date:            August 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.3.0

Update Notes

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important

Google API support - Users need to sign-in with their Google Cloud account to access the service. Please refer to Google Cloud for pricing & charges while using the service at the following link: https://cloud.google.com/

 

Improvements

AutoSync Assistant API - Auto Sync can work with Google Cloud Speech. User must provide their own Google Cloud API key enabled the service.

AutoSync Language Support (via Google Speech API) - AutoSync Assistant now supports a larger amount of languages. Please refer to the following link to see supported languages: https://cloud.google.com/speech/docs/languages

External Service Configuration (Command+6) - Open the configuration window to add in your Google API and choose which service you wish to use.

Multiple lines in Script View - Users can select to see all text in a line. Right-click a selected line and select 'Show Multiple Lines' to see all text in a line in the script view.

Google sign-in - Instruction for users to download a pass-key

FDX Timecode Support - Enhanced FDX import logic that can import timecode in the ‘number’ fields. Also the language can be auto detected.

Internal window shortcuts - Added short cuts for various configuration sheets. Users can now close them by pressing the escape (ESC) key.

 

Fixes

AutoSync Logic - Auto Sync logic enhanced to reduce errors and to increase synchronisation percentages.

Line highlight during playback active - Fixed an issue where lines would not highlight correctly in the script view during playback.

Line selection - Selection by clicking in timeline now affects selection in script view.

Line addition - Adding a line in timeline by pop up menu works with the clicked time and track.

Pop-up Menus - Popup menus in timeline view and script view work more consistently with clicked items rather than with selected items.

Timeline Changes - Reduce jumpy scroll and other glitches in timeline after performing specific operations such as add/delete/undo/redo.

Transcription - Transcript re-enabled by Google Cloud Translation. User must provide their own Google Cloud API key enabled the service. Please refer to Google Cloud for pricing & charges.

Negative duration (Unable to save) - Fixed an error that an empty line has negative duration and cause UI error and save failure in specific languages such as Japanese and Chinese.

VOICEQ PRO 3.2

Release Date:            June 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.2.3

 

Update Notes (v3.2.3 - July 25th 2017)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important 

Transcription - Removed transcription service as current servers are offline. A new service will be instated in a future build of VoiceQ.

Improvements

  1. Multiple lines in Script View - Users can select to see all text in a line. Right-click a selected line and select 'Show Multiple Lines' to see all text in a line in the script view.

  2. Inverted Rythmoband - This feature allows users to use coloured text on a white background. It inverts the Rythmoband so character colour is set to text and not band. To set this go to 'Preferences>Project>Text>'Use coloured text'.

  3. Video Sizing - Rythmoband can now be viewed below the video in both the default and Open GL/Blackmagic output selections. To activatethis select 'Reserve bottom space for two Rythmoband's' from the 'Text' menu in Preferences.

  4. Video brightness - Users can brighten video using a slider under 'Preferences>Global>Video Playback Window'.

  5. Letter count - Users can now see the column 'letters' added to the Script view. This functions counts all active characters in each scriptline.

  6. Character Report (Letter count) - Character count has been added to the Report builder. By default you may also export a 'Characterprogress report' & 'Character summary report' to view total letter counts.

  7. Croiselle (Matrix) Reporting - Basic Croiselle reporting shows word/letter counts per scene in a more thorough colour coded report.

  8. Excel importing - Merged Excel (XLSX/XML) & Word (DOC/DOCX) file import into one selection as multiple selection was confusing someusers.

  9. Excel (XLSX) import changes - XLSX import now ignores blank columns. Previously import would included all columns as active causing import errors.

Update Notes (v3.2.2 - June 29th 2017)

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

Important 

There is a known issue with Logic that will be resolved in a future build.

  1. Users using Logic X with MIDI on a single device may experience issues with playback.

  2. Users may however use network or hardwire MIDI if required.

  3. Please install a previous build if you require MIDI connection to Logic X.

Improvements

  1. Video Export -  This allows users to export media in formats up to 4k resolution. Export rendering time will depend on hardware used to export. Users can find video export options under File>Export>Export Video... In this window users will find options for output video size, output frame-rate, which characters lines to export and time users wish to export.  Important Note: Users should save their projects prior to export. 

  2. Insertion follows playback - This highly requested feature from our Pro Tools users allows VoiceQ to listen to Pro Tools Insertion follows playback when engaged. This can be toggled in Pro Tools using 'Cntrl+N'.

  3. Character Filtering in Open GL and Blackmagic - Users that have issues when using character show/hide can now show/hide using the assigned characters show/hide checkbox in the Characters section.

