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DaVinci Resolve 11 with improved online editing
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 11 screenshot Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 11, a major upgrade with over 100 new editing and color grading features. This new update includes major improvements in online editing plus context sensitive trimming, onset file cloning, photographer style color grading tools and a new collaborative workflow that allows multiple users to work simultaneously on the same timeline. It has over 70 new editing features, including dual monitor support, dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and fully customizable keyboard shortcuts for faster editing. Trimming tools are context sensitive, which means DaVinci Resolve automatically knows whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits, based on the position of the mouse. A new spline curve keyframe editor is integrated into the edit timeline and positions keyframes directly under each clip and in context with the clip. Editors can now also add and animate Open FX plug-ins directly in the timeline as well as use plug-ins for transitions. Adding to DaVinci Resolve's powerful on set tools, version 11 can now securely back up and save digital camera files. The new clone tool copies media drives, memory cards and camera packs to multiple destinations simultaneously, and checksum verified. DaVinci Resolve 11 also features a unique and powerful automatic color chart color balancing tool that automatically gives a primary base grade by analyzing shots containing standard color chip charts even if they were shot in different lighting conditions with different exposure and color temperatures! The update will be available approx. in June for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. [source]

New cameras from Blackmagic Design!
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Blackmagic Design URSA EF camera photo At NAB 2014, Blackmagic Design announced two new cameras: Blackmagic Studio Camera and Blackmagic URSA. The Blackmagic Studio Camera has been specifically designed for live production, and will be available in 1080 HD and Ultra HD models starting from $1,995 US. Inside the tough and lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Blackmagic Studio Camera features a very large 10'' viewfinder, long duration 4 hour battery, talkback, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections and built in optical fiber and SDI connections enabling it connect to a live production switcher with a single cable. The camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount allowing customers to use high quality photo lenses for smaller setups or fixed camera use, or high-end broadcast ENG lenses for large live broadcasts using an MFT to B4 lens mount adapter. Blackmagic Studio Camera HD is available now for $1,995 US, while the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K will be available approx. in June for $2,995 US.
The Blackmagic URSA is a new high-end digital film camera designed to be used on high-end feature films, commercials, episodic television production, documentaries, electronic news gathering, music videos and more. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has multiple accessories built-in, including a 10'' fold out on set monitor, large user-upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range and internal dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, customers can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount, then upgrade the camera in the future. Thanks to its large size, the camera features powerful cooling that will allow higher frame rates with future sensor upgrades. Initially, there will be four models to choose from: URSA PL, and URSA EF with the large Super 35-sized global shutter digital film sensor, URSA Broadcast B4 model (available late 2014, with a broadcast video Ultra HD sensor and B4 lens mount), and finally the URSA HDMI model with no sensor and its lens mount replaced by a 'cheese plate' of mounting points and an HDMI input allowing any third party camera to get the benefit of the URSA camera body features. Blackmagic URSA will be available approx. in June/July from $5,995 US. [source]

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 2 in San Francisco
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Apple Mac Pro 2013Apple announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco's Moscone West. At this year's five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X, giving them the latest tools and technologies. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year. [source]

New pro-level 2TB HDD from Sony
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Sony PSZ-HA2T Portable HDD video Sony's new 2TB portable storage hard disk drive takes the worry out of back-up in the field, and gives professionals reliable, bus-powered high-speed storage. The new 2TB hard disk drive (PSZ-HA2T) expands Sony's line of portable storage drives, and joins three current models including a 500GB and 1TB (PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T) hard disk model and a 256GB solid state drive (PSZ-SA25). Each drive has a heavy silicon cover and protective case to withstand the rigors of field production and reduce shipping damage. Built-in shock resistance can absorb falls of up to 2.3 meters for SSD and up to 2 meters for HDD. Each drive features one USB 3.0 and two FireWire 800 interfaces, allowing users to transfer video at up to 400MB/s with the SSD model and 120MB/s with the HDD models via USB 3.0. At these speeds, users can transfer approximately 30GB of video to the SSD drive in less than 90 seconds via USB 3.0. The PSZ-HA2T is planned to be available in June 2014 at the suggested price of $269.49 US. [source]

50% off all upgrades to Sapphire 7 at NAB
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Sapphire plug-ins exampleGenArts offers a 50% NAB special off all upgrades to Sapphire 7 when you join the Sapphire Maintenance Program. Discount is only available if all owned licenses are added to the Sapphire Maintenance Program, and applicable orders must be placed April 7 and 10, 2014. [source]

