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Apple Final Cut ProX Released- first commentary

June 21, 2011 1 comment

Key Code Media’s Michael Kammes Application Editor gave a first pass of the highlights of Apple’s just released FinalCut X.  We will be downloading FinalCut X at Key Code Media today to start a deeper dive into understanding the new application and determine where this complete re-write falls into the professional’s editorial spectrum.

Presently, the software is only available on the App Store.  Key Code presently has no word on how Apple will sell physical copies or VAR programs. Present pricing is broken out with the main$299.99 for FCP X application, plus the options of $49.99 for Motion 5 and $49.99 for Compressor 4.

Overall, the new FinalCut X has a lot of cool features and Apple is definitely a trendsetter.  Interestedly enough, the landing page at Apple.com highlights iCloud.  Auto-Analysis seems like a very interesting .  Here’s the direct quote from the Apple site

“Final Cut Pro dramatically speeds up preparing your media by analyzing your source material in the background while you edit. Content Auto-Analysis scans your footage and creates metadata based on the way editors like to work — with range-based tags for media attributes, camera data, shot type, and whether the shot contains one person, two people, or a group. Use these tags to sort, filter, and search your clips.

Set up Auto-Analysis to occur during import, or analyze clips later if you prefer. Content Auto-Analysis also performs processor-intensive analysis ahead of time for features such as image stabilization, corrections for rolling shutter distortion, color balance, and repairs for typical audio problems. Then you can use these features in real time as you edit.”

Aside from all of the cool kid stuff, here are the things you NEED TO KNOW: DVD Studio Pro is gone and some features of Color and Soundtrack Pro are rolled into FCP-X, but are not standalone apps. There is no capture from tape ability (AKA Log & Capture).  Instead, an editor would use the capture tools provided by AJA and Blackmagic. Capture from a  USB drive or Firewire camera or still camera is supported.  Here’s how to find out whether your camera work with FCP -X? http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/cameras/en/index.html This also means that output (PLAYBACK) to an external monitor is at the mercy of AJA / Blackmagic, Matrox and other IO board companies.   I anticipate Thunderbolt to be the Holy Grail for this, or for AJA and BM to update some drivers for the Kona and Decklink series.

FCP X and FCP 7 can be on the same machine, same partition. FCP X will move some FCP file around, however. There is no multicam (currently) There is currently no way to import OLD FCP (pre FCP X) projects into FCP. The is no OMF ability. This means (currently) sending to Pro Tools or Soundtrack Pro is not available.

Machine requirements: Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better 2GB of RAM (4GB of RAM recommended) OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later 256MB of VRAM Display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher Mac OS X v10.6.7 or later 2.4GB of disk space Format support (notice no RED). Many of these files listed below are TRANSCODED IN THE BACKGROUND for an optimal editing experience and playback (ProRes), so, pseudo-real time support. H.264 from GoPro and iFrame cameras H.264 from DSLR cameras Broadcast Wave Format DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD HDV Panasonic AVC-Intra, including AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 Sony IMX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, and XDCAM EX JVC-created XDCAM EX Canon XF MPEG-2; ingest supported with additional software AVCHD, including Panasonic AVCCAM and Sony NXCAM Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD and HD Apple Intermediate Codec Still images including PSD, BMP, GIF, RAW, JPEG, PNG, TGA, and TIFF Compressed audio including AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, and WAV

Here are some useful links to access to learn more: Apple Landing Page: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro   http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/all-features/      http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/specs/       More links: http://www.larryjordan.biz/goodies/blog.html

Overall, we’d like to hold back on any commentary about the in depth workable differences between FCP 7 and FCP X until we have some legitimate drive time.  This update was condensed from the presentation today.

.: michael kammes mpse .: senior applications editor . post workflow consultant .: audio specialist . act fcp . acsr

Avid Media Composer Smart Tool versus Classic Trim

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Steve Cohen comments on his blog about Avid Media Composer 5.5 and discusses the key benefits of 5.5 over Media Composer 5.0.  The big issue is a “New Coke vs. Classic Coke” of “Legacy Trim Mode versus the new Smart Tool.

You can definitely turn off the smart tool in 5.5, even more completely than you could in 5.0, and, in addition, some bugs were fixed that caused it to turn back on erroneously.

