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Blackmagic Design Releases Support For Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Broadcast Monitoring

Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 allows video output to external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI or analog video outputs from Blackmagic Design video hardware.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 includes a new control panel for selecting the video output format from Final Cut Pro X for output to devices such as broadcast quality monitors, HDTVs and projectors, so you can see exactly what your master will look like in television colorspace.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 also includes Media Express 3.1 beta. Media Express provides capture, logging and management of video files to Final Cut Pro X compatible formats including ProRes and uncompressed video. Media Express features timecode accurate video capture from professional VTRs with RS-422 control, the ability to log additional metadata and to create custom bins for managing all project video media.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 includes XML 1.1 for exporting primary color grades to DaVinci Resolve. This improved XML support makes it easier to move projects from FCP X to Resolve as any primary color changes carried out during editing can now be imported and applied automatically within Resolve. Once a project has been color graded with DaVinci Resolve it can be reopened simply within Final Cut Pro X for any further editing.

“We are extremely pleased to provide immediate support for the new monitoring feature in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “Now working with Final Cut Pro X is even better since our customers can accurately view projects on whatever monitor they choose and can ensure that their final output meets crucial broadcast standards.”

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design support page at www.blackmagic-design.com/support.

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Images of all Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci EmmyTM award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.

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Clay Paky Alpha Moving Heads Add Color and Punch to Turkmenistan’s 20th Anniversary Independence Gala

Turkmenistan 20th anniversary

Turkmenistan 20th anniversary

Central Asia’s oil-rich Turkmenistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of its independence with a multimedia extravaganza lit by Luc Lafortune, one of the creators of Cirque du Soleil, with an extensive package of Clay Paky Alpha moving heads.

The size and sweep of an Olympics opening ceremony, the event highlighted the tremendous economic growth of Turkmenistan in the last two decades and linked its history and cultural heroes with its future prospects. It was produced by Filmmaster Events, Milan, on October 28 in the capital’s Ashgabat Stadium, which was recently enlarged and refurbished.

Lafortune, a lighting designer with nine shows currently running, including all of the top Las Vegas productions, was brought on board in July. “It was a very short turnaround for a show of this magnitude,” he notes. “Designing lighting for a theater in Vegas is very different from designing lighting for a stadium. Everything is so much bigger – you need a lot of very powerful fixtures, but we were limited to 575 fixtures due to power issues. It was very challenging to keep things dynamic.”

Rome-based Agora supplied Lafortune with a large complement of Clay Paky moving heads, including 80 Alpha Beam 1500s, 50 Alpha Profile 1500s, 100 Alpha Spot HPE 700s and 90 Alpha Beam 700s.

Lafortune designed the lighting keeping the Turkmen aesthetic in mind. “They were very proud and eager to show the world that they have come of age and that their destiny is a bright one,” he explains. “It was all about brightness and colors. We had to put aside everything we know from working in the west and start with a blank page.”

While opting for a bright and colorful palette, Lafortune also had to maintain “a certain degree of elegance” for the gala ceremony. “It would have been easy to go down the path of something that might look tacky,” he says. “The celebration had to come across as something very precious – like giving a nice gift.”

Lafortune spent a good deal of time in the capital of Ashgabat observing how the Turkmen light their monuments. “They use very bold colors. If you find the right colors you can have two colors unexpectedly work well together. I wanted the Turkmen to recognize themselves when they watched the show.”

He deployed 100 Alpha Spot 700s around the periphery of the field to punctuate the stage area where an elderly storyteller related the country’s history to a group of children and acted as the show’s narrative element. “They were a means of illuminating the actors without touching the ground because there was projection as well, and we didn’t want to interfere with that,” Lafortune explains. “The challenge was being able to light the actors without distorting the projections. Putting the Alpha Spot 700s on the perimeter of the field allowed me to do that. They have an amazing amount of output – the beam is so tight, they really kick. I was surprised!”

