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Tech Update: DIY 11 & System Recommendations for Video Editing

We’ve published two new articles on our website that we hope Creative COW members will want to read and bookmark. Our latest DIY build is DIY 11 and it is a creaming fast machine capable of 4K work. Our recommended systems page has been updated to include all the latest guidance for buying and configuring a workstation or computer for video editing. Each of the guides now includes a video you can watch for even more information.

Videoguys’ DIY 11: How to Build an Affordable Editing & Streaming Workstation with Balanced Components for the Best Performance
For more than 10 years, one of the world’s leading resellers of video editing and production equipment, has been publishing DIY articles as a service to customers. These guides will help you choose the best system components for your non-linear editing workstation.

Our new tech guy, Scott Smith, has completed our much anticipated new DIY11 build. It’s a screamer! The goal was to put together a top notch NLE & Streaming machine for around $1,500. Scott did the research and the build is complete and tested. Holy smokes! This machine runs lightning fast, the case is whisper quiet and the NLE performance is superb. Great job Scott!

Videoguys’ System Recommendations for Video Editing
For almost 20 years we’ve been posting and updating our recommended computer specs for Video editing. Combined with our DIY articles, Videoguys has become the go to resource on the web for this vital information. Of course we also have live people here who are available to answer all your video editing questions and recommend the right gear and software for your needs and budget.

We get asked all the time, “What computer system should I use for Video Editing?”

So, we created this page to give you some basic guidelines. Every month computers get more powerful and less expensive, so the recommendations on this page could become outdated very quickly. We will try our best to keep it up to date but if you see something that doesn’t look right or if you’re configuring a system that may be somewhat different please e-mail ( or call the Videoguys at 800-323-2325 and we’d be happy to review your plans. We want to help you make sure you have everything you need to edit and produce great videos.

Videoguys Tech Select HPz Workstations for Professionals
Videoguys’ Tech Select HP Workstations are custom-configured by our technicians to hit some great price points and still provide you with a machine that we strongly recommend. HP uses only the best components, and these workstations come optimized for digital content creation. They are easily expandable and upgradable which means you’ll get a longer useful life out of them.

The new HP z840 is the power users choice, and the best dual Xeon solution on the market. We like the z440 single Xeon machines for professionals who don’t require as much horsepower, but demand the same level of reliability and stability. If you are a power user on a budget, the z640 can be upgraded to a second Xeon processor down the road.

I hope you find these articles useful.


Posted by: Gary Bettan on May 20, 2015 at 7:59:57 am NLE Worksations, computers
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Videoguys Tech Select HPz Workstations for Professionals

Videoguys’ Tech Select HP Workstations are custom-configured by our technicians to hit some great price points and still provide you with a machine that we strongly recommend. HP uses only the best components, and these workstations come optimized for digital content creation. They are easily expandable and upgradable which means you’ll get a longer useful life out of them.

The new HP z840 is the power users choice, and the best dual Xeon solution on the market. We like the z440 single Xeon machines for professionals who don’t require as much horsepower, but demand the same level of reliability and stability. If you are a power user on a budget, the z640 can be upgraded to a second Xeon processor down the road.

When it comes to stability, reliability and performance HP workstations set the bar by which all others are judged. They are more expensive then a DIY build, but you get what you pay for. These workstations use the highest quality components and are designed for heavy duty editing environments. If you want the best, HP workstations are up for the test. If you’re building a professional post facility, HP z series workstations are the only way to go!

Videoguys’ Tech Select machines have all been built for superior performance with Avid, Adobe, Grass Valley EDIUS and Sony Vegas NLE software as well as Sorenson Squeeze desktop encoding software and Telestream Wirecast for live production and streaming.

Give our tech’s Scott & Eric a call 800-323-2325 for answers to all of your HP workstation questions. They can customize any of these machines with more RAM, better Quadro graphics cards and Xeon processors with more cores. They are here to help guide you into the best possible HP workstation & NLE solution for your budget.

