Last year, in August, we had to move from our offices in Hove because of building problems. The move to our current premises in the Knoll Business Centre was always meant to be temporary. We have now found a more permanent base at the Woodingdean Business Park, on the outskirts of Brighton. The new offices will have better parking, better facilities for training and open days, and are generally nicer as the units have only just been built. We are planning to move at the end of October. Our phone line, website and email will remain the same. We are also not planning to move from the new premises any time in the near future!
DVC Open Days in November
We will be holding an open day some time in November, after we have moved in. Full details will be in our next newsletter, together with proper details of the new site and how to find us..
DVC System Refresh
Recently quite a few customers have come to us asking for a new computer to replace an ailing old machine, but wanting to keep their existing software. There are many reasons why you should consider using the latest programs but sometimes you find that your existing program is good enough and you do not need the extra expense of new video software and a new capture card.
So we have added a section to the website called "DVC system refresh" where you can configure a system on to which we will install your existing software and even an existing capture card. Not all old software will work on new computer hardware, and quite a few old capture cards will not work on new systems. One recent phone call was from a customer who's 14 year old DVC system had finally died; he wanted to run his Miro DC20 and Premiere (not Pro) 4 on a new computer with Windows 3.11, and we had to point out that this would not work (as well as saying he was really lucky to have a machine that lasted for 14 years without problems!)
We have tested versions of Adobe Premiere Pro back to Premiere Pro CS3, as well as Avid Liquid 7 on our latest Haswell motherboards and nVidia graphic cards. We have also tested the Matrox RT.X2 and Liquid Pro box on the new system, both running Windows XP.
You can read more about the "DVC system refresh" on our website and some of the disadvantages of running old software and hardware on a modern machine, as opposed to running Windows 7 and the latest versions of Premiere etc.
System prices start at about £860 inc VAT.
You can see a sample of our basic system and configure it with various hard drives etc here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/REFRESH-YOUR-OLD-SYSTEM.html
Recently Intel have been producing three main kinds of processor - The Haswell chips, the 2011 Pin Enthusiast chips and the Xeons - the Xeons are generally used for computers with two processors, and, although the most powerful, also have a price tag to match.
The most commonly bought processors at DVC are the Haswell i7 processors, and the 2011 Pin Enthusiast chips (which we refer to as 2011 Pin processors). The 2011 pin processors generally have an advantage over the Haswells in that they can be more powerful (they have quad core and six core processors) and the motherboards can run more cards internally - for example, two graphic cards, or a graphic card, video i/o card and a RAID card. The 2011 pin based-systems up to now have generally cost more than a Haswell system - normally £400-£500 more.
Intel have recently released new versions of their 2011 pin processors, which are call Ivybridge Enthusiasts which are a bit faster than the old Sandybridge versions. Intel have also modified the prices. The net result is that we can now do a system using a Quad core 2011 pin processor at practically the same price as a Haswell system. The 2011 pin quad core processor is about the same power as the Haswell i7 processor, so you end up with the same kind of processing power but with a more expandable system. Of course, if you choose to go to the six-core 2011 Pin then it costs more than a standard Haswell system, but it is more powerful. The 2011 pin processors also can use up to 64GB RAM on the right motherboard whereas the Haswell can only use a maximum of 32GB of RAM.
If you are a Premiere, Avid or DaVinci Resolve user then we now recommend you look at getting the 2011 pin system rather than the Haswell, for all the reasons listed.
There are three reasons why you would still get a Haswell system instead:
- You are using Grass Valley EDIUS, which can use a function called "Intel Quicksync" built into the Haswell chips to do very fast H.264 encoding for Blu-ray files or MP4 files. The 2011 pin processors do not have Quicksync which means they will be considerably slower encoding these kinds of files.
- You want a Thunderbolt connection for external hard drives or devices like the Blackmagic Ultrastudio 4K. We currently have Haswell motherboards with Thunderbolt built-in but not 2011 pin boards with this connection.
- You are keeping costs to a minimum and instead of the Haswell i7 processor you will use a cheaper "Haswell i5" processor. This i5 is actually very good and fine for standard definition or even HD, as long as you do not do too many complicated effects.
