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August 02, 2011

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The Legacy Lives: Team IN[FOCUS] Reveals New Theme, Stakes Out New Territory for 2012 Event
Atomos Samurai HD-SDI ProRes Field Recorder to Ship in September
Telestream Wirecast 4.1 Release Brings More Webcast Input Options to Live Event Producers
Singular Presto Video Presentation Tool Now Updated to v. 1.2
Matrox Ships Lion Drivers for MXO2 and MXO2 MAX I/O Devices
DaVinci Resolve Lite Now Available as a Free Download from Blackmagic-design.com

The Legacy Lives: Team IN[FOCUS] Reveals New Theme, Stakes Out New Territory for 2012 Event

IN[FOCUS] 2012When I spoke with IN[FOCUS] educational maestro Chris P. Jones last week about the big announcement from Team IN[FOCUS]-next event: January 16-19, 2012, in Charleston, S.C.; new theme: The Legacy-I asked him to tell me about the location of IN[FOCUS] 2012 and why they chose it. Before he said a word, I knew I wasn't going to hear about the hotel's well-appointed rooms and state-of-the-art conference facilities. That goes without saying, and you can read about a conference hotel's appointments and amenities on just about any travel site. What I wanted to know-and what I knew Jones would tell me-was about Charleston, S.C., and why Team IN[FOCUS] had ventured off the convention beaten path to locate their 2012 event in that 332-year-old Southern city.

"When we search for a place to have a conference," Jones says, "we want a place that offers more than facilities. We want a culture that ties what we're doing to what that city offers." Bringing event filmmakers together for a conference isn't just about assembling them in a hotel, he says; "we're bringing them into contact with a city's history and culture."

Part of this is just availing attendees of a visually varied and inspiring place to shoot, but in this instance, given the "Legacy" theme of IN[FOCUS] 2012, it was of paramount importance to choose a city with a rich and deep historical and cultural heritage. "We've chosen a theme that focuses on history-not the history of ourselves as event filmmakers, but the larger legacy of filmmaking. How did we get where we are now, and how are we looking toward tomorrow? How are we"-as event filmmakers participating in a global filmmaking community, and as attendees of educational events-"able to use what we're learning to build a solid living for ourselves, our spouses, and our children? How can we think beyond things techniques and practices like lighting angles and marketing to understand how excellence in these areas can lead to our building something that will sustain us and our families? We are preservers of other people's legacies, and sometimes we can get so involved in the day-to-day activities of our businesses that we never think about our own legacies. As an industry, we need to avoid the irony of preserving legacies for other while not having legacies of our own."

IN[FOCUS] 2012 will take place at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston on January 16-19. Jones describes the King St. area of Charleston where the hotel is located as a spot just as lively and culturally rich in its own way as IN[FOCUS] 2011's New Orleans location, but a bit more family-oriented than Bourbon Street. The schedule for this year's show has been pushed back one day from previous years so the event begins with pre-conference workshops on Monday rather than Sunday, so event filmmakers will be able to take bookings on the previous Saturday and still make it to Charleston in time for the workshops. Eight rooms have been set aside for the Monday hands-on workshops, with topics to include DLSR use, SDEs, keeping a team together, sales, lighting, interviews, and more. The main conference program will run from Tuesday morning through the end of the day on Thursday.

The "Legacy" theme will play into IN[FOCUS] 2012 presentations differently from how 2011's "Gateway" theme manifested itself in this year's event. Partly, he says, it will be a "meditation" on how excellence in the areas they're discussing will help burnish their legacies. Beyond that, the idea is to encourage the event's 12 speakers "to do historical work to show that their creative forte is not something that they created themselves, but rather comprised of many influences." Team IN[FOCUS] and their presenters would like attendees to "recognize that they are not completely original. Realize that we all stand on other people's shoulders whether we know it or not."

As for what filmmakers who attended in 2010 and 2011 or both will discover that's new at IN[FOCUS] 2012, Jones says the first thing will be new topics in the presentations (no word yet on who the presenters will be-that announcement is coming in September). Beyond that, Jones says that people who attended the earlier events will arrive "with their businesses in different places. They'll have different needs. They're growing, and bringing in new people, and they need to think about how they're going to educate their own employees and pass on this knowledge." Jones says past attendees will also come with "new questions," as "last year's technical questions have evolved into more sophisticated business issues."

But the biggest benefit of assembling a group of event filmmakers at different stages of business growth, he says, is the shared experience, and the opportunity to "democratize the educational experience" through ongoing professional discussions with other attendees that extends the educational opportunities of the event beyond what the 12 presentations offer. "Learning peer to peer, networking, collaborating, education new employees year after year, it becomes more about relationships and how they help your business."

