David Vincent Clarke Ltd
3-4 Westbourne Grove, Hove
East Sussex, BN3 5PJ
Tel: 01273 205700
Fax: 01273 917099
DVC Newsletter 26thJune 2012
- DVC will be moving premises soon
- Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 shipping for over a month
- Make sure to apply for your free CS6, if you qualify - offer ends soon!
- New drivers from Matrox, Black Magic and AJA for Premiere Pro CS6
- Matrox MX02 Mini Max special offer until end July
- EDIUS 6.5 arrival imminent
- Win a copy of EDIUS or an EDIUS upgrade - enter before the end of the week!
- Boris FX, Graffiti and RED now work in EDIUS and Premiere Pro CS6
DVC Moving Premises soon
We will be moving our offices in the next couple of months. Full details of when and where will be posted in a future newsletter and we will be able to take our existing phone number wherever we go, although we may end up with more lines on a different number. If you have problems contacting us in the coming months please check out our website for our latest contact information. The website will not change of course. We are moving because we want to buy some premises rather than rent and moving over the summer months is a lot easier than during our busier winter period.
New Adobe CS6 software launched
Adobe's CS6 suite has been available for about a month and we have drivers for all the major hardware cards (see below) so we can now supply fully working CS6 systems. If you missed the list of changes you can read details in our previous email newsletter here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/30th-April-2012.html. CS6 is a significant improvement over previous versions - Premiere is faster and sleeker, Encore is 64 bit, After Effects can track 3D scenes and make 3D objects and we have two new programs, Prelude SpeedGrade for grading.
If you have CS3 or CS4 you can upgrade to CS6 until the end of this year
Prior to the launch of CS6 Adobe had been saying that when CS6 is released you will not be able to upgrade from any version except CS5 or CS5.5. They have relented slightly and started a special offer where owners of CS3 and CS4 can still upgrade to CS6; this special offer runs until the end of the year.
You can read more about all the new versions on the Adobe wesbite: http://www.adobe.com/content/dotcom/uk/products/creativesuite.htmll and our own website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
You can buy the new Adobe software either as a box product or a licence. These are effectively the same, although with a licence you just download the software and write your own discs, whereas a boxed version has a box and a disc. If you are buying 3 or more copies at once a licence version may work out cheaper. Talk to us for more information, as we can sell both the licence and box versions at DVC.
Adobe have also launched the CREATIVE CLOUD - which is a way of getting the new software for a monthly fee and downloading what you need from the Adobe website. The Creative Cloud is essentially renting the software, where as boxed or licensed products bought from us at DVC will be owning the product.
You can read more about Premiere Pro on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
Make sure you apply for a free upgrade if you qualify
If you bought a version of CS5.5 after 26th March you will qualify for a free update to CS6 direct from Adobe. You must apply before the 1st August or lose out. We would suggest you apply ASAP, even if you do not intend installing the new software straight away. If you do not apply in time we know from previous experiencethere is nothing we can do about it. You can access the form by registering your software and logging on to you Adobe account. You will probably be asked for a copy of your invoice showing how the goods were paid. If you need a copy of your invoice just contact at DVC and we will email you a PDF with the information included.
If you have a DVC system with CS5.5 installed we can help with the CS6 installation - normally a straight forward process although sometimes things can go slightly wrong. If you want us to carry out the upgrade and configure and test the system as well we will be happy to do so; as there is a reasonable amount of time involved there will also be a charge for this. Just contact us to discuss your need.
We are also working on a new version of our tutorial for CS6; a lot of our CS5 tutorial is still relevant, however, we are completely remaking the tutorial for both Premiere Pro and Encore and both will be available in the next couple of months.
New CS6 drivers forMatrox, Black Magic and AJA for CS6
A new version of Premiere means we need new drivers for the thrid party cards we use with Premiere from Matrox, Black Magic and AJA. All three manufacturers have produced new drivers which all work pretty well for a first release of drivers. Adobe have changed the way that their software talks to hardware: Adobe Mercury Transmit. This means that you get similar performance now from the different cards and that you can output from ANY Premiere timeline, not Just a Matrox, AJA or Black Magic timeline.
When we say ANY timeline, output is still restricted to the resolution your hardware supports - which for most cards means standard video resolutions like 1920x1080 50i or PAL, so you will not get output from 4K timelines unless the card actually can support this. But it does mean that assuming you choose a setting of 1920x1080 it does not matter if you choose one from the AVCHD category or the AVC-intra category - the hardware will output the video. This makes it a lot more flexible and lets you more easily switch projects between computers with different hardware.
Also now you can get output from Premiere Pro,Encore and programs like Prelude on all hardware, where as before some cards did not support some programs. With CS5.5, for example, we could get output from Encore using a Matrox card but not from a Black Magic.
Because these are the first versions of the drivers for the cards, using a new version of Premiere Pro, they work well but there are little problems. Of course, this is normal with all software and hardware. We are currently having some problems with Matrox and 1920x1080 50P footage for example, and seeing occasional sync issue with Black Magic, but overall they are working very well. We also know that all concerned, Adobe, Black Magic, AJA and Matrox are working hard to deal with the issues. However, we are pleasantly surprised at how well they are working for the first version of the drivers!
What are the advantages of the different makes of card?