Classic/Legacy trim works as it did in 5.0.3.4, except that in a couple of subtle ways it’s even more like it was in 4.x..

The details about legacy trim are here. The page refers to 5.0, but nothing about it has changed in 5.5. It’s just gotten better.

http://splicenow.com/2010/10/04/tweaking-the-smart-tool/

http://splicenow.com/2011/03/08/media-composer-5-5-goes-live/

Avid Ships MediaComposer 5.5 Major Release

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Key Code Media is Avid Technologies largest reseller of video products in the world.  We understand workflow, the Avid systems and how to integrate Avid within complex workflows.  With over ten Avid ASCRs, we’d like to announce the key new information about this exciting release.

Here’s what’s new for v5.5:

PhraseFind  1.0 and ScriptSync 1.0 Released

a.       Both options run with the 5.5.1/9.5.1 releases

AMA Plugins Are Separate Installer

b.      The AMA Plugins are now a separate installer that is NOT bundled with the application installers

c.       Visit http://www.avid.com/ama for more information and to download the installers

Avid License Control

d.      Avid License Control is a separate application used for activating and deactivating ScriptSync and PhraseFind licenses

e.       Information on how to use the tool can be found on the KB here

New Avid QT Codecs 2.3.4 Resolves Westmere DNxHD Issues

f.        The new 2.3.4 QT codecs that ship with 5.5.1 resolve an issue with DNxHD resolutions on Westmere Macs

g.      This codec package is supported with 5.0.3 builds of the editing application as well

h.       http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=392959

New Macs Released by Apple

i.         On February 24th, 2011, Apple announced new versions of their 13″, 15″, and 17″ MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt.

j.         These systems are under evaluation with Media Composer. Qualification and supported configurations will be announced at a future date.

k.       http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=392943

Media Composer 5.5.1, Symphony 5.5.1, and NewsCutter 9.5.1 Released

l.         The latest release has been made available for purchase and download.

m.     Support Contract Customers are entitled to the upgrade.

n.       For more information,  see:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393415

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393431

Guides

Install: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=263251&Hilite=263251

I/O Comparison: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390851&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=hardware+comparison&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=hardware+comparison

PhraseFind: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393391

ScriptSync: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393395

FAQ

Version 5.5: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389867

PhraseFind: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389887&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

ScriptSync:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389871&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

Matrox Mini MX02:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=366347

AJA IO Express:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389915&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

Software Licensing:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=277611

Avid Artist Series:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389879&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=avid+artist+series&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=avid+artist+series

Audio Hardware and MC:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389911&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=avid+audio+hardware&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=1079&Hilite=avid+audio+hardware

MC Trial:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=366355

Specifications and configuration:

Mac:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390763&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=apple+macintosh+specifications&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=apple+macintosh+specifications

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390759&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

Config Guidelines:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=269631&Hilite=avid+configuration+guidelines

Matrox MX02:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=366315&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=location+of+drivers&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=location+of+drivers

v5.5:

http://www.avid.com/US/products/Media-Composer/system-requirements

Feature Performance:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=365919

3rd Party:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=277977&Hilite=277977

Version Matrix:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=267087&Hilite=version+matrix

What’s New:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390311

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390347

AMA:

http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access/plug-ins

Smart Tools in v5.5:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389231&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=smart+tool&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=smart+tool

Online tutorials:

http://www.avid.com/US/resources/media-composer-5-getting-started-training
Call Key Code Media at 206-728-4000, 310-401-6700, 415-221-0300 or 818-303-3900 for more information

