This offer is aimed at everyone who owns any copy of EDIUS, including the original EDIUS 1 and EDIUS Neo. For a limited period Grass Valley's Jumpgrade will let you jump up to version 7.5 of EDIUS Pro for £209+VAT.
Grass Valley say this will be the last chance for people with old versions to upgrade. When this offer finishes only people with up-to-date version of EDIUS will be able to upgrade; other users will need to buy a new full version of EDIUS.
This offer ends on 30th June 2015.
Get "EDIUS 8" free
On top of this, if you will also get a free update to the next version of EDIUS. Grass Valley have said the next version is coming "late summer" this year. They have not officially named it, although we are assuming it will be called EDIUS 8, or what extras will be included. All they have said is that anyone who buys this Jumpgrade will get the next version free.
What if I buy a crossgrade or ESI version of EDIUS?
Grass Valley have confirmed that anyone who buys a new version of EDIUS Pro 7 from 1st April 2015 until 30th June will also get a free update to the next version of EDIUS. We do not have details of how you will claim your free update but we expect this information will be released when the new version arrives.
This is a great offer, as it lets any EDIUS owner update to the latest version for a reasonable cost. This is particularly important for owners of EDIUS Neo. Grass Valley have said that Neo is end of life, and there will be no more updates beyond the current version. This gives Neo owners a chance to move up to a 64 bit program with many extra features, and support for cheap Blackmagic i/o cards.
NB: EDIUS 7 Pro only works on 64 bit versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you need a new system why not check out our EDIUS system pages : http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Edius_Systems.html
The software is supplied electronically. When you order we will email you a serial number and you will download the software from the Grass Valley website. If you have already downloaded the trial version of EDIUS 7 you can simply activate it using this serial number. There will be no added carriage charge. We will also supply links to a free version of the introductory part of our EDIUS tutorial, some DVC EDIUS user profiles and project presets and information on how to install these to get you started editing as soon as possible.
Click here to order the jumpgrade
We have just a few copies of the EDIUS crossgrade in stock. The crossgrade lets you get the full version of EDIUS Pro 7 if you own a competitors program like Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro or X, Avid Media Composer or Sony Vegas.
If you buy the crossgrade between 16th April 2015 and 30th June 2015 you will also qualify for a free update to the next version of EDIUS when it is released later in the year.
The crossgrade is £239+VAT and can be ordered here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS-Pro-7-crossgrade.html#SID=10
As usual Blackmagic announced a large range of new devices at NAB. Grant Petty, CEO fo Blackmagic did a presentation on all the new products which you can see on the main Blackmagic home page : https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/
They have expanded their range of cameras, produced a new 4K sensor which is better in low light, with a higher dynamic range than the current sensor.
Update for the Ursa and a new Ursa Mini
The new sensor is designed for their Ursa cameras. The Ursa is a large format camera, complete with three screens and filming on to two ... cards. It can film at HD and UHD and at up to 120 fps for smooth slow motion. It films in a variety of QuickTime formats and RAW DNG files. The existing Ursa has been out for several months. At NAB Blackmagic announced their new sensor for this camera which will have a higher dynamic range and be better in low light. The Ursa was designed to be upgradable, so existing Ursa owners can update to the new sensor for £... The cameras will also be available using the standard sensor or the new 4K sensor.
The Ursa Mini is a smaller version of the Ursa. It has similar facilities, although cannot film at the higher frames rates of 120 fps, and only has one control screen. As a result it is smaller and considerably lighter. The Ursa Mini will also have the option of the two different 4K sensors.
New Micro cameras
There will also be two new "Micro" cameras. These two cameras look very similar but are completely different. The Micro Cinema Camera films at HD resolution at 24P, 25P, 30P or 50P & 60P in either raw or ProRes formats, with up to 13 stops of dynamic range, onto SD cards. If filming at 25/30P it has a global shutter, which means you will not get any problems with "Roller shutter" on footage. The camera is small and compact and designed for use with drones, although we can see lots of people using it for all sorts of filming. The camera will be £709+VAT.
The other Micro camera is a studio camera that can film at up to UHD 30P resolutions. It has the same body as the Micro Cinema camera but is completely different in that it does not have anyway of recording inside the camera. You would need to feed the output to a recording device. It is designed to be a compact camera that can be mounted in all sorts of studio locations, not as a camera to use on the move
Blackmagic also announced some new camera accessories including a viewfinder that can be mounted on the Ursa cameras so you do not have to rely on the "mirror-like" screens with which the cameras are fitted. The Blackmagic URSA viewfinder will be £1,079+VAT.