Another area in which IN[FOCUS] is continuing to work to "democratize" the educational process is through promoting new educational talent on the IN[FOCUS] blog, to "continually put forth experts in particular areas for education that happens in a smaller setting."

But the big "continuing education" news from Team IN[FOCUS] is the premiere of a new online educational project, a series of weekly Livestream webcasts that will start August 9, and feature industry experts familiar and new. The series will kick off with a webcast by 4-time EventDV 25 all-star and 2-time IN[FOCUS] presenter Patrick Moreau, who will be talking about StillMotion's biggest and most challenging shoot ever. Each webcast will carry the title "5 Things You Need to Know About..." and will feature a small amount of prepared content followed by extensive Q & A. The purpose of the Livestream webcasts, Jones says, is to "bring leaders to people anywhere in the world, bring a little but of the conference to them by providing a little morsel of content." Even if they can't make it to Charleston, Jones says, if they have internet access and a Facebook account (to participate in the live chat), registered members of the free area of infocusvideoevent.com can attend the Livestream webcasts and "interact with a presenter they might never meet in purpose."

Other Livestream presenters currently on the schedule will include David Robin, Steve Moses, Maura Coleman-Murray, Meg Simone, Steve Zugelter, Ron Dawson, and Chad and Drew from Shade Tree Films.

Speaker announcements for IN[FOCUS] 2012 will begin on September 13. Team IN[FOCUS] will continue to accept proposals for platform presentations an workshops through August 20. Early bird registration is priced at $575 and is available through November 24. For more details on IN[FOCUS] 2012 or to register, go to http://www.infocusvideoevent.com/.

Stephen Nathans-Kelly (stephen.nathans at infotoday.com) is editor-in-chief of EventDV.

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Atomos Samurai HD-SDI ProRes Field Recorder to Ship in September

Atomos, the creator of the NAB award-winning Ninja, is delighted to announce that the highly anticipated HD-SDI Samurai 10-bit Apple ProRes Field Recorder, Monitor and Playback/Playout device will begin shipping in September, during the IBC show in Amsterdam.

Not only Playback, but Playout
Samurai is already the most complete and affordable HD SDI ProRes Field Recorder, boasting:

? High resolution 5" (800x480) touchscreen/monitor

? Atomos's unique Continuous Power battery management system

? Recording to low-cost HDDs and SSDs

? Silent, fanless operation

? Tough, aircraft-grade aluminium construction

Samurai will now ship with Playout of full-resolution HD-SDI (1920 x 1080) decoded from the Samurai's recorded media.

Samurai can be used as an HD-SDI, single-channel playout device for instant review or broadcast, or in any situation that requires an extremely high quality full-HD source - with up to 20 hours of HD playout from a single disk. Producers, directors and camera operators can check quality and composition on-set or on the way home, using the Samurai's built-in high resolution 800x480 SMPTE colour-spec screen, for portability, or at full quality on any HD/SD SD-SDI monitor. Playback controls emulate a traditional tape transport, with extra flexibility afforded by the touchscreen.

? Touchscreen scrub navigation: instant seek to any point - even on a 20-hour clip.

? Shuttle controls (stop, step, play, fast fwd, fast fast fwd, fast rwd, fast fast rwd)

? Frame-by-frame advance and reverse

With this new playout capability, the Samurai becomes the lowest cost, truly portable recorder that plays out Full HD from Apple ProRes files for uncompressed quality on any size of monitor.

External Power Input

The Samurai can also accept power via a D-Tap from larger external batteries (7-20V), giving professionals the choice of using the Samurai's unique "Continuous Power" battery management system, or seemless integration with their current camera rig's power supply.

"We've actually delayed the release of the Samurai to include HD-SDI playout," said Jeromy Young, CEO, Atomos. "It was a much-requested feature and we felt it was worth the extra effort and development time to include this for the Samurai's release. The addition of external power options and playout for only $100 more makes this a compelling choice."

Young continued: "Samurai is a deck in the palm of your hand. Record, playback and playout makes this the complete utility on any type of shoot, including news, broadcast, in fact any production big oir small. Samurai is truly the ultimate 10-bit production weapon."

"We will begin shipping Samurai in early September, and I'm happy to say that we already have a very large number of advance orders for this ground-breaking product."

Pricing and Availability

Samurai is $1595 USD / €1145 / £995 and will be available early September 2011

To ensure customers get their Samurai early they should Pre-Order at www.atomos.com, all Pre-Orders will be filled through the reseller the customer chooses.

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Telestream Wirecast 4.1 Release Brings More Webcast Input Options to Live Event Producers

Telestream®, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced the release of Wirecast® 4.1 live video production and streaming software. Wirecast 4.1 adds key partner integrations and new features that provide more choices for getting content into Wirecast, including remote, multi-channel, and wireless IP transmission.

