Apple Releases Final Cut Studio 3

Just got word that Apple has released Final Cut Studio 3.  It contains new versions of Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5, and DVD Studio Pro 4. Best of all it contains Blu-ray support…. Press release below;

Apple Updates Final Cut Studio with More Than 100 New Features

New Versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor

CUPERTINO, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple today announced a significant update to Final Cut Studio with more than 100 new features and new versions of Final Cut Pro , Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor. Final Cut Studio features Final Cut Pro 7 which expands Apple’s ProRes codec family to support virtually any workflow and includes Easy Export for one step output to a variety of formats and iChat Theater support for real-time collaboration. Motion 4 includes enhanced tools such as 3D shadows, reflections and depth of field for stunning motion graphics and visual effects, and Soundtrack Pro 3 features new multitrack audio tools to streamline audio post production. Color 1.5 includes better Final Cut Pro integration and support for full color resolution, and Compressor 3.5 adds new features that make it easy to set up and customize your export options. At $999, the new Final Cut Studio is $300 less than the previous release and is also available as an upgrade for just $299.

“With 1.4 million users and 50 percent of the market,* Final Cut Pro is the number one professional video editing application,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The new Final Cut Studio includes more than 100 new features and dramatically expands Apple’s ProRes family of codecs so editors can work in the studio with the highest quality video or on location at low bandwidths.”

Final Cut Pro 7, the latest version of Apple’s Emmy Award-winning editing software, includes new versions of Apple’s ProRes codecs to support virtually any workflow with the addition of ProRes Proxy, for offline and mobile editing at low bandwidth; ProRes LT, for general purpose editing; and ProRes 4444 for editing and visual effects at the highest quality possible. Easy Export allows users to continue working on projects while encoding is done in the background and the sequence is exported to YouTube, MobileMe(TM), iPhone(TM), iPod , Apple TV , DVD or Blu-ray. iChat Theater support allows real time collaboration by sharing Final Cut timelines or individual source clips with iChat users anywhere in the world, even if they don’t have a copy of Final Cut Pro. Other new features include new speed tools to change clip speed with ease, alpha transitions to create dramatic effects using moving mattes, and native AVC-Intra support for the latest high quality Panasonic cameras.

Motion 4 extends award-winning, easy to use animation tools so video editors can quickly create everything from basic titles to animated credit rolls to stunning motion graphics. Enhancing 3D compositions is faster than ever with new customizable features that add point and spot lights to cast realistic shadows or turn any shape, video plane or paint stroke into a reflective surface. Motion 4 gives editors the flexibility to adjust the depth of field within a 3D canvas by selectively highlighting a single object or using multiple objects to create a racking focus effect.

Soundtrack Pro 3 adds powerful new audio editing tools including Voice Level Match which extracts volume information from the vocal content of one clip and applies it to another without altering any other audio content so editors can easily correct mismatched voice levels. An enhanced File Editor includes new tools to make sophisticated edits and fine tune volume adjustments by targeting specific frequencies such as the rustle of a paper or the bump of a desk without affecting dialogue. The new Advanced Time Stretch feature stretches and compresses audio with incredible precision using three Apple-designed algorithms or other algorithms available as third party plug-ins.

Color 1.5, Apple’s easy to use professional grading application, now works with a greater range of sequences and effects from Final Cut Pro and an integrated workflow allows editors to complete projects entirely within Final Cut Studio. New 4K support works natively with files from cameras such as the RED ONE and outputs directly to ProRes for HD or DPX for film. Expanded support for new high quality formats includes AVC-Intra, XDCAM 422 and ProRes 4444, for grading with the maximum amount of color information.

Compressor 3.5 makes encoding and delivering in multiple formats easier than ever with the ability to automatically detect QuickTime settings and create an Easy Export template or a mini “droplet” on the desktop that automates specific Compressor actions. New, customizable sharing options make it easy to publish to YouTube and MobileMe, or export for iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and mobile phones. For the highest quality HD material, menu templates and encoding presets make it fast and easy to create Blu-ray discs. Final Cut Studio also includes DVD Studio Pro , a powerful DVD authoring environment with drag and drop tools, on screen editing and real time previews.

