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October 12, 2021

AJA Announces KONA 5, Io 4K Plus, and T-TAP Pro Support for Hardware Out in Microsoft Teams

Integration makes it easy to incorporate remote, broadcast-quality audio and video streams into live production workflows

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Grass Valley, CA (October 12, 2021) – AJA Video Systems today announced that it has collaborated with Microsoft to ensure that a range of its audio and video I/O solutions support the new Hardware Out feature in Microsoft Teams. Using the new feature with an AJA KONA 5, Io 4K Plus, or T-TAP Pro, live production and AV professionals can easily output SDI and HDMI high quality audio and video streams of on-the-ground reporters, interviewees, or events in remote locations and seamlessly weave the footage into live productions at broadcast-quality.

 

Microsoft Teams Hardware Out support for compatible AJA hardware is accessible within the Teams interface once enabled by an administrator. Users simply click on the permissions tab, turn on broadcast capabilities, then select “Hardware Out” for the connected AJA device to receive the video signal. A host of timing, resolutions, and frame rates are available to choose from, and once the settings are established, the user can then feed the signal out through the AJA device via SDI and HDMI to ensure a broadcast-quality signal that can be fed to routers, recorders, or other production equipment.

 

“As production ramps back up, it’s clear that distributed workflows are here to stay, and AJA is committed to making them as simple and accessible as possible for production professionals. Collaborating with Microsoft to ensure that our most popular I/O tools support this new Teams Hardware Out feature is an exciting extension of this,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “The latest integration allows production professionals to transform nearly any webcam feed into a professional-grade audio and video signal to be brought into broadcast-grade productions.”

 

“Integrating high quality audio and video remote feeds into live productions can be challenging and costly, but with our new Teams Hardware Out feature and industry standard hardware like AJA’s I/O solutions, it’s quick, easy and cost efficient,” shared Aaron Linne, senior program manager, Microsoft Teams for Broadcasters at Microsoft Corp. “Quality and reliability are paramount in the field, so we worked closely with AJA to ensure Teams Hardware Out natively supports professional tools like KONA 5, Io 4K Plus and T-TAP Pro.”

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

October 12, 2021

AJA Announces Equity Stake in Diskover Data; Introduces AJA Diskover Media Edition

Powerful new data search and analysis toolset addresses M&E market demand for simpler way to manage stored assets on any platform from anywhere as content boom grows

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Grass Valley, CA (October 12, 2021) – AJA Video Systems today announced that it has taken a proactive equity stake in data analytics software developer Diskover Data and simultaneously launched AJA Diskover Media Edition. The new software is based on open source roots and lets media and entertainment professionals (M&E) easily search, find, and analyze media asset data originating from on-premises, remote, and cloud storage – aggregating associated metadata into a unified global index. The solution enables users to make more informed data decisions, a key capability as the M&E industry is on track to create more data in the next three years than it has in the last three decades.1

 

AJA Diskover Media Edition is designed to serve a range of professionals in the M&E industry, from executives to systems administrators, IT managers, operational personnel, creatives, and beyond. The software allows users to easily index hundreds of petabytes of data and more to easily locate files, analyze them, and pinpoint misallocated resources. It ultimately saves companies time and expenditure by helping them to identify wasted storage space, aging and unused files, data changes, and more. 

 

With AJA Diskover Media Edition, metadata can also be seamlessly harvested to add business context and insights to files to inform data decisions and business processes, and to streamline workflows. It includes custom plug-ins that address the specific needs of M&E professionals around the world, regardless of the physical or virtual platforms utilized to store media content. AJA Diskover Media Edition further enables users to search across multiple platforms simultaneously, and discover and present data in a master index, while generating reports and cost analysis to a range of roles across productions or enterprises.

 

Key highlights include: 

  • A single master index: Ensure that all files across cloud, remote, and on-premises storage are up to date, and that data access and rights can be easily controlled on a per-user level, with Diskover’s constant indexing and centrally located indexes.

  • Snapshots in time: Tap into a history of indexes to easily compare storage over time and project future growth demands, as well as identify areas of concern.

  • Elasticsearch: Scale to any environment size and type with an open-source core that simplifies asset search and provides insights into associated storage costs. Easily integrate with external APIs and order management platforms.

  • Tagging: Use tags to support workflow actions and approval processes, such as file deletion approval on an expired asset.

  • Analysis: Advance media workflows and monetization efforts with access to robust technical metadata (i.e. codec, number of audio files, resolution, etc.) via a simple search. Gain insights that provide team members with in-depth information about each asset and where it landed for more informed decision-making.

  • Support for hybrid environments: Seamlessly run Diskover across on-premises storage solutions and cloud-based storage services. 

  • An intuitive web-browser UI: Access AJA Diskover Media Edition from anywhere with an internet connection and easily deploy multiple indexers globally at other facilities, all reporting into one common platform and master index.

  • Security: Read-only access to the file systems and a web-based UI not directly connected to the storage prevents file corruption, deletion, or unwanted changes to assets.

  • Global asset overview: Provide remote teams and individuals with a global view of the assets for each given production, group of productions, or client – empowering their own relationship with the data.

  • Cost analysis tools: Make more informed data-related decisions about time, resources, and investments to reduce operating costs. 

“We’ve seen firsthand how unwieldy data management has become for our clients in content production and post, which poses a huge challenge as the M&E market braces for an unprecedented content boom. The speed at which files are proliferating, determining where those files are stored, how much that storage costs, who is tapping into those files and where they’re being archived is essential, but that information is often hard to track down,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby. “AJA Diskover Media Edition takes the guesswork out of the equation, helping M&E professionals work much more efficiently. One of the secrets to AJA's success these many years has been our ability to deliver technologies that solve industry problems through partnerships with companies like Diskover, and we’re excited to share the resulting technology with the M&E community.”

 

“We developed Diskover data curation technology as data management was just emerging as a problem across a number of industries,” shared Diskover CEO Paul Honrud. “Our solutions are already in use by companies around the world spanning technology, enterprise and medical, and we’re excited to scale our offering into the media content creation arena. AJA offers best in class solutions for content production and is an ideal partner for us, as many of their existing customers will benefit from our solution.” 

 

Ken Spickler, Director of Engineering at Visual Data Media Services, shared, “Diskover’s web interface allows anyone on our team to quickly access and identify any piece of information they’re looking for – whether tracking storage usage, identifying how to better manage our files or keeping apprised of our data growth. We look forward to seeing all the new features that AJA brings to the table with its Media Edition.” 

 

Pricing and Availability

AJA Diskover Media Edition is now available for an annual subscription of $11,995 USD per node. For more details or to access a demonstration, visit: www.aja.com/products/aja-diskover-media-edition.

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com

September 30, 2021

OWC Announces Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter

Easily add up to two 4K or 8K displays for stunning images, increased productivity enhanced gaming

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OWC®,the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces the OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter. With the new OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter, you’ll be amazed when your eyes see up to 8K resolution delivered by the OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter. By utilizing the latest DisplayPort 1.4 technology, this high-performance adapter delivers up to 4x higher resolution than DisplayPort 1.21. All you need is a single Thunderbolt port to plug it in, and this little wonder’s compact size and bus-powered convenience will open a world of possibilities.

The OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter lets you work with newfound multitasking ease. Use it to create graphics-intensive content and edit photos with more precision. Keep projects active on one screen while attending a video meeting on the other. Create a panoramic video wall for the digital signage application. And when it’s time for play, higher resolutions and refresh rates provide the most immersive video gaming experience available. The OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter lets you multitask with ease.

Use it to create graphics-intensive content and edit photos with more precision. Keep projects active on one screen while attending a video meeting on the other. Create a panoramic video wall for the digital signage application. And when it’s time for play, higher resolutions and refresh rates provide the most immersive video gaming experience available. With dual display uses through just one Thunderbolt port on your computer. The OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter is mobile-ready; with its compact size and bus-powered convenience, this handy adapter ensures you’re always ready for a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) office or classroom presentation. Take it along with your Thunderbolt-equipped iPad to enjoy video content on a bigger screen.

The OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter opens a world of possibilities

Professionals: Use it to stream high-resolution, life-like content on multiple monitors. Keep active projects open on one display while viewing members of an online meeting on another display. Keep an eye on chat boxes while simultaneously connecting with your followers on another screen.

Students: Improve online learning with multiple screens. Read text or watch the instructor on one display as you take notes on the other.

Gaming: Stretch that racing and flight sim game across two screens for an unbelievable view. Dedicate one screen as a map or voice chat display to eliminate the hassle of minimizing game windows.

OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter Highlights:

  • Single display up to 8K @ 30Hz or 8K @ greater than 30Hz with DSC

  • Dual display up to 4K @ 60Hz, 4K @ 144Hz with DSC, or 8K with DSC

  • See it All: Watch videos, play games, create crisp digital signage walls, and make eye-catching presentations on a DisplayPort display or projector

  • Full Display Potential: DSC (Display Stream Compression) compatible for higher refresh rates

  • Stunning Visuals: HDR for sharper images, brighter colors, and greater contrast

  • Hear More: Supports multichannel, high-definition digital audio formats

  • Energy Efficient: Achieve high resolutions on two displays without draining system resources

  • Protected: 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty

Pricing & Availability

OWC Thunderbolt Dual DisplayPort Adapter is available to order on Macsales.com for $78.00.

September 14, 2021

AJA RELEASES BRIDGE LIVE V1.12 WITH NEW NDI® AND HLS COMPATIBILITY

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Grass Valley, CA (September 14, 2021) AJA Video Systems released  BRIDGE LIVE v1.12 , a new software update for AJA’s turnkey multi-channel live video solution for remote production, contribution, collaboration, streaming, and delivery. The release features bi-directional NDI® (Network Device Interface) input, output and transcode; HLS output; video preview; and user interface updates for more intuitive configuration.

Whether facilitating remote production, two-way interviews, live event streaming, multi-cam backhaul, field contribution, program return, confidence monitoring, collaborative production, or ABR ladder profiles to hand-off for OTT packaging, BRIDGE LIVE v1.12 delivers powerful new functionality. Bi-directional NDI support makes it easy to encode SDI inputs for NDI output to the network and/or to receive NDI for outputting SDI. The ability to also transcode IP Video Streams to NDI and/or transcode NDI Inputs to IP Video Streams enables a host of new workflow possibilities. For example, BRIDGE LIVE can now sit at the edge of an NDI event or facility network, enabling professionals to transport outbound NDI video as a streamable format, and/or return the stream to NDI for use at a remote NDI production destination.

BRIDGE LIVE v1.12 feature highlights include:

  • Bi-directional NDI-SDI conversion:

  • Receive NDI and decode to SDI

  • Input and encode SDI to NDI


Bi-directional NDI-IP Video Streams conversion:

  • Receive NDI and transcode to IP Video Streams (i.e., H.265, H.264)

  • Receive IP Video Streams (i.e., H.265, H.264) and transcode to NDI

  • Integrate remote NDI and non-NDI equipment/facilities via RTP/UDP/SRT

  • Tap directly into the NDI network and provide a conduit to CDNs or other delivery mechanisms


HLS Output (HD): Input SDI sources and IP Video Streams into BRIDGE LIVE and encode them for sharing to widely used devices and software, or via remote screening to iOS and iPadOS devices via HLS

Video Preview: With support for Video Preview thumbnails now available in the
BRIDGE LIVE GUIDE for SDI Inputs, receive visual confirmation for correct SDI input/content encoding, even if unable to “go live” to check the content for security UX improvements: Explore more intuitive pipeline configuration and options such as “start detecting input” and “set as input” buttons, and enhanced responsiveness. A new Factory Reset method: An alternative and rapid method to access factory reset directly from the boot menu

“BRIDGE LIVE v1.12 marks AJA’s second major software update for the device since launching the product less than a year ago and addresses key customer feature requests to streamline operations and provide greater workflow flexibility in the field,” shared Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “This is our first NDI-enabled product, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the unique capabilities of BRIDGE LIVE to the huge range of NDI users around the world. Bringing bi-directional NDI I/O and HLS output to BRIDGE LIVE offers professionals broader hardware and software integration and a simpler, cost effective alternative to deploying large teams of personnel and resources at remote locations.”

