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Avid announces Avid Xpress Pro 5.5 for Mac OS X and Mojo SDI

As promised, Avid have announced full product-compatibility between their Mac and Windows product line. Avid Xpress Pro v 5.5 supports native HDV and DVCPRO HD for acquisition, editing, and output; real-time effects and 2:3 pulldown insertion over FireWire; and Avid DNxHD™ encoding to create effects, transitions, and titles with uncompromised image quality. Avid’s unique Open Timeline enables users to mix HDV, DVCPRO HD, and Avid DNxHD formats with SD and DV media in the same timeline in real-time, reducing the time it takes to complete projects that incorporate media from multiple sources.

Other enhancements in version 5.5 include:

  • HD and improved format support for Mac OS X systems with new 10-bit uncompressed SD and native DV50 formats as well as HDV, DVCPRO HD, and Avid DNxHD;
  • Real-time multicam support for Mac OS X systems;
  • Tapeless workflow for Mac OS X systems includes streamlined support for Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM;
  • Direct ingest of XDCAM HD over FireWire;
  • New film and pulldown support for Mac OS X systems enables editors to capture 24p footage to disk transparently over FireWire, via normal and advanced pulldown;
  • AVX™ 2 plug-in support for deep colorspace and advanced keyframing for Mac OS X systems;
  • Full-screen SD and HD monitoring using the host graphics card for both Mac and PC — enables users to monitor SD and HD projects without the need for expensive I/O and broadcast monitors by using the on-board Mac or PC graphics card and LCD or Plasma displays;
  • Enhanced performance with HDV splicing for Mac and PC systems delivers ability for long GOP material to only be re-rendered at edit points, providing much faster preparation for output than creating an entirely new stream; and
  • Varicam support for both Mac and PC systems.

In addition, Avid plans to offer Universal Binary support in future versions of Avid Xpress Pro, for Intel-based Macs. Xpress Pro 5.5 will ship on the previously announced schedule of June 2006. MSRP is US$1695.

Avid Mojo SDI

Mojo SDI, the second iteration of Avid’s low-cost Digital Non-linear Accelerator (DNA) box that connects to Mac and PC via FireWire has been announced to ship in June 2006.

The new Mojo SDI adds SDI Input and Output in addition to the connectivity of the original version. Mojo SDI supports AES/EBU digital audio I/O via SDI and is available for the new Xpress Pro 5.5 detailed above and the newly unbundled (from hardware) Media Composer software.

Avid Mojo SDI is priced at US$2,495.

Intelligent Gadgets debuts syncVUE

syncVUE is billed as the world’s first media synchronizer designed to synchronize viewing of media files across multiple (remote) locations – using SKYPE™ technology as a communication layer.

syncVUE integrates a powerful media player with frame accurate collaborative control enabled by the extremely popular SKYPE™ network with VOIP. Capable of playing any media file supported by QuickTime (including Windows Media and MXF files via a separate plug-in from Telestream™), syncVUE leverages the video/audio chat capabilities of SKYPE™ with its own synchronized media playback capability.

Participants in a syncVUE session can add time-code-based text annotations (markers) that are automatically propagated to all connected clients. Markers may contain titles and extensive notes for a quick and easy "review and approval" process. If desired, users can opt to create all their annotations "offline", then once connected in a session, their annotations will be instantly inherited by the others clients. When the session is complete, the markers can be exported to popular non-linear editors such as Final Cut Pro or other NLE systems.

HD Log supports P2 MXF format

HD Log™, a flexible logger and asset management tool, now works with the native MXF format stored on P2 memory cards.

HD Log references the original video source without QuickTime® file conversions.  This technique gives immediate viewing and manipulation of video clips directly on the P2 cards, and speeds the transfer of only desirable selected clips to the editor or asset management system.  HD Log allows users to save only the video they need, in a format that is readily available for most editing systems.

HD Log for P2 MXF retains all the features of the prior HD Log product. P2 MXF support will be added to their Windows product in the near future.

Panasonic's Broadcast cameras and P2 Workflow, add H.264 codec

Panasonic announced extensions to their P2 workflow with new broadcast cameras, a studio recorder, a moble recorder and a five slot P2 drive for transfer of data over IEEE1394 (FireWire) or USB 2.0. Pansonic also announced that they are developing an intra-frame version of the H.264 for release in April 2007 that will double the record time of P2 media.

AJ HPC2000 should-mount multi-format 2/3" P2 HD Camcorder

The AJ-HPC2000 records in 720p, 1080i, 480i or 576i to solid state P2 media. The camcorder has native HD progressive 2/3” 3-CCD system and 14-bit A/D processing and a sensitivity of F10 at 2000 lux, which can capture images at a minimum illumination of 0.032 lux (at +62dB).

