EDIUS 7 announced - trial version available, stock arriving soon
EDIUS 7 was announced on 8th July 2013
, and the final version began shipping on 26th July. We do not currently have the final stock to post out but we expect it in a week or two. You can download the trial version currently or if you order an EDIUS 6 crossgrade from us you can immediately go on-line and claim your free EDIUS 7 update (see below for more information).
What's new in EDIUS 7?
The major changes between this version and EDIUS 6.5 is the fact that EDIUS is now a 64-bit program. However, there are several other major and minor changes:
- Third-party I/O hardware support for Blackmagic & Matrox MX02 LE with AJA support coming in a future update.
- Faster handling of large quantities of still image files (JPG, TGA, DPX, and others).
- Improved MPEG encoder speed and quality.
- Improved H.264/AVC decoder.
- Improved H.264/AVC encoder - Grass Valley already encode video into H.264 faster than anyone else using Quicksync. In EDIUS 7 they have expanded the bit rates and formats which can be used as well in the MP4 and Flash Encoders.
- Optimization for 4th generation Intel Core processor family architecture.
- Gaussian Blurfilter.
- Auto Update Check.
- Support for EDL exchange with DaVinci.
- Large buffer setting - up to 2GB.
- MP4 H264 exporter has frame sizes up to 4K and higher bitrates.
- All filters except chrominance or chromakey updated to 10 bit with proper Alpha channel support (in EDIUS 6.5 not all filters had been updated).
You can read more about these individual improvements on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/new-in-EDIUS-7.html
By far the most useful changes are the 64-bit program and support for cards from Blackmagic and Matrox. The 64-bit support means EDIUS can now use the current multi-core processors to their full power and use as much memory as you have available - which should mean better performance, particularly on large projects and on bigger than HD projects - such as 4K. Performance is definitely better for 4K footage. It is a bit harder to tell how much better performance is on SD or HD projects. EDIUS 6.5 was already very good, as good as the competition such as Premiere or Avid, so how much better could it get? We have not had time to do a large range of speed tests ourselves but have seen some reports saying a 20% increase, on the right kind of computer, over EDIUS 6.5.
Blackmagic and Matrox support
The biggest practical change is that Grass Valley have now proper support for Blackmagic i/o cards like the Intensity Pro. With EDIUS 6.5 you could add one of these cards for capture. With EDIUS 7 you can capture and playback footage using a Blackmagic card and they have been properly integrated into EDIUS rather than through the "direct show" interface. The upshot is that you can add a decent i/o card to EDIUS for less money. For example that have a card called the Blackmagic Mini Monitor which has HDMI and SDI out which is £95+VAT. This is like an HDSPARK, but it has SDI as well, can output from 10 bit projects and is under half the price. The SPARK still has a couple of advantages (namely surround sound output through HDMI, can output 1920 50i from a 50P project and has some analogue sound connections) but it is £249+VAT. Also the HDSPARK and will not display a picture in a 10 bit project and the Mini Monitor will.
Blackmagic have a whole range of other cards which do things the Grass Valley cards do not. For example, they have two 4K cards which will output every resolution of video up to 4K, through analogue, HDMI & SDI which are both around £600! They also have cards that connects via USB3 and Thunderbolt which means we can use them on the latest DVC laptops - previously the only device we could use on a laptop was the Grass Valley Storm Mobile, which connected via Express card, an interface which is not available on most new laptops.
EDIUS 7 also supports video output on the Matrox MX02LE. The Blackmagic support is for practically every card in their range. The Matrox support is currently limited to ONLY the MX02 LE, none of the other MX02s are support. We did test with our own MX02 Mini Max to see if they would work, even if they were not supported, but they do not work at all.
AJA support and (we believe) more Matrox support will be added later in the year.
The net upshot is that it is now cheaper to make an EDIUS system and that you have more options for outputting different formats.
You can read more about the Blackmagic range here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
You will need 64-bit plug-ins to work in a 64-bit program, so you will need to get new versions of any plug-ins you have bought for EDIUS 6.5. Vistitle has already announced that there will be a free update to Vistitle to make it work with EDIUS 7 for owners of Vistitle 2. Vistitle 1 owners will need to update their Vistitle to Vistitle 2 (currently £69+VAT through us at DVC). ProDAD have said that anyone who has Mercalli 2 or Vistitle 2 will get a free update to a version that works with EDIUS 7; their free update is already available from their website. They also have some good offers for owners of the versions on their plug-ins which came with EDIUS 6. We also know Boris is working on updating their plug-ins but we do not know when these will arrive or if they will be free.
