What’s new in NEXIS?

What’s new in NEXIS?

Avid have continued their trend of releasing clusters of updates for their NEXIS shared storage system, with recent additions taking us from NEXIS 7.1 to 7.4. Here’s what you’ll be able to enjoy once you’ve updated…

Avid NEXIS 7.1.1

The Avid NEXIS 7.1.1 patch releasencludes an important fix for Avid NEXIS systems with clients that inadvertently attempt to connect through a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. Anything other than 1Gb or 10Gb is not a supported connection speed, and the client would fail to connect. However, beginning with v5.0, the client’s attempt to connect at an unsupported speed caused the Storage Manager to assert and the Avid NEXIS system to become temporarily unresponsive. This fix prevents the system from asserting, and rejects the unsupported client connection. Those clients must modify their connection speeds to connect to Avid NEXIS.

Avid NEXIS 7.2

The Avid NEXIS v7.2 release includes support for adding Media Packs to a mirror-capable Storage Group during a maintenance window (no client I/O to Workspaces in that Storage Group). However, there are a few parameters: the Media Packs must be the same capacity as those already in the mirror- capable Storage Group, and each Engine you are adding to the mirror-capable Storage Group must have the same number of Media Packs as the Engines already in it.

For example, if a mirror-capable Storage Group contains three Avid NEXIS | E4 Engines each with two 60TB Media Packs, you can add another Avid NEXIS | E4 Engine with two 60TB Media Packs to the same mirror-capable Storage Group.

The update also adds: support for macOS Sierra (v10.12.2) clients; support for Avid NEXIS File Gateway software on an AS3000 Server, and open access to Avid NEXIS workspaces using the Avid NEXIS | File Gateway installed on that Avid AS3000 Server running Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. This allows access to Avid NEXIS from clients and infrastructures that do not have the Avid NEXIS Client installed.

The Avid NEXIS File Gateway server and software are available now and documentation is available on the Avid Knowledge Base. When interface checking in relation to redundant controller configurations, the default gateway IP address must be reachable by a ping command, otherwise the interface is disabled. This can cause the Avid NEXIS Engine or System Director Appliance to become disconnected from the network. Before upgrading to Avid NEXIS v7.2, make sure there is a default gateway IP address configured, and that it can be reached by a ping command. For more information, see the Avid Knowledge Base.

Avid NEXIS 7.3

With the arrival of NEXIS 7.3, the Avid NEXIS Client Kit is now available to download from the Avid Download Centre. Avid ISIS and Avid NEXIS customers can download and install the latest Avid NEXIS Client software, which connects to both Avid NEXIS and Avid ISIS (v4.7.5 and higher) systems.

Avid have fixed an issue introduced in Avid NEXIS v7.2 where the System Director was using the ping command to determine the presence and connectivity of the default gateway IP address, and counting on a valid address being configured. The ping command is no longer used to determine the presence or validity of a default gateway address. Avid recommends updating to Avid NEXIS v7.3 from v7.1 or earlier to avoid the possibility of losing access to the interface if no default gateway is configured, or if it is configured incorrectly.

They have also fixed an issue where the hardware status on the Agent was displaying incorrect or no information for the power supplies and fans in an Avid NEXIS | E5, an ‘Edit While Capture’ issue where constant reads of a data chunk led to a delayed write failure.

They have also added support for the following Myricom 10GbE Rev C NICs for use in Avid NEXIS clients: 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2T, 10G-PCIE2-8C-T and 10G-PCIE2-8C2-2S. The Myricom driver bundled with the Avid NEXIS kit works for these NICs.

Avid NEXIS 7.3.1

The Avid NEXIS v7.3.1 release fixes an issue in Avid NEXIS 7.2 and 7.3 where under some circumstances, including intermittent network connections, external user authentication using LDAP would fail. Update all client systems to Avid NEXIS Client v7.3.1 before updating the Avid NEXIS system to v7.3.1. The Avid NEXIS v7.3 client cannot connect to a system running Avid NEXIS v7.3.1 or higher.

Avid NEXIS 7.3.2

The Avid NEXIS v7.3.2 release fixed a timing issue where in some circumstances, an Avid Interplay Media Indexer would assert (blue screen).

