David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit E7, Knoll Business Centre
Old Shoreham Road,
Hove, Sussex, BN3 7GS
Tel: 01273 205700
26th April 2013
- Sneak peak of New Adobe software at NAB
- Avid Media Composer 7 announced - and huge price drop so Media Composer is now about the same price as Premiere
- Black Magic introduce new 4K cards, new Cameras and cheap SDI and HDMI I/O cards.
- Matrox Monarch for live streamingand capture and the Matrox Mojito 4K
- EDIUS 6.54 released
- Latest drivers update
- New Book on Premiere Pro CS6
Sneak Peek of new Adobe software at NAB
At the NAB in Las Vegas Adobe did some "sneak peeks" at the next versions of the video applications. This is not the official announcement of the new versions, so we still do not know when they will be available, although we are expecting it to be in the next month or so.
There are new features in Premiere, Audition, After Effects, Prelude and Speedgrade. There appears to be no change in Adobe Encore although it will continue as part of the suite. Of interest to most editors is what is new with Adobe Premiere Pro.
What's new in Premiere Pro?
Adobe have chosen to concentrate on making the program faster to use and more usable, so there are a lot of small changes to various parts of the program rather than some new massive features. This is similar to CS6 where we had changes to the way the bin works, and lots of updates on trimming and a variety of other sections, rather than a huge change to the entire program. It adds up to a better program. The biggest changes are in the design of the timeline header and multi-camera.
The following is based on the pre-release information we have. Some of it could change when the program is actually released. We plan to make a short video documenting the changes when this happens which we will post here.
Some of the new features include:
- Redesign of the timeline, with a customisable track header which include audio levels per track and mute and solo buttons. New audio waveforms which mean you should be able to see peaks and troughs better, the ability to join "through edits", improved track patching and various other ways to improve working with the timeline.
- Support for the Avid DNxHD codec as a render codec and the ability to load AVID MXF media stored in DNxHD.
- A new audio mixer for clips as opposed to the old track-based mixer.
- Improved multi-camera with the ability to sync clips on the sound (Premiere analyses the sound and tries to match the clips).
- Better ways to find and relink offline media.
- Speedgrade looks can be applied in Premiere Pro and you have a selection of ready made looks already in the effects palette.
- An improved "paste attributes" dialogue which lets you choose which attributes to paste.
- Lots of small changes to the interface including the ability to automatically import an exported clip back into the project (missing since CS3), close multiple timelines and just leave one open, ability to put your auto save on a different drive, better audio effects, and lots more.
- Support for ATI graphic cards for the Mercury playback engine on MAC and PC.
We have put a bit more information on our website : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/What-s-new-in-CSNext-.html, and you can see more on the Adobe site as well: http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/events/1303_30759_nab.html?sdid=KEYJL
There have also been improvements in other Adobe video software:
Adobe After Effects
- Improved image stabilizer
- Refine edges created by AE's rotobrush tool
- After Effects now integrates very closely with Maxon Cinema 4D. In previous versions it was possible to export a scene out of Cinema 4D in a format that you could load into After Effects and tweak but now you can actually load Cinema 4D objects into After Effects and render them in AE. After Effects will actually ship with a lite version of Cinema 4D as well.
- The major change is that Audition is now a 64 bit application so it can take better advantage of the kind of multi-core processors and extra RAM found in modern computers.
- Lots of small changes to the interface and effects.
- The thing that will interest most people is a better noise reduction and removal tool. The videos mentioned below show of some of the new features of Audition's noise reduction tool.
- Ability to rename files on Ingest
- Metadata templates for ingesting - create a range of extra information you would like added to each clip on import and save this as a template for future use.
- Many interface improvements including workspaces like Premiere Pro, audio level meters, and the ability to encode a rough edit.
This is the one we are most looking forward to playing with. Speedgrade is a grading program bought by Adobe recently and included in the CS6 Production Premium. The new version adds some significant new features which make it a lot more interesting:
- Support for playback through Mercury Transmit devices - particularly those from Matroxand AJA. We are not sure currently if Black Magic will be supported. This was one of the biggest things missing from Speedgrade in our opinion. If you are correcting an image you need to see it properly on a video monitor. CS6 Speedgrade only supported output through certain nVidia cards via SDI.
- Many interface improvements including a better "2-up display" and colour matching.
- Lots of other enhancements including a continuity checker and a new "look" manager.
What happens if I buy Adobe software now, do I get a free update?
If you buy using the Creative Cloud then updates are included as part of the monthly fee so you will get the new version automatically. if you buy a licensed product (called a permanent licence as you pay once and then do not have to pay again unless you upgrade) then the update is NOT included. Normally when Adobe announce a new product anyone who buys from that date, or from about a month before, will get a free update. However they have not made an official announcement yet or said when it is shipping so you cannot assume you will get a free update. We will know exact dates and information when the software is officially announced - but as said above we do not know when that will be. Obviously this is another incentive to get you to sign up to the Creative Cloud as you don't have to care whether you qualify or not as you are paying Adobe monthly to make sure you get all the updates.Why are you calling it CSNext?
