Frewin, McCall And Joel Mervis Awards Winners Getting It Right

The Frewin, McCall and, Joel Mervis Awards recognise the look and feel of a newspaper in terms of typography/layout, pictures/images printing and production, and advertisements. Beeld, Pretoria News and City Press were announced winners alongside this year’s Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards held recently at The Venue, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
The Frewin Award recognises urban daily newspapers with a circulation above 40 000, and went to Beeld, while Pretoria News was awarded the McCall Award, which honours urban daily newspapers with a circulation of 40 000 or less. The Joel Mervis Award recognises urban weekly newspapers irrespective of their circulation and went to City Press.

Conveyor of the Frewin, McCall and Joel Mervis Awards judging panel, Margie Backhouse, says the general impression is that there is a great deal of competence in all the publications, with some kind of coherence in each of their approaches.

“We all know the newspaper industry is struggling to compete with digital, and some publications are trying to answer that. These are the ones that have a more modern and fresher look. Others still have an old style, and this is not necessarily wrong if they are a more traditional publication with a traditional audience that is comfortable with that. However, in a competitive world, you are looking for something with a bit more edge and awareness,” she says.

The newspapers that are evolving are encouraging she adds. “They are nicer to read and feel more contemporary. Newspapers have to be aware of trends in typographical styles as well as why people are going digital and then answer that.”

She admits this is not an easy task. “Newspapers have nice things about they that people enjoy but today they have to fight for their readers. Fitting into this world is about the style of the newspaper,” she says.

However, she warns against trying to be different and not pulling it off. “This is when a newspaper feels like it is trying too hard, when there is no structure, or the style is schizophrenic. Too many changes do not work. You must know what your approach is and stick to that.”

The winners of the newspaper awards are the ones that get it right. “Being judged against your peers for the sake of excellence can be a reality check for some. It is the opportunity to be aware of where you stand and where you can improve,” she says.

Fellow panel member, Linda Rademan, agrees that there is a good standard in general. “But one or two were head and shoulders above the rest with more daring cropping of images and a good use of graphics.”

Logan Naidoo says quality of printing is a problem and this has to do with the mind set of the operator. “Despite the printing machines being fully automated today, operators still need to ensure tension and density settings, and many are not getting it right. Each newspaper should be commercially acceptable and user friendly and this requires a good quality print newspaper.”

Naidoo has three decades experience in printing and packaging and over 12 years of judging experience. Rademan is a full-time artist following a career in lecturing and advertising. Backhouse is a freelancer who was a graphic design lecturer a AAA after a career in advertising as an art and creative director.

The Emmy 2019 Winners

Awards presented on the night of 22 September

Best Comedy
“Fleabag” (Amazon)

Best Drama
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Best Limited Series
“Chernobyl” (HBO)

Best Actress, Comedy
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

Best Actor, Comedy
Bill Hader, “Barry”

Best Actress, Drama
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”

Best Actor, Drama
Billy Porter, “Pose”

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Supporting Actress, Drama
Julia Garner, “Ozark”

Supporting Actor, Drama
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie
Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”

Television Movie
“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” (Netflix)

Variety Sketch Series
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Variety Talk Series
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Reality Competition Program
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

Reality Host
RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Writing for a Comedy Series
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” (“Episode 1”)

Writing for a Drama Series
Jesse Armstrong, “Succession” (“Nobody Is Ever Missing”)

Writing for a Limited Series or Movie
Craig Mazin, “Chernobyl”

Writing for a Variety Series
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Directing for a Comedy Series
Harry Bradbeer, “Fleabag” (“Episode 1”)

Directing for a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (“Reparations”)

Directing for a Limited Series or Movie
Johan Renck, “Chernobyl”

Directing for a Variety Series
Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Adam Sandler”)

Awards presented at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, 14 -15 September

Animated Program
“The Simpsons” (Fox)

Documentary or Nonfiction Series
“Our Planet” (Netflix)

Guest Actor, Drama
Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Structured Reality Program
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)

Unstructured Reality Program
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Guest Actress, Comedy
Jane Lynch, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Guest Actor, Comedy
Luke Kirby, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Guest Actress, Drama
Cherry Jones, “The Handmaid’s Tale”



It’s A Hat-Trick For Afrikaans Band Posduif

The modern multicultural music collaboration with the rather odd moniker, POSDUIF, has just released their highly anticipated new single, making it a hat-trick for the band this year!

