David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700
15th April 2014
- Last chance to buy Adobe CS6 from us at DVC
- How to make a 3D image move with VisTitle on Website
- Panasonic GH4 stocks arriving
- EDIUS 7.31 available
- Avid Media Composer 8 shipping
- Sony Vegas pro 13 shipping
- Sony DVD Architect available on it own
- Blackmagic Version 10.1 drivers still a bit dodgy
- DVC current special offers on systems
Last chance to buy Adobe CS6 through DVC
You have until 30th May - this Friday - to buy CS6
Adobe will stop selling their CS6 permanent licences through resellers like ourselves at the end of May 2014. The software should still be available from the Adobe store on-line, however most resellers like ourselves sell the CS6 versions cheaper than Adobe which means that if you want to buy a permanent CS6 licence after the end of May you will have to pay more, as well as struggling to find it on the Adobe website.
Obviously Adobe want everybody to move to rental via the Creative Cloud and do stress that CS6 has now not had any major new features added for two years, and that the CC versions are a lot more up to date. This is entirely true of course, but some people simply refuse to rent the software and want a permanent licence. If you are one of these people we would suggest that you order a copy of CS6 now (preferably from us at DVC), or consider moving to different software.
You can order your CS6 licences here : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
Adobe CC for Teams upgrade offer also finishes on 30th May
The current offer on the Creative Cloud for Teams, where you get a reduced price fixed for the first two years on the software if you own an Adobe CS3 or above product, will also be ending on Friday. CC For Teams is the way to get onto Adobe's new subscription service with some specific benefits for business users, especially if they need a few seats of the software. CC for Teams will continue next month, but the price lock deal for two years is set to end. With this deal it is actually cheaper to get a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, either for the whole suite or one program using the teams version, rather than the version direct from Adobe, when you take into account the total price you will pay for two years.
You can read more about Creative Cloud for Teams here. http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe-Creative-Cloud.html
All Adobe orders are processed as licences. To make sure we can get your order in in time please order at the latest on Friday morning. We cannot guarantee that orders placed late on Friday will be processed by Adobe in time.
Panasonic GH4 stocks arriving
The brilliant new Panasonic GH4 still and video camera is now available. Our first stocks arrived and sold out immediately (although we did keep one for ourselves). The second wave of stock is due to arrive shortly. With the second stock to arrive we will also have the "YAGHE" interface which adds XLR audio, SDI output, audio level controls and much more to the camera.
Having been out and about filming with the camera we have to say we are really impressed with the quality and ease of use. The pictures are sharp and extremely detailed, especially at 4K and the files can be loaded into most current editing software. The amount of control you have over the camera is absolutely amazing, with a variety of focus modes, peaking to help you get it right, and even control over the shadows and highlights!
Various videos are now on YouTube which show off the quality and control of the camera. We are also planning an open day at our offices soon to show off this and the Blackmagic 4K Production camera.
You can read more about the amazing GH4 and order it from our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Panasonic-Cameras.html
New VisTitle free tutorial on the DVC website
Have you ever wanted to take a 2D still image and, and do make it look like a 3D picture as you move around it?
This technique is used a lot on TV and we have been asked many times how to achieve it. It is possible using a composting program like After Effects or Boris RED, but you can do it with the titling program, VisTitle!
The tutorial covers taking the images into VisTitle, arranging them in 3D space and moving the camera in 3D. We then add some filters to add a depth of field and finally finish with how we split the original 2D image into 3 separate layers and filled in the gaps in both Photoshop and PaintShop Pro.
The tutorial was inspired by watching some of the depth tutorials produced by SGDV video which you can either buy on their own or in a bundle with VisTitle.
Just click here to view this tutorial: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-free-tutorials.html
You can read more about the SGDV tutorial on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-training.html
You can order the VisTitle, together with a comprehensive VisTitle tutorial here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Vistitle-3.html.
Avid Media Composer 8 shipping
New Avid subscription service/Avid Media Composer 8
Avid Media Composer 8 is the latest version of Media Composer. The big change to the program, compared to Media Composer 7, is that the software is now available by subscription as well as a permanent licence. There are no major new features currently, which may seem odd when the program has been released with a new version number, but as the software is now subscription based new features will be released when they are ready, and subscribers will get the updates as part of their subscription, rather than having to pay extra (rather like Premiere Pro Creative Cloud). Avid are promising some big new features later in the year.
People who do not buy via subscription but instead decide to go for a permanent licence can get the new features by paying £219+VAT for a support contract.
The Avid program is identical whether you opt for the subscription or permanent licence, however you do get more extra software if you decide to buy via subscription. Of course, the other major difference is that with a subscription if you stop paying it stops working. With a permanent licence you pay a larger fee up front and it works "forever" (or at least as long as you have a computer that is capable of running the software). If you want to keep the permanent licence up to date with all the latest patches and updates then you will have to keep paying £219+VAT per year, but if you choose not to then it simply carries on working at the place you stopped paying, rather than not working at all.
The fact that you can buy a permanent licence is a major difference between Avid and Adobe. With Adobe you can only rent the new software.
Should you upgrade to MC8 if you own MC7 or earlier?
Right now, no. If you already have a permanent licence of MC7 upgrading to MC8 will give you very little, so you should probably wait until Avid release new features before upgrading. The "support contract" upgrade is available for any version of Media Composer so if you have an old MC version you could upgrade now to MC8 and you will, of course, get a whole range of extra features.
However you should make sure you take out the support contract by the end of this year. If you do not do so you will not have the option to upgrade in the future.
