News, tips and info from the root6 team

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Avid Support Offer

By |November 25th, 2015|

From the 25th November for one month, you can reinstate Avid Standard Media Composer support through root6 for the reduced price of £320 ex vat. Stay current with the latest software and gain access to Avid support experts. Customers whose Media Composer Software license is not covered by an active Avid Support plan can upgrade [...]

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Automate-IT saves time and effort on trailer and promo versioning

By |November 16th, 2015|

We’ve recently come across an interesting piece of software for automating overlaid graphics on video.  Automate-IT enables the creation of graphics templates using After Effects then allows the templates to be populated with different text and images. Essentially this keeps the look and feel in the hands of the creatives but enables others to populate the [...]

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Tech Breakfast: “MXF for Engineers”

By |October 30th, 2015|

Wed 9th December, 8:30 for 9am, Soho Screening Rooms With the MXF standard now 11 years old, this complex and hugely powerful file format still continues to confuse and cause problems for even the most competent of engineers. However, MXF has a lot to offer, and if leveraged in the right way can become a [...]

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Understanding & Implementing IMF

By |October 8th, 2015|

Are you ready for IMF? The Interoperable Master Format, is an emerging SMPTE specification governing file formats and metadata for digital media archiving and B2B exchange. Initially pioneered jointly by studios and streaming retailers, IMF is designed to simplify the creation of downstream distribution packages by the standard interchange of interoperable master files and [...]

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Fibre infrastructure and CWDM developments

By |October 8th, 2015|

The most interesting things I saw at IBC last week were not software updates or new 4k workflow tools (save us from "workflow tools"!) but some developments from our good friends at Barnfind. Their current CWDM products top-out at 18-wavelengths on a single fibre, and if you need to pack more signals (synchronous broadcast; HD/SDi, [...]

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root6 launches innovative post-production software in UK

By |September 3rd, 2015|

We're excited to announce that root6 has been appointed appointed by New Zealand based Kiwa Digital to launch its recently released VoiceQ 2.0 voice synchronization software in the UK and Ireland. VoiceQ 2.0 is a streamlined postproduction cueing application designed to save time and improve accuracy with synchronized dialogue in films, television programs and games. Through [...]

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Avid ISIS 1000 is GO !

By |August 17th, 2015|

There is much eager anticipation here at root6 Towers; tomorrow is when our first shipment of Avid ISIS 1000 arrives. Such was our conviction that this was a winner for Avid customers, who wanted ISIS but did not have the budget for ISIS 5500 or 7500, that we placed our first order instantly while listening [...]

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Typical edit suite monitor calibration; some traps for young players

By |August 7th, 2015|

I spent the morning in a very typical Soho edit room with a JVC DT-V24-series LED-backlit LCD as the "front of house" monitor and an LG LED-backlit LCD as the client display. It's quite easy to get the JVC looking right - BBC style 6504k for Rec.709; I've waffled on about this a lot in [...]

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AVID ISIS|1000 – First impressions

By |August 7th, 2015|

At root6 we were recently privileged to be the first UK reseller to get our hands on the much heralded ISIS|1000 and held a couple of open days in London and Glasgow in July to introduce the technology to potential customers. Presenting the substantial workflow improvements that shared storage delivers, ISIS|1000 has a lot to [...]

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Colourimetry and Boland broadcast monitors

By |July 20th, 2015|

This morning I did a presentation for the root6 Tech Breakfast series entitled “Colourimetry, Calibration and Monitoring” - You can grab my notes here This is all to promote the new US manufacturer we've taken on; for my money their BVB25-OL ED monitor is the best TV display for under £10k.

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Media Composer 8.4, Interplay, custom rasters and a lot more

By |July 16th, 2015|

Over the last 12 months or so a number of Avid houses and smaller boutiques have moved their workflows onto the Avid Interplay environment. Although there are additional setup stages and more time involved in the client installation, this initial effort is more than rewarded by the subsequent benefits that working within the Interplay environment [...]

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First public UK demos for Avid ISIS|1000

By |July 15th, 2015|

Please join us for the first UK demonstrations in London and Glasgow of the new Avid ISIS|1000 entry-level shared storage system designed for use with Media Composer and Pro Tools, Adobe Premier and FCP X. Extremely cost effective, ISIS|1000 is designed to introduce the productivity benefits of shared storage to production companies, post facilities and [...]

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Clipster adds Civolution Forensic Watermarking

By |July 15th, 2015|

The latest Clipster version (5.10) features integration with Civolution's NexGuard forensic watermarking within the Clipster finalising tool. A forensic watermark is an image filter embedded into a video content. It provides a unique, imperceptible and non-removable identifier to help copyright holders detect illegal use and identify piracy sources.     Civolution's NexGuard provides forensic protection [...]

