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Key Code Media looking for Application Editor. [Position has been filled]

April 27, 2010 1 comment

Demo editorial and finishing Solutions:

including Avid Symphony/MediaComposer and DS, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk Smoke and Flame, Digital Vision, CS5 and Final Cut Studio. Also will need to show other products within the Key Code Media product line once training and preparation are established.

• R&D of new products, new product research and recommendations, strategic product group monthly meetings, KCM product branding and selection group.

• Video, Audio and 3rd Party equipment inventory, maintenance, and equipment turn around for resale-this would include all office location and mobile demo systems

• Marketing events this includes events on and off site. This would include managing event set up and breakdown, working with the marketing department for all events • Pre sales consultation, work flow consultation, Client training, staff and client training, 1st time product integration

• Onsite client training, new technology training for key KCM staff and sales team

Please contact Key Code Media email your resume to:

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Seeing is Believing: Adobe® CS5 Production Premium RoadShow (San Francisco) June 8, 2010

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Join Adobe and Key Code Media San Francisco on Tuesday June 8, 2010

Join Creative Suite video experts for a free, in-depth seminar that features the new Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Production Premium. Learn how CS5 Production Premium software helps you conquer today’s deadlines and meet tomorrow’s challenges. Discover brand new workflow efficiencies and creative enhancements when using After Effects® CS5, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5, Photoshop® CS5 Extended, Flash® Professional CS5, Illustrator® CS5, Soundbooth® CS5, Adobe OnLocationTM CS5, Encore® CS5, and the new Flash Catalyst® CS5.

Registration is open for this training date & location:

June 8, 2010 – San Francisco
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Adobe Systems, Town Hall
601 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

You’ll also meet partners with complementary offerings that, when combined with CS5 Production Premium, deliver breakthrough performance while dramatically increasing your productivity. Grand prize drawing and giveaways. Space is limited, reserve your seat today!



Avid Technology Professional Services Tandem Join Key Code Media

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Avid Technology Professional Services Tandem Join Key Code Media

April 20, 2010-Burbank

Key Code Media announces the hiring of Ed Locke and Scott Williams. As Avid Technology, Inc. veterans they bring a combined eighteen years of experience working with advanced Avid solutions. The addition of Scott increases the number of certified Avid ISIS and Interplay engineers to 4 on staff, and Ed Locke brings 10 years of solution and workflow design experience. Mike Cavanagh, President of Key Code Media, states “Scott and Ed have a combined 25 years of industry experience, at Key Code Media they will help our customers manage the migration to tapeless workflows by leveraging advanced storage technologies and cutting-edge workflows covering ingest through distribution. Our clients count on Key Code Media to have the expertise to enable them to integrate the most cost effective and highest performing solutions available. This hiring further shows our commitment to providing the top talent in the industry to address complex solutions and workflows.”

Ed Locke joined the sales organization as a specialist on storage infrastructure and broadcast workflow. Ed spent much of his time at Avid working closely with broadcasters and the technologies that enable next-generation workflows. He discussed the significance of file-based workflows back in 2006 on a panel with other recognized experts at the “Tape-Less Revolution” event hosted at CBS Studio Center by the Television Academy. Most recently he worked on projects including “Entertainment Tonight/The Insider”, “The Ellen DeGeneres” show, Comcast Sports Net, and Fox Sports International. Asked about his move to Key Code, Ed had this to say; “Working for Key Code Media was a natural choice, their reputation for supporting their client base is completely aligned with my views. This position allows me to continue developing integrated multi-vendor solutions for broadcast clients while expanding the tool box to fully enable my design capability. Key Code Media’s exposure to our industry and their relationship with Avid create the exciting opportunity for me to work more closely with many of the customers I’ve been engaged with for years. I can continue to provide a deep knowledge of Avid’s workflow and solutions while leveraging complementary products to design a broad range of Editorial and Broadcast environments.”

