David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
18th August 2016
Our summer sale is due to finish at the end of August. To qualify for the discount all you need to do is place an order and deposit by the end of August.
We have 10% off all our desktop computers and 5% off our current range of desktop processor laptops.
You can configure your own system on the DVC website. The discount will be applied when you add the system to a basket, so although you will see the prices change as you add items into the system, just remember you will get 10% off the total.
You can see full details of all of our systems for EDIUS. Premiere Pro, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and Sony Vegas here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC_systems.html
5% off "desktop processor" laptops
We have also got a 5% discount on our top laptop models. The "desktop processor" laptops use standard Skylake processors and are the most powerful we supply. We do have new versions of these laptops arriving which have new graphics cards installed (see below) and the discount is currently on the existing range, rather than the new ones that we are expecting to arrive soon. You can read more about the new versions below. We have 3 desktop processor models:
We have new versions of these laptops just arriving which have 10 series graphics card which are more powerful. The new laptops are also slightly more expensive which means with the 5% off these current models with the 9 series graphics cards are a good bargain. The stock will run out quite quickly so order soon.
Obviously if you need to discuss your requirements just give us a ring or send us an email. We can happily build an updated system around software you already own, and can still supply Windows 7 if you prefer it to Windows 10.
New laptops arriving soon
We have a wide variety of laptops available, some which use laptop processors and some use desktop processors. All of our laptops have dedicated graphics cards - normally from nVidia. Recently nVidia have released the 10 series range of graphics cards which have been widely acclaimed as a significant step forward. The new laptops will all have 10 series graphics cards installed.
The other difference is that the laptops will now have versions of the desktop graphics cards installed rather than laptop versions. This is because, nVidia have increased the power of their graphics card but managed to decrease the power needs so that we can now use the desktop chips in laptops. This is especially useful for programs like DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro, which use the power of the graphics card as well as the CPU, for effects work.
We will have new versions of our "high spec" laptop which uses laptop processors and has Intel Quick Sync, and new versions of our desktop processor laptops which will be available with one or two graphics cards installed. The desktop processor laptops should also have Thunderbolt 3 ports on board - which can use Thunderbolt i/o devices using an Thunderbolt 2-3 adaptor.
The new range of laptops will be added to our website in the new few days in the laptop section: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Laptop_PCs.html.
Ex-Demo DVC laptop for sale
As new laptops are arriving we need to refresh our demo machines so we are selling our demo laptop. The "ex-demo" part is the main chassis, the processor, RAM etc are all new. The laptop is in very good condition and we have only had it for a few months
The ex-demo laptop comes with a 1 year warranty on all components. It is a model which uses desktop Skylake processors and has an nVidia 970 graphic card, as well as a USB3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 socket.
As only the chassis is "ex-demo" you can choose the other components you would like in the system, such as hard drives RAM etc..
This is a chance to get a very powerful laptop with a very good graphics card, which we have been using for 4K editing as well as complex effects work.
You can configure the laptop here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC-ex-demo-laptop.html
EDIUS Jumpgrade - some stock left
The EDIUS jumpgrade lets you jump to EDIUS Pro 8 from practically ANY version of EDIUS, or EDIUS Neo. This offer ended on 31st July 2016. We have a few copies of the Jumpgrade left in stock so you can still order them from the webshop while stocks last.
If you have an old copy of EDIUS and would like to upgrade now is obviously the time to do so. After the offer ends the price will jump from £259+VAT to £359+VAT for the Pro version of EDIUS.
Many new features have been added to EDIUS 8 - the most recent additions are motion tracking in the mask filter and better colour correction and grading through the primary colour corrector . You can see some videos showcasing the new features here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass_Valley_EDIUS_tutorials.html
You can order the jumpgrade here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS-Jumpgrade.html
EDIUS 8.22 released
...with support for custom LUTS, GPU acceleration for the Primary Colour corrector and QuickTime support without QuickTime installed.
There are some nice new additions to the primary colour corrector in this update as well as changes to the way EDIUS deals with QuickTime files. The update also helps to get Quick Sync working on systems with the latest Windows 10 Intel graphics card drivers.
Changes in the primary colour corrector
This update adds the ability to add your own LUTS into the primary colour corrector (PCC) and support for using your graphics card to playback PCC effects. EDIUS has traditionally not used the graphics card for its effects and this is a step to making it perform even better on the right kind of system.
QuickTime for Windows
The other big change is to do with QuickTime. This version will work without QuickTime for Windows installed and will load most QuickTime files and still image formats, so it is now practical to use EDIUS without QuickTime. EDIUS will not import every type of QuickTime file you can be given but does support the most popular formats. It will only export Grass Valley HQ/HQX QuickTime files. It will work with and without QuickTime installed and there is a handy tick box to disable using QuickTime for import but still use it for export. We are working on a couple of short videos to explain what is new in this update and they will be posted on our YouTube channel and website shortly.
