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Following their recent successful broadcast screenings, two of the three short films of the Film Limerick Trilogy, Day Off and The Apparel have followed in the footsteps of their trilogy brother DATE:TIME and are now currently screening on Aer Lingus flights to and from the USA.

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As featured in the current edition of CARA magazine (with Limerick’s Ruth Negga on the cover), the shorts are taking pride and place alongside other carefully selected Irish Short Films. Congratulations to all cast and crew on the success of this and the Film Limerick Project as a whole.

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If you are travelling to or from the USA in the next four weeks make sure you check it out and let us know what you think.

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Avid-everywhere

Avid recently launched the latest concept for their flagship NLE software; Avid Everywhere.

According to their website:

Avid Everywhere is our strategic vision for helping content creators and media organizations connect with consumers more powerfully, efficiently, collaboratively, and profitably.

The Avid Everywhere vision is guiding our development of the most fluid end-to-end, distributed media production environment in the industry. The Avid MediaCentral Platform, in conjunction with the corresponding Artist SuiteMedia SuiteStorage Suite, and upcoming private and public marketplaces, will together form a comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses everything from media creation to distribution and monetization, addressing every aspect of the new digital media value chain.

There was a webinar streamed with this announcement along with information on the requirements for those who wish to acquire accreditation or upgrade their existing accreditation as a certified User or Instructor.

A full white paper on Avid Everywhere is available HERE.

More soon.

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By Simon McGuire

The rainy weather today didn’t deter the strong turnout for the first Broadcast Video Production Show at the Stillorgan Park Hotel in Dublin.

Its not often that a show of this type comes to Ireland (not including BVE North) and with a line up including Canon, Sony, Tiffen (Steadicam), Lacie, G-Technology, GoPro and many others this was an event not to be missed.

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I decided to attend the Tuesday (as shooting and editing schedules allowed it) and was very impressed with the range of vendors and equipment on display. There is something important about a touch and try venue… it allows you to formulate more questions for the vendors that might not normally come to mind in a phone conversation or email.

The show was organised by product resellers D&P Products or Camerakit.ie as most people in Ireland and the UK will recognise. Colm Egan and the team were on hand all day to point out stands of interest for their customers which gave an almost bespoke feel to the experience.

What was interesting was the presentations by a number of the big companies in attendance.

Below is a brief run through on some of the main ones that I attended:

JVC with Kris Hill

A very enthusiastic Kris introduced the new camera to the JVC range, the GY-HM650. Now this has been in the mix for a number of months and back in October 2012 when it was announced I was very interested in what this camera had to offer for the ENG shooter.

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The first feature Kris gave us was the x23 Optical Zoom Lens on this 3x CMOS sensor device; a nice touch considering the other cameras in this range. (Sony PMW 200)

The camera hosts a number of other features including the option for WIFI streaming which sets this camera apart from the competition. I could see a lot of workflow applications for the ENG shooter with this option. The only draw back to this is that the wireless broadband in this country will have to improve in order to get the full benefit of this feature. However the idea of sending a copy of low end content to be cut back a base and then upon returning you can then do a Autoconform of the full res footage on the offline cut does have a speed advantage. Using this to full effect with say Avid Interplay Share or Interplay Central and Media Composer 7 would make a very effective workflow for any ENG environment.

Including VAT the 650 was retailing on the day at €4790.85 (Special Show Price, contact D&P for latest Prices) which is not a bad ticket for a camera aimed at the broadcast market. The BBC seem to think so as they have invested in multiple units quite recently.

LACIE with Michael Eyraud

Storage is something close to my heart as an editor and you can never have too much of it. The main issue I have with external hard drives is the worry about reliability. Not with a Lacie though. Over the past 20 years editing I have gone through all the brands of storage external devices but it is always Lacie, I go back to for that very reason… reliability.

Michael demoed the latest from Lacie in their Thunderbolt connection range… Yes thunderbolt seems to be definitely the new Firewire.

