It's Official Kodak Files for Bankruptcy
|Reuters is reporting|
Video Space from Digital Rebellion for iOS
Sony's F65 CineAlta, a true 4K Camera
|Creative Cow has an article|
PVC on Green Screen Lighting on the Cheap!
|The Provideo Coalition has an excellent article by Jeff Foster on how to do Green Screen Lighting on the Cheap|
Fresh DV on how to make your own Light Leaks
|FreshDV has a cool article on how to make your own Light Leaks|
PVC on Lytro being the new RAW
|The Pro Video Coalition has an excellent article on Lytro being the new RAW|
DSLRPro has 4 Pros talk about the Canon C300
|DSLR News has 4 Pros talk about their experienced using the new Canon C300 with video|
Corel has Updated Painter 12 to 12.1
It’s new features are:
|New and Improved Brush Sharing and Management|
Arstechnia on why Pros are moving away from Apple
I mean my first Apple was a IIC, and then a Mac Classic and I have never looked at a Windows PC, but have been pricing them out of late, and even talked to adobe to find out the process for moving my Creative Suite license to Windows, as it is likely that Mac just won’t be around for me as a professional editor and graphics artist.
Kickstarter Project Timelapse+
This an inexpensive and impressive intervelometer that you can pick up for $129.
Here are the intervalometer features:
- Take an unlimited number of photos
- Take sets of photos per interval for HDR (up to 10)
- Each exposure in the set can be set to a different duration
- 1/10 second resolution for the interval and BULB duration
- BULB ramping - shift exposure smoothly during the timelapse (to be implemented)
- Auto BULB ramping based on the light meter (to be implemented)
- Ease of use
- Flexibility and Extendability
Sony shows Crystal LED at CES 2012
You can check out a YouTube video, or more from sony at CES at their blog.
Looks like this tech is a bit in the future, but sounds very cool, and I have seen described as between plasma and lcd. Personally deeper black is very exciting, and with individual led’s it should have pretty good color fidelity.
Now I just wonder how expensive it will be.
Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite adds Media Composer Support
The Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite Version 11.2, has added Looks compatibility with Avid Media Composer! You can also install a single program out of the complete installer, which as of the last version only requires one serial number.
Very cool. I love Looks, and see this as a further death nell for Final Cut Pro (and no I don’t include FCP X in that distinction, that is iMovie Pro).
FxFactory updated to 3.0
Noise Industries has updated their Flag Ship Plugs in suite to version 3.0!
This version has new Playback Ready transitions, as well as other new updated effects for it.
Still I wish they had added Premiere Pro support, as having Final Cut Pro support is no longer so important for me (yes I still use After Effects) and Adobe Media composer support would be nice as well.
Lightroom 4 Beta released, some Epic RED R3D support!
Lightroom 3 added the ability to import, manage and tag video files but as the popularity of video capture increases it’s important to provide a single, robust workflow solution that can support all of your imaging needs regardless if they’re still images or video captures. Lightroom 4 adds native playback for a wide variety of formats from mobile phones to high end DSLRs. Photographers can also apply common image adjustments to their video clips in real time. Additional video details:
- Video playback directly within Lightroom
- Video trimming (In and Out points)
- Set Video poster frame. (This is the thumbnail that appears in the grid view)
- Extract a single frame from a video as a JPEG file
- Most popular DSLR, compact camera and smart phone video formats supported including AVCHD (AVCHD is the native format for Sony DSLRs and many new Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens, MIL, cameras)
- Videos can be adjusted with a subset of the same controls we use for images.
- White Balance (JPEG Equivalent)
- Basic Tone
- White Clipping
- Black Clipping
- Tone Curve
- Color Treatment (HSL)
- Black and White
- Split Toning
- Process Version and Calibration
You can read about the beta at the Lightroom Journal.
It has many other new features that are pretty exciting. Check out this video at Adobe TV to see the newest photography features.
JVC Introduces 4K Camcorder
HDVIDEOPRO has an article on JVC introducing a new 4K Camcorder at the Consumer Electronics Show. Check it out at JVC’s own site! It comes in at just under $5000 with a fixed lens and can record something like 2 hours of footage on one SD card at variable 144 compression. Here are the features of this new 4K camera.
- 1/2.3" Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor (8.3 million active pixels)
- Ultra high resolution F2.8 10X Zoom Lens
(F2.8 to 4,5 — f=6.7-67 mm) (35 mm conversion: 42.5 to 425 mm)
- Built-in optical image stabilizer
- 4K Recording: 3,840 x 2,160
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264(.MP4) 4 Stream Separate Recording 60fps/50fps/24fps Progressive at 144Mbps
- 4K recording for up to 2 hours (32GB SDHC, x4)
- JVC file utility included for combining separate streams into single editable file
- Also functions as fully featured full-HD camcorder
AVCHD progressive (.mts) 60i/60p or 50p/50i
- Interval (time lapse) recording in both 4K and HD modes
- JVC's patented "FOCUS ASSIST" function
- Full HD (1920x1080) trimming function
- 3 assignable user buttons
- 2 audio channels
4K mode: AAC, 2ch, 48kHz,16bit
HD mode: AC3, 2ch, 48kHz, 16bit
- Manual audio level controls with audio meter
- XLR inputs with 48V phantom power
- Large 3.5-inch 920,000 pixel LCD display with touch panel
- 0.24" Lcos 260,000 pixel viewfinder
- Records to inexpensive SDHC/SDXC memory cards
4 used in the 4K mode
1 used in the HD mode
- Wired remote control capability
Personally I am excited by 4K cameras as an editor of HD material as it will allow editors to zoom in without losing quality and to stabilize shaky footage without losing resolution (past 1080 HD). This camera may not do it, but a future one will, and it will change documentary, behind the scenes and direct response shooting. Exciting.
