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April 01, 2008

Table of Contents

Continuing Education: Class on Demand Complete Training for Edius 4.5
New On EventDV's TechThoughts Blog: Sony HVR-Z7U/S270 Lens Issue?
National Professional Association Of New England Showcases Its Talent At The Camera Company Pro Video Show Held At Stonehill College
Pyro AV Now Shipping Pyro Kompressor HD for Super-Charged, High-Quality HD Video Compression
Final Draft Introduces Two New Development Software Partners
In the Field: DvTec dvMulti Rig Pro
Plextor Announces New Internal Blu-Ray Drives
Image Line Software Announces FL Studio 8
Fast Forward Video's Elite HD Is First Camera-Mounted DVR to Use JPEG 2000 (J2K) for HD-SDI Recording

Continuing Education: Class on Demand Complete Training for Edius 4.5

Being a self-proclaimed Edius fanboy, I am always looking for tips and tricks to make my Edius workflow more efficient. While I consider myself reasonably adept at Edius, I also realize that there are many features built in which I may not have explored, and I always have a few questions about features I see but don’t completely understand. When I saw the Complete Training for Edius 4.5 release (ClassOnDemand.com, $149.95), I was intrigued and thought it may be a good chance to learn a few more tips and tricks hidden within the Edius NLE. I also wanted to let my wife go through the tutorial since she has begun showing some interest in learning more about how I put together projects.

I let my wife take a run through the tutorial first. It can be a little long and intimidating for a complete newbie since it is around 3.5 hours of content. She wanted to watch it all the way through before trying to "ride along" with it so she could get familiar with some of the terminology and functionality. She has now been through it once and I can tell you she is starting to recognize how I create certain looks and effects and is throwing around Edius terminology much more frequently. The information is presented in a way that someone who has never edited can start to understand and grasp the concepts of an edit workflow.

After she’d been through it, I decided to take it for a few days and watch it to see what I could learn, even though I felt I knew how to do most of the stuff already. Upon loading the DVD, I was able to see what was covered in the DVD.My initial impression, based on the menu, is that there is plenty of content for learning in this DVD. While viewing the first chapter I paid extra attention to when host Mike Downey started covering all the different Application Settings and Hardware Settings. There are so many options in those screens. Many of them I understood already, but there were a handful that just didn’t make sense to me. Mike took those items that had been confusing and made them simple.

The Editing 101 chapter is where you really begin to see the power of Edius. The examples Mike uses in the tutorial involve broadcast footage from a news station, but all the demonstrations presented are easily applicable and usable in event work, so don’t let that discourage you. This section is where you really start to learn and see the power and flexibility of the Edius NLE. It is just loaded with tips and techniques that will have you editing faster after the first viewing. Mike spends a good amount of time not only explaining 3- and 4-point edits and ripple edits but using actual footage so you can see how to easily execute those edits step by step. He also spends a good amount of time on the Trim mode, which I knew about but didn’t use much. It became clear how powerful this mode is for detail editing and I will be exploring and trying out the Trim techniques on my next edit. Mike even demonstrates an undocumented feature that is not covered in any manual but can be very usable depending on your workflow. I’d tell you about it, but I don’t want to give away the ending.

In section 3, "Filters, Keyers and Titlers," Mike goes in depth with many of Edius’ more powerful filters and keyers. He starts right away with one of the most underused features in Edius: the 3D Picture in Picture keyer. Once a user learns all the ways to use this tool it quickly becomes a versatile piece of your editing arsenal. Mike demonstrates a few key ways to use the 3D PnP function for a broadcast setting but these are easily adapted for use in event work if you just think about your productions and how to implement it. There is much more Mike could show in the 3D PnP filter, but this tutorial is for beginners and intermediate editors, so all the features are not covered. He also goes in depth with the Region filter and White Balance feature which are some of the more powerful filter tools in Edius. As the Filter section continues, Mike starts adding more and more filters to a clip to show both the functionality of the filters and also the Realtime ability of Edius. The concept of how filters are tweaked in Edius becomes clear pretty quickly, and a viewer will feel comfortable tweaking the filters in their own productions. The titler is also covered in pretty good detail. The titler included with Edius is a very basic titler and more in depth title work will need to be done in a third-party app. For the basic titles and scrolls that event editors use most often, Mike shows how easy and quick it is to work with.

