Windows 10 Anniversary update 2016
5th August 2016
The anniversary update for Windows 10 is just being released. This is a major update for Windows and it will take time to install on your computer, as well as making a backup of your current set up. There are many new features in Windows 10, although none are specifically useful for video editors.
The new features include:
- A darker colour scheme option.
- A slight redesign of the start area.
- Improvements to Cortana, handwriting and finger print recognition.
- Improvements on displaying how battery power is used and by which apps.
- Lots more little features.
Your computer should install this update automatically. It may not do so immediately as Microsoft are rolling this out gradually.
Should you install it?
We have only got this update today and have not had any problems with editing programs so far. However, it is early days and so there may be an issue with some programs we have not seen. You may want to "hold off" from installing for a week or two.
This is not so easy with Windows 10, however. You can go into the Windows update settings and say defer updates, if you have the Pro version and that should stop it from installing until you are ready.
"I have only just upgraded to Windows 10 - what should I do?"
If you have only just upgraded to Windows 10 you will be within your 30 day period where you can revert to Windows 7 if you decide you do not like it. This update will completely replace your Windows 10 and put the old one in the same place it would normally keep your old Windows 7. So if you run the update Windows will probably overwrite your Windows 7 back up, which means you won't be able to go back to Windows 7 easily. Therefore we would definitely recommend holding off updating until you are sure you want to use Windows 10. If you updated to Windows 10 more than 30 days ago going back to Windows 7 is no longer an option.
You can see a good summary of the new features here: http://www.howtogeek.com/248177/whats-new-in-windows-10s-anniversary-update/.
Windows 10 arrived on the 28th July and quite a few people have clicked on the "free upgrade" icon, that you will have on the task bar if your machine is connected to the internet, and updated their computers straight away.
At DVC we have been using Windows 10 ourselves with EDIUS, Premiere etc and have had relatively few problems, however, we make computers for a living and always keep a second hard drive with our old Windows 7/8 set up handy, so we can go back to that if we encounter unforeseen problems.
Before you click on the auto update button you should check to make sure that the programs and hardware you are using are supported by Windows 10. The older the software is that you are using the less likely it is to work 100% on Windows 10. Most current software is not yet validated for Windows 10 and even if it is you may find you need to wait for new drivers for your hardware before taking the plunge.
Below is a short list of the current status of most editing programs:
Grass Valley EDIUS
EDIUS 8 is not yet validated for use on Windows 10. Grass Valley have been saying they will produce an update in September/October which will support Windows 10. In our own tests EDIUS 8 appears to be working fine, along with Blackmagic devices, as long as you use the 10.3.4 drivers. Matrox devices do not have proper drivers for Windows 10 and if you use the Windows 8 drivers EDIUS will crash (see below). Although we have used EDIUS 8 on Windows 10 we have not tested a lot of plug-ins with it so there maybe issues if you have many plug-ins.
Grass Valley have not said that they will validate earlier versions of EDIUS for Windows 10, although we have seen a patch for EDIUS 7 on Grass Valley website, which has not been properly released yet, which says it supports Windows 10. EDIUS 6 will not open if Windows 10 is installed and this is unlikely to be fixed. We have not had problems reported with EDIUS 6.5 or 7 so far, but let us know if you have problems so that we can warn others.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe have put Windows 10 on the list of supported systems for Premiere Pro CC2015 ONLY. Other versions only list earlier operating systems. This does not mean that earlier versions of Premiere will not work, but they are not supported and if something does not work then there is no help available. We have had a few people phone who use Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 who have updated to Windows 10 and they have all had problems. CS5 does not seem to work on Windows 10 at all.
Adobe will not be adding Windows 10 support to earlier versions. We are also pretty sure they will not be validating Premiere Pro CS6, which is a product that is still available from the Adobe website, although it has not had any updates for 2 years. We have not had enough time to test CS6 ourselves; this is actually an important test because even if you own CC2015 you will rely on Encore CS6 for your DVD and Blu-ray authoring, so testing this works is high on our to do list.
Third party hardware from Blackmagic and Matrox may also not work properly on Windows 10. In our own tests Blackmagic has been ok as long as you use the correct drivers. Matrox have not produced Windows 10 drivers and say they never will. Some users have used their recent version 8 drivers (designed for Windows 8) and said they work on Windows 10, as long as you are using CS6 or a version of CC, but we have not tried these ourselves.