Pricing and Availability

BRIDGE LIVE v1.12 is available now for download from AJA’s website. The latest update comes standard with all newly purchased BRIDGE LIVE units and is also available to existing users with an active maintenance agreement. Customers without a maintenance agreement can access bug fixes within v1.12 but will not receive new feature access. BRIDGE LIVE is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network starting at $14,995 US MSRP. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/products/bridge-live.

About AJA BRIDGE LIVE
Developed in cooperation with IP video software experts Comprimato, BRIDGE LIVE is a turnkey solution built for critical streaming and contribution applications with high performance 12G-SDI video encoding/decoding, stream-based transcoding, comprehensive metadata and closed caption support, all within a compact 1RU form factor with redundant power supplies. www.aja.com/products/bridge-live.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

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September 2, 2021

OWC Announces Jellyfish Manager 2.0 Offering New Design, Dashboard, And Cloud Backup Integrations

Offering deeper analytics, a cloud backup integration that works seamlessly with Backblaze, AWS, and Wasabi, and new or enhanced workflow integrations with Postlab, Frame.io, and iconik

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of Memory, External DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces Jellyfish Manager 2.0. The Jellyfish Manager is the modern, beautiful & intuitive interface between the user and the Jellyfish by OWC. It gives post-production teams the tools they need to be self-reliant and frees up IT teams to stay focused on their day-to-day tasks. With a style that matches the modern-day software tools creatives use daily, Jellyfish Manager is the easiest-to-use tool for server administration ever created. 

Jellyfish Manager 2.0 works directly with Jellyfish servers, a specialized shared storage device that allows multiple post-production video editors to work simultaneously with 4K, 6K, and 8K footage. Video teams at some of the largest companies in the world, YouTube creators, post-production houses, and creative agencies love the Jellyfish servers for their ease of use and video workflow support.

Since then, the Jellyfish team at OWC has added a ton of new functionality that called for a new layout focused on organization and a streamlined user interface. The updated design includes easily accessible menus and deep linking throughout the whole application. System alerts are now readily available from all pages in the app also additional tooltips across the board, and intuitive terminology to speed up the learning process.  

Embracing the cloud 

Jellyfish Manager 2.0 now includes the most requested cloud backup services that allow you to run scheduled backups, and if necessary, recover your data from the cloud. Jellyfish Manager 2.0 also improves integration with Backblaze and included AWS and Wasabi cloud services and will include more in the future. 

Enhanced workflow integrations 

Frame.io syncing between Jellyfish folders and Frame.io projects are now possible without going through watch folders on your workstation. Combined with the transcoding functionality of Jellyfish Media Engine, this integration helps teams collaborate through Frame.io while storing their original footage on the Jellyfish. If you aren't already familiar, Postlab is a platform that allows teams to collaborate more efficiently in Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. It is cloud-based, but it can run locally on the Jellyfish itself instead of using the cloud with our new Jellyfish integration. We are proud that the Jellyfish is the only on-prem solution that works with Postlab Local.

"We are all excited about all this new functionality," said Josh Minney, COO, OWC. "We hope you will enjoy the improved experience. There are many improvements in the new Jellyfish Manager 2.0 that users won't notice but will allow us to build more integrations with our software and third-party applications."

Jellyfish Manager 2.0 Highlights:

  • Check your vitals: Check your vitals: Monitor memory, temperature, storage, and CPU usage immediately and quickly see the health of your drives

  • Manage file permissions: Decide who gets access to specific shares and folders with just a few clicks. Easily create and add local users and groups for your team and assign them permissions in less time than it takes to upload a cat video to Youtube

  • Customize network settings: Jellyfish systems come completely preconfigured for 4k+ video and direct connections, but if you'd like to create and modify network settings or bond ports into your switch, we promise you won't have to read a 50-page manual first

  • Enable powerful workflows: like Jellyfish Remote Access, Snapshots, Davinci Resolve Collaborative Database, or iconik Storage Gateways

Pricing & Availability
Jellyfish Manager 2.0 will be available to all new customers and customers who have an active support plan. For more information, please visit 
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August 19, 2021

OWC Announces ArGest® IngestPro Software For macOS

Powerfully simple tool for ingesting BRU, LTFS, and tar tape, disk, and camera card data onto your macOS system in a single button click

OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces ArGest® IngestPRO, simple yet comprehensive software for ingesting BRU, LTFS, and tar files on your Mac. ArGest® IngestPRO removes the guesswork of what tape format you might receive from clients and other sources.

ArGest® IngestPRO automatically identifies if the tape has BRU, LTFS, or tar files, and with one simple click, you start ingesting the tape data to your Mac with library support enabled. You can also ingest data from HDDs/SSDs/CDs/DVDs and camera cards for a comprehensive ingest tool. Bottom line, if you can connect the media type to your computer, ArGest® IngestPRO can process it.

ArGest® IngestPRO is customizable and cost-effective for the ultimate in control. A one-window control menu offers the choice of ingesting specific content by folder or file name. You can also maximize your tape library investment by choosing to overwrite existing files.

ArGest® IngestPRO Highlights:

  • Comprehensive: ingest data on BRU, LTFS, and tar tapes, disks, and camera cards  

  • Custom: choose to ingest specific content only  

  • Simple: choose your source type, source device, tape type, and click that's it

  • Convenient: ejects tape from the drive when ingest is complete

  • Cost-effective: get most use life from tapes by choosing to overwrite existing files

  • Risk-free: view utilization demonstration videos from our support department prior to purchase

 

Pricing & Availability

ArGest® IngestPROis available to order on the OWC Software Store for $999.

System and Device RequirementsOS Requirements: Compatible with macOS 10.10.6 and later. Device requirements: BRU, LTFS, or tar formatted LTO tape, hard drives, solid-state drives, camera cards, and other removable media.

August 17, 2021

OWC Announces ArGest® Backup Easy Drag And Drop Backup Archival And Restore Solution

Now offering complete macOS, Windows, and Linux compatibility plus ArGest® Backup bundled support for complete Ingest, Edit, Archival, and Delivery

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces the availability of the OWC Mercury Pro LTO with complete macOS, Windows, and Linux compatibility plus bundled ArGest® Backup software supporting LTFS bulk transfer and delivery, backup, archive, and unique storage options. The OWC Mercury Pro LTO provides an industry-leading data management/storage/transportation/archive strategy.

Monitoring and Evaluation professionals, corporations, government branches, and small businesses face the same challenge: managing an ever-increasing amount of more complex data. Higher resolution, complex audio, and diverse formats are the project norm. Organizational content is projected to grow 50-70% annually as more data is digitalized and licensing regulatory compliance requirements to become more stringent.

There's a priceless familiarity in using LTO to protect your data. The included ArGest® Backup software provides fast, easy drag and drop asset management utilizing the highly revered and reliable BRU archival format. For reliable backup and long-term, deep archival or the SNIA Bulk Transfer Standard with the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). The Mercury Pro LTO solution provides the best options for both archival and large-scale data transfer.  Advanced and future ready, LTO tape is the dominant archiving medium that has continued to improve and grow in both performance and capacity since being introduced in 2000. Because LTO is an open standard with many support manufacturers and vendors, users can be confident of access their data with any brand of LTO hardware for decades to come. The Mercury Pro LTO is currently available with LTO-7 or LTO-8 drives providing native capacities of 2.5TB and 6TB (LTO-7), 6TB, 9TB, and 12TB (LTO-8), and is designed to support the future release of LTO-9 drives later this year.

OWC Mercury Pro LTO Highlights:

  • Store more: up to 6TB native/15TB compressed1 on the LTO-7 drive or 12TB native/30TB compressed1 storage capacity per tape cartridge

  • Flexible: The LTO-7 drive will read LTO-7, and read and write LTO-6 and LTO-7 tapes while the LTO-8 Drive reads and writes LTO-8, LTO-M8, and LTO-7 tapes

  • Store longer: 30-year or greater tape longevity

  • Instant ROI: Lowest cost storage format; as low as $0.02/GB and up to 50x less costly than online storage

  • Full LTFS Support: archive files/folders with drag and drop ease

  • Compliance ready: supports WORM cartridges required by legal/regulatory record keeping

  • Fast tape creation: up to 300MB/s native/750MB/s2 compressed transfer rates

  • Configurable drive bay: add an optional 2.5/3.5-inch SSD for up to 16TB onboard storage capacity

  • Expansive: second Thunderbolt 3 port for adding up to five additional Thunderbolt devices or your choice of a USB-C or DisplayPort device

  • See more: DisplayPort 1.4 supports up to an 8K display4

  • Charge while working: 85W of notebook charging

  • Transportable: Compact form factor with built-in handles for moving between set and studio

  • Worry-free: up to 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty with lifetime US-based support

ArGest® Backup powered by BRU™ technology is the fastest backup and archiving software available. You can backup and archive folders, files, or session files in major applications to LTO-7 and 8 tapes at real-world speeds up to 300MB/s. Your archives are then fully verifiable and restorable with the maximum amount of data on nearly any OS, something no other backup utility can provide. ArGest® Backup is also the only Backup and archiving tool that can recover from errors and will restore as much data as possible even in the event of a lost or damaged tape

Mercury Pro LTO units ship with ArGest® Backup Desktop Edition™. Designed for personal or small one to two-person shops with a single tape drive and disk-based backup. Backups can be performed in more manageable segments where full and incremental data coverage fits on one or two tapes or can be safely stored on a removable disk or device such as the HPE RDX removable disk solution.

Need more power and flexibility? Upgrade to the Workstation or Producer's Editions that add additional tape drives. Workstation Edition supports a second tape drive (Doubler mode) and tape automation (50 slots and two tape drives). The Producer's Edition expands support with drag and drop restore support for CMX 3600 EDLs. Full recognition and parsing of Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and Resolve projects, production-oriented Film and Episodic metadata support, and other ease-of-use features aimed at the Media and Entertainment industry user.

ArGest® Backup Highlights:

  • Easy and familiar: backup and archive folders, files, or session files with drag and drop simplicity in major applications

  • Fastest: real-world LTO tape speeds up to 300MB/sec using LTO-7 and LTO-8 tape devices for the fastest Backup and Recovery available  

  • Flexible: verify BRU™ archives at any time on macOS, Windows, or Linux

  • Diverse: can be used to Backup to portable USB or Thunderbolt drives, removable disk storage such as RDX and Lyve Mobile™, local cloud storage, and tape media

  • Reliable Recovery: restore maximum possible data, even with a missing or damaged tape in a multiple tape archive  

  • Fully auditable: Check media status any time, even on a different system or OS with ANYTIME Verify™  

  • Efficient: create two identical tapes in a single backup or archive operation with Doubler Archival Mode™  

  • Manage: automatically creates organized tape catalogs for fast searching and restore access time

  • Complete: after archive is complete, create a self-contained CD/DVD/USB or network key with all components required files to restore on a non-BRU system

  • Diagnose: built-in functions for checking and reporting LTO equipment operational status during all Backup and restore operations

  • Risk-free: 30-day free trial of full featured, fully functional demo

Pricing & Availability

The OWC Mercury Pro LTO is available to order from MacSales.com for $4,599 and now includes ArGest® Backup, LTO-8 tape, and cleaning cartridge. Additional solutions up to 16TB are also available. ArGest® Backup is also available for single purchase starting at $249 on the OWC Software Store.

