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Videoguys Mac Pro Rant

Videoguys Mac Pro Rant

There have been many posts, specualtions and discussions on the the web over the past year about the future of Mac Pro.

By videoguys.com | December 19, 2012

There have been many posts and discussions on the PVC and all over the web about the future of Mac Pro and speculation about features. Here comes my rant, and many folks aren't going to like it one bit. 

Note: This post was originally made in responce to this thread: The... Read More

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Videoguys’ Guide to the Avid 25th Anniversary Crossgrade and Upgrade offers!!

We’ve put together this little FAQ to help you better understand Avid’s professional editing software

By videoguys.com | December 03, 2012

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... Read More

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Videoguys Insider Update November 2012

Long Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Videoguys is open! Call 800 323-2325

By videoguys.com | November 08, 2012

Long Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Most of our staff lost power in their homes. Thankfully the damages were minimal, but here we are over a week later and still many of us are without power or heat.  Just when you think things can't get worse... A Nor'Easter... Read More

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Introducing BluStor & BluStorXL Complete Blu-ray™ Disc Archiving Solutions for PC or Mac

Introducing BluStor & BluStorXL Complete Blu-ray™ Disc Archiving Solutions for PC or Mac

A collaboration of industry leaders yields affordable solution for long-term video, photo, multimedia and data archiving

By videoguys.com | October 01, 2012

Glen Cove, NY - Broadfield Distributing, Inc, a leading distributor of video editing and production equipment, announced the availability of two new products today - the BluStor and BluStorXL. These products were created to address the growing needs of videographers, editors, photographers and other digital content creators for a safe, secure and long-term archiving solution. The BluStor bundles include everything professional and home users need to back up their work, memories, and digital life to high-capacity Blu-ray discs.BluStor bundles are currently available in two affordable packages with the only difference being the included media. The BluStor (US MSRP $149) includes two 50GB BD-R discs and the BluStorXL (US MSRP $199) includes two 100GB BDXL™ discs. Both bundles also include the Pioneer BDR-XD04 burner and Digistor™ REWIND® software.The new BluStor bundles were created when Gary Bettan, President of Broadfield Distributing, Inc., used close industry ties with Pioneer and Digistor to combine efforts and fill a need in the market. Broadfield is a leading US Distributor of Pioneer Blu-ray Disc Burners and has watched how demand for the new BDR-XD04 Portable Disc Writer has grown. Steve Cohn, Director of Optical Sales at Pioneer said "As the popularity of drive-less ultrabooks and Mac computers continues to rise, the BDR-XD04 becomes the ideal accessory because of its compact size and portability. There's a growing need for a drive that's highly transportable for playing CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, as well as for storing valuable personal files on a secure, removable medium." Read More

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Videoguys NAB 2012 Reflections

The Post PC era & the Post Apple era in Post. NAB is Professional again.

By videoguys.com | May 11, 2012

 

NAB is a professional show - again. Over the past few years the NAB show started to feel more and more like CES. We were starting to become dominated by the Apple distortion field and the thousands of FCP fans that attended. While FCP had made enormous inroads into... Read More

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Avid NAB Announcment: Symphony Crossgrades $995!

Avid NAB Announcment: Symphony Crossgrades $995!

STEP-UP TO AVID SYMPHONY 6 FOR UNDER $1,000


Upgrade or Crossgrade to Avid Symphony 6 at Videoguys.com for just $995
For a limited time only, Avid Media Composer & Apple Final Cut Pro Owners can step-up to Avid's professional editing & finishing software at the lowest price ever!

