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#NAB2014 Products to Watch – Post Production

#Adobe #Convergent Design #DataColor #G-Tech #HP #LaCie #Promise

Check here for all the latest post production information from NAB 2014


DataColor Introduce Advanced Colour Calibration Tools For Videographers

DataColor’s SpyderHD is designed to colour manage photo and video workflows, from shoot, to edit, to final output.

SpyderHD includes the new Spyder®4ELITE HD integrated display calibration application. With calibration functions for computer displays, video reference displays, and TVs, all within a single application, the SypderHD can be used to calibrate and profile your computer and laptop displays to video editing standards.

SpyderHD is available immediately for $465 inc GST. Click Here For More Info



HP Show New, Cheaper Dreamcolor Displays

Available in 24 or 27-inch screen sizes, the new Z24x and Z27x displays are available today.

The DreamColor Z27x (US$1499) features 10-bit color and a 2560×1440 resolution anti-glare screen. It can accept 4K input, scaled to fit the screen or 1:1 pixel, allowing you to scroll around the larger image. The Z27x uses high quality IPS panels, 100 percent of sRGB, Adobe RGB, and presets for color spaces such as Rec709 and DCI-P3. The Z27x can connect directly to hardware calibration devices without the need to have software running on the host computer.

The 1920×1200 resolution DreamColor Z24x also features an IPS screen and 10-bit color, but doesn’t support no-host software calibration or 4K input. The new DreamColor Z24x costs US$599.



G-TECH Unearths Thunderbolt2 RAIDS

G-SPEED Studio is a hardware RAID 4-Bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution. Configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10, G-SPEED Studio features Thunderbolt 2 technology with sustained transfer rates of up to 700MB/sec and the ability to daisy-chain via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. this RAID solution ships with Enterprise Class Hard Drives and is designed to support multistream compressed 4K and 2K workflows.

The G-RAID Studio is a Thunderbolt 2 enclosure with hardware RAID. Configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, G-RAID Studio ships with two removable 7200RPM hard drives for total capacities up to 12TB.

With transfer rates up to 360MB/s, G-RAID Studio easily supports 2K and compressed 4K video workflows. It is the ideal storage solution designed for demanding video & photo editing.



Promise Show Small Portable 4K RAID

The four bay M4 supports 1TB 2.5″ drives for a maximum of 4TB of storage. Confirgurable in RAID 0,1,5,6,10 the M4 is a versatile small form factor external drive capable of holding up to 1 hour of uncompressed 4K video. Ideal for location or studio work, the M4 has Thunderbolt2 connectivity.


LaCie Uses 6TB Hard Drives For Massive Storage Gains

LaCie have released 3 new storage solutions using Thunderbolt2 technology and 6TB hard drives for fast data rates and small footprints.

The 8Big Rack crams up to 48 Terabytes into a 1RU solution. Supporting RAID 5 or 6 the rack also features dual PSUs for full redundancy, the 8Big is expected to hit speeds of up to 1330MB/s.

Six can be daisy-chained together for a possible 288TB of online storage over a single Thunderbolt2 cable.


The 5Big can pack up to 30 Terabytes into a unit that could easily sit on your desktop. Now supporting RAID 5 redundancy, the 5Big also adds USB 3.0 connectivity for PC users.

Expected to hit speeds of up to 1050MB/s over thunderbolt, the 5Big is capable of handling 4K video files and is the ideal companion for individuals or small production companies looking to expand their storage capability without the enterprise level price tag.


The dual bay 2Big can fit fit two 6TB drives for 12 Terabytes of storage. Supporting RAID o or 1 the 2Big is aimed at prosumers and photographers.

Expected to hit speeds of up to 420MB/s over thunderbolt, the 2Big is capable of handling uncompressed 2K or compressed 4K video and RAW photos files with no lag. It should also be very capable for ProTools users.



Convergent Design – Athena 4K Deck

Convergent Design announced a new field-use or rack-mountable SSD recorder, billed as a tape deck replacement. In addition to 4K/UHD capability, the player/recorder has the ability to record 4 streams of HD 4:2:2 video along with 64 channels of MADI audio.

Initial specs suggest it will play/record Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD and DPX files, much like the Odyssey series. The 1RU half rack width device features one 2.5″ SSD slot and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity which should make it easy integration into post facilities, multicam field production or digital signage applications. Click Here For More Info



Adobe Reveals CC Updates

Adobe describes its latest Creative CLoud updates as”The complete filmmaker’s tool kit”. Tighter integration between applications should mean faster more efficient workflows and makes a compelling case for an all Adobe workflow.

Most of the updates centre around the Premiere Pro editing application, allowing editors to tweak some After Effects parameters within the NLE. Improved media management tools will hopefully give editors some relief when managing large projects. Click Here For More Info


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