July 28, 2021

AJA Desktop Software and SDK v16.1 Debut with Native Apple® M1 Support

New releases deliver feature improvements for AJA KONA, Io, T-TAP, and Corvid solutions, including Apple M1 chip compatibility

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AJA Video Systems today rolled out Desktop Software v16.1 for KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro products, alongside AJA SDK v16.1 for Developer Partners. Both releases include native support for the powerful Apple® M1 chip, and feature enhancements that optimize audio, broadcast, and production and post workflows, and third-party tools built with AJA Developer Partner solutions.  

 

Broadening system compatibility, the latest AJA Desktop Software and AJA SDK updates allow AJA KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro users and Developer Partners to harness the power and cost-efficiency of Apple M1 compatible systems for professional video I/O tasks, in addition to existing support for Intel-based systems from Apple, as well as Windows, Linux Ubuntu and Linux CentOS systems. Desktop Software v16.1 expands the available options in AJA MultiChannel Config, enabling 12G-/6G-SDI input support as well as extended audio input support for AJA KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro products with Telestream Wirecast. AJA Control Panel also receives an upgrade via the latest update with additional GUI feedback added for situations where “Auto” has resulted in signal modification, making it easier for creatives and technicians to understand results. V4L2 updates in AJA SDK v16.1 for KONA HDMI bring expanded controls for Developer Partners using Video for Linux, while 64-channel audio support for NTV2 SDK provides greater flexibility for Developer Partners using Corvid 44 12G or KONA 5 in 8K workflow solutions.   

 

Key release highlights include:

  • Desktop Software v16.1 is optimized to deliver native Apple M1 support for AJA macOS drivers and application plug-ins, AJA Control Room, AJA Control Panel, and AJA System Test and NMOS software

  • Improved Telestream Wirecast support, including 4K via 12G-/6G-SDI, Digital AES Audio Input, and Analog (Line Level) Audio Input

  • AJA Control Panel enhancements

  • V4L2 updates for KONA HDMI

  • 64-channel audio support for NTV2 SDK

“As the demand for video continues to grow across industries, professionals in broadcast, production, post and AV need to be able to leverage the latest technology like the incredibly powerful Apple M1 chip, which is why we prioritized the development of these new releases and are excited to deliver them to AJA end-users and Developer Partners,” shared Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “AJA Desktop Software v16.1 continues to bring KONA, Io and T-TAP Pro users new features aimed at streamlining creative workflows while AJA SDK v16.1 includes enhancements that open up a host of new opportunities for Developer Partner partners.”

 

Pricing and Availability

AJA Desktop Software v16.1 is available now as a free download from the AJA support page. AJA SDK v16.1 is accessible to participants of the AJA Developer Program as a free download from the AJA Developer Partner support site.

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

 

All trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

July 22, 2021

OWC Introduces Envoy Pro SX Thunderbolt Bus-Powered Portable SSD

Super-fast, Super-durable workflow superhero easily handles all storage and backup challenges

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits announces the new OWC Envoy Pro SX, the Thunderbolt portable SSD that can withstand any condition. The mild-mannered exterior of the OWC Envoy Pro SX hides its true nature. It's super-fast. Super-versatile. Super-portable. And rugged enough to endure the most challenging work and play settings.

This little beast of an SSD handles all data storage and backup challenges like a real superhero when put to the test. The OWC Envoy Pro SX is versatile enough to be used as a bus-powered drive for daily storage and backup tasks. It can handle workflows easily handle the speed demands of production-level audio, design, and photography workflows. And it serves up real-world performance speeds up to 2847MB/s1 with modern Thunderbolt and USB4 equipped Macs and PCs. Built along the OWC Envoy Pro EX's award-winning lineage, this tiny but mighty ½ pound portable drive is 1/3 smaller. It features a removable Thunderbolt cable and is test certified to handle the nastiest environments. From managing obstacles in the field to crushing deadlines at home, the OWC Envoy Pro SX lets you unleash your productivity power without needing a cape or mask.

The grooved fins on the OWC Envoy Pro SX's matte black aluminum chassis transform it into a highly effective heat sink. Even after a diabolically long file transfer, the stealthy and silent OWC Envoy Pro SX stays reliably fast. The OWC Envoy Pro SX is fully compatible with macOS and Windows built-in encryption, so you can add peace of mind password security to your data whenever you need it. Whatever your data journey, the OWC Envoy Pro SX stands ready to deliver a crushing blow to time-robbing work and play challenges in the blink of an eye.

OWC Envoy Pro SX Highlights

  • Lightning Fast: Advanced OWC Aura Pro SSD storage technology with TRIM support works with Thunderbolt to deliver the fastest and most reliable performance available in a portable drive 

  • Super Versatile: Perfect for audio, video, photography, graphics, gaming, and general data storage/backup uses 

  • Xtremely Portable: Bus-powered and smaller than most compact smartphones 

  • Xtremely Rugged: Certified dustproof, drop-proof and waterproof 2

  • Silently Cool: Fan-less, heat dissipating aluminum housing for distraction free operation 

  • Secure: Non-skid rubber feet keep the OWC Envoy Pro SX in place  

  • Informative: LED for at-a-glance confirmation of power and activity status

  • Connected: Included Thunderbolt cable plugs into Thunderbolt and USB4 Macs and PCs  

  • Worry-Free Reliability: 5  Year OWC Limited Warranty 


"For OWC Envoy Pro SX, we wanted to make a drive that's truly unique," said Larry O'Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC. "Listening to our customer's suggestions from the Envoy Pro EX model, we made sure to add a detachable Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 cable, and while we were at it, we made it a smaller form factor and even more rugged by adding IP67."

Pricing & Availability
The OWC Envoy Pro SX 240GB to 2TB models are available now, starting at $199 on 
MacSales.com.

July 8, 2021

OWC Announces U2 ShuttleOne Build Your Own Affordable High-Performance U.2 SSD

U.2 flexibility from the U.2 leader adds blazing fast and highly affordable storage to your computer's U.2 equipped bay with speeds up to 8,000MB/s

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces the OWC U2 ShuttleOne. This innovative "build your own" heat dissipating full metal adapter brings U.2 SSD performance and capacity to the mainstream in a flexible, easy-to-use design. Performance enthusiasts, IT admins, M&E pros, gamers, and more can now use a readily available and affordable NVMe M.2 "blade" style SSD in a 2.5-inch U.2 bay. Whether you have a U.2 bay equipped server, workstation, gaming rig, or external drive, the OWC U2 ShuttleOne gives you access to a new world of storage possibilities.  

The OWC U2 ShuttleOne offers a full-metal housing that solidly protects your drive and data while providing cooling that's superior to adapters made with other materials. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne delivers complete drive reliability and takes your workflow beyond the limits. Small form factor NVMe M.2 SSDs can pack a powerful performance but swapping them can damage the connector and make the drive unreadable. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne lets you change your NVMe M.2 SSD at will in any 2.5-inch U.2 drive bay with the peace of mind that your drive will stay protected. This innovative adapter is fully certified and rated up to PCIe Gen 4, meaning the OWC U2 ShuttleOne supports your drive's fastest performance up to 8,000MB/s. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne can make your dream of mind-blowingly fast speeds a reality.  

The OWC ShuttleOne is built for many different tasks and lifestyles

Gamers: Change out game load drives quickly while keeping an extra heat source from resting directly on your motherboard by installing the OWC U2 ShuttleOne in an open U.2 2.5-inch bay or connecting it to a U.2 port on the motherboard a U.2 power/data cable.

IT Admins: Boost your bottom line and lower your server room/data center TCO by using affordable NVMe M.2 drives. This thermally efficient, easily swapped adapter will meet all of your drive-swapping needs with ready flexibility.

Performance Enthusiasts/System Builders: Add blazing fast, highly affordable storage to your computer's U.2 equipped bay. If you're building a system that has a U.2 port on the motherboard, you can create a U.2 enabled drive bay with a U.2 power/data cable. You can also use the OWC U2 ShuttleOne externally with a wide variety of OWC solutions that offer one or more U.2 bays.

Archiving/Backup: The affordability of M.2 drives and the OWC U2 ShuttleOne enables you to create fast-access storage archives for individual clients, large projects, and off-site data backups.

M&E Capture: Record it all faster, more accessible, and more affordably with U.2 capable digital capture systems. Now you can use a single drive without any particular card reader: experience faster performance, higher capacity, and a superior cost per GB ratio vs. digital media cards.

Ingest, Duplicate, and Ship to Post Workflow: Dramatically lower ingest time and cost with a single high-performance drive. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne will help you significantly reduce shipping costs to post-production by utilizing a U.2 bay-equipped PC or OWC solution on both ends of the workflow.

OWC U2 ShuttleOne Highlights:

  • Flexible: Easily install an NVMe M.2 SSD in minutes

  • Swappable: Protects your SSD connector from wear  

  • Beyond Fast™: Fully PCIe Gen 1-4 certified for today’s and tomorrow’s SSDs, up to 8,000MB/s  

  • Broad Compatibility: Use in 2.5-inch U.2 bays and OWC ThunderBay Flex 8, and OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 NVMe Interchange System

  • Optimum Cooling: Full metal housing keeps the drive running cool and throttle-free  

  • Worry-free: Up to 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty and lifetime support

"As the leader in U.2 storage, OWC offers the broadest choice of use options For All Computerkind™," said Larry O'Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC. "The OWC U2 ShuttleOne gives you the flexibility to retask an existing NVMe M.2 drive after upgrading or using a new drive with a higher storage capacity."

Pricing & Availability
The OWC U2 ShuttleOne is available now for $44.99 at 
MacSales.com.

July 7, 2021

AJA Announces New openGear® Fiber to 12G-SDI Converters

Pair of OG-FiDO 12G receivers support conversion from LC/ST Fiber to 12G-SDI; New firmware updates now available for select AJA openGear card models

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AJA Video Systems has expanded its lineup of openGear® compatible 12G-SDI Fiber Converters with a pair of new OG-FiDO 12G cards for receiving signals from LC Fiber or ST Fiber and converting those signals to baseband 12G-SDI. OG-FiDO-R-12G-ST is a Fiber receiver that supports single-channel conversion from ST Fiber to 12G-SDI, and OG-FiDO-2R-12G offers dual-channel conversion from LC Fiber to 12G-SDI. Both new models receive 12G-SDI signals from standard Fiber video sources, including AJA FiDO Mini-Converters.

 

“Fiber solutions are critical for facilities looking to reduce cable runs while also having the ability to securely send high-bandwidth signals very long distances, and we’ve witnessed a surge in demand from customers looking to upgrade to 12G-SDI infrastructures,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “In response, we’ve released two new robust and powerful OG-FiDO 12G openGear receiver cards – joining the OG-FiDO-TR-12G Fiber transceiver – that offer reliable conversion within a compact, high-density, rack mountable form factor.”

 

AJA’s OG-FiDO 12G cards offer unmatched flexibility and cost efficiency for Fiber to 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion, supporting extended cable runs (up to 10km) over standard single-mode Fiber optic cable. The OG-FiDO-R-12G-ST receiver is a single-channel converter for Single Mode ST Fiber to 12G-SDI conversion. For dual-channel conversion, the OG-FiDO-2R-12G receiver offers two independent channels of LC Fiber to 12G-SDI conversion. Both new models feature industry-wide compatibility with OG-X-FR, OG-3-FR, and DFR-8321 openGear frames, with a compact form factor allowing up to 10 cards per frame. AJA’s OG-FiDO 12G cards are hot-swappable, support HDR video, and feature automatic detection and reclocking. Support for Ross DashBoard software enables convenient remote status monitoring on a Windows, macOS, or Linux computer on a local network. All models are backed by AJA’s industry-leading support and a five-year warranty.

