3D Printing just got more affordable

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3D Printing just got more affordable
Now only $1,619 +GST

Up 3D Printer
Up 3D Printer

3D Printing just got more affordable

with the reduction of pricing in Australia.

Smarttec.com.au has substantially dropped its price to make 3D printing available to everyone who wants to create there own models from 3D applications like bonZai3D and formZ.

The same features but now the filament feeder  is no longer needed it has a new more powerful stepper motor and no longer requires the green paint.
High quality 3D models produced by molten deposition of ABS type plastic feed from larger 750Gm reels are now possible at affordable prices. The software included with the 3D Up Printer for either MacOSX or Windows is powerful enough to take most ‘watertight’ 3D .stl models and produce the models with all the supporting structures in place to ensure it is manufacturable.

Produce models and structures not possible without 3D Printing.

 

FREE DaVinci Resolve

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DaVinci Resolve: The Free Version

Released: DaVinci Resolve Lite

BlackMagic has posted a Public Beta of DaVinci Resolve Lite: a free version of BlackMagic’s $1,047.20 DaVinci Resolve for Mac. You can select the details here from this link for a 265Mb download:

DaVinci Resolve Lite includes all the same high quality processing of the full DaVinci Resolve. However it limits projects to HD resolutions or less, only two color correction nodes, a single processing GPU and a single RED rocket card. Stereoscopic 3D features, noise reduction, Power Mastering, remote grading, and sharing projects using an external database server are features only offered in the full DaVinci Resolve and so are not included in this free DaVinci Resolve Lite edition. Customers who want to eliminate these restrictions can purchase the full DaVinci Resolve Software for only A$1,047.20

The removed features seem pretty reasonable. The 2-node restriction doesn’t allow for the more complicated Parallel, Key, and Mix nodes – which are ‘power user’ features. Yet it still supports a GPU + Red Rocket card.

BlackMagic has struck a nice balance between giving away a very powerful color grading solution but holding back enough key features that owners of the paid versions won’t complain too much.

The download can be found here. Select MacOS > DaVinci Resolve > DaVinci Resolve Lite then fill in your details to download this free app.

3-Way Color Subtab

This Lite version is pretty big news but don’t lose sight of a brand new interface that makes this Lite version much more accessible to the people most likely to use it… mouse-only desktop colorists. That’s right, this new version of both Resolve for Mac and Resolve Lite now include a new 3-Way Color Panel. See my accompanying blog post about the new 3Way interface and the modifiers you can use with it to enhance your experience grading with a mouse on Resolve.

iMac and MacBookPro Support

One of the big features of version 8 is Open-GL support, allowing Resolve to run on non-Nvidia cards (except for the new Noise Reduction feature which is CUDA – only and requires one of the supported NVidia cards). This opens up DaVinci from being a tower-only app to also running on iMacs and MacBookPros. Due to the limited architectures of these machines, DaVinci describes the ideal workflows for these two particular configurations:

MacBook Pro

Ideal for ‘SD Grading and SD / HD Shot Preview’ suited for:

  • On-set, pre-grade, previewing and training
  • Real-time processing of SD DPX files
  • Apply shot by shot ‘look’ grades to HD images (for later grading in a MacPro or Linux workstation)
  • Supports internal SATA or SSD storage options (BlackMagic recommends the biggest internal SSD you can afford for the best performance)

iMac

Best for ‘SD or HD 720p Grading’ suited for:

  • Pre-grade, Previewing and Training
  • Realtime processing of 720p images
  • Preview, grade, render HD images
  • Internal SATA or SSD storage options (again, they recommend a big internal SSD for performance with FireWire, USB, or Internal SATA only for low resolution images if realtime performance is required)

Resolve & Lite: Supported Configurations

Lite may be free but it’s still powerful and requires a very modern Graphics Processing board in iMacs and MacBook Pros for it to work properly. Version 8 was re-written to support Open-GL – the programming language that Apple has embraced for it’s graphics cards. For MacBook Pros, here’s the relevant  requirements for optimal performance of Resolve and Resolve Lite:

The MacBook Pro contains two GPUs; one for high performance graphics and the other for better battery life. It is essential to enter the Energy Saver preferences, in the System Preferences of Mac OS X, and select the high performance graphics option. Failing to do so will render Resolve unusable. On the mid 2009 model, set the Graphics radio button to “Higher Performance”. On the mid 2010 and early 2011 models, disable the “Automatic graphics switching” checkbox.