Avid NEXIS 7.4

The Avid NEXIS v7.4 release adds support for CentOS Linux version 7.3 as a client operating system. Clients running CentOS and the Avid NEXIS v7.4 client software can connect to an Avid ISIS system running v4.7.5 and higher, and to any Avid NEXIS system. The CentOS client kit is available in the Installers page in the Management Console and also in the Installers_Client\ folder in the Avid NEXIS kit, and is named AvidNEXISClient_el.centos.x86_64_7.4.0_5.bin.

Avid Client software for Linux now displays and connects to more than 10 remote System Directors. Previous versions of the Linux client limited to 10 the number of remote System Director connections (and the number displayed in the Client Manager’s Systems pane). The Client Manager now displays and connects to as many remote System Directors as are configured in the Remote Hosts dialog box.

The release also fixes an edit-while-capture workflow problem involving clients using dual 1Gb connections to the Avid NEXIS.

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In an Avid environment? Get certified on Avid Nexis, ISIS and Interplay with our training

In an Avid environment? Get certified on Avid Nexis, ISIS and Interplay with our training

Our friends at root6 are Avid Learning Partners, meaning that they’ve got Avid’s seal of approval to deliver training.  

As well as delivering official Avid qualification courses (the kind with an exam and a certificate), they have training programmes of their own (no certificate), and can develop bespoke training courses for your team on request (we can make you a certificate if you really want one).

What do these courses cover?

Avid Interplay for editors A four hour ‘essentials’ course for editors who need to interact with the Avid Interplay workgroup environment through the editing application. Designed for those of you new to using a NewsCutter or Media Composer on Avid Interplay. It looks the same but the rules have changed.

Course cost: £375 per person at Berwick Street,or a  £1750 flat fee to train up to six people at your site.

This course is scheduled on demand – just give us a call to book a session.

 

Avid Interplay System Administration A far more in-depth three day course designed for administrators responsible for the day-to-day operation of an Avid Interplay environment.Covers administrating the Avid Interplay Engine and Avid Archive Engine (if applicable), and how to work with databases in the system. Additional topics include naming conventions, deletion strategies, deletion protection, daily and weekly maintenance, and archiving. This course (or equivalent experience) is a required pre-requisite of the Interplay ACSR path.

Course cost: £1185 per person at Berwick Street, or a £5250 flat fee to train up to six people at your site.

This course is delivered periodically – the next set of dates is to be confirmed.

 

Avid NEXIS System Administration This classroom course provides an in-depth understanding of how to administer and maintain an Avid NEXIS system. The course covers a range of administration topics such as how to create and manage workspaces, check system status, troubleshoot issues, create and understand user accounts, connect to clients, mount/dismount workspaces, configure a multi-engine system, and deal with hardware failures. The course also covers basic maintenance and troubleshooting of the Avid NEXIS|PRO, E2 and E4 hardware.

Course cost: £400 per person at Berwick Street, or £400 per person if delivered onsite – although this requires a minimum of four and a maximum of six.

This course is delivered periodically – the next set of dates is to be confirmed.

 

ACSR Avid NEXIS System Support In this three day course, students focus on the installation, administration, and architecture of the Avid NEXIS system, learning to connect, configure, and troubleshoot the system. Lab work and exercises give students practical experience in integrating systems and applying troubleshooting techniques.

Course cost: £1500 per person at Berwick Street (not including the exam).

This course is delivered periodically – the next set of dates is to be confirmed.

 

Avid ISIS 5000 Administration In this two day course students will learn how to administer their Avid ISIS 5000 system. You’ll review how to replace a failed data drive and configure storage groups and workspaces, as well as learning basic maintenance and troubleshooting on the System Director and ISIS Chassis hardware.

Course cost: £750 per person at Berwick Street, or a flat fee of £3500 to train a maximum of six people at your site.

This course is delivered periodically – the next set of dates is to be confirmed.

 

Avid ISIS 5000 System Support In this three day course, students focus on the installation, administration, and architecture of Avid ISIS 5000, learning to connect, configure, and troubleshoot the system. Lab work and exercises give students practical experience in integrating systems and applying troubleshooting techniques. This certification course culminates in an exam. Candidates meeting the Avid ACSR Program pre-requisites and who pass the exam are Avid Certified Support Representatives (ACSR) for Shared Storage.

