Mar 26th

Buy Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and Get CS6 Free

By Safe Harbor Computers
With an abundance of Adobe previews over the last few weeks, it has been no secret that CS6 is right around the corner. Throw in this latest promotion, and we now have a clearer look at an estimated ship date. From March 26th to May 6th, 2012, purchasing a full license or upgrade of an Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product will also get you an upgrade to CS6 at no additional cost. Aside from the obvious benefits of saving money in the long run, there are numerous reasons to take advantage of this limited-time promotion:

 

  • Pay todays prices for tomorrows software. Whether you purchase full or upgrade licenses to CS5.5 today, you or your organization will receive the CS6 license for each of those purchases at no additional cost. That translates into significant savings, and all users will benefit from the latest and greatest Adobe software now and in the future.

     

  • Be among the first to take advantage of the newest Creative Suite software. With this offer, you can implement the current version of Creative Suite immediately, helping yourself, or your organization, increase productivity and take advantage of powerful tools and time-saving features. When CS6 is released, users will be at the front of the line to access the most cutting-edge, feature-rich creative software available—at no additional cost.

     

  • Standardize and save. Lets face it, managing a mix of software versions with different operating systems and hardware requirements is costly and time consuming. Deploying the latest, cutting-edge creative software across your workflow or organization gives you the opportunity to significantly reduce deployment and support costs.

Dont miss this limited-time offer to upgrade at current prices. And if you have CS2 licenses, this is your last chance to upgrade before losing your upgrade eligibility.

So what's in store for CS6? Check out a humorous preview of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 from the editors over at The Conan OBrien Show below, or see our comprehensive Adobe Photoshop CS6: Video Previews and Sneak Peeks blog post.

Hurry! Offer ends May 6, 2012.

Dec 29th

Everything You Need to Know About the Atomos Samurai (video)

By Safe Harbor Computers
Source article:  https://www.sharbor.com/products-xtra/2277.html 

The highly anticipated Atomos Samurai has finally made its way into a number of production workflows. This portable touchscreen 10bit HD recorder, monitor, and playback/playout device captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with HD/SD-SDI. It encodes in real-time onto low-cost, removable 2.5" hard disks, directly to ProRes LT, 422, or HQ, at data rates of 100, 145, or 220Mbps respectively. You can then review your footage in real-time onto the pristine 5" display or out onto any HD-SDI capable device, including directors monitors and broadcast equipment. With up to 10 hours of battery life from the 2 included Lithium Ion Camera batteries, you truly have a deck and monitor in the palm of your hand.

 

Today’s solid-state HD video cameras are capable of shooting some incredible images, but ultimately this quality potential is limited by the compression codec used to save the video to the memory card. Most cameras are using AVCHD, or some other variant of the H.264 codec, to compress the video at a data rate of 24Mbps or less, using 8-bit 4:2:0 color. At first glance, the video playback may look quite good, but scenes with complex detail and high motion can exhibit compression artifacting. And then there’s the issue of color detail.

Science has proven that the human eye is much better at seeing differences in brightness, or luminance, than it is at seeing color detail, and that’s why 4:2:0 color is often used, because "no one will really notice anyway." The problem is that your editing and compositing software WILL notice. When it comes time to do color grading, keying, and compositing, 4:2:2 color produces results superior to 4:2:0, making it much easier to pull a clean key or do precise color correction.

On top of that, 10-bit color produces much smoother gradients than 8-bit color. Have you ever tried to color correct a blue sky, only to run into banding issues? 10-bit color gets around this by offering 1024 levels each of red, green and blue, versus just 256 shades with 8-bit color. That’s over one BILLION (1024^3) possible colors versus 16 million (256^3). I know 16 million seems like a lot, but when you get into editing color, 8-bit really doesn’t go very far. Remember in grade school, when it was preferable to have the 64-count box of Crayolas? Same thing.

So what if you could take the stunning HD imagery coming into your camera lens, and bypass the negative effects of compression, capturing the full fidelity of the video signal with 10-bit 4:2:2 color as uncompressed QuickTime or the visually lossless Pro Res codec? Today, you have the option to do just that.

