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Cinamaker Makes Remote Guests and Cameras a Breeze via the Zoom Meeting SDK

Cinamaker’s multi-camera video recording, editing, and live streaming app teams up with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. to expand its remote production capabilities.

Over the last two years, few have become strangers to a work-from-home, virtual meeting lifestyle. Some would describe this as the “Zoom Era of Remote Work” where we operate our businesses, jobs, and personal connections through the lens of a camera across various computers and devices.

Today, Cinamaker is excited to announce its direct integration with Zoom’s Meeting SDK that enables Cinamaker Director Studio customers the ability to include Remote Guests and Remote Cameras from anywhere in the world into their Cinamaker-produced live streams, live meetings, and recorded sessions.

Put simply, through Cinamaker’s integration with Zoom’s leading video communications platform,  Cinamaker creators can select and pull individual Zoom meeting participants into their live Cinamaker productions as featured interview guests, presenters, and remote talent, and thereby enhance the quality of their video production, live streams, virtual meetings, presentations, webinars, events, and more. 

“We’re excited that Cinamaker has chosen to use our Meetings SDK to extend their live video production offering to include remote guests,” said Zoom’s Chief Technology Officer, Brendan Ittelson. “Including remote guests will help event hosts create high-quality live events without geography acting as a barrier.”  

Since 2017, Cinamaker has been dedicated to empowering emerging video creators, live streamers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and the like with tools for multi-camera live video streaming, recording, and editing using their Mac or iPad. Without any prior multi-camera video experience, Cinamaker Director Studio users can tell their stories using up to eight (8) iPhone, and digital camera angles, mix audio, include media assets, visual effects, and more.

Now, thanks to Zoom’s Meeting SDK, Cinamaker users can just as simply include remote guests and remote cameras directly into their live shows and events, live streams, presentations, and recordings, as well as send their live Cinamaker production to Zoom Meetings, Zoom Events, and Zoom Webinars.

“We are extremely excited to support emerging creators and remote workers all over the globe with a solution for creating engaging Zoom sessions, live streams, and video recordings that leave their viewers saying ‘wow’”, says Cinamaker CEO, Benjamin Nowak.

As cameras continue to be a necessity for individuals, companies, and institutions to effectively communicate and interact worldwide, Cinamaker with Zoom makes it easier than ever to create and tell stories using multiple angles and media, from multiple locations, and with multiple participants, wherever they may be.

For more on how you can get the most from Zoom with Cinamaker, visit the Zoom App Marketplace or learn more about Cinamaker Director Studio here.

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Cinamaker 2.18 Release Notes

With Director Studio version 2.18, Cinamaker releases enhancements to the Remote Guest feature by Pre-Scheduling invited Guests. Users can create Cinamaker Director Studio accounts from within the Zoom App Marketplace, enhancements to Cinamaker Virtual Webcam Driver 2.0, and more.

With this release, you will: 

  • Access Pre-scheduled Zoom Sessions Inside Cinamaker Director Studio
  • Login to Cinamaker with Zoom via oAuth
  • Enhancements to the Cinamaker Virtual Webcam Driver 2.0 (macOS only)
  • Plus: Bug fixes, and stability improvements

Access Pre-scheduled Zoom Sessions From Within Cinamaker

Often times you will want to schedule a Cinamaker Remote Guest session and invite one or more attendees with plenty of advance notice.

Now you can access pre-scheduled Cinamaker Remote Guest sessions created with Zoom and invite guests well ahead of the live Remote Guest sessions.

Pre-scheduled Zoom Sessions Inside Cinamaker Director Studio

To access pre-scheduled Cinamaker Remote Guest sessions, simply create a Zoom meeting through your preferred Zoom interface as you typically would. Then on the day of the meeting, you will simply start your Cinamaker Director Studio session and navigate to the Camera Browser to begin a Remote Guest session. 

In order to activate your Zoom Session inside Cinamaker, you must first log in to the same Zoom account as you use to schedule the meeting in advance.

Once logged into Zoom successfully through Cinamaker, rather than selecting “Start Meeting” you will instead select “Scheduled Meetings” (see above) where you will find all Zoom meetings that you previously scheduled. Select the appropriate meeting and as soon as your invited Remote Guest(s) log in they will appear in your Camera Browser. At this point, you will both be able to open the Zoom session, aka “The Green Room” where you will pre-meet and converse from within a Zoom Meeting before pulling your Guest(s) into your live Cinamaker Session.

To learn more about Cinamaker Remote Guest featuring Zoom, click here.

Login to Cinamaker with Zoom via oAuth

Now you have the option to log in to Cinamaker Director Studio as well as create a Cinamaker account with your Zoom account.

As a feature of our live end-to-end video production system, Cinamaker Director Studio can pull remote guests into the production and facilitate interactive communication between the guests via Zoom’s industry-leading video backbone.

