Video review: The compact new Cintiq 13HD with Pro Pen

Video review: The compact new Cintiq 13HD with Pro Pen

If you’ve long lusted after Wacom’s 24HD or 22HD but were worried that you didn’t have enough space or a sturdy enough desk to support them, today’s your lucky day: Wacom have just announced the compact but extremely swish Cintiq 13HD. Take a look at our video review below and read on for full details of this new release!

With a 13.3″ 1920 x 1080 HD screen, a 700:1 contrast ratio, brightness of 250 cd/m sq and the ability to show 1.67 million colours, the Cintiq 13HD significantly ups the game from the previous most portable Wacom, the 12WX. It’s also a full kilogram lighter, meaning it’s roughly the size and weight of a MacBook Air despite managing to add a USB port for any peripherals you might need. The converter box and awkward cabling setup have been given the elbow, though – you can now connect to your computer and charge via Wacom’s single three-in-one cable, which covers HDMI and USB connectivity.

Controlling your Cintiq 13HD

Like the larger Cintiqs and Intuos5, the Cintiq 13HD comes with customisable ExpressKeys (for tips on setting them up, take a look at our video guide) a Rocker Ring and a Home button. There’s also a new Pro Pen for all your tablet-tapping needs, which will work with the Intuos4, Intuos5, Cintiq 13HD, Cintiq 21, Cintiq 22 and Cintiq 24HD/24HD touch, as long as you update to the latest drivers. It recognises 2048 levels of pressure, so you can produce highly accurate work.

Word from Wacom is that test users are finding the Pro Pen more ergonomically friendly and generally better looking than its predecessor, and that it’s fared well in usability tests. Mostly we want it because it comes in a nifty holding case that makes your spare nibs and colour rings look they could potentially be something out of a 90s Bond film, and we’re all for that.

Designing from the hip

Also new to the Cintiq 13HD is its ergonomic stand, which allows you to rest your Wacom at 22, 35 or 50 degrees from the table (you can use it without the stand, too, if you’re one of those laid back, I’ll-keep-it-in-my-lap-and-worry-about-radiation-later types).

Pricing and availability

You can order yours from Jigsaw24.com for £619 ex VAT, or bag yourself a newly reduced Wacom 12WX for just £559 ex VAT.

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Sony’s PMW range get v1.20 firmware update

Sony’s PMW range get v1.20 firmware update

Sony have released a free firmware update for the PMW-100, PMW-150 and PMW-200, adding i.LINK DVCAM input and improving Auto Focus, Auto Knee and ATW, among other things. The full list of changes follows, courtesy of Sony. 

New features for your PMW-100


1.) i.LINK DVCAM Input – 
Stream signal recording via i.LINK DVCAM input is available

2.) TLCS Operation
 – The range of selectable items has been expanded to improve TLCS operation. The default value of AGC Limit has changed from 12 to 9. The setting values of AGC Point have changed from E98, E95, E92 to E98, E95, E92, E77 and the default value has changed from E98 to E77. The A.SHT Point value cannot be larger than the AGC Point value. The default value has changed from E87 to E77

3.) Selecting AUDIO IN Reference Input Level
 – The default value of Audio Input has changed from -40 dB to -60 dB

4.) Auto Focus
 – Auto focus performance is improved. Focus instability near the focal point and with a high-luminance background has been reduced


5.) Auto Knee
 – Emphasis of white for an object with a high-luminance background has been reduced

6.) ATW – 
ATW performance is improved. When ATW mode is set to Natural, automatic adjustment for wider brightness range when shooting outdoors is available.

New features for your PMW-150

 


1.) i.LINK DVCAM Input
 – Stream signal recording via i.LINK DVCAM input is available.

2.) Adjusting the Brightness of the EVF Screen – 
The default value of EVF has changed from ±0 to +30

3.) Selecting AUDIO IN Reference Input Level
 – The default value of Audio Input has changed from -40 dB to -60 dB


4.) External Device Connector
 – A message will be displayed if a USB device which is not supported by this unit has been connected


5.) Auto Focus
 – Auto focus performance is improved. Focus instability near the focal point and with a high-luminance background has been reduced


6.) Auto Knee – 
Auto Knee performance is improved. Emphasis of white for an object with a high-luminance background has been reduced


7.) ATW – 
ATW performance is improved. When ATW mode is set to Natural, automatic adjustment for wider brightness range when shooting outdoors is available


8.) Matrix Adjustment – 
Can be put on OFF in PICTURE PROFILE SET.

New features for your PMW-200

 

Auto flange back adjustment must be performed after installing this software. Refer to Auto Flange Back Adjustment Guide + Chart for details.