Most of our customers actually choose to get an i7 processor and so should seriously consider getting the 2011 pin instead for its "future" upgradability.
You can configure your own system and see what changes it makes to the price on our website : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/2011-Pin-I7-Premiere-Pro-system.html
Ex-demo Blackmagic 3D Extreme £375+VAT
This Blackmagic card can output from a large variety of programs at up to 2K resolutions - so can handle 1920x1080 50P, for example, a resolution a lot of people would like to use but which is not supported by most i/o cards. This card has been used at DVC for demos and still has one year left on its manufacturer's warranty. We are selling it because we are now using the new Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K in our demo computer.
Quadro 4800 for MAC Avid/Premiere validated graphic card
We bought this graphic card, which cost £1,500, for testing with Premiere Pro CS6 and CC. We chose the MAC version as it will work in both MAC and PC. Now graphic cards have moved on we are using newer cards in our machines, so are selling this ex-demo graphic card. It has been used for a couple of years which is reflected in the price of £300 +VAT.
The card has a 3 month DVC warranty.
EDITORS KEYS Black EDIUS keyboard £30 off - £19 inc VAT
We have just started selling the EDITORS keys range of editing keyboards (see http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Editors-Keys-Keyboard.html and have a special offer on their Black USB EDIUS keyboards at £30 off the regular price. In our last newsletter this was listed at £39 but just after the newsletter went out, EDITORS keys dropped the price to us even further so it is now only £19 inc VAT! We only have 5 of these keyboards left at this special price.
Clearance on many other editing keyboards
We are running some clearance offers on our other editing keyboards. These are unused keyboards which have been in stock for some time. Where the shortcuts are not relevant to the current version of the editing program we have noted this on the website.
Bella Premiere Pro US-layout keyboard with built-in jog-shuttle - £30+VAT, £36 inc.
Sony Vegas keyboard - £30+VAT, £36 inc.
Avid Mini Keyboard - £30+VAT, £36 inc.
You can see the full list of keyboard offers on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDITORS-KEYS-EDIUS-keyboard.html
You can see a full list of our special offers here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Software_hardware.html
Vistitle has been our favourite program for animated titles for quite some time and now it is available for Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro. Our first stock has arrived at DVC and we are in the process of making a couple of demonstration videos to show Vistitle in action in Premiere Pro.
Each version of Vistitle needs a different dongle and you cannot have more than one version installed on a computer at a time. So, for example, if you own the EDIUS version you cannot upgrade to the Premiere Pro version, you must buy a completely new copy. If you want to use the extra Vistitle plug-ins,3D particles, Karaoke and handwriting, you will need to buy these again to use them in Premiere Pro, even if you already have them in your EDIUS version.
The three different versions of Vistitle all have the same main features. We have produced some tutorial videos on the basics of Vistitle as well as showing how to draw a line on a map in Vistitle which you can see on our website (Links below). These videos show Vistitle being used in EDIUS, but Vistitle works the same in Premiere Pro and Avid. The major difference is how titles are created in the first place. With EDIUS you can choose one from the template library and drop it on the timeline. With Premiere Pro you choose to make a new title and then have the option of making one from a template or making your own from scratch.
Our EDIUS videos will give you a good idea of what to expect of Vistitle in Premeire Pro or Avid. There are also lots of videos made by the makers of Vistitle on YouTube for you to browse as well.
There should be a trial version of Vistitle for Premiere and Avid (as well as EDIUS 7) available on the Vistitle website soon -www.vistitle.com
You can see our Vistitle videos here:
You can read more about Vistitle and order the software on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-3.html
Grass Valley have released an update to EDIUS 7. 7.20 fixes several bugs and improves the program all-round. The most important changes are in the Burn to disc function - EDIUS can now burn VBR discs properly and also can do multiple DVD menus properly. These were our most major problems with EDIUS 7.01 and the reason we would recommending installing EDIUS 7.20.