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The impressive Lacie Rugged drive allows for quick transfer in the field with USB 2 and 3 connections available but for the desktop uses amoung us it was the 2 Big and 5 Big Thunderbolt drives that were impressive with the likes of James Horner (Spiderman) promoting them on the powerpoint slides for Film Music Production.

Canon EOS Cinema with Andrew Cummins, Lighting Camera Man.

Canon always go one extra and today was no exception. The cool and collected Andrew introduced us to the C300 and C500 cameras available from the EOS Cinema Range from Canon. With a PowerPoint presentation and multiple examples of work he has shot recently (see below) Andrew talked about the benefits of shooting with this type of system. These included; size, flexibility, lens range etc.

With 4K recording on dual CF Card slots the option for dual recording is a real seller giving the shooter the option of an extra backup of content, valuable in todays fast paced environment. On a Sandisk Extreme Card you can get up to 84mins of 4:2:2,  50mbs/s

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But the camera is more than shallow Depth of Field. The size allows for easy rig and de-rig from tripods and other stabilizers and it is not bad with handheld too. Andrew demo’d this and also showed how easy it was to adapt the camera to different shooting situations by changing prime lenses in a matter of seconds.

Also the camera is very good on battery power and weight.

Andrews final advise on using the Canon EOS C300 was: “The Camera tests the way you shoot… it echo’s back to the traditional procedures in filming and removed the auto functions a lot of camera operators are use to. You WILL have to change the way you shoot… but its so worth it

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Avid Media Composer with Ben Davison, Solutions Specialist

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The final presentation I attended was one that’s close to my heart. Avid Media Composer. I’ve been using Avid since 1998 so I am a little bias in this but the software has come on leaps and bounds in this latest edition.

Released on 27th June 2013, Avid have gone and made a number of changes to their flag ship software, and for the better too!

Firstly the new low price. Now available for around the 1K mark (depending on vendor) It now makes professional NLE editing more affordable for the freelance editor as well as the high end post production house. The Academic price of around €299 is going to remain the same but hey you get 4 years support from Avid as well as 4 years of upgrades free. That’s not to be sniffed at if you are a student editor and serious about your career in the industry.

A new feature that caught my eye was Frame Flex. This allows 4k and even 8K res content to be scaled for editing to 1080p. Nice if you want to relieve the processor of the workload in the offline. You can then upscale to the 4k res later for grading and online.

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Colour Space Conversion is now real-time. Look up tables and colour decision lists too.

They have completely rewritten AMA (calling it AMA2). Now the content transcodes in the background while you work on your offline cut with the AMA content. A “Powerful Workflow” as Ben put it.

Background processing is also possible without Avid Media Composer even running with the ability to manage jobs in a list too.

Audio enhancements are the big one though. There is a New Waveform, Clip Gain Timeline adjustment, New Master Fader Support and a configurable audio mixer too. This coupled with the interoperability of Pro Tools too makes Avid Media Composer a very attractive piece of kit for the edit suite.

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Well that’s it. I didn’t get time to attend all the presentations but it was well worth the trip to Dublin to get to talk with the vendors and listen to the presentations as well my favourite part in getting my hands on the equipment.

The show is running again tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd July in the same venue, Stillorgan Park Hotel, so if you are around make sure you get in there and catch the presentations.

Simon.

Media Composer 6

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Editing
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Faster and better than ever

“Professional editors and producers like you around the world have told us what you need to succeed. More efficient and easy-to-use video editing tools. An open platform that enables you to work with everything you want and integrate into any workflow. More power to eliminate bottlenecks, so you can work faster than ever.”

 It seems like it was only a few months since the last update… and in theory it has been for some. We barly get the cash together to get the 5.5 upgrade and Avid lands another on your purse strings. This time around the focus is on the 64bit operating systems. This is a huge welcome (dispite my earlier money worries). It was the natural progression Avid Technologies had to take. It remains to be seen if the upgrade is worth it and according to the website (see link below) the 5.5 version will have to be used by cutters who remain on a 32 bit OS.
As soon as I get my hands on the upgrade I’ll post a full review, ‘warts and all’.

