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  • 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)

    Bug-fixes

    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

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    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

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    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

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  • What’s the Big Deal with a Sony camcorder?

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    Just because the Sony PXW-X160is smaller does not mean that it lacks any less of a punch.

    This Sony camcorderis capable of filming in both Full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings, meaning that is contains a lot more technology per inch then some of its larger rivals. This Sony comes with three 1/3" Xmor CMOS sensors, and a new, high-quality G-lens with a 25x zoom, marking it apart from the latest trends of having single sensor cameras. Continue reading

  • The Atomos Samurai Blade - Crystal Clear HD Monitor Display

    Atomos Samurai Blade HD Recorder & MonitorThe spectacular lenses and camera sensors available today require accessories that are just as spectacular, and that's precisely what the Atomos Samurai Blade is. An HD monitor, recorder and playback deck all rolled into one, the Atomos Samurai Blade has been designed to be an essential tool in the field, offering simple but top-of-the-line operation.

    The Atomos Samurai Blade: Features

    The Atomos Samurai Blade has the ability to record directly from the sensor, thereby limiting the degree of compression required as well as reducing data loss. It records to 10-bit, 4:2:2 Apple ProRes, or Avid DNxHD, depending on your needs. Continue reading

  • Canon CN7x17 KAS S: Cinematic lens technology now handheld for increased flexiblity

    Canon CN7x17 KAS S Camera LensCanon has recently launched its first servo lens that can be held by hand, mounted on your shoulder or on a tripod, and allows the creation of cinematic images regardless of how you shoot. The Canon CN7x17 KAS S is a highly impressive lens that is perfect for shooting scenes where movement is essential to the composition. So, if you're looking for the must buy camera lens that's versatile and highly impressive, look no further than the Canon CN7x17 KAS S.

    Canon CN7x17 KAS S: Features

    The Canon CN7x17 KAS S offers amazing 4K optical performance due to Canon lens technology and has been designed for Super35mm cameras. The servo drive unit allows for both hand-held and broadcast production, while the lens is effective for most situations as it's highly versatile with its 17mm-120mm focal length. Continue reading

  • Datavideo introduces versatile HD H.264 multi-port streaming server

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    Launching at IBC 2013, Datavideo NVS-20 is a broadcast quality HD H.264 network streaming server. Unlike many encoding devices, NVS-20 is equipped with a variety of video and audio inputs that enable users to integrate the unit quickly into virtually any workflow.

    Designed for live event streaming, the device is lightweight and portable. It encodes at up-to 6Mb/s, delivering a high quality, low latency media stream. Equipped with HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and composite video inputs, XLR connectors and a stereo audio port, the system has the versatility that live event producers, location video crews and AV companies require.

    Allan Leonhardsen of Datavideo UK commented:

    “NVS-20 is all about versatility. It can fit in with a variety of production and distribution workflows. It can sit on the desktop or be easily rack-mounted and it can be controlled locally or remotely. At the same time, it delivers the basic HD and SD encoding function with aplomb.”

    NVS-20 is designed to supports multiple streaming protocols (including HLS, TS over IP, RTP, RSTP and Flash), making it suitable for a range of distribution networks, whether users are streaming to local iPads, globally via a CDN or over a local network.

    Users also have flexibility when it comes to device control and management. Supporting DHCP client the unit can be remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. Real-time video with audio data can be monitored through the web UI. Alternatively, it can be operated using the simple mode selector on the unit itself.

  • Sony announce DWX Digital Wireless Microphones and PMW-400 Camcorder Promotion

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    All XDCAM HD shoulder camcorders, including the new PMW-400, offer a 2 channel slot-in capability for Sony DWX Digital wireless receiver (DWR-S02D), allowing for a fully digital workflow using superb audio quality by AES3 out and 24Bit/48kHz D/A conversion, with up to 72MHz bandwidth. You can pair the digital receiver with a choice of digital wireless transmitters, either the handheld microphone (DWM-02) or belt-pack (DWT-B01/E) both offering simultaneous multi-channel operation and Selectable RF output power (1/10/50 mW).

