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Canon Unveils Highly-Anticipated EOS 5D Mark III

Canon Australia has unveiled the latest addition to its EOS range: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. A revolutionary step in the high-performance DSLR camera category, the Mark III is the latest in Canon’s 5D line-up, joining the range above the EOS 5D Mark II.

The highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark III builds on Canon’s market-leading position in the DSLR camera market. Featuring a 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DiG!C 5+ image processor with a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF system and enhanced full HD movie capability, the camera takes Canon’s 5D range to its highest quality ever, enabling high-level enthusiasts and professional photographers alike to take their photography to the next level.

“The EOS 5D Mark III sets a new benchmark in the high-performance DSLR camera category,” said Chris Macleod, Canon EOS Brand Manager. “Built with uncompromised quality, it brings new innovations to an already sublime feature set, anticipating the needs of both high-level enthusiasts and professionals looking for a camera that has the speed, control, and agility to capture everything from landscapes and moving wildlife to portraits and weddings.”

The processing speed is approximately 1.3 times faster than before, delivering improved performance, excellent image quality and more advanced image processing capabilities. The standard ISO range has been expanded by two stops to a standard range of 100 to 25600, delivering a camera that is ideal for capturing everything from outdoor night scenes and portraits to fast-moving action, all with very low noise.

The camera offers Full HD EOS Movie which also makes use of the heightened quality of the sensor and image processor, delivering footage with reduced colour artefacts and moiré.

The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode to enable greater creative expression. The camera captures three images of a single scene at different exposures and then merges them automatically to create a single HDR image. Four additional, in-camera special picture effects (Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed) allow even greater creative freedom.

For photographers looking for even more creative expression, the EOS 5D Mark III also offers two multiple exposure modes: function/control priority for composed multi-exposure images and continuous shooting priority mode for multiple exposures of a moving subject. This is the first time such a feature has been available in an EOS camera, enabling photographers to combine between two and nine images in a single image in continuous shooting mode or four in function/control priority mode.

To accompany the launch of the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon has released a range of accessories that further enhance the camera’s capabilities and open up even more opportunities for photographers, especially for those on the move.

Matrox Adds Exciting New Features to Convert DVI Plus HD-SDI Scan Converter

Automatic Input Detection, Graphic Overlay, and Snap-to-Window Support Now Available to All Users

MONTREALFeb. 23, 2012 — Matrox® Video Products Group today announced important new features for Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converters. Matrox Convert DVI products are ideal for creating broadcast video from computer applications such as Skype™, YouTube™, Google Earth™, video games, and web browser sessions, as well as citizen journalists’ mobile phone videos. They are also the perfect appliances to drive projectors and large displays at live events and in houses of worship.

New features make Matrox Convert DVI Plus even simpler and more convenient to use. Automatic input detection is particularly important for A/V integrators who might regularly deal with a variety of input devices in the course of their work. Now any computer running at any resolution can be connected at the input, and Matrox Convert DVI will automatically output at the desired, preprogrammed resolution.

The graphic overlay feature lets users add a custom logo or graphic to Convert DVI’s output. For example, any PNG or TGA file can be displayed over a YouTube video, a Skype conversation, or a Google Earth map. Snap-to-window support enables users to automatically position the region-of-interest to output any window or element within an application or website, such as a YouTube video.

“Since its launch in September 2009, the Matrox Convert DVI family of scan converters has proven to be a reliable, cost-effective solution for broadcasters and A/V integrators worldwide,” said Charles P. Amyot, product manager at Matrox. “We have listened to feedback from our customers, and with this new release of Convert DVI Plus, we have continued the Matrox tradition of adding value throughout the life of our products.”

Matrox Convert DVI products will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show in booth SL5115.

Key features of Matrox Convert DVI Plus
• DVI-D input up to 1920 x 1200
• Digital outputs: HD/SD-SDI
• Analog outputs: HD/SD analog component, S-Video, and composite
• SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock with timing offset controls
• Simultaneous analog and digital video output
• Stereo audio input can be embedded into the SDI output signal
• Realtime hardware upscaling and downscaling with proper colour space and aspect ratio conversion
• Region-of-interest support including scaling, positioning, and panning with realtime output update
• Background colour selection including super black and super white for downstream keying applications
• Ability to operate as a stand-alone appliance
• Advanced features such as an anti-flicker filter, customizable presets, password protection, SD pixel aspect ratio compensation, automatic input detection, graphic overlay, and snap-to-window support
• Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support

NewTek Ships LightWave 11

from CGW

SAN ANTONIO, TX — NewTek ( is now shipping LightWave 11, the latest version of its professional 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software. LightWave 11 incorporates many new features, such as instancing, flocking and fracturing tools, flexible Bullet Dynamics, and Pixologic Zbrush support.


