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Platform1 2015 – Wed 10th June

By |May 6th, 2015|

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Avid ISIS I 1000: 9 Good Reasons to Invest Now

By |May 15th, 2015|

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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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 required […]

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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 critical, […]


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 broken down […]

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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 […]

Root6 SI featured in Broadcast Film & Video magazine (twice!)

By |January 12th, 2015|

Broadcast Film & Video have done a couple of articles on Root6’s SI offerings;

Our thoughts on broadcast and post systems integration as a PDF here
What it means to be a “value-added systems integrator”

Imagen 3.4 Released

By |January 6th, 2015|

Cambridge Imaging have just launched version 3.4 of Imagen, the off the shelf end-to-end secure video hosting platform for archiving & publishing media via a customisable website. […]

Merry Christmas!

By |December 19th, 2014|

Wishing you a very merry, relaxing Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous new year!

The root6 office will be closed from midday on Tuesday 24th December and will reopen on Monday, 5th January 2015. However, there will be a skeleton crew available, monitoring both sales@root6.com and support@root6.com and the out-of-hours support pager service can be reached on 020 […]

Adam Lewiston joins root6

By |December 4th, 2014|

Adam Lewiston has joined the pre-sales engineering team at re-seller and systems integrator root6. An honours graduate in Media and Production Management, Lewiston has considerable industry experience in workflow design. He joins root6 from Tyrell where he served as Technical Director following a senior engineering role at Altered Images as Avid product specialist.

Media Composer | Software (v8.2) Qualified with Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)

By |November 26th, 2014|

Avid is pleased to announce qualification of Apple’s Mac OSX Yosemite (v10.10) with Media Composer | Software (v8.2) including systems with the Symphony option.   

Software Version Requirements Media Composer | Software v8.2

It is important to note that customers with dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a […]

Suite TV first in the UK to order Avid’s ISIS | 2500 high-performance nearline storage

By |November 25th, 2014|

Post production house Suite TV will be the first in the UK to order Avid’s ISIS | 2500 high-performance nearline storage. The new system, designed to complement the manufacturer’s popular ISIS online storage, will be installed by re-seller root6 at Suite’s Newman Street facility in December.

Rick Halsall, Technical Director of Suite TV said, “With the […]

Digital path & SDi does not colour-accurate pictures make…

By |November 19th, 2014|

Recent years have seen many prosumer camcorders with HDMI outputs so that you can get access to the uncompressed RGB sensor output rather than having to make do with the H.264 (typically) encoded Y, Cb, Cr data (from the flash or disk-based recorder). […]

Near synchronous video over UDP/IP with Sony's NXL-IP55

By |November 19th, 2014|

Just about the only things that caught my eye at the recent Beyond HD Masters day at Bafta was Sony’s IP Live system. This is a single product called the NXL-IP55 which puts four 1080i 4:2:2 signals over a gigabit connection – so modest 6:1 compression with a well-defined single field of latency. […]

What’s the best setting for Gamma with Rec.709 video?

By |November 19th, 2014|

 I’ve been calibrating TV displays for around twenty-five years and have always leaned on the BBC practice of setting peak white at 80Cd/m2 and the white point at 6504k. For all the decades of standard definition work a gamma of 2.2 has been used. This is required because television cameras don’t have a […]

Perceptual video quality and compression – PSNR measurements

By |November 19th, 2014|

Compression is a fact of life, there have only been two production VTRs that stored uncompressed video – D1 and D5; they are no longer used because they were both SD (and D1 was only eight-bit video). So, the vast majority of the material we handle is compressed and so there should be a way of quantitatively judging it. There three methods of numerically analysing how good pictures are, but for the most part and engineer or editor proclaiming “…those pictures look a bit soft” is what still passes for picture quality analysis!  […]

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By |November 19th, 2014|

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root6 to Open Glasgow Office

By |October 24th, 2014|

root6 is to open an office in Glasgow. The new venture will be run by industry professionals Alex Keane and Gerry McGachy, both of whom most recently worked at Picture Exchange.

