David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton,
Sussex, BN2 6NX.
Tel: 01273 205700
21st November 2014
Our EDIUS tutorial has been very successful and we have often been asked if we are going to update it to be about EDIUS 7. The current tutorials on our site are for EDIUS 6, with an addendum for EDIUS 6.5. We have produced additional free tutorials which cover new features in EDIUS 7 but we did not plan to rework our original tutorial since nearly everything in EDIUS 7 worked the same as EDIUS 6, so there was no need.
However, we also wanted to improve our EDIUS tutorials and make them as easy to access as possible. So we have completely redesigned the "front end" of the tutorial with our own custom-made web interface. All four volumes of the tutorial have been combined into one interface and we have added a lot more descriptions and links so that you can more easily find the section of the tutorial which is relevant to your needs.
We have remade some sections and added some chapters, with over 2 hours of remade or new chapters. We have a new section on the EDIUS audio mixer, sections about setting up Blackmagic hardware and we have completely remade the burn to disc section. Most of the information in the EDIUS 6 tutorial about burn to disc was relevant to EDIUS 7, but the interface had changed slightly and the new "basic" tab was added. We now have options like Quicksync which were not available in EDIUS 6. So we have completely remade this section and expanded the information included. We now have 27 different chapters (as opposed to the previous 18) and even includes a section on work-arounds for making your own DVD menu templates .
We have added another section called "how to.." which includes some new chapters covering various features about which we have often been asked. The information on how to do these topics is covered in the rest of the tutorial but because there is so much information sometimes people have been unable to find it. Our new interface should make it easier to find but we decided to make some specific chapters about often asked questions as well. This includes a chapter on doing an image pan on a large still, how to chose the best project setting for your project, a new section on restoring off line clips as well as several others.
Full information will be available on the website when the revised tutorial is finished and you will be able to order the tutorial for download or by post from the site as well at the usual price of £99 inc. VAT for the whole package.
We will also be offering special prices for anyone who has bought the tutorial from us in the past. There is quite a lot of new material but we are also re-using a lot of material that you will already have. Therefore, if you own our tutorial you will be able to "upgrade" to the new version for£20 plus p & p . This offer will be for anyone who has bought from us or received the tutorial free with a DVC system.
The new version of this tutorial should be available around the end of November. We will send out an email newsletter when it is ready and put information on our tutorial pages:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS_tutorials.html . Please note the information is not on the pages at present.
We often get asked how well 4K footage will playback on customer's computers. We can test how well current machines perform but can't test many types of older computer which we no longer have!
So we have added some 4K clips to our website to allow you to download and test them for yourselves.
We use the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera and the Panasonic GH4 , and so the clips come from these devices.
The Blackmagic footage has a selection of ProRes Mov files - some examples contain shots done at all the different compression settings in the camera - as well as some RAW DNG footage. These clips are as they came off the camera, and have not been treated or recompressed in anyway.
The GH4 footage includes some MP4 files as well as some MOV 4K files, mostly in UHD.
As the clips are 4K they are reasonably large, but we did not want to re-compress or change them in any way since the point was to see how well the native clips would work on your system.
We are not trying to show off our brilliant camera work or giving you the best shots off the camera - there are plenty of examples on the Internet of the most gorgeous footage taken with both cameras. The point is to let you try some footage for yourself.
Please note that the footage is only for your own testing purposes and not to be used in any productions.
You can download the footage here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/4K-sample-footage.html
SGDV has produced an excellent tutorial on VisTitle, the animated titling program for EDIUS, Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, which has proved to be a popular resource for VisTitle users.
They have now produced 42 free title templates for VisTitle which you can download from the SGDV tutorial site, where you can download NTSC versions, or our own website, where you will find PAL versions . Full instructions on how to install these templates are included on the site - please make sure you follow these as stipulated otherwise the templates will not work properly.
The templates are completely free for you to use as you wish. Of course, if you want to know more about how these and other titles are created you should buy the SGDV VisTitle tutorial.
You can download the NTSC templates here:http://sgdvtutorials.com/index-3.html#free
You can download the PAL templates here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/SGDV-VisTitle-Templates.html
You can read more about the SGDV tutorial and order it from us at DVC here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-training.html
Gaijin-Eyes is a Japanese website which has many tutorials available on various programs. It is run by a Scotsman, Douglas Bruce, who lives in Japan, who also makes and narrates all the tutorials. He has tutorials in Avid Media Composer, Boris RED (which is also know as Avid FX, although the two are exactly the same program) and TMPEG Authoring Works. Douglas, originally an Avid Liquid user who switched to Avid Media Composer a few years ago, has recently switched to using Grass Valley EDIUS and so has also started to add EDIUS tutorials to his list.
He also occasionally runs his own webinars for users and has a user forum where you can discuss issues related to his products.