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Platform1 2015 Seminar Recordings

By |June 17th, 2015|

Thanks to everyone who attended Platform1 this year! It was a great turn out and the Seminars were really well received. Introduction & "Efficient File-Based Delivery" From the AS-11 UK DPP standard with file-based QC, through DCP creation and the new IMF, we examine the most efficient way to create file-based deliverables. "Working Remotely, for [...]

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ISIS & Interplay training courses in central London

By |June 17th, 2015|

We are delighted to announce that root6 has been awarded Avid Learning Partner (ALP) status and will soon start running training courses for ISIS and Interplay in a new facility at our Berwick Street offices. The ALP Professional level status will enable root6 to run courses varying in length from 1-3 days for editors, engineers, [...]

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Tech Breakfast: “Colourimetry, Calibration & Monitoring”

By |June 16th, 2015|

Wed 15th July, 8:30 for 9am, Soho Screening Rooms This month, our Broadcast Engineering guru, Phil Crawley, shares some of the knowledge he’s gained from calibrating monitors over the last 25 years, explores some of the latest tools and demonstrates Boland’s OLED grading monitor. As always the breakfast is free to attend but spaces are limited, [...]

Concerns Facing Post

By |June 12th, 2015|

Graham, Rupert and David share their thoughts on some of the challenges facing the industry. Graham: "It’s not an easy business and some struggle to remain profitable. Major challenges are the constantly changing formats, together with the adoption of file-based working and automation. Many companies see throwing people at the problem as the only viable [...]

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By |June 12th, 2015|

In 2013, the premier motor racing brand with a global TV audience of more than 400 million viewers looked to introduce file-based efficiencies into its workflow, eliminating some of the manual procedures to streamline its output. Importantly, they were seeking a solution that would fit in with the existing SDI infrastructure. During the 2013 season [...]

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root6 appointed UK reseller for Boland Communications

By |June 9th, 2015|

Leading LCD and OLED monitor manufacturer Boland Communications based in California has appointed London, Soho-based root6 as its UK reseller. “Soho represents the centre of post production excellence in Europe,” maintains Boland Communication’s international sales manager Gary Litwin. “So when we were approached by root6 at NAB we listened. They have considerable experience in colourimetry [...]

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PixStor installed at BBC S&PP

By |June 9th, 2015|

Pixit Media solution from root6 meets storage and network challenges for BBC Studios and Post Production Scale-out storage architecture specialists Pixit Media announced that BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP) has installed PixStor as part of a storage upgrade for its Digital Media Services division. The new PixStor offers BBC S&PP Digital Media Services [...]

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Avid ISIS I 1000: 9 Good Reasons to Invest Now

By |May 15th, 2015|

Linear from 20 TB to 80 TB HD, UHD, 2K, 4K Up to 24 Users 10 to 24 Network Ports Avid Support Optional ISIS = 10 Years Experience Starting at £13,000 Flexible Administration with FlexDrive™. Intelligent Load Balancing.

Upgrading Linux SOC firmware on Amulet DXip rack cards

By |May 11th, 2015|

I've banged on about Amulet a lot in the past - it really is the best KVM-over-IP implementation of Teradici there is. One of the reasons for this is their external DXiP cards and rack system that allows you all the benefits of Teradici without having to stick in a PCI-e card (either for reasons [...]

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Platform1 2015 – Wed 10th June

By |May 6th, 2015|

Platform1 2015 – Wednesday June 10th  The White Space, Great Newport St (near Leicester Square), WC2H 7HY 09.30 – 15.45 Once again we’re reprising Platform1, our popular annual one-day event addressing topical industry issues and how some of the hottest new technologies from NAB can help save time and money. They’ll be plenty [...]

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XenData X2500-USB LTO Impresses at NAB

By |April 29th, 2015|

Impressing at NAB was the X2500-USB archiving system from XenData which looks great for media professionals in need of a reliable and easy-to-use archive system for data wrangling applications or to create a managed offline LTO archive. Connecting to notebooks and workstations via USB 3.0, it’s an LTO-6 archive system that includes an external LTO-6 [...]

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Introducing Media Composer | First

By |April 12th, 2015|

Start off right using many of the same tools used by top filmmakers, directors, and editor absolutely free with Media Composer | First.  Get everything you need to create your best stories, from first frame to final delivery. Cut together clips with speed and ease. Add impact with stunning visual effects, transitions, and graphics. And [...]

Ever wondered which version of MC has which feature ?