At the time of its release (Late July 2011) here are the specific MacBook Pro Specs:

  • 17-inch, Mid 2009, 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
  • 17-inch, Mid 2009, 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
  • 17-inch, Mid 2010, 2.53GHz Intel Core i5
  • 17-inch, Mid 2010, 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
  • 17-inch, Early 2011, 2.2GHz Intel Core i7
  • 17-inch, Early 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Core i7
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.7
  • RAM: 8 GB

Also as of late July 2011, here are the specific iMac Specs:

  • 21.5-inch, Mid 2011, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5
  • 21.5-inch, Mid 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Core i5
  • 21.5-inch, Mid 2011, 2.8GHz Intel Core i7
  • 27-inch, Mid 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Core i5
  • 27-inch, Mid 2011, 3.1GHz Intel Core i5
  • 27-inch, Mid 2011, 3.4GHz Intel Core i7
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.7
  • RAM: 8 GB

What About Mac OS Lion?

According to an email I received from BlackMagic – Resolve 8.0.1 and Resolve Lite 8.0.1 Public Beta are both Lion-ready. Decklink users should update to the latest drivers, which are also Lion-ready. I myself haven’t had time to test it. I suggest running these configurations on a separate boot drive or partition to make sure everything is working properly before putting it into a production situation.

More on latest Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 latest update

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From article by Heath McKnight (http://heathmcknight.com/)

As usual, Apple has been listening to us and have introduced their second big FCP X update since the app “shipped” via the Mac App Store in late June 2011. We had the first update in September 2011, which brought XML, media stems and more; a minor bug fix in November; and now another major update for January 2012. I mention this first, because Apple usually released major updates to past versions of FCP every year or so. I believe FCP 7 only got two major updates and a minor one after it shipped in August 2009. So we’ve had just as many in seven months, and everything comes through quickly via the Mac App Store!Apple’s Richard Townhill, senior director of applications marketing, took time to talk on the latest major update to Final Cut Pro (http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/), ver. 10.0.3. Apple is delivering multicam support, broadcast monitoring via third-party PCI-e cards and boxes (in beta, along with Thunderbolt), advanced chroma keying features, XML 1.1, the ability to import layered Photoshop graphics (PSD), and media relinking.

The big feature is Multicam, and as usual, Apple doesn’t just add in the feature to FCP X, but they make it better and easier to use. You can mix up to 64 different camera angles and sources, using mixed formats, codecs, frame rates and frame sizes, and also you can mix stills with the video. Syncing has always been tricky with multicamera editing, but FCP X makes it simple with their auto sync feature, which will sync up video and audio based on timecode (all cameras have to have matching timecode) or a time-and-date stamp (again, all cameras must match). You can also sync based on metadata, along with customizing that information. FCP X also goes a step further if you’re using the GoPro, HDSLRs or cameras that don’t match timecode or time-and-date. They use the audio from the cameras and match up the waveform and then sync the footage up that way. That’s pretty incredible! So if you’re shooting a three-camera production of an interview, FCP X will sync according to the audio waveforms of the person talking, or if you’re shooting a live event, like sports, it will find the similar audio waveforms and sync them up!

In beta right now is Broadcast Monitoring, which uses third-party PCI-e devices and cards, and Thunderbolt, which is still one of my favorite new features on pretty much all new Apple computers. AJA has already updated their drivers at www.aja.com, and feature the new ioXT Thunderbolt device (http://www.aja.com/products/io/io-xt.php), and Matrox and BlackMagic are working on some cool new Thunderbolt devices. You can also do on-set, in-the-field monitoring, as well! In fact, my sources told me Apple was working on broadcast monitoring back in July.

Apple also introduced more robust Chroma Keying controls, so it’s not only easy to do a quick key, you can also tweek it and perfect it, especially if your green- or bluescreen wasn’t lit well. No need to export to Motion or After Effects, plus you can view it in real-time, thanks to FCP X’s 64-bit architecture. Richard also mentioned that Jimmy Fallon and SNL use FCP X’s one-step chroma key feature, which is pretty cool.

