David Vincent Clarke Ltd
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Tel: 01273 205700
1st October 2014
The yearly IBC show was held in Amsterdam at the start of September and many new items and updates were premiered. The following is a summary of some of the exciting developments.
Adobe announce updates to the Creative Cloud 2014 at IBC
One of Adobe's claimed benefits of their Creative Cloud (CC) is that it allows for more frequent updates, and it has to be said they are doing just that. When renting via CC you receive all updates as part of the package.
At IBC Adobe showcased many new features for their editing and effects applications and an overhaul of the look of all the programs. There are some very nice big changes and some welcome smaller ones. The update is not yet available and they have not fixed a date for its release; they have just said it will come soon.
What's new in Adobe Premiere Pro?
A new look
All the Adobe programs have had a revamp and the same interface look applied to them. It is not a huge change from the previously interface, but the windows and fonts have become more standard over the range of programs and highlights are now in blue. Adobe have also removed the "x" which can close a panel in many of the windows.
New project manager
Premiere Pro has had a Project Manager for many years but we have not been that impressed with the way it worked - it has occasionally missed files and had other errors. Adobe have revamped it so that in addition to just collecting all the files used in a project, trimming them where possible, and creating a smaller project, it will now also let you transcode footage into a different format. This is especially useful as many of the new HD formats are not ones that can be easily trimmed so that even when you tick the "just save the bits used on the timeline" tick box, you can find your entire clip is copied into the "trimmed" project and not just the part you were using. If you can convert into a different format this is no longer a problem - hence Adobe introducing "consolidate and transcode" as an option. We also assume that the project manager has had an overhaul so that it no longer occasionally misses files as it used to in older versions of Premiere.
This feature is brilliant news as we are often asked how you can make a cut down version of the project which is suitable for archiving and re-editing later. The new project manager should provide this. One really nice touch is that if you have any After Effects dynamically linked compositions you can also get the project manager to convert these into a video clip, meaning that when you open the archived project in 2-3 years time, you don't have to worry about updating any After Effects compositions as well.
Render and replace AE comps
The dynamic link with After Effects is great and a big plus point for Premiere Pro compared to other programs BUT it can also be annoying because if you have a complicated AE comp on your timeline just putting the cursor over it can mean you are in for a wait for it to update. The new render and replace option means you can render the AE comp in Premiere Pro and replace it with a movie. A full rendered movie will work like just any other clip. If you decide you need to go back to the AE comp you can revert to the comp and change it. Nice and simple.
Look at multiple projects using the Media Browser.
If you have a project and you want to bring in some footage or a timeline from another project you can look at it through the Media Browser. This is already available in CC2014. With the update you will be able to have more than one Media Browser open so you can look at several other projects at the same time AND load any timelines from other projects into your current project. You can then look at the "other project" timeline and copy and paste parts into your current project, without disturbing the other project.
Cineform codec support
The new CC2014 will make and playback CineForm codec files. This support does not include a Windows or Mac playback codec so to add this you will have to download GoPro Studio which contains the codec if you want to play the files outside of Premiere. It also appears you will only be able to make QuickTime CineForm files, not AVIs, with the first release. The point of adding this to Premiere is to give it a good archive and "intermediate" codec for when you need to send a clip from Premiere to another program but do not want to lose much quality in doing so (as you would with an MPEG or H.264 file). Grass Valley EDIUS has its HQ codec, Avid has DNxHD and now Adobe have adopted CineForm. It is also a good option to use in the new project manager for archiving projects.
Master clip improvements
Master clips let you put an effect on a clip in the bin which then affects all the places that clip is used on the timeline. It was introduced in CC2014. Now Premiere shows you when you have a Master clip effect on the clip as well as a regular effect (it’s a small line under the FX symbol) and it is easier to get at the master clip effect. Since Master clip effects are very useful it is great to see them being developed.
Keyframable bezier masks with tracking
Masks with tracking were added in the first 2014 version but they were limited to rectangles and squares. In the new update Adobe have added bezier masks with some nice on screen controls to help with feathering so you can draw and animate any shape mask you want.
Improved GPU performance...
...and support for some more raw formats. We are not sure whether they have included support for DNG files from the 4K BM camera, as well as the current support for Blackmagic Cinema and pocket camera DNG files as this was not mentioned.
If previous updates were anything to go by there will also be other small changes but we won't know about these until we get the software.
When is the update available?
Adobe have not given a definite date but have said it will come soon. Apparently some beta versions have leaked out on the Internet (beta versions being a "work-in-progress" version of the update) and we would definitely recommend avoiding these. Released versions of the program are supposed to be working with no bugs (although in reality are working with some bugs) whereas beta versions are expected to have bugs. If they didn't have any bugs they would not be beta, so don't be tempted to try them!
