|ATTN APPLE Final Cut Pro users: |
NOW is the TIME to learn Avid Media Composer 7
Are you still editing on FCP7? Are you still wasting hours upon hours logging & transferring or MPEG Stream clipping your file based HD footage into HD before you can even start editing? Still making due with clunky work-arounds that allow you to struggle through your projects, without any of the benefits of today's more efficient tapeless workflows?
While FCP7 is a dear old friend, it's time to realize that while it may have been a great choice a few years ago, it's time has come and gone. The unfortunate reality is that FCP7 can't tap into the power and performance of today's iMacs (or Mac Mini), let alone the brand new Mac Pro's. How much longer can you keep holding your business and your creativity back by sticking with FCP7? Now is the Time to learn Avid Media Composer and become an Avid editor.
Whether you’ve used Avid before or if you’ve just always been a Final Cut editor making the move to Media Composer 7 is not as hard as you think. You are not “starting over” by purchasing Media Composer 7. Your skills, workflows, media, and even sequences are directly translatable to the MC7 environment, making the move the fast and easy. This is the whole underpinning of the Get Started Fast with Avid for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors tutorial series mentioned in this guide.
Avid invented non linear editing
Not only did Avid invent non linear editing over 25 years ago, they remain the only company that is 100% focused on the needs of video and audio editors. When you watch a Hollywood movie; or a television drama, sitcom or reality show; or a documentary or news report - the odds are it was edited by an editor using Avid Media Composer. Over 85% of what you watch at home or in the movie theater was cut on Avid. As a result, Avid sets a standard for workflow efficiency and stability that must meet the rigors of broadcasters and Hollywood studios. Did you know that all of movies nominated for an Oscar last year used Avid products as an integral part of their post- production workflows? They did and I'm sure it will be the same this year as well. This means that when you edit with Avid Media Composer you too get that same level of professional performance and rock solid stability. No other NLE comes close to providing the tools and workgroup collaboration that Media Composer does.
read the full article http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/E/Now+is+the+time+for+Avid+Media+Composer+7+...
|If you are like me, you have stacks of memory cards filled with video and photos from your camcorder, DSLR, GoPro and every other device you use to capture images. One of the biggest challenges facing content creators today is how do you quickly and efficiently get all this digital data, all these bits and bytes into your computer so you can begin working on them.|
Over the years not only have I accumulated drawers filled with media cards, I've got closet shelves filled with G-Technology external drives; mainly G-RAIDs, but a few G-DRIVES, G-DRIVE Mobiles and a pair of G-SPEEDs. It's amazing how much digital data I've accumulated, and I'm just an amateur videographer and editing enthusiast. You're probably more serious than me, perhaps you shoot wedding & events, post your own skateboard or surfing videos to YouTube, or your passion is creating travel or nature videos, or maybe you produce training videos or how-to programs. No matter what kind of videos you produce, one thing you can never seem to get enough of is storage.
The folks at G-Technology realize this. Heck they've built a fantastic brand and leadership position in our industry by working with and listening to their customers storage needs and problems. What G-Technology realized was that storage as we know it had to change, it had to evolve into something more efficient, portable and scalable. This is what the The Evolution Series is all about! I’m going to show you how they did it and why you want it. Click here for the full FAQ Guide...
|Videoguys November 2013 Update|
We've been adding a bunch of new articles, products and promotions over at Videoguys.com. With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to let our customers know that I have re-activated our INSIDER5 coupon which gives you 5% off on any order you place between now and Nov 22nd.
Videoguys DIY 10 - Our wait for Thunderbolt is over!
I know it has been a LONG time since we first introduced our DIY 9 build and even our DIY 9.5 updates are over a year old. Every day we get calls and emails from our customers asking about our DIY recommendations and when we're going to build our DIY 10 machine. I’m happy to report that we’ve finally found an enthusiast level motherboard with Thunderbolt - the Asus Z87-Deluxe/Quad - which we can use for DIY10!
Videoguys is your source for Newtek TriCasters!