 

In addition to the new OG-FiDO 12G cards, AJA has also released a collection of new firmware updates for select AJA openGear card models, including OG-ROI-HDMI, OG-ROI-DVI, OG-ROI-SDI, OG-HA5-4K and OG-12GM. OG-ROI-HDMI v1.3.2, OG-ROI-DVI v1.3.2 and OG-HA5-4K v1.5.3 introduce Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) emulation, enabling the user to specify the desired video format to the connected HDMI source. OG-HA5-4K v1.5.3 and OG-12GM v1.1.2 adds simple frame rate conversion capabilities from p60 to p59.94 and p59.94 to p60. For the latest audio workflows, OG-HA5-4K v1.5.3 adds support for embedded audio pass-through of Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus compressed audio, including Dolby Digital Plus JOC (joint object coding) for immersive audio. The new OG-12GM v1.1.2 firmware update also introduces PsF support for inputs and outputs. Additionally, OG-ROI-SDI v1.2.1 adds a fix for enhanced performance.

 

Pricing and Availability

OG-FiDO-R-12G-ST and OG-FiDO-2R-12G are now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for $945 and $1395 US MSRP, respectively. OG-ROI-HDMI v1.3.2, and OG-ROI-SDI v1.2.1, OG-HA5-4K v1.5.3, and OG-12GM v1.1.2, updates are now available as free downloads from AJA’s support page. For more information on AJA’s full lineup of openGear solutions, visit: https://www.aja.com/family/opengear.

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

June 3, 2021

AJA Releases Mini-Config v2.26.2

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Grass Valley, CA (June 3, 2021) – AJA Video Systems has released Mini-Config v2.26.2, a free software update that introduces a host of new features for select AJA 12G-SDI, 4K/UltraHD and other Mini-Converter models, including Region of Interest scan converters.

 

Mini-Config v2.26.2 introduces Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) emulation for all HA5-12G models, HA5-4K, HA5-Plus, ROI-DP, ROI-DVI, and ROI-HDMI, enabling the connected source to continuously output the desired video format. For pristine-quality audio workflows, the update extends pass-through support and compatibility with Dolby Digital Plus JOC (joint object coding) for HA5-4K and all HA5-12G models. Mini-Config v2.26.2 also delivers p60 to p59.94 and p59.94 to p60 simple frame rate conversion for 12GM, HA5-12G, HA5-4K, and HA5-Plus; loss of input management capabilities for the UDC and FS-Mini; and PsF support for 12GM, HA5-12G and Hi5-12G models.

 

“AJA’s robust, production-proven lineup of Mini-Converters offers unprecedented workflow flexibility across a wide range of production environments, and with the new Mini-Config v2.26.2 update, we’ve introduced a selection of critical features that further streamline workflows and help users produce and deliver the highest-quality video and audio for a seamless audience experience,” shared Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

 

Pricing and Availability

Mini-Config v.2.26.2 is now available as a free download from AJA’s website: www.aja.com/products/mini-config-software. For more information on AJA’s full lineup of Mini-Converters, visit: www.aja.com/family/mini-converters.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

May 25, 2021

ARRI expands the Franz Wieser Grant program

May 25, 2021; Burbank – Long a champion of supporting and promoting talented filmmakers, ARRI is pleased to expand the Franz Wieser Grant program beyond feature-length films, shorts, and documentaries. The program, which is open to filmmakers across the continental United States, subject to an application and approval process, will now be available to creatives in photography, live events, worship, and broadcast projects.

 

Created in 2013, the Franz Wieser Grant program gives qualified emerging filmmakers access to education and the opportunity to use ARRI’s award-winning products complimentary. Since its inception, the program has worked with a diverse range of talented filmmakers throughout the continental United States to offer creatives the resources they need to help bring their vision to life.  Past recipients of the Franz Wieser Grant program have gone on to be recognized for their outstanding films. Some of these
include:
Elizabeth Lo, Director and Cinematographer of “Stray.” Nominated for two Cinema Eye Honors Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film and Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, along with a Critics' Choice Documentary Awards nod for Best First Documentary Feature.
Star Victoria, Director of “La Ruta.” DGA Jury award-winner for Best Woman Student Filmmaker in West Region.
Brenna Malloy, Writer and Director of “Rocket.” 2016 Student Academy Award® and screened at more than 40 festivals in eight countries.

 

Last year, in collaboration with ARRI Rental US and Illumination Dynamics, ARRI expanded the grant program committing to provide the equivalent of up to $200,000 value in equipment to support talented, underrepresented filmmakers.


“At ARRI, we are committed to helping the next generation of filmmakers through education and support programs like the Franz Wieser Grant program. Last year, we expanded the program to further concentrate our efforts on supporting talented filmmakers that were looking for that stepping stone needed to launch their careers and now by expanding the number of qualified categories, and expanding the offerings of equipment, we hope to foster even more new talent,” says Peter Crithary, Vice President of Marketing and Market Development at ARRI, Inc.


Those interested in participating are required to submit an application to be considered for the grant program. The application process is open year-round, with projects selected several times each year. Projects are chosen by the grant committee and may be selected based on the details of the production proposal, script, visual style, concept, and more. Each qualified project receives support with a bespoke equipment package that may include the ARRI AMIRA, ALEXA Mini, Signature Prime lenses, ARRI LED lights including L-Series, SkyPanel, and Orbiter.


“Our goal is to challenge and inspire filmmakers to create the best projects they possibly can. We encourage you to submit your production proposal with as many details as npossible and wish you the best of luck,” says Ksenia Lappo, Chair of the Franz Wieser Grant program.


For more information on the program and past recipients, please visit our website: www.arri.com/franz-wieser-grant-program. The program is currently available in the United States only. 


About Franz Wieser:

Franz Wieser was the inspiration behind the grant program and an important figure at ARRI for nearly 30 years. Born and raised in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany, Franz first joined ARRI as an intern in the United States. Over a career that spanned 25 years, Franz built a reputation as a kind visionary, eventually becoming ARRI Inc.'s Vice President of Marketing. Franz was a significant force behind the industry's transition from film to digital and was responsible for greenlighting the original AMIRA Grant program. Franz passed away in 2019, but the grant program in his name will continue to honor his legacy of empowering filmmakers.


About ARRI:

“Inspiring images. Since 1917.” ARRI is a global player within the motion picture industry, employing around 1,200 staff worldwide. Named after its founders August Arnold and Robert Richter, ARRI was established in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries are in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.  The ARRI Group consists of the business units Camera Systems, Lighting, and Rental, all dedicated to connecting creativity and future technologies for moving images. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems as well as system solutions for the film, broadcast, and media industries, with a worldwide distribution and service network. The portfolio includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lamp heads, and lighting accessories. Along with offering exclusive technologies, ARRI Rental's first-class services and equipment provide camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions around the world.

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI's engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.

 

For locations and more information, please visit www.arri.com.

April 22, 2021

Four New Focal Lengths Added to the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Family

New Lenses for Artistic Imagery – with an Unmistakable Look and Consistent Flares

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ZEISS has added four new lenses to the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance family launched in 2019. The 18 and 135 millimeter focal lengths add telephoto and wide-angle specialties to the seven focal lengths available to date. The new 40 and 65 millimeter lenses enhance the standard range, meaning that the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance family, as a self-contained series, now covers all possible applications for high-end film production. With a maximum aperture of T1.5, all eleven focal lengths stand out for their high speed and allow the finest nuances of light to be perceived, even in low-light conditions.

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses offer a distinctive look with consistent flares that can be controlled at all times and used without compromise. The ZEISS T* blue coating was developed especially for this series to allow users to create this look across all focal lengths – without having to sacrifice contrast or light transmission.

“The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses began as a variant and complement to our existing ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses and have now evolved into a high-end cine set in their own right,” explains Christophe Casenave, responsible for the cine portfolio at ZEISS, adding, “their sophisticated, artistic design has been so well received by the cine community that we are proud to expand the line with four new lenses, offering a comprehensive set of focal lengths for all kinds of artistic demands in cine productions.” These include everything from blockbusters to auteur films to the new era of cinematic episodic television produced by streaming providers.

Among the first to use ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses was Emmy® award-winning Director of Photography (DOP) Dana Gonzales, ASC. For the fourth season of the iconic series Fargo, it wasn’t just the costume design, production design, and color palette that had to convey the look of the 1950s, but above all, the visual imagery. To portray this Kodachrome look, the ZEISS Radiance lenses worked perfectly for him.

Thanks to their versatile visual look, which is characterized by an extremely smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas and elegant bokeh, the lenses can be used in a flexible manner and for every artistic need. According to Gonzales, it is the pleasant softness that particularly sets ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses apart: “I use quite a bit of diffusion, but they are still very sharp with a soft fall-off, reminiscent of vintage lenses. I always embrace them and love the organic way the Radiance captures them. The flares always feel right and not forced.” Now, cinematographers can experience even greater creative freedom provided by telephoto and wide-angle focal lengths that are now part of the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance family.

 


Compact Full-Frame Lenses Equipped with ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology
Like the ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses, the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses offer all the attributes of a state-of-the-art cine lens – with an image circle diameter of 46.3 millimeters, they cover current large-format cine sensors and are compatible with current camera models such as the Sony Venice, the ARRI Alexa LF and Mini LF, or the RED Monstro. Incorporating a uniform front diameter of 95 millimeters and consistently positioned focus and aperture rings, they feature smooth and reliable focusing, simplifying the task of changing lenses on set. The rugged lenses’ average weight is about 1,600 grams (3.5 lbs).

The lenses are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology launched in 2017, meaning they provide frame-by-frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard metadata provided by Cooke’s /i technology1 protocol. This simplifies and speeds up workflows, particularly for VFX and virtual production.

Availability
The new ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance focal lengths are now available for purchase as a set of four lenses from ZEISS cine lens dealers. On the occasion of the presentation of the new focal lengths, it is once again possible to order the previous set of seven lenses or to exclusively purchase a complete set consisting of all eleven lenses.

Deliveries will start in Q3, 2021.

For more information, please visit
www.zeiss.com/cine/radiance.

1: /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission.

April 21, 2021

OWC Announces Innovative Storage and Connectivity Solutions For New iPad Pro and iMac

Expand your storage and connectivity capabilities with a wide range of products from OWC

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces storage and connectivity solutions product line up for the new Apple iPad Pro and iMac models.

 

When it comes to the new iPad Pro, OWC has some fantastic storage solutions. The OWC Envoy Pro FX universal compatible Thunderbolt and USB Portable SSD is a top choice and answer for external iPad Pro storage. With speeds ranging up to 2800MB/s, the OWC Envoy FX is built like a tank with dust/drop/waterproof certification. You can transfer gigabytes of data in seconds anywhere, making it the perfect solution for iPad Pro with Thunderbolt and USB-C iPad models as well.

 

For connectivity, OWC offers a range of dock and cable solutions to help you build the perfect on-the-go or at-home workstation for iPad Pro. For the complete connectivity solution, OWC has you covered with the OWC Thunderbolt Dock. With the OWC Thunderbolt Dock, you can now have four Thunderbolt ports, plus four USB ports, as well as an SD reader, Gigabit Ethernet, and a combo audio in/out. You gain convenient access for all of your essential Thunderbolt and USB devices through a single cable to your iPad Pro. The OWC Thunderbolt Hub expands the number of Thunderbolt ports available on an iPad Pro. Through a single Thunderbolt port, you can connect and charge any device with a USB-C or USB-A connector with this compact hub. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E reduces the hassle of adapter and dongle heft while expanding your connectivity options with six essential ports: USB 3 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, SD card reader, and all new Gigabit Ethernet, and USB-C 100W power pass-through. The compact OWC USB-C Travel Dock E lets you transform any location through its integrated USB-C connecting cable, be it a studio, classroom, boardroom, or coffee shop, into a mobile office. Now that you have all of these connections, you will need cables, and OWC has you covered with the OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable. It is a plug-and-play solution that connects your accessories, drives, phone, cameras, displays, and more. 