Check out Videoguys Tech Select HP Z Workstations

Posted by: Gary Bettan on Mar 10, 2015 at 7:18:07 am Workstation, Videoguys
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Black Friday Sales Announced at

Free Shipping and 5% Off all orders plus a free gift with purchase on orders over $500 now through Cyber Monday

Glen Cove, NY – has been one of the leading sources for video editing and production equipment for more than 25 years and has built a reputation for having great prices all year round but, like many others, they kick off the holiday shopping season with the best deals of the year. Black Friday has become a holiday shopping tradition in the U.S. and seems to get a little bit longer every year. This year, the Videoguys’ Black Friday specials have already started and will run through Cyber Monday December 1st. These specials include free shipping and a 5% off coupon (code BF2014) on all orders, plus a free gift with orders of $500 or more! partnered with incase to offer a free Portable Power 2500 smartphone power pack – a $49.95 value.

Gary Bettan, President of said "We will be home with our families from Thanksgiving Day through next Monday but always enjoy putting together these great deals that will be available all weekend. I use my incase Portable Power charger all the time - it's saved the day for me numerous times. It’s our way of giving thanks for our customers.”

Videoguys Black Friday Specials include:

  • A special edition Sony Vegas Pro Suite + featuring the new HitFilm Pro 3 and other software available for a limited time only
  • $100 off Sorenson Squeeze Standard or Pro or 25% off any Sorenson Squeeze Upgrade
  • 30% off any Boris FX software title including upgrades and Avid programs
  • 30% off select NewBlue FX bundles including the new Filters Ultimate, Stylizers Ultimate and Transitions Ultimate
  • Introductory Special on iZotope Iris 2 plus special Holiday Bundles at new low prices
  • Teradek instant rebates including $500 off Bolt Pro 300 or 600, $250 off any Cube, $500 off any Cubelet bundle and $150 off Teradek Clip
  • 10% off the new Tiffen Dfx 4 programs including the standalone, Photo, Video and new OFX Standard and Pro versions
  • Plus special offers from Avid, Adobe, HP, G-Technology and more

The sales and promotions run through “Cyber” Monday, December 1st at 11:59pm so there is still an opportunity to speak with a Videoguys sales person prior to placing an order by calling 800-323-2325.

Posted by: Gary Bettan on Nov 26, 2014 at 7:40:30 am Videoguys, BlackFriday
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What Makes the New G-Technology RAIDs w Removable Drives Better?

The G-RAID® with removable drives includes HGST Ultrastar™ Enterprise-class Hard Drives

  • Enterprise-class HDDs are rated for 24/7 operation in mission critical environments, while desktop grade drives are intended for low impact workloads.
  • Enterprise-class HDDs have Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS), which optimizes them for use in multi-drive environments.
  • Ultrastar™ products are specifically designed, manufactured and tested to meet the demanding environments found in global data centers and enterprises.
  • HGST Ultrastar™ enterprise-class HDDs are the most reliable hard drives available. They have an industryleading 2 million hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)1 rating. Other vendor’s 7200 RPM enterprise-class drives offer only 1.2 or 1.4 million hours MTBF ratings, what’s worse, they don’t leverage them in their own retail products, choosing instead to build their products using lower quality desktop-grade drives.

The G-RAID® with removable drives adds user-configurable RAID settings.

While the Gen4 and Gen5 versions of the G-RAID® are also hardware RAIDs, they are hardwired in RAID 0 (striping) for performance. The G-RAID® with removable drives ships in RAID 0 (striping), but can also be configured in RAID 1 (mirroring) for data protection or (on Mac only) in JBOD.

The G-RAID® with removable drives has removable drives.