By videoguys.com | April 12, 2012

At last year's NAB show Avid launched a special Media Composer Crossgrade program for Final Cut Pro editors to come back to Avid for just $995. That program was a huge success! Now Avid is upping the ante and going all in by making the same offer to Avid Symphony 6! Yes, that's right, FCP editors may now crossgrade to Avid Symphony 6 for less than $1,000! That's more than $5,000 off the regular Avid Symphony price of $5,999There's great news for Avid Editors as well. Avid slashed the price of the Symphony 6 Upgrade for owners of Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro & Avid Xpress DV to just $995 (regularly $3,499).When we first heard about this program we couldn't believe it! What was Avid thinking? Well, we had the chance to talk at length with Avid sales and product guys and they told me what they want every video editor to come back to Avid and they are willing to give you the very best tools for the job!Now many of you may be thinking that even at $995, Avid Symphony is beyond your reach. It isn't! You have no reason to be afraid. The introduction of version 6 of Avid Media Composer and Symphony unified the 64 bit code base for both programs. So, you can think of Symphony as Media Composer on Steroids, or Media Composer as Symphony "Lite". Either way, you end up with the same interface, tools, 3rd party hardware and plug-in compatibility! If you know Avid Media Composer, then you will also know how to edit in Symphony. If you plan on learning Media Composer, it's the same interface and workflow as Symphony. Read More

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Videoguys’ Top 10 Products of 2011

Videoguys’ Top 10 Products of 2011

2011: The Year of the X - That's "X" as in FCPX and XGrades (crossgrades)

By videoguys.com | January 27, 2012

2011 has been quite a year for Videoguys, and our industry. In April, at the FCPUG SuperMeet during the NAB show in Vegas, things changed dramatically when Apple gave a first look of their new FCPX editing software. I was at the event, and the room was filled with excitement, energy and anticipation - that is until after the Apple presentation. The professional editors and broadcasters in the room left feeling nervous and uneasy about Apple's commitment to them, their workflows and the needs of professional post-production. When Apple actually released FCPX later that summer web blogs and forums were lit up with frustrated FCP editors, wondering why Apple would abandon them and leave them drifting in the wind.FCPX isn't just Apple's attempt to revolutionize video editing, it also spurred a revolt amongst their loyal FCP editors. Before we get into the backlash, lets talk about what we like about FCPX. Read More

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Videoguys Year End Wrap-up

Videoguys Year End Wrap-up

2011 has been quite a year for Videoguys, and our industry. In April, things changed dramatically when Apple gave a first look of their new FCPX editing software at the FCPUG SuperMeet during the NAB show in Vegas

By videoguys.com | December 21, 2011

I was at the event, and the room was filled with excitement, energy and anticipation - that is until after the Apple presentation. The professional editors and broadcasters in the room left feeling nervous and uneasy about Apple's commitment to them, their workflows and the needs of professional post-production. When Apple actually released FCPX this summer the internets were lit up with frustrated FCP editors, wondering why Apple would abandon them and leave them drifting in the wind. Avid and Adobe seized this opportunity to aggressively go after frustrated and disgruntled FCP editors with new crossgrade campaigns. This was the first time ever that editors have been given the chance to buy Avid Media Composer or the full Adobe Production Premium at such low prices. Before long, even Sony Vegas and Grass Valley Edius had crossgrade offers of their own. As I start to right our Top 10 Products of 2011 article, it is clear that 2011 was the year of X - FCPX and "X" grades (Crossgrades). Read More

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AVID MEDIA COMPOSER 6 OPEN I/O WITH SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED BUNDLES AT VIDEOGUYS.COM

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AVID MEDIA COMPOSER 6 OPEN I/O WITH SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED BUNDLES AT VIDEOGUYS.COM

Avid Media Composer 6 is faster, better - and more open,
as illustrated by the many bundle options now available at Videoguys.com

By videoguys.com | December 05, 2011

GLEN COVE, New York - Videoguys.com, a leading Avid Authorized Reseller, has just launched their special bundle pages for Avid Media Composer 6 combined with some of the best hardware I/O devices in the industry. Upgrade bundles start at just $795 and Crossgrade bundles for Apple Final Cut Pro owners start at just $1,595.00. Avid Open I/O allows third-party manufacturers to develop their own plug-in for their hardware to function with Avid Media Composer 6. Manufacturers like Matrox, AJA, Bluefish444 and Motu can now bring Avid video editing compatibility to their hardware I/O cards and devices. Avid worked closely with each of the manufacturers to certify their hardware for use with Media Composer 6. Gary Bettan, "Videoguy" at Videoguys.com said "My wish, as well as the wish of video editors all over the world, has been granted. Avid Media Composer 6 is completely open. This is especially good news for video editors who have invested in hardware to support other editing software applications but can now Crossgrade to Avid Media Composer 6 and continue to use their AJA Kona, Decklink, Matrox MXO2 or other existing hardware." Read More