The new release is designed to support the creative process, providing the artist with the ability to interact in realtime with 3D content, to work seamlessly with the full range of software applications in production pipelines, and to render on unlimited render nodes.

Get your copy of LightWave 3D today.

Download the LightWave 11 trial.

Blackmagic Design releases Videohub 4.9 software update

from Broadcast Engineering

Blackmagic Design released Videohub 4.9, a new software update that adds new macro support as well as advanced network-based configuration of control panels for its range of Videohub SDI routers and Smart Control panels.

Videohub 4.9 for Mac OS X and Windows is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers.

Download the update here
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How to create the perfect holiday video

from Sony

In this webinar you’ll discover how you can use the Sony Creative Software Home Studio line of movie and music-making tools to create and share the joy of the holiday season.

Matrox Announces Upcoming Public Beta Release for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Film nerds unite!

That’s right folks, Matrox is providing an open public beta for Apple Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3!This new version will allow the use of I/O products; PCIe cards, ExpressCard/34 or Thunderbolt (and lightning; very, very frightening.) I/O devices. However, far more enticing is the ability to use professional grade monitors with SDI, Analog Component or HDMI! There specific calibration allows for the highest possible fidelity on a HDMI monitor.

a few tasty links for everyone….

Apple Public Announcement

Download Final Cut Pro X!

Our Matrox Products (undoubtedly the cheapest on the net)

A groovy in depth set of tutorials for Final Cut Pro X

Also remember that drivers will be available from the Matrox user forum from the 13th of February.

Final Cut Pro X

Peace Out everyone stay tuned we update at least twice a week!



Blackmagic Design Releases Support For Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Broadcast Monitoring

from Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 allows video output to external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI or analog video outputs from Blackmagic Design video hardware.

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Matrox MC-100 Mini Converter with Multiplexer

from YouTube

As a broadcast engineer or A/V professional you likely have diverse needs when it comes to managing SDI signals within your environment – for monitoring, distributing, switching, multiplexing, and processing 3D in real time. Until now, you have been forced to purchase different devices to perform these tasks. The new Matrox MC-100 solves all these challenges in one inexpensive, easy-to-use device. Matrox MC-100 is a dual SDI to HDMI mini converter that supports a wide range of display resolutions through 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD-SDI. This single portable unit can be used as a HD-SDI switcher, a distribution amplifier, a multiplexer, and a 3D processing unit, making it the most versatile mini converter on the market. It should be in every video professional’s toolbox.

Buy a Matrox MC-100 now!

Blackmagic Design Releases HyperDeck Shuttle 2


Blackmagic Design today released a new version of its popular HyperDeck Shuttle Solid State Disk recorder. HyperDeck Shuttle 2 replaces the existing model and adds broadcast quality 10-bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format.

HyperDeck Shuttle now records the highest quality uncompressed or compressed video formats onto common low cost SSDs in the smallest possible size! HyperDeck Shuttle is small, affordable and battery powered so it’s perfect as a field recorder. For direct camera mounting, HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate can be added to provide multiple pre drilled 1/4” and 3/8” mounting holes.

Pick up your BlackMagic HyperDeck Shuttle 2 today!

What’s the difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt?

What is the difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

With the much talked about release of the Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt, a lot of people have asked us “What is the difference between USB and Thunderbolt?”.

USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt

USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
Speed 4.8Gbps 10Gbps
Power for devices 4.5 watts 10 watts
Cost $4.49 (for 2-meter cable) $49.00 (for 2-meter cable)
Connector size 11.5mm X 4.5mm 8.3mm X 5.4mm
Downloading 25GB HD movie 60-75 seconds 30 seconds

Source: Intel, USB-IF

This video from lockergnome explains, in more depth, the differences between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.

Aside from speed, what are the differences between these two ports, and can you switch between the two using an adapter?


In this video, LockerGnome’s Brandon Wirtz tackles the tough questions surrounding these two standards, and explains how the two technologies differ.