Séance™ v3.0 for Macintosh
Communicate with your Phantom directly . . . using your Macintosh!
Application Window Séance™ v3.0 - Recording
From the ground up, this software was built to be a MacOSX application. It takes advantage of the latest MacOSX Technologies to provide the best user experience possible. Séance™ has an intuitive interface which lets you operate your Phantom Camera or Cinestation quickly and efficiently. The User Interface elements clearly identify what is happening with your Cine files, so you can see “at a glance” what is happening . . . even from a distance.
This software package includes features such as GPU Accelerated Graphics, Drag & Drop and Multi Processing. These features are heavily used throughout the application to make your project’s workflow easier, sophisticated and efficient.
Features at a Glance
• Full control for Phantom Cameras
• Real Time Cine Preview
• Easy-to-use “drag & drop” graphical Interface
• Apple ProRes support
• Support for Rec709 and Logarithmic Preview modes
• Creates Embedded SMPTE Time Code
• Background Transcoding
• Download Queue for Batch Downloads
• Simultaneous Downloads to Different Storage Devices
• Bad Pixel Repair While Downloading
• Creates Standard .cine and QuickTime .mov files
• Compatible with VRI’s PCC package
Séance™ v3.0 - Camera Settings
Camera Control on a Mac!
You can now setup and take shots with your Phantom Camera! With Séance™ v3, you can adjust your camera settings and take shots. You also have the ability to watch a live preview from your camera, allowing you to set up and frame your shots. Séance™ lets you drag & drop your captured imagery into the attached Cinemag, or drag & drop into the Download queue. The User Interface has also been updated to improve usability. Commonly used controls are now located on the right side of the application. New controls are also located here, providing everything you need to set up your camera.
Séance™ v3.0 - Copying to Cinemag
Download Apple ProRes
Séance™ v3.0 also lets you download Apple ProRes compressed footage that has been saved to your Cinemag. You can quickly trim your shot and download it into an MOV file. As with Cine Raw footage, you simply drag & drop the Apple ProRes footage into your download queue. Multiple files can also be created simultaneously, if multiple save destinations are enabled.
Séance™ v3.0 - Copy Color Settings Feature
Along with the basic functionality, Séance™ includes some convenience features, such as Black Balance Assist, Copy & Paste of Color settings as well as others. These features are in addition to existing features that help make your Phantom shoot go smoothly. When enabled, Black Balance Assist will warn you that a Black Balance (or a “CSR”) is required on your camera. This feature is designed to make sure that you always get the best imagery possible. Another new feature is the ability to “Cut & Paste” color settings from a specific Cine and paste them into any other Cines that you want. This allows you to share a “Look” across of the shots, with ease.
Supports the Miro!
Previously, only cameras with Cinemag where supported. This has changed with Séance 3, by providing support for CineFlash and shortly, C-Fast cards. Basic support for the Miro line of cameras has been started, with full support for removable storage arriving soon. Once completed, it is expected to work with the Phantom VEO cameras too.
The list of supported devices will expand as development moves forward. Contact us for the most up-to-date list.
Supported Phantom Cameras
- Phantom Flex4K
- Phantom Flex
- Cinestation I
- Cinestation IV
- Miro M320S
Queued Downloads & Multiple Save Destinations (Get Home Faster!)
Séance tries to help. You can enqueue all of your shots, so that they automatically download. While your shots are downloading in the background, you can continue to adjust your imagery. Add shots (or remove them!) when you are ready.
Instead of saving a Cine file to a drive and then spending hours copying those files to other drives, why not write to all the drives at once? With Séance™ you can specify an unlimited number of Save destinations. While you are downloading, each location gets an exact duplicate of the Cine file, saving you hours of file copying. Subfolders are also created across each volume for those productions that need a predetermined directory structure.
Séance™ v3.0 Download Queue
Séance™ v3.0 Save Destinations
Real Time & Color Accurate Live Preview
Séance™ includes a GPU Accelerated Live Preview that closely matches what is displayed on the HD-SDI Output of the camera. By using the same color science algorithms that Vision Research built into their cameras, Séance™ can provide a color accurate representation that duplicates what you would normally see from the HD-SDI output on the camera. The Cine Preview provides a match to what the DP expects to see. Séance also provides all of the image adjustment controls that are available on the camera. Color adjustments can be made on a shot by shot basis. Séance provides complete set of color and exposure controls which you can use to alter the appearance of your Cine shot, before you save it. All of the settings are then stored into the header of your Cine file, allowing for non-destructive creative color decisions. When combined with Glue Tools’ line of Phantom Cine packages and plugins, you can ensure consistent color processing all the way through your production.