See the video below for some RED camera workflow benefits:

The Complete Bundle comes in a custom Samurai carry case adorned front and back with "Atomos" and "Samurai" medallions. Organized neatly into die-cut foam, everything needed is included in the kit with the exception of the actual HDDs or SSDs:

  • Samurai Unit
  • HDD/SSD Master Disk Caddy (x2)
  • 2600mAh Batteries (x2) - for continuous battery operation
  • Battery Charger
  • Docking Station (and cables) - to connect to Mac or PC via Firewire 800 and USB2/3 for downloading or editing immediately from the Samurai Disks
  • Samurai Carry Case - Tough, light and portable carry case to protect your investment

SSDs are recommended for situations where shock and/or vibration could cause a spinning hard drive to skip. For most applications, the inexpensive laptop drive will work fine. A 500GB laptop drive can hold from 5 to 11 hours of ProRes 1080i HD footage, while a 128GB SSD holds from 77 minutes to 3 hours of HD video. It is important to note capacities will continue to increase while prices move downward, especially for SSD drives, so it will be up to you to evaluate current storage costs at the time you read this.

See the video below for a complete unboxing of the Atomos Samurai:

The 5" 800x480 interface is simple to use, with a no-nonsense, intuitive touchscreen that also doubles as a playback monitor and preview monitor. It definitely has a nice feel to it – you have to press an icon for a very brief moment - just a fraction of a second really - before it registers, but not so long that it would be considered waiting for a result. Hard to explain, but it just feels right. This helps to avoid accidental changes from less deliberate contact.

See the video below for a complete walk-through of the user interface.

All in all, the Atomos Samurai is a dream in today's tapeless workflows, eliminating the need for capture cards and wasted time logging and capturing. Plus, with support for the Avid DNxHD ® codec on the way, users will have yet another high-quality 4:2:2 codec to work with.

The Atomos Samurai is currently available by itself, or bundled with a 10 in. articulating monitor arm from ikan or 500GB hard drive, only from Safe Harbor. If you have any questions about these products, or video workflows in general, please contact Safe Harbor at (800) 544-6599 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

You can also connect with us in the comments below or on TwitterFacebook, and Google+.

Dec 13th

Adobe upgrade policy to expire with the release of CS6

By Safe Harbor Computers

Whether you’re a video editor, designer, or any other form of creative professional/hobbyist, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re using at least ONE piece of Adobe software in your workflow. With what many refer to as "industry standard" applications, Adobe has always made staying up to date with their software a fairly liberal process. If you had CS3 and the new features in CS4 didn’t particularly appeal to your needs, it is entirely possible that you waited to upgrade until the release of CS5. Or, perhaps upgrading one program sets off a chain reaction causing multiple upgrades, requiring attention to budgets, planning and headaches. Whatever the case may be, if this has been your philosophy regarding Adobe upgrades, it’s time for a fresh start.

Enter CS6, the highly-anticipated upcoming release of Adobe Creative Suite. While it’s rumored to be their biggest and most monumental update yet, the release comes with an entirely new upgrade policy…

 

"In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions)." – David Wadhwani, Adobe Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media Business Unit

According to Adobe, when the release of CS6 is made available, anyone using pre-CS5 software will be required to pay full price, should they choose to upgrade to the latest edition. While there is no clear answer as to when this may be, it’s also no secret that Adobe has historically planned major announcements around large industry events such as NAB. Rumored for an April 2012 release, CS6 will likely be no exception. On June 21, CEO Shantanu Narayen said during an Adobe conference call that the CS5.5 launch in April, 2011 was "the first release in our transition to an annual release cycle," adding, "We intend to ship the next milestone release of Creative Suite in 2012, and it will include an updated version of Photoshop."

If you're looking to stay up to date with the latest tools from Adobe and save money in the long run, now is absolutely the time to get up and running with CS5.5. Through 12/31/11 only, Adobe is offering 20% off all upgrades from CS4 and earlier, with additional savings and bundles exclusively from Safe Harbor. You can see all of our Adobe sales here, or feel free to give us a call at (800) 544-6599.

How do you feel about the new upgrade policy? Let us know in the comments section, or connect with us on Twitter,Facebook, or Google+.

