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Music 2 Hues Releases A New Royalty-Free Flagship Series CD

Music 2 Hues, a leading supplier of Production Music & Sound Effects to the Film, Video, Animation, & Multimedia Industries has just added a new royalty-free title to their Flagship Series line of production music.

The newest Flagship title: “Cinematic Dronescores” is now shipping worldwide and is available on Audio CD, or can be downloaded in Mp3 and WAV file formats.

In this first volume release, “Cinematic Dronescores” features cinematic suspenseful underscores, pads, and soundscapes.

In addition to audio CD’s, our new updated Music Download Center offers the ability to purchase individual tracks from all of our current Flagship Series titles, or entire CD categories with just one click in either Mp3 or Wav file formats. For just one price, clients will get all the edited versions of any one music track, including the full length theme, and any 30 and 60 seconds versions when available. New production music will be added monthly.

Click for more information about Cinematic Dronescores.

Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 8.1 Now Available

Blackmagic Design has announced DaVinci Resolve 8.1, an exciting new software update with powerful features, is now available. This update is available to all DaVinci Resolve customers free of charge and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design web site.

The new Resolve 8.1 software update includes support for Apple Final Cut Pro X XML round trip, new layer node composite effects, ACES colorspace support, compatibility with Avid AAF for round trip with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7 clip size and position support, new copy commands for grades, upgraded EDL features, support for UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt and compatibility with the 2011 MacBook Pro 15” computer.

With this new update, DaVinci Resolve can now import and export Final Cut Pro X timelines using the new Final Cut Pro rich XML file format. When working in Final Cut Pro X, customers will get full timeline round trip where projects can be moved between Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve, retaining the multi track timeline with frame accurate cuts, dissolves and even speed changes. DaVinci Resolve will also use rich XML from Final Cut Pro X to link to original camera footage. DaVinci Resolve supports full media management for Final Cut Pro X projects including additional source clip folders and alternate image source when conforming edits in Resolve.

Because DaVinci Resolve supports grading of high resolution and bit depth files, edits can be exported out of Final Cut Pro for finishing in the highest quality. An alternative workflow is to use DaVinci Resolve 8.1 to manage extremely high resolution raw image formats such as RED, ARRI, CinemaDNG and DNxHD and then to grade and render to ProRes or uncompressed media for Final Cut Pro X.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes new layer node composite effects which offer colorists even greater creative grading with add, subtract, difference, multiply, screen, overlay, darker and lighten effects. Colorists will be able to use these new composite effects to create extremely complex and intricate grades with limitless power.

Keeping pace with DaVinci’s heritage in the high end feature film industry, DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes ACES colorspace support. ACES and IIF is a new colorspace and file format promoted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences technology committee to provide a universal and open image interchange and processing format. The ACES IIF file format is fully supported, and includes a variety of IDTs and ODTs as well as support for 3D shaper LUTs. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 allows colorists to work in this format seamlessly, and even the free of charge DaVinci Resolve Lite includes ACES colorspace, so upcoming videographers will have access to the latest Hollywood technology.

To improve compatibility with customers using Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes improved support for Avid AAF import/export for roundtrip editing to Resolve and back to Avid Media Composer. This new AAF support includes effects such as dip to color, edge and center wipe with border, clock and venetian blind wipe and also cross, oval and diamond iris wipe, overlay composite and more. Also includes support for Avid sizing with (PTZR) pan, tilt, zoom and rotate.

Additional support is included for Final Cut Pro 7 round trip with clip by clip selectable import of image sizing data now possible. Import sizing and position data for all or selected clips is available to allow renders using the extremely high quality DaVinci Resolve image resizing engine.

New cut, copy and paste operations for editing and node metadata including dynamics have been added to DaVinci Resolve 8.1, allowing much easier and dramatically faster editing of clips in the timeline and copying grades between nodes. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 also includes new conform features including the abilities to export missing clips EDL and import new EDL to a track. This simplifies finding and replacing missing clips in long form projects, and is great for changing VFX shots. This DaVinci Resolve update is now even faster to use with an exciting new ‘hover over node’ grading status display to reveal lists of changed grades within the node.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 increases support for hardware, including full compatibility with the Apple Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15” with 1680×1050 display, as well as the new UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt technology based computers. Support for UltraStudio 3D allows video monitoring and deck I/O from the latest iMac and MacBook Pro computers that support Thunderbolt technology.

