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Boris FX to launch new products at NAB 2016
[permalink] 13.04.2016

Boris FX BCC 10 Avid videoVisual effects plug-in developer Boris FX will be showcasing the new release of flagship product, Boris Continuum Complete (BCC). Following the recent launch of Boris Continuum 10 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Avid Media Composer, NAB 2016 will mark the release of BCC 10 for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Sony Vegas Pro. Support for new editing and effects host systems including Apple FCP X & Motion, Sony Catalyst, and The Foundry's NUKE is announced and coming soon. BCC 10 also offers new multi-host licensing and annual subscription options, making the tools available in all host applications with one license activation. Boris FX also annouced an NAB Show Special: from April 11 to April 25, 2016 all Boris FX/Imagineer products are on sale for 15% off. Offer is limited to one purchase per customer. [source]

The Foundry releases MARI 3.0
[permalink] 04.12.2015

Foundry MARI 3 videNew version 3.0 of MARI, professional 3D texture painting application from The Foundry, has been released. Announced earlier this year at Siggraph, MARI 3 delivers new avenues for pipeline integration and productivity-enhancing workflows that help 3D paint artists iterate faster, manage complexity better and produce higher quality results. With fully integrated MODO rendering and baking -- and APIs for developers to integrate their renderer of choice -- plus an exposed node graph, and support for industry-standard geometry formats and shaders, MARI 3 is the perfect fit for the most challenging VFX, animation or games production (more). [source]

iZotope Announces RX Post Production Suite and RX 5 Audio Editor
[permalink] 17.09.2015

iZotope RX4 video At IBC 2015, iZotope, Inc. announced a new RX Post Production Suite containing a comprehensive suite of tools designed specifically to enable professionals to better edit, mix, and deliver their audio, as well as RX 5 Audio Editor, a significant new update to its RX platform. The RX Post Production Suite includes: RX 5 Advanced Audio Editor, RX Final Mix, RX Loudness Control, one-year, all-access pass to Groove3 online video courses & training, and 50 free sound effects (customer's choice) from Pro Sound Effects library. The new RX 5 Audio Editor and RX 5 Advanced Audio Editor efficiently repair and enhance common problematic production audio while speeding up workflows that currently require either multiple manual editing passes, or a non-intuitive collection of tools from different vendors. RX 5s new Instant Process tool lets editors "paint out" unwanted sonic elements directly on the spectral display with a single mouse gesture. The new Module Chain allows users to define a custom chain of processing (e.g. De-click, De-noise, De-reverb, EQ Match, Leveler, Normalize) and then save that chain as a preset so that multiple processes can be recalled and applied in a single click for repetitive tasks. In RX 5 Advanced, a new De-plosive module has been developed to minimize plosives from letters such as p, t, k, and b, in which strong blasts of air create a massive pressure change at the microphone element, impairing the sound. In addition, the Leveler module has been enhanced with breath and 'ess' (sibilance) detection for increased accuracy when performing faster than real-time leveling. Both RX 5 Audio Editor and RX 5 Advanced Audio Editor can be used as a standalone audio editor, as a standalone audio editor connected to your host, or as a plug-in. Supported plug-in formats include AU, VST, VST 3, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite. Special promotional pricing is available through October 21, 2015: new customers may purchase the RX Post Production Suite for $1,299 US / 1,189 EUR (reg. $1,499 US / 1,369 EUR). New customers may also purchase RX 4 Advanced for a promotional price of $999 US / 929 EUR (reg. $1,199 US / 1,099 EUR). The RX 4 is $299 US / 285 EUR (reg. $349 US / 325 EUR). [source]

Sony to launch the ultra-sensitive A7S II in October/November
[permalink] 15.09.2015