Section 4, "Multi-Sequences and Multi-Cameras," is designed for the intermediate user. This chapter delves into how you can streamline your workflow with multi-sequences, but the main content revolves around Edius’ multi-cam functionality. Mike shows some really efficient ways to implement multi-cam functionality. As an Edius user, once you learn this functionality you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Mike makes the whole multi-cam functionality seem simple even for new users. This section is much shorter at only 15 minutes but covers the main points of using multi-cam and multi-sequences. It is a must-view for all Edius users.

Section 5, "Exporting" explains the process of exporting to tape (with or without timecode). There are some features in export I had never used like Batch Export from the timeline that I found interesting. The nature of our work may not utilize these features but at somepoint we will have a job that is not event related and knowing these features is a plus to keep in my arsenal. Mike goes through the Print to File function which is how the user exports for DVD, web delivery and a multitude for various formats. Mike shows, in more detail, the features of ProCoder Express so the user can see the simplicity of exporting to different formats with the ProCoder Express plugin. One feature users will want to check out is the Print to DVD option that was just added in version 4.5. This allows you to create easy quick basic DVDs. It probably isn’t a feature you will use for final authoring, but is real handy for quick DVD authoring with basic menus. You can’t create motion menus and Hollywood-type DVD menus, but for simple DVD authoring it is a great addition. Mike goes into many of the customizable features you are allowed to work with in the Print to DVD functionality. He will show you how easy it really is to create a DVD right in Edius.

Overall, Complete Training for Edius 4.5 is aimed at the beginner and intermediate editor but even advanced editors will learn a few things that will help them streamline their workflow. Everyone but Mike Downey, that is—he already seems to know all about it. Just a small side note on this tutorial: It recently received an Aegis Award for outstanding video production for self-paced training product. My kudos to Aegis on a great choice.

Philip Hinkle (philip at frogmanproductions.com) runs Frogman Productions, an international award-winning videography studio based in the Madison, Wisconsin area.

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New On EventDV's TechThoughts Blog: Sony HVR-Z7U/S270 Lens Issue?

Marshall Levy, who wrote our compact flash media test results, is finding issues with the lenses that adorn the latest HDV camcorders from Sony- the HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270. He’s found focusing issues, lens wobble and says the issue was confirmed by Sony. Click here to read more.

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National Professional Association Of New England Showcases Its Talent At The Camera Company Pro Video Show Held At Stonehill College

The National Professional Videographers’ Association of New England, in conjunction with The Camera Company of Norwood Mass., displayed its talent at the Camera Company’s 18th Annual Photo and Video Show. Seven veteran members of the NPVA presented topics on varied aspects of video production. Joining the likes of video luminaries Bill Holshevnikoff and Tom Musto, they were proud to pass on their knowledge to the attendees at the show. The day culminated with the Association’s Vista Awards presentation. A panel of video experts including John Zale, representing the Wedding and Event Videographers’ Association (WEVA) and Steve Wernick of The 4EVER Group posed questions to the award winners.

Vista Award winner Hal Slifer of Hal Slifer Video of Newton, Mass. stated, "The NPVA put on a fabulous array of classroom presentations showcasing the work of some of the best videographers in New England."

NPVA co-founder, Joyce Bertolami from the Joy of Video of Woburn, Mass., said that she was "extremely impressed with the level of expertise and commitment to the art of wedding and event videography seen at the combined event"

WEVA Chairman Roy Chapman, in a laudatory letter to the NPVA, exclaimed, "What an outstanding show! The feedback I heard was absolutely terrific, Congratulations to the NPVA as well as to The Camera Company."

Steve Wernick of The 4EVER Group said, "It was my pleasure to participate in both the Camera Company show and the NPVA/NE Vista Awards program. There are some outstanding productions coming out of your association."

