Cinamaker is pleased to announce the release of Cinamaker version 2.23
Your success is our business. And with 2.23 comes new features to make your multi-camera video live streams and recordings more appealing and enhancements for adding and controlling your media, simplifying and extending the power of your in-app editor, improving output to YouTube Live and Zoom, and more!
Check out What’s New in Cinamaker Director Studio 2.23:
Cinamaker now includes high-quality video templates that make it simple to create and enhance memorable videos for any purpose. Choose video templates from the Template library that are free to customize.
Duplicate Media Objects
In addition to adding Media elements to your projects, you may Duplicate media objects within the same project for greater efficiency.
Import Video Projects into Cinamaker
Now you can import existing multi-camera recordings (shot with Riverside and other multi-camera recording platforms) and edit with Cinamaker’s in-app editor
YouTube Live Enhancements
Enhancements for live streaming directly to YouTube, including direct access to the YouTube Live Control Room, broadcast to scheduled meetings, and improved streaming for RTMPS.
In-App Editor Enhancements
To make it easier to navigate and edit your timeline we have added a zoom-in feature. To zoom-in, grab the handles on the new bar underneath the timeline. Make the bar less wide to increase the Zoom. When zoomed-in, you can also scroll the timeline horizontally by moving the zoom bar.
Live Stream to 3 Destinations*, Simultaneously
From an M1-based Mac, live stream your Cinamaker feed to two (2) RTMP destinations (social networks) and (1) Zoom meeting or webinar, simultaneously.
From a non-M1 Mac (2018 or later), live stream to one (1) RTMP destination (social network), and one (1) Zoom meeting or webinar, simultaneously.
From an M1-based iPad, live stream your Cinamaker feed to two (2) RTMP destinations (social networks), simultaneously.
From an non-M1 iPad (2018 or later), live stream to one (1) RTMP destination (social network)
Direct Output to Zoom Meetings (MacOS only)
Enhancements for sending your video and audio output to Zoom Meetings with one click.
Formerly, output to Zoom was established via the Cinamaker Web Cam Driver and Audio Driver. The new enhanced method makes it fast and easy to connect and send your output to Zoom without having to switch the Cinamaker Web Cam Driver and Audio Driver on from the Zoom interface.
Direct Output to Zoom Webinars (MacOS only)
In addition to Zoom Meetings, now you can send your Cinamaker feed directly to Zoom Webinars
Zoom Integration Now Included in Free Version
Now Cinamaker Free users have access to Cinamaker remote guest capability via Zoom and direct output to Zoom meetings and webinars.
How to Give Your Zoom Meetings a Much-Needed Upgrade
By now it’s clear to most of us that remote meetings are here to stay. According to Buffer (2021), 97.6% of respondents said they’d like to work remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of their careers.
Likewise, 23% of full-time employees are willing to take a pay cut of over 10% in order to work from home at least some of the time. (Owl Labs 2020)
This is a big deal for employers who want to retain top talent and maximize employee engagement, especially when most or all of their time spent interacting with the team is entirely virtual.
These trends are equally important for businesses that rely on platforms like Zoom for their live webinars. According to Optinmonster, using video in your marketing can generate up to 66% more qualified leads per year.
And with more and more companies using video for their marketing, it’s more important than ever to find ways to stand out from the crowd.
One surefire way to do this is to make sure you’re making the most of your Zoom presentation, thereby maximizing engagement and ultimately, ROI.
Following are a few simple tips that you can use to upgrade your Zoom meetings, events, and webinars so that they’re more professional, engaging, and impactful.
First, Master Zoom Basics
Even if you’ve logged hours as a Zoom participant, when it’s your turn to lead a meeting, it can be frustrating to find yourself stumbling around the user interface, looking for the right button to record, share screen, or adjust permissions.
Fortunately, Zoom has recently introduced its Learning Center, which is a great resource for familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of the software.
By spending just a few minutes reviewing some of its basic functions and how to use them, you can save yourself a lot of embarrassment in future meetings.
While this is helpful to review, your best bet is to learn by doing. Start a meeting by yourself, and test out the different functions so that, when it comes time to go live, you’ll feel confident and in control.
For some features such as guest permissions and the like, invite a trusted friend or colleague to a test meeting to make sure that everything runs smoothly from their perspective.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to start thinking about eliminating distractions that might cause your audience to lose focus.
Curate Your Environment
To get the most impact out of your presentation, you want your meeting attendees to focus on what’s being discussed, not on your pile of unfolded laundry lingering in the background.
Opinions differ widely on what constitutes an acceptable Zoom background, but at the very least you want to minimize the number of distracting background objects in your room.
Another thing to remember is the importance of reducing or eliminating background noise. While parents (of pets and humans alike) will recognize that it’s not always possible to keep the little ones from making noise, much of this can be eliminated by adjusting the background noise settings within the Zoom app itself.
But remember, these are just the basic starting points for minimizing distractions for your meeting participants. If you want to really make an impact at your next meeting and stand out from the crowd, read on.
