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VoiceQ Writer

VoiceQ Writer 4.7.2


Date: November 2020
Release: VoiceQ Writer 4.7.2
VoiceQ support for NETFLIX Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL) file format What is Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL)?

  • It is a JSON-based file format designed for exchanging scripts between tools in the localization pipeline such as authoring and prompting tools.
  • Developed by Netflix for streamlining dubbing and audio description workflows.
  • It carries dialog text with timing information and other relevant attributes that can be used during translation, adaption, recording.
VoiceQ TTAL workflow
  1. Receive the TTAL file
  2. Drag and drop TTAL file into VoiceQ
  3. Translate, Adapt and or Record file using VoiceQ
  4. Save/export TTAL file
VoiceQ TTAL workflow benefits VoiceQ support for TTAL files reduces workflow inefficiency and significantly improves reliability and project quality Other updates:
  • If running on Apple Silicon you may experience some media codec issues if opening previously saved projects. Please re-import the media to remedy the issue if it occurs.
  • Various improvements and fixes
  • Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Improved compatibility with non-standard timecode string such as hh.mm.ss.ms




VoiceQ Writer 5.2.0


Release: VoiceQ Writer 5.2.0
Date: May 2021
Download VoiceQ Writer 5.2.0 Download VoiceQ Writer 5.2.0 (macOS 10.9-13 64bit) Overview VoiceQ 5.0 series represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Features Automatic sync to Cloud
Users now have the option to send and receive data from VoiceQ Cloud at timed intervals. To edit this check the preferences under misc. options. Updated TTAL support

  • Added metadata attribute
  • Added "originalLanguage" in Example with multiple events and characters
Line splitting behavior
Cue numbers can now be retained when splitting lines using character split functionality. New VoiceQ Cloud Generic Features
  • When playing back recordings original recording may be played as well.
  • Default time increased to 20 minutes a session when inactive.
  • Option added to prompt when synching to VoiceQ Cloud, this can now be removed for users.
  • Addresses an issue where VoiceQ Pro/Writer may overwrite projects saved to the cloud incorrectly.
  • Faster workflow between VoiceQ applications and cloud synchronization.
Reporting features (Italy) Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'.
  • Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
  • Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character)
10.9-10.15 support
  • Media window now on top by default
  • Addressed UI issues with older OS
  • Minor updates to cloud sync
Intel Big Sur support for 11.3
  • UI stability
  • Character display issues
  • Minor updates to cloud sync





VoiceQ Pro

VoiceQ Pro 4.7.2


Date: November 2020
Release: VoiceQ Pro 4.7.2
VoiceQ support for NETFLIX Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL) file format What is Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL)?

  • It is a JSON-based file format designed for exchanging scripts between tools in the localization pipeline such as authoring and prompting tools.
  • Developed by Netflix for streamlining dubbing and audio description workflows.
  • It carries dialog text with timing information and other relevant attributes that can be used during translation, adaption, recording.
VoiceQ TTAL workflow
  1. Receive the TTAL file
  2. Drag and drop TTAL file into VoiceQ
  3. Translate, Adapt and or Record file using VoiceQ
  4. Save/export TTAL file
VoiceQ TTAL workflow benefits VoiceQ support for TTAL files reduces workflow inefficiency and significantly improves reliability and project quality Other updates:
  • If running on Apple Silicon you may experience some media codec issues if opening previously saved projects. Please re-import the media to remedy the issue if it occurs.
  • Various improvements and fixes
  • Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Improved compatibility with non-standard timecode string such as hh.mm.ss.ms




VoiceQ Pro 5.2.0


Release: VoiceQ Pro 5.2.0
Date: May 2021
Download VoiceQ Pro 5.2.0 Download VoiceQ Pro 5.2.0 (macOS 10.9-13 64bit) Overview VoiceQ 5.0 series represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Features Automatic sync to Cloud
Users now have the option to send and receive data from VoiceQ Cloud at timed intervals. To edit this check the preferences under misc. options. Updated TTAL support