John Zale of WEVA concurred. "There is a wealth of talent in the New England area, and it's great to see the friendly competition among the NPVA members. The WEVA members in the area were friendly as usual, and I enjoyed getting an opportunity to share this special day with them."

NPVA/NE Marketing Director Joe Bertolami extended a message of appreciation to the Camera Company for convening this highly successful educational experience and to Stonehill College for providing such an excellent educational venue.


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Pyro AV Now Shipping Pyro Kompressor HD for Super-Charged, High-Quality HD Video Compression

Pyro AV® by ADS Tech, today announced that Pyro Kompressor HD®, a PCI Express®-based accelerator solution that accelerates HD MPEG-2 and HD H.264/AVC encoding up to eight times faster than software-only video compression, is now shipping. For time- and cost-conscious video production houses, this translates into a much speedier authoring workflow. Integrated with Adobe® video software with support for Windows® XP and Apple® Mac OS® X Leopard platforms, the solution is a price-performance breakthrough benefiting both video professionals and prosumers.

The single-slot PYRO Kompressor HD board is powered by the Ambric Am2045TM, a massively-parallel processor with 336 RISC processors, delivering 1.2 teraOPS of video horsepower for consistently high throughput encoding, even for difficult, high-motion video content. A dynamic and affordable solution, Pyro Kompressor HD’s high-quality MPEG-2 and H.264/AVC codecs enable compression for DVD, Blu-ray Disc, web streaming media, archival storage, IPTV, and VOD. It is based on programmable chip technology, so that PYRO Kompressor HD hardware is "future-proofed" and can be updated as video compression standards evolve and other types of video processing become available.

The included Pyro Kompressor HD transcoding software application simplifies production and provides control over input, conversion, encoding, and output. Transcoding can be done from a wide variety of input formats using software decoders. The software features watch folders for job automation, up and down scaling, frame rate conversion, custom settings and a range of pre-defined settings, chapter support, batch encoding that allows for multiple tasks, file drag and drop ease, control over target output file size, and mux’ing streams from different input files.

It can read either uncompressed video input or import compressed files, using a wide range of included decoders to enable transcoding for DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, AVCHD, AVC-Intra, VC-1, DVCPRO 25/50/100, DVCPRO-HD, JPEG2000, and YUV files, plus DirectShow and QuickTime import.

Designed as a flexible compression tool, the Pyro Kompressor HD hardware accelerator is also tightly integrated with Adobe®’s video software family. Acceleration functionality is plug-and-play in Adobe Premiere® Pro CS3 and Adobe After Effects® CS3 Professional. The solution can be used for encoding whole video projects or fast iterative test-compressions while editing, compositing or creating special-effects. Adobe integration offers a familiar workflow and quick turnaround.

Pyro Kompressor HD for the PC is now shipping and will be available through a variety of Pyro AV dealers with an MSRP of $3,495.00.

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Final Draft Introduces Two New Development Software Partners

Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final Draft®, the #1-selling scriptwriting software, announced today the addition of two new development software partners; Blake Snyder and Save the Cat! Enterprises, and Toon Boom Animation Inc., publishers of Storyboard Pro. Both products now have the ability to import Final Draft’s FCF file format for a more seamless transition from writing to outlining and/or storyboarding. Additionally, both products will be offered as a bundle option with Final Draft through the educational channel.

Anne Lower, Director of Educational Sales and Marketing agrees."By adding Toon Boom Animation and Save the Cat! Enterprises to Final Draft’s group of partners, we take a bold step forward in the educational market, by actively helping student storytellers to get their words out of their heads, onto the page – and the screen."

Academic Advantages of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
* Introduction to pre-production concepts.
* Development of logical planning and skills.
* Essential tool for preparation and detailed development of any audiovisual project.
* Understanding of the critical pre-production phase, emphasizing the importance of pre-production accuracy and checks.
* Easy integration into any production pipeline.
* Academic Advantages of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat!
* Easy Development of a powerful Logline and Title.

Choose one of 10 Genres, each with recognizable traits that will help you write something that is "the same, only different": Monster in the House, Golden Fleece, Out of the Bottle, Dude with a Problem, Rites of Passage, Buddy Love, Whydunit, The Fool Triumphant, Institutionalized, and Superhero.

