Blackmagic Design announces new advanced Smart Videohub 40 x 40 Ultra HD router

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced Smart Videohub 40 x 40, the newest model in its family of mixed format routers with Blackmagic’s unique visual routing user interface and 6G-SDI technology allowing SD, HD and Ultra HD routing all on the same router at the same time. Smart Videohub 40 x 40 will be priced at US$2,995 and available in October.

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

The Smart Videohub family of professional SDI video routers are the world’s first Ultra HD mixed format routers to include built in large 5 inch high resolution video monitoring and spin knob router control. The Smart Videohub 40 x 40 includes 6G-SDI technology so customers can simultaneously connect and route any combination of SD, HD and Ultra HD video all on the same router at the same time. Even if a customer has 40 different television formats connected to the router inputs, Smart Videohub 40 x 40 would route any of them to any combination of the outputs, all simultaneously.

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 also includes an elegant machined metal front panel with full router control as well as built in LCD monitoring. Using the front panel, customers can perform direct entry of router cross points using buttons, or they can use the spin knob control.

Blackmagic Design’s unique, revolutionary Visual Routing combines the spin knob and button entry with easy to read custom router labels over live video from the inputs onto the LCD. When any input or output is selected, the video is displayed live on the LCD. This allows customers to see their router connections as video on the LCD as they scroll the knob to select routing. This unique feature means customers can route video simply by looking at it!

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 features advanced 6G-SDI connections that allow high resolution Ultra HD video using a single SDI connection, while retaining full compatibility with all SD and HD-SDI equipment. This means customers get industrial strength, stable and reliable SDI video connections with the flexibility to work in any television format they like. Even if customers are not running in Ultra HD now, they can still take advantage of the innovative design and lower cost of Smart Videohub 40 x 40 while working in regular SD or HD today, knowing that they are ready for Ultra HD the moment they need it!

Blackmagic Smart Videohub 40 x 40 includes full front panel controls, dual built in power supplies for redundant power and increased reliability, external ethernet control, RS422, and support for tri-sync and black burst reference. The router can also be controlled remotely via Ethernet using Blackmagic Design router control software for Mac OS X and Windows, or with the Blackmagic Smart Control and Master Control hardware router control panels.

“Our family of Smart Videohub 12 x12 and 20 x 20 models of routers have been incredibly popular in post houses and smaller broadcast facilities,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new Smart Videohub 40 x 40 brings all of the great features of the incredible Videohub family, plus adds redundant power and a much larger bright high resolution screen is possible because of its larger 2 rack unit design! That means, features such as visual routing and labels are so much larger and clearer, and you can see where your routing is from clear across the room!”

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 Key Features

Features 40 multi rate 6G-SDI inputs and 40 multi rate 6G-SDI outputs that support auto switching of SD, HD and Ultra HD formats.
Built in control panel with dedicated source buttons allows direct entry with spin knob control.
Built in LCD monitor allows large labels or for display of live video for visual routing.
Built in crosspoint buttons on front panel allows direct selection of crosspoint.
Take and clear buttons allow conformation of selected crosspoint before going live.
Includes Ethernet port for external router control plus RS422 port for controlling router via serial link.
Built in menus available from the front panel LCD for selecting Ethernet IP settings for remote control.
Supports Blackmagic Design router control software for Mac OS X and Windows.
Supports Blackmagic Smart Control and Master Control hardware router control panels.
Dual built in power supply’s for redundant power operates from 110V to 240V.
Compact 2 rack unit design, ideal for large systems as well as OB van use.
Availability and Price

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 will be available in October 2014 for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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Product photos of the Smart Videohub 40 x 40, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD 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 go to www.blackmagicdesign.com

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Blackmagic Design announces new Blackmagic MultiView 16

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 -Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic MultiView 16, the world’s first native Ultra HD multi viewer that allows customers to use the new large screen Ultra HD televisions and Ultra HD monitors for displaying images at twice the resolution of an HD multi view. With full frame re-sync in each input Blackmagic MultiView 16 supports the display of up to 16 mixed SD, HD and Ultra HD video sources all at the same time. MultiView 16 will be priced at only US$1,495.