Smoke 2015 adds performance enhancements
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Autodesk Smoke 2015 screenshot In addition to Flame 2015, Autodesk also debuted Smoke 2015 at this year's NAB. The latest version of this professional video editing software adds new creative tools and performance enhancements, and will soon be available as a Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time. The new Smoke introduces re-architected Timeline FX with new effects capabilities such as direct access to the Action 3D compositing environment as a segment-based effect; new timeline-integrated 3D tracker allowing editors to match original camera movements in a clip in order to realistically add new elements; improved support for Blackmagic DesignLink card and UltraStudio for Thunderbolt devices and extended video IO support for AJA Video Systems to offer dual stream stereoscopic output; as well as improved integration with Final Cut Pro X that supports more timeline and effects metadata. In addition, Smoke sequences can be exported as XML with accompanying QuickTime media files. Smoke 2015 will soon be available via monthly, quarterly and annual Autodesk Desktop Subscription plans; customers who commit for a year save more than $500 US. Smoke 2015 Desktop Subscription will be available starting May 8, 2014, on the Autodesk eStore for $195 SRP/month, $545 SRP/quarter and $1,750 SRP/year. [source]

Autodesk unveils Flame 2015 at NAB 2014
[permalink] 08.04.2014

Autodesk Flame 2015 3D Shape screenshot At NAB 2014 Autodesk debuted Flame 2015, the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolset for high-end visual effects and creative finishing. Flame 2015 features new creative tools, faster performance and an end-to-end 4K workflow to meet the needs of today's high-end post. Flame 2015 adds industry standard 4K formats; 4K/UHD color management supporting ACES and REC-2020 color spaces; real-time monitoring and playback via SDI of 4K/UHD material at 50P and 60P; timeline effects and batch nodes performance optimization & 4K capable substance textures; and 16 Gb fiber channel controllers in high-performance storage for real-time throughput of high resolution images. Flame 2015 also supports the addition of a second GPU card in the Flame workstation, and features Background Reactor that helps accelerate rendering by allowing artists to send their shot, sequence, or batch setup to the second GPU for rendering while continuing to work interactively in the foreground. In the creative department, Flame 2015 offers the new 3D Shape tool enabling workflows such as quick modeling, projection mapping, or relighting; Replica, a new creative tool in Action allowing artists to easily and create, manipulate and animate cascading effects using a single cloned object; and enhancements to Matchbox.
Flame Premium provides a powerful creative combo with Flame and Lustre together, and now the 2015 release expands the offering with two additional companion products that are completely compatible with the Flame Premium workflow: Flare and Flame Assist. Flare is a powerful shot-based visual effects application, used to help augment the creative capabilities of Flame Premium workflows. Flame Assist is a Mac-based, timeline-centric assistant station that can be used to take on a variety of tasks related to starting and completing Flame Premium projects. Both Flare and Flame Assist are available as part of the new Desktop Subscription flexible payment model. [source]

New upgrades for professional cameras from Sony
[permalink] 07.04.2014

Sony F65 CineAlta Shyamalan photoAt NAB 2014, Sony is delivering significant upgrade capabilities to many of its products. For the PMW-F55 and F5 4K cameras, Sony is announcing the addition of Apple ProRes on-board recording and the addition of the Avid DNxHD codec as future hardware upgrade options. Customers will also have the choice of upgrading their F5 to an F55, with the same imager, color filter array and 4K on board recording and live signal output. Version 4.0 firmware update for the F5 and F55 provides picture cache recording, user generated 3D LUT support, and many other requested features at no cost. For these cameras, Sony is also introducing the ENG and documentary dock, a dockable shoulder mount with on board audio control, rear XLR inputs, wireless mic holder and much more. The F65 also benefits from a powerful firmware update, Version 4.0, which adds wireless streaming to a tablet application, support for live color grading, and importing of 3D LUTs. Two of Sony's widely used XDCAM memory camcorders - the PMW-400 and PMW-300 - will support XAVC this summer through a firmware upgrade that makes them even more flexible in news reporting to program production. Sony is also enhancing its XDCAM products with wireless workflows and better audio performance. The CBK-WA100 wireless adaptor clips onto a camcorder for new levels of wireless freedom. The adaptor even records its own ultra-light proxy files, which users can transfer via wireless LAN. Sony is also adding new high performance XDCAM products: the PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 shoulder mount camcorder, PXW-X180 camcorder and the PDW-HD1550 recorder. [source]