  • Added metadata attribute
  • Added "originalLanguage" in Example with multiple events and characters
Line splitting behavior
Cue numbers can now be retained when splitting lines using character split functionality. New VoiceQ Cloud Generic Features
  • When playing back recordings original recording may be played as well.
  • Default time increased to 20 minutes a session when inactive.
  • Option added to prompt when synching to VoiceQ Cloud, this can now be removed for users.
  • Addresses an issue where VoiceQ Pro/Writer may overwrite projects saved to the cloud incorrectly.
  • Faster workflow between VoiceQ applications and cloud synchronization.
Reporting features (Italy) Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'.
  • Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
  • Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character)
10.9-10.15 support
  • Media window now on top by default
  • Addressed UI issues with older OS
  • Minor updates to cloud sync
Intel Big Sur support for 11.3
  • UI stability
  • Character display issues
  • Minor updates to cloud sync
  • Addressed MIDI connection to DAW issues
Apple Silicon Steps to use MIDI on new apple mac devices:
  1. Disable unused MIDI connections (e.g. network)
  2. Remove the existing MIDI port and recreate one
  3. Restart Pro Tools and VoiceQ
  4. Select the new port in the configurations on both apps





Legacy

ReWire


Rewire plug-in installer is available for users to take advantage of ReWire support in VoiceQ. 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. Click the link below to view the ReWire tutorial and download. Download




VoiceQ 3.0.0


Release: March 2018 Support Release: May 2018 Build Number: VoiceQ Pro 3.8.2 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 Writer 4.7.1


Date: October 2020
Release: VoiceQ Writer 4.7.1
Update:
- Various improvements and fixes
- Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
- Improved compatibility with non-standard timecode string such as hh.mm.ss.ms




VoiceQ Pro 4.7.1


Date: October 2020
Release: VoiceQ Pro 4.7.1
Update:
- Various improvements and fixes
- Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
- Improved compatibility with non-standard timecode string such as hh.mm.ss.ms




VoiceQ Actor 4.7.1


Date: October 2020
Release: VoiceQ Actor 4.7.1
Update:
- Various improvements and fixes
- Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
- Improved compatibility with non-standard timecode string such as hh.mm.ss.ms




VoiceQ Pro 5.0.0 (2021)


Release: VoiceQ 5.0.0 Date: December 2020 Overview VoiceQ 5.0 represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Note: We have limited support for Apple Silicon - A release for this will be available later. MIDI is currently not supported on Apple Silicon, and we will advise when users should update. Features Local User Interface (French and English) Added support for French localization. VoiceQ UI is displayed in French & English system languages based on the system language selected. If you have a language you wish to have added to VoiceQ please feel free to contact support@voiceq.com. Symbols for Advanced Audio Detection Industry-standard French conventional symbols for very precise audio detection. This includes all 21 French labials with num-pad shortcut keys set up for easy layout. Symbols are visible on the timeline and media window for ease of access to the user and voice actor. Advanced Word Synchronisation Implementation of Advanced synchronization options. This allows users to fragment words on a letter-by-letter level and have better control over gaps between words and how the voice actor speaks a line. This results in greater accuracy when dubbing into foreign languages. How does it work? Words are be broken down into syllables and/or letters (word fragments). These word fragments can then be adjusted on the timeline and displayed to the actor on the Digital Rhythmoband. This allows for deeper sync accuracy on the syllable and letter level. Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL) TTAL is a JSON-based file format designed for exchanging scripts between tools in the localization pipeline such as authoring and promoting tools. TTAL was developed by Netflix for streamlining dubbing and audio description workflows. It carries dialog text with timing information and other relevant attributes that can be used during translation, adaption, recording. VoiceQ TTAL workflow:

