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.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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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.

bonzai3D is the newest entry point for entry into 3D modelling

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bonzai3d

What is bonzai3D?

It is a true 3D program with powerful 3D modelling tools from the Smarttec eStore, spline based surface, solid modelling ( great for 3D Printers ), and inbuilt file translation formats that make it a perfect day to learn modelling program that when teamed with other renderers available – RenderZone and Maxwell Render Suite 2.6 now produce high quality imaging.

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Why use Sketchup Pro when you can use a true 3D modeller with more features- yet still imports .skp file format as components or full models.

It also provides a path to enhanced rendering modules and the high end formZ 7 package currently in FREE open public beta testing.

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How to make a Sliced Solid and Wireframe rendering in bonzai3D

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How to make a Sliced Solid and Wireframe rendering in bonzai3D – by Evan Troxel

Wireframe render section

Here’s an example of one of those stylistic renderings of 3d models where there’s a combination of solid and wireframe halves coming together at a section cut in the model. I’ve been doing this type of rendering for a long, long time1 and I thought I’d make a video showing you how to do it too. It’s a fairly easy process that involves your 3d modeling program and an image editor like Photoshop.

Once again, this is one of those things you can do in several different modelers but it’s one of the reasons I prefer working with solid models in Bonzai3d because when you cut through the model, the objects are automatically filled and the Clipping Planes make it easy to make this kind of imagery.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what you can come up with. Maybe you can take it to the next level and make a sweeping, organic section cut through the model to make it even more dynamic.

bonZai3D Training

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New Videos for Maxwell Render plugin for bonzai3d

 

Method released new series of tutorial videos complementing the release of the Maxwell Render plugin for bonzai3d. You will see how how to use Maxwell Render via the new bonzai3d plugin, and get extremely realistic, physically accurate imagery from these very easy-to-use yet robust modeling and rendering programs.

You can get a trial version of Bonzai3d HERE>>

You can  download a demo of Maxwell Render HERE>>

The links to watch the tutorial videos: 


http://www.getmethod.com/blog/2011/5/16/maxwell-render-for-bonzai3d-introduction-to-the-video-series.html


http://www.getmethod.com/blog/2011/5/16/maxwell-render-for-bonzai3d-general-overview-and-getting-sta.html

http://www.getmethod.com/blog/2011/5/26/maxwell-render-for-bonzai3d-working-with-materials.html

They are also hosted on Maxwell Render’s “Think” site.