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Adobe MAX 2014 conference
[permalink] 18.09.2014

Adobe announced the featured sessions, keynote speakers and creative experiences that will be taking place at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, on Oct. 4-8, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Nokia Theatre. More than 5,000 designers, broadcast/video pros, Web and mobile app developers, photographers and more are expected to attend this year's conference. In addition to showcasing the newest Creative Cloud innovation and roadmap, MAX will delve deep into the biggest innovations in the creative world - from the explosion of creativity on mobile devices to the power of creative social communities and marketplaces. Joining Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and senior vice president, Digital Media, David Wadhwani, will be iconic, inspirational, keynote presenters, such as documentary filmmaker Lee Hirsch, digital illustrator Jason Seiler and photographer Ami Vitale. [source]

Boris FX adds ASSIMILATE SCRATCH support to BCC and RED
[permalink] 18.09.2014

Boris Continuum Unit 3D Perspective FxPlug screenshotBoris FX announced host support for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH to its flagship product line, Boris Continuum Complete, and to Boris RED. The new products were unveiled at IBC 2014. ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH joins the Boris FX plug-ins supported host family that includes Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Avid, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Grass Valley EDIUS, Final Cut Pro X, and Sony Vegas Pro. Boris Continuum Complete 9 delivers the most comprehensive VFX plug-in suite ever created. It feature over 230 filters, including 3D particle effects, image restoration, touch-up tools, true 3D lens flares and volumetric lighting effects, keys and mattes, real 3D extrusions, color grading, time-based effects, blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. Boris RED offers a wide range of broadcast-quality features for titling, transitions, and advanced composites, including text generators, paint, rotoscoping, extrusions, 3D shapes, and animations tools. Both will be available in September, priced at $695 US each. [source]

VariCam goes on show at IBC 2014
[permalink] 17.09.2014

Panasonic VariCam HS S35 35mm photoProduction models of the much anticipated 4K VariCam and VariCam HS from Panasonic were unveiled at IBC 2014. The VariCam retains the modular design first introduced at NAB in Las Vegas, as the third generation camera arrives in two new variants, the Super 35mm, 4K VariCam 35, and the 2/3 type, high speed HD VariCam HS. The VariCam 35 incorporates a newly-developed Super 35mm MOS image sensor and images can be handled in variable frame rates up to 120 fps. It will deliver a variety of recording formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K, and 2K and 1080p HD in AVC-Intra 100. Future firmware upgrades will allow HD recording with Apple ProRes and V-RAW recording with a Codex V-RAW Recorder. With high speed 1080p image capture at up to 240 fps, the VariCam HS camera is aimed at the production of extraordinary high-definition imagery, for the most demanding documentaries, sports or SFX slow-motion applications. The new VariCam 35 and VariCam HS start shipping in October 2014. [source]

Grass Valley EDIUS Pro 7.4
[permalink] 15.09.2014

Grass Valley Canopus EDIUS 6.5 screenshotGrass Valley's professional, multiformat nonlinear video editing software EDIUS Pro, has been introduced in the updated version 7.4 at the IBC 2014. EDIUS Pro 7.4 adds support for AJA Video Systems' KONA 3G hardware, GenArts' Sapphire plug-in and Red Giant's PluralEyes. Two new software options - for Avid DNxHD and Dolby Digital Pro/Plus - will also be released. For EDIUS Elite, Avid DNxHD and Dolby Digital functionality is included as standard, and in addition the GV STRATUS workflow has been improved with the ability to launch from GV STRATUS settings or standalone. A new scavenge encoder creates proxy files when importing non-GV STRATUS clips, and EDIUS Elite now has the ability to export different formats to different destinations in a GV STRATUS ecosystem. [source]