  • Receive the TTAL file
  • Drag and drop TTAL file into VoiceQ
  • Translate, Adapt and or Record file using VoiceQ
  • Save/export TTAL file
VoiceQ TTAL workflow benefits
  • VoiceQ support for TTAL files reduces workflow inefficiency and significantly improves reliability and project quality
Updates Support for storing TTAL imported projects in VoiceQ Cloud Projects that use TTAL tables can be stored on the cloud and imported to the macOS application without loss of data. Support for storing Symbols/Labials on VoiceQ Cloud Projects including labials can be stored on the cloud and imported to the macOS application without loss of data. Project Importing (VoiceQ Cloud) Users may download and edit projects shared via the cloud service and synchronise progress with other users simultaneously. The user can select the project they wish to download from a list of projects that the user or a Manager has given them access to. Project Upload/Synchronisation (VoiceQ Cloud) Users may upload projects (as a Manager) and/or Synchronise a project to the server. In order to upload/sync the project to the server the user must select 'File>VoiceQ Cloud>Sync project...' (Alt+Cmd+S). It will merge the user data with other users data if another user is working on the project simultaneously. Universal Overlay Media Window - (Pro version only) Use DNX and other codecs in Pro Tools video player. Synchronise to Pro Tools and/or other DAW with video support and overlay our VoiceQ media window over the media player. This will increase your sync for Dubbing and ADR and keep engineers focused on editing to a final media file. Note this also allows users to run multiple reels or do multi-episode projects in one session without switching DAW projects. Import Duration
Users may import scripts with duration/length as set in timecode. This will create a 'TIMECODE OUT' figure based on a column with only Duration. Duration time can be imported from CSV or Excel (.xls, .xlsx) scripts Scene Behaviour
When changing the 'Done' property of a scene, VoiceQ gives the user a confirmation selection. Shortcut for Done lines
Set to 'Cmd+D' - Done & 'Cmd+U' for undone lines. Users can select multiple lines and use the shortcut keys to edit. (note: does not function on scenes this must still be done via cursor selection) Fractions
Fixed the issue that realtime with fractions (##:##:##.###) could not be imported correctly from CSV or Excel scripts.

Recording improvements Users can record audio directly in VoiceQ without the use of a DAW. The UI allows users to record either .wav or .m4a format files. Users can sort takes and manage exports for use with audio engineers.
  1. Recording with inputs similar to top recording DAW applications
  2. Export to AAF files allows playlists to be exported to DAW with selected takes included in the correct positioning.
  3. Preview play with video sync.
  4. Users can mute original audio when recording.
  5. Writer and Actor behave the same as Pro with local recording function.
  6. Users can choose the AAF file path.
  7. AAF Exporting for use in DAW applications (Pro Tools/Logic X)
  8. AAF files can be used with exported zip files to import into DAW.
  9. Export selected takes when recording in VoiceQ Pro/Writer
Other
  • Go to the first un-done line Shortcut - This allows the user to go to the first line in the script not set as 'done', to begin recording. Right-click a character and "Go to the first un-done line".
  • Logic Pro X support – VoiceQ supports the latest version of Logic Pro X, and works similarly to Pro Tools with MIDI.
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf) Script Import – Users can now import the latest 'screenplay scripts’ or ‘shooting scripts’ into VoiceQ to prepare files for translation, adaptation and recording. This feature can import large screenplay files in >10 seconds with 100% conversion accuracy. Export PDF Script as .CSV or .XLSX - When users import PDF files, they have the option to export to a converted .csv or excel file. Auto-generated timecode will be added to maintain duets and multi character sections.
  • Progress bar - Users can now use a progress bar to track the duration of lines visually.
  • Reverse direction scrolling - Right-to-Left scrolling for all OpenGL based renderer including video export.
  • Addresses an issue with Pro Tools Playback - Users with large projects sometimes had playback issues when the user would initiate playback erratically. This version creates a buffer to allow VoiceQ and Pro Tools to stay in sync more effectively.
  • Timeline customization - Change the look and feel in the timeline options to match your colour preference. All colors in the timeline can be edited; this includes the background, grid lines, waveform, and floating waveform colors
  • Script Import in 'min:sec' - Added support for import of timecode set in 'Min:Sec'. Previously Excel would convert time in 'min:sec' to real time and not timecode, causing an error when importing.
  • Streamers (dual view) - User can view the streamers in a dual collapsible view. This allows a better visual for the user when using a set pre-roll. The user may toggle this via streamer settings in preferences by selecting 'Crossing bar style'.
  • Mask - The mask now covers before and after the selected line. Open 'Preferences>Project>Mask' and select 'Current line' in the 'Screen mask' section.
  • Tab Import - Users can now import .tab files into VoiceQ. Simply drag & drop this format into the script view to initiate import
  • Voice Talent Preview Window - On-screen notes now appear in italic in Default/Open GL. This allows users to differentiate script lines from On-screen notes for more efficient recordings.
Additions
  • Ability to import “character name only” files
  • Added shortcuts for split/merge scene(s)/line(s)
  • Auto scene naming - When adding scenes to a project
  • Can split a scene from the current time (play-head)
  • Character filter - Behaviour change, when you filter by a character in VoiceQ Pro, if you click the top checkbox next to the scene name, it would check ONLY the filtered lines
  • Colour-blind options - User may change line highlight colour options for selection
  • Highlight the current line in a different colour
  • Line addition - When adding a line once the text is entered the line will track
  • Line progress bar - Button added to the toolbar, replacing Teleprompter position with shortcut set as F10.
  • New shortcut to split lines = 'Control+S'
  • On-screen comments are shown in italics
  • Pre/Post-roll behaviour - Changed max time to 60000ms, when post-roll is deselected
  • Project save options - User may edit the save folder for snapshots (auto-save)
  • Re-adjust timeline zoom levels for more accurate control
  • Recoding before behaviour - Changed max time to 60000ms
  • Recording continues if post-roll is deselected (Pro only)
  • Remove unused characters in a scene
  • Screen mask behaviour - Updated the way screen mask works across multiple lines when playback is active.
  • Script import - Users can add languages with more search options than when using a script import window.
  • Shortcut added to jump to a scene [Command+Option+Up/Down]
  • Split lines of multiple characters denoted by '/' or ','
  • Support for up to 60fps media files
  • The split line can be done without users' review (optional)
  • Users can link media without reloading media
  • Users can split characters into seperate lines i.e ‘Josh/Gronk’ can be split into ‘Josh’ & ’Gronk’
  • Video scale - Scale video size using a slider in the preference menu
  • View Actor and talent options in the scene character
  • Watermark added for users to add text to both the default and OpenGL media windows.




