Avid introduces Pro Tools - First and Pro Tools 12
Avid's Pro Tools First is a new, free version of Pro Tools that anyone can register and download. It has 16 mono or stereo audio tracks, 16 Instrument Tracks, 16 MIDI tracks and much more. It's a fully functional version that allows users to work on up to three projects and it has all of the same main recording and editing features as industry-standard Pro Tools. Pro Tools 12 offers easier and more flexible ways of getting your hands on the best tools in the industry and staying on the cutting edge of music and sound creation with flexible licensing options. This release marks a fundamental change in the way Avid will deliver new feature updates - in smaller but faster release dates instead of the traditional 18-month wait between big updates. For new users, it's never been more affordable to use the latest version of Pro Tools - starting at under $25 US a month for an annual subscription. For existing Pro Tools (standard) users, the choice is theirs now on what makes sense for their upgrade schedule, whether to stay on an annual perpetual license or a new monthly subscription license. Plus, all Pro Tools 12 licenses come with a support plan which, in addition to providing software updates/upgrades, offers unlimited web support and either one support phone call per month for Pro Tools or unlimited calls for Pro Tools HD, for the duration of the plan (more). [source]
Carbon Scatter 2015 trial version available
S catter millions of instances in seconds, create wind-swept forests or animated crowds and render them directly inside 3ds Max, Maya and CINEMA 4D, using the new Carbon Scatter 2015 plug-in.
Major upgrade to Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite
The Tiffen Company released the highly-anticipated version 4 of the award-winning Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite.
PlantFactory and VUE 2014.6 PLEs
The "Personal Learning Edition" of PlantFactory and Vue, e-ons virtual nature products, are now updated for the recently announced 2014.
HALion 5.1 udpate available
The 5.1 update for Steinberg's VST sampler and sound creation system, HALion 5, features eight brand-new effects and tools for sample editing and includes new looping and playback modes.
Panasonic releases firmware update for LUMIX DMC-GH4
New firmware update 2.1 for the popular LUMIX G interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 adds time code and recording control signal embedding to the HDMI output signal (in conjunction with ATOMOS recorders).
Blackmagic cameras updated
The newly released Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0 firmware contains several improvements across (almost) the entire range of Blacmagic cameras, including Blackmagic URSA (added support for Apple ProRes 444 recording in 4K and HD in 60 fps and 80 fps, respectively), Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K (performance improvements for optical fiber output), Blackmagic Studio Camera (fixes an issue where the overlays settings are not remembered after turning off camera), Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (fixes an issue where dropped frames are occurring during ProRes LT and Proxy recording), and Blackmagic Cinema Camera (performance enhancements and improvements).
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