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Play, inspect, QC and correct all your media.
The most powerful, multiformat video player & encoder with inspection and correction.

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 a complete software solution for professional media Quality Control.

Everything you need in one application

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 a complete software solution for professional media Quality Control.

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 CaptionMaker for caption creation.

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
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.

IMF/DCP Playback
Switch Pro now supports the playback of simple and complex IMF/DCP assets. Just load your CPL file, and let Switch do the heavy lifting. Your content will be automatically stitched together and played back seamlessly.

Powerful, professional production features

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

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
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 video properties, audio properties, captions, and subtitles. Includes loudness monitoring, compare media feature, and Timeline view showing video GOP structure.

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
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.

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: trim, scale or crop your media; rearrange audio tracks; change speaker assignments and rewrap or encode your media.

Make changes to your file and export
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 
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
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
Export your corrected media as an iTunes Store package.

Windows Media Support

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

Convert Windows Media to MP4
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
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
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
Inspection of media properties, metadata, and encoding with greater detail than is possible in QuickTime Player X.

Captioning and Subtitles
Full caption and subtitle support for all professional video formats.

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

Mac Minimum* System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • macOS Big Sur 11
  • macOS Catalina 10.15


  • All Macs made in 2014 and later that support macOS 10.15 and higher
  • 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo or faster
  • Any Core i3, i5, or i7


  • 4 GB or more


  • 256 MB or more graphics memory


  • 1280 x 768 or larger
  • 50 Hz or faster

*Note: Minimum specifications are the required hardware for playback of standard definition content.
Playback of demanding content such as 4K, HEVC, and high frame rate video may require more powerful hardware. Try using the “Reduced scale decoding” option, which you can find in the Preferences menu.

Display Languages Supported

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Playback Format Support


  • AAC
  • AC31
  • AIFF
  • ASF1
  • AVC (AVC Elementary Stream)
  • AVI (OpenDML)
  • DV
  • GXF
  • HEVC2 (HEVC Elementary Stream)
  • IMF/DCP3
  • LXF
  • M1V (MPEG-1 Video Elementary Stream)
  • M2V (MPEG-2 Video Elementary Stream)
  • MOV
  • MP3 (MPEG Layer 1, 2, 3 Audio Elementary Stream)
  • MP4 (ISO Base Media Format)
  • MPG (MPEG-1 System Stream)
  • MPS (MPEG-2 Program Stream)
  • MTS (MPEG-2 Transport Stream)
  • MXF (AS-114 with UK DPP metadata)
  • MXF (OP-1a; AS-02, AS-034, AS-114)
  • MXF (OP-1a Proxy)
  • MXF (OP-1b)
  • MXF (OP-Atom)
  • SCC5
  • WAV

Video Codecs (decode only):

  • Apple QuickTime Animation RLE6
  • Apple ProRes
  • Apple ProRes RAW3
  • DNxHD1
  • DNxHR1
  • DV 25
  • DVCPro 25
  • DVCPro 50
  • DVCPro 100
  • DVCPro HD
  • H.263
  • H.264
  • H.2651
  • JPEG
  • JPEG20001
  • MPEG-1
  • MPEG-27
  • MPEG-4
  • MPEG-4 Simple Studio Profile (SStP)
  • Uncompressed YUV
  • VP9
  • WMV

Audio Codecs (decode only):

  • AAC
  • AC31
  • G.711 aLaw
  • G.711 uLaw
  • G.726
  • Microsoft ADPCM
  • MPEG Audio Layer 1, 2, 3
  • PCM
  • WMA
  • Captions:
  • Extraction and playback:
  • CEA-608, CEA-708
  • DVB files
  • SCC5 files
  • SRT files
  • STL files
  • TTML/iTT/SMPTE-TT files
  • WebVTT (HTML5) files

Encode Format Support


  • ASF
  • MOV
  • MPEG-2 TS/PS
  • MPEG-4
  • MXF (OP-1a, OP-Atom)

Video Codecs:

  • Apple ProRes
  • MPEG-2 Video
  • WMV
  • x264

Audio Codecs:

  • AAC
  • MPEG Layer 2
  • PCM
  • WMA

iTunes Package Export
Creates an asset-only iTunes package file (an .itmsp file) which includes media content, secondary subtitle (.iTT or .scc files) or audio files, chapter information and an XML file. iTunes packages can only be created using the ProRes 422 HQ profile.

DPP/AMWA Certified Player
Switch can visually QC DPP files on the desktop, playing back the files as well as displaying DPP AS-11 MXF metadata.

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