David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit E7, Knoll Business Centre
Old Shoreham Road,
Hove, Sussex, BN3 7GS
Tel: 01273 205700
15th February 2013
- DVC at B.V.E. show
- New DVC laptop - the fastest laptop ever!
- A couple of Adobe CS3 or CS4 to CS6 upgrades left.
- Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams launched
- DVC Adobe Encore CS6 tutorial available.
- Black Magic cinema camera at DVC
- Matrox new low prices for MX02 Mini Max
- Vistitle 2.3 available.
- Graphic card driver & editing program update.
DVC at B.V.E. 26th - 28th February
As usual we will be at the B.V.E. show in London, the biggest video show in the UK. This year it has moved and is in the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, which is easy to get to using the Docklands Light Railway. The show lasts for 3 days, with the third day closing a little bit earlier than the first two. On our stand we will have our usual range of DVC systems using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6,Grass Valley EDIUS 6.5, Avid Media Composer 6.5 and Black Magic DaVinci Resolve. We will also have our new 2011 pin laptop (see below) as well as a PC-based Thunderbolt system. We will have a mix of Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems as well. If you want to know whether it is worth changing to the new Microsoft o/s why not come along and discuss how well your favourite editing program works on Microsoft's latest baby.
We will have various special offers available to visitors at the show and a stock of various items you can buy on the stand such as our own tutorial discs, including the new Encore CS6 tutorial.
DVC MD David Clarke and DVC technical expert, Ringo Dhansay, will be among those manning the stand so please pop by for a chat. We do not have space for a large seminar area, but can demonstrate programs and hardware on the stand. We will have a reduced staff back at base but there will be someone here to help with problems and orders. If you do not get through straight away leave a message and someone will get back to you.
If you register for the show in advance then entry is free. If you simply turn up an entry ticket is £15. We recommend you register in advance, even if you cannot turn up at the last minute. You can register here: https://form.n200.com/?s=227b5pyr6tzby&check=1
You can also see full details of those attending the show and more about the venue and how to get there on the B.V.E. website:http://www.bvexpo.com/page.cfm. See you there!
NEW DVC 2011 PIN LAPTOP - THE FASTEST LAPTOP EVER!
A new laptop has arrived at DVC which really got us excited. It uses an 8 core 2011 pin Intel i7 desktop processor and is the most powerful laptop we have ever had.
To give you an idea of the speed we did some tests using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 encoding 1080 50i AVCHD footage into H264 video for Blu-ray. This machine made 10 minutes of video in 8 minutes. Using 2 pass VBR it takes 16 minutes !
If you put the same processor into a desktop machine it will be just as fast but then that is the point of this laptop - it is as fast as a desktop.
32-bit Grass Valley EDIUS took 17 minutes to make the same file. EDIUS can make H264 files really fast if it uses Intel Quicksync which is built into a lot of Intel's new processors. Using Quicksync EDIUS makes the same file in 4 minutes. Quicksync is not built into the 2011 pin processor so EDIUS actually makes H264 faster on a lower spec, and cheaper, laptop.
The processing power also renders effects faster and plays more in realtime. Premiere Pro managed 14 layers of HDV and 5 layers of AVCHD using the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine and the laptop's powerful graphic card. EDIUS, which does its effects purely based on CPU power, managed 8 layers of AVCHD flying around before it needed to render.
The laptop does not only have a powerful processor - it can have up to 3 laptop hard drives inside as well as an optical drive (normally we install a Blu-ray writer). Our favourite set up would be a solid state main drive for Windows, to make the machine run as quickly as possible, and then a couple of 750GB video drives inside the machine for footage. The computer can have up to 32GB of RAM, and has two graphic cards; either two nVidia 670MX cards or two nvidia 680MX cards - both extremely powerful. No editing program takes advantage of two graphic cards - so effectively you end up only using one of them - unless you are into gaming where the two graphic cards deliver absolutely amazing graphics. The laptop also has USB3 and USB2 ports, eSATA and FireWire 800. The latter uses a Texas Instruments chipset which is the best one to use for video editing. Many laptops uses other FireWire chipsets, some of which work and some which do not (we do not have a problem with our Laptops, but have had with some laptops we have tested and decided not to sell). Sometimes they won't record back to DV or HDV properly, but they will capture. You will not have any of these problems with the Texas Instruments FireWire. The port is a FireWire 800 connection - so useful if you have FireWire 800 drives. We supply a simple cable which will connect this port to your camera with the laptop.
