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Steinberg Nuendo 8 preview at next week's GDC!
[permalink] 21.02.2017

Steinberg Nuendo 8 Preview GDC Steinberg will be teaming up with Audiokinetic at the 2017 Game Developers Conference (booth 524, South Hall of the Moscone Center), taking place in San Francisco, CA, to give users a first glimpse of the upcoming release of Steinberg's flagship DAW, Nuendo 8. No new features were unveiled prior to the GDC premiere, but Steinberg is aiming to release the latest iteration of Nuendo this June. [source]

Avid releases enhanced versions of its editing tools
[permalink] 20.02.2017

Avid Media Composer 7 screenshotAvid announced the return of PhraseFind and ScriptSync options for Media Composer, following its agreement to exclusively license Nexidia's Emmy Award-winning media and entertainment technologies and solutions. The new versions of PhraseFind and ScriptSync will enable Media Composer users to use the tools for phonetic indexing and search and working with scripted material with the latest version of Media Composer. Pricing starts at 49 USD for Media Composer ScriptSync and PhraseFind Option Bundle for EDU, an upgrade plan will be available for existing owners of PhraseFind and ScriptSync starting at 149 and 349 USD, respectively. A special promotional offer enables Media Composer customers whose licenses have lapsed to purchase the current version of Media Composer (8.8) for 399 US. Version 8.8 is required for the new ScriptSync and PhraseFind options. [source]

New beta firmware for RED digital cinema cameras
[permalink] 16.02.2017

RED EPIC-W 8K introduction videoRED Digital Cinema released a new beta IPP2 firmware for Scarlet, Scarlet-W, Epic, Raven, and Weapon cameras. The new version experiments with different contrast settings and new LUTs. Jarred Land's post also mentioned that Helium Weapons orders are now only 2-3 days behind; Epic-W models are around 2 week turn-around for new orders; while new orders of Scarlet-W are likely to arrive in summer. New orders of RED Raven are not accepted at this time due to overwhelming demand. Due to this, RED Digital Cinema is extending the RED Owner Pricing deals that were supposed to end in December. [source]

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10 adds new artistic effects, speed controls, 360 video
[permalink] 16.02.2017

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10 video Corel introduced Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10, the latest version of its easy-to-use and highly creative video editing software. Users can explore new options for adding custom fast and slow motion effects, and design an eye-catching superimposed style with new transparency controls. The new version also contains masking tools, and 360-degree video support, 3 new effect collections from industry leaders NewBlueFX, Boris FX and proDAD, new DVD templates, integrated learning materials, enhanced HEVC (H.265) support, and workflow enhancements like the ability to group and ungroup items on the timeline with a simple right click. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is available now for 99.99 USD/CAN or 89.99 EUR. [source]

Native Instruments updates MASCHINE to v2.6
[permalink] 15.02.2017

Native Instruments MASCHINE 2.4.5 software updateNative Instruments released a feature-packed new software update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of music production tools. The MASCHINE 2.6 update, free to all registered owners of MASCHINE 2 software, brings several innovative features to Maschine Studio, Maschine MK1 and 2, and Maschine Mikro that were previously only available for Maschine Jam customers. Version 2.6 comes with a new tool to help music producers spice up their compositions. Variation Engine relies on two unique functions, Humanize and Randomize, to add variety and spontaneity to any programmed melody or drum pattern. The update also includes tools to encourage experimentation and spontaneity. Lock, another feature previously implemented in Maschine Jam, makes it easy, for example, to tweak a sound's characters, change an envelope, open a filter, or modulate any other parameter. It also extends Maschine's powerful workflow to external synths by introducing MIDI CC capabilities (more). [source]

New firmware upgrade for Panasonic VariCam
[permalink] 15.02.2017

Panasonic VariCam LTPanasonic released a free firmware upgrade for the VariCam 35 and LT cinema cameras and VariCam HS high-speed 1080p camera that includes additional ProRes codecs and HD-SDI monitor output improvements. The ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT codecs have been added for both 2K and HD for VariCam 35 and LT, and HD for VariCam HS; the bit depth of Pro Res 4444 has been increased to 12-bit, with 10-bit file playback only in camera; and -- for the VariCam LT -- AVC-LongG G50/G25 recording (HD only) is now supported for the majority of frame rates. The firmware upgrade for the VariCam 35 and HS (v7.0) and version 5.0 upgrade for VariCam LT can be downloaded here. [source]

Return of a legend: Technics SL-1200GR / SL-1210GR direct-drive turntable
[permalink] 14.02.2017

Technics SL 1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System photo Technics unveiled the new Grand Class SL-1210GR (black) Direct-Drive Turntable System, joining the SL1200GR (silver) edition that was announced earlier this year . Both models inherit state-of-the- art technology from SL-1200G, which was developed as a reference direct-drive turntable for the next generation. On top of these legendary features, the latest models offer new materials and technical design, enabling excellent sound quality for a wider group of audio enthusiasts. The new models will be available from April 2017at 1,299 GBP.

