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Boinx Software Announces PhotoBox for iPad

Boinx Software, a developer of software for the Mac and iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod, has introduced its latest creation for digital photographers and photo enthusiasts: the PhotoBox iPad application. Designed as a tool for photographers on the go, PhotoBox analyzes the technical quality of photos imported from camera to iPad via the iPad Camera Connection Kit. The first of its kind, this breakthrough app provides photographers with an on-the-spot analysis of images in terms of exposure, focus, color, and overall look and composition. Post-shoot, photographers can connect their iPads to a VGA projector to show their photos on the big screen for a deeper analysis and critique. With a long history of developing image applications the Boinx team is taking a different path by offering its users the first version FREE. Working closely with early adopters on evolving its functionality, Boinx is developing PhotoBox into a photo app unlike any other.

PhotoBox tips and tricks:

  • Enable masks for an in-depth view of dark and light areas.
  • Tap to select an image and get the color and luminance histogram.
  • Double tap to zoom in on an image.
  • Use the buttons in the button bar to turn on the over and under exposure detection tool.
  • PhotoBox allows users to view images in any orientation; in landscape mode, the RGB channel histograms can be combined and expanded into one with a simple two-finger pinch/zoom.
  • While in View mode, a double finger tap and hold will zoom to 100%, giving users the ability to glance around the photo and immediately zoom out again after releasing both fingers.
  • Attach a VGA projector using the VGA out cable to show photos on the big screen. Pan and zoom while connected to the projector for an “in your face” view of image details.

For more information click here.



Singular Software Extends PluralEyes Compatibility to Adobe Premiere Pro Mac OS X Users.

Singular Software, developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, announced that its flagship product PluralEyes is now compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5 for Mac OS X. The multi award-winning PluralEyes analyzes audio information to synchronize audio and video clips automatically, saving video editors hours in post-production. The PluralEyes release for Premiere Pro on the Mac platform provides users with all of the same unique PluralEyes product features for managing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio productions.

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Automatic Duck Updates Products

Pro Export FCP 4.05, with some AMA goodness: Ever since Avid announced Media Composer 5 and its QuickTime AMA capability we have been getting a lot of inquiries about how MC5 and QT AMA will help the FCP to Avid workflow with Pro Export FCP. These inquiries really ramped up one people started to figure out how to work around the limitations, especially as promoted on Michael Kammes’ blog. The problem was the “workflow” didn’t work very well.

For update to Pro Export FCP 4.05 click here.

Pro Import FCP 2.09 update: Automatic Duck also released an update to Pro Import FCP, version 2.09. There aren’t new features in this version, this release contains fixes since version 2.08.

For update to Pro Import FCP 2.09 click here.

Media Copy 3.01 contains fixes and improvements since the 3.0 release including some important fixes for Unity users.

For updates to Media Copy 3.0 click here.



Telestream Releases Wirecast 4 Live Webcasting Software

Telestream, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced immediate availability of Wirecast 4 live webcasting production software. Wirecast offers an affordable software alternative to costly hardware broadcasting solutions for producing compelling video broadcasts for the web. Wirecast 4 features a new Pro version along with a new intuitive user interface and integrated support for Blackmagic capture cards plus improved high-quality Main Concept H.264 and On2 VP6 Flash video formats. Wirecast Pro builds on existing advanced video production capabilities to add more rich graphic content, including 3D virtual sets and scoreboards. Wirecast Pro also includes input support for IP and HDV cameras and Telestream’s Pipeline video capture system, providing greater flexibility in professional broadcast, entertainment, and sports environments.

Wirecast 4 is now available in two product configurations. The new user interface – with enhanced shot editor, user-definable layers and source-settings editor – makes Wirecast even easier to use. New features include refreshed title templates (lower-thirds) and new input support for Blackmagic Intensity Pro, Decklink SDI and Decklink Duo capture cards. New, integrated destination support includes Brightcove, a leading online video platform, and, a major sermon network. In addition to 3D virtual sets and scoreboards, Wirecast Pro adds HDV and IP camera support plus enhanced audio controls with sync delay as standard features.

Wirecast is video streaming software that can be loaded on a laptop to broadcast live events and create professional webcasts from any location with only a computer and an Internet connection. Users can stream multiple live cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as prerecorded video, audio and graphics. Advanced production capabilities include 3D graphics, transitions and built-in titles which merge seamlessly with Wirecast’s layering system, allowing users to easily create live and on-demand broadcasts for the web. When ready to go live, broadcasts can be streamed directly to live broadcasting websites using Flash, QuickTime or Windows Media.

