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Noise Industries Partner Dashwood Cinema Solutions Sets Stereoscopic 3D Milestone with New Plug-in Releases

Noise Industries development partner Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released a significant update to its award-winning, professional Stereo3D Toolbox plug-in for stereoscopic 3D mastering, as well as an inexpensive limited edition (LE) version for a more accessible entry into stereoscopic 3D content creation. Developed by stereo-cinematographer and Dashwood Cinema Solutions founder Tim Dashwood, both plug-in suites are powered by FxFactory and are designed to work with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Apple Final Cut Express applications.

The recent explosion of 3D motion pictures in theaters around the globe has prompted exceptional interest in stereoscopic technology. Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ Stereo3D Toolbox 2.0 leverages powerful technology for easy stereoscopic content creation on the Mac. Its expansive capabilities empower artists with the ability to repair, align and then output media to a wide-range of stereoscopic 3D formats. Innovative features in the new version offer a greater creative recipe; feeding 3D impulses with new capabilities that include: improved sub-pixel precision, pixel-precise straight or angled floating windows, high-contrast “ghost busting,” intuitive preview tools, finer control of image exposure and color balance, 2D+Z-Depth to stereoscopic conversion, and more.

With Dashwood Cinema Solutions’ new Stereo3D Toolbox LE, 3D enthusiasts have an affordable gateway into 3D content creation with the most basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools necessary to optimize stereoscopically acquired footage. Features within the limited edition version incorporate convergence adjustment and vertical, zoom and rotational disparity correction tools, “autoscale,” a preview screen within the user interface, and the ability to output clips to popular stereoscopic monitors and delivery formats – including YouTube 3D.

Stereo3D Toolbox v2.0 feature highlights include:

  • Precise Stereoscopic Alignment: Filters allow adjustments to the convergence of scenes with horizontal image translation (HIT), while eliminating vertical, rotational, keystone and focal length disparity using either pixel-based or scalable percentage sliders. All adjustments can be keyframed with sub-pixel precision and “ease in/out” Bezier curves. The “Geometry” filter also features the “autoscale” function to automatically eliminate cropped edges, as well as stereoscopic scale, rotation and reframe tools.
  • Advanced Stereoscopic Mastering Tools: The “Virtual Floating Window” filter can be used to create and keyframe pixel-precise straight or angled crops to minimize the effects of stereo window violations, while “Ghost Toaster” aids in the reduction of high-contrast crossover in circularly polarized display systems and monitors.
  • Preview Tools Within the User Interface: Active preview tools that immediately present valuable feedback, including basic motion statistics, L/R difference mode, and the new anaglyph outlines preview. Circular Polarized 3D monitors are also now supported by the Canvas window in Final Cut Studio.
  • Stereo3D Toolbox LE feature highlights include:

  • Adjust Convergence and Correct Disparity: Filters allow adjustments to the convergence of scenes with horizontal image translation (HIT), while eliminating vertical, rotational and zoom disparity using pixel-based “ping-pong” sliders.
  • Stereoscopic Input and Output: Accepts discreet left and right video clips, line-by-line interlaced 3D clips, or side-by-side clips (squeezed or un-squeezed). Also supports the output of popular stereoscopic delivery formats like side-by-side, line-by-line interlaced (field-sequential) and red/cyan anaglyph.
  • Direct Upload to YouTube 3D: Finished stereoscopic 3D video can be directly uploaded to YouTube from the latest Final Cut Studio with side-by-side formatting.
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    Apple Cinema Tools Overview: Underneath the Surface with Frame Rates

    Cinema Tools is an interesting and often misunderstood utility that has been shipping with Apple Final Cut Studio since 2004. Many editors are not even sure of what Cinema Tools function is. The application is a database application that tracks the relationship between film frames and their corresponding video frames. Included with Final Cut Studio, Cinema Tools assists in editing a film or 24p digital intermediate project just as you would edit any video or multimedia originated project. Few Final Cut Pro editors are aware of or understand exactly how Cinema Tools works and what it is intended for…

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    Green Smoke

    Create a cloudy smoke title with real footage in Adobe After Effects.

