David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
2nd February 2016
Grass Valley have announced a new "jumpgrade" offer for owners of old versions of EDIUS (Version 2 to version 6.5) and for owners of EDIUS Neo. They can now "jump" from their version to the current version of EDIUS Pro 8 and save £100+VAT on the price of EDIUS Pro.
This offer runs from 1st February 2016 to 30th April 2016.
This is an excellent chance for people with older versions of the program to move up to EDIUS 8 with all it's new features and abilities, with more new features that are going to be added during the life of EDIUS 8. All the future updates for EDIUS 8 will be free if you buy EDIUS Pro now.
Amongst other things EDIUS 8 is the only version which is validated to work on Windows 10. Many people who have computers running old versions of EDIUS running under Windows 8 and 7 have been choosing to use Microsoft's free update to Windows 10 but finding their version of EDIUS will not work properly on Windows 10. This is a chance to get a version that will operate properly and lots of new features.
There are two versions of EDIUS 8 - Workgroup and Pro. For most people we believe the Pro version will be the perfect choice, however, you can choose to upgrade to EDIUS Workgroup after buying this jumpgrade if you prefer. You can see a list of the differences between EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup plus a lot more information regarding EDIUS on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Canopus_Edius_Pro.html
The jumpgrade is £259+VAT, £310.80 inc.
The jumpgrades are now in stock. To order and read more click here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS-Jumpgrade.html
Click here to see Grass Valleys Press Release on the offer : http://www.grassvalley.com/news/press/releases/view/3049-grass-valley-offers-edius-users-promotional-upgrade-to-version-8
EDIUS 8.2 announced
Grass Valley have announced details of the next major update to EDIUS. EDIUS 8.2 will be released around the time of the annual NAB conference in Las Vegas (16th-21st April) and should include the following:
- Motion tracking which will be part of the mask filter and so you should be able to track an item (such as a face) across the screen, and add a filter to it.
- RAW and LUT support - new cameras can film in a "RAW" format where you end up with more information in the picture but need to process it to make the image look good. LUTs are a good way of doing this; they are standard settings for images which can be applied with one click to turn a RAW of flat image into a decent looking shot but still retain the extra information obtained by shooting in RAW. We made a short video explaining the basics of RAW and LUTs which you can see here : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/V-Log-footage-and-using-LUTS.html
Grass Valley, like other companies, do not normally release information about new versions until they are actually available, since things can change and features which are sometimes promised, do not get finished in time. This announcement is a change from the norm and an attempt from Grass Valley to be more transparent about the future of the program. As such it is very welcome. We intend to produce a new video on the features when they are available, which will be on ourYouTube channel and on our website.
EDIUS 8.11 update
In addition to revealing the plans for a future version of EDIUS, Grass Valley also said that there would be an update arriving soon which will fix a few bugs in EDIUS 8.1. This has not yet arrived and we are hoping for it this week. We do not know the list of things that will be fixed although we are hoping some issues, like the fact that EDIUS 8.1 cannot make 4x3 DVDs in 8.1, to be addressed. When the update is available you should be prompted to download it by EDIUS itself, if using the Pro version of the program. Owners of EDIUS Workgroup 8do not get prompted and will have to download the update from the Grass Valley support site.
When available we will post the information on our news pages: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Latest-news.html
ADVC110 is available again
The most popular analogue to digital converter is now available again.
Grass Valley's ADVC110 lets you convert composite or SVIDEO signals to DV and DV to composite and SVIDEO. All you need to do is plug it into a FireWire socket and it should be seen in the same way a DV camera is seen. This means it will work with most editing programs with the minimum of fuss.
The ADVC only works in standard definition and needs a FireWire port to operate, so is not suitable for everyone, but if you need a DV-analogue converter this is one of the best. The ADVC100 is £199+VAT from us at DVC.