Fill in a Blake Snyder Beat Sheet with the 15 key beats for every screenplay: Opening Image, Theme Stated, Set-up, Catalyst, Debate, Break into Two, B Story, Fun and Games, Midpoint, Bad Guys Close In, All Is Lost, Dark Night of the Soul, Break into Three, Finale, and Final Image. Use "The Board," the fabled device seen in executive offices all over Hollywood, which allows you to "see" your movie before you begin writing. The Board is broken down into four rows, 10 cards per row for a total of 40 — a good average count for the number of beats in the average movie.


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In the Field: DvTec dvMulti Rig Pro

In spring 2007, Von Wedding Films made the transition from DV to HDV and began shooting weddings with two Sony Z1s and an FX1. Previously, my primary camera had been a Sony DSR-250. I really liked the stability it offered, so my biggest concern was capturing rock-solid footage of the special dances and toasts with the smaller handheld camera zoomed in at 12X.

Using a tripod for those events was not an option. I used a monopod for the first two wedding receptions I shot with my Z1. While the monopod gave me some stability, I also felt restricted, and I found that it limited my creativity while shooting, especially when shooting dance sequences. We shoot the first dance and parents’ dances with two cameras. My wife, Trisha, shoots wide shots and creative shots from various angles and locations. I usually stay in one location and shoot only close-up and medium shots. I’m watching for emotion and details, which is why I am usually zoomed in as much as 12X. I also love the look of a shallow depth of field that 12X delivers. I will use a dutch angle in order to frame both the bride and groom tight and then slowly zoom out and release the dutch—a move commonly known as a "dutch roll." Attempting a dutch roll with a monopod was very unnatural for me. I needed a device that would give me the camera stabilization I needed without impeding the freedom of movement I needed to get the shot. My solution: the DvTec Multi Rig Pro.

The Multi Rig Pro is my answer to attaining the stability of a shoulder camera from a handheld camera. I use a Bogen 625 quick release plate on my Multi Rig. It matches the quick release systems on my tripods, monopods, and Glidecam. The quick release is a must for getting on and off the Multi Rig quickly.

The Multi Rig Pro has three arms which are independently adjustable, allowing them to support a variety of shooting needs. One arm rests on my shoulder, and the other two are handgrips. With just these three arms configured this way I could obtain steady shots, but only for a limited amount of time. What makes it possible to shoot for hours without feeling fatigued is the support pod. The support pod screws into the base of the Multi Rig and the other end rests in a holster which I mount to a belt.

The support pod is spring-loaded, which is a great feature for several reasons. One, I can very easily and quickly adjust the height of my camera. When I find the desired height, I lock the pod in that position. Two, I can gently walk around with the spring released. It is not Glidecam smooth, but it is better than typical walking shots. Three, I can shoot chest-high and then, just a few seconds later, shoot from above my head and the support pod does all of the heavy lifting. All I have to do is focus and frame the shot. Four, it allows the Multi Rig to fit videographers ranging in height from 5'3" to 6'6".

I have demo’d the Multi Rig at trade shows and have seen the smallest of women and the tallest of men attempt to use it, and it seems to cover the majority of body sizes.

Another benefit with the support pod is the flexi tip. I can angle the camera, left or right, up or down without adjusting my body. The flexi tip does all of the work. This allows me to shoot the previously-mentioned dutch rolls. I can also have the camera above my head and angle it down toward the dance floor.

The two front arms are also very versatile. The Multi Rig feels very comfortable and natural when holding the two front arms. Using this technique does not allow me to adjust my focus and iris, so I will bring the left arm back and rest my hand on it while I adjust the focus and iris. With my right hand on the front arm I cannot use the zoom or start and stop the camera. For this problem I have two solutions. First, I slide my hand into the camera’s hand brace, as I would for traditional shooting. Then I can zoom as well as start and stop the camera. The second solution is to buy a small LANC controller and mount it to the right arm. For this I have the Varizoom VZ-Rock.

