David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
26th May 2016
EDIUS Jumpgrade extended
The EDIUS jumpgrade has been extended and now ends on the 31st July 2016. Originally it was meant to finish at the end of April. The jumpgrade lets people who own previous versions of EDIUS, earlier than EDIUS 7, jump to the latest version of EDIUS and save about £100 compare tp buying a completely new version of EDIUS. All you need is the serial number of your old version during install. You can read more and order the jumpgrade here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS-Jumpgrade.html
We have posted our "what's new in EDIUS 8.2" tutorials on our YouTube channel and our website. Grass Valley have also posted some excellent tutorials which cover the two main new features of EDIUS 8.2, the motion tracker and the primary colour corrector, in quite some depth; our videos cover the same topics but hopefully come at it from a slightly different angle, as well as covering the other new features we have been added.
You can see the both our own videos and Grass Valley's videos on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Whats-in-EDIUS-8.2.html
We have had some new 4th generation Xeon processors which have added more cores and more power than the previous generation but at the roughly the same cost as the previous processors. The fastest Xeon now has 22 cores. As you generally have two in a system this means you would have 44 real cores which would be seen as 88 cores by the computer!
We generally sell Xeons in a dual processor system which means they are the more expensive of our computers, however, the motherboards we have been using for our 2011 pin Haswell-E single processor systems will also take these Xeon processors, so it is possible to have a single processor Xeon system.
You can see more details on our Xeon systems and try out various combinations of processors to see how much they cost on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC_systems.html
There is a section for a Xeon system under each of the different sections.
nVidia are about to release the first of the latest generation of graphics cards. The current graphics cards, the "9" series has proven to be very powerful with the nVidia 970 being one of the most popular cards for Premiere Pro and the Mercury Playback Engine. The "10 series cards are now coming with the first samples of the top end 1080 arriving soon.
When a new graphic card arrives it is always the most expensive that arrives first; The 1080 card will be £700-£800 when it first arrives, and the cheaper cards will appear in the next month or two. We expect these cards to be better than the previous generation, because the new cards are always better than the old ones, however, we will not know how much better until they arrive.
However, there is a lot of excitement regarding the new cards and sites like Red Shark have run articles proclaiming "Does the new 1080 graphics card signal the end of the Mac-based video production - http://www.redsharknews.com/post/item/3499-gtx-1080-the-end-of-mac-based-video-production."
We are hoping to get our first graphics cards to test in the next few weeks.
We have some new backlit editing keyboards arriving in June. If you order the keyboard before 1st June you will also get a free LogicGo carry bag for the keyboard.
The first backlit keyboards to arrive were from EditorsKeys; the new keyboards are from Logic, the company who first started supplying us with editing keyboards about 15 years ago. The logic keyboards have a few advantages over the Editors key variations:
They have a USB hub built-in with 2 USB cables - one for the keyboard and one for the hub. You can vary the amount of backlight from 0% to 100%.
The amazing thing is that they are the same price as their existing, non-backlit, keyboards.
There are keyboards for EDIUS, Premiere Pro, Avid, Vegas, ProTools and Resolve as well as a large print backlit keyboard for general use. All keyboards are designed for PC and not MAC computers currently.
You can see the range and pre-order a keyboard here: >http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Backlit-Keyboards.html
For some time we have been wondering what the fate was of Sony Vegas since it has not had a major update for 2 years. Today it has been announced that Vegas, Sound Forge and Acid Pro have all been bought by the German company Magix.
Magix have their own editing software, including a "pro" version which is full of similar features to Vegas, so what does this mean for the future of Vegas?
To be honest we do not know although some reports we have seen say they will be producing a new version of Vegas and Movie Studio in the Autumn.
The sale also includes Sony's sound programs, Sound Forge and Acid Pro. No mention is made of DVD Architect. We know that there was not going to be any future development on Architect for a variety of reasons, but will it still continue to be available?
Sony are keeping their new editing program, Sony Catalyst, which we had been thinking for some time was being lined up as a replacement for Vegas.
You can see the Magix press release here: http://www.magix.com/gb/press/detail/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=610&cHash=c12d8b7bedbba3a20d1d5e2e68141dbd
Avid have released Media Composer 8.5.3, which has some improvements to the graphic card acceleration in Media Composer, with the option to disable GPU support if you are having problems and a new "dual copy engine".
The update is also reported to fix the long standing problem capturing HDV with Avid MC 8.
The update should be showing up in your Avid application manager if your computer is on the Internet. You can read more about the update here: http://community.avid.com/forums/t/160463.aspx.
Blackmagic have announced several new products at NAB. Unlike previous years they have not announced lots of new cameras, which will not be available for several months and some of the new items - like an updated version of Resolve 12 - are available right now.
The new version of Resolve has lots of new editing features and includes a way to send a clip to Blackmagic's effects program, Fusion (similar to Adobe's dynamic link). It also includes single point motion tracking and some new effects filters.
