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13th September 2012

David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit E7, Knoll Business Centre
Old Shoreham Road,
Hove, Sussex, BN3 7GS
Tel: 01273 205700

13th September 2012


Headlines

  • DVC EDIUS 6.5 Tutorial available
  • Adobe showcase ADOBE ANYWHERE for collaborating on projects across the networks and the Internet
  • Avid Media Composer 6.5
  • Sony Vegas 12 Pro
  • Grass Valley EDIUS 6.5
  • Teradek Bolt for uncompressed wireless video
  • Black Magic 4K capture cards
  • Black Magic Cinema camera
  • Matrox 4 stream capturefor Telecast
  • Cinema 4D version 14 with sculpting included
  • 3D screens that don't require glasses...

DVC News

DVC EDIUS 6.5 Tutorial available

Our tutorial on the new features in EDIUS 6.5 is now available. This tutorial does not replace the existing EDIUS 6 tutorial and just covers the additions in the new program. It is about 3 hours long.

The tutorial is 20 +VAT and delivery. It is only available in FLASH format which has far and away proved to be the most popular format for our tutorials.

DVC MOVE COMPLETED AND SETTLED IN

Our move to our new premises at the Knoll Business Centre went pretty smoothly and we have now happily settled in our new location.

ADOBE ANYWHERE

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 was released only a couple of months ago at NAB so we did not expect big things from Adobe at IBC. They surprised us with a peek at a new option for Adobe Premiere which will be released next year. Adobe Anywhere is a way of editing using network storage and is designed for colabortation between different people - not just in the same building, but ANYWHERE. In the demonstration they were doing at the Adobe Theatre the presenter was editing footage and collaborating with another user in Berlin on footage that was stored in another location. Using Adobe Premiere Pro they were editing the same footage (which was full quality HD footage) complete with effects and smooth scrubbing of the video.

Adobe Anywhere is the software that makes this possible. It sits on a server machine at a central location, and has a couple of other machines connected to it which do all the work of playing footage and doing effects. Then anyone with Premeire Pro and a user account can log on, from wherever they are, open a project on the server, and start editing. All the hard work is done by the server and the machines with it - so you might pile up 3 or 4 layers of effects and clips flying around and all the actual encoding and playing of footage is done by the server, and the result is sent to your computer. This means the "client" computer - the one you are using - does not need to be a mega-powerful, all singing, all dancing machine. For the demos they were using a modest 11inch Mac Book Pro.

As all the encoding and decoding is done on the server you can also edit footage on your laptop for which you do not have codecs installed - as long as the people who setup the server can make sure they can play it, then you can play it too. It will let you use a MAC or a PC. You can add files from your computer and they will be uploaded to the server while you edit. If you want to share your edit with another user just click "share" and they can access it straight away.

The biggest difference between anywhere and other solutions is that you see a full quality file. It does not send you the original, it sends a file compressed using special Adobe compression at full quality. If you want to make a movie on your laptop you tell Premiere to make the movie, it is made by the server (a machine which is a lot faster than yours) and the final result sent to your computer.

For people collaborating on projects, or a school which wants a central media storage and satelite computers available where a user can just sit down, open their project and start working (it does not matter which machine they use - everything comes from the server) Anywhere looks like a perfect solution.

Of course the biggest problem is likely to be Internet bandwidth. At present Adobe are planning that it will work well on "a medium speed home broadband". Certainly it worked well in all the demonstrations they were giving.

Adobe Anywhere will be available next year. We have no definite information on when, although we can guess they are planning to launch it properly around NAB next year. It is aimed at medium and large businesses, so will be not a couple of hundred pounds, although as yet we do not have definate pricing - this was after all a "technology preview" to get us all excited rather than a launch. Anywhere was clearly also using a new version of Premiere Pro.

ADOBE PREMIERE PRO USING AN ATI GRAPHIC CARD ON A PC

Another technology preview, tucked away on the ATI stand, showed Adobe Premiere Pro using the Mercury Playback Engine, on an ATI FireGL card. At present the Mercury Playback Engine, which gives you lots of realtime playback of effects when editing, only works on nVidia cards with CUDA chips. With CS6 a couple of ATI cards found on some MAC laptops were supported, but no others. This technology preview, again using the same new version of Premiere Pro we saw in the Adobe Anywhere demonstration, was using an ATI card on a Windows PC. As this was a preview version we expect this will be available when the next version of Premiere arrives - CSNext as it is generally referred to. This is probably around NAB time next year but we have no official information at all.

