David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700
31st July 2014
The brilliant new Panasonic GH4 still and video camera started shipping about a month ago but stocks have been very limited as it has been very popular. We have one in stock which are not allocated to anyone so if you want a GH4 order now!
The GH4 with Yaghe bundle is also now available. Stocks on these are also limited. We do not currently have any free bundles on the shelf but can order them when needed. The lead time is about 2 weeks. The Yaghe adds XLR audio inputs, independent volume controls and SDI/HDMI outputs for 10 bit video, which you can record onto an external device. The camera will record into 8 bit formats internally, but if you want to record in 10 bit you will need to use an external recorder.
You can read more about the amazing GH4 and order it from our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Panasonic-Cameras.html
Our open day is next Wednesday in our offices in Brighton. We currently have a reasonable number of people registered but we have space for more.
We are calling it the "4K open day", because 4K is the hot topic at the moment, but there will still be plenty of useful information for people who have not moved to 4K and are maybe even not planning to do so soon.
The open day will consists of a series of presentations in our main demo room, and with other members of staff on hand to discuss matters with you individually. Richard Payne from Holdan will be on hand and discussing their range of 4K cameras and their Teradek Wireless video senders.
As with our last open day we hope to Webcast the day live on YouTube. We will also record the presentations and upload these to YouTube after the open day. Our priority will be the people in the room rather than the live feed, so it will be a fairly simple broadcast, but hopefully useful if you cannot make it to our offices. Full details of how to see this live feed will be posted on our website here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Open_day.html
As far as possible we will be only filming the discussions and presenters and will endeavor not to include any audience members, however, we cannot promise you will not inadvertently pop up on the video feed.
If you would like to attend please register for the open day here :http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Open_day.html
This will give us a better idea of the numbers attending and the topics in which you are interested. We will also be using this to finalise the schedule for talks.
Our current plan for the talk schedule is as follows:
10.30 Grass Valley EDIUS - the first half will be an introduction to EDIUS, the second half concentrate on new features in EDIUS 7.3.
11.30 Filming and editing 4K footage, and the Panasonic GH4.
12.30 Blackmagic cameras and DaVinci Resolve.
13.30 Avid Media Composer 8.1 - the latest updates for Avid, as well as more basic information on editing in Avid.
14.30 Premiere CC 2014 - the new features of the Creative Cloud version of Premiere Pro.
Entry to the open day is free. There is a reasonable amount of free parking outside our unit and more available in nearby roads. If you park in spaces in front of other units you may be asked to move to the road side during the open day.
We can fit a reasonable number of people in our offices but if we are heavily subscribed we may move the open day to a larger hall nearby, so please make sure you register so we can advise you if we change the venue.
If you are coming also make sure to check out how to find us on the website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/dvc-woodingdean.html.We moved premises in November 2013 and the new offices have more parking and are easy to find, but we do want to make sure you don't go to the old offices!
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. If you are planning to stay all day to attend all the talks you may also want to bring sandwiches! We look forward to seeing you.
If you can't make it to the open day and you want to find out more about 4K you can visit the 4K editing section on our website:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/4K-editing-systems.htm
Here you can see details of 4K screens we have tested at DVC, different cards that can output 4K from various editing programs, 4K cameras and how different editing programs edit 4K footage. You can also see and configure details of the kind of computer you need to edit 4K footage.
Adobe have released updates for Premiere Pro CC 2014,Prelude and Media Encoder. The new 2014 versions of the Creative Cloud were released about a month ago and included some interesting new features (you can read last months newsletter where we explained these features here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/2nd-July-2014.html)
There were a few small bugs in Premiere which meant that we were advising that, unless you desperately needed the new features, you should wait to install the 2014 version. The biggest bug was an issue to do with some H.264 encoding which resulted in a "fuzzy" pattern on some videos. The new patches say they have fixed these bugs.
All these updates are included as part of your Creative Cloud subscription. All you need to install them is to go to the Creative Cloud app and click on updates - it has probably been prompting you to do this since the 18th June.
CC2014 installs all new applications - should I keep the old versions?
With the Creative Cloud you have access for all the versions of Premiere since CS6, which means if you install the latest version you will have CS6, CC and CC2014 on your computer. Do you need to keep the old versions as well as the new ones?
The simple answer is no. However, if you do keep the old versions, apart from using up space on your programs drive, they will not cause other problems. If you want to recover the space you can uninstall the old versions leaving only CC2014 intact. If you uninstall CS6 make sure you only uninstall Premiere Pro and leave Encore on the system. Encore CS6 and Premiere Pro CS6 install together but you can choose to uninstall one and not the other. Obviously if you uninstall both you will not be able to make Blu-ray & DVD discs as there is no Encore CC or Encore CC 2014.