LAAT VAL DIE WATER, which the band describes as “just having such a cool vibe”, boasts what is already becoming POSDUIF’s trademark positivity and distinct sound.

According to the band, the song is about hope and getting through hardships by believing in the future of South Africa as opposed to spreading negativity. “There is so much talk surrounding the brain drain and the mass exodus of people fleeing the country,” says guitarist and vocalist Nick Jordaan. “LAAT VAL DIE WATER is a song about being the light and setting the example for those around us. We live in a beautiful country and we need to stand together no matter our race, culture or religion. We are all facing the same hardships and we will reap the rewards when they are resolved.”

Written by Jordaan and bandmate James Boland and produced by Brendan Campbell, with the help of Hugo Ludik and Vaughan Gardiner (Muse Productions) on the final mix, LAAT VAL DIE WATER is about inspiring positivity and encouraging hope. “The song really hits home for me,” explains Jordaan. “People have this assumption that the grass is so much greener elsewhere and are willing to leave behind something incredibly special that they may never find abroad.”

Formed in 2018, POSDUIF made its debut earlier this year with the single Brandy Special, which has racked up more than 300 000 views on social media, followed closely by their second single, Een Vir My which just received a Bokkie nomination for Song of the Year by Bok Radio. The band has also been nominated as Band of the Year by Bok Radio. The Bok Radio “Bokkie Awards” will take place at Grand West Casino on 6 October 2019.

The group consists of members of the popular band RUBBER DUC – Jordaan, Amiel Gopal (bassist), Sheldon Sham (saxophone player), Leeroy Sauls (drummer) and Brendan Campbell (producer and lead guitarist) – with the addition of Boland as lead vocalist.

Boland explains what makes the six-piece band unique: “We all have different influences, ranging from Gospel and pop to Jazz, and we have different tastes, ideas and come from different cultures. However, we share a passion for music and a desire to showcase the positive side of life, particularly in South Africa. We are truly a multicultural music collaboration.”

The band is currently working on their first album. “We are spending a lot of time in studio, writing and recording and preparing our album. We are very excited about the sound and direction it’s taking,” says Boland.

As with Brandy Special and Een Vir My, LAAT VAL DIE WATER is sure to have a wide appeal. This feel-good track will not only put listeners in a good mood, but will also inspire them to sing and dance along to its unique South African beat.

The single will be available on all digital platforms from 30 September 2019 and the music video will also be released soon.

POSDUIF will also be performing at Weiveld in Pretoria on 12 October 2019 and promises to bring an energetic performance to the stage like only they can! An experience that any music lover must definately not miss! Tickets are R70 per person and can be purchased from Ticketpro. There will also be tickets available at the door. Doors will open at 19h00 and the show will start at 20h30.

This Heritage Day: Stream These Proudly SA Contenders From The Emmys, Jackson Wild And The AMAAs

South Africa’s film industry has a lot to celebrate on Heritage Day tomorrow. This week, at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife film world, Stroop is up for the Impact Award and South African Bonné de Bod is competing – against the likes of Dame Judi Dench – for the Best Presenter title. Last week, The River was nominated as Best Telenovela at the International Emmy Awards and Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie received five Africa Movie Academy Awards nominations, including Best Film, Director and Actress.

THE RIVER

1Magic’s thrill-a-minute The River was nominated for an International Emmy for Best Telenovela last week, building on its success as the most awarded production overall at this year’s SAFTAs, where it won 11 awards, including Best Telenovela.

Produced by Tshedza Pictures, the show sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those who have little to show for their hard work.

