Dinkum Systems clamp with flash

The comfort of shooting photos and video with Dinkum Systems mounting arms and clamps

Dinkum Systems developed flexible mounts, clamps and lens shades for photo and video producers, based on Loc-Line modular hose technology. Loc-Line products were originally applied in the machine tool industry only, but innovative developers like Dinkum Systems expanded the use of this strong and chemical-resistant “ball-in-socket” system to the photo and video studio as well as on the road. Dinkum Systems’ offering is quite a complete line of products and the system itself is extremely robust.

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Serif announces free beta of Affinity Photo, a new pro image editor for Mac

Serif announces its highly anticipated photo editor, Affinity Photo, is now available as a free download for public beta testing. Serif achieved Apple’s Best of 2014 (App of the Year) runner-up with Affinity Designer. If Affinity Photo will be anything like Designer , then Affinity Photo will give professional photographers blistering performance, highly accurate tools and a fresh workflow.

GoPro announces February firmware update that makes others bite the dust

While Sony announced a new version of its Action Cam, which should be capable of 240fps in 720p res, GoPro hasn’t been sitting still either. In February, you will get a comprhensive firmware update for your HERO4 that, among other things, will make 240fps available in 720p mode as well.

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Dinkum Systems clamp with flash

The comfort of shooting photos and video with Dinkum Systems mounting arms and clamps

Dinkum Systems developed flexible mounts, clamps and lens shades for photo and video producers, based on Loc-Line modular hose technology. Loc-Line products were originally applied in the machine tool industry only, but innovative developers like Dinkum Systems expanded the use of this strong and chemical-resistant “ball-in-socket” system to the photo and video studio as well as on the road. Dinkum Systems’ offering is quite a complete line of products and the system itself is extremely robust.

Tiffen Dfx 4

Tiffen Dfx 4 digital filter suite for still images and video

Tiffen is renown for their physical filters and gels, but they also have a nice portfolio of digital products. I tested the complete Tiffen Dfx 4 digital filter suite for video and photo. The complete Dfx 4 package comes as a stand-alone app and plug-in for Adobe, Apple and Avid NLEs, and for Adobe’s image editing apps as well as Apple’s Aperture. It is the only plug-in package that replicates Tiffen optical filtering, Rosco and Gam gobos and gels, and now also hundreds of photographic film stocks. It is a quite complete toolkit for photographers and cinematographers alike.

Ctrl+ Console

Jog, shuttle and edit in your NLE with the Ctrl+Console app

If you want to control Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro, or any other application that can be controlled with a jog wheel, you’ll need to buy a controller like the Tangent Wave control surface or even a Contour Design Shuttle Pro/Express. The former is expensive and only viable if you’re a professional, while the latter doesn’t allow for smooth shuttling. Owners of an iPad, however, are in luck: CTRL+Console is an iPad/Mac solution that lets your iPad work as a controller surface for applications running on your Mac.

Colorista III in Final Cut Pro X

Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite 12 review

With Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 12, you get a myriad ways to create perfect video in terms of colour accuracy, colour creativity and film emulation — in any editing environment, including Final Cut Pro X. You don’t need Adobe After Effects anymore to get perfect skin colour or to work with Colorista. Magic Bullet Suite apps are also faster and the interface fonts finally look perfect.

FlashBender 2 XL Pro box

ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro system

The Rogue FlashBender XL Pro system is a flash reflector with accessories that is specifically aimed at photographers who want to have a highly transportable studio lighting system with them while they’re on the road. The first generation of these large FlashBenders was relatively heavy and they attached to the flash head using the same velcro system as the smaller ones. The second generation, which has just been released, is more lightweight and uses a different attachment. Time to give it a try.

Affinity Photo

Serif announces free beta of Affinity Photo, a new pro image editor for Mac

Serif announces its highly anticipated photo editor, Affinity Photo, is now available as a free download for public beta testing. Serif achieved Apple’s Best of 2014 (App of the Year) runner-up with Affinity Designer. If Affinity Photo will be anything like Designer , then Affinity Photo will give professional photographers blistering performance, highly accurate tools and a fresh workflow.

