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September 13, 2011

Table of Contents

The Moving Picture: Going Live With Event Video Delivery
Roland Releases New R-26 Portable Field Recorder
Digital Heaven Delivers 5 New Transition Effects for FCP X
Bella Debuts New Pro Series Keyboard for FCP X Editors
WEVA Announces New Adobe CS5.5 Training for Wedding Filmmakers at WEVA Expo 2011
Anton/Bauer Intros New On-Camera Power Solutions at IBC
Blackmagic Design Drops Pricing on Mini Converters
Blackmagic Design Announces Intensity Extreme for HDMI Capture and Playback
Apple Airplay Support Now Available Across NewTek TriCaster Line

The Moving Picture: Going Live With Event Video Delivery

Any time you have a camera at an event these days—with the probable exception of weddings—you should think be thinking to yourself: "Why aren't I broadcasting live?" It's inexpensive and easy, but your client likely doesn't know that, and might be willing to pay a premium for the service.

Broadcasting live involves two elements: an encoding tool and a streaming service, and both can be free. For example, Adobe's Flash Live Media Encoder (FMLE) is free, as are multiple live streaming service providers such as Livestream and Ustream, though they're advertising-supported. Load FMLE on your notebook, point the stream to Livestream, and you can be live in minutes. Viewers can watch on your Livestream homepage or you can embed the live stream into your own website, just like you do with YouTube videos.

Willing to spend a few bucks? Well, that's where things get interesting. Though functional, FMLE is simple live streaming-no flash, no sizzle. OK, it's got Flash, but not the kind you're thinking about.

In contrast, for under $500, Telestream's Wirecast lets you create titles and other graphic overlays, switch between multiple cameras, incorporate live and on-demand content into your broadcast, and generally turn your computer into a television studio. It's also cross-platform, which is nice. VidBlaster is a similarly priced, similarly featured tool to Wirecast that I've never played with so can't really comment on. Other software encoders include Microsoft's Expression Encoder (~$200; switches between cameras but no titles) and the heavy-duty Kulabyte XStream Live program.

Before buying software, you should identify the live streaming service provider you'll be using, which I discuss below. While your service provider should be compatible with most software programs out there, some of the larger providers, including Livestream and Ustream, offer their own free streaming software.

So long as you're shooting in DV or HDV, getting the video into your computer is simple; just use FireWire. When shooting in other formats without Firewire output, you need a different connection. For computers with available slots, one popular and widely supported alternative is the Blackmagic Design DeckLink family of products, which can input anything from HD-SDI, to HDMI, to component with either balanced or unbalanced audio. I've used the DeckLink for several projects with very good results.

If you're encoding with a notebook, things get more complicated. You can buy an external capture device, such as the Matrox MXO, that connects to your Mac or Windows notebook via the ExpressCard slot. Or, you can get an expansion system that connects to your ExpressCard slot and provides a PCI Express slot in an external box. Then, you can use any PC card you'd like, including the DeckLink. The Mission Technology Group sells the Magma line of expansion products that I've used extensively in testing, though there are other solutions available.

When do you turn to a dedicated hardware solution such as the ViewCast Niagara line of products or Digital Rapids TouchStream? Good question. These systems are more expensive than software-based solutions, but much easier to operate and more stable. On the ease-of-use side, with all streaming appliances, you can configure your connections and encoding options beforehand, then plug the camera in at your event and press the magic "Go" button. No software program is ever quite that simple.

On the stability front, dedicated hardware appliances typically run Windows XP or an embedded version of Windows, but since you don't surf the web or edit your videos with them, the installation stays relatively clean. I've never had a problem with Wirecast, but in the back of my mind I'm always wondering if my next NLE update or Service Pack is going to make it stop working. Basically, dedicated streaming appliances are good where you have deep pockets and are a relatively non-technical user, but if you're a technically savvy producer working on a shoestring budget, software is the way to go.

How to choose a live streaming service provider? If you're just starting out, it's best to choose a free service like Livestream or Ustream that supplies all the basics, including the landing page and Flash player. Most fee-based service providers provide just the streaming function, and you're in charge of building the landing page and player. If you don't want the ads associated with the free services, you can upgrade to an advertising-free solution.