Séance™ v3.0 Color Adjustment
Bad Pixel Detection & Repair
As Cine files save the raw untouched sensor data, these faulty pixels can sometimes be saved into the file. Many Editorial and Color Grading packages are unable to detect and fix these pixels. With Séance™ you can optionally repair these pixels before the data is saved into the Cine file. Your Colorist will never see a white dot again.
Full Support for SMPTE Time Code, High Res Timestamps and Range Data
With the introduction of the Phantom Flex, SMTPE Time Code became available. Soon afterwards, most Phantom Cameras could internally generate a SMPTE Time Code timestamp even if they didn't include SMTPE Time Code hardware! With Séance™ you can now save that Time Code information right into the Cine file. Séance also supports the storage of High Resolution Timestamps as well as Range Data (if present).
How to Buy
All of our products are available from our web store. You can place an order for any combination of packages that you wish.
We accept most major Credit Cards, PayPal or Bill Me Later transactions. Orders are fulfilled within 24 hours of purchase. However, we are often able to get your licenses to you in a matter of minutes during business hours.
Included with a Séance purchase:
- License activation on one computer (unless more than one license is purchased.)
- One (1) year of support. (This includes Telephone and email technical support for Séance, as well as downloadable updates and/or major releases during the One year duration. This does not include hardware support for the Macintosh or Phantom Cameras. Apple & Vision Research have amazing people that can help.)
The Séance Annual Support Package
Unlike our other products, Séance is a constantly evolving product. It is also a product where you, the customer, requires detailed and timely attention. In order to produce and support a package like this, we have decided that an Annual Support package was best way to accommodate each customer's needs.
When you purchase a Séance license, the package will include One year of product support. This will enable you to get up and running with the software. During this time, you will be able to contact us for detailed support and download updates/major releases as they become available.
However, after the One year support period lapses, subsequent Annual Support package(s) will be required to continue access to direct support and software updates. This is renewed annually, based upon the date that the license was purchased.
How Licensing Works
All Glue Tools products are licensed on a "per machine" basis. This means that anyone can use the software on the machine that has the license.
If you need to move the license to a new system, you can. Simply use your license code to "Revoke" the license from your system. Once the machine has been revoked, you can go to your new machine and activate it. There are no restrictions or limitations on the number of times you can move your license.
- A 2010 (or later) model of Intel Mac computer
- A 2012 (or later) Retina MacBook Pro
- Mac OSX 10.11.5 or later
- Apple Approved OpenCL v1.1 (or later) Compatible Graphics system
- Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (Thunderbolt only)
- 1600 x 1200 display
- Homebrew/hackintosh computers are ABSOLUTELY NOT supported
Supported Graphics Cards:
- Mac Pro AMD FirePro D300, D500, D700 GPUs
- Mac Pro NVidia Quadro 4000 GPU
- Mac Pro AMD Radeon HD 59xx GPUs
- Any Thunderbolt based MacBook Pro with AMD/NVidia GPUs
(2012 and later “Retina” models are recommended)
Unsupported (incompatible) Graphics Cards:
- Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4000
- Intel Integrated HD Graphics 3000
Supported 10G Ethernet Hardware:
- Small Tree 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI & Thunderbolt Products
- ATTO Technology FastFrame & ThunderLink 10 Gigabit Products
- Other products from Akitio, OWC and others, work too.
Unsupported (incompatible) Ethernet Hardware:
- Myricom 10GB ethernet cards ARE NOT SUPPORTED when used in a thunderbolt chassis.
- 2012 (or later) Retina Macbook Pro, or
- 2013 (or later) Thunderbolt MacPro
- macOS 10.12 Sierra
- QuickTime 7.6.6
- Glue Tools Phantom Cine Toolkit v4.x (or later)
- High Speed Storage (RAID, SSD)
- 10 Gigabit Ethernet device
Supported Phantom Cameras:
- Phantom Flex4K
- Phantom Flex
- Cinestation I
- Cinestation IV
- Miro M320S
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any technical or sales questions about our products.