Play, inspect, QC and correct all your media with Switch

Switch lets you play a variety of web and professional media formats, inspect and adjust the properties of the file, and then export a new file. Designed for media professionals, Switch enables visual file inspection, single file transcoding and is an affordable software solution for professional media Quality Control.

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Everything you need in one application

Affordable high-quality QC

Affordable high-quality QC

With features such as professional audio meters with loudness monitoring, HDMI/SDI Output to an external monitor, easy media file comparison feature, and support for playback of captions, Switch Pro provides an affordable software solution for professional media Quality Control.
Caption playback and verification

Caption playback and verification

Play CEA-608 & CEA-708 captions, as well as SCC, DVB, TTML (iTT and SMPTE-TT) and WebVTT, SRT and STL subtitle files to verify timing and accuracy. Switch is the only software player with full support for CEA-708 caption decoding, including advanced 708-only features like Unicode character support. See MacCaption/CaptionMaker for caption creation.
Deep file inspection

Deep file inspection

Switch gives you frame-accurate playback of all your media and lets you see detailed information about it in an intuitive, well-organized interface. See metadata (including DPP), bitrate, video essence and codec, audio channels, speaker assignments, and loudness levels. Also compare multiple files in a single window – great for ABR workflows.
Windows Media Support

Windows Media Support

Enable playback and conversion of Windows Media content on your Mac! Switch is a fully licensed Windows Media playback tool for Mac and is able to convert Windows Media content into other formats compatible with your equipment. Switch Plus and Pro allow you to convert other media formats into Windows Media files for applications that require this format.

Powerful, professional production features

Play it with Switch media playback tool

Play It

Trust Switch for frame-accurate, smooth playback of all your media files, including captions and subtitles. Includes SDI out for external preview.

Check it with the Switch media inspector

Check It

Inspect video properties, audio properties, captions, and subtitles. Includes loudness monitoring, compare media feature, and Timeline view showing video GOP structure.
Inspection and conversion: fix media and re-encode it with Switch

Fix It

Make changes: trim, scale or crop your media; rearrange audio tracks; change speaker assignments and rewrap or encode your media.
Create an asset-only iTunes store package with Switch Multiformat video player, inspection and conversion tool

Deliver It

Export your corrected media or publish it directly to Vimeo, Youtube, or Facebook!

Play It

Plays any file format professionals care about

Trust Switch for frame-accurate playback of all your professional media files, including embedded captions and subtitles.

Multi-format playback support includes MXF, IMF, GXF, MPEG-2 Program Streams and Transport Streams, and formats such as MOV, MP4, WMV, and more!

Switch can also play HEVC and 4K files, DNxHD, and JPEG2000 (requires Switch Plus or Pro).

All the playback controls you expect

Switch has all the playback control features you’d expect in a professional player such as JKL navigation, fast forward and rewind, slow motion, as well as single-frame forward and back.

“Jump To” allows you to jump to a specific timecode, frame or time in your video.

Full caption support  
Plus
  
Pro

Switch will play back embedded CEA-608 & CEA-708 captions, as well SCC, DVB, TTML (iTT and SMPTE-TT captions) and WebVTT, SRT and STL subtitle files. Switch is the only software player with full support for CEA-708 caption decoding, including advanced 708-only features like Unicode character support.

Switch will also decode captions from virtually all wrappers and formats, so you can verify captions within your MXF or Transport Stream file.

Check It

Inspect all the properties of your media file

Check video and audio properties such as audio channels, speaker labels, aspect ratio, clean aperture, bitrate, frame rate, metadata, encoding formats and more.

Add secondary files

You can also load secondary audio or closed caption files to check sync.

Audio Meters  
Plus
  
Pro

Use the Audio Meters to solo or mute audio channels, and inspect true peaks and momentarily loudness values. Switch Pro adds a loudness panel that calculates gated (BS.1770-3) or ungated (BS.1770-2) loudness levels.

Compare Alternate Media  
Pro

Compare Alternate Media lets you open additional media files to compare with your primary media file. Up to sixteen alternate media files can be opened. Once opened, all of the files are listed on the View > Alternate Media File menu where they can be shown in Full View, Split View or Difference View. Great for checking your multiple adaptive bitrate files in ABR workflows or easy comparison of multiformat media.

Timeline  
Pro

Use the Timeline feature to view the GOP structure of a video segment, highlighting the I, P, and B frames. You can also see the data rate information associated with the video.

Preview to external monitors  
Pro

Preview your files on a broadcast monitor or other devices. Switch Pro supports HDMI/SDI hardware output via AJA or Blackmagic Design devices for preview and quality check. Switch supports the Blackmagic Design SDK, and AJA Kona 4, Kona 3G, T-TAP, Io 4K, and Io XT.

Switch also adds the ability to view Vertical Ancillary (VANC) data on an external monitor.

DPP/AMWA Certified Player  
Pro

Switch Player lets you visually QC DPP files on the desktop, playing back the files as well as displaying DPP AS-11 MXF metadata.

Switch was among the first players to achieve DPP/AMWA certification as part of the DPP (Digital Production Partnership)’s Compliance Program.

Enough information but not too much

Switch displays all the relevant media information about your file in an intuitive, well organized interface. The inspector is deep enough to be meaningful, without giving users so much information that it becomes cumbersome.

Fix It

Make changes to your file and export  
Plus
  
Pro

By switching to edit mode, users can modify settings and export a new file. Switch lets you specify a new file format; a new video or audio codec; trim, scale or crop the video; add metadata (Pro only), and much more. Export to Apple ProRes*, Windows Media, H264, MPEG-2 Video, MP4, MPEG-2 program streams and transport streams.