Course cost: £1220 per person at Berwick Street, or £5250 to train a maximum of six attendees at your site.

This course is delivered periodically – the next set of dates is to be confirmed.

Where are the the courses held?

Most courses are held in our new training facility in Berwick Street, Soho, but many can also be provided at your own premises, by prior agreement, if you can provide an appropriate space for us to park our training machines.

Where do I find out more?

You can see root6’s full course list (and get in touch with them) here on their website.

If you want to know more about Avid training, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Celebrating 25 years of Adobe Premiere Pro

Celebrating 25 years of Adobe Premiere Pro

Our birthday twin Premiere Pro has turned 25 this year (both us and Adobe’s industry-leading NLE began life way back in 1992). And while we’ve been building our modest creative technology empire, Premiere has managed to seduce the Coen Brothers, David Fincher and a small army of editors, as evidenced by their birthday video, below. 

Obviously all of these people are just as excited by our birthday, and the gifts they definitely sent us are merely lost in the post.

It’s easy to see why Premiere won people over, though – its earliest iteration was the first software-only editing system that you could run on a normal computer, and by 1994’s version 4.0 it was hitting full screen broadcast quality with 60 fields per frame. By 1996, it was offering a 4K frame size for use with digital signage, and has continued to push resolution limits, with the current version maxing out at 16K x 10K.

Since 2006, a Dynamic Link to Adobe After Effects connected traditional editing timelines to motion graphics and visual effects production, and cross disciplinary support has only increased since the move to Creative Cloud.

You can see a longer, more nostalgia-heavy and occasionally surprising (did you know Netflix had been around since 1997?) rundown of Premiere’s illustrious history here.

In the latest iteration, previewed at NAB, new media manager features in both Premiere Pro and Media Encoder give you much greater control over the handling of your files during the ingest process, and allow for more flexibility when working with very large media. You can set Premiere Pro to copy media to a specific location on your machine as it imports, and even begin editing immediately while your media copies in the background. If your workflow requires a transcode, you can easily set Premiere Pro or Media Encoder to handle that step for you too.

You can also generate proxies on ingest, and toggle between these and your full-res media at one click, in order to better support 6K and 8K workflows. There’s also support for advanced Lumetri scopes and the Rec2020 colourspace.

And when it comes to the workflows of the future – VR, for example, Premiere is ready: VR Video mode allows you to use pan and tilt controls to preview the experience inside the sphere. You can even click-drag directly on the video clip and freely pan around so you know what your viewer would be seeing when looking in a given direction. When you’re ready to share, you can easily add a metadata flag to ensure you’ll get the full panoramic experience on supported sites like YouTube and Facebook.

If you want to know more about Adobe, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing Adobe Admin Console for Enterprise

Introducing Adobe Admin Console for Enterprise

If you’re using the enterprise versions of Creative Cloud and Document Cloud, chances are you’ve noticed Adobe’s new Admin Console. This is designed to help large organisations protect valuable content, secure their Adobe environment, and manage large groups of users from one central location. 

In the video below, Adobe’s Jerry Silverman shows you just some of the ways Adobe’s Admin Console makes it easier for you to provision and track licences. It supports three types of identifier, including federated ID, allowing IT teams to manage all users from a single, central console, while still supporting a self service IT philosophy.

 

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

Blackmagic Design DEO Grant Petty’s annual communique is a highlight of NAB. This year, he holds forth on Ultramatte pricing, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, and the Fairlight audio features you can now find in the flipping amazing-looking DaVinci Resolve 14. 

DaVinci Resolve 14

Today we announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the software! It’s quite a dramatic upgrade. With this update, we were really focused on solving some of the bigger problems in post production.

The first problem was performance. We have made some dramatic performance gains and DaVinci Resolve 14 is now up to 10 times faster than the previous release. It’s very fluid now and much more responsive.

Also another big issue in the film and television industry is audio. For years we have been sending audio off to people in the music industry to do our audio post production. Then we have to wait for them to finish and import the finished audio file back into our edit. It’s very slow and cumbersome.
What we really need are audio tools designed specifically for the film and television industry. With DaVinci Resolve 14 we have built in Fairlight audio on its own new page in the software. It’s incredibly powerful and can play back up to 1000 tracks with parametric EQ, dynamics and plug ins on every track, all in realtime, when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card. It’s also very powerful when run on a stock computer system as well.