1.) i.LINK DVCAM Input
 – Stream signal recording via i.LINK DVCAM input is available


2.) Adjusting the Brightness of the EVF Screen
 – The default value of EVF has changed from ±0 to +30


3.) Selecting AUDIO IN Reference Input Level
 – The default value of Audio Input has changed from -40 dB to -60 dB


4.) External Device Connector
 – A message will be displayed if a USB device which is not supported by this unit has been connected


5.) Auto Focus
 – Auto focus performance is improved. Focus instability near the focal point and with a high-luminance background has been reduced


6.) Auto Knee
 – Auto Knee performance is improved. Emphasis of white for an object with a high-luminance background has been reduced


7.) ATW
 – ATW performance is improved. When ATW mode is set to Natural, automatic adjustment for wider brightness range when shooting outdoors is available


8.) Matrix Adjustment – 
Can be put on OFF in PICTURE PROFILE SET
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How to stay on top of your Autodesk licences

How to stay on top of your Autodesk licences

We’ve banged on about how we think every Autodesk user needs a subscription, we’ve told you about all their latest offers, and now it’s time to reveal what comes next. Keeping your Autodesk licences in order and making sure all your subs are in sync can look like a tricky business, but we’ve got our team on hand to help.

Consolidating your licences

If you’re a busy facility with ten copies of Maya, five of MotionBuilder and a few copies of 3ds Max just in case, the last thing you want to do is waste time performing admin tasks for eighteen different products, each with a different serial number, each of which were forgotten by everyone about ten minutes after the software entered the building. One of the (totally free!) services we can provide is the consolidation of all your licences for each Autodesk product, so you’ll have one serial number that covers all your Maya licences, another for all your MotionBuilder ones and a third for 3ds Max. Far easier to manage, no?

Aligning your renewal dates

Alas, subscription plans are not indefinite. At some point, your time will be up, and you’ll need to pay for the next year, three years or what have you, and if you’ve got a lot of subscriptions to manage, that can become a major budgeting headache. If you’d like to align your licences and subscriptions so that all of them expire at once, or clusters expire at the same, convenient time, we can help with that too. Give our team a call (or ask the fella on the end of the phone when you call up to buy) and we can arrange to have your licences and subscriptions expire when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to budget for renewals.

We can either help you produce a plan of what you need to renew and when in order to get out of whatever rats’ nest of licences you’re trapped in and into a smooth software management workflow or, if you’re already organised, we can arrange it so that any additional licences you take on expire at the same time as your existing ones.

If you’re phone-phobic, there’s always the Autodesk Subscription Centre

The Autodesk Subscription Centre is where you can track your own subscriptions and licences, and keep an eye on which are coming up for renewal. As well as being the place where you access all your Autodesk 360 cloud benefits, the Subscription Centre is where you go to request access to an older version of your software should you need it, download new releases and request any serial numbers that you’ve lost, so it’s well worth a bookmark.

Visit the Autodesk Subscription Centre

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JVC release details of GY-HM650 2.0 firmware update

JVC release details of GY-HM650 2.0 firmware update

The JVC GY-HM650 seems to have become the preferred camera of ENG teams everywhere, with the EBU giving it two thumbs up and the BBC bagging over 500 for their news crews. But JVC aren’t resting on their laurels, oh no. Come May, we’ll have a new firmware update that adds live streaming, secure background FTP transfer and more…

Record and stream simultaneously via UDP/TCP

You can now record footage to your GY-HM650’s memory cards and stream it live to a ‘client user station’ (i.e. your DIT’s Teradek Cube) or a PC application like VLC at the same time. MPEG-4 AVCHD and H.264 streams are supported at various resolutions and bitrates, while your audio options are AAC at 128kbps (HD) and 64kbps (SD).

Web-based camera control

Once you have the new firmware, you’ll be able to control your camera from any computer, Android or iOS device with a web connection. This online interface will have more functionality than current favourite, the RM-LP25 camera controller, allowing you to adjust the AE level, iris, gain, shutter and while balance.

Multi-format recording

As well as creating 3Mbps MOV or H.264 960×540 half HD footage at 30p, 25p and 24p, you now have the option to record LP mode AVCHD (1440×1080 9Mbps) or EP mode AVCHD (1440×1080 5Mbps) and to record HD and AVCHD versions of your footage simultaneously to different SDHC or SDXC cards.

In-camera clip trimming

Using you web or on-camera interface, you can now set I/O points on clips as you record. If you use the on-camera interface, you can now trim clips you’ve recorded before transferring them, so you only need to transfer usable takes back to the studio.

Secure background FTP transfer

Speaking of transfers, you can now send files back to base in the background while you’re recording your next setup. Simply trigger the transfer, then switch back to monitor display on your on-board interface and you’ll be able to shoot away while an unobtrusive progress bar shows you how your transfer’s doing.

