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SilverFast 8.5 takes frame finding to a new level, adds iOS JobMonitor

SilverFast 8.5

SilverFast 8.5 is another milestone version of this industry-standard scanner software. The application has been updated with IFF+Engine , a new, intelligent frame finding engine, a new JobManager that works in tandem with a brand new iOS JobMonitor, and the new archival file format HDRiRAW. SilverFast 8.5 will control and work with most scanners, but it’s obvious that you are best off to match the best scanner with the best software. Although SilverFast 8.5 will work with any modern photo scanner, my favourites are the Epson Perfection V800, V850, (and V750 and V700). They are a perfect match for SilverFast 8.5 because with scanners the quality of the scan is dictated by the hardware and these are the best scanners for all-round photo scanning. Nevertheless, even if you can’t afford or have the space to operate one of these, SilverFast 8.5 will work perfectly with other film or flatbed scanners and it will get the best out of them.

Final Cut Pro X colour grading like a pro

ImpulZ LUTs

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.

Studio lighting with… mood lights

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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.

Photoshop out, Affinity Photo in? A review

Affinity Photo

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 creates perfect mattes in Final Cut Pro X

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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.

The unexpected uses of Dinkum Systems’ accessories

Dinkum ActionPod and cable tie for stabilising GoPros

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.