Because audio for film and television is a lot more complex, we think integrating it into DaVinci Resolve will make it so fast and easy. It’s just a button click away. Plus, it also works with the full sized Fairlight consoles so it makes an amazing combination.

To make this workflow really fast, you really want people to be able to edit, color and do audio post production all working together, on the same job at the same time. To make this easy DaVinci Resolve 14 now integrates extremely powerful collaboration tools to make that easy.

With editing, advanced color correction and these new Fairlight audio tools, DaVinci Resolve 14 is like getting 3 high end applications in one! We hope it dramatically changes post production from kind of a linear to a more parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

Watch What’s New in DaVinci Resolve.

The performance improvements and new audio features are built into the free DaVinci Resolve software you can download for free. However, the new collaboration tools and some of the new plug ins are only available in the paid DaVinci Resolve Studio.

The good news is that we have reduced the price of the full DaVinci Resolve Studio to only $299, so it’s much more affordable now.

We have a public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 available today, so you can download it from the Blackmagic Design website and try it yourself. We would love to hear your feedback!

Download now.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

Recently we launched ATEM Television Studio HD, a portable live production switcher for broadcast, professional and AV users which has been extremely popular because it had powerful features such as 8 inputs, re-sync in each input, built in DVE, aux out, support for talkback, chroma key, flash based media store and also a control panel on the front!

Today we released the new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, which has all of the same professional features, but is integrated inside of a professional desktop mounted control panel. You can now get all those ATEM Television Studio HD features built right into a professional control panel!

Plus, you get a full CCU control area on the top of the control panel so you can control cameras for doing amazing multi camera live work. This works with all Blackmagic Studio and URSA Mini cameras that can be controlled via the SDI.

The control panel on ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is extremely high quality. It uses the same high quality buttons that our highest end switchers use, plus there are a lot more buttons for transition selection, keying and more.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD adds an integrated hardware control panel which is great for more complex, fast paced live events. It features 4 HDMI and 4 SDI inputs so you can work in all formats up to 1080p60.

We think the new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD will be perfect for all kinds of work from professional studio or live sport broadcasts, to internet talk shows, concerts and seminars, and more!
ATEM Television Studio Pro HD will be available in May for US$2,295

Learn more.

Bluetooth for URSA Mini Pro

When we recently launched Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, we kept its Bluetooth feature secret until now. We have developed a new iPad app that gives you full remote control of the camera settings as well as metadata entry. We are also going to open the protocol to developers who want to use the API to customize their own control solutions.

With a fully open API and developer support for bluetooth on URSA Mini Pro, customers can build applications to remotely adjust camera settings, control the built in DaVinci Resolve color corrector, add metadata, sync cameras and much more! The possibilities are endless and we’re excited to see what you’re going to make with it!

While this will be shipping next month, we will be demonstrating it on the booth at NAB and would love to show you!

Learn more.

Blackmagic Video Assist updates

We also announced Video Assist 2.4 update which adds support for localized interfaces in 10 different languages! So now it’s much easier to use worldwide because it runs in your native language!

We support Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish! All you need to do is connect your Video Assist or Video Assist 4K to the USB and select the language you want in the Video Assist Utility software!

This Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 software update will be available today for download for all Video Assist models and free of charge.

But that’s not all we have done for Blackmagic Video Assist! This year we also have new professional scopes that have been added to the Video Assist 4K model. These new scopes are professional, highly accurate and include waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram. They can be used full screen, you can overlay them on top of the incoming video, or put them in a small picture in picture window.

I think these scopes are incredibly powerful. I want to use them next to my grading monitor so I can see RGB parade when doing editing and grading. But I think they also make a nice broadcast scope to use around production areas. Of course they are also great for setting exposure on cameras too!

The new scopes will be available in June as a free software update for all Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers. We will be showing them in the Video Assist section of our NAB 2017 booth.

Download now.

New UltraStudio HD Mini

Today we also introduced UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution designed for archiving, edit monitoring, streaming and live broadcast graphics.
With UltraStudio HD Mini, we have taken a different direction by including some new connections people needed, and dropping some of the connections people don’t use anymore. No one uses analog out anymore!

