David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
16th October 2015
Every year Intel update their processor range and the newest processors, which will replace the existing Haswell processors, are called Skylake. The Skylake processors are about 10-20% faster than the Haswell machines.
Advantages of Skylake processors
Skylake systems include a couple of new features which were not on the Haswell computers:
Use an M.2 drive for Windows
The Skylake motherboards have a connection for a new type of drive called an "M.2 drive" An M.2 drive is a hard drive on a circuit board that screws directly into the Motherboard. It uses the same kind of media as a solid state drive. As a result it is faster than a normal solid state drive for not too much difference in cost. It is also means that the 6 normal SATA connections, which are on the motherboard for normal hard drives and optical drives, are all free so you can have an M.2 drives and 6 hard drives if you prefer.
Use DDR4 RAM
The new motherboards use the latest, fastest RAM, DDR4, whereas the Haswell processors used DDR3. Haswell-E systems have been using DDR4 for some time. DDR4 is basically better and faster than DDR3.
A new version of USB has been released - USB3.1. USB3.1 is twice as fast as USB3 with a top speed of 10Gbps compared to USB3's 5Gbps. We have not had any devices which take advantage of this as yet but they will be coming soon. USB3.1 is not on every Skylake motherboard - in our systems we have an option for a board with USB3.1 and one without.
You can see more and configure your own Skylake system here:
EDIUS system: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS-Skylake-systems.html
Premiere Pro system: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Premiere-Skylake-system.html
Avid Media Composer system: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid-Skylake-system.html
DaVinci Resolve system: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Resolve-Skylake-system.html
Sony Vegas system: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vegas-Skylake-system.html
New laptops with desktop Skylake processors
We also have two laptops which use desktop processors, making them the fastest laptops you can buy. New models have been released which use Skylake desktop processors, which means you get a portable machine with the same power as a desktop. They have all the sockets and connections that were on the previous models as well as having one of the new USB3.1 ports. The laptops also use faster DDR4 RAM (the previous models used DDR3).
We have two models - one 15" and one 17". The 15" model has the option of having a 3K (2880x1620) or 4K (3840x2160) laptop screen as well as the standard HD (1920x1080) screen. Both laptops can take 2 M.2 drives and 2 normal laptop drives. Neither have an optical drive so we have options for external units for both.
Thunderbolt 3 included
Our new laptops also have Thunderbolt. The previous laptops, which used desktop processors, did not have a Thunderbolt connection. These new Skylake laptops have the latest kind of Thunderbolt - Thunderbolt 3. The only downside of having this extremely new connection is that as yet we do not have anything that will work with Thunderbolt 3. The Thunderbolt 3 connector is a different type to Thunderbolt 2, so we cannot test this with Thunderbolt 2 devices until a cable which converts from Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 is released.
In what may be the start of a trend with new computers, it does not work on Windows 7 and you can only use it with Windows 8 or Windows 10, with Windows 10 probably being the best choice.
This laptop is the most powerful you can get. It can take two laptop hard drives plus 2 m.2 solid state drive and have up to 32GB RAM. It also have a very powerful nVidia graphic card - either a 6GB 970M or an 8 GB 980M.
You see more information and configure your own Skylake laptops system here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Laptop_PCs.html
Panasonic announced that their GH4 camera would be upgraded to have a "V-log" setting. This is where the camera will film video as a very flat image. As a result the dynamic range of the camera is increased by one stop. In practice this means that you will get more information in the white areas and more information in the dark areas of the image than you would in the standard settings.
Click here to see a good explanation of V-LOG and its pros and cons .
This "V-log" upgrade costs $99. It cannot be ordered through DVC but can be ordered the Panasonic webshop .
When you order the upgrade Panasonic will post you the unlock code rather than send it by email, so it will take a few days to arrive. A LUT for use with the V-LOG footage is also available from the download site.
What is a LUT and V-LOG?
If you do not know what a LUT is or why you would want to shoot in V-LOG we have made a short video to explain this and how to use the footage in Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, EDIUS and DaVinci Resolve. Although the video was prompted by the release of the GH4 upgrade the same techniques are useful for any footage filmed in a "RAW" format.
You can see the video on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/V-Log-footage-and-using-LUTS.html
At the same time Panasonic have released a new version of the GH4 which has the V-log setting built in and also has unlimited recording. The GH4 is limited to 30 minutes recording in one take, which is a limit imposed by Panasonic as the EU impose an extra duty on video devices which can record longer than 30 minutes. The new model, the GH4R, does not have this limit. This makes it slightly more expensive than the GH4, but worth it, in our opinion. Unfortunately the V-Log update to the standard GH4 does not include unlimited recording because this would cause all sorts of problems with EU duty.