  4. New UI changes - The UI has been slightly improved to match icons from other DAW (Digital Audio Workspace) applications to give better visibility. All icons are in the same position as previous builds.

  5. Improved VoiceQ file compatibility - Users reporting issues with opening VoiceQ 3 projects with streamers and MIDI active when saved, can now open their files in VoiceQ Writer without error.

  6. Excel script import fix - XLS omits empty columns and combines lines without defined characters if all other columns empty. Another addition is better handling of importing scripts with multiple lines in a cell. VoiceQ will now read these as separate lines and merge them into one row.

  7. Negative duration fix - this resolves a previous project saving bug 

  8. General stability improvements - Improvements to saving, duplicate and Save As.

Update Notes (v3.2.1 - June 2017)

This hot-fix addresses the following issues:

  • Fix for playback triggers from line start

  • MIDI development to enhance sync on older devices

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

Important

For use with MIDI: Turn on MTC in DAW applications.

  1. Avid Pro Tools: Users can access this function via the transport window. Select ‘Synchronisation’ from the dropdown if not visible.

  2. Logic Pro X: Option can be found under Synchronization preferences. Users may need to re-adjust latency compensation in the preferences to get the best synch.

Improvements

  1. MIDI Synch Fix: MIDI sync has been greatly improved in this version of VoiceQ for all DAWS.

    • Users must turn on MTC Gen in Pro Tools.

  2. Automatic transcription: Users can transcript languages with the following steps:

    • Users need to add a language then set the language they wish to translate from as the main language.

    • Once the main language is set, users then need to set the secondary language to the language they wish to translate.

    • Right-click and then select ‘Transcript…’ This is a FREE service is powered by transltr.org

  3. Colour coded script lines: Users can colour code by right-clicking a line in the script view and selecting a colour.

  4. Mute when recording: Can be found in preferences under the global tab.

  5. Volume control: Users can right-click the mute button to adjust the volume. Options can be found in preferences under the global tab.

  6. Export scripts or subtitles including "selected characters only"

  7. Search in character filtering popover

  8. Gen MTC Support

Please keep sharing your feedback and successes, this helps guide our R&D and support.

We look forward to delivering more VoiceQ innovations throughout the year.

VOICEQ PRO 3.1

Release Date:            April 2017
Update Date:             May 2017
Build Number:           VoiceQ 3.1.1

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

Update Notes (v3.1.1 - May 2017)

This hot-fix addressed the following issues:

1. Issues when zooming out too far: Caused an issue where project lines were to no longer visible.

2. Filter character: Alt+Up/Down not working as intended; Has been addressed and works correctly.

3. Playback issue: Issue when initiating playback before media is ready; Caused play button to be inaccessible.

4. Issue when connecting via MIDI: Users found initiating playback using a large timecode caused errors.

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 

Future updates may 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

VOICEQ PRO 3.0.2

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.

VOICEQ PRO 3.0.1

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

VOICEQ PRO 3.0

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.

VOICEQ PRO 3.4

Release Date:           September 2017
Build Number:          VoiceQ 3.4.0

Update Notes

IMPORTANT: If users open project files with the latest VoiceQ, the older versions of VoiceQ may not be able to open the updated project files.

This update release provides enhanced performance and usability improvements.

New Features

New Preferences layout - Global settings have been split into four sections under the Global tab.

  • Video Window - Has all controls for Video window incl. Resolution, Brightness and Style.

  • DAW - Has all controls for MIDI/ReWire connections.

  • Behaviours - Contains shortcuts, script editor settings and default language settings.

  • Misc. - Contains notifications and updates options.

Markers to annotate timeline - In the timeline right-click a selection to add a marker. Markers can be edited and logged. The last entry will become the default for your next marker. Marker data is saved and can be easily selected from a pop-up menu.

Custom shortcut keys - Can be allocated for some operations. See ‘Preferences>Behaviours. You can change the key combination for a limited range of commands. Users need to close preferences for changes to take effect.
Character information - Users can export/import Character informations to/from CSV or Excel files.

Enhancements

  1. VoiceQ can request recording with multiple selected lines

  2. Can transpose Character-scene matrix report

  3. Number of words can be included in the character-scene matrix report

  4. Can hide ‘done’ lines from the script view

  5. Preferences window has been redesigned to support lower resolution display better

Fixes

  1. DAW Issues - Fixed a bug that could cause out of synch with DAWs under certain studio configurations.

  2. Character Reports - Fixed a bug that could cause individual character reports save failure with specific character names.

  3. UI errors - Fixed other minor UI glitches.

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