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CalDigit Releases CalDigit VR RAID

The CalDigit VR, the most complete two drive RAID system on the market today, is now shipping. It offers impressive performance, unmatched connectivity, and superior quality all in a sleek and easily upgradable enclosure that is both small and functional.

Hardware RAID support for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD provides maximum flexibility. Additionally the quadruple interface supports USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and eSATA, making the CalDigit VR extremely versatile. The CalDigit VR has two hot swappable drive modules, allowing for easy replacement and expansion. The advanced modular design even allows for easy replacement of the fan.

The CalDigit VR can reach speeds up to 220MB/s in RAID 0, and over 100MB/s with RAID 1 protection. RAID 1 provides the ultimate in protection and backup for valuable data, by mirroring data on both drives. If a drive fails all data can be restored.

Made from quality components the CalDigit VR is designed to last, and comes with CalDigit’s industry leading warranty and knowledgeable tech support. An advanced environmental monitor provides detailed information about temperature, fan RPM and hard drive health, so you are always in the know. The sleek and sexy design is as functional as it is good looking. A front side power button makes powering the unit on and off a breeze, and the all aluminum enclosure provides additional heat dissipation


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Avid Announces 4Q Financial Results

According to Television Broadcast, Avid Technology reported a loss of $31.9 million on revenues of $206.7 million for the quarter ending Dec. 31. The results were off by 20 percent and 112 percent respectively from the same period in 2007, when the company posted a profit of $3.9 million on revenues of $285.5 million.

The Tewksbury, Mass., video editing specialist wrote down $22.6 million in the quarter for impairment on intangibles, stock compensation and restructuring. Consumer video accounted for $9.6 million. Avid warned that the total for impairment could yet be adjusted for 4Q, changing the final results. Excluding the charge, the company posted a $9.3 million loss for the quarter.

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Sonicfire Pro 5 Express Track Edition – Overview

Text Trick Part 1: Radio Waves

Smartsound Sonicfire Pro: Sonicfire Pro 5 Express Track Edition – Overview

Chapter: Music

Topic: Composing for Film or Video

Larry Jordan shows you how to quickly FIND, CUSTOMIZE and USE thousands of customizable royalty-free music track from the SmartSound Music library. No other music library solution gives you this much customization control over prerecorded music.


Adobe After Effects: Text Trick Part 1: Radio Waves

Chapter: Titling

Topic: Animation Techniques

In this video tutorial, Eran Stern reveals the first text trick in his series and shows how to design an audio waves animation with the After Effects Text Tool.


Thomson Puts Grass Valley Up For Sale

According to Television Broadcast, Thomson (NYSE:TMS) is putting Grass Valley up for sale. The Parisian tech giant today said the board approved divesting the division, along with its Premier Retail Networks digital signage business. Thomson has received “expressions of interest” in the business units, wire reports indicate. Thomson announced the move this morning as it warned of breaching loan covenants. Some of the company’s private placements require that debt doesn’t exceed net worth.

Thomson estimated its debt to be nearly $2.8 billion. It had a little over $1 million in cash at the end of the year; money it drew down from the balance remaining on its syndicated credit facility. Market cap in France was around $463 million this morning with shares trading at $1.42 after tumbling 15 percent on the news.

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Panasonic Announces New High-Resolution LCD HD Production Monitor

Panasonic announced the immediate availability of its new high-resolution BT-LH2550 LCD HD production monitor. With a full 1920 x 1200-pixel In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, the 25.5” LCD production monitor features an expanded color gamut, exceeding the NTSC standard, to ensure vivid, true-to-life color for critical monitoring at a cost far less than premium-priced reference monitors.

The LH2550 offers six color space settings – SMPTE, EBU, ITU-R BT.709, Abode 2.2, Abode 1.8 and D-Cinema – to expand the range of colors that can be viewed onscreen for high-end applications ranging from broadcast and print to digital graphics and postproduction. The monitor’s image processing engine has a three-dimensional look-up table (LUT) that calibrates it to reproduce content according to the specific color standard selected. With its advanced IPS panel, 1920 x 1200 resolution and 10-bit processing circuit, the LH2550 produces ultra-faithful color and exceptionally clear detail in any video format. Its high contrast and brightness, excellent motion response and wide 178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles make it the cost-effective choice versus more expensive reference monitors.

In addition to its state-of-the-art color reproduction capabilities, the monitor is equipped with valuable production tools, including built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope functions that display all picture lines for signal level monitoring. It also features pre-installed calibration software that allows the monitor to be calibrated directly with color analyzers without using a PC. A split-screen function permits the simultaneously display of two video sources side-by-side from two different video inputs.

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The Foundry Returns To Autodesk Sparks Development

The Foundry a leading developer of visual effects, image-processing and compositing software, announced today that, under an exclusive arrangement with Autodesk®, it can once again offer support for the Autodesk Sparks range of its Tinder, Furnace and Keylight products.

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BuZZ Show and Podcast for January 29

This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio for Digital Production, Post Production and Distribution is filled with great information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker, producer or editor.

Chris Parker is a film-maker who has created a very successful episodic series on the web, titled “Loveless.” See what makes a web series successful as Chris tells us what he’s learned in creating this hit.

Just watching the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is more fun than most dramatic television these days. Jonathan Handel was the first to break the story about the management shake-up in the union. He joins us today to bring us the latest news.

Stacey Parks spends her life searching for money. However, unlike many others, she’s happy to share what she’s learned. Get the latest news from Sundance and the world of distribution in tonight’s show.

Brooks Elms is a former school-teacher-turned-filmmaker who has created a film based on his teaching experience. Marketing it on the Internet, Brooks has a hit on his hands. Discover what he did and why he did it.

Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ is live 6-7 pm Pacific Time. Join the Show Live, listen to, or download an episode from the archives or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or off the website.