However, people are capturing from older analog and digital broadcast decks for archiving content to modern digital media files. People also want to run live graphics into switcher with fill and key and of course we often need to get high quality monitoring in HDMI and SDI when editing and color grading and need perfect AV sync. It also works with Open Broadcaster software for live 1080p streaming.

UltraStudio HD Mini has been designed to do these tasks well, and we have fit it all into the small Teranex Mini sized design. It’s even Thunderbolt powered so you don’t need to connect it to a power supply. You can even power it from your laptop battery! You can sit it on your desk beside your laptop, making it a great portable solution to take on the road.

If you add the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel you also get video, audio meters and status, including a new frame buffer indicator to assist in evaluating disk performance on broadcast systems. You can also rack mount multiple units using the Teranex Mini Rack Shelf.

UltraStudio HD Mini includes 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs for edit monitoring. Plus the 3G-SDI outputs are dual link so you can output separate fill and key to live switchers.

The inputs include 3G-SDI as well as Y,Cr,Cb analog component or NTSC/PAL inputs, along with balanced analog inputs for connecting to older digital or analog broadcast decks for archiving. There are even deck control and reference inputs!

UltraStudio HD Mini is in stock and available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only $495. The optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel is $85.

Learn more.

 

H.264 for Blackmagic Duplicator 4K

When we launched the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K last year, it was received well and people understood the idea of doing live production and selling content to customers directly.

The problem is that we got ahead of ourselves. H.265 has not been adopted as widely as we hoped. So this year we are releasing a software update that adds H.264 to the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K. It’s a free software upgrade and, because H.264 is so popular, everyone you sell content to can read the files!

This software update is available now and you can just download it to get this new format. Now you should have confidence that when you give someone the media from the duplicator that they can read it!

Of course the H.264 files are bigger than the same video compressed to the more modern H.265, however for the duplicator, that’s only a few dollars more for the blank media cost. We still hope that H.265 will become more widely adopted and people can start using it more, however H.264 will do well in the near future!

The Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Download now.

Ultimatte 11 now more affordable

Finally, we announced an immediate price reduction for Ultimatte 11 from $24,995 to only $9,995.
Since we acquired Ultimatte in October, last year, we have been working on its production and we have made some very good improvements. We think this price reduction is dramatic, but the real reason for working so hard on making Ultimatte 11 more affordable is because we want to help people get an Ultimatte on every camera in a live set.

We think people can build their own virtual sets by using multiple locked off cameras on a green scene set. If the keying looks real, and Ultimatte does that, but also if you don’t move the cameras while they are on air, you can build your own virtual set using still frames keyed in behind the locked off cameras. It’s a nice simple way to get started into virtual environments, but the issue was Ultimatte previously cost way too much to be able to do this.

Of course for decades Ultimatte has been the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television and feature film industries, so you get a high quality keyer that can do an amazing job in making virtual sets look truly realistic. We hope this reduction in price helps people explore their creative options for virtual environments. In many ways you can almost get 3 Ultimatte 11’s for the same as what a single Ultimatte 11 cost a year ago!

We have a separate Ultimatte booth this year and its down the hall a little from our main Blackmagic Design booth, so people go and check it out!

Learn more.

That’s about it for this year. We are going to be filming the press conference again this year, so if you would like to learn more, please follow the link below to watch the video.

We really want to thank you for supporting us throughout the year. We couldn’t do it without you and if you are heading to NAB this year, please drop by our booth as we would love to catch up for a chat!

Watch the press conference video.

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new professional scopes and multi-lingual support for Video Assist

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new professional scopes and multi-lingual support for Video Assist

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 update which adds support for multi-lingual support for 10 separate languages. This means customers can now use Video Assist in their native language. This update is available now as a free update for all Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers.

Also demonstrated at the NAB 2017 show are powerful new professional scopes operating on the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model, including waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram that can be viewed full screen for accurately evaluating video signals passing through Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. These scopes are shown as a development preview and will also be available in June as a software update free of charge for all Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers.

