Adobe Transforms Video Workflows with Upcoming Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Release to Be Previewed at the 2012 NAB Show
Company Showcases Upcoming Video Suite; Celebrates Storytelling and Film at Post|Production World Keynote with Academy-Award Winner Rob Legato and Steve Wozniak
SAN JOSE, Calif.— April 12, 2012 — At the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will showcase new software and innovations that improve how broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals create, deliver and monetize high-quality productions across multiple screens. Highlights of the show will include the first public demonstrations of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium – including major updates for Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6 and Adobe After Effects® CS6 – before its official release, showcasing the software’s blazingly fast performance and tight integration that enables video professionals to work efficiently and streamline workflows. Adobe will demonstrate its new solutions along with key customer and partner-focused initiatives during the 2012 NAB Show at its booth #SL2624 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 16 – 19. Creative Suite 6 Production Premium will also be presented in more than 60 partner booths throughout the NAB exhibition.
“With the upcoming release of Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, which we are revealing at NAB, Adobe is redefining the content creation workflow,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager, Video Solutions, Adobe. ”This is a perfect opportunity to show off the new and breakthrough performance innovations in Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and demonstrate how it’s possible to work at the speed of your imagination, making workflows more efficient and audience experiences more compelling. From planning to playback, Adobe and its broadcast and media customers are leading the industry and reshaping how the digital video industry creates and consumes rich media.”
Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Takes the Stage
Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, the complete solution at the heart of any production workflow for video professionals, is packed with major updates to help bring high-quality productions to any screen. The suite features significant updates to familiar tools including powerful new versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition®, Adobe Story, Adobe Media Encoder and Adobe Photoshop®, along with two new tools, Adobe SpeedGrade™ CS6 for professional color grading, and Adobe Prelude™ CS6, an elegant solution for the process of ingest, logging and transcoding, essential tasks in a modern file-based workflow. For advanced video editing, Premiere Pro CS6 incorporates a new user interface, trimming and OpenCL support in the new turbo-charged Mercury Playback Engine. After Effects CS6 is the biggest release in a decade, with huge performance gains and powerful 3D features.
Throughout the show, Adobe will be providing attendees with an exclusive first look at Creative Suite 6 Production Premium. This upcoming release, expected in the first half of 2012, will feature across-the-board performance and workflow enhancements that broadcasters, filmmakers and corporate video professionals worldwide need to stay at the forefront of the explosion of multiple screens, file-based workflows and new distribution models.
Changing Today’s Broadcast Landscape
Adobe is dedicated to boosting video professionals’ productivity, giving them a dependable and seamless solution to plan, produce and deliver engaging content despite shrinking timelines and budgets. Broadcasters are completely redesigning and streamlining their workflows to meet today’s demands for delivering content to multiple screens. Top global broadcasters including BBC, CBS Sports Network, CNN, Hearst, Media General and NRK are turning to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium for a more complete plan-to-playback, file-based solution.
"Our video editors need to work with a large variety of digital assets and the Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, including Adobe Premiere Pro, allows them to handle instant turnaround news edits as well as long-form feature edits without compromising speed or creativity," said Moritz Gimbel, head of production at Bloomberg TV International. "Its latest software release, the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, helps make our workflow more efficient with support for more video formats and codecs, accelerating content delivery with the ability to export sequences into two different formats at the same time."
Discussing the Future of Film and Video
On Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. PT in room N249, Adobe will participate in the Post|Production World keynote titled, “How Creativity and Technology Merge to Influence Storytelling and Film.” Steve Wozniak, Fusion-io chief scientist, along with Vincent Brisebois, visual computing industry manager at Fusion-io, and Rob Legato, two-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor, will join Steve Forde, Adobe After Effects product manager, on stage to discuss how creativity and advances in digital technology can work together to develop engaging storytelling.
On Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. PT in room N249, Jeremy Helfand, vice president of monetization from Adobe will join Joe Alicata of ESPN Digital Media, Bismarck Lepe of Ooyala and Steve Raymond of Big Frame to discuss the changing landscape for delivering online media and the various ways media companies can monetize their content across multiple platforms. The session, “Monetizing Viewership in a Multiplatform Environment,” will address social media, games and Web video and the impact they’ve had on how advertising dollars are spent.