It may seem obvious, as it’s in the name, but having removable drives gives you the ability to very easily swap a drive out in the unlikely event of a drive failure. Further, the drive modules used in the G-RAID® with removable drives are the same as those used in the G-RAID® Studio with Thunderbolt™ and the GSPEED ® Studio with Thunderbolt™, so someone using a combination of these products, as long as they are all populated with drives of the same capacity, only needs to purchase one drive module if they want to keep a spare on hand.

The G-RAID® with removable drives is faster.

We’ve upgraded the chipset in the new G-RAID® with removable drives to enable faster performance. While the Gen4 and Gen5 versions of the GRAID ® maxed out at transfer speeds of up to 250MB/sec, the 4TB and 8TB capacities of the G-RAID® with removable drives are 20% faster, with transfer speeds of up to 300MB/sec in RAID 0 (striping). The 12TB capacity is even faster, with performance in RAID 0 (striping) of up to 330MB/sec.

The G-RAID® with removable drives has USB 3.0, FW800, and eSATA.

With previous versions of the G-RAID®, you could not get USB 3.0 and eSATA on the same unit. If you needed eSATA, you’d have to choose the Gen4 version, and, if you needed USB 3.0, you’d have to choose the Gen5 version. The G-RAID® with removable drives has both of these interfaces, in addition to FW800.

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Posted by: Gary Bettan on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:09:18 am G-Tech, Storage
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Teach Your Children Well, Teach them Avid

Avid is the NLE tool of choice for Hollywood, Broadcast Television, Film Makers and Post Production facilities. While other NLEs may claim to be used for a few select programs, almost every Oscar and Emmy winning program was cut on an Avid. Being an Avid editor still means something, and if you want your students to have the best real world training and experiences to launch their career, you need to make sure you are teaching them Avid Media composer. I'm not saying it's the only NLE to teach them, I'm saying that if you don't teach them Avid, you are not giving them the best possible chance to be successful. Only Avid offers the collaborative tools and media management required on today's complex productions. Often involving multiple editors and post production creatives working remotely together to create the final product. In these workflows Avid is still King, and with their new announcements of Native 4K support and their new DNxHR CODEC, the future is looking brighter than ever.

See how Avid helps educators elevate student success

What does it take for students to realize their full potential? Creative teaching programs, dedicated faculty, and the power of technology. That’s why the world’s leading educators have partnered with Avid to help empower the next generation of artists and media professionals. From Pro Tools to Media Composer, our industry-standard products help students learn real-world skills to maximize their career opportunities

One of the things that I think has been overlooked this past year with Avid's Everywhere initiative and the new 'flavors' of Media Composer (see our Avid Guide to the new Media Composer |Software for complete details) is how ridiculously affordable Avid is now for students, teachers, educators and Academic institutions. Let's review all the great options Avid has given students and educators:

Never before has it been so easy and so affordable to get started with Avid. Whether you are a student, teacher or the guy/gal who runs your schools technology department, our knowledgeable sales staff is here to help guide you. We will take the time to make sure you have the computer system in place to handle your HD projects and workflows. We'll also provide you recommendations for upgrades. plug-ins, storage and third party hardware to make your Avid even more efficient and powerful.
Give us a call 800-323-2325 and let us help you to become an Avid editor or facility!

Avid Media Composer | Software is the industry’s leading professional film and video editing system.

Certified by American Cinema Editors (ACE), Media Composer enables educators to help students become proficient with the same tools they’ll use as professional editors. From student films and projects, and on to TV shows, broadcast journalism, commercials, and big-budget films, Media Composer empowers students with the editorial skills and edge they need to jumpstart a successful career.

Top 7 Reasons to Get Media Composer | Software for Education

1. Accelerate high-res and file-based workflows
Get powerful 64-bit performance and experience the “waitless” workflow. Instantly access and edit RED, ARRI ALEXA, QuickTime, ProRes, AVCHD, XDCAM, and other file-based media—without transcoding. Accelerate HD delivery from high-res 2K, 4K, and 5K sources, with full creative control of image framing. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, and more in real time. And get more time to perfect your story by automating media management tasks in the background.