By |April 12th, 2015|

If you need to know,or are just curious about such things, here is a matrix of recent Avid Media Composer realeases and the features that they do or don’t contain

Avid embrace VMs for Interplay

By |April 12th, 2015|

Without making a big song and dance of it, Avid immeasurably improved our lives yesterday. It may even mean that some of our engineers get to go home earlier and see their families more often.  […]

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Avid introduces ISIS | 1000  

By |April 11th, 2015|

Avid® today introduced the Avid ISIS® | 1000  shared storage system, providing independent video and audio professionals and facilities the same level of real-time collaboration proven for over a decade on the most demanding productions in the industry. Powered by the Avid MediaCentral™ Platform, ISIS | 1000 integrates seamlessly with Avid Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, and third-party tools including Adobe® [...]

Avid Announce new IO for MediaComposer, Adobe and FCP

By |April 11th, 2015|

NAB (Booth #SU902), LAS VEGAS, NV, 2015-04-11 The new Avid Artist | DNxIO, in combination with Media Composer software, gives video professionals a powerful, integrated solution for creating greater-than-HD content Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today introduced the Avid Artist | DNxIO, a hardware interface designed to accelerate high-resolution video production. When combined with the industry’s preeminent [...]

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New Tools for ContentAgent Unveiled at NAB

By |March 27th, 2015|

ContentAgent, the file-based workflow management and automation platform from ROOT6 Technology, will be demonstrated at NAB with its latest software, providing valuable new tools to further streamline file-based operations. New and enhanced features seen for the first time will include support for a wide range of new formats, including 4K XAVC, JPEG2000, AS-02 and more, [...]

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Nearchive – straightforward, effective archiving for Avid Interplay

By |March 19th, 2015|

Avid Interplay forms the core of many Post Production & Broadcast Facilities production workflows.  One challenge is the media cycle within the Interplay environment, using the ISIS storage to keep content online isn’t always the best option. Projects could have multiple resolutions. Would keeping the high resolution (DNxHD 185 for example) on the ISIS be [...]

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Backup versus archive

By |March 11th, 2015|

Knowing the difference and understanding what to do about it Although the transition from analogue to digital has been going on for nearly twenty five years, many users are still unclear as to what the difference is between the concept of a backup and an archive. In a nutshell, a backup relates to current information in use that is [...]


Storage Explained

By |March 11th, 2015|

Local Storage/Direct Attached Storage Typically this is defined as storage with no ability to provide any real-time sharing capability. Most common is the FireWire,  USB 3.0 or ThunderBolt drive, used for moving media from a shoot for example, but local storage is also used when bandwidth demands become too costly an option for shared online storage. Shared storage can be [...]

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BVE Highlights 2015

By |February 28th, 2015|

Thanks to everyone who visited us at BVE this year, it was great to speak to so many people and talk about so many subjects. Here are some product highlights: […]

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Play your cards right

By |February 26th, 2015|

Join root6 at the Look Listen Experience roadshow, the UK’s largest regional event for audio and video professionals, and learn how the latest technologies can make substantial time and cost savings when working with camera cards.
FREE Registration

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Vidcheck adds automated correction of PSE flashing

By |February 11th, 2015|

Vidfixer now also includes automatic correction of PSE flashing to ensure that files meet Ofcom requirements. It is no longer necessary to manually fix PSE errors, saving time and costs. […]

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See Dynamic Drive Pool V3 at BVE

By |February 11th, 2015|

Stand H16 Ardis Technologies will be demonstrating the complete V3 DDP technology on their stand (H16) at BVE.  The V3 technology with its web based graphical user interface comes standard on all DDP products; from the small microDDP to the large scalable redundant DDP. […]

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Visit root6 at BVE and Experience Smarter Working for Increased Productivity

By |January 26th, 2015|

BVE February 24-6 Stand J16 ‘Work Smarter’ is the theme of the root6 exhibit, where the integration of up-to-the-minute creative technologies from leading vendors will be deployed to illustrate substantially streamlined post production. A number of important new technologies will get their UK debut on the stand, which will highlight the hottest industry topics from 4K and UHD working, through IMF packaging to DPP deliverables. […]

Earth Leakage – in water!

By |January 12th, 2015|

I recently bought an Agilent U1191A clamp-meter. This is a piece of test equipment that can measure current flowing in a conductor without having to break the circuit (how you would if all you had was a digital multimeter). The jaws physically couple around the conductor in question and by induction you can measure the electrical current flowing in the conductor. […]

Why do manufactuers over-specify power requirements for broadcast equipment?

By |January 12th, 2015|

It's actually a rhetorical question and I'm glad they do. Most of the time I have to tell a customers' electrician and air-con contractor how much power (and hence how much heat) the machine room will be pulling/genarating. Most customers refuse to believe that 99.9% of the electrical power entering a server room/TV MCR leaves [...]