David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700
15th April 2014
There has been quite some time since our last newsletter. There was not a great deal of news for a few weeks and then all of a sudden, with the advent of NAB, the large video show in Las Vegas, a lot of information came out at once. A summary of this news is presented below. Since NAB has only just finished there are still some details that are a bit hazy and we will put more information in future newsletters and on our Facebook pages. First we will cover some non-NAB news.
Windows XP support ended Tuesday 8th April
If you have a Windows XP system and it is connected to the Internet you will have been presented with a sudden message on the 8th April saying "this operating system is no longer supported". Microsoft will not produce any updates for Windows XP from now on. What does this mean if you have a system running Windows XP? A lot depends on whether you connect to the Internet or not. If you have a system and it works, and you never connect it to the Internet then it will carry on working. If you have a system which connects to the Internet then it is vulnerable to cyber attack. Our advice is that if you do have an XP system take it off the net now and use something else to connect to the web. Of course the best answer is to update the system to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Not all old versions of editing programs will work on Windows 7 but you may be surprised at how far back you can go. If you are interested then contact us at DVC for more information and a system quote.
Our range of laptops have recently been updated to have more modern graphic cards, although the price has not changed greatly, and in fact in some cases they have got slightly cheaper. Prices of both solid state and mSATA hard drives have dropped while the sizes are getting larger - with 1TB mSATA drives now available. We recently sold a laptop with 4TB space comprising of 2 1TB mSATA drives and 2x1TB "normal" drives! Our full range has been updated from the normal 17" laptop, the Haswell laptop with FireWire and the Thunderbolt laptop.
Prices start at: £863+VAT.
You can read more about our range of laptops on the DVC website. http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Laptop_PCs.html
New HP Z book with Thunderbolt
HP have produced some new laptops as well. At DVC we sell our own laptops as well as HP. HP machines do cost more than a regular DVC laptop and are less configurable in some ways but HP have the advantage of an express card socket for use with devices like the Matrox MX02 andGrass Valley Storm Mobile, as well as being HP machines with a 3 year HP warranty as well as our own DVC 1 year warranty. They are also among the validated configurations for some programs, like Avid Media Composer.
HP have produced some new laptops, the Z books, which use normal "Haswell" processors and have both express card and Thunderbolt sockets. They have also dropped in price compared to the previous 877o model. They do not actually have FireWire sockets but you can easily add an inexpensive express card FireWire adaptor which has the best FireWire chipset for video, so this is not a problem. You can also you any of the Thunderbolt capture cards like the Blackmagic UltraStudio range or the Matrox MX02s.
A typical HP Z book is £1,869+VAT.
You can read more about the new HP Zbook here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/HPlaptop.htm
Blackmagic have released their version 10 drivers for their range of capture cards. They have introduced a new feature on some of the top end cards that enables them to capture and playback video at the same time, however, to be honest, we have had quite a few issues with them. On some systems they have been ok, but they have caused us too many problems on too many systems; and caused us a major problem with our Thunderbolt UltraStudio 4K which took some time to fix! We suggest you do not install them and stick to the last version 9 drivers, 9.9.6. If you have upgraded and have working version 10 drivers installed then we would not say uninstall them, but if you have not installed them, then stay with your current set up.
You can read more about the Blackmagic range of I/O devices here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
We have a special offer on the animated titling program VisTitle and the new tutorial produced by SGDV Tutorials. While stocks last we can sell VisTitle with 5 extra plug-ins: 3D particle, Karaoke, Handwriting,3D chart and 2D to 3D for £199+VAT and we also have a bundle of VisTitle (and plug-ins with the new tutorial) which saves and additional £20 and is £249+VAT.
You can read more about the tutorial on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-3.html and the SGDV website:
You can order the VisTitle, tutorial and bundle here: http://sgdvtutorials.com/
New VisTitle tutorial
We have produced a new tutorial on VisTitle which you will be able to see on our website this week. This new tutorial was actually inspired by watching the SGDV tutorial, which made us think if we could use VisTitle, not for titles, but for a compositing effect. The effect is one we have been asked for on many occasions - mainly to take a still image and make it appear to be in 3D, with the a quick camera move. This is possible using a composting program like After Effects or Boris RED, but you can now do it with VisTitle! The tutorial covers taking the images into VisTitle, arranging then in 3D space and moving the camera in 3D. We then add some filters to add a depth of field and finally finish with how we split the original 2D image into 3 separate layers and filled in the gaps in both Photoshop and PaintShop Pro. This tutorial is not on the website but will be there before Easter. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel or Facebook page for a notification on when the tutorial is posted, or just visit the following page towards the end of the week: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-free-tutorials.html
The Panasonic GH4 still and video camera is going to be released in early May 2014 and we are taking pre-orders now. We have seen a pre-production model and the camera is absolutely amazing. You can read more and pre-order the camera on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Panasonic-Cameras.html
We are maintaining a couple of our successful offers on editing systems which you can see on our website.