You can read more about the new features of EDIUS 7 on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/new-in-EDIUS-7.html
If you have EDIUS 6 and are thinking of upgrading don't forget to check our section on the new features of EDIUS 6.5 which you will be getting as well as the new EDIUS 7 features: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/edius3d.html.
You can also see a video of the new features that were added in EDIUS 6.5 here : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/edius_3d_preview.html
We are working on a basic video about EDIUS for anyone switching from another program. We have had a lot of interest from other users in EDIUS recently - particularly from Adobe users who do not like the Creative Cloud subscription and prefer to buy their software outright, and the video will be aimed at giving an overview of EDIUS to people not familiar with the program. It will appear on our YouTube channel and website soon, and we will advise everyone in a future newsletter.
Will there be a new DVC tutorial for EDIUS 7?
No. EDIUS 7 works in exactly the same way as EDIUS 6 & 6.5. We may streamline the presentation of our video slightly but it will remain largely unchanged. We are producing a video on how to set up Blackmagic hardware with EDIUS 7 which covers one of the main new features and will be available for free from our website http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass_Valley_EDIUS_tutorials.html.
When will it be available?
EDIUS 7 is officially available from today, although the actual physical stock has not yet arrived. We expect this in the next couple of weeks.
Free EDIUS 7 if you bought EDIUS 6.5 between 1st June 2013 and 30th September 2013
If you bought EDIUS 6.5 after 1st June, or if you buy it between now and 30th September, you can claim a free update to version 7 direct from Grass Valley. This free update is only available direct from Grass Valley and you must claim it within the time period they have specified (registration ends on 31st October). So if you qualify then we recommend you claim you free update IMMEDIATELY because if you miss the deadline dates you will not get your free copy. You can read more information on this on the Grass Valley website : http://www.grassvalley.com/products/edius_pro_7/free-upgrade-terms. This does mean that, even though we do not currently have stock of EDIUS 7, you can order the EDIUS 6.5 crossgrade from us, which you would receive the following day, and immediately claim your free update to EDIUS 7. In the meantime you can use the EDIUS 7 trial version, which is fully functional and works for 31 days, and just enter your EDIUS 7 serial number when Grass Valley send it to you.
Crossgrade to EDIUS from most other NLEs
Grass Valley have been running a crossgrade campaign with EDIUS 6.5 and this is continuing with EDIUS 7. This lets you buy EDIUS, at a reduced price, simply because you have been using another major editing program. This makes it the cheapest of the decent NLEs available (we are thinking of Premiere, Avid and Sony Vegas as the main competitors). We have a comparison between Avid, Premiere Pro and EDIUS which you can see on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/The-great-EDIUS--Premiere---Avid-shootout-.html. This was written with all the previous versions of the programs in mind - Premiere Pro CS6, Avid MC6.5 and EDIUS 6.5, and we will be updating it shortly to reflect all the new versions. However, the major changes are that Avid has got a quite a lot cheaper and is now a comparable price to Premiere Pro, EDIUS is now 64-bit and you can only rent Adobe Premiere Pro CC by subscription. The majority of the rest of the points remains the same.
Upgrading from old versions of EDIUS
You can buy an upgrade from EDIUS 6.5 to EDIUS 7. If you have EDIUS 6 or earlier then you qualify to buy the crossgrade version. If you are upgrading from EDIUS 6 or earlier make sure you read through the differences in the plug-ins supplied and the information regarding titling programs on our EDIUS pages as old titling programs like Title Motion Pro will not work any more and you will need new versions of any plug-ins (as outlined above and in more detail on the website).
The arrival of a 64-bit EDIUS is brilliant. We have always been big fans of EDIUS, as you probably know if you have been subscribing to the newsletter for some time. It is one of the fastest, most comprehensive and stable programs we supply. 64-bit means it is set up for the future with better support for modern computers and bigger than HD formats. If you would like to know more about EDIUS why not come to our office for a demo and find out what you have been missing out on.
EDIUS 6 crossgrade (will free update to EDIUS 7): £229+VAT
EDIUS 6.5 to 7 upgrade : £189+VAT
You can also order the 4 volumes of our EDIUS tutorials for half price (40.83+VAT), when you order EDIUS from us.
You can read more about EDIUS on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Canopus_Edius_Pro.html.
