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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]

Steinberg HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3 and Absolute 3 Collection
[permalink] 10.02.2017

Steinberg Halion 6 Halion Sonic 3 cover Steinberg announced the release of HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3 virtual instruments, and the Absolute 3 Collection. HALion 6 comes with stunning new features like the new wavetable synthesis, the Sample Recorder and the Macro Page Designer providing users with a comprehensive sound design environment. Alongside HALion 6 comes the all-in-one workstation, HALion Sonic 3, providing a 25 GB preset library expansion, a new wavetable synthesizer and 9 new effects. HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3 and the Absolute 3 collection are available from Steinberg resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop now. [source]

OpenColorIO for Photoshop
[permalink] 10.02.2017

Fnord Software OpenColorIO Photoshop plug-in screenshot Fnord software released a Photoshop version of their OpenColorIO After Effects plug-in. The Photoshop version is able to export ICC Profiles and LUTs right from the plug-in: users can test out a color conversion directly on their images by running it normally, then undo and export an ICC Profile that can be assigned to their documents. Or export a LUT to be assigned to a Color Lookup adjustment layer in Photoshop. The plug-in is free and open source. [source]

New products from Blackmagic Design
[permalink] 08.02.2017

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]

Boris FX ships Mocha VR for 360/VR filmmaking
[permalink] 08.02.2017

Boris FX Imagineer Systems Mocha VR video Boris FX introduced Mocha VR, a groundbreaking new software tool bringing high-end visual effects and post-production workflows to 360/VR filmmaking. Based on Imagineer's Academy Award-winning planar tracking algorithm, Mocha VR is also the first plug-in to bring native 360 optimized motion tracking, masking, object removal, and horizon stabilization tools to host applications Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Avid Media Composer, The Foundry's NUKE, and Blackmagic Design Fusion. The new plug-in for Adobe, Avid or OFX hosts is 995 USD, upgrade from Mocha Pro 5 is 300 USD. Standalone and Multi-Host plug-in license costs 1995 USD, or 300 USD in case of a Mocha Pro 5 upgrade. [source]

Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Suite 13.0.3
[permalink] 06.02.2017

Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Suite 13 videoRed Giant Software released Magic Bullet Suite 13.0.3, a free update for users of the current Magic Bullet Suite 13. This update includes bug fixes for Magic Bullet Looks and additional hardware support for Magic Bullet Colorista IV and Denoiser III on Windows, specifically a 4K support for GeForce GTX cards (4GB VRAM and up). [source]

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Blackmagic Design: New URSA Mini Pro camera and two new panels for Resolve now shipping!

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K B4 mount photo EF PL RED RAVEN SCARLET-W VariCam LT Blackmagic Design announced URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, a new professional camera that combines high-end digital film quality with the ergonomics and features of a traditional broadcast camera. URSA Mini Pro features a massive number of tactile control buttons, switches and dials that make it faster to use, built-in optical ND filters, a new interchangeable lens mount, dual CFAST 2.0 and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders, and much more. Available now for 5,995 USD from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide, incl. optional PL and B4 (pictured) lens mounts. Blackmagic also announced two new portable hardware control panels for DaVinci Resolve, its professional editing and color correction software. These new control panels are designed to allow color correction workflows to be mixed in with editing workflows, while introducing new levels of quality in affordable hardware control panels. The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel is available for 995 USD and the DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel is available for 2,995 USD, and both are also available now. DaVinci Resolve has been released in version 12.5.5, and is now available on Red Hat and CentOS Linux. This allows customers with Red Hat or CentoOS 6.8 or 7.2 systems to download and use the free version of DaVinci Resolve or the full DaVinci Resolve Studio. Adding Linux support gives customers more choice in hardware, allowing them to build extremely high performance, low cost workstations for editing and color correction. [source]

Steinberg Cubase 8.5.30 improves Dorico compatibility, new trial versions
Steinberg released a maintenance update 8.5.30 for Cubase Pro and Artist. [more]
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]
Native Instruments FORM 1.1 update
Native Instruments released FORM 1.1, a significant update to this distinctive sample-scanning synthesizer. [more]
Steinberg VST SDK 3.6.7 with Linux and Open Source support
Steinberg released version 3.6.7 of their software development kit for VST. [more]
Chaos Group releases Phoenix FD 3 fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya
Chaos Group released Phoenix FD 3 for Maya, a major update to its all-in-one fluid dynamics plug-in for Autodesk Maya. [more]

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