Some reviews have called this update CS7, but Adobe are calling it CSNext - not actually giving it a name. If it was to follow the previous convention it would be CS6.5. Presumably when launched it will have a final name, although all that really matters is what does it do, when can you get it and how much does it cost!
You can see our information regarding Premiere Pro CSNext here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/What-s-new-in-CSNext-.html
A good review of some of the new features can also be seen here: http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/video-post-production/adobe-premiere-pro-cs7-revealed/
There are also a few videos showing the new features of Premiere Pro and the other updated applications here: http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/events/1303_30759_nab.html?sdid=KEYJL
We will send out more information in a future newsletter, as well as update the website. Stay tuned!
you can read more about Adobe premiere pro on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
You see more on the various systems available from DVC to run Adobe Premiere Pro here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Matrox_Systems.html
Although we can only sell Creative Cloud for Teams (a version which is optiimsed for use in a business with several users) we can still install the regular Adobe Creative Cloud on a new DVC system if you prefer to buy your software by this method. Of course if you want to buy a perpertal licence version you can also buy that from us at DVC and you should find our prices to be lower than Adobe's.
Avid Media Composer 7 announced - with a huge price drop as well!!
- At NAB 2013 in April Avid announced Media Composer 7. As well as adding some great new features the price has been cut dramatically making the product very competitive with other programs like Adobe Premiere Pro. Avid will still include Avid FX (which is a full blown compositing program similar in many ways to After Effects), Avid DVD, and Sorenson Squeeze with MC7, which means it has a much larger range of effects than Adobe Premiere Pro at a similar price, together with DVD writing and the ability to encode video into almost ANYTHING. If you buy MC6.5 between now and the 30th of June you will get a free upgrade to MC7 when it ships direct from Avid.
What's new in MC7?
- The following information is based on the details released so far and could possibly be changed come release.
- Frame flex and LUT support - Frame flex lets you take images which are larger than your timeline and reframe them, with the option to keyframe the changes so you can pan and scan. The difference between this and MC6.5 is that MC6.5 will always scale your video to the timeline size and then let you pan and scan. In the process the resolution is cut to your timeline dimensions and then zoomed into, so the quality is inferior. The new feature also lets you add LUTS to clips (LUTS being pre-made looks for the image - pretty important when using footage from camera like the RED or Arri cameras).
- Dynamic Media Folders let you copy, consolidate and transcode clips in the background. Avid Media Management also looks after AMA linked files as well
- Better audio controls with a new Audio fader and with Clip Gain, you can adjust gain on a specific clip, independent of track-based automation. One of our favourite new features is Avid will now cache the audio waveform instead of redrawing it every time you zoomed in or out of the timeline, which will be a great benefit. They are also saying they have incorporated quite a few things from ProTools behind the scenes to make the audio side of Media Composer better.
- The new Media Composer 7 Interplay Edition provides connectivity with Avid Interplay and Interplay Sphere, so you can edit, sync, and share projects and media with anyone around the world over the Internet.
- Symphony option: Avid Symphony was previously a different version of Media Composer. Now you can update your Media Composer to have the Symphony extras for an additional cost (currently quoted at $1499 - we do not have a UK price as yet). Symphony has better colour correction than media composer which includes secondary colour correction and the ability to correct every shot used from one piece of media in a single clip. The Symphony option also include Boris Continuum Complete, which on its own costs $999).
In addition we know that MC7 will be ratified to work on Windows 8 as well as Windows 7. Dongles will continue to be supported and you will be able to buy the dongle as an extra when buying the software or keep an existing dongle if upgrading.
If you buy Avid Media Composer 6.5 now you will get a free update to version 7 when it arrives. You have to register your purchase before the end of June to qualify and claim your update in a time period specified by Avid when the software is released, as is usual with these free updates. Normally the free update does not include any updates to the extra software which ships with Avid (namely Avid FX, Avid DVD and Sorenson Squeeze). However, apart from Squeeze we do not believe there are ANY new versions due soon and we have been told MC7 will ship with the same version of Sorenson Squeeze that ships with MC6.5
Upgrade from Xpress Pro and Xpress DV NOW
Avid let you upgrade from a wide range of versions than every one else. Adobe will only let you update to Premiere Pro CS6 from CS5 or CS5.5, for example. Currently there are upgrades from just about any version of Avid. When MC7 arrives you will only be able to upgrade from previous versions of Media Composer and you will no longer be able to upgrade from Xpress Pro or Xpress DV. There is currently a limited stock of these upgrades so if you have Xpress Pro or Xpress DV then upgrade now before it is too late. This offer ends on the 14th June or while stocks last.