Nov 23rd

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals at Safe Harbor Computers

By Safe Harbor Computers

It's that time of year again! The time when we offer our biggest sales ever... The time when you save hundreds of dollars on the software and gear you need... and more importantly, the time when we get to extend our thanks to you, our loyal customers.

For one week only, we're offering HUGE savings on our workstations, as well as a number of popular hardware and software solutions. These specials, bundles and freebies are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST and won't last long.

In addition to these special markdowns, order by 11/29 and get a FREE USB flexible keyboard! Just shoot us a quick note on FacebookTwitteror Google+ requesting one! These virtually indestructable water/dust-proof silicone keyboards are a portable and convenient solution for when you're out in the field or limited only to your smartphone.

Check out all of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials or feel free to give us a call at (800) 544-6599.

Oct 19th

Portable Video Recorders - HyperDeck Shuttle versus Ninja and Samurai

By Safe Harbor Computers
Safe Harbor Computers offers 3 great portable video field recording devices, but which is right for you? The Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle records uncompressed video, while the Atomos Ninja and Samurai units record to the Apple ProRes codec. This is not meant to be a review of any of these units – rather, I wish to explain the compression and storage methods used by each, along with the associated storage costs, to help you decide which might best suit your particular workflow and budget.

To learn more about the ProRes codec and uncompressed video, please see one of our previous blog posts, Apple ProRes 422 codec vs. Uncompressed HD.

Of Color and Compression

If you’re not familiar with what 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 refer to, please see this link -http://blogs.adobe.com/VideoRoad/2010/06/color_subsampling_or_what_is_4.html

Today’s solid-state HD video cameras are capable of shooting some incredible images, but ultimately this quality potential is limited by the compression codec used to save the video to the memory card. Most cameras are using AVCHD, or some other variant of the H.264 codec, to compress the video at a data rate of 24Mbps or less, using 8-bit 4:2:0 color. At first glance, the video playback may look quite good, but scenes with complex detail and high motion can exhibit compression artifacting. And then there’s the issue of color detail.

Science has proven that the human eye is much better at seeing differences in brightness, or luminance, than it is at seeing color detail, and that’s why 4:2:0 color is often used, because "no one will really notice anyway." The problem is that your editing and compositing software WILL notice! When it comes time to do color grading, keying, and compositing, 4:2:2 color produces results superior to 4:2:0, making it much easier to pull a clean key or do precise color correction.

On top of that, 10-bit color produces much smoother gradients than 8-bit color. Have you ever tried to color correct a blue sky, only to run into banding issues? 10-bit color gets around this by offering 1024 levels each of red, green and blue, versus just 256 shades with 8-bit color. That’s over one BILLION (1024^3) possible colors versus 16 million (256^3). I know 16 million seems like a lot, but when you get into editing color, 8-bit really doesn’t go very far. Remember in grade school, when it was preferable to have the 64-count box of Crayolas? Same thing!

So what if you could take the stunning HD imagery coming into your camera lens, and bypass the negative effects of compression, capturing the full fidelity of the video signal with 10-bit 4:2:2 color as uncompressed QuickTime or the visually lossless Pro Res codec? Today, you have options to do just that!

BlackMagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle - $345

 

At just $345, the Shuttle is by far the least expensive of the trio being discussed. The Shuttle unit records 10-bit uncompressed 4:2:2 QuickTime files onto user-supplied SSD drives from SDI or HDMI sources. For green screen compositing, commercials, features, or any other short-form recording needs that demand the ultimate in quality, uncompressed is definitely the "no compromises" way to go.

Keep in mind that uncompressed HD video chews through storage very quickly, so if you are shooting stage events, weddings, or other long-form videos, then Shuttle is probably not a good fit. A 128GB SSD drive starts at around $200, and will only hold about 12 minutes of HD video, so remember to budget for multiple SSD drives beyond the cost of the Shuttle itself. The SSD contents can of course be off-loaded to another hard drive in order to re-use the SSD, but you may wish to have extra recording capacity available in the field.