VoiceQ Actor 5.0.0 (2021)


Release: VoiceQ Actor 5.0.0 Date: December 2020 Overview VoiceQ 5.0 represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Note: We have limited support for Apple Silicon - A release for this will be available later. MIDI is currently not supported on Apple Silicon, and we will advise when users should update. Features Local User Interface (French and English) Added support for French localization. VoiceQ UI is displayed in French & English system languages based on the system language selected. If you have a language you wish to have added to VoiceQ please feel free to contact support@voiceq.com. Symbols for Advanced Audio Detection Industry-standard French conventional symbols for very precise audio detection. This includes all 21 French labials with num-pad shortcut keys set up for easy layout. Symbols are visible on the timeline and media window for ease of access to the user and voice actor. Advanced Word Synchronisation Implementation of Advanced synchronization options. This allows users to fragment words on a letter-by-letter level and have better control over gaps between words and how the voice actor speaks a line. This results in greater accuracy when dubbing into foreign languages. How does it work? Words are be broken down into syllables and/or letters (word fragments). These word fragments can then be adjusted on the timeline and displayed to the actor on the Digital Rhythmoband. This allows for deeper sync accuracy on the syllable and letter level. Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL) TTAL is a JSON-based file format designed for exchanging scripts between tools in the localization pipeline such as authoring and promoting tools. TTAL was developed by Netflix for streamlining dubbing and audio description workflows. It carries dialog text with timing information and other relevant attributes that can be used during translation, adaption, recording. VoiceQ TTAL workflow:

  • Receive the TTAL file
  • Drag and drop TTAL file into VoiceQ
  • Translate, Adapt and or Record file using VoiceQ
  • Save/export TTAL file
VoiceQ TTAL workflow benefits
  • VoiceQ support for TTAL files reduces workflow inefficiency and significantly improves reliability and project quality
Updates Support for storing TTAL imported projects in VoiceQ Cloud Projects that use TTAL tables can be stored on the cloud and imported to the macOS application without loss of data. Support for storing Symbols/Labials on VoiceQ Cloud Projects including labials can be stored on the cloud and imported to the macOS application without loss of data. Project Importing (VoiceQ Cloud) Users may download and edit projects shared via the cloud service and synchronise progress with other users simultaneously. The user can select the project they wish to download from a list of projects that the user or a Manager has given them access to. Project Upload/Synchronisation (VoiceQ Cloud) Users may upload projects (as a Manager) and/or Synchronise a project to the server. In order to upload/sync the project to the server the user must select 'File>VoiceQ Cloud>Sync project...' (Alt+Cmd+S). It will merge the user data with other users data if another user is working on the project simultaneously.