The AJ-HPC2000 will have five P2 hot-swappable P2 card slot: fully populated with 8 GB P2 cards, the AJ-HPC2000 will record for up to 40 minutes without swapping cards. An additional card slot is provided for optional accessories such as a Proxy Video Encoder and a SD card slot is also included for recording and replicating setup information useful in multi-camera productions. 

The camera has extensive signal connectivity and control capability including IEEE 1394 , and USB 2.0 interfaces, HD/SD-SDI, genlock, time code and composite video. Four channels of uncompressed audio are supported with XLRs, stereo front mic, and Unislot wireless mic connections.

The AJ-HPC2000 will be available first quarter 2007 at a suggest list price of US$27,000. It will accept the optional AVC-Intra (H.264 compliant) codec to be available in April 2007.

AJ HPM200 P2 mobile recorder

Based on the same design concept as Panasonic’s popular DVCPRO laptop editors, the AJ-HPM100 is fully equipped for field work with a 9” widescreen LCD monitor, a six-slot P2 drive, an SD card slot, a jog/shuttle dial, P2 deck-like playlist editing functions, stereo speakers and AC/DC operation. The easily-transportable unit records in 1080i and 720p in DVCPRO HD and in 50Mbps DVCPRO50 and 25Mpbs DVCPRO. It can upconvert and downconvert between standard and high definition formats. With 8GB cards in the six P2 slots, the AJ-HPM100 can record for 192 minutes in DVCPRO, 96 minutes in DVCPRO50, and 48 minutes in 1080i and 720p.

The AJ-HPM100 will be available in November 2006 at a suggested list price of $12,000. It will accept the optional AVC-Intra (H.264 compliant) codec to be available in April 2007.

AJ-HPS1500 P2 studio recorder

The multi-format, multi-codec P2 Station records in 1080i and 720p in DVCPRO HD, and in 50Mbps DVCPRO50, 25Mbps DVCPRO and 25Mbps DV. An optional upconverter and downconverter enables conversion between standard and high definition formats. The AJ-HPS1500’s front panel offers easy operation with its VTR-like controls, Jog/Shuttle dial, video encoder adjustment control, Graphic User Interface (GUI), and playlist making, editing and copying. The front panel’s 3.5” color LCD simplifies browsing and selection of clips, and reduces the requirement for an external field monitor.

Standard A/V outputs/inputs on the AJ-HPS1500 include: analog component, composite and reference video, digital audio (AES/EBU Ch1 – Ch8), analog audio inputs (XLR, Ch1 – Ch2), monitor out, and time code in/output. Remote control can be accomplished via RS-422A, RS-232C and GPI.

The AJ-HPS1500 will be available in January 2007at a suggest list price of US$19,950. It will accept the optional AVC-Intra (H.264 compliant) codec to be available in April 2007.

AJ PCD20 Five Slot P2 drive

The P2 internal/external drive is designed for high-speed file transfer of 25Mbps DVCPRO, 50Mbps DVCPRO50, or 100Mbps DVCPRO HD into nonlinear editing systems and servers. With the AJ-PCD20, a user can mount five 8 GB P2 cards at the same time and have access to the contents on all five cards for continuous editing of recorded clips in sequence.

As an internal drive, the AJ-PCD20 installs in a standard PC type 5.25” bay drive enclosure, and connects to the host via either IEEE1394 (FireWire) or USB 2.0. Once connected to the host, the drive can be accessed across the local area network.

For in-the-field use, the AJ-PCD20 serves as a stand-alone external drive and teams with a notebook PC or Mac PowerBook for editing and playback. The drive offers Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X compatibility.

The AJ-PCD20 card drive will be available in July at a suggested list price of US$1,980.

Optional intra-frame H.264 codec for P2 HD line

In perhaps the most interesting of the announcements at the press event, Panasonic flagged an upcoming, optional intra-frame (whole frame) version of the H.264 codec for it’s HD P2 product line that will double record times for P2 cards. Due in April 2007, the H.264 AVC-Intra codec will be supported on the HPC2000, HPM100 and JPS1500 stations.

Panasonic have a new P2HD logo to identify the new codec.

Panasonic also showed statements of support, in future product releases, from Apple and Avid who will provide native editing capability for the new codec variation "in the fullness of time".

Other announcements

Also announced where the:

BT-LH2600W 26" Production Quality monitor with a resolution 1366 x 768, waveform monitoring on screen and two auto switching SDI/HD-SDI 9inputs with embedded audio. Available June 2006 for US$4,940

AJ-HDP 2000 2K Film Data Processor. Featuring JPEG2000 compression 4:4;4 sampling to convert digitized file at max of 188 Mbps in 2K an dHD resolution the AJ-HDP2000 processes 2K ful-frame film images and process them for recording onto an HD34700 D5 recorder for managing and distribution in D5; and the

AV-HS300 – a Live Event switcher with six HD/SD inputs to debut for US$8,000 in Q4, 2006.