This fall NewTek introduced the Next-Generation of Professional NewTek TriCaster Systems. Videoguys streaming video experts are here to help you pick the right TriCaster solution for your organization's needs. Whether you're a school or small house of worship looking to get started with the TriCaster 40; or a larger church or school district looking into the new TriCaster 410; or your organization/company needs the more professional capabilities of the TriCaster 460 or 860; we are here to help you learn more and configure the solution that best meets your budget.
If you're not that familiar with the TriCaster, check out this series of videos we co-produced with Streaming Media. Jan Ozer does a great job walking you through the basic set up and operation of the TriCaster 40. http://tinyurl.com/kezlgvc
G-Tech G-Dock ev : Capture. Store. More than ever before. BUY 1. GET 4.
Designed with the flexibility to accommodate unique workflows, the Evolution Series is a robust, expandable dual-bay storage solution. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is the hub of the system, which ships with two removable G-DRIVE® ev hard drives.
The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt storage system comes fully loaded with 2 stand-alone USB 3.0 G-DRIVE ev portable drives. And for a limited time you can get 2 additional G-DRIVE ev drives FREE. That’s right. Double your G-DRIVE ev investment at NO EXTRA COST - at your time of your purchase.
Videoguys Adobe & Avid Bundles
Are you looking to upgrade, crossgrade or switch to a new NLE? We've got great deals on Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams and Avid Media Composer 7. Not just on the software itself, but with some really great bundles that will get you up to speed editing faster and easier!
• The Class On Demand Sapphire Card gives you a full-year of unlimited access to more than $2,500 worth of online training
• Bella’s Shortcut Keyboard employs a new design language providing crisp colored icons along with shortcut names for easy identification.
• G-Tech G-RAIDs and G-Dock ev give you super fast USB3 or Thunderbolt storage for your projects, video files and media.
• Videoguys preconfigured and optimized HP workstations for Adobe & Avid
Sony Vegas Pro Bonus Packs
Just in time for Black Friday and upcoming holiday promotions, Sony Creative Software has announced 4 new innovative “Bonus Pack” skus. For a limited time, they are offering their best-selling Vegas Pro 12 video editing software applications and their Audio Master Suite, reducing the SRP of each by $50.00 and adding in boat loads of extra value added features and product offerings – over $350 in retail value!
Videoguys Affordable live streaming solutions
Putting together a digital video streaming and editing solution for your live video production can seem like a difficult task. There are so many questions: What kind of a equipment do you need? Who do you call for support? We have the answers to all of these questions and some you didn’t even know to ask! We even have solutions for undr $1,000 that deliver outstanding quality and performance such as:
• Hauppauge StreamEez-Pro Video Encoder for Live Event Broadcasting $269
• Matrox Monarch HD Professional video streaming and recording appliance $995
• Cerevo LiveShell Easy, High-Quality Broadcasting without a PC SD $289 / HD $699
• Teradek VidiU HD Live Streaming Broadcaster without a PC $679
• Telestream Wirecast 5 Live Streaming Like You've Never Seen It Before! Starting at $475
We've added some new vendors and products that you are going to want to check out:
• intensiKey Pro 2.0 Virtual Set and Chroma Key Application $299 http://tinyurl.com/lxbncp8
• Listec PromptWare turns your smartphone or tablet into a professional prompter http://tinyurl.com/pvo8jg9
• Highpoint RocketRAID controllers & Rocketstor 5212 External Drive Ports http://tinyurl.com/llymn57
• Pioneer BDR-XD05 slim & BDR-XS05 Slot Loading external, portable Blu-ray burners http://tinyurl.com/6f4jzma
• Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket is portable high definition (HD) video recorder http://tinyurl.com/qy57cuj
• mLogic mBack Zero-Footprint Hard Drives ( 1 or 2 TB) for iMac http://tinyurl.com/pjqkrfw
As we do every year, we've updated and posted our
Videoguys' Tips for Shooting Family/Home/Holiday Video
Don't forget to use coupon code INSIDER5 to get 5% off any order you place now or before November 22nd.
|Upgrade to Avid Media Composer 6.5 for just $488 and get a FREE Upgrade to Media Composer 7 when you order before 6/14/13 at Videoguys.com|
PLUS FREE Class On Demand Training!