Reasons why to keep the old versions:
- CC 2014 will save project in CC format but will not go back further. CC will save project in CS6 format,which is the last version you could have owned as a permanent licence. If you have a CS6 permanent licence you can stop paying the Cloud subscription and still have a working version of Premiere (the CS6 one). So you may want to keep the different CC versions so you can convert project from CC 2014 into CS6 (via CC), to give you a project you can open, even if you stop paying for the subscription.
- CS6 Premiere has a dynamic link with Encore CS6 which is not available with the CC version.
If you do keep multiple versions on the same computer please note that Matrox devices will only work with the latest one using up to date drivers. Although we have ways of making Matrox devices work on older versions at the same time as new ones this is not how they install and using multiple version of Premiere with Matrox devices is not supported or recommended.
You can read more about Premiere Pro CC 2014 and Creative Cloud for Teams here. http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe-Creative-Cloud.html
EDIUS "ESI" VERSION
This version of EDIUS is a special version from "systems integrators". There are only a few authorized Systems Integrators in the UK, of which DVC is one, who can offer this version. It is a complete version of EDIUS, without any restrictions compared to the "full" version, but at a cheaper price because you are buying it through and EDIUS specialist. To qualify as an EDIUS Systems Integrator we have to be able to demonstrate the program, and giveproper support - something which we, at DVC, have been doing for many years with EDIUS.
The ESI version comes in a small package with installation files, our own DVC presets and user profile and with your serial number. The serial number is the most important part as this is your licence for EDIUS. You can change a trial version of EDIUS, downloaded from the Grass Valley website, into a full version just using the serial number.
What happened to the EDIUS crossgrade?
For the last year or so we have been supplying the EDIUS crossgrade, which allowed you to get EDIUS at a lower price if you had previously owned one of many different NLEs. This version is no longer available in the UK and has been replaced by the ESI version. Both are the same price and the same program so there is no practical difference, apart from the fact that you can only buy the ESI version from a few specialist suppliers (like DVC) who have proved they have a decent knowledge of EDIUS and can offer proper support. One advantage of the ESI version over the crossgrade is that we can supply it to customers who are buying a system and are changing from a program like EDIUS Neo or Pinnacle Studio, which did not qualify for the crossgrade.
EDIUS 7.31.2939 UPDATE
In our last newsletter we said that Grass Valley had released a 7.31 update to EDIUS. They have released another small update to EDIUS, which is marked as 7.31.2939, which fixes a few small bugs. This update is available from the Grass Valley support site: http://www.grassvalley.com/login?r=%2Fsupport%2Fdownloads%2Fproducts
To check which version of 7.31 you have installed on your computer go to the help menu in EDIUS and choose "version info". If it says 7.31.2939 then you are on the latest version of EDIUS. If not we recommend you download and install this patch.
If you are thinking of switching to EDIUS from your existing software why not come along to our open day on 6th August. When intend to talk about what's new in EDIUS as well as running a small introduction to the software.
EDIUS QuickTime Codec in Resolve
DaVinci Resolve 11 supports QuickTime files in the Grass Valley HQand HQX codecs - previous versions of Resolve only supported formats like Avid DNxHD and Apple Pro Res. You can only make Apple ProRes on a MAC - you can play ProRes files on a PC but not make them. This meant that the formats available to export footage from Resolve were quite limited HQ & HQX support means we now have a good quality codec for export from Resolve on a PC, that can handle files all the way up to 4K. These files can also be made and used on a MAC.
HQ & HQX are not just codecs to use if you have EDIUS, they can be used in many programs and are available on the MAC and PC. The codecs are free. If you own EDIUS then they will already be installed on your computer. If not, all you need to do is register on the Grass Valley support site and down load the free installation pack for your MAC or PC. We have used the codecs extensively - not just in EDIUS but in After Effects, Premiere and many other programs. The difference between the two codecs is that HQ is 8 bit and limited to resolutions up to HD sizes, and HQX is 10 bit and can make files at up to 4K in size. Both are very efficient and a QuickTime 4K HQ file will play better than a QuickTime 4K ProRes file.
You can download the codecs from here: http://www.grassvalley.com/login?r=%2Fsupport%2Fdownloads%2Fproducts%3Fproduct%3D%26download%3D625
If using Resolve you will need the latest version of these codecs (previous versions did not export properly from Resolve). If you update to EDIUS 7.31.2939 they will be installed as part of the update or you can just down load the latest free codec pack from the Grass Valley download site listed above if you do not own EDIUS.
For a limited time NewBlue FX are giving away a free version of theirNewBlue Essentials III plug-in for registered EDIUS 7 owners.
New Blue Essentials II is a collection of plug-ins, some of which used to ship with EDIUS version 5. These include Image mapper (a corner pin effect), auto contrast, rolling shutter and spotlight.