We have a lot of different information on our website regarding the different models. We do sell all the different makes of cards but tend to prefer the Matrox ones for various reasons, part of which is a long standing relationship with Matrox where we trust them to address issues we have. A brief comparison would be:
Low cost cards (the Intensity Pro with HDMI, component, composite and SVIDEO in and out is only £125+VAT), with a large range, which can support output from the usual range of resolutions as well as higher than HD resolutions of 1080 50P and 2K on some of the higher end models. Their range also includes USB3 and Thunderbolt cards. They are supported by a huge array of programs in addition to Adobe Premiere Pro, including Avid, Apple, Sony Vegas and even capture support in Grass Valley EDIUS. You can read more on Black Magic cards here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
Their range of MX02 cards work in both laptop and desktop. If you buy the box and later want to use it on a different interface, like a Thunderbolt one, all you need to do is buy the extra interface card rather than buy a completely new card. They are a little bit more expensive than Black Magic- theMX02 Mini which has the same i/o as the Intensity Pro is£309+VAT, but they have a few advantages over Black Magic. None of the MX02 cards support greater resolution than 1920x1080 50i but they do have a nice Matrox I-frame capture and render codec, some extra effects, including decent colour correction, and their MAX versions give fast encoding to H264 formats for Blu-ray and MP4 files. A lot of our customers also tend to choose Matrox as the MX02 makes a nice breakout box, where as most of the Black Magic cards' connections are on a series of cables which stick out of the back of your computer. You can read more on Matrox cards here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/matrox_cards.html
A nice range of high quality cards with some that support higher than HD resolutions, and have some good options for dealing with image sequences. AJA have been very popular on the MAC, although they work on PC as well. AJA cards tend to be slightly more expensive than Matrox. You can read more about AJA cards here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/AJA_Cards.html
If you want want more detailed advice on the card to suite you then please email or ring us at DVC. We have Matrox and Black Magic systems at our office for demonstration permanently, so always feel free to come for a demo. If you are coming it is a good idea to ring first just to make sure we do not have another demo or some training in progress when you arrive.
Although we send out driver information in these newsletters we have also started a small section on our website which lists the latest driver versions we have used and tested. Just visit this page: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/drivers.html to see this information, which we intend to keep as current as possible.
Matrox MX02 Mini Max special offer
For a limited time Matrox are offering their Matrox MX02 Mini Max at a significant discount. The Mini Max with an interface card RRP is about £600 and until the end of July we are selling it for £428+VAT. This is with either the laptop or the desktop interface included. The Mini Max with Thunderbolt adaptor is £501+VAT.
The MX02 Mini has HDMI, component, composite and SVIDEO in and out, and works with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS6, Avid Media Composer 5 to 6 and Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X. The MAX version is the same box with an additional chip for fast encoding into H264 files for either MP4 or Blu-ray. The normal Mini is £309+VAT so you just pay an extra £119+VAT for faster Blu-ray discs. The MAX encoding works with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Encore and Apple Compressor. You can also use it to capture live into H264 from any of your video connections and it can downsample and upsample in good quality as it does so.
You can read more about the Matrox MX02 Mini, and the rest of the MX02 range here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/matrox_cards.html
EDIUS 6.5 arrival imminent
The new version of EDIUS should be arriving very soon - we have been given a very strong indication is should be released this week! Details of the new version had been previously released and we reported them in our last couple of newsletters. They include:
- Stereoscopic editing.
- Better quality downscaling and some layouter improvements.
- A loudness meter.
- Native support for RED footage.
- A QuickTime codec so you can give EDIUS footage to mac users more easily.
- A Grass Valley image stabiliser.
- Lots of other small enhancements, like a Filmstrip view.
- Much better alpha channel support.
With EDIUS 6.5 there has been a change to the way filters work which should mean more 10 bit filters. It also means existing filters won't work without an update. Our latest informatiion is that there will be a charge for updating ProDad and NewBluFX plug-ins - the ProDad update charge was going to be "relatively small". We believe the IZOTope audio plug-in for EDIUS 6 will work in 6.5 in exactly the same way. We also believe Vistitle will be updated for free. Definite information will be available after EDIUS 6.5 is available.
Pricing for EDIUS 6.5 has just been released as we write this newsletter. The price of EDIUS has dropped due to the fact that the extra plug-ins are no longer included. The following are the RRP prices.
EDIUS Pro 6.5 - £445+VAT
EDIUS Pro 6.5 upgrade from EDIUS 6 £190+VAT
EDIUS Pro 6.5 crossgrade - upgrade from previous versions of EDIUS and some other NLE software £249+VAT
We have only just got this information so we do not know the exact details of the crossgrade mentioned at the bottom. There are also revised prices for bundles with the HDSPARK. There are also some different versions of EDIUS - in addition to EDIUS Neo and the full EDIUS (now replaced by EDIUS PRO) there us a new version called EDIUS Elite, which features some broadcast-specific features.
We will send out another newsletter when EDIUS 6.5 is actually released with more detailed information. If all goes as expected this will probably be next week. In the next few days you will be able to read more about EDIUS 6.5 on our website:Http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Canopus_Edius_Pro.html
Vistitle Promopacks still available
Vistitle Promopack - >an animated title program for EDIUS which is normally £250 for just the program. You can currently buy the full program plus some extra 3D particle and handwriting plug-ins for £169+VAT.
Read more on the special offers on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/GRASS_VALLEY_OFFERS.html
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
3-4 Westbourne Grove, Hove
East Sussex, BN3 5PJ
Tel: 01273 205700
Fax: 01273 917099