Wirecast now works with MXO2 solutions (and costs 30% less)

Wirecast now works with MXO2 solutions (and costs 30% less)

Everyone loves a January sale and it seems Telestream are no exception. From now until January 15th (that’s next Tuesday), you can get 30% off Wirecast Pro or Wirecast Studio.

Matrox MXO2

Why? Well, Telestream are currently celebrating the release of the latest Matrox driver, Matrox 7.2 for Windows, which allows Matrox MXO2 devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX to work with your Wirecast solution. Impressively, the devices will not only capture footage and send a feed to Wirecast for instant streaming, they’ll also create a high quality ISO audio and video recording of the footage, so you can edit it after the event. How efficient is that?

You can download Matrox 7.2 for Windows at the Matrox support page. The new driver also provides beta support “for other third-party software, such as Adobe and Avid editing applications. If you encounter issues using this release with these applications, please report your issues in the Matrox MXO2 User Forum.”

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Avid introduce massive discounts on Symphony, Mojo and Nitris systems

Avid introduce massive discounts on Symphony, Mojo and Nitris systems

Good news for everyone who spends their spare time eyeing up Avid Symphony systems – Avid have introduced two new ways to save money when you make the move to Symphony 6.5 before March 15th, 2013. 

Avid Symphony and Nitris DX

Until then, they’re running a pair of promotions that give you up to 40% off your system. If you pair your Symphony 6.5 licence with Avid’s Mojo DX, it’s just £3999 ex VAT until March – a huge 40% discount. Opting for Symphony and a Nitris DX will cost just £5799 – 40% less than usual.

So which is for you? 

Both Mojo DX and Nitris DX offer top quality I/O, and come with features for every part of your pipeline, from ScriptSync for when you need to find your best takes in a hurry to 4:4:4: HD-RGB support for when you’re finally ready to play out your footage. However, if you need analogue I/O as well as SDI or have to handle S3D footage, you’ll need a Nitris DX. It’s also worth bearing in mind that Nitrix DX can decode and encode DNxHD and AVC-Intra natively using Avid option boards, while if you go for a Mojo DX, you’ll have to rely on your computer’s CPU for these tasks, and that can slow down performance.

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Video: Canon Cinema Primes Vs Canon L Series with Jonathan Yi

Video: Canon Cinema Primes Vs Canon L Series with Jonathan Yi

One of our favourite reviewers, Jonathan Yi, has just released this slightly naked, slightly sweary, nicely irreverent shootout between Canon’s Cinema Primes and L Series lenses, all shot on a Canon C300. We’re not sure what it says about us as people that we enjoyed this so much…

Canon Cinema Primes vs. Canon L Series from Jonathan Yi on Vimeo.

Impressed? You can pick up the full set on our site and save over £1800 compared to buying them individually or, if you’re not feeling particularly grabby, get yourself an individual lens.

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Congrats to Sony’s PMW-200 and PMW-150 on meeting the EBU standard!

Congrats to Sony’s PMW-200 and PMW-150 on meeting the EBU standard!

Sony’s PMW-200 and PMW-150, the latest additions to their XDCAM HD422 50Mbps range, have both met the Tier 2L standards the European Broadcast Union (EBU) recommend for long form production, so if you’re thinking of grabbing one to shoot your latest HD TV project, you can rest easy knowing that your footage will officially pass muster.

Sony tell us that the PMW-200 and PMW-150 were both tested by Alan Roberts in accordance to the EBU camera test guidelines. As you’d expect from descendants of the PMW-EX1R and PMW-EX3, they passed with flying colours. “With an established workflow, flexible recording media options, familiar operation and unique features like the PMW-200’s ½Exmor CMOS sensors, both camcorders enhance broadcast HD production,” Sony’s press release assures us.

Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe, commented: “We are delighted to see our camcorders are in line with the EBU standards for HD broadcast production. Both these camcorders were built with HD broadcast programme making in mind and I believe this is being recognised by the EBU and other key institutions through these reports.”

PMW-200 EBU Report Jan 13

PMW-150 EBU report Jan 13

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Active Storage would like you to meet mPath

Active Storage would like you to meet mPath

Active Storage have extended their mMedia range with mPath, an “intuitive high-speed backplane and data accelerator for the modern media SAN.”