£100 off Thunderbolt 2 Haswell systems
Haswell systems are our most popular. Recently we have been able to supply system with Thunderbolt connections which allow you to expand the system with many external devices including fast hard drives, RAID arrays and 4K video I/O devices. With our offer you can have a Thunderbolt enabled system for practically the same price as the normal Haswell system. Having an up to date Thunderbolt system gives you a computer which should be as future proof as possible, covering all the possible add-ons you may need.
You can read more about our Thunderbolt system offer here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/thunderboltoffer.html
£400 off Xeon systems
A Thunderbolt system will give you all the possible connections you may need. A Xeon system, with two physical processors, will give you the most powerful system you can get. We are running a special offer with £400 off the price of our regular Xeon systems. There has never been a better time to get as much power as possible.
You can read more about our Xeon systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Dual-Xeon-offer.html
Avid have announced a new version of their editing program, Media Composer 8 (MC8), although they have not yet said what new features will be available in the program. This is mainly because they have announced a new subscription service for the program, rather like Adobe did last year when they started selling their new version via the Creative Cloud. Unlike Adobe, Avid are going to be offering their new software by both subscription or with a permanent licence. They are also keeping the dongle option which many long term Avid users have had for years.
Since the announcement was only made at NAB last week some of the following details may change, and we have yet to get UK pricing. Avid have normally been very good at converting their dollar prices into sterling, however we will let be putting the prices on the website as soon as we know them. This is what we know so far:
You pay a fee per month and if you stop paying the fee the software no longer works. All upgrades to the software that are released during the subscription are included in the price. You can rent for one month or commit for a year. You have slightly more software included with the subscription option than with the permanent licence. The software licence includes:
Avid Media Composer with Symphony option (superior colour correction to regular Media Composer), NewBlue Titler Pro v2, Sorenson Squeeze Lite & Boris Continuum Complete Lite. This also includes some calls to Avid support.
We do not current have information on what is in these "lite" versions of the software. The subscription costs:
- $49.99 per month if you commit to a year ($39.99 if you already own MC 6.5 and above) = $599 per year.
- $74.99 for 1 month subscription.
This includes: Avid Media Composer, NewBlue Titler Pro v1, Sorenson Squeeze lite. Avid support for 1 year. Subscribers get V2 of Titler Pro plus Boris Continuum and the symphony options for Media Composer. These are available as add-ons for Media Composer perpetual licence.
Media Composer perpetual licence: $1,299
Symphony option with Boris Continuum Lite : $749
Avid Production Pack (NewBlue Titler Pro 2, Sorenson Squeeze & IZotope Insight):$599
Dongle option (use a USB dongle to activate the licence rather than activating over the internet): $500
The price of $1,299 also includes all software updates, major or minor, for the first year. In the second year you will have the option of buying a support/upgrade package for Media Composer for $299. This will entitle you to all software updates for the second year and Avid support. In year 3 you can pay another $299 to keep receiving updates. If you miss out a year- for example you pay for upgrades in year 2, but do not pay for anything in year 3, then when year 4 starts you cannot upgrade the software any more, but have to buy a completely new version for $1,299. So the permanent licence is a but like a subscription in that you have to pay Avid money every year if you want to keep the software up to date, but if you decide to stop paying them then you still have the current version which you can use for as long as you want.
There has not been concrete news regarding Avid FX, a compositing application also known as Boris RED which has been shipping with Avid for the last few years. Originally the documentation said that this would be bought as part of the production bundle, now it is not mentioned anywhere and we are waiting for information as to its fate.
The new subscription Media Composer 8 will be available from the end of April. We will find out what new features will be added to the new Media Composer later in the year. For now this will make a difference for people about to buy Media Composer. Existing users have until the end of the year to decide whether to pay the $299 upgrade fee to keep their current permanent licences up to date or to shift on to renting the software.
What happened to Avid DVD?
Avid DVD is the DVD and Blu-ray authoring program which up to now shipped with Avid Media Composer. Although this program will still be available to anyone who currently owns Avid it will not ship with MC8. It will also not be getting any updates. The program has not been updated in the last few years anyway, so the lack of any improvements is not unexpected, however, now Avid users won't get an authoring tool at all and will have to look elsewhere. This is almost like Adobe, who have said that Adobe Encore will not be updated, although if you rent Adobe software via the Creative Cloud you still get access to Encore CS6, even if you know it will not get any improvements.
You can read more about Avid Media Composer on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
You can see Avid's licensing options document here:http://www.avid.com/static/resources/common/documents/datasheets/Media_Composer/Media_Composer_License_Comparison_Guide_cs_A4.pdf
Blackmagic announced various updates for their grading program, Resolve. The majority of the updates focus on adding a variety of editing features which may make Resolve into a pretty good editing program, as well as an exceptional grading program. The most interesting thing about this is that the Lite version of Resolve is free and supports resolutions of up to Ultra HD (3840x2160). This could mean that you could get a decent, comprehensive editing program for nothing! There is also a version of Resolve for which you can pay (which comes with some of the Blackmagic cameras) which includes noise reduction and 3D support, but the free version is surprisingly powerful.