You can, of course, decide to change to the subscription service if that suits you better than the permanent licence. We have made a list of the comparative costs of the subscription and permanent licences on our website, where you can order both versions.
You can read the full details here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
Sony Vegas 13 Available!
Sony Vegas Pro 13 was announced at NAB last month and adds some interesting new features, support for some Sony 4K cameras and an iPad app for collaboration with others.
Vegas Pro 13 is now shipping and you can order the program either on its own, or in a bundle with Sony's DVD writing program, DVD Architect.
You can read more here: http://blog.sony.com/press/sony-announces-latest-version-of-vegas-pro-software/
Vegas continues to be available as a permanent licence as opposed to being on subscription like Adobe or Avid.
You can read more about Vegas and order if from our website here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Sony_Vegas.html
Sony DVD Architect is a very comprehensive DVD and Blu-ray authoring program and lets you do just about every thing you would need with a DVD. DVD Architect has always been the closest competition to Adobe Encore in our opinion and Architect does have several features not found in Encore such as scripting, different video angles and the ability to make full quality Stereoscopic Blu-ray discs with menus.
You have always had to buy DVD Architect with Vegas meaning that if you were using another editing program. like Grass Valley EDIUS, then you would have to pay approximately £400 to get the program and have an editing program you would not use.
DVD Architect is now available on its own for £129+VAT.
If you already have Encore you will probably not change since, even though Adobe have said they will not develop Encore any more, Encore does still work on current computers. However, if you are an EDIUS user and want more comprehensive DVD writing than can be achieved in the EDIUS, or an Avid editor who needs a decent authoring program, or is just plain fed up with all the drawbacks of Avid DVD, then you should definitely get DVD Architect.
You can read more about DVD Architect and order the software from our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Sony_DVD_Architect_1.html
EDIUS 7.31 AVAILABLE
Grass Valley have produced an update for EDIUS. This update mainly fixes a few small bugs, and also adds Sony XAVC export.
If your computer is on-line it will prompt you to download the update automatically. EDIUS will not install it automatically, you have to choose to do that, but it will let you know an update is ready.
We have been using this update since it arrived at the end of last week and have no major problems.
You can download the update from the Grass Valley support site here: http://www.grassvalley.com/support/downloads/products
Software codec updates
Grass Valley have recently updated their software codecs which let you use the EDIUS codec on machines without EDIUS installed. They are available for both MAC and PC. You do not need these on a machine that has EDIUS installed, and in fact if you do install them it will probably mess EDIUS up! However they do let you use EDIUS-style footage on machines without EDIUS and are free to use. So it is an easy way for you to make some footage in high quality to give to someone else who does not own EDIUS.
All you need to do is register on the support site above and got to the utilities section, to download them.
This little program converts footage into Grass Valley HQ & HQX format. It was originally invented to convert AVCHD into HQ in the days when EDIUS and computers were not very good at handling AVCHD. These days, with a modern computer, EDIUS edits AVCHD as if it was DV footage, so you may think you do not need the program. However, we have recently been using it to convert 4K footage from the Panasonic GH4 into easier-to-use HQX footage, as its abilities have been expanded considerably.
This utility is free to users of EDIUS and we recommend you download it from the utilities section of the Grass Valley download site if you have a lot of hard-to-use footage you need to convert. the latest version is 4.40 which was released towards the start of this year, but we know many people miss the fact that it has been updated hence including it in this newsletter!
New Blackmagic version 10.1 drivers - do not use!
Last newsletter we advised against using version the 10 Blackmagic drivers, because we had had a few problems with them. Blackmagic have released the 10.1 versions which added support for some of Blackmagic's new cards, the Decklink 4K SDI and 4K Studio, but they still suffer from issues with some programs.
Using these drivers with Avid Media Composer 7.0.4 or 8 causes choppy playback, although we do have a way round this (please email if you are having this problem). With Grass Valley EDIUS the program will crash every time you exit with these drivers installed and certain cards. If you install them on a system using a Thunderbolt 2 Ultra Studio 4K on a PC it completely messes the device up by re-writing the firmware which is a pain to reverse.
On some systems they do work, so if you have installed them and are not having major problems then you can just carry on using them, but if you have not installed them just carry on using the drivers you currently have installed. We currently use the version 9.9.6 on most of our systems.
You might think this does not inspire confidence in Blackmagic devices, but we have found that as long as you know what drivers to use and what to avoid Blackmagic stuff works, and is generally cheaper than everyone else's devices.
You can read more about the Blackmagic range of I/O devices here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
DVC system special offers
We are maintaining a couple of our successful offers on editing systems which you can see on our website.
£100 off Thunderbolt 2 Haswell systems
Haswell systems are our most popular. Recently we have been able to supply systems with Thunderbolt connections which allow you to expand the system with many external devices including fast hard drives, RAID arrays and 4K video I/O devices. With our offer you can have a Thunderbolt enabled system for practically the same price as the normal Haswell system. Having an up to date Thunderbolt system gives you a computer which should be as future proof as possible, covering all the possible add-ons you may need.
You can read more about our Thunderbolt system offer here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/thunderboltoffer.html
£400 off Xeon systems
A Thunderbolt system will give you all the possible connections you may need. A Xeon system, with two physical processors, will give you the most powerful system you can get. We are running a special offer with £400 off the price of our regular Xeon systems. There has never been a better time to get as much power as possible.
You can read more about our Xeon systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Dual-Xeon-offer.html
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