Adobe CS6 Production Premium is expected in the first half of 2012. For more detailed information about the suite, please visit http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/events/1203_16108_nab.html.
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to Adobes future product plans, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe’s SEC filings. Adobe does not undertake an obligation to update forward-looking statements.
Canon has announced that the CPS Lounge will be making its NAB Show debut on April 16th in Room N110 North Hall, Level One in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
X-Rite Announces New i1Pro 2 Professional Color Management Solutions for Photo, Pre-press, Publishing and Digital Printing Markets
New solutions include all-new second-generation i1Pro spectrophotometer delivering increased accuracy, ease of use and expanded professional level feature set
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (April 11, 2012) – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announces its new portfolio of i1 Professional Color Management Solutions which now include a newly redesigned i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.
Built upon the success of X-Rite’s i1Pro spectrophotometer as the de facto industry standard for more than a decade, the newly enhanced i1Pro 2 device has been redesigned to provide an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value. Combined with the recently released i1Profiler software v1.3, which accommodates all levels of proficiency and expertise, the new i1Pro 2 portfolio of four different products is specifically targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, digital print and publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.
This new portfolio, comprised of X-Rite’s i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2 and i1Publish products feature groundbreaking new technology and applications. Each Pro solution includes the new i1Pro 2 second generation spectrophotometer – the most accurate and forward thinking device available today accommodating three measurement modes in one single device. These modes include the most commonly used M0 (Standard Illuminant A), the emerging M1 (illuminant D50) and M2 (known as UV-cut). Also included are i1Profiler, X-Rite’s entirely new next generation color profiling software, PANTONE Color Manager color swatch bridging software and ColorChecker Camera Calibration software.
“Exceptionally accurate color measurement and calibration remain basic building blocks for professional-level workflow,” commented Vic Stalam, X-Rite’s Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. “Nowhere is repeatable, predictive color management more critical than in the highIy connected and forward-looking graphic arts, publishing, digital printing and photography markets that make up the core Imaging market customer base for X-Rite. With the introduction of these new products, X-Rite once again delivers to color professionals around the world the products they need that incorporate important emerging color standards.”
About Next Generation i1Pro Spectrophotometer
The i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer introduces a new level of color accuracy, delivering increased ease of use and an expanded professional level feature set, including supporting the latest developments in industry measurement standards. i1Pro 2 solutions are sure to maximize profitability and minimize wasted time, ink and paper, while delivering the confidence that the user’s digital workflow is perfectly and professionally calibrated and profiled.
New i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer highlights:
New illuminant design allows for 3 standard measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0: Tungsten; ISO 13655 M1: D50; ISO 13655 M2: UV Cut) plus Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) without changing filters or needing a second instrument.
Enhanced Optical Brightener Compensation allows for the most accurate profiling (both Tungsten and UV/LED mode) for today’s enhanced range of substrates. Now users can predict what colors printed on optically brightened paper will look like under different light conditions using a single hand-held device.
Positioning Detection with Zebra Sensor provides a more robust scanning experience even on special substrates and low-resolution printers. It allows for the measurement of smaller patch sizes (as low as 7mm) in manual mode and enables dual measurement workflows for OBC, M1 and M2.
New Wizard-driven interface with status LED leads users through the profiling and calibration process while providing all the options and control desired, regardless of expertise.
New Design Ergonomics throughout allows for greater usability, flexibility, cleaning, protection, and storage of the precision i1Pro 2 device.
Improved Emissive Measurement allows for better temperature stability and higher brightness levels resulting in the best possible calibration and profiling of monitors ever.
All new diagnostics and self-correction features
Wavelength calibration LED allows for self diagnosis of optical grating in relation to sensor during white calibration (with automatic correction and notifications)
Maintaining and protecting the device (and investment) is easier than ever
Self-cleanable aperture protection glass and calibration white tile cover provides additional built-in protection from dust and dirt.