From there, it comes to down to several simple questions. First is how many streams can you distribute and what's the maximum size? If you have the outbound bandwidth onsite, it's nice to go 848x480 or even 720p. Second is support for mobile devices, particularly for Apple iOS devices. Third is the availability of social media features such as chat, both directly and via Facebook and Twitter. These help you spread the word on the event, and add a sense of community to an otherwise simple video stream.

Next up is the availability of streaming software offered by the service, and its feature set, which simplifies the connection between your computer and the service. Make sure the software is compatible with the hardware that you're planning to use for capture. For example, Ustream's streaming software isn't currently compatible with DeckLink products, while Livestream's is. And then, of course, there's cost. Make sure you understand both the monthly cost (if any) and event-related pricing before signing on the digital bottom line.

Again, live-event streaming looks hard and expensive, but it's simple and generally cheap. It's a great skill to learn to differentiate your service, add a high-profit-margin option, or both.

an Ozer (jan at doceo.com) is a frequent contributor to industry magazines and websites on digital video-related topics. He is chief instructor at StreamingLearningCenter.com and the author of Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5.

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Roland Releases New R-26 Portable Field Recorder

Today at the IBC Show, Roland Systems Group announced the Roland R-26 Portable Field Recorder – a truly multi-dimensional recorder that provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to SD/SDHC media. With two types of built-in stereo mics, XLR/TRS combo inputs, USB audio interface functionality, the compact R-26 is perfect for demanding applications including location sound design, event production, legal court recording, event videography, and musical performances.

Both omnidirectional and XY stereo mic types are integrated into the R-26’s stylish chassis, providing mic options to suit any style of audio recording. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting high quality external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic. The R-26 is equipped with Roland’s proprietary IARC (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit) on the inputs for the built-in mics and as well as the external inputs. This analog circuit is completely isolated from the digital circuitry and has its own power supply, reducing digital noise and achieving very clear sound. This is one of the key components of the high quality preamps enabling a professional sound quality.

The growing popularity of film and event production using HDSLR cameras makes the R-26 a clear choice for video professionals wanting high quality audio capture. Its compact design, power options and optional accessories allow you to record anywhere.

Audio from the onboard mics can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file. The onboard mics and external inputs can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for mixing together later. Resolutions from MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF. The unit can also record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously – ideal for being able to post or email material quickly while still having a high-res version to edit later.

Built-in on board effects such as a limiter, low-cut filter helps reduce distortion and noise while recording. The Pre-record function ensures that you never miss the beginning of a recording especially for location sound applications such as folio effects and nature recording.

The R-26’s large touch screen provides detailed level metering and convenient fingertip control over many functions, and is equipped with a high-luminance backlight for perfect visibility in any situation. Hardware controls are ergonomically organized and clearly labeled, with large input level knobs for precise adjustments and dedicated buttons for often-used functions.

A voice memo function lets you add up to 30 seconds of audio to an existing recording, which is ideal for adding field notes to accompany your audio recording.

USB 2.0 allows for both data transfer and audio interface functionality with Windows and Mac-based computers. Users can connect the R-26 and use its built-in mics and external inputs as a high-quality input device with their audio recording software. Loop-back recording allows users to combine audio from the R-26’s mics with streaming audio from the PC.

With the threaded rear-panel mount, the R-26 can be mounted on any standard tripod stand providing a clean sound away from table vibration or handling noise. Standard AA batteries or the included AC adaptor can power the R-26. Package components include R-26, SD Card, windscreen, Cakewalk SONAR LE (for Windows), USB cable and AC power adaptor.

The Roland R-26 will be available in October 2011. For more information visit http://www.rolandsystemsgroup.com/r26

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Digital Heaven Delivers 5 New Transition Effects for FCP X

Digital Heaven, one of the leading third party developers for Apple Pro Apps, today announced the release of FCPX Transitions Pack 1, featuring five brand-new transition effects for Final Cut Pro X. From lens flares to camera shutters and rolling film, these dynamic transitions will add a splash of energy to any production and prove to be a valuable addition to any editor's effects toolkit.

