Editors choice

It’s almost year’s end and time to make a balance of the past year’s products. I’ve made a list of the best products I have reviewed over the course of the past year, as well as a list of vendors that I believe have shown that it is possible to deliver innovative products without sacrificing on quality.

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Telestream Wirecast 6.0 Now Available

Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Wirecast 6.0, the latest version of its popular live streaming software. Wirecast is the industry’s only cross-platform, all-in-one live streaming production software that enables capture, live production and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously.

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IT Enquirer’s Best of the Best of 2014

It’s almost year’s end and time to make a balance of the past year’s products. I’ve made a list of the best products I have reviewed over the course of the past year, as well as a list of vendors that I believe have shown that it is possible to deliver innovative products without sacrificing on quality.

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What a compressed video will look like: Compression Preview

Creating a movie, outputting it to the highest possible standard and then distributing it over the Internet. What could be easier? It’s actually a lot less simple than it sounds. Which compression level are you to use? Do you even have to bother? Doesn’t Youtube and Vimeo handle all of this themselves? You should bother and you should decide for yourself, and Compression Preview helps you with this important task. It’s an After Effects plug-in that shows you what your video will look like when compressed to a specific setting.

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Make your Titles as exciting as your footage with KineticText

Final Cut Pro X installs with a lot of Titles, but they’re all fairly common. If you want something that’s out-of-the-ordinary, dynamic and that makes you look like a professional even if you aren’t, then KineticText is a good choice. It’s a FxFactory plug-in and as usual with FxFactory plug-ins, it is actually a whole series of titles.

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iZotope Ozone 6, stripped from undue features, best mastering tool around

Probably for the first time in history, a developer actually removes features from an application in response to user feedback. iZotope did just that with the Ozone 6 mastering solution. The result is a lean, mean mastering machine with looks to kill for and not one feature that gets in your way. Ozone 6 does come with a new module, though: a very effective dynamic equaliser. Ozone 6 can be used as a plug-in to your DAW or sound editor, or as a stand-alone mastering solution.

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motionVFX mHUD effects for Final Cut Pro X

motionVFX is a Polish team of developers who create effects for Final Cut Pro X. One of their latest creations is mHUD, a set of effect that reminded me of Yanobox’s Nodes 2. In reality, mHUD comes as a set of adjustable Final Cut Pro X Titles as well as QuickTime 1080p movies. I took my magnifying glass out and gave both Titles and movies a good look and what I found may even surprise the developers.

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Get rid of haze with DxO Optics Pro 10

The developer who uses test data of your camera body and lens as well as scientifically based algorithms to create his applications, has just made his flagship image processing app better again. DxO Optics Pro 10 has a new ClearView feature to get rid of haze and an improved Probabilistic Image Enhancement (PRIME) denoising algorithm. DxO Optics Pro 10 also integrates with DxO ViewPoint’s geometrical correction tool.

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Telestream Wirecast 6.0 Now Available

Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Wirecast 6.0, the latest version of its popular live streaming software. Wirecast is the industry’s only cross-platform, all-in-one live streaming production software that enables capture, live production and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously.

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Telestream ScreenFlow 5 reaffirms its number one position for screencasting

If you’re serious about software or iPhone demos, video tutorials and/or video training, then ScreenFlow is about your only choice on a Mac. ScreenFlow 5 is the latest iteration of this powerful video/screencasting application and Telestream has once again added some very nifty features while improving others.

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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 performing 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.

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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.