Affinity Photo

Photoshop out, Affinity Photo in? A review

Photoshop is a workhorse of which the first versions were released as early as the mid-eighties of the past century. Affinity Photo is brand new. So, would it be fair to compare them? If there would be any logic in software development, I’d answer that question with a “No”. But there isn’t — logic, I mean. Affinity Photo may well blow Photoshop out of the water. It’s faster, has no historically grown rubbish the developer needs to keep in there and is just plain powerful. And best of all: its licence model is customer-friendly.

BIAS FX Desktop

Positive Grid Launches BIAS FX Desktop

BIAS FX Desktop is the first cross platform amp-and-effects processor, says Positive Grid. BIAS FX Desktop for Mac and Windows provides cloud-based access to thousands of rigs for infinite tone and effects creation, re-amping, and professional recording. Guitarists now can easily transfer their tones between iOS and Desktop devices. As BIAS FX Desktop can also be used to create soundscapes or distort music, it’s a great effect to have for movie post-production.

ImpulZ negative to positive workflow

Final Cut Pro X colour grading like the pros

Do you colour grade footage by looking at your monitor? That is one way of doing it, but it’s not the most accurate or surefire way to ensure the viewers of your video will see the same colours. For colour grading to work across platforms and individual computers even, you need to start from a correct colour rendition. A professional’s video grading workflow therefore starts with colour correction. After this important first step you can start grading, which essentially means you’re creating a mood.

avea used as studio light

Studio lighting with… mood lights

A tight budget doesn’t go together well with studio lighting. An inexpensive but apparently viable alternative could very well be — hold on to your socks — to mount a couple of mood LED lights, provided you can control their solid colours using your iOS or Android device.

Affinity Photo

Photoshop out, Affinity Photo in? A review

Photoshop is a workhorse of which the first versions were released as early as the mid-eighties of the past century. Affinity Photo is brand new. So, would it be fair to compare them? If there would be any logic in software development, I’d answer that question with a “No”. But there isn’t — logic, I mean. Affinity Photo may well blow Photoshop out of the water. It’s faster, has no historically grown rubbish the developer needs to keep in there and is just plain powerful. And best of all: its licence model is customer-friendly.

Hawaiki Keyer 2

Hawaiki Keyer creates perfect mattes in Final Cut Pro X

Creating a matte based on colour — a blue or green screen — is not easy. Especially when dealing with “fuzzy” edges such as hair or fur, creating a matte that allows you to seamlessly blend the cut-out foreground with a new background can be hard. Hawaiki Keyer should make it easier. I tried this plug-in with Final Cut Pro X.

Rhino Slider EVO

The unexpected uses of Dinkum Systems’ accessories

The more I use the Dinkum Systems accessories, the more I get excited about using their gear. I’ve compiled a short list of where the use of these clamps and mounts made working with photography and video equipment easier for me. In some cases, I couldn’t have shot a photo or clip without these clamps/mounts at all.

FxFactory

Manage your plugins with FxFactory

FxFactory lets you easily add plug-ins to your favourite video editor. Most of the high-quality plug-ins that are available in FxFactory support Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Motion and After Effects. Many plug-ins, like Yanobox Nodes, are truly unique, while FxFactory Pro enables you to develop your own effects. But what makes FxFactory really effective is that you can manage your plug-ins in a simple and easy way.