DVC Newsletter 30th March 2012
- Buy Adobe CS5.5 now and get CS6 free
- Last chance to get upgrades from pre-CS5 Adobe software
- CS6 sneak peaks and Photoshop CS6 beta
- Matrox MX02 special offers end 31st March 2012
- New public beta Matrox MX02 drivers for Avid MC6 & Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
- Anyone who buys EDIUS 6 now, will get EDIUS 6.5 FREE
- Last chance to try out EDIUS preview - ends 31st March, i.e. TOMORROW
- New version of Grass Valley AVCHD conversion tool
- Do not be fooled by a phone call from "Microsoft technical support"
- Black Magic driver update for FCPX
- Black Magic DaVinci Resolve - FREE colour grading for the PC
DVC Open days 2012
We are planning to hold the first of our 2012 open days on Wednesday May 9th at our offices in Hove. We will also be holding other open days in different parts of the UK over the coming months - details will be posted in future newsletters. We cannot give full details of the programs we will show on May 9th, since it will be dependant on the new programs which are shown at NAB in Las Vegas in April, although we hope that we will be able to show off the CS6 versions of the Adobe software as well as other software such as Black Magic's DaVinci for colour grading, and the latest developments in Grass Valley EDIUS.
More details on the schedule for the open day will be posted in a future email newsletter. Entry will be free, and you can register for the open day from our website. You don't have to register but it will help us to plan the day if you do.
FREE DVC VIDEOS on ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS5 & EDIUS 3D
We have just completed two new sets of videos which you can see on our website and YouTube:
EDIUS 3D - a half hour video which shows some of the new features in the 3D preview version of EDIUS - which will become EDIUS 6.5. This is not intended as a tutorial but is instead to try and show you some of the new features without you having to install the preview version. It does not show everything that is will be in EDIUS, as Grass Valley have not included all the new stuff in the 3D preview, but should show you some of what to expect. EDIUS 3D is not just about stereoscopic editing, there are some new exciting features like better quality down-scaling from HD to SD also included.
EDIUS 3D preview will be up on our website over the weekend - http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/edius_3d_preview.html
SOUND EDITING IN ADOBE PREMEIRE PRO CS5.5 - we get lots of positive comments about our tutorial videos, that come free with systems or that you can order from the webshop. However, one thing people have said about our Premiere Pro tutorial is that they would prefer a little bit more on the sound editing in Premiere Pro. We set out to do "a little bit more" and ended up making another hours worth of material. There are 10 new chapters in total so we have included each new chapter as a separate video file on the website. If you would like a complete new version of the Premiere Pro CS5 tutorial which includes the audio editing then, if you have previously ordered the tutorial from us, we will send you out a new version of disc for £10 (just to cover postage an packing). Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sound editing in Premiere Pro CS5.5 - http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/sound_editing_in_premiere_cs5.html
We will be producing all new videos for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Encore CS6 when it is actually available.
Buy CS5.5 now and get CS6 FREE!
As you are probably aware there is a new version of Premiere Pro due soon, as well as new versions of all the other Adobe applications. We expect CS6 to be announced at NAB in Las Vegas in April, and although Adobe have not officially said they are doing this there are a few "sneak peaks" and other things happening which we think confirm our expectations.
Adobe have just announced that anyone who buys CS5.5 after the 26th March and before 6th May will get CS6 free when it ships. You will need to provide Adobe with some proof of purchase, which is normally just a copy of the invoice from your supplier, and complete some other information on-line before you can download the update. Like previous free versions you will only have a small window in which to apply, or lose out, so once we have the full details, which will come after CS6 is actually announced, make sure you apply quickly.
We will put more information into a future newsletter. If you have bought Adobe software from us at DVC recently then please feel free to email or phone to confirm whether you are eligible for the free update.
What are the new features in CS6?
We expect there will be new versions of ALL the Adobe programs and some details are being released on what these will be - either in "sneak peaks", small Adobe videos which are trying to wet your appetite for the new versions, or, in the case of Adobe Premiere Pro, quick screen shots in a rather funny video by some American editors. Nothing official has been released, apart from information on Photoshop - which you can actually download and use in a public beta version.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
What do we know about the new version of Premiere Pro? Not a lot really, but they have redesigned the interface and stream-lined it quite a bit. We have put a screen shot of the new interface on our website (http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/cs6.html) and from that you can see changes to the icons in the bins, plus a tidier display of the buttons under the main player windows. The picture was taken from an internet video made by the Conan editors. Conan is a popular US TV show, and the guys that edit it have posted several amusing clips before which included a nice, funny one about Apple Final Cut Pro X. They have the new Premiere Pro CS6 and made a short video about it. It is funny, but don't expect an indepth look at the new features. You can watch the new video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzKD9jdsSfs
Another new item which has appeared on some sites is a new Adobe program called Adobe Prelude. Again we have very little information but this appears to be a new application which is designed to help import card-based footage and it even allows you to do a rough edit prior to loading footage into Premiere Pro.