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Another great Professional workshop took place on Monday night last at the Behind the Scenes forum at the Absolute hotel. Avid Specialist speaker, Tom Crocker, spoke about the latest features of Avid’s Media Composer 5.5 which was released only a couple of weeks ago.

Behind the Scenes would like to thank Tom for his time and knowledge and also thank David O’Byrne of Tyrell for also bringing down fact sheets and other knowledge material.

We hope that the future meetings of Behind the Scenes lives up to this one.

 

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Avid Workshop for Limerick

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Editing
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This Monday coming, Feb 28th, will see an Avid Technologies Guest Lecture give a talk in the Millennium Theatre from 11am to 1pm.
The content of this will run on the following,

· Avid Introduction and MC5 overview (Introduction)
· Workflows and file Management AMA ( Basic)
· Workflows, File types and Timeline formats ( Advanced)

This talk is not only open to all Video and Sound Students but we have invited students from UL, Limerick College of Further Education, Mary Immaculate College and Tralee I.T.

Here is a Bio on Tom Crocker, Avid Media Composer Specialist
Tom is a very experienced Avid Demo Artist with years of industry background. Tom, who until recently, worked for Avid as a product specialist., specialising in Avid editing software.  He brings experience from both using Avid Media Composer professionally and as an Certified Avid  educator, giving many Avid Training courses over the years.

Tom will offer an insight to workflow and file manager within Avid Media Composer and discuss some of the new features that have arrived with the release of MC 5.5  ( Launched BE Feb 2011 ) . Tom Crocker has Specialist Knowledge of Video Codec’s and Colour grading. His overall Specialties are Film and Television editing and production, workflow and integration, post production.

Hi all, Well just back lecturing at LIT and low and behold we have Avid Media Composer 5 installed on all the suites. We have been running tests today to see if the intergration works with the Avid Unity server and so far there have been only a few small path issues which have been sorted.

The interface is pretty much the same folks, Avid is a bit like Porsche in that they tend to leave the look of the product the same but only tweak the performance and price as it suits them.

With the positioning of the tools on the left of the timeline and a few graphical changes MC5 seems to have pretty much the same build performance as its previous version.

MC5 does have a few new tricks however… this is taken from the http://www.avid.com website. It make interesting reading. Enjoy.

  • Directly access and edit RED files through AMA, without transcoding (images are scaled to HD frame size)
  • Work natively with QuickTime video formats, including Apple ProRes and H.264
  • Edit video and audio by dragging and dropping elements in the timeline
  • Keep high-end finishing projects in-house and gain great color precision with HD-RGB support (including dual-link I/O support with Nitris DX systems)
  • Monitor video externally with support for the Matrox MXO2 Mini
  • Mix and match frame sizes and aspect ratios — in addition to formats, frame rates, and resolutions — in the same timeline
  • Take a break during long renders and have your system email you when the job’s done
  • Import AVCHD files directly from cameras and other devices
  • Capture to and edit XDCAM HD and DVC PRO HD formats from baseband without additional hardware
  • Access low-res XDCAM proxies for offline work, with full-quality audio
  • Import text-based ancillary data and embed it in the video signal with the new “Data Track” and SMPTE 436M support using Nitris DX- and Mojo DX-based systems
  • View stereo audio tracks as single channels in the timeline for easier handling
  • Create high-quality sounds and mixes with support for RTAS audio processing plug-ins
  • Natively access and edit 4:2:2 MPEG-2 media from the new Canon cameras using AMA

You can read about these new features in more detail here:

http://www.avid.com/US/products/Media-Composer-Software/features

Avid segment tool explained

Posted: September 10, 2010 in media
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What’s the diff. between segment INSERT and OVERWRITE tools? Learn in this lesson from GETTING STARTED training: http://youtu.be/E-g9i-v5Q0k

Avid News

Posted: September 10, 2010 in media
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Just announced @IBCShow Avid DS 10.5, the first software-only version of Avid’s all-in-one VFX, finishing, conforming solution #AvidBuzz