Xpress Pro/Xpress DV upgrade to Media Composer 6.5 (with free MC7 upgrade) : £359+VAT
Upgrade ANY Media Composer to MC6.5 (with free MC7 upgrade) :£289+VAT
Upgrade Media Composer 6 to MC6.5 (with free MC7 upgrade) : £219+VAT
Media Composer full version now: £699+VAT
All of these versions include Avid FX, Avid DVD and Sorenson Squeeze. Educational versions are also available.
You can read more about Avid Media Composer and order it from the DVC website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
You can see DVC Avid systems listed here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Systems.html
We have also written a comprehensive Avid Media Composer vs Adobe Premiere Pro vs Grass Valley EDIUS shootout which you can read here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/The-great-EDIUS--Premiere---Avid-shootout-.html
This was written about Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Avid Media Composer 6.5 but frankly the biggest change which would make a substantial difference to this document is the price of the software. With its new price Avid is a realistic alternative to someone who has an old version of Premiere and needs to update, but does not qualify for an Adobe upgrade deal.
Of course, you can always discuss your options with us at DVC or come to our offices for a demo.
New Black Magic devices announced at IBC
Black Magic are always producing new and innovative devices. Their biggest development last year was their own camera, the Black Magic Cinema camera, offering film quality at a nice price. At this year's NAB they announced more new cameras and video devices working at 4K resolution:
Black Magic have announced two new cameras, the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera and the Blackmagic Production 4K camera. The pocket camera is a compact version of the cinema camera, which used Micro four thirds lenses and records at 1920x1080 resolution. It has the same the same kind of dynamic range as the Cinema camera and the same abilities for grading. The pocket camera is £665+VAT.
The 4K cinema camera is just that. A Blackmagic cinema camera that records 4K images. because of the higher resolution this camera will only work with Canon EF mount lenses. It records onto solid state drives like the Cinema camera in a compress DNG format. Basically it will give the same dynamic range, excellent quality etc of the original Blackmagic Cinema camera but at 4K resolution.
Both these new camera are scheduled to be shipped in July 2013. The original cinema camera is still in short supply, mainly because of the huge demand there has been for the camera. We hope the new ones will ship on schedule but we cannot be sure and we have already taken several pre-orders for them. If you pre-order from us we will not take the money for the camera until it actually ships.
You can pre-order and read more information on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black-Magic-Cinema-Camera.html
There is also more extensive information on the camera on the Blackmagic website: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/
Blackmagic are making a lot of new 4K devices. 4K is the next quality step up from HD with roughly 4 times the number of pixels of HD footage. Apart from producing a new 4K camera Blackmagic have produced a range of new 4K devices. The Decklink extreme 4K, which is a 4K version of Blackmagic's Decklink extreme is a capture card that does pretty much everything - video output in practually all video resolutions up to 4K, with support for Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro. This card is out now and is £625+VAT.
Also shown at NAB was the ATEM Production Studio 4K - a 4K version of Blackmagic's popular live switching box with 8 inputs, 4 of them 6G-SDI capable of 4K video, and a variety of different keyers. this will be available in a few weeks.
Blackmagic Mini monitor and Recorder
Blackmagic are also releasing two new simple i/o cards that should work with Premiere Avid etc. The Decklink Mini Recorder and Mini Monitor are small simple, cheap, PCIe cards. The recorder has two inputs, the monitor has two outputs. Both have HDMI and SDI connections making them by far the cheapest devices to have SDI included. Many people do not need any inputs because they are using card based, or FireWire cameras and all they really want is a way to monitor the video properly during an edit. The Mini Monitor is perfect for this job. Or if you just occasionally need to get an SDI or HDMI in get the Mini recorder. If you need both inputs and outputs then you are better off buying the Intensity Pro or Decklink Studio. However if you just need input or output, or want the cheapest SDI connectionyou can get then you need one of the Minis. Both are £99+VAT each.
DaVinci Resolve 10
A new version of DaVinci is coming and will be free to anyone that owns DaVinci. the new update will include some live functions which will let you grade footage as you film, and save those grades for use later in the edit. It will also have more editing functionality built-in as well as up to 16 channels of audio per clip. It will include a titler and some other basic editing functions. The new version is due in the 3rd quarter of this year.
EDIUS 6.54 RELEASED
Grass Valley have released an update to EDIUS 6.5. EDIUS 6.54 fixes a few small bugs, including one we recently discovered where you could not type a name into the voice over tool on certain computers It has only just been released and we have not had any issues ourselves although a couple have been mentioned on the Grass Valley forums. The biggest problems some people have encountered is that after installing the update the Intel Quicksync encoding is not working properly, however, this normally is fixed by updating the Intel Graphic card drives (the Intel card is the part of the computer doing your Quicksync encoding). We have also seen a few reported problems using AVCHD footage in slow motion backwards. This patch only fixes a few small problems so if using AVCHD we would suggest you do not install it until these problems are resolved, or reported as innaccurate.