Adobe Photoshop CS6
The new version of Photoshop we do know about since Adobe have released a public beta version which you can download right now from the Adobe Labs: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs6/?skwcid=TC|23062|adobe%20photoshop%20CS6%20beta||S|b|2092252558
The new version includes a streamlined interface and some new features which use the "content aware fill".
We have a sneak peak at some new Audition features as well. The main one which we find very exciting is a feature called AUTOMATIC SPEECH ALIGNMENT where you can get Audition to automatically match newly recorded dialogue with on-set recorded dialogue, so it should be great for replacing badly recorded sound. You can see the Audition sneak peek here: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-technology-sneaks-2012/adobe-audition-cs6-sneak-peek/
What is in store for After Effects, Encore, and other programs? To be honest we don't know at the moment but are dying to find out! We are planning an open day in May at our offices in Hove at which time we hope to be able to show off the new Adobe software as well as many of our other programs. This assumes it will be announced at NAB and available soon afterwards, of course, so it is subject to change.
Remember that when CS6 arrives you can only upgrade from CS5 or CS5.5
Just a reminder that when CS6 arrives you can only upgrade from CS5 or CS5.5, so if you have CS4 or earlier then you will have to buy the new version soon. Normally when a new version is announced the old version disappears completely, so if you do want to update then we advise you do it soon. The 20% off offer that we had previously been running has now finished, but upgrades are still available at the regular price. Even if you do not edit on Premiere you may want to consider upgrading an old version of one of the other Adobe programs:
Adobe Encore - this is the best DVD & Blu-ray writing program in our opinion and works well with other editing programs like EDIUS and After Effects. You can upgrade from an old version of Premiere (ANY old version, except LE, currently, including Premeire 1 from 1995 when we first started. http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html Upgrade from Premiere £229+VAT
Adobe Audition - Adobe's sound editing program, which has lots of powerful features and integrates really well with Premiere Pro, will also work really well with other programs and give you a lot more control over your sound. You can currently upgrade to Adobe Audition 5.5 to ANY previous version of Audition, and don't forget you will get a free CS6 as well which includes the new AUTOMATIC SPEECH ALIGNMENT tool. http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_audition.html, upgrades from £76+VAT.
After Effects - Adobe's excellent compositing tool to which you can upgrade from any of the last 3 versions - http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/After_Effects2.html - upgrades from £129+VAT.
The Adobe Production Premium - Premiere Pro, Encore, After Effects, Audition, Flash Pro, Photoshop extended and Illustrator - - upgrades from a single product (like Premiere Pro) £949+VAT.
NEWBLUEFX TITLER PRO
NewBlueFX Titler Pro is a new titling program which plugs into most NLE software include Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Grass Valley EDIUS 5 & 6, and Avid Media Composer. The Titler already ships with Sony Vegas Pro 11, and you can buy it as an add-on for earlier versions. A full list of supported hosts is available on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/NewBlueFX.html
Titler Pro lets you make animated & static titles in either 2D or 3D. It is very easy to use, possibly the easiest 3D titling program we have seen, and can produced very good quality titles. Many effects play in realtime in the editing program using the power of your graphic card. The most obvious program in which to use Titler Pro is Adobe Premiere Pro, since the only other option for animating your titles is to use Adobe After Effects. It also works well in EDIUS, with the obvious competition being Vistitle. We actually think the NewBlue Titler is easier to use than Vistitle (Vistitle being a lot better than the old Title Motion Pro), and can do proper 3D extruded text, although does not have a lot of the other Vistitle options. You can see more information on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/NewBlueFX.html
You can download a trial version, and once you are happy with the program you just need to buy an unlock code from us at DVC. To download the trial just click on this link:>http://www.newbluefx.com/downloads/downloader.php?file=NewBlueTitlerProForWindowsSetup10.exe&os=w&pname=Titler%20Pro
The trial version will work for a limited time before it adds a watermark to your clip. It gives you a chance to see how well it works in your computer and whether you can "get on" with the interface.
You can order the program from us at DVC from our NewBlueFX page: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/NewBlueFX.html
If you buy EDIUS 6 now you will get a free EDIUS 6.5
Grass Valley have announced a major update to EDIUS - EDIUS 6.5. This will ship around June 2012 and will be showcased at the NAB show in April. We put details of the new features available in EDIUS 6.5 in the last newsletter. If you have been using the EDIUS 3D preview version you may have even seen some of them in operation. We have also put together a short video on the 3D preview version which includes information on some of the non-stereoscopic enhancements. You can see the video here: >http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/edius_3d_preview.html. You can also see the details on EDIUS 6.5 from our previous newsletter here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/2nd-March-2012.html>.
