David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
10% off selected systems in January
It is the start of a new year and traditionally the time for sales so for the rest of January we are offering 10% off selected editing systems, and 5% off our desktop processor laptops. To qualify you just need to put an order in before the end of January. We make all our systems to order and these days we generally take 5 days between receiving your order and sending it to you.
You can visit our system pages for more information: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC_systems.html
New Intel processors
Intel have produced some new processors to replace their Skylake i3s, i5s and i7s. The Kaby Lake processors are based around the same kind of architecture, but improved in many ways. So they have features like Intel Quick Sync, which Grass Valley EDIUS and Vegas Pro can use to encoding H.264 based files very fast, and have an Intel graphics card built in.
We have been running some in-depth tests on the new processors and they are generally about 10% faster than the Skylake processors for most tasks. For example, we encoded a 10 minute piece of HD video out of Grass Valley EDIUS, not using Quick Sync, in the right kind of file for a Blu-ray disc, and it took 11 minutes to encode. A Skylake processor took 13 minutes for the same file. The same test in Premiere Pro was 9 minutes for the Kaby Lake and 10 minutes for the Skylake.
You might say "10% faster is not very much", but we do not expect that people with Skylake processors will be rushing to change to the new Kaby Lakes. This will be of more interest to a person who has a computer which is a couple of years old and is thinking of upgrading. For example, a Sandybridge i7 processor , which was the main one we were using around 2011, takes 23 minutes to make the same file in EDIUS- so the Kaby lake processor is nearly twice as fast. If you have been thinking of upgrading your machine then now would be a very good time to do so!
Incidentally the same file takes just 3 minutes to encode using Intel Quick Sync, but of course Quick Sync only improves the encoding time of H.264 based files - like MP4 files or those needed for Blu-ray discs - and does not help everything else the computer will do, such as effects, titles and making non H.264 kinds of files. Quick Sync is also not used by programs like Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.
The Kaby Lake processors will work in the motherboards that currently support the Skylake processors but there are also new motherboards available to support them which we are currently testing. We have options for both variations on the website.
One of the "headline" features for the Kaby Lake processors is their support for encoding and decoding H.265 video . H.265 is a new format which is starting to be used in new cameras. It is more efficient than H.264 which means you can get an excellent picture encoded into smaller space. The biggest area where this will be useful is in downloading movies from places like NetFlix because the smaller the file, the quicker it downloads. As a more compressed format. H.265 is harder work to play; these new processors have hardware inside them to make playing these files easy. Currently there is no editing program which actually uses this ability but now the chips have been released we assume some manufacturers are working on it.
We have added the option for a Kaby Lake processor to the website for our desktop computers and desktop processor laptops. The new motherboards have also been added. If you order during January you will get 10% off the normal prices.
Panasonic GH5 details released
Panasonic have released information about the new GH5 camera, the successor to the popular GH4, which will be available around March/April 2017.
There are a huge list of improvements. The main new features are the fact that it can film UHD video at 50/60P, can film in 10 bit video and will also support filming in H.265. You can see a more in-depth look at the changes on the website..
Some early GH5 testers have put some of their test footage online. The footage is filmed using a pre-production version of the GH5. We have tried this footage in some of the editing programs we have here and it worked fine in some programs (notably EDIUS & Premiere Pro) whilst not all varities of footage worked properly in other programs. We assume that by the time the camera is available editing programs will have been updated to work with the footage.
You can see and download some sample clips here: https://youtu.be/T-qUZTTb1fY. There is a link to download the test clips in the description.
The specifications on the new camera look amazing. As you may be aware, we use the GH4 a lot at DVC and have been very happy with how it performs and the quality of the pictures. The GH5 is the same but better. We can't wait for it to be released.
The GH5 will be released around March. You can pre-order the camera from us at DVC and anyone who pre-orders will get a 5 year warranty included, instead of the standard 2 year warranty. There is also a special bundle with the DMW-XLR1 unit which adds XLR audio connections to the camera. We expect demand for the camera to be very high when it is released so orders will be sent on a first-come first-served basis. We are not asking for any money when you place the order - you will just need to pay before it is despatched. The price on the GH5 body is current £1,699 inc VAT. The XLR unit is £360 inc VAT.