Other new features included in DaVinci Resolve 8.1 includes support for clip by clip scaled or unscaled data range color space conversions, support for clip by clip colorspace selection in case a source clip has been incorrectly encoded, renders now support video or data levels and support for HDR source icons in the timeline thumbnail for RED HDRx clips.

Click for more information about DaVinci Resolve 8.1.

Sony Creative Software Ships Vegas Pro 11

Sony Vegas Pro 11, which Sony Creative Software announced at IBC in September, is now shipping. The full Windows-only Sony Vegas Pro 11 Collection fuses 3D, HD and 3D editing tools with Blu-ray authoring software and improved rendering through OpenCL support by bundling DVD Architect Pro 5.2 and the Dolby Digital Professional Encoder with upgraded features in the popular editor.

Version 11 expands on Vegas Pro’s extensive multicam editing support by maintaining all unused sources and letting editors switch between up to 32 sources. The new version also introduces several 2D and stereo 3D titling tools, improved image stabilization (a necessity in this CMOS-centric world) and support for 3D MVC and MPO files from Sony camcorders and DSLRs.

Among the first editors to forge into the “no transcode, no re-wrap” future, Vegas Pro now natively supports RED One and Epic files, which you can open and edit on the version 11 timeline. Other natively supported formats include Sony’s XDCAM, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, HDCAM-SR and Panasonic’s AVCCAM and AVCHD. This version overhauls Event Grouping by letting editors sync related clips on the timeline through a new “parent” and “child” linking structure.

Version 11’s GPU-accelerated video processing, through supported OpenCL cards from AMD and NVIDIA, should also give editors smoother previews and faster renders of composites and scenes heavy with video effects, transitions, pans, crops and tracking motion. Full specs on how the software’s core video processing engine will take advantage of the OpenCL improvements can be found on the site.

Thanks to the software’s improved support of the NVIDIA 3D Vision driver, editors ramping up their stereo 3D production can edit on single-display 3D computers, including Sony’s own VAIO F Series 3D laptops and the VAIO L Series desktop systems.

Click for more information about Vegas Pro 11.

LockCircle Announces LockPort7 For 7D Cameras

After LockCircle‘s great sales success with LockPort5 for 5D cameras, they have announced the LockPort7 for 7D cameras.

The LockPort7 is a new product developed to help avoid damaging your 7D camera port.

The mini HDMI camera port is very “expensive to repair” if damaged!

The LockPort7 protects definitely the fragile output on your camera from tough production abuse with a rock-solid clamp and a smart mini to full-size HDMI adapter.

The LockPort7 adapter is designed to fit easily the popular RedRock Micro DSLR Baseplate using the original screws and soft adhesive pads. Ready in 3 minutes!

The LockPort7 safely secures a 90° FRONT/REAR mini HDMI to full-size HDMI adapter, protecting forever the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI camera port.

The adapter has gold plated contacts, the full-size female output allows you to use stronger standard HDMI cables, you can purchase everywhere!

Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose!

The LockPort7 (and LockPort5) was designed last year by a well recognized italian-australian digital cinematographer shooting massive film/tv-series productions with 5D and 7D cameras.

The LockPort7 was the smart solution to resolve several camera port damages which frequently happen using multi-camera set-ups.

Now, after a long year testing on several prototypes, the LockPort7 is for sale!

The full-size HDMI 90° output can be used in FRONT or REAR position (2 different adapters) to reach the best cable ergonomics solution on your rig set-up!

The LockPort7 Adapters are available in FRONT and REAR editions, also available in kit or sold separately! Instant reverse output direction set-up.

Can be ordered now, estimated delivery for middle of November.

The LockPort UNIVERSAL (for 5D and 7D) Edition is coming soon.