Our biggest surprise was that this laptop has an Express card slot - not found on most new laptops. This lets you add devices like a Matrox MX02 or Grass Valley Storm Mobile, to give you a proper video output from your editing program. Our only complaint is that the express card socket is on the front of the machine meaning cables stick out exactly where you hands will probably be when typing. All our tutorials are captured in H264 using our Matrox MX02 Mini Max - which uses an express card socket and therefore will not work on our cheaper laptops. So this is the perfect machine for "tutorialing". The only other laptops with an express card slot are the HP models. HP have recently increased the price of their laptops which means that they actually cost considerably more than the 2011 Pin laptop, for a less powerful computer! You can read more about the latest HP laptops here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/HP8770-laptop.html
The downside of all this stuffed into one laptop is that it is quite heavy (6.5Kg with its battery) and thick (6cm). The battery life is also not as good as our other, less powerful laptops. If you want to use the dual graphic cards the instructions say you HAVE to run it from the mains supply. Running a continuous playback test from Premiere with the screen on full brightness the battery expired in about30 minutes - our regular laptops will last a over an hour. If not constantly playing back video, i.e. in normal use, it will last longer, but not as long as our regular laptops.
This laptop is a portable desktop. If you want the most powerful machine that you can carry around this is it - but you will probably stick it on a desk where ever you go and back at base plug in some extra screens and keyboard to use it properly. It will display a picture on two external monitors plus the laptop screen if you want. We love it. If we were going to take a machine on holiday to do a bit of editing and catch up on some emails it will not be this one. However, if we need a machine to cart between work and home easily, then this is it.
The laptop starts about £1,700 plus VAT and is about £2,200 with 3 hard drives and 32GB RAM.
You can read more about our 2011 pin laptop here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/2011-pin-desktop-replacement-laptop---the-most-powerful-laptop-we-have.html
You can see more about our full range of laptops here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Laptop_PCs.html
We will have the 2011 Pin laptop on our stand at B.V.E. in London as well as the cheaper 17" Ivybridge laptop which is £999 for a computer which can run Intel QuickSync with Grass Valley EDIUS.
A FEW CS3/CS4 UPGRADES IN STOCK!
Since the start of 2013 you can only upgrade Adobe software to CS6 from CS5 or CS5.5. We do have 2 Premiere Pro and 2 Production Premium upgrades from CS3 or CS4 still in stock and these will go to the first people to order them.
After this there will then be only two options for owners of CS3/CS4 to upgrade to CS6:
- Buy a full copy
- Sign up for the new Creative Cloud for Teams program (see below), which for a short time is available to owners of older version.
You can read more about Adobe Premiere Pro and the Adobe Production Premium on the DVC webshop:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
You can order the software from the DVC webshop:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_sotware.html
New Adobe "Creative Cloud for Teams"
Adobe have launched a new subscription service called Creative Cloud for Teams. This is a variation on the Creative Cloud rental scheme whereby you do not buy the software outright, but instead pay a subscription per month for the software. The subscription service has several advantages to buying the software:
- Assuming you upgrade the software every time a new version arrives then the subscription works out cheaper than buying the software.
- You get updates to programs as soon as they are ready rather than when the next version arrives. For example Photoshop has had an update which Creative Cloud users have already got, whereas people who buy the updates will need to wait until the next major update is available.
- Subscribers get some programs in the Master Collection which you do not get when you buy the Master Collection - such as Adobe Muse.
- Subscribers get some web storage space on the Adobe Cloud.
The disadvantages are:
- If you stop paying you can no longer use the program.
