David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
13th July 2016
We have a summer sale on our DVC PCs with 10% off all our desktop computers. This includes all our Skylake, Broadwell-E and Xeon based systems.
You can configure your own system on the DVC website. The 10% discount will be applied when you add the system to a basket, so although you will see the prices change as you add items into the system, just remember you will get 10% off the total.
With the Brexit vote the pound has dropped in value against the dollar, and, since practically all computers components and software are imported and priced in dollars, this means we have faced a price hike on all our components. Our 10% discount means our computers are actually at a lower price than they were before the Brexit vote.
You can see full details of all of our systems for EDIUS. Premiere Pro, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and Sony Vegas here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/DVC_systems.html
5% off "desktop processor" laptops
We have also got a 5% discount on our top laptop models. The "desktop processor" laptops use standard Skylake processors and are the most powerful we supply. This makes them the best laptops for editing 4K footage, for example. We have 3 models:
Obviously if you need to discuss your requirements just give us a ring or send us an email. We can happily build and updated system around software you already own, and can still supply Windows 7 if you prefer it to Windows 10.
We have just uploaded a new series of videos to the DVC YouTube channel which are all about editing video in Blackmagic Davinci Resolve.
Resolve started life as a grading program but recently Blackmagic have been ramping up the editing features, so that now it is possible to edit and grade your entire production in one program.
In these 7 videos we look at Resolve, comparing it to other editing programs like Premiere Pro and EDIUS and explaining where to find various features that you would be used to in other programs. You will see how to add effects, key images, add titles, as well as other important information such as where projects are saved, how to move projects from one machine to another, and how to render effects. You can see a complete playlist of the videos on our website and our YouTube channel:
In case you missed it we also released two other new free training videos recently:
New features in Premiere Pro CC
These videos look at the new features added to Premiere Pro since the CS6 version and how to use them. They cover many useful topics such as relinking clips, archiving projects, Premiere's new grading features and more. These videos are also incorporated into our complete training set for Premiere Pro CC (see below).
You can see the free versions of these videos here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/What-has-been-added-to-Premiere-Pro-since-CS6-.html
Making animated titles and using them as templates in After Effects.
Our tutorial videos all feature a short title, which was animated in After Effects and then used with all the videos edited in Premiere Pro using the After Effects title template feature. We thought it would be a good idea to make a series of videos which explained exactly how we made this so you can start making your own. The first chapter gives a quick summary for experienced After Effects users. The other chapters explain the procedure in more depth for people who are not too familiar with After Effects.
You can see the free tutorials here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Making-animated-titles-in-After-Effects-CC.html
We also released a new complete training course in Premiere Pro CC which is available to order from our website.
The tutorial is available for order by post of for immediate download. The cost is £40+VAT. You can read more and order the tutorial here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Premiere-Pro-CC-tutorial.html
This tutorial is also supplied free with all Adobe Premiere editing systems bought from DVC. You read more about our range of systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Premiere_Systems.html
Get DVC to upgrade your machine for £150 inc VAT.
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on the 29th July , so, if you are thinking of upgrading your Windows 7/8 machine, time is running out.
Just letting Microsoft upgrade the machine automatically is not normally enough to get a properly working machine. We have had users complain their machines are a lot slower, or that they have problems making some programs or hardware work. These problems can normally be sorted out and we have been doing so since Windows 10 came out.
We can carry out the upgrade for you and test your editing program to make sure it is working properly. Our normal charge for this is £200+VAT but be are doing a special offer during July where we will upgrade and test your machine for £150 inc VAT. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or ring us on 01273 205700 .
Why upgrade to Windows 10?
Windows 10 is the future of all Windows computers. If you upgrade you will continue to get updates until 14th October 2025 . Windows 7 & 8 support will end a lot earlier. Sooner or later software companies will also probably stop making programs for Windows 7 and 8 and makes updates only available for Windows 10, so if you want to future proof your machine it is worth taking advantage of the free Microsoft offer.
Will my current programs and hardware work on Windows 10?
It depends on how old they are and whether the manufacturers have made drivers for them. We have also found that a lot of programs which do not officially work on Windows 10 do work fine. It does vary so give us a ring or email and we can discuss your options.