Soundtrack Pro and Compressor are also available as part of the new Logic Studio , allowing Final Cut and Logic users to collaborate and share files.

Apple today also introduced Final Cut Server 1.5, the asset management and automation tool for Final Cut Studio. Final Cut Server 1.5 includes powerful new features like lightweight, offline editing with ProRes Proxy, production hierarchies to organize media, and support for still sequences to easily view and manage image sequences for graphics and effects workflows. Final Cut Server now includes unlimited client licenses and is available for $999 or as a $299 upgrade for existing users.

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Next Generation Storage Technologies Abound At NAB 2009

Like cameras at this years NAB there was a ton of recording technologies. Almost extinct are VTR’s as file base recording has become mainstream across the board. This blog post looks at some of the storage technologies that I came across at NAB 2009.

MicroStorage

http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/EN/bf/bv/ksbs/microstorage.jsp

Fraunhofer was showing their MicroStorage device in combination with their microHDTV camera. This new small HD broadcast storage device employs commercial Compact Flash Cards and is suited for point-of-view cameras. The MicroStorage device records HD or SD image data in H.264 high profile L4.0 format and has a power consumption of 5 watts.

HDTV MicroStorage System

HDTV MicroStorage System

AJA KI Pro

http://www.aja.com/products/ki-pro/

AJA KI Pro

AJA KI Pro

The AJA Ki Pro is a new tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. The unit features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs so one can interface with virtually any type of camera one might own or rent.

AJA Video recorder has removable solid-state media that captures QuickTime files using Apple’s10-bit ProRes 422 compression schemenatively in hardware. This makes the files instantly recognized within a Final Cut Pro timeline so editing can begin immediately with no transcoding.

The Ki Pro records hours of media to a removable a storage module, has a built in FireWire 800 interface or to a 34mm ExpressCard Flash. The Ki Pro Features;

  • Record hours of pristine ProRes media to a removable storage module with built-in FireWire 800, or to 34mm Expresscard Flash, for immediate editing and file access.
  • Record natively to Apple ProRes 422 for full raster 10-bit 4:2:2 HD and SD.
  • Bridge proprietary compression schemes by recording to Apple ProRes 422.
  • Connect any digital camera via SDI or HDMI, or any analog camera with multiple input options
  • Convert in real time from SD to HD, or 720 to/from 1080, in full 10-bit quality.
  • Extend client review capabilities with simultaneous recording to camera and to Ki Pro.
  • Extend productive life of existing cameras and embrace future workflows with powerful conversion capabilities.
  • Built-in WiFi and Ethernet for complete control via a web-browser, or iPhone.

Video below from AJA’s product manager;

Hoodman RAW SxSxSDHC (Secure Digital) Memory Adapter For Express Port

http://www.hoodmanusa.com/products.asp?dept=1063

Hoodman RAW SxSxSDHC Memory Adapter

Hoodman RAW SxSxSDHC Memory Adapter

This is another useful product. The RAW SxSxSDHCtm Alternative Memory Adapter for Sony® SxS Applications allows one to use SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) memory cards to store data. Download data through express card port or eject SDHC card and place in SDHC to USB reader.

Panasonic – Low-Priced ‘E Series’ P2 Cards

Lower Cost P2 Media from Panasonic

Lower Cost P2 Media from Panasonic - Fast But Lower Life Expectancy

Low-priced P2 media was introduced by Panasonic at NAB. Called the P2 E Series a 64 GB will list for just $998 when it ships in August. Compare that to the $1650 fetched by current 32 GB P2 cards. A 32 GB and a 16 GB E-Series P2 card are expected to ship next month, with $625 and $420 price tags, respectively.

While the newer cards are very fast they are rated for a shorter lifetime of about five years of daily use. As the cards approach the end of their reliable life cycle, a warning will appear on the screen of the P2 camera or card reader. Panasonic’s P2 formatter software will also track an E-series card’s life expectancy.

Avid – Qualifies Final Cut Pro

http://www.avid.com

In another move towoards interoperability Avid, who returned to NAB this year, announced that it has  qualified Apples Final Cut Pro Editing tool to operate on its Unity MediaNetwork and ISIS [Infinitely Scalable Intelligent Storage] shared storage systems.