Jan Crittenden, Product Line Business Manager for DVCPRO, DVPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD will be interviewed on Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ on Wednesday April 26th at 3:15 pm Pacific Time.

Panasonic's NAB announcements

After reporting strong growth in HD products and their P2 product line as well as a strong story on their Plasma screens, Panasonic rolled into their new product annoucements. First off was a 103" 60P Plasma screen for fall this year. Panasonic will be, once again, showing this screen on their NAB Booth.

The majority of the presentation focused on their DVCPRO HD product line, which started with a review of the AG-HVX200. Panasonic reported selling 10,000 HVX200 units since shipping started at the end of December.

Joe Facchini, Director – Product Marketing, Panasonic Broadcast & TV Systems, introduced the new products, starting with an update to their extremely poplular AJ-HDX900 to an HD-capable version.

AJ- HDX900 Camcorder

This revision of the popular AJ-SDX900, the AJ-HDX900 adds support for the DVCPRO HD codec and a multi-format recording system that supports 1080 59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p/23.98pA and 720 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p.

The AJ-HDX900 features a native 16:9, 2/3” HD, 1-million pixel 3-CCD system with low light shooting down to 0.032 lux (at+62 dB gain). It is equipped with 14-bit A/D DSP circuits that provide optimum picture quality, color reproduction and luminance gradation. The camcorder offers three Cine-like gamma modes to replicate the look and feel of film. The AJ-HDX900 is compatible with a wide range 2/3” quality lenses and accessories.

The AJ-HDX900 will be available in July at a suggested list price of US$26,500 (plus viewfinder).

AJ-HD1400 HD VTR

This is the successor to HD1200 with all of the AJ-HD1200’s capabilities but including Assemble and Insert editing, It pllays DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO 100, DV tapes as well as DVCPRO HD. This deck now comes with IEEE1394 and HD-SDI built in (no extra boards to buy) and will be available in July 2006 at a MSRP of US$25,000.

The AJ-HD1400 delivers all its predecessor’s capabilities plus comprehensive assemble/insert editing functions controlled by either the RS422 9-pin or IEEE 1394 interfaces. The VTR features HD-SDI in/out and SD-SDI out for applications such as line recording and in-studio production, and supports VANC metadata (UMID, CC, et al.) and also encoder remote control (component/composite style). It incorporates a built-in up/down/cross converter, so that users can play back DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV tapes and output a converted HD signal. Utilizing the advanced DVCPRO HD codec, the AJ-HD1400 supports superior 4:2:2 color sampling and independent frame compression.

All formats from around the world are supported inlcluding  1080/59.94, 1080/50i, 720/60p, 720/59.94p and 720/50p, and it can convert from an AJ-HDC27 VariCam 50p recording (over 60p) source to native 720p/50 or PAL output.

AK-0HC1500G multipurpose HD camera

The AK-HC1500G also debuts as the first multi-purpose camera to feature a variable frame rate functionality and cine gamma curve, features that have distinguished the company’s popular VariCam HD Cinema™ Camcorder including true 24P recording.

The HD production quality, high-performance AK-HC1500G incorporates proprietary Panasonic innovations, including new IT-CCDs, 14-bit A/D converter and digital signal processors to deliver crisp, sharp high definition images from dark to bright areas. The 1-megapixel, 2/3-inch 3-CCDs produce outstanding color accuracy, with improved on-chip lenses to achieve a standard sensitivity of F10.0 at 2000 lux and a smear level of less than -130 dB. The AK-HC1500 uses CCD accumulation and horizontal/vertical addition to create a gain increase of up to +68 dB (with a minimum illumination of 0.015 dB).

The AK-HC1500G offers both 1080 (60i/59.94i, 50i, 30p, 25p/24p) and 720 (60p, 59.94p/50p) high definition output. The camera boasts a wide range of variable frame rates (4-fps to 60-fps in single-frame increments) for “overcranked” and “undercranked” off-speed in-camera effects, and its CineGamma™ curve reproduces images that closely match the latitude of film stocks. 
Other key features include a standard HD SDI output; a 12-axis color correction circuit for fine adjustment of saturation and hue; an Electronic Extender for magnifying the image by 2X; genlock; DC (+12V) operation; a mini 15-pin connector; tally function; and iris and zoom/focus controls. The camera has a low power consumption of about 18 watts and compact footprint of 3.5” W x 4.6” H x 6.2” D and weighs in at just 3.3 pounds.
 

The AK-HC1500G is available now at a suggested list price of US$19,950.