To get the free plug-ins all you need to do is log on to the Grass Valley support site and visit the EDIUS Pro 7 download page. You can only get to this section if you have registered your copy of EDIUS with Grass Valley. On this page, under utilities, you will see NewBlue Video Essentials III listed. Follow the link and choose download. This will take you to the NewBlue website where it will add Video Essentials III to a basket and add in a discount code which means that your basket will have zero cost. Just follow the regular procedure to buy the software and you will receive your activation serial number and download link.
There is no specific time limit on the offer, however, it will not be endless, so we suggest you apply immediately. The offer is for one copy per user.
You can read more about NewBlue Effects here:http://www.newbluefx.com/products/essential-tools/video-essentials-3
You can access the Grass Valley support site here:http://www.grassvalley.com/login?r=%2Fsupport%2Fdownloads%2Fproducts
DaVinci Resolve 11 public beta 2
Blackmagic have released an updated public beta version of their grading software, Resolve. Resolve is available in two versions:
Despite being free, the Lite version is amazingly powerful. It lets you edit and grade at up to UltraHD resolution and it does not watermark or "disfigure" the footage in anyway, unlike most trial versions. This is because it is not a trial version, Blackmagic have simply decided to release a version which is completely free. To use the program you need a fairly up to date computer with a modern ATI or nVidia graphic card. Resolve uses the graphic card for a lot of the work so will not work on the wrong kind of card. It will also perform a lot better on a better quality card. The only other thing you will need is some time to learn the program.
Resolve was invented for colour grading, which it does very well. However, Blackmagic have been slowly adding editing features. Up to now this was just to help you conform an edit you imported from elsewhere, buy with version 11 you could consider doing the entire edit inside Resolve. Obviously editing programs like EDIUS and Premiere that have been around for a long time have been honed over several years, so we would prefer editing in them, but the new Resolve 11 has some excellent attributes..
On our open day we will be demonstrating Resolve 11 and in particular will be covering some of its editing functions along side the grading.
Of course, we also make bespoke Resolve editing systems. You can read more about them here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_Systems.html
You can download the beta version of Resolve 11 from the Blackmagic support site: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/davinci-resolve
Blackmagic had not updated they 4K Production camera for some time but, in the the space of the last month, we have had 3 major updates. We have been told this is because they have been reworking the basic software on all their cameras to make it much easier to update; this reprogramming had taken time, but now that is done they can add new features fairly quickly. In the last 3 camera updates we have had these brilliant features:
You can download the update from the Blackmagic website:http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/professional-cameras
You can read more about the Blackmagic 4K production camera here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Blackmagic-4K-camera.html
We will also have our demo 4K camera on show at the open day.
We nearly did not add this into the newsletter because the special offer has started and is now basically finished! This offer has been so popular that Blackmagic ran out of their stock of pocket cameras almost immediately.
On 17th July, Blackmagic slashed the price on the pocket cameras by £300 to £325 +VAT. After a week they had sold all the stock they had plus all the stock they could build with their current stock of components! We have several units on back order which we have not received yet, but these have all been pre-ordered so we cannot supply any cameras at this low price unless one of our pre-order customers cancels. If this happens we will announce it on our Facebook page. You can also send us your email address and we will contact you if a camera becomes free.
The pocket camera, like 4K and Cinema cameras, films into Apple ProRes and DNG format. It films in HD and uses Micro 4/3 lenses. It is the cheapest way to get into a RAW image workflow and also the cheapest camera that can use decent interchangeable lenses. At the regular price of £600 the camera was a good deal. At the low price of £325 the camera was an absolute bargain and it is not surprising they sold so quickly!
Why have Blackmagic dramatically reduced the price like this?
The truth is we don't know, as the camera was selling very well, however, the current rumour is that they may be working on a 4K version. This is only a rumour at present and even if it does turn out to be correct, on Blackmagic's previous form, it will be another 6 months or so before you could buy the 4K version.
You can read more about the pocket camera here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Blackmagic-Pocket-Camera.html
We have two 4K screens currently at DVC - a 24" Dell screen, originally bought for the B.V.E. show in January and a 28" Samsung screen which has recently been released.
Both are actually very good, with the 24" being a higher quality IPS screen which means it can be viewed properly at more angles. As a result the 24" screen is actually more expensive than the 28" screen. We do not need two demo screens at DVC, and as the bigger the screen is the better for demos, we are selling the 24" Dell screen at a considerable discount from its original price.
Originally the screen cost £900 inc VAT and we are selling this ex-demo unit at £599 inc VAT.
We have information on both 4K screens on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/4K-Screens.html
You can see and compare both screens at our open day.
You can order the 24" ex-demo screen here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Dell-24_exdemo.html#SID=722
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