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  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.3 Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including the following new video formats:

    Tech Bulletin Desktop Video 10.3

    Desktop Video 10.3 is available to download now from the Blackmagic Design website at the following link;


    This software update adds support for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 12 bit 4:4:4 and up to 2160p60 Ultra HD frame rates.

    This software includes everything you need to set up your DeckLink, UltraStudio, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder for video capture and playback.

    What's new in Desktop Video 10.3

    Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including the following new video formats:
    • Adds support for 2160p60 Ultra HD 10 bit YUV 4:2:2 via 12G-SDI and Dual Link 6G-SDI
    • Adds support for 2K DCI 30p 12 bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI
    • Adds support for 1080 HD 30p 12 bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI
    General performance and stability improvements.

    Mac OS X Specific

    Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X
    • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
    • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
    • Mac OS X computer with either Thunderbolt, PCIe slot
    or USB 3.0
    • 4 GB of system memory
    Third Party Software Support
    • DaVinci Resolve 10 and 11
    • Apple Final Cut Pro X
    • Apple Motion 4
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier
    • Autodesk Smoke 2013
    • Avid Media Composer 7 or 8
    • Avid News Cutter 11
    • Avid Symphony 6.5
    • Avid Pro Tools 10, 11
    • The Foundry Nuke
    Windows Specific

    Minimum system requirements for Windows
    • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows computer with either Thunderbolt, PCIe slot or USB 3.0
    • 4 GB of system memory
    Third Party Software Support
    • DaVinci Resolve 10 and 11
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier
    • Avid Media Composer 7 or 8
    • Avid Media Symphony 6 or 7
    • Avid News Cutter 6 or 7
    • Sony Vegas Pro 9
    • Fusion 7
    • The Foundry Nuke
    • Cyberlink Power Director
    • Corel Video Studio X5
    • VLC
    Linux Specific

    Minimum System Requirements for Linux

    Basic system requirements:
    • 32 bit x86 running Linux 2.6.18 or higher
    • 64 bit x86_64 running Linux 2.6.18 or higher
    A 64 bit kernel and ample memory is strongly recommended.

    Thunderbolt Hotplug Requirements

    Thunderbolt devices cannot be plugged in hot on kernels earlier than 2.6.30.

    Supported kernels older than 3.12 require an extra step after plugging the device in. You must tell the kernel to rescan the PCI bus using the following command:

    # sudo sh -c 'echo 1 > /sys/bus/pci/rescan'

    Kernel 3.12 and later support hotplug without the need for any extra steps.

    Supported Distributions

    This release has been tested on:
    • Ubuntu 10.04 - 14.04
    • Debian 6 - 7
    • Fedora 15 - 20
    • CentOS 5 - 6
    • OpenSUSE 12.3 - 13.1
    Full release notes including installation instructions are available in the ReadMe.txt found in the downloadable tar archive.

    Installing Desktop Video Software

    If you have installed the drivers prior to installing any of these applications, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the drivers. This will ensure that all relevant components are installed in their required locations.

    NOTE: Desktop Video 10.3.1 SDK has also been released for developers, this allows updating of hardware control and software interfaces for Desktop Video products and is also available to download now from the same support area of our web site.

    Additional Information

    Please check for additional information on third party software compatibility and minimum system requirements.

    Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included "Third Party Licenses.rtf" document.

    © 2014 Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved. Blackmagic Design, Blackmagic, DeckLink, Multibridge, HDLink, Videohub, and "Leading the creative video revolution" are trademarks of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., registered in the U.S.A and other countries.

  • BBC Hit Daytime Drama Moving On Shot With Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

    Manchester, UK - November 13, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today has announced that the long standing daytime drama Moving On has returned to BBC One for a new series and was filmed entirely on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

    The program, which debuted on British television in 2009, is now in its sixth series and was commissioned by Damien Kavanagh. Featuring cinematography by Andy Clark, each of the five self contained 45 minute dramas has its own cast but shares a central theme, following someone who is going through a big change in their life.