Did you ever edit with Avid Xpress DV or Avid Xpress Pro? Perhaps you moved on to Final Cut or Premiere Pro or another NLE over the years and your Xpress DV or Xpress Pro Dongle is sitting around collecting dust. If you still have the dongle, Avid wants you back. Avid is offering you one last chance to upgrade to Media Composer for under $500!
Not only do you get Avid Media Composer 6.5 Upgrade for just $488, which is the editing application used by the pro’s, Avid will also give you a free upgrade to the new Media Composer 7 when it ships later this June.
Videoguys realizes that a lot has changed over the years, so we're going to give you free Avid on-line training from Class on Demand worth another $129!
Let's talk a bit about how much Avid has changed over the years. First and foremost, Avid Media Composer is very affordable. At NAB this past April 2013, Avid not only announced the new version, they also announced the new MSRP for Media Composer 7 at $999, and that existing Media Composer owners would be able to upgrade for as little as $299 to Media Composer 7. That is a dramatic pricing change and it makes Media Composer affordable for video editors of every level, including event cinematographers, independent filmmakers, worship videographers, corporate video shops and online media producers.
Avid is still offering college students the chance to purchase the Student version of Media Composer for just $295 with 4 years of free upgrades. Institutions and faculty can also take advantage of the $295 price point.
In addition to its new low price, Avid Media Composer now has a much lower overall total cost of ownership. You do not require an expensive HP/Dell workstation or Mac Pro to edit video with Media Composer. Thousands of video editors all over the world are editing video using our DIY builds as a guideline for putting together a powerful, yet affordable Windows PC. You can edit on a laptop or Mac Book Pro, as well as an iMac. Media Composer does not require any special hardware to run just as long as you stick to the basic requirements outlined on the Media Composer Product Pages or on the Videoguys' PC & Mac System Recommendations for Avid Media Composer 7
The major determining factor on how much computer you will actually need is the format of your source footage (SD or HD). Editing DSLR, GoPro or AVCHD footage takes a lot of horsepower because these formats are very compressed. The video quality is spectacular but you need a powerful computer to work with the media. Fortunately, you can find these powerful computers everywhere today.
Read the full blog post at Videoguys.com
|It's been a very busy spring for all of us at Videoguys.com|
We had a great NAB show, and we picked up some really exciting new products. We'll go into that in more detail in this newsletter.
First, I'd like to thank you all for your patronage and support over the years. We know we would not be where we are today without you, our loyal customers. In the past, I've run a special coupon INSIDER5 that extended a 5% instant rebate on your next order. Not only have I reactivated this coupon, I've made it even stronger. I've added FREE Super Saver Shipping to it. So know you can save 5% and get FREE shipping with coupon INSIDER5 on all orders placed on or before May 31st!
5% OFF and get FREE shipping with coupon INSIDER5 on all orders placed on or before May 31st
Videoguys NAB 2013 report
Wow! I wasn't expecting this year's NAB to be so exciting. Our industry has gotten mature and so have the products. But, from the start of our dealer meetings on Sunday, I could tell that something big was happening, not a huge tidal wave of change, but several big waves rolling in one after another that would have a dramatic impact on the future of our industry. Each of these waves on their own is interesting. When you look at the convergence that is going on it adds up to very important and powerful changes that will shape the future of content creation Click here for both Part 1: An Industry In Transition & Part 2: Top Products from the Show http://tinyurl.com/cp69skr
We've added some new FAQs to the website:
Videoguys' FAQ: Avid Media Composer 7 and Symphony - Buy Today and Upgrade FREE
AT NAB Avid announced a new version of Media Composer is coming in June and they lowered the MSRP for Media Composer to $995! They also lowered the cost of upgrades and even better, they are giving you a FREE upgrade to version 7 if you purchase Media Composer or Symphony today!
