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Drobo Redefines Personal and Professional Data Storage

Drobo, maker of award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, announced a wide range of industry firsts with innovations in a new generation of storage devices for personal and professional users. The Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini—the world’s smallest and most portable full-featured storage array—are designed to accelerate workflows for creative professionals managing data-intensive files; home media enthusiasts looking to consolidate and accelerate video, photo, and music files; and small businesses that need fast, portable backup to protect large amounts of data. Drobo, widely recognized as the maker of the easiest-to-use storage device, has added advanced performance with Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, automated SSD acceleration, and greatly enhanced hardware and software architectures to the new systems.

New Era of Performance and Flexibility

Both the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini include industry-first SSD acceleration—utilizing the performance benefits of solid state drives (SSDs) and the capacity benefits of hard disk drives (HDDs) to deliver an automated, no-compromise system. In addition to supporting SSDs in any of the drive bays, both units include an additional bay that will accommodate a small-form-factor SSD to achieve significant performance boosts while making all drive bays available for high-capacity HDDs.

The products also support both lightning-fast Thunderbolt (2 ports) and USB 3.0 connectivity, an industry first for storage arrays that will provide flexibility to both Mac and Windows users. The two Thunderbolt ports allow customers to easily daisy-chain devices to accommodate massive growth, and the USB 3.0 port ensures compatibility to millions of USB systems.

Along with SSD acceleration and Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 interfaces, the new Drobo products have been completely redesigned from the ground up with new hardware and software architectures. These enhancements provide a significant increase in processing capability and several optimizations to BeyondRAID that will increase baseline performance by at least five times—prior to the addition of SSDs—easily making the new Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini the fastest storage arrays in their class.

Save and Protect

All Drobos are based on patented BeyondRAID technology, which automates sophisticated data protection algorithms so users can enjoy the peace of mind of safe data protection without having to be a storage expert. The new Drobo arrays add an advanced safety feature that also protects user data during and after power outages, another industry first for professional storage and a feature that has traditionally been reserved for more expensive, enterprise-grade storage.

Drobo 5D: Capacity and Speed with No Compromise

The Drobo 5D is the most modern and complete storage system for creative professionals including photographers, videographers, graphic designers and individuals creating and working with large amounts of rich media. In particular, professionals who are power users of Adobe and Apple applications including After Effects, Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premier Pro are a great fit for the new product, which is ideal for editing, storing catalogs, and backing up files of all types.

With up to five drives and an additional SSD bay, the 5D can support up to 16 terabytes of protected, SSD-accelerated data. This is the equivalent of 32 million photographs, 4 million songs, 1 million HD movies, or 48 hours of uncompressed HD video—all accessible through lightning fast Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 interfaces.

Drobo Mini: The Smallest, Most Powerful Storage on the Go

Drobo Mini is a technical marvel that redefines personal, professional, and portable digital storage. It combines a unique blend of the most advanced storage technologies with unrivaled ease-of-use, all in a sleek, world’s-smallest package, measuring seven inches square and less than two inches tall and weighing less than three pounds. Drobo invented a patent-pending “carrierless” design, which allows up to four 2.5″ drives to be easily inserted into a Drobo Mini without the need for any additional drive carriers or screws. The benefit to the customer is not only the ease of drive insertion and removal, but also one of flexibility – because the design accommodates a common industry drive size, customers are free to choose the drive vendor, type (HDD or SSD), capacity, speed, and price that best meets their needs.

Since the Drobo Mini is portable, it features a ruggedized design that allows it to be transported with drives inside. In addition to being the first Drobo to offer this capability, the Drobo Mini features a custom, miniaturized power supply, and an optional carrying case, making it the ideal storage for professionals who travel extensively.

Click to read more about the release of the Drobo 5d and Drobo Mini.

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Beauty Box Video 2.0 Released for Easy Skin Retouching in Assimilate Scratch, Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio

Digital Anarchy announced Beauty Box Video 2.0 for OpenFX, a new release that brings their award-winning skin retouching plug-in to Assimilate Scratch, Scratch Lab, Sony Vegas Pro, and Sony Movie Studio. Beauty Box now uses OpenCL, a new technology that runs on ATI and Nvidia cards, to automatically reduce wrinkles and blemishes. Fast rendering allows it to fit into any workflow pipeline. Version 2.0 also introduces a new smoothing algorithm that improves automatic masking, and adds shine removal for hot spots on skin areas.