Recording improvements Users can record audio directly in VoiceQ without the use of a DAW. The UI allows users to record either .wav or .m4a format files. Users can sort takes and manage exports for use with audio engineers.
  1. Recording with inputs similar to top recording DAW applications
  2. Export to AAF files allows playlists to be exported to DAW with selected takes included in the correct positioning.
  3. Preview play with video sync.
  4. Users can mute original audio when recording.
  5. Writer and Actor behave the same as Pro with local recording function.
  6. Users can choose the AAF file path.
  7. AAF Exporting for use in DAW applications (Pro Tools/Logic X)
  8. AAF files can be used with exported zip files to import into DAW.
  9. Export selected takes when recording in VoiceQ Pro/Writer




VoiceQ Writer 5.0.0 (2021)


Release: VoiceQ 5.0.0 Date: December 2020 Overview VoiceQ 5.0 represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Note: We have limited support for Apple Silicon - A release for this will be available later. MIDI is currently not supported on Apple Silicon, and we will advise when users should update. Features Local User Interface (French and English) Added support for French localization. VoiceQ UI is displayed in French & English system languages based on the system language selected. If you have a language you wish to have added to VoiceQ please feel free to contact support@voiceq.com. Symbols for Advanced Audio Detection Industry-standard French conventional symbols for very precise audio detection. This includes all 21 French labials with num-pad shortcut keys set up for easy layout. Symbols are visible on the timeline and media window for ease of access to the user and voice actor. Advanced Word Synchronisation Implementation of Advanced synchronization options. This allows users to fragment words on a letter-by-letter level and have better control over gaps between words and how the voice actor speaks a line. This results in greater accuracy when dubbing into foreign languages. How does it work? Words are be broken down into syllables and/or letters (word fragments). These word fragments can then be adjusted on the timeline and displayed to the actor on the Digital Rhythmoband. This allows for deeper sync accuracy on the syllable and letter level. Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL) TTAL is a JSON-based file format designed for exchanging scripts between tools in the localization pipeline such as authoring and promoting tools. TTAL was developed by Netflix for streamlining dubbing and audio description workflows. It carries dialog text with timing information and other relevant attributes that can be used during translation, adaption, recording. VoiceQ TTAL workflow:

  • Receive the TTAL file
  • Drag and drop TTAL file into VoiceQ
  • Translate, Adapt and or Record file using VoiceQ
  • Save/export TTAL file
VoiceQ TTAL workflow benefits
  • VoiceQ support for TTAL files reduces workflow inefficiency and significantly improves reliability and project quality
Updates Support for storing TTAL imported projects in VoiceQ Cloud Projects that use TTAL tables can be stored on the cloud and imported to the macOS application without loss of data. Support for storing Symbols/Labials on VoiceQ Cloud Projects including labials can be stored on the cloud and imported to the macOS application without loss of data. Project Importing (VoiceQ Cloud) Users may download and edit projects shared via the cloud service and synchronise progress with other users simultaneously. The user can select the project they wish to download from a list of projects that the user or a Manager has given them access to. Project Upload/Synchronisation (VoiceQ Cloud) Users may upload projects (as a Manager) and/or Synchronise a project to the server. In order to upload/sync the project to the server the user must select 'File>VoiceQ Cloud>Sync project...' (Alt+Cmd+S). It will merge the user data with other users data if another user is working on the project simultaneously. Universal Overlay Media Window - (Pro version only) Use DNX and other codecs in Pro Tools video player. Synchronise to Pro Tools and/or other DAW with video support and overlay our VoiceQ media window over the media player. This will increase your sync for Dubbing and ADR and keep engineers focused on editing to a final media file. Note this also allows users to run multiple reels or do multi-episode projects in one session without switching DAW projects. Import Duration
Users may import scripts with duration/length as set in timecode. This will create a 'TIMECODE OUT' figure based on a column with only Duration. Duration time can be imported from CSV or Excel (.xls, .xlsx) scripts Scene Behaviour
When changing the 'Done' property of a scene, VoiceQ gives the user a confirmation selection. Shortcut for Done lines
Set to 'Cmd+D' - Done & 'Cmd+U' for undone lines. Users can select multiple lines and use the shortcut keys to edit. (note: does not function on scenes this must still be done via cursor selection) Fractions
Fixed the issue that realtime with fractions (##:##:##.###) could not be imported correctly from CSV or Excel scripts.