The EDIUS jumpgrade lets you jump to EDIUS Pro 8 from practically ANY version of EDIUS, or EDIUS Neo. This offer is set to end on 31st July 2016 .
If you have an old copy of EDIUS and would like to upgrade now is obviously the time to do so. After the offer ends the price will jump from £259+VAT to £359+VAT for the Pro version of EDIUS.
Many new features have been added to EDIUS 8 - the most recent additions are motion tracking in the mask filter and better colour correction and grading through the primary colour corrector . You can see some videos showcasing the new features here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass_Valley_EDIUS_tutorials.html
You can order the jumpgrade here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/EDIUS-Jumpgrade.html
We have a couple of special offers on some Grass Valley hardware - with in some cases £650 knocked off the price of some items. These are all new items with full guarantees, with the price reduced to clear the items.
The items are:
- Storm Mobile External - HDMI, SVIDEO, composite and component in and out. Resolutions up to HD. This unit does not include EDIUS or an adaptor to connect it to a computer, which you need to buy separately - £299+VAT, £359 inc.
- Express card adaptor for Storm Mobile - £66+VAT £79.20 inc
- Canopus ProCoder - Canopus' excellent conversion program. £129+VAT, £155 inc.
- Grass Valley ADVC1000 - SDI to DV and analogue converter £999+VAT, £1,199 inc.
We have limited stock of all of these items, mostly just one unit of each. You can read more and order them here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Grass-Valley-Offers.html
This update includes some interesting new features such as the "source browser" which is a new way to link to clips in Media Composer, comparable to Adobe's media browser. Another new feature is "audio ducking" where you can get Avid to automatically lower the volume of one track (a music track for example) when some audio appears on another track - such as a voice over. You can control the sensitivity which triggers the audio ducking and, of course, adjust it afterwards.
There is also support for Panasonic long-GOP footage, GPU support for Red footage playback and a nice feature for selecting clips on the timeline.
You can download the update from the Avid download centre, or using your Avid application manager. You can read more about the update here: http://community.avid.com/forums/t/160759.aspx
You can read about Avid Media Composer and order full copies, subscriptions and upgrades here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Media_Composer.html
You can read more about DVC Avid systems here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Avid_Systems.html.
Adobe CC2015.3 release - should you upgrade?
Adobe have released the latest updates to all their software today. We did a short summary of the features in our last newsletter which you can see here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/24th-June-2016.html#adobe
Should you upgrade?
The Adobe forums have been full of people who have been having problems with CC2015.3, although Internet forums are always full of problems as people do not tend to post things when their computer is working well!
We have been using 2015.3 successfully, but, as it is a major release, there are some bugs and issues. Some of these are:
No direct link to Speedgrade
This used to let you open a Premiere project in Speedgrade, grade it, then open it back in Premiere with your grade applied. This no longer works with Premiere Pro CC2015.3 and comments by Adobe staff on the forums suggest it will not be re-instated. We have not seen an official announcement this is the case. Adobe do say that they have incorporated a lot of SpeedGrade's features directly into Premiere Pro so it is not needed.
Problems opening some files
Many users have reported problems open MP4 and AVCHD files. Mostly these are cured by deleting the Adobe cache files (all the CFA, PEK etc files) and letting Premiere remake them. However, this has not solved the problem in all cases and for some people reverting to an earlier version has been the only option.
Maintain audio pitch on slow motion does not work
When you slow a clip down and tick maintain audio pitch the sound disappears completely. This is a known bug.
Sound not playing back at all
This can happen depending on the sound settings in audio hardware. In the latest versions of Premiere Pro CC Adobe have changed the sound engine to be based on the one from Audition rather than the older engine. This is generally better but has seemed to cause these problems on some computers. On the whole this is cured by fiddling with the audio hardware settings.
If you install and open a project in CC2015.3 you cannot open the project in the older version of Premiere Pro - although it will always make a copy of the project when it is converted so you will have something to go back to. So, if you do upgrade and decide to go back to a previous version, you will only be able to open the project as it was before you started using CC2015.3.
Our advice is that if you are in the middle of a project or on a tight deadline, do not upgrade. If you have enough time, give 2015.3 a try and see if it works for you, possibly keeping 2015.2 on the machine as well so you can easily go back. Old versions of Premiere are removed when you install a new one but there is always the option of not doing this or re-installing the old version via the Creative Cloud app. Visit this page for details on how to do this: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Premiere-Pro-support.html
We will post information on other bugs we find on our Facebook page which you can see here: http://www.facebook.com/dvcvideo.