Since 2008, Beauty Box Video has been a critical tool for dealing with skin and makeup problems that HD and 4K reveal, but were not apparent in SD. Beauty Box gives actors or models an incredible makeover in post-production, using state-of-the-art face detection and smoothing algorithms that preserve important details and the natural skin texture. Its version 2.0 algorithm has been redeveloped to take advantage of the new OpenCL technology, which speeds up Beauty Box regardless of host application, operating system, or make of video card.

Here is a rundown of the great new features:

  • Assimilate Scratch and Sony Vegas Support: With this release we support a wide range of users from high-end finishing and advanced dailies artists to professional videographers. Other OpenFX Applications will be officially supported soon.
  • Fast Rendering: A complete rewrite of the skin-smoothing algorithm means Beauty Box renders quickly on ATI and NVIDIA cards.
  • Used by Hollywood: This best of class software for skin and makeup problems is used by studios around the world for feature films, television and commercials.
  • Shine Removal: Get rid of hot spots caused by shiny skin and bright lights! This feature dramatically reduces the effect of poor lighting conditions.
  • Better Masking: The skintone recognition algorithm has been redesigned for a better automatic masking process.
  • Award Winning: VideoMaker magazine named Beauty Box the Plugin of the Year, and it received multiple best of NAB awards when it was released in 2010.

Availability

Beauty Box Video runs in ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Sony Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio v10-11, After Effects 7.0–CS6, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, and Premiere Pro CS4–CS6. The product runs on Macintosh 10.5–10.8, Windows XP–7 and Vista 32- or 64-bit systems. Demo filters and samples are available on the website.

Calibrated Software Boosts Professional Video Workflows with an AVC-Intra QuickTime Encode Codec for PC and Mac

Calibrated Software, an innovator of applications and plug-ins for video, asset management and mobile platforms, has released Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Encode, a QuickTime Encode codec that enables exporting of up to 10-bit compressed AVC-Intra .MOV files from PC- and Mac-based applications that support QuickTime. The product extends new options to professional content creators who need to export or deliver high-quality 10-bit compressed media from Windows or OSX platforms.

Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Encode also introduces a unique Post-Encode feature that lets users embed Final Cut Pro X MetaData such as ReelName, Scene and Location information, and a Clip Memo into an AVC-Intra .MOV file after encoding. Once embedded, this information can be readily seen when imported into Final Cut Pro X. Additionally, the Post-Encode feature allows users to insert new timecode via a new TimeCode Track in the AVC-Intra .MOV file which can be seen by applications that support QuickTime TimeCode Tracks.

Key capabilities of Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Encode include:

  • AVC-Intra encoding to QuickTime .MOV files from third party applications that support QuickTime
  • YUV conversion from either SMPTE RGB or full-range RGB
  • Support for 8/10-bit YUV 4:2:2 colorspace
  • Support for 8/16-bit RGB colorspace
  • 100Mb or 50Mb I-frame AVC-Intra compression at industry-standard resolutions and frame rates
  • A variety of gamma correction settings

AVC-Intra is an advanced 10-bit video compression technology developed by Panasonic for cameras in the company’s professional P2 product line. In addition to Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Encode, Calibrated Software also offers Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Decode, a cross-platform QuickTime Decode codec for viewing and playing back AVC-Intra .MOV files in QuickTime Player and other applications that support QuickTime.

System Requirements:

Windows users should be running 32/64-bit Windows 7 or Vista (Business or Ultimate) or Windows 32-bit XP with SP3 on an Intel Processor with SSE3 support and a recommended setup of at least an Intel Core 2 Duo with two physical cores. A Virtual Windows OS is not supported on the PC. Mac users should be running Mac OSX 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or Mac OSX 10.7.2 (Lion) on a MacIntel with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a minimum of two cores or two physical processors. All users should be running QuickTime Player 7.6.6 or higher. Viewing and playback of AVC-Intra .MOV files in applications that support QuickTime requires a licensed install of Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, Compressor 3.5/4 or Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Decode.

Availability:

Version 1.0 of Calibrated{Q} AVC-Intra Encode for PC and Mac is available now. For more information visit the website.

Hamburg Pro Media Launches Free MXF4mac Player

Hamburg Pro Media announces the new standalone MXF4mac player. This player makes MXF clips feel like Quicktime movies. Open or simply drag nearly any kind of MXF file into the MXF4mac player to watch it, even in full screen. Control 8 tracks of audio, the frame rate, movie time, source package timecode, frame number and data rate. MXF4mac player can open most MXF variations. It supports, XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000, DNxHD, HDV, Uncompressed SD/HD, Uncompressed Avid 10 bit, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10, DV, Meridien, Sony Proxy and more. And it comes for free.