And for the BBC…

The BBC have apparently requested some additional features, which JVC are kindly rolling out to all of us in this update. They include 1.5x expansion on both LCD and VF; Knee Point setting in 2.5% increments from 85% to 100%; 103% white peak; an up-front record trigger and viewfinder indication when you’re outside the approved range (up to F8).

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NAB 2013 news: Sony and Convergent Design offer 4K NEX-FS700 solutions

Sony’s 4K-ready NEX-FS700 is about to become 4K capable with the release of Sony’s R5 recorder and Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q. As Sony’s Juan Martinez explains in this clip from NAB, Sony have finalised the specs and workflow for their own R5 recorder, and have also licenced technology to Convergent Design so that they can come up with an alternative solution.

NEX-FS700 Camcorder 4K Update from Sony Professional USA on Vimeo.

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q will record 4K at up to 30fps, and 2K at up to 240fps. It records to a pair of 2.5″ high performance SSDs, and can fit about 45 minutes’ worth of 2K footage on two 960GB SSDs. However, the most intriguing thing about it is that it actually ships as a 7.7″ OLED monitor, and you subsequently rent or purchase the ability to rent any codecs you need to record in from the Convergent Design website. You can hear more in this clip from newsshooter (thanks to FStopAcademy for the spot!)

FS700 4K and 2K RAW continuous high speed & more on the Odyssey 7Q from Matthew Allard on Vimeo.

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NAB 2013 news: axle’s Gear wins Digital Video Magazine’s Black Diamond award

Hell yes! Our favourite on-set management geniuses (genii?), axle, have bagged themselves a Black Diamond award at NAB 2013. 

Handed out to Digital Video Magazine’s selection of the best products from the show, the Black Diamond went to axle’s Gear solution, which combines axle media management, Telestream’s transcoding abilities and a quad-core Mac mini into a 1U unit that delivers plug-and-play media management capabilities.

As axle’s team explain:

One of axle Gear’s Mac mini systems is the primary server for axle’s version 1.06 media management software included in the system, while the other runs a tuned version of Telestream’s Episode Pro version 6.31 transcode software, also included. The Telestream software is automatically launched and monitored to perform two key tasks in the system:

1) generating the H.264 streaming proxy files that are used in the axle user interface, and
2) outputting a user-selectable range of HD and SD video formats for mastering, broadcast and Web applications.

axle Gear’s two Mac mini systems are mounted side-by-side in a single 1U (1.75” high, 11” deep) rackmount enclosure, allowing efficient packaging in conjunction with high-density storage systems. axle Gear is compatible with nearly any networked storage, including SAN, NAS and LTO tape technologies. The system can support multiple tiers of storage; for instance, a SAN for shared HD video editing, a NAS for use as a parking area for media that are not currently being edited, and an LTO tape library for longer-term archiving.

The system I/O includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two Thunderbolt connections, two FireWire 800 connections, and eight USB 3.0 interfaces. Working storage is provided by dual Fusion drive subsystems, each 1 terabyte in size. Multiple options are available from axle’s resellers to expand both the system’s I/O and its working storage. axle Gear comes with a one-year warranty on all hardware, and a one-year software maintenance contract on all software.

Massive congratulations to all involved on the award!

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Video: How Canon’s EOS-1D C helps you take the perfect still

Video: How Canon’s EOS-1D C helps you take the perfect still

It’s all well and good having the fastest workflow around and the best Lightroom skills in the business, but you need to get great shots in the first place. To this end, we present the Canon 1D-C.

The standout feature of this camera is that it can record 4K video, allowing you to record short bursts of footage and then pull photo-quality stills from them. Never again will you miss the moment when the uncooperative child finally smiles, the monkey looks in the right direction or, as cinematographer and Canon test pilot Abraham Joffe experienced in the amazing clip below, the elephant stamps its feet.

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NAB 2013 news: Sonnet Announces Fully Featured Thunderbolt Dock

Echo™ 15 Thunderbolt Dock Includes Four USB 3.0 Ports, Four SATA Ports, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire® 800, Pass-Through Thunderbolt Port, Optical Disc Drive, and 2.5/3.5-Inch Internal Drive Bay

IRVINE, Calif. — April 2, 2013 — Sonnet today announced the Echo™ 15 Thunderbolt™ Dock, a fully featured docking station for Mac® and Windows® computers with Thunderbolt ports. Sonnet’s latest Thunderbolt technology product features 15 ports: four USB 3.0, one Gigabit Ethernet, one FireWire® 800, one headphone, one microphone, one speaker, one audio in, one pass-through Thunderbolt (for either another Thunderbolt device or an external display), two eSATA, and two internal SATA (one port for included optical disc drive and one 6 Gb/s port for a user-installable 2.5-inch SSD or 3.5-inch hard drive). In addition, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock includes an 8x DVD±RW drive, or optionally, a Blu-ray™ BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive with Blu-ray player software for OS X®.