Blackmagic have said that Resolve 11 will be available June/July 2014.
We have yet to try version 11 of Resolve but the new features announced include:
- Colour matching to a standard colour pallet to make the start of your grading easier
- A lot more editing tools like slipping and sliding.
- Dual screen support (currently you can only really use Resolve on one screen which is limiting when it comes to editing.
- Better keyframing of effects with proper Bezier handles for interpolation on the timeline.
- Support for Grass Valley HQ and HQX codecs - a major boon for Windows and EDIUS users (although you wont need EDIUS to use the codecs).
- Background rendering - assuming we have read the specifications correctly.
However, before you look at the specs and think that Resolve will do everything you need and is free, be aware that Resolve has always been designed for broadcasters and high end users and so misses a few things you will be used to from other programs, like DV support, and will not load most kinds of AVI files, as well as quite commonly used formats like AVCHD and HDV. If thinking of using Resolve and using these formats you will need to convert them to something Resolve can use first.
We will be including more on Resolve 11 on our website soon. You can see DVC tailor-made Resolve systems here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_Systems.html
Adobe have announced two major changes recently - both just before NAB:
- No more permanent CS6 licences through DVC
Adobe will stop selling their CS6 permanent licences through resellers like ourselves at the end of May 2014. The software will still be available from the Adobe store on-line, however most resellers like ourselves sell the CS6 versions cheaper than Adobe which means that if you want to buy a permanent CS6 licence after the end of May you will have to pay more, as well as struggling to find it on the Adobe website. Obviously they want everybody to move to rental via the Creative Cloud and do stress that CS6 has now not had any major new features added for two years, and that the CC versions are a lot more up to date. This is entirely true of course, but some people simply refuse to rent the software and want a permanent licence. If you are one of these people we would suggest that you order a copy of CS6 now (preferably from us at DVC), or consider moving to different software.
New software updates for the Creative Cloud
A CC subscription includes all major updates and Adobe have announced a selection of new features for various programs. These include:
- Motion tracking and keyframable masks in Adobe Premiere Pro.
- A new Master clip option in Premiere Pro designed to make grading multiple clips from the same source easier.
- Blackmagic output support for Speedgrade
- After Effects will support Mercury Transmit, andAfter Effects text and title templates will be usable in Adobe Premiere Pro. This means you can design a complicated animated title in After Effects and simply drop it into Premiere Pro, and change the text as needed.
These updates will be released in the next few months.
You can read more about Adobe Premiere Pro, both CS6 and CC, as well as ordering both from our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
Sony announced a new version of Vegas at NAB. Vegas Pro 13 adds some interesting new features and support for some Sony 4K cameras. These include:
- Vegas Pro Connect – Using the iPad, Vegas Pro Connect solves the collaboration challenge on video productions. Eliminate tedious written review spreadsheets and notes by moving to efficient online and offline review workflows. Coupled with a gesture driven control surface feature, Vegas Pro Connect improves editing efficiency throughout your project.
- Proxy-first workflow – Shoot XDCAM footage and send proxies to the cloud using the Sony Wireless Camera Adapter. Download and edit proxies, then relink to the hi-res files for rendering.
Project Archiving – Archive all media associated with a project, or just the media used on the timeline, including nested Vegas Pro 13 projects.
- XAVC Intra Smart Render – Dramatically reduce render times when using XAVC Intra MXF render templates.
- Loudness Meters – New EBU R-128/CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act) compliant metering helps you follow the new rules and avoid fines while maximizing the dynamic range potential of your audio.
- "Multi-tool paradigm" – A selection of editing tools which can be selected from a pop-up menu beneath the timeline.
- New video plug-ins – Seven dynamic video effects from FXHOME, accelerated through OpenGL, are integrated directly into the Vegas Pro 13 application.
- NewBlueFX Video Essentials VI – 100 presets in 10 sophisticated plug-ins; A NewBlueFX top seller.
- iZotope® Nectar® Elements – One-click voice/narration processing plug-in. Apply task-specific style presets such as Voice Over or Dialogue and then customize your sound with dedicated controls like Presence, Drive, and Grit. Nectar Elements makes vocal treatment a snap.
You can read more here:http://blog.sony.com/press/sony-announces-latest-version-of-vegas-pro-software/
Vegas continues to be available as a permanent licence as opposed to being on subscription like Adobe or Avid.
You can read more about Vegas and order if from our website here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Sony_Vegas.html
Grass Valley did not announce a new version of EDIUS, but were concentrating on many of their broadcast systems at the show. However they have announced an update to EDIUS which will be free to all EDIUS 7 owners. The new features include:
- Multichannel audio and audio level adjustment in the source window.
- A new transform filter.
- Better AAF exchange with DaVinci Resolve.
- Support for Panasonic GH4 4K files
- Support for the whole MX02 range.
We will post on our Facebook pages when the new update is ready.
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700