2. Extend real-time production everywhere
Sometimes the best talent or cost-effective solution is on the other side of the world. With support for Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay® Sphere) you can edit, share, tag, track, and sync media as it flows through the production process from everywhere in the world.

3. Get the look you want
Create stunning visuals using the huge collection of built-in tools and stereoscopic 3D workflows. From effects and transitions, to tools for color correction, motion tracking, keying, compositing, and creating titles, you have everything you need to create and deliver your best stories.

4. Create and mix sound
Media Composer offers the most comprehensive audio toolset of any editing software. Create and mix soundtracks in up to 7.1 surround. Polish mixes using the same professional plug-ins that come with Pro Tools®. And integrate workflows directly with Pro Tools mixers

5. Work the way you want
Work with a video interface for capture/monitoring or without for on-the-go editing. Tape-based or file-based editing.

Work individually or extend collaboration everywhere. No matter what you're faced with, Media Composer provides the workflows yuo need.

6. Edit like a pro on a student budget
To help empower the next generation of successful editors, college students, educators, and schools can get a significant discount on Media Composer for education. In addition, all Media Composer subscriptions and purchases come with one year of standard Avid Support and software updates/ upgrades to keep you on the cutting edge throughout your studies.

7. Get the help you need
Our goal is to help students succeed. That’s why we offer several resources to help you learn and grow in the industry. Accelerate your skills with Avid Training and Certification programs. Get help from our staff and other editors in the Avid forums. And find helpful tips, tutorials, and other great resources across our website.">Read the full guide here, watch the videos and see which Avid Educational products are right for you

Posted by: Gary Bettan on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:34:29 amComments (2) Avid, Media Composer
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Time is running out on this fantastic NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up program

NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up Special!

Attention TriCaster Owners: Trade-up to a TriCaster 410, 460 or 860 now and save up to 40% off. Special Expires 8/29/14.

Your old reliable TriCaster could be worth up to $10,000! Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to upgrade your school, house of worship or production studio to the very latest new TriCaster versions with all the newest and most powerful features!

  • Trade in any SD TriCaster and get $3,000 Off the TriCaster 410 ...
  • Trade in any SD TriCaster and get $5,000 Off the TriCaster 460 ...
  • Trade in any SD TriCaster and get $7,000 Off the TriCaster 860

  • Trade in any older HD TriCaster and get $8,000 Off the TriCaster 460 ...
  • Trade in any older HD TriCaster and get $10,000 Off the TriCaster 860

How can I trade in my TriCaster?

Are you still working on an older TriCaster system? If so, we have a “hot” deal for you this summer. From July 1-August 29, 2014, the TriCaster Trade-Up Promo will allow anyone who is not using a current TriCaster system to trade up to the newest models and receive a significant trade-in value for their older system. This is especially appealing if you have a TriCaster SD or TriCaster 300 – but is also a great deal if you are not using a TriCaster 410, 460 or 860.

As we’ve always maintained, purchasing a TriCaster is a great investment – and now TriCaster owners will get a chance to cash in on your investment with some of the hottest trade-up deals ever – you can receive up to 40% off with your trade-in!

Why should you trade up?

Producers can get more views of their content instantly:

  • Media Publishing that allows them to instantly upload to social media networks while they stream, broadcast, or project their show.
  • Second output for additional program (and sponsorship) opportunities from the same production

Producers can reach new visual heights:

  • 360-degree Holographic LiveSets that bring realistic sets, lighting, reflections, and camera moves to any small production space.

  • Producers can significantly reduce production time, cost, and errors:

    • Multi-format ISO recording that captures every camera and makes post-production 10x faster.
    • PTZ camera control that adds more coverage without spending on more crew.
    • Macros and automation triggered by hand gestures, button pushes or simple apps and devices to make sequences simpler and reduce on-air errors.