You can read the full list of what is new in Adobe Premiere Pro on the Adobe website: https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere/features.html
There is also a nice video which goes into the new features in depth on Dave's Tech table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9EJjqVV41o
We have been testing the new Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adaptor with our laptops and desktops, together with Blackmagic hardware, and all is working well. This means we can now add decent video I/O devices to our desktop processor laptops and give you more options to upgrade our 2011 Pin and Haswell-E systems.
Thunderbolt is an interface which has been available for a couple of years now. Towards the end of last year we started to get computers and laptops which had the latest variation, Thunderbolt 3, included. Thunderbolt 3 is twice as fast as Thunderbolt 2 and has a slightly different socket. There are currently very few Thunderbolt 3 devices around and so this adaptor lets us use Thunderbolt 2 devices on Thunderbolt 3 sockets.
We have been testing this with our desktop processor laptops and with the latest boards for our 2011 pin Broadwell-E processors, both of which have Thunderbolt 3 sockets on them. The adaptor works and we have been using Blackmagic Thunderbolt devices, such as the Intensity Shuttle and UltraStudio 4K with it, but if you have a laptop you will need to have the firmware updated on the laptop to use the Thunderbolt port properly. We are currently waiting for the final version of this firmware, which will be free to anyone who owns one of the laptops we sell with a Thunderbolt 3 socket.
The price of the adaptor is £73+VAT.
Blackmagic's first Thunderbolt 3 I/O device, the UltraStudio Extreme 4K, is due to ship in the next couple of weeks. This will be the first time we have an actual Thunderbolt 3 device to test with our Thunderbolt 3 enabled computers.
In the last few weeks several new graphics card have become available. From nVidia with have the 1060, 1070 and 1080 graphics cards which represent a considerable leap in performance from the previews 9 series cards. The 1070 and 1080 were released a couple of weeks ago, the 1060 only just appeared on Friday 8th July.
In most tests people are saying that the 1080 card, which is about £680+VAT, rivals the performance of the Titan X, a graphics card that has been available for several months and costs around £900. We have even seen results which suggest the £450 1070 card works as well as the Titan-X in some programs. There will be a new Titan coming out based in the same chipsets in the next few months which should be a huge leap up from the current Titan-X
What does this mean for video editors? Basically it means more realtime playback of effects and clips in programs which support using the graphics card. Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve all use the graphics card for effects work and for assisting playback of some types of footage. Grass Valley EDIUS does not use the graphics card for much work but some of the plug-ins you can use with EDIUS, such as HitFilm and VisTitle, do use the graphics card. In our own tests we have done with Resolve, which is the most dependant on the graphics card, we have seen significant increases in performance. It also helps that these new cards have more RAM on board - the 1070 has 6GB RAM where as its forerunner, the 970 had 4GB, and the 1080 has 8GB, whereas the 980 had 6GB.
We have added the new cards to all our systems as options and can supply systems right now with this built-in.
Blackmagic have released the version 10.7 drivers fix a problem we were having with their previous drivers - namely the sound would suddenly stop playing and would not return until you left the application and returned. We were getting this a lot in Resolve but it was also happening with EDIUS occasionally. Earlier version 10 drivers (10.6.5) did not have this problem, it only occurred with the 10.6.8 drivers.
Do not use these drivers if using EDIUS 8
We have found a problem where the 10.7 drivers cause EDIUS to playback the entire timeline at double speed. Obviously do not update to these drivers if using EDIUS. Our preferred drivers for EDIUS are 10.6.5, or 10.5.4.
If your current system is working then we suggest you do not change anything. If you are experiencing the sound suddenly dropping out then we suggest you try the new drivers. You can download the drivers here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/capture-and-playback
In our last newsletter we reported the Microsoft were automatically updating customers systems to Windows 10, without the user having to choose anything. This meant if you left the system alone for a couple of days you could come back to find the operating system updated.
They have now changed this policy, so that you are presented with an opt-out for the upgrade and it will not install automatically. Of course you want to make sure, if you do want Windows 10, that you do so before 29th July which is the deadline for getting a free copy.
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700