Scott Williams joined the technical department and is well versed with integrating Avid solutions that include ingest through distribution and archive as well as configuring robust Cisco network infrastructures. Scott originally joined Avid through the Pinnacle acquisition and has deployed multiple mission critical broadcast systems including the West Coast deployment of the Fox SportsNet, CNN, Televisa (Mexico City), RDS (Montreal) and Bright House Networks using products such as Avid ISIS, and Avid Interplay. Scott adds “Key Code Media is big enough to support large client infrastructures, but also small enough to allow every employee have input and help guide clients. I am on the Strategic Product Group at Key Code Media which helps define, vet and approve the technologies we represent to our clients. I am excited about this next move for my career.”

Key Code Media is a media solutions value added reseller and systems integrator specializing in video and audio workflows including Avid Technology, Apple, HP, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, NewTek, Facilis, Digital Rapids, Isilon, StorageDNA, Root6 and Telestream.  Offices are located in Burbank, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Seattle.

For further information, contact Ruth Nakada ( 818-303-3900.

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NewTek Launches 22-Channel TriCaster™: NewTek TriCaster™ TCXD850 elevates performance, inputs, capacity,overlays and dynamic HD virtual sets

April 19, 2010 1 comment

LAS VEGAS – NAB Show – April 12, 2010 –NewTek, manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced that it has launched TriCaster™model TCXD850, the latest addition to the TriCaster line of high definition (HD) portable live production systems. This new TriCaster offers a 22-channel switcher, with eight HD or standard definition (SD) digital or analog inputs, two DDRs, titles, stills, two network inputs and eight virtual/mix channels.

“Tricaster TCXD850 takes the TriCaster product line to a new level of performance, introducing a rack mount system with significant new capabilities, at all levels of production”, said Andrew Cross, executive vice president, engineering, NewTek.”This latest TriCaster continues to change expectations about what is possible in HD live production, enabling producers to deliver compelling live events, successfully engage their audience and create new revenue streams.”

TriCaster TCXD850 benefits and features include:

  • 22-channel switcher with eight digital or analog inputs, two DDRs, two network inputs, titles, stills and eight virtual/mix channels

  • Advanced overlay capabilities include rotation, positioning and scaling in 3D plus animated effects

  • New live virtual sets in HD include double box effects with options for stand-up and one or two presenters

  • Photorealistic LiveMatte ™ virtual sets system with advanced matte generation and spill suppression for every switcher input

  • Two network inputs deliver graphics from LiveText™, presentations from a PC or Mac® using iVGA™ or other computer sources to the switcher or overlay channels

  • Simultaneous monitoring of all switcher inputs at full field-rate and signal integrity verification with color Waveform/Vectorscopes

  • Using any combination of  either embedded digital, AES, or the 16 balanced analog XLR audio inputs to bring in microphones, stereo or audio line level sources

  • Audio mixing capabilities with audio follows video support and auxiliary routing to integrate into an external audio setup

  • HDMI and VGA program outputs for projector (IMAG) or other monitoring applications

  • 36 hours of 1080i recording capacity that can be extended by using the three removable drive bays

  • Three video output rows provide flexible simultaneous HD and SD video output

  • Durable rack mount 4U case with redundant power supply

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast and project HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can create sophisticated productions, switching between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. TriCaster is used by broadcasters, sports organizations, schools, houses of worship, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.

Pricing and Availability

TriCaster TCXD850 is slated to ship July 15, 2010. TriCaster TCXD850 in NTSC will retail in North America for $24,995. The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at $4,995, educational pricing is also available.

TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee

Buy any TriCaster portable live production system now through June 30, 2010 and trade it in for the full purchase price towards TriCaster TCXD850.

For more information on the TriCaster TCXD850 or any of the products from the TriCaster family, contact a Key Code Media sales consultant at: 818-303-3900 or by email:








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Blackmagic Design NAB 2010 Announcements – including DaVinci Resolve for Mac starting at $995.00

April 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Live from the NAB show floor-Monday April 12, 2010 Las Vegas NAB Convention

New 3D versions of DeckLink HD Extreme and HDLink Pro, multiple new USB 3.0 based products, a complete evolution in color correction with DaVinci Resolve now on Mac and starting at US$995, a new portable UltraScope, some new routers, a fantastic new router control panel and much more!