Sony: New XDCAMs, CineAlta updates, and SxS memory
[permalink] 12.09.2014

Sony F65 CineAlta Shyamalan photoAt this year's IBC, Sony unveiled two new XDCAM cameras - PXW-FS7 compact 4K XDCAM with a Super 35 CMOS sensor, and PXW-X200, incorporating an improved 1/2 inch-type Exmor 3CMOS sensor, a new 17x zoom lens and XAVC Intra/Long GOP recording with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling - plus a range of updates to its 4K CineAlta camera line, enabling new features, powerful performance and more flexible production capabilities. The updates enable to transform the F5 model to an F55 (the hardware package includes the same image sensor as the F55 etc. for $16,999 US), add 4K capabilities to the F5 model (enabling XAVC 4K/QFHD recording and playback, and adding 4K SDI and 4K HDMI outputs etc. for $998 US, coming in December 2014), convert the F5/F55 models into a run-and gun ENG/documentary camcorder with the new CBK-55BK shoulder mount dock ($7,999 US, December 2014), enable to record into Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD formats (with a new option board CBK-55PD, available Decemebr 2014 for an MSRP of $2250 US), bring 4K 120p shooting capability to the to of the line F65 model thanks to the new PWS-4400 scheduled for release in November, and more. Sony also introduced newest additions to its SxS line of professional memory cards designed for stable and reliable capture of high frame rate 4K video content. Using the new cards, ultra-fast maximum read speeds of up to 3.5Gbps (440MB/s) and write speeds of up to 2.8Gbps (350MB/s) can be achieved. The new PRO + Series model numbers are SBP-64C and SBP-128C. The new SxS-1 Series models are SBS-32G1B, SBS-64G1B and the newest 128GB model, SBS-128G1B. [source]

New Media Composer with native 4K support
[permalink] 12.09.2014

Avid Media Composer 7 screenshotAvid announced an update for Media Composer - Software that will allow video professionals to acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K media faster and more efficiently than ever, whether working on premises or in the cloud. Leveraging the newly announced Avid Resolution Independence architecture, Media Composer will offer a complete and flexible end-to-end workflow for file-based editing of any resolution, helping content creators deliver higher quality content in more collaborative, powerful, and efficient ways - a key element of Avid Everywhere. The new Media Composer - Software with native 4K editing will enable editors to automate the process of transcoding and moving high-res media throughout the production environment, view real-time 2K/4K media in its native resolution on a client monitor using third-party I/O hardware, and deliver a high-res master of finished projects directly from Media Composer, eliminating the need to export to other tools for finishing. Additionally, Avid introduced Avid DNxHR, a new extensible media codec that makes it possible to perform high-res editorial tasks within HD-capable infrastructures by allowing editors to easily scale files from proxy to mastering resolutions using full high-res rasters. Both are planned for release in Q4 2014. [source]

ARRI: New LED lights, ALEXA and AMIRA software updates
[permalink] 12.09.2014

ARRI ALEXA camera film HD 2K 4KA long-time German manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment, ARRI, announced several new and updated products at this year's IBC, including a new product in the L-Series line of professional lights, the compact and lightweight L5, a smaller, more portable form of a popular L7 Fresnel; new LoCaster 2 Plus and BroadCaster 2 Plus additions to the Caster Series of compact, tuneable and versatile LED-based fixtures; as well as AMIRA Software Update Packet SUP 1.1, the camera's first major software update, due for release in October. As well as fulfilling promises made at launch and refining existing functionality, SUP 1.1 delivers new features inspired by feedback from customers - EF and B4 lens support, Bluetooth audio monitoring, dynamic auto tracking white balance functionality, Wi-Fi remote, pre-record function, faster boot-up time, waveform display, and color bars are all implemented by the update. ARRI also unveiled its new Lens Data Encoder LDE-1 and announced a software update for its Wireless Compact Unit WCU-4, both of which expand the versatile lens data options available via the company's Electronic Control System. ALEXA's tenth software update, concluding an open beta that began in August, will be released this month. The features in Software Update Packet 10.0 will pack the new Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec, Open Gate support for ALEXA XT M, ARRIRAW 4:3 Cropped for ALEXA XT and XR, 180 deg. image rotation to allow Steadicam rigs to be flipped upside down, support for SONY SxS PRO+ memory cards, more recording modes with support for two independent HD-SDI outputs, faster regular/high speed mode switching, dimmable status information, monochrome status icons, colored camera index letter, and more! [source]

Blackmagic Design announces acquisition of eyeon Software!
[permalink] 12.09.2014

eyeon Fusion 7 videoIn a surprising move, Blackmagic Design today announced its acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc., a leading developer of high-end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software, namely the compositing application Fusion 7, a long-time favorite among postproduction studios. Eyeon, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design. At the IBC 2014, Blackmagic Design also unveiled DaVinci Resolve 11.1 with new editing enhancements, PL versions of Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Cinema Camera, the world's first native Ultra HD multi viewer Blackmagic MultiView 16, the new Ultra HD broadcast monitor SmartView 4K with 12G-SDI, the newest model in its family of mixed format routers Smart Videohub 40 x 40, new PCI Express capture card DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, new 4K Mini Converters and 4K Heavy Duty Mini Converters, and finally a Videohub Update 6.0, whole new software suite for the company's popular Videohub range of SDI routers that provides new client control and setup applications for easier and simpler router operation. Visit Blackmagic Design's IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20. [source]