If I need a low angle, I can quickly pull the rig off my shoulder and sit it on the floor. With the back arm I can adjust the angle to be positioned up, down, or level. There is no need to remove the support pod. The flexi tip allows the pod to rest on the floor without having to remove it.

I have also used the Multi Rig for a wide variety of events, from capturing the toasts at rehearsal dinners to shooting football games. I can shoot anything with my Z1 without missing the stability of my DSR-250. I do not use the Multi Rig for Pre Ceremony or Ceremony, but I have found it to be irreplaceable for reception coverage.

Shameless Plug Warning: The Multi Rig Pro sells for $485 and that includes everything but a belt. The optional belt is $44. I believe in the product so much, that I sell the Multi Rig Pro. You can order one through my online store at VonTraining.com.

Mark Von Lanken (info at vonweddingfilms.com) runs Tulsa, Okla.-based wedding video studio Von Wedding Films with his wife, Trisha. Three-time EventDV 25 honorees and WEVA Hall of Famers, the Von Lankens are regular speakers at WEVA Expo and 4EVER Group conventions, and winners of numerous WEVA CEAs and 4EVER Group AAAs. Several times each year, the Von Lankens host intensive 2-day workshops at their Tulsa studio.

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Plextor Announces New Internal Blu-Ray Drives

Plextor® LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced two new multifunction disc drives that combine next-generation Blu-Ray and HD DVD technologies. The internal PX-B920SA drive features 4X BD-R write speed and a Serial ATA (SATA) interface for fast data throughput, up to 150 Mbits/sec. This drive is ideal for PC OEMs, systems integrators, enterprises, professionals, and high-end consumer markets where people want HD DVD playback along with Blu-Ray recording and playback.Click here to learn more!

The new PX-B920SA is a Blu-Ray burner that also plays HD DVD discs and supports high-speed reading and recording of DVD and CD media formats, including DVD-RAM, Dual Layer DVD, Double Layer DVD, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RW.

The new PX-B300SA multifunction drive is capable of playing both Blu-Ray and HD DVD media. The internal drive also reads and records DVD and CD media formats with recording speeds of 16X DVD±R, 24X CD-RW, and 40X CD-R. The PX-B300SA, which includes a SATA interface for high performance, is designed for PC OEMs, systems integrators, enterprises, professionals, and mid-market consumers who want to playback both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs and record on DVD and CD media.

"With the recent end of the DVD format wars, these new combos drives from Plextor still offer customers the freedom to view high-definition video media they prefer to use, whether Blu-Ray or HD DVD," said Amber Wang, director of new business development and marketing at Plextor. "According to Home Media, more than 1.5 million HD DVD movies have been sold in the United States to date. Our new drives give customers the ability to play HD DVD movies as well as Blu-ray discs."

PX-B920SA Multifunction Disc Drive
The PX-B920SA drive supports fast Blu-Ray recording speeds of 4X BD-R (18 MB/sec transfer rate) and 2X BD-RE (9 MB/sec transfer rate) on single layer and double-layer media. Playback is 4.8X for Blu-Ray BDMV (movie) discs and 3X for HD DVD Video discs.

For DVD, the PX-B920SA delivers 16X DVD±R on single-layer media, 4X DVD±R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X DVD-RAM. The drive also supports 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 6X max DVD-ROM, 40X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, and 40X CD-ROM. The PX-B920SA drive features a 4MB data buffer. The drive is LgihtScribe enabled for direct disc laser printing.

The PX-B920SA drive comes bundled with a single rewritable 25GB BD-RE media disc and a complete package of application software, including InterVideo WinDVD 8, Ulead MovieFactory 5.5 SE, and Burn.Now 4.5 SE.

PX-B300SA Multifunction Disc Drive
The PX-B300SA drive offers 4.8X BDMV and 3X HD DVD reading. For DVD, the drive delivers 16X DVD±R on single-layer media, 4X DVD±R on Double-Layer and Dual-Layer (DL) media, and 5X DVD-RAM. The drive also supports 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 6X max DVD-ROM, 40X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, and 40X CD-ROM. The PX-B300SA drive features a 4MB data buffer. The drive is LgihtScribe enabled for direct disc laser printing.