The big announcement we now have is that anyone who bought EDIUS 6 from 1st March onwards is entitled to a free copy of EDIUS 6.5 when it arrives. Details on how to claim will be made available when EDIUS 6.5 ships which is scheduled for June 2012. We have checked and the offer does apply to copies bought as part of the current HALF PRICE offer (see below). We should point out that EDIUS 6 currently comes with a selection of excellent plug-ins from ProDad, NewBlue and Izotope and these will not be included in 6.5 when it ships. They willnot work in 6.5 and you will need updates from the various manufacturers to make them work, for which you may have to pay. We don't know if you will have to pay and won't until EDIUS 6.5 arrives, all we do know for sure is that the ones that work in EDIUS 6 will NOT work in EDIUS 6.5.
HALF PRICE EDIUS
The half price offer on EDIUS officially ends tomorrow (31st March) although we are buying a large quantity so will have some left after this. If you buy this version you will get a free version 6.5 from Grass Valley we have been told, when 6.5 ships.
We still have a couple of Vistitle PromoPacks in stock which consist of the excellent animated titling program for EDIUS, Vistitle, with extra plug-ins which add particle effects and a handwriting plug-in all for £169+VAT. When these are gone the price will have to go back up to £250+VAT without the extra plug-ins.
STORM MOBILE PROMOPACK
We have one STORM Mobile Megapack - this is an external STORM Mobile, with EDIUS, the Vistitle Promo pack and both sets of interface cards for £799+VAT. This saves over £100 off the normal price.
NEWBLUE TITLER PRO FOR EDIUS
We have just started supply the NewBlueFX Titler Pro as mentioned above. This is another animated titling program which can to 2D and 3D animated titles. At its price of £199+VAT is more expensive than Vistitle at the Promo price but cheaper than it at the regular price. Titler Pro's biggest advantage over Vistitle is that it does 3D extruded text - which Vistitle does not. A short comparison of the two is on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/NewBlueFX.html
All these offers are available on the DVC website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/GRASS_VALLEY_OFFERS.html
Black Magic driver update
The 9.2 Black Magic drivers contain a few updates for Avid Media Composer 6 as well as, on the MAC, support for Final Cut Pro X. They also include support for playback of Avid DNxHD media from within Black Magic's own program Media Express.
If using an Black Magic card with Grass Valley EDIUS for capture we would recommend sticking with the version 9 drivers, since we have extensively tested them with EDIUS.
You can download the Black Magic drivers here: http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/
You can see the full range of Black Magic cards here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_capture_cards.html
BLACK MAGIC DAVINCI RESOLVE - FREE colour grading for the PC
What is Resolve? It is a colour grading program designed to make your images look as nice as possible. You could call grading just fancy colour correction but there is a lot more to it than that. Grading is now an essential part of making video in the broadcast world with practically everything you see on screen graded in someway. DaVinci Resolve is one of the industry standard grading programs and up to now has only been available on the MAC. Now there is a PC version available. Black Magic do a free version, and paid one.
The free version is remarkably powerful and includes primary and secondary colour correction, masks with motion tracking and all of it realtime if using the right graphic card (which MUST be an nVidia, it will not even open on an ATI card). The program itself is not that intuitive, in that it basically does not work like your editing program, but once you get to know it you can colour grade your footage in lots of ways you never thought possible. We are going to do a demonstration of Resolve in our open day on May and hopefully produce a short video on the basic setup and how to get projects from programs like EDIUS into resolve.
The features of the free version are staggering, and it will handle SD and HD footage - although not AVI files, everything has to be QuickTime or some variations of other HD file types like XDCAM. If you buy the paid version you can deal with better than HD footage, STEREOSCOPIC footage and you get an excellent noise-reduction feature.
We have not yet added Resolve to our website since the PC version is very new and will be adding more information over the next few weeks. You can read more on the Black Magic Website and download the free version there as well : http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/davinciresolve/
Do not be fooled by a phone call from "Microsoft technical support"
We have had several customers who have phone calls perporting to be from Windows or Microsoft technical support. They then ask you to run a few programs or examine various parts of the PC and then explain you have lots of problems on your computer and you need to pay them to sort them out. If they say you need to download a file from the to trace problems DEFINITELY DO NOT DO THIS as it is probably a Virus and will cause the problems they will then charge you to fix, or worse, steal valuable information. Our advice is to politely tell the people to "go take a running jump".
As far as we know Microsoft never make unsoilcted calls and have also trained their staff to be polite - these people can often be rude and bullying.
If you do get involved in one of these calls and you are worried about what they have told you, and assuming you have a DVC system, then give us a ring and we advise you, for nothing, about what they have said.
David Vincent Clarke Ltd
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