At the SAFTAs, Moshidi Motshegwa won Best Actress as Malefu; Presley Chweneyagae won Best Actor as Cobra; and Lawrence Maleka won Best Supporting Actor as Zolani. Other stars include Sindi Dlathu, Hlomla Dandala, Don Mlangeni and newcomer Larona Moagi. Just be warned: the body count is high in this one, so don’t get too attached to anyone…

STROOP: JOURNEY INTO THE RHINO WAR
Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, explore the war for rhino horn. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo leave their jobs, sell their homes, and even move in with their mothers as they quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined. They only emerge from their odyssey across Africa and Asia four years later, with a gripping wildlife crime thriller documentary that’s won 24 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival. This week, Stroop is competing for the presenter and impact awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife film world.

ELLEN: DIE STORIE VAN ELLEN PAKKIES

Last week, Ellen was nominated for five Africa Movie Academy Awards: Best Film, Director (Daryn Joshua), Actress (Jill Levenberg), Supporting Actor (Jarrid Geduld), and Production Design. It’s the latest in a string of accolades for the film, which was the most awarded feature at this year’s SAFTAs, was South Africa’s official entry for the foreign film category at the 2019 Golden Globes, was the third most popular local film at the South African box office in 2018, and won Best Actor (Jarrid Geduld), Best Actresss (Jill Levenberg) and Best Script (Amy Jeptha) at Silwerskermfees.

In 2007, the death of 20-year-old Abie Pakkies made headlines across South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen.

Based on this heart-rending true story, Ellen explores how this loving mother became desperate enough to take her own son’s life, and why a judge let her off with a three-year suspended sentence and 280 hours of community service.

Ellen Pakkies consulted on the film, which was partly shot in her own home in Lavender Hill.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

Other South African gems to enjoy on Showmax include:
• Lwazi Mvusi’s roadtrip movie Farewell Ella Bella, up for Best Soundtrack at the 2019 Africa Movie Academy Awards
• Rea Moeti’s Marikana-themed Mma Moeketsi, up for Best Short Film at the 2019 Africa Movie Academy Awards
• Christiaan Olwagen’s Kanarie, named one of the 14 Best LGBTQ International Films of 2018 by Indiewire
• Shameela Seedat’s Thuli Madonsela documentary, Whispering Truth To Power, which won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs, North America’s most important documentary festival

Movie Firearms Course, Cape Town – Mil.Spec.

A Movie Firearms Training Day for those working in the film industry actors, extras, stunts – those who need an Introduction to Weapons – Revolver, Semi-Auto Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Assault Rifles – and their safe use on a movie set. Introducing participants to safe movement in-scene with weapons, and some action with Assault Rifles. We allow 10 participants per course.

A certificate will be issued to you at the end of the day – this certifies that you have attended an introduction course to a variety of weapons from a SAPS Certified Movie Armoury Company that is recognised by Production Companies. Lance Peters who runs these courses with his armourers, has been involved in the industry for 25 years and is Ex British Army.

Our Goal is:

To try and make the film industry safer. It is a legal requirement from The South African Police Service (SAPS) that film industry actors / stunts / extras have received adequate training on the weapon they will be using in the scene, before they are in the scene.

Further, we wish to create an opportunity for industry professionals to acquire this additional skill, and thereby gaining more opportunities when productions have action scenes requiring cast / stunts with previous weapons training and safety.

Date: 10 November 2019
Time: 0800 to 1700
Venue: Lourensford Wine Estate
Cost: R2300 incl. vat. Includes All weapons, Ammo and light lunch
Contact: sheena@milspec.co.za

TNT Africa Celebrates 80 Years Of The Dark Knight

On Saturday, 21 September 2019, TNT Africa will pay homage to Batman, the greatest superhero of all time, with premium programming and an awe-inspiring emblematic projection, lighting up the tallest building in Africa

Starting at 18:30 CAT, TNT Africa will be taking over the façade of The Leonardo building, rising 150m above Sandton’s skyline in the Heart of Africa’s richest Square mile. Batman fans will be immersed in an expansive Batman show where TNT will project ever-shifting blockbuster scenes and iconic visuals from the much-loved Batman movies against the Sandton skyscraper, delivering narrative drama as well as spectacle. The highlight of the event commences at 8:00pm, where generations of fans will get to honour the timeless hero, who has been gracing audiences for over 80 years, as the iconic Bat-Signal lights up the Sandton skyline.

