DaVinci Resolve Social

By | 2017-04-13T12:57:51+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Events|

It's time for our next DaVinci Resolve Social. As well as your chance to meet up, network and discuss workflow and experiences of using the software with our experts as well as your peers, this time we’ll also have the brand new DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini control surfaces for you to try out. And [...]

Calibrating monitors for HLG-1.2 High Dynamic Range working

By | 2017-04-13T08:29:42+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , , |

We’ve now done a couple of Sony BVM-X300 (4k/HDR OLED panel) monitors for HDR-TV deliverables to the BBC. The Beeb are behind the Hybrid Log Gamma standard, currently at 1.2 for broadcast. It’s benefits over Dolby’s 10-bit version of their Vision HDR system (also called DolbyPQ) are many and rather splendidly the DVB as well [...]

Jigsaw24 and root6 join forces

By | 2017-02-15T10:37:35+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: News, Press Release, root6|

The UK’s two leading Media & Entertainment technology solution providers have today announced that they are joining forces. Jigsaw24 has acquired root6 to create the largest, most experienced and most awesome Audio and Video Technology services and solutions business in Europe. As the top two players in providing Media & Entertainment IT solutions over the [...]

Avid release Nexis 7.1.1 software update

By | 2017-02-13T12:45:54+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: Avid, News, NEXIS, Products, Support, tips|

Avid have, tonight, released a version of software for the Nexis storage systems that addresses the issue that causes Nexis systems to lock up if you attach a 100Mbps client to them. Here is the 'what's new' part of the release notes; "The Avid NEXIS 7.1.1 patch release includes an important fix for Avid NEXIS [...]

Is now the time to move your machine room out of your facility?

By | 2017-01-12T10:24:28+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Heading to here? We’ve done it. Let root6 help you to remote your machine room Is now the time to move your machine room out of your facility? While the New Year ushers in an era of largely unforeseen political uncertainty, in our industry, change is, as always, inevitable. The consumption of legacy linear broadcast [...]

Shape Avid’s future

By | 2017-02-13T12:46:54+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Opinion|

 When Avid set up the ACA (Avid Customer Association) there were, it is fair to say, a few cynics who thought it was just another bit of marketing puffery. Who knows; I may even have been tempted to look at it that way, right at the start. However, once I was invited to be a [...]

An Introduction to Avid | NEXIS (Part 4)

By | 2017-02-06T11:24:23+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Categories: Avid, NEXIS, Products, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is part 4 of a larger article intending to introduce the reader to Avid’s NEXIS shared storage system. Read part 3 here. In the earlier parts of this article I discussed some of the key aspects of NEXIS, discussed the NEXIS Pro in some detail and introduced the NEXIS Enterprise Engines. In this part [...]

An Introduction to Avid | NEXIS (Part 3)

By | 2017-02-06T11:24:23+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Avid, NEXIS, Products, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is part 3 of a larger article intending to introduce the reader to Avid's NEXIS shared storage system. Read part 2 here. In the Parts 1 and 2 of this article I discussed some of the key aspects of NEXIS that differentiates  Avid | NEXIS from its predecessors. In this article I will discuss [...]

An Introduction to Avid | NEXIS (Part 2)

By | 2017-02-06T11:24:24+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Avid, NEXIS, Products, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is part 2 of a larger article intending to introduce the reader to Avid's NEXIS shared storage system. Read part 1 here. So, where does NEXIS improve on Avid's previous generation storage systems? Avid|NEXIS takes several significant steps to improve on its previous stable mates. Here is an overview of what has been done [...]

An Introduction to Avid | NEXIS (Part 1)

By | 2017-02-06T11:24:24+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Avid, NEXIS, Products, Training|Tags: , , , |

If you were Avid and were looking to develop a shared storage product to supersede its predecessors, what would you place on the list of "must have" features and design factors? After hearing some rumours, I was thinking about this late in 2015 and I tried to imagine what the likely product would feature. There [...]

Tech Breakfast – “HDR”

By | 2016-11-14T13:17:26+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Wednesday 23rd November, 8:30 for 9am Soho Screening Rooms, Berwick St "Have you shot footage on a contemporary Canon or Sony camera using anything other than a 2.2 or 2.4 gamma? If so then you are already dabbling in high-dynamic range and the exciting world it promises. As UHD/4k resolution, Rec.2020 colour space and higher [...]

Blackmagic Design Van comes to Glasgow

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:34+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Blackmagic Design have loaded a customised van with all their latest equipment and are hitting the road to take it on a tour of the UK and Scotland. The van will be in Glasgow on Tuesday 8th November at: The Celtic Football Club from 10:00 - 12:00 Premier Inn, Pacific Quay from 13:00 - 17:30 Equipment [...]