 

When it comes to storage and connectivity for the new iMac, OWC has you covered, offering some of the most innovative solutions. For storage, The OWC Envoy Pro FX was made for super-fast file transfers taking advantage of Thunderbolt/USB 4 connectivity on the new iMac. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock is the perfect centerpiece for the new iMac. With dual drive bays and seven connectivity ports, including an SD 4.0 card reader, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock is the do-it-all tool that will organize your digital life. You'll have plenty of room to duplicate footage, create and manage archives, or render and process effects. Connect your favorite peripherals via USB ports. Ingest the day's shoot or drone footage with the frontside reader. When it comes to connectivity for iMac, The OWC Thunderbolt Dock, OWC Thunderbolt Hub, and OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable are solid solutions for expanding your workflow by adding more connections to get the job done and do more.

 

"As a leader in Thunderbolt integration and accessories, OWC is proud to offer these innovative solutions for the new iMac and iPad Pro.", said Larry O'Connor, CEO, and Founder of OWC. "In addition to giving users the ability to expand the number of Thunderbolt ports they have access to, the new ability to create separate chains and connect more devices from individual computer ports will revolutionize workflows for on the go or working from home."

Pricing & Availability
The OWC Thunderbolt Dock is available now, starting at $169 on 
MacSales.com
The OWC Thunderbolt Hub is available now, starting at $149 on MacSales.com
The OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable is available now on MacSales.com
The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is available now, starting at $64.99 on MacSales.com
The OWC Envoy Pro FX 240GB to 2TB models is available now starting at $199 on MacSales.com
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dock starts at $279 for the 0TB solution, available up to 36TB on MacSales.com

April 15, 2021

OWC Announces Partnership With Acronis

Tech leader to add Acronis cyber protection technology into OWC storage products covering file and folder backups, flexible management, and integrated anti-ransomware

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces partnership with Acronis, making Acronis True Image OEM software available on OWC storage solutions that include SoftRAID today and will consist of additional or all OWC storage solutions in the future. Integrating best-of-breed backup and recovery with AI-enhanced anti-ransomware technology, Acronis’ solution ensures that a user’s digital life is protected – photos, files, applications, operating systems, and the devices they're on.

Backing up and protecting data is critically important, yet too often the task falls to the bottom of the to-do list. Acronis True Image OEM is designed to complement a user’s existing workflow. And with modern ransomware targeting backup files and processes, it is the world's first solution to unify backup and anti-ransomware capabilities in one to ensure data is protected from accidents, failures, and cyberattacks.

From set and forget backups that run at specific times during the day, week, or month to backups created regularly as data changes, Acronis True Image OEM ensures a reliable copy of data is available for a speedy recovery. If an issue occurs, restores of individual files or the entire system can be handled in just a few clicks.

"OWC has partnered with Acronis to bring the number one personal backup software to your workflow along with industry-leading antimalware protection," said Larry O'Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC. "Adding Acronis True Image Technology to our OWC storage solutions is truly amazing. This partnership will tremendously add to our customers feeling their data is safe and protected for years to come."

The solution unites backup with AI-enhanced anti-ransomware technology, called Acronis Active Protection, which constantly monitors the system with behavioral heuristics to detect and stop ransomware and cryptojacking attacks in real-time. Acronis Active Protection continuously observes patterns in how data files change on a system, distinguishing between typical, expected behavior and those patterns that may signal hostile actions. The integrated solution is proven effective, stopping more than 600,000 ransomware attacks last year and topping testing by independent cybersecurity labs.

Acronis True Image OEM Highlights

  • Easy: Protect everything – photos, videos, files, applications, systems, and the devices they’re on in just a few clicks

  • Efficient: Create “set and forget” backups, while recovering and restoring files and folders quickly

  • Secure: Stop ransomware and cryptojacking attacks from harming device data, backup files, and the application itself

  • Upgrade option: Move to the full version of Acronis True Image and future versions to unlock additional cyber protection features at special discounted rates.

“The partnership between OWC and Acronis is a match made in heaven as the world’s only personal cyber protection solution Acronis True Image is now available pre-installed on the industry leading OWC storage solutions including SoftRAID,” said Alexander Pantos Senior Director WW Prosumer Channel Development. “Allowing OWC’s creative pros to use one solution to secure all their valuable data across all their devices – regardless of the platform – through a single pane of glass. Acronis True Image complements macOS Time Machine and Windows Restore functionality, and gives Parallels Desktop users the fastest, most efficient way to back up and secure their virtual machines. OWCs customers gain peace of mind that their data is safe and secure with proven Acronis cyber protection.”

Pricing & Availability

Acronis True Image OEM is available with the purchase of OWC storage solutions on MacSales.com. Acronis True Image Essentials, Advanced and Premium Editions as individual purchases are also available on MacSales.com.

April 12, 2021

AJA Adopts NVIDIA Jetson and CLARA AGX to Provide AI-Driven Developer Solutions

Integration introduces powerful tool set for OEM developers to build real-time AI and advanced image, video, and signal processing and streaming solutions for a range of markets 

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Grass Valley, CA – AJA Video Systems today announced AJA Software Development Kit (SDK) support for the NVIDIA® Jetson™ platform for edge AI, and the NVIDIA Clara AGX™ developer kit, which provides real-time artificial intelligence (AI) and imaging for medical devices. With the AJA SDK supported on both the Jetson edge AI platform and Clara AGX developer kit, OEM developers can intuitively harness supported AJA KONA and Corvid PCIe I/O solutions to develop robust, real-time AI and video imaging and streaming systems and devices that support 8K and 4K video capture and playback for a range of applications in healthcare, broadcast, virtual production, and beyond. 

 

An AI computing platform for GPU-accelerated parallel processing in embedded solutions, Jetson allows developers to envision powerful autonomous systems. Built on NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier, Clara AGX provides developers with an AI computer and software development framework for building AI medical devices that feature advanced image, video, and signal processing – from endoscopes to advanced surgical displays and more. With AJA SDK support for Jetson and Clara AGX, OEM developers using either can easily build AJA KONA 5, KONA HDMI, and Corvid 44 12G into their solutions to ensure reliable, high quality UltraHD/HD I/O. The integration also delivers AJA KONA 5, KONA HDMI and Corvid 44 12G compatibility for NVIDIA GPUDirect® RDMA. Incorporated into the Clara AGX developer platform via an integrated NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ GPUDirect RDMA GPU, the technology provides a direct path for data exchange between the GPU and AJA I/O solutions to ensure low latency and high throughput. AJA anticipates launching Clara AGX and Jetson support for additional AJA I/O solutions in the future. 

 

“AI technology is accelerating innovation across business verticals from medicine to media and entertainment and beyond, and is an area that AJA is exploring,” shared Bill Bowen, CTO, AJA. “By working with NVIDIA to integrate the Jetson edge AI platform and Clara AGX developer kit with the AJA SDK, our latest collaboration provides OEM developers with a solid foundation to more quickly and easily bring game-changing AI imaging and streaming solutions to market that support ultra high resolution video.”

 

About AJA KONA 5

KONA 5 is a blazingly fast I/O card designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows, whether working with 8K/UltraHD2, 4K/UltraHD, 2K/HD, SD, Deep Color, HFR and/or HDR. Supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 and 12-bit 4:4:4 color spaces for pristine imagery, KONA 5 provides the flexibility to ingest and output with 12G/6G/3G-SDI and monitor with a full-size HDMI 2.0 port. The bidirectional 12G-SDI ports provide immense flexibility for capture and simultaneous pass through, and with the appropriate software, multi-channel capture and streaming. For HDR workflows, KONA 5 supports VPID signaling for SDR/HDR Transfer Characteristics, Colorimetry and Luminance via SDI and HDR10, HDR 10 + and HLG for rich color delivery over HDMI 2.0. Dolby Vision. www.aja.com/products/kona-5-oem

 

About AJA KONA HDMI

KONA HDMI is a professional quality multi-channel HDMI capture card that packs a punch with advanced power and flexibility. Designed to meet the demands of a variety workflows such as gaming, streaming, VJ-ing, live events switching, vlogging, VR, post and broadcast, KONA HDMI boasts support for dual channel capture up to 4K/UltraHD 60p or four channel capture up to 2K/HD 60 and HDR video and metadata capture. KONA HDMI is also supported by both the AJA SDK as well as Video for Linux®, bringing developers multichannel HDMI ingest, switching, monitoring, and communication. www.aja.com/products/kona-hdmi

 

About AJA Corvid 44 12G

Corvid 44 12G is AJA’s compact 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card with four bidirectional 12G-SDI HD-BNC connections, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows. Corvid 44 12G is available in several configurations, including full-height or low-profile, with passive or active cooling. www.aja.com/products/corvid-44-12g

March 31, 2021

OWC Celebrates World Backup Day 2021

Today World Backup Day, the day we advise the world to back up their devices regularly. OWC is reminding everyone to back up their data. If you haven't lost data from an electronic device yet, you will. Having a backup means essential data and memories are retrieved quickly. There's no need to worry about a hard drive failure or physical loss of your devices to theft or damage. No backup? That information is gone forever. Rather than go in-depth on various backup strategies, our goal today is to demonstrate the quickest, least-hassle ways to back up Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch. 

Below you will find some of OWC's best solutions for backing up your files and more.

OWC Copy That

Whether you are a hobbyist out in the field taking nature photos, an influencer shooting daily videos, or a parent capturing that special family event, Copy That helps you free up internal storage space while protecting your valuable content. The process is simple: Connect your iPhone or iPad to an external drive. Select the media you want to copy and how you want to copy it. Then click the "Copy That" button, and you're done. 

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini

The new Mercury Elite Pro mini with USB-C is engineered to keep pace with your production schedule, from the studio to the office and everywhere in between. With bus-powered, plug-and-play connectivity, you can ditch those adapters, grab, share, and present your work in progress. In addition to USB Type-C connectivity, Mercury Elite Pro mini is also fully compatible with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Macs and PCs and iOS, Android, and Chrome OS devices.

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OWC Envoy Pro Elektron

Since the earliest days of mobile computing, there's been a standard user desire mantra: "make it smaller, faster, lighter, and rugged." Pocket-sized tiny, crushproof, dustproof, and waterproof Envoy Pro Elektron puts massive-sized personal and work files in the palm of your hand while pushing USB-C's bandwidth to the max so you can edit and save wherever, whenever with virtually any Mac or PC.

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OWC Envoy Pro FX

The first portable SSDs on the market were one small step in mobile storage advancement, often with limited capacity, speeds, and reliability. The Envoy Pro FX is one giant leap For All Computerkind™. The Envoy Pro FX portable SSD provides out-of-this-world performance and is the first of its kind universal Thunderbolt drive to work via USB-C and USB-A. Plug it into yesterday's and today's Thunderbolt and USB-equipped Macs and PCs. Plug it into tomorrow's Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 machines. You can even plug it into iPad Pro, Chromebook, and Surface devices. Imagine never having to worry about your external drive interface or compatibility!

March 30, 2021

AJA Releases BRIDGE LIVE v1.11

Update Delivers New Enhancements for AJA’s UltraHD/Multi-Channel HD Contribution, Streaming and Delivery Solution

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Grass Valley, CA – AJA Video Systems today released BRIDGE LIVE v1.11 for its high-performance UltraHD or multi-channel HD encoding, transcoding, decoding and contribution solution. The update introduces new functionalities including HLS input, VBR low latency, E-AC3 input, and numerous user experience upgrades for efficiently managing pipelines.