System requirements: 10.6 or later, corresponding codecs installed

Find more information at hamburgpromedia.com

Softel New Online Resources Explain How To Simplify Subtitling and Captioning Processes To Reduce Costs

Softel announced that it has published a number of application notes to help broadcasters better understand how to streamline their subtitling and closed captioning processes to reduce operational costs. In these documents, Softel explains how the integration of transcoding software into leading media servers can simplify complex workflows and deliver considerable reductions in engineering costs.

Broadcasters and cable operators need to find new ways to reduce the ever expanding complexity of their workflows. To monetize their content across several regions and answer consumer demand for IP based delivery, workflows now encompass multiple channels delivered over a variety of new platforms and in a range of subtitled or captioned languages.

Specific delivery formats are required for each of these new platforms, adding to the multitude of legacy file formats often encountered in large cross-regional workflows. So versatile subtitle and caption transcoding software, able to support a large range of file formats is essential, but critically, it is smooth integration with media servers that will most dramatically reduce operational costs and simplify the overall workflow.

Softel’s new set of application notes explain how subtitle and caption transcoding software interface with leading media servers to automatically deliver the right format for the correct channel and in the desired language. They offer detailed technical diagrams that present a variety of workflow configurations, provide practical tips on how to reliably repurpose subtitle and caption data for edited content and explain how to perform automatic QC.

More information on Softel products is available on the website.

Vision Effects Releases ReelSmart Motion Blur and DE:Noise for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5

AV3Software‘s ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Proprietary tracking technology is at the heart of RSMB, so there is no handwork involved. Of course you can add as little or as much blurring as you need and even remove motion blur! This is a useful tool to give video a more film-like feel, and is also useful to reintroduce motion blur for blue or green screen shoots where a fast shutter is necessary to pull a good key. Also included in the Pro version is a plugin for Motion that allows you to blur with user-supplied motion vectors… which, most likely, will come from a 3D animation system.

DE:Noise handles spurious frame-to-frame defects ranging from fine digital/electronic noise to blotchy spots (e.g. dirt on the film). DE:Noise combines motion estimation techniques with feature-sensitive, edge-preserving spatial filtering methods to reduce the visual impact of various problems such as: noisy video (that can happen with low-light capture), excessive film grain, CG renders affected by ray-tracing sampling artifacts, fingerprints and dust captured during film scan/transfer and printing, snow, drop-outs and many other defects.

Availability and compatibility:

  • FCP X, 10.0.4 and up.
  • FCP 6.0.3 and up, FCP 7 and up.
  • Motion 4 and 5 and up.

Click for more information about RSMB Pro v5 for FCP and Motion.

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Click for more information about DE:Noise v2 for FCP and Motion.

New 17mm T4 Lens To Go With Century Clairmont Swing/Shift System

Schneider adds a new 17mm T4 Lens to go with the Century Clairmont Swing/Shift System which employs bellows, swings, tilts, rises, falls and shifts for a variety of effects. This new lens allows for a wider angle of view focal length than previously available. Existing lenses include: 24mm f3.5, 45mm 42.8, 90mm f2.8, and 150mm f3.5.

Much like large format view cameras, the Swing/Shift system lets operators distort the shape of a subject, remove unwanted objects from the frame, or shoot straight into a mirror without catching the camera’s reflection. Access to shifts and swings also provides nearly total control over the focus plane, for extremely deep or shallow depth of field. Distant objects and extremely close ones can both be sharp in the same frame. Users can limit focus to a particular object, isolating it even from objects the same distance from the lens.

Tilting or swinging the lens can alter both apparent depth of field and an object’s shape. Shifting allows repositioning of objects within the frame without changing the relationship (angle) between the object and the film plane. Combining these movements facilitates control over perspective distortion that affects the shape (proportions) of objects. Additionally, the Swing/Shift System uses bellows with a built-in rack and pinion mechanism, which extends for close focusing.

The Clairmont Swing/Shift and its lenses may be purchased individually.

For more information about Schneider Optics’ new 17mm T4 Lens.

Digital Production Buzz – June 21, 2012

  • Subscription-based Post-Production
  • High-resolution Stock Images
  • Making a Successful Short Film
  • Free Cloud Software for Filmmakers
  • New Announcements on New Thunderbolt Storage
  • Lindsay Lohan, Workplace Exhaustion, and the Guilds

GUESTS: Michael Cioni, Charles Burkett, John Irwin, Jonathan Handel, Jim Sherhart, and Kevin Reagan

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New interviews every week! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron Digital

Michael Cioni is the CEO of Light Iron Digital. In addition to doing state-of-the-art postproduction on a wide variety of high-end feature films, they recently announced a new “membership service” — pay as you go post-production. Is this a way for producers to reduce costs, future trends in post, or just another hare-brained idea? We invited Michael on to explain.