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Videoguys October Update and Industry News

Videoguys October Update and Industry News

It's been a busy fall, filled with new product introductions and fantastic promotions. I'd like to share some of them with you:

By videoguys.com | October 21, 2011

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Pro Video Coalition for your patronage and support. PVC is a thriving and growing community of industry experts, leaders and professionals. We would like to extend a special coupon offer to the PVC community:*** Use Coupon Code PVC5OFF and Save 5% on your next order. Coupon Expires 12/31/2011***• Add Class On Demand Training for just $1.00• 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• Videoguys.com still has Avid Media Composer 5.5 Crossgrades in stock for $995• New Videoguys' DIY NLE Workstation Our philosophy and thoughts on DIY9 Read More

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Fast Forward Video sideKick HD Camera Mountable DVR FAQ

Fast Forward Video sideKick HD Camera Mountable DVR FAQ

What is the Fast Forward Video sideKick HD?
The new Fast Forward Video (FFV) sideKick HD is a versatile recording solution designed to ease production workflow and satisfy the demands of both producers and postproduction editors.

By videoguys.com | October 10, 2011

The camera-mountable sideKick HD captures video directly from HD/SDI or HDMI outputs at bit rates up to 220 Mbit/s, with 4:2:2 sampling and 10-bit resolution in multiple codecs starting with ProRes on removable 2.5" SSD drives. Recording directly to high-quality NLE formats eliminates time-consuming transcoding, which can degrade image quality. The sidekick HD also provides a 4.3" on-board confidence monitor which offers playback options including scrub and jog capabilities.What is the size of your display? Will it work in bright sunlight?FFV selected a high quality 4.3 TFT Display (480 X 272 Pixel Resolution) that works well in direct sunlight.Can I preview my recorded clips?The sideKick HD display is both a confidence monitor and allows users to playback their clips. It has simple VTR control buttons and it even includes the ability to scrub and jog the video. Read More

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Videoguys End of Summer Report

Videoguys End of Summer Report

There has been so much going on over at Videoguys this summer!

By videoguys.com | August 29, 2011

We want to let you know that Hurricane Irene came through and while she brought down a bunch of tress, everyone at Videoguys is doing fine and we didn't have any damages to our main offices or warehouse. We are open for business as usual! Read More

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Introducing the New Grass Valley ADVC G-Series Multi-Purpose Digital Video Converters

Introducing the New Grass Valley ADVC G-Series Multi-Purpose Digital Video Converters

The Grass Valley™ ADVC® G-Series of affordable, multi-purpose digital video converters are at the leading edge of technology, and the latest additions to the renowned ADVC family.

By videoguys.com | August 16, 2011

Housed in a practical and compact 1/3 RU form factor, these four converters tackle a variety of different A/V tasks and are particularly well suited to events and staging, corporate AV centers, and broadcast display applications.All ADVC G-Series converters include a frame synchronizer (FS) and full format support. The ADVC G1 and G2 includes scaling features, while the ADVC G3 includes multiplexing features.In each of the products below we have provided two quick review notes from our Techs that answer the most important questions of any converter: What does it do? And who needs it? Read More

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Videoguys Recommended Laptops for Video Editing

Videoguys Recommended Laptops for Video Editing

We get asked all the time about what laptops we recommend for video editing.

