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An Adobe Illustrator fan are you? But not really happy with Adobe’s cloud pricing model? Your options to find something at least as powerful as Illustrator CC-whatever are very limited. Finding something that’s equally useful as CS3 is even going to get you a headache. Until you discover and try out Affinity Designer. Then you’ll discover Illustrator is not the only Walhalla in Designer Universe.

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Telestream announces ScreenFlow 5.0 screen recording and editing software

Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced ScreenFlow 5.0 – the latest version of the company’s award-winning screencasting and video editing software for the Mac. Targeted at the new breed of content creators who are not video editors by trade, ScreenFlow 5.0 adds several new features including direct recording from iOS devices, enhanced ease of use, improved media management, and new publishing capabilities.

Telestream Vantage Cloud Subscriptions Now Available on AWS Marketplace

Telestream announced Vantage Cloud Subscriptions, a new service that provides a broad range of enterprise-class transcoding and file-based workflow automation for Amazon Web Services (AWS) on AWS Marketplace. With the ability to securely provision anywhere in the world, content creators can define the scale, location and performance of virtual Vantage domains, allowing them to deliver compelling new products and services to their customers and organizations.

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Telestream announces ScreenFlow 5.0 screen recording and editing software

Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced ScreenFlow 5.0 – the latest version of the company’s award-winning screencasting and video editing software for the Mac. Targeted at the new breed of content creators who are not video editors by trade, ScreenFlow 5.0 adds several new features including direct recording from iOS devices, enhanced ease of use, improved media management, and new publishing capabilities.

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Akurat Lighting LL2120hc3 V-WHITE, a highly performant video light

Video lights for on-camera or on-tripod use are hard to find with a CRI of 98, but Polish manufacturer Akurat Lighting makes them. The aluminium cased high brightness LL2120hc3 V-WHITE fits the palm of your hand and not only provides accurate colour rendering, but also high brightness, sturdy build quality and longevity at a low €215.00 ex VAT price.

Affinity Designer Separated mode

Affinity Designer, the successful Adobe Illustrator challenger

An Adobe Illustrator fan are you? But not really happy with Adobe’s cloud pricing model? Your options to find something at least as powerful as Illustrator CC-whatever are very limited. Finding something that’s equally useful as CS3 is even going to get you a headache. Until you discover and try out Affinity Designer. Then you’ll discover Illustrator is not the only Walhalla in Designer Universe.

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ColorRight Lumenator Pro LED light disc

ColorRight is well known for its white balance tools and flash modifiers. It has expanded its reach into the LED lighting market with products that can be used as a complement to your speedlight as well as on their own: the Lumenator range of LED lights. My experience with their product shows a good concept isn’t always a good product.

Perfectly Clear plugin for Photoshop

Correcting a photo with Perfectly Clear

Correcting photos in half the time you would need when doing the same with Photoshop or Lightroom’s built-in tools. That is what Athentech Imaging promises with Perfectly Clear. The Photoshop and Lightroom plug-ins serve the same purpose as Perfectly Clear for iOS devices.

Telestream Vantage Cloud Subscriptions Now Available on AWS Marketplace

Telestream announced Vantage Cloud Subscriptions, a new service that provides a broad range of enterprise-class transcoding and file-based workflow automation for Amazon Web Services (AWS) on AWS Marketplace. With the ability to securely provision anywhere in the world, content creators can define the scale, location and performance of virtual Vantage domains, allowing them to deliver compelling new products and services to their customers and organizations.

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GoPro introduces HERO4 – the most powerful GoPro lineup ever

GoPro unveiled HERO4, the highest performance line of capture devices the company has ever made. HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP €479.99 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP €379.99. GoPro’s Emmy Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favourite experiences.

Primatte Keyer 5.1

Primatte Keyer 5.1 works with Final Cut Pro X — a review

You can create a chroma key in Final Cut Pro X, but the options to make it a perfect key are limited. That’s not the case with Red Giant Software’s Primatte Keyer, the chroma key technology used in major films like Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Harry Potter, King Kong and Spider-Man, which finally became available for Final Cut Pro X. I took Primatte Keyer 5.1 for a test drive.

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Film Grain: vendors inform

Film Grain in Capture One 8 is a simple affair. It’s not comparable to the film grain you can have with DxO FilmPack or Alien Skin Exposure. Far from it. But Phase One has an elaborate explanation on this issue. I asked other film grain developers about their practices and the results you can get and this is what they have to say.

BIAS desktop amp designer

BIAS Desktop Amp Designer review

BIAS Desktop Amp Designer is a plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows which allows you to create amp models in a new way. I tried it out with Logic Pro X and multiple track types, including an audio (voice-over) and a software instrument track. What I found was that the plug-in could actually change the sound completely. In other words, you can use it to design the recorded sound to make it a better fit for a movie, besides the obvious use of the plug-in as a regular amp designer.

Capture One Pro 8 interface

Capture One Pro 8 review

Its previous version was by no means a slow application, but version 8 of Capture One has been updated with a new processing engine. I got my hands on a fresh copy of Capture One Pro 8 and found several improvements that make it difficult to choose between the latest versions of Capture One Pro and DxO Optics Pro, especially when it comes to noise reduction. I’m still undecided, with a slight preference given to Capture One because of its more neutral demosaicing.

Special Capture One software developed for selected Sony cameras

Phase One today announced that starting today, a special version of Phase One’s Capture One Express software will be available free of charge for owners of selected Sony cameras worldwide. Now, these Sony camera owners can leverage the high-quality raw image conversion that Capture One delivers.

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Final Cut Pro X noise reduction plugin Photon Pro as good as Denoiser II

Image noise is detrimental to photographs, but it’s even worse when it occurs in video. Even a bit of noise can ruin your footage. I received Photon Pro, a very inexpensive and simple to use Final Cut Pro X plug-in that claims it removes noise from your footage achieving the same quality as much more expensive “professional” denoising products. That’s a pretty hefty statement, so I decided to compare Photon Pro with the Red Giant Software Denoiser II plug-in in After Effects.

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Pixfizz launches responsive editor to run on smartphones, and other announcements

Pixfizz, a cloud-based white-label solution enabling brands to create and sell photographic products via customised online storefronts, is launching today at Photokina, a responsive Pixfizz Editor that runs on smartphones, complementing already supported tablets, laptops, and desktops. Customers will be able to expand their business opportunites by accessing the ever-increasing usage of smartphones and the digital photographs taken with them.