Sony A7S II photo Sony announced the latest addition to its award winning series of compact, full-frame A7 cameras with the introduction of the A7S II. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range and 5-axis image stabilization for greater shooting control, the A7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging light conditions. The A7S II also incorporates a host of pro-style movie functions including the ability to shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in full-frame format, making it an appealing proposition for photographers and videographers alike. The A7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-409600i, thanks to the combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine. The sensor optimizes the dynamic range across the entire ISO range and broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimizes noise in dark scenes meaning that it delivers impressive results even in the most extreme conditions. The new A7S II full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available in October 2015 (U.S.A.), and November 2015 (Europe), priced at approximately 3000 USD, and 3400 EUR, respectively. [source]

New 4K compact Super35 PXW-FS5 professional camcorder from Sony
[permalink] 14.09.2015

Sony PXW-FS5 camcorder video Sony has announced the PXW-FS5, latest addition to its rugged range of professional camcorders with creative features and flexible shooting. The versatile grab and shoot-style PXW-FS5 provides on-the-go shooting in the most demanding of conditions, with stunning image choices and creative features. Its Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor incorporates 11.6 million pixels and 8.3 million effective pixels, high sensitivity, and low image noise. The camcorder also features High Frame Rate cache recording at 10-bit 4:2:2 Full HD and a high frame rate of up to 240 fps, in 8 second bursts, which makes 1/10 times Super Slow Motion possible without sacrificing bit depth or loss of image quality. It also adds built-in electronic variable ND filters; compact power zoom E-lens PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS (SELP18105G), provided in the PXW-FS5K kit model; Wi-Fi and a Wired LAN terminal; and RAW output to be enabled by a future firmware update. [source]

Sony upgrades media production software at IBC 2015
[permalink] 14.09.2015

Sony Catalyst Suite screenshotSony Creative Software premiered the upgraded Catalyst Production Suite at the 2015 IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam. Since its introduction, the Catalyst Production Suite, which includes Catalyst Prepare and Catalyst Edit, has become an important time-saving link in professional media producers' workflow by offering powerful media preparation and fast, focused editing capabilities for 4K, RAW, and XAVC content. New features to be debuted at IBC include Catalyst Prepare 2015.1 with a streamlined interface, efficient importing and better media management; and Catalyst Edit 2015.1 with a large number of built-in GPU accelerated video FX plug-ins, support for the OpenFX (OFX) standard, timeline editing improvements and video stabilization functionality. [source]

Panasonic announces a series of VariCam upgrades
[permalink] 11.09.2015

Panasonic VariCam HS S35 35mm photoPanasonic announced a series of upgrades and improvements to its flagship 4K production camera the VariCam 35, including the introduction of Codex V-RAW recorder playback support, at IBC 2015. The company launched a 20m extension cable (AU-VCBL20) so that the recorder and camera head can be split apart, making the VariCam suitable for use in helicopters, cranes and cars. Available this month, the cable has an RRP of 2,200 EUR. Furthermore, a series of firmware upgrades will improve on a camera that has already found a home in natural history, episodic production and cinema. Panasonic announced support for the ProRes 4444 format, allowing up to 60 frames per second in HD, while recording in ProRes also enables a new PreREC function, so that camera is rolling before an operator selects record, particularly useful in wildlife production. Other upgrades include Codex V-RAW recorder playback support, anamorphic lens support, image flip-flop functionality, as well as the ability to decrease the ISO setting down from the second native dual ISO 5000. [source]

Blackmagic Design presents new products at IBC 2015
[permalink] 11.09.2015

Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount Blackmagic Design made several announcements at this year's IBC, including release of the full version of DaVinci Resolve 12 update; new beta version of Blackmagic Fusion visual effects software; Teranex 4.2 update which adds advanced noise reduction algorithms, Level A SDI support, audio metering and more to Teranex Express; and a major MultiView 1.1 update adding new audio meters, enhanced on screen labels, RGB output over HDMI and other features to the Blackmagic MultiView 16 product. Also announced were new DeckLink Quad 2 PCIe capture and playback card designed for developers and OEMs; new Teranex Mini 12G-SDI converter models - Teranex Mini 12G-SDI to Quad SDI, and a compleemtary unit Teranex Mini Quad SDI to 12G-SDI; and, finally, new Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount adapter for mounting B4 lenses onto PL versions of the upcoming URSA Mini digital film cameras... [source]