Recording improvements Users can record audio directly in VoiceQ without the use of a DAW. The UI allows users to record either .wav or .m4a format files. Users can sort takes and manage exports for use with audio engineers.
  • Recording with inputs similar to top recording DAW applications
  • Export to AAF files allows playlists to be exported to DAW with selected takes included in the correct positioning.
  • Preview play with video sync.
  • Users can mute original audio when recording.
  • Writer and Actor behave the same as Pro with local recording function.
  • Users can choose the AAF file path.
  • AAF Exporting for use in DAW applications (Pro Tools/Logic X)
  • AAF files can be used with exported zip files to import into DAW.
  • Export selected takes when recording in VoiceQ Pro/Writer
Other
  • Go to the first un-done line Shortcut - This allows the user to go to the first line in the script not set as 'done', to begin recording. Right-click a character and "Go to the first un-done line".
  • Logic Pro X support – VoiceQ supports the latest version of Logic Pro X, and works similarly to Pro Tools with MIDI.
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf) Script Import – Users can now import the latest 'screenplay scripts’ or ‘shooting scripts’ into VoiceQ to prepare files for translation, adaptation and recording. This feature can import large screenplay files in >10 seconds with 100% conversion accuracy. Export PDF Script as .CSV or .XLSX - When users import PDF files, they have the option to export to a converted .csv or excel file. Auto-generated timecode will be added to maintain duets and multi character sections.
  • Progress bar - Users can now use a progress bar to track the duration of lines visually.
  • Reverse direction scrolling - Right-to-Left scrolling for all OpenGL based renderer including video export.
  • Addresses an issue with Pro Tools Playback - Users with large projects sometimes had playback issues when the user would initiate playback erratically. This version creates a buffer to allow VoiceQ and Pro Tools to stay in sync more effectively.
  • Timeline customization - Change the look and feel in the timeline options to match your colour preference. All colors in the timeline can be edited; this includes the background, grid lines, waveform, and floating waveform colors
  • Script Import in 'min:sec' - Added support for import of timecode set in 'Min:Sec'. Previously Excel would convert time in 'min:sec' to real time and not timecode, causing an error when importing.
  • Streamers (dual view) - User can view the streamers in a dual collapsible view. This allows a better visual for the user when using a set pre-roll. The user may toggle this via streamer settings in preferences by selecting 'Crossing bar style'.
  • Mask - The mask now covers before and after the selected line. Open 'Preferences>Project>Mask' and select 'Current line' in the 'Screen mask' section.
  • Tab Import - Users can now import .tab files into VoiceQ. Simply drag & drop this format into the script view to initiate import
  • Voice Talent Preview Window - On-screen notes now appear in italic in Default/Open GL. This allows users to differentiate script lines from On-screen notes for more efficient recordings.
Additions
  • Ability to import “character name only” files
  • Added shortcuts for split/merge scene(s)/line(s)
  • Auto scene naming - When adding scenes to a project
  • Can split a scene from the current time (play-head)
  • Character filter - Behaviour change, when you filter by a character in VoiceQ Pro, if you click the top checkbox next to the scene name, it would check ONLY the filtered lines
  • Colour-blind options - User may change line highlight colour options for selection
  • Highlight the current line in a different colour
  • Line addition - When adding a line once the text is entered the line will track
  • Line progress bar - Button added to the toolbar, replacing Teleprompter position with shortcut set as F10.
  • New shortcut to split lines = 'Control+S'
  • On-screen comments are shown in italics
  • Pre/Post-roll behaviour - Changed max time to 60000ms, when post-roll is deselected
  • Project save options - User may edit the save folder for snapshots (auto-save)
  • Re-adjust timeline zoom levels for more accurate control
  • Recoding before behaviour - Changed max time to 60000ms
  • Recording continues if post-roll is deselected (Pro only)
  • Remove unused characters in a scene
  • Screen mask behaviour - Updated the way screen mask works across multiple lines when playback is active.
  • Script import - Users can add languages with more search options than when using a script import window.
  • Shortcut added to jump to a scene [Command+Option+Up/Down]
  • Split lines of multiple characters denoted by '/' or ','
  • Support for up to 60fps media files
  • The split line can be done without users' review (optional)
  • Users can link media without reloading media
  • Users can split characters into seperate lines i.e ‘Josh/Gronk’ can be split into ‘Josh’ & ’Gronk’
  • Video scale - Scale video size using a slider in the preference menu
  • View Actor and talent options in the scene character
  • Watermark added for users to add text to both the default and OpenGL media windows.