DH_Flare
The classic lens flare transition gets a makeover with controls for changing the color, angle and a little twist!

DH_FrameRoll
Remember those old projectors that kept jumping around? DH_FrameRoll brings this retro effect into the 21st century with controls for bumpiness and stretchiness.

DH_LightFlash
Replicates the organic imperfection of light leaking into an old film camera with controls for light direction and extra leakiness.

DH_Shutter
A snap-happy transition that mimics the lens shutter of a camera. Choose between the classic iris and vertical shutter styles.

DH_StretchPan
A slick whip pan effect adds dynamic movement between two shots with adjustable direction.

System Requirements:
Final Cut Pro X.

Pricing and availability:

FCPX Transitions Pack 1 is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store for US$49.00.

http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/fcpx-transitions-pack-1

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Bella Debuts New Pro Series Keyboard for FCP X Editors

Bella Corporation, a leading producer of innovative and award-winning products, today announced new products for Apple's latest video editing application, Final Cut Pro X.

The aptly named Professional Series is designed specifically for professional video editors, delivering innovative features, speed, and flexibility right at the editors' fingertips. It boasts Bella's patented built-in jog/shuttle controller that in combination with Bella's software driver can provide a unique on-screen display for shuttle position. The jog/shuttle controller allows editors to edit faster and more efficiently, offering precise control over their audio and video clips all without their hands having to leave the keyboard. Besides built-in dual USB 2.0 ports, the Professional Series includes the NeoLite, a dual-LED task light with a 12" gooseneck that plugs into the keyboard and can be used to illuminate the keyboard or the work area around it. The Professional Series for Final Cut Pro X (model #5202X) has an MSRP of $149.95. Bella continues to sell the Professional Series for Final Cut Studio (model #5202), also for $149.95.

New Advantage Series Keyboard for Final Cut Pro X
In addition to the color and icon-coded keycaps, the Advantage Series keyboard for Final Cut Pro X Bella has two USB 2.0 ports, multimedia keys, and a sleek space-saving design. The Advantage Series for Final Cut Pro X (model #7202X) has an MSRP of $69.95. Bella continues to sell the Advantage Series for Final Cut Studio (model #7202), also for $69.95.

New High-Quality Color Stickers for Final Cut Pro X - Free with the DV Keyboard
Bella's Color Shortcut Stickers for Final Cut Pro X feature the shortcut names, icons and color grouping, giving quick and efficient navigation for the application. These high-quality stickers, applied properly, won't fade or slide off the key and are designed for years of service. The stickers have been designed to be applied to the DV Keyboard, offering an economical solution for those looking for easy navigation with a jog/shuttle controller. When purchased with the DV Keyboard (MSRP $99.95), the sticker set for Final Cut Pro X is free, however the stickers may be purchased separately for just $24.95.

Pricing & Availability
Bella's new products for Final Cut Pro X are available for pre-order now and are expected to ship before the end of September. The Professional Series Keyboard for Final Cut Pro X has an MSRP of $149.95, the Advantage Series for Final Cut Pro X MSRP is $69.95 and the sticker sets are either free with the DV Keyboard or $24.95 separately.

About Bella Corporation
Bella Corporation provides time-saving tools to home through professional videographers, gamers, and creative content producers. Their products work with applications from Apple, Adobe, Avid, Blizzard, Microsoft, Pinnacle Systems and many others. To find out more, visit the Bella Corporation website at www.Bella-USA.com, or follow Bella on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Bella.

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WEVA Announces New Adobe CS5.5 Training for Wedding Filmmakers at WEVA Expo 2011

The advanced power of Adobe CS5.5 kicks in at the 21st Annual WEVA EXPO 2011 LIVE Online worldwide October 5-6 bringing a full track of expert Sessions designed for wedding & event filmmakers. LIVE Online, WEVA EXPO 2011 is open to all digital professionals, students, and newcomers, making education, new technologies and face-to-face networking accessible industrywide. This year, no matter where you are in the world, WEVA EXPO 2011 The Digital Imaging SuperShow is coming to YOU! Registration opens online shortly at www.WEVAEXPO.com

"Adobe's Sessions for wedding and event editors will have something for everyone at all levels," said John Zale WEVA's Director of Educational Development, "including those who currently edit on Final Cut! From beginners to advanced users, CS5.5 edit-training and tips for increasing the power of your artistry will be geared towards today's Wedding & Event Filmmaker."