Media Relink makes it easy to relink your footage, audio, etc., when you’re exporting or importing items from third-party software, such as color corrected footage, cleaned up audio, etc. It will also find footage that was transcoded, as well, which is great, since many of us prefer to use Apple ProRes and other codecs that are easy to cut with.

Richard talked a bit about my friend Philip Hodgetts (and his partner Greg’s) 7toX , which will allow you to bring Final Cut Pro 7 projects into Final Cut Pro X! That’s right, no more using two different FCP NLEs on old and new projects, just use the 7toX app and you’re ready to go. Make sure you read the information on the above link, because things obviously change when going from bins, etc., to FCP X. It’s only $9.99 and is already available on the Mac App Store.

7toX takes advantage of the new XML 1.1 feature, plus the update allows you to export to color correct in DaVinci Resolve and other third-party color correction apps. You can also “import and export audio keyframes and intrinsic effects parameters such as opacity and scale,” according to Apple.

While you could import and work with layered Photoshop graphics in Motion 5, you couldn’t in FCP X. The new 10.0.3 update allows you to do just that, which is a fantastic feature that many of us loved in FCP 7 and earlier.

Full rundown and details of the 10.0.3 update can be found athttp://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/software-update.html, plus the 30-day free trial of FCP X includes all the new updates, including those for Motion 5 and Compressor 4. Also of note are the third-party developers, which are putting out some great stuff for FCP X, including Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/), GenArt’s Saphire Edge (http://www.genarts.com/software/sapphire-edge/final-cut), FxFactory (http://www.noiseindustries.com/fxfactory/), and many others.

by Heath McNight

3D UP Printer

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UP! 3D Printer  can print Amazingly accurate ( 0.2mm tolerance ) and strong 3D models directly from your Windows or Mac computer models using 3D UP Printer in ABS plastic in sizes up to 135mm x 135mm x 125mm.

These parts have 30% the strength of injection moulded objects but done easily by DIY. Learn to design and test with our easy to use 3D packages such as formZ and bonzai3D as this printer we can supply comes with it’s own control software for windows or mac that imports any well formed .stl file format models.

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Want to learn more about Desktop Video?

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Click here is a downloadable pdf file (10.2Mb) that gives the best, most illustrative overview of how you can produce high quality video using BlackMagic Design products that Smarttec can supply and support.

Also available for download is the latest Desktop Video v9.2 beta

About Desktop Video Software

This software includes everything you need to set up your DeckLink, Multibridge, UltraStudio, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder for any task in your facility.

What’s new in Desktop Video 9.2 Beta 1

• Broadcast monitoring support for Final Cut Pro X

• Avid Media Composer 6 improvements

• Media Express 3.1

• DNxHD playback support for Media Express 3.1

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X

UltraStudio 3D and Intensity Extreme

• Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later.

• Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later.

• Thunderbolt iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

• 4 GB of system memory.

DeckLink, Intensity and Multibridge products

• Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later.

• Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later.

• A suitable PCIe slot – PCIe x1 lane cards should work in any slot. PCIe x4 lane cards require a x4 lane or faster PCI Express slot.

• 4 GB of system memory.

H.264 Pro Recorder

• Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later.

• Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later.

• USB 2.0 connection.

• 4 GB of system memory.

Third Party Software Support

• Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.1

• Adobe After Effects CS5.5

• Adobe Photoshop CS5.5

• Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

• Adobe After Effects CS5

• Adobe Photoshop CS5

• Apple Final Cut Pro X

• Apple Final Cut Pro 7

• Apple Motion 4

• Apple Soundtrack Pro 3

• Apple Color 1.5

• Apple DVD Studio Pro 4

• Avid Pro Tools 8

• Avid Media Composer 6

• Nuke

Installing Desktop Video Software

The drivers install components in to applications including Avid Media Composer 6,Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. If you have installed the drivers prior to installing any of these applications, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the drivers. This will ensure that all relevant components are installed in their required locations.

To remove the Desktop Video software out of your system, simply run the “Uninstall DeckLink” utility which is included on the CD or disk image.

Additional Information

Please check www.blackmagic-design.com for additional information on third party software compatibility and minimum system requirements.