Douglas' Avid tutorials, of which he has done over 200, have proved very helpful to many people over the years. He says he is doing tutorials for "mere mortals" which is a good way to describe his no nonsense, lack of technobable approach.
Gaijin-Eyes has no relationship to DVC, apart from us exchanging views over emails occasionally. We suggest you pop over to his site as you may find some useful information.
EDIUS 7.4 available
EDIUS 7.4 is now available. In addition to a few bug fixes 7.4 adds some new features as mentioned in our last newsletter, namely Rippling markers, Timecode in QuickTime HQ files, AJA Kona preview support and two new licence packs . XML import from Plural Eyes was also expected to be included but unfortunately was not working well enough at the time of release to be included. Grass Valley have said they will release this update as soon as possible
Two new licence packs
The two new packs include will add additional export options to EDIUS. They are:
- Avid DNxHD MXF files- you can make Avid DNxHD QuickTime files using the free Avid codec in EDIUS Pro. The MXF 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. It adds a lot more configuration options for the way your sound wil be produced.
These two codecs are already included in EDIUS Elite .
The codec packs are available to order from our website. They are £340+VAT each. You can order these codec packs and EDIUS itself from the DVC Website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Canopus_Edius_Pro.html
In the same way that Blackmagic bought DaVinci Resolve and then released a free version with no restrictions, Blackmagic have released a free version of Fusion, the compositing program that they bought recently.
If you have heard of Fusion then you will know how powerful it is. If you have not heard of Fusion then you may be thinking that a free compositing program is going to be fairly simple and limited. Well think again. Fusion is a compositing program to rivalAdobe After Effects. Fusion has some features that After Effects does not have, and After Effects has some features that Fusion does not have, but in terms of power they appear very similar.
They work in a different way, however. Fusion is a node-based effects program which means you drag nodes around in a a kind of flowchart view to set up effects. This will be confusing, at first, to anyone who is used to After Effects or a similar compositing program. At DVC we know After Effects pretty well and have only started dipping in to Fusion since the free version was released about a week ago so we are currently scratching our head a bit. However, you only have to look at all the information on the Blackmagic site to realise the potential power of this program. And did we mention it is free?
There is a paid version of Fusion which has extra features. These include the ability to render using a network of computers, Stereoscopic support, bo "opitical flow" which would give superior slow motion and tracking and plug-in support. These are all things which would be nice to have, but not essential, and the free version does a lot! Fusion Studio, which is the name of the paid for version, is £635+VAT.
Check out the Blackmagic website for information on Fusion, to download a copy and to see some free tutorials on using the program.
Fusion is currently Windows ONLY but Blackmagic have said they are working on a MAC version, but they do not know when it will be available.
At DVC, as people who makes their living at selling editing and effects programs, we are a bit wary of free ones, however, to get the best out of the program you will need a powerful PC and decent back up, which is the other thing we specialise in at DVC. We will add some Fusion-specific system options to our website soon.
You can read more about Fusion on the Blackmagic website:https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion/vfx
You can order Fusion 7 Studio from our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Fusion-Studio.html
Blackmagic have released some updated drivers. The 10.3.1 drivers basically improve on the performance of earlier drivers and add some features to the Blackmagic Extreme 4K card that has been available for some time.
The Extreme 4K will now be able to output UHD video at 50 & 60P. Up to now we have only believed that UHD at 50P would be possible on the Thunderbolt UltraStudio 4K as this was promised in the specification when the UltraStudio was released. Ironically Blackmagic have not yet added this ability to the UltraStudio 4K, although they have just added it to the card which is the PCIe equivalent which, incidentally they have never said would be able to do this!
If using Grass Valley EDIUS with any Blackmagic device we suggest you stay with version 9 drivers as these are the latest ones supported by Grass Valley. If using Premiere Pro CC, and especially After Effects CC2014 , we suggest you update to 10.3.1 now. The reason this is important for After Effects is that Adobe have changed the way they will preview video out of i/o devices with the latest version of After Effects and this will only work properly with Blackmagic devices with the version 10 drivers.
You can download the new drivers from the Blackmagic website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/support/family/capture-and-playback
You can read more about Blackmagic's range of i.o cards here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
In the last email newsletter we were talking about Avid announcing imminent 4K support for Media Composer. We also mentioned some other "up coming" features which we expected would not be in the next version but would be added later.
Avid have released Media Composer 8.2. 8.2 includes many of the "up coming" features which we expected to be in a future version but not imminent, but does not include the ability to edit at 4K. Avid did not say exactly when these changes would be arriving, just promised all of them soon and we assumed we would get 4K support first and the other features afterwards, whereas it is the other way round! Avid are saying the 4K support will be added "before the end of the year".
In the meantime we have a new version with some new features, namely:
- Background Rendering
- Search across bins for Markers
- Make your favourite bins show up in every project with Favourite Bins
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
If you have an older version of Avid Media Composer remember to upgrade soon!
