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3cP Apps Continue to Increase Visual Power Of Cinematographers

Gamma & Density Co. has announced the release of 3cP/Image Control Lite, a new version of their Apple iPad application for cinematographers. 3cP/Image Control Lite is now available in the iPad App Store.

3cP/Image Control Lite packages the base features of the 3cP/Image Control Pro version into a lower-cost application. It includes basic color correction, LUT support for Apple Color and DaVinci Resolve, and a histogram display. Additional LUTs, expanded color correction abilities, RGB sliders, full test instruments, and other features can be added via in-app purchases. 3cP / Image Control Lite allows you to have just the features you want.

Image Control Lite lets you color correct, crop, and mask your images on a calibrated screen, then create a matching 3D LUT for post-production. Images can be imported from the Photo Album, camera, or via the Camera Connection Kit. 3cP / Image Control Lite starts with color correction tools including curves, lift-gamma-gain color wheels, and a Zone System ruler. You can optionally add printer lights and RGB channel controls. A histogram monitoring display can be supplemented by optional waveform monitor and vectorscope displays.

Via in-app upgrade purchases, 3cP/Image Control Lite can be expanded to the full functionality of the company’s 3cP/Image Control Pro.

3cP/Image Control Lite and Pro are professional exposure and dynamic range metering and color correction devices which translate the imagery created on the set into precise post production output in any format. It’s a very simple, yet very sophisticated tool for ensuring that your intentions on set make it to post, whether you are shooting film or digital from an HDSLR to an Alexa.

3cP/Image Control Lite with the optional 3cP Interface in combination with 3cP “SET+POST” allows users to produce dailies and to work with variety of workflows with Alexa, RED, Sony and many other cameras, plus the ability of 3cPas well as to color correct a live video feed in real time.

The combination of Gamma and Density’s color science and pre-vis technology with the Apple iPad allows for even greater creative and technical freedom for contemporary image-makers, while maintaining the predictable, consistent results the 3cP on–the-set/near-the-set Image Management System is known for world-wide.

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Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE Now Available

Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow technology for video and film, has announced that Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE (BCC 8 AE) is now available. BCC 8 AE delivers 200+ VFX filters to Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS5, and CS4. New flicker reduction and videoscope tools, OpenGL hardware acceleration, 32-bit float support, deeper After Effects integration, and enhanced lens flares, particles, glows, and lights headline this new release.

BCC gives editors and compositors the most comprehensive VFX plug-in suite ever created. A whopping 200+ filters include 3D Objects such as Extruded Text, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, keys and mattes, 3 Way Color Grading and other color correction tools, time-based effects such as Optical Stabilizer, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.

Over 1,000 professionally-designed presets are included free with every installation of BCC. Customers can save and freely share their own presets and build customized preset collections tuned to the specific needs of a project – without the need for a costly subscription service. Both static and animated BCC presets are supported on the After Effects platform. Presets can be shared with matching BCC installations on any host application in which BCC is installed. In addition, via the Boris Transfer workflow utilities, BCC is the only plug-in collection that allows easy VFX migration between Adobe, Avid, and Apple video editing software – with parameters and keyframed information in-tact. Boris Transfer AE transfers Avid or Final Cut Pro sequences to After Effects while Boris Transfer FCP transfers sequences between Avid and Final Cut Pro.

Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE New Feature Highlights:

  • BCC Videoscope checks color levels at any stage of an After Effects composition, ensuring broadcast-legal colors of the final output or any individual element in the project.
  • BCC Film Glow creates the soft feel of exposed film.
  • BCC Flicker Fixer repairs video affected by flickering light or uneven shutter exposure.
  • BCC Stage Light simulates production lights, projectors, or stage lighting. This powerful volumetric lighting tool adds striking realism to 3D composites.
  • BCC Lens Flare 3D leverages GPU acceleration and AE’s camera and lighting system to create cinematic looks, stylish broadcast design elements, and beautiful transitions.
  • BCC Particle Emitter 3D gives 3D broadcast designers the ultimate particle machine, providing an incredibly powerful, flexible, and OpenGL-accelerated particle system.
  • BCC Organic Strands emulates flowing strands of matter, glowing plasma, or hundreds of other creative options to enhance broadcast graphics.
  • BCC Wild Cards provides an easy-to-use particle-based filter for building complex designs of 2D images in 3D space.
  • Enhanced After Effects Integration includes full integration with AE’s 3D camera and lighting system, support for vector masks directly from AE layers, and the ability to take advantage of audio directly from AE audio tracks.
  • 32-Bit Float Support is included as part of BCC’s GPU implementation and it is equally supported with ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards – with no loss of performance.