Avid Media Composer
Avid is not yet validated for Windows 10 and Avid say there are some issues which they are sorting out. Some users have upgraded with no problems, others have had many problems and reverted to their old Windows. We would suggest waiting until Avid properly validates Windows 10 with an update to the program. Third party cards from Matrox and Blackmagic fare the same as they do with Premiere Pro.
Resolve 12 beta is validated for Windows 10, we have been assured by Blackmagic support. We have been using it with our Blackmagic I.O. devices and it has been working well.
Sony Vegas Pro 13
Sony have validated Vegas and their other software for work on Windows 10. This does not mean that all the hardware you may use with Vegas such as an AJA card or a Blackmagic card, will work under Windows 10 as well, although Blackmagic have produced Windows 10 drivers so these should be ok.
A problem with FAT32 SD cards, Wav files, "Sound Devices" devices and Windows 10 If you have Sound Devices sound hardware, which records onto SD cards you may have a problem loading these files into Windows 10, that makes you think the files are corrupted by Windows. It seems that Sound Devices were adding something into the file header of their sound files that Windows 10 does not like. A fix is being produced for this. If you do use Sound Devices recording hardware and had an important recording which, when you put the card in a card reader, appears to be corrupt, this could be quite worrying, hence noting it here.
It only affects file made on Sound Devices hardware, on SD cards formatted in FAT32, so will only afflict a few people. We have had no problems with SD cards from cameras etc..
So, should you install Windows 10?
Our best advice is to wait until the makers of your chosen editing program say they have produced a version that is ok with Windows 10 and then decide whether to upgrade. Even then we would prefer a wipe and reinstall on a clean system rather than an upgrade. Upgrading is easier because you do not have to worry about installing and activating all your programs, but it can leave the computer in a bit of a mess and we prefer having a clean properly setup system, especially when using programs like video editing software which make the machine work as hard as possible.
Let DVC absorb the pain of updating
We can update your system to Windows 10 for you and test out your various programs, for which we would charge a day's labour(£200+VAT). It will take us more than a day to install and test the system for you so we cannot update and test your system "while you wait". Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 01273 205700 to discuss your options.
Why you should upgrade to Windows 10?
If you have Windows 7 or 8 you get a free update to Windows 10. You have a year to claim this from 28th July 2015. The main reasons you may want to upgrade to Windows 10 are:
♦ You want to stay on the most up to date operating system, with support carrying on into the foreseeable future. Microsoft support for adding new features to Windows 7 ended on 13th January 2015 and the end of security patches is scheduled for 14th January 2020. Windows 8 is set for the end of new features on 9th January 2018 and for security patches on 10th January 2023.
♦ Windows 10 is supposed to be the last version of Windows and will get updates for the life of your device. You will only have to buy a new copy of Windows when you buy a new computer, phone or tablet.
♦ If you log in with a Microsoft ID you can sync data between other machines with the same ID and even sync project files if you save backups on your Microsoft "Onedrive".
♦ You get access to a lot of extra apps using Windows 10, which now includesCandy Crush and many other ways to stop you actually doing any work.
♦ If using a high resolution screen (one which is bigger than 1920x1080 pixels, like a UHD screen) the text in many programs becomes so small it is unusable. Windows 10 handles these higher resolutions screens a lot better than Windows 7.
♦ The Windows back up is considerably better than it was in Windows 7 as it allows you to set a folder to do an incremental backup of your files rather than the entire folder. If set up properly this can be very useful.
♦ The first part of this newsletter is a list of reasons not to use Windows 10. We don't want to put you off - it is actually rather nice to use!
Should I use Windows 10 on a new computer?
As Microsoft are clearly wanting to put all their effort into Windows 10 and it can be a pain to upgrade from an old o/s then it makes sense to use Windows 10 on a new computer if you are buying one. This will make perfect sense if you are buying a computer that uses software and hardware that has been validated for Windows 10 already - such as Premiere Pro CC2015 or DaVinci Resolve 12, and just a bit more problematic if using software like Grass Valley EDIUS 8 which is not yet validated but will be soon and seems to work ok anyway. Please give us a ring to email to discuss your options.
We are starting a section on the support part of our website about updating to Windows 10 which you can see here:http://www.dvc.uk.com/acatalog/Windows-10.html
We will endeavour to keep this as up to date as possible. This will show our own experiences with Windows 10 and various editing programs. As we don't have the resources of a company like Adobe or Avid we cannot test everything about a program but we will do our best to provide helpful information.
Finally there is a fun video from Bloomberg which charts the development of Windows over the last 20 years which lasts 3 minutes. You can watch it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAJm6RYTIro