This is basically good news if you prefer ATI cards to nVidia. Obviously we don't know if it will support older cards, what limitations there will be etc.. until it actually arrives.

CSNext

What looked like the next version of Premiere seemed to be used in a few places at NAB. What do we know about the new version apart from the above? Practically nothing - have a look at the Adobe Anywhere demonstration and you will see the interface with a couple of changes around the timeline but everything else looking the same. We don't know when it is coming although NAB (the big video show in Las Vegas in April 2013) is the obvious launch time. This means it is at least 7 months off. The one thing the screen shots show is how the next version looks like it will work like the current one, with extra bits - so no huge relearning curve!

ADOBE PREMIERE PRO 6.02

Adobe Premiere Pro has been updated to 6.02. This update is working well with our Matrox and Black Magic machines with the currently released drivers. The update includes several fixes and support for two new graphic cards, the nVidia GT 650M (a laptop card found in one of our 17" models) and the nVidia GTX680. At present we will stick to using the previous generation nVidia 570 card in our desktops because it performs very well and is considerably cheaper than the 680, although the latter will support up to 4 screens (the 570s only support 2) and is more powerful.

Other notable fixes include some changes so Premeire works better on Mac Laptop "retina" displays and support for Windows 8. Windows 8 is the new Microsoft operating system which has not yet been released and Adobe have already certified Premeire Pro 6 to work with it. We do not yet have drivers from people like Matrox, although we have found some devices work with Windows 7 drivers (see more on Windows 8 below).

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AVID MEDIA COMPOSER 6.5

Avid announced and shipped an update to Media Composer at the start of NAB. Media Composer 6.5 adds features primarily aimed at broadcasters. One of the most useful additions, a switch to disable hardware like the Matrox MX02 so you can use the audio punch-in tool and other items not available with the hardware in operation - has actually been added for free to Media Composer 6.03 as well as appearing in 6.5.

The full list of new features:

  • Avid Media Authoring - you can create a new kind of output called an AS-02 file, which will give a better way to back up and archive sequences for distribution to others.
  • AFD support - Active Format Description (AFD) is a format which is meant to make it easier for people to view the results of your work.
  • Advanced relink support - much better ways of relinking to media when you move a project.
  • I/O Hardware release - the ability to "turn off" your hardware and use Avid in software mode, giving access to the Audio punch-in tool and some other features that do not work when you are using hardware (such as an MX02). This is the function which is also in the free version 6 update, 6.03.
  • 64-voice audio support - Avid can currently play 24 audio channels (or "voices") at once. This means 12 stereo clips, or 4 surround sound clips mixed together. MC6.5 can cope with a lot more audio channels - 64 "voices" which means you can achieve more complex audio mixing. Avid have also added the ability to copy and paste audio keyframes.

The RRP of upgrades are 429+VAT from a version of Avid pre MC6, and 359+VAT for owners of MC6.

If you bought MC6 between 9th July 2012 and 8th August 2012 you can apply for a free upgrade directly from Avid. Visit the Avid website for more details. Be sure to apply soon as these offers are normally only available for a few weeks.

You can order the Avid upgrades from the DVC website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html

AVID MC 6.03

At the same time Avid released Media Composer 6.03 which fixes a few bugs with the biggest addition being the aforementioned "hardware release" which is very useful. We have been using this with no problems and recommend downloading and installing it on your machine.

SONY VEGAS PRO 12 AND VEGAS EDIT 12

Sony seem to release a new version of Vegas every year at IBC time and this year was no exception. We did not get a good look at the new version at the show, unfortunately, although the improvements to the program all look very promising. The biggest change is that it will be available in two versions - Vegas 12 Pro, which includes DVD Architect, Sony's DVD and Blu-ray program, and Vegas Pro EDIT - the editing program on its own. The latter will be cheaper.

  • Vegas 11 is currently available as a 32bit and 64 bit program (you get both when you buy it) and there are some notabele things missing from the 64 bit version. With Vegas 12 Sony are rectifying this and you will have access to all audio plug-ins which were only previously available on the 32 bit version as well as features like AAF import and Export. Other new features include:
     
  • Project interchange - convert between Vegas project files and other programs include DaVinci resolve 8, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6. This is a welcome addition as many people are using multiple programs these days and any help getting a project from one program to another is welcome.
  • New smart proxies- generate low res proxy clips for editing, replacing them later with the full res files.
  • New FX masking - mask out areas and apply FX to just these areas.
  • Colour matching
  • Support for Panasonic P2 footage - at last!
  • Comprehensive s-log workflows - designed to be used with Sony's PMW-F3 camera
  • HDCAM SR mastering - make files in HDCAM SR format

TERADEK NEWS

We have been selling Teradek's range of wireless video senders for some time and they have proved very popular. Teradek has some great new additions at the show:

Teradek Brik

A device which connects to the back of a camera and sends video wirelessly. Similar to the cubes this encodes video into H264 and transmits it to a receiver device, but with the big advantage that you just attach it to the back of your camera.

