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Cache-A Introduces Pro-Cache Library Option at IBC

Cache-A Corporation, a company that develops archive solutions targeting the digital film and professional video industry, takes archive appliances to the next level with a new library option. Any new or existing Pro-Cache archive appliance platform can be upgraded to control robotic libraries. This convenient and easy to deploy library option automates cartridge loading for archiving, restoring and cartridge spanning when archiving large projects. At the same time, the drive in the Pro-Cache remains available for accessing content on shelf-stored cartridges while simultaneously archiving to the library.

Cache-A’s automated library option for Pro-Cache5 and Pro-Cache4 provides users with a storage capacity of 36TB for Pro-Cache5 and 19TB for Pro-Cache4 while still managing virtually unlimited storage of shelf-stored cartridges.

The Pro-Cache Platform: Based on the upgradeable and expandable Pro-Cache platform, both the LTO-5 based Pro-Cache5 and LTO-4 based Pro-Cache4 network-attached archive appliances are easy to install and use. Operating system-independent, they can be deployed into Windows, MacOS and Unix environments to provide direct access to archived data from any platform with simultaneous multi-user access and volume sharing.

Both the rack-mountable Pro-Cache5 and Pro-Cache4 offer an internal 4TB of RAID configurable as either striped for maximum speed (RAID 0) or for data redundancy with mirrored reliability (RAID 1). With additional ExpressCard and eSATA connections, the Pro-Cache platform is ideal for the fast archiving of direct connected storage. It also offers SAS connections for high-speed mounts and expansion as well as a sturdy three rack unit (3RU)/half rack chassis for industrial compatibility. For more details come by our stand at IBC – 7.J39 or visit our web site at www.cache-a.com.

The IBC Show – an event worth attending: Cache-A joins our European partner Global Distribution for our second year at IBC. This 4 day long show features almost all of our industry’s major players at an outstanding venue, the RAI convention center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Clearly one of the most important events of the year, Cache-A invites users to attend, learn, and of course, visit us for personal demos of our products and one-on-one conversations with Cache-A engineering and founders.

Use Final Cut Pro? Cache-A will also be hosting a table at the Amsterdam FCP Supermeet. See all the vendors, enjoy the presentations and join us at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Dam 9. 1012 JS on Sunday September 12th.

For more information click here.

ProMAX Announces Adobe Premiere Pro

ProMAX has configured an editing station uniquely designed specifically for the professional editor using Adobe Premiere Pro. The Adobe Premiere Pro has the latest Intel Core Processors with virtually noise free operation from heavy insulation with variable fan speeds, a system with a Blu-Ray writer, internal card reader, and the ability to have up to 12TB of internal storage. ProMAX invites users to take a closer look at the details that make up these unique systems.

Unique benefits:

  • Designed specifically for working in Adobe Production Premium CS5;
  • Utilizing Mercury Playback Engine;
  • Built with heavy sound dampening insulation and multiple variable speed fans for quiet operation;
  • Up to 12 cores of blazing fast CPU power and NVIDIA;
  • Quadro Graphics card for editing uncompressed footage without rendering;
  • High capacity internal slots for up to 12TB of fast raw storage;
  • Easy accessible card reader, FireWire 400 / 800 and eSata connections.
  • For more information click here.

    Redrock Launches New NANO Line of DSLR Rigs and Accessories

    Redrock Micro, a maker of affordable professional-quality cinema accessories, announced the new nano line of accessories and rigs for video DSLR cameras. The nano line of equipment is an extension to Redrock’s current award-winning rigs and accessories for HDSLR cameras, and is designed for low-cost entry level, photojournalism/documentary, and discreet shooting applications. The nano rigs are manufactured to precision professional standards, and can be easily upgraded to more advanced rigs as needed. Developed from extensive customer interviews and input, the nano line delivers the ideal balance of economy and professional quality in compact support rigs.

    The nano line of products consists of 7 new rigs and 5 new accessories:

    Nano rigs:

  • Grippit
  • runningMan
  • LowDown
  • LowDown Deluxe
  • Stealth
  • Stealth Grip
  • Stealth V (“vee”)
  • Nano accessories:

  • Nano baseplate
  • Nano focus+zoom lever
  • microHandle Plus (with integrated shoe mount)
  • 2″ 15mm carbon fiber rails
  • 2″ handlebar rod
  • For more information click here.

    Digital Rapids Expands Announces Flux-3510 and Flux-3550

    Digital Rapids, a provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, movie and Web content to wider audiences, announced two new additions to the Flux family of video capture and pre-processing hardware. Complementing high definition models introduced earlier this year, the new Flux-3510 and Flux-3550 cards offer the power of the Flux hardware platform for top-quality encoding and streaming applications requiring only standard definition video input.

