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Old October 21st, 2011, 09:49 AM   #1
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Videoguys October Update

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• Thunderbolt is here! Matrox MXO2 with Thunderbolt now in stock
• 50% OFF Grass Valley EDIUS 6 Crossgrade Promotion
• Sony Vegas Pro 11 now shipping
• 20% off Adobe CS5.5 upgrades and last chance to save 50% off when you Make the Switch
• still has Avid Media Composer 5.5 Crossgrades in stock for $995
• New Videoguys' DIY NLE Workstation Our philosophy and thoughts on DIY9

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Matrox Thunderbolt Adapters Are Now Shipping!

The latest generation of Apple iMac, Mac Mini and Macbook Pro with the new Thunderbolt high-speed connectivity are now very powerful NLE platforms - for every level of video editing - even for professional post. You can now add any Matrox MXO2 I/O device with Thunderbolt Adapter to your favorite NLE including Apple FCP, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro!

The affordable MXO2 Mini with Thunderbolt adapter starts at $549. The MXO2 Mini MAX with Thunderbolt is $949 and adds faster than real-time H.264 encoding. The Matrox MXO2 LE MAX is the perfect solution for professional workflows that require SDI and XLR connectivity. You get real-time HD to SD downscaling; SD to HD upscaling; and cross conversion on capture and output for just $1499 with the Thunderbolt Adapter!
Videoguys Blog - Get Your MXO2 with Thunderbolt today!


Save 50% Off Grass Valley EDIUS 6 Competitive Upgrade!

This special program allows users of competitive applications to upgrade for $399 to the fastest, most format flexible HD editing platform in the industry. EDIUS 6 nonlinear editing software is designed to meet the demands of the broadcast production environment and independent editors requiring the highest quality and real-time performance in an easy to use application.

Users of Apple's Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Avid's Media Composer can now upgrade to EDIUS 6 nonlinear editing program for just $399. That's 50 percent off the regular price.
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Sony Announces New Upgrade of Vegas Pro Software

Sony Vegas Pro 11 adds significant performance improvements to the award-winning NLE, courtesy of OpenCLT and highly optimized GPU hardware acceleration for video processing and rendering. Vegas Pro 11 is the world's first Windows-based OpenCL NLE, broadly supporting the open standard for core video editing operations, video effects and rendering.

Other new features include NVIDIAR 3D VisionT support for single-display 3D computers such as the VAIO F Series 3D laptops and L Series 3D desktops, an enhanced video stabilizer tool, and new software tools for creating animated titles.
Videoguys Blog - Sony Announces New Upgrade of Vegas Pro Software


Adobe announces 20% off Upgrade program and your Last chance to SWITCH for 50% off!

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Get Adobe CS 5.5 Production Premium! For a limited time only, Adobe is offering loyal customers like you the chance to save 20% when you upgrade from a previous CS2, CS3 or CS4 edition to Adobe CS 5.5 Production Premium or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5. Do more, faster with CS5.5. You can't afford to wait.

Adobe has also Extended the CS5.5 Production Premium "Switcher" promotion through 10/31/11 to give you the opportunity to step up to the toolset the pros use Adobe CS 5.5 Production Premium software. Get seamless integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects, and edit almost anything thanks to broad native tapeless and DSLR camera support.
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Videoguys still has Avid Media Composer 5.5 Crossgrade available for $995!

Back in September Avid announced that their highly successful Media Composer Crossgrade program for Final Cut Pro users would be continued indefinitely, but that the price would go up to $1,499.

We still have Avid Media Composer 5.5 Crossgrades in stock for just $995!
Our Crossgrade price will increase to $1,495 as soon as we sell-out and without notice! So get your orders in now while we still have inventory left. You can save even more with our fantastic Media Composer bundles with Matrox, AJA, Avid Artist Series and more!!
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Videoguys DIY NLE Workstation philosophy and thoughts on DIY9

We're getting a lot of calls and questions about our latest DIY recommendations - and requests for a DIY9 build! We've also been participating in some very hot discussions on the Adobe and forums about our Do-it-yourself editing systems. I wanted to put this article together to give you some insight into why we pick the components we do and what is our overall DIY NLE workstation philosophy.

Our DIY builds have to be able to run the latest versions of Adobe Premiere Pro and Production Premium, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro and Grass Valley EDIUS. We also know that folks will use it to run consumer programs like Pinnacle Studio, Vegas Movie Studio, Premiere Elements and more. It has to be powerful enough to allow the software to work with footage in a wide range of formats including but not limited to AVCHD, DSLR, iPhone, XD Cam, P2, HDV and good old DV and standard def analog video. We also try to keep the cost down. We'll offer builds that may be more expensive or cheaper, but Videoguys DIY sweet spot is $1,500.

The bottom line is this. You need a balanced system for best results. Too much of one area at the expense of another hurts performance. So if you have a budget and you can't get the best of everything, you need to make the right choices.
Videoguys Blog - Videoguys DIY NLE Workstation philosophy and DIY9 thoughts


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Old October 22nd, 2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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Great stuff, guys!

Gary, would you reconsider your assessment of Sandy Bridge in the wake of Z68 motherboards that employ nForce200 chipset to obtain two x16 PCIe and one x4 PCIe, like ASROCK Extreme7? I know Ivy Bridge seems to be around the corner, but still i7 2600K seems to be the best price to power ratio, and it looks like the number of PCIe channels in Z68 architecture is not a limitation anymore.
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