VoiceQ Pro 5.1.1 (2021)


Release: VoiceQ 5.1.1
Date: March 2021
Overview VoiceQ 5.0 series represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. New VoiceQ Native Features i. Updated TTAL support

  • Added metadata attribute
  • Added "originalLanguage" in Example with multiple events and characters
ii. Line splitting behavior
  • Cue numbers can now be retained when splitting lines using character split functionality.
New VoiceQ Cloud Generic Features i. Option added to prompt when synching to VoiceQ Cloud, this can now be removed for users.
ii. Addresses an issue where VoiceQ Pro/Writer may overwrite projects saved to the cloud incorrectly.
iii. Faster workflow between VoiceQ applications and cloud synchronization. New VoiceQ Cloud Italian Reporting Features i. Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'.
ii. Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
iii. Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character)
Features Italian reporting features
Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'. - Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
- Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character) 10.9-10.15 support - Media window now on top by default
- Addressed UI issues with older OS
- Minor updates to cloud sync Intel Big Sur support for 11.2 - Odd UI glitches
- Character display issues
- Minor updates to cloud sync
- Addressed MIDI connection to DAW issues Apple Silicon Steps to use MIDI on new apple mac devices: - Disable unused MIDI connections (e.g. network)
- Remove the existing MIDI port and recreate one
- Restart Pro Tools and VoiceQ
- Select the new port in the configurations on both apps VoiceQ Cloud - Addressed issues with sync if framerate is not present
- Project options added to projects page for all users
- Tooltips for icons




VoiceQ Writer 5.1.1 (2021)


Release: VoiceQ 5.1.1
Date: March 2021
Overview VoiceQ 5.0 series represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. New VoiceQ Native Features i. Updated TTAL support

  • Added metadata attribute
  • Added "originalLanguage" in Example with multiple events and characters
ii. Line splitting behavior
  • Cue numbers can now be retained when splitting lines using character split functionality.
New VoiceQ Cloud Generic Features i. Option added to prompt when synching to VoiceQ Cloud, this can now be removed for users.
ii. Addresses an issue where VoiceQ Pro/Writer may overwrite projects saved to the cloud incorrectly.
iii. Faster workflow between VoiceQ applications and cloud synchronization. New VoiceQ Cloud Italian Reporting Features i. Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'.
ii. Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
iii. Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character)
Features Italian reporting features
Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'. - Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
- Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character) 10.9-10.15 support - Media window now on top by default
- Addressed UI issues with older OS
- Minor updates to cloud sync Intel Big Sur support for 11.2 - Odd UI glitches
- Character display issues
- Minor updates to cloud sync
VoiceQ Cloud - Addressed issues with sync if framerate is not present
- Project options added to projects page for all users
- Tooltips for icons




VoiceQ Actor 5.1.1 (2021)


Release: VoiceQ 5.1.0
Date: Febuary 2021
Overview VoiceQ 5.0 series represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Features Italian reporting features
Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'. - Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
- Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character) 10.9-10.15 support - Media window now on top by default
- Addressed UI issues with older OS
- Minor updates to cloud sync Intel Big Sur support for 11.2 - Odd UI glitches
- Character display issues
- Minor updates to cloud sync VoiceQ Cloud - Addressed issues with sync if framerate is not present
- Project options added to projects page for all users
- Tooltips for icons





VoiceQ Actor

VoiceQ Actor 4.7.2


Date: November 2020
Release: VoiceQ Actor 4.7.2
VoiceQ support for NETFLIX Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL) file format What is Timed Text Authoring Lineage (TTAL)?