    “Moving On has transformed daytime viewing, it was the first drama to be commissioned for daytime in many years leading the way for the current crop of drama in the daytime output. In terms of program ratings, we have always won our slot by a significant margin, and the series has also performed well when being re shown during primetime, which is very significant when you consider the gulf between daytime and primetime production budgets,” said Patrick Hall of LA Productions.

    He goes on to add: “Not only did I look after the edit and grade, but I also designed the production workflow from acquisition through to delivery. We were very lucky to have a crew that embraced the opportunity of working with these cameras. They saw the quality of the output and believed that the changes to the production workflow, which had remained largely unchanged in five years, would be well worth it.”

    The Liverpool based independent production company shot just over a quarter of the program in 4K, the remainder was captured in ProRes 1080p25 using the log film mode. “Our storage calculations at the time simply didn’t allow us to shoot the whole thing in RAW. However, anything that we knew we wanted to punch in on during post, or that required specific paint and visual effects work, was all shot at 4K resolution. Otherwise, the 10 bit flavor of ProRes gave us plenty of latitude during the grade. I was able to push and pull significantly where required. I must say that we had a superb starting point for the grade. Andy and his team did such a great job at the front end with light and shape that it meant we were tweaking rather fixing in post.“

    “Our ultimate aim is always to achieve a high end look on the dramas we produce, irrespective of the budget or project. What the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K gives you is a filmic look that is really organic, and is comparable with far more expensive cameras for, in this particular case, a tight daytime budget,” concludes Hall. “We used the EF version of the camera which meant we could use some nice cine style prime lenses, again rarely affordable on daytime budgets. The combination of glass, the camera’s native look and fantastic skills from our camera team means it’s very difficult to argue with the high end results we’ve achieved, so much so that we’ll be using the same camera packages on the seventh series, which has already been commissioned.”

  • IOV Member Special Camera Offer

    IOV Members who purchase a Panasonic HDC-Z10000EZ Camera via an authorised UK reseller on or before 12th December 2014 will receive £600 Cash Back (inc VAT) from Holdan UK Ltd

    Terms & Conditions apply :
    • Purchase must be made via UK authorised reseller
    • Limited to existing stock only on a first come, first served basis
    • Claim for cashback should be made directrly to Holdan Limited by sending a copy of the purchase
    invoice AND proof of current IOV membership
    • Claims must be received by close of business 19th December 2014
    • Cashback will be paid by bank transfer to nominated UK Bank Account (only)
    • Offer only open to residents of UK only (Not Republic of Ireland)

  • Canon have announced a new EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

    canon lens

    A favourite focal length range among wildlife, sports and action photographers, the new EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM super-telephoto zoom offers exceptional autofocus ability coupled with stunning sharpness thanks to a new optical construction plus the use of new lens coating technology.

    The EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a compact yet powerful telephoto zoom ideal for covering wildlife, sport and action in even the most challenging environments. Featuring advanced optical engineering, a new 4-stop Image Stabilizer and excellent weather-sealing, it offers stunning image quality in a body that has been designed with ease-of-use in mind. When used on cameras featuring APS-C sized sensors, the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM offers angles of view equivalent to a 160-640mm on a full-frame camera.

    Redesigned optical system delivers new levels of image quality. New multi-layered Air Sphere Coating (ASC) prevents flare and ghosting.
    Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4-stop benefit, including three IS operation modes.
    Zoom Touch Adjustment ring allows the resistance of the zoom control to be customised to your style of shooting.
    Focus quickly, accurately and in near silence. Full-time manual focus override allows precise fine adjustment.
    Weather sealed against dust and moisture, for use under harsh conditions.
    Ring USM drive, high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms to provide quiet and fast autofocus.
    A Fluorine coating on lens surfaces reduces dirt clinging to the lens elements and prevents smearing.

  • Blackmagic Design Download Center

    All the very latest Blackmagic Design downloads can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Support Centre

    Welcome to the Blackmagic Design support center. Here you will find the latest software updates, support notes, instruction manuals and all kinds of helpful information. If you need extra help, then please go to our community forum and connect with the incredible experience of the television industry.