If you aren’t in Johannesburg on Batman Day, you will still get to join the Batman festivities on TNT with special programming for the celebratory Batman month. On the official Batman Day , on Saturday, 21 September, TNT is spoiling you with more than 12 hours of non-stop, blockbuster live-action Batman films, starting with Tim Burton’s movies: Batman and Batman Returns; continuing with the following two sequels: Batman Forever and Batman & Robin directed by Joel Schumacher; and ending with Christopher Nolan’s Trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Whether you know him as the Dark Knight, or the Caped Crusader, TNT Africa is proud to bring you the iconic flight of the Bat on his 80th Anniversary of giving the world pure thrill, suspense and action!

Saturday, 14 September
18:00 – Batman Forever (1995)
20:00 – Batman & Robin (1997)

Saturday, 21 September “BATMAN DAY”
09:35 – Batman (1989)
11:40 – Batman Returns (1992)
13:45 – Batman Forever (1995)
15:45 – Batman & Robin (1997)
17:45 – Batman Begins (2005)
20:00 – The Dark Knight (2008)
22:30 – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

“Kings Of Mulberry Street” To Screen At St. Louis International Film Festival

South African director Judy Naidoo has been invited to screen her film ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ at the 28th St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) which will be held from 7 to 17 November in St. Louis, Missouri. The festival provides the opportunity for St. Louis filmgoers to view the finest in world cinema and screens approximately 300 films over a period of 10 days.

KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET – Shaan Nathoo (Baboo) and Aaqil Hoosen (Ticky)

‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ will be eligible for the Audience Choice Awards for Best Feature and Best International Feature. Confirming the invitation, Chris Clark, Artistic Director at Cinema St. Louis, called ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ funny and sweet and said his team were delighted to be screening it for their audience.

“I am absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to screen the film at this year’s SLIFF,” says director Judy Naidoo. “The popular festival is known for exploring cross-cultural understanding through the art of the cinema, and for enhancing cultural diversity by bringing horizon-expanding international films to audiences.”

The St. Louis International Film Festival has a solid and growing national and international reputation for its programming, particularly for its foreign language films.

“‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ is a production I am extremely proud of,” Naidoo says. “The film has been well received in South Africa and I am excited to be able to take it to an American festival audience.”

Set in the early 80s, the fictionalised area of Sugarhill District in KwaZulu Natal, ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ is a charming, nostalgic story of two young Indian boys who have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who’s threatening their families. A delightful and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family, the film also pays tribute to classic 80s Bollywood movies and their heroes. Visually colourful and vibrant, the film is touching and heart-warming.

The film opened in South Africa on 28 June and is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution.

Indigenous Film Distribution

Canon Launches The EOS C500 Mark II

A compact and versatile 5.9K Full Frame next generation Cinema EOS System camera

Canon Europe today releases its next generation Cinema EOS System camera – the EOS C500 Mark II. Created with the expertise and technical knowledge at the heart of Canon’s innovative products, and built on the foundations of Cinema EOS System, the EOS C500 Mark II is a compact and versatile 5.9K Full Frame camera. The EOS C500 Mark II’s impressive Full Frame sensor, developed and built by Canon, is powered by Canon’s new DIGIC DV 7 processor. Supporting 5.9K internal Cinema RAW Light and 4K 4:2:2 10bit XF-AVC recording, this camera enables professionals to creatively explore Full Frame, cinematic image. It is the first camera in the range with the ability to record 5.9K Cinema RAW Light onto new, faster storage media – CFexpress cards. Providing professionals with greater flexibility and efficiency, simultaneous recording of the same file format is also possible to dual CFexpress card slots.

The compact size of the camera provides cinematographers with unparalleled creative freedom. With its flexible, modular design, professionals can configure the camera with different expansion units to suit production requirements. The EOS C500 Mark II is the first Cinema EOS System camera to feature a user interchangeable lens-mount for EF Cinema Lock, and PL, giving professionals a wide variety of lens selection. It is also the first Cinema EOS System camera to support Electronic IS.