New Grass Valley Storm Pro
Grass Valley have introduced a new hardware card - the Storm Pro. Grass Valley have been making their own high quality I/O cards for years. Recently they added support for Blackmagic cards and given that Blackmagic cards are cheaper, can generally output to more formats (such as 4K & UHD) and work in other programs like Resolve and After Effects, most people now use Blackmagic instead of Grass Valley I/O cards.
However, Blackmagic cards are also known for not being perfect, and there are always some small issues with them; for example the current most popular card, the Intensity Pro 4K does not capture footage through component with the correct brightness levels - although SVIDEO and composite are ok. For most people the lower price and the fact that most of it works properly, overcomes these small problems.
Grass Valley cards are always high quality and, of course, well integrated into EDIUS. The new card, the Storm Pro, has SDI in and out, as well as HDMI out. You can also add the "Storm bay" and get analogue I/O. It can output at up to 1920x1080 50/60i resolution and can output video from 1920 50P projects, but only at 50i. It does not output UHD or 4K.
The Storm Pro is £489+VAT. We do not yet have a price for the Storm bay. These cards are bought to order so delivery time is about 2 week from when you order the card.
You can read more here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass-Valley-Storm-Pro.html
B.V.E. show coming at the end of February
The annual B.V.E. show is coming to London at the end of February. The show runs from 23rd February to the 25th at the Excel Centre in London. This is the biggest video show in the UK and your chance to find out all the latest in video technology and programs.
We will not have a stand there ourselves but DVC Managing Directorand Grass Valley certified trainer, David Clarke, will be on the Holdan stand demonstrating Grass Valley EDIUS 8.
Holdan are the distributors for Grass Valley products as well as Blackmagic and many other brands that we sell at DVC. Feel free to come by for a chat.
Entry is free if you register in advance. You can register in advance for the show here: http://www.bvexpo.com/
Updated DVC EDIUS Tutorial
We have updated our EDIUS tutorial to include some sections about EDIUS 8. Our EDIUS 7 tutorial has a lot of information in it - over 17 hours. All the information is relevant to EDIUS 8 as well as EDIUS 7, although the interface has changed between the two versions which means the screen displayed on our tutorial will not exactly match the screen you will have with EDIUS 8. All the buttons will be in the same places and do the same things but the interface looks slightly different.
We are intending to update the entire tutorial; we have not done this yet but have concentrated on updating the introductory edit and adding sections on new EDIUS 8 features not covered at all in our EDIUS 7 tutorial. The rest of the tutorial uses the chapters as filmed for the EDIUS 7 version.
The new version is now available with the following changes:
- Complete re-filmed "Complete edit in EDIUS 8" section. This section is designed to take you through a whole edit in EDIUS 8, from importing some AVCHD footage, through editing and trimming, adding titles and tweaking the sound, and finally making a video for YouTube as well as a DVD and Blu-ray disc. This is the part of the tutorial which we recommend everyone should work through when first starting editing in EDIUS, whereas we expect people to dip into the other sections when needed.
In refilming we also added some more information to cover commonly asked questions. As a result this section of the video is a bit longer than before at just over 2½ hours.
- A new section on the GV Browser, the new program added by Grass Valley to help you catalogue footage on your PC.
- How to use EDIUS' new project templates feature.
- Some chapters on other new features in EDIUS 8, which were covered in our free on-line videos regarding the new features of EDIUS 8 and EDIUS 8.1.
If you have a current version of our tutorial you will be able to update to this new tutorial for £20 through the webshop. If you want to buy our EDIUS tutorial then you can now choose between the EDIUS 8 version and the EDIUS 7 version of the tutorial. This new version will be available for order from our webshop later this week.
You will be able to order the tutorial and find out more information about all of our EDIUS tutorials here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS_training_dvd.html.
Exchange rate changes mean prices are rising!
Recently the exchange rate changes for Sterling mean we have seen some price rises on various components include Intel Processors, motherboards and RAM. We have also seen small price rises on Blackmagic cards and some editing software. Unfortunately there is a not a lot we can do about this; we will honor recent system quotes if done in the last two weeks.