“Today’s portable computers deliver great performance, enabling people to work and play almost anywhere. Moving between work or school and home can frequently mean attaching and disconnecting multiple devices such as hard drives, printers, keyboards, iPhone®/iPod® docks, mice, networks, speakers, headsets, optical disc drives, and external displays,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies. “The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock gives users a simple way to attach to and disconnect from all these peripherals and more, using a single cable.”

With the introduction of new, thinner, lighter computers, manufacturers continue to remove interfaces and optical drives that were once standard. The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock offers a simple way to restore FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, audio, and add additional USB 3.0 connectivity plus an optical drive to load software, import CDs, burn CDs and DVD-ROMs, and play DVDs and even Blu-ray movies. Peripherals are left connected to the dock using standard cables, while the dock connects to the computer with a single Thunderbolt cable. When it is time to take the computer and go, the user needs only to disconnect the Thunderbolt cable.

With the purchase of the Sonnet dock with Blu-ray drive option, software to enable Blu-ray disc playback on Mac computers is included. All models support the installation of a standard SSD or hard drive for backing up data or hosting a media library. For Mac users, this means their Time Machine® backup drive can be installed inside the dock.

Sonnet designed the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock for maximum flexibility in use. The case may be set horizontally or vertically to save space on the desktop. Both the front and back of the enclosure include USB 3.0, audio input, and audio output connections to support the handy connection of devices such as a microphone, thumb drives, headphones, or a cell phone for synching and rapid charging. The internal drive bay supports the installation of either a 6 Gb/s SATA 2.5-inch SSD or 3.5-inch HDD, providing an ideal solution for adding storage capacity without having to connect another external drive and its power brick. Dual Thunderbolt ports enable the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock to support daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals, and to be placed anywhere in a Thunderbolt device chain. The Echo dock also supports the connection of a Thunderbolt or display port monitor, or other display interface type with an appropriate adapter.

“The call for more mainstream Thunderbolt peripherals continues to grow louder every day,” added Farnsworth. “While ordinary docking stations are a handy solution for attaching and disconnecting common peripherals on a frequent basis, we saw an opportunity to improve upon the basic concept and deliver better value to users. In addition to the most-requested interfaces, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock adds an optical drive and the space and connectors to install an HDD or SSD — all in the same case.”

The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with DVD Drive (part number ECHO-TBD-CD-0TB) has a suggested retail price of $399.95. The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with Blu-ray Drive (part number ECHO-TBD-BL-0TB) has a suggested retail price of $449.95. The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with DVD Drive Plus 2TB HDD (part number ECHO-TBD-CD-2TB) has a suggested retail price of $499.95. The Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock with Blu-ray Drive Plus 2TB HDD (part number ECHO-TBD-BL-2TB) has a suggested retail price of $549.95. Compatible with OS X 10.8.2+, Windows 8, and Windows 7, all models are expected to be available by summer. Models without an HDD will be available from Sonnet and its resellers, while models with an HDD will be sold exclusively through Sonnet’s online store. More information on the products is available atwww.sonnettech.com/product/echo15thunderboltdock.html.

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NAB 2013 news: Intel push Thunderbolt to 20Gbps with Falcon Ridge

After almost two days without a Thunderbolt announcement we were starting to worry that NAB 2013 wasn’t going to give us our annual fix, but we couldn’t have been more wrong.

Intel have revealed a prototype Falcon Ridge controller that doubles Thunderbolt transfer speeds up to 20Gbps – enough to let you display and transfer 4K video files simultaneously. It may only be a prototype, but that doesn’t stop it being so beautiful we could weep. Here’s the (tantalisingly brief) official word from Intel:

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show this week in Las Vegas, Intel made some key announcements regarding Thunderbolt™ technology, the fastest data connection available in your personal computer. Intel introduced the Intel® DSL4510/4410 Thunderbolt controllers which add DisplayPort 1.2 capability when connecting to native DP displays, improve power management, and reduce platform BOM cost. Intel also previewed early prototype silicon of its next-generation Thunderbolt controller codenamed Falcon Ridge, which runs at 20Gbs, enabling 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. Initial production is expected before the end of this year, with ramp in 2014.  Stop by Intel booth LVCC #SL9610 at NAB or read more about Thunderbolt technology.

We’ve also heard that Falcon Ridge will be backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt devices, so you won’t have to replace any kit to get the speed bump. Brilliant.

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