You can read more about the variety of systems we supply for editing with EDIUS here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Edius_Systems.html
You can read more about our comprehensive range of tutorials for EDIUS here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS_6_training_dvd.html
New free DVC training videos - the basics of Vistitle & Using Blackmagic & EDIUS 7
We have added a couple of videos to our free on-line videos on the website. The first is a selection of videos on the basics of using Vistitle, and the second (as mentioned above) contains details on how to set up a Blackmagic card with Windows 7. The Vistitle videos are available now, the Blackmagic EDIUS 7 videos will be posted early next week
We are also intending to do a few videos aboutDaVinci Resolve although these have been delayed because of the EDIUS 7 announcement which made us switch our video compiling efforts into information regarding EDIUS 7. We are currently working on a new general demo video of EDIUS 7 for people considering switching from other NLEs.
You can see the new videos on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass_Valley_EDIUS_tutorials.html
New Thunderbolt laptop
We have a new laptop added to our extensive range. The major difference between this laptop and our other Haswell models is that it has a Thunderbolt port which lets you add various Thunderbolt devices - such as hard drives, and more importantly for us, decent video hardware.
We have had hardware that connects to your PC to give you a decent video output and let you capture video for some time, but they have connected to the PC either via USB3 or Express card. The USB3 devices (only available from Blackmagic) have been very particular about which USB3 ports they would work. They have worked with most of our laptops, but not many others. They have also only worked properly in certain programs. like Adobe Premiere Pro, whilst failing in others, like EDIUS and Avid.
The express card connected devices, such as Matrox MX02s and AJA i/o express, work very well but unfortunately most new laptops do not have an Express card socket. The only models we have which do are the expensive HP range.
Thunderbolt connections are being found on most new MAC computers and suppliers like Matrox, AJA and Blackmagic have all made Thunderbolt connected devices to use this, but up to now we have not had a Windows laptop which let us use a Thunderbolt device. Now we have.
This new laptop has the same kind of chassis as our regular laptop, can hold 2 regular drives, 2 mSATA drives and an optical drive internally, and has two built-in nVidia 2GB GTX 765M graphic cards. Apart from the Thunderbolt this also makes it the most powerful laptop we currently have, although the dual nVidia cards means it does not have Intel Quicksync encoding for use in Grass Valley EDIUS like our other Haswell laptops.
This laptop does not have a FireWire port like our regular Haswell laptop, although you can buy a Thunderbolt to FireWire adaptor for a minimal cost. With the adaptor we have successfully captured DV and HDV footage from all the major programs, although it is not suitable for recording back to DV or HDV tape and has to be removed from the computer before editing with some of the programs.
What is an mSATA?
mSATA is a new kind of fast hard drive which is similar to a solid state drive physically and connects into the computer in a different way. They are slightly more expensive than SSD drives and available in either 128GB (enough for Windows and a lot of installed programs) or 256GB sizes. Because of the size limitation you would probably not use them for storing video and instead use them as the main Window drive in the system, freeing up the two regular slots in the laptop for 2 large mechanical drives - such as 2x1TB drives. You can actually fit 2 mSATA drives in the laptop as well as 2 regular drives. You may use this if you are a heavy after effects user because you can have one mSATA for Windows, one for the After Effects disc cache and leave the other 2 regular slots of 1TB video drives. if you go to our laptop configuration pages on the website you will see the mSATA drives listed as "alternative main drive" and "cache drive" with this set up in mind, but of course you don't have to use them like that - you could use them as two small, but very fast video drives.
You don't have to use mSATA drives at all, however, if you do it means you can have more video storage space or more room to expand the laptop in the future. Both our Thunderbolt and regular Haswell laptop have 2 mSATA sockets
Can you make use of the Dual graphic cards?
To be honest many programs do not make use of both graphic cards. Adobe Premiere Pro CC will use 2 cards when encoding footage. This was a feature only recently introduced and is not in earlier versions such as CS6. The best program we have for using two cards is Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic's grading program. It only uses both cards properly when you have the paid version rather than free "lite" version, but using the full version grading does fly along at an amazing speed. For example, we ere getting 25fps playback of HD footage with about 7 nodes added with output via the UltraStudio 4K quite happily on the laptop. This is far better than any other laptop we have tried. The dual graphic cards do mean that the laptop uses more power than others in our range so the battery life is not great, but that is the price you pay for a powerful machine.
What video devices use the Thunderbolt?
We have tested this laptop with theBlackmagic Intensity Shuttle and Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K and with the Matrox MX02 and it worked well in Avid, Premiere Pro and EDIUS 7. If you already have a device like the Matrox MX02 then all you need to do is buy the THUNDERBOLT adaptor to use your current MX02 with this laptop.