 

Developed in partnership with Comprimato, BRIDGE LIVE is a turnkey 1RU solution that makes it easy to move UltraHD or multi-channel HD video between uncompressed baseband SDI to/from a wide range of contribution, delivery and streaming codecs (H.265, H.264, MPEG-2 and JPEG 2000). BRIDGE LIVE v1.11 delivers a host of new features, including HLS input functionality for receiving HLS streams and bringing them into SDI baseband productions. HLS input supports both AVC TS segments for H.264 and the newly emerging fragmented MP4 standard for H.265/H.264. New VBR implementation allows for lower latency presets with algorithmic intelligence, and a new E-AC3 input supports Dolby Digital workflows. Additionally, pipeline upgrades include co-existence of different time bases, more efficient tools for managing presets, and REST API enhancements allowing calls for individually starting and stopping pipelines.

 

“HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is one of the most widely used streaming protocols in the industry. Introducing new HLS input capabilities to BRIDGE LIVE is a highly sought after feature, enabling users to integrate high-quality HLS contributions into SDI ecosystems,” stated Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “BRIDGE LIVE v1.11 delivers new features that build on its robust, enterprise-level video processing power to further empower and simplify contribution and streaming workflows.”

 

Pricing and Availability

BRIDGE LIVE v1.11 is available now for download from AJA’s website. The latest update comes standard with all newly purchased BRIDGE LIVE units and is also available to existing users with an active maintenance agreement. Customers without a maintenance agreement can access bug fixes within v1.11 but will not receive new feature access. BRIDGE LIVE is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network starting at $14,995 US MSRP. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/products/bridge-live.

 

About BRIDGE LIVE

Developed in cooperation with streaming software experts Comprimato, BRIDGE LIVE is a turnkey solution built for critical streaming and contribution applications with high performance 12G-SDI video encoding/decoding, stream-based transcoding, with flexible 12G-SDI I/O, comprehensive metadata and closed caption support, all within a compact 1RU form factor with redundant power supplies. www.aja.com/products/bridge-live.

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

March 2, 2021

AJA Releases Desktop Software v16

Free Update Introduces HDR Signaling over SDI, Expanded IP Video Support and Increased Hardware Compatibility for KONA, Io and the new T-TAP Pro

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Grass Valley, CA – AJA Video Systems has released Desktop Software v16, a free update that introduces powerful new features to AJA’s lineup of KONA, Io and T-TAP products, such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) signaling over SDI, expanded IP video functionality, support for the just announced T-TAP Pro Thunderbolt™ 3 output device, and increased compatibility with the latest hardware and operating systems. 

 

Desktop Software v16 includes compatibility updates for the latest macOS®, Windows® and Linux® operating systems, including support for macOS 11.x Big Sur, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Redhat/CentOS 8 and continuing support for Windows 10 updates. Desktop Software v16 enhances and expands support for high-end computer hardware, including certified compatibility of AJA PCIe cards and Thunderbolt devices with the 2019 Mac Pro and AJA PCIe card support for Supermicro X11DAI, X11SPA+TF and X11DPG. For IP video workflows, v16 also increases compatibility with NMOS compliant devices by updating to NMOS 1.3 and adds improved troubleshooting capabilities with new LLDP support for KONA IP, Io IP and Avid ArtistTM | DNxIPTM.

 

With Desktop Software v16, HDR over SDI is available on select AJA KONA and Io products, and the new T-TAP Pro device. The included AJA Control Panel software features a redesigned HDR tab, offering controls for HDR to be signaled via both SDI and HDMI simultaneously. New HDR capabilities for AJA Control Room and AJA Control Panel include the addition of HDR metadata capture and HDR auto playback detection for ease of use for critical monitoring applications. To further streamline AJA’s leading 8K workflows, the v16 update also adds KONA 5 8K monitoring and output capabilities for Apple® Final Cut Pro® and Avid® Media Composer®.

 

Additionally, the new AJA Software Development Kit (SDK) v16 for OEM Developer Partners is also available and targeted at simplifying encoding and high-end 12-bit/HDR workflows. SDK v16 introduces 12-bit workflow enhancements for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G, including support for Color Space Conversion and LUTs when working with 12-bit material. New KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G 8K bit file updates provide developers with access to 3G multi-link options, in addition to 12G, plus new 4:2:0 planar support for encoding solutions, saving time and money through the enablement of direct capture or output of 4:2:0 material without requiring transcoding.

 

“AJA has the most comprehensive toolset for leading creative software applications, and with our latest Desktop Software v16 update, we’ve continued to add powerful new features that improve the reliability and ease of use of our KONA, Io and T-TAP products. Desktop v16 includes increased hardware compatibility and breakthrough features for creative pros who are working in the latest delivery formats,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

A number of AJA Developer Partners that have built proprietary systems and solutions for broadcast, post and AV applications using products like AJA T-TAP Pro, KONA 5 and KONA HDMI have already begun to take advantage of the new Desktop Software v16 features. 

Drastic Technologies CTO James Brooks shared, “Desktop v16, and the SDK version for developers, when integrated with our videoQC and FlowCaster products, allow our customers to transmit full HDR signaling at 4K from anywhere in the world to a local monitor for review. Systems including KONA 5 and KONA HDMI support HDR signaling in, while those with KONA 5 and T-TAP Pro enable HDR signaling out, with auto HDR detection simplifying settings for a more seamless end user experience. KONA 5 and the new T-TAP Pro pair perfectly with our dedicated Intel NUCs, and T-TAP Pro’s incredible output capabilities make it the only mobile device that can handle frame by frame, frame-accurate metadata to nearly any desired monitor.”

AJA Desktop Software v16 feature highlights include: 

  • Support for the new T-TAP Pro portable Thunderbolt 3 output device, featuring 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 for 4K/UltraHD on macOS and Windows

  • Expanded OS compatibility, including macOS Big Sur 11.x, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Redhat/CentOS 8, and Windows 10

  • Certified compatibility of AJA PCIe cards and Io devices with SuperMicro X11DAI, X11SPA+TF, and X11DPG

  • Breakthrough HDR over SDI support; VPID signaling is now available for SDR/HDR transfer characteristics over SDI on KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro

  • HDR metadata/transfer characteristics for capture and auto playback detection

  • New 8K optimizations for capture/playback on macOS, Linux and Windows, including KONA 5 8K support in Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer

  • 4K closed captioning support in AJA Control Room on KONA 4, 5, Io 4K Plus, and T-TAP Pro

  • ST 2110 updates on KONA IP and Io IP; NMOS update to 1.3 and LLDP support

  • Expanded functionality on AJA NMOS application

  • Dynamic FPGA firmware reconfiguration, providing rapid firmware switching

AJA SDK v16 feature highlights include:

  • 8K bitfile updated; added quad- and dual-link I/O via 3G-SDI and 1.5G-SDI (multi-link I/O) for 4K to the 8K bitfiles for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G

  • New 4:2:0/4:2:2, 8-bit/10-bit, 3-planar I/O, for integrating SDI 4:2:2, 10-bit I/O with 4:2:0-based encoders/decoders (8-bit or 10-bit)

  • New 12-bit workflow enhancements for KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G

  • New custom HANC playout capability with KONA 5 and Corvid 44 12G

Pricing and Availability

AJA Desktop Software v16 and SDK v16 are now available as a free download from AJA’s support page.

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

 

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March 2, 2021

AJA Announces T-TAP Pro

Compact Thunderbolt™ 3 Device Supports up to 4K/UltraHD Output over 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0, Empowering Video Professionals to Produce High-End Content from any Location

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Grass Valley, CA - AJA Video Systems has unveiled T-TAP Pro, a compact, silent, and portable Thunderbolt™ 3-connected device that simplifies 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD/SD monitoring and output over 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on compatible Mac® or PC computers. Ideal for a range of production scenarios, T-TAP Pro provides high-quality video monitoring, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for high frame rate (HFR) and large raster workflows from a Thunderbolt 3 host system.

 

“T-TAP Pro was developed for production professionals who require the highest quality video output wherever they’re working,” explained Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “This robust and powerful device enables monitoring and output of high bandwidth 4K/UltraHD and pristine HDR content directly from your laptop or desktop computer, with the power and convenience of a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.”

 

T-TAP Pro is a versatile monitoring and output device suitable for high-end color grading, audio mixing, editorial and visual effects, in addition to on-set monitoring and playback, that enables creative professionals to work efficiently from home or any location. Compact, portable, silent, and reliable, T-TAP Pro powers high-quality HDR and HFR video monitoring up to 4K/UltraHD over 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 from any supported Thunderbolt 3-enabled Mac or PC. T-TAP Pro features extensive compatibility with popular creative applications for editorial, graphics, effects, color, and streaming, including Apple® Final Cut Pro®; Adobe® Premiere® Pro, After Effects®, Audition®, and Character Animator®; Avid® Media Composer® and Pro Tools®; and more. For audio workflows, T-TAP Pro features multi-channel embedded audio on SDI and HDMI, and a 3.5mm stereo analog audio connection that provides a convenient method for monitoring audio, enabling editors or digital artists to plug in headphones directly to the device or connect to an external analog audio mixer. 

AJA technology partners, including Colorfront, have already begun work to deliver T-TAP Pro support across popular broadcast, post and proAV solutions. With T-TAP Pro support coming for Colorfront Express Dailies, Colorfront On-Set Dailies, Colorfront Transkoder and Colorfront Streaming Player, Bruno Munger, Director of Business Development, Colorfront shared, “AJA’s new T-TAP Pro arrives at the perfect time, bringing great value to production and post professionals with an in-demand feature set and compact form factor. It delivers the advanced, high-end connectivity that our customers require when using our professional streaming player and other solutions on both laptops and small desktop computers.”

 T-TAP Pro feature highlights include:

  • Compact Thunderbolt 3 video and audio output 

  • Silent-running designed-in for critical monitoring environments such as audio mixing, screenings or on-set

  • 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for working with 4K/UltraHD over a single cable, with simultaneous output on both connections

  • Support for up to 4K/UltraHD/HD output over SDI and HDMI up to 60p

  • 10- and 12-bit uncompressed quality

  • HDR support for Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and HDR10, as well as Dolby Vision™ via the AJA Software Development Kit (SDK); HDR signaling over both HDMI and SDI 

  • Thunderbolt 3 single-cable connectivity on Mac and PC

  • 16-channel embedded SDI audio output

  • 8-channel embedded HDMI audio output

  • Front panel audio levels reference display

  • 2-channel 3.5mm headphone output with rotary knob adjustment

  • Broad application compatibility, including Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe® Creative Cloud®, Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, and much more

  • Included power supply

  • Three-year international warranty

Pricing and Availability

T-TAP Pro is now available for $795 US MSRP through AJA’s worldwide reseller network. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/products/t-tap-pro

 

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

 

All trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

February 18, 2021

OWC Announces The Only Universal and Fully Compatible Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable You Will Ever Need

One cable that can do it all - 100% compatible and certified reliable solution for interconnecting devices, and hundreds of millions of Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB4 equipped Macs, PCs, tablets, and phones

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal Drives, SSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces its next-generation connectivity solution, the OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable. Whether connecting accessories, power, video or even networking the OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable is universal for everything making it the only cable you will ever need. Connecting with USB-C on both ends, this cable is safe, certified, and always reliable for Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, USB 4, USB 3.2, USB 3.1, USB Power, Video, etc. And you get 100% of both the maximum power allowed and the full data capability supported from/between any USB-C port-equipped device and host.

No matter what kind of device or power level; be it a Mac, PC, tablet, or mobile device, the OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable never lets you down for your USB-C to USB-C connectivity needs. Contrast this with USB-type cables, which often carry no certification, have more limited and varying data speeds, and are not all rated and safe for the power level a system can demand. OWC Thunderbolt 4 cables take all the guesswork out for your USB-C to USB-C connectivity needs. Full certification for power and data capabilities provides peace of mind and ensured reliability regardless of what you need connecting.