In this FAQ we tell you all about the new features, as well as some reasons you want to become or go back to being an Avid Editor.
Videoguys' Guide to Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams
Imagine if your team always had the best tools. Imagine if they could save time by seamlessly sharing files from any device. That’s Adobe Creative Cloud for teams. You get the entire collection of Adobe creative tools and exclusive updates, along with lots of team-specific features that make working together — and managing licenses — easier than ever. All for one affordable subscription price.
In this FAQ we explain what the advantages are of Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams and we try to dispel some of the myths and distortions about the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription model. http://tinyurl.com/cpzqxa4
We've added a bunch of new Live Steaming Products:
Newtek TriCaster 40 & 455 in stock!
All-in-one, integrated live production system that offers the power of a live network studio. When paired with live streaming over the Web, anyone can create and share a professional TV show. Students, premiere broadcast networks, major league sports networks and teams, along with some of the world’s biggest corporations—all use TriCaster to produce and stream live events, and expand their audiences, faster than ever before.
The NewTek family of TriCaster products integrates everything you need into a single, elegant, cost-effective and easy-to-use system so you’ll never have to buy and install separate components. With TriCaster in your studio, school, business or mobile van, you’ll spend more time bringing your creative ideas to life, and less time worrying if things will actually work. http://tinyurl.com/c4zgbr7
Teradek VidiU and Bolt in Stock!
Teradek offers a wide range of state-of-the-art wireless video products for filmmaking, live video production, and broadcast contribution.
As a pioneer of IP video devices, Teradek creates highly versatile encoders and accompanying transmission systems for live HD video broadcasting over WiFi, Ethernet, and 3G/4G networks. Since 2008, Teradek products have been utilized by video professionals in cinema, broadcast news, professional sports, government, and higher education. All Teradek products are designed and manufactured in Orange County, California and are distributed worldwide.
The Teradek Bolt is a latency-free wireless transmission system that sends 4:2:2, 1080p60 video at up to 300ft. Bolt comes in two varieties; the unicast Bolt and the multicast Bolt Pro. Bolt pricing starts at $1,490
The Teradek VidiU gives you the freedom to broadcast live high definition video directly to the Web without a PC. Whether you’re streaming out of a video switcher or wirelessly from your camera, VidiU allows you to go live when you want, where you want. VidiU is in stock and on sale for $679
Matrox Monarch HD coming in June!
The Monarch was one of the biggest hits at the NAB show. The Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance was chosen for Best of NAB Award by StreamingMedia.com, Black Diamond Award by Digital Video magazine, STAR Award by TV Technology magazine and Video Innovation Award (VIA) by BCPVA.com
From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol.
While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.
Videoguys is taking pre-orders for Monarch HD $995
We've been running some really great specials since NAB. Here are the links to learn more and check them out:
• Videoguys' Post-NAB Specials New Products, Great Deals plus FREE
• G-Technology Post-NAB Update: Super-Speed USB 3, Thunderbolt and the new Evolution - G-DOCK ev
• Sony Vegas Pro 12 Collection, Suite and Bundles at Videoguys.com
We've also updated some of our product category landing pages:
• NLE Software, Crossgrades & Upgrades
• NLE Plug-Ins
• Streaming Media & Live Production Gear
• Spotlight on Storage
Once again, we want to thank you for your patronage and support. If you should run into any issues with our website, please let us know about it.
Call 800 323-2325 and ask for Jim. We hope you'll be ordering soon! Don't forget to use coupon INSIDER5 and get:
5% OFF and get FREE shipping with coupon INSIDER5 on all orders placed on or before May 31st
|WE ARE THE VIDEO EDITING & PRODUCTION EXPERTS!|
Videoguys.com is your source for great deals on video editing software, hardware, storage, plug-ins and more!!
Videoguys.com is your source for Avid Media Composer & Symphony, Sony Vegas Pro, Grass Valley Edius and the Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams. Please call our NLE experts at 800-323-2325 with any questions you have about your upgrade/crossgrade eligibility, computer system requirements, video storage and your workflows. We'll help you make the right choice, and we'll make sure you have the right hardware to run your new software.