The UltraStudio 4K is a new device from Blackmagic (see below for more information) which as its name suggests can capture and edit 4K video - as well as everything else in between. We had to RAID together a couple of solid state drives inside the laptop but we did actually manage to capture uncompressed 4K footage direct to the laptop!
Prices for the Thunderbolt laptop start at around £1,300+VAT, making it only about £200 more than our regular "Haswell" laptop. You can read more and configure your own laptop on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Thunderbolt-Laptop.html
New 15" laptop
We also have a new 15" laptop which uses the latest Haswell processors. This laptop can have 1 hard drive internally and an mSATA drive as well as the optical drive. It has a 15" 1920x1080 screen, can have up to 32GB RAM and has a choice of two powerful nVidia graphic cards - a 2GB GTX765M nVidia card or a 3GB GTX 770M. It also has a FireWire socket which is something not found on many laptops these days.
With an i7 processor, 8GB RAM, a 500GB main drive and DVD writer the laptop is £944+VAT.
You can read the full specifications and configure a system to suit your needs on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/15--laptop.html
New Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K
Blackmagic ultraStudio 4K
The latest Blackmagic device to arrive at DVC is this Thunderbolt connected 4K device. We had already tested the PCIe version of the same device, called a Decklink 4K, and we have just finished putting this new device through its paces on our Thunderbolt desktop and laptop systems.
Basically it does it what it says on the box - captures and plays back footage in a variety of programs at up to 4K resolution. Now you may say that you are not currently filming at 4K so don't need this device but it does do all standard video resolutions up to 4K as well - which means it can output at resolution like 1920x1080 50P, which most video i/o devices do not. It also means you are future proofed so you can move up to 4K if you want to!
What is most amazing about this device is the price - it is £589 +VAT from us at DVC.
We have tested the 4K box with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Grass Valley EDIUS 7 and it was working well. We will be keeping the UltraStudio here at DVC so if you want to see one in operation with either our Thunderbolt laptop or desktop just give us a ring.
You can read more about the full range of Blackmagic cards on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
Avid Media Composer 7 available
The new version of Avid Media Composer is now shipping. We explained all the new features in our last newsletter, which include background transcoding of imported footage, better audio waveform redraw the the ability to pan and scan clips which do not match your timeline resolution without compromising the quality of the original.
The biggest change is the price. Media Composer is now £699+VAT, and include Avid FX (also sold as Boris RED) which is a full blown compositing program to rival After Effects,Avid DVD, a competent DVD authoring program and Sorenson Squeeze for converting footage to multiple formats.
You can read more about Avid Media Composer, the changes in MC 7 and order the software from our website : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
Premiere Pro & Speedgrade CC updates
Adobe have produced updates and bug fixes for their CC applications which include Adobe Premiere Pro & Speedgrade.
In Premiere Pro they have fixed some severe bugs, including one rather nasty multi-camera bug as well as adding some new features. These include the a new button on the timeline which disables clip linking, improvements to auto save and EDL, some enhancements to automate to sequence, and the fact that when you copy a title it now makes a new title, rather than another instance of the old one. If you change the second title the first remainsunchanged.
You can see a full list of all the Premiere changes here : http://blogs.adobe.com/premierepro/2013/07/ppro-cc-july-2013-update.html
In Speedgrade they have added support for output from the Matrox MX02 range. This was promised in Speedgrade CC but not available until this new patch.
There are enhancements to many other CC programs as well. The Adobe Creative Cloud application, which should be sitting in your task tray is the simplest way to apply the updates as they should all be listed there. Alternatively go to the help menu in your Adobe program and choose updates from the menu. Some are available to download separately, some are not.
You can read more about CS6 permanent licences and the Adobe Cloud Creative on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
Matrox driver support for Premiere Pro CC and Avid MC7
Matrox have released their new drivers for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media Composer 7. The Premiere Pro CC drivers also support Premiere Pro CS6, although if you install the drivers with both versions of Premiere installed on a system you will need to do a little bit of jiggery pockery to make the Matrox settings and effects turn up in both versions.
These drivers support Windows 7 only. Matrox are saying that if you want support for Windows 8 you should stick to the previous drivers, although these do not support Premiere Pro CC.
If you are happily running a Premiere Pro CS6 system with an MX02 then we do not see a pressing need to update the drivers. If running Premiere Pro CC, or Avid Media Composer then these are the drivers for you.
You can download them now from the Matrox website: http://www.matrox.com/video/en/support/downloads/
You can read more about the Matrox range of cards on the DVC website : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/matrox_cards.html