Flash Memory Recorders At NAB

Below are a number of Flash Memory Recorders that I saw at NAB.

Solid State Drives – iodrive from fusion I/O

http://www.fusionio.com/

Vodpod videos no longer available.

This solid state drive uses NAND flash and boast speeds hundreds of times faster that of hard drives. The video above shows how much throughput can occur with Solid State Drives using Fusion I/O. The video shows how they have the ability to playback 256 simultaneous DVD streams. The video below is a promo and demonstrates how they can be ganged together to increase SSD’s throughput.

Toshiba - On-Air Max

Toshiba - On-Air Max

Convergent Design - Flash XDR

Convergent Design - Flash XDR

Ikegami GFSeries of Tapeless HD Flash Memory Production Tools

Ikegami GFSeries of Tapeless HD Flash Memory Production Tools

Nexto Video Storage

Nexto Video Storage

Hard Drive Storage

Even with all of the Flash based recorders, hard drives are still the workhorse of storage. With the emergence of inexpensive SATA drives, RAID recoding schemes have become mainstream technology. The next few posts look at hard drive based systems and LTO based data archive systems that I saw at NAB.

Cal Digit – VR Mini

http://www.caldigit.com/VR_mini/

The CalDigit VR mini

The CalDigit VR mini

The CalDigit VR mini is a compact two drive RAID system, supporting a quadruple interface –FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0 and eSATA– for easy connectivity for video professionals. The CalDigit VR mini’s modular design provides two removable drive modules and an easy to read frontside LCD. Users can set their system as RAID 0, 1, and JBOD the VR mini can reach speeds fast enough for high definition video editing. It includes easy to use software allowing for firmware updates, configuration, and monitoring which even supports email notification.

Lacie Eithernet Drives

http://www.lacie.com/ca/products/product.htm?pid=11118

LaCie 5big Network

LaCie 5big Network

If you want a bigger network based system Lacie’s 5big Network is a five-bay RAID solution for small and medium workgroups or offices that need large storage and backup capacity. It offers capacities up to 7.5TB (7500GB) and employs a versatile hot-swap feature. Users can set the 5big to seven different RAID modes including RAID 5 and RAID 6.

CitiDISK™ HD

http://www.shining.com/products/totalsolution/citidisk_hd/

CitiDISK HD

CitiDISK HD

CitiDISK™ HD is a recorder that connects directly to camcorders and captures footage to its miniature high-capacity hard drive and to tape simultaneously. This interconnect is from the camera’s FireWire port and it converst the files into Quicktime or AVI files of your choice. It handles DVCPRO HD®, DVCPRO50® and DV footage. Through its “QPLAY” feature it can playback the last scenes on a cameras viewfinder.

Fast Forward Video

www.ffv.com

Elete HD

Elete HD

FFV introduced five DVR products at NAB this year. The Elite HD camera-mounted DVR and player accepts an incoming HD-SDI video signal with eight channels of embedded audio and records at data rates up to 100Mb/s with 4:2:2 sampling and 10-bit quantization with near-lossless J2K compression. Elite HD records video on hot-swappable 2.5″ SATA drives. Once the camera input is captured, the drive can be removed and footage imported into any editing system via USB. Other introductions included the Omega HD DVR and portable Mini DVR Pro, NDT200 and eClips DVRs.

Focus Enhancements FS5 Direct-to-edit Recorder

http://www.videonics.com/

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/freshdv/story/nab_2009_video_focus_enhancements/

FS5

Focus Enhancements introduced a Version 2.0 upgrade for their FS-5 Direct To Edit™ Recorder. New features include – Video file playback, proxy and thumbnail feature, metadata support for Avid users and extensive multi-camera functionality.

Cache-a – LTO Network Archive Appliance

http://cache-a.com/

Cache-a LTO Network Archive Appliance

NAB also saw the introduction of a new  LTO-4 A-Series drive that will  provide fast file transfers over Gigabit Ethernet. The speed of those file transfers are at estimated data rates up to 50MB/s or more.