Customers can see a beta demonstration of the new language support and preview the new professional scopes on Blackmagic Video Assist 4K at the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

The new scopes make the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model perfect for live production monitoring, as portable test scope for broadcasters, and even for balancing color when color grading using the RGB parade scope.

The new localized Video Assist adds interface support for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. This broad language support now makes it easier for more customers to use Video Assist anywhere in the world.

“Video Assist has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder. The addition of full blown professional scopes makes it even more exciting and useful for customers. Plus, the new multi-lingual interface will make it easier for non-English speaking customers to use it!”

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 update is available now from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers. Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5, which will support scopes on the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model will be available in June.

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces remote Bluetooth camera control for URSA Mini Pro

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces remote Bluetooth camera control for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design today announced a new open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that will allow customers to create their own remote control solutions via Bluetooth. The protocol is being demonstrated at NAB, with the API and sample code anticipated to be released to customers free of charge in June 2017.

The remote bluetooth camera control test application and API will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

All URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built in bluetooth, but it hasn’t been enabled until now. The built in Bluetooth will allow customers to send and receive commands from up to 30 feet away. To make the new Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions.

A demonstration iPad app and sample code will be provided to customers that want to use this feature. The iPad app allows customers to create digital slate applications that feed metadata, such as scene, shot, take information and even full script lines to multiple cameras on set while shooting. Common remote control of camera settings like frame rate, format and shutter angle are all possible from the demo app.

With a fully open API and developer support for URSA Mini Pro Bluetooth, customers can go well beyond the demonstration app. They can build an iPad application to remotely adjust camera settings and motorized lenses while the camera is mounted on a crane. Technically skilled customers could even build an application that uses the camera’s built in DaVinci Resolve color corrector so that images can be graded live during a shoot.

New workflows are also possible. A great example of this is that customers can mount Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinders on multiple URSA Mini Pro cameras to create a live multi camera shooting scenario, however instead of connecting to a switcher, the iPad can trigger all cameras to record to their internal media with matching metadata. This means the media can be later edited using DaVinci Resolve 14 multicam editing to work as fast as live production, however with the accuracy of post production. That’s faster, lower cost and higher quality editing than was easily possible in the past.

“URSA Mini Pro has been received extremely well by our customers,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Customers love the broadcast features and controls, the built in ND filters and interchangeable lens mount. Now, the possibilities are truly endless because customers are going to have the tools they need to build completely custom remote control solutions of their own design using the new Bluetooth support!”

Availability and Price

Camera 4.4 update, which will support the URSA Mini Pro bluetooth API and sample code will be available in June 2017 as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all existing URSA Mini Pro customers.

If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic Duplicator 4K now with H.264

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic Duplicator 4K now with H.264

Blackmagic Design today announced the addition of realtime H.264 encoding to the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K. Now customers can choose to record H.264 for maximum compatibility with existing HD televisions and computers, or they can choose H.265 for delivering Ultra HD to the latest devices. Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 update is now available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 Update will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K lets content creators dramatically increase revenue because it gives them a way to sell content right after a live event, while attendees are still excited about the performance before, and after they walk out the door. Now customers can sell concert videos to fans as they leave the venue, to parents after their children’s latest performance or recital, after sporting events, conferences, sales seminars and more.

Blackmagic Duplicator 4K makes it easy to deliver multiple copies of content to customers the moment an event is finished. Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is an SD card duplicator with built in realtime H.264 and H.265 encoding. H.264 works with the devices customers have today, while H.265 is the new standard for delivering Ultra HD. The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is the best way to deliver Ultra HD content that customers can actually view on their 4K televisions today.

The multi rate 12G-SDI connections let customers record in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats, up to 2160p60. H.264 and H.265 encoding produces high quality video in small files that can fit on commonly available, inexpensive SD cards. Customers can even connect multiple duplicators together to make hundreds of recordings all at once!

Featuring 25 SD card recorders miniaturized into a single rack unit, the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K uses standard, common SD cards that are readily available, super thin, inexpensive and very fast. Cards can be used for SD, HD and Ultra HD video up to 2160p60 and are compatible with Windows 10 computers. With the addition of a USB adapter, SD cards can even be plugged directly into most consumer Ultra HD televisions for immediate playback of the video.