The Shuttle offers video playback capability via HDMI and SDI outputs, but to edit the captured videos, you’ll need to pick up a third-party hard eSATA drive dock ($30-40) to connect the SSD to your edit rig. You can then edit direct from the SSD drive, or copy the contents to your video editing hard drive. The Quicktime files will work in any editing software, Mac or PC, but keep in mind that high-speed RAID storage is recommended for smooth playback of uncompressed HD footage on your computer.

Power for the Shuttle is provided by the internal rechargeable battery, or the included 12V adapter can be used with available AC power. Recording and Playback functions are controlled by physical buttons on the sides of the unit.

Atomos Ninja - $995

 

The Ninja accepts an HDMI video input and records 10-bit ProRes with 4:2:2 color. Three quality levels are available – choose from ProRes LT, 422, or HQ, at data rates of 100, 145, or 220Mbps respectively. ProRes is often called "visually lossless", and with 10-bit 4:2:2 color and data rates far greater than camera-native codecs, it’s a vast improvement.

For storage, either an SSD or a laptop hard drive can be used. SSD drives are recommended for situations where shock and/or vibration could cause a spinning hard drive to skip. For most applications, the inexpensive laptop drive will work fine. A 500GB laptop drive retails for under $80 and can hold from 5 to 11 hours of ProRes 1080i HD footage! A 128GB SSD (about $200) holds from 77 minutes to 3 hours of HD video.

A hard drive Dock is included to connect the drive to your Mac or PC, and includes USB 3.0/2.0 and Firewire 800 connectivity. Video can be edited direct from the drive, or may be copied to your edit system. Although ProRes is an Apple codec, it works just fine in Premiere Pro on the PC. As long as QuickTime is installed, you should have the ProRes codec on your system, ready to edit with.

As mentioned, the Ninja can record several hours of footage to a single drive. To assure uninterrupted recording for long durations, Ninja uses dual Sony-style camcorder batteries that auto-switch and are hot-swappable, so power should never be an issue on all-day shoots.

The Ninja features a 4.3" color LCD screen to view the video you’re capturing, and it is also a touch-screen to control all functions of the unit. Lacking a video output, playback review is limited to the onboard screen.

The Atomos Ninja is currently available by itself, or bundled with a free 500GB hard drive or free 6 in. articulating monitor arm, only from Safe Harbor.

Atomos Samurai - $1495

 

The Samurai is the Ninja’s "big brother", featuring SDI input rather than HDMI, an SDI video output for playback review, and a larger 5" screen. The ProRes compression and hard drive options are the same as the Ninja, but Atomos has announced that they will soon be offering Samurai users the option to purchase the Avid DNxHD ® codec, providing users yet another high-quality 4:2:2 codec to work with.

The Atomos Samurai is currently available by itself, or bundled with a free 500GB hard drive or free 6 in. articulating monitor arm, only from Safe Harbor.

Recap

These portable recorders will allow you to take your existing camera to new levels of recording quality. This can be especially beneficial to owners of older HDV camcorders (with HDMI), where the quality improvement can be dramatic since HDV tape records at just 1440x1080 using old Long-GOP MPEG-2 compression technology.

The HyperDeck Shuttle will provide the least expensive start up costs, but purchasing several SSD drives can quickly add up. If the short recording times offered by the Shuttle suit your style, then there is no substitute for uncompressed video quality, and you’ll be very happy with this professional unit.

For users than can benefit from extended record times, the Atomos Ninja and Samurai models can meet those needs. The laptop hard drives are so inexpensive, that they can actually be put on the shelf to archive important footage just as you would with tape! As for drive costs, capacities will continue to increase while prices move downward, especially for SSD drives, so it will be up to you to evaluate current storage costs at the time you read this.

If you have any questions about these products, or video workflows in general, please contact Safe Harbor at (800) 544-6599 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

 

 

Sep 20th

Emmy Award winner Joel Kaplan shares his experiences editing on a TSUNAMI workstation

By Safe Harbor Computers
Joel Kaplan has been working in the video production industry for over 30 years. With an impressive list of clients, awards and nominations, Joel, along with his production company Kaplan Multimedia, has established himself as a highly sought-after industry professional.


