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Unfortunately from Friday 10th March 2017 DVC has ceased trading. We would like to thank our customers for their support over the years. For a short time we may be able to offer limited technical support. Please email sales@dvctraining.co.uk and we will try to help where possible.

14th July 2015

David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX.
Tel: 01273 205700

14th July 2015

New DVC tutorials available

We have added two new tutorial videos to the website and YouTube channel, both covering topics concerning Grass Valley EDIUS.

 

What's new in EDIUS 8

The first tutorial covers what is new in EDIUS 8, the differences between the two versions of EDIUS and a look at the Grass Valley browser

 

Editing 4K footage in EDIUS

We actually started making this tutorial before EDIUS 8 became available, and then stopped making it to make the "What's new in EDIUS 8" tutorial.  Everything we cover in this tutorial, made with EDIUS 7, is relevant to EDIUS 8.  The one change which helps some 4K playback is that EDIUS 8 will use Intel Quick Sync to assist in playback of H.264 footage which means it should play back a lot of UHD footage better than EDIUS 7 - although formats like ProRes will be unaffected.  We made a chapter about this in our EDIUS 8 tutorial so this has been added to the EDIUS 4K tutorial. 

 

The aim of this tutorial is to cover a lot of the basics about 4K that we get asked a lot. Such as why would you edit in 4K, what is 4K like in an HD project and what advantages will it bring, what can you do with the footage afterwards, and what sort of computer do you need.

 

You can see our 4K editing tutorial here :http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/4K-footage-in-Grass-Valley-EDIUS.html

 

We are planning to produce similar tutorials about 4K editing inPremiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve.

 

You can also see our tutorials on ourYouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOTXy-8USAGQkj7FhLy1WNw

DVC special offers

2TB RAID rated drives

We have 8 Seagate Enterprise class 2TB RAID rated hard drives which were purchased for a customer's RAID system but not needed.  These are new drives, all of which have been thoroughly testing using a drive fitness program.  They are rated for use as RAID drives (which means they are better tested than normal drives and are designed to work 24/7).   Normally we would sell these at 120+VAT each but we are selling all 8 at 89+VAT each.

Thunderbolt Ex-demo systemDVC Thunderbolt system with UltraStudio 4K

We are selling our ex-demo Thunderbolt system with UltraStudio 4K.  We occasionally sell on our demo stock to make way for new items.  As this is part of a DVC system most of the items in the system are actually new.  The ex-demo components are the Intel processor, Thunderbolt Motherboard, and Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K; these items have been using in our demo system for about a year.  They have a standard DVC warranty although the manufacturers warranty is not as long as it would be on a new item.  The rest of the system, hard drives, case, graphics card power supply etc. are all new with a full warranty.

 

The system is 1,514  ex-VAT and 1,850 inc-VAT.  This is a saving of 400 inc VAT  on the cost of a new system.  This has a copy of Windows included although no editing program is included. We can include an editing program you currently own or you can add one to the system.

The full spec of the ex-demo system is Intel i7-4790K, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD for Windows, 1x2TB drive for video (more can be added), nVidia 740 graphic card, FireWire, Blu-ray writer, quiet case and PSU, USB3 card reader, Panda Internet security, Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K with Thunderbolt cable.  Apart from the ex-demo parts (processor, motherboard and UltraStudio) the other components can be varied.  You may want a better graphics card to use the system with Premiere Pro or Resolve, for example.

The advantage of having a Thunderbolt enabled system is that you can add in more external devices, like the Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K , as well as Thunderbolt hard drives and other add-ons.  As an advanced motherboard this Haswell board has 8 hard drive connections as opposed to the normal 6 drives you would find in a normal Haswell system.  It also has Intel Quick Sync for fast encoding into H.264 with EDIUS 7 & 8.

BM 4K cameraBlackmagic 4K Production Camera

We have had our Blackmagic 4K Production Camera for about a year and so the time has come to sell on the demo unit and get an updated camera.  To be honest this camera has not been used too much during that time, apart from a little test filming and some demonstrations.  It is in very good condition, complete with box etc and you have the option of buying the 500GB solid state drive we have been using for test filming.  The camera has an EF lens mount.

The camera has a 3 month DVC warranty.  The normal price of this camera is 1,719+VAT and we are selling this demo unit at is 960+VAT

EDIUS JumpgradeEDIUS Jumpgrade and Free EDIUS 8 offer extended until 31st July

If you buy an EDIUS 7 upgrade, crossgrade, ESI or jumpgrade from 1st Apriluntil the end of July 2015 you will get a free update to EDIUS 8 as well.  The jumpgrade and length of this offer have been extended until the end of July; it was previously finishing at the end of June.  The free update will now be to the Workgroup version of EDIUS 8, whereas Grass Valley had previous said it would be to the cheaper Pro version, but only if you buy and claimbefore the end of July.