Edit-Training for Wedding & Event Filmmakers at All Levels

Featuring Adobe Systems CS5.5 expert trainer Colin Smith, new Adobe Sessions and core topics will be presented at 3 levels for wedding & event filmmakers, including:

Beginners
* Intro to Premiere Pro CS5.5: Editing for Wedding & Event Films
* Intro to After Effects: Bridge & Presets, Text & Motion Stabilizer

Intermediate
* Transitioning from Final Cut to CS5.5
* CS5.5 Tips & Tricks for the Wedding and Event Filmmaker

Advanced
* Color Grading with CS5.5
* Motion Graphics with Multi Layers

"You can go to the on-demand Sessions of your choice, on your schedule," said Zale. "Learn how to get more creative, slash your edit time, and streamline your workflow. Attend Adobe's special Sessions set for WEVA EXPO 2011 online next month, where there will also be LIVE Online video Q&A with presenters. And registered attendees will have multiple chances to WIN a free edition of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 from the Prize Center during the EXPO."

LIVE Online Worldwide October 5-6

WEVA EXPO 2011 The Digital Imaging SuperShow is WEVA's second online conference and tradeshow and will be our industry's biggest-ever shared experience LIVE online worldwide with face-to-face networking and live video group chat. "There will be over 30 Sessions on cutting-edge techniques and technologies, plus exhibits and new product displays," Zale added.

The EXPO SuperShow will operate on pacific coast hours starting at 10:00 am PDT Wednesday, October 5. For the first time in EXPO's 20-year history, the Show will be open around the clock! Exhibitors will have a break as digital exhibit booths and displays will be Live-staffed from just 10am-6pm PDT on both days.

Registered attendees, however, will be able to go the EXPO Trade Show, Conference Theater, Live-Video Chats, and all other areas of the Show, even watch the 2011 Creative Excellence Award Winning Productions in their entirety around the clock. The EXPO SuperShow is also the first time suppliers, event filmmakers and digital imagers from around the globe will be uniting simultaneously using LIVE online video. The 21st Annual WEVA EXPO represents a 21st century breakthrough for our industry nationally and worldwide."

For exhibitor and sponsorship information contact Bruce Aldrich or Jon Rousseau at WEVA. Email info@weva.com or call direct 941-923-5334 for more details.


About WEVA International

As the largest Association for professional wedding and event filmmakers, WEVA leads the field with education that's on the cutting-edge of industry developments and new technologies worldwide. WEVA members have access to exclusive business benefits and professional development resources. For more information on WEVA industry events, and WEVA membership benefits email info@weva.com or WEVA.com.

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Anton/Bauer Intros New On-Camera Power Solutions at IBC

Anton/Bauer®, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will demonstrate the advanced capabilities of its power solutions to European broadcast and video professionals at this year’s 2011 IBC Show (Stand 11.D61).

Anton/Bauer debuted the new MATRIX Cheese Plate, a new mounting plate that can be used with the company’s Gold Mount® Solutions for the Sony PMW-F3 camera; Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 60D Digital SLR cameras, Panasonic AG-AF100 series professional HD camera and RED Epic digital cinema camera. Also making a first appearance at IBC is the QR-HotSwap-AR Gold Mount for the ARRI Alexa digital cinema camera.

The MATRIX Cheese Plate mounts directly on 15mm or 19mm rod systems (15mm or 19mm clamp kits sold separately), to allow for easy mounting of a variety of Gold Mounts including:

  • QRC-DUAL PT – Gold Mount with 4-pin XLR and two PowerTap® outputs for the Sony F3. Also mounts directly to the AJA Ki Pro Mini.
  • QR-DLSR – 7/14 Gold Mount for Canon 5D, 7D and 60D.
  • QR-VBG – 7/14 Gold Mount adapter for the Panasonic AG-AF100.
  • QRC-EPIC – An exclusive feature of the QRC-EPIC Gold Mount® are the three outputs: a hard-wired cabled 6-pin LEMO connector for power, as well as two PowerTap® connectors for accessories.

