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October 13, 2008

Table of Contents

Review: Jeff Pulera's HDV and Blu-ray for the Matrox RT.X2
Schneider Introduces Century HD Lens Add-ons for Sony PMW-EX3
Petrol Bags Ready for Sony PMW-EX3
NEW 16x9 Inc. Introduces EX 0.75X Aspheric Wide Converter for Sony PMW-EX1/EX3
Aquafadas Announces VideoPier 1.0 and VideoPier HD
WEVA Institute at DV EXPO To Present Free Adobe CS4 Session on November 6
Aleratec LightScribe Disc Publisher Burns Data, Flips Discs Over, Burns Labels, Automatically - Burn AutoFlip Burn
Blackmagic Design Announces that Digidesign has Certified DeckLink HD Extreme with Pro Tools 8
RezHub.com Is Calling All Creative Minds For Their Travel Ad Video Contest

Review: Jeff Pulera's HDV and Blu-ray for the Matrox RT.X2

With the jump to HDV shooting and editing, a lot of Adobe users have found the workflow more complex, especially if you throw in Blu-ray authoring. With different frame rates, frame sizes, and various flavors of HD, you have enough complex details to make any editor’s head spin. Jeff Pulera has created a brand-new tutorial disc for editing HDV and Blu-ray with the Matrox RT.X2 card. In this latest title, Pulera goes into great detail on various HD workflows and export options. He also guides you through creating a Blu-ray Disc with Adobe Encore. Be sure to check out Jeff’s previous tutorial, Matrox RT.X2 Revealed, where he goes in to depth about all the features that the RT.X2 card provides.

The tutorial is available as a download or on CD-ROM from Safe Harbor Computers. The video is set up for familiar DVD navigation with chapters, and is viewed in Windows Media Player. The opening chapter is an overview of what is covered on the disc. The next two chapters cover the specifications of HDV and the other HD formats that are utilized by the RT.X2.

With the basics out of the way, Pulera goes into detail on setting up project presets to ensure that you are choosing the best preset for the type of HD editing and authoring you will be doing. The next chapter talks about setting up your camera’s VTR for capturing. Because most cameras allow you to down convert in-camera, it is important to have the proper settings before attempting to capture your HDV footage. Even one wrong setting, such as TV Type, will have you scratching your head as to why you aren’t seeing your footage in the capture window. This is by far the No. 1 troubleshooting issue that people have when trying to capture or export to HDV. Pulera shows both Canon and Sony cameras along with the various settings that should be selected based on the type of project. This information alone is worth the cost of the tutorial ($49.99).

The next few chapters go over HD workflows, various types of mixed-format editing, HDV zoom and pan, upscaling and downscaling in HD and DV projects, as well as monitoring your HD project on an HD television or compatible computer screen. Pulera includes a useful tutorial on bringing HDV material into a DV project, and then scaling the image to allow zooms and pans within the larger HDV frame size. This adds another dimension of creativity when working in DV projects that include HDV material.

The final chapters discuss export options for DVD, HDV, and Blu-ray. Several chapters go into detail on how to export your HDV project directly into Adobe Encore, create your menus, and burn to Blu-ray Disc. This is must-have information for those who are looking into authoring their first Blu-ray Disc. Speaking of encoding options for Blu-ray, the chapter titled "Encoding for Blu-ray" goes over the difference in encoding MPEG-2 versus H.264. Each setting the of Matrox Media Encoder is carefully reviewed to provide the best encoding workflow based on the output format desired.

Also included is a work-around for a color-space issue that Adobe Premiere Pro has when creating a DVD from HDV source material. There have been reports of jagged edges and flickering horizontal lines on some material when an HDV timeline is exported to MPEG-2 for DVD creation. Pulera offers a few solutions to eliminate those issues.

Overall, this tutorial is an excellent resource for any Matrox RT.X2 user wanting to get the most out of HDV and Blu-ray production. It greatly helps the viewer get up to speed and learn the various encoding and export options for HDV Blu-ray projects. I would recommend it to anyone who uses the Matrox RT.X2 card with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Encore.

Chris Randall (info at edit1media.com), a 2006 & 2007 EventDV 25 honoree, is co-owner of Seattle-area studio Edit 1 Media with his wife, Laura.

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Schneider Introduces Century HD Lens Add-ons for Sony PMW-EX3

Schneider Optics has a full line of Century HD lens add-ons ready to complement Sony's new PMW-EX3 camcorder. Combining the highest quality materials, meticulous design, and ease of use in an affordable, package, these state of the art optical attachments are designed to expand the capabilities of the Fujinon 14x lens supplied with the camera. So operators can increase the field of view with no loss of ability to zoom, instantly shift the focal range to telephoto when needed, or enjoy the ultra wide angle of view and remarkable barrel distortion of the widest fisheye.