Additionally, Wirecast 4.1 is Mac OS X Lion compatible. Wirecast and Wirecast Pro webcasting software provide live switching, production, and streaming capabilities that enable Mac and Windows users to easily and cost-effectively create real-time and on-demand video broadcasts for the Web.

"We are pleased to expand Wirecast to include support for more input devices and new capabilities which means more choices for our users," said Barbara DeHart, vice president of marketing at Telestream. "Wirecast offers high-quality live video production at an affordable price for users in a broad range of businesses."

New audio support for Wirecast Desktop Presenter allows users to integrate Skype or any video chat client into their webcasts. Desktop Presenter is a Wirecast feature that broadcasts the desktop of any computer connected to the network, making it particularly useful for video training and product demonstrations. When combined with Wirecast's ability to display multiple camera feeds on a single screen, this allows users to see and hear multiple speakers for news or video talk show programs.

"Webcasting is becoming very popular in the enterprise because it enables executives to convey rich, engaging messages to far-flung audiences," said Steven Vonder Haar, research director of Interactive Media Strategies. "With a platform that now integrates audio and video from presenters in multiple locations, Wirecast adds a unique blend of flexibility and communications power that sets the stage for executives to create even more dynamic ways to convey messages to employees, customers, prospects and partners."

Wirecast integration with the LiveU bonded 4G/3G video transmission backpack provides a portable solution that is ideal for live news, sports, entertainment, and enterprise video. The solution allows users to either:

  • transmit live video from a roaming LiveU backpack to a remote Wirecast Windows computer for editing and distribution from the main location, or
  • feed a fully-produced live show from a Mac or Windows Wirecast computer to a LiveU backpack at any location for high-quality transmission.

LiveU provides a more robust and resilient uplink than using a single aircard or a WiFi connection in the field, and it offers a more affordable and flexible alternative than satellite uplink or ethernet. LiveU integration is especially useful when combined with Wirecast Pro's advanced live video production features.

"LiveU integration with Wirecast 4.1 is superb," said Stephen Heywood, owner/host of The Tech Buzz. "I couldn't believe the minimal one-second delay between the studio in California and the show floor at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas. The quality was excellent and reliable. No other software can compare. Telestream plus LiveU equals success for online broadcasters."

Wirecast 4.1 integration with Teradek Cube™ adds wireless IP camera support for Wirecast Pro. Users simply plug any HD-SDI or HDMI camera into the Cube™ to encode and submit camera feeds directly over WiFi to Wirecast Pro.

New Wirecast integration with Matrox Multi-Ingest capture card enables four simultaneous live HD-SDI inputs into Wirecast or Wirecast Pro for Mac. This is useful for journalists and videographers capturing and producing live broadcasts from the field using multiple cameras. It also solves the common challenge of how to efficiently add more camera sources to Wirecast software running on standard computers. The Matrox/Telestream solution combines improved capture and resource utilization with the best in live production.

"Streaming multi-camera live events can be a challenge. With Wirecast 4.1 and Matrox Multi-Ingest compatibility many of my problems have vanished," said Dave Basulto, editor, streamer, and filmmaker at FilmmakingCentral.com. "Connecting the Multi-Ingest to my Mac Pro allows me to set up a 3-camera live shoot in minutes using Wirecast 4.1, which makes my life easier."

Wirecast and Wirecast Pro 4.1 for Windows now provide integrated support for Viewcast Osprey 240e, 450e and 700e video capture cards. Support for Axis P1344 and M1104 network cameras is also now available for Wirecast Pro.

Wirecast is a live video production and streaming tool that can be installed on a standard laptop or desktop computer to broadcast live events and create professional webcasts from any location. Users can stream multiple live cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as prerecorded video, images and sounds. Advanced production capabilities include 3D graphics, transitions and built-in titles which merge seamlessly with Wirecast's layering system, allowing users to easily create live and on-demand broadcasts for the web. When ready to go live, broadcasts can be streamed directly to live broadcasting websites using Flash, QuickTime or Windows Media.

Wirecast 4.1 is now available as a free upgrade for existing customers. Wirecast is priced at $449 and Wirecast Pro is $995. Wirecast products are available for a free trial and online purchase at http://www.telestream.net. They are also available for purchase through a network of Telestream resellers and affiliates.

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Singular Presto Video Presentation Tool Now Updated to v. 1.2

Singular Software™, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, is pleased to announce the latest update to its innovative presentation video software, Singular Software Presto™, version 1.2, for Final Cut Pro®.