New products include:

New DaVinci Color Correction!
UltraStudio Pro
Intensity Shuttle
DeckLink HD Extreme 3D
HDLink Pro 3D
Pocket UltraScope
Videohub Smart Control
Videohub Control for Apple iPad!
Micro Videohub
Smart Videohub
Mini Converter UpDownCross
H.264 Pro Recorder
DeckLink Duo
Media Express Update
UltraScope for Mac Beta

Revolution in Color Correction!
We have made some big changes to how DaVinci color correction systems are sold. In the past DaVinci Resolve systems were pre built and priced from $200,000 for a 1 GPU based system, to over $800,000 for a 16 GPU top of the line system. However this has been way too expensive for most people to afford, so we have been working hard to fix that.

In the last 6 months we have invested millions in expanding DaVinci engineering, and have been working on a new updated version of DaVinci Resolve 7.0 software. This new update includes a complete overhaul of the user interface, a new EDL library, new database support, improved field support and much more.

Plus we are now introducing 3 models of DaVinci Resolve. A new Mac based software only version, a Mac based version that includes the incredible DaVinci control surface, and a high end Linux version that lets you build multiple GPU supercomputer based systems for unlimited power. We are also making it easy to upgrade as you need more power.

The new Mac based software only version of DaVinci Resolve will retail at only US$995 and includes all the powerful DaVinci Resolve features. When running on a Mac, DaVinci Resolve is limited to a single GPU based solution because of slot availability and lack of InfiniBand for Mac, however this does not mean it’s limited on power!

We have been running tests and the single GPU performance on Mac is similar to the single GPU Linux systems that cost $200,000 only 6 months ago. It’s a fantastic solution for SD and HD, and even works in 2K. You can rotate images, re-frame, add corrections, blurs and trackers, and then just hit play. It’s all real time. Plus, because no features are disabled on this software only version, when faster GPU cards are released in the future, you can just plug them in for more power! This really is a true high end color correction system!

DaVinci Resolve might be affordable now, but it’s still a high end solution, so requires a third party control panel such as the Tangent Wave, and single CUDA capable GPU card. If video I/O is required, then it also requires a DeckLink HD Extreme card. Of course we will work hard to open DaVinci Resolve up to other brands of control panel, capture cards and GPUs as fast as we can.

Next is the main DaVinci Resolve model that includes both the Mac based software and the incredible DaVinci Resolve Control Surface. This control surface is amazing and lets you adjust settings in DaVinci with over 60 knobs and buttons. You can work incredibly fast while keeping your head up and looking at the grading monitor. You get the same power of a single GPU system and because it’s Mac based, you can install it yourself. The DaVinci control surface is so incredibly fast to use, and this is an incredible solution! DaVinci Resolve with the full control surface will be priced at $29,995.

Finally, when you’re working with heavy corrections in HD, 2K, 4K or even 3D, we have a Linux software upgrade that can be added to the DaVinci Resolve Control Surface for US$19,995. This is a full DaVinci Resolve Linux license, and lets you connect your control surface into Linux computers that have more slots to allow more GPUs to be installed for faster processing.

When we say you can add faster processing, we mean you can keep adding GPUs as you need, and you get all GPUs working together to increase the resolution you can run in real time, and also the number of corrections that can all be done in real time. DaVinci Resolve is a real time system, so being able to add extra CPUs and GPUs gives you virtually unlimited power.

You can keep adding hardware such as GPUs and CPUs, which are pre-certified by us and available from DaVinci Specialist Resellers, and because it’s a full Linux license you don’t need to pay anything more for the software. We have done some price checking, and we think that the most powerful system you can build would still be less than $150,000, which would give you dozens of real time corrections even in stereoscopic 3D at 2K, or even 4K. That’s well less than the over US$800,000 it cost only 6 months ago!

We think this new DaVinci product lineup will make it easy for beginners to get started with a professional product, as well as allow high end facilities to install the seriously powerful systems they need for feature film work without breaking the bank. DaVinci Resolve on Mac at US$995 is the same user interface and has the same features as the Linux version, so it’s easy to move up as you need more power. The features are absolutely identical, apart from the limitations of using a single GPU based system.

