The latest update to cineSync 5 introduces an integration with Backlight’s media management solution iconik alongside more responsive and optimized reviews, empowering you to streamline your creative workflows and get to sign off faster.


cineSync 5.3 brings the following new features to cineSync 5:

  • A whole new way to manage and share your media with the cineSync x iconik integration
  • An optimized and more responsive cineSync experience via OTIO v0.15 and tlRender upgrades
  • New quick and easy file transfer capability via ftps/sftp
  • Easier access to your saved frames, PDFs and session files
  • More media review options via the ability to review audio-only media files!

Today, Backlight unveils cineSync 5.3, which promises to make your media management, review, and sign-off processes faster and more effective by building on the recent release of cineSync 5.2.1.

Ineffective collaboration reduces project ROI, increases cost, and distracts artists from creating great work that makes clients happy. cineSync 5 remedies this by bringing high-end media review workflows to artists, producers, supervisors, clients, and more, with high-quality, highly accurate review of original media in interactive sync, bolstered by some of the most secure workflows available in media review today. With cineSync 5, media collaboration and feedback are as streamlined and effective as they can be, even in a creative industry that’s more distributed and remote than ever.

And now we’re taking things to the next level! cineSync 5.3 makes cineSync faster and more responsive, introduces new file transfer workflows, and integrates with Backlight’s accessible and cost-effective media asset management solution iconik. With these new features, you can empower your creative workflows with frictionless media management, better-organized projects, and improved client sign-off experiences.

cineSync 5 keeps improving – and we’ll keep working to make your remote review workflows even more streamlined and effective.


Let’s take a look at this release in more detail ↓


Build trusted media review workflows with the cineSync x iconik integration


What is it? cineSync 5.3 introduces a new integration with Backlight’s iconik – the media asset management, file sharing, and collaboration solution that gathers and organizes media securely from any storage.

Why it matters: The cineSync x iconik integration will make you the most organized person on your team! It introduces an incredibly smooth and easy-to-use workflow for those looking for a new way to store, manage, access, and share their project media with collaborators.

Iconik makes it super simple to store media; explore project media via a wide variety of search options, filters, and powerful metadata tagging; and share media with other team members and artists – all from wherever you are, whether you store your media in the cloud or on-premise. For example, using this integration, you could quickly search all versions of your project in iconik to find what you need, then promptly launch that media in a cineSync session containing iconik-based proxy versions or collections from inside the iconik UI.

The cineSync x iconik integration:

  • Brings a new level of accessible media asset management to cineSync users
  • Extends iconik’s media playback functionality to include original, high-resolution content and interactive reviews
  • Streamlines content management workflows
  • Helps improve users’ productivity and opens up more time for getting creative
  • Enhances the end-client sign-off experience

Iconik users can access local, asynchronous review via the free version of cineSync’s player, cineSync Play. Please note that both an iconik and cineSync Pro 5 license are required for full multi-user interactive review.


Deliver faster and more effective reviews with clients via tech upgrades


What is it? We’ve upgraded OTIO to v0.15 for enhanced frame/image sequence playback. We’ve also improved the speed and responsiveness of tlRender, the open-source library for building playback and review applications for media that stands as cineSync’s underlying player technology.

Why it matters: Your reviews with clients in cineSync 5.3 will be faster and have even more solid performance. More specifically, frame/image sequence playback will also be more responsive. So, getting more specificity in your feedback and delivering work in line with your client’s vision will be easier than ever.


Even more ways to transfer your media via ftps/sftp


What is it? You can now securely distribute files to review participants using an integrated ftps or sftp client.

Why it matters: We understand that some clients prefer different working methods – not all studios want to transfer files the same way! So we’ve made it easy to integrate cineSync 5.3 with your existing ftps/sftp transfer infrastructure and use that from within cineSync 5.

As with cineSync’s other file transfer options (including ftrack Studio, ShotGrid, AWS S3, AliCloud, and iconik), all files transferred to guests can be encrypted on disk and auto-deleted following the review.


Perform review on audio-only files


What is it? You heard it here first. In addition to video, stills, PDFs, image sequences and file sequences, and 3D latlongs, cineSync 5.3 now also supports audio-only files for review, with a waveform display. cineSync supports both stereo and multichannel audio.

Why it matters: Not all media is visual. Thanks to this update, you can also provide specific feedback on audio files, making sure your feedback gets across and that the next iteration of your audio-only project is precisely what your client wants to hear.


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