cineXtools: short and sweet

We all know how time-consuming it is to edit even the smallest changes in your videos.

CineXtools is an easy video editing software that will save you a ton of time making changes to your videos.

Watch the animated explainer to see how cineXtools works.

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Who’s using cineXtools?


Having to export files again and again, because of little tweaks here and there will now be a thing of the past, because cineXtools will help you do that in minutes rather than hours. 

cineXtools is a stand-alone media-file and deliverables management application. A useful and timesaving companion to any non-linear video editor. CineXtools is an easy video editing software that consists of several modules. 

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Original, quality content drives the media industry.

The trend for original content means that post-production facilities have more work now than ever, but on average, a show has to be exported and quality checked at least 3 times before the final delivery. And as we all know, every instance of an export can be an expensive and lengthy process.

cineX API

Jai Cave, Head of Operations at Envy Post tells us about his experience using cineX API and integrating with Reach Engine.

Massively automate your deliverables workflow with cineX API.

cineX API represents the next evolution in cineX technology by streamlining your distribution workflow. Insert and replace a promo slate to hundreds of files at a time, or create multiple audio versions for your international deliverables with the push of one button. Do one job or create multiple jobs that can be combined to customize a workflow that quickly and efficiently meets your needs – all without re-encoding and re-QCing your files.

Efficiencies at Every Level

  • Post Production Facilities: API-Access let you batch process without a MAM
  • Studios and Networks: Transform your assets at a granular level. Insert audio, video, metadata, captions and more using your existing MAM
  • Cloud-based Services: Re-uploading the same content over and over can be time-consuming, expensive and frustrating to your client. Use cineX API to only upload the correction.

Sample Workflows:

Changing the promo slate for hundreds of files. Insert-edit to hundreds of files at a time – changing only what you need.

Creating an international version of your master file. Audio Version your assets without transcoding to save time and resources.


If you work in the Mac space, your Mac computer needs to be running OS X 10.9 (AKA Mavericks) or newer.

If you are in the Windows world, make sure your device is running Windows 7 x64 (64-bit) Service Pack 1 or newer.

A more powerful system will perform better when running CineXtools. But, because most real processing is for small bits of video and audio, the biggest factor is disk I/O for read and write.

You’ll see the best performance when you work on SSDs, particularly for the target drive. A fast local RAID or fast network storage on an 8 Gigabit or faster connection will help, too. Avoid working on devices such as a USB2 single platter spinning hard drive.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

General Questions

ProRes is a very common codec used to encode video file. Each frame gets compressed using a different amount of data and results in every frame being a slightly different size.

To do video inserts into a target file, each frame needs to be big enough for a maximum potential data overwrite.

The rewrap is a padding process and has no effect on the video essence and is very fast, much like a file copy.

Go here to learn more about the rewrap process.

Yes, cineXtools is available for both Mac and PC.

Both versions support the same features. Generally, you can use any Mac running OS X 10.9 (AKA Mavericks) or newer. You can also use any Windows system running Windows 7 x64 (64-bit) Service Pack 1 or newer.

No, there are no functional differences between the Mac and PC versions. Both versions support ProRes, as well.

ProRes Export Plugins are software components that make delivering ProRes files simpler. We partnered with various non-linear video editing software providers to develop them.

As a result, you can export an ‘insertable’ Padded ProRes file straight from the NLE of your choice. Forget about ProRes master file preparation delays.  You can apply audio, video, and closed caption insert-edits to your files immediately.

Learn more about and request the free plugins here.

iLok License Manager must be configured for automatic discovery of network servers OR a config file needs to be generated by the iLok manager running the license server, and that config file copied to the local machine. In order for automatic discovery to take place, the Bonjour service needs to be running and set to automatic startup. Check that you have the server set for automatic discovery on the systems that won’t launch. 
The dialog is accessed via the file::preferences menu in the iLok manager.

Running cineXtools under virtual machines (VMs) is neither tested extensively nor officially supported because of known issues with features that rely on the graphics processor and other hardware in VM environments.

Use of cineXtools on a virtual machine (VM) is “at your own risk” and support will not be able to help with any issues.

Technical Specifications

Supported Codecs

ProRes, DNxHD, DNxHR, XDCAM50, XDCAM35, AVC-I, XAVC, JPEG2000, H.264

  • JPEG2000 and XDCAM35 supported for audio insert and cut/rewrap insert
  • H.264 for supported cineXtools profiles only. 

SD, HD, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K and beyond. 

cinextools is resolutions independent. If you’re using a raster independent codec like ProRes, it can be any non-standard resolution. 




cineXtools support for Colorspace and bit depth depend entirely on the codec, but generally cineXtools supports YUV 8, YUV 10, RGB10 and RGB12.

On a related, but separate note, cineXtool supports HDR files, like ProRes XQ for insert, too. Like the insert support for codecs, cineXtools does colorspace conversions when inserting from source to target. So, a 10-frame RGB12 DPX sequence can be inserted to your YUV10 ProRes HQ file. For obvious reasons, we wouldn’t recommend you go from YUV8 to RGB12.

OS Requirements

For PC, Windows 7 and higher

For Mac, Maverick OSX 10.9.5 and greater


There are no minimum hardware requirements for cineXtools. However the faster / better your hardware, the faster your inserts and rewrap processes. 

One important factor in the speed of cineXtools is where the file is located and network bandwidth. If your file is located on a busy network then the speed of insert and rewrap, particularly, may be slow. It’s always best to run cineXtools as “close” to your target file as possible.

Licensing Options

Single and multiple licenses without hardware USB key.

Floating licenses available for 3 or more cineXtools licenses and 5 or more cineXplugins licenses. A separate iLok License Server is required for floating licenses. 

Everything Bundle

All Access for One Hour
$ 29 per hour
  • All Codecs
  • All Options
  • Minutes countdown upon purchase. You receive an extra 10min to install and activate the software (70min total)

cineX Everything Bundle

1 year subscription
$ 995 Year
  • All options and features for cineXtools
  • All options for cineXplugins
  • All options for cineXmeta