Photosweeper 2

PhotoSweeper 2 is faster, integrates with Finder and Dock

Photosweeper, the image database cleaner app, has been upgraded to version 2. The upgrade is free for existing users and has some nifty new features that make working with it more efficient, more fun and above all: blazingly fast.

SpectraLayers Pro 3 interface

Sony SpectraLayers Pro 3: painting audio for audio engineers, remix artists and audio-for-video producers

When SpectraLayers Pro came out a few years ago, it was the advanced audio spectrum analyser/editor many audio engineers dreamt of. In practice, the application was slow and not always stable. Version 2 ran a bit faster, although not by much, but it gained features not found anywhere else such as layer casting and moulding. With the only just released SpectraLayers Pro 3 Sony hasn’t chosen for the easy road of adding bloat to the app. Instead, they’ve made several impressive improvements, speeding up the app considerably, giving it a better, far more user-friendly and customisable interface and the ability to process 24bit/192kHz files. There are a few new features as well, but the focus of version 3 lies with making SpectraLayers Pro a more efficient, pleasurable audio editing app.

NUGEN Audio Post Pack interface

NUGEN Audio Post-production Pack Review

Mixing and mastering audio for film, video or broadcast differs a bit from mastering for music. The media to master for will be different, as will the requirements of the industry. A UK developer, NUGEN Audio, creates professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers and broadcasters. Among its partners we find Avid and Quantel. NUGEN Audio offers post-production mixing and mastering with a Post Pack that holds eight modules of which some can be used as stand-alone applications.

Film Styles For Capture One

Film Styles For Capture One reviewed

There’s one thing Capture One has always missed: true film styles like those of Dxo Filmpack or Alien Skin’s Exposure. Film Styles For Capture One seeks to fix this. Alexander Svet, a professional photographer and Phase One Certified Professional has spent a good number of years recreating film looks for Capture One. The Film Styles For Capture One bundle he came up with has over 100 B&W and colour film styles combined. That’s no small feat as Capture One doesn’t offer much support for third parties to extend functionality.

Audio Hijack 3 interface

Audio Hijack 3: experiences with a record-audio-from-anywhere app

Audio Hijack Pro was Rogue Amoeba’s app for capturing sound from applications as well as input devices. It was powerful, scalable and flexible but not very user-friendly. Audio Hijack 3 changes all that. It’s every bit as powerful — if not more — than its predecessor, but also easier to use. In fact, the new building block paradigm used in Audio Hijack 3 will enable you to do more with your audio recordings because it’s incredibly simple to set up complex sessions. Also new in Audio Hijack 3 are templates, full-screen mode, presets, FLAC recording and more.

Perfect Photo Suite Premium

Perfect Photo Suite Premium 9, a fine Photoshop replacement for image editing

Photoshop without the painting tools, that’s what onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite Premium is in a nutshell. Perfect Photo Suite Premium is a RAW converter/editor with an image browser and features such as image correction and enhancement, B&W conversion, compositing and Fx effects, layers and masks, portrait-specific enhancement and resizing. Its masking capabilities are unique […]

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GoPro announces February firmware update that makes others bite the dust

While Sony announced a new version of its Action Cam, which should be capable of 240fps in 720p res, GoPro hasn’t been sitting still either. In February, you will get a comprhensive firmware update for your HERO4 that, among other things, will make 240fps available in 720p mode as well.

Exposure 7 after editing

Alien Skin Exposure 7 handles RAW

We all love to enhance our photos — professionals and amateurs alike — whether it be retouching, adding filters or compositing even. Some photographers are masters at recreating a scene and endowing it with a mood or quality it almost certainly didn’t have when the scene was shot. A number of software tools help, including Photoshop, Capture One Pro and DxO Optics Pro as well as specialised tools like the subject of the current review: Alien Skin’s Exposure 7.

iZotope Iris 2

iZotope Iris 2 enables virtually limitless creativity

Iris 2 is a new and improved version of a virtual instrument, a sampler and a synthesizer in one. When iZotope released the first version of Iris, it was a tool with decent capabilities, but a bit limited with regards to flexibility. Iris 2 is exactly the opposite. There’s no limit on what you can do with this application.