David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex,
Tel: 01273 205700
26th September 2016
New Skylake laptop
We have a new Skylake laptop to replace our simplest model, which previously used Haswell processors.
We have a variety of laptops, some of which use Mobile Intel processors, and some which use the same processors which you would use in a desktop computer. Thedesktop processor models also have desktop graphics cards, unlike most laptops which use slightly less powerful mobile graphics cards.
This laptop uses mobile processors and a mobile graphics card, so is not as powerful as our the desktop processor laptops, but will last longer on batteries and is lighter to carry around.
This laptop uses either an i5 or an i7 mobile processor and has a 2GB nVidia 950M graphics card . It also has Intel Quick Sync built-in which means it can do fast encoding with Grass Valley EDIUS and Magix Vegas into H.264 based formats for MP4 files and Blu-ray discs.
The nVidia 950M graphics card will power the Adobe Mercury Playback engine, Avid Media Composer's GPU effects and even work for DaVinci Resolve in HD projects (it would not be good for 4K projects in Resolve). Our other laptops have better graphics cards, so they soup up these programs even more, or course. This laptop can have two hard drives internally (one M.2 drive and one normal laptop size drive) and a Blu-ray/DVD writer. You can also choose to replace the Blu-ray writer with another hard drive in a bay.
The new version of the laptop also uses DDR4 RAM , not DDR3 as used by the previous model.
The laptop is cheaper than our other models and you can get a system with a mobile i7 processor, 32GB RAM, an 120GB M.2 drive for Windows, a 1TB video drive and a Blu-ray writer for around £1,000+VAT.
You can read more and configure your own laptop here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Skylake-laptop-with-Quick-Sync.html
Problems playing older DVC tutorials
There has been a recent update to Adobe Flash which has meant that some people have problems playing some of our older tutorial discs.
Our EDIUS 6, Premiere Pro CS4-CS6 and Encore tutorials were all made using the "Flash exporting" part of Adobe Encore. They play in a web browser but are playing from your computer rather than over the Internet.
Now, in an update to Flash, computers are blocking this kind of playback which means you cannot play the tutorial properly without delving into the settings and changing things. This is relatively easy to do.
We have detailed instructions on how to get the tutorials playing again here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Problems-playing-DVC-tutorials.html
This does not affect our recent tutorials for EDIUS 7, EDIUS 8 and Adobe Premiere Pro CC . These are all done using HTML5 players and not Flash; it also does not affect the DVD versions of these tutorials, just the Flash versions.
Sony Magix Vegas 14 has been released
This is the first version of Vegas to be released under its new owner, Magix. The new version includes support for new formats like H.265, a new smart de-interlace filter and better upscaling. It also now supports video resolutions up to 4K on Blackmagic and AJA hardware - Vegas Pro 13 could only output at HD resolutions. The prices remain about the same as before although the "Suite" version now contains some Boris Effects rather than HitFilm Pro. You can read a full list of the changes here:
We will be adding more information to the DVC website soon.
Interview with EDIUS product manager
EDIUS.Net has posted an interview with EDIUS product manager, Alex Kataoka, at the IBC show in Amsterdam. Here he talks about the current release and some updates scheduled for the future including improved slow motion and support for HiDPI (4K) computer screens.
You can see the video here:
Microsoft to stop selling Windows 7 & 8
Microsoft stopped selling retail versions of Windows 7 some time ago and at the end of October we have been told they will stop supplying OEM versions - the type we use on systems - as well. This means from November you will only be able to buy a system using Windows 10
If you want a system with Windows 7 you should order it before the end of October.
Microsoft are not ending support for Windows 7, or stopping you from re-using a version you own on a new machine (assuming the old machine is dead), they are just stopping people from buying new computers with Windows 7 and 8 installed.
New Blackmagic items announced at IBC
Blackmagic have announced a few new products with the start of the big video show, IBC, in Amsterdam.
New Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder 4K - 4K video and HDR support for £150!
Blackmagic have released some new versions of their Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder which now support 4K. The price of these new Minis is about the same as the Intensity Pro 4K. The Intensity has inputs and outputs, where as the Mini Monitor is output only, and the Mini Recorder is input only. The main reason you would buy one of the Minis is they have SDI connections (as well as HDMI) where as the Intensity Pro 4K has analogue and HDMI. This makes them the cheapest devices to input or output 4K through SDI.
Like the previous Mini Monitor/Recorder, these devices have no analogue connections which means to hear the sound when using them in editing programs you will need to listen to the output of your TV or put them through an HDMI amplifier. Like all 4K cards they are 4 lane PCIe cards which means they will not fit into the smallest PCIe sockets, and you need to make sure your motherboard has sockets that will support them (most do, but obviously check before buying!)