BRU Producer’s Edition

http://www.productionbackup.com/

I also got a glimpse of the BRU Producer’s Edition™ from TOLIS Group. It allows for drag and drop archiving to networked based LTO archiving systems.

HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/en/WF05a/12169-304612-3446236-3446236-3446236-443365.html

HP LTO System

HP LTO System

HP Was also showing their LTO StorageWorks Ultrium 960 tape drives. The product is their third generation LTO technology which delivers a capacity of 800 GB of compressed data on a single cartridge and has a data transfer rate of 576 GB per hour in compressed mode.

PoolIT

http://www.picturetools.de/ws/produkt.asp?ID=342&NS=1

PoolIT

PoolIT

One other product I saw was PoolIT from Tiger Technology. It’s a software overlay that consolidates storage by aggregating multiple volumes into one.

Evolving To Interoperability – The Editing Evolution Continued At NAB 2009

Comment – The War Is Over, Interoperability Has Emerged

AVID vs Final Cut Pro - No-one Won

AVID vs Final Cut Pro - Interoperability Won

Since the commoditization of Apple’s Final Cut Pro the landscape of editing has changed dramatically. A decade ago one could go to NAB and find dozens of editing solutions from a variety of companies. Over the past five years the number of players shrunk and those both inside and outside the industry seemingly gathered around AVID, who’s workflows were well understood in both Film and TV production or the upstart Final Cut Pro software which was affordable, accessible and heavily promoted by Apple.

This changing landscape peaked at NAB 2007 with giant side by side booths by Apple and AVID highlighted by a volume war between the competing booths. It all came crashing down at NAB 2008 with neither company placing booths at the show.

By NAB 2009 the dust had settled. No one had won the war, instead editors saw these Apple and Avid editing programs for what they really are… Tools. Depending on who you are, where and how you works Editing programs are best selected for the task at hand.

Because Final Cut Pro has so many users there is no doubt it has become the “Swiss Army Knife” of the industry when it comes to editing. A lot of software was shown at NAB that complements it. Beyond FCP and AVID other editing programs that were evident at NAB included Grass Valleys Edius, SONY Vegas Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.

With the yelling wars over if any trend was evident at NAB, interoperability seemed to be a theme. This blog post looks at some of the technology and software I found at NAB 2009 that relates to editing. You’ll find my post on Software at NAB 2009 will add to the information in this blog posting.

CineForm Neo3D – 3D Workflow Solution for Final Cut Pro

http://www.cineform.com/neo3d/

CineForm’s Neo3D made its debut at NAB 2009 and is one of those add on programs to Final Cut Pro. The program enables Final Cut Pro users to create 3D QuickTime movies that include both Left and Right eyes. It also to edit 3D projects in real time with full frame rate playback to an external 3D monitor.

Traditionally, 3D projects are edited in 2D as independent Left and Right eyes, with a final 3D conform after the entire editorial process is complete.  CineForm Neo3D simplifies the 3D process by allowing viewing in full 3D while editing, including adjustment of convergence (horizontal, vertical, or rotation) plus individual or stereo (3D) eye color correction.  This technique allows many projects to eliminate 3D conform entirely and print directly from the Final Cut Pro timeline to electronic 3D distribution or projection files.

CineForm’s Neo3D is not limited to Final Cut Pro and Mac OSx. It will also be available for the Windows platform shortly. The video above shows the Final Cut Pro version in action.

Glue Tools For Final Cut Pro

http://www.gluetools.com/index.html

Glue Tools is a series of add on programs for Final Cut Studio. The software allows Cineon DPX files, Vision Research Cine Movies created by the Phantom Camera and ARRIRAW “.ari” image sequences created by ARRIFLEX D-21 cameras to work with Final Cut Pro.

ADOBE working natively with RED

More interoperability…. ADOBE is now offering native RED R3D support.  Both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 and Adobe After Effects CS4 version 9.0.1 were shown providing a true file-based workflow for RED R3D files, without transcoding or rewrapping at NAB. The beta plug-in is available at http://www.red.com/support

You can find more on RED workflows with Adobe video solutions go to: http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/pdfs/red_adobe_cs4_beta.pdf

MaxT Systems – The MAXedit GUI

http://www.max-t.com

MAXedit™ GUI

Editing without a specialized workstation through a network connected GUI is what MAXedit Web Edition is all about. It’s a comprehensive Web-based NLE platform developed for video professionals in the broadcast, production, postproduction and prosumer markets.