- Your computer needs to be connected to the Internet periodically to validate the licence.
Regular Creative Cloud is designed for individuals. Creative Cloud for Teams is designed for companies rather than individuals and has a couple of advantages over the regular Creative Cloud:
- The main advantage is that the licenses are assigned by a central controller at your company and can be re-assigned easily. Regular Creative Cloud is assigned to an Adobe ID and if the person with that ID leaves the company the software licence goes with them. With Creative Cloud for teams this is not the case which makes it easy for the company to reassign licenses when people join and leave the company.
- Creative Cloud for teams gives your more on-line disc storage space.
- You get access to two "high level" support calls per licence - which means you get to a more experienced support person at Adobe than with the regular Creative Cloud. Of course if you buy Creative Cloud for Teams from us at DVC you get access to our experienced support team as many times as you like.
We will be posting more in depth information on Creative Cloud For Teams on our website shortly but if you want to discuss options in the meantime then please contact us or see us at the B.V.E. video show at the end of February.
DVC ADOBE ENCORE CS6 TUTORIAL AVAILABLE
Our Adobe Encore CS6 tutorial is finished and available from the website for order by post or for download.
The tutorial has been completely remade and covers every aspect of Adobe Encore CS6. You can see a full list of the contents on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC-Adobe-Encore-CS6.html
The Encore tutorial is £39 inc VAT. We also have a tutorial about Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 which costs £69 inc VAT, and you can buy the two in a bundle for £99 inc VAT.
BLACK MAGIC CINEMA CAMERA AT DVC
Stock of the Black Magic Cinema camera is in short supply at the moment with, we believe, back orders for around 600 units in the UK alone. We now have our own demo unit and are in the process of making some tutorial videos showing how best to use the camera with Black Magic DaVinci Resolve, Black Magic's grading program which you need to use to get the best out of the camera. Some of the tutorials may be available before the show, although preparations of the show are taking most of our energies at the moment so they may not be available until early March.
We will have the camera on our stand at B.V.E. together with our own Black Magic DaVinci systems so we can better explain the workflow involved with the camera.
FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR THE BLACK MAGIC CAMERA
Black Magic have produced a firmware update for their camera which is available to download on their website. The biggest addition is the fact that you can now format the hard drives the camera uses in exFAT32. Previously the hard drives needed to be formatted in an Apple MAC format that was not available on Windows unless you bought an extra program (which cost approximately £50). Now you can use exFAT32 which means drives can be formatted in a PC. You cannot format the drives in the camera and must format them in a computer before you use them. The new format option makes life a little bit easier if using a PC.
The other major changes are that the camera now displays the F-stop value of the lens, if using EF-compatible lenses, and the drivers now support THUNDERBOLT on the PC. You do not use the THUNDERBOLT connection for transferring footage from the camera to the PC. When plugged into the THUNDERBOLT connection the camera can become a set of video scopes to be used with DaVinci. We will have a THUNDERBOLT enabled PC on the stand at B.V.E. if you want to pop along and ask what all the fuss is about.
You can read more about the the camera here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black-Magic-Cinema-Camera.html
You can see some sample specifications for our DaVinci Resolve computers here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_Systems.html.
This page currently shows a system with a large, fast hard drive array needed for storage of the Black Magic footage but we do have cheaper options as well which we will be show at B.V.E.
NEW LOW PRICES FOR MATROX MX02 MINI MAX
Matrox have permanently reduced the price of their MX02 Mini MAX. The MAX version of the Mini is £420+VAT including a PCIe or Express card adaptor. This means you only pay £110 more than the price of the regular Mini to get fast H264 encoding in various programs and live capture into H264. They have also permanently reduced the price of the Thunderbolt version of the Mini MAX as well, which is now £490+VAT. The MX02 Mini has always been our favourite device to use with Adobe Premiere Pro and it is almost a "no brainer" to pay £110 more to get fast Blu-ray and MP4 encoding when you need it.