    All Flux hardware cards feature Digital Rapids’ highly acclaimed video pre-processing capabilities, enabling unparalleled visual quality and compression efficiency. This advanced, real-time pre-processing ‘grooms’ the input signal to be more ‘compression-friendly’, resulting in superior quality in any compression format while leaving the host system’s CPU free to encode more simultaneous multi-format outputs. Additional hardware features common to SD and HD models of Flux include video adjustments and graphic overlay, enabling refinement of incoming video sources and the addition of branding such as logos. All Flux cards are based on the PCI Express computer bus standard.

    The new Flux-3510 features SDI video input support with embedded audio. The digital-plus-analog Flux-3550 card offers the same capabilities plus analog component, S-Video and composite video; analog audio; and AES digital audio inputs.

    These two new cards join Flux HD models including the all-digital Flux-6510 and digital-plus-analog Flux-6550. In addition to support for SD and HD-SDI input, Flux-6510 and Flux-6550 are the industry’s first capture cards optimized for encoding and streaming to feature dual-link HD-SDI and 3Gb/s SDI support.

    Flux cards are bundled with the tightly integrated Stream LE software. The most versatile encoding software on the market, the Stream software family provides capture, encoding, transcoding and streaming for both live and file-based applications, with simultaneous output in multiple formats, resolutions and bit rates for a broad range of viewing devices and applications.

    The Flux hardware, along with the complete range of Digital Rapids solutions for transforming and delivering media, will be showcased in booth number 7.G41 at the IBC 2010 exhibition, September 10-14 in Amsterdam.

    For more information click here.

    Telestream Brings Major New Products to IBC2010

    Telestream, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, will feature several major new software products at IBC2010 in stand 7.D16. Vantage, Episode 6, Wirecast Pro, Agility and Avalon address major challenges and opportunities in the video industry. These software solutions improve operational efficiency, help facilitate the migration to IT, and open doors to new business opportunities, including those in the live streaming space. They also help solve real business challenges that companies face, including declining revenues from traditional distribution channels, cost reductions and the need to support a growing number of new channels.

    Vantage video workflow management: Vantage is Telestream’s major new enterprise-class workflow design and automation software solution that revolutionizes video capture, transcoding, metadata processing, analysis, management and delivery in IT video environments. With Vantage’s video workflow design capability, media, metadata, analysis data and process flows can be built independently of video file formats or video systems. Flexible process design and an intuitive graphical user interface simplify the design, automation and management of a variety of workflows. These unique capabilities allow fully-automated, self-adapting video workflows to be built without the need for costly software engineering or consultants. At IBC, Telestream customers and partners will benefit from a new, free SDK that allows third-party systems to access and control Vantage workflows, as well as other major enhancements being unveiled at the show.

    Episode 6 next-generation video encoder: Episode 6 is an industry-first, cross-platform, desktop-to-server software product that takes video encoding to the next level. It is the only cross-platform software encoder on the market that that offers scalability from the desktop to a server cluster. Industry-first One Click Clustering with integrated file sharing allows content owners, video workgroups, and post-production facilities to easily pool resources and share encoding tasks across multiple computers in a mixed environment of PC and Mac computers. A new, intuitive user interface with graphical workflow builder simplifies the encoding process. Plus, Episode 6 offers automatic uploading to YouTube, enabling greater audience reach.

    Wirecast 4 live webcasting software: Wirecast 4 live webcasting software allows anyone to easily create real-time or on-demand video broadcasts for the web. Wirecast 4 includes a Pro version along with high-quality Main Concept H.264, new format support for VP6 and a new intuitive user interface, making it even easier to use. Wirecast Pro builds upon Wirecast’s advanced video production capabilities, adding more graphic content, including virtual sets, more foregrounds, backgrounds, and scoreboards. Wirecast Pro also adds improved audio controls and support for more input devices such as wireless IP cameras, providing greater flexibility in professional broadcast, entertainment and sports usage.

    Agility 2G and Avalon multi-platform solutions: Telestream recently announced its intent to acquire the business operations of Anystream, With the deal expected to close this month, Telestream plans to demonstrate Agility 2G and Avalon, along with new product features, in its stand at IBC. Agility 2G and Avalon address today’s rapidly evolving demands for multi-platform content syndication, including standards conversion, video streaming, subtitling and watermarking, Agility 2G employs a multi-threaded architecture and grid encoding to provide enterprise-class scale and reliability at all resolutions. Avalon expands on Agility’s capabilities by providing a metadata ingest, creation and packaging solution to automate the publishing of video to multiple outlets and devices.