As Kaplan Multimedia’s workload began to increase, taking on multiple new projects, Joel found himself in need of a serious editing system upgrade. It was at this point that Joel reached out to Safe Harbor Computers for a custom solution that fit his needs. After speaking with our experienced sales staff, Joel ultimately decided on a TSUNAMI Riptide PC workstation, custom-built and configured withAdobe CS5.5 Production PremiumNVIDIA Quadro 4000 by PNY, and Matrox MXO2 LE hardware.

As we often do with customers editing on our TSUNAMI workstations, we caught up with Joel not only to make sure it was meeting his needs, but also to learn more about his unique productions and how these latest studio upgrades are affecting his workflow.

Thanks for your time, Joel. Care to tell us a bit about yourself? Your background, Kaplan Multimedia, etc?

Joel: My company, Kaplan Multimedia, produces various types of media production from video and still photography to music editing and web development, but the bulk of our work has always been video production. I personally have been involved with regional, national and international television productions since 1980, where I started my career working at the Miami PBS station, WPBT. I resigned from WPBT on very good terms in January of 1995 to grow my new company, Kaplan Video Productions, which later was renamed Kaplan Multimedia.

What type of work have you traditionally been involved with, and where might we see some of your productions?

Joel: My professional experience runs the gamut from PBS documentaries to music videos, multi-camera field productions, corporate communications, infomercials, children’s programming, and entertainment specials. Our corporate client list includes Newsweek Productions, National Parks Service, Cousteau Foundation, National/Alamo Car Rental, United States Postal Service, Baptist Health Care Systems, and many others. Many video productions produced by Kaplan Multimedia have been broadcasted on PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Hallmark Channel, Sci-Fi Channel, The Learning Channel, VH-1, MTV, ABC Sports, USA Network, CNBC, TNN, and the Travel Channel.

That’s quite the client list! What are you currently working on and what type of gear are you using?

Joel: We are currently working on a 13 part television series for PBS. (The final name of the series has not been determined as of this writing.) This series is designed to showcase various ways our viewers can learn to become more environmentally responsible. For this project, we’re shooting and editing footage from multiple sources including Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2, Canon EOS, and ProRes422 files recorded on our Atomos Ninja.

What made you decide to upgrade your post production equipment?

Joel: Since we have been recently shooting and editing footage captured with all of these various camera formats, it was clearly time to upgrade to an editing system that could handle them more efficiently than our last system. Coming from a Matrox AXIO/Adobe CS3 system, I decided an Adobe CS5.5/Matrox MXO2 system was the best upgrade path for us. After doing a lot of research, I decided to order a TSUNAMI editing system from Safe Harbor.

How has it performed overall, and in regards to your workflow?

Joel: This new TSUNAMI is beautifully built... cool, quiet and powerful. This system offers a tremendous advantage to our daily workflow. We're now able to bring in footage recorded on all these multiple HD formats, and the video and audio files play together very well in our project timelines. This workflow has been a tremendous time saver for us.

Was it fairly easy to adjust to this new workflow, coming from an AXIO/CS3 environment?

Joel: When I first received my TSUNAMI/MXO2 workstation and Atomos Ninja, I had some questions about the proper use of these new products, as I'm sure many customers do. However, Jeff and T.J., specifically, answered every question I had in a very friendly and timely manner. Safe Harbor’s patience and excellent customer support is absolutely unparalleled. They make me feel as if I am their only customer.

Thanks Joel, for both your time and the kind words. We’re just glad to be a part of something greater in an industry we love, providing the necessary tools to support such interesting projects, such as your own. We look forward to seeing more quality work from Kaplan Multimedia in the years to come.

Joel: My pleasure! In all the years I’ve worked in the television industry, I don't ever remember receiving better customer care. My experience with Safe Harbor has been absolutely phenomenal and I will gladly recommend their services to any of my colleagues in the future.

Joel Kaplan has been honored with 11 EMMY nominations - receiving 9 awards, 13 Telly awards, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award, The Aurora Award, Media Award for Video Excellence in Economic Understanding, and 3 Communicator Crystal Awards. Located just north of Miami, FL, Kaplan Multimedia is a full service production company with award-winning experience. You can check out just a few of the people that Joel has worked with over the years in the pictures below.