Why have Grass Valley changed the free upgrade?

EDIUS Pro 7 and EDIUS Pro 8 are very similar.  However, a couple of features have been removed from the Pro version of EDIUS 7 and put into the Workgroup version.  These are mainly features you would want if you were making videos for broadcast, so it made sense that they would be in the Workgroup version.  However, quite a few existing users felt that they would be losing functionality in moving from EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 8,  and that they were being forced to pay extra to get the Workgroup version just to keep these features. 

EDIUS Pro 8 needs an Internet connection

The other important difference between the Workgroup and Pro versions of EDIUS 8 is that the standard Pro can only be activated via the Internet and must connect to the Internet once a month to validate the licence.  EDIUS 7 could be installed on a computer without any internet connection and you never needed to put the computer on the Internet.  This is the same with EDIUS Workgroup - i.e. the Workgroup version does not need to be connected to the Internet, but not with the Pro version.  Many users of EDIUS Pro 7 were also unhappy that they would have to buy the more expensive Workgroup version just so they could avoid connecting their computer to the Internet.

Grass Valley have listened to the feedback and decided to offer, for a limited time, all users the chance to get to EDIUS Workgroup 8 for the same cost as moving to EDIUS Pro 8.  This offer will finish at the end of July, after which the price will rise to 290+VAT.

We think is a brilliant example of a company announcing their plans and then quickly modifying it based on the reasonable comments of their users.

This has led to some confusion about what version people should buy and what they will get as a result.  We will try and clarify this below. 

I bought EDIUS 7 between 1st April 2015 and 31st July 2015 - what do I get?

If you bought any version of EDIUS between these dates, except for the Educational version, then you can claim EDIUS 8 Workgroup free.  You must claim this from Grass Valley before the end of July or you will miss out.

If you have already claimed your free update to EDIUS, which you could have done from the last week of June, you will have been given an EDIUS Pro serial number.  Please re-apply and you will get an EDIUS Workgroup number given to you.  If you have problems please contact us (assuming you are a DVC customer) and we will try to help.

I bought EDIUS 7 before 1st April - can I get a cheap Workgroup upgrade?

Yes.  You need to buy the EDIUS 7 to EDIUS Pro 8 upgrade .  You will get an EDIUS Pro 8 serial number and have to claim a free upgrade using the same form as the users above.  Then you will be given an EDIUS Workgroup 8 serial number.  This must be claimed before 31st July.

I have EDIUS 6.5 - what can I do?

Buy the EDIUS 6.5-EDIUS 7 upgrade and then claim your free update to Workgroup using the above form before the end of July. 

I have EDIUS 6 or earlier - what can I do?

Buy the EDIUS jumpgrade - this offer has been extended until the end of July.  Then claim your free update before the end of July.

I don't have ANY version of EDIUS but I would like to start using it

If you have a qualifying product (Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vega, Avid Liquid) you can buy an EDIUS crossgrade and get a free update to EDIUS Workgroup.  The crossgrade is an offer which has officially ended but we do have some stocks left at DVC.

If you do not have a qualifying product, for example you have Pinnacle Studio, you can buy the full version of EDIUS Pro 8 and claim a free EDIUS Workgroup 8.

Once I have EDIUS 8 should I use it?

You must claim your free EDIUS 8 before the end of July.  You do not have to install it.  EDIUS 8 adds a few nice new features including a video browsing program, but more will be coming over the next two years, so in fact the difference between EDIUS 8 and EDIUS 7 is not huge.  You cannot have two versions of EDIUS on the same computer so, if you install EDIUS 8, EDIUS 7 will be removed. 

The following are the main reasons to consider if you want to do this:

  • We generally recommend that you finish a project and then install an update between projects rather than half way through a project.  Not always possible but something you should consider.
  • This is the first release of EDIUS 8 and there will be more bugs than with EDIUS 7.
  • Many plug-ins may not install into EDIUS 8.  Some times you can just copy over the relevant files, sometimes not.  We talk about this in chapter 5 of our "Introduction to EDIUS 8" video.
  • Third party devices may need updated drivers.  We have tested with Matrox and Blackmagic devices and they seem to work with the current drivers but you cannot be sure.

Of course. we have gone straight into using EDIUS 8 ourselves and the first video we have produced is out "Introduction to EDIUS 8" tutorial which you can see on our YouTube channel.