    What products qualify for the trade-up?

    SD TriCaster Products

    • TriCaster DUO
    • TriCaster 100
    • TriCaster PRO
    • TriCaster PRO FX
    • TriCaster STUDIO
    • TriCaster BROADCAST

    HD TriCaster Products

    • TriCaster 300
    • TriCaster 450
    • TriCaster 450 EXTREME
    • TriCaster 850
    • TriCaster 850 EXTREME
    • TriCaster 455
    • TriCaster 855

    Follow this link or call 800-323-2325 for the complete NewTek SuperPowers Trade-in offer and pricing!

    Posted by: Gary Bettan on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:02:37 pm NewTek, TriCaster
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    Videoguys Summer Update, June 2014

    It's been a very busy year for us. We've seen a ton of new products introduced and we've picked up some new product lines.

    HP Workstations: The creative Pro's choice

    Videoguys now offers HP z workstations! We've worked hard with the folks over at HP to put together some fantastic configurations at super price points. PLUS you can give us a call 800-323-2325 and we can custom configure the perfect Z workstation to meet your video editing and production needs and workflows!

    The creative pro’s choice for performance
    • Industry-leading performance: The HP Z820 offers the latest dual-processors, high-end graphics, and Intel® Thunderbolt™ 2.1
    • Highly configurable: The HP Z Workstation’s tool-less chassis makes it easy to add or replace components when new technologies become available.
    • Reliability that won’t quit: HP Z Workstations come standard with a 3-year onsite limited warranty. If anything goes wrong, we come to you and fix it.
    • Software applications perfected for you: Software optimized specifically for HP Z Workstations including Adobe, Avid, Autodesk, Edius & Vegas Pro.

    We are your Avid Media Composer | Software Experts!

    At NAB2014 Avid announced that editors would now have several choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. Since then it has created some levels of confusion. Videoguys has put together a detailed FAQ with explainer videos to help you better understand your options. This guide is intended as an overview to quickly help you understand the differences.

    If you still have any questions, give us call 800-323-2325 and we'll be happy to review your options and make sure you get the best flavor of Media Composer to fit your budget and needs. Speaking of budgets, if you are an educational facility, you have to look into Avid's 20 & 50 seat floating license packs. This is an incredible way to deploy Avid in several classrooms or labs as needed, while maximizing your investment / budget dollars.

    Videoguys is your source for affordable Streaming Media and Live Production Gear

    Just as we were able to guide and lead the industry when DV, DVD authoring, HDV, Blu-ray, & HD workflows were first introduced, we are here to help you understand the latest advancements and solutions for live event streaming. We have a wide range of affordable solutions available to you, some that require computers & some that don't. For r advanced users, organizations and professionals we offer the Newtk Tricaster line of multi-camera live production and streaming solutions with advanced feature like virtual sets, broadcast quality graphics, and so much more!

    We have also partnered with StreamVu to offer you affordable streaming on a fixed monthly budget. StreamVu is the most dynamic Value Added CDN on the market today. With ease of use technology designed to meet the needs of beginners and broadcast professionals alike the StreamVu service delivers high quality video at scalable, cost effective pricing.

    Sony Vegas 13 is here!

    Vegas Pro 13 is a contemporary NLE designed for complete creative control. The new edition brings major enhancements to the table, including advanced archival tools, sophisticated audio metering, and Vegas Pro Connect – the iPad app that provides an efficient and powerful collaborative review process for clients and team members. Superior performance and intuitive workflows mean spending less time thinking about editing and time more efficiently spent actually doing it.
    • Vegas Pro Edit $299 (does not include DVD Architect, Dolby or other 3rd party software)
    • Vegas Pro 13 $499 (includes DVD Architect Pro 6, Dolby® Digital Professional Encoder, and plug-in collections from FXHOME, NewBlueFX, and iZotope)
    • Vegas Pro 13 crossgrade $299 (for existing NLE owners and for bundling with storage, plug-ins and I/O devices)