If you have EDIUS Pro installed and your machine is on the Internet it should prompt you to download the update. Alternatively you can download the update here: http://www.grassvalley.com/support/downloads
We have also put two videos on our website and YouTube Channel covering the new features of EDIUS 8.22.
New Logic backlit keyboards now in stock - special offer until the end of August
Our first stock of backlit Logic editing keyboards has arrived. We have keyboards for Grass Valley EDIUS, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve, as well as many others.
These new keyboards are, £89+VAT, about the same price as the Editor's Keys backlit keyboards, and only £10 more than a regular Logic editing keyboard. They are more solid than the Editor's Keys keyboards, with a USB-Hub built in, so you can plug a mouse or USB pen directly into the keyboard. In our tests these ports were about as fast a USB2 ports using the right media.
They also have 4 different brightness levels, accessed by a keyboard button, of course.
If you buy one during August you will also get a free LogicGo keyboard bag, perfect for carrying the keyboard with you.
You can see a review of the keyboards here: http://www.postmagazine.com/Publications/Post-Magazine/2016/July-1-2016/Review-Logickeyboard-Astra-backlit-editing-keybo.aspx.
You can see the full range and order a keyboard here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Backlit-Keyboards.html
Davinci Resolve 12.5.1 no longer needs QuickTime for Windows
Davinci Resolve 12.5.1 was released on 11th August. There are many changes but the big news has to be that, on Windows systems, you do not need QuickTime for Windows installed any more. Resolve will now load most of the QuickTime formats it previously loaded, such as ProRes, Avid DNxHD and DNxHR, H.264 and uncompressed, and export all of these formats, without QuickTime on the computer.
ProRes playback has also improved. On our best system, an 8 core Broadwell-E with an nVidia 1070 graphic card, we can now play back 5 layers of UHD ProRes clips where as previously we could only manage 2.
The one downside is that Grass Valley HQ and HQX MOV files do not work in Resolve any more. They do not work even if QuickTime for Windows is installed. If you have been grading project which you have encoded into Grass Valley format you will need to re-encode them or stay with Resolve 12.5.
For a full list of the new features visit the DVC website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/New-features-in-Resolve-12.5.1.html. You can also order a full copy of Resolve Studio with dongle from the website.
You can download Resolve here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/davinci-resolve-and-fusion.
And you can see a full list of our Resolve editing systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Blackmagic_Systems.html
Free videos on editing in DaVinci Resolve
Last month we published several free videos on the DVC YouTube channel which are all about editing video in Blackmagic Davinci Resolve.
In these 7 videos we look at editing in Resolve, comparing it to other editing programs like Premiere Pro and EDIUS and explaining where to find various features that you would be used to in other programs. You will see how to add effects, key images, add titles, as well as other important information such as where projects are saved, how to move projects from one machine to another, and how to render effects. You can see a complete playlist of the videos on our website and our YouTube channel: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Editing-in-Resolve-12.5.html.
Blackmagic Fusion 8.2 beta
There is a new beta of Fusion, Blackmagic's compositing program. Version 8.2's main new feature is that it is now supported on Linux. Fusion 7 was Windows-only, and Blackmagic make a MAC version when they released version 8. Version 8.2 now supports Linux so that Fusion is now supported on the same operating systems as DaVinci Resolve.
If you are already using Fusion 8.1 then there is no pressing need to change to the 8.2 beta version, as the new o/s support is the major change.
Fusion is a node-based compositing program which is incredibly powerful, just slightly hard to learn if you are used to a traditional timeline-based program. The good thing is that there is a completely free version available, which is not time limited or restricted in anyway. You get more features if you pay for the program, such as OFX Plug-in support, network support and optical flow slow motion but the free version is amazingly powerful.
You can download the new beta version and the non-beta 8.1 version here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/davinci-resolve-and-fusion.
10.7.1 Blackmagic drivers - don't use them with EDIUS
Blackmagic have released the version 10.7.1 drivers which fix a few bugs with certain Blackmagic devices that were in the 10.7. drivers. We have not had problems with these and most software but there is still an issue with EDIUS as they cause EDIUS to playback the entire timeline at double speed. Obviously do not update to these drivers if using EDIUS. Our preferred drivers for EDIUS are 10.6.5, or 10.5.4.
If your current system is working then we suggest you do not change anything. If you are experiencing the sound suddenly dropping out then we suggest you try the new drivers. You can download the drivers here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/capture-and-playback
Windows 10 anniversary update 2016
The anniversary update for Windows 10 is just being released. This is a major update for Windows and it will take time to install on your computer, as well as making a backup of your current set up. There are many new features in Windows 10, although none are specifically useful for video editors.
The new features include:
- A darker colour scheme option.
- A slight redesign of the start area.
- Improvements to Cortana, handwriting and fingerprint recognition.