The Century .75X HD Wide Angle Converter (#0HD-75CV-EX3) is a newly designed, lighter weight optical tool that is ideal for shooting situations that require both a wider angle of view and full zooming capabilities. It attaches neatly to the front of the lens to offer 25% more coverage when set to wide angle, telephoto or anywhere in between. Other Century accessories for the PMW-EX3 include the .6X HD Wide Angle Adapter (#0HD-06WA-EX1), 1.6X HD Tele-Converter (#0HD-16TC-EX1), Super Fisheye HD Adapter (#0HD-FESU-EX1), and the Extreme Fisheye HD Adapter (#0HD-FEWA-EX1).

Century Pro Series HD lens accessories produce crisp, high-resolution images with low distortion, and superior contrast edge to edge. Multi-coated glass elements provide sharp images free of unwanted distortion or chromatic aberration. Units interface directly with the front of the camcorder lens via a secure locking bayonet mount, so installation and removal is quick and easy. The .75X HD Wide Angle Converter, .6X HD Wide Angle Adapter, and 1.6X HD Tele-Converter are front threaded to accept a 102mm filter. These professional lens add-ons also work with the Sony PMW-EX1.


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Petrol Bags Ready for Sony PMW-EX3

Petrol, a Vitec Group brand, offers three ways to protect and transport the PMW-EX3. Now there are two new camera carriers and a Petrol Raincover custom-tailored to fit Sony's popular HDV camcorder.

Inspired by a traditional doctor's bag, the Dr. Petrol camera carrier (#PDRB-4) carries the EX3 and similar size cameras comfortably and securely, and offers fast and easy access on the job. The bag's hinged top unzips extra wide to a generous central compartment with enough room to hold the EX3 fully equipped, without disturbing the mic, viewfinder or mattebox. Detachable padded dividers help secure contents and can be custom configured to hold important accessories. Layers of cushioned fabric surround and cushion equipment while upper panels of shockproof cold molded laminate provide extra rugged protection. Operators will appreciate the exterior side pocket for additional storage, U-Grip interlock carrying handle, adjustable ergonomic padded shoulder strap, and quick action dual directional easy-glide zippers.

Petrol's new Cocoon (#PCBP-3N) is the ideal way to transport an EX3 plus a laptop while traveling or hiking to hard to reach locations. The PCBP-3N's ergonomic backpack system is optimally designed to provide correct weight distribution and greater carrying comfort. The bright orange padded interior cradles the camera without disturbing the mic or viewfinder. Removable dividers offer protection and storage pockets for important accessories. A secondary two-sided zippered rear compartment easily holds a laptop with up to a 17" screen. Other features include exterior front and side accessory pockets, an interior mesh pocket for additional storage, padded top handle, dual directional easy-glide zippers and exterior straps for carrying a full-size tripod.

The PRC-XL Raincover provides the ultimate weather protection for the PMW-EX3 while shooting. Constructed of sturdy 100% nylon, it features an extra-large clear vinyl side window for maximum visibility of camera controls. The smart opening for sunguns is equipped with a thermoformed gasket to keep out dampness, while the cover's rigid front hood section offers extra lens protection. What's more, Petrol's tapered two-piece sleeve design provides coverage for microphones of various sizes. Water resistant zippers and hook and loop closures ensure quick installation and easy hand access to camera controls.


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NEW 16x9 Inc. Introduces EX 0.75X Aspheric Wide Converter for Sony PMW-EX1/EX3

16x9 Inc. Shyt-eye16x9 Inc. introduces the EX 0.75 Aspheric Wide Converter - the first wide converter to bring the benefits of aspheric technology to DV and HDV cameras, The top-quality optical solution for getting wider angle images from Sony's popular new PMW-EX1 and EX3 camcorders, the EX 0.75X provides a 25% greater angle of view while maintaining full zoom capability.

The EX 0.75's innovative, advanced technical design employs a state-of-the-art aspheric lens element to more effectively reduce geometric distortion and chromatic aberrations and improve off-axis wide angle performance. Utilization of the aspheric lens surface allows the other elements of the converter to be smaller and lighter--without it, the spheric elements would have to be larger to achieve the same level of performance. This helps keep the unit's size and weight at a minimum, making it especially well suited for handheld work. The EX 0.75X contains a total of four multi-coated optical glass elements--including the asphere lens--that combine to yield clean and vivid, high definition images.

This lightweight, compact optical accessory attaches securely to the front of the EX1 and EX3 via a convenient bayonet mount. Installation and removal is quick and easy. For professional shading and light control, the Aspheric Wide Converter is fully compatible with the HU-104 Rubber Lens Shade. Attaching firmly to the front of the converter through a handy quick-lock mechanism, 16x9 Inc.'s rugged, broadcast-style shade is designed to hold a 105mm round filter. In addition, the EX 0.75X interfaces beautifully with popular mattebox and sunshade systems such as those from Alfred Chrosziel.