Currently if you have any old version of Media Composer you can buy a one year support contract and get the latest version as a permanent licence. However, this offer is only available until the end of this year , and the end of the year is only a few weeks away. In fact, considering everyone will close for the Christmas holidays, you effectively have only one month in which to decide to upgrade.
If you do not upgrade your copy of Avid now then it will stay at whatever version you currently own. If, next year, you decide you want to upgrade to the latest version your only option will be a monthly subscription or to buy a completely new version of the program So, if you are thinking of upgrading,do it soon!
As we reported in the last newsletter Adobe have now released the latest update to their Creative Cloud products with lots of nice new features and refinements of old ones. Premiere Pro gets better Master clip options, keyframable bezier masks for effects, not just the square and oval masks released earlier this year and quite a lot of new features including a new project manager.
You can see a full list of the new features on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/What-s-new-in-CSNext-.html
The updates are free to all Creative Cloud subscribers.
Blackmagic and Matrox have also both released new drivers for use with this latest version.
At the same time Adobe also released a version of Premiere for the iPad. Called Premiere Pro Clip it is nothing like the full version in terms of functionality, as you would expect with it being on a tablet, but does let you review, trim and layout clips on the timeline. The program is free and available from the Apple App store.
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
The successful GH4 has a special offer of £100 cashback from Panasonic if you buy it before 12th January 2015.
This means you can now buy the camera body for £957 +VAT from us at DVC and get another £100 back from Panasonic as well!
If you want to buy the camera with the Yaghe , the add-in that gives you XLR audio, SDI out and mains power you will get a FREE Datavision 3 Light Reporter kit worth £399+VAT, if you buy before 23rd December 2014.
Full details of both offers are on our website, where you can also order the cameras: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Pansonic-GH-4K-cameras.html
Pinnacle Studio has been an "entry level" program for many years but these days the "entry level" programs are getting very good. A new version has just been released. Version 18 is now a 64 bit program which means it can properly take advantage of multi-core processors and lots of RAM inside your computer. It also means Studio should be more stable with big complicated projects and better at handling advance features like nested timelines .
There are still reasons why we would prefer a full version of EDIUS, Premiere or Avid to Pinnacle Studio, but this package is now amazingly powerful for the price and, for some people, will be all that they need.
You can read more about Pinnacle Studio on our website and we will be adding Studio systems options to our DVC system pages soon:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Pinnacle-Studio.html
We have been selling keyboards dedicated to editing programs for many years and we even assisted with the layout of the UK version of the Premiere (not Pro) 6 keyboard.
We now have two ranges of keyboards - one from Editor's Keys and one from Logic. The Logic keyboard had steadily increased in price over the years until they were over £100. Now we can offer the keyboards at either £79+VAT for a silver keyboard or £89+VAT for a Black keyboard.
The Editor's keys keyboards are still cheaper and are generally at £49 including VAT (the price varies depending on the keyboard). Both are UK-layout keyboards and have the relevant shortcuts for the chosen program printed firmly on them. The more expensive Logic keyboards of have a couple of advantages to the Editor's keys ones:
- The Logic keyboards are bigger, heavier and look more like a regular Windows keyboard .
- The Logic keyboards have a USB hub built-in with two portseither side - we generally plug our mouse in here which means we only need one cable to go to the computer
- The Logic keyboards have two small feet which can fold out, meaning you can put the keyboard at an angle, which some people prefer.
To be honest both keyboard types are nice, but when the Logic keyboards were 2-3 times the prices of the Editors Keys ones, it did seem just a bit too much! At the new price they are much more reasonable.
Logic do more keyboards than Editor's Keys and have skins which you can overlay onto Mac-Based keyboards and notebooks which are generally about£29+VAT .
You can see full information on the Editor's Keys keyboards here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Editors-Keys-Keyboard.html
You can see full information on the Logic Keyboards here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Logic-Keyboards.html
Matrox have released updated drivers for the MXO2 range of devices. The7.7 drivers mainly have some small improvements for use withMedia Composer 8.2 and Premiere Pro CC2014.1.
You can download the new drivers here:http://www.matrox.com/video/en/support/downloads/
Matrox MXO2s and Windows 8.1
Matrox do not have proper support for Windows 8.1. They are currently working on new drivers which should be available this year. You can apply to be onMatrox' beta program and test the new drivers before release. Currently we have been told these new drivers will support Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer but will not work with Grass Valley EDIUS. Even when Matrox releases its new drivers we will have to wait until Grass Valley revise EDIUS to work properly with the Matrox Windows 8.1 drivers. Of course, it does not stop you using an MXO2 with EDIUS on Windows 7 with the 7.7 drivers.
You can apply to be included on the Windows 8.1 beta program from the Matrox user Forum :http://forum.matrox.com/mxo/viewtopic.php?t=13879
You can see full information on the whole range of Matrox MXO2 devices here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/matrox_cards.html
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