Lafortune positioned 100 Alpha Beam 700s primarily around scenic devices, including the LED screen, where they enhanced the shape of the screen and provided lighting effects. He used Alpha Beam 1500s on Front of House trusses and some Alpha Profile 1500s with gobos. “At certain moments there were no projections and I didn’t want to have to use white light, so I still needed a lot of power to get the output,” he says. “The 1500s were great at that. I could get color and output at huge distances with flat angles.”

The lighting designer was pleased with the speed of the fixtures’ movement, “particularly on some of the larger lights – it was really quite surprising,” he reports. In addition, “the color mixing has really come a long way. People sometimes pack so much stuff in fixtures that you can’t get good color. Somehow, Clay Paky has managed to pack a lot in the 1500s, yet we could still mix the color we wanted and they weren’t unmanageably big.”

The robust lights also held up under a grueling schedule in a largely desert climate. “We worked them really hard – they were on for very long periods of time,” says Lafortune. “Turkmenistan is mostly desert, with lots of dust. We had no problems – they lights were great and performed magnificently.”

Pio Nahum, Clay Paky CCO, adds, “We’re proud to supply the lights for such a high profile and important event. “I’m glad that the Clay Paky line of fixtures was able to meet all the needs of Mr. Lafortune, a very important designer in our industry.”

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ihiji Ships Category Changing, Low-Cost, and Energy Efficient Remote Network Monitoring Appliance

Austin, TX – February 1, 2012, – ihiji

ihiji INV-APP-500 is now shipping

, creator of the award-winning cloud-based remote monitoring and support system invision, has begun shipping the new and much-anticipated INV-APP-500. This low-cost and energy-efficient remote monitoring hardware appliance is destined to be the industry standard for installations large and small.

The INV-APP-500 boasts a game-changing starting price of $200 and is sold as part of the ihiji invision solution. When implemented, dealers are able to further reduce remote servicing costs while simultaneously increasing system reliability, thereby earning recurring revenue and maximizing operating efficiencies. Furthermore, in contrast to competitive solutions, ihiji’s annual services have been greatly reduced, and the first monitoring tier is free. This enables dealers to deploy an appliance on virtually every installation. Therefore, authorized ihiji dealers are now able to offer both hardware and the first year of service for as low as $200, which is easily recouped by avoiding just one truck roll.

The end-user benefit is equally impressive. ihiji’s low-power appliance INV-APP-500 can deliver a remarkable $700 in annual energy cost savings per location, when compared with traditional in-home server scenarios.

“With the introduction of our new INV-APP-500 appliance, dealers are able to implement robust and reliable remote monitoring and support services for a fraction of the price,” according to ihiji VP of technical operations, Michael Maniscalco. “Our goal is to enable dealers to own their customers’ network and doing so requires remote management. With ihiji invision’s cloud-based architecture, all of the heavy lifting is done on our servers, meaning dealers do not sacrifice features or reliability with the new low-cost appliance. Utilizing cloud services, dealers can offer the most reliable monitoring and support solutions available while keeping the costs of entry and ongoing maintenance as low as possible. We believe this approach to the category is more than a trend. It’s an emerging industry standard.”

invision is the only cloud based monitoring solution built specifically for custom dealers and designed to simplify remote management. It also avoids the high costs and complexities associated with traditional IT-focused monitoring solutions. Developed and maintained entirely in-house by ihiji’s software engineering team, invision has been frequently lauded by dealers as being both the most robust and the most easy-to-use solution available, providing “profound benefits”.

To join the ihiji invision community, or to learn more about establishing business-stabilizing proactive recurring revenue streams and improved customer loyalty, please email info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

About ihiji
ihiji, the leading residential systems monitoring company, provides invision, a simple-to-use, yet robust remote systems monitoring and network support solution that enables proactive system performance management for Electronics Systems Contractors. ihiji develops partnerships with dealers and industry manufacturers to offer inspired solutions for complicated problems, increasing both end-user satisfaction and dealer profitability. Led by a team with a rich history as futurists and technologists, the company boasts a unique background comprised of computer and electrical engineering, research and development, information technology, computer programming, and graduate-level business experience. Follow ihiji on Twitter and on Facebook, and learn more about the company online at www.ihiji.com.

ihiji Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 374-8930, Katye@KMBComm.com.


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