Details of Pansonic’s broadcast cameras and P2 workflow accessories will be posted later tonight, but include:

  • A 720 P 1080i, 480i or 576i Progressive 2/3" CCDs – the AJ HPC2000 with sensitivity at really low light. Five P2 card slot, each hot-swappable to record up to 40 minutes continuous recording for US$27,000 in Jan 2007;
  • AJ HPM200, P2 mobile recorder based on the P2 laptop editor, with 6 P2 card slots, 9" widescreen LCD monitor, SD card slot. Jog/shuttle. $12K available in November;
  • AJ-HPS1500 P2 studio recorder – for ingest, up/down conversion and comes with five P2 slots, FireWire, USB 2, HD-SDI and 3.5" LCD. VTR coontrols with large capacity removable storage. January 2007 with a likely price of US$19,000;
  • AJ PCD20 Five Slot P2 drive – data transfer over FireWire or USB2 – Mac and PC available July $1980.

The other long term announcement was the use of an intra-frame version of the Advanced Video Codec (H.264) that will double the record duration of P2 media at the same high quality. More on that development later.

Jan Crittenden, Product Line Business Manager for DVCPRO, DVPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD will be interviewed on Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ on Wednesday April 26th at 3:15 pm Pacific Time.

Philip Hodgetts, from the Panasonic Press Briefing.

Flip4Mac adds new workflow solutions

Flip4Mac have expanded their line of workflow solutions to include support for disk-based cameras and media servers into Final Cut Pro for editing. A new Import Component for Grass Valley™ Infinity Series™ line of IT-immersed products for electronic newsgathering and field production was introduced today. Telestream also announced that Import/Export Components for Grass Valley Profile® video server and K2™ media client and media server systems will soon be available. These new components include support for Intel-powered Macs and Mac Power PCs.

The Flip4Mac Import Component for the Infinity Series products adds support for this new digital acquisition system from Thomson. The component initially supports DV25 and uncompressed audio file transfer into Final Cut Pro for editing. Additional format support is planned. Users can browse Infinity devices, preview clips, rename files and easily import content with the click of a mouse.

The Flip4Mac Infinity Component is slated for July 2006 availability. Telestream also announced availability of its Flip4Mac Import/Export Components for Grass Valley Profile and K2 servers. These components provide file compatibility and enable fast, efficient file transfer into Final Cut Pro systems for editing.

The new Flip4Mac Components and enhancements are being demonstrated in Telestream Booth SL-2781at NAB this week.

JVC to release GY-HD250U at NAB?

Thanks to a post at the dvinfo forums JVC may be ready to announce a new camera at NAB this coming week. The picture shows a JVC GY-HD250U, which appears to be very similar to the HD100U , but with ad ons at the rear to convert it to a Studio camera. Also featured in the ad image is "60P" and HD-SDI out like the Canon XL-H1. What goes out the HD-SDI and the full specifications will have to wait until an official announcement. DV Guru links to an image. More information as it becomes available.

Apple iDVD: Image to Disk

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Replication and Distribution

Creating a Disc Image in DVD Studio Pro and iDVD for burning to DVD.

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/image_to_disk_stone.html

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Apple DVD Studio Pro: Image to Disk

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Replication and Distribution

Creating a Disc Image in DVD Studio Pro and iDVD for burning to DVD.

http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/image_to_disk_stone.html

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Flip4Mac announces Intel Support road-map

Telestream, the creator of the Flip4Mac™ digital media tools for the Mac, today announced that they planned to create Universal Binary versions of their applications, to support Intel Macs natively, would be released "within the next quarter.

Which is a good thing because I rely on Flip4Mac’s Windows Media Playback in QuickTime Player and export capabilities from QuickTime and that MacBook Pro is calling me after NAB.

Flip4Mac’s Windows Media Components for QuickTime add Windows Media playback support to QuickTime Player and web browsers. The Flip4Mac Player component is now free (and distributed by Microsoft as "the official way to do view WMV on Macintosh". Other Flip4Mac Windows Media components, ranging in price from $29 to $179, provide the ability to import for editing and export Windows Media from within QuickTime-based applications

Visit Telestream booth on SL-2781 at NAB this week.

Windows Media Components for QuickTime, powered by Flip4Mac, add Windows Media playback support to QuickTime Player and web browsers. In January, Telestream announced that Microsoft would begin free distribution of Windows Media Components for QuickTime, powered by Flip4Mac. Flip4Mac allows Mac users to view Windows Media video and audio content from within their existing QuickTime applications. It also provides the first solution for full playback of high definition Windows Media on a Mac. Other Flip4Mac Windows Media components, ranging in price from $29 to $179, provide the ability to import for editing and export Windows Media from within QuickTime-based applications.