Also, as a special treat to all existing DaVinci customers, anyone who has a DaVinci Resolve or Splice will get this new version 7 software at no charge. Also, anyone who has an older DaVinci 2K system can use the control surface they have, and upgrade to DaVinci Resolve just by paying the Linux license only.

This should make a fantastic, and very affordable way for current DaVinci customers to upgrade to the latest technology. Ever since I started in postproduction as a teenager, I have just loved color correction and film. For me this is a dream come true letting DaVinci become affordable for everyone, and it’s very exciting!

DaVinci Resolve v7.0 will be available from June for the Linux version from DaVinci Specialist Resellers, while the Mac version will ship soon after from Blackmagic Design Authorized Resellers.

Introducing UltraStudio Pro

UltraStudio Pro is our exciting new high end capture and playback solution for USB 3.0!

USB 3.0 is the new version of the USB connection to computers that runs 10 times faster than regular USB. This means it has more than enough speed for 10 bit HD video with loads of real time effects. USB 3.0 products are easy to install as you just plug them in! USB 3.0 means we can design products in completely new ways.

UltraStudio Pro is a revolutionary new design that actually hides the cables behind it. It’s incredibly thin with more video and audio connections combined with incredible 10 bit quality plus full up, down and cross conversion.

UltraStudio Pro includes fully independent connections for capture and playback of 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI 1.3, analog component, composite, s-video and an extra standard definition SDI output that’s down converted when running in HD. It also includes connections for 4 channels of balanced audio and 2 channel AES/EBU. Analog audio outputs 3 and 4 can be switched to provide 4 extra channels of AES/EBU audio out.

We include a long 7 foot break out cable with XLR and BNC connectors so you save hundreds of dollars on cabling! Quality is full 10 bit, so it’s a true professional solution. The built in up, down and cross converter works at full 10 bit with highest quality multi-tap filtering. Now you can edit once, and master out anywhere!

USB 3.0 connections are currently found only on Windows machines, and we have found big differences with speed between different models of computers. However Intel x58 based computers work well, and we recommend these for UltraStudio Pro. UltraStudio Pro will be able to support other platforms when USB 3.0 becomes available on them.

Of course you get all the benefits of working with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Fusion and more. We also include our Media Express software, and there is a free developer SDK available.

UltraStudio Pro will we available in late April for US$895.

Intensity Shuttle

Intensity Shuttle is a USB 3.0 version of Intensity Pro, however it also includes separate connections for HDMI 1.3, component, composite and s-video, with full 10 bit quality. It powers from the USB 3.0 connection, and is very compact in an attractive white inline design.

The quality of Intensity Shuttle video is amazing, and I think one of the most exciting things we have done is to build in broadcast quality video at a consumer price. There is just nothing available with such high video quality as Intensity Shuttle! I think Intensity Shuttle will continue to bring high quality video to even more videographers for true professional work.

Intensity Shuttle requires the same Intel x58 series computer with USB 3.0 connection as the UltraStudio Pro above.

One exciting feature of Intensity Shuttle (and UltraStudio Pro) is it includes full support for HDMI and component up to 1080p60. However even though current USB 3.0 computers support full 10 bit uncompressed at normal 1080i HD frame rates, current USB 3.0 computers don’t yet have enough speed to operate at progressive frame rates. But Intensity Shuttle is ready as computers get faster!

Intensity Shuttle supports working with Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Fusion and more. We also include our Media Express software, and there is a free developer SDK available.

Intensity Shuttle will we available in early May for US$199.

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D

Now with new exciting 3D workflows, we have a new model of DeckLink HD Extreme that not only supports 3D, but also includes an hardware up, down and cross converter, support of SDI, HDMI and component analog capture and playback at video rates up to 1080p60, hardware support for 12 bit SDI, and a sync cable feature for using two cards together.

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is ready for 3D workflow using both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved is where the left and right eyes are interleaved as fields so you can edit using standard editing software.