Like all of 16x9 Inc.'s 16x9 Inc.'s HD-quality EX lens accessories, the new EX 0.75X is precision engineered and manufactured in Japan for optimum optical performance. Craftsmanship is meticulous and detailed, using only the finest grade materials.

First deliveries of the EX 0.75X Aspheric Wide Converter are scheduled for the first part of October 2008. U.S. MSRP is $1335.00.


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Aquafadas Announces VideoPier 1.0 and VideoPier HD

Aquafadas is pleased to announce the immediate availability of VideoPier and VideoPier HD v1.0. The VideoPier family of products is aimed at videographers who own MPEG-2 or AVCHD camcorders and who struggle with these video formats on their Mac. VideoPier and VideoPier HD make it very easy to transfer clips from these camcorders to a central location on their Mac, without requiring any conversion, without any loss in quality. The clips appear grouped by Events in the VideoPier elegant user interface, ready to be viewed, organized and converted to any format.

VideoPier handles equally well data that has already been copied to disk and will let you access all your clips easily. In addition, VideoPier HD lets you capture HDV material directly from tape based HDV camcorders.

VideoPier and VideoPier HD v1.0 integrates seamlessly with your other video applications and let you use workflows that are not supported by default on the Mac. One example: still using iMovie06 ? Use VideoPier to acquire data from your MPEG2 or AVCHD camcorder; then use the specifically designed iMovie06 export function to send versions of those clips to iMovie06 in a format it understands.

VideoPier comes with an extensive set of export functionality, to iMovie 06/08, iPhone, Quicktime and Final Cut (VideoPier HD only).

If you work with MPEG2 and AVCHD material, VideoPier will make your life a lot easier.

Language support
English, French

Minimum System Requirements

  • Mac OS X Version 10.4.11 or later
  • 1-GHz G4, G5, or Intel-based Mac
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
Pricing and Availability
A single user license for VideoPier v1.0 US$49, and VideoPier HD US$79.


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WEVA Institute at DV EXPO To Present Free Adobe CS4 Session on November 6

\Next month, WEVA Institute at DV EXPO 2008 will include a special presentation on Thursday, November 6th at 4:00 pm: "Introducing Adobe CS4 Production Premium." This special session is FREE if you register in advance at www.weva.com/dvexpo2008. Learn how to streamline your wedding and event video workflow, and enhance your business model.

At this session you will see how to master wedding and event video production challenges of today - and tomorrow - using Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, an all-new, cross-platform toolset for video and audio editing, still and motion graphics, visual effects, and interactive media, as well as DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and mobile authoring. See how to edit more efficiently than ever before and gain unparalleled creative control using new 3D workflows, enhanced editing and design features, and tighter-than-ever integration b etween Adobe applications.

You will also discover new ways of using XMP metadata to make video assets searchable with the new innovative Speech Search feature that turns spoken dialogue into searchable keywords.

John Zale, WEVA's Director of Educational Development says, "Our thanks to Adobe for meeting and talking with WEVA prior to the CS4 launch. It’s evident this new upgrade is filled with exciting features that our sector of pro video will find especially useful for enhancing event video workflow. In the near future, WEVA will be releasing dedicated CS4 tutorials containing tips and tricks tailored specifically for weddings and other events."

Free Door Prize Drawing for Adobe CS4
At the special presentation next month, one edition of Adobe CS4 Production Premium will be awarded in a free Door Prize Drawing. But you must be registered and present to be eligible to win. To register, click here.

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Aleratec LightScribe Disc Publisher Burns Data, Flips Discs Over, Burns Labels, Automatically - Burn AutoFlip Burn

Aleratec Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" solutions for the USB, Flash, HDD, Blu-ray, DVD/CD, duplicating, and publishing markets, announced today at the London LightScribe Duplicator Day event its new Aleratec DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex™, the first in the industry LightScribe disc publisher that automatically copies data, flips the disc over and LightScribe labels each disc. With few moving parts, it has maximum reliability and is capable of up to 100 unattended direct to disc LightScribe labels and disc copies. Just load it with 100 blank LightScribe discs, use your PC to select the disc image and label with the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Suite. Enter the number of published discs needed and DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex will automatically produce up to 100 DVD/CD copies with silk screen quality labels with no operator intervention.

"Since the introduction of LightScribe, publishing complete discs meant that the discs had to be manually flipped over after burning data or LightScribe labeling. Cost effectively making the disc flipping process truly automatic was the technological challenge," stated Perry Solomon, Aleratec President and CEO. "With the DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex, Aleratec innovation completes the disc loading, unloading, and flipping process automatically with only 6 moving parts completely enclosed in a low cost and attractive desktop unit. Now true unattended LightScribe publishing is affordable and readily available for all Prosumer, Government, Education, Worship, SMB users, anyone looking for an economical way to project their message on attractive, professional, silk screen quality labeled DVDs or CDs."