Blackmagic MultiView 16 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

Blackmagic MultiView 16 outputs both 1080p HD and native Ultra HD over SDI and HDMI monitors, making it possible to use professional broadcast monitors or the new massive Ultra HD consumer televisions for incredibly sharp, high resolution multi view monitoring that is twice the resolution of traditional HD multi viewers. Customers can choose layouts from 2×2 for 4 sources, 3×3 for 9 sources and 4×4 for 16 sources.

Blackmagic MultiView 16 includes sixteen multi rate 6G-SDI inputs with separate loop thru that are compatible with existing SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment. All 16 inputs feature automatic frame re-synchronization, so each view is like an independent video monitor, regardless of the input standard. That means customers can mix and match up to 16 different video standards all at the same time!

Blackmagic MultiView 16 is the perfect solution when there are lots of video feeds to monitor and limited space. Customers no longer have to connect multiple monitors, dozens of cables or run extra power. Simply plug in cameras, decks, switchers, routers and feeds into the SDI connections on Blackmagic MultiView 16 and they can see everything with amazing clarity and detail on a single Ultra HD display.

Because it works natively in Ultra HD, customers get four times the number of pixels in each view so the video looks sharper and clearer than ever before. Blackmagic MultiView 16 delivers an incredible 4 full resolution 1920 x 1080 HD video sources when running in 2×2 layout, or 16 half resolution 1080 HD videos sources at an amazing 960 x 540 resolution when running in 4×4 layout!

Blackmagic MultiView 16 is easy to use and includes an elegant machined metal front panel with dedicated buttons for quickly selecting any source. Video can be routed to any position on the grid at the push of a button or with the spin knob control, so it works just like a video router. MultiView 16 can also be controlled remotely over a network using the included Mac and Windows software, as well as from Videohub hardware control panels installed throughout a facility. There is also an SDK for custom broadcast integrations.

“Using MultiView 16 is like having 16 independent broadcast monitors on a single display,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Facilities that don’t even care about working in Ultra HD can still get a huge benefit as when using an Ultra HD monitor connected to it, they get twice the resolution of regular 1080 HD inputs for twice the image clarity. That’s really critical when monitoring camera feeds where you want to check focus. Being able to view up to 16 mixed format sources on a single screen all at the same time, in such amazing quality and with incredible detail is mind blowing!”

Blackmagic MultiView 16 Key Features

Worlds first multi view to allow the use of Ultra HD television for twice the image sharpness.
Display up to 16 SDI sources on a single HD or Ultra HD display via SDI or HDMI.
16 multi rate 6G-SDI inputs with loop thru, compatible with all SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment.
Automatic frame re-synchronization allows simultaneous display of mixed SD, HD and Ultra HD formats.
Choose from solo, 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4 grid views.
Supported output resolutions: 1920 x 1080 and 3840 x 2160.
Easy to use front panel controls with dedicated source buttons, LCD screen and spin knob control.
Durable elegant machined metal portable 1RU design with professional connections for 24/7 reliability.
Built in 90V – 240V AC international power supply for use anywhere in the world.
Remote control via Ethernet using the included Mac and Windows software.
Remote control via Ethernet using Blackmagic Videohub hardware control panels.
SDK available for custom integrations.
Availability and Price

MultiView 16 will be available in November 2014 for US$1,495 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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Product photos of the Blackmagic MultiView 16, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD 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 go to www.blackmagicdesign.com

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Blackmagic Design announces PL lens mount models of Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Cinema Camera

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of two new cinema cameras, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL. Both cameras now include PL mount models for using professional cinema lenses or even vintage cinema lenses and are now available from $2,295.

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

The new PL lens mount options for the classic Blackmagic Cinema Camera design now provides customers with an extremely small and extremely strong design. The strength comes from the chassis which is machined out of a solid block of aluminum. With the combination of the PL lens mount, the whole camera design has enough strength to hold an extremely heavy PL mount lens. This means cinematographers now have a professional PL mount digital film camera that’s so small, the camera body is only a little larger than the lens mount itself. Customers then get a design that can fit into the tightest locations while still allowing decades of classic professional film lenses to be used.