The built in H.265 encoder is so efficient that a one hour Ultra HD program can easily fit onto a very inexpensive 8GB SD card. SD cards are also easy to label and completely re-usable so customers can reformat unsold cards and record over them again at their next event. Unlike proprietary disc based formats like Blu-Ray, customers don’t have to buy a slow and expensive player. Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is the easiest, most compatible and cost effective way to distribute Ultra HD content to consumers today.

The front panel controls are designed to make duplicating content as easy as possible and feature 6 large illuminated buttons for record, stop, lock, append, menu and remote. The lock button prevents accidental interruption of recording during an event, and the append record button seamlessly combines recordings from different parts of an event into a single file.

This revolutionary new append recording feature is perfect for events that have natural breaks, like weddings with a ceremony and reception in different locations. Append recording makes it easier for consumers to watch the final program because they only have to play back a single movie file.

The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K features advanced, multi rate 12G-SDI connections that can record all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. For larger events, multiple duplicators can be stacked using the SDI loop thru and RS-422 deck control. This lets customers encode and duplicate to an unlimited number of SD cards in realtime. When recording is started or stopped on the first duplicator, the others automatically follow.

There is also an optical fiber SFP socket for adding an optional SMPTE compatible optical fiber SDI module when working in larger venues with long distance between equipment. Adding optical fiber SDI directly into the duplicators could be very useful when duplicators are set up close to the merchandising stands away from the production area so that cards can be handed to customers for quick sale.

“Blackmagic Duplicator 4K makes it possible to distribute content at live events the moment they finish,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The addition of H.264 is exciting because it makes Blackmagic Duplicator 4K compatible with even more playback devices than ever. This gives customers a larger audience for distributing and selling their content!”

Blackmagic Duplicator 4K Key Features

– 25 SD card recorders for simultaneously recording onto multiple cards at once.

– Realtime H.264 or H.265 encoding technology which is the standard for Ultra HD.

– 12G-SDI input and loop thru output, along with RS-422 control.

– Uses open standard file formats that are compatible with computers and Ultra HD televisions.

– Records all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60.

– Record unlimited cards by daisy chaining multiple duplicators together.

– Easy to use front panel controls with lock, record, append, stop and remote buttons.

– Built in universal 110V – 240V AC power supply.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 Update is available now for free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all Blackmagic Duplicator 4K customers.

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces new UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3

Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution with 3G-SDI, HDMI and analog connections for broadcast quality 10-bit recording up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI.

UltraStudio HD Mini has been specifically designed to enable customers to perform archiving, edit monitoring and live broadcast graphics tasks, while using the latest Thunderbolt 3 based computers for maximum performance.

UltraStudio HD Mini is available now for US$495 and will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

UltraStudio HD Mini is a portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution that’s small enough to take anywhere and powerful enough to work on high end projects. It can capture and playback all formats up to 1080p60 in full 10-bit YUV, or up to 1080p30 and 2K DCI in 12-bit RGB. UltraStudio HD Mini features HDMI output for monitoring on a big screen television, dual 3G-SDI outputs for fill and key playback, plus analog audio and video inputs for digitizing and archiving materials from older analog decks.

This combination of connections greatly assist in workflows commonly used today. For example when doing archiving, customers need to connect to older broadcast decks such as Digital Betacam, Betacam SP and even 1” C format open reel decks. With analog component, composite and SDI inputs, plus a deck control serial port, UltraStudio HD Mini has all the features needed to connect and capture directly from those decks.

When working with modern editing and color correction software, such as DaVinci Resolve, customers can use the Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI or SDI outputs for high quality broadcast monitoring with perfect AV sync. When doing live broadcast graphics, customers can use the dual SDI outputs to output in real time both fill and key signals to downstream gear such as live production switchers. This lets computers output live graphics for keying over live action.

UltraStudio HD Mini features advanced Thunderbolt 3 technology that is capable of transferring data at up to 40 Gb/s. These data rates make it possible to capture and play back fully uncompressed video, leaving the computer’s CPU free for more processing tasks. UltraStudio HD Mini is also powered via Thunderbolt 3, so it powers from a laptop computer’s battery and customers don’t have to carry an external power supply with them when they’re on the road.