Whether you’re a home user, hobbiest or prosumer; Event Videographer/ Cinematographer or Indie Filmmaker; a professional in a Broadcast facility or Post house; our knowledgeable Videoguys sale team is available to answer all of your questions before, during, and after the sale. We’ll even stand behind our recommendations with a 30-day money-back guarantee and FREE tech support – a customer service policy unmatched in the industry!
Do you have questions about video editing & production or any of our products?
Call us for knowledgeable advice and fantastic bundle deals and check out our guides and blog posts for system recommendations, FAQs, tech tips, reviews & more
Do you need new NLE software? Are you looking to make a switch? Save Hundreds Now with these Crossgrade & Upgrade Specials - Now with FREE Training thru 2/28! Check out all our great Upgrade & Crossgrade deals!! http://www.videoguys.com/VideoguysSpecials/Specials.aspx?sb=45
|We still have Media Composer Crossgrades and Symphony upgrades in stock. We’re promoting them at $949 with a free Class On Demand training card. We've also got some great bundles with Nitris DX hardware and Avid Artist Color.|
Got Final Cut? Crossgrade to Avid Media Composer 6.5 for $949.00 while supplies last
When it comes to editing, today’s professionals need the right tools that enable them to work with any type of media, complete every facet of a project, and eliminate bottlenecks, so they can focus on their storytelling. With Media Composer, you have a complete, reliable solution that not only complements your existing workflow, it enables you to do more—faster.
ATTN Avid Editors: Upgrade to Avid Symphony 6.5 for $949.00 while supplies last
You probably know Media Composer, but did you know that Avid Symphony is identical to it, with all of the same tools and features, plus advanced color correction and Boris Continuum Complete (which retails alone for double the price of this offer)? And when paired with a Nitris DX interface, Symphony offers Universal Mastering for easy multiformat delivery.
Save up to 50% OFF Avid Symphony Bundles with Nitris DX Hardware
For a limited time, save $6,000 (USD) when your purchase Symphony with one year of Avid Expert Plus Support and a Nitris DX interface: Avid Symphony 6.5 with Avid Nitris DX $7,999; Avid Symphony 6.5 Upgrade with Nitris DX $4,999
ADD AVID ARTIST COLOR TO MEDIA COMPOSER OR AVID SYMPHONY FOR ADVANCED COLOR CORRECTION!
Avid Artist Color is a Color Grading Control Surface with trackballs, trackwheels, encoders and more to provide colorists with interactive, hands-on control and a host of programmable keys in a slim-line design. (On Sale $1,399, reg $1,666.00). Media Composer 6.5 Crossgrade with Artist Color or Symphony 6.5 Upgrade with Artist Color $2,225
|Videoguys DIY 9.5 Build Dec 2012|
Our Director of Advertsing needed a new computer. He'd been running our DIY8
machine and it was starting to get cranky on him. We decided that since he uses Adobe CS6 to create our advertisements, email blasts and update our website, that a DIY9 based build would be perfect for him.
WOW! Were we right! Thanks to the SSD boot drive, hex core i7 and a whopping 32GB of RAM he is flying!
We tried to bring in the workstation as close to $2K as we could. We went a little bit over, but we feel for the performance we achieved it is worth every penny. Our build does not include any media storage, you'll need to add this as well. For around $200 you can add a pair of 2TB 7200RPM drives, striped together as a 4TB RAID 0 for an excellent internal storage solution, or go with one of our G-Tech external solutions such as a G-Speed Q for RAID 5 redundancy.
We posted the build list for this latest machine here, along with links directly to our main source for DIY parts, Newegg.com to make shopping even easier for our customers.
DIY10 / DIYX Update:
As for DIY10, we're already planning it. Going to wait for a Z79 enthusiast level chipset motherboard with Thunderbolt. Then we'll buildan Ivy Bridge based machine that we may just run under both Win 7 and OSX. Yes, that's right, a hackintosh!!
