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  • 2010 Nab is Finally Here

    2010 Nab is Finally Here

    June 13, 2010, 12:33 pm
    Looking into Avid MC 5.0

    2010 NAB is finally here, and with that comes a flurry of announcements, new gear and excitement. The first major announcement is Avid's major overhaul to Media Composer. This new version known as Media Composer 5.0 has some major improvements to be excited about.
    2010 Nab is Finally Here
    One of the biggest changes to Avid is the new ability to drag and drop clips. Similar to other NLE’s such as Final Cut Pro. This is a major change, as Avid has traditionally not supported this feature. This does not mean you can’t edit in a segment mode, apparently Avid will change modes automatically depending on where your cursor is in the timeline. New AMA (Avid Media Access) this feature will allow you to natively edit RED 4K Files; this is a nice addition and should make editing RED files more manageable. It also allows for Pro Res and QuickTime H.264 supported files. This means you can now edit natively with QuickTime Files, which is great news for those of us who have to work with Canon 5D/ 7D footage. However I still prefer to transcode to DNxHD. I just don’t like cutting in H.264. that may change once I see this in action. Support of Pro Res means I can always offline in FCP and Online in Avid. Something I have done, but had to go back out to tape (HDCAM) then ingest back into the Avid. (Painful Process).
    Monitoring video through the Matrox MXO 2 Mini. This is a nice feature, as previously you had to have your monitors hooked up via video cards. This is an expensive because you have to have a video card for every monitor. The other option is to go with Avid’s Nitrous DX based system, which allows for even better hooks ups, but at a much higher cost. I have used these for broadcast only. However with the Matrox MXO 2 Mini, you can accomplish this for a mere $500. This is great and hopefully a start of things to come. Maybe support for AJA, Blackmagic, and hopefully the bigger brother the MXO2, as I personally already use one for my Final Cut Pro.
    The Last feature I will talk about is the new support for HD-RGB processing. This means that now keep those finishing jobs in house, and deliver the highest quality color and effects work, with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space. This means better final cut, and color correction. Now who can complain about that! I can’t wait to get my hands on this new Avid. Be sure to stay tuned to Art of the Guillotine and Tej’s Tech Blog for all of your post related 2010 NAB news.

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      BlackMagic design showcased the UltraStudio 3D back at NAB this year. I have been excited to get my hands on of these for some time. I waited patiently and finally, I got one and I have been testing the BlackMagic Design’s UltraStudio 3D over the past few weeks.

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    • ioSafe Drive Destruction
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      November 15, 2011, 10:47 am
      This week I test out the durability of the ioSafe hard drive. It's fire proof and water proof. I wanted to find out how water proof it is, so I flooded the drive. Check out the video below to see if it still works after the flooding.

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    • Avid Media Composer 6.0
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      Avid Media Composer 6.0

      November 3, 2011, 12:17 pm
      Today Avid Avid announced Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 . Avid matins they acer deeply committed to professionals, and are pleased to announce that all of these new applications are 64 bit native.

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    • Fast Forward Video sideKick HD
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      Fast Forward Video sideKick HD

      October 17, 2011, 10:54 am
      Over the past few weeks the folks over at Fast Forward Video have given me the opportunity to test out their sideKick HD. The sideKick HD allows you to capture the highest quality video, with a straight to edit workflow. The sideKick HD is capable of recording directly from the camera up to 10 bit precision, 220Mbit/s , 4:2:2 sampling using Apple ProRes 422 HQ.

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    • Tiffen DFXv3
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      Tiffen DFXv3

      October 10, 2011, 9:43 am
      Over the past couple of weeks I have been working with the latest release Tiffen Dfx Version 3. Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of photographic filters and lens accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 70 years.

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    • Caldigit VR 6TB Review
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      Caldigit VR 6TB Review

      September 18, 2011, 9:45 am
      Recently I had a great discussion with the Twitter community about picking up a new raid for myself as my older ones were now aging, and I was running out of space. Many people suggested a Thunderbolt drive. However Macbook Pro is only a year old and does not support Thunderbolt, and Apple has yet to release a new MacPro Tower. Thus I really did not see the need for a Thunderbolt drive yet. Enter The CalDigit VR.

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    • Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade
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      Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade

      September 12, 2011, 2:43 pm
      In a tremendous move, due to the response from the professional editing community for its current Final Cut Pro Crossgrade promotion, Avid announced today that beginning October 1, 2011, it will offer a Final Cut Pro crossgrade price for qualified customers on an ongoing basis. The new crossgrade will allow Final Cut Pro users to purchase the Avid Media Composer®, for $1499 USD. Avid’s current limited-time crossgrade promotion, at $995 USD, ends September 30, 2011.

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    • Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super H
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      Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super H

      September 9, 2011, 10:43 pm
      lackmagic Design today announced a new family of super heavy duty Mini Converters that feature a unique design that’s machined from a solid block of aluminum for amazing strength, as well as for protecting connectors. Heavy duty mini converters also include innovative features and technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. There are 4 models in the Mini Converter Heavy Duty product range which are all priced at only $295 US.

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      Today Avid annoucned new versions of Avid NewsVison and Avid ISIS 7000 at IBC.

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    • BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D
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      BlackMagic UltraStudio 3D

      August 29, 2011, 11:44 am
      BlackMagic Design just announced UltraStudio 3D the world’s first video product with Thunderbolt technology is now shipping. Initially debuting at NAB this past year we have all been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.

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