Sidegrade to Cinema4D from eligible 3D packages

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Save 30% with the MAXON Sidegrade Special
Through April 30, 2012 you can save cash money when expanding your 3D toolset or by switching to CINEMA 4D R13.

The following software packages are eligible for a sidegrade to CINEMA 4D:
Abvent – Artlantis Render-Studio®, Autodesk – 3ds Max/3ds Max Design®, Autodesk – Maya Complete/-Unlimited®, Autodesk – Softimage/XSI®, DAZ Productions – Carrara Pro®, Luxology – Modo®, McNeel – Rhino®, NewTek – LightWave 3D®, Side Effects – Houdini-Escape/-Master, Smith Micro Software – Amapi Pro®, Smith Micro Software – Shade Pro®, all commercial CINEMA 4D licenses.

Nvidia PCIe Quadro 4000 2GB Mac card

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Nvidia PCIe Quadro 4000 2GB Mac card

 

From now through until February 28th you can purchase the

nvidia Quadro 4000 card  (PCIe card) for Mac  $1,200 ex tax

Of course if you find a better offer give us a call – 02 9939 4000.

Quadro GPUs are the professional graphics solution of choice for the majority of Fortune 1000 companies. Featuring NVIDIA® Scalable Geometry Engine™ technology, the NVIDIA® Quadro® 4000 delivers excellent graphics and computer performance on design, animation and video applications for Mac and Windows. Applications include Apple Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk Smoke, Mathworks Matlab and Adobe®  Creative Suite® 6 for blazing-fast performance and fluid interactivity when editing HD videos, creating visual effects and enhancing digital images.

Quadro 4000

Cuda Cores: 256
Frame Buffer: 2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 256-Bit
Memory Bandwidth: 89.6GB/s
Maximum Display: 2560×1600
Power Consumption: 142W
Form Factor: 4.376” H x 9.50” L Single Slot

Apple Update Final Cut Pro 10.0.3

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see:

Ultrastudio 3D <click here>

SPECIAL Blackmagic Thunderbolt UtraStudio 3D – Portable Thunderbolt based 3D capture and playback for SDI,HDMI and analog video offering uncompressed editing capability in HD, 2K and 3D on your new MacbookPro laptop.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X ( downloadable from App Store )


CUPERTINO, California—January 31, 2012—Apple® today released Final Cut Pro® X v10.0.3, a significant update to its revolutionary professional video editing application, which introduces multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos; advanced chroma keying for handling complex adjustments right in the app; and enhanced XML for a richer interchange with third party apps and plug-ins that support the fast growing Final Cut Pro X ecosystem. Available today as a free update from the Mac® App Store™, Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 also includes a beta of broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.

Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 includes a collection of groundbreaking new tools for editing multicam projects. Final Cut Pro X automatically syncs clips from your shoot using audio waveforms, time and date, or timecode to create a Multicam Clip with up to 64 angles of video, which can include mixed formats, frame sizes and frame rates. The powerful Angle Editor allows you to dive into your Multicam Clip to make precise adjustments, and the Angle Viewer lets you play back multiple angles at the same time and seamlessly cut between them.

Final Cut Pro X builds upon its robust, one-step chroma key with the addition of advanced controls including color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap. You can tackle complex keying challenges right in Final Cut Pro X, without having to export to a motion graphics application, and view your results instantly with realtime playback.

In the seven months since launch, the third party ecosystem around Final Cut Pro X has expanded dramatically. XML-compatible software like DaVinci Resolve and CatDV provide tight integration for tasks such as color correction and media management. The new 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects into Final Cut Pro X. In addition, some of the industry’s largest visual effects developers, including GenArts and Red Giant, have developed motion graphics plug-ins that take advantage of the speed and real-time preview capabilities of Final Cut Pro X.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro X is currently in beta and allows you to connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes, and calibrated, high-quality monitors to ensure that your project meets broadcast specifications. Final Cut Pro X supports monitoring of video and audio through Thunderbolt I/O devices, as well as through third party PCIe cards.

Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 is available from the Mac App Store for $319.99 (Australian) to new users, or as a free update for existing Final Cut Pro X customers. A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available at www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

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More Great Point of Sale Design done in formZ

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Vodafone POS design 1

]Tim Mason creates great POS designs and images for clients alway multiple options and colours in 1 day.