Charles Burket, Visual Product Development, Rampant Design Tools

Charles Burket heads visual product development for Rampant Design Tools. Rampant is a stock image supplier of high-resolution video, design, and audio elements. Charles joins us this week to tell us about their company, their products, and why we should pay attention to them when there are a lot of other great companies out there.

John Irwin, Writer/Director, Robinson Hope Creative

John Irwin is a freelance Writer/Director in Los Angeles. His short film, titled “Sold” has been chosen as a semi-finalist out of over 15,000 submissions for Ridley Scott’s “Your Film Festival” on YOuTube. If it’s voted in the top ten, he’ll be flown to open Venice Film Festival with his short film, with the chance to win the Grand prize, a $500,000 grant from Ridley Scott to direct a project of his choice. We want to talk with John about his process in creating a successful short film and his plans for marketing it.

Kevin Reagan, Chief Marketing Officer, Scenios, Inc.

Scenios developed a popular, cloud-based tools for film and video production – especially when it comes to planning and collaboration. Now, they’ve released a free version which allows film, TV and commercial producers to manage every aspect of their production, including 5 GB of cloud storage and an unlimited number of users. We want to talk with Kevin Reagan, Chief Marketing Officer for Scenios, about what this new version contains, who its designed for, and how it works.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

Lindsay Lohan was in the news this week for “working 85 hours in 4 days” on her new film. Except, that violates union contracts and California labor law if she is actually working that much. Then, there are two crew members from the same production, taken to the hospital for exhaustion. Buzz Regular Correspondent Jonathan Handel is covering the story about working conditions in the entertainment industry and joins us this week with a breaking news report.

BREAKING NEWS…

Jim Sherhart, Director of Marketing, Drobo

This morning, Drobo announced two new Thunderbolt storage systems specifically designed for media creators – the Drobo 5D and the Drobo Mini. Jim Sherhart, Marketing Director for Drobo, joins us this evening to discuss their latest hardware.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — it’s another fascinating show!

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Qube Cinema Releases Version 3.0 Digital Cinema Server Software

Qube Cinema has announced the release of version 3.0 server software for its digital cinema servers. The new digital cinema server software platform is used in both the Qube XP-I as well as the XP-D, which recently passed the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP).

The new modularized version 3.0 software provides a common user experience for setup, operation and maintenance of both XP-D and XP-I servers. The flexible architecture provides XP-D owners with an easy upgrade path to the XP-I server and the Qube Xi 4K Integrated Media Block (IMB) in order to accommodate 4K resolution and higher frame rates. The 3.0 software supports stereoscopic 3D systems, as well as accessibility devices such as on-screen titles, closed captioning, and systems for the visually impaired.

Visitors to CineEurope can visit Qube at booth #301 at CineEurope.

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Start and Stop RED Epic and Scarlet with New Cables for Aladin MK II and DigiFOX

Chrosziel‘s Aladin MK II and DigiFOX are two state-of-the-art lens remote controls. You can now also remotely stop and start RED cameras Epic and Scarlet using these new start/stop cables:

For Chrosziel Aladin MK II Record Start/Stop Cable for Epic/Scarlet:

Part No: AL2-COFE00B – Lemo 5 pin to EPIC / Scarlet camera Lemo 4 pin, direct in camera, length 65 cm / 25.6”.

GTIN: 4250618809304

Part No: AL2-COFEBNC – Lemo 5 pin to EPIC / Scarlet camera BNC socket for 3-split cable, length 40 cm / 15.75”

GTIN: 4250618809311

Click to see Chrosziel Aladin MK II Record Start/Stop Cable for Epic/Scarlet.

For Chrosziel DigiFOX Record Start/ Stop Cable for Epic/Scarlet:

Part No: DFCOFE00B – Hirose 12 pin to EPIC / Scarlet camera Lemo 4pin, direct in camera, length 65 cm / 25.6”.

GTIN: 4250618809250

Part No: DFCOFEBNC – Hirose 12 pin to EPIC / Scarlet camera BNC socket for 3-split cable, length 40 cm / 15.75”.

GTIN: 4250618809281

Click to see Chrosziel DigiFOX Record Start/ Stop Cable for Epic/Scarlet.

Attention: For DigiFOX, software release 2.93 or higher is required.

Click for more information about a software update from your nearest Chrosziel distributor.

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