Aimed squarely at post-production SAN users who are starting to panic about the number of platforms they’re supposed to be able to work on, how much space they’re supposed to limit each user to and how often they’re supposed to back up their work, Active describe mPath as “a pair of I/O modules you add to your mRAID systems, giving you a new, high-speed data and asset movement backplane.” The new solution also comes with its own mPath Actions software and API, which you can use to move assets between volumes in your SAN on the backplane, freeing up valuable SAN space (third party digital asset management solutions should also do the trick).

mPath I/O modules

mPath I/O Module

According to Active, “mPath unleashes the multi-core processing power and high-performance architecture of mRAID and leverages the PCI-Express expansion slots built into every mRAID system.” You simply slide the two mPath I/O units into your mRAID, and are instantly rewarded with four ports of high-speed dedicated bandwidth with which to move assets around your SAN. You then simply connect the modules to the mRAID over Fibre Channel and you’re good to go.

mPath Actions

Included with the modules is Active’s mPath Actions software, which can be used in conjunction with (or instead of) your current asset management system. It allows you to set up “automated, smart file movement actions for your SAN workflow”. You choose specific folders for the software to monitor, define which file types you want moving or copying and choose a destination, and then mPath Actions will automatically use the mPath backplane to move them to their new location without infringing on your SAN’s bandwidth. Active say that mPath will allow you to move data round the clock, rather than relying on overnight backup windows, so can back up more data, more frequently with less of an impact on  your all-important SAN.

Already got an asset management system? 

mPath should be able to work with your existing asset management system – axle and Levels Beyond are already on board – so if you don’t fancy learning to use Actions or feel that since you’ve paid for an asset management system you’re damn well going to use it, you can still take advantage of the high-speed backplane. Active have even put together an API so you can adapt mPath to work with any custom software you may be running at your facility.

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NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference shows post-production some love

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference shows post-production some love

We’ve not talked much about NVIDIA’s GTC in previous years, as it tended to focus on using NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate supercomputing and scientific calculation. However, recently NVIDIA have made a huge push to bring the latent power of their GPUs to bear in the M&E space, where they can be used to accelerate several types of workflow (simulations, rendering and realtime play back of video content among other things). To reflect that, they now have several M&E industry power houses speaking at GTC, making it a very interesting prospect for those looking to leverage NVIDIA hardware to speed up their workflow.

Topics on the slate so far include:

  • High frame rate and 4K workflows (presented by no less than VFX pioneer Douglas Trumbull)
  • Using GPUs to speed up work on pre-viz and dailies
  • Image processing, physics-based effects and GPU rendering in VFX workflows
  • Live broadcast graphics and augmented reality

Interested? You can register here, and snag up to $250 off the ticket price if you book before January 20th.

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Sonnet announce next generation Echo Express expansion chassis for PCIe at NAMM 2013

Sonnet announce next generation Echo Express expansion chassis for PCIe at NAMM 2013

Sonnet have a shiny new gadget on their stand at NAMM 2013 – the Echo Express II Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards. The original Echo Express has been one of our more popular Thunderbolt solutions so far, offering a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion solution for anyone whose Mac doesn’t offer substantial enough PCIe connectivity. (You can see the full list of compatible PCIe devices here.)

The Echo Express II features two PCIe slots, and will allow you to use high-end PCIe cards with any computer that has a Thunderbolt port – even if it’s a notebook. According to the official Sonnet statement, “The Echo Express II was designed for users needing a compact solution to connect two PCIe cards to their computers, and supports the majority of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Based on the original Echo Express expansion chassis, the Echo Express II adds a second slot to support two half-length (up to 7.25 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x16 cards.”

The new model retains the dual Thunderbolt ports of its predecessor, so you can still daisy chain it easily, and it includes three temperature controlled, variable speed fans along with a 100W internal, universal power supply. Sonnet tell us the Echo Express II will power on and off in sync with whatever computer it’s attached to, which should help you save power.

“Feedback from our customers on the Echo Express line has been overwhelmingly positive. These products have been integrated into the workflows of many creative professionals, with users discovering new applications every day,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Similar to the Echo Express Pro, the Echo Express II was designed to accommodate the needs of users requiring two slots for expansion cards, but not the extra length afforded by the Echo Express Pro’s longer design.”