University Challenge

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:34+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Case Study, News|Tags: |

Originally published in Broadcast Film & Video (Volume 20: Issue 10) A leading supplier of technology and services to the broadcast and postproduction community, root6 has also enjoyed considerable success in the academic sector. Co-founder and Sales Director Rupert Watson goes under the BFV spotlight to highlight how the sector is responding to current challenges. [...]

KitPlus Show at MediaCityUK, 2016

By | 2016-11-08T07:18:25+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Come and meet us at the annual KitPlus event in MediaCityUK on November 8th. We’ll have a range of technologies on show designed to streamline operations from ingest to delivery along with HDR & UHD/4K monitoring, we’ll be on hand to discuss how we can help with systems integration, technical support and training. The latest iteration of [...]

A Race Around Scotland

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:34+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

root6 were proud to have sponsored George Eyles and Peter Thompson (both from Deluxe) on their recent "Race Around Scotland" - an epic bike ride they endured in September, to support Spinal Research and Alexander Devine Children's hospice. The challenge involved cycling over 500 miles non stop, with the equivalent of riding up Everest and then [...]

Pro Tools | MTRX – AVID Announce New Audio Interface

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:35+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, News, Press Release, Products, root6|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

      Avid announce Pro Tools | MTRX a new audio interface for Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native systems completing the range of their existing HD IOs. Developed for Avid by Digital Audio Denmark, the Pro Tools | MTRX is a powerful multi-format I/O for Pro Tools with the same sonic qualities of DAD’s AX32 [...]

R&S VENICE 4K – put through its sporting paces

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:35+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Categories: Products|Tags: , , , , , |

R&S have added the next generation of VENICE to their lineup of broadcast hardware, the VENICE 4K offers Native 4K UHD-1 single file recording using the well-established Venice interface, providing a 4K UHD-1 Ingest and playout platform. The Multi-codec offering allows flexible workflows to be retained from the HD workflows when moved into the UHD [...]

IBC in the rear view mirror

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:35+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Events, IBC, News, Opinion|Tags: |

IBC has lived up to its usual annual billing with lots of announcements, acquisitions and activities. We are going to try and grab a outline or collection of the things that we think you shouldn’t have missed from both the big and small players. Acquisition headlines:  Black Magic Design (BMD) announced that they had hoovered [...]

Rohde & Schwarz IBC Wall of Workflow

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:35+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Rohde & Schwarz had a strong presence at this year’s IBC focusing on what they are well known for, ingest, mastering to encoding and monitoring to broadcast and test and measurement equipment for high-definition formats such as 4K. You couldn’t escape IBC without crossing any of these acronyms covering industry formats and technologies, IMF (Interoperable [...]

Ardis DDP at IBC

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:36+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , , |

The Ardis DDP stand seemed to have a constant stream of people at IBC this year. There also was a new tag line implemented “Here, There, Elsewhere”! So what did this mean? And where are Ardis going in the future. I had a conversation with Jan of Ardis to find out. The storage industry changes [...]

Empress EMAM at IBC

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:36+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , |

Empress could be found on the DDN stand this year showing off their intuitive and easy to use eMAM Digital Asset Management system. Empress original started life as a supplier of blank media to the US production and post production market. They quickly recognised that digital media was taking over from tape and that this [...]

AVID Pro Tools | S6 & IHSE Draco tera | S6

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:36+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, IBC2016, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Avid and IHSE GmbH both showcased an Avid Pro Tools | S6 console integrated with a Draco tera compact | S6 KVM switch at IBC, this year. Undoubtedly my favourite pick of this year's exhibition, this impressive solution is a game changer for all the Pro Tools | S6 users allowing them to instantly access multiple Pro Tools workstations [...]

On the approach to IBC 2016

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:36+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , |

IBC is nearly upon us, and the industry is readying itself for the annual pilgrimage to Amsterdam. Manufacturers have traditionally used the annual NAB show in Vegas to launch new products and features, and the IBC show in Amsterdam to actually ship or deliver those features and products to market when possible. There are exceptions to [...]

Stuck pixels on LCD & OLED monitors

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:37+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , |

Because they’re semiconductors (and pretty tiny ones at that!) the pixels on modern HD monitors can become “stuck” such that you get a dot that is either black or white (in the case of all three sub-pixels; R, G, and B being stuck on or off) OR a primary (or secondary) colour where less than [...]