Breathtaking Full Frame image quality

Featuring Canon’s 5.9K Full Frame CMOS sensor, the EOS C500 Mark II provides a cinematic, immersive Full Frame look combined with Canon’s natural, smooth skin-tone and faithful colour reproduction. Thanks to the 5.9K sensor and the newly developed DIGIC DV 7 processor, the EOS C500 Mark II is an ideal choice for professionals looking to produce content in top quality 4K as it uses a high-quality debayering algorithm when over sampling 5.9K into 4K. This suppresses moiré and reduces noise, resulting in exceptional image quality. With its 15+ stop latitude with wide colour space, the EOS C500 Mark II is perfect for High Dynamic Range Productions. In addition to this, the camera is equipped with a built-in motorised Full Frame ND unit (2,4,6, 81 and 102 stops) making it possible to create images with a shallow depth of field – even in the daytime.

Efficient recording and workflow

The versatile multi-recording format ability of the EOS C500 Mark II provides workflow efficiency to fulfill production requirements. With Canon’s new DIGIC DV 7 image processor, the camera offers Cinema RAW Light internal recording with 5.9K resolution. Cinema RAW Light format has all the benefits of a RAW file in terms of flexibility in post-production yet allows the EOS C500 Mark II to record high quality files in a smaller file size.

In addition to the camera’s ability to record internally onto CFexpress cards in Canon XF-AVC format with 4K 4:2:2 10bit, simultaneous recording as well as proxy recording is possible. This provides professionals with ultimate flexibility, allowing them to choose a recording format suited to their filming and workflow needs. The camera features an advanced 12G-SDI interface which has four times higher transmission speeds compared to 3G-SDI. This 12G-SDI interface enables 4K 50/60p output with a single cable – simplifying 4K workflows. Additionally, the HDMI output allows for 4K 50/60p via a single cable.

Exceptional expandability and versatility for wide production requirements

Cinematographers can configure the camera using two different expansion units – the EU-V1 and EU-V2. Two viewfinders (EVF-V70 and EVF-V50) are also available as optional units. The ability to configure the camera with Expansion Units, along with its compactness and lightweight design, gives cinematographers greater shooting flexibility.

The expansion unit EU-V1 adds a Genlock/Sync BNC interface, Remote B interface for the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller, and an Ethernet interface for IP streaming or browser remote control operation. The EU-V2 expansion unit also includes these interfaces but adds a further two XLR inputs, as well as 12-pin Lens interface. In addition to this, it is equipped with a V-Lock battery mount with D-tap and 24V Power Output.

Stable filming with Electronic IS and Pioneering Auto Focus technology

The EOS C500 Mark II is the first camera to incorporate Electronic Image Stabilization in a Cinema EOS System, providing the camera with 5-axis Image Stabilization. When a lens that supports data transmission is attached, focal length data is automatically received. However, when used with a lens with no lens communication, Electronic IS is possible by manually inputting the focal length. In addition to this, Electronic IS is also compatible with anamorphic lenses.

As with other cameras in the range, the EOS C500 Mark II features Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus. Offering high-speed One-Push AF and continuous AF, professionals have the reassurance that footage will be focused. They can also benefit from smooth, intuitive touch focus operation with the new LCD monitor LM-V2, as well as the Dual Pixel Focus Guide which notifies professionals where the focus position is, whether it be in front or the back, helping accurate focus control. Additionally, the EOS C500 Mark II has Face Detection AF and Tracking AF, enabling focus control in a variety of filming situations. To further fine tune AF performance, the camera offers the ability to set the AF tracking speed and response.

Additional features for ultimate creative freedom

The EOS C500 Mark II supports user LUTs, allowing cinematographers to apply or customise their own LUTs. Loading them onto the camera for precise-look monitoring, cinematographers can also apply different LUTs for each terminal. With the added LUT button, professionals have greater operational flexibility. The EOS C500 Mark II also includes high frame rate recording up to 50/60 fps in 5.9K resolution with the Cinema RAW Light codec.

