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Capture One Pro 8

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 … More...

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Cloud services

Cloud services: how to handle them

An increasing number of people are entrusting iCloud and other cloud services with their private digital belongings. Most of these services promise strong security and the right of the owner to stay in control of what they upload to the cloud. For enterprises, these and other promises are certain to be honoured. If cloud service providers wouldn’t, they’d be in legal trouble in the blink of an eye. To private persons the cloud is more dangerous.

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NT-USB gain setting

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 … More...

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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

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.

Photon Pro

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 to the Red Giant Software Denoiser II plug-in for After Effects.

NT-USB gain setting

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 optimum results.

RX 4 Advanced

iZotope RX 4 Advanced adds powerful modules — again

iZotope’s RX 4 Advanced sound repair kit is the most advanced audio repair software available. The new version contains several new modules, among which Clip Gain, Leveler, EQ Match / Ambient Match, Dialogue Denoiser (RX 4) and RX Connect. Clip Gain is set to make your life an awful lot easier.

JPEGmini

Compression without artefacts with JPEGmini Pro

Minifying images for a website or compressing them for an email is a daily returning routine for most people who deal with illustrating any sort of textual content. You can always minify PNGs and JPEGs on the server. This works very well and if you’re managing a WordPress installation, there are a number of fine plug-ins that take the pain out of compressing images to their smallest possible size. But often compressing an image — and especially a JPEG — to its smallest possible size, introduces ugly artefacts. JPEGmini Pro seeks to avoid that.

New QuarkXPress 10 XTensions Now Available

Quark Software announced a variety of new XTensions for QuarkXPress 10. XTensions are software applications from Quark and third-party developers that allow companies to customize QuarkXPress with features that address specific design and workflow needs.

Cloud services

Cloud services: how to handle them

An increasing number of people are entrusting iCloud and other cloud services with their private digital belongings. Most of these services promise strong security and the right of the owner to stay in control of what they upload to the cloud. For enterprises, these and other promises are certain to be honoured. If cloud service providers wouldn’t, they’d be in legal trouble in the blink of an eye. To private persons the cloud is more dangerous.