*ProRes export on Windows only possible in iTunes packages using Switch Pro.

Rewrap files  
Plus
  
Pro

Switch includes the ability to pass-through audio and video on export, or omit the video and export as an audio only file.

Powerful audio editing  
Plus
  
Pro

In the audio tab, you can split or join different audio tracks, rearrange audio tracks; change speaker assignments, then change the audio format and sample rate. Switch also supports downmixing: take a file with eight channels and mix it down to stereo.

Deliver It

More Publishing Options:  
Plus
  
Pro

Export your video directly to VimeoYouTube, or Facebook from within Switch. Select export, choose your destination, and Switch will publish directly to your destination and save a local copy on your computer. Switch will create the appropriate files for your destination, taking the guesswork out of encoding and submitting content.

Streamlined creation of iTunes store packages  
Pro

Choose the iTunes export preset to create packages ready for distribution to the iTunes store. This creates an asset-only iTunes package file (a .itmsp file) which includes the media content, secondary subtitle or audio files, chapter information, and an XML file.

Windows Media Support

WMV and WMA Playback  
Player
  
Plus
  
Pro

All levels of Switch are able to decode and play back Windows Media Video and Audio (WMV and WMA).

Convert Windows Media to MP4  
Player
  
Plus
  
Pro

Switch Player is able to convert and export Windows Media content into an MP4 file using H.264 video and AAC audio. Once converted, these files will be natively supported on all devices without the need for a 3rd party tool.

Export to Windows Media  
Plus
  
Pro

Switch Plus & Pro are able to convert and export other media formats into Windows Media files. These files will be natively supported on Windows but will require 3rd party software to be compatible with Mac computers.

QuickTime & Switch

QuickTime Video Codec Support and More  
Player
  
Plus
  
Pro

Switch supports all of the commonly used QuickTime video codecs, plus adds support for additional containers and codecs not used in the QuickTime media framework.

Media Inspection  
Plus
  
Pro

Inspection of media properties, metadata, and encoding with greater detail than is possible in QuickTime Player X.

Captioning and Subtitles  
Plus
  
Pro

Full caption and subtitle support for all professional video formats.

MOV Metadata Inspection  
Player
  
Plus
  
Pro

Switch can display the same QuickTime metadata found within MOV files as QuickTime Player, plus includes greater detail and additional inspection capabilities.

AJA and Blackmagic Support  
Pro

Switch is able to play back all supported content through AJA and Blackmagic playback cards to external displays and monitoring equipment.

What's New in Switch 4

Switch 4 adds improved performance, growing file support, OP-47/OP-42 Teletext caption playback and team collaboration.

Switch 4 is a free upgrade for Switch v2 and v3 customers who have Premium Support. For customers without Premium Support, Switch 4 is a paid upgrade.

Version history

Improved Performance

Telestream continues to refine and improve our playback and indexing performance within Switch.  Particular attention was given to the performance of caption decoding and making sure we are making efficient use of file system reads and writes, as well as only decoding the data that is actually needed.

Growing File Support

The ability to open files and play them back while they are still being written to disk enables live capture workflows that include previewing the quality of live video captures, extracting portions of the already written video for use in social media promotion of live productions, and the ability to confirm the media encoding of content coming from live capture systems.

OP-47/OP-42 Teletext Captions   
Plus
  
Pro

Switch is now capable of decoding and displaying OP-47 and OP-42 Teletext captions.  This support maintains format parity with Telestream’s caption authoring tools MacCaption and CaptionMaker, and will enable users to play back their captions and view them to confirm positioning, styling, and sync accuracy without the need for expensive hardware decoders.

Team Collaboration

New collaboration feature allows users to create and view flags on the timeline that contain comments, errors, or feedback. Share these flags between team members using a sidecar flags file to allow collaboration to occur without making any changes to the video. Simple to understand formatting of the flags document allows for automation systems to be able to create reports that can be reviewed and visualized on the timeline!

The only tool you need to play, inspect, QC and correct all your media

Switch Player

$9.99

Switch Plus

$199*

Switch Pro

$499*

Play and inspect

Multiformat media player with deep video and audio inspection capabilities. Play back your Windows Media content on your Mac and convert it to MP4 to make it compatible with your devices.

Play, inspect and fix

Perfect for video editors and post-production professionals. Adds more playback support, embedded caption playback, audio meters, new publishing destinations, and single file transcoding into all supported output formats (including Windows Media).

*Includes 1st year of Premium Support

Play, QC, fix and deliver

Designed for broadcast & media QC professionals. All of the features of Switch Plus and adds more playback support, loudness monitoring, advanced metadata display, compare media feature, preview to an external monitor, and iTunes package export.

*Includes 1st year of Premium Support

Switch Player

$9.99

Play and inspect

Multiformat media player with deep video and audio inspection capabilities. Play back your Windows Media content on your Mac and convert it to MP4 to make it compatible with your devices.

Switch Plus

$199*

Play, inspect and fix

Perfect for video editors and post-production professionals. Adds more playback support, embedded caption playback, audio meters, new publishing destinations, and single file transcoding into all supported output formats (including Windows Media).

*Includes 1st year of Premium Support

Switch Pro

$499*

Play, QC, fix and deliver

Designed for broadcast & media QC professionals. All of the features of Switch Plus and adds more playback support, loudness monitoring, advanced metadata display, compare media feature, preview to an external monitor, and iTunes package export.

*Includes 1st year of Premium Support

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