The new Mini Monitor 4K and Mini Recorder 4K are in stock now. You can order them here:
Mini Monitor 4K: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/PCIe-Mini-Monitor-4k.html
Mini Recorder 4K: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/PCIe-Mini-Recorder-4k.html
Blackmagic have also announced that they have bought Fairlight, which makes high-end audio devices and software and Ultimatte - famous for their keying hardware and software.
You can read all the Blackmagic press releases here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/media
Blackmagic Fusion 8.2 released
Blackmagic have released the final version of Fusion 8.2. The previous releases were public beta versions. The main new addition is the fact that it will now run on Linux as well as MAC O/S and Windows, although a few useful features have also been added. You can download the final version for free here:https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/support/family/davinci-resolve-and-fusion
Blackmagic Resolve 12.5.2
Blackmagic have released an update to Resolve, their grading/editing program. In Resolve 12.5.1 they removed the need for QuickTime to be installed on Windows systems, which slightly changed the formats Resolve can import. For example, now it will not import Grass Valley HQ/QHX MOV files. Grass Valley have said they are talking to Blackmagic about this so hopefully it will change in a future update.
The biggest change is the ability to choose the graphics card which is accelerating Resolve more easily and the ability to use OpenCL for rendering on Windows. Neither of these improve the performance of Resolve, which use CUDA on nVidia cards for processing, but they help in trouble shooting and also help configure the system if you have more than one graphics card.
You can see a full list of the new features here: https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=51712
New Blackmagic 10.8 drivers available
Blackmagic have released some new drivers for their I/O cards. The 10.8 drivers add support for their new DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K and also add the ability to automatically down-convert a UHD timeline to HD if using the HDMI output on the Intensity Pro 4K. They have also updated the disk speed checking program to support new video formats.
We have been using these drivers on our systems for about a week and have not had any major problems. The recent 10.7 drivers have had problems with Grass Valley EDIUS, whereby they would cause most timeline to playback at double speed. This appears to be fixed with the 10.8 drivers. We have also not had major problems with Premiere or Avid. Vegas 14 has also arrived recently and we have had some crashes with this in our first few test projects, but we are not sure if these are related to the Blackmagic card or not.
We have had one issue recently which is not really Blackmagic's fault and probably more to do with Windows 10. On Windows 10, when new Blackmagic drivers are installed, the default sound device is getting set to the Blackmagic card. Blackmagic devices appear as a sound device for Windows, but you should not really use them for everything, and instead just use the regular sound card on your computer. The Blackmagic device appears there because some programs, like After Effects, need it, but you should not set it as your default device as some programs do not like it. It is simple to change - just got to the control panel, sound devices and change the default device to your sound card. The Blackmagic will still work in your chosen editing program, and other programs will work properly.
You can download the new drivers here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/capture-and-playback
Avid Media Composer 8.6.3 released
Media Composer 8.6 added several new features. Avid have produced a few small patches since and the latest is 8.6.3. There was an 8.6.2 update but this was taken down after some people had problems with installing it, and 8.6.3 was put in its place. If you successfully installed 8.6.2 you do not really need to install 8.6.3, but if you have not done so and are using 8.6 it is worth updating.
One of the problems with 8.6 was to do with HDV footage, which played back with corruptions in 8.6, and this patch fixes this as well as some other options.
New operating systems
In the last few weeks we have updates to both Windows 10 and the Mac operating system. We have been using the Windows 10 "anniversary update" with Avid and have not had major problems although it is not officially supported as yet. If your computer is on the Internet it will probably get installed automatically at some point unless you have done something to stop this. There is nothing in the new update which we think is incredibly useful for video editors, but as we said it does not seem to break Avid either.
We do not use Macs at DVC so do not know if the new "Sierra" operating system causes problems, but based on past experience we would expect it to do so. Avid is not yet certified Sierra so we suggest you do not update for now.
You can download the update from the Avid download centre, or using your Avid application manager. It will be a complete install of the program, rather than a patch, so will take up 2-3GB.
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 CC2015.4 release - should you upgrade?
This update was released over a month ago and it our last newsletter we said you may want to wait and not update for now as there have been several reported problems - and we have had a few ourselves.
Nothing has changed in the intervening period, so things have not got better or worse. If you have updated and everything is working we would suggest that you stay as you are. If you have not updated then it is up to you as to whether you take a risk for the new features in the program. We would suggest you keep the older version installed - which you have to actively choose when installing the update - so you can go back to it if you have problems. Details on how to keep the older versions can be found here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/keep-old-premiere.html.
You can read more about Premiere Pro CC here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Adobe_Premiere_Pro.html
You can see details of our comprehensive Premiere Pro CC tutorial here: http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Premiere-Pro-CC-tutorial.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
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David Vincent Clarke Ltd
Unit 11, Woodingdean Business Park,
Sea View Way, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6NX
Tel: 01273 205700