With these 2 new PL mount models, Blackmagic Design customers can now choose from 5 separate variations of this small, tough design. With a combination of 2 different sensor types as well as 3 different lens mounts, customers can now simply select the features they need based on the work they do.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL gives you a high resolution Super 35mm size sensor with global shutter and a more creative depth of field. Customers get incredible Ultra HD images with 12 stops of dynamic range and a large sensor with minimal crop factor so they can capture amazing wide angle, feature film quality shots. When working in HD, customers can use the high resolution images to reframe and zoom into shots without any quality loss.

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL has a 2.5K sensor with a super wide 13 stops of dynamic range that delivers truly cinematic quality images. Both cameras have dramatically wider dynamic range than traditional video cameras that preserves more detail in the blacks and whites of an image. For example, customers can shoot indoors with the correct exposure and still get full detail through windows outside. Every detail captured by the cameras’ sensors is preserved in the RAW files and can be edited and grade natively using the included DaVinci Resolve software for the highest possible quality output!

Both cameras capture CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes files using the built in high speed SSD recorder. Once the shot has wrapped, the disk can be connected to a computer for editing or color correcting straight from the disk using DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, or Premiere Pro CC. Working with CinemaDNG RAW preserves the wide dynamic range of the files, allowing customers to open them directly in DaVinci Resolve 11 for editing and grading at the highest quality. That means the final output from DaVinci Resolve is literally a first generation render from the camera original RAW files!

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Cinema Camera PL have been designed with portability and durability in mind. They include standard connections so customers do not need to hunt for custom cables, an internal battery, a high resolution 5” LCD touchscreen viewfinder that can be used for entering metadata and that shows settings such as shutter speed, color temperature, timecode and more. Both cameras feature professional SDI connections, built-in Thunderbolt, 1/4” audio jacks for mic/line inputs, 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC for remote control. Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are true digital film cameras that you can hold in your hand, but with the strength to be rigged on cranes, used on Steadycams, in crash cars and more.

“Since the launch of the first Blackmagic Cinema Camera, customers have been asking us for a solution that works with PL cinema lenses. What people don’t know is that when we were originally designing the Cinema Camera, we were designing it as PL mount. But we quickly realized that allowing it to work with photographic lenses was important, so we changed to the EF lens mount for Canon lens compatibility. But you can see from the design of the solid metal chassis, that the camera was way over engineered for the EF lens mount. Now the PL lens mount is completed it’s easy to see what a great combination this strong chassis and the PL mount are. It’s the perfect balance and it’s so strong!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “What’s also exciting, is the PL mount lets cinematographers add classic PL mount lenses. That means if you want to shoot something from the 1980s, then you can just choose the lens they used in the 1980’s and shoot with it. There are so many different kinds of classic cinema lenses out there with all types of glass, materials and coatings that the looks are endless. All those can now be used on these new cameras!”

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Key Features

Production Camera 4K PL features a large, high resolution 4K Super 35mm sized sensor with global shutter with 12 stops of dynamic range.
Cinema Camera PL features a large, high resolution 2.5K sized sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range
Compatible with extremely high quality PL cinema lenses.
Built in SSD recorder allows long duration recording onto solid state disks.
CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes open file formats compatible with DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer and Premiere Pro CC. No custom file formats.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera also records in DNxHD.
Features all standard connections, including jack mic/line audio in, headphone mini jack, Thunderbolt, LANC remote control and standard 12V DC power connection. Blackmagic Cinema Camera supports 3G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, and Blackmagic Production Camera
Built in touch screen LCD for camera settings and metadata entry compatible with popular video editing software including DaVinci Resolve 11 and Final Cut Pro X
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K supports 1080HD and Ultra HD, and Blackmagic Cinema Camera supports 1080HD capture, both at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30fps.
Mounting points on top and bottom for connecting tripods, accessories and building custom rigs using industry standard equipment.
Includes UltraScope software for live scopes via the built in Thunderbolt connection.
Includes the full version of DaVinci Resolve 11 editing and color grading software.
Availability and Price

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL is available now for US$2,995 and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL is available now for US$2,295 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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Product photos of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL, Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD 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 go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 11.1

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 11.1, a major new update based on customer feedback that includes dozens of features and improvements that professional editors and colorists have been asking for. DaVinci Resolve 11.1 is available for free download now for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers.

