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Grass Valley EDIUS Pro 7.4
[permalink] 15.09.2014

Grass Valley Canopus EDIUS 6.5 screenshotGrass Valley's professional, multiformat nonlinear video editing software EDIUS Pro, has been introduced in the updated version 7.4 at the IBC 2014. EDIUS Pro 7.4 adds support for AJA Video Systems' KONA 3G hardware, GenArts' Sapphire plug-in and Red Giant's PluralEyes. Two new software options - for Avid DNxHD and Dolby Digital Pro/Plus - will also be released. For EDIUS Elite, Avid DNxHD and Dolby Digital functionality is included as standard, and in addition the GV STRATUS workflow has been improved with the ability to launch from GV STRATUS settings or standalone. A new scavenge encoder creates proxy files when importing non-GV STRATUS clips, and EDIUS Elite now has the ability to export different formats to different destinations in a GV STRATUS ecosystem. [source]

Sony: New XDCAMs, CineAlta updates, and SxS memory
[permalink] 12.09.2014

Sony F65 CineAlta Shyamalan photoAt this year's IBC, Sony unveiled two new XDCAM cameras - PXW-FS7 compact 4K XDCAM with a Super 35 CMOS sensor, and PXW-X200, incorporating an improved 1/2 inch-type Exmor 3CMOS sensor, a new 17x zoom lens and XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling - plus a range of updates to its 4K CineAlta camera line, enabling new features, powerful performance and more flexible production capabilities. The updates enable to transform the F5 model to an F55 (the hardware package includes the same image sensor as the F55 etc. for $16,999 US), add 4K capabilities to the F5 model (enabling XAVC 4K/QFHD recording and playback, and adding 4K SDI and 4K HDMI outputs etc. for $998 US, coming in December 2014), convert the F5/F55 models into a run-and gun ENG/documentary camcorder with the new CBK-55BK shoulder mount dock ($7,999 US, December 2014), enable to record into Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD formats (with a new option board CBK-55PD, available Decemebr 2014 for an MSRP of $2250 US), bring 4K 120p shooting capability to the to of the line F65 model thanks to the new PWS-4400 scheduled for release in November, and more. Sony also introduced newest additions to its SxS line of professional memory cards designed for stable and reliable capture of high frame rate 4K video content. Using the new cards, ultra-fast maximum read speeds of up to 3.5Gbps (440MB/s) and write speeds of up to 2.8Gbps (350MB/s) can be achieved. The new PRO + Series model numbers are SBP-64C and SBP-128C. The new SxS-1 Series models are SBS-32G1B, SBS-64G1B and the newest 128GB model, SBS-128G1B. [source]

New Media Composer with native 4K support
[permalink] 12.09.2014

Avid Media Composer 7 screenshotAvid announced an update for Media Composer - Software that will allow video professionals to acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K media faster and more efficiently than ever, whether working on premises or in the cloud. Leveraging the newly announced Avid Resolution Independence architecture, Media Composer will offer a complete and flexible end-to-end workflow for file-based editing of any resolution, helping content creators deliver higher quality content in more collaborative, powerful, and efficient ways - a key element of Avid Everywhere. The new Media Composer - Software with native 4K editing will enable editors to automate the process of transcoding and moving high-res media throughout the production environment, view real-time 2K/4K media in its native resolution on a client monitor using third-party I/O hardware, and deliver a high-res master of finished projects directly from Media Composer, eliminating the need to export to other tools for finishing. Additionally, Avid introduced Avid DNxHR, a new extensible media codec that makes it possible to perform high-res editorial tasks within HD-capable infrastructures by allowing editors to easily scale files from proxy to mastering resolutions using full high-res rasters. Both are planned for release in Q4 2014. [source]

ARRI: New LED lights, ALEXA and AMIRA software updates
[permalink] 12.09.2014

ARRI ALEXA camera film HD 2K 4KA long-time German manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment, ARRI, announced several new and updated products at this year's IBC, including a new product in the L-Series line of professional lights, the compact and lightweight L5, a smaller, more portable form of a popular L7 Fresnel; new LoCaster 2 Plus and BroadCaster 2 Plus additions to the Caster Series of compact, tuneable and versatile LED-based fixtures; as well as AMIRA Software Update Packet SUP 1.1, the camera's first major software update, due for release in October. As well as fulfilling promises made at launch and refining existing functionality, SUP 1.1 delivers new features inspired by feedback from customers - EF and B4 lens support, Bluetooth audio monitoring, dynamic auto tracking white balance functionality, Wi-Fi remote, pre-record function, faster boot-up time, waveform display, and color bars are all implemented by the update. ARRI also unveiled its new Lens Data Encoder LDE-1 and announced a software update for its Wireless Compact Unit WCU-4, both of which expand the versatile lens data options available via the company's Electronic Control System. ALEXA's tenth software update, concluding an open beta that began in August, will be released this month. The features in Software Update Packet 10.0 will pack the new Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec, Open Gate support for ALEXA XT M, ARRIRAW 4:3 Cropped for ALEXA XT and XR, 180 deg. image rotation to allow Steadicam rigs to be flipped upside down, support for SONY SxS PRO+ memory cards, more recording modes with support for two independent HD-SDI outputs, faster regular/high speed mode switching, dimmable status information, monochrome status icons, colored camera index letter, and more! [source]