From our research and first-hand experience, USB-C to USB-C cables are among the largest causes of technical support headaches. While many USB-C to USB-C cables 'look' and feel of quality, even being the highest quality USB cable doesn't mean it supports Thunderbolt or even high-speed USB-C 5Gb/s or 10Gb/s needed for modern USB-C docks and drives. This causes frustration, lost time, and lost productivity as devices fail to operate correctly, if at all, and with no apparent reason to the end-user. Using some USB cables for power connections is even dangerous when overpowering can risk excessive heat or worse.  

"With the OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable, you never have to worry or wonder if you have the right cable because it's a perfect cable for all of your C-to-C connectivity needs," said Larry O'Connor, Founder, and CEO of OWC. "If it fits your ports, it 100% does support. No other USB-C cable, other than one that is Thunderbolt 4 certified, can make this claim. As I introduce these new cables to individuals and groups, I can't tell you how many people have said they will be cutting all their other USB-C cables. Incorrect cable use is a real issue and headache we are excited to have solved."

OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable Highlights

  • 100% USB-C Compatible: connect to today’s, tomorrow’s, and yesterday's Macs, PCs, iPads, Chromebooks, Surface and other devices with a Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, or USB4

  • Certified for All Uses: enjoy lab test certified safe power delivery up to 100W of power, up to 40Gb/s of data performance, and up to 8K of video capability

  • Versatile Connections: connect any drive, dock, display, eGPUs, PCIe expansion, external SSDs, RAID storage, Power adapters, accessories, anything that goes USB-C to USB-C

  • Powerful: Certified safe delivery of up to the maximum 100 watts of power/charging from docks, adapters, and other devices that USB-C and Thunderbolt support.

  • Stunning visuals: connect up to 4K, 5K, 6K and 8K Thunderbolt or USB-C display

  • Guaranteed quality: 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty

Pricing & Availability
The OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable is available now for $27.99 in 0.8 m length on

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January 14, 2021

AJA Releases Two New 12G-SDI openGear® Solutions

OG-12GM enables 12G-SDI to/from quad-link 3G-SDI Muxing/deMuxing;

OG-FiDO-TR-12G provides 12G-SDI to/from fiber conversion with single-link LC connectivity

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Grass Valley, CA  – AJA Video Systems today announced the release of two new 12G-SDI openGear® solutions, AJA OG-12GM and AJA OG-FiDO-TR-12G. Featuring support for up to 4K/UltraHD content, OG-12GM is a 12G-SDI to/from quad-link 3G-SDI Muxer/DeMuxer, and OG-FiDO-TR-12G is a state-of-the-art 12G-SDI/Fiber transceiver. Both are designed for use in high-density openGear 2RU frames and compatible with Ross® DashBoard software for flexible device control and monitoring.

"As demand for high raster 4K/UltraHD content increases, convenient 12G-SDI solutions are critical to simplifying cabling and transport of high bandwidth content,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “In response to industry demand, we’re bolstering our lineup of 12G-SDI workflow tools with the new OG-12GM card and OG-FiDO-TR-12G transceiver, which feature industry-wide compatibility in openGear frames.”

OG-12GM is an openGear-compatible SDI transport converter that supports single-link 12G-SDI to/from quad-link 3G-SDI, two Sample Interleave (2SI) to/from Square Division (Quadrant) pixel mapping, and selectable Distribution Amplifier (1x4). It provides detailed timing analysis for validating alignment of quad-link SDI inputs via a unique timing analyzer that quickly helps to identify possible timing issues for quad-link signals. Ideal for critical broadcast applications where high-quality conversion and reliability are required, OG-12GM features openGear’s high-density architecture and DashBoard support on Windows®, macOS® or Linux for monitoring and control over a local network or remotely.

OG-FiDO-TR-12G offers unmatched flexibility and cost-efficiency for 12G-SDI to Fiber conversion and Fiber to 12G-SDI conversion with single-link LC connectivity, enabling long cable runs up to 10km for single mode. OG-FiDO-TR-12G is compatible with all certified openGear products and supports Ross DashBoard software for convenient remote control and monitoring over a PC or local network to further simplify production workflows.

Pricing and Availability

OG-12GM and OG-FiDO-TR-12G are now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for $895 US MSRP, and $1325 US MSRP respectively. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/family/opengear

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.

Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional broadcast, video and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

January 14, 2021

OWC Acquires LumaForge and Jellyfish Technologies

LumaForge to continue as an OWC Company, with team intact, to further expand production and server capabilities, solutions, and line up

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OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, announced today the acquisition of LumaForge, creator of the award-winning family of shared storage Jellyfish solutions and its support of the ultra-reliable video workflow server that connects content creators, editors, colorists, graphic artists, and sound mixers. The Jellyfish product line adoption further establishes OWC as the provider of the most reliable storage workflow solutions available for both existing OWC and LumaForge customers and new.

 

The LumaForge Jellyfish product family consists of Jellyfish Mobile: The first plug-and-play video workflow server that comes with a handle. Jellyfish Mobile was designed to be on-the-go or, at least, out of the server room. It excels with teams of four to six editors working with 4K media on the road or at the office. Jellyfish Tower: Matches the ease-of-use and plug-and-play magic powers of the Mobile and is as powerful as something you’d find in your server room. It’s quiet enough to stand on its own in your edit bay and powerful enough to take on 6+ editors working with 4K media and beyond. Jellyfish Rack: The most powerful in the lineup plug-and-play solution, intended to live alongside all your other fancy server room equipment. Jellyfish Rack is the preferred solution for ultra-high-bandwidth connectivity (25GbE/50GbE) and can seamlessly merge into the most complex enterprise network environments.All existing customers will be receiving direct communication regarding their support and upgrade paths within the coming weeks.

 

“I am excited to welcome the amazing LumaForge team and solutions into the OWC Family. This acquisition both strengthens our enterprise/server storage capabilities and enables an even broader lineup of solutions to serve the needs of video, photography, and music professionals with some really exceptional new offerings,” said Larry O’Connor, OWC Founder & CEO. “Jellyfish and LumaForge customers will continue receiving the support and development, while this trusted technology will flourish and have a whole new level of support and engagement within the OWC family.”

“There’s no better home for our team and technology than OWC. A legendary brand with a reputation for great products and support that countless people depend on every day,” said Josh Minney, CEO, LumaForge. “We’ve always admired what Larry and his team have built, and we are all excited to actually be a part of it.”

January 11, 2021

OWC Announces High-Powered 6 Port USB-C Travel Dock E for Macs, PCs, iPads, Tablets, or Phones

The best mini-sized dock to connect, charge, display, network, and import on-the-go through one cable

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of MemoryExternal DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutionsand performance upgrade kits

 announces its next-generation mobile connectivity solution, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E. It reduces the hassle of adapter and dongle heft while expanding your connectivity options with six essential ports: USB 3 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, SD card reader, and all new Gigabit Ethernet, and USB-C 100W power pass-through. Through its integrated USB-C connecting cable, the compact Travel Dock E lets you transform any location, be it a studio, classroom, boardroom, or coffee shop, into a mobile office. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E gives you the ability to connect, charge, display, and import at will with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, tablets, and phones.

Based on the original award-winning OWC Travel Dock, the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock E offers fast and reliable sharing, streaming, and surfing. Nothing can quash productivity faster than slow, low-quality Wi-Fi, but the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E isn't going to let you down. Its Gigabit Ethernet port has an industry-standard connector so that you can plug in anywhere for a speedy server connection, uninterrupted downloads, and reliable file transfers.

Unlike other mini docks that sacrifice usability to remain portable, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E packs a heavyweight punch akin to a desktop dock. This compact dock is about the size and weight of a hockey puck, and it can be used via bus power when you don't have access to an outlet. Or, connect a USB-C power adapter to the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E USB-C power delivery port to charge your device with up to 100W of power on the go or when working from home.

When finished using the OWC USB-C Travel Dock E, you can safely disconnect it in one click with the free OWC Dock Ejector software. The OWC Dock Ejector was designed by OWC hardware and software engineers to ensure all data is written to one or more connected drives before disconnection, saving time and protecting against data loss.

OWC USB-C Travel Dock E Highlights

  • Make a powerful presentation on a 4K HDMI display

  • Share, stream, and surf quickly and reliably fast with standard RJ45 Ethernet 1000BT networking

  • Transfer files with storage devices in a blink of an eye

  • Charge up small mobile devices for on-the-go use

  • Ingest photos and movies directly from media cards with the SD card reader

  • Enjoy the convenience of a full-sized keyboard or mouse with your notebook

  • Connect it to Macs, PCs, iOS, Android, and Chrome devices

  • 2 Year OWC Limited Warranty and lifetime US-based support  

 

"We are so proud to keep the OWC Travel Dock product family going strong," said Larry O'Connor, CEO, and Founder of OWC. "The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E is a great update to an award-winning product."

Pricing & Availability

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock E will be available Q1 2021 in Space Gray for $64.99 at 
MacSales.com. The customer-favorite and award-winning OWC USB-C Travel Dock continues to be available as well. Users can choose from four colors to best complement their gear and get connected to notebooks, displays, and more as needed on the go. Starting at only $54.99, this Travel Dock is fully compatible with all Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs & PCs.

December 8, 2020

OWC Announces Copy That App for iOS and iPadOS

Take control of your content, copy multiple photos and videos with ease, and added security

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OWC®, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of Memory, External DrivesSSDsMac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits announces OWC Copy That, an app that lets you easily copy photos and videos from your iPhone / iPad directly to external storage devices. It gives you the ability to select what you want to copy, where you want to copy, and how you want to copy your data and is available now for iOS and iPadOS.

With Copy That, OWC has taken the guesswork out of data backup. The process is simple. Connect your iPhone or iPad to an external drive. Select the type of media you want to copy and how you want to copy it. Then click the "Copy That" button, and you're done. Whether you are a hobbyist out in the field taking nature photos, an influencer shooting daily videos, or you're just an enthusiast taking family pictures, OWC Copy That lets you free up storage on your device, duplicate and protect your valuable data.

   

OWC Copy That includes smart copy functions that streamline the copy process. You can exclude screenshots and selfies and decide what you want to do with existing files. OWC Copy That puts you in control of your data. These settings are sticky. Once they are set, they become your default settings until you change them. This makes it a breeze to copy files in batches whenever you need. No longer do you have to click and click to copy photos and video. OWC Copy That makes the process quick and easy.

OWC Copy That Highlights

  • More room: transferring photos and videos to an external drive frees up space on devices enabling space for additional apps and OS upgrades 

  • Extends use life: great for limited storage space older iOS devices 

  • Effortless sharing: external drives make it much easier to share files with desktops, laptops, and other users 

  • Copy Anywhere: transfer files to almost any destination including attached external storage, even network shares 

  • Duplicate with ease: once data is copied to external storage, data duplication and backups are easier and faster 

  • Works with iOS and iPadOS


"As a leader in the storage space, it makes sense that we would expand OWC's years of data knowledge and offer this innovative iOS app into our product family," said Larry O'Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC. "Coping data is just not as easy as it should be until now. OWC Copy That takes the guesswork out of selecting and copying various files, photos, etc., from Apple iOS devices. A product many of us at OWC have wanted, and we believe you do too."

Pricing & Availability
OWC Copy That is available now for free in the 
App Store. At launch In-app, purchases will be discounted for a limited time priced at $.99 and will move to $2.99. The special price is valid through the end of the year. In-app purchases will include Verified Copy, a more secure way to copy, verify copies of data by comparing to originals and Delete From Device, the ability to delete items from the iPhone or iPad.  

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October 20, 2020

A Cinematographers’ Tribute to the
Photography of the Incredible Douglas Kirkland
Wednesday, October 28, 11am PDT

CineGear Expo pays tribute to Douglas Kirkland in a special ON AIR presentation on October 28, 2020. The unassuming still photographer is known worldwide for his iconic imagery of famous artists from Man Ray to Coco Chanel to Andy Warhol, and musicians from Frank Sinatra to Mick Jagger to Diana Ross. His extensive portfolio of actors’ mportraiture is unmatched: Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elle Fanning to name just a few. He has captured countless filmmaking pioneers like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Oliver Stone, and James Cameron—whose work has impacted the art of motion pictures.

