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Safe Harbor TOP 10 products for 2010

2010 really flew by, but not without some major happenings in the video and animation products world, so the Safe Harbor staff has put together a short list of products that we felt worthy of a Top 10 listing. Inclusion in the list is based on a variety of criteria and does not necessarily reflect sales numbers. So let’s take a look at the Safe Harbor “Top 10 for ’10,” in no particular order.

Mac Pro – Mac users had Christmas in July with the highly anticipated release of the new Mac Pro workstations with up to 12 processing cores, more memory, and updated display card offerings that have proven very popular with HD editors seeking more horsepower. Fingers crossed for a new FCP for 2011!

EDIUS 6 – Grass Valley fans finally got their EDIUS 6 upgrades towards the end of the year, adding more than 100 new features, including 10-bit editing, 2k/4k resolution, and 16-camera multicam editing. EDIUS 6 provides native, realtime editing of many new tapeless HD video formats including Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 and Canon XF.Adobe CS5 – One of the biggest hits of the year may very well have been the release of Adobe Production Premium CS5. True 64-bit coding and the Mercury Playback Engine powered by nVidia GPUs have brought extraordinary speed improvements and increased productivity for Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects users.

Adobe CS5 – One of the biggest hits of the year may very well have been the release of Adobe Production Premium CS5. True 64-bit coding and the Mercury Playback Engine powered by nVidia GPUs have brought extraordinary speed improvements and increased productivity for Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects users.

Quadro by PNY – Speaking of nVidia, the new Quadro by PNY graphics cards have more CUDA cores, new Fermi architecture, and massive amounts of memory to provide amazing performance for video and graphics applications. Quadro cards were especially popular in new Tsunami workstation builds featuring Adobe CS5.

modo 501 – Billed as “the next evolution in 3D modeling, animation and rendering,” modo 501 upgrades were a hot commodity, offering cleaner, faster rendering with speed improvements of 30-40%, simplified animation rigging, and more included content, among other new features.

Osprey 240e – The Viewcast Osprey 240e was a hit with school, government and business users looking for great performance and value in a PCIe analog video streaming card for the PC. The optional Simulstream software allows encoding of multiple codecs at once to reach a broader audience.

Cintiq 21UX – Graphics professionals were grabbing up every Wacom Cintiq 21UX we could get our hands on, as demand exceeded supply for many months. The newly-redesigned 21.3″ drawing tablet allows users to draw directly on the screen with precise 2048-level pressure control using the advanced pen technology. If I had a nickel for every inquiry I got about this item, I’d be writing this from a beach somewhere rather than watching it snow outside. 🙂

Maxwell Render 2/RealFlow 5 – Next Limit is tied with itself, treating users to long-awaited updates of both Maxwell Render 2 and RealFlow 5 for amazingly realistic simulations of light and water, with support now for more host applications. RealFlow has been used extensively in many recent blockbuster movies such as “Avatar,” “District 9,”and “2012.”

Cinema 4D R12 – Maxon offered a great 50% discount on new C4D R12 upgrades when bundled with the Maxon Service Agreement. Cinema 4D R12 is a powerful 3D modeling and animation program which was used for many of the VFX shots in “Iron Man 2.” The R12 version is loaded with new features like Linear Workflow, Camera Deformer, Color Profile Support, and Render Queue.

Matrox MXO2 Mini – Last but certainly not least, we have the MXO2 Mini to round out the round up! The stylish little aluminum breakout box has been exceedingly popular with users of Mac and PC, laptop and desktop, and supports Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro CS5, and Avid Media Composer NLE editors. Who wouldn’t want one to provide video capture and preview, 10-bit hardware up/down/cross conversion, and hardware-based realtime H.264 encoding (with the MAX option)?

I can only imagine what amazing new hardware and software offerings I’ll be writing about 12 months from now. Thank you to our loyal customers for a great 2010, and we look forward to serving you all in 2011, our 24th year of providing tools for video, animation and graphics professionals worldwide!

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Safe Harbor TOP 10 products for 2010