These Gold Mount solutions can also be used on support rigs such as Cinevate, Shape, Redrock Micro and Genus, among others, and in some cases, a pouch.

Providing extended run-times, the QR-HotSwap-AR provides the secure, snap-on approach of the Anton/Bauer Gold Mount locking two batteries in place for seamless hotswapping and extended run-times for the ARRI Alexa camera. Exclusive communications available only with the Anton/Bauer QR-HotSwap-AR, shows combined battery run-time in the camera’s viewfinder.

“Anton/Bauer remains successful by developing innovative power solutions and accessories for the industry’s top cameras,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development. “At IBC, we will showcase our continued commitment to bringing innovative products to market for today’s cameramen.”

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight®, ElipZ®, ElightZ®, CINE VCLX and CINE VCLX/2. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit http://www.antonbauer.com.

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Blackmagic Design Drops Pricing on Mini Converters

Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on 2 of its popular Mini Converters. From today, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI and the Mini Converter HDMI to SDI models will be reduced to US$345 or €245.

Both Mini Converter SDI to HDMI and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI models are currently being demonstrated at IBC 2011 on the Blackmagic Design booth located at #7.H20.

Unlike other converters on the market today, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI include extremely powerful features such as 3 Gb/s SDI technology, redundant SDI inputs, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio on standard 1/4 inch jack audio connections and an international power supply which includes adapter plates for all international power sockets.

Blackmagic Design’s Mini Converters have more features that are easier to use than found in other converters. A good example of these powerful features is the inclusion of audio on standard 1/4 inch jack connectors, and the audio can be switched between balanced analog or AES/EBU audio. Jack connectors makes it easy to use off the shelf cables and a wide range of audio products. This lets the customers choose between audio on the HDMI connection, as well as independent audio as AES/EBU and balanced analog.

For customers who need an alternative battery powered conversion option for field use, then Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Shuttle also operates perfectly as an HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI converter all in a single machined metal design. Even if customers are not using the SSD uncompressed recording, the HDMI or SDI input can be connected and then video is output as both HDMI and SDI video. This means HyperDeck Shuttle can be used as two converters in one, all battery operated, with recording of high quality uncompressed video on SSD’s if required! It’s compact size makes it a fantastic alternative for batter powered conversion.

“We designed the Mini Converter SDI to HDMi and HDMI to SDI to be the perfect converter for monitoring and for converting computer video to SDI, or consumer video cameras to SDI. Today we have thousands of customers who use our Mini Converters for the most critical broadcast work,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Now, with this new affordable price, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI are now available to smaller studios on the tightest budgets. Unlike other low cost solutions, with Mini Converters, you get all the professional features such as redundant inputs, re clocked loop SDI out, HDMI, AES/EBU and analog audio all in a compact affordable design!”

Mini Converter Model Summary

  • Mini Converter SDI to HDMI converts from SDI to HDMI video with embedded HDMI audio, plus balanced AES/EBU or analog audio. Imagine using big screen televisions and video projectors for broadcast video monitoring! Easily connect HDMI displays to SDI based equipment. Now only US$345 or €245.
  • Mini Converter HDMI to SDI is ideal for converting from HDMI devices to SDI video with the choice to embed SDI audio from HDMI, AES/EBU or balanced analog audio inputs. Add SDI outputs to cameras with HDMI connections, or add SDI outputs to computers with HDMI compatibility. Now only US$345 or €245.


Availability and Price
Mini Converter SDI to HDMI and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI are available now for US$345 or €245 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

http://www.blackmagic-design.com

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Blackmagic Design Announces Intensity Extreme for HDMI Capture and Playback

Blackmagic Design today announced Intensity Extreme, a new low cost and extremely high quality video capture and playback product for professional videographers with HDMI and analog video based on the new Thunderbolt technology for only €209.

Intensity Extreme will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

Intensity Extreme is the first Thunderbolt technology based device to combine the high quality of HDMI capture and playback with the wide compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback in a compact size that’s completely powered from the Thunderbolt connection on the computer. This means Intensity Extreme is the perfect solution for adding video to laptop computers as it powers from the laptop battery.

