1. Raylight Documentation (Windows)
2. Raylight Support Blog
3. Raylight Tutorial (Windows)
Raylight Documentation: Click here to read or print a copy (Windows Version)
Raylight for Mac 1.05 is out. It adds timecode and metadata support,
and support for DVCPRO50. You can view metadata from the camera
in the Final Cut Pro timeline, or from the Quicktime player. Clips
can be automatically named from the "User Clip Name" metadata
item, and organized into folder names derived from the "Program
Raylight for Mac is here and has already gone through some changes. Raylight for
Mac allows direct MXF file editing in Final Cut Pro. Here is the
1.0 First release
1.01 Added the ability to scan P2 card data from any folder.
1.02 Fixed a problem with scanning MXF files from the system drive
(basically it did not give you a good link).
The current release folder has been bumped to 301-2 to fix a problem
with RayMaker not reading the native size and self-contained options
Adobe Premiere CS3 - Raylight works with CS3, but one customer
reports that for the Premiere CS3 Beta, you must copy the Raylight
plugin (raylight.prm in the raylight installData folder) to the
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro CS3\Plug-ins\Common
3.0 Birth pangs
Raylight 3.0 has been updated to 3.01 to fix the following probelms:
1) image rotate feature bug, and 2) MXF plugins do not read the
Native Frame Size option correctly.
Raylight 3.0 is released. The online documentation has not yet
caught up. Please refer to the ReadMe file that comes with the
download for latest info!
Raylight 3.0 is coming, possibly next week. It will be a free
upgrade to all registered users. The main new feature is a new
quality level called Raylight Green. Green is capable of 720/24P
full-screen high-quality real time playback in Windows Media Player
on most PC's, and 1080/24P full screen high-quality real time
playback on dual-core systems, for Raylight AVI's.
For editing MXF files in Premiere and Vegas, it will have nearly
the same quality as Raylight Blue but about 2X faster. Blue is
still recommended for final rendering. The table here will be updated soon with performance specs for Green.
Green will function only if you have Direct-X 9 and the Panasonic
P2 Viewer installed. Direct X is included with Windows XP and
Vista. The P2 Viewer is a free download for owners of the HVX200
Use of the Panasonic decoder in Green is an interim measure until
we have our hardware-accelerated decoder which will apppear later
Created a table showing typical performance on a dual-core AMD 64. Coming soon
data on Core 2 Extreme.
3-Apr-2007 Release Folder 202-10
Update to fix a crash on MXF files in Vegas 7.0d. Also added logging
to the installer. If you have problems with the installer, please
email us with the Log.txt file.
- Several users report success with running Vegas 7.0d +Raylight
in Windows Vista.
13-Mar-2007 Release Folder 202-9
We've created a DVFilm storefront at DVFilmStore.com as a redundant ordering system, mainly in case our website or
email service goes down but also for more automation because of
the increased number of orders that we receive. Also several new
products will appear there eventually like production bundles
at a discount price. You can purchase any of our products there
right now including Raylight and receive an instant download..
22-Feb-2007 Release Folder 202-8
- Corrected problem in Ppro Plug-in with missing or corrupted audio
track if conformed during video playback
21-Feb-2007 Release Folder 202-6
- Updated the Premiere plug-in to fix "Codec Not Inited" error after
about 50 MXF files into the bin
19-Feb-2007 Release folder 202-5
New version of the Vegas plugin is online (unzips to folder 202-3).
If you have Vegas 7, you must upgrade now to 7.0d before installing
Raylight. If you previously had the Raylight plugin working with
Vegas 7, do not UnInstall it but install Vegas 7.0d and then install
the new Raylight.
Other improvements: it now removes pulldown automatically, has
faster playback in 1/2- and 1/4- size previews, and supports DVCPRO50
and DV- MXF files (if you have the free Matrox codecs installed). Note that by using the plugin the DVCPRO50 or DV is always
correctly set for pixel aspect ratio.
I'm looking now into using the Microsoft DIrectX Video Accelerator
to speed up the decoder, since with SSE2/MMX and massive multithreading
Raylight is pretty much already at the speed limit for a CPU-only
decoder, yet it needs to be faster. DXVA is used for MPEG-2 and
WM9 hardware acceleration, and works only with certain graphic
chips made by NVidia and ATI, however even so, it is in widespread
Happy New Year! The new plug-in for Vegas has now been tested with Vegas 7. A modification to the Raylight
installer was required in order to disable Sony's MXF file reader
to allow the Raylight MXF reader to take precedence. The release
version is still 2.02, but the download will unzip into a folder
Release 2.02 is online. This includes the plug-in for Vegas and some bug fixes:
- Fixed excessive duplicate pixels on the exteme right edge for
non-native (full frame) Raylight Blue.
- P2 Maker was not setting the audio MXF file length correctly,
this may fix the red "X" on the HVX200 thumbnail.
- RayMaker had a bug with mixing 1080i60/24PA pulldown removal with
native 720/24PN in the same CONTENTS folder.
- Encodes 1440 x 1080 HDV to Raylight AVI correctly in DVFilm Maker
even if the 50Hz system not selected.
- Bug fixed with exporting long AVI's from Premiere.