Sony announces Vegas Pro 13
[permalink] 07.04.2014

Sony Vegas Pro 9Sony Creative Software announced the latest upgrade to its Vegas Pro video-editing technology. Vegas Pro 13 brings new collaboration tools and streamlined workflows to professional content producers faced with a wide variety of multimedia production tasks. Version 13 adds Vegas Pro Connect to improve editing efficiency throughout editing projects; proxy-first workflow designed to send proxies to the cloud using the Sony Wireless Camera Adapter and later relink the XDCAM hi-res files for rendering; the new project archiving functionality enabling to archive media associated with a project; XAVC Intra Smart Render dramatically reducijg render times when using XAVC Intra MXF render templates; new EBU R-128/CALM metering; a convenient pop-up menu directly below the timeline that organizes frequently used tools; new video plug-ins including 7 dynamic video effects from FXHOME, accelerated through OpenGL, NewBlueFX Video Essentials VI - 100 presets in 10 sophisticated plug-ins, and iZotope Nectar Elements, a one-click voice processing plug-in. The Vegas Pro 13 is available in three new configurations: the core Vegas Pro 13 Edit ($399 US), Vegas Pro 13 ($599.95 US), and Vegas Pro 13 Suite ($799.95 US) that also adds Sound Forge Pro 11, DVD Architect Pro 6, HitFilm 2 Ultimate, Dolby Digital Professional Encoder, the Video Essentials VI plug-in collection from NewBlueFX, the iZotope Nectar Elements plug-in, 100 sound effects from Blastwave FX, and 25 royalty-free Sound Series Production Music tracks (a $249 US value). All editions will be available for digital download on April 17, 2014 with physical products available May 5, 2014. [source]

Avid announces plans to add cloud-based collaboration to Pro Tools
[permalink] 07.04.2014

Avid Pro Tools 11 screenshotAvid unveiled cloud collaboration workflows, an online marketplace, and an open metadata schema that empowers audio professionals to easily work together with remote contributors, manage projects and media, and find new outlets for content monetization. Through a series of presentations at NAB, Avid will preview several key technological innovations for Pro Tools audio software, which will enable artists, producers, engineers, sound designers, and remixers to collaborate via the cloud on the same music session or soundtrack, in real-time or offline, no matter where they are. Pro Tools users will be able to post sessions to cloud storage and invite others to collaborate, and work on the same session , including recording, editing, and mixing tracks that will be pushed to all other collaborators upon completion. Thanks to new streaming capabilities, users will also be able to securely stream mixes to an iOS device for real-time review and approval, and sync collaborators' Pro Tools sessions together to work on audio for video projects, such as remote ADR or voiceover sessions. The new marketplace will allow audio professionals to publish session files, multichannel stems, and stereo mixdowns directly from Pro Tools for license in the public marketplace. [source]

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Autodesk previews Stingray game engine and Maya LT 2016 at GDC

Autodesk Maya LT 2016 screenshot Rounding out its collection of game development tools, Autodesk, Inc. is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers. Built using the core technology behind the Bitsquid engine acquired last summer, Stingray is currently in development and comprises intuitive, powerful tools that make it easier for professional and novice developers to bring graphically advanced games to market on a wide range of platforms. Available March 26, 2015, Maya LT 2016 is packed with new features and advancements that accelerate modeling and animation, enabling indie developers to seamlessly deliver standout visuals for their games. The new release includes integrated sculpting tools and UV editing tools; Advanced Animation and Game Exporter Tool; Physically-Based ShaderFX Nodes; and Creative Market content storefront. Maya LT is available as a Desktop Subscription with pay-as-you-go monthly, quarterly and annual options. For more information about Autodesk's GDC 2015 lineup visit this page. [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. [more]
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. [more]
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. [more]
Blender 2.74 RC2
The second 2.74 release candidate of Blender is available now. [more]
Free iZotope Ozone 6.1 update
With the free Ozone 6.1 update, iZotope is including powerful processing features and bringing back a popular feature from Ozone 5. [more]
Blackmagic Fusion 7.7.1
New update for Blackmagic Design's professional video compositing software Fusion fixes script evaluation issue, and adds miscellaneous performance and stability improvements. [more]

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