New Creative Cloud features to be introduced at IBC 2015
[permalink] 09.09.2015

Adobe Creative Cloud IBC 2015 Adobe announced its next wave of innovation coming soon to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes support for UltraHD, brilliant color technology improvements, and new touch workflows. The new Creative Cloud innovations include comprehensive native format support for editing 4K-to-8K footage in Premiere Pro CC, support for High Dynamic Range workflows in Premiere Pro CC and improved color fidelity and color adjustments come to After Effects CC, deeper support for ARRI RAW, Rec. 2020 and other Ultra HD and HDR formats; a touch environment with Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Character Animator optimized for Microsoft Surface Pro, Windows 8 tablets or Apple track pad devices; the ability to adjust the duration of a song to match video content with Remix, a new feature in Audition CC; updated support for Creative Cloud Libraries across CC desktop video tools, powered by Adobe CreativeSync; Adobe Anywhere, a workflow platform for enterprise teams to collaborate, will add the ability to be deployed as either a multi-location streaming solution or a single-location collaboration-only version. And more! Adobe will showcase the deepening connections across its Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud offerings at IBC 2015, in Amsterdam, Sept. 11-15. [source]

The Foundry introduces MARI 3
[permalink] 14.08.2015

Foundry MARI 3 vide At Siggraph 2015, The Foundry introduced MARI 3, the newest version of its industry-leading 3D paint package. Ideal for texturing and look-development artists in the VFX, animation and games industries, MARI 3 combines productivity-enhancing features with broader and tighter pipeline integration. This includes an exposed node graph for advanced users and integration with the rendering and baking capabilities of MODO, The Foundry's 3D content creation solution. MARI 3 brings support for widely-used shaders such as Arnold, V-Ray, Unreal and Redshift, as well as for OpenSubdiv geometry. MARI 3 also delivers new flexible, artist-friendly color management workflows, based on OpenColorIO; FBX geometry support; session scripts; four new APIs (the Texture Data Access API, Geometry Data Access API, Display Driver API and Custom Graph Context API); enhanced texture transfer functionality allowing artists to generate height and normal maps between high and low polygon models; new Entity Locators that offer a 3D manipulation with improved visual accuracy; and more. MARI 3 will become commercially available in Q3. [source]

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Foundry: Sneak peeks of Elara and Nuke 11 at NAB 2017

Foundry NUKE 10 videoFoundry will unveil the first public previews of Nuke 11 and Elara, a new service for post-production in the cloud, at this year's NAB. A livestreamed event (Monday, April 24, 2017) will give Foundry fans the full scoop, along with the latest news on their ongoing partnership with Lytro Cinema. In open beta starting April 2017, Nuke 11 will be the next major release of the popular compositor. Focusing on collaboration and performance, Nuke 11 introduces Live Groups, Lens Distortion improvements, and Timeline Disk Caching, as well as a huge update to the latest industry standards via the VFX Reference Platform 2017. Elara will be a cloud-based service for post-production that centralises infrastructure, creative tools and pipeline. Now studios can access everything they need via their web browser, including Foundry and third-party applications, integrated cloud rendering, scalable storage and compute. At NAB 2017, Foundry will also show off new support for depth data in Cara VR, drawn from VR camera rigs like Nokia OZO. By opening up this new depth information, users can now design more immersive 360 experiences. [source]

Free HALion 6 trial version
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the free HALion 6 trial. [more]
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]
Cubase 9.0.20 update
Steinberg released the latest Cubase 9 update, version 9. [more]
Unity 2017.1 beta
Unity Technologies concluded the Unity 5 cycle with the 5. [more]
Avid Pro Tools First to get a major update this spring
Later this spring, Avid is bringing new features to Pro Tools First, its free edition of the venerable DAW software, to make it even more like the full version of Pro Tools. [more]

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