You can purchase your own server and build your own system or you can subscribe. Both its server edition or its  subscription service allows users to edit and collaborate on their projects without having to purchase, install or maintain high-end editing gear. Editing workflow involves uploading video content and then start editing. The MAXedit platform is a frame-accurate, native-format editing system of compressed HD/SD content — including HDV, DV, DVCPRO and MPEG-2. It’s GUI interface is a highly interactive interface that’s launched from a Web browser.

KDDI Labs – MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0

http://mmm.kddilabs.jp/en/mpeg/mpro/20/index.html

MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0

MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0

Thought I’d use this blog post to note KDDI’s MPEG editing software. Their MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0 is a professional use nonlinear MPEG editing software for one source multi use. MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro enables high-speed frame-accurate editing of SDTV such as MP@ML and 4:2:2P@ML, MPEG-2 materials that include HDTV such as MP@HL, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC materials.

It also covers various MPEG files such as HDV(720p,1080i), SMPTE302M. You can also output edited contents after converting them to various formats such as H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with HE-AAC including mobile digital broadcasting, and 3GPP2.

JL Cooper – Eclipse SX

http://jlcooper.com/pages/eclipsesx.html

JL Cooper Eclipse SX Colour Control Surface

JL Cooper Eclipse SX Colour Control Surface

I checked out JL Coopers new Eclipse SX is essentially the left side of an Eclipse CX colour correction surface in a compact, stand alone package.

New capabilities allow it to be used by itself with Apple Final Cut Studio and is the most affordable option for control in Apple Final Cut Studio and Color. Eclipse SX is also compatible with Assimilate Scratch, DVS ClipSter, IFX Piranha Cinema, Iridas Speedgrade and other software professional applications.

AJA I/O Express

http://www.aja.com/products/io/io-express.php

Io Express

Io Express

There were a bunch of products at NAB released by AJA. Io Express has been designed as a Mac or PC interface for anyone who needs an inexpensive monitoring and mastering solution when working with Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD, and more.

AJA KONA Lhi

http://www.aja.com/products/kona/kona-lhi.php

KONA LHi

KONA LHi (Click Image)

Another product is AJA KONA LHi . As per their website “AJA KONA LHi bridges the gap between legacy analog devices and the latest 3G SDI and HDMI v1.3a enabled products. KONA LHi interfaces with the latest PCIe Apple Mac OSX hardware and QuickTime software applications. AJA drivers offer integrated support for Apple Final Cut Studio. KONA LHi allows editing, monitoring and mastering of professional quality video in an easy to use product.”

AJA Xena Lhi

http://www.aja.com/products/xena/

K3-Box for XENA 2K

K3-Box for XENA 2K

This product is designed for Windows applications and supportsAdobe® Production Premium, along with a wide variety of 3rd-party software. The XENA line of video and audio I/O cards are designed to record, review, and print SD/HD/2K video on Windows workstations.

MXO2 Mini

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/press/releases/mxo2_mini/

Matrox MXO2 Mini

Matrox MXO2 Mini

Matrox was sowing a new product as NAB called the Matrox MXO2 Mini. It can be used with Mac and PC editing  applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop.It’s used to capture and playback high definition video via HDMI. It can also handle analog component (NTSC and PAL) via analog component S-Video and composite connections. The unit can also capture AVCHD footage into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format.

The unit can convert standard definition videos to high definition, or vice versa, while capturing or playing out, using a built in hardware scaler. The Mini also turns an inexpensive HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitorusing a unique color calibration tool.

One option of the Matrox MXO2 Mini is that a Matrox MAX can be added to deliver faster than realtime high definition H.264 file creation. Matrox MAX is a unique technology that implements faster than realtime H.264 encoding for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD. It uses a dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices. It intgrates with professional applications such as Apple Compressor on the Mac and Adobe Media Encoder on the PC. As an added benefit, the Matrox MAX technology allows direct export to higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray compliant files from Compressor.