You can download the update from the Grass Valley support site: http://www.grassvalley.com/support/downloads
Vistitle and Windows 8
Vistitle has a small problem with some computers on Windows 8. Vistitle and EDIUS actually work ok but when you shut down EDIUS you may get an error message after a few minutes saying EDIUS has crashed, or you may get a an error pop up saying EDIUS has crashed when you restart EDIUS. This is a known problem ONLY on Windows 8 which Vistitle will be fixing soon in an update. We will post the details here when it appear.
If you ignore the error message and instead of loading a back up you load the original project then everything is fine.
Matrox announce 4K Mojito board and a live streaming box
At NAB Matrox announced two new products:
Matrox Monarch - Live webstreaming and recording a Blu-ray quality file simultaneously
This new Matrox box is not a device for editing inside Adobe Premiere but instead lets you stream video live to the Internet. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, whilst simultaneously recording a high-quality MP4 file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. Monarch is due out in June 2013 @ £750+VAT. You can see a video from NAB which talks about the Matrox Monarch here: http://www.ustream.tv/embed/recorded/31267333?v=3&wmode=direct.
Matrox Mojito 4K
The Matrox Mojito is a PCIe version of the MX02 and has been available for some time. Now Matrox have announced a 4K version of the Mojito which is basically the same thing but with support for 4K input and output. Matrox Mojito 4K enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60).
The Mojito 4K is due out in May 2013 and is £1,495+VAT.
Matrox to support the next version of Premiere Pro and Speedgrade
At NAB Matrox announced support for Premiere Pro CSNext on the MX02 and Mojito Max cards. They will also support output from SPEEDGRADE as mentioned above, as well as WYSIWYG output from other programs like After Effects. This will be available as a free download for Matrox users after the new Adobe program ships.
LATEST DRIVER UPDATES
New Matrox drivers
The latest drivers for the Matrox MX02 are 7.3. However, in the last few drivers Matrox have produced they have been introducing changes to let the MX02 work with Telestream Wirecast - a program used for live internet broadcasting. Support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer are officially classed as beta with these drivers and the last "official" driver for the MX02 and Premiere/Avid was 7.1. We are actually using 7.3 on our systems anyway as they seem to work Premiere and Avid quite happily, but unless you are using Wirecast you do not need to update from 7.1. If you are using earlier drivers than 7.1 and are using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 or Avid Media Composer 6 then we recommend you get the 7.1 update. Matrox drivers only ever support the current version of an editing program so do not update if using CS5/CS5.5.
Black Magic 9.7.1 drivers
BlackMagic have produced some new drivers for their range of cards. The Blackmagic 9.6.8 drivers were very stable and reliable but we did have some issues with the 9.7 drivers - notably with the 9.7 drivers the HDMI output from Premiere Pro would not work. The 9.7.1 drivers seem to fix this problem and a few other small bugs.
Avid Media Composer 184.108.40.206 & 220.127.116.11
Avid latest patch update adds support to Media Composer 6 or Media Composer 6.5 for much newer graphic card drivers than previous updates and now you can use the 310.90 nVidia drivers - particularly important if you have a new graphic card which needs up to date drivers to get the best out of it. You can download the patch from the Avid website.
EXCELLENT TRAINING ON ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS6 IN A NEW BOOK
A new book has been released covering many aspects of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. The book is written by Paul Ekert, who previously wrote one of the best books concerning Avid Liquid. Paul also helped to man our stand at the recent B.V.E. show, so you may have met him there. DVC MD David Clarke was one of the technical reviewers for the book. (We should point out that even though we were slightly involved with its creation we don't get anything from the sales of the book -it just means we know the content and can recommend it).
The book tackles using Premiere through a series of tutorial "walk throughs". The footage needed to complete the tutorials can be downloaded from the publishers website so you can follow all the steps exactly in each chapter. There are eight projects in the book:
- Project 1: Creating an image montage the easy way
- Project 2: Cutting a short film together
- Project 3: Interview editing techniques
- Project 4: Multiple camera techniques
- Project 5: Visual effects - muzzle flashes, laser beams and clones.
- Project 6: Visual effects using real media
- Project 7: Correcting visual and audio problems
- Project 8: Export to DVD, internet and beyond.
You can buy the book from Amazon either in paperback or Kindle form.
Paper back: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1849694788/?tag=packtpubli-21
or direct from the manufacturers website: http://www.packtpub.com/mastering-adobe-premiere-pro-cs6/book>
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