Subscribers will get the update available through their CC app when it is ready. If you want to know more Adobe have made some good videos showing off the new features which you can see here: http://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/ibc-2014-whats-coming-next-to-creative-cloud-for-video/
You can read more about Premiere Pro CC 2014 and Creative Cloud for Teams here. http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe-Creative-Cloud.html
You can see our range of Adobe editing systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Matrox_Systems.html
Avid showcased the next update of Media Composer at IBC which will support a new range of formats. This update is not available yet and we have just been told it will be available in "Q4" (i.e. the 4th quarter of this year) which should mean we will see it before the end of December.
Support for 4K and more
Currently Avid is limited to a top resolution of 1920x1080 50i/60i. For most work this is enough but quite a lot of people are filming and editing at resolutions beyond this. All the other current editing software supports formats up to 4K, and some even beyond that. It was only a matter of time before Avid supported these higher sizes, but in order to do so they had to rewrite some basic bits of the code and introduce a new Avid codec as their DNxHD codec also only supported up to 1920x1080 50i/60i. Both new project sizes and a new codec are coming in the next update.
Other new options will include:
- Keeping the original frame rate of the media (60P media in a 25P project will still be 60P media)
- You will be able to transcode media and keep it at the original size instead of it changing to the size of the project.
- A new proxy mode where you can work on low res versions of your media and then switch to full quality versions.
- Full screen playback at 4K using your computer screen and full 4K monitoring through third party devices (presumably the Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K and other Blackmagic 4K devices)
- Better support of DPX media.
Also Avid has said the following are "new features coming up":
- Background Rendering
- Enable Mac GPU acceleration in addition to the existing Windows based GPU acceleration support
- Applied Masks will now be exported
- Search across bins for Markers
- Make your favourite bins show up in every project with Favourite Bins
The fact that this says "coming up" probably means that these few features will not be in the next release but in one after that, but we cannot tell until the update arrives.
If you have subscribed to Media Composer 8 or have taken out a 1 year support contract on a permanent licence then you will get these updates as part of the package.
You can read more about these updates on the Avid website: http://www.avidblogs.com/ibc-2014-native-4k-editing-media-composer-announced/
You can read more about Media Composer 8 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
EDIUS 7.4 coming end of October and EDIUS 7.32 update
At IBC Grass Valley were showing EDIUS 7.4, a free update scheduled for the end of October 2014
The 7.4 update will include some interesting new features:
You will have the option to have timeline markers move when clips are inserted, removed or trimmed. Currently the markers are fixed and if you make a change (for example delete a clip and make the timeline shorter) they do not move. This means that they are probably in the wrong place and you have to manually move them. With the new update they will move to stay with the clips that are being moved. Since markers are also chapters on your DVD you can see the obvious benefit.
Timecode in QuickTime files
Currently if you export a QuickTime file it will not have any timecode included. With the 7.4 update QuickTime movies will include timecode. This will make exchanging clips with other uses or between programs like EDIUS and Resolve a lot better.
AJA Kona support
EDIUS already supports Matrox and Blackmagic cards, now an AJA card will be added as another i/o device.
XML import from Plural Eyes
Plural Eyes is a program that helps line up multi-camera shots. Now you will be able to use Plural Eyes with EDIUS 7 by importing a set of lined up clips using an XML file.
Two new licence packs:
You will have the option of buying add on codec packs for EDIUS. These packs are included with EDIUS Elite, but now you will be able to add them to EDIUS Pro if need them. We do not currently know how much these will cost. The licenses are for:
- Avid DNxHD MXF files- you can make Avid DNxHD QuickTime files using the free Avid codec in EDIUS Pro. This extra option will let you make the type of Avid files that you drop straight into an Avid Media folder and use without any extra effort. This will make taking an edit from EDIUS and into Media Composer a lot easier.
- Dolby Digital Pro and Dolby Digital Plus export - EDIUS will make Dolby sound, including surround sound but the licence used is not the proper professional version. This add-on will let you use the Pro Dolby exporter and will be similar to adding the "Surcode plug-in to Adobe Premiere Pro. Just buying this plug-in will not be enough to let you use the Dolby logo on your DVDs but if you apply to Dolby to do so you should not have a problem because are using the Pro version of the plug-in.
You can read more on the Grass Valley forums:http://forum.grassvalley.com/forum/showthread.php?t=33755
Version 7.4 will be free to owners of EDIUS 7.