Key features of Matrox MXO2 Mini include

  • Works with Mac and PC, laptops and desktops
  • Small, lightweight, external box that’s easily connected to cameras and monitors
  • Capture and playback high definition video via HDMI and analog component; or NTSC and PAL via analog component, S-Video, and composite
  • Turns an HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor with color calibration tools including blue-only
  • High-quality 10-bit hardware scaling engine for realtime upscaling, downscaling, and cross conversion on capture and playback
  • Stereo RCA and up to 8 channels of HDMI audio input and output
  • 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring on the HDMI output
  • Easily edit AVCHD footage by capturing into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format
  • Works with leading applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and many more
  • Also available with Matrox MAX for faster than realtime H.264 encoding

Matrox MXO2 Rack

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/press/releases/mxo2_max/

Matrox MXO2 Rack

Matrox MXO2 Rack

The Matrox MXO2 Rack is a rack-mounted (2RU) version of the Matrox MXO2 I/O device for the Mac.

KB Covers Application Specific Keyboards

http://www.kbcovers.com/servlet/Categories?category=KB+Keyboards

I use a couple of KB covers on my Mac at home. One thing they showed new at NAB this year was MAC Application Specific Keyboards. What’s different about these is they are not overlays or replacement buttons. Instead they are manufactured keyboards specific to various software applications that run on a Mac.

Rethinking Blu-ray Authoring

Blu-ray Authouring Station At Ryerson University In Toronto

Blu-ray Authoring Station At Ryerson University In Toronto

Ok, so Blu-ray is not new…. And a variety of programs can now create Blu-ray media…. I know, I know…. I discovered this when I recently had to work myself through the process of shooting at 24p on a Canon HV-20 with the idea of outputting it in 24p using a PlayStation 3. It got complicated on my Apple system. I first had to used Apple’s Compressor to transcode the 24p frames out of the HDV bitsetream, edit it using in Final Cut Pro, run it through Compressor again to create an H.264 stream and and finally write the 24p h.264 stream back to Blu-ray. Yuck!

I found it was much easier using Pinnacle’s Studio 12 (which saw the 24 p stream immediately) and after editing my material it appeared to write it back to Blu-ray as a 24 frame file. Well at least that’s what the Playstation 3 told me.

With that bevy of experience behind me a research project crossed my desk this month that required a Windows desktop system. Windows was required because the Blu-ray authoring software that was being used included a BD Live authoring component. The project gave me the chance to re-invent a Blu-ray authoring workstation from scratch so I thought what I’d do in this blog post and outline what we ended up doing here at Ryerson.

Hardware Goodies

Tiger Directs Bareboneasaurus

Tiger Direct's Bareboneasaurus

One thing I had learned from both Apple’s Compressor and Studio 12 software was that the rendering process was the slowest part of the process, so a good processor is a key element. Since the research included some BD Live authoring (a relatively new programming discipline I guessed) I felt it was best to stay on Intel’s processors for this project so there would be no second guessing around the hardware as this new “black art” was being learned.

In the end it was TigerDirect’s Bareboneasaurus promotion that caught my eye as the base technology for this project. We have people here on staff who love to build computers and when I spotted the 4 core Intel and 12 gigs of DDR 3 memory this had to be the Unit. Not only would the multicore processor decrease rendering time, but the amount of RAM associated with the Bareboneasaurus would be handy in the future for other development activities. The kit (in Tiger Direct speak) consisted of ASUS P6T Intel Socket LGA1366 Barebone Kit – Intel Core i7 920, 12GB Corsair DDR3-1333, 1TB SATA2, Clear Side ATX Mid-Tower, 650W. The price you see above is in Canadian dollars.

For a video card –again in Tiger Direct speak– we chose a XFX GeForce 9800 GTX + Video Card – 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support.

For our first monitor we chose a Sceptre X23WG-1080p 23in Wide 8ms DVI LCD Monitor. Although its use would be primarily a VGA monitor, it’s 1080p capability meant it could also double as a 1080 display when checking HD Blu-ray material.