Designed for portability, UltraStudio HD Mini fits in ⅓ of a standard rack space so it can be racked alongside other equipment or used stand alone on the desktop. It’s also compatible with the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, which adds enhanced front panel controls and LCD monitoring so customers can preview video, see audio meters, timecode and more. Ultra Studio HD Mini is even small enough to fit in a backpack with a laptop and portable drive, making it the ultimate on-the-go capture and playback solution.

Customers can purchase the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel which adds LCD monitoring and additional controls to the front of UltraStudio HD Mini. The easy to install design features push button controls and a bright color display for previewing video with audio meters, timecode and format information. It can also be used to adjust settings and change the source video input.

An exciting advantage of customers using the Teranex Mini Smart Panel is the LCD on the panel shows video and audio levels, plus status information. This status information shows input selection and video format used, as well as the frame buffer level indication. The frame buffer indication is a quality of capture and playback indicator and it will show the number of full buffers on playback or the number of empty buffers on capture. This means broadcasters can evaluate the performance of storage media while capturing or playing and have an indication of disk speed trouble well before it happens.

UltraStudio HD Mini supports more editing, design and video software than any other capture product. Customers get full editing compatibility with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro and more. It can be used to create stunning visual effects with Fusion and After Effects, and for color correction with DaVinci Resolve.

“UltraStudio HD Mini with Thunderbolt 3 makes it possible to capture and playback 10-bit, broadcast quality video anywhere,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It’s exciting because of how portable and versatile it is. Unlike traditional cards that require a full size PC, UltraStudio HD Mini can be used directly attached to cameras in the field, on set, in the studio and suites for virtually anything!”

UltraStudio HD Mini key features:

– Thunderbolt 3 interface capable of up to 40 Gb/s transfer speeds.

– Thunderbolt 3 for bus powered operation.

– 3G-SDI input and two 3G-SDI outputs for dual link SDI playback and fill and key.

– Supports 3G-SDI Level A and Level B.

– HDMI 1.4a output.

– Y, Cb, Cr and NTSC/PAL input.

– Two 1/4” jack connectors for balanced analog audio input.

– Tri-Sync and Black Burst reference input.

– RS-422 deck control connection.

– Supports 16 channels of embedded audio on SDI and 2 channels on HDMI.

– Supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60 and 2K DCI 25p for 10‑bit YUV.

– Supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p30 for 12‑bit RGB.

– Supports optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel for status.

– Supports optional Teranex Mini Rack Shelf for rack mounting.

UltraStudio HD Mini is available now for US$495 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design dramatically reduces price of Ultimatte 11

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design dramatically reduces price of Ultimatte 11

Blackmagic Design today announced an immediate 60% price reduction for Ultimatte 11, which is available from Jigsaw24 now for only £8169 ex VAT. Acquired by Blackmagic Design in October, 2016, Ultimatte is the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television, commercial and feature film industries.

Now with this price reduction, customers can purchase three Ultimatte 11 units for a similar price to that which a single Ultimatte 11 cost when Blackmagic Design acquired the company. What this means is that customers can now put a full Ultimatte 11 on each camera and then use more cameras in a scene than was previously ever possible.

This also means that customers can use still frames as a background on each camera and leave the camera “locked off” so the result is customers can build their own virtual sets using multiple cameras, as more cameras on set eliminates the need to move cameras. This means simple still frame based virtual sets could be built affordably.

Ultimatte is known worldwide for delivering broadcast quality realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters and talk show hosts into virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware and software used to key these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many broadcasters use Ultimatte to place entire news teams, weather reporters, talk show hosts, sports commentators and more into completely virtual sets.

Ultimatte uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets customers accurately separate the subject from the background. Customers also get matte correction features, indirect and direct lighting features, spill suppression tools, edge artifact controls and more, all in realtime.

Ultimatte was founded in 1976 and has won an Emmy for their realtime compositing technology, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as an Oscar.

“Ultimatte’s realtime blue and green screen compositing solutions have been the standard for 40 years,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Our efficient manufacturing capabilities have allowed us to drastically reduce the price of Ultimatte 11 by 60%. That means more customers will be able to afford more professional blue and green screen removal hardware for their studios than ever before!”

Availability and price

Ultimatte 11 is available now from Jigsaw24 for £8169 ex VAT.

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