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Hinge Digital Kicks Off "Bringing Your World to Life" Character Design Contest

Celebrating the talent and creativity of the artist community, Hinge Digital today announces an open call to concept artists, designers and writers of any background to submit their original story ideas and corresponding character designs for consideration in the Hinge Digital Bringing Your World to Life contest.

Sponsored by Animation Magazine, Luxology and Wacom Technology Corporation, the Bringing Your World to Life contest builds on Hinge Digital’s momentum in developing projects from the graphic novel andcreature-feature genres, and serves as an opportunity for creatives to showcase their own unique visions. The creator of the contest’s winning submission will receive a Wacom Intuos4 tablet, a copy of Luxology modo 3D software and will be featured in Animation Magazine’s April/May 2010 issue; a prize package with an approximate retail value of $1,500. Hinge Digital may additionally consider the winning concept submission for future adaptation into an original animated series pilot or short film.

All contest submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Dec. 31, 2010. Only submissions from residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older (not minors) will be considered. The winning contest entry will be announced in February 2011.

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Sony Announces Vegas Pro 10

Sony announced Vegas Pro 10 software, the newest version of the award-winning video editing application, is now available. This latest version of Vegas Pro NLE software brings the third dimension to video production and lets users edit and produce stereoscopic 3D video in leading formats such as side-by-side, line alternate, or anaglyphic.

New Vegas Pro 10 features include:

  • Leading edge technology, including support for stereoscopic 3D, 4K, and GPU-accelerated AVC encoding
  • Improved closed captioning
  • Improved multicam functionality
  • Performance improvements for DSLR video
  • Enhanced plug-in support
  • Customizable UI and flexible workflow environment
  • Track grouping
  • Audio enhancements
  • Support for industry-leading formats, from tape to file-based to DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Vegas Pro has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to learn and use. Its professional effects and flexible workflow lets users produce and create the way they want; its ability to ingest, edit and deliver content across varied formats means users will always have ultimate control. Vegas Pro 10 also includes a full-featured integrated 5.1 digital audio workstation, providing maximum functionality for scoring, sound design, and multitrack recording.

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Class on Demand Teams with Media Expert Larry Jordan for Legends Series

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, today unveiled the brand new “Class on Demand Legends Series” training initiative. An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, “Class on Demand Legends Series” provides an exclusive “inside look” at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads.

Powered by the Class on Demand Learning Platform’s secure streaming video server, “Class on Demand Legends Series” offers both beginners and seasoned professionals a chance to attend the most acclaimed short-format training seminars from the convenience of their homes or office computers. The seminars, webinars, and workshops encompass everything from analyses of industry trends, to exciting tips, tricks, and workflow solutions delivered directly from the experts themselves. “The ‘Legends Series’ is all about getting a front row seat to a session featuring favorite industry all-star. Our ‘Legends Series’ will provide users with information they would never find in a conventional training course,” says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand.

Class on Demand has called on internationally renowned consultant and Apple-Certified digital media trainer, Larry Jordan, to kick-off the series. An industry legend in various respects, Jordan boasts an impressive 30-plus years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with both national broadcast and corporate credits. Currently, Jordan hosts, produces, and records 1-hour weekly webinars live via Beginning in November, Jordan’s webinars – which encompass a variety of subjects, from business marketing and client management, to software and hardware tools – will be the first “Class on Demand Legends Series” feature.

“I’ve never really thought of myself as a ‘legend,'” says Jordan. “I’m just someone who enjoys showing people how to get their work done faster and better and have fun doing it. I’m delighted that so many people have responded so favorably to my style of teaching.” Jordan adds, “This new ‘Legends Series’ from Class on Demand is designed for people who need to learn a subject quickly – yet in depth. We pack a lot of solid training in a very short period of time. We’re excited to be working with Class on Demand because their new online delivery system allows us to reach a greater number of viewers with our high-quality, convenient, and informative training on a variety of subject matters.”

Holtz adds, “Who better to kick off the series than Larry Jordan? Known very well in the digital media and post-production industry, Jordan’s impressive resume speaks for itself; an author of hundreds of hours of online training and five books, his knowledge and wit makes material resonate. We look forward to launching the ‘Legends Series’ this month and are certain that our customers will benefit from his intellect and humor.”