At the same time the price on the GH4 has been reduced. Panasonic have also just announced a £100 cashback offer on the GH4. If you buy either the GH4 or GH4R between now and 25th January 2016 you can claim £100 cash back from Panasonic. The current prices before the cashback are:
Panasonic GH4: £875+VAT, £1.050 inc.
Panasonic GH4-R: £999+VAT, £1.199 inc.
These prices are for the body of the camera without lenses or SD cards.
You can read more about the GH4 here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Pansonic-GH-4K-cameras.html
It has been a couple of months since Windows 10 was released. We now have Adobe Premiere Pro CC2015, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Sony Vegas Pro 13 all ratifying Windows 10. Grass Valley's EDIUS 8.1 update will be released towards the end of October to make it properly Windows 10 compliant - currently EDIUS 8 seems to work ok on Windows 10 but some functions, like Intel Quick Sync, are not working. These should all be sorted out when the update it released. Avid have said they will release an update to Avid Media Composer soon, but we do not have an exact date.
Microsoft are also said to be releasing a big update to Windows 10 soon which will fix many of the issues that people have complained about with the first release of Windows 10.
Should you let Windows update your existing system?
Our answer to this question in the last newsletter was "probably not" and still remains that way. If you only use programs which are validated for Windows 10 then you should be ok. If you have less recent programs (maybe Premiere Pro CS6) then you may be alright but you also may have problems; we have had some users reporting problems and others not.
All the people who have talked to us, either whose system was finally working or whose system had to be put back to Windows 7 to work, had a reasonable amount of pain upgrading their o/s. Just running the upgrade from Microsoft generally ends up in a slow computer, and you have to search out and install new drivers and other things to get the system working as well as it used to on Windows 7.
A completely clean install of Windows 10, on an old system or on a completely new system, works out a lot better. However, this does involve setting the computer up from scratch.
People with older programs, such as Premiere Pro CS5 or earlier, EDIUS 5 & 6 or earlier, and Media Composer 7 or earlier, should ONLY upgrade to Windows 10 if they are going to buy the new version of their editing software. Systems with these older versions have generally been reverted to Windows 7 after a week or two, as they simply would not work properly under Windows 10.
Let DVC absorb the pain of updating
We can update your system to Windows 10 for you and test out your various programs, for which we would charge a day's labour (£200+VAT). It will take us more than a day to install and test the system for you so we cannot update and test your system "while you wait". Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 01273 205700 to discuss your options.
For a limited period we can offer VisTitle for EDIUS with the 5 extra plug-ins pack free. VisTitle is our favourite titling program for EDIUS. The main program has lots of great features but there is also a pack of 5 extra plug-ins which add some very nice features. These extra plug-ins are normally £40 extra, if you buy them with VisTitle, and £99 extra if you buy them separately.
For a limited time these plug-ins will come free with VisTitle for a total price of £199+VAT.
The extra plug-ins are:
♦ 3D Particles - many fancy particle effects, all keyframable and customisable.
♦ Handwriting - get VisTitle to draw an object on screen, typically hand-written-style text.
♦ Karaoke - Make Karaoke style titles that appear on screen.
♦ 3D chart - make 3D charts easily which animated on screen.
♦ 2D path to 3D object - create a 2D object in VisTitle and then convert it to 3D with depth, bevels etc.
You can read more about VisTitle and order the program, plug-ins and updates here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/VisTitle-2-with-5-additional-plug-ins-bundle-3226.html#SID=446
Add an Atomos Shogun to your camera and you can record into a better, less compressed video format from any camera with an HDMI or SDI socket. This includes Apple Pro Res and Cinema DNG formats. The Shogun also acts as a mini full HD monitor.
We have one Shogun in stock that we are selling at a reduced price. It is new, unused and unopened but we have reduced the price just to help move the item from our shelves.
It is L1,099+VAT - L1,318 inc.
You can order it here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Atomos-Shogun-Offer.html
Atomos SDI to HDMI converter
We have an offer on an ATOMOS SDI to HDMI converter as well. The Connect H2S converter is battery operated and converts an HDMI signal to SDI. It is small enough to fit in your pocket and very simple to use. We have one only at the low price of L163+VAT. This is new and unopened with a full warranty. You can order it here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Atomos-SDI-HDMI-converter.html#SID=893< /font>
2TB RAID rated drives
In our last newsletter we mentioned 8 RAID-rated drives which we were selling at a low price. We have 5 of these drives left. They are Seagate Enterprise class 2TB RAID hard drives, 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 5 at £89+VAT each.
You can see more information and order these drives here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/seagate_riad_drives.html#SID=640
As the new Skylake systems are out we are selling our existing Haswell demo system at a reduced price.
Our demo system has a Thunderbolt connection built-in so can be used with Blackmagic Thunderbolt devices.
With this system you also have the option to buy our UltraStudio 4K demo unit at half the full retail price.