Avid Media Composer 8.5 with Windows 10 and El Capitan support
Avid have released a new version of Media Composer. Version 8.5 adds some interesting new features and streamlines some menus and effects palettes. They have also added the ability to sync cameras for a multi-camera shoot using the audio waveform.
However, the main change is that it now officially supports both Windows 10 and the latest MAC O/S El Capitan.
There is a very good Avid blog post outlining the new features here: http://www.avidblogs.com/media-composer-8-5-now-available/.
The update should appear in your application manager automatically, however, you can also download the full update via the Avid download centre:https://www.avid.com/US/support/downloads.
You can read more about Media Composer on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
Adobe 2015.2 update fixes bugs
Adobe have released updates for many of their video applications. These updates generally fix various bugs that were in the 2015.1 update and do not add new features.
There is a very good Adobe blog post outlining the new features here: http://blogs.adobe.com/premierepro/2016/01/premiere-pro-cc-2015-2.html
The updates should appear in your Creative Cloud application automatically. We have not thoroughly tested this update ourselves yet but have not encountered major problems so far. Indeed the update appears to have fixed quite a few issues that were outstanding with 2015.1.
You can read more about Adobe Premiere Pro and see the current special offers on Creative Cloud for Teams on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
Special offer - Adobe CC for Teams with price lock for up to 3 years
Adobe have introduced a new offer on Creative Cloud for Teams for users who own versions back to CS3 which they have not already upgraded. The new offers are for both individual products and the full CC for Teams bundle and the low price is set for either 1 year or 3 years.
CC for Teams gives you access to the same software as regular Creative Cloud and also gives you the following features:
- More web space than with regular Creative Cloud - with the normal CC bundle you get 20GB, with CC for Teams you are given 100GB.
- Access to a higher level of Adobe support than with normal CC.
- Access to DVC support - we will support people who buy systems from us using the normal Creative Cloud (the normal Creative Cloud is only available direct from from Adobe). We will only support people who buy only the software if they buy it from us (of course!).
- Better control over licences.
- You pay one fee up-front, and no payment details are left with anyone - either DVC or Adobe - so your subscription will not automatically "roll-over"when the time period expires and the special offer price has ended.
The offers are:
Upgrade from CS5 or later, and get a reduced price for 12 months of £457.32+VAT (the equivalent of £38.11+VAT per month).
Upgrade from CS3 and later with a 13 month subscription for £495.43+VAT up front (the equivalent of £38.11 per month).
Upgrade from CS3 and later with a 3 year subscription for £1371.96+VAT (all paid up-front but means your price is effectively fixed for 3 years at the equivalent of £38.11 per month).
Upgrade to Premiere Pro CC (which includes Adobe Media Encoder and Encore CS6) from CS5 for £171.48+VAT (the equivalent of £14.29 per month).
These prices are the same as you would pay Adobe if ordering the suite or just Premiere Pro using the normal Creative Cloud and paying monthly, although you get the benefits of CC for Teams.
You can read more about CC for Teams and Premiere Pro CC on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html.
New Blackmagic drivers and updated version of DaVinci Resolve
Blackmagic have released a new version of DaVinci Resolve 12. Version 12.2 adds support for playback of HEVC/H.265 clips (this is currently only available on the MAC version) and a few other small improvements as well as fixing a few bugs. For example we are now finding some MP4 files that would not open in 12.1, and used to open in version 11, are working again. DaVinci Resolve 12 is free to everyone on Windows or Mac OS, and Resolve 12 Studio updates are free to anyone who has previous bought a Resolve dongle.
You can download the update here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/davinci-resolve-and-fusion
Blackmagic have release the 10.5.4 drivers for their range of capture cards. Previously we had suggested that users do not bother to update to the 10.5.3 drivers as we had seen problems, whereas we have been using 10.5.4 with no major issues. If you have a system with a Blackmagic card and it is working, don't bother to update as these drivers are mainly designed to fix problems and add support for the new Avid Artist DNxIO device. but if you are having some issues then we suggest you download an update to these drivers. You can download them here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/capture-and-playback
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700