Additionally, new users can create a Cinamaker account directly from the Zoom App Marketplace using Zoom.

In the release of Cinamaker version 2.18, we have added Zoom oAuth as an optional way to authenticate and authorize users to make requests between Cinamaker and Zoom. With Zoom oAuth, you will be able to:

  • Register for a new Cinamaker Director Studio account via Zoom App Marketplace
  • Log in to your Cinamaker Director Studio account via Zoom
  • Invite Zoom Remote Guests/Meeting Participants into a Cinamaker session from inside Director Studio
Login to Cinamaker with Zoom via oAuth

Cinamaker Virtual Webcam Driver 2.0

Cinamaker Virtual Webcam Driver 2.0 has been enhanced giving Cinamaker Director Studio (macOS only) users the ability to send Cinamaker session output to Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meet, Webex, and other video conference platforms.

Cinamaker Webcam Driver 2.0 has improved video/audio synchronization and improved camera-connection logic

To learn more about how to send Cinamaker output to Zoom with Cinamaker Director Studio (Mac only) and Cinamaker Meeting Director (Mac only), please click here.

NOTE: Cinamaker Virtual Webcam Driver 2.0 is available for Mac-only. For Cinamaker Director Studio – iPad users, please click here to learn how to send Cinamaker from your iPad to a Computer with Zoom, WebEx, or your favorite Meeting Platform.

Select “Send Audio/Video Program Out to Cinamaker Virtual Webcam Driver”
Select “Cinamaker Virtual Web Camera” as the Video Source in your Zoom sessions
Select “Cinamaker Audio Device” as Audio Source in your Zoom sessions (to maintain sync)

Bug fixes and stability improvements

This release includes bug fixes and stability improvements.

To learn more, please visit the Cinamaker Learning Center at cinamaker.com

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Cinamaker 2.17 Release Notes

Cinamaker releases version 2.17 with enhancements that feature Apple’s Center Stage, user-friendly System Diagnostics, time-sensitive tasks for loading and saving media assets, and more.

With this release, you will: 

  • Keep your subjects in frame as they move around, via Apple’s Center Stage**
  • Load and save multiple media libraries for easy access to commonly used media assets 
  • Optimize your time and troubleshoot unforeseen issues with Systems Diagnostics
  • Increase the number of remote guests (via Zoom) on devices that support HEVC
  • Plus: Bug fixes, and stability improvements

Apple Center Stage Support

Cinamaker Capture is now compatible with Apple’s Center Stage.  With Cinamaker Capture installed on Center Stage enabled iPads, your iPad’s front-facing camera follows the action during your Cinamaker live stream and/or recording without a camera operator.

This new Cinamaker feature works great for church services, classroom activities, sports, performance, and more.

For more about Center Stage, click here

Cinamaker Capture is now compatible with Apple's Center Stage.

Load & Save Media Assets

Now with Cinamaker Director and Meeting Director, you can load and save multiple media libraries for easy access to commonly used assets such as photos, lower thirds, videos, graphics, logos, audio files, and more. 

This upgrade has been a commonly requested feature to save time by minimizing the effort to create assets for each of your Cinamaker live streams and recordings.

Great for those podcast creators, worship organizations, marketing organizations who manage multiple projects and re-use opening and closing graphics and audio files on a daily or weekly basis

System Diagnostics

Cinamaker Diagnostics anticipates and informs the user of potential performance issues. 

When issues are detected, such as wifi network, CPU, and memory, you will be provided a warning and recommendation on how to resolve the problem.

This is an important new feature designed to optimize your time and troubleshoot unforeseen issues such as losing camera connections, issues with video/audio sync, live stream reliability, etc.

HEVC Support Improvements

Cinamaker continues to increase the number of remote guests (via Zoom) on devices that support HEVC.

Bug fixes and stability improvements

This release includes bug fixes and stability improvements.

** must have a compatible iPad with a front ‘Center Stage’ camera to enable this feature

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Cinamaker Release v 2.15 is Here

Cinamaker Director Multicam Studio version 2.15 for iPad and Mac expands the possibilities of easy and affordable Multi-Camera Live-Streaming, Live-Meetings, Recording & Editing

With this release, you will: 

  • Double your camera options:  Now up to eight cameras
  • Include Remote Guests and Remote Cameras from anywhere in the world via Zoom
  • Now you can live stream directly to Linkedin Live
  • Plug microphones and USB audio sources directly into your Mac or iPad
  • Use your Mac’s built-in Apple FaceTime HD camera as one or up to 8 cameras
  • Plus: MacBook performance improvements, Bug fixes, and stability improvements

Let’s dive into the new features:

Eight (8) Camera Support

Cinamaker has expanded to 8 camera slots (previously 4) so that you can add more local and remote cameras to your live streams and recordings.