  • It is a JSON-based file format designed for exchanging scripts between tools in the localization pipeline such as authoring and prompting tools.
  • Developed by Netflix for streamlining dubbing and audio description workflows.
  • It carries dialog text with timing information and other relevant attributes that can be used during translation, adaption, recording.
VoiceQ TTAL workflow
  1. Receive the TTAL file
  2. Drag and drop TTAL file into VoiceQ
  3. Translate, Adapt and or Record file using VoiceQ
  4. Save/export TTAL file
VoiceQ TTAL workflow benefits VoiceQ support for TTAL files reduces workflow inefficiency and significantly improves reliability and project quality Other updates:
  • If running on Apple Silicon you may experience some media codec issues if opening previously saved projects. Please re-import the media to remedy the issue if it occurs.
  • Various improvements and fixes
  • Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Improved compatibility with non-standard timecode string such as hh.mm.ss.ms




VoiceQ Actor 5.2.0


Release: VoiceQ Actor 5.2.0
Date: May 2021
Download VoiceQ Actor 5.2.0 Download VoiceQ Actor 5.2.0 (macOS 10.9-13 64bit) Overview VoiceQ 5.0 series represents a strategic shift for our native applications VoiceQ Pro, VoiceQ Writer, VoiceQ Actor. This includes localization of user interface and functionality, integration with our new VoiceQ Cloud platform, and interoperability with client technology. Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, and collaborative workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. Features Automatic sync to Cloud
Users now have the option to send and receive data from VoiceQ Cloud at timed intervals. To edit this check the preferences under misc. options. Updated TTAL support

  • Added metadata attribute
  • Added "originalLanguage" in Example with multiple events and characters
Line splitting behavior
Cue numbers can now be retained when splitting lines using character split functionality. New VoiceQ Cloud Generic Features
  • When playing back recordings original recording may be played as well.
  • Default time increased to 20 minutes a session when inactive.
  • Option added to prompt when synching to VoiceQ Cloud, this can now be removed for users.
  • Addresses an issue where VoiceQ Pro/Writer may overwrite projects saved to the cloud incorrectly.
  • Faster workflow between VoiceQ applications and cloud synchronization.
Reporting features (Italy) Users can now choose between two options for line counts (per 50 characters). The selection is located in 'Preferences>Misc.>Reporting'.
  • Line count is based on the total number of letters (character)
  • Line count is calculated per script line by letters (character)
10.9-10.15 support
  • Media window now on top by default
  • Addressed UI issues with older OS
  • Minor updates to cloud sync
Intel Big Sur support for 11.3
  • UI stability
  • Character display issues
  • Minor updates to cloud sync





VoiceQ Cloud

VoiceQ Cloud 2.0


Release: VoiceQ Cloud 2.0.0.0 Date: May 2021 Award-Winning Performances in the Cloud We are enthused to announce the release of VoiceQ Cloud 2.0 the world's first and only independent cloud localisation service.

VoiceQ Cloud 2.0 enables teams to remotely work with word-level synchronisation, on-screen advanced script editing, streaming video playback, recording, project centralization and project management.

Key benefits include;

  • Unlimited tier 1 project capacity
  • 48khz audio quality
  • Industry-standard file security
  • Full cloud and hybrid workflows
  • Borderless collaboration for talent pools
  • Global online education and certification
  • Localize in over 900 languages
  • Global interoperability with existing technology
  • Individual and team support
Together this delivers a seamless, accessible, collaborative and secure workflow experience – wherever staff need to be. New VoiceQ Cloud Generic Features
  • When playing back recordings original recording may be played as well.
  • Default time increased to 20 minutes a session when inactive.
  • Option added to prompt when synching to VoiceQ Cloud, this can now be removed for users.
  • Addresses an issue where VoiceQ Pro/Writer may overwrite projects saved to the cloud incorrectly.
  • Faster workflow between VoiceQ applications and cloud synchronization.





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