To learn more about Kaplan Multimedia, or for contact info and services, please visit http://www.kaplanmultimedia.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 20th

Safe Harbor Computers Announces New Location

By Safe Harbor Computers
Milwaukee, WI — September 19, 2011 — Safe Harbor Computers, a leading reseller to video and 3D professionals, today announced that it has sailed to a new location. A Waukesha (Wis.) based firm since its founding a quarter century ago, Safe Harbor is now docked on Milwaukee’s south side, as part of the ICM (International Commerce and Marketing) Corporate Building Complex. The move took place on September 17th, 2011.

"We’re delighted to add Safe Harbor to the ICM Building Complex," says ICM President Brian Nelson. "Safe Harbor’s reputation is distinguished. It ranks as one of the most trusted resellers in the multimedia industry. Its high-quality product line and technical-support capabilities are much praised."

Safe Harbor, continuing to build on their reputation for innovative solutions to content creation professionals, provides software, hardware, and custom workstations for video editing, post-production and 3D animation. With the new location, Safe Harbor increases the company’s square footage to allow for future growth and additional space for building their ready-to-edit TSUNAMI workstations.

Backed by renowned customer service, TSUNAMI workstations from Safe Harbor are extremely high-quality, highly reliable systems custom configured for video and 3D professionals. All components are brand-name, non-OEM products and carry full manufacturer warranties. Proprietary drivers or technology are NEVER used. System boards are certified compatible by capture-card manufacturers, and each system passes rigorous testing procedures and a full burn-in period before it is shipped.

Safe Harbor’s new address is 530 West Oklahoma Avenue Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53207-2649. Its new local phone number is 414-615-4560, while the local fax number changed to 414-615-4567. Safe Harbor’s toll free phone number, 800-544-6599, and website address, www.sharbor.com, remain the same. Safe Harbor was previously located at W226 N900 Eastmound Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186.

For more information, visit:

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Sep 13th

Matrox MXO2 – To MAX or not to MAX, that is the question

By Safe Harbor Computers
We’ve had a lot of inquiries lately from customers interested in Matrox MXO2 hardware who are unsure if they need to get the "MAX" option or not. I’d like to share some information here to help you make an informed decision on this for yourself.

Quite simply, MAX is for H.264 export and capture. It provides hardware-accelerated H.264 output of your finished edit sequences to formats for Blu-ray, web, and mobile devices using a dedicated compression chip in the MXO2 box. Using the new Matrox MAX H.264 Capture application with MXO2 with MAX hardware, video can also be captured direct to H.264, skipping the two-step "capture and export" process.

MAX does not accelerate the rendering of any effects – it only kicks in for the final export to H.264 and assumes any "red bar" areas of your sequence have been pre-rendered. Therefore, the export performance of Matrox MAX has remained constant since its introduction. Whether using a laptop or desktop, PC or Mac, MAX converts video to H.264 at, or a little faster than, realtime. All users should expect to see the same performance with MAX, and this compression technology can also be had without the MXO2 by ordering the Matrox CompressHD card.

When MXO2 with MAX was introduced a couple of years ago, H.264 encoding was taking several times longer than realtime in most instances, and MAX brought that encode time down to realtime or faster – a HUGE time-savings! With the introduction of Adobe CS5 and the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, exports suddenly became a lot faster natively when using a high-performance workstation.

This means if you have a Core i7-2600 PC workstation with NVIDIA graphics, such as a Safe Harbor Tsunami Riptide, you’re likely already getting very fast encodes from Adobe Media Encoder 5.5. I’ve found that while web formats may be close to realtime, export to Blu-ray still takes maybe 1.5x realtime, so MAX would definitely help if doing a lot of Blu-ray encoding on long projects.

While the H.264 encoding may be fast in Adobe CS5.5 natively with the latest PC workstation configuration, this will not be the case with laptops, older computers, or Apple Compressor, so the MAX option is still very viable in those situations to decrease encoding time.

As for the MXO2 hardware itself without MAX, PC users will benefit from Matrox RT technology which provides acceleration for Matrox effects, as well as many Adobe effects. Hardware up/down/cross conversion is also provided, along with the video monitoring and HDMI calibration features. Recent drivers now allow the MXO2 hardware to be used as an input device for live video streaming software such as Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder.