Why it Matters

Cinamaker now has up to 8 camera slots for including more local and remote cameras, to share your screens, files, applications, or media from those connected screens. This provides you greater capacity for telling your stories with more camera angles, people, and visual elements.

Remote Guests / Remote Cameras

Cinamaker Director Studio (Pro only) gives you the ability to invite anyone or any camera from anywhere in the world to your Cinamaker live stream and recording. 

Cinamaker has partnered with Zoom to make a seamless connection between invited guests, cameras, and audio without ever leaving the Cinamaker app.

Using Zoom’s audio/video transport, “Remote Guest” enables Cinamaker Director Studio creators to include up to eight (8)* remote interview guests or remote cameras/audio into your sessions.

Why it Matters

As remote video production becomes increasingly more common, Cinamaker makes it easier than ever to bring remote video and audio into your multi-camera live broadcasts and recordings.

To learn how to include Remote Guests / Remote Cameras, click here.

How it works

To conduct remote interviews from within the Cinamaker Director Studio app (iPad or Mac), simply login to your Zoom account from the Camera Browser, initiate a Zoom meeting, and invite Guests or Cameras from anywhere in the world to your Cinamaker session.

To learn more, click here.

Once your guest(s) receives and accepts your invite, they will be placed in a Zoom Waiting Room. As the director/host, you will then be able to include your guests in your available camera slot(s).

Then conduct your interviews with your guest(s) as if they are additional cameras and audio sources in your Cinamaker live stream and recording.

*Include Up to eight (8) Remote Guests/Remote Cameras on Mac and up to three (3) on iPad running Cinamaker Director Studio (Pro only).

Linkedin Live (Direct Integration)

Cinamaker is now a partner of Linkedin Live. If you are an approved Linkedin Live* streamer, you may simply live stream directly from Cinamaker to Linkedin in the same way you can live stream to YouTube and Facebook.

Why it Matters

With Cinamaker to Linkedin Live, you will be able to broadcast companywide updates & product launches, press conferences & interviews, webinars, workshops, product demos boost your sales through promotional live content, limited offers, and more.

Plus, you’ll be able to go live to attendees of LinkedIn Events!

*NOTE: LinkedIn Live allows only approved members to broadcast live video content to a LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn Page, or Event.* To learn more and to get started with LinkedIn Live, click here

Audio Input Support (Mac and iPad)

In addition to capturing audio through devices running Cinamaker Capture, you may also use your Mac or iPad running Cinamaker Director to directly plug in an additional microphone or USB audio source.

Why it Matters

Oftentimes users dont have the need, ability, or additional resources to have iOS devices running Cinamaker Capture. With audio input available on the Mac or iPad running Director, you now have an additional input source. 

NOTE: Depending on the model Mac or iPad, be sure you have the appropriate adapter(s) to convert your microphones or USB audio sources,

Apple FaceTime HD Camera (Mac only)

We are also announcing for the first time with Cinamaker Director Studio (macOS Big Sur) you can use your built-in Apple FaceTime HD camera as one of your 8 available camera sources. And for macOS Catalina users, you can access the Apple FaceTime camera with CinIO.

Why it Matters

Sometimes you want the simplicity of using one camera with Cinamaker. To access the built-in Apple FaceTime HD Camera (macOS Big Sur), simply open the Camera Browser…

and switch the FaceTime HD Camera to the On position.

MacBook performance improvements 

Bug fixes and stability improvements

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Cinamaker Meeting Director: Make Great Meetings.

Cinamaker is pleased to introduce Cinamaker Meeting Director, a powerful video switcher and media engine to enhance your live Zoom meetings, events, and much more

The wait is over!

Online video meetings are alive and well.

And to commemorate this first anniversary of the Covid-19 global pandemic, we are pleased to introduce Cinamaker Meeting Director, our powerful Mac-based app designed to increase the impact and overall effectiveness of your online video meetings, video webinars, video events, and shows over Zoom and other major meeting platforms, like MS Teams, Webex, Skype, and more.

Cinamaker: This is Meeting Director

Meeting Director is a powerful video switcher and media engine to enhance your live meetings, events, and much more

With Meeting Director you may use up to four (4) camera angles, including your webcam, video clips, graphics, photos, picture-in-picture, chromakey, multiple audio sources, screen share, and more to tell your stories and impact your audience like never before.

Meeting Director – Video Switcher, Media Engine and more for live Zoom Meetings

It’s simple to connect your iPhone cameras to your Mac and send your Meeting Director output to Zoom via the built-in Cinamaker Virtual Web Camera & Audio device.

Don’t miss out. Click to learn more and be among the first to try Meeting Director.

Use up to 4 cameras; iPhones, iPads, and digital cameras*. Control from your Mac. Output to Zoom and others via the Cinamaker Virtual Web Camera/Audio device.

And please, don’t hesitate to let us know what you think.

Happy #Cinamakin‘!

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