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ToolsOnAir Releases just:play v1.6

ToolsOnAir, creators of innovative QuickTime-based applications for broadcast video production professionals, has announced the release of version 1.6 of their play out products just:play and just:live.

Part of ToolsOnAir’s acclaimed Broadcast Suite of video production tools, just:play and just:live v1.6 offers a host of new features and enhancements that take the concept of TV Station in a Mac even further.

Included in the version 1.6 update is full support for Mac OS 10.7 (Lion), as well as support for Apple’s Mac Mini.

ToolsOnAir’s just:play and just:live v1.6 now offer real time aspect ratio conversion, automatically detecting different aspect ratios and converting the files to match playout format. In addition, the user can override the preset selection for each clip individually. For frame accurate play out, the internal time used for scheduling and playing out can now be synchronized to an LTC signal.

Also supported is playlist within playlist functionality, where saved playlists can be dragged and dropped into a previously scheduled playlist.

Advanced native router control for external interfacing and control including routers from AJA, BM, Harris, Kramer and other manufacturers, GPI control of external devices and control of just:live as a server application over the VDCP standard.

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Digital Rapids Expands Award-Winning Encoding and Streaming Solutions with New 3.7 Software Release

Digital Rapids has announced the release of version 3.7 of the Digital Rapids Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD and Flux encoding and live streaming solutions. New features in Stream 3.7 include expanded format support including encoding to the Panasonic AVC-Intra format; 64-bit operating system support; cue point insertion for live streaming with Adobe Flash technologies; and enhanced H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding. These new capabilities join numerous additions in the previously-unannounced version 3.6 upgrade released in August, including Dolby Digital AC-3 audio pass-through and updates to Civolution NexGuard forensic watermarking support.

Further expanding Digital Rapids’ renowned format flexibility, Stream 3.7 adds optional support for encoding to Panasonic’s AVC-Intra format, providing a gateway into the growing number of post production, broadcast and archive solutions and workflows natively supporting AVC-Intra compressed media. Version 3.7 also expands the Stream software’s support for the Sony XDCAM system with import and export of XDCAM HD media in QuickTime MOV containers. Digital Rapids’ highly-acclaimed H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding quality and performance are also further improved. The same new and enhanced format support is also now available for the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated, high-volume transcoding software.

Version 3.7 adds 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system support for Digital Rapids’ Flux capture and pre-processing hardware. For live streaming to Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR applications, Stream 3.7 enables the insertion of cue points into live RTMP streams (on-the-fly via Web Services API or from files) to trigger downstream events such as advertising insertion or replacement.

Additional new features in Stream 3.7 include multicast support for Windows Media live streaming, particularly noteworthy in enterprises using the Windows Media format for internal communications applications; insertion of Closed Captions from live or file-based sources during encoding to QuickTime files; new and enhanced video and audio processing plug-ins; encoding improvements for streaming to Apple devices; enhancements to live transport stream outputs; and a variety of minor additions and refinements.

Version 3.7 is the second significant update to the Stream software released in recent months, building on the version 3.6 software update released in August. For users of systems based on the Flux hardware, Stream 3.6 adds AC-3 audio pass-through, enabling AC3-compressed audio inputs to be combined with newly-encoded video without audio re-compression or metadata loss. Flux-based systems also gain the ability to capture raw ancillary data from SDI input sources into GXF, MXF or standalone files.

Stream 3.6 also incorporated updates to the optional Civolution NexGuard forensic watermarking module, including enhancements to its imperceptible video watermarking and improved watermark detection performance from pirated copies. Other new features in version 3.6 included integrated Dolby Digital decoding with metadata support and Closed Caption decoding from GXF and LXF input sources.

Click for more information about Digital Rapids’ New Stream 3.7 Software.

Stereobank, the leading 3D stock footage marketplace

Stereobank, the leading S3D stock footage marketplace, has announced that the biggest catalogue of 3D stock shots is hitting a strategic milestone by adding its latest series of Super Slow Motion 3D footage. With 1,000+ premium S3D indexed clips and tens of hours of creative footage, Stereobank confirms being the essential partner for producers and post-production companies looking for genuine 3D footage to complete their 3D projects in HD, 2k and even 4K definition.

Stereobank is the widest catalogue of stereoscopic 3D stock footage. And it is now covering so many topics like lifestyle, nature, aerials, business, sport, macro, super slow-motion and more, that it is a dream come true for any 3D producer looking to enhance a project. The S3D footage from around the world is available in no time and at a flexible license rate.

Stereobank is always looking for new stereoscopic content to distribute. Counting more than 50 professional contributors worldwide, from independent stereographers to 3D production studios, the company is proud to welcome new filmmakers with talents.