You can read more about EDIUS on our EDIUS pages

A few EDIUS crossgrades in stock

We have just a few copies of the EDIUS crossgrade in stock. The crossgrade lets you get the full version of EDIUS Pro 7 if you own a competitor's program like Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro or FCPX, Avid Media Composer or Sony Vegas.

If you buy the crossgrade between April 2015 and 31st July 2015 you will also qualify for a free update to EDIUS 8 when it is released at the end of the month.

EDIUS Pro 8EDIUS 8 available

In our last newsletter we outlined some of the new features of EDIUS 8.  If you missed that newsletter you can read the information here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/19th-June-2016.html

Stocks of EDIUS 8 are staring to become available, although it is taking time for the licenses to arrive.  We are constantly updating the website on the current status of stock so if you order any of the EDIUS offers above you will find information there on when you can hopefully expect to receive your software.  Some versions of EDIUS 8 such as the upgrade from EDIUS Pro 7 and EDIUS Workgroup are only supplied as serial numbers with a download link .  Others can be bought as boxed versions.  If you buy a serial number but need an installer disc, because you have a bad internet connection, please talk to us at DVC and we can make and send you an installation DVD for a modest cost.

VistitleVisTitle 2.6 released

Some plug-ins that work in EDIUS 7 will work in EDIUS 8, they just have to be put in the right location.  However, some will not install properly without an update from the manufacturer.

VisTitle have released an updated version which will install and work in EDIUS 8 happily.  The update also adds support forMedia Composer 8.3 and Premiere Pro CC2014

The best way to install the update is to uninstall your old version and then install 2.6.

Free tutorials from SGDV on VisTitle 2.6 features

VisTitle 2.6 included some new features as well as an installer for EDIUS 8.  These new features are:

♦    Layout share - share titles between two computers ♦    2D Stroke path ♦    Extrusion keyframe controls ♦    Mini Editor additions

Avid Media Composer 8.4 available

Avid have released version 8.4 of Media Composer.  The biggest change with this version compared to previous versions is that you can now define practically any size of project and are no longer limited to video resolutions.  If you want a tall, thin project for bill board, for example, this is now possible.  Or if you simply want a an SD 50p progressive project you can make one.

This is quite a huge change in a program which has been limited to specific video resolutions for many years. 

Other changes include:

♦    AMA link has been renamed to the simpler "link to" ♦    The timeline now displays whether the clips has a colour or motion adapter added in a more obvious way (which can be turned off if you preferred how Avid used to display this) ♦    XAVC-1 and ProRes native support - ProRes is MAC only.  ♦    Preview closed captions ♦    Timeline Quick Find ♦    You now have more flexibility to resize the playback monitors ♦    Alpha support for Quicktime DNxHR  

You can also read more about Avid on the DVC website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html

You can see the range of systems available for Avid from DVC here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Systems.html

21 days free access to Studio Toolbox training site for Avid owners

Avid have organized that owners of Avid Media Composer can get free access to theStudio Toolbox training site for free for21 days .  This website has a lot of good Avid tutorials as well as tutorials for other software.  In particular we found their training on Blackmagic Fusion, a comprehensive compositing program which has recently been made available completely free by Blackmagic, to be a good introduction to using this node based compositor.

They also have training in other programs like Pinnacle Studio, an old version of Photoshop and DaVinci Resolve 11.  You get access to all the courses to watch on-line for free for 21 days after signing up, just because you own Avid.  You can then choose to pay a monthly fee to be able to continue to access courses.

At DVC we have no connection to Studio Toolbox, and we are not in the habit of plugging other people's sites,  but we did find many of their tutorials, particularly the Fusion introduction , very useful.  We also have to say their Avid training was very comprehensive and worth a look.

New Adobe CC2015 drivers - the latest information

Adobe released their CC2015 apps last month, which are free to anyone who has a current subscription active.  We detailed the list of new features in our last newsletter which you can read here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/19th-June-2016.html#adobe

As with any major release of software there have been a few issues with the new version. These will all be sorted out of course but you may want to hold off on installing the update if some of these may affect you:

♦    On a Mac, if you use the Speedgrade to Premiere link, the Speedgrade colour correction will reset every time you re-enter Speedgrade.
♦    There is a "memory leak" with the new scopes in Premiere Pro on some which means it may use up all available RAM and crash.  The solution is to not use the scopes or only use them when needed.
♦    If you use "Lumetri" effects on clips these will be ignored if you export using the Adobe Media Encoder.  If you export directly from Premiere they will be included.
♦    Matrox have not yet produced their MXO2 drivers for Premiere Pro CC2015.  We are expecting them soon.  However, Matrox users may have problems if they update to CC2015 until these new drivers are released.
♦    There is a known issue with the Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K using the 10.4.1 drivers, where the Intensity will not output video using the latest Blackmagic drivers.  The 10.4.2 drivers were released today which appear to solve this problem.  