Dual steam is where DeckLink HD Extreme 3D uses the dual link SDI connections to capture and playback two streams for left and right eye, and records them into two separate media files. Dual stream 3D is higher quality because each eye is full resolution, but less compatible with current editing software.

Media Express has been upgraded to handle both interleaved/side by side and dual stream 3D, so it’s a great solution for capture and playback of 3D media. This means DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is a complete 3D solution!

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D includes a high quality up, down and cross converter so you can edit in SD and play out HD, or edit in HD and play out SD. The cross converter lets you edit in 720p and output in 1080i, or edit in 1080i and play back in 720p. It’s incredible quality and full 10 bit with audio.

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is also based on a new internal hardware design with support for 12 bit SDI video and full support for video rates up to 1080p60 via SDI, HDMI and analog component. For developers, two DeckLink HD Extreme 3D cards can be joined together with a cable for synchronous dual card operation.

Sony is also announcing at NAB 2010 support in their HDCAM SR deck for the 2K format that’s been built into DeckLink HD Extreme, Multibridge, Videohub and HDLink, and this is exciting news. Now you will be able to edit in 2K film with a workflow as easy as video. This will make 2K film editing and design much easier!

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is available now for US$995.

HDLink Pro 3D

With the new DeckLink HD Extreme 3D, and other 3D equipment becoming more popular, we have a new model of HDLink Pro DisplayPort with 3D support.

HDLink Pro 3D with DisplayPort supports both interleaved/side by side or dual stream 3D inputs via the two SDI inputs, and supports 3D on compatible computer monitors and 3D HDMI televisions. If you’re using HDMI televisions you need a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, and then simply connect.

HDLink Pro 3D supports HDMI 1.4 as well as older HDMI 1.3 based televisions. HDMI 1.3 televisions allow you to select the interleave format for 3D display, while HDMI 1.4 sets this automatically.

HDLink Pro 3D will also allow you to convert dual stream 3D input into interleaved 3D video on the SDI output. The best news is any older HDLink Pro DisplayPort model can be upgraded to 3D with the new software from our web site at no charge!

HDLink Pro 3D with DisplayPort also includes great features such as 17 point lookup tables, 6 channel audio monitoring out and support for 30 inch DVI and DisplayPort displays which are perfect for monitoring 2K capture and playback with the new Sony HDCAM SR decks. Of course HDLink Pro 3D is a fantastic HD monitoring solution using normal 24 inch computer monitors!

HDLink Pro 3D with DisplayPort is available now for US$495 and the new 3D software update will be released in late April from our web site.

Pocket UltraScope

This is very exciting, and ever since we introduced UltraScope at last year’s NAB, I have wanted to do a portable version. Now with USB 3.0, we have the technology to be able to do it!

The new model is called Pocket UltraScope, and it’s a very small unit with a 3 Gb/s SDI input that lets you plug in a SD, HD or 1080p, 3 Gb/s SDI video input. It connects to any USB 3.0 computer and even powers from the USB connection.You can run Pocket UltraScope on a laptop and it will power from the laptop battery!

This means you get a truly portable solution, which is fantastic for on set, or engineers can use it behind racks, and in other mobile locations! Most good USB 3.0 laptops support 1920 x 1080 resolution screens, so you can even run the full screen 6 scope view for an incredible waveform monitoring solution!

Pocket UltraScope will we available in late April for US$595.

Videohub Smart Control

Ever since we introduced our routers, people have been asking for a hardware control panel. Now we have, with the new Videohub Smart Control!

We looked at hardware control panels and realized that most control panels cost thousands of dollars so most people could only afford to buy 1 or 2. This means most people don’t get the speed advantage of having a routing switcher.

We thought it would be much better if we built a panel designed to be installed under each monitor or deck. Smart Control lets you specify a router output, and then each button can be customized to a router input. This means if you had a Smart Control under a monitor, every time you press a button, you would see the monitor change to the input configured on that button.

