Myriad is an audio batch processor. It has been for some time, but version 4 has been totally redesigned. It has beautiful looks and processes files at blazing speeds. Myriad has a large number of processing actions you can combine and save into workflows. It will simultaneously export to multiple formats, sample rates and frequencies giving you advanced configuration options and dithering algorithms.
It integrates with Logic Pro X, Reason, Cubase and many other DAWs and offers an excellent keyboard experience It’s Nektar Technology’s just released Impact GX49 MIDI keyboard/controller.
When do you need an external monitor/recorder? I analysed the NLE support for different formats, the difference between various subsampling methods and between 8-bit and 10-bit colour depth, and compared the internal recordings of different cameras with the footage shot with the newest Shogun Flame. My verdict is that it is always better to shoot to a production codec. It saves a lot of post-production time when you edit with Final Cut Pro X or Da Vinci Resolve. The new Atomos Shogun (and Ninja) Flame support all the ProRes and DNxHD output types, are HDR-capable and come with a number of extras not found anywhere else.
Adding motion to static components like logos usually means a side trip to After Effects or Motion. FxFactory has made it its business to spare you that trip and enable you to create those effects right in Final Cut Pro X with AddMotion.
What good is a slider if it can’t provide rock-solid motion, with no vibrations? And if it does, what can you do about it? By accident I found out that the Rhino slider EVO Carbon with its Motion motor may create footage that you may often need to edit in post-production to get rid of carriage vibrations that make your zoomed-in subject look like a Parkinson patient. Especially when there’s little weight pressing down on the carriage, vibrations may be a serious problem with any slider.
Colour depth or bit depth is either the number of bits used to define the colour of a single pixel in a bitmapped image or video frame buffer, or the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. Chroma subsampling is the practice of encoding images by delivering a lower resolution for chroma (colour) information than for luma (lightness). The two combine into what your footage looks like when it has been freshly recorded.
Mobile disk drives are essential tools for movie and video makers. Everyone who ventures out in hostile environments to shoot footage needs rugged drives that can withstand some rough handling. It’s the main reason why LaCie has made its Rugged series and why G-Tech jumped on this bandwagon with its G-Drive ev range. CalDigit may perhaps be late to the game, releasing its bus-powered Tuff drive only recently, but it beats the forerunners by a large margin.