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Blender 2.78b
[permalink] 14.02.2017

Blender 2.78 bannerThe 2.78b update for the popular Open Source 3D application Blender comes with important speed-ups, especially in Cycles and the Dependency Graph. Users will experience up 5-10x faster rendering of motion blur with hair, an important optimization for production rendering; support for GTX NVIDIA 10x0, and improved support for GTX 980 Ti and Titan X; memory improvements for CUDA & OpenCL; fluid simulation mesh support for motion blur and motion vectors; spherical stereo VR rendering in Cycles; and much more! [source]

V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max up to 7x faster thanks to new adaptive lights!
[permalink] 13.02.2017

Chaos Software V-Ray for MODO videoChaos Group released V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max, a free update to the leading CPU and GPU renderer. With the addition of nine major features and a number of performance improvements, V-Ray 3.5 is the fastest and most powerful version yet. To solve the long-time challenge of rendering scenes with many lights, Chaos Group's R&D team has written a new Adaptive Lights algorithm that drastically speeds up render times. After extensive testing on architectural interiors and large environments with hundreds or even thousands of lights, benchmarking results show that Adaptive Lights can be up to seven times faster, depending on the scene. Now artists can work with a virtually unlimited amount of light sources, rendering scenes that were previously impossible. The new version also features fully interactive production rendering with immediate feedback; new, physically-accurate reflection model Glossy Fresnel; the ability to stop and continue rendering at any point, preserving work and saving time; Live VR rendering; and more! V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max is a free update for all V-Ray 3.x customers. [source]

Propellerhead releases free Reason 9.2 update with new plug-In SDK
[permalink] 10.02.2017

Propellerhead Software Reason 9.1 videoPropellerhead Software released Reason 9.2, the newest update to the award-winning Reason music production software. Reason 9.2 is a free update for Reason 9 owners that supports further development for the Rack Extension plug-in platform, and introduces Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.5 to developers. The Rack Extension SDK has evolved significantly since its inception, and now offers many new features, including user sample loading and sampling in Rack Extensions, customizable and switchable panels, widgets and tabs, and numerous other improvements including display pop-up menus, modifier keys in displays and new ways to visualize audio and data. [source]

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New products from Blackmagic Design

Blackkmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD photo Blackmagic Design announced several new products for broadcasting professionals, 
including HyperDeck Studio Mini, Blackmagic Web Presenter, ATEM Television Studio HD as well as lighter Blackmagic Studio Cameras with lower price. HyperDeck Studio Mini (695 USD, out now) is a miniaturized professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video using commonly available SD cards and 6G-SDI interface supporting all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. The ATEM Television Studio HD (995 USD, out now) is a broadcast quality live production switcher featuring 8 inputs, multi view, aux, and program outputs, analog audio inputs, built-in talkback, two flash based media players, creative transitions, a DVE for effects and more. The new Blackmagic Web Presenter allows customers to use their professional SDI and HDMI video sources with streaming software and services such as YouTube Live or Facebook Live thanks to its built-in12G-SDI and HDMI connections. Blackmagic Web Presenter is available now for 495 USD and will down-convert any SD, HD and Ultra HD sources and make them work like a 720p USB webcam! Blackmagic Design also announced two new Blackmagic Studio Camera models with their internal battery removed to reduce the retail price of the camera. The HD model has been reduced 200 USD and is now 1495 USD. The Ultra HD Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K has been reduced 800 USD from 2,495 to only 1,695 USD. Both models are available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. [source]

CINEMA 4D Service Release 18 (SP2)
This new service release improves stability and performance of Maxon's CINEMA 4D software for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. [more]
Magic Bullet Suite 13.0.2 adds support for HitFilm Pro 2017
Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Suite of visual effect plug-ins has been updated. [more]
Steinberg Dorico updated, demo version now available
Steinberg's new Dorico notation software has been updated to version 1. [more]
Native Instruments updates MASCHINE to v2.6
Native Instruments released a feature-packed new software update for their acclaimed MASCHINE family of music production tools. [more]
New firmware upgrade for Panasonic VariCam
Panasonic released a free firmware upgrade for the VariCam 35 and LT cinema cameras and VariCam HS high-speed 1080p camera that includes additional ProRes codecs and HD-SDI monitor output improvements. [more]
Blender 2.78b
The 2.78b update for the popular Open Source 3D application Blender comes with important speed-ups, especially in Cycles and the Dependency Graph. [more]

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