    Click here to access the site

  • Blackmagic Design Revolutionizes the Visual Effects Industry with Free Fusion 7.

    Blackmagic Design today announced that Fusion 7, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available completely free of charge.

    Fusion 7 for Windows can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website now.

    Previously getting access to high end visual effects tools such as Fusion cost thousands of dollars, so it was more restricted to elite Hollywood visual effects artists. Now with Fusion 7 being available free of charge there is no limit to block anyone from creating world leading visual effects. Blackmagic Design believes this will revolutionize the industry and consumers will be able to watch dramatically better feature films and television shows in the future.

    Also announced was Fusion 7 Studio, a complete bundle of VFX and motion graphics solutions with collaborative tools and unlimited network rendering for creative teams and larger facilities. Fusion 7 Studio drastically reduces the cost of setting up multi user studios. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

    Fusion has been one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphic tools for over 25 years and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spider-man 2 and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black and many more.

    The free of charge Fusion 7 is a fully featured solution and is not limited in it’s features. It has a massive visual effects and motion graphics toolset that can be used for both personal and commercial work. Fusion 7 features an infinite 3D workspace and an easy to use node based workflow for quickly building unlimited effects. Customers get advanced 3D compositing, paint, rotoscope, retiming, stabilization, titling, an amazing 3D particle generator and multiple keyers, including Primatte. Fusion 7 also lets customers import and render 3D geometry and scenes from other applications as well as create their own elements from scratch.

    The $995 Fusion 7 Studio includes everything found in the free Fusion 7 software, plus adds extra high end features such as optical flow tools for advanced retiming, stabilization and stereoscopic 3D production, support for third party OpenFX plug ins, and distributed network rendering so customers can render jobs on an unlimited number of computers at no additional cost! Fusion 7 Studio also includes Generation, a studio wide multi user workflow and collaboration tool that helps creative teams manage, track and review versions of every shot in a production. Customers can also move projects from the free Fusion 7 software to a workstation running Fusion 7 Studio and take advantage of workflow collaboration and unlimited distributed network rendering.

    Unlike other software, Fusion 7 Studio doesn’t require annual maintenance fees, subscriptions, a connection to the cloud, or per node render license costs. That means customers don’t get tricked into hidden or on going costly payments for software they’ve already purchased.

    “Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time that this changed. Consumers are screaming for more exciting movies and television programs and so we need to do everything we can to help our customers create stunning visual effects,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Now, with the free version of Fusion, everyone from individual artists to the biggest studios can create Hollywood caliber visual effects and motion graphics! When combined with DaVinci Resolve Lite, customers can get the world’s most advanced tools for editing, grading, 3D compositing, visual effects and motion graphics, all absolutely free!”

    Availability and Price

    Fusion 7 software for Windows is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 at all Blackmagic Design Resellers. Existing Fusion 7 customers and customers on a current Fusion support plan can upgrade to Fusion Studio at no additional charge by contacting Blackmagic Design.

    Press Photography

    Product photos of Fusion 7, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at

    About Blackmagic Design

    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to

  • NEW! Decimator Design DMON-12S & DMON-6S Firmware


    New UCP (USB Control Panel) Version 2.0.3 Released for both the Mac OS X and Windows 32/64-bit
    Adds firmware update Version 1.1 for both the DMON-12S and DMON-6S with the following features:
    • 16 Character UMD overlay per window with individual enables, custom positioning and size
    • 16 Channel Audio Metering overlay per window with individual enables, custom positioning and size
    • Safe Action and Safe Title overlay per window with individual enables and adjustment
    • Centre Cross overlay per window with individual enable
    • Audio ID overlay
    • Dynamic UMDs via TSL protocol on RS422/485 pins on DSUB-37 connector
    • Tallies can now be applied to either Tally Boxes (Default), Outside Safe Action Area or Border
    • Tally boxes allows for up to 4 Tallies per window (Green, Red, Blue and Yellow)
    • Ability to save and load custom layouts
    Click here to download

