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Magic Lantern Offers Open Platform for Enhancing Canon 5D Mark II DSLR Camera

Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR, a camera that offers:

  • the use of a wide range of lenses (anything that can be adapted to the EF mount)
  • a 35mm full-frame sensor the size of VistaVision. This means shallower native depth-of-field than anything on the market, except for the Phantom 65.
  • a dynamic range and latitude close to the capabilities of high-end HD cameras.
  • The low-light performance.
  • Magic Lantern has written extensions and widgets that address firmware issues in working with the 5D Mark II on a film or video set. 

    The first set of fixes target audio limitations of the camera, but there are some video enhancements included, too: 

  • On-screen audio meters
  • Manual gain control with no AGC
  • Zebra stripes (video peaking)
  • Custom Cropmarks for 16:9, 2.35:1, 4:3 and any other format
  • Control of focus and bracketing
    For more information click here.

    Singular Software Offers New PluralEyes Release

    Singular Software, developer of automation applications for post-production, announced that its PluralEyes version 1.1 for Final Cut Pro has expanded its support for non-linear editing applications to include Sony Vegas Pro.  PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images. The new PluralEyes plug-in for Vegas Pro provides an array of features for managing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio productions; including a level audio option, preserving the order of clips, and clip locking for seamless integration into existing workflows.

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    DigiEffects Launches Atmosphere Plug-in for After Effects

    Digieffects, a developer of visual effects software plugins, now offers Atmosphere which can be used to simulate atmospheric conditions such as haze and fog in your composition.

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    ikan Corp Introduces the VX9 SDI Monitor

    This latest entry by ikan Corporation into the HD-SDI market sports HD-SDI (which also transcodes to component out), HDMI, HD/SD component, composite and S-Video. Initial power options include compatibility with Sony (both ‘L’ series and BP-U), Canon, and Panasonic DV batteries, as well as Gold (or AB) and V Mount professional batteries.

    Key features include:

    • HDMI, HD-SDI, Component and Composite inputs.
    • Blue PlusTM, Blue Gun, Overscan, Under scan, Pixel to PIxel and Freeze Comparison (for split-picture comparison).
    • 1024 x 600 resolution
    • Multiple power options (Sony BP, Canon 900, Panasonic D, AB-Mount, V-Mount)

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    OConnor Announces New Camera Accessory Line

    OConnor, maker of fluid heads and tripods, expands its movie making tools by offering a new line of camera accessories. OConnor has chosen Jim Elias, based in Europe, to head the design team. A recognized name in professional camera accessory design, Elias brings extensive experience as a camera assistant to the engineering process. Another film industry veteran, Eric J. Johnston, has been appointed Product Specialist. Eric, based in Valley Cottage NY, is already interfacing with working camera people to get on-the-set feedback and integrate their needs into the new product design.

    The first OConnor camera accessory is a completely modular cine-style follow-focus system. The compact and low profile unit enables quick, tool-free mounting on standard rod systems. This new OConnor cine-style follow focus is compatible with all standard follow-focus accessories and driver gears. OConnor’s new follow focus integrates with all camera and lens systems in use.  The further products in the range will be announced as they are released.

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    Luxology Announces Free modo Training Via Podcast

    Luxology LLC, an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software, now offers a free bi-weekly podcast on the company’s 3D modeling and rendering software modo. Created by Pixel Corps each podcast will be hosted by Pixel Corps founder and Chief Architect, Alex Lindsay, with Pixel Corps digital effects artist McKay Hawkes as the show’s first guest.

    The first podcast will focus on realistic rendering and examining the integration of CAD files in modo. Future podcasts will explore additional features within modo and how the software fits into larger visual effects pipelines in a variety of industries.

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    BorisFX Continuum Complete: Animated Text on a Path Using Boris Continuum Complete’s Extruded Text Filter

    Chapter: Titling

    Topic: 3D Text

    Dirk de Jong has been in the video software industry for more than 12 years working for companies serving the film and video post production market. Currently he is a product manager at Boris FX, a leading developer of graphics and effects software, where he has worked for almost 9 years.


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    Facilis Technology Ships Video Post Production Version 4.2 and OSX Shared File System for TerraBlock

    Facilis Technology, a company that provides shared media storage technology for post-production and content creation, has delivered the next installment of the Facilis Shared File System called TerraBlock.

    TerraBlock Virtual Volumes can be accessed from multiple writers across both Fibre Channel and Ethernet. As part of this new technology, traditional high-performance Single-user Write volumes existing on the TerraBlock may be switched to Multi-user Write on the fly and on a per-volume basis. TerraBlock is the only SAN to provide a choice of high performance or fully collaborative sharing through software attribute.

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    Telestream Announces Software Update for Pipeline Systems

    Telestream now offers an update to its Pipeline software that works in conjunction with the company’s video capture systems. The series of Pipeline network-based systems are designed to capture both HD and SD video from tape or live sources. Version 2.4 brings support for frame-accurate printing of HD or SD video back to tape, which can be used for the creation of spot wheels or review-and-approval tapes. Additional features include EDL import support and a timecode-break-triggered capture mode.

    The added EDL support enables users to import an edit-decision list directly from Final Cut Pro, Avid, or other editing utilities. The timecode-break-triggered capture mode can be used for capturing large quantities of content, but without importing and storing large amounts of footage.

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    Creating Scrolling Credits in Final Cut Pro

    Every movie and TV show today has them: credits. It’s important to know how to create the most basic kind of scrolling credits in Final Cut Pro. Once you have your sequence finalized in the Timeline, you can then start to create your credits for the end of your video.

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