This is an incredibly fast way to route inputs to devices such as monitors and decks. Smart Control is low cost enough that you can get one for each deck or monitor, and then with a press of a button, the input to that deck or monitor is set. It’s so fast to use, that once you see it working, you’ll never go back to the old way of routing!

Smart Control is low cost, but it’s also technically advanced. We have full RGB LEDs under each button, so Smart Control can be customized to have more than one destination. If you have more than one destination, the destination buttons become gold colored. Sources are white. You can also customize a “take” button, and the take button becomes red.

Smart control is very customizable, and we include a software utility for Mac and Windows that makes it very easy to set the buttons just by connecting to the USB port. This means it’s easy to set up a Smart Control yourself.

Smart Control connects directly via ethernet, and even includes a loop through ethernet connection. It also supports power over ethernet, so if you have a powered ethernet switch, you don’t even need the power supply. It does include a power supply for people who don’t have powered ethernet.

The keys are an attractive crystal look design, and the front of the unit unscrews and slides off so you can add key labels under the caps. The keys are a high reliability design for an incredibly long life, even in hard use.

We worked hard in getting Smart Control looking fantastic, and because we were not happy with the quality of the white light from an RGB led, we also include an extra white LED under each button! Buttons can even be backlit when used in dark rooms! Smart Control will also include an SDK for developers who want to use it for custom solutions!

Smart Control will we available in late April for US$495.

Videohub Control for Apple iPad!

This is exciting, and we will be showing our Videohub software running on an iPad at NAB! This will be available in May free of charge and lets you use an iPad as a low cost XY router control panel. It looks amazing, and an iPad as a router control panel looks fantastic when wall or rack mounted. An iPad is a wonderful touch screen computer with a beautiful screen, and it looks fantastic as a router control panel. Of course it was just fun to make! if you’re coming to the show, please check it out!

Micro Videohub

Micro Videohub is the world’s smallest 16 x 16 router. We designed Micro Videohub for when people need an SDI only routing solution that’s smaller and lower cost.

Micro Videohub is only 1 rack unit high and less than an inch deep. It includes all the same advanced auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI, as well as full SDI re-clocking. It also includes more control interfaces such as USB, plus now direct ethernet and serial interfaces.

Direct ethernet means it connects direct to your network for control, and it works with our current Videohub control software panels, as well as the new Videohub Smart Control panels. Micro Videohub is perfect when your budget is tight, or you need to fit routing into an incredibly small space.

Micro Videohub will we available in late April for US$1995.

Smart Videohub

With the new Micro Videohub, and the Videohub Smart Control, it was obvious we could combine them together and create a fantastic and easy to use routing switcher that’s perfect for small facilities.

We call it Smart Videohub, and it’s perfect for people starting out who need a professional router and also want something incredibly easy to use. Smart Videohub has 16 buttons on the right for destinations, and 16 on the left for sources. Just press a destination and then select a source. It’s so easy!

Smart Videohub also includes the same USB, ethernet and serial connections for router control. Use the front button panel, or connect it to your network to allow software control by computers or Smart Control panels! Smart Videohub really lets you grow and add control panels as you need!

Smart Videohub buttons are the same design as the Smart Control and feature crystal look button caps in a high reliability design. You can also remove the front panel and put custom labels under the buttons. We include an Illustrator file on the installer CD that you can use to generate labels.

Smart Videohub will we available in May for US$2495.

Mini Converter UpDownCross

Now we have a fantastic way to convert between SD and HD video formats with our new Mini Converter UpDownCross. This new Mini Converter can do full up, down and cross conversion, as well as full NTSC/PAL standards conversion.

SDI audio is looped through with automatic audio delay based on the video processing delay. Processing is full 10 bit, with high quality filtering for truly professional performance. A reference input is included, so Mini Converter UpDownCross can even re-sync video sources.

We also include a single SDI loop through output, and 5 SDI processed outputs. You can bypass processing so Mini Converter UpDownCross becomes a fantastic SDI distribution amplifier with 6 SDI outputs!

Mini Converter UpDownCross can be used on the input of decks so that when you route or connect various video standards, it can be converted to the correct format for the deck. For example, if you had a Digital Betacam deck connected to your router, you could use Mini Converter UpDownCross on the input to the deck, and if someone connects a HD video source, the video will automatically be converted to standard definition so the deck gets a nice stable picture.