Also launching today is the DP-V3120 and CJ15ex4.3B which, along with the EOS C500 Mark II, will be on display, for the first time globally, on the Canon stand (Hall 12, Stand D60) at IBC 2019. The EOS C500 Mark II will be available from December, more information about the new Cinema EOS System camera can be found here: https://www.canon-europe.com/video-cameras/eos-c500-mark-ii/

EOS C500 Mark II Key Features:

  • Breathtaking Full Frame Image Quality
    • 5.9K Full Frame sensor
    • Immersive look
    • Faithful color reproduction with Canon color science
    • Natural and smooth Skin tone
    • HDR capable with PQ/HLG and Canon Log 2/3
  • Internal recording to CFexpress / Cinema RAW Light and XF-AVC
  • Compact and robust body
    • Lightweight body at 1,750g
    • Robust design
    • Reliable in harsh environments
  • Modular system
    • User interchangeable lens mount
    • Extension units and EVF’s
  • Pioneering autofocus technology
  • Electronic IS
  • Additional Features
    • User LUTs
    • Internal ND (2/4/6/8/10)
    • False colour / Marker / Customisable display level

1When users enable the extended ND range

2When users enable the extended ND range

Canon Develops A Remote Control System For Interchangeable-lens Cameras

Canon Inc. today announces the development of a new remote control solution for stills photography, providing professional users with remote operation for Canon’s interchangeable-lens cameras. Taking user needs into consideration, the technology has been developed to enable the remote operation of cameras for still photo capture in journalistic fields such as sports coverage. The solution, which is currently under development, employs a centre-based system where the camera’s optical axis is perpendicular to the unit’s axis of revolution – offering a similar feeling to that of traditional shooting methods.

Remote Control Pan-Tilt System

Aimed at stills photographers the Remote Control Pan-Tilt System and Camera Remote Application can control multiple Remote Control Pan-Tilt Systems and cameras from a single PC. This enables a single operator to control multiple cameras, contributing to efficient photography workflows – particularly useful when shooting sports. The remote control solution enables photographers to capture images from a variety of angles and viewpoints, allowing them to shoot images not possible through conventional shooting methods.

Canon is developing the system further to make it suitable for a wider range of shooting scenarios beyond sporting events, such as TV and movie production through to e-commerce and product photography applications. The development of the system highlights Canon’s commitment to photographers, making new forms of imaging possible.

Camera Remote Application
(Photos shown in the software’s image preview window are conceptual images)

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic RAW 1.5

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic RAW 1.5 a new software update with support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, plus Blackmagic RAW Speed test for Mac, PC and Linux, so customers can work on a wider range of platforms and editing software with their Blackmagic RAW files. Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site.

Blackmagic RAW 1.5 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2019 booth #7.B45.

The new Blackmagic RAW 1.5 update includes Blackmagic RAW Speed Test which is now available on Windows and Linux for the first time. Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool for testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on their system. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that customers get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1 and the desired resolution to perform the test. Results are displayed in an easy to read table that shows how many frames per second the computer can decode for all supported resolutions.

Editors working in Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer can now work with Blackmagic RAW files using the free plug-ins found in Blackmagic RAW 1.5. These new plug-ins enable editors to work with Blackmagic RAW directly, so they no longer have to transcode files. That means camera original Blackmagic RAW files can be used throughout the entire workflow. There is no longer a need to create proxy files and conform edits for finishing. These plug-ins bring the quality of RAW in small, modern, GPU and CPU accelerated files that are faster and easier to work with than any other video format.

Best of all, when projects are moved from Premiere Pro or Media Composer into DaVinci Resolve for color correction and finishing, all of the camera RAW metadata and image quality is still there.

“Blackmagic RAW is now available for editors working on all major professional NLEs,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because you can now edit native Blackmagic RAW files in Premiere Pro and Media Composer and then finish them in DaVinci Resolve without needing to create proxy files, all without ever losing quality!”

Blackmagic RAW 1.5 Features

  • Includes Blackmagic RAW Speed Test for Mac, Windows and Linux.
  • Adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.
  • Performance improvements and minor bug fixes

Availability and Price

Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design web site.

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