The Universal Edition can be used on every rig/fluid head with your 5D and 7D camera.

Aerospace technology is used to make it incredibly lightweight and strong!

Fits directly with original head/support screws on every support out there.

The LockPort7 for 7D cameras is coming soon with the same innovative features.

Click for more information about LockPort7 for 7D Cameras.

Digital Production Buzz – Oct. 20, 2011

  • Inside insight on professional post
  • NEW announcements from DigiEffects
  • New gear from NewTek
  • Recording great location sound
  • And what to put in your resume to get work!

GUESTS: Jacob Rosenberg, Robert Sharp, Kim Henderson, Woody Woodhall, and Jessica Sitomer

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Join Larry Jordan and Mike Horton , as they talk with:

Jacob Rosenberg, Chief Technology Officer/Director, Bandito Brothers

Bandito Brothers is a recent arrival to the post-production scene in Los Angeles, but their work is turning heads. This week, we speak with company co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Jacob Rosenberg about what it takes to run a successful full-service production company, the kinds of people he likes to hire, and a look at the future of post-production. This is a fascinating interview!

Robert Sharp, President, DigiEffects

DigiEffects is making big news this week. We talk with DigiEffects President, Robert Sharp, about their latest news – we’d tell you now, but, then, well, you know the drill. Cool news, though!

Kim Henderson Sales Engineer, NewTek

NewTek is a staple in live production – especially when budgets don’t allow working with remote trucks and lots of gear. Recently, NewTek announced the new Tricaster 450 and 450 Extreme. We asked Kim Henderson, Sales Engineer for NewTek to get specific about the specs of the new products – and show us some ideas of where it can be used and new outboard gear that makes using it easier than ever.

Woody Woodhall, President, Allied Post

Woody Woodhall is a professional audio engineer and the head of Allied Post, an audio post facility in Los Angeles. He’s also the head of the LA Post Production User Group (LAPPG). We spoke with Woody recently about the challenges of recording location sound – not the actors, that’s easy, it’s all the sounds around the actors that you need to add audio believability to your projects.

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Jessica Sitomer. President, The Greenlight Coach, is back! Our favorite “gonna-find-you-a-job” coach returns – this time, with ideas on what to put on your resume that will help you find work. Even better, she has great advice on what to leave off. You aren’t writing a novel, here. You are crafting a marketing document to get you work. Listen to her interview and discover ways you can make your resume more powerful and productive.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show.
It’s all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!

The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

VideoGuys Offers Grass Valley’s Competitive Upgrade To EDIUS 6

While many believe Apple is apparently moving away from the professional video industry with FCP X, Grass Valley continues to add the features and functionality that professionals like you need most. For example, the latest version of EDIUS, brings new video file formats and hardware-assisted H.264 encoding, This latest update also supports both 50p & 60p file import, allowing for a smoother workflow within EDIUS 6.

For users of Intel’s Second Generation Core Processor, EDIUS has extended support for Quick Sync Video Hardware H.264 video encoding of MP4 files to complement the AVCHD acceleration in EDIUS 6. You will be able to enjoy faster than real-time encoding of videos for iPhone, Play Station Portable, as well as H.264/AVC videos up to 1920x1080p50/60.

EDIUS is used by professionals and broadcasters alike because it’s fast, easy to use and rock solid. It’s the perfect choice for multi-format editing.

No other NLE gives you so much versatility combined with sheer speed of editing. EDIUS supports real-time editing of all popular standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) formats. Edit anything, anywhere. EDIUS 6 is perfect for same-day edits & field editing.

EDIUS – More Formats, More Workflows

EDIUS nonlinear editing software is designed for any broadcast and postproduction environment, in the studio or out in the field. Especially those using newer, tapeless forms of video recording and storage.

Ultimate File-based Workflow

Perfect for file-based workflows, EDIUS offers real-time, multi-track, mixed-format editing, compositing, chromakeying, titling, and timeline output capabilities. In addition to the standard formats, EDIUS supports P2 DVCPRO, AVC-Intra, XDCAM, Ikegami GF, and Canon’s XF format and EOS movie format. It also supports capturing from DV and HDV.