About i1Profiler Software
With the latest release of i1Profiler software v1.3, X-Rite has further enhanced this next generation professional color management software. i1Profiler offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and features a number of unique color management capabilities such as optimizing profiles, creating profiles with ambient light measurements, compensating for optical brighteners in papers, and utilizing simple yet advanced controls for black separation and significant ink savings, adding to users’ power and control in creating professional quality profiles. Users can choose between a ‘basic’, wizard-driven interface; or an ‘advanced’, user-driven interface to create high quality, precise, custom color profiles for monitors, projectors, printers, and presses.
New i1Profiler Software v1.3 highlights:
About X-Rite i1 Professional Color Management Solutions
i1Basic Pro 2 is a fundamental solution for high-end monitor profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot color measurement. Designed for an imaging professional’s unique needs, i1Basic Pro is ideal for an effective workflow in a color-managed ecosystem. i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler software, PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.
i1Photo Pro 2 is specifically designed for discerning photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print. Thanks to the iterative profiling capability of the i1Profiler software, professional photo users will enjoy the highest quality color results that especially target highlight and shadow details and delivers greater color accuracy for more neutral grays and natural skin tones. With the new Optical Brightener Compensation capability, photographers can even optimize their prints by taking into account optical brightening agents often found in photo papers and create output profiles for specific lighting conditions in studios or galleries, or wherever the print will be displayed.
i1Publish Pro 2 is the ultimate, fully-featured ICC profiling solutions for imaging professionals that need to organize and manage their complete RGB, CMYK and CMYK+ (CMYK plus any 4) prepress workflows, complete with new assurance validation and verification functions using digital standards. This includes a display QA function to check soft proofing for ISO (G7, SWOP, PSO, Japan Color) and a printer QA function to check print quality using ISO media wedges (IDEAlliance ISO Control Wedge or Fogra Media Wedge). With the emerging M1 measurement capability, imaging pros can rely on consistent measurement for visual match under industry standard viewing conditions, including the ability to appropriately account for paper Optical Brightening Agents (OBA).
i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Publish Pro 2 include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof target (for direct viewing analysis of ColorChecker target compared to customer’s printed target), mini ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker camera calibration software. i1Publish (a standalone software package) includes all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.
Availability and Upgrades
The new i1Pro 2 Professional Color Management Solutions are immediately available from X-Rite’s online store (North America), and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers. i1Publish Pro 2 will also be offered with two upgrade options based on original solution purchased. For more information, please visit www.xrite.com or www.XritePhoto.com.
Learn more at X-Rite's special i1 Pro Solutions page.
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 supports the new Nikon D4
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 now offers support for the new Nikon D4, as well as for the Olympus XZ-1 and Olympus Pen E-P1 digital compacts, thus covering all Olympus micro 4/3 models currently available.
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. More than 500 new camera-lens combinations were added to the DxO Optics Module library during the past several weeks, crossing the milestone of 6,000 available modules. This means that DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 now supports additional Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samyang, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras.
Canon Inc. has issued a service notice regarding a very small number of Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lenses (thirty seven of them).
If you own a 300 L IS II with one of the serial numbers listed below, you might notice significant backfocusing when one of the Canon EF 1.4x Extenders (version I, II or III) are also mounted. If this is the case with your lens, contact Canon for corrections to be made.
8210000204, 8210000331, 8210000335, 8210000338, 8410000266, 8410000296, 8410000276, 8410000339, 8410000344, 8410000347, 8410000348, 8410000357, 8410000361, 8410000368, 8410000369, 8510000008, 8510000014, 8520000122, 8520000146, 8520000191, 8520000213, 8520000275, 8520000324, 8520000338, 8520000354, 8520000357, 8520000358, 8520000361, 8520000365, 8520000366, 8520000378, 8520000335, 8520000414, 8520000441, 8620000114, 8620000130, 8620000032
No reason was given for the source of the problem.
Live in Russia? Tamron is coming to you:
Start of a new sales company in Russia
Tamron Co., Ltd. (Morio Ono, President & CEO) announced today that it would establish a new wholly owned subsidiary in Russia for sales and marketing.
Russia, being one of the major markets in the world that has posted significant growths in recent years, has been served by a local distributor. In 2009, Tamron established a representative office in Moscow to collect market information, through research activities while strengthening collaboration with the distributor.