    Effortlessly produce and webcast with a Roland VR Series Mixer with Live Streaming Capability

    Whether you are producing worship services, youth events, weddings or concerts, the Roland VR Series allows you to mix video and computer sources together with multi-channel audio sources to create a production that is ready for live event, webcasting or recording via simple USB connection to your Mac or PC. The VR Series AV Mixers are feature rich allowing you to use them as the main mixer or simply use as a webcasting or recording mixer taking feeds from your existing AV production equipment. We offer a range of VR models depending on your church needs and budget.

    Attention Schools, Organizations, Government Agencies, and House of Worship:
    Call us to see if you qualify for a 5% discount on all Roland products!

    Videoguys is your source for Award Winning G-Technology Storage

    G-Technology's roots are deeply ingrained in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the professional content creation market. From storing, transferring, editing and distributing content, G-Technology makes the workflow simpler, better and faster. G-Technology's high-performance portable and desktop drives, flexible transfer/edit solutions and fast RAID systems are all built for professional content creation environments where performance and reliability are paramount. Because G-Technology holds itself to the highest standards, its products can be found in premiere post-production facilities worldwide.

    Videoguys not only offers you great prices on the best selling and highest performing G-Tech drives, we've also put together a bunch of bundles with NLE software and plug-ins that give you even greater savings!

    Check out the Videos on our YouTube Channel!

    We've been producing a series of Video Tutorials with Streaming Media Producer that have now been posted on our YouTube Channel. These videos offer you comprehensive introduction to some of the hottest new products. Sponsored by Videoguys each video features an industry expert, giving you an overview of the product and walking you through getting started.

    We've also creating some videos here at the Videoguys home offices. Learn more about our system recommendations for you NLE workstation, picking the best storage for video editing and the various flavors of the new Avid Media Composer.

    Have a great summer.
    Don't forget to use coupon COW5OFF to get 5% off on your next order!


    Posted by: Gary Bettan on Jun 20, 2014 at 11:23:34 amComments (1) videoguys, avid
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    Understanding the new Licensing Options of Avid Media Composer Software

    At NAB2014 Avid announced that editors would now have several choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. Avid has now released the latest version (MC8.0) in all the new licensing options. Videoguys has put together a detailed FAQ with explainer videos to help you better understand your options. This blog post is intended as an overview to quickly help you understand the differences.

    The key differentiators between the various flavors of licensing is the included 3rd party and Avid software. All prices in this post are MSRP.

    Let's start with existing Avid Editors.

    If you already own a version of Media Composer or Symphony you will be able to upgrade for $299.

    What you will purchase for $299 is NOT an upgrade, it is an annual support package that includes free upgrades, updates and patches for a year. There are two flavors of this annual support contract, one for Media Composer owners and one for Symphony owners. The annual support package does not include any 3rd party software, but you can keep using the 3rd party software you already own, although you may require an upgrade from the 3rd party software vendor.

    Avid is giving existing MC & Symphony owners until Dec 31st, 2014 to purchase an annual support plan. If you do not purchase a support plan by then, you will not be able to upgrade your software without buying a new perpetual license. If at any time you decide to stop buying support, you will still own your perpetual license along with any and all upgrades you downloaded and installed while under your support contract.

    You can use activation or your existing dongle when you upgrade under your annual support contract. Avid will allow you to run MC 6.5, 7 or 8 with an updated dongle. Activation will support MC 8 and the previous version MC7.

    If you wish to upgrade from Media Composer to Symphony you can purchase the Symphony option for $749. The Symphony option now includes Boris Continuum Lite, not the full Continuum Complete.

    Note: Avid ScriptSync and PhraseFind will initially will not be supported in the new MC8. Avid is still negotiating with the software vendors and hopefully something will be worked out in the near future. For now we still have both ScriptSync & PhraseFind available to purchase for use with your existing MC 7 or earlier software.