Teradek Bolt

This is possibly their most exciting new device. It sends UNCOMPRESSED HD video from the camera to a receiver, wirelessly. This is a lot more information than sent using their h264 boxes so the Brik takes over several wireless channels to achive it. The range is meant to be up to 100M and Teradek say they have had up to 3 of them working in one room with out interference. The uses for this are obvious - send full quality pictures from your camera to your recorder without having to layout lots of annoying cables. We do not have final pricing on the Bolt as yet, although we expect it to be around 1,500 - the price they were quoted at the show was $1,999.

Blackmagic CINEMA CAMERA

One of the big stars of this years NAB was the Blackmagic Cinema camera - a device that takes interchangable lenses, and records onto a solid state drive in either 1920x1080 (progressive only) Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD, or as a 2K file in RAW DNG format. So this effectively delivers an excellent HD picture in either a not-very-compressed or uncompressed format - and the camera is only1,995+VAT (without a lens). It also comes with a full copy of DaVinci resolve, Blackmagic's grading program and Ultrascope to give you technically accurate Waveform, vectorscope and Histograms. The camera has recently started shipping although not in very large quantities since Blackmagic is having trouble getting all the parts they need.

The news from NAB is that in addition to a model which takes EF-style lenses (as you would use on a Canon 5D for example) they will produce a new model that takes MFT lenses. The latter version will not be available until the end of the year but Blackmagic are announcing this now so that if you would prefer that model you can decide to wait. Also both the hard drives in this camera and in their HyperDeck shuttle can now be formatted in exFAT format - which is compatible with Windows computers (previously all their hard drive recorders would only work in a MAC format, which means you needed to buy an extra program to make them readable on a PC).

NEW RANGE OF 4K CAPTURE CARDS

Blackmagic also launched a range of capture cards which can display 4K images. 4K is the next step up from HD - there were a lot of 4K devices around at NAB and including some lovely screens showing 4K images coming from the Astra satelite. Being fans of HD we did wonder if we need a better quality image, but 4K on the right screen is gorgeous! Blackmagic now lets you edit and view 4K images using either a Thunderbolt or PCIe card. We have not yet put these items on the website - they will be available in "Q4"; they have typical Blackmagic pricing - the Decklink 4K extreme is 845+VAT - good value for a card with nearly all the inputs and outputs you need and up to 4K resolutions!

DAVINCI 9 FOR GRADING

A new version of Blackmagic's DaVinci has also been released. DaVinci is one of the worlds best know grading programs. There is a free version and a paid version. The free version does a remarkable amount, and has no restrictions like watermarks. It lacks STEREOSCOPIC support and the noise reduction of the full version but in nearly all other ways if fully functional. Version 8 has been available for some time; version 9 is a bit easier to understand and quicker. Ideally you run DaVinci with two graphic cards - one for the interface and a decent nVidia card for the effects work, although it will work with just one good nVidia card installed (like those we ship with our DVC systems).

NEW DRIVER UPDATE

Blackmagic have release a couple of new drivers since the last email newsletter. 9.5.3 worked well with our software. The next update 9.6.1 was not recognised by Avid Media Composer and also gave us audio capture problems in EDIUS (so we did not use it). 9.6.4 has just been released, although we have yet to test it properly. The main additions in the new driver are support for a couple of new devices as well as support for Windows 8.

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MATROX NEWS

4 STREAM CAPTURE AND WEBCASTING USING WIRECAST ON PC using Matrox VS4

At IBC Matrox announced Matrox VS4, a four-channel HD-SDI capture card for use with Telestream Wirecast for Windows webcasting software. Wire cast is an excellent piece of software for making live webcasts - mixing video from a variety of sources and then broadcasting them across the web - but you need some way to get the video in, preferably from multiple cameras. This is the job for which Matrox VS4 is designed. It is not an i/o device for working with programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, but it will capture the 4 live feeds as separate files, as well as webcasting them, so you can edit them later.