The Studio version of Resolve, the one which you have to buy as opposed to the free version, also include the option to de-interlace footage as well as improved noise reduction.
The beta version of Resolve 12.5 has been out for a few weeks and has reached the 3rd beta version. It is working very well and the editing has been improved over the already impressive abilities or Resolve 12.
We found and interesting blog from a professional editor regarding his experiences of an edit with the Resolve beta. He does miss the most important problem we have editing in Resolve, which is getting our footage imported. Resolve does not handle lots of camera formats natively which means they need to be converted to get them into the program.
However, his comments about editing in Resolve 12.5 mirror our own experience. You can see his blog here:
You can download the beta version here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/davinci-resolve-and-fusion
Other new Blackmagic devices
Also new is a Blackmagic I/O device which uses Thunderbolt 3. We have Thunderbolt 3 on our top laptops and on some of our desktop computers, and this is the first device to arrive which takes advantage of this port. This is the top of Blackmagic's range of devices, the UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, which is £1,999+VAT.
This new device has not arrived yet but we are expecting it in June. We are dying to try out the new device with our Thunderbolt 3 desktops and laptops.
The UltraStudio 4K Extreme does not just run using Thunderbolt it also can connect to the computer using a PCIe card - so it should be able to fit into nearly any computer. One thing we particularly liked about the currently available Thunderbolt 2 version was that it was quiet. The cheaper UltraStudio 4K, which is similar but does not have proper 50/60P UHD output and also does not have the same codecs on board as the 4K Extreme, has quite a noisy fan. This is ok if rack-mounted, but annoying if it sits next to your edit station, as it does in our demo room. The 4K Extreme was practically silent.
Also, as the 4K Extreme is taller, the screen on the front is bigger - it is a 5" screen. This means it is more useful than the small screen on the normal UltraStudio 4k.
You can see details of 4K Extreme here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Thunderbolt-Extreme-4K.html
Blackmagic have released the 10.6.6 drivers for their range of capture cards. The main changes have been the ability to do live keying with certain cards at 1080 50/60P, as well as some bug fixes.
We have not had problems with many devices although we do have problems using these drivers with the Blackmagic USB3 Shuttle. In particular if we use this with EDIUS, EDIUS will crash as soon as the Shuttle is enabled. The 10.6.5 drives do not cause this problem so do not update if you are using a USB Shuttle. Grass Valley do not officially support the USB3 Shuttle with EDIUS any more although we have been ok using it with earlier drivers.
We have not thoroughly tested these new drivers with all the available program as yet and, as we usually say with Blackmagic driver updates, suggest you do not update unless you are experiencing problems. You can download the drivers here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/capture-and-playback
In the last few weeks there has been a lot of speculation on the Internet regarding the US Homeland Security advice to uninstall QuickTime for Windows because of security problems in QuickTime player. Should you uninstall it?
Our answer would be no. Most editing programs need QuickTime for importing and exporting QuickTime files. If you remove it they will not be able to do this. The problems are in QuickTime player, not in the components used in the editing program. If you do not use QuickTime player to playback files and make sure QuickTime is not used to playback files in your web browser you should not have a problem.
You can use programs like VLC, Windows media player or Media Player Classic to playback most QuickTime files.
Most of the manufacturers are now prioritising writing their own modules to import and export QuickTime files on Windows, so expected to see some updates in the next few months. Hopefully it means performance of QuickTime files will improve as well, so maybe this will prove a blessing in disguise!
What is the current situation with the various programs?
Most manufacturers have said they same thing - you can uninstall QuickTime but if you do ,you will not be able to load some types of file or export to QuickTime files. This is an obviously problem as many people use QuickTime files in the cameras and for transferring files between machines.
There are also some file types which you would not think are classed as QuickTime files which can be affected. EDIUS loads most still image formats through QuickTime so if QuickTime is removed you cannot load JPGs, PSDs and many other formats or export them. With no QuickTime Resolve cannot load MP4 files any more.
The different manufacturers have to write their own QuickTime importers and exporters which they are all now doing. Only Grass Valley have details on a prospective timescale for implementation of a version that does not need QuickTime.
Grass Valley EDIUS
Grass Valley have today released a version of EDIUS 8 which does not require QuickTime to be installed. This version will not load QuickTime files and various still image formats, so all they are doing is removing the requirement that QuickTime is installed when the program is installed. You can read their full information regarding this here: http://www.ediusworld.com/en/support/faq/cat121/edius_all_768.html
Only download and install this version if you need to run EDIUS and do not want to have QuickTime for Windows installed on your system. Our advice is to actually keep QuickTime for Windows installed and but just install QuickTime essentials as you lose a lot of functionality by removing QuickTime, and the threat caused by having QuickTime installed is not that great with just Essentials installed. You can download this version from the Grass Valley download site - http://www.grassvalley.com/support/downloads/products.
If you install this version and you have QuickTime for Windows installed you will have all the functionality you had before, so basically no change from the original version of EDIUS 8.2.