- Improvements on displaying how battery power is used and by which apps.
- Lots more little features.
Your computer should install this update automatically. It may not do so immediately as Microsoft are rolling this out gradually.
Should you install the update?
On Windows 10 it will install automatically so if you do not want to install it you have to go to some effort to make sure it does not install. So far we have not had any problems with the editing software we are using so we do not think it is a problem to install. If you do have any problems please let us know.
If your machine is not connected to the Internet then the update will not install, of course. There is not really anything inside this update which is useful for video editors so we would suggest you leave the system as it is. In the future an editing program may only work properly if the latest version of Windows is installed and you can always update the system when that is required.
All our new machines are being made and tested with this update included.
Avid Media Composer 8.61 released
This is a small update which patches Media Composer 8.6. There have been problems using it and HDV footage which plays back with corruptions if you have the patch installed. Avid have confirmed this as a bug which they will fix soon. Apart from this the update appears to fix several bugs.
You can download the update from the Avid download centre, or using your Avid application manager. You can read more about the update here: http://community.avid.com/forums/t/160759.aspx
You can read about Avid Media Composer and order full copies, subscriptions and upgrades here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
You can read more about DVC Avid systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Systems.html
Adobe CC2015.4 release - should you upgrade?
Adobe have produced an update for CC2015. CC2015.4 fixes many bugs that were introduced in CC2015.3, although there are still quite a few remaining. If you have updated to CC2015.3 then it is worth updating further to CC2015.4. If you are still on CC2015.2 you may want to stay there until the next bug fix arrives.
Is this numbering confusing you?
CC2015.3 should really be thought of as CC2016. Adobe bring out a couple of major updates a year, one around may/June and one around October/November. The May/June has been renamed to the year it is in, but since this is half way through the year presumably Adobe thought this was a bad idea. We assume it means they will call the update at the end of this year CC2017 to make it look more up to date.
Of course, the number is not very important. It is only useful if it tells you whether this is a major update of a minor one. Major updates are more likely to cause hassles so a big change in the name warns you to be cautious about updating. The numbering in this case has not helped at all.
Some of the problems with CC2015.4:
No direct link to Speedgrade
This used to let you open a Premiere project in Speedgrade,grade it, then open it back in Premiere with your grade applied. This no longer works with Premiere Pro CC2015.4 and comments by Adobe staff on the forums suggest it will not be re-instated. We have not seen an official announcement that this is the case. Adobe do say that they have incorporated a lot of SpeedGrade's features directly into Premiere Pro so it is not needed. This is not a bug. Adobe decided they did not need to maintain the link. They could change their minds if enough people complain, which you can do through the forums.
A user has produced a piece of software that will let you convert Premiere Pro CC2015.4 project files into CC2015.2 files so you can open them in Speedgrade, grade them, and then open the result back in CC2015.4. The software is not free but you can find out more about it here: http://ntown.at/2016/08/09/pprobcc-adobe-premiere-project-2015-3-compatibility-converter/
This tool is not supported by us at DVC or by Adobe, so any problems would need to be sorted out with the person who made it. However, if you need to revert a project it may be helpful.
Problems opening some files
Many users have reported problems open MP4 and AVCHD files. Mostly these are cured by deleting the Adobe cache files (all the CFA, PEK etc files) and letting Premiere remake them. However, this has not solved the problem in all cases and for some people reverting to an earlier version has been the only option. This started in CC2015.3 and continues for some in CC2015.4. It has to be said we have never had this problem at DVC.
Sound not playing back at all
This can happen depending on the sound settings in audio hardware. This is generally fixed by fiddling with the audio hardware settings, but sometimes not.
UltraKey crashes a lot
We had believed this was caused by problems with nVidia drivers but we have had it confirmed as an Adobe bug, which did not happen with earlier versions.
If you have installed CC2015.4 and would like to revert to CC2015.2 then we have details on how to do this here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Premiere-Pro-support.html
You can read the full list of what is new in Adobe Premiere Pro on the Adobe website: https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere/features.html
Special offers on Grass Valley hardware
We have a couple of special offers on some Grass Valley hardware - with in some cases £650 knocked off the price of some items. These are all new items with full guarantees, with the price reduced to clear the items.
The items are:
- Storm Mobile External - HDMI, SVIDEO, composite and component in and out. Resolutions up to HD. This unit does not include EDIUS or an adaptor to connect it to a computer, which you need to buy separately - £299+VAT, £359 inc.
- Express card adaptor for Storm Mobile - £66+VAT £79.20 inc
- Canopus ProCoder - Canopus' excellent conversion program. £129+VAT, £155 inc.
- Grass Valley ADVC1000 - SDI to DV and analogue converter £999+VAT, £1,199 inc.
We have limited stock of all of these items, mostly just one unit of each. You can read more and order them here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass-Valley-Offers.html
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700