EDIUS 7.32.1724 UPDATE
>Grass Valley have produced a small update for EDIUS 7 which fixes some small bugs. This update is currently not available from the Grass Valley support site. You can only get it through EDIUS 7's automatic update feature. If your machine is on the Internet when you start EDIUS it will check for updates and prompt you to download them. When you see this message download the 7.32 update and then install it at a convenient time. If you are not on the Internet then you cannot currently download the update, however don't panic as the list of fixes included are not huge. They are:
- EDIUS sometimes plays MP4 clips with no audio
- STRATUS sequences are shown to be partially off-line
- If the EDIUS user profile is changed while editing a project file, an error occurs when overwriting the project file
- EDIUS creates temporary files for waveform cache in the asset folder even though "Create waveform cache files in Project Folder" option is checked in User Settings
- EDIUS slows down if one or more AVC-Ultra clips are loaded from the Bin to Player Window repeatedly
- If a clip is placed onto the timeline from the Player Window and then the audio is muted, the audio mute is applied the next time the same clip is loaded
The fact that the update is not available on the Grass Valley website currently is simply because it has not been added yet.
New Haswell-E processors available from DVC
A new range of processors has arrived at DVC, called the Haswell-E, or 2011 pin processors. We have had 3 types of processors available for systems for some time:
- "Regular" Haswell chips - these are the most commonly bought and have Intel Quicksync built-in for fast H.264 encoding with Grass Valley EDIUS. These processors are available in i3s, i5s and i7s, and we generally use the i7s
- 2011 Pin chips - more powerful that the Haswells and with motherboards that can use more RAM and have more devices installed than the "regular" Haswell.
- Xeon processors - two processors in a computer rather than one.
Intel update their chips all the time and the 2011 pin and Xeon processors have just both been updated from "Ivybridge" to "Haswell" chips. In the process they have increased in speed, can use faster RAM and we should also be able to get a Thunderbolt add-on board for these machines, meaning we should be able to have Thunderbolt devices on the more powerful PCs (they were previously limited to just the "regular" Haswells).
We have been running extensive tests on the 8 core and 6 core 2011 Pin Haswell-E processors and they are performing amazingly well. We will publish our findings and explain the new machines more in depth-in a future newsletter.
If you want more information on how they perform give us a ring or come for a demo. We are now building systems for customers with these new processors and hope to get the Thunderbolt add-on board to test very soon.
You can see different configurations of systems using these new processors on our website:
Our DVC laptops have recently been updated to have the 8-series nVidia cards in them. As a result we have two of the previous versions of the laptops which we are selling as "ex-demo".
When we sell a machine as "ex-demo" we basically sell a used chassis and processor but all the other components are new as we keep the hard drives etc for our next demo machine.
The two laptops are:
17" no FireWire laptop
This is our lowest cost laptop and as the name suggests does not have a FireWire port, However. it does have the same processor RAM and similar graphic card to our more expensive models. so is just as powerful. The chassis on this laptop has some marks on the top case but is otherwise ok (see the special offer page for more information). This laptop is £730+VAT with an i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a 1TB video drive.
17" Thunderbolt dual-graphic card laptop
At the other end of the scale we will be updating our top demo laptop to the latest model. Again, hardly anything has changed between the latest model and this ex-demo unit; the main difference is that the new model has slightly newer graphic cards. If it was not for the fact that we should have the latest model in for demonstrations we would not be selling it. This laptop is £1,250+VAT with an i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB video drive and 128GB mSATA primary drive.
Both offers represent £200-£300 of the price of a completely new machine.
You can see details on both of the ex-demo laptops on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC-System-offers.html
Blackmagic announced a range of new products at IBC and also announced they had bought an effects program, Eyeon Fusion . Eyeon Fusion is a PC based compositing application which has been used on many feature films. We do not know what plans Blackmagic have for the program at present, so stay tuned!
Other announcements included:
DaVinci Resolve 11.1
An update to Resolve 11, with more editing features added including the ability to do split edits. Resolve 11, as reported in our last newsletter, was quite a huge update with an emphasis on more editing features. Resolve 11 is now a pretty capable editing program as well it being one of the best grading applications available.
Decklink Extreme 12G
A new i.o card which can handle higher resolutions and colour space than the current 4K Blackmagic cards. It is also a 8xPCIe card - which means it takes nearly as much resources as a graphic card - and so will need a very beefy computer. This card is due out this month and you can pre-order here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/BM_4K_Extreme_12G.html
PL Mount for the Blackmagic Cinema and 4K camera
A new version of these camera that takes cinematic PL lenses. In the demonstration linked to below, Grant Petty, the boss of Blackmagic shows how the fact they always planned a PL mount explains why these camera have been designed in the chunky way they have.
A 17" broadcast quality Ultra HD monitor at a reasonable price - £1,225+VAT. You can read more here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Blackmagic-Design-Smart-View-4K-3265.html
4K Mini converters
A new range of Mini Converters that supports 4K and UHD. Also introduced were a range of heavy duty mini converters.