DaVinci Resolve 11.1 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

Editing enhancements in the new DaVinci Resolve 11.1 are designed to help editors work even faster than before. Resolve 11.1 includes improved asymmetric trimming, a new Swap Edit command, the ability to trim gaps in the timeline, editable in/out points in the source viewer, graphical fade sliders for video opacity, action and title safe overlays, independent track heights, a full screen timeline option, the ability to add transitions to multiple clips at the same time, and more.

DaVinci Resolve 11.1 also features dramatically improved integration with Final Cut Pro X that allows colorists to spend more time grading and finishing projects, and less time recreating elements from editorial. There is improved support for Multicam clips, Synchronized clips, and mixed frame rate Compound clips. Speed changes with Bezier curves are now imported from Final Cut Pro X, along with settings for frame blending and optical flow retiming. In addition, Compound clips can be broken apart and renamed in the Resolve timeline.

Colorists get support for object tracking and stabilization of compound clips, second layer input support for OpenFX plugins, the ability to pick colors in the viewer for OFX plugins, and new group menu options to load, delete and rename groups. DaVinci Resolve 11.1 also includes support for visually lossless compressed DNG RAW clips, Panasonic Varicam vRAW and AVC-I, improved color decoding for Phantom CINE RAW files, new Phantom Cine Log gamma selection in the camera raw settings, VFX I/O LUTs for Gamma 2.2 and Gamma 2.4, and more. Linux customers also get OpenCL support for AMD GPUs.

DaVinci Resolve 11.1 adds new support for Dolby Vision image processing. Customers will be able to work with 40x more brightness than a conventional television, a vastly improved, fuller color palette, and up to 1,000 times more contrast to reveal depth and detail that makes images look astonishingly real.

“DaVinci Resolve 11 was a huge release for us and we have been surprised by the incredible rate of upgrades,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It has been the fastest downloaded product update we have ever had. We’re committed to the community and are continuing to make Resolve even better. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and has encouraged us to work even harder to add as many customer feature requests as we can to the 11.1 update.”

DaVinci Resolve 11.1 Key Features

Editable in and out points in the source viewer
Graphical fade sliders for video opacity
Action and title safe overlays in the edit page
Improved asymmetric trimming
A new Swap Edit command
The ability to trim gaps in the timeline
A full screen timeline option
Improved Final Cut Pro X XML import and export
Improved FCP X XML import and export
Trim support for Quicktime and MXF clips
Native mixed frame rate support for compound clips
Allow transitions to be added to multiple selected clips via Cmd+T
Find Source Viewer clip in Media Pool via Option+F
Second layer input for OFX plugins
OpenCL support for Linux to support AMD GPUs
Availability and Price

DaVinci Resolve 11.1 is available now as a public beta from the Blackmagic Design web site and will ship as a free update for all current DaVinci Resolve customers by the end of September, 2014.

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Product photos of the DaVinci Resolve 11.1, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD 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 go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design announces acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc.

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced its acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc., a leading developer of high end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software for the feature film, commercial, television and broadcast industries. eyeon, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design.

eyeon’s Fusion 7 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

Fusion 7 is one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects compositing and motion graphics tools and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects. Most recently, Fusion 7 has been used on feature films like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America, Gravity and more.

Fusion 7 combines the best in motion graphics and high end visual effects compositing into a single application. In addition to its advanced compositing tools, Fusion 7 also includes comprehensive paint, rotoscope, keying, layering and titling tools, along with an amazing particle generator system. It can import geometry from other applications as well as create its own elements, like text and particles, from scratch. Elements can be composited together and quickly output using Fusion’s GPU accelerated render engine. Multiple renders can be combined in one project to render different aspects of the same scene. Fusion 7 goes beyond just compositing layers and has a full set of creation tools for building objects and scene elements in a 3D system that can handle millions of polygons with complex shading.