Even if you connect a 1080i59.94 HD input to a PAL deck, the video will automatically be down converted first and then standards converted to PAL for the deck. Audio is automatically delayed to match the video processing, so the deck gets a stable SDI input and multi channel audio!

Mini Converter UpDownCross will we available in June for US$495.

H.264 Pro Recorder

With so many new ways of watching video content now, such as iPhones, web, iPad and more, we need a simple way to move content from the video world to the computer world in H.264 format.

H.264 Pro Recorder is a compact size that includes analog component, balanced analog audio using jack connectors, HDMI and SDI video inputs. It connects to your computer via a regular USB 2.0 connection and then uses our Media Express software for capture.

H.264 Pro Recorder powers from the USB connection and makes it incredibly easy and low cost to get full HD and SD capture direct to H.264 video files!

H.264 Pro Recorder will be available in July for US$349.

DeckLink Duo

We have a new DeckLink card that’s actually two DeckLink cards in one! DeckLink Duo features two independent SDI capture and playback engines built into a single card with a 4 lane PCI Express connection.

DeckLink Duo is perfect for developers who need two completely independent capture and playback streams in and out of a computer, as both capture and playback channels are completely independent. There are two SDI inputs, and two SDI outputs plus a common tri-sync/black burst reference.

DeckLink Duo appears as two independent SDI cards to the computer, but only uses a single PCI Express slot. DeckLink Duo is perfect for servers where there are multiple streams or simultaneous capture and playback per system.

DeckLink Duo will be available in May for US$495.

For any additional questions on any Blackmagic products, please contact a Key Code Media sales consultant at: 818-303-3900 or email:

Matrox Announces Matrox MXO2 Mini for Avid Editing Systems – A New Choice for HD Monitoring at $449

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

NAB 2010 – Las Vegas – April 11, 2010

Matrox® Video Products Group today announced a cost-effective HD monitoring solution for the newly launched Avid® Media Composer® V5 and NewsCutter® V9 editing systems. Matrox MXO2 Mini1 turns a user’s HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor with color calibration tools including blue-only. The small, lightweight, external box is ideal for file-based workflows in studio, on set, in the field and in OB vans. It provides HDMI, analog component, S-Video, and composite output and cross-platform support for Macs and PCs, laptops and workstations.

Matrox Announces Matrox MXO2 Mini for Avid Editing Systems – A New Choice for HD Monitoring at $449

“Since the launch of our popular MXO2 product line, Avid customers have been asking us to support their editing application of choice,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. “Now with support for Media Composer V5 and NewsCutter V9 with MXO2 Mini, they have the perfect cost-effective monitoring device for their file-based workflows.”

“Matrox is well known in the industry for the quality of the products they manufacture,” said Angus Mackay, segment marketing manager, professional segment at Avid. “Collaborating with them to bring a cost-effective HD monitoring solution to users of software-only versions of Media Composer and NewsCutter was an easy choice for Avid.”

Key features of Matrox MXO2 Mini for Avid Media Composer

  • Turns your HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor with color calibration tools including blue-only
  • Small, lightweight, external box for use in studio, on set, in the field, and in OB vans
  • Cross-platform support – Mac and PC; laptops, desktops, and workstations
  • HDMI, analog component, S-Video, and composite output
  • Stereo RCA and up to 8 channels of HDMI audio output
  • 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring on the HDMI output
  • Compatible with Avid Media Composer V5 and Avid NewsCutter V9
  • Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support

For more information on the Matrox MXO2 Mini or to place an order, please contact a Key Code Media sales consultant at: 818-303-3900 or email:

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Avid Announces the Release of Media Composer 5.0 at NAB

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Media Composer 5 is coming soon, but why wait? Buy or upgrade to Media Composer 4, starting April 12, 2010, and get a free upgrade to Media Composer 5 when it’s available.