This version is phase 1 of Grass Valley's QuickTime plan. Phase 2 is that around June/July they will have a version which will load/export still images and QuickTime files (although possibly not ProRes QT files). Phase 3, in around September/October will be fully functional with no QuickTime for Windows needed.
Obviously these dates are approximate but at least we have a rough time-scale.
Although the above says things like "no ProRes support" you will still be able to load ProRes if you have QuickTime for Windows installed. However, the ultimate plan is to not need QuickTime for Windows at all.
You can read the Grass Valley statement here: http://forum.grassvalley.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37712
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe have been slowly writing their own QuickTime support for some time and say that many codecs - "including uncompressed, DV, IMX, MPEG2, XDCAM, h264, JPEG, DNxHD, DNxHR, AVCI and Cineform" - currently work without QuickTime for Windows. However, one codec that will not work is ProRes. They have currently not given a time frame for this to be fixed. You can read more here: http://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/quicktime-on-windows/
Avid Media Composer
Avid has always been heavily dependant on QuickTime and so it will take quite some effort to move it away from this. Avid does work without QuickTime but it severely restricts the file formats you can load. The biggest problem is export as without QuickTime the only viable export format is an MXF file as their AVI export is limited to 2GB. Like Adobe, Avid are working on changing this. You can read the Avid statement here: http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/How_To/QuickTime-Support-and-Security-on-Windows
This also heavily QuickTime based and if you remove it there are less options for import and export. The rest of the program will work, however. Blackmagic have said they are working on changing this but we have no idea when. Blackmagic also have a free composition program, Fusion. This was a PC ONLY program which they have recently made cross platform so it works on a MAC as well. Ironically in the process the removed the ability to export AVI files from the program and replaced it with the ability to make QuickTime files, which, of course, actually creates a problem for Windows users that did not exist before.
Sony Vegas will function without QuickTime although cannot read QuickTime files if you do so. Out of interest Magix Pro, the video editing program already sold by Vegas' new owners, does not need QuickTime for Windows already. In their QuickTime press statement, they say Magix Pro latest version already supports QuickTime codecs including ProRes without QuickTime installed, and they plan to add ProRes export later this year! You can read Magix statement here: http://www.magix.com/gb/press/detail/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=603&cHash=86c6b9dbe847e4dcb18329b76f9f6e51
The biggest message from all the companies involved has been:
- Don't panic.
- Uninstall QuickTime and re-install it, but this time only install the core components. Choose a custom install and install "QuickTime essentials", disabling "QuickTime player" and "optional QuickTime features". If you download the latest QuickTime for Windows installer from Apple it will have already disable the optional features so all you have to do is choose not to install the QuickTime player. This should minimise any possible exposure to hacks across the Internet to which you may be open.
We will be putting the latest updates on this news on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Quicktime-For-Windows.html
Many people have tried Microsoft's offer of a free update to Windows 10 on their systems and run into problems. We have found a MAJOR problem if you have a Matrox MXO2 installed which has occurred on many machines
If you're upgrading to Windows 10 and you have a Matrox box you MUST uninstall the Matrox software before upgrading Windows, otherwise the upgrade will fail and you will have trouble even getting back into Windows to restore it to Windows 7. You can avoid this by simply uninstalling the Matrox drivers before starting the upgrade.
Once the upgrade is finished and you have got back into Windows you can install the Matrox drivers.
You must uninstall the Matrox drivers before installing Windows 10, even if you do not plan to use the MXO2 in Windows 10 and do not have the device plugged in.
What drivers for Windows 10?
Matrox have not produced drivers for Windows 10 for their range of MXO2 devices and have said they never will. However, the Windows 8 drivers to seem to work with most programs - although they will not work with Grass Valley EDIUS. If the Matrox version 8 drivers are installed then EDIUS will crash as soon as the Matrox is enabled as an output device.
The Windows 8 drivers for the MXO2 seem to work properly with Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro, although they are not officially supported. Of course, even if the drivers work now, we cannot be sure how they will work with future updates of Avid and Premiere Pro. We know a fairly major update for Premiere Pro is due soon, probably in June.
If you want a device which is properly supported on Windows 10 we would suggest one of the Blackmagic range: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
Ex-demo UltraStudio 4K for sale
The UltraStudio 4K is a Thunderbolt connected device which has just about every video connection you could want and can handle video footage at resolutions of up to 60/50P UHD.
It works with a variety of editing programs on MAC or PC. You must have a Thunderbolt connection, of course, to use it.
We are selling this ex-demo unit at half price. The warranty on the device runs out in February 2017. The unit has been used for demos here and at various shows. It is in good condition but is used, with various small scratches on the casing. Otherwise it has been working perfectly. We are selling it simply to "rotate" our demo stock.
As is normal with these devices no Thunderbolt cable is included.
You can order the UltraStudio from the website here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Ex-demo-Thunderbolt-system-with-UltraStudio-4K.html
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park ,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700