“We’re really excited about the acquisition of eyeon,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Fusion compositing, 3D and motion graphics software has been used on some of Hollywood’s biggest visual effects blockbusters. When used together with DaVinci Resolve for editing and grading, Fusion also gives customers the world’s most advanced tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, motion graphics design and more!”

“Blackmagic Design is the most progressive company in professional post production today,” said Steve Roberts, CEO and founder of eyeon. “With their focus on developing the best solutions and a global network of offices, Blackmagic gives customers the products and services they deserve. The acquisition of eyeon will provide greater development and support of Fusion and Generation, where customers will now have more dynamic, comprehensive, and faster solutions for their creative needs.”

“Fusion 7’s great 3D improvements have added to our toolkit, giving us options that greatly expand our ability to quickly put together shots and make final adjustments without the need to go back into a 3D app for changes,” said David Stinnett, VFX Supervisor, Blur Studios, Thor: The Dark World and Amazing Spiderman 2. “Fusion 7 expands our ability to stay flexible for whatever the job demands.”

“The great thing about using Fusion for motion graphics is that you have an unlimited number of ways to create and design shots so you don’t have to leave the package to get the job done,” said Dunn Lewis, Motion Graphics and VFX artist. “Fusion can handle it all. With its full true 3D compositing environment, motion graphic tools, Spline editor for precise animation curves, Timeline for timing effects and Node based system for compositing, you can overcome any challenge.”

eyeon will continue to support its customers and expand its sales channels with the added strength of the Blackmagic Design organization. eyeon will also continue developing solutions for the VFX and post production industries, including its flagship application, Fusion.

About eyeon Software

eyeon Software develops Fusion™, an award-winning compositing application that has been used on thousands of feature film and broadcast projects for over 25 years. eyeon artists have contributed significant work to recent box office successes, such as Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Hercules, Gravity, Noah, White House Down, The Hunger Games (1, 2, & 3), The Wizard of Oz 3D, Orphan Black, Star Wars In 3D, The Amazing Spider-Man (1 & 2), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Prometheus, Immortals, Game of Thrones, Anonymous, Captain America, Priest, Sucker Punch, Unknown, The Social Network, Gnomeo & Juliet, Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Avatar, 2012, Alice in Wonderland, New Moon, G.I. Joe, X-Men Origins, Twilight, Iron Man, Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D, 9, 300, Spiderman, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Happy Feet, Sin City (1 & 2), and many more.

In addition to Fusion, eyeon develops Generation® 4K, a breakthrough 4K playback system, Generation® AM, the asset management front end desktop for visual effects, Rotation®, an advanced rotoscoping system, Dimension®, a suite of tools designed for stereoscopic and image improvement challenges, Connection®, a bridge between Avid® and eyeon products, and now EPP®, a host of scripts and workflow solutions.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD 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 go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Admin give 7 scalable tips for common challenges in online learning

Report outline challenges, tips from college and university officials implementing online learning programs

online-learning-challengesAccording to recent polls and surveys among college and universities that are either in the final stages, or have fully implemented, online learning courses and platforms, there are a number of common, well-defined challenges and trends experienced by IT departments and faculty. The good news is: there are also scalable tips.

The data comes from a recent UPCEA and NASPA report on thoughts from higher-ed leaders on the challenges and emerging trends in online education.

In general, “Postsecondary leaders recommend tapping into existing expertise across the organization in areas such as online pedagogy, organizational models, lean innovation, and post-traditional student success,” say UPCEA and NASPA in the report. “They also offer advice for how to avoid potential pitfalls involved in scaling online programs and centralizing related decision making and resources. Finally, many suggest that ensuring a good experience for online students benefits all.”

The UPCEA and NASPA report polled 675 administrators, most of whom are chief student affairs officers and senior-most administrators in charge of online, continuing, and/or professional education, and presents a comprehensive look at trends—both current and emerging—driving online learning in higher education, as well as the common challenges and scalable tips for implementation.