Video Assist is a small 5" HD screen which can record in Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD onto SD cards. It has HDMI and SDI connections and can run off two batteries or mains power. Video assist is £335+VAT
You can read all about the new Blackmagic cameras on their website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products
We do not know exactly when all these new cameras will be available. Blackmagic announced them at NAB, and have given an expected shipping date of July for most products, so we expect our first stock around then and more to come out at various stages during the year.
New UltraStudio 4K Extreme
This new device will connect to your computer via Thunderbolt and can capture and play at all video resolutions up to full 4K. This major difference between this and the existing UltraStudio 4K is that it has a ProRes encoder on board so can capture into Apple's format in hardware. It also has a hardware H.265 encoder. We do not this the ProRes Encoder will be available when used on a PC or not.
It can also handle full 4K using SDI and HDMI 2.0, meaning it can do a "proper" 50P UHD signal. The UltraStudio 4K can now do 50P/60P through HDMI and SDI although as the HDMI is using the 1.4 standard it is not a full colour 4:4:4 signal like 4K Extreme.
You can read more here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/ultrastudiothunderbolt
The new UltraStudio 4K Extreme is meant to be shipping in June and is £2,045+VAT.
Blackmagic's grading program is being updated as well. They say they have concentrated on adding a large amount of new editing features and completely overhauled the sound side or Resolve. Resolve's editing is already quite advance in version 11, but is let down by the sound. Frequently when editing in Resolve we cannot get proper playback and this is simply caused by the sound. Blackmagic have revised this completely and promise smooth playback of sound, together with support for VST plug-in and a lot more. There are also other new features including the ability to nest timelines and improved colour matching and a new 3D camera tracker. Blackmagic have redesigned the interface, making it lighter, and added many enhancements to the bin window including smart bins and favourites folders. They have a new multicamera feature which groups source clips in a similar way to Avid and can sync them on in/out points or using the audio. They have also added a new 3D keyer which is looks a lot better than the keyers currently included, and extremely powerful. They also include some new media management tools to archive the project after editing.
The list of features is really quite staggering for a program which is effectively free.
The biggest draw back to using Resolve currently is the format support. It supports many broadcast formats but not many of the formats used by a lot of our customers, such as DV, all types of AVI files, and HDV. However, if you ignore this then it could easily become a serious contender an alternative to programs like Adobe Premiere Pro.
The new version will be out around June this year, we are told. We will produce more information and demos on our DVC systems using Resolve in the future.
You can see some more information on Resolve 12 on the Blackmagic website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve
To run Resolve you will need a powerful system with a decent graphics card (or even two!). You can read more about our various Resolve systems on our website: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Black_Magic_Systems.html
Apple MAC version of Fusion
Blackmagic also make a free compositing program to rival After Effects. Fusion is currently a PC-only program, and Blackmagic have announced that soon it will be available on MAC as well, We do not expect huge new features to be added as a lot of effort has gone into to make the program Mac friendly, but we will wait and see.
As expect Panasonic did not announce a GH5 at NAB but instead announced a new firmware update for the GH4. This lets the GH4 film at 3328x2496 resolution which is perfect for 4:3 anamorphic lenses. If you add an anamorphic lens this means you can film in proper anamorphic film dimensions using the full sensor of this small portable camera.
The other firmware announcement is that the GH4 will have a "RAW" or "log" mode added in Firmware. We do not know when this will happen but it will be some time this year.
Avid had produced their major update to Media Composer before the show; the news they had is a new i/o device for MC that will output and capture UHD and 4K. This appears to be a variable of Blackmagic's UltraStudio 4K Extreme, but with the Avid DNXHR coded built in rather than the ProRes codec in the standard Blackmagic version. We will have more information and pricing on this when it becomes available.
The other announcement was a free version of Media Composer, to be released later this year. This free version will not have all the features of the main MC, and will have several restrictions. One major one is that projects will not be saved on your computer but on the cloud. This will be an interesting program that will help people get into Media Composer, although obviously not a substitute for the real thing.
Avid upgrade offer ends end of May
If you own an old version of Avid there is still time to get an update to MC8 at a reduced price. This offer ends on the 31st May and will probably be the last time Avid do such an offer. It you want to keep up to date act now!
You can read more about the Avid offer here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/MC-upgrade-2015.html#SID=39
Adobe were showcasing all the new features in the CC products that we highlit in our previous newsletter. You can see a list of these features here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/14th-April-2015.html
Don't forget that there is a special offer of a hugely discounted price, 40% off, for the Creative Cloud for video professionals. This is only available direct from Adobe, not from us here at DVC, although we will quite happily make a nice new, fast computer for you to run the Adobe software, and support both for you.
The special offer price is £26.08 inc VAT per month for the first year You can read more about it on the Adobe website: https://creative.adobe.com/plans?store_code=gb
You can see our various DVC Adobe systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Matrox_Systems.html
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