Blackmagic Design announces acquisition of eyeon Software!
[permalink] 12.09.2014

eyeon Fusion 7 videoIn a surprising move, Blackmagic Design today announced its acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc., a leading developer of high-end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software, namely the compositing application Fusion 7, a long-time favorite among postproduction studios. Eyeon, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design. At the IBC 2014, Blackmagic Design also unveiled DaVinci Resolve 11.1 with new editing enhancements, PL versions of Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Cinema Camera, the world's first native Ultra HD multi viewer Blackmagic MultiView 16, the new Ultra HD broadcast monitor SmartView 4K with 12G-SDI, the newest model in its family of mixed format routers Smart Videohub 40 x 40, new PCI Express capture card DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, new 4K Mini Converters and 4K Heavy Duty Mini Converters, and finally a Videohub Update 6.0, whole new software suite for the company's popular Videohub range of SDI routers that provides new client control and setup applications for easier and simpler router operation. Visit Blackmagic Design's IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20. [source]

The Foundry launches COLORWAY for CINEMA 4D
[permalink] 09.09.2014

Foundry COLORWAY video MODOFollowing the launch of COLORWAY in July, The Foundry has now launched the COLORWAY kit for MAXON CINEMA 4D. COLORWAY accelerates the creative design process, giving users access to a simple environment where they can develop looks and lighting for 3D objects and scenes, then share a selection of iterations with clients, all in real-time, without the need to re-render. The COLORWAY kit for CINEMA 4D lets users import and export their COLORWAY files into the main app. Once installed, users can create COLORWAY .DCI files from their CINEMA 4D projects. Artists and designers can make their material and lighting adjustments using COLORWAY and then send the project back to CINEMA 4D for final render. The COLORWAY kit is compatible with CINEMA 4D R15 or later. Users can access a free unrestricted trial of COLORWAY Presenter. The COLORWAY kits for CINEMA 4D and MODO are also available now for free. The COLORWAY family of products is available on both Windows and Mac OSX, with an iOS version of COLORWAY Presenter coming soon. COLORWAY working with CINEMA 4D will be demonstrated at IBC 2014 in Hall 7, stand #H39. [source]

Adobe Audition CC 2014.1
[permalink] 09.09.2014

Adobe Audition CC 2014.1 screenshot Along with the planned CC 2014.1 for Adobe's desktop video application, the company will also release new version of its digital audio workstation software Adobe Audition CC. The software will boast new interface, with support for high pixel density displays, flat icons, cleaner panels, and high-visibility highlights for better component and panel focus. The 2014.1 also updates video import support, providing faster launch and load times, better playback performance, and support for new formats and Mediacore plug-ins. Users will be able to easily import many flavors of MXF or XDCAM-EX, for example, or access their library of Adobe Soundbooth .ASND mixdown previews. This update also implements iXML support, which is popular standard for embedded metadata in production media files. Devices or software used in location recordings can embed information on Project, Scene, Take, Comments, Timecode, and more. The popular Speech Volume Leveler effect, designed for correcting fluctuating loudness levels in recordings, adds a new parameter, Target Dynamic Range, to assist the algorithm in finding a better balance between amplification of speech content and reduction of noise, allowing users to dial in the perfect setting. The new updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to ship in the coming weeks. Adobe will also host MAX, The Creativity Conference, Oct. 4-8 in Los Angeles, to share more innovations coming to Creative Cloud. [source]

New cameras from Grass Valley debut at IBC 2014
[permalink] 08.09.2014

Grass Valley LDX camera  photo At IBC 2014, Grass Valley will showcase new solutions and services, including the world's first 4K/UHD system camera with a native B4 lens mount, along with a full line of 4K/UHD-capable products including switchers, multiviewers and editing, routing and replay equipment. This 4K/UHD system camera, based on Grass Valley's award-winning LDX technology, enables broadcasters to produce 4K content with no compromise in zooming, depth of field or sensitivity. The camera also allows broadcasters to achieve shots from POV and shoulder-mount camera positions, in addition to fixed-tripod positions. Demonstrated at IBC for the first time, Grass Valley will also showcase the LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6x ultra-slow-motion camera system, a finalist for IABM's acquisition and production award at IBC 2014; GV STRATUS Playout, which delivers true cloud computing with the reliability of a solid-state playout server on a single card, a finalist for IABM's playout and delivery systems award; and the K2 Dyno Replay system, which has been selected as a finalist for the CSI Awards to be presented at IBC 2014. Grass Valley will also introduce a powerful new storytelling capability to the K2 Dyno Replay system: a pan and zoom interface for the LDX XS 6X replay. Grass Valley is exhibiting at IBC 2014 from Sept. 12-16, 2014 in Hall 1, Stand D11. [source]

