Adobe rolls out Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 with HDR and panorama tools

by JamesNYCApril 21. 2015 12:37

Adobe has announced new standalone and Creative Cloud versions of its image management and Raw conversion software, Lightroom. The latest versions gain simple HDR and Panorama merging tools that create DNG files from the merged results (16-bit floating point DNGs in the case of the HDR mode). Also added is the ability to paint-out regions of gradient filters, to allow more flexible overlays. Face Recognition tools have also been added, to simplify the tagging and retrieval of images.

The CC version of the software is also designed to tie-in with the iOS and Android versions of Lightroom, by allowing for collections you choose to be synced and available across multiple devices, as well as on a web platform. The CC version also works with Voice and Slate: two new programs for creating image-based animations and presentations.

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GoPro HEROCast – New GoPro Streaming Solution for Live Broadcasting – NAB 2015

by JamesNYCApril 17. 2015 14:41

The new GoPro HEROCast makes GoPro streaming of live events a reality. It’s built for professional live broadcasting of GoPro HD footage and works with any receivers.GoPro HEROCast has just become the smallest and lightest professional live-broadcast transmitter on the market. The add-on accessory connects to any GoPro HERO 4 or previous generation.


For those in the live event business this is important news as it opens up new possibilities, new perspectives when covering an event. So far GoPro style shots were mostly limited to a non-live workflow.

HEROCast was developed together with Vislink who already offer a solid broadcast receiver ecosystem. It will also work with third party receivers and is said to offer a low-latency transmission with minimal to no signal interruptions.

The new GoPro streaming solution can be powered off a GoPro battery for minimum weight or through an external power source.

HEROCast    $7,500 MSRP

  •       Optimized for body mounting and engaging POV shots
  •       Separate units for versatile mounting and easy accessibility
  •       Easily attached to GoPro mounts including Chesty and more
  •       Connects via [supplied] HDMI cable

HEROCast BacPac    $7,500 MSRP

  •       All-in-one solution for immersive live-action footage
  •       Camera, transmitter, housing, and BacPac in one convenient unit
  •       Mounts to walls, cars, and other larger surfaces
  •       *Water resistant to IP67 specification

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Avid Announces Free Version of Media Composer

by JamesNYCApril 13. 2015 22:47

Avid recently announced a free version of it’s popular video editing software. Media Composer | First is coming sometime in 2015, but has released some information on what to expect.

Media Composer | First will be a trimmed down option of the full version of Media Composer. The concept is to make video editing more accessible to those just learning or who do not have the funds for purchasing a full NLE.

Just how limited will it be? Well, one thing to note is that there will be a limited number of projects available, projects will be stored in the cloud, and there will be limited cloud storage space. Additional project and storage space will be available as an extra purchase. Avid does have a FAQ up on their website, and had this to say about limitations of the software:


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Red's latest 'Weapon' is an 8K full-frame camera

by JamesNYCApril 13. 2015 12:35

Red launched the first mainstream 4K camera when 1080p seemed like overkill, and now that this whole 4K thing might work out, it's got an 8K RAW model. The Weapon 'Vista Vision' features a mind-boggling 8,192 x 4,320, 35-megapixel sensor that can do up to 75 fps, widescreen 8K. The chip is also 40.96 x 21.6mm or Vista Vision-sized, considerably larger than the full-frame sensor on a camera like the Nikon D810. Video can be recorded in RAW and scaled-down ProRes formats simultaneously, just as with the company's 6K Weapon models.

So, how much does it cost to be on par with Peter Jackson and James Cameron? A helluva lot. If we're reading the (rather confusing) pricing correctly, you'll need to order the company's 6K Weapon Woven CF "brain," or bare camera for a cool $49,500, then add another $10,000 for the 8K sensor upgrade. That makes $59,500 by our counting, plus whatever your accessories, storage and lenses cost. The upgrade price is only good until the end of NAB on April 16th, after which time it'll be $20,000. If you already own a Red Scarlet or Epic camera, you can get credits in various amounts towards the Weapon models.

Other specs are still unknown, as is the exact shipping date. Red actually launched its 6K Weapon camera just a few months ago, and it's still not shipping. We're not sure who exactly needs 8K, since there aren't a lot of TVs out there in that format -- but it might look great blown up to IMAX size. Red said the sensor would arrive by the end of the year.;

8K VISTA VISION FORGED WEAPON from RED Digital Cinema on Vimeo.


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OWC Envoy Pro Mini is a Desktop Class SSD in a Thumb Drive

by JamesNYCApril 13. 2015 12:29

OWC announced the Envoy Pro Mini SSD drive back at CES 2015 but is getting closer to shipping the drives. The Envoy Pro Mini will be available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.

Using an USB 3.0 interface, the Envoy Pro Mini can deliver up to 433MB/s transfer speeds. The form factor is pretty incredible given that is slightly larger than the chintzy USB thumb drives. However, the Envoy Pro Mini can be formatted for use as a dedicated external drive.

Pricing will be $119 for the 120GB version and $199 for the 240GB version. Pricing has not yet been announced for the 480GB version but it is likely to be $299.

find them on OWC’s website.

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EOS 5D Mark IV To Use EOS C300 Mark II Technology?

by JamesNYCApril 10. 2015 22:39 says that the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV sensor will employ the same dual-channel readout as the EOS C300 Mark II.