Exceptional Mixed Format Editing

Featuring unrivaled real-time video transcoding technology, EDIUS converts between HD and SD resolutions, aspect ratios, and frame rates—all in real time. You can edit in HD and place 4:3 SD video, or mix NTSC and PAL sources, or combine them all into projects in other resolutions and frame rates without wasting a single moment on conversion or rendering.

New HQX Codec for 10-bit Video Workflow

EDIUS features the revolutionary HQX codec for 10-bit video support. Designed with scalable technology, this innovative codec offers the highest image quality and performance available in any HD editing platform with support for alpha channel. The HQX codec not only provides superior luma and chroma sampling of HD video, but features an adjustable bit rate for increased video quality when capturing and encoding on high-performance systems. By using HQX, you can also export video from other graphic software with alpha channel in 10-bit.

New Features in EDIUS 6

EDIUS 6 offers more than 100 new features, such as 4K, 2K, and free size project support, advanced timeline workflow improvements, 16 ISO multicam support, new source browser, free shape mask filter, track matte keyer, and AVCHD exporter to name just a few.

The editing engine has been tuned for better real-time performance, and the enhanced Proxy Mode opens up exciting possibilities for entirely new editing workflows.

Click for more information about Grass Valley Edius 6 Cross-grade.

Telestream Releases Episode 6.2 Video Encoding Software

Telestream, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced the release of Episode 6.2 multiformat video encoding software. New and improved API features expand Episode integration and control capabilities with third-party systems.The free version 6.2 update adds high-end ProRes 4:4:4:4 and AVC-Intra format support for professional workflows. New Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS streaming formats improve the viewing experience for end users through a new Developer API Kit. In addition, Mac-based Episode video encoding products are now OS X Lion compatible.

System integration and control expansion plus new Developer API Kit

A new XML-RPC interface for Episode Engine and a faster, more robust Command Line Interface for all Episode products expand third-party integration and control capabilities. The Command Line Interface includes new functions and significant speed improvements when submitting jobs and requesting job status. These improvements enhance Episode system integration and increase responsiveness and stability, which is especially important in high-volume video transcoding environments. The new XML-RPC interface for Episode Engine provides a standards-based network interface for easy integration with third-party systems.

The Episode Developer API Kit is a new service offering that gives Episode Engine users access to technical engineering support for their API integrations. The Developer API Kit also provides early access to the latest Episode features.

New support for adaptive streaming formats

Support for Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HLS streaming formats, including encoding, packaging and automated delivery of each, are now available to Episode Engine users through the Developer API Kit. These HTTP-based adaptive streaming formats provide end users with a high-quality viewing experience. By dynamically monitoring local bandwidth and video rendering performance, Microsoft Smooth Streaming optimizes the playback experience by switching video quality in real-time. Developed to support Apple QuickTime and iOS devices, Apple HLS allows the streaming session to adapt to users’ available bandwidth.

New format support for professional workflows

The addition of Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4 is an important professional format for digital film and visual effects workflows due to its high-quality, color precision and embedded alpha channel. Version 6.2 offers native ProRes 4:4:4:4 input support for all Episode products, plus output support for Episode Mac OS products.

AVC-Intra 50 and 100 are important emerging formats for camera acquisition, post-production, media archival and distribution workflows. AVC-Intra 50/100 input and MOV output are available for all Episode encoding products. Additionally, AVC-Intra MXF output format support is available for Episode Pro and Episode Engine.

New image sequence input capability now enables submission of DPX, TIFF or TGA image sequences for transcoding to the wide range of output formats supported by Episode encoders. DPX sequences are widely-used production and interchange formats used in film and high-end post-production environments. Image sequence input support is available to Episode Engine users through the new Developer API Kit.

Additional new features include MPEG-2 VOD encoding parameters in the MPEG-2 transport stream option which is available in Episode Pro and Episode Engine. Plus, 24-channel audio support is now available for all Episode products.

