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GoPro introduces HERO4

GoPro unveiled HERO4, the highest performance line of capture devices the company has ever made. HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP €479.99 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP €379.99. GoPro’s Emmy Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new … More...

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digital film grain

Film Grain simulation: vendors inform

Film Grain in Capture One 8 is a simple affair. It’s not comparable to the film grain you can have with DxO FilmPack or Alien Skin Exposure. Far from it. But Phase One has a straightforward explanation on this issue. I asked other film grain developers about their practices and the results you can get and this is what they have to say.

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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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HERO4

GoPro introduces HERO4

GoPro unveiled HERO4, the highest performance line of capture devices the company has ever made. HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP €479.99 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP €379.99. GoPro’s Emmy Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favourite experiences.

Primatte Keyer 5.1

Primatte Keyer 5.1 works with Final Cut Pro X — a review

You can create a chroma key in Final Cut Pro X, but the options to make it a perfect key are limited. That’s not the case with Red Giant Software’s Primatte Keyer, the chroma key technology used in major films like Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Harry Potter, King Kong and Spider-Man, which finally became available for Final Cut Pro X. I took Primatte Keyer 5.1 for a test drive.

digital film grain

Film Grain simulation: vendors inform

Film Grain in Capture One 8 is a simple affair. It’s not comparable to the film grain you can have with DxO FilmPack or Alien Skin Exposure. Far from it. But Phase One has a straightforward explanation on this issue. I asked other film grain developers about their practices and the results you can get and this is what they have to say.

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.