Released Raylight Decoder which replaces the Panasonic Decoder in CIneForm HDLink. This
project came about because of observed problems with the Panasonic
DVCProHD decoder and the desire at CineForm to provide the best
quality image possible for their customers. Users of the CineForm
products can add in Raylight Decoder for $95. A page showing the
improvment in image quality is here. Also our own testing shows a reduced size of the CineForm AVI's
when using the decoder, presumably due to a less noisy picture.
One of our test files showed a 7.5% reduction. The improvement
is subtle and is probably most important for customers who are
doing critical work like blue or green screen, or a transfer to
Released Raylight 2.0. Many improvements, more info soon. The
best source of info right now is the updated Raylight Tutorial
and the ReadMe.txt file included with the program.
- Had a couple reports of NO DATA indication after 30 min of playback
requiring a reboot of the computer. Looks like it is a resource
leak in the codec. A fix has been tested and is released as 1.05d.
- Some inquires as to when the P2 authoring will be done. My schedule
is free now to finish that work, so it will happen pretty soon.
Same goes for multiprocessor support.
- Take a look at DVFilm Maker's new capabilities, can convert MXF to many AVI and Quicktime
formats. Raylight users can convert HDV formats to Raylight AVI.
Maker is now packaged free with Raylight.
- Also we are looking at something to be called Raylight Ultra which
will be a real-time super codec requiring dual-core CPU and providing
near-uncompressed quality. It will be included in the Raylight
package and will be useful for all HD and HDV editing.
- Also optional self-contained Raylight AVI is in the near future,
for those who have plenty of hard drive speed and don't use Raylight
Red. Will improve playback performance in Yellow and will also
allow you to delete the MXF files or move them to backup drives.
- Version 1.05c is now online for RayMaker, required to fix a bug
with Firestore MXF files. Also automatically detects and skips
over repeated frames when capturing other frame rates (e.g.30P,
24P etc) in a 720-60P or 720-50P data stream.
- Version 1.05b is now online for RayMaker, required to fix a bug
where 25p, 50i or 50p AVI's had the wrong frame rate.
- Version 1.05a is now online for RayMaker, required to fix a bug
in the soundtrack for PAL DV. Also both the demo versions and
release version now include an un-installer application, Uninstall.exe.
- Please take a look at our new Raylight Tutorial and email us for suggestions for improvements. We hope to soon
provide more details on authoring Windows Media 9 DVD's which
seems to be a great way to publish your HD movie. They will play
full screen and full quality on any Windows XP system, and you
can put a 100-min 1280 x 720 24 fps movie on one 4.7GB disk.
A problem in release 1.04 has been found with 720-25P, it will
crash RayMaker. It's easily fixed but do not use this mode with
Raylight until you update to the fix in 1.05 later this week.
1.04 is released! It has 3-4X faster playback in Raylight Blue
and 4X faster rendering of Raylight Previews and Raylight AVI's.
It has support for European 1080-line formats (including 1080i50
and 1080-25P). Raylight Yellow is 25% faster. The P2 card authoring
feature has been pushed back to a release sometime in April.
1.04 is coming
We are working on speed improvements and some needed features.
The new release, 1.04 will have about 2x better rendering speed
in Raylight Blue. The playback rate in Raylight Yellow will be
about 25% higher. Also release 1.04 will hopefully have the 1080i50
support and the ability to make MXF files which can be played
back on the camera.
There's been a lot of feedback on the playback rate of Raylight
Blue and Yellow and concern that it is not real time on laptops
and smaller computers. Only Raylight Red is guaranteed real time
on these systems. To get real time playback in Raylight Yellow,
not only do you need a moderately fast CPU like a 2GHz Pentium
4, you need to have a fast hard drive as well, probably a dual-stripe
SATA RAID at least (which is not expensive). The data rate for
1920 x 1080 HD is toughly four times the data rate of DV, and
regular disk drives cannot handle that. If you don't have a RAID
then Raylight Red is the best choice because it uses the low-res
proxy and the speed of the disk drive is not critical. Very soon
we wil publish a table showing expected playback rates for typical
Release 1.03 New Features:
Added capability for RayMaker to convert DVCPRO-50- and DV-containing
MXF files to AVI. This feature requires that you have installed
the free Matrox DVCPRO50 codec. Eventually the Raylight codec will handle this format directly,
but in the meantime the Matrox codec appears to be accurate, stable
and fairly fast. Some known issues, do not try to set the codec
properties from Premiere Pro 1.5, it will crash Premiere. Also
Vegas and Premiere assume that the pixel aspect ratio of the footage
is 1:1. We have provided a Vegas script that will mass-modify
the pixel aspect ratio of all the clips in your Media Pool to
either .9091 (4:3 screen) or 1.212 (widescreen). Right-click->Save File As to get it here, rename to SetAspectRatio.js and copy to your Program Files/Sony/Vegas
Added capability for RayMaker to convert audio-only MXF files
to WAV files.
Added capability for RayMaker to grab audio from the audio-only
MXF files when converting 24P and other formats, which do not
have the complete audio embedded in the video stream. The audio MXF
files are expected in an adjacent AUDIO folder or in the same
folder as the VIDEO files.
Added timecode processing to RayMaker. The timecode in all formats
is now readable in Sony Vegas. Still working on timecode support
Improved the decompression to remove jagged edges that were observed
by some users of the software. Check here for a new comparison between Raylight, Avid and Apple