Matrox MXO2 Dock

Thunderbolt is a new interface which is very fast and lets you connect multiple devices through one simple connection. It was first available only on Apple computers but we are now getting PC motherboards with Thunderbolt built in, which we are testing at DVC. At IBC Matrox announced Matrox MXO2 Dock, which connects to your computer via a Thunderbolt adapter and addes a lot of extra ports - including a large HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, mouse, gigabit Ethernet port, one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a port to which you can connect a Matrox MXO2. This is especially useful for owners of various Mac books, which are so thin these days they do not even come with a wired network port built-in.

Matrox Monarch Professional Video Streaming and Recording Appliance

Another new announcement was Matrox Monarch, a professional video streaming and recording appliance. It is essentially an H264 encoder in a small box, which will record an RTP-, UDP-, or RTSP-compliant H.264 stream from any full resolution HDMI input while simultaneously recording high-quality MP4 or MOV files to an SD card, a USB 2.0 flash drive or hard disk, or network storage, so you can simply do live webcasting over a network (via the built in ethernet port) and at the same time record a full quality version of the picture in H264 format.

Support for Telestream Wirecast 4.2 for Windows with Entire Line of Matrox MXO2 Capture Devices

As menitoned above, Wirecast is a great application for making live web broadcasts. In addition to their new VS4, Matrox are also going to add capture support into Wirecast for the entire MXO2 range. Support for Wirecast 4.2 for Windows will be part of Matrox driver release 7.2 which will be available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website in November 2012.

MXO2 LATEST DRIVERS

The latest drivers for the MXO2 are working well in Premiere Pro 6.01 and the recently released Premiere Pro 6.02. 6.02 fixes a few bugs in Premiere as well as adding support for more graphic cards. Normally when a Premiere update is released we need new drivers from hardware manufacturers, however this has not been the case with 6.02; the Premiere update works with the existing 7.02 drivers. We have also been using the latest nVidia drivers, 301.42.

What are Matrox plans for the MXO2 in Premiere and Avid in the future? Make it work as well as possible in both programs, and also have one driver which is suitalbe for use with Avid and Adobe. At the moment they recommend one driver for use with Avid and a different one for Premiere Pro.

Matrox MXO2 Mini Max offer set to end 30th September

The MXO2 Mini Max has been on special offer since March and the offer is due to end at the end of this month. The Mini Max is normally 599, but is currently 420+VAT - which makes it only about 100 more than buying a non-MAX version of a Mini..

What does the extra MAX give you?
Fast H264 encoding - better than realtime on a modern system. A modern 2011 pin system can actually encode H264 very fast with Premiere Pro - an hour can be encoded in about 1 hours. The MAX can do the same file in 50 minutes (this is assuming you have a Mercury Playback card which is rendering all the effects really fast as well).

However the advantage is not just the extra speed. When encoding, the MAX does all the work, which means your computer processor is free to do other things, whereas when Premiere is encoding the processor will be working hard, meaning everything else slows down.

You can also capture live into H264 - either the correct kind of files for Blu-ray or progressive MP4 files. This is done using a special Matrox H264 capture program rather than Premiere Pro. We actually use this when filming parts of our tutorials as it saves space and the pictures are extremely good quality. You also have the option, when capturing MP4 files, so capture a full resolution Matrox I-frame file at the same time. You can use the MXO2 scaling abilities to convert HD to SD or 1080 to 720 as you capture as well, all in high quality. All for another 100, while the offer lasts.

The MXO2 Mini Max will work on Mac or PC, and will Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer.

GRASS VALLEY NEWS

EDIUS 6.51

Grass Valley were not showing off anything new for EDIUS, although there were a lot of other devices and software like the broadcast STRATUS system which were getting interest.

PLUG-IN UPDATE

With EDIUS 6.5 you need new versions of your plug-ins. The plug-ins that came with EDIUS 6 will not work in 6.5 so you need to buy new versions if you want to carry on using them, and you will need new versions of any other plug-ins you have bought. The EDIUS 6.51 update solved a lot of the teething troubles of the first release and EDIUS is working very well. However some of the plug-ins are not working 100%. In particular the only NewBlue plug-ins which work and are certified are Titler Pro, and Colour Fast (if used from within Titler Pro - it does not work properly on its own).

ProDad have released updates from Mercalli and Vitascene 2 that work pretty well, although not 100% we are told.

Vistitle 1.86 or Vistitle 2 work very well in EDIUS 6.51.

VISTITLE 2 AVAILABLE

We have not been able to get upgrades from Vistitle 1 to Vistitle 2 as yet - which is pretty much the same for everyone across the globe! There is a company in the US, called Safe Harbor that has been able to supply the upgrade to some of our customers.