Affordable 3D footage is now available for every project.

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AOTG.com Launches Their Apple Film Editors App

After several months of digital and online testing, Art of the Guillotine Inc., the world’s leading news aggregation and distribution system for film editors, is proud to release the new “AOTG” Apple App for iPhone and iPad.

The AOTG app with push notification provides editing news, as well as the videos from Art of the Guillotine’s “Association Video Series” which brings the American Cinema Editors, the Canadian Cinema Editors and the Australian Screen Editors together to share their professional videos.

Using location services, AOTG.com users can post and find professional editing events globally. The AOTG app also hosts The Cutting Room Podcast, hosted by Gordon Burkell and voted one of the top 40 film podcasts for filmmakers and editors.

Download the new AOTG app now on iTunes or on AOTG.com.

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Matrox MC-100, The Mini Converter Redefined

As a broadcast engineer or A/V professional you likely have diverse needs when it comes to managing SDI signals within your environment – for monitoring, distributing, switching, multiplexing, and processing 3D in real time. Until now, you have been forced to purchase different devices to perform these tasks. The new Matrox MC-100 solves all these challenges in one inexpensive, easy-to-use device.

Matrox MC-100 is a dual SDI to HDMI mini converter that supports a wide range of display resolutions through 3G, Dual Link, HD, and SD-SDI. This single portable unit can be used as a HD-SDI switcher, a distribution amplifier, a multiplexer, and a 3D processing unit, making it the most versatile mini converter on the market. It should be in every video professional’s toolbox.

Check out the Matrox MC-100 Webinar and learn how to monitor, manage, and process your SDI signals easily and affordably.

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VITEC Multimedia’s Focus FS-100 and FS-4 DTE Batteries Available Now

VITEC Multimedia has announced that they have released high capacity (3-hour) batteries now available for immediate purchase.  These high capacity batteries are compatible with the following VITEC Multimedia Focus DTE Recorders:

  • Focus FS-4 Line
  • Focus FS-C
  • Focus FS-100
  • Focus DR-HD100

This high-capacity battery for Direct to Edit Recorder from Vitec Multimedia (formerly Focus Enhancements) provides 180 minutes of recording time for the company’s Direct to Edit (DTE) units, doubling the capacity of the standard battery.

The 10.8V/1950mAh battery is compatible with the Focus FS-4 line (FS-4, FS-4 HD, FS-4Pro, FS-4Pro HD), FS-100, FS-C, and DR-HD100 recorder models. The Lithium-ion battery is rechargeable via the Focus DTE recorder.

Click for more information about VITEC Multimedia’s Focus FS-100 and FS-4 DTE Batteries.

Sound Devices Adds Powerful Control Features to PIX 220 and PIX 240 Video Recorders

Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, has released an update for its new line of portable production video recorders—PIX 220 and PIX 240. Firmware version 1.03 offers PIX 240 users record stop/start flag support for all major camera manufacturers, plus time code support over HDMI for Sony FS 100 and other Sony NEX cameras. Additionally, Setup Menu customization and numerous other upgrades have been introduced. These new features are available as a no-charge firmware update to all PIX 220 and PIX 240 users.

PIX 220 and PIX 240 connect to cameras with HDMI (plus SDI on the PIX 240) and record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. The PIX 240 adds even more flexibility, with its time code and sync generator, and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs. Both the PIX 220 and PIX 240 bring the company’s award-winning audio expertise and performance to their video products.

Firmware revision 1.03 adds support for SDI record stop/start flags for Canon, Sony and ARRI cameras. This is in addition to the PIX 240’s existing support for RED and Panasonic cameras. SDI flag support allows users to control the PIX 240 directly from the camera without the need for time code adjustments. What’s more, PIX 240 now supports time code over HDMI for Sony FS100 and other Sony NEX cameras.

With the update to revision 1.03, PIX 220 and PIX 240 offer customizable Setup Menu selections. Users can create default settings and simplify the Setup Menu to help further reduce setup time.

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Singular Software Presto for OS X With Support For Adobe Premiere Pro Is Now Available

Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, is pleased to announce the availability of Singular Software Presto for OS X (v2.0) with support for Adobe Premiere Pro. Singular Software Presto automates the tedious task of editing video presentations. Simple to use, Presto’s underlying visual tracking and image-tracking technology works alongside the non-linear editing application to automatically synchronize the footage of the presenter and the presentation slides, using a video taken of the screen. The end result is an engaging, polished video of the presentation prepared in just minutes instead of hours.

Special Singular Software Presto for OS X Promotions

The official launch of Singular Software Presto for OS X includes several promotions. Promotions cannot be combined and end on December 31, 2011.

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