    Telestream Makes IBC2010 Innovation Awards Shortlist: Telestream is one of the suppliers named as a finalist in the IBC2010 Innovation Awards content management category for Antena 3’s multi-platform asset management project in which Dalet Digital Media Systems was the principal technology partner. The Spanish broadcaster’s newsroom system puts its content on television and on the internet, mobiles, YouTube and social networks, without increasing operational costs.

    In addition to the new Vantage, Episode V6, and Wirecast V4 products, Telestream will demonstrate its award-winning FlipFactory transcoding workflow automation and Pipeline video capture products at IBC. Telestream also plans to hold a press conference Friday September 10 at 2:00 in RAI Media Centre room F004 to elaborate on the Anystream acquisition.

    For more information click here.

    Farmers WIFE S.L. Announces Upcoming Major New Release v4.10 of Software at IBC 2010

    Farmers WIFE S.L. a provider of scheduling and facility management software for the media industry, announces major new release version 4.10 to be previewed at the IBC 2010 September 10th-14th.

    Today’s unveiling of version 4.10 marks a major stage in the expansion of Farmers WIFE development which will deliver new web and iPhone platform tools allowing users to easily monitor, capture and report on all information specific to their business – instantly and accurately.

    Farmers WIFE is specifically designed for media professionals in the production, post production, audio, broadcast, educational, government & corporate/agency industries. It has a unique ability to combine into one integrated streamlined workflow:

  • Easy drag & drop scheduling and planning
  • Management of projects, resources, personnel and contacts
  • Management of quotations, cost tracking, purchase orders, invoices and incoming invoices
  • Financial reports and analysis
  • Production – planning and budget management and reporting
  • Media Management – media library, Dub Ordering & Dispatch
  • Running natively on Mac, PC and Linux, Farmers WIFE is ideal for mixed platform facilities and the iPhone and Web application allows to access WIFE from anywhere at anytime.
  • For more information click here.

    Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX Now Available

    Boris FX, a developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX (BCC 7 AVX) is now available. BCC 7 AVX brings over 200 filters to Avid Media Composer and Avid Symphony. The new release features lens blur effects, a video noise reduction tool, a new OpenGL particle engine, and new on-screen overlay control widgets for streamlined workflow.

    Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX new feature highlights include:

    New filters:

  • BCC Noise Reduction smoothes out video noise using spatial and temporal information derived from the video clip – especially in dark areas of an image.
  • BCC Lens Blur emulates a popular lens blur or rack defocus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens shutter. The filter includes a gradient map layer to control the depth of focus.
  • BCC Lens Shape is a designer effect similar to a rack defocus effect where the shape of the bokeh can be imported from an external layer.
  • BCC Lens Transition is a wipe filter that applies a lens blur or rack defocus effect to the specular highlights of outgoing and incoming image clips.
  • BCC Particle Array 3D creates a grid of particles oriented in 3D space.
  • BCC Pin Art 3D creates a pin board look based on a layer image.
  • Compare Mode. Added to over one-third of BCC 7 AVX’s filters, Compare Mode is a convenient tool that enables users to compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side view or a live split-screen view. In the side-by-side view, users can view the unfiltered and filtered image result in the preview window as changes are made to the image. In the split-screen view, users can drag the wipe bar anywhere across the image to compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source at any zoom level. Additionally, the Compare Mode feature includes the unique ability to view the filtered result with a live filtered layer in the timeline.
  • On-Screen Overlay Control Widgets. The most commonly-used parameters in each BCC filter are now accessible via Avid-native on-screen overlay widgets, each with dynamic parameter value displays that update automatically as the widget is adjusted. Color-coded and easy to use, the new widgets allow parameter adjustments while the editor’s eye remains focused on the image. Overlays can be turned on and off by Avid’s built-in overlay control.
  • Performance Gains. The new BCC Pin Art 3D and BCC Particle Array 3D filters integrate a new particle engine that is OpenGL-accelerated. All BCC 7 AVX filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration to deliver an interactive effects design experience.
  • Boris AAF Transfer Support. BCC 7 AVX is supported by Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in that facilitates seamless transfer of Final Cut Pro sequences with BCC 7 FxPlug filters to Avid Media Composer. BCC 7 FxPlug filters are translated to corresponding BCC 7 AVX filters – including all of the keyframed changes.
  • For more information click here.