    Avid Subscription vs Perpetual Licensing

    New Avid editors have two choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. You can still own the software by purchasing it for $1,299. This higher price includes you first year annual support contract as well. So if you purchase today, you would be eligible for any and all upgrades released for the next 12 months. Unfortunately Avid has significantly reduced the 3rd party software now shipping with Media Composer. The perpetual license only includes NewBlue Titler Pro v1, along with trial versions to Sorenson Squeeze Lite and iZotope Insight. Avid FX, Avid DVD and the full version of Sorenson Squeeze Standard are no longer included.

    You can purchase the Avid Production Pack for $599 which gives you New Blue Titler v2, Sorenson Squeeze Standard and iZotope Insight. Not a bad value, but still no Avid FX. If you want that you'll have to purchase it as Boris Red directly from Boris FX.

    The new $599 Avid Subscription plan is a fantastic value.

    For $599 per year you can subscibe to Avid Media Composer, and you also get the Symphony option! That's right, for less then $50 per month your Media Composer subscription includes the Avid Symphony option plus a much better suite of 3rd party software. You get New Blue Titler v2, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Lite and a 30 day trail to iZotope Insight. You also get a year of Avid support which entitles you to all upgrades and updates. Avid also offers a more expensive monthly subscription for $74.99 per month, which is only available directly from Avid.

    Note: You can't subscribe to an older version of Media Composer, all subscriptions are Media Composer 8. Updates are not automatic, you decide which future updates/upgrades you wish to download and when to install them.

    Student and academic Options

    Students can subscribe to Media Composer for just $119 per year.

    Academic Institutions can subscribe for $479 per year. If you already own an Avid Student version and you are beyond your 4 years of free upgrades you can purchase an annual student support package for just $99. Students and educational facilities can still purchase Media Composer for $295 which now includes just the first year's annual support contract - you will have to purchase a student support contract for any upgrades beyond the first year. Avid also has some fantastic floating license deals for Academic Institutions that makes deploying Avid easier and more cost effective than ever.

    Floating Licenses

    Avid has also introduced a new option for facilities called floating licenses. You can purchase these as a pack of 20 or 50 licenses. Each pack also includes floating license server software which allows you to manage and deploy your seats as you wish. With a floating license server you can install Avid on as many machines as you like throughout your organization. The server then controls how many people can be using the software concurrently. With a 20 seat floating license you can have up to 20 users at a time. If you need to have more than 20 you would need to purchase another 20 pack or upgrade to a 50 pack. 20 & 50 packs are all that Avid initially will offer, but they may offer smaller add-on packs in the future.

    Note: Floating Licenses are for MC8 only. Just as with subscriptions, you can't have a floating license for previous versions.

    We have special pricing for converting your current facility to floating licensing and for academic institutions. For more information on Floating licenses and pricing please give us a call and a member of our Avid expert sales team will help advise you on the right configuration to fit your needs.

    As I mentioned earlier, please check out the Videoguys' Guide to Avid Media Composer | Software and watch our YouTube videos for more in depth information about all of the new ways to purchase Avid Media Composer 8!

    Posted by: Gary Bettan on May 22, 2014 at 11:17:24 am Avid, Media Composer
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    Videoguys' 2014 Update on Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt version 2

    We bring you up to date on all the latest Thunderbolt news, products and developments. This guide also includes our recommended configuration for a new iMac as well as our Thunderbolt Wish List for 2014.

    Thunderbolt was the new, high-speed, dual-protocol I/O technology designed by Intel and introduced by Apple a couple of years ago that was supposed to set the world on fire. So far it hasn't, but with the launch of the new Mac Pros, that may soon change. Thunderbolt delivers amazing performance, with ease & simplicity. Attaching blazing fast Thunderbolt enabled storage is a breeze. Thunderbolt gives you high speed expandability to add video capture and output devices, high speed networking, LTO archiving as well as professional RAID storage solutions.