EVENT – How Colour Science in Mastering Impacts Distribution

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:37+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Thursday 21st July, 11:00-13:00 Dolby, Soho Square Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience real world workflows demonstrated on the new R&S CLIPSTER Gen6, attached to Dolby's HDR Eclipse projector (the only one in Europe) - especially if you are involved in mastering HDR or content for Netflix, Amazon or other streaming services. Stephen Birdsong, [...]

Now Available: MediaCentral – Adobe Premiere Pro Connector

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:37+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Categories: Products|Tags: , |

Through the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is enabling Adobe Premiere Pro to connect into Avid’s production environment. By using Premiere Pro’s Extension Panel in conjunction with Avid MediaCentral  | UX , Adobe Premiere Pro users can now collaborate with Avid users on an unprecedented level. Customers can mix and match tools to fit their workflow [...]

Platform 1 – Scotland 2016: Seminar Recordings

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:37+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

root6 SI - Phil Crawley root6's Head of Systems Integration explores 4K, UHD, HDR and colourimetry ROOT6 Technology - Bill Baker Bill Baker demonstrates ContenAgent's automated ingest tools and workflows Avid Technology - John-Philippe Aguer A look at the announcements made by Avid at NAB 2016 Emotion Systems - Raphael Samad An overview of Emotion [...]

LTO7 arrives with the SXL

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:37+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products, root6|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Data tape backup used to be the preserve of IT and database admins, seeking to manage a so called ‘tier3’ backup and offsite repository for their material. In those days data tape systems were expensive, complicated, and generally uncommon outside of large corporates and government organisations. Fast forward to the modern world of file based [...]

Tech Breakfast – “Video Over IP”

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:38+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Wednesday 29th June, 8:30 for 9am Soho Screening Rooms, Berwick St Oliver Gappa,R&S, explores the evolution of Video-Over-IP, examines the options available now and highlights some of the pitfalls. Streaming video using Internet Protocols has been around years, it’s only been in the past decade that relevant technology advances have made it feasible to use [...]

root6 to be world’s first Avid Learning Partner to offer NEXIS courses

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:38+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: News, root6, Training|Tags: , |

We're delighted to announce that we will soon be the world's first Avid Learning Partner to provide Avid certified training for NEXIS. Personnel who will be responsible for planning, installing, supporting and administrating Avid’s new NEXIS shared storage system will be able to obtain industry recognition of their skills by taking Avid Certified training from [...]

Avid Offers

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:38+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Categories: Products, Promotion|Tags: , |

Avid have successfully launched their next generation storage, NEXIS, which has been very well received.  However, for customers who are interested in adding to an existing ISIS storage estate and who don't want to go to NEXIS just yet there are some very good special offers, available while ISIS stocks last. Have a look at [...]

An excellent little monitor

By | 2016-06-08T17:54:13+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products|Tags: |

It seems to be a thing for small on-set/camera monitors that they should have a hi-bright mode when being used in non-edit environments. The Boland BVB7a is an excellent little monitor and can be powered from the camera's 12v battery feed as well as coming with a DC PSU. It can take SDi (single or [...]

Phil Crawley to speak at 2016 HPA Tech Retreat

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:38+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, News|Tags: |

root6's Chief Engineer Phil Crawley has been invited to speak at the Hollywood Professional Association's (HPA) 2016 Tech Retreat to be held at Oxfordshire's Heythrop Park Resort in July. The HPA Tech Retreat, sponsored by SMPTE, is an informal gathering for those engaged in the many disciplines supporting the creation, management and dissemination of content [...]

NEXIS the next gen storage from Avid

By | 2017-02-06T11:25:08+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Categories: Avid, NAB2016, NEXIS, Products|Tags: , , , |

At NAB this year Avid announced a new software defined virtual storage product family, Avid NEXIS. Although billed as new, Avid invented storage virtualisation back in 1999 with their Avid Unity storage product.  Unity became a name synonymous with shared workflows and realtime collaboration. With NEXIS Avid extend this functionality and capability in a more [...]

BM UHD/4k converters – some gotchas

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:39+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products, tips|Tags: , , |

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/techspecs/W-CONM-17 I've used a few of these guys recently - Blackmagic's quad HD/SDi input to HDMI 2.0 output for taking the UHD / 4k (either tile or 2SI standard) and making something that will display on a 4k domestic TV. They seem to work quite well, but here are a few things that I had [...]

Platform1 Scotland 2016

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:39+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Glasgow – 25th May 2016 – Blythswood Square Hotel, Monte Carlo Suite, Blythswood Street Doors open 12.30pm. Presentations start at 1pm. Please join us for 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. As well as informative [...]