How to Level Up Your Zoom Meeting
Understanding the basics above might be enough to get by without embarrassing yourself in your next Zoom meeting.
However, if you really want to make an impact, you’ll need to move beyond the basics and deliver a polished, professional look to your meetings, webinars, and presentations.
Option 1: Upgrade Your Microphone
Over the past few years, the market for headsets has expanded to more than just gamers. People working from home have quickly discovered that headsets with built-in microphones are a convenient way to hear and be heard in meetings, without the annoying feedback that can result from using built-in audio.
However, even high-end headsets often fall short of achieving the level of sound quality that can be had from most standalone microphones.
And with the rise in popularity of plug-and-play USB condenser microphones over the past few years (thanks in no small part to the proliferation of podcasts), you won’t have to break the bank to get started.
The most popular microphones on the market today range anywhere from $30 to under $200, and unless you’re a major audiophile, you’ll get great results even from a modestly priced condenser mic.
Option 2: Upgrade Your Lighting
If you want to make a good impression in your meetings, then it’s probably a good idea to not look as though you’ve set up your home office in a medieval dungeon.
The good news is that, with a few simple lighting upgrades, you can go from “shadowy figure” to a respectable presenter in no time.
A quick search for “improve webcam lighting” turns up dozens of great tips, with a range of costs and technical difficulty to set up.
From ring lights to webcams with built-in lights, all the way to full-on lighting rigs, once you find the best option for your budget, space, and skill level, you’ll be well on your way to looking your best in your next Zoom meeting.
Option 3: Upgrade Your Camera Setup
When it comes to running an engaging, professional-grade Zoom meeting, we’ve saved the best for last – upgrading your video quality.
While the improvements listed above (curating your environment, upgrading your mic and lighting) are all great investments, you’ll get the most bang for your buck by upgrading the quality of your actual video presentation.
The first way you can do this is by upgrading your camera. Prices vary widely here, and what you buy depends largely on how good you want your picture quality to be. Options range from high-end DSLR cameras to camcorders and HD webcams.
One option for achieving high-res video is actually your smartphone. Even smartphones that are a few years old have cameras that are extremely good, and can easily connect to your computer using third-party software.
And if you really want to show off at your next Zoom meeting, one of the best ways to do this is through a multi-camera setup. By switching between multiple camera angles, presenters, and media sources, you maximize engagement by tapping into the power of storytelling and professional-level visual presentation.
If the technical complexity of setting up multiple cameras seems daunting, a simple solution is to use third-party software that allows you to connect multiple video sources without the use of excess hardware.
One such example is Cinamaker, which allows you to compose your Zoom meetings and webinars using multiple Zoom remote cameras, local iPhone and built-in Facetime camera, visually appealing multi-media, set up picture-in-picture for presenting your latest slide deck, and edit in-app with Cinamaker’s video editor.
This lets you generate professional-grade video, stories, presentations, and more, without the need for expensive video production teams or video editing software with steep learning curves.
Whether you’re leading a team, recording a podcast, or building a webinar funnel, your success in delivering your message relies heavily on the quality of your video presentation.
And with online audiences expecting a high level of quality from the video content they consume, it’s more important than ever to make sure you keep pace with the trends if you want to be effective in your messaging.
Fortunately, by following the strategies listed above you’ll be well on your way to creating video content that is engaging and inspiring for your viewers for years to come.
With Director Studio version 2.19, for Mac and iPad, Cinamaker releases enhancements for adding and previewing media to your live streams and recordings. You may now access the front-facing camera on your HEVC-supported iPad, as well as use your iPad as an additional audio source and more.
Here’s what’s new in Cinamaker Director Studio 2.19:
Media List Management
You asked, we hope we dont disappoint… Media List Management is finally here!
Now you can save each of your Media Lists, and easily Load them to your project sessions when needed, and merge multiple lists when required.
Compose and Edit Media Objects in Preview Mode
While adding and editing media in your sessions, you can now preview your changes in real-time. This enhancement greatly improves adding and editing media overlays to your Cinamaker sessions.
Use Your iPad’s Front-Facing Camera
In addition to using your iPhone and iPad cameras, Cinamaker Director Studio for iPad now includes the option of using the iPad’s front-facing camera. NOTE: This feature requires iPad devices with HEVC-support*.*
Cinamaker Director Studio on iPad can now be used as an additional audio source. Simply select “Current Device” in the Audio Panel for recording audio from the iPad. Cinamaker Capture (available for free in the iOS App Store) will continue to provide multiple audio sources for your Cinamaker sessions.
Set Live Video Bitrate output for Facebook and YouTube
In this update, you will be able to set the video bitrate of your live output to Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
Bug fixes and stability improvements
This release includes bug fixes and stability improvements.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Log in to your Cinamaker Director Studio account via Zoom
Invite Zoom Remote Guests/Meeting Participants into a Cinamaker session from inside Director Studio
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.
Bug fixes and stability improvements
This release includes bug fixes and stability improvements.