Ninja Blade and Ninja 2 side by side

Ninja Blade comprehensive review

The Ninja Blade is Atomos’ newest available 10-bit HDMI recorder/monitor/player. The difference with its predecessor, the Ninja 2, is unbelievable. Everyone in the business already knows the screen isn’t just bigger but also has a higher resolution, but even if you know all that and have seen the images on the web, it still hits you in the face when you see it in real life. Other than that, the Ninja Blade has waveform monitors and a vectorscope, and a plethora of other features that make it a must-have and an upgrade to consider.

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How to best format GoPro files for editing with Final Cut Pro X

David Newman, Senior Director of Software Engineering for GoPro answered some questions that I had after writing my story on transcoding GoPro files to ProRes 422. I kept wondering if the intermediate step of transcoding — as I have been doing over the years — is the best approach for handling and processing GoPro Cineform files. From his answers that I received by email I learned it isn’t necessary.

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The other day, when I was scanning old negatives with a new Canoscan 9000F MK II and SilverFast 8 for my piece on SilverFast’s Multi-Exposure, I kept thinking about the reasons any photographer should want to keep using film and a scanner to digitise his or her images instead of using a digital camera. That made me contemplate some of the disadvantages and benefits of scanning film and those of image sensors…

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Phantasm was Astute Graphics’s first Illustrator plug-in. It gave Adobe Illustrator users the ability to work with colour settings the way they did in Photoshop. With curves working on transparency, Phantasm today isn’t obsolete. Far from it. The plug-in also gives you the ability to create vector halftones from an illustration both for printing and creative purposes, as well as ink and plate controls.

Ninja Blade and Ninja 2 side by side

Ninja Blade comprehensive review

The Ninja Blade is Atomos’ newest available 10-bit HDMI recorder/monitor/player. The difference with its predecessor, the Ninja 2, is unbelievable. Everyone in the business already knows the screen isn’t just bigger but also has a higher resolution, but even if you know all that and have seen the images on the web, it still hits you in the face when you see it in real life. Other than that, the Ninja Blade has waveform monitors and a vectorscope, and a plethora of other features that make it a must-have and an upgrade to consider.

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Stylism is a new Adobe Illustrator plug-in by Astute Graphics, which allows you to create Adobe’s Live Effects using a simple real-time annotation system. Adobe’s dialogue window driven system isn’t bad, but it stops your “flow”. Stylism, on the other hand, makes creating and changing Live Effects extremely easy and incredibly fast — and changes update in real time.

Powermonkey Extreme 12V

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Powertraveller is a British company developing and selling power devices for road warriors and people who want to charge their devices in an eco-friendly way. The company’s Powermonkey Extreme is a winning combination of a battery and solar panel specifically aimed at charging 5V (USB or others) devices. And now there’s also the Powermonkey Extreme 12V for more demanding power charging jobs.

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The Atomos Shogun is the world's first 12G SDI and 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck and features a stunning 1920×1080 SuperAtom IPS 7" touchscreen 325 PPI 179-degree viewing. 400nit brightness and multifrequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, depending on video input, giving super-smooth monitoring and playback. The Shogun is currently the only 4K HDMI recording solution that can take full advantage of the new A7S’s full 35mm ultra-sensitive 12 megapixel video sensor, clean HDMI out, 120 fps HD and custom HDMI timecode and start/stop trigger.

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A cinemagraph or living photo is a hybrid illustration, partly photograph, partly video. After having created a cinemagraph, you end up with a video or animated GIF looping for 10 seconds. Creating a cinemagraph with a NLE such as Final Cut Pro X is tedious and difficult. Cinemagraph Pro makes it dead easy.

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GoPro HERO3+ action camera

GoPro releases new Protune options for HERO3+

GoPro has only recently released a new firmware update for the HERO3+, which effectively changes the way the camera behaves when Protune is turned on. The new options give the camera operator a much greater freedom and control over the footage that comes out of the camera.

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Logic Pro X, three introductory screencasts

I finally got around reviewing Logic Pro X for Post Magazine. It wouldn’t be proper to write a review on IT Enquirer when Post Magazine has gone through all the hassle of getting me a test license for the product. Instead, I’m listing three Youtube screencasts here. They’re no-frills introductions to the interface, movie import and processing and applying audio effects to a Final Cut Pro X project with the help of the XML import capabilities in Logic Pro X.