To read more on the camera and pre-order visit our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Panasonic-GH5.html
New DVC gaming computers
For many years we have been selling high-powered video editing PCs. We have now added to the range by selling custom-made gaming computers. You can play games on many types of computer but if you want the best power available then you need a machine which is custom-built with decent graphics cards and cooling. A decent games machine has many similarities to editing computers and since some of our technical staff spend more time playing games than editing it made total sense to sell gaming machines as well as editing computers.
We currently have one desktop and two laptops available as gaming machines, with a wide range of options for each. The laptops use desktop i7 processors, as well having having high-powered nVidia graphics cards. Ideally you want as much power as possible from the CPU and you want it to run as cool as possible - because if the processor gets hot the laptop will drop the speed. Although the Intel processors work well in these laptops it is possible to make them work better by opening them up and changing the "heat paste" found inside the processor. This process is called de-lidding. De-lidding invalidates the Intel warranty on the processor so we run many extensive tests on the CPU before de-lidding to make sure that processor is working correctly. We still offer a 1 year DVC warranty on the CPU after we have de-lidded them which is the same as the warranty Intel give in any case. We don't believe anyone else in the UK offers this service currently.
You don't have to have a de-lidded processor, of course, but if you do it will means your laptop will run quieter and with probably more power than a non-de-lidded version. You can visit our gaming system pages for more information. We do not do de-lidded processors on desktop computers simply because they can have more cooling installed and do not run into the same problems as laptops. If you would like a de-lidded processor in an editing laptop please get in touch.
You can read more about our gaming systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Gaming-systems.html
Avid Media Composer 8.7.2 released
Avid released Media Composer 8.7 just before Christmas and have just released 8.7.2. They add some nice new features to Media Composer such as:
- Sony XAVC LongG support
- List Tool Changes
- Audio Dupe Detection
- Extended Audio Punch In
- New Safe Area and Safe title options
- Rotation Presets in FrameFlex
- Controlling which track is shown in Split View
- Audio Default Pan
- Timecode Burn-in Effect Local Frame Count
- Extending an Edit - This release includes a change on how extending a trim works. .
- Field Swap - The Field Swap Image effect has been added to the Image effect options.
- Avid Generic Plug-in
Possibly the biggest new item is the generic plug-in. Avid is dependant on QuickTime and, as you probably know, people are being advised to remove QuickTime for Windows from their PCs. To do so in Avid will stop many things working properly. The new generic plug-in is their first step towards removing this need for QuickTime. Currently the plug-in supports only a couple of formats: MJPEG Video Only, MJPEG with PCM Audio, and PCM audio mov files, as well as JPEG files. By default, QuickTime will continue to be used for these formats and you have choose to use the new option when importing them using the source browser.
You can download the update through your Avid Master Account
You can read more about Avid on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
You can see our range of Avid systems here: .http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Systems.html
New MAC backlit logic editing keyboards
Last year Logic released a range of backlit editing keyboards for the PC. Now the same editing keyboards have been released in MAC versions. Both types of keyboard connect via USB so would work on either Mac or PC but MACs have some keys which are different to Windows such as the command key, and obviously do not have a Windows key. These keyboards are now available and have been added to our website.
There are backlit keyboards for Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer and Apple FCPX as well as many other options. As with the PC versions the price is almost the same as the non-backlit versions and the keyboards also have two USB ports built-in which you can use for a mouse, tablet or USB pen. The backlit keyboards are £89+VAT.
You can see the full range of keyboards here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Backlit-Keyboards.html
Current special offers
In addition to the 10% off on systems we have a couple of other special offers running currently:
- Premiere and Encore tutorials £20 - for a limited time we are offering our Premiere Pro CC and Encore CS6 tutorials at just £20+VAT for the download versions.
- Ex-demo Teradek Cube- this Cube 255 can encode and transmit video received through HDMI into H.264 and send it to a Cube receiver or a computer connected via wireless. The ex-demo cube is half price at £700+VAT.
- Atomos HD-SDI-HDMI converter - this converter is brand new in a sealed box. It is normally £195+VAT. We are selling one for only £163+VAT.
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700