A list of problems is not the best way to talk about a new version of any program and, of course, all major updates to programs have some problems with them. However, these have affected a few of our customers hence listing them here.

We have been successfully using the new CC2015 ourselves; the new Morph Cut transition has, as expected, been ok with some clips and not good at others;  the new grading panel is a great improvement over the previous colour corrections options. 

We also like the way that you can more easily access source effects on clips in the Effects Control Window (ECW). Source effects are ones applied to the clip before it is added to the timeline, so you can add a colour correction to a clip and every time it is used on the timeline it is affected by the changes.  Previously you had to find the clip in the bin, load into the source window and then adjust it; now the ECW has two tabs - timeline effects andsource effects .

If you are using material that has its own source parameters - RED footage, for example, which has its own "colour science" controls or DNG files on which you can adjust the exposure and colour temperature - these adjustments are now found in the ECW and not in the "source settings" as with previous versions.

You can subscribe to Creative Cloud for Teams through us at DVC here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html


Special upgrade offer on CC for Teams means it is slightly cheaper than the normal Adobe price with more options!

For some time Adobe were running a special upgrade offer for owners of CS3 and later versions. This finished last month.  Adobe have introduced a new offer for Creative Cloud for Teams which means CC for Teams is now slightly cheaper than the regular CC which you can buy direct from Adobe.

If you own a CS3 Adobe product or above you can order this upgrade which gives you a reduced price of 38.08+VAT per month subscription for the first & second year, The price is locked for both years. In the third year the price will rise to the regular subscription rate. You only make a one year commitment, with all money paid up front, and decide if you want to continue in the second year at the locked in price.  We will contact you when the renewal is due. The price of the non-teams version for Creative Cloud is 38.11 per month and they have no option for an upgrade for owners of CS3 and later.

Therefore, the Teams version works out slightly cheaper and gives you more on-line storage space and better support options.

You can buy just one copy of CC for Teams.  The software is identical to the normal retail version but you get more on-line storage space (100GB per licence instead of 20GB) and you get two tech support calls with Adobe at a higher level of support than with the normal Creative Cloud.

You can only get one upgrade to CC per CS3 or later licence you own.

The above pricing is for the entire Adobe suite. You can subscribe to just Adobe Premiere pro (which includes Encore and Adobe Media Encoder) for 14.29 per month if you have version CS3 or later.

Should you install Windows 10 on 29th July?

Our rather simple answer to this is no.

 

Windows 10 is being released on 29th July and you can download and install it automatically and for free if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.  We have been using the preview version and it looks very good and seems to keep all the good bits of Windows 8 but merge them with the good bits of Windows 7.  So why are we recommending you do not install immediately:

 

You can do either a clean install (i.e. wipe the whole computer and install from scratch) or upgrade an existing machine.  With every previous version of Windows we have recommended a clean install.  Using the preview version of Windows 10 and upgrade install seemed ok, but we did have more problems than with a clean install.

 

We do not expect any of the video editing programs to be validated at the launch of Windows 10.  Many seem to work ok in our tests but we have not tested everything.  However given that an editing program will make your computer work as hard as possible it is much better to wait until the program makers have properly tested everything.

 

Even of the editing program works it is possible that your I/O card or some plug-in you use will not work. For example, Matrox have not yet produced Windows 8 drivers (although we are expecting these quite soon) and we do not know if these will work in Windows 10 or even if they will make Windows 10 drivers for their devices.

 

We have no idea how older programs will react.  many customers are still using older version of Premiere or other editing programs on their edit system.  How well will CS5 work on a Windows 10 system?  Or maybe you are using Avid Media Composer 6 and have not yet updated.  How well will that work?  Finding out how well older programs will work will take longer than current versions.  The makers of the programs will update current programs to work on Windows 10 but they will probably not be doing anything for older programs and probably not even testing them.

 

After Windows 10 has been out for a few months we will be in a much better place to judge.  Microsoft have said that owners of Windows 7 or Windows 8 have 1 year to decide whether to take them up on the free update so you can afford to wait.

 

What version of Windows should I get if buying a new system?If buying a new system after the end of this month you may want to have Windows 10 installed rather than Windows 7 or 8. If you install an older o/s then at some point you will want to move to Windows 10 which will probably mean a complete wipe and re-install of the machine which would take time and cost money. So it may be better to simply start with Windows 10.  We will be offering Windows 10 (as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8) systems as soon as it is launched and we will then be in a better position to advise as to which is the best course of action you should take.

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