Release Notes for Flix 6.4.1

Release Notes for Flix Server 6.4.1-1

Release Date

22nd November 2022

This server-only update does not require any update to your 6.4.1 Flix Client app.

For a detailed guide on upgrading to Flix 6.4.1, refer to the Upgrading to Flix 6.4.1 section at the bottom of this page.

Bug Fixes

Under the Hood

  • ID 519635 - QuickTime exports from the Flix Client now include panels in the correct order.
  • ID 521533 - QuickTime exports from Flix Client now use the correct panel duration, instead of the default 12 frames.
  • ID 522807 - Contact Sheet exports from Flix Client now mark panels versioned up by Photoshop as "new".
  • ID 523056 - QuickTime exports from Flix Client now include audio as expected.

Release Notes for Flix 6.4.1

Release Date

26th July 2022

For a detailed guide on upgrading to Flix 6.4.1, refer to the Upgrading to Flix 6.4.1 section at the bottom of this page.

New Features

There are no new features in this maintenance release.

Feature Enhancements

Under the Hood

  • ID 474377 - Flix now checks if you have you have microphone permissions on macOS and Windows. If you don't have the correct permissions:

    On Mac, Flix sends a permission request through the OS and displays a request dialog so you can grant permission manually.

    On Windows, an error banner is displayed and you must grant permission through the Windows OS control panel under Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio Devices > Recording.

  • ID 496144 - Flix now automatically saves changes to the preferences when you close the Preference window.

Bug Fixes

Under the Hood

  • ID 470181 - Flix Client only downloaded the first 100 KB of the server log from the management console.
  • ID 486769 - Flix did not allow you to import files with uppercase file extensions such as my_seq.AAF.
  • ID 501120 - Audio extraction failed on certain .aaf files that worked as expected in legacy versions of Flix.
  • ID 512729 - Uploading files over certain VPN configurations could not resolve the DNS correctly.

Story/Production

  • ID 507055 - Manually importing a corrupted file into Flix caused all panels imported in the same import to become corrupt. Additionally, manual imports where transcoding failed on all imports caused the client to send new transcode requests indefinitely.
  • ID 513538 - Copying and pasting a panel displayed an HTTP failure error if the panel revision was greater than 1.

Editorial/Production

  • ID 467385 - Timewarps added in Avid did not create panels with the correct duration in Flix.
  • ID 504492 - Exporting only audio from a sequence with no audio present caused Flix to become unresponsive.
  • ID 505229 - Changes to clips nested within effect clips were not correctly imported back to Flix if the effect clip had already been imported.
  • ID 505781 - Panels related to other panels in Avid were occasionally not saved correctly.
  • ID 510178 - The More information link displayed in the Avid preferences and the Avid Publish dialog did not work as expected.
  • ID 511961 - Sending still panels to Avid did not specify Mark In points correctly.

System Requirements

Flix Server

Note:  Flix Server is built and tested exclusively on Intel processors. Running the Flix Server on AMD processors may lead to unexpected runtime errors.

Linux

Item Requirements

Operating System

CentOS 7 64-bit

RAM

At least 16 GB

CPU

A 64-bit Intel processor @ 3.2 GHz, or higher

8 cores, or more

macOS (deprecated)

Note:  The macOS version of the Flix Server software is deprecated. We will no longer support or provide macOS binaries for the Flix Server in future versions of Flix.

Item Requirements

Operating System

10.15.x (Catalina)

11.x (Big Sur)

12.x (Monterey)

RAM

At least 16 GB

Procesor

ARM-based Apple Silicon processor (with Rosetta) or Intel processor with 64-bit support

3.2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2, or later

Note:  Apple M1 is tested on Rosetta emulation to ensure new functionality runs as expected on M1 hardware. (We are working toward native Apple Silicon support in future releases.)

Article:  For more information on Foundry products and supported macOS versions, see Foundry Knowledge Base article Q100592.

Flix Client

Note:  Flix Client is currently not available on Linux. Other operating systems may work with Flix Client, but have not been fully tested.

Note:  From Flix 6.5.0 onwards, macOS 10.15.x (Catalina) will no longer be supported.

macOS

Item Requirements

Operating System

10.15.x (Catalina)

11.x (Big Sur)

12.x (Monterey)

RAM

4 GB

Processor

ARM-based Apple Silicon processor (with Rosetta) or Intel processor with 64-bit support

2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2, or later

Note:  Apple M1 is tested on Rosetta emulation to ensure new functionality runs as expected on M1 hardware. (We are working toward native Apple Silicon support in future releases.)

Article:  For more information on Foundry products and supported macOS versions, see Foundry Knowledge Base article Q100592.

Windows

Item Requirements

Operating System

Windows 10

RAM

4 GB

Processor

A 64-bit processor @ 2 GHz, or higher

Third-Party Application Support

Note:  From Flix 6.5.0 onwards, macOS 10.15.x (Catalina), Photoshop CC 2020, and Avid Media Composer 2018 and 2019 will no longer be supported.

Application

Supported Versions

Adobe Photoshop

CC 2020, 2021, 2022

Adobe Premiere

CC 2020, 2021

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro

7.0.2 (version 17.10.2, or later), 20 (20.10.0, or later)

Avid Media Composer

2018, 2019, 2020

Note:  Photoshop 2022 support requires some extra set up before you install the plug-in, see Flix for Story for more information.

Upgrading to Flix 6.4.1

This update requires end users to upgrade Flix Client to version 6.4.1.

Additionally:

  • The new Transfer Utility port must be accessible on each server and all clients. The default port number is 9091, but the port can be changed by setting the client_transfer_port parameter in the config.yml file to a different port number. See Flix Server Options for more information.

  • If any server is running CentOS 6, it must be upgraded to CentOS 7.

From Flix 6.3.7

From a pre-6.3 version (e.g. 6.2.2)

  • DB upgrade ( -> v27) - see Upgrading Flix for more information.

  • Asset migration is recommended, but not required.

    Note:  Although not required for 6.3, we recommend performing the asset migration eventually, as future minor (e.g. 6.5) and major (e.g. 7.0) releases may not support assets stored outside of show subdirectories.

  • PS Plugin update - see Manually Installing the Photoshop Plug-in for End Users for more information.

  • Server configuration - see Upgrading Flix for more information.