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    Apple Cinema Tools: Apple Cinema Tools Overview: Underneath the Surface with Frame Rates

    Chapter: Editing

    Topic: Media or Media Management

    Film Workflow Steps, Pulling it Down, Doing the DI, Two Important Cinema Tools Features For Editing
    Generating All Kinds of Lists, Integrating Cinema Tools with Your Final Cut Pro Workflow, How To Use Cinema Tools to Conform a Canon 5D MKII Clip, The Basics of Syncing Your Audio
    Cinema Tools is an interesting and often misunderstood utility that has been shipping with Apple Final Cut Studio since 2004. Many editors are not even sure of what Cinema Tools function is. The application is a database application that tracks the relationship between film frames and their corresponding video frames. Included with Final Cut Studio, Cinema Tools assists in editing a film or 24p digital intermediate project just as you would edit any video or multimedia originated project. Few Final Cut Pro editors are aware of or understand exactly how Cinema Tools works and what it is intended for.

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    Adobe After Effects: Green Smoke

    Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

    Topic: Fire, Flame or Smoke

    Create a wispy smoke title with real footage

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    Apple Motion Tutorial Oscillating a Shape

    Apple Motion has an oscillating behavior that can bring life to a painted object.

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    Apple Motion: Apple Motion Tutorial Oscillating a shape

    Chapter: Motion Graphic Design

    Topic: Behaviors

    Apple Motion has an oscillating behavior that can bring life to a painted object. This is a great method for creating an animation without having to manually add keyframes. The oscillation behavior can be applied to any parameter within an object. In this example, I’ve chosen to oscillate the Y parameter for the brush angle. Check out the rest of this Apple Motion Oscillation Tutorial.

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    Apple Cinema Tools: Apple Cinema Tools Overview: Underneath the Surface with Frame Rates

    Chapter: Project and Media Management

    Topic: Prepare Media

    Cinema Tools is an interesting and often misunderstood utility that has been shipping with Apple Final Cut Studio since 2004. Many editors are not even sure of what Cinema Tools function is. The application is a database application that tracks the relationship between film frames and their corresponding video frames. Included with Final Cut Studio, Cinema Tools assists in editing a film or 24p digital intermediate project just as you would edit any video or multimedia originated project. Few Final Cut Pro editors are aware of or understand exactly how Cinema Tools works and what it is intended for.

    http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/apple_cinema_tools_overview_brockett.html

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    Adobe After Effects: Aux Particles in Trapcode Particular 2

    Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

    Topic: Particles

    Tutor Harry Frank looks at “aux” particles in Particular 2, explaining how they’re related to regular particles and showing how they can be precisely controlled to create subtle and unusual effects. This tutorial is excerpted from Class on Demand’s brand-new DVD, Complete Training for Trapcode Particular 2.

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    Canon Releases XF300 and XF305 Camcorders

    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders. Both new models employ an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec – Canon XF Codec – for capturing and recording native 1920 x 1080 video onto affordable, universally available Compact Flash (CF) cards. Uniting video, audio and metadata into a single file, the Canon XF305 and XF300 use an MXF (Material eXchange Format) File Wrapper, a widely supported open source format, to maximize compatibility with existing industry infrastructure and non-linear editing (NLE)systems. Priced under $8,000 per model, the Canon XF305 and XF300 are engineered for multiple production applications including broadcast news, documentary and independent filmmaking and event videography. Canon will be demonstrating a variety of professional applications for the Canon XF305 and XF300 at the Company’s booth# C4325 at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    The Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders include a Genuine Canon 18x HD L-series lens providing documentary filmmakers and news camera operators with the focal-range versatility required in the field. Designed with input from professional users, each model includes three Canon developed and designed native 1920 x 1080 CMOS image sensors, and the new Canon XF Codec for extreme color detail required for accurate chroma-keying, color-grading and compositing for digital filmmaking. For finer transitions in tone and color, 4:2:2 color sampling offers twice the color resolution of HDV and other 4:2:0 formats. In addition, Canon’s XF305 model features industry- standard HD-SDI output, genlock, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera or 3-D productions.

    Further adding to the low total-cost-of-ownership of the Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders is their use of CF cards. In addition to rugged, solid-state construction and the speed and ease of file transfer to computers, CF cards are cost effective and widely available, unlike proprietary memory systems. The new Canon XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders feature hot-swappable dual card slots and support UDMA CF cards for maximum performance.

    To support the swift adoption of the Canon XF Codec, Canon has worked in cooperation with major editing and post-production software developers, including Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Grass Valley, to ensure compatibility with leading software programs widely used within the video production and broadcast industries.

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