http://www.keycodemedia.com/Avid/avid-nitris-dx.html

NewTek Releases New Hardware Control Surface for TriCaster™ TCXD850

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

NewTek Releases New Hardware Control Surface for TriCaster™ TCXD850
TriCaster TCXD850 CS delivers touch control of live production NewTek  today announced the release of TriCaster™ TCXD850 CS, a hardware control surface for
the TriCaster TCXD850 high definition (HD) portable live production system. The TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides a physical connection to the 24-channel system’s functions and effects allowing operators to make snap decisions with confidence and ease.
Key Code Media has invested has paired the Control Surface with each of our demonstration TriCaster TCXD850 systems in Burbank, Irvine, Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Monica.     TriCaster TCXD850 CS hardware provides illuminated push buttons, twist knobs, a premium T-bar and three-axis joystick to control all of the functions and effects available in the TriCaster TCXD850, letting operators perform commands instantly. “With live events, there’s no second chance. You have to be certain and you have to be fast. Our goal with every new product is to give our users the opportunity to deliver the best quality live production possible, with confidence and accuracy,” said Andrew Cross, executive vice president of Engineering, NewTek. “This was our focus with the TriCaster TCXD850 CS. Its intuitive layout provides an added level of control, so technical directors can keep their eyes forward.”
TriCaster TCXD850 CS Benefits
· Intuitive Control Layout allows the TriCaster TCXD850 operator to have touch control of all sources. Back-lit buttons, twist knobs, a premium T-bar and three-axis joystick provide a physical connection to the functions and effects available from the TriCaster TCXD850 interface.
· Virtual Input Rows deliver the ability to create complex switcher effects and assign them as switcher channels, including live virtual sets, picture-in-picture elements, and more.
· New Utility Row offers a simple way to assign video streams to TriCaster’s auxiliary video output, downstream key elements, and more.
· Utility Bus Delegate provides the ability to designate the switcher layer assigned to the Utility Row, offering added flexibility for live production.
· Live Virtual Set Controls deliver the zoom levels for camera shots within TriCaster virtual sets (using proprietary NewTek LiveSet™ technology) and execute animated zooms at variable speeds with the press of a button.

Media Player Controls provide easy access to the five digital media players. Use the illuminated buttons to select from the DDRs, titles bin, still store, and sound player, cycle through presets and manage playback options.
· Positioner Controls include a three-axis joystick and back-lit buttons that allow position, full 3D rotation, scale and crop of sources, plus manual control of the virtual zoom, and the ability to jog or shuttle the selected media player.
· Transition Controls allow transition from one multi-source composition to another, manually or automatically. Cycle through transition styles and speeds, and then use the T-bar or illuminated buttons to view the desired source.
· One-Button Streaming allows use of Adobe® Flash® or Microsoft® Windows Media® to deliver a live stream directly to the Web.
· One-Button Recording captures live production at full resolution, with a back-lit button that shows when the Record function is live.
With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator can switch 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, schools, sports organizations, houses of worship, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audience.
Pricing and Availability
TriCaster TCXD850 CS retails in North America for US$5,995
The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available for education in North America starting at
US$4,995 and in multi-standard for US$5,995.

End of Sale and Support Dates for DigiDelivery….So now what

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Avid released notice at the end of November that Aspera notified Avid they have no inventory of DigiDelivery servers and will not build any more units. Also, other than emergency patches, Aspera is doing no further DigiDelivery software development. The latest version of the DigiDelivery software client (v2.1.1) will remain available on their website http://www.asperasoft.com/download.  Aspera will end support, maintenance and extended warranty services for DigiDelivery products on December 31, 2011. Support contracts will be offered through December 31, 2011 and can still be purchased on a pro rated basis into 2011.

There have also been rumblings of security breaches http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?p=1713821   http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?p=1714253

So, what should Digidelivery clients do?  Well, there are a couple different alternatives.  The big question comes down to how has your work flow changed since your initial investment and what are your new objectives on top of that.  Aspera has WAN acceleration products and I am sure they will discuss this as an upgrade path.  Key Code Media recommends one of two different alternatives, depending on the ecosystem of your production and how you interact in the production chain.  If you are doing business with larger enterprise clients who have Signiant, there are some great solutions which you can leverage and become part of the Studios production pipeline.

On the other front, Key Code Media also works with StorageDNA which has a point to point WAN acceleration product which for five seats starts at $5,995.  http://www.storagedna.com/ outlines the process.  A couple of key benefits of this technology for Avid based clients is that the system also does synchronization of files and projects with snapshots.  This means the entire file does not need to be re-sent once the file has been transferred, only the changes.

Either direction a client decides, engaging Key Code Media to analyze your options and determine the solution which most enables your business.  Call us today 818-303-3900 with offices in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Burbank and Seattle, we are the West Coast leader for media solutions.

http://www.keycodemedia.com