     

    Terms and conditions

    1. In order to qualify for this promotion the End-User must purchase a DWX transmitter (DWT-B01/E or DWM-02) from a participating Dealer when they purchase the Sony PMW-400 camcorder, or within one month of the purchase (proof and date of purchase required).
    2. The end user must specify their required channel frequency for the transmitter and receiver on purchase.
    3. The promotion is available on a one to one basis, with the offer limited to one per camcorder purchased.
    4. This promotion is only operated by participating Sony Professional Solutions Specialists (SPSS) “Dealers” in the EEA and Switzerland.
    5. The Promoter reserves the right to change the terms of the Promotion, or to terminate the Promotion at any time and without prior notice.
    6. There is no credit or cash alternative available.
    7. The promotion is limited to above models only.
    8. All sales of Sony Camcorders will be made subject to the participating Dealer’s terms of supply; end users should contact Dealers to confirm if they are participating in this promotion and for confirmation of their terms of supply.
    9. Sony will use your personal details for selected future marketing purposes.
    10. Subject to availability participating Dealers will be offering this promotion from 1st September 2013 till 31st December 2013

  • Grant Petty Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Update 04/09/2013

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    Hi, I just want to give you an update on the 4K camera. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we received the production sensors much later than we expected. When we built cameras from them we saw some big differences in the images between these production sensors vs the pre production samples we originally received. What this means is that we have been working over the last few weeks to replace a bunch of the software in the camera that handles the sensor calibration and image processing.

    It’s taking a bit longer than we expected to do this and we think its going to take about 3 to 4 weeks more to get those changes done and to get the QA process completed before we can start shipping. We apologize for the delays from the original promised date. Ultimately, image calibration is a very important step so we want to make sure this is done properly before shipping.Regards,Grant Petty Blackmagic Design

  • Top 10 News Reporter Video Bombs

    The life of a news reporter is a tough one. You have to deal with being sent to dangerous locations, you have to report in snow, wind and rain, you face the risk of being kidnapped if you go to a dangerous country, and of course, you have to watch out for idiots trying to dance, sing, and shout in the background of your report. When reporting on the football, you of course risk having a few overly excited fans in the background of your report, screaming and singing, but you might not expect it anywhere else. There’s something about the site of a camera that makes people a little crazy; maybe it’s because they have a chance for a minute of fame? Who knows. Either way, it makes for some very entertaining viewing.

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    It’s never a good idea to do a news report when surrounded by drunken sports fans. This reporter is harassed by a very strange man who pulls a rather creepy face in the background of her report. Although what seems to be his wife tries to pull him away to avoid him making a fool of himself, he’s very persistent.

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    When you’re reporting on something very serious, such as a terrorist suspect, you might believe that no one would try to video bomb you, but that’s just not the case. This reporter expertly fends off two women who try to kiss his cheeks. He does it so quickly, you barely see the would be kiss-and-runners.

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    This reporter should be given an award for her expert handling of this video bomber. A rather drunken lady tries to steal the limelight, but the reporter quickly makes a fool of her, by asking her for an interview about STDs. The video bomber awkwardly retreats.

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    They say you should avoid working with children and animals, because they’re unpredictable little creatures. This reporter learns that lesson the hard way, as a cat steals the show. Well, they do have a lot more charisma than most reporters don’t they?

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    Drunk people are the biggest fear of news reporters, because they’re unpredictable, and sometimes event just downright creepy. This reporter integrates a drunken video bomber into her report without missing a beat. I’m surprised she doesn’t scream when she sees the drunk lady creeping about!

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    Surely there’s no better moment to practice your dance moves than when a news reporter and camera crew are around? This guy is barely noticeable, but he’s getting down and really enjoying his day. The news reporter is clueless.

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    Of course, not everyone is desperate to be in the background of a news report, in fact, some of us dread the very idea of it. When this girl realises she is in the background of a live news report, she awkwardly tries to disappear.

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    Some people will take any opportunity to be obscene, and this guy relishes his chance. After a few rude gestures he simply walks away like nothing happened, leaving the news channel to deal with the consequences of his actions.

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    You would think this guy in the background of a BBC report had never seen a camera before. Perhaps he wasn’t a video bomber, but actually someone who was really intrigued as to how the whole process worked.

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    Maybe a simple wave wasn’t good enough for this guy, or maybe the person he’s on the phone to dared him to make a fool of himself. Either way, the dance at the end of this video is worth watching the news for.

  • The Power of Cinemagraphs

    Recently you may have heard about Twitter releasing a brand new service called Vine. This service allows you to create 6 second videos which can act as gifs (Animated images) to display in their twitter feeds. This service could be something that is great for people with their mobile phones, but what about those that like to live in the higher resolution side of things? Don't worry, we've got that covered too.

    Cinemegraphs, The High Resolution Version of Vine

    Cinemagraphs are still photos which have been transformed into animated pictures, usually in .gif format. The term was coined by two photographers from the US called Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck. They used the technique to bring fashion and news photographs to life in 2011. Cinemagraphs give the illusion of video but are in fact just a sequence of subtly different photographs strung together to depict movement. Typically the cinemagraphs show slight movements, in hair and clothing as if in the breeze, liquids being poured or vehicles moving.

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    See some more examples of Cinemegraphs

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