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Motion Graphics Studio Creates Website to Help Amateurs Get Organized

by JamesNYCApril 10. 2015 12:54

WICHITA, KS APRIL 9, 2015 – Justin McClure Creative has launched Get Your Shit Together, a hub for animators, editors and motion-graphics artists. The website offers industry insight on creating project folder structures, project naming conventions and After Effects project folder scripts.

The site also offers free downloads from Justin McClure Creative and other top professionals in the industry including David Bennett of CMT, Jonathan Winbush of Winbush and Harry Frank from 
“The way you structure and name your files might just be the biggest tip of the hat that you’re still a rookie,” said McClure.

“It wasn't until I landed a job as a designer/animator at CMT in Nashville that I really learned what it meant to be organized. From naming conventions to folder structures, I learned that everything had a place and a name.”

McClure hopes the site will help freelancers and rookies save time, headaches and possibly that next big gig. 

“It takes years to craft your style and technique,” stated McClure. “As designers and animators we have to keep track of many different types of assets, so the last thing you want to do is lose a client because you just didn’t have your shit together.”

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At $2,500, Canon’s New 4K Camcorder Is Actually a Bargain

by JamesNYCApril 10. 2015 12:43

Most of Canon’s camera designs are pretty straightforward. But the company has also thrown some interesting and super-weird models into the mix over the years: The tubular 35mm film Autoboy Jet, the submarine-themed PowerShot D10, and the buttonless and belt-buckle-sized PowerShot N among them. But 99 times out of 100, Canon’s design sense skews conservative.

 Not this time, and it’s nice to see that Canon can still bring the funk. The new Canon XC10 ($2,500) splits the difference between a camcorder and a camera, although Canon is billing it primarily as a camcorder. The company says the XC10 was built with roving journalists in mind. It captures 4K video and 12-megapixel stills with its mechanical shutter and 1-inch-type sensor—the same size sensor found in Sony’s RX100 cameras and AX100 4K camcorder. This time, that imager is baked into a body that looks like it should be comfortable to use when shooting both stills and video, and that’s a rarity.

 Sensor size isn’t the only trait this hybrid video-and-photo machine shares with Sony’s hardware. Its adjustable swiveling handgrip and unique body hearken back to retro jams such as the Sony Cybershot DSC-F828 and its predecessors. The XC10 is a little more advanced, though.

 At its highest resolution setting, it captures 3840×2160 video at 30 frames per second. It will also record 1080p clips at up to 60fps, and 720p clips at up to 120fps for those slow-motion sequences. For the Ultra HD video, the camera uses Canon’s proprietary XF-AVC codec, which is also used in its just-announced Cinema EOS C100 Mark II professional camera. Here’s the kicker: That codec supports a bitrate of up to an insane 305Mbps. That should mean absurd detail.

In order to handle all that data per second, the XC100 won’t work with your average SD card to capture 4K video. It uses a CompactFlash-sized CFast 2.0 card—a 64GB SanDisk card and reader is included with the camcorder—although you can use SDHC/SDXC cards for 1080p and 720p recording.


It’s a fixed-lens camcorder, making it sort of a step-down non-interchangeable companion to the CX100 series, and its optics range from 24mm wide angle to 240mm telephoto (10X) with a maximum aperture of F2.8 to F5.6 at the respective ends. Manual focus is adjustable via a control ring around the lens, and there’s a physical mode dial and control wheel on the grip for tweaking manual, shutter-, and aperture-priority controls. An adjustable 3-inch tilting touchscreen around the back lets you tap to focus and access deeper menu selections, and there’s a separately sold clip-on unit to turn that screen into an EVF.

One thing that’s missing for anyone thinking about picking this thing up as an independent-filmmaking tool: There are no XLR mic inputs. There are stereo mics built in, and a hot shoe on the top of the camera for other lower-end mics, but you’ll need a step-up Cinema EOS camera for XLR.

Compared to those higher-end EOS cameras, the $2,500 XC10 seems like a bargain. Just keep in mind that it has a much smaller sensor than a full-frame 4K-capable shooter such as the EOS-1D C. And compared to Sony’s similarly sensored 4K Handycam AX100, it’s a thousand dollars more. Just like it splits the difference between a still camera and a camcorder, the XC100 will also split the difference between a consumer camcorder and a professional-level model when it comes out in June.


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Using the New Film Tools in Magic Bullet Looks

by JamesNYCApril 9. 2015 13:08

Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes the all-new Magic Bullet Film, an easy-to-use effect that gives your footage the real look of motion picture film, thanks to hundreds of feet of 35mm film we shot, processed, scanned, and measured.

This film simulation is also included in Magic Bullet Looks, where we broke it into two separate Tools — one for simulating camera negative stocks, and one for print film stocks. You can use these together, or on their own, and optionally in combination with the other powerful Tools in Looks. Here's how.

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Canon XC10 4K Video Cam Under $2,400 Coming in June

by JamesNYCApril 8. 2015 12:46

On first blush the XC10 appears to be a mash-up of Canon corporate bits combined and modified in a novel way, yielding a product addressing the gap between Canon’s current lineup and its more innovative competitors in the video space.

Without cannibalizing existing sales.

A tough design brief, but they just may have pulled it off.

The XC10‘s non-interchangeable zoom lens (8.9mm– 89mm, f/2.8 – 5.6 is the full-frame equivalent of 27mm-270mm, f/5.6 – 16.8) will not give anyone shallow depth of field nor real low-light flexibility, even with a top ISO of 20,000. A 12-stop dynamic range is not going to wow anyone expecting a Sony competitor. The rear LCD flips up and down (very much like the Sonys) but not out. And the XC10 shoots UHD, not full 4K.

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