Introducing Source-Zip Pro Video
This article is part of the Source-Zip Pro Video User Guide
Source-Zip Pro Video is an application for Mac OS X that zips the video and audio files—as well as auxiliary files such as session files, text or other that comprise a session of any Digital Audio Workstation or Non-Linear Editor—into a compressed file and accompanying application called Source-Unzip Video. Its main purpose is to enable two users of the same DAW or NLE to share a session in a rapid and easy-to-use way. It can also be used for archiving, as it significantly limits the hard drive space or transfers time that a full-resolution video and audio session requires. Compatible video files encountered are compressed using lossy video encoding or are maintained as is, according to the user selection, and all compatible audio files enclosed in your session folder are compressed using the choice of either the latest in AAC technology using three lossy modes, or the ALAC codec in Lossless mode.
Source-Zip Pro Video will compress the present video files using one of its video encoding methods and Source-Unzip Video will do the inverse of this process, creating a file that is identical to the original as far as its video characteristics go, so it can be loaded in the session without the need for re-linking files. The only difference will be the loss of quality caused by the lossy compression of the video file.
Support for Audio Metadata
Unlike other compression methods, Source-Zip is specifically designed to support audio applications and DAWs such as Pro Tools. When you zip your audio session with Source-Zip your meta-data will remain intact and recreated by Source-Unzip for a structurally exact session, ready to be opened on another computer without needing to tell the application where to find the audio files.
What's New in Source-Zip Pro Video?
Source-Zip Pro Video 1.0 works with MacOS 10.10 and higher; it follows the Source-Zip 2.0 paradigm where the compressed data file resides separately to the Source-Unzip application. This means you can send the application once to the recipient, and afterward, they only need your zipped files.