(Next page: Challenges and tips)

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New alliance debuts to retain needy students

New alliance aims to bring colleges and universities to collaborate on best practices to retain low-income students

alliance-needy-studentAn alliance of 11 major colleges and universities debuted earlier this week in an effort to keep low-income and first-generation students in school long enough to receive a degree.

The alliance, which is about 15 months old, had its public rollout at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

And the problem it faces is acute: High-income students today are seven times more likely to earn a college degree than their low-income counterparts, and at the same time the U.S. economy is projected to have a shortage of 16 million college graduates by 2025. Higher-income students are maxed out; it’s the lower- and middle-income graduates that colleges need to keep the United States economically competitive.

The alliance aims to do something that is relatively unusual in higher education: Have colleges and universities accustomed to competing against one another collaborate instead, sharing ideas on how best to keep low-income students in school long enough to earn their degree.

(Next page: Successful strategies)

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Best universities in the world technology and science-focused

Science and technology innovation drives leadership of MIT, Cambridge and Imperial in QS World University Rankings 2014/15

world-rankings-QSThe global emphasis on high-impact scientific and technological research is the key driver of leadership, say researchers in compiling the data for the QS World University Rankings, which are—for the third year—led by MIT.

The QS World University Rankings, an annual league table of big-name universities, are compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in consultation with an international advisory board of academics (such as Ben Sowter, co-author of the UNESCO publication, “Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses”; Hilol Nag, global higher education advisor with a focus on the Middle East and Africa; Christina Zhang, consultant on UK national policies on business and economic affairs for the House of Commons and advisor on Chinese higher education systems; and many others). [More information on the Rankings’ methodology can be found here.]

The purpose of the rankings, said QS in a statement, has been to recognize universities as the “multi-faceted organizations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against the notional mission of remaining or becoming world-class.” Now in their 10th year, the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 rank the world’s “top” 863 universities (out of over 3,000 considered) adding more than 100 new universities into the current list of the world’s “best institutions.”

The Rankings are based on four pillars: research, teaching, employability and internationalization; and the methodology consists of six indicators: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international students (5 percent) and international faculty (5 percent).

This year, 63,676 academic and 28,759 employer responses contributed towards the results, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world, explained QS.

This year, the world’s best universities, as ranked by QS, all have an innovation focus concerning technology and science.

“In the wake of the recession, both governments and private sector funding sources are placing greater emphasis on high-impact STEM research, much of which takes place in specialist institutions,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “Tech-focused institutions are increasingly the focal point of a global race for innovation. With budgets from public sources increasingly coming under strain, institutions seem more focused than ever on potentially lucrative research in science, technology and medicine.”

(Next page: Universities’ world rankings)

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The 5 best universities for mobile technology

It might have been easier to pinpoint mobile-friendly colleges in the mid-2000s, before schools of every size invested in support for web-connected mobile devices of every kind pouring onto campus.

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Editor’s note: This story first appeared in eCampus News on Feb. 10, 2014. What do you think about these university rankings? Share your views and opinions in the comments section below and by following the conversation on Twitter @ecampusnews.

Spotting colleges and universities with the best mobile device policies is increasingly difficult, as higher education — driven in part by K-12′s mobile adoption — is investing time and money into creating the most friendly mobile atmosphere possible.

It makes sense, as college students have turned to smartphones as their primary study tool, beating out computers and tablets in 2013. Students are even asking for more homework assignments to be mobile device friendly.

College technology officials, in other words, are highly invested in mobile technology not so students can stream movies in their dorm rooms, but because they are increasingly relying on tablets and smartphones as essential educational tools.

In the midst of higher education’s headfirst dive into mobile technology, it’s good to know which schools are rising above the rest in their commitment to excellent mobile programs for students and faculty.

IvyWise.com has ranked the nation’s top-5 mobile tech-savvy campuses.

5. University of Missouri Columbia: The university is pushing for development in both Apple and Windows devices. Students in the School of Journalism are required to purchase an iPhone to review course materials. Lectures are available in audio form for students to review after the class. The Reynolds Journalism Institute opened a Microsoft App Development Lab that creates apps for the Windows 8 operating system. The lab is open after hours for students who want to create and test new applications with supervision from faculty and staff.

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