The PX-B300SA drive comes bundled with a complete package of application software, including InterVideo WinDVD 8, Ulead MovieFactory 5.5 SE, and Burn.Now 4.5 SE.

Pricing and Availability
Plextor will ship the PX-B920SA drive to distributors in North and South America in late March 2008, with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $449.99 USD. Plextor will ship the PX-B300SA drive to distributors in North and South America in late March 2008, with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $599.99 USD.

All retail packages include one-year full warranty and unlimited toll-free technical support.


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Image Line Software Announces FL Studio 8

Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium, March 24, 2008 â€" Image Line Software announce the release of FL Studio 8, the latest version of their award winning digital audio workstation. With a pedigree stretching back 10 years to the original FruityLoops, FL Studio 8 supersedes FL Studio 7 with over 100 new developments including an improved interface, sound engine, revised mixer, the addition of pattern clips to the playlist, new multilink MIDI learn system, a suite of new plug-ins and updates to many others.

"It's almost 10 years since we started FL Studio and it has been a long and hard road for the team. Just as any DAW is the sum of its parts, FL Studio certainly has turned into something unique in the software studio market" noted Didier Dambrin, the Chief Software Architect of Image Line Software. "Our catch-phrase 'The fastest way from your brain to your speakers' really is at the heart of FL Studio's workflow. We get a lot of positive feedback from the user base about how FL Studio just gets out of the way and lets them get on with making music" added the developer. He devoted FL Studio 8 to Arguru, a member of the team who passed away last year.

New Plugins
FL Studio 8 opens a new chapter in DAW flexibility with the addition of FL SynthMaker, a FL Studio native version of the popular plugin development application SynthMaker. Users can now create their own virtual instruments, effects and MIDI dashboards, use them in FL Studio and share them with other SynthMaker users, all without the need to write basic code. FL SynthMaker is included in Producer and XXL editions.

The Producer and XXL Editions also include Slicex â€" a powerhouse drumloop slicer and re-arranging tool. Slicex uses advanced beat detection algorithms to slice song/percussion samples into pieces and make them independently playable from the Piano roll or controller. Slicex offers playback, reordering of slices and time-stretching capabilities optimized for drum loops with all the editing power of Edison built right into the plugin.

Free to all users, FL Studio 8 also comes with a suite of new and creative plugins, including: Fruity Limiter - a powerful single band compressor/limiter, ideal for maximizing and compressing final mixes or single tracks, Wave Candy â€" a flexible audio analysis and visualization tool with Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyser and Peak meter and Soundgoodizer - a stereo “maximizer-enhancerâ€� plugin based on the Maximus sound processing engine.

FL Studio 8 will also include demo versions of the best sellers: Maximus
* a multiband mastering maximizer. Poizone 2 â€" a versatile and easy to program subtractive performance synthesizer. Morphine - an additive synthesizer with intuitive resynthesis capabilities allowing programmers to capture and synthesize almost any sound. And finally, Toxic Biohazard
* the fourth generation of the Toxic FM synthesizer line.

Revised plug-ins
Edison, FL Studio's audio editing and recording tool has received a number of exciting new capabilities including: A middle note and audio to MIDI analysis, recording for larger files has been improved, tighter integration with the FL Studio Playlist allows recorded audio to be marked and dumped to the exact location desired and a new drum loop stretching tool with improved gaps filling.

A new Envelope Sequencer has been added that provides a convenient method for create repetitive arpeggiator patterns or sequences in plug-ins that use the general purpose envelope including Sytrus and Fruity Love philter. Further, the Video Player, FPC, Fruity Wrapper, Direct Wave and Parametric EQ2 have all undergone refinements too numerous to mention here.

Interface and FL Engine
Image Line Software has made a number of enhancements to the interface, FL engine and workflow.

First, a new background score logger is constantly active in FL Studio 8, and guarantees users will never lose a keyboard performance again. The logger records all MIDI activity from controller keyboards and the typing-piano keyboard in a 3 minute rolling-buffer, at any time this can be dumped to a Piano roll.