We'll keep you posted ;-)
Click here for the full DIY9 Guide and the complete build list for our DIY ....
|Videoguys 2012 Holiday Gift Guide|
Great Gifts & Recommendations for Videographers & Editors at Every Price!
It's hard to believe that the holidays are here again. I want to apologize for getting this article out so late. It's been a very hectic past few months around here, and we're still making up for lost time caused by Superstorm Sandy. I thought about skipping this article this year, but we have so many great new gift items for our customers that I decided it was better late than never.
As I said, Videoguys has some really great new holiday gift ideas for video editors, shooters, event cinematographers and post production professionals. From beginner to expert, from hobbyist to professional, we've got some great stuff for you. So check out this year's guide and pick out a gift to get for yourself with some of the gift cards or money that others have given you this holiday season. Speaking of gift cards, Videoguys is happy to accept your American Express, Visa or Mastercard gift cards. If you want to place your order using multiple gift cards or credit cards we would be happy to accommodate you. Just give us a call 800-323-2325 and talk to one of our sales people or customer service representatives and we'll take care of the rest.
We've broken the guide into several categories that I think will help make your holiday shopping easier:
- Gizmos & Gadgets
This year we've found some really cool new gadgets for shooters, as well as productivity tools for editors
- Upgrades & Crossgrades!
Find out how you can take advantage of the software you already own to save big on the latest and greatest software tools
- Software gifts for Students
Take advantage of huge academic discounts for students and teachers and get them the software they need to prepare for the future.
- Hardware Specials
Do you need more video storage or Hardware I/O?
- Audio for Video
Improve your video by adding professional quality audio tools at an affordable price
- Software Plug-Ins
Add interesting effects, filters, titles and more to your already powerful editing tools
- Software Training
Beginners and professionals all enjoy handy reference materials to improve their editing skills
- Videoguys Gift Cards
Great last minute gift idea! Videoguys' Virtual Gift Cards will arrive in your inbox quickly and are on sale now at 5% off!
Check out the full guide: Videoguys Holiday Gift Guide 2012 & Secret Santa Coupon! http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/E/Videoguys+2012+Holiday+Gift+Guide/0x924f0e912088df906aa97d67e2d18744.aspx
|We've put together this little FAQ to help you better understand Avid's professional editing software, the promotions being offered by Avid, and the amazing bundle specials available now until December 14, 2012.|
- FCP owners can crossgrade to Avid Media Composer for $979
- Avid editors can upgrade to Avid Symphony for $979, or upgrade to Symphony Nitris DX for $4,999
Before we get into the promotions I wanted to take some time to congratulate Avid on 25 years and highlight this amazing accomplishment! Twenty Five years as a technology leader is an awesome accomplishment and something that should be celebrated. Before Avid, you couldn't cut movies or video digitally. It was all done mechanically by cutting and splicing film together. Now, all you have to do is drag and drop the files into our computer, edit them, add special effects, filters, titles, graphics, just about anything you can imagine, you can create. None of this would be possible if it had not been for Avid, and nothing works better for today's workflows then Avid Media Composer and Symphony!
Today we have a new generation of HD cameras that shoot 2K & 4K video approaching the quality of film. We have small digital HD cameras like the GoPro Hero and Contour HD. W, we have new tapeless workflows and other advancements that have all revolutionized video editing. Avid is committed as ever to professional workflows and the needs of post production facilities, broadcast and cable television stations, independent film makers, and anyone trying to make a living editing and producing content. It all started with Avid. Many of you started with Avid. It's time to come back home.
Videoguys has been around for over 25 years as well, and we've been an Avid partner since 2000 when we met with Alan from Avid at the DV Magazine Expo in Pasadena. We spoke with Alan about a new product Avid was working on called Avid Xpress DV. We loved it and we knew we could sell a bunch of it (which we did ;-). Then, as they say, the rest is history...
[h3]Avid's Special 25th Anniversary Promotions EXPIRE DECEMBER 14TH!! We've got the answers to your questions so you can order TODAY![/h3]
Follow this link for the Avid Promo FAQ