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. The rest of the system, hard drives, case, graphics card power supply etc. are all new with a full warranty.
A typical system with 120GB solid state drive, 2TB video drive, 16GB RAM and a Blu-ray writer 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 install an editing program you currently own or you can add one to the system.
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. If you visit the special offer section of the website you can configure the system with a variety of different components.
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 6 you would find in a normal Haswell system. It also has Intel Quick Sync for fast encoding into H.264 with EDIUS 7 & 8.
4K editing system
This is a good system for editing SD and HD footage and can also cope with 4K. Using Premiere Pro CC we can get about 2 layers of GH4 UHD 4K video playing in real time at 25P UHD resolution, and a similar amount in EDIUS 8. A higher spec Haswell-E or Xeon system would be better for multiple layers of 4K but also considerably more expensive! The UltraStudio 4K will let you preview video on a proper video monitor at up to UHD 50P resolutions in Premiere and Avid, and 25P in EDIUS.
You can read more about the system and change the configuration of the new components here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Ex-demo-Thunderbolt-system-with-UltraStudio-4K.html
Blackmagic have released the final, non-beta version of their grading and editing software. As reported last month the new version has some enhancements for grading but it is mainly the enhanced editing features which will attract people's attention. Resolve is now a very capable, and free, editing program - although there are still plenty of reasons why you would want to buy an editing program instead.
The final version added a new intro screen for people who have never used the program to give them some hints as to where to start and help them set up the default drives. Another welcome addition for people who have never used Resolve is that it can now see ANY drive on the system, not just those listed in the Resolve preferences. We hope to make a short "review" video of Resolve 12 soon.
You can download the final version here : https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve.
You can read more about Resolve and our first impressions about Resolve as an editing application here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Blackmagic-DaVinci-Resolve.html
Adobe have released some information on their next update for Premiere Pro. Probably the most welcome addition from our perspective is "optical flow" slow motion. This was previously only available in After Effects and can manage better quality slow motion than standard "frame blending". This kind of slow motion has been available in Avid and Resolve as standard for sometime, although we always thought the After Effect's version of the effect was the best quality. We are assuming Adobe are using the same slow motion as After Effects in Premiere Pro.
You can see a short video of the upcoming features in Dave's tech table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_di8vrqBHQ
The Dave in this video is an Adobe Dave and not DVC's David Clarke.
Adobe CS6 no longer available
Adobe have been offering both their software via the Creative Cloud rental scheme and their old CS6 version as a perpetual licence for the last few years. They have now completely stopped selling the perpetual licence of CS6 and you can only get their software via the Creative Cloud.
About a year ago they stopped allowing us at DVC to sell CS6 and you could only buy it direct from Adobe, but in the last few weeks they have removed the option from their on-line shop and left a message to say "if you want CS6 ring this number". We rang the number and were told CS6 is not available any more at all.
This means the ONLY option to get a new licence for Adobe software is the Creative Cloud. Using the Cloud you can still download and install CS6 as the Cloud lets you choose to install ANY version of Premiere Pro from CS6 onward; but you have to pay for it monthly and cannot buy it with one lump sum. This means to use a new licence of Adobe software you have to pay monthly and your machine needs to go onto the Internet once a month to keep the licence active. The latter is possibly the biggest problem for some users who are not allowed to have their computers connected to the Internet. We know of no way these users can buy new licenses from Adobe that they can use, and they will have to look at other software.
You see more information about the Creative Cloud software and its advantages and disadvantages here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
And you can see our range of Premiere Pro systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Matrox_Systems.html
Grass Valley have announced their first major update to EDIUS 8. Version 8.1 should be available before the end of October. The new version will have a slightly changed interface with a bit more contrast than version 8 and some welcome new features which include:
♦ Windows 10 support.
♦ OpenFX plug-in support, specifically integrating plug-ins from Boris and Hitfilm plug-in support planned for the end of the year.
♦ Optimised playback for DNxHD and Pro Res codecs so EDIUS can handle more layers in real time.
♦ You will be able to save a project as a template so that from then on you can start projects with a specific timeline layout, media and settings.
♦ The Browser will have the ability to export stills and ways of relinking offline clips.
EDIUS 8.1 will be free to owners of EDIUS 8 when available. We also plan to produce a short video on the new changes after it is released.
You can read the full press release on the Grass Valley website.
Titler Pro 2 now included with Avid perpetual licence
Up to now NewBlue Titler Pro 1 was included with the permanent licence version of Avid Media Composer 8 and Titler Pro 2 was only available with the subscription version. Avid have now changed this so that you get Titler Pro 2 with the permanent licence and Titler Pro 2.5 with the subscription.
If you have Media Composer 8 you should see the option to download Titler Pro 2 in the application manager. Download, install and start using it straight away!
You can read more about Avid Media Composer here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700