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Sony’s Multi-monitor Swap Shop to stay open til March 2013

Sony’s Multi-monitor Swap Shop to stay open til March 2013

Sony have decided to extend their monitor trade-in offer for another quarter, meaning anyone who’s still using a CRT monitor has until March 2013 to swap it for one of the BVM-F series and save up to a third. 

Obviously it depends how many miles are on your CRT’s clock, but Sony have been pretty generous with this offer so far, and if your CRT monitor is in working order, odds are you’ll get some kind of discount on your BVM-F.

Why would I want a BVM-F series monitor? 

Well, the BVM-F range  represent the entry point into Sony’s industry-leading OLED monitor range. Powered by Sony’s Trimaster EL image processing technology, these monitors offer you a huge colour gamut across their entire luminance range, with deep, detailed blacks, accurate skin tones and far less of the flicker and motion blurring you get with CRT monitors. (Sony’s tech team were kind enough to explain how they managed that here.)

The Trimaster EL range are among the most impressive monitors on the market when it comes to colour critical work, with a 12-bit non-linear cubic colour conversion management system giving picture uniformity, colour consistency and accuracy of reproduction that’s among the best we’ve seen. Heck, they’ve even won an Emmy.

Take a look at the full Sony OLED range on Jigsaw24.com.

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Jigsaw24 giveaway: Win tickets to Autosport International 2013!

Jigsaw24 giveaway: Win tickets to Autosport International 2013!

Calling all petrol-headed tech types – we’ve managed to get our hands on two pairs of tickets to Autosport International and, in a moment of madness, we’ve decided to give them away completely free! All you have to do to win yourself a pair is answer the oh-so-simple question below, whack your email address in the appropriate box and then cross your fingers twice.

We’ll stop taking entries at 9:00 am on Christmas Eve, and let you know if you’ve won by the end of the day. We can only accept entries from the UK. We cannot accept bribes (although if cake just happened to show up in our office, who are we to insult you by sending it back?).

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Sonnet announce Fusion R400S RAID storage system

Sonnet announce Fusion R400S RAID storage system
Storage stalwarts Sonnet Technologies have just announced a new 1U rackmount, RAID 5 system, the Fusion R400S. With four drives and an eSATA interface, the Sonnet Fusion R400S  offers single-cable-to-host connectivity over eSATA and “integrates a high-performance RAID controller for maximum versatility, critical data protection, and speedy file transfers” according to the Sonnet press squad. It’s also equipped with low-noise fans for those of you in noise-sensitive environments.
The key specs
The Sonnet Fusion R400S supports RAID 0, RAID 5, RAID 10, JBOD and Clone modes, all of which can be configured using the R400S’s internal RAID controller. According to the official Sonnet specs: “Configurations include maximum capacity (RAID 0), data protection with optimum performance (RAID 5), most concurrent audio file editing (JBOD), or fast cloning of up to four drives concurrently (Clone mode) when it is necessary to send each drive to a different location for security. Selecting the RAID mode requires no application software and is simply a matter of setting a switch. Onboard RAID support eliminates the need for a specialized RAID controller card. For those who prefer to configure with separately sourced drives, Sonnet also offers a 0TB version of the Fusion R400S RAID, enabling the customer to purchase separately the drives that best suit their needs.”
Capacity-wise, the R400S is available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB configurations. When coupled with a Sonnet eSATA controller (they used the Tempo SATA Pro 6Gb PCIe card), its data transfer speeds at RAID 5 can hit 240MBps for reading data and 220MBps for writing. Sonnet are clearly shooting for the creative market, using these nippy transfer times to support multistreaming of ProRes 422 HD, uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD, DV, HDV and DVCPRO video files. They also claim higher data transfer rates and additional workflow capabilities are possible when two or more systems are RAIDed together on the same SATA controller, though we’re yet to test this.
“We are pleased to offer this high-performance 1U, rackmount, four-drive RAID storage system at such an affordable price,” said Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet CEO. “The Fusion R400S RAID is the perfect complement to our xMac mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini to support our small-to-medium-sized business and education customers.”
The Sonnet R400S is shipping now. To find out more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.