Meet the fastest, most powerful editing tool available. With Media Composer 5 software, you can work with more formats and in more ways than ever before, and speed through common media barriers to get right to what really matters — telling a great story.

Media Composer goes where other video editing systems leave off, giving you full-featured editorial tools, the fastest file-based workflows around, dependable media management, and innovative features that save you time — and money. Whether you’re cutting films, TV shows, short-format videos, or other media, in the studio or on the road, or using a Mac or a PC, you can edit the way you want, wherever you want, and in ways you never thought possible with Media Composer.

Here’s what’s new with Media Composer 5.0

Work Directly with RED Using the Newly Improved AMA
With Media Composer 5, AMA (Avid Media Access) has been completely reengineered, so you can work natively with more file-based media formats now and in the future. With the new and improved AMA, you can speed up RED workflows by directly accessing RED files (.R3D) in Media Composer without having to prepare them through MetaFuze (all footage is scaled to HD frame size). Plus, you have access to its full metadata and color management data too.

Edit QuickTime Formats Natively
Get native access to all popular QuickTime formats, with full access to clip metadata. Thanks to AMA, you can natively access and edit any movie that can be played in Apple’s QuickTime Player (including Apple ProRes and .mov files captured by Canon 5D and 7D cameras) right in Media Composer — no transcoding, rewrapping, or logging and transferring required.

Drag and Drop Video and Audio to Edit
Get comfortable — with Media Composer 5, you can truly edit the way you like. In addition to the standard way of editing, you can also now directly manipulate elements in the timeline to edit video and audio. Drag and drop clips anywhere you want on the timeline to rearrange sequences. And grab a clip’s in or out point and drag to trim a scene, dialog, or music.

Get Full-Quality HD-RGB Processing
Keep those finishing jobs in house, and deliver the highest quality color and effects work, with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing in Media Composer. With the higher resolution detail, you can perform color correction, keying, and effects work with greater precision and ease. And if you have a Nitris DX-based system, you can digitize, process, monitor, and output (output in Symphony systems only) projects in HD-RGB, using the two HD SDI connections to handle the high-bandwidth resolutions.

Monitor Video Externally through Matrox MXO2 Mini
If you don’t have a Nitris DX- or Mojo DX-based system, Media Composer 5 opens the door to third-party workflows, enabling you to monitor video externally using the Matrox MXO2 Mini interface, which is available for Mac and Windows systems. When paired with Media Composer software, MXO2 Mini becomes a dedicated, high-quality monitor-only solution for file-based or workgroup production, so you can view your video work in real time without any major expense.

The reaction on the new release at NAB:

“This software release will prove to be one of the most important Avid versions in many years and significantly raises the bar in the competition with Apple’s Final Cut Pro. It checks off many of the common wish list items asked for by Avid editors”Oliver Peters, DV/Videography

“Avid’s biggest upgrade in years and includes many fundamental changes to the editing model, along with a host of new features”Steve Cohen, Splice Here

“It looks like Avid hasn’t just added ProRes or Canon H.264s but they say that anything the QuickTime player will play, MC 5 can work with. That’s really taking the support to the max.”Scott Simmons, The Editblog on Pro Video Coalition

“Avid tapeless workflows with MC5 are a game changer. This is amazing.”

“I hope Apple takes this as a wakeup call. Because Avid is making FCP seem like the Media Composer of five years ago when Avid was tied to the OMF and FCP’s QuickTime architecture was a godsend. Now, Avid needs something like Color in the toolkit. I gotta say I’m excited about both the CS5 and MC5 releases-”LAFCPUG forum

“This is huge folks. No more crappy DNxHD codec Gamma shifts between Mac & PC. No more transcoding. Wow. This could bring Avid back in the fold for mid & lower markets where FCP has taken over (if they drop their prices on units & Support Contracts). Looks like I will have to upgrade my old Avid dongle (don’t even remember what version I have…it’s been 7 years since I used Avid on my Mac)“ LAFCPUG forum

Place your order today for Media Composer 4.0 and get a free upgrade to Media Composer 5.0 when it is released. Contact a Key Code Media sales consultant for more information: 818-303-3900 or email:

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