So I spent some time looking at Spotting notes and also trying to find alternatives to spotting notes.
There aren't that many, but they are not alone...
Spotting Session https://spottingsession.com/
Spotting Session, as far as I can understand, only supports PT and MC. So no go with FCP, FCPX or Nuendo
. I use Nuendo
most of the time and would like it to work with it. I will actually try it tomorrow morning to see if it can read Network MTC regardless of what is creating it. Also it requires 10.7+ and I still run 10.6.8 in our Mix room.
Spotting session buttons seems to be defined bythem and them alone and the entry system is a bit cumbersome. I feel that I need to type in my entries to get the notes understandable after he session. It also has a max of nine buttons that are iphone sizd in the ipad app. Pretty bad usage of screen space.I want to be able to make the notes I need using the words and combinations I want. And as far as I can tell I can't do that with Spotting Session. Only Spotting Session has a built in multiple user functionality. No color coding of the buttons.
30USD for a single user license that only supports PT
450USD! for a multiple user version supporting PT and MC.
Not Many with the same functionality to be honest but there are these:
Cut Notes Cut Notes - Timecode Notes on an iPad - Post Production iPad App
According to the manual it only supports FCP and Adobe premiere, but it looks like it uses either mackie control
or just standard MTC over a network so it should work with other hosts as well. When setup via mackie control
you CAN have play pause functionality directly from the app (there is a pref to hide this function if you DON'T want it to).
Cut notes is limited to 12 keys per page and cant create multiple entry notes pressing multiple buttons in a sequence (OTOH only Field notes below can do that, but I seriously like that). No color coding of the buttons.
Timestamped Field Notes Timestamped Field Notes
To start with, it does NOT have timecode sync! Nope! Not at this time.
It only deals with time of day.
Usless then? No as its entry system is several times better than any of the above. But using it requieres a bit more interaction from the user at this time.
Exporting the notes does not export timecode position, only hh:mm:ss, so some extra handling in excel or a advanced text editor is needed. Then it can be used with Nuendo
directly or imported as a EDL in other applications.
So,yes its way more limited in studio-functionality and forces the user to do more to get a usable result. For example I use a few special buttons to define 2pop or FFOA time, and a restart button, and I can add a descriptive text to define where that was. Yes it IS very limited in that regard!
But I really love the note handling workflow!
If you define your own buttons thoughtfully you can be seriously fast using Field Notes. Im already faster than with pen and pad, and to me the extra work is worth it. It has a simple group system making a simple color coding of the buttons it could be developed further still..
I have emailed with the developer and he is interested but he has never had to deal with midi on iOS so we'll see if anything happens. I do hope so.