    All of the current Apple Macs have Thunderbolt. Soon so will all HP workstations. You can find Laptops from HP, Asus and others that have one or two Thunderbolt ports. Thunderbolt is finally taking off! We now carry a much broader range of Thunderbolt storage and devices.

    The sexy, sleek, round new Mac Pro includes 6, count 'em 6, Thunderbolt 2 ports!

    With the introduction in late 2013 of the long anticipated new Mac Pro Apple also launched the new Thunderbolt 2 spec. Twice as fast as the existing Thunderbolt 1 spec, it will allow you to attach RAIDs with 6 or more drives and give you performance and sustained throughput that approaches existing Fibre Channel storage arrays. This is amazing, considering that a good Fibre Channel RAID controller will set you back a grand or more! Now you can get the same level of performance with plug & play ease and no need to install any special hardware. That is amazing!!

    While we're on the subject of the new Mac Pro, it is quite an amazing computer. We don't have one here yet, but we have played around with the $3,999 step-up base model. It was running FCPX and we were blown away be the performance. The Mac Pro is optimized for FCPX and FCPX is optimized for the new Mac Pro. It takes full advantage of the dual ATI GPUs. If you're a Mac editor, there is no reason not to get one of these puppies. I don't even think most of our customers will need a build to order, fully loaded model. The $3,999 model we played with slices through HD footage like butter. Like BUTTER!

    HP announces Thunderbolt 2 across all HP z workstations and z books

    We've been waiting forever to see Thunderbolt on the PC. Late last year Asus released a full line of Thunderbolt equipped motherboards and we posted our long awaited DIY10 article featuring them. Shortly after that HP released their new line of z Books with Thunderbolt ports. We have one of the 15 inch z Books here at Videoguys and we love it! We are running Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Grass Valley Edius and Sony Vegas Pro on it and we're editing HD DSLR & GoPro footage with it. Our zBook only has a single Thunderbolt 1 port for now, but a new update with Thunderbolt 2 is expected before NAB.

    HP will also be bringing Thunderbolt 2 to their full line of z workstations. They are doing it via a proprietary daughter card which will as a single Thunderbolt 2 port. What's really cool is that owners of existing zX20 series workstations will be able to purchase the Thunderbolt 2 daughter card for under $200 and install it themselves. SWEET!

    Read the full guide here

    Posted by: Gary Bettan on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:01:09 pm thunderbolt, G-Tech
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    Videoguys' Guide (with Video) to Avid Media Composer | Software

    Avid Media Composer | Software is now available in 3 license types making it the perfect professional editing solution for everyone.

    One of the big announcements at NAB from Avid is that customers will have the choice to have Media Composer their way. You can still own a perpetual license that together with an annual support contract will entitle you to all upgrades, for free, during the support contract. With new monthly and annual Media Composer subscription options, customers can now gain access to the latest Media Composer toolset, support, and upgrades. They also announced a new Software floating licensing for large-scale media enterprises, post-production houses, and educational institutions, making it possible to purchase a “pack” of shared licenses to deploy facility-wide using a single system ID.

    As you can imagine, it all can get quite confusing, which is why Videoguys put together this FAQ & YouTube videos to boil it all down for you and help you better understand your options for the next release of Media Composer, version 8, expected later this spring.

    This guide & videos are for the next version of Avid Media Composer | Software was compiled on April 15th based on the information announced at the NAB Show 2014 and available from Avid after the show. We expect that some of this information may change before the new software is introduced. The next version of Avid Media Composer | Software is expected to be released in mid May 2014. Stay tuned for updates...

    Click here for the Full Videoguys' Guide to Avid Media Composer | Software


    Posted by: Gary Bettan on Apr 23, 2014 at 6:57:07 am Avid, Media Composer
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