With all the benefits the MXO2 hardware brings to Premiere editors on the PC, I think most users would see the value of having an MXO2 device, and many of those users would benefit from having the MAX technology available for super-fast H.264 encoding.

If you should have any questions about Matrox products, Tsunami workstations, or any of the hardware and software solutions that Safe Harbor offers for video editors, please feel free to give us a call at (800) 544-6599, send us an email at sales@sharbor.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

If you're interested in learning some tips and tricks to utilize all the features and benefits that the MXO2 hardware has to offer with CS5, be sure to check out our exclusive tutorial, "Mastering Matrox MXO2 with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5," or watch the short preview below.

 

Sep 7th

Atomos Confirms Samurai Ship Date and New Products at IBC

By Safe Harbor Computers
Atomos, the creator of the NAB award-winning Ninja, has confirmed the IBC ship date of the highly anticipated HD-SDI Samurai 10-bit Apple ProRes Field Recorder, Monitor and Playback/Playout device.

The Samurai will start shipping as soon as IBC is over. We're now accepting pre-orders for Samurai bundled with a free hard drive, for a limited time only. Production will ramp up over the next month but it will be in the hands of customers from the time of the show.

Atomos has been working hard to perfect the Samurai and will be demonstrating several new features at IBC. Since NAB, they've already made numerous improvements including:

 

  • Monitoring features (pictured below)
  • Additional Codec Support
  • 64-bit file system - no more 4GB Chunks
  • SDI Playout
  • External power through D-TAP

 

In addition to Samurai, it would seem Atomos has been quite busy when you consider the following statement released earlier today:

We have some new products. They are so secret that we are not saying anything about them until the show. You'll have to be there to get the news first.
Do you think the new release(s) will be in line with the Ninja and Samurai, or something completely different? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Jul 15th

Using Matrox MXO2 devices with FCP X and Compressor 4

By Safe Harbor Computers
In the first release of Final Cut Pro X, the interaction with I/O devices such as the Matrox MXO2 products is different than with previous versions of Final Cut Pro when it comes to capturing, monitoring, and outputting video. Exporting to H.264 files from the new Compressor 4 using Matrox MAX-enabled MXO2 devices remains up to 5 times faster than software alone.

 

Capture

With FCP 7 you can capture from tape or live sources from within the app. With FCP X you use the Matrox Vetura Capture stand-alone application to quickly and easily capture to many of the QuickTime codecs that are installed on your system such as Apple ProRes 422 HQ, XDCAM HD, and many others.

Monitoring
With FCP 7, the Matrox MXO2 devices provide full quality audio and video monitoring via digital and analog outputs so you don't need to rely on just a preview-quality output when making edit decisions. The Matrox MXO2 products also include the unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility that lets an HDMI monitor perform like a broadcast HD/SD monitor.

FCP X does not support professional video monitoring. For full-screen, preview-quality output you can use the second DisplayPort output from your computer in Full Screen Mode. The audio outputs of the MXO2 devices can be used for audio monitoring.

Print-to-tape

With FCP 7 you can print-to-tape from the timeline within the app. With FCP X you must first export your timeline to a 1080, 720, PAL, NTSC .mov file then use the Matrox Vetura Playback app to record to tape through your MXO2 device.

Lightning fast H.264 encoding

Matrox MXO2 devices with MAX give you the same accelerated H.264 encoding with Apple Compressor 4 as they did with Compressor 3.5. You can still deliver H.264 video up to 5 times faster without sacrificing quality! Matrox MAX taps into Compressor to let you quickly and easily create H.264 files for the web, mobile devices, Apple TV, and Blu-ray discs from a variety of video sources including SD, HD, and RED proxy files up to 2K.

 

 

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The Matrox CompressHD card featuring MAX technology works in a Mac Pro alongside your MXO2 device or on it's own to turbocharge your H.264 deliveries with Compressor. Until September 30, 2011, when you buy Compressor 4, you can save $100 on the Compress HD card. You pay just $395! For more information, please click here or give us a call at (800) 544-6599.

More to come
Matrox is committed to adding new features to the Matrox MXO2 products to further enhance FCP X workflows for professional users. As the FCP X software platform evolves, so too will the workflows they can offer.