    Gefen Ships Auto Volume Stabilizer

    Connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that its GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer is now shipping. This device solves one of the most common complaints heard from consumers when watching television: a noticeable rise in volume levels during commercials. This solution eliminates that problem, keeping the volume the same throughout TV programs and commercials. It will also level the volume on different CDs and audio mixes. Everything is heard at a consistent level, improving the listening experience.

    The GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer uses Dolby Volume technology that works with most audio/video and multimedia systems. A full-range audio experience is sustained, with low frequencies boosted and high frequencies adjusted to optimal levels the user sets.

    Three inputs/outputs are provided for both analog (L/R) and digital (optical; coax) audio devices. All three inputs are switchable and live; users select which audio source will be adjusted. There is also a bypass feature allowing audio to pass through without adjustment.

    The Auto Volume Stabilizer installs easily, and sits between the audio/video source and the A/V receiver or HDTV display. Users select their connected source, set the volume, and the Auto Volume Stabilizer maintains consistency throughout the experience.

    When not in use, the Auto Volume Stabilizer moves to standby mode, which makes it a “green” product.

    For more information click here.

    Panasonic Announces AJ-HPX3100 P2 HD Camcorder

    Panasonic will launch the AJ-HPX3100, a compact shoulder mounted HD camcorder featuring P2 solid-state memory card recording, in October 2010.

    The AJ-HPX3100 offers high image quality and performance for high-end video production, incorporating a 2.2 megapixel, 2/3, type CCD image sensor (3CCD) and the latest AVC-Intra Codec for broadcasting (compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264).

    The camcorder supports multi-format HD capability as well as SD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV recording. The AVC-Intra 100 codec records high-quality images using 10 bit/4:2:2 sampling and also supports high-quality 24 bit audio recording whilst in AVC-Intra mode. The camera also offers a Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) function to compensate variations in the lens and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights.

    The AJ-HPX3100 offers a number of improvements over its predecessor; a newly designed compact and lightweight body provides a low centre of gravity ensuring an unobstructed view for the camera operator. It is 3.9kg (8.6 lb) lighter than the previous model, offering the camera person enhanced mobility. The camera also consumes around 23% less power than conventional 2/3 3CCD camcorders.

    The camcorder has two easily accessible slots for reusable P2 solid-state memory cards which offer up to 64 GB capacity and a high data transfer speed. The new camera also includes a range of functionality to improve workflow including wireless metadata input capability and a new video encoder board capable of proxy recording supporting Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing system.

    The AJ-HPX3100G will be showcased at the BIRTV 2010 exhibition in Beijing, China between August 23 to 26 and will also be on the Panasonic stand #11.E60 at IBC from September 10th.

    For more information click here.

    Larry Jordan’s August Final Cut Studio Newsletter Released

    Agoura Hills, California – Larry Jordan, digital media analyst and world-renowned expert and teacher of Final Cut Studio, has released the August edition of his free monthly Final Cut Studio newsletter. Published each month for the last six years, each issue is packed with valuable techniques, tips, product reviews, responses to reader questions and the latest industry news.

    The August issue includes over 42 pages of information covering all aspects of Apple’s Final Cut Studio. Each issue is designed to help editors get the most out of Final Cut.

    “The Reader Mail for each issue is culled from hundreds of emails that I receive each month,” said Larry Jordan, President of Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. “Plus, after each issue is released, I update it with comments on the articles from reader’s around the world. This makes reading the newsletter twice, first when it comes out, then again a few days later, a very valuable experience.”Larry Jordan’s Monthly Final Cut Newsletter is supplemented by weekly live webinars, providing on-going training on the latest technology surrounding Final Cut Studio. Lead Stories from the August Issue include:

    Newsletter Contents

    • Welcome
    • Thoughts on Working With Tapeless Media
    • A Note on Naming Folders for Tapeless Media
    • Technical Definition: Stuff
    • A Great Way to Learn Something – Webinars
    • Make Solid Objects Disappear With BCC Motion Key
    • Product Review: iStorage Pro Tower 8 RAID
    • Announcing the Larry Jordan Forums
    • Thoughts on A New Way to Do Green-Screen Graphics
    • Thoughts on 3D Video
    • Tech Note: Computer Monitor Flashes Black

    Passing Thoughts

    • Short takes on interesting stuff
    • and Reader Mail

    About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
    Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information covering video production and post-production for practicing professionals and students through a variety of media worldwide. The company was founded by Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned digital media analyst, consultant, Apple-Certified trainer, and Final Cut Studio expert with over 30 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He’s a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Jordan is executive producer and host of three talk radio shows including the weekly industry-leading digital media podcast Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ; and Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast on WS Radio.