Capture One Pro 8 interface

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.

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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.

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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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.

PIXfizz

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.

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Atomos on show at Photokina 2014

Atomos have announced that they will be joining the exhibitor list for the first time at photokina 2014. Atomos will present Shogun and hot from IBC the new Power Station as well as all the latest recorders and camera accessories in Hall 04.1, Stand B009 C008 along with Marcotec. Atomos products can also be found with Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, Datacolor and Leica at the show.

Capture One Pro 8

Capture One Pro 8 with new processing engine and more released

Capture One Pro 8 is the new version of PhaseOne’s professional RAW converter offering great image quality with accurate colours and detail from more than 300 medium-size and dSLR cameras – straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

Vantage

Telestream Products Receive Official DPP Certification

Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, received notice that its Vantage and Switch products were amongst the first to achieve DPP/AMWA certification as part of the DPP (Digital Production Partnership)’s new Compliance Program.

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How to optimise your Røde NT-USB for best results

The Røde NT-USB is a USB microphone. USB microphones have one major benefit: you don’t need a driver or an ADC (Analogue-Digital-Converter) to make it work. To get best results from a USB microphone you need to set the gain correctly. The NT-USB has an optimised gain for its internal circuits, but unless you have a loud voice, that gain setting may be too low. Here is how you set it for optimimum results.

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RØDE announces the Stereo VideoMic X, a new standard in immersive audio

Australian audio company RØDE Microphones is announcing a new standard for broadcast-quality, immersive audio recording for on-camera use. The Stereo VideoMic X is RØDE’s flagship microphone for single-system audio, featuring acoustically matched true-condenser capsules and the option for balanced XLR output. This is exciting news as the VidemoMic X is professional gear in every respect, but for a semi-pro price.