The initial launch of the Legends series includes ten titles. These titles – ranging from “Grow Your Business,” to “Video Compression for the Web and DVD,” to “Working Tapeless and DSLR Media” — are among the most popular titles that Jordan has produced. Every title will be stored and available to purchase and stream instantly through the Class on Demand Learning Platform and new titles will be released every week.

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Red Giant Announces Trapcode Particular for Nuke by Foundry

Particular for Nuke: Amazing particles with full camera & light support

Red Giant announced a newly minted version of a well-loved product. Trapcode Particular is now available for the Foundry’s Nuke application.

Particular for Nuke will move users immediately into a powerful and creative workflow. Particular is used widely in motion pictures such as Spider Man 3, Terminator: Salvation and Angels & Demons and in TV shows like Lost. Its realistic natural effects have long solved common visual effects challenges, like photo-realistic rain, snow, clouds, smoke trails and sparks.

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Sony Unveils PMW-F3K

Sony released preliminary product information about its PMW-F3K Super 35mm professional portable camcorder. This information is subject to change. More information will be made available soon.

The PMW-F3K is equipped with a Super 35mm sensor which is the same size as Super 35mm film and has been specifically developed for digital cinematography. Its positioning within the chassis is exactly the same as it would be within a 35mm film camera – ensuring exactly the same optical performance with the unrivalled range of 35mm Cine lenses.

In addition, Sony’s advanced accumulated sensor technologies provide an excellent sensitivity of F11 (ISO 800) (measured at 1080/59.94i and typical value) and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of just 63 dB (measured at 1080/59.94i and typical value). Unique Exmor sensor offers exceptional noise reduction and greatly reduces power consumption.

Features include:

  • Three High Quality 35mm Lenses supplied as standard
  • PL Mount Adapter for compatibility with 35mm Cine Lenses
  • Sony F3 Original Mount for Zoom Lens
  • 23.98P Native Recording
  • Slow & Quick Motion function
  • Selectable Bit Rates
  • Multiple-format recording – 1080/720 and Interlace/Progressive switchable operation
  • The PMW-F3K camcorder offers a ‘Slow Shutter function’ for capturing clear images in low-light environments.
  • High-quality uncompressed audio recording
  • Exceptional workflow flexibility

The PMW-F3K can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720P mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080P mode, in increments of 1 fps, onto a single card. For example, when viewed at 23.98P, images captured at 60 fps will appear 2.5 times slower than normal. Conversely, images captured at 4 fps will appear 6 times faster than normal.

With the ‘Slow & Quick Motion’ function of this camcorder, images are recorded natively without interpolating the frames. This means the quality of the slow -and fast- motion images is extremely high and incomparable to those created in the editing process. In addition, these slow -and fast- motion images can be played back immediately after shooting, without using any converters or processing on nonlinear editing systems.

And much more!

For more information click here.



Digital Heaven Releases DH_Counter 2.0 and More Free Plug-ins

Digital Heaven, a developer for Apple Pro Apps, announced the release of DH_Counter 2.0, a major upgrade to the on-screen counter plug-in for Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro.

DH_Counter is ideal for creating a countdown timer to the start of an event or for coverage of sporting events such as races and against the clock challenges. DH_Counter 2.0 has been completely rewritten to provide many more features and flexibility than the previous version.

  • Choice of HH:MM:SS, MM:SS or SS display formats.
  • Show or hide leading zero and separator characters.
  • Count up/down to/from custom time.
  • Show subseconds as frames/tenths/hundredths of a second.
  • Ability to change the speed of the counter.
  • Adjustable text tracking.
  • Monospaced or proportional text spacing.
  • Shadow and Outline styles with adjustable color, opacity, offset, softness and width.
  • Box background with adjustable color, opacity and position.
  • Static display mode for creating start or end holds.

Digital Heaven’s range of freeware products has now grown with the addition of two more Final Cut plug-ins. The first is DH_Fade – the easy way to create consistent fade in/outs on clips with different durations, and the second is DH_FieldTrans – a must for those needing to apply effects to pre-edited footage containing cuts on field 2.

These plug-ins join a popular assortment of existing freeware products on offer from Digital Heaven which include VideoSpace – a helpful widget that calculates required disk space, Disksomnia – a utility application that stops external disks from going to sleep when using Final Cut and the DH_Grid and DH_Guides plug-ins – both useful on-screen alignment and measurement tools for Final Cut.

For more information click here.