This ON AIR presentation pays homage to Kirkland’s 250 black and white portraits of cinematographers shot captured over the past 30 years for Kodak’s On Film ad mcampaign. What better way to honor Kirkland than to see his work and to hear from a select few of his subjects as they recall the first time he photographed them?

Hosted by Richard Crudo ASC, the ON AIR panel of renowned cinematographers includes: Steven Poster ASC, James Chressanthis ASC, Nancy Schreiber ASC, George Spiro Dibie ASC, Dante Spinotti ASC, AIC, Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Vittorio Storaro ASC, AIC, Don McAlpine ACS, ASC, and Reed Morano, ASC, DGA. Kirkland, his dynamic wife/partner Françoise, as well as son, director Mark Kirkland, join the conversation from the Kirkland studio.

The one-hour program, available on Wednesday, October 28th at 11 am PDT, will include photos, footage and classic conversation about Douglas Kirkland as he enjoys mhis sixth decade as a still photographer. To RSVP for this free CineGear event visit: https://www.cinegearexpo.com/cinegear-on-air/douglas-kirkland-the-cinematographers/

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September 23, 2020

CineGear Goes Virtual for 2020 Film Series Competition

Participate Free via phone, tablet, computer or connected TV

Cine Gear Expo announces a rousing virtual lineup for their much-anticipated annual Film Series Competition to be held at 12 noon, Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Like the Expo’s successful in-person events, online guests will be treated to a full schedule of curated finalist films including Independent Shorts, Music Video/Commercials and Student Shorts with submissions from AFI, USC, & London Film Schools. Following the screenings, CineGear guest host, Jay Holben, will moderate a spirited online networking event, complete with trivia questions, prize give-aways, lively chat and more. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film in each category that will be tallied with the selections of CineGear’s independent team of industry judges. Next comes the Award Presentation when winners will receive filmmaking prizes generously donated by top industry tech and services companies.

Independent Short Film finalists:
Swimming, Director: Anna Chi
Sound, Director/Writer: Tawan Bazemore
• Second Team, Director: Ria Pavia
Stevie, Director/Writer: Eric L. Thompson
Godspeed MC/For God and Country, Director: R.J. Hall
Stormchaser, Director: Gretl Claggett
Waves, Director: Jane Hae Kim
The Entity, Director/Writer: Chi K. In


Music Video / Commercial Finalists:
Nice Shoes, Director/Writer: Jonathan Lawrence
Hey, Beautiful!, Director: Kenneth Ferrone
Chasing the Horizon, Director: Sasha A. Logov

Alive, Director/Writer: Carissa Dorson
Oo La La, Director/Writer/Producer: Frank Rogala
James Arthur feat. Travis Barker – You, Director/Producer: Timon Birkhofer
Stellar Moto Brand Commercial, Director/Writer: Iggi Ogard
About the Girl in the Trunk, Director/Writer: Lindsay Clift
Slant - With or Without You, Director: Vez Visuals


Student Short Film Finalists:
Día de Las Carpas- AFI Conservatory, Director: Joao Dall’Stella
They Won't Last- AFI Conservatory, Director: Portlynn Tagavi
Natives- The Peter Stark Producing Program, Director: Ramon Farrier
Tree #3- AFI Conservatory, Director: Omer Ben-Shachar
Our Home Here- AFI Conservatory, Director: Angela Chen
GROK SEE BLUE- AFI Conservatory, Director/Producer: Quinn Else
A Guide to Being Herman- USC Film School, Director: Sergio Zaciu
Furthest From- AFI Conservatory, Director: Kyung Sok Kim
Time Difference- London College of Communications, Director: Xuqin Sun
Pumpkin- CAL State LA, Television, Film & Media Studies, Director: Chris Collins

Join CineGear Film Series Competition October 3, 2020
Screenings: Noon – 5:17 pm PDT
After-Party: 5:20 pm – 6:20 pm

Free Registration and schedule: https://www.cinegearexpo.com/film-series-competition- virtual-event/

Registrants will receive detailed instructions and online links to enjoy full participation in
the CineGear 2020 Film Series Competition.

This year’s virtual festival is brought to you by CineGear Expo in conjunction with
AutoDCP and Sunset Magicwerks, LLC. Sponsors include: Driving Plates, Litegear,
Cush Light, Duclos Lenses, ENTTEC, Moss LED, OWC, Quasar Science, Azden,
Grosso Kresser Vineyard, Band Pro Film and Digital, Fotodiox, InkTip, LA NY 411,
Ledgo Technology Limited, Litra, Sigma and Matthews Studio Equipment. For more
information, visit
www.cinegearexpo.com

August 10, 2020

OWC Sending Customer Content to Outer Space on the Envoy Pro
Tech leader holding contest for artists of all genres to have creative content included on an

upcoming rocket launch to space and back

Woodstock, IL – August 10, 2020OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC dockingsolutions and performance upgrade kits, today announced that the Envoy Pro Thunderbolt™ 3 external SSD will be going into space – and returning – with a leading space exploration developer’s upcoming launch. OWC is holding a contest for creatives to submit their videos, songs and images for consideration, for the chance to have that creative content included on the drive when it is sent into space.


Entrants are challenged to show the team at OWC what they’ve created. Participants can submit a video, a song, image(s), or any other type of content they have produced using an OWC product. Entries should be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram calling out @PoweredbyOWC and using #OWCInSpace in order for all content to be properly evaluated by the OWC team. Posts should mention which OWC product was used in the creative process. Winners will be contacted by DM, so be sure to follow @PoweredbyOWC on those platforms. The contest will begin accepting submissions on August 10 th and will do so through August 21st.

All submissions will be evaluated by executive and creative team members at OWC. Selected winning entrants will be uploaded onto the OWC Envoy Pro and launched into orbit with the September 2020 launch.


Prizes:
One grand-prize winning entry will receive a 16” MacBook Pro, an LG 32” IPS 4K Thunderbolt monitor, and a specially-engraved OWC Envoy Pro. The top ten first-prize winning selected content providers will receive a specially engraved version of the OWC Envoy Pro drive. All winning submissions will receive a certificate of participation and a commemorative patch following the rocket launch and return. All prizes will be distributed following the launch and return of the rocket.


Contest Guidelines:
Contestants are asked to upload an original video or song between one to two minutes in length, or an image or multiple images. Show OWC your out-of-this-world work, and show the world why OWC solutions are the key to unlocking true creative potential. Guidelines for submission: all entries should be English-language content only, or if in another language, please use English subtitles. All voting results will be final, and the winners will be notified by DM, so be sure to follow @PoweredbyOWC on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Entering the contest is easy, just post content beginning August 10 th .

For contest details visit: OWC in Space. Key points are:

  • The opening date for submissions is August 10th, 2020. Entrants will need access to social media platforms in order to participate.

  • Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM Central Time, August 21st, 2020.

  • Winners will be notified by DM on or before August 26th, 2020 and announced on or before August 26th, 2020. Follow @PoweredbyOWC on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

 

"We have known for many years that our customers include some of the most talented and creative people around, and we want to give them the chance to have a part in this adventure with us,” said Larry O'Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. "OWC is proud to provide storage and upgrades that keep our customers’ content and creations safe for years, and we can’t wait to see the entries, get them on the space-bound Envoy Pro, and back here to Earth!”


Send your family into space…
In addition to the contest, OWC will also be sending photos into space! Open to everyone 18 and older, the photos can be of anything that is significant to the photographer – a family photo, a pet, a travel image, a selfie – something important that you’d like to share with the galaxy! The collected images will be uploaded to the Envoy Pro, and contributors will receive a certificate of participation following space travel. Images should be within community standards; OWC will not utilize nor acknowledge any images outside the parameters. Anyone submitting an image will need a verifiable email in order to receive certificate of participation. Images can be
uploaded through the OWC website.


Open to legal US residents 18 and over. Limit one entry per person. Entrants must comply with the submission policy. OWC reserves the right to disqualify any submission that does not follow the guidelines and content restrictions listed in the terms and conditions. OWC reserves the right to utilize every entry for promotional purposes. Winners will be notified via DM; be sure to follow @PoweredbyOWC on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Prizes are nontransferable and no substitution will be made. Entrants agree to receive OWC special offers via email. Void where prohibited.

For submission policy information please visit: https://eshop.macsales.com/service/ideasolicitation.cfm.


OWC respects our community’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech. However, in accordance
with our community standards, we reserve the right to reject all material that is obscene, offensive,
insulting, derogatory, defamatory, and intimidating to any and all classes of individuals.

 

August 6, 2020

OWC Raises the Bar on 2019 Mac Pro Upgrades with Inspired New Wheels Kit

OWC Rover Pro is the pioneering alternative mobility solution that installs in minutes

Woodstock, IL – August 6, 2020OWC®; a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company and one of the world’s most respected providers of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC dockingsolutions and performance upgrade kits reveals the new OWC Rover Pro – a toolless, patent-pending made in the USA design that allows users to add wheels to the 2019 Mac Pro in under two minutes. Factory-finish, matching stainless-steel housings feature 360-degree articulating wheels with non-marring soft rubber tread install and include stops to keep your Mac Pro in place and offer the freedom of mobility when needed.


Ingenious “Wheels On/Wheels Off” Design
The OWC Rover Pro is the innovative mobility solution for the 2019 Mac Pro. The patent-pending design enables your Mac Pro to go “wheels on/wheels off” in under two minutes while saving time and money vs the factory wheel kit.


Easy Toolless Install
No tools, no hassle, no worry: simply place your Mac Pro’s factory feet into the Rover Pro’s polished stainless-steel housings and secure with a few hand twists. When you’re done moving your Mac Pro around, the Rover Pro allows quick and easy conversion back to the factory feet for stationary use.


Smooth, Silent, Safe
Industrial-strength soft rubber tread wheels with 360-degree articulating rotation and low friction bearings let you move your 2019 Mac Pro silently and effortlessly on any surface. Pull it across the studio, rotate it under your desk for convenient port access… the Rover Pro lets you easily put your Mac Pro where you want it while safely preserving your floor’s finish.


Stays in Place
The Rover Pro includes wheel stops that prevent any unintended movement. When not in use, the stops conveniently clip to the casters so they’re immediately ready to help get the job done wherever you need to with a wheel kit built for rolling and securing a 2019 Mac Pro on any surface.


Highlights

  • Unique: patent-pending made in USA design

  • Fast toolless install: hand tightens in under 2 minutes

  • Highly positional: 360-degree articulating wheels

  • Smooth and silent: non-marking soft rubber tread wheels with low friction bearings

  • Elegant: highly polished stainless-steel matches the Mac Pro

  • Protective: vibration absorbing silicone rubber pad preserves factory feet finish

  • Secure: wheel stops prevent unintended movement

  • Quality: built to be the best and backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty

“The OWC Rover Pro Wheels Kit is one of the most creative accessories we’ve been able to develop for the 2019 Mac Pro, this is fun with a purpose,” said OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor. “Even going beyond the alternative wheel offerings, we are proud to have this made in the USA design to offer our customers another option, one that saves money, is designed for quick and easy installation, and complements their machine. At OWC, we’ve always been about helping our customers get the most out of whatever machine they are using, inside and out, and for us this is a logical continuation of that mandate.”


The OWC Rover Pro is available to order now with special limited-time pricing at MacSales.com, and will begin shipping in September.

July 16, 2020

OWC Speeds Up Productivity 10X with Updated Thunderbolt™ 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

Bus-powered portable adapter gives Thunderbolt™ 3-equipped Macs and PCs with no or slow Ethernet connectivity 900MB/s real-world speed to reduce transfer times from minutes to seconds

WOODSTOCK, IL – July 16, 2020OWC®; a leading