Matrox have also released new drivers for the MX02. The 7.21 drivers add PC support for Telestream Wirecast, a program designed for transmitting live video across the Internet, to the MX02. This was previously only supported on MACs; now it is supported on Windows-based PCs as well. If you are not using Telestream we suggest you stick with the 7.2 drivers which were released before Christmas, since the 7.21 drivers' only advantage is that they work with Wirecast.
You can read more about the Matrox MX02 and order them from the DVC website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/matrox_cards.html. Of course, we will have the MX02 MAX on our stand at B.V.E.
VISTITLE 2.3 AVAILABLE
Vistitle have produced an update to their popular titling program. Version 2.3 adds a couple of nice features to help creating titles by dragging and dropping, and fixes a few small bugs. This new version does not update Vistitle to work properly on Windows 8 - this update will be produced soon we are told. You can download the update to Vistitle here :http://www.vistitle.com/listdownload.asp?id=52
The Vistitle Promopacks have now completely run out and we are awaiting new stocks of Vistitle, which we have been told will be at the regular price of £250+VAT, and not include the extra plug-ins that were included in the Promopack. At the moment we are not sure if you will be able to buy these plug-ins separately or what the price will be. We will have more information in a future newseletter.
You can read more about Vistitle on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle.html
GRAPHIC CARD DRIVER AND EDITING PROGRAM UPDATE
We mainly use nVidia cards in our computers and in the last few months there have been various problems with different versions of drivers. The following is the result of our own experiences. If your system is working, even if not using the latest drivers from nVidia, we suggest you stay as you are. However, if having problems, the following may be of help.
Adobe Premiere Pro
If using CS6 then we recommend you install the latest drivers, version 310.90. Also install an up to date version of the drivers for your capture card (although if using Black Magic this will not be the latest one - see below). Many people will be on version 306 drivers; we have seen some people reporting problems with these drivers although not had any ourselves. If using CS5 or CS5.5 we recommend staying with a non-300 version of the driver (275.33 worked really well for us).
Grass Valley EDIUS
There is an issue with EDIUS and the 310 version of the nVidia drivers. If you look in certain dialogue boxes the display will come up incorrectly with areas of white all over the place. This has been reported to nVidia and as we write this we have seen people reporting it is fixed with some very new nVidia drivers. However, we have not tested this and the new drivers are currently still beta, so we would recommend you do not use them until finalised. The simplest solution to this problem is to stay on 306 drivers which work fine with EDIUS. If your drivers have updated automatically uninstall them and download the 306 drivers from the nVidia site and use these instead.
The current version of EDIUS is 6.52 as reported in our last newsletter. This is a small issue with this build and cross dissolves and you may wish to install our DVC preset transitions which you can find on our driver update page: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass-Valley-EDIUS.html
Avid Media Composer
Avid has always been very particular about the graphic card driver it uses and we recommend you stay with the version Avid recommend for your version of Media Composer. This will be a relatively old 200 series driver, but if it works, stay with it!
Black Magic Drivers
This is not related to graphic card drivers at all, but to the generally available Black Magic drivers. Black Magic released their 9.7 drivers towards the end of February which seem to fix some small problems we were having with their USB3 capture devices. However, these drivers stop the HDMI output from working on some PCIe cards. We tested the Intensity Pro and Decklink 3D Extreme. If you have installed new drivers and suddenly have no output, uninstall them and reinstall the 9.6.8 drivers which work well. These are available to download from the Black Magic website:http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/archive?sid=3947&pid=3989&dlSeries=&os=win&custom=true. Our tests have only been with the Windows version of the drivers. We have not tested the latest MAC drivers.
Matrox MX02 drivers
The best drivers to use for the MX02 range and Premiere Pro CS6 or Avid Media Composer are the 7.2 drivers. As mentioned above Matrox have released 7.21 drivers but these only add support for Telestream Wirecast and officially only beta support for Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. You can download these drivers from the Matrox website:http://www.matrox.com/video/en/support/downloads/
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit E7, Knoll Business Centre
Old Shoreham Road,
Hove, Sussex, BN3 7GS
Tel: 01273 205700