There are a variety of other fixes which you can read here: http://cdn1.grassvalley.com/unsecure/DL/EDIUS_7.x/documentation/EDIUS_7.20_Release_Notes_Sep_2013.pdf
EDIUS 7.20 also adds a couple of extra features:
- Panasonic AVC-Ultra MXF file import / browse
- SONY XAVC AVC-Intra file import / browser
- Adobe After Effects plug-in bridge support.
The AE plug-in bridge support is limited to only two plug-ins, Sapphire and Boris Final Effects. They will add support for more plug-ins in future updates. As EDIUS is now 64 bit you will need 64bit EDIUS plug-ins rather than the 32bit plug-in you may have used in EDIUS 6.
We recommend the EDIUS 7.20 update to all users of EDIUS 7. If you have your editing machine on the internet then the program will prompt you do download the update when you start EDIUS. If it does not you can always use "check for updates" which is in the help menu.
You can also download the update from the Grass Valley support site: http://www.grassvalley.com/login?r=%2Fsupport%2Fdownloads%2Fproducts
At the IBC show in Amsterdam at the start or September, Adobe announced some forth-coming updates for some of their Adobe CC programs. There will be new updates forPremiere Pro, After Effects andSpeedgrade.
Direct-link between Speedgrade & Premiere Pro
The biggest new feature is a direct link between Premiere Pro and Speedgrade. Speedgrade is Adobe's grading application which was added to the list of Adobe software with CS6. To grade something in Speedgrade currently you need to export the sequence from Premiere Pro as a bunch of stills, load this into Speedgrade and then export a new movie back to Premiere Pro. With the new update you will be able to simply load a Premiere Pro project in Speedgrade, grade it, then open it back up in Premiere Pro, with all the grades intact. This almost makes Speedgrade just another part of Premiere Pro. We have not been able to try this as yet since the new versions are not currently available, but are dying to give it a go!
Better format support in Premiere Pro
Premiere will now support all the formats the Speedgrade supports, including formats like Blackmagic DNG - as used by the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. As someone who is editing a project filmed with theBlackmagic Cinema Camera I look forward to this kind of ability with great interest.
New high-quality upscaling in After Effects
Although you may be filming on new HD formats you may have to include older footage in your edit. After Effects is adding a high quality upscale feature to their CC version which will do a better job than their current scaling.
Lots of small enhancements like overlays in the program window in Premiere Pro showing useful information.
These updates are due to be released in October. They will only be available to subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you subscribe you will get them automatically as part of the subscription. This is a good example of Adobe delivering on their promise with the Creative Cloud to keep updating and adding new features to the programs as part of the service.
You can read more about the Creative Cloud and Creative Cloud for Teams, and some the advantages and disadvantages on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe-Creative-Cloud.html.
The offer where, if you are upgrading from CS3/CS4/CS5/CS5.5 or CS6 to CC for Teams, you get a much lower price and the price is fixed for two years, has been extended by Adobe. This offer is available on CC for Teams for the full Adobe suite of 15 programs. You pay £362 per annum promotional price offer and receive the SAME promotional renewal price for the second year, rather than have the price rise to£692 per annum.
This offer has been extended to end on 29th November 2013.
You can read more about Creative Cloud for Teams on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe-Creative-Cloud.html.
Adobe have released a patch for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. CS6.05 was released pretty quickly after CS6.04 was released and just fixed another couple of small issues. We have been using 6.05 since the release and have not had problems with it using Blackmagic or Matrox devices so we recommend you download and install it.
The patch is free and available now either from the automatic update or by downloading direct from Adobe: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=98&platform=Windows
Boris RED 5.4 has been released with support for Grass Valley EDIUS 7and Sony Vegas Pro 12.
Boris Red is a compositing program, similar in many ways to Adobe After Effects, which can run as a plug-in in various editing programs. It offers advanced compositing, motion tracking, 3D modelling, a large list of visual effects and is a great add-on for EDIUS. With EDIUS 7 being 64 bit this also means that it is using the 64 bit version of Boris which means it will take better advantage of current multi-core processors and large quantities of RAM.
You can read more about Boris RED and order a version on our website and http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Boris_Red.html
There is also a lot of information, including many free tutorials, on the Boris website:www.borisfx.com