  • Grass Valley EDIUS 7.4 is released

    EDIUS Pro 7.4 is released

    New Features

    Ripple Marker (engendering much happiness in Germany, evidently)
    QuickTime HQ/HQX exporter with timecode and multichannel audio
    After Effects Plugin Bridge supports Sapphire's Lens flare
    Project importer supports FCP XML import from Plural Eyes
    XAVC exporter supports 720p/50/60
    XAVC Intra exporter with smart rendering
    AJA KONA3G timeline output (no RS422 control)
    New License Packs

    AAF exporter Preset Type 5 for Avid Media Composer
    Dolby Digital Pro and Dolby Digital Plus exporter
    (Both optional and chargeable for EDIUS Pro - both included in EDIUS Elite)


    Does not decode H.264 MVC properly
    Audio Fade button not working
    Duplicate sequence and ripple mode is turned off
    AVC Ultra Long GOP and scrubbing performance
    Doesn't remember the 3-way Color Correction window position
    Creates unnecessary temporary files for waveform cache.
    Fails to overwrite project after switching EDIUS user profile
    "Bus busy" error frequently appears while playing back the timeline in proxy mode
    Loaded clip from player is muted unexpectedly
    "Effect applied" orange line appears on a clip that has no effect applied.
    Audio scratch noise is output from STORM 3G Elite while moving slider in ECW
    DVD menu item does not have same name as sequence marker comment

  • Blackmagic Design Van UK Tour

    Inside Blackmagic Design's UltraHD Mobile Demo Vehicle


    Come and see the latest Blackmagic Design Ultra HD Solutions. Featuring thier latest products, including those announced at NAB 2014, the UK tour allows you a unique opportunity to discover and experience these first hand.

    Blackmagic Design has recreated some of the real world workflows used in broadcast, live event and post-production all within a new mobile demonstration vehicle.

    You can get hands on with 28 of Blackmagic Design’s products, featuring the very latest in Ultra HD, 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI technologies. In addition to supporting Ultra HD, the industry standard workflows being demonstrated also support standard definition and high definition formats used in production today.

    Using the ATEM 2M/E Production Studio 4K and ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel anyone involved in live production can see a complete workflow for creating live Ultra HD content, while the inclusion of a full DaVinci Resolve finishing suite means that post facilities can also get a complete Resolve 4K demonstration.

    Other equipment includes;

    UltraStudio 4K
    Smart Videohub 20 x 20
    SmartScope Duo 4K
    Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K
    Blackmagic Cinema Camera
    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

    Please come along and take this opportunity to meet with representatives from Blackmagic Design and Holdan to discuss your workflow requirements.

    TV-Bay Roadshow London – 11 November

    11.00am - 6.00pm
    Location – The Old Truman Brewery

    Registration required - click here

    TV-Bay Roadshow Manchester – 13 November

    11.00am - 6.00pm
    Location – The Pie Factory, Media City

    Registration required - click here


    Cardiff – 30 October

    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Location – BBC Cymru, Broadcast House, Llandaff

    Glasgow – 3 November

    10.00am - 4.00pm
    Location – The Hub, Pacific Quay

    Hadfield, Glossop – 5th November

    11.00am - 4.00pm
    Location – Holdan Limited

    Birmingham – 6th November
    Location – The Custard Factory


  • The best 35mm Sony Cameras uncovered

    Looking for a professional 35mm camera with continuous Super Slow Motion capabilities? Why not opt for the Sony PXW-FS7 & PXW-FS7K cameras?


    What's on offer?

    The PXW-FS7K is easy to handle and operate, thanks to its unique ergonomic grip, making it the perfect choice for one-man operation. Whether you're shooting in 4K**60p or full HD, this camera lets you enjoy high frame rates of up to 180 frames per second. Thanks to its flexible mount lens system, you can interchange compatible lenses to suit your shooting requirements and location, so this camera really can do more than its competitors. Purchasing an optional extension unit means you can also enjoy multi-camera shooting when needed. Continue reading

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