Additional new features

New EDL conforming capability allows Episode Engine to be used in more advanced ‘packaging’ workflows. Tasks such as playlist conforming as well as ad insertion and removal are easily accomplished with this new standard feature in Episode Engine.

A new Timecode Conversion filter allows Episode to carry timecode through to encoded outputs, even when complex conversions have changed the encoded output frame rate. Several options – such as scale, round off, and keep count – allow users to select different methods of timecode calculation. This new filter is available in all Episode products.

The Episode suite of cross-platform software encoders offers extensive video and audio file format support and scalability from a single desktop application to a distributed encoding cluster for post-production, new media, web and mobile encoding environments. Combined best-in-class video processing, full 10-bit support and hands-on control with frame-by-frame video preview allow users to generate excellent picture quality. Episode is an all-in-one encoder that includes extensive presets and filters plus the ability to add bumpers, trailers and watermarks to enhance and protect video content.

Click for more information about Telestream’s Episode 6.2 Video Encoding Software.

SpectraCal Supports Retail X-rite i1Display Colorimeter

When X-rite introduced the ground-breaking i1 Display Pro in June, SpectraCal, Inc. was the first independent software vendor to announce support for custom OEM versions of the new colorimeter. SpectraCal has now deepened that support by also delivering support for X-rite’s own retail version of the i1 Display Pro.

CalMAN Version 4.4 DIY Edition, announced by SpectraCal, will support any retail version of the i1 Display Pro.  The X-rite retail version of the i1 Display Pro had previously not been usable with any software other than X-rite.

In the month of October, SpectraCal is selling the X-rite retail version of the i1 Display Pro, bundled with both X-rite‚ software and CalMAN DIY Edition.

Users do not have to buy the X-rite meter from SpectraCal in order to use CalMAN.

Wherever users buy an i1 Display Pro retail version, CalMAN will support it, which will make a huge difference in convenience to users in other parts of the world.

Click for more information about SpectraCal.

Click for more information about X-Rite.

Music 2 Hues Releases New Royalty-Free Flagship Series CD – “Cinematic Dronescores”

Music 2 Hues, a supplier of production music and sound effects to the film, video, animation, and multimedia industries has just added a new royalty-free title to their Flagship Series line of production music.

The newest Flagship title,”Cinematic Dronescores,” is now shipping worldwide and is available on Audio CD, or can be downloaded in Mp3 and WAV file formats.

In this first volume release, “Cinematic Dronescores” features cinematic suspenseful underscores, pads, and soundscapes.

In addition to audio CD’s, Music2Hues has updated its Music Download Center and offers the ability to purchase individual tracks from all of our current Flagship Series titles, or entire CD categories with just one click in either Mp3 or Wav file formats. For just one price, clients will get all the edited versions of any one music track, including the full length theme, and any 30 and 60 seconds versions when available. New production music will be added monthly.

Click for more information about Music 2 Hues Royalty-Free Flagship Series CD – “Cinematic Dronescores.”

WiebeTech Announces Drive eRazer Ultra

WiebeTech announced a complete redesign of its Drive eRazer with the Drive eRazer Ultra.

The Drive eRazer Ultra completely erases all data from a hard drive quickly and easily. It is a stand-alone operation, no computer required. Faster than software. The new version adds many new features including an LCD menu with intuitive navigation, many preconfigured erase modes, customizable erase modes, automatic label printing, native SATA and IDE/PATA, and more.

Deleting a file does not erase it from a hard drive, nor does formatting it. It’s possible (and sometimes easy) for someone else to recover files if data is not deleted properly. Before disposing of or replacing a hard drive all the sensitive data needs to be completely eliminated.

New features include:

  • Works natively with both SATA and PATA hard drives.
  • More than 10 preset erase methods, or create your own
  • Includes DoD spec erase methods
  • Optionally connect to serial printer for summary verification labels
  • LCD menus make setup and erasure simple
  • Built-in USB drive dock (for preview or erasure verification)

Click for more information about WeibeTech Drive eRazer Ultra.