Monday, May 23, 2011

Blackmagic Shipping Updates for 2011 Products

We just received the following ETA for the new Blackmagic Design products released at NAB 2011:

DeckLink Quad - Shipping now
SmartView Duo – Shipping now in limited quantity

H.264 Pro Recorder - any day now
Media Express 3 – any day now (this will come at the same time as the H.264 Pro Recorder)

DaVinci Resolve 8 (free download) - June
DaVinci Resolve Lite (free) - 2 to 3 weeks after above release

UltraStudio SDI - June
UltraStudio 3D - July

DeckLink 4K - June

Atem 1 M/E & 1 M/E Panel - June
Atem Television Studio – July
Atem Camera Converter - July
Atem 2 M/E & 2 M/E Panel - August

HyperDeck Shuttle – May/June
HyperDeck Studio - July

Rugged Mini Converters - end July

GPI/Tally Box – July

Universal Videohub 288 – July
Universal Videohub 72 - August

For more information on these products, please contact us at

Monday, May 9, 2011

New White Paper: Preparing for Final Cut Pro X

For years, people asked questions about how to build Final Cut Pro systems:

• What kind of Mac should I edit with?
• Do I need a tower?
• How much RAM should I buy?
• What kind of storage space do I need?
• What graphics card should I get?

Download Silverado's latest white paper "Preparing for Final Cut Pro X" and learn about the latest technologies that will allow Final Cut Pro X to perform like no other previous editing package. These topics include OpenCL, 64-bit RAM utilization, and Grand Central Dispatch.

"Preparing for Final Cut Pro X" is an 18-page PDF download. You can get it here:

New White Paper: Preparing for Final Cut Pro X [LINK]

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Should you get a Mac Pro or an iMac?

We get this question nearly every day: I have a limited budget, but I want to get the right machine for the job. Should I get a Mac Pro? Or can I make-do with an iMac?

We've known for a long time that its infinitely easier to use a Mac Pro because they are far more expandable and flexible for the creative professional. However, Lloyd Chambers recently wrote a great article on the exact reasons why you should get a Mac Pro and skip the iMac:

Mac Pro Westmere Compared to Quad-Core iMac by Lloyd Chambers at Mac Performance Guide

Click over to read Lloyd's laundry list of reason's why you shouldn't get an iMac for professional work. Its a great read. It will convince you to save your nickels and dimes for that tower!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blackmagic Design Offers Free DaVinci Resolve Workshops at San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet

This just in from Blackmagic Design...

BMD will host a series of free DaVinci Resolve for Mac training workshops at the upcoming Tenth Annual FCPUG San Francisco SuperMeet on January 28, 2011.

If you weren't already aware, the Final Cut Pro Users Group’s (FCPUG) annual San Francisco SuperMeet is the largest gathering of FCP, Avid and Adobe editors, HDSLR filmmakers, digital content creators and gurus in California in 2011, and includes free workshops, networking and the ability to connect with more than 35 software and hardware developers in the SuperMeet Digital Showcase.

During the day of the SuperMeet, Blackmagic Design will host three workshops offering training and tips for users of the DaVinci Resolve for Mac non-linear color correction system. The sessions, hosted by Rich Montez, the founder and owner of LA’s Whipping Post
 Services and 25-year veteran Hollywood colorist, will provide an introduction to the DaVinci Resolve for Mac, showcase proper set up and integration tips, provide basic how-to’s and detail Resolve features and capabilities, such as the advantages of real-time performance in color correction.

When: January 28, 2011 -- Sessions occur from 11:30 - 12:30 pm PT, 1:00 - 2:00 pm PT and 2:30 - 3:30 pm PT

Where: Mission Bay Conference Center UCSF, San Francisco, CA

For more event information and to purchase tickets to the San Francisco SuperMeet, please visit To register for a workshop, please go to