You can read more information and see Grant Petty's presentation of the new devices on the Blackmagic website:https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/
You can see the full range of the currently available Blackmagic gizmos on the DVC site:
New Teradek products
Teradek announced two new devices at the show - T-RAX and Beam.
T-RAX is essentially a rackmountable box which can take up to 8 Teradek Cube-like cards meaning you can set up a simple central point for wireless pictures coming from several cameras.
Features of the T-RAX include:
- Takes up to 8 devices which can be a mixture of decoders, encoders and sputniks
- HD-SDI only (no HDMI or Composite)
- Redundant power supply available (optional extra)
- 2.8 inch built-in screen for configuration
- Works with upcoming Teradek Core software for centralized management of large numbers of Cubes than can be routed using a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Teradek have two types of wireless video senders - Cube (which encode into H.264) and Bolt (which transmits practically uncompressed video). Beam is a wireless video sender, like a Teradek cube, which sends video in compressed H.264. However it can cope with much higher data rates than a Cube meaning it can transmit the picture in much higher quality.
Features of the Beam include:
- Uses 5GHz frequency to minimize interference
- 2-frame latency (Bolt has 0-frame latency and Cube has 4-frame latency).
- More similar to Bolts than Cubes. It uses a direct connection between paired Beams rather than using the wi-fi protocol like the Cubes.
- Bolts transmit almost uncompressed and so need a huge amount of interference-free bandwidth. Beams transmit as H264 (up to 30Mb/s) to reduce bandwidth requirements and thus increase range and interference handling.
- HD-SDI connections (no HDMI version)
You can read more about the entire Teradek range on our website where you can pre-order these items or any of the other Teradek devices:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Teradek.html
New Sony programs for logging footage
Sony software, creators of Sony Vegas, announced two new programs at the show. These are primarily designed for viewing footage and making a rough edit, so would ideally be used to check the camera rushes, copy them and then possibly make a quick edit up, ready to be passed on to the editing suite later. As such they are very similar to Adobe's Prelude. The programs are:
- Browse — Quickly browse the files on your device using a thumbnail view or detailed list.
- View — See the details of each clip, check focus, mark in and out points, adjust colors, and edit metadata.
- Fast Copy — Copy all clips on the media, a subset, or only the desired portion of a clip to save time and space.
- Ultra Wide Color Gamut — Review with confidence the full range of color captured by your S-Log and RAW Sony cameras. Apply color looks, and import/export standard ASC-CDL files with other workflow tools to save time.
- Transcode and Cloud Upload — Transcode clips to the most popular video production formats. Upload clips directly to the Sony Ci media cloud for collaborative team review.
This program adds to the ability of Catalyst Browse and, in Sony's words, lets you:
- Import — Quickly view and import clips from the latest professional cameras, including Sony, Canon, GoPro, and others.
- Organize — Organization is key: Prepare gives you the ability to organize your media into targeted, meaningful collections.
- Export — Export a file, a group of files, or a storyboard. Render to .MP4, DPX, OpenEXR, ACES, ProRes (Mac only), or XAVC in a variety of resolutions and frame rates, or upload to the cloud via Sony Ci media cloud for collaborative team review.
- Confident Backup — Back up the entire camera media with the confidence of checksum verification.
- Ultra Wide Color Gamut — Work with the same wide color gamut as your camera. Set the source color space and the grade color space independently. Grade in Rec.709, Log, or ACES.
- Create a Rough Cut — Use the storyboard editor to sequence and edit a rough cut, then render the storyboard or export it to a variety of NLEs.
Price and Availability
Catalyst Browse is a free application and can be downloaded right now. Catalyst Prepare will be available for $199.95 towards the end of this month. Visit:www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalyst for more information.
New Panasonic 4K camera
Hot on the heels of the successful Panasonic GH4 we have another Panasonic 4K camera, announced at IBC. The HC-X1000 is a compact "standard" video camera (unlike the SLR GH4) and can film in HD, UHD and 4K. Like the GH4 it can film HD at 200 Mbps for a higher quality image. One difference between the X1000 and the GH4 is that the X1000 can film UHD at 50 and 60P where as the GH4 is limited to 25/30P. 25P is ok but the limited frame rate means you have to be careful about panning and how fast object might move, although it does make the image more "film-like". 50/60P means you are getting a UHD image at regular video frame rates.
In addition to the 4K support the camera has a lot of useful features. One of the most interesting is that you can film on two SD cards at the same time. One card will start and stop as you press the button, the other will film continually. You could, for example, film and edit in camera on a live event, knowing that you have the safety of everything being filmed at the same time and a different card.
The HC-X1000 will be available in November. You can read more about it on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Panasonic-HC-X1000-Ultra-HD-camera.html
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