A new multilink controller function can permanently learn and remember links between specific plugins (or FL Studio interface features) and external controllers. This means that next time the plugin is loaded the links will be automatically made.

The newly added recording filter now allows users to choose to record audio, note data independently. The Piano roll and the Playlist come with new keyboard shortcuts and functions including: Note patterns-clips and slip editing/resizing for all clip types. The sinc interpolator is also faster with 64 point sinc interpolation usable in real-time mixing, depending on the CPU. Finally in this section, OGG Vorbis audio export has been added.

The 64 stereo track mixer in FL Studio remains the most powerful in its class. FL Studio 8 introduces selected mixer track system for creating visual effects. Mouse wheel can also re-order effects.

FL8 will fit easily within your current workflow supporting VST/VSTi/VST2, DXi, DXi2, MP3, WAV, OGG, MIDI, ASIO, ASIO 2.

Additionally supported through DirectWave Editor: AKAI AKP (S5/6K,Z4,Z8), Battery (version 1), MPC, Reason, Kurzweil, EXS24, Kontakt (version 1 & 2), Recycle, SFZ+ and SoundFont2.

Editions and prices
FL Studio is available in four editions: Express (US $ 49, download only), FruityLoops (US $ 99 download/US $ 139 boxed), Producer (US $ 199 download/US $ 269 boxed) and XXL (US $ 299 download/US $ 399 boxed).

Download versions come with lifetime free updates.

About FL Studio:
FL Studio is a fully featured, open-architecture music creation and production environment for PC & Intel Macs running Bootcamp. No extra software is required to produce any style of music, as the complete set of instruments and studio tools is included in the package. The user can easily create songs, backing tracks, loops and sizzling beats. Completed songs can be saved to WAV, MP3, MIDI, .ZIP or native project formats (.FLP).

Additional information on FL Studio is available at flstudio.com.

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Fast Forward Video's Elite HD Is First Camera-Mounted DVR to Use JPEG 2000 (J2K) for HD-SDI Recording

Fast Forward Video (FFV) today announced the launch of the Elite HD, the first camera-mounted digital video recorder (DVR) and player to harness the JPEG 2000 (J2K) compression codec for recording HD-SDI video signals. The Elite HD gives broadcasters a powerful new option for recording high-quality video from HD-SDI cameras while reducing the costs of storage media.

Until now, broadcasters had to rely on the internal recording capabilities of their camcorders to record and playback HD-SDI video; however, in nearly every case, these recorders cannot match the video quality of the camera signal itself. In addition, onboard camera recorders require proprietary and expensive storage media, which can cost upwards of $500 for only 32 GB. In a typical workflow, these cards require another device to read the video and transfer it for editing.

Designed to mount on the back or base of a camcorder, the Elite HD accepts an incoming HD-SDI video signal with up to eight channels of embedded audio and uses J2K to record at data rates up to 100 Mbs with virtually no loss in signal quality. Video is stored to an off-the-shelf, hot-swappable 2.5-inch SATA drive, which provides up to 10 times more storage at a greatly reduced cost. In addition, the Elite HD enables streamlined, file-based workflows with its modular design, which can be easily detached from the camcorder and connected directly to a nonlinear editing system via USB cable.

"Once again, FFV has shown its industry leadership by delivering a camera-mounted HD-SDI recording and playback system that solves the dual problems of quality and high storage media costs," said Mark Playdon, sales director of Fast Forward Video. "Unlike any other available solution, the Elite HD harnesses the power of J2K, which provides compression within each frame of recorded output, for the high-quality video that HD broadcasters and their viewers have come to expect."

The Elite HD supports all HD-SDI camcorders and other video sources with compatible rates, including the Iconix HR-1; Canon XL H1 and G1; Sony F900, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX; JVC GY-HD250; Panasonic GP-US932; and Toshiba IK-HD1. The Elite HD also works with any HD-SDI switcher with a compatible output format, making it ideal for recording live events.

FFV, a recognized innovator of DVR technology for broadcast, industrial video, presentation, and military applications, will unveil the Elite HD at this year's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April.


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