Panasonic's AJ-PX800 P2 cam coming in October
[permalink] 08.09.2014

Panasonic AJ-PX800 camera photo Panasonic will release the "P2 cam" AJ-PX800 memory card camera recorder in October 2014. It will feature network connectivity and provide excellent picture quality, high mobility and great cost performance. Main unit is weighing only about 2.8 kg (6.2 lb), making the AJ-PX800 the world's lightest 1-2/3-type shoulder camera-recorder equipped with three MOS image sensors, exhibiting high mobility in news-gathering situations. It supports AVC-ULTRA dual-codec recording from master-grade to network streaming low bit-rate recording. With that, picture quality and recorded data rate can be selected from AVC-Intra or AVC-LongG according to the application, and also the low-rate AVC-Proxy file recorded allows support for network-based operation and off-line editing. Built-in network functions support wired LAN, and optional wireless LAN and 4G/LTE network connections. This enables on-site preview, data upload to a server and streaming, contributing to effective operation in news gathering situations where speed is of the essence. [source]

Adobe previews new Premiere and After Effects CC at IBC 2014
[permalink] 08.09.2014

Adobe Premiere Pro CC new features videoAdobe announced plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. These new capabilities, coming soon, will include powerful new media and project management tools in Premiere Pro CC including Consolidate & Transcode; Search Bins; Multiproject workflows, and Extended Match Source with added support for the QuickTime and DNxHD formats; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; AJA RAW support; accelerated Masking & Tracking; new GPU-optimized playback that delivers better performance when viewing extremely high resolution 4K and UltraHD footage from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW and RED R3D files; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently. Important new updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together. Adobe also announced new capabilities to Primetime, its advanced TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers. Adobe is previewing these major updates at IBC 2014, Europe's largest professional broadcast show held in Amsterdam, at the RAI Convention Hall 7, Stand 7.G27, September 12-16. Read more on new features in After Effects CC, and Premiere Pro CC in Adobe's blogs. Detailed report on all the update desktop video applications can be found here. The updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to be available in the coming weeks. [source]

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Pixar Animation Studios releases RenderMan 20

Pixar RenderMan 20 Pixar released version 20 of its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software, introducing major innovations allowing cinematic quality imagery to be created more easily and faster than previously possible. Highlights include a game-changing noise reduction technology that directly addresses the problem of image artifacts associated with physically based ray tracers, massively reducing the time needed to deliver completed shots and images. RenderMan 20 also expands the creative choices available to artists and studios through numerous advances in usability including a physical camera, a Visualizer for navigating and inspecting large scenes interactively, expanded shader libraries and presets, and new volume rendering features. A new Marschner hair shader represents the first time Pixar has shipped shading technology specifically developed for use in its feature films, making available truly Pixar quality hair and fur. In addition, RenderMan's tradition of advanced customization is emphasized through a new light filter API. Rendering shots for dailies is also faster than ever with new enhancements to RenderMan's noted image checkpointing, allowing entire shots to be quickly previewed nearly immediately and at full resolution. RenderMan 20 is compatible with Mac OS 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7, Windows 8 and 7, and Linux glibc 2.12 or higher and gcc 4.4.5 and higher. RenderMan 20 is also compatible with versions 2014, 2015, and 2016 of Autodesk's Maya, and with version 2.0 of The Foundry's KATANA. RenderMan is available commercially as individual licenses with volume discounts or through custom site licensing packages tailored for each customer. [source]

LumenRT 2015.5
E-on software's 3D immersive communication platform for architecture and GeoDesign, LumenRT, has been updated. [more]
Softube's Heartbeat is out!
Softube's first software instrument ever, the drum synth Heartbeat, has been released. [more]
Vue 2015.2 PLEs and trials are now available
The 2015.2 Personal Learning Editions are fully functional versions of VUE xStream/Infinite 2015. [more]
JVC releases firmware upgrades for its ProHD camcorders
JVC Professional Video announced the availability of firmware upgrades for its ProHD streaming camcorders. [more]
Avid Pro Tools S6 software 2.0 now available
Avid's Pro Tools S6 version 2.0 represents the 8th software release to support the modular and ergonomic EUCON control surface since its launch in September of 2013. [more]
LumenRT 2015.5
E-on software's 3D immersive communication platform for architecture and GeoDesign, LumenRT, has been updated. [more]

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