Students and Smoke
Bunim/Murray drops Final Cut Pro for AVID
Due to the large volume of media generated by our reality shows, we needed to re-evaluate our editing and storage solutions. At the same time, we were looking for a partner who would understand our long-term needs,
Basically FCP X is not good enough, and FCP 7 is old and gettiing long in the tooth, and with AVID now being 64 bit, they felt the need to make the move.
PT_OpenSesame at After Effects Scripts
This amazing script will translate projects to open in earlier versions of after effects! Adobe needs to buy this and release it! The price is $49.95 and will be worth it when you need it! Very cool!
Blackmagic released HyperDeck Update to DNxHD
I actually wonder if ProRES will stay as a big format now that FCP X is no longer pro software, looks like AVID and Premiere will be the way to go.
Avid Assistant Editor Handbook
The Avid Assistant Editor's Handbook provides new users a solid foundation for working in Avid, and it can accelerate an Avid assistant editor's transition to a coveted editor role. There is also a comprehensive chapter on multigrouping that details this often-used process and often-encountered job requirement.
Sounds interesting, and anything to teach assistant editors is a good thing, and I am sure there are quite a few editors who could use this as well.
NVIDIA Open Sources CUDA
This means that people will be able to port other programing languages or port CUDA to other platforms like AMD’s or Intel’s. The others have used OPEN CL, but it is not as robust as CUDA, which is why Adobe is so reliant on CUDA for acceleration, and it is hopefully that which will push CUDA to go across all platforms.
Blackmagic has dropped the price on a Teranex
After Effects Link for Lightwave
This will export Cameras, Nulls, Lights and Rendered sequence into After Effects, and will update as you do more work in Lightwave!
It is $125, but well worth it if you use the two programs. Check it out!
Magic Bullet has updated Magic Bullet Suite to 11.1.2
- Those of you installing PhotoLooks along with the entire suite may have noticed categories that show up in the Looks drawer that happen to be empty – this occurs because Looks created for Looks 2.0 used new tools and aren’t usable in PhotoLooks (yet). We’ve fixed things up for now so you wont see a bunch of empty categories – only categories that have Looks you want.
- “Save Image As” in the Photo LooksBuilder was never meant to be left in the application and was not working correctly. It has been removed completely. Use the host app you launch PhotoLooks from to save your images.
- For those of you who also use QuickLooks, there was a bug in the installer that would cause all of your QuickLooks presets to disappear after installing PhotoLooks. We’ve fixed this up.
- For those of you using Looks 2.0 in Sony’s Vegas Pro on non-English 32-bit Windows systems, we’ve fixed up the truly annoying OMP error that pops up on your screen.
- In Premiere Pro, dragging the power mask preview outline was not lining up with the actual mask. We’ve sorted this all out and it’s working great.
- The Timecode Start setting was always working in ‘Continuous’ mode – ‘Reset’ and ‘Time of Day’ were being ignored – all fixed up.
- Choosing “Original + Timecode” as the main format option was causing the timecode to be off by a factor of 100. We’ve got the math all working now and you’ll get the results you’re looking for.
- As we previously blogged, Denoiser will be temporarily removed from the Magic Bullet Suite. As of the 11.1.2 release, it has been removed and can no longer be installed through the suite installer. We’re getting really close with the Denoiser we’be been developing in-house and will get it in place as soon as we can!
Apple finally brought iBooks inline with the Kindle App
Black Magic buys Teranex!
Wow first Davinci, now Teranex. It will be amazing to see Teranex products at a more affordable price. They always made the best conversion utilities. Wow! This is certainly good news!
Jon Yi's Canon C300 test video
I still think that the Camera is overpriced though, and should have been more around the price of a 5D body, or maybe even twice that, but $20,000 is just too much for a camera that takes EOS lenses.
Did Apple have a completed 64 Bit Final Cut Pro 8 that they scrapped?
Harrington said in the video:
"There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64bit and it was done and they looked at it and said 'This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary' and they killed it."
If this is true I am totally disgusted. If it is true, Apple should have released the 64 Bit Final Cut Pro 8, and also released Final Cut Pro X as something else, probably iMovie Pro and then done what they could to implement some of the new technology as add ons to Final Cut Pro 8. They would have had a huge hit on their hands, and could have revolutionized editing, but instead they have killed Final Cut Pro as a professional editing program and made FCP X a completely consumer program. Sure it has some great technology, but it will never become a standard even if it does have some good new ideas, because it does not work as well or efficiently as Final Cut Pro 7.
I still can’t figure out why they did this to begin with. A new program that is a revolution is fine, but you should not throw out an industry standard program because you have a new idea.
Magic Bullet Denoiser is gone!
They are going to make a new Denoiser, Denoiser 2, which current owners will get for free, and they promise to get the same level of denoising.
I personally hope it is more stable than the previous version, as I often have a lot of problems with it.
Will Apple return to NVIDIA for Laptops?
If this happens, maybe you will even be able to get an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 for the MacPro (if they release one more MacPro system at least), it won’t top an SLI system for CUDA, but would be a pretty serious CUDA system.
One can only hope!