By videoguys.com | August 12, 2011

This is a more difficult question to answer, because unlike a desktop, you are very limited in what upgrades and changes you can make after you buy it. So we are not going to recommend any specific models, but rather what brands of laptops we recommend and the model family they fit into. Before we get into the Laptops, lets talk about the specs we look for: Read More

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Videoguys’ Options for Final Cut Editors

Videoguys’ Options for Final Cut Editors

If you are a Final Cut Pro editor, unless you've been living in a cave up in the hills, you have heard all the hype about FCPX, the next generation of Final Cut Pro.

By videoguys.com | June 07, 2011

I'm intentionally not calling the product Final Cut Pro ver 10, because it isn't a next version of Final Cut at all. It is a completely new application. They could have called it Norman or Wolf or Orange, because it is a brand new editing app called FCPX. When it ships it will be version 1.0 of FCPX, and with it will come all the bumps, hiccups, work-arounds and compatibility issues that every 1.0 software release encounters. Read More

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Videoguys NAB2011 Report, Part II: Avid, Adobe and more Software News

Videoguys NAB2011 Report, Part II: Avid, Adobe and more Software News

While Apple may have stolen a lot of the buzz from NAB with their Sneak Peak of Final Cut Pro X at the FCPUG Supermeet, that didn't mean that the rest of the industry sat quietly on the sidelines.

By videoguys.com | May 16, 2011

Avid, Adobe, Grass Valley and others all had their own updates to talk about. In fact, it looks like we're entering the first stage of a war for marketshare among the three Big "A"s of editing, Apple, Adobe and Avid. While Apple fired the first shot with their FCPX Sneak Peak, Avid and Adobe still have plenty of bullets left and we must not forget about Grass Valley and Sony who have very viable offerings for the PC. Read More

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New Low Prices on Avid Media Composer 5.5 Upgrades for Avid & Apple FCP owners

New Low Prices on Avid Media Composer 5.5 Upgrades for Avid & Apple FCP owners

Got Final Cut?
Avid Media Composer 5.5 Crossgrade for FCP Editors $995

By videoguys.com | April 26, 2011

Avid Media Composer 5.5 Upgrade for Media Composer 4 or older (Including Xpress Pro and Xpress DV) $595 Apple Final Cut Pro Crossgrade $995NEW! Videoguys' Money Saving MC5.5 Upgrade Bundles Featuring Matrox MXO2 Mini, AJA Io Express and Avid Artist Series Control Surfaces!!The FCP to Media Composer 5.5 and MC 5.5 Upgrade promotional pricing is available now though June 17th, 2011 at Videoguys.com Read More

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Apple’s Final Cut Pro X Sneak Peak - Professional or Prosumer?

Apple’s Final Cut Pro X Sneak Peak - Professional or Prosumer?

Videoguys NAB2011 Report, Part I: Apple's Final Cut Pro X Sneak Peak - More Than Meets the Eye

By videoguys.com | April 21, 2011

One of the big stories leading up to NAB2011 was the rumor that Apple had taken over the FCPUG SuperMeet and that they would be showing a sneak peak of the new Final Cut Pro X. Apple didn't just take over the SuperMeet, they took over NAB. You could not go to a booth or have a meeting without people talking about FCP X. There was a lot of speculation over what would be announced and what exciting news Apple had up their sleeve. Read More

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Videoguys NLE Video Storage FAQ

Videoguys NLE Video Storage FAQ

One of the most confusing things about digital video editing is the storage requirement.

By videoguys.com | March 21, 2011

In this article the Videoguys Techs will help you better understand just what kind of storage you'll need for your video productions. Mac or PC based video editors face the same storage challenges and questions, and we've got the straight forward answers you need! Read More

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Avid releases Media Composer 5.5 - here’s some FAQs

Avid releases Media Composer 5.5 - here’s some FAQs

Avid Media Composer 5.5 is now available for download purchase from the Avid website ($149 for MC5 owners).

By videoguys.com | March 10, 2011

The download is for the Avid MC 5.5 application only, it does not include the 3rd party software Avid calls the Production Suite. Boxed units with Production Suite will begin shipping March 18th. The only software in the Production Suite that has been updated is the Boris Continuum AVX, which goes from ver 6 to 7. All the other 3rd party software remains the same. Read More

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