For the ultimate in leading edge design, Intensity Extreme features a chassis machined out of a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum. This ensures an elegant look thats compact, strong and looks great on the desktop.

Intensity Extreme enables users to capture directly from the HD camera’s image sensor, bypassing the video compression chip for true uncompressed video quality. Now users can go beyond the quality limits of HDV or AVCHD for editing, design and authoring with Intensity Extreme.

Intensity Extreme can be connected to any big screen television or video projector for incredible edit monitoring. Current computers don't have the processing speed to render complex multi layer real time effects in HDV playing back to FireWire cameras. Intensity Extreme solves this problem by outputting video on HDMI and analog outputs for big screen monitoring in both SD or HD formats.

Intensity Extreme instantly switches between the 1080 HD, 720 HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Intensity Extreme is fully compatible with Adobe™ Premiere™ Pro, Apple™ Final Cut Pro 7™, Adobe After Effects™, Adobe Photoshop™ and any QuickTime™ based software application.

"We think the combination of HDMI and analog on an extremely compact Thunderbolt bus powered design combined with an affordable price will change the lives of thousands of professional videographers," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design Inc. "Intensity Extreme features an amazing design thats machined out of a solid block of aluminum! Only Intensity Extreme gives you compact size, power efficient design, high quality and incredible strength, that is simply perfect as the ultimate portable video solution."

Intensity Extreme Key Features

  • HDMI video and audio capture and playback.
  • Analog capture and playback in SD/HD component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video.
  • Stereo analog audio capture and playback.
  • Thunderbolt™ connection for high speed data and high video quality.
  • Capture and playback DV, DVCPRO HD, HDV, Online JPEG, ProRes and uncompressed video.
  • Use for edit playback monitoring on televisions and video projectors.
  • HDMI and Component switches between HD and SD.
  • Real time effects supported in Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Video capture and playback with Blackmagic Media Express 3 utility.
  • Thunderbolt™ bus powered so no external power supply is required.
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
  • Includes breakout cable with RCA type connectors for analog video and audio.

Availability and Price
Intensity Extreme will be available Q4 for €209 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

http://www.blackmagic-design.com

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Apple Airplay Support Now Available Across NewTek TriCaster Line

NewTek, worldwide leader in portable live production and 3D animation systems, today introduced the TriCaster™ Rev. 3 software update. The new software provides the ability for HD TriCaster systems to work directly with video and audio from any Apple® AirPlay®-enabled device or application. With instant wireless support for two simultaneous AirPlay sources, devices such as an iPad®, iPod®, iPhone® and Mac® can serve as direct inputs to the TriCaster system in use.

In addition to support for Apple AirPlay apps, the new TriCaster update delivers a broad range of added benefits for TriCaster users including, a harmonized user workflow across the product line, refinements to the multi-view monitor capabilities, enhanced audio functions, support for all NewTek control surfaces, and more.

"We constantly refine and improve the TriCaster user experience. And with this new update we make it even easier and more intuitive for live video producers to deliver top-notch programming,” said Andrew Cross, NewTek CTO. “Now, with support for Apple AirPlay included with all of our HD systems, anyone with an iOS device can wirelessly transmit media directly to a TriCaster input. Our approach ensures that we work with all applications that support Apple AirPlay protocols, so that content from any new app is immediately accessible to TriCaster."

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team 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 sports organizations, schools, broadcasters, houses of worship, webcasters, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.

Pricing and Availability
The TriCaster Rev. 3 update will be available as a free download in September 2011 to registered owners of TriCaster 850 EXTREME, TriCaster 850 and TriCaster 300. 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. The price may vary internationally. For more information, please visit http://www.newtek.com, or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

IBC Special Pricing

  • NewTek is offering two TriCaster EXTREME bundles at IBC. These offers expire on October 28, 2011
  • TriCaster 450 EXTREME including TriCaster 450 CS and TriCaster 850 TW for US$24,995 and in multi-standard for US$27,995. A savings of US$2,490.
  • TriCaster 850 EXTREME including TriCaster 850 CS and TriCaster 850 TW for US$$39,995 and in multi-standard for US$42,995. A savings of US$3,490.

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