To take it to the next phase, Tamron has decided to establish a sales company aimed at implementing a full-fledged business development as further expansion of SLR camera and security surveillance camera markets are anticipated.
By making the move, Tamron aims to expand sales by enhancing brand recognition with strategic marketing and customer relations by delivering better service. At the initial stage, interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras will be the primary focus, followed by expansion to security surveillance camera lenses, etc. Sales in Belarus and Kazakhstan, allied by the free trade agreement with Russia, would be planned as well.
2. Specifics of the plan
(1) Company name: Tamron (Russia) LLC.
(2) Address: Unikon Business Center 5F No.9, Plekhanova Street 4, Moscow, 111141, Russian Federation
(3) Representative Dmitry Ivutin, President
(4) Principal Business Import, sales and service of optical products
(5) Capital 34 Million Russian Ruble
(6) Investment Ratio 100% by Tamron Co., Ltd.
(7) Date of establishment March 26, 2012
(8) Employees Approximately 10 initially
(9) Start of Operation May, 2012 (Planned)
3. Effect on the fiscal term ending December 31, 2012
There is no significant effect on the financial positions for the current year ending December 31, 2012.
Here is Adorama's holiday schedule:
Orders submitted before our holiday closing time [4/6/2012 12:30PM] will be processed on the day submitted - subject to our verification process.
Orders submitted to us during the Passover Holiday (Friday, April 6 at 12:30pm thru Thursday evening April 12 at 7:00pm) will be shipped Monday April 16th and will be delivered to you no later than Friday April 20th or earlier (depending on your Zip Code) Where necessary we'll upgrade the shipping method at our expense*.
* This assurance is only for orders placed on Adorama.com website and is not applicable for orders with Super Saver Shipping option selected. These orders will ship April 16 but with no free upgrade assurance.
Please consider to upgrade the shipping option to assure quicker delivery time.
The Nikon mount version is also available for preorder.
Think Tank Photo has announced four new products scheduled to be released in May:
Zeiss has announced the Compact Prime CP.2 15/T2.9 PL and CP.2 135/T2.1 EF Lenses (press release).
Canon has posted a pair of in-demand PDF owner's manuals:
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX Flash: owner's manual
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: owner's manual
Here is my translation of the Google Japanese-to-English translation of this announcement:
To customers using Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera
April 5, 2012
We thank you very much for your patronage of Canon products.
It has been confirmed that the RAW development process used by Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 is not appropriate, generating somewhat blurred images. This is the version of DPP that is included on the CD in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR box.
<Canon deeply apologizes>
When Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW images are processed by DPP version 3.11.10, generated images become somewhat blurred.
Canon Digital Photo Professional RAW Development Software version 3.11.10 included in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III box.
This problem will not be observed in other cameras.
<Actually, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is also affected.>
An update to the Digital Photo Pro software is expected to be published in mid-April.
Our Offices will close today at 6:00PM EDT & our SuperStore at 7:00PM EDT in observance of Passover.
We will reopen on Sunday April 15th at 10:00AM EDT.
Orders placed until 4:00PM EDT today will be shipped normally. All other orders will be shipped after we reopen.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
"Will ship after Thu, Apr 26."
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a new white paper titled Best Practices for Data Management.
"Written by Michael Cioni of Light Iron Digital, this insightful document offers solutions for understanding, mastering, and strategically planning for the acquisition and storage of file-based media."
Canon has posted an EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook (PDF - 20 MB).
The Canon EOS 60Da DSLR Astrophotography Camera (press release) has been announced.
Especially interesting to me was this paragraph:
"The AF consistency on the 5D Mark III is the *best* I have seen on any camera I've tested with (which is quite a few now!). And it's better by quite a long way - only a few % deviation across 20 shots compared to, say, the 1Dmk4 which deviates by 10-15%."
I'm still giving AI Servo a good workout, but the 5D III's One Shot AF has been very impressive. (thanks John)
B&H has apparently been told by Canon that the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens expected initial shipment date of 4/17/12 is not going to be met. No new delivery date has been provided. (thanks Jacob)
A CPS rep has indicated that July is now the expected 24-70 L II arrival month. (thanks Dan)