We had an internal LG 6X Super-Multi Blu Ray Writer (Model : GGW-H20L) mounted in a startech.com 5.25in Silver eSATA USB 2.0 to SATA Optical Drive Enclosure. The portable unit had found a lot of use in the department writing one off Blu-ray media for display so I ordered a  GGW-H20L specific for the workstation. It’s still not delivered, so they must be hard to come by and that’s why you see the external Blu-ray writer installed as part of the workstation below.

TigerDirect's Bareboneasaurus (Assembled), GGW-H20L) mounted in a startech.com Optical Drive Enclosure and a a Sceptre X23WG-1080p

To view Blu-ray media in 1080p and to act as a second production model we the second monitor a Sharp Aquos 32″ 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV (model LC32D64U). We also chose a PlayStation 3 80GB as the Blu-ray player. The project needed an Internet connected Blu-ray player and we thought since SONY updates the software on its PlayStation’s we would be somewhat assured the hardware would work should BD Live firmware or software receive updates.

Sharp Aquos 32″ 1080p Flat-Panel, PlayStation 3 80GB Blu-ray player

Other additional items we obtained were four premium Blu-ray movie titles that BD Live content.

Blu-ray titles with BD Live Content

Blu-ray Titles with BD Live Content

One nice item we got with the PlayStation was the PlayStation Blu-ray remote control. After several botched attempts trying to access Blu-ray disks via the PlayStation 3 game controller the remote control actually  streamlines access to the disc features. In a way its funny that Bluetooth was chosen for PlayStation 3 but unlike standard infrared remotes, it can be used without having to point directly at the PlayStation system.

SONYs Bluetooth Remote Makes the BD Live Content Work

SONY's Bluetooth Remote Makes the BD Live Content Work

No Blu-ray blues with the hardware in this installation…..

….brad….

NAB 2008 – Links Of All Things NAB 2008

Below are some random links of different items that I saw an NAB 2008;

Lowel Ego Lighthttp://www.lowelego.com/ Video below;

Lowel EDULighting Resource Center. Video Below;

Matrox MXO2 – that provides broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion to Apple Final Cut Studio 2 and Adobe CS3 Production Premium on the Mac. Click Here For Video Link.

Vikuiti Rear Projection Film – Video Below;

KAE CorporationApple™ G5 Desk Mounts

Display DevicesConfidence Monitor Cart

Tiger TechnologymetaSAN

ScopeBoxhttp://www.scopebox.com/ Click Here For Video.

Horita“Script Kit” PA Logging Clipboard w/ Software and Pocket PA LTC – Bluetooth Transmitter

American Paper Optics3D Glasses

CheckersCable Management Systems

EyePartnerBlinkoTV

Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) – displays four times the number of pixels of the highest HDTV standard resolution 1080p. It’s sometimes referred to as 2160p. The number 2160 stands for 2160 lines of vertical display resolution. Video Below;

iRecord Personal Media Recorderhttp://www.irecord.com/

AminoIPTV Set Top Boxes

Native 1080p Productionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p#Production_standards

Blackmagic DesignClick Here For Video Tour Of Booth.

J-LAB 15.4 inch 1080P LCD Field Monitorhttp://www.j-lab.com/LCD.html

TASCAM DR-1http://www.tascam.com/products/dr-1.html Video Below;

Ultra scalable content storage from IBM – Video Below;

MerlinOneMerlin Video

MacBreak NAB 2008 Coverage

NAB 2008: Tidbits: Part 1

NAB 2008: Neutrik

NAB 2008: Location Sound Corp

NAB 2008: Lite Panels

NAB 2008: Plug-in Pavilion

NAB 2008: JK Audio

NAB 2008: Flow

NAB 2008: RSR

NAB 2008: Mogul

NAB 2008: Thermo

NAB 2008: Gefen

NAB 2008: Tidbits Part 2

Apple’s Final Cut Server Finally Ships!

Apple® announced today that Final Cut® Server for Final Cut Studio is now shipping, just in time for the National Association of Broadcasters conference that starts next week. Final Cut Server a software solution that provides media asset management and workflow automation and is a scaleable server application that catalogs large collections of assets across multiple disks and SAN volumes. It allows for viewing, annotation and approval of content from anywhere using a PC or Mac®. It was scheduled to be released last summer.