In LightScribe optical drives, the laser burns one side of the disc only - either while labeling or data writing. LightScribe discs have a data side and a LightScribe label side. To do both data recording and LightScribe labels, discs must be flipped over and re-introduced in the LightScribe drive.

"A key prosumer disc publishing requirement is to fully automate both data recording and labeling processes", stated Kent Henscheid, LightScribe Marketing Manager. "This new Aleratec innovation delivers fully automatic operation and affords the benefit of unattended LightScribe disc publishing to a wide array of users, including small business."

Since the introduction of LightScribe, publishing complete discs meant that the discs had to be manually flipped over after burning data or LightScribe labeling. Cost effectively making the disc flipping process truly automatic was the technological challenge The Aleratec DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex (Aleratec Part No. 280111, Ingram Micro SKU V06234, Tech Data SKU 90844M), proudly assembled in the USA from components sourced globally, automatically records data and LightScribe labels up to 100 discs completely unattended at a low Estimated U.S. Retail Price of $1049.

U. K. customers only, Free Shipping Offer (excluding customs, duties and VAT) go to Aleratec Rebates for details. Offer valid with the purchase of Aleratec LightScribe Publishers (not media) for the period October 8th to October 31st 2008.

The full line of Aleratec solutions, and accessories is featured at AAFES, Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H Photo Video, Best Buy, Buy.com, CDW, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Insight, J & R, Mac Connection, MacMall, Meijer, Micro Center, NewEgg, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, PC Nation, ProVantage, Quill, QVC.com, Ritz Camera, Staples, Tech Depot and Wal-Mart in addition to other leading U.S. retailers. Government and Education customers may purchase from Government and Education Specialists including AAFES, B&H Photo Video Gov, Best Buy Gov/Ed, CDW-G, CompuCom, EnPointe, GovConnection, GTSI, Insight Gov, PC Mall Gov, Pomeroy, Sayers, Shi.com, Softchoice, telcobuy, TIG, and Unisys. All products are available to resellers in the U.S. through D&H Distributing, Ingram Micro, and Tech Data; in Canada through D&H Canada and Ingram Micro Canada; in Latin America and the Caribbean through Tech Data Miami. All international sales requests should be made to internationalsales@aleratec.com.


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Blackmagic Design Announces that Digidesign has Certified DeckLink HD Extreme with Pro Tools 8

Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced that Digidesign, a part of Avid Technology Inc., has certified its DeckLink HD Extreme card for use with Pro Tools|HD® 8 and Pro Tools LE® 8 on OS X Leopard.

"HD video monitoring is now the norm in audio suites, and Blackmagic Design's DeckLink HD Extreme provides the perfect balance of flexibility and price for Pro Tools users who want full-quality real time HD QuickTime output," said Gordon Lyon, Senior Product Manager, Post Production, Digidesign.

With Blackmagic Design's DeckLink HD Extreme, Pro Tools users can now monitor most common QuickTime HD and SD video formats directly from their Pro Tools video track out to high end professional video monitoring devices such as broadcast monitors, large screen LCDs or plasmas.

"Compatibility with Pro Tools is one of the most requested features from our customers and I'm very happy that Digidesign has now certified DeckLink HD Extreme. Digidesign's Pro Tools is a very well respected audio tool and we're very pleased to be supporting such a powerful tool," said Kristian Lam, Product Manager, Blackmagic Design.


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RezHub.com Is Calling All Creative Minds For Their Travel Ad Video Contest

Online travel agency, RezHub.com is turning to the public to help create their next video advertisement. The company is searching for creative minds from aspiring film makers to students to stay at home moms, to submit short videos that the company will use in its upcoming advertising campaigns.

All entries will earn recognition and spotlights throughout the RezHub.com family of websites (including RezHub.com, GreenTravelHub.com, VolunteerTravelHub.com, Compare-Airlines.com, and their social networking sites). The winning video will be featured in RezHub's upcoming advertising campaigns, on the website's homepage, and the winner will receive a free 5 night stay for 2 at the luxurious Gaylord Palms Resort and Spa in Orlando, FL valued at over $1000.

The contest, which runs through December 15 asks entrants to create a thirty to sixty second video spot and submit it to info@rezhub.com. Content suggestions are available which outline the website's main focus points: providing the guaranteed lowest prices, green and eco travel options, volunteer travel options, the donation that the company makes on every booking, and their tagline "feel good about travel."

For more information about the contest, the RezHub brand, ideas for videos, and company logos, click here.

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