“We have been thinking about how best to address regional business for some time,” said root6 MD Marcus Hume-Humphreys. “The opportunity to work with […]

root6 Appointed Reseller for Barnfind Technologies

By |October 21st, 2014|

root6 has added Barnfind to its portfolio of products designed to provide more productive operation in file-based creative enterprises. A Norwegian company, Barnfind Technologies AS has developed BarnOne, a signal-neutral platform that offers many functions and supports numerous different signal formats in one frame. This unique approach saves customers valuable rack space, power consumption and money.

The flexible design enables a dramatic number of functions to be supported in the same chassis including signal processing, distribution, routing, protection, redundancy, add/drop, pass, IP to ASI and ASI to IP conversion, embedding, scaling, service adaptation and optical multiplexing. […]

Tech Breakfast – "Pixit Media PixStor & FlavourSys Strawberry"

By |October 21st, 2014|

8:30 for 9am, Wed 26th Nov, Soho Screening Rooms
This month’s breakfast meeting for broadcast/post engineers takes a look two of the hottest products of the moment, Pixmedia’s PixStor and FlavourSys’ Strawberry. PixStor is a unified SAN and NAS solution that can guarantee performance to any number of file-sharing or streaming clients from within a single storage […]

Avid Media Composer 8.2 released

By |October 21st, 2014|

Avid is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of Media Composer® | Software. This latest update – available October 20th – adds exciting new features that creative professionals can use to accelerate their everyday workflows while taking advantage of powerful new tools […]

ContentAgent Gains AMWA Certification

By |October 20th, 2014|

ContentAgent, the workflow management and automation tool from ROOT6 Technology, has successfully met the criteria set out as part of the DPP’s Compliance Programme, and has achieved AMWA certification.

One of the first products to receive authentication, ContentAgent is already widely used to automate the creation, QC and delivery of AS-11 UK DPP files. At IBC, […]

OCICAT Adopts Network Storage

By |October 16th, 2014|

When indie Ocicat sought to replace its existing removable storage with a networked solution, simplicity and reliability were key considerations. Dynamic Drive Pool, sourced from and installed by root6, was the perfect solution. […]

Unified storage and network components deliver peak performance for new TV lab at York University

By |October 9th, 2014|

Reseller and Systems Integrator root6 met the challenge posed by a particularly demanding application for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at The University of York with the deployment of PixStor from Pixit Media.  BSc courses in film and television production and a new course for this academic year in interactive media required the facility to be re-equipped with a new storage area network. The new network had to be capable of supporting the extreme peaks of use involved when all  48 students in the FCP and Adobe-equipped lab are required to access the same clip simultaneously, and also cater for the high bandwidth required for uncompressed grading and finishing. […]

Ongoing Barnfind notes

By |September 19th, 2014|

As I get more familiar with Barnfind’s products I need to make a note of some of their gotchas!

Moving to Avid Media Composer | Software Version 8

By |September 11th, 2014|

Did you know that if you already own a copy of Media Composer software prior to version 8.0, you can purchase Avid Standard Support and upgrade to Media Composer | Software version 8 for £190 before December 31 2014? After this date, Media Composer software upgrades will no longer be available to purchase – if you require a later version at a subsequent date it will be necessary to purchase a full version of the software. Also, if you have Media Composer and an existing support contract with Avid which is up for renewal prior to this date you can renew for this price too. In both cases the £190 includes access to Avid’s Customer Support organisation as well as version 8 incremental updates as they are released by Avid for a year. Higher levels of support entitlement are also available if you require increased coverage above that which Standard Support offers.

At the NAB show in April of this year (2014) Avid announced the upcoming release of Media Composer | Software version 8 along with a new Licensing and Customer Support model. Once the version 8 release was available to users, several people were somewhat mystified and perhaps not a little disappointed that Avid would go to the trouble to release a new version of the worlds most used professional video editing software that was apparently so light in the new feature department.

One of Avid’s primary goals with the release of Media Composer | Software version 8.0 was to introduce the new licensing model. […]