Singular Software Presto dramatically simplifies the creation of high-quality presentation videos. Working alongside Final Cut Pro, Singular Software Presto synchronizes, arranges, and edits the footage of the presenter, presentation slides, and video taken of the screen in just minutes. A free update for all existing customers, the new Singular Software Presto 1.2 offers four new layout templates, better animated transitions between layouts, smoother presenter tracking, and an option for rounded slide corners. For more information or to download Singular Software Presto 1.2 for Final Cut Pro, please visit: http://www.singularsoftware.com/presto.html.

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Matrox Ships Lion Drivers for MXO2 and MXO2 MAX I/O Devices

Matrox Video Products Group today announced the immediate availability of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) drivers for the Matrox MXO2 and Matrox MXO2 MAX families of I/O devices and well as the Matrox MXO monitoring/output device and the Matrox CompressHD H.264 accelerator card.

"Our timely release of these two new drivers means that our customers can immediately take advantage of the great new features of Lion while continuing to reap all the productivity benefits of their Matrox devices with Final Cut Studio and many other applications," said Wayne Andrews, Matrox product manager.

Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The new drivers are now available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

Release 2.3 for the MXO2 devices and CompressHD provides full support under Lion for Final Cut Studio as well as Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium and Flash Media Live Encoder; Roxio Toast; CPC MacCaption; Boinx Software BoinxTV; Softron MovieRecorder, OnTheAir Video, and OnTheAir Video Express; ToolsOnAir Just:In; QuickTime Broadcaster; Apple QuickTime Pro and Qmaster; and other QuickTime-based video applications. A full list of supported applications and version numbers can be found in the download area of the Matrox website.

Release 2.2 for MXO provides full support under Lion for Final Cut Studio.

Matrox support for other third-party applications such as Avid Media Composer will be validated as Lion versions of those applications are released.

About Matrox
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, streaming, scan conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit http://www.matrox.com/video.

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DaVinci Resolve Lite Now Available as a Free Download from Blackmagic-design.com

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve Lite, a new reduced feature version of DaVinci Resolve that includes many powerful color correction features in a downloadable software package available free of charge, is now shipping.

To help promote the art of color correction, DaVinci Resolve Lite includes many powerful features found in the full version of DaVinci Resolve for an extremely powerful toolset that anyone will able to download. DaVinci Resolve Lite is based on DaVinci Resolve 8, and will run on the latest model iMac, 17inch MacBook Pro and Mac Pro computers.

DaVinci Resolve Lite includes all the same high quality processing of the full DaVinci Resolve, however limits projects to SD and HD resolutions, only two color correction nodes, a single processing GPU and a single RED Rocket card. Stereoscopic 3D features, noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharing projects with an external database server are features only offered in the full DaVinci Resolve so are not included in this free DaVinci Resolve Lite edition. Customers who want to eliminate these restrictions can simply purchase the full DaVinci Resolve Software for only US$995.

Even with the restrictions of the free DaVinci Resolve Lite, image quality is never limited, and customers will see the incredible image processing quality of DaVinci Resolve. In addition, DaVinci Resolve Lite can still accept high resolution source footage in 2K and 4K from the latest digital cameras from RED and ARRI, so customers get a fantastic digital camera utility.

DaVinci Resolve Lite still includes high quality optical resizing, curve grading, XML import and export, 32 bit float processing, YRGB image processing, multi layer timelines, stabilization, window tracking, primary and secondary color correction, real time processing, capture and playback with deck control, compatibility with third party control panels and many more. With so many powerful features at absolutely no charge, customers will be able to experience the dramatic improvement to their work from using a professional color correction tool.

“We are very excited to be able to offer a free version of DaVinci Resolve, and we hope that many more people will be able to explore the art of color correction in their work”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We are so excited about what color correction can offer to the whole television and post production industry, that we think this no charge DaVinci Resolve Lite will create a revolution in visual design that will dramatically improve the production values of even the lowest budget work!”

About DaVinci Resolve
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is the world’s highest performance color correction solution for Mac OS X and Linux computers. DaVinci Resolve supports more real time color correction than any other system because it’s not limited by the performance of the computer it’s running on. DaVinci Resolve eliminates this performance barrier because it’s based on a cluster of high performance GPU cards, so all processing is always real time. DaVinci Resolve has the power of a true real time performance solution so handles complex color grades even when using dozens of primaries, secondaries, Power Windows™, multi point tracking, blurs, and more. DaVinci Resolve provides incredible performance in a low cost solution can then easily upgrade by adding extra GPU’s for supercomputer power to handle 4K resolutions, stereoscopic 3D and real time grading direct from raw camera files such as ARRI raw and RED raw R3D files can be handled with ease.

Availability and Price
DaVinci Resolve Lite is available immediately, free of charge from the Blackmagic Design web site.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check http://www.blackmagic-design.com.

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