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Grass Valley Unveils Latest Version of EDIUS HD Editing Software

ImageGrass Valley ( continues to expand the reach and capabilties of its EDIUS real-time, multi-format SD/HD editing solution in order to help broadcasters and independent professional video editors streamline their workflows with increased speed, wider format support and imporved system efficiency. The latest version (6.0) includes the ability to work with both 1080p50/60 high definition and AVCHD content natively, with no transcoding required, and preview effects in real time.

"The new Grass Valley EDIUS 6.0 continues the tradition of delivering unmatched power in editing complex modern compression types, but goes a step further to help users focus on the creative side of editing," said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of Grass Valley.

UPitch App Helps Video Journalists Identify Trending Stories

ImageThere's a new app called UPitch that helps video journalists find and report on stories from around the world, in a wide variety of categories. It's now available on the App Store! Simply download the UPitch app (at, put in your industry category filter(s), swipe through micro-pitches (400 characters) and discover great news stories and/or products to cover. The UPitch app is free for everyone. It's a utility for journalists across all media categories to interact and connect with stories and news announcements from PR Pros, Businesses, Organizations and People. It enables journalists to swipe anonymously through concisely crafted pitches consisting of: headline, summary, 400 characters & images on an easy and convenient mobile platform.

Fort Hays State Teaches "Real World" Production With Avid

ImageFort Hays State University (FHSU), a thriving and diverse college located in Hays, Kansas, has implemented Avid's "Everywhere" platform to create an end-to-end media production workflow based upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform. FHSU is also an Avid Learning Partner school, offering Pro Tools and Media Composer certifications as part of their official curriculum. By partnering with Avid, FHSU is providing students with the hands-on training and certifications they need to compete for the industry's best jobs.  "Fort Hays students are given every opportunity to develop their skills, make mistakes, and get their hands on equipment in their first or second semester..."

Datavideo Helps Produce HD Titles In The Field

ImageA company in Whittier, Calif. called Datavideo Corporation has developed a new highly portable device that allows video journalists to use its CG popular software connected to this special device to produce their own on-screen titles and other effects with a laptop computer in the field. They say expensive, high-end graphics cards are no longer necessary for assembling a fine quality CG system. At, we couldn't agree more. It's done with a small title creator box called the TC-200, which is compatible with all of Datavideo'€™s CG software. The box accepts an HDMI signal from a laptop computer and can either downstream or upstream key.

Millersville University Chooses Avid for End-to-End Media Production Environment

ImageMillersville University, in central Pennsylvania, recently named 22 in the category of "Top Public Schools" among Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News & World Report--has implemented a complete end-to-end Avid workflow for its state-of-the-art media production facility. By choosing Avid solutions, Millersville University is helping students learn the industry-standard tools and infrastructure used in professional production environments. "Millersville University is an academic leader, and understands that the media professionals of tomorrow need to be adept at the entire creation-to-consumption workflow..."

NYIT's Communications Department Switches To FOR-A

ImageWhen the Communication Arts Department at the Long Island campus of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) began the process of upgrading its studio to HD last year, the school looked for a reliable, cost-effective switcher. NYIT uses video production for hands-on classroom training and for show production for its global digital network, so the video switcher had to be easy to use and flexible for a variety of production scenarios. The school selected FOR-A's HVS-390HS switcher, which has proven an ideal fit since its installation last September.  "Our 2 M/E HVS-390HS is a cost-efficient unit that provides NYIT with a variety of features, including extensive DVE and keyer options on each channel, and a variety of multi-viewing and routing capabilities built right into the switcher," said Herb Savran, NYIT's Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department.

NewTek Unveils Next-Generation TriCaster 40

ImageNewTek has announced the next-generation of its entry-level TriCaster 40, a complete HD multi-camera video production studio that enables anyone to create professional streaming television on a small budget. Version 2 of TriCaster 40 gives students, schools, corporate video departments, small organizations and communities, video bloggers and independent producers unprecedented access to the same production capabilities used by major networks--including customizable animated transitions, network-style titles and graphics and improved file interoperability. "At NewTek, we are constantly striving to help people with ideas use video in new ways, so that they can tell stories and make a big impact when sharing them with the world," said Dr. Andrew Cross.

Panasonic and Dejero Join for Bonded Cellular

ImagePanasonic has partnered with Dejero of Kitchener, Ontario to offer a bonded cellular video uplink solution utilizing Panasonic's ruggedized Toughbook laptop computers and Dejero LIVE+ NewsBook software. Running on the Toughbook laptops, LIVE+ NewsBook offers a newsgathering solution that enables news crews to transmit live video feeds as well as recorded/edited files back to the station.

ChyronIP for NewTek's TriCaster Brings State-of-the-Art Chyron Graphics to St. John's Television Network Telecasts

ImageChyron has announced that St. John's University has built a ChyronIP real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator into its Tricaster-based mobile production unit to bring graphics to its live HD sports telecasts. Leveraging Chyron's Lyric PRO software, ChyronIP allows users to create live, full-motion broadcast graphics, 3D animations, and transitions--similar to that of premier sports broadcasts--and stream them directly through TriCaster systems.  As a result, St. Johns has taken college Internet sports productions to a whole new level.

Editing for Smartphone Videos

ImageSeveral free or inexpensive apps are available to doing basic video editing on your smartphone.  CuteCUT, for Apple's iPhone, is available on iTunes as a free download, but it has a logo on screen. For $4.00, you can get the app without the logo.  Also for the iPhone is Video Edit, which costs $2.99. With it you can assemble your clips and trim them, but it lacks effects and transitions.