The Foundry launches COLORWAY for CINEMA 4D
[permalink] 09.09.2014

Foundry COLORWAY video MODOFollowing the launch of COLORWAY in July, The Foundry has now launched the COLORWAY kit for MAXON CINEMA 4D. COLORWAY accelerates the creative design process, giving users access to a simple environment where they can develop looks and lighting for 3D objects and scenes, then share a selection of iterations with clients, all in real-time, without the need to re-render. The COLORWAY kit for CINEMA 4D lets users import and export their COLORWAY files into the main app. Once installed, users can create COLORWAY .DCI files from their CINEMA 4D projects. Artists and designers can make their material and lighting adjustments using COLORWAY and then send the project back to CINEMA 4D for final render. The COLORWAY kit is compatible with CINEMA 4D R15 or later. Users can access a free unrestricted trial of COLORWAY Presenter. The COLORWAY kits for CINEMA 4D and MODO are also available now for free. The COLORWAY family of products is available on both Windows and Mac OSX, with an iOS version of COLORWAY Presenter coming soon. COLORWAY working with CINEMA 4D will be demonstrated at IBC 2014 in Hall 7, stand #H39. [source]

Adobe Audition CC 2014.1
[permalink] 09.09.2014

Adobe Audition CC 2014.1 screenshot Along with the planned CC 2014.1 for Adobe's desktop video application, the company will also release new version of its digital audio workstation software Adobe Audition CC. The software will boast new interface, with support for high pixel density displays, flat icons, cleaner panels, and high-visibility highlights for better component and panel focus. The 2014.1 also updates video import support, providing faster launch and load times, better playback performance, and support for new formats and Mediacore plug-ins. Users will be able to easily import many flavors of MXF or XDCAM-EX, for example, or access their library of Adobe Soundbooth .ASND mixdown previews. This update also implements iXML support, which is popular standard for embedded metadata in production media files. Devices or software used in location recordings can embed information on Project, Scene, Take, Comments, Timecode, and more. The popular Speech Volume Leveler effect, designed for correcting fluctuating loudness levels in recordings, adds a new parameter, Target Dynamic Range, to assist the algorithm in finding a better balance between amplification of speech content and reduction of noise, allowing users to dial in the perfect setting. The new updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to ship in the coming weeks. Adobe will also host MAX, The Creativity Conference, Oct. 4-8 in Los Angeles, to share more innovations coming to Creative Cloud. [source]

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Ninja Tune ports its Ninja Jamm app to Android

Ninja Tunes Ninja Jamm video Ninja Tune, a leading independent record label, announced the availability of Ninja Jamm, its free, easy-to-use, touch-controlled, four-channel sample-based music-making app designed by company co-founders and sample-based electronic dance music maestros Coldcut; available as of August 12, the app represents a revolutionary combination of music and software on the Google Play digital distribution platform. Following its initial iOS launch, the critically-acclaimed app has been downloaded from Apple's App Store by over 300,000 users worldwide, prompting its innovative creators to turn their attention to bringing Ninja Jamm to Android. Like its iOS arch rival, Android uses touch inputs that correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping, and tilting to manipulate onscreen objects. Touching to mix and mash music clips in the clip matrix, triggering and scratching one-shot samples, tilting and shaking to apply radical effects, and recording, Ninja Jamm allows instant sharing on social media. Creatively combining aspects of DJ-ing, remixing, and production, it is an open invitation for anyone to dive in and start creating their own electronic music. [source]

V-Ray 3.1 for Maya
Chaos Group announced the immediate availability of V-Ray 3. [more]
New Adobe Digital Publishing Solution
Adobe announced the general availability of Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS), the next generation of its Digital Publishing Suite, pioneering new ways for brands to deliver high-impact content to mobile apps. [more]
LumenRT 2015.5
E-on software's 3D immersive communication platform for architecture and GeoDesign, LumenRT, has been updated. [more]
Synthetic Aperture's Test Gear for After Effects updated
Synthetic Aperture's Test Gear, an Adobe After Effects CS3-CC 2015 plug-in designed to provide motion graphics artists and video editors with a variety of test instruments to make objective measurements of their visual and audio work, has been updated to version 2. [more]
Topaz Labs ReMask 5 released
Topaz Labs announced that ReMask 5 is now available and on sale! Users can now get the latest version of this precise masking program for Photoshop at $20 US off until September 18th, making it only $49. [more]
LightWave 2015 Update 3
The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, Inc. [more]

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