However, if you buy a Vistitle PromoPack from us you will get a free update to Vistitle 2 direct from the manufacturers. We have done this with several customers already and it has worked really well. Videostar, the makers of Vistitle have also been very helpful.

OTHER THINGS AT IBC

IBC is 11 large halls of video equipment. We always pop over for one day - arriving about 8 in the morning and then returning home in the evening, so get round most of the halls. Here is a selection of other things we saw of interest:

3D SCREENS THAT DON'T NEED GLASSES

One thing that stops people adopting STEREOSCOPIC screens are the glasses you need to wear, so many manufacturers are working on perfecting glasses-less 3D. Sony had two screens on their stand - a 47" inch, which would let you see a 3D image from 9 different angles, and a 24" screen which took a different approach. Although the 47" picture was nice we still think that the 3D picture using a screen with glasses is better. The 24" screen was more interesting because it had a novel approach. It was designed for one person, and the screen tracked the person's head to make sure that the picture was always displayed at the right angle. This actually worked amazingly well - although only for one person at time. The screen also contained an i7 computer with a decent nVidia 640 graphic card, and they were using Power DVD to play the footage. This screen/computer will be available in a couple of months we were told.

Although not the perfect answer to glassless 3D it is amazing how much development there is, and how fast it is progressing!

4K SCREENS

As mentioned above 4K is the next step on from HD and it looked brilliant. You could almost think you were looking out a window - in fact if you could make a glasses-less 4K 3D screen you probably would think you were looking out a window! We suspect you will be hearing a lot more about 4K in the coming years.

CINEMA 4D

A new version of the 3D program Cinema 4D was on show with some great new modelling tools which let you sculpt your 3D models on the computer screen - as opposed to the usual method of drawing object meshes and then combining them. It also looks easy (for a 3D program).

NEWTEK TRICASTER 8000

We used to sell the Newtek Tricaster but have not done for some time - largely due to changes in staff and the company - however after seeing the TriCaster 8000 in operation we may start selling it again. TriCaster is a live mixer using which can combine camera feeds, graphics, computer screens and video, put everything inside a virtual set (you can even design your own) and let you broadcast it, live. The facilities are really quite amazing! You can read more on the TriCaster here: http://www.newtek.com/

PANASONIC PROFESSIONAL AVCHD CAMERA

A new Panasonic AVCHD camera caught our eye at the show. It records onto SD cards, does a great picture, even in low light, and has all the controls you would expect as well as XLR audio. To us it is the logical successor for people using the Sony AE1 - similar size, but better pitcure quality and card based. The RRP is 1,495. although the "street price" will be about 1,300.

Windows 8 start screenWindows 8 coming soon

You may have seen some information about Windows 8 - the soon to be released latest version of Microsoft's operating system. The official launch date is 26th October. Windows has evolved and Microsoft has added a new front end which makes it work a lot better on tablet PCs and smart phones. The obvious goal with Windows 8 is to have the same operating system on everything that you use, which should make life easier all round.

Actually underneath the new front end it is remarkably similar to Windows 7 - we have even been able to install Windows 7 software and deviced into Windows 8, which have then worked properly. Adobe and Black Magic have release software which is compatible with Window 8 already, and obviously everyone else will follow suite, although we do not know how long this might take.

Is Windows 8 better than Windows 7?

Quite a lot of people hate Windows 8 already. When we tried it this was our first reaction - for a start Microsoft have got rid of the start menu so you have to use their new front end (which used to be called Metro but is having a late name change because of a lawsuit from a German company). This is initially annoying, although actually not too bad when you get used to it (in our opinion). The fact that Windows does not completely shut down as well (unless you find these settings and turn them off) is also annoying and causes problems if dual booting between Windows 7 and Window 8. On the other hand there are small advantages - the back up facility is better for example. After using Windows 8 for sometime (there have been freely available public test versions for a few months) we are beginning to like it.

Should we wait and get Windows 8?

The short answer is no, in our opinion. The new stuff is nice but when it comes to a desktop PC there not any real difference in performance or abilities between Windows 7 and Windows 8. On top of that any new operating system is bound to have more bugs than an established one. When it is finally shipping and programs work with it we will be using it because we would not see a good reason not to; of course some great reason may appear as the o/s settles in but on the basis our use so far Windows 7 is just as good as Windows 8 for video and it is tried and tested.


David Clarke
Managing Director
David Vincent Clarke Ltd

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