With these designs and the resultant images for his clients, they can make informed decisions and approvals quickly.

formZ RenderZone has allowed him a speed, accuracy and image quality that has been hard to match.

Anyone can trial now the new beta version of formZ 7 – a new direction in making formZ much easier to use and more powerful by downloading a trial version here.

Want your own Huge Cloud based storage at great prices

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Synology DS3611xs – Ultra high performance NAS Storage for large business from Smarttec eStore

Massive high performance NAS storage

 

Ultra-High Performance and Data Availability

With Link Aggregation, Synology DS3611xs delivers the high performance of over 1000 MB/sec throughput and 100,000 IOPS under RAID 5 configuration1. In addition to the default 4 Gigabit ports, dual 10GbE are supported with the add-on PCI Express x8 Gen2 Network Interface Card to maximize the system bandwidth. The network ports with failover support combining with hot-swappable drives will ensure continual service uptime during drives replacement or unexpected LAN failure.

The ECC RAM module on DS3611xs will detect and correct errors that occur during data transmission. Supporting up to 8GB ECC RAM, DS3611xs provides secure data protection and ultra-high performance to meet the need of large scale businesses for a strong foundation to face mission-critical tasks.

Robust Scalability Up to 100 TB

Synology DS3611xs is also designed to grow with your business and provides the ability to seamlessly expand a single volume up to 100TB on the fly. When the storage capacity of DS3611xs is nearing its limits, it can easily be expanded with Synology DX12113. It is connected to DS3611xs via an Infiniband cable that carries 12 Gb/s SATA signal to ensure maximum throughput.

Management of the large storage space on DS3611xs is simple and flexible. Multiple Volumes on RAID allows users to create more than one volume on a RAID structure, providing a flexible and efficient way to manage the storage across all hard drives. When the need for more space arises, the volume could be easily expanded without any service disruption.

Unified-Architecture and Virtualization Ready

Synology DS3611xs runs on the novel operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), which integrates file-level and block-level storage in one unified storage system. Comprehensive network protocol support (CIFS/SMB, AFP and NFS) assures seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

iSCSI is also supported as the ideal alternative to SAN solution for business. Affordable and cost-effective iSCSI allows large scale business to consolidate storage into data center storage arrays while providing hosts with the illusion of locally-attached disks. With the iSCSI support, DS3611xs provides a seamless storage solution for virtualization servers, such as VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V.

Thin Provisioning is available for file-level iSCSI, enabling administrators to oversubscribe provision and then grow storage space as needed in safety. With Thin Provisioning, users are able to maximize the storage utilization to reduce the total cost of ownership for the storage system.

Complete Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions

Synology DS3611xs offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across the network. Integrating easily into a current network structure and compatible with Windows®, Mac®, and Linux systems, DS3611xs provides the entire office data redundancy and protection. PC Users can back up their data to DS3611xs using the free Synology Data Replicator software, while Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple® Time Machine® integration. A backup wizard is also provided for backing up data in DS3611xs to another DiskStation, expansion unit or any rsync server via an encrypted transmission. Furthering options, the wizard also makes it easy to back up to the cloud via Amazon® S3.

Shared Folder Sync is also available in DSM as a solution for disaster recovery. With Shared Folder Sync, DS3611xs is able to replicate data to another DiskStation within the Intranet or across the Internet, helps to reduce the risk of business interruption.

Rich Business Applications

Windows ADS integration allows Synology DS3611xs to quickly and easily fit in an existing business environment without recreating user accounts. Windows ACL support on DS3611xs provides much finer-grained access control and efficient privilege settings, allowing IT staffs to set up privileges to files and folders on DS3611xs through their familiar Windows user interface.

Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based file explorer, Synology File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level.

Synology Surveillance Station offers a centralized interface to safeguard the office environments by deploying up to 50 IP cameras throughout the network. There are several features to customize your surveillance solution including video live-view, video recording, event playback, intelligent event search, and PTZ. The AJAX-based web interface provides the ability to observe your environment anytime and anywhere.

Energy Efficient Design

Synology DS3611xs is designed and developed with energy efficiency in mind. Compared with the average storage server counterparts, DS3611xs consumes a relatively low amount of power and have the hard drives hibernate when not in use.

All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.