SmallCubed released its full set of Apple Mail plug-ins right in time for the release of macOS “Sierra”. I have been reviewing the MailTags, Mail Act-On and Mail Perspectives suite for quite some time now. For the first time, I’ve also tried out the SigPro plug-in.
Using an iOS device to trigger your dSLR or system camera’s shutter, aperture and exposure is a tempting idea but it’s not straightforward to implement. The experiences I had with the Triggertrap Mobile and Triggertrap Timelapse Pro were mixed. Some features work well, others much less. Triggertrap Mobile lets you use an iPhone or iPad as a control device that allows you to press the shutter button, create timelapses, HDR image series, bulb ramping, and sensor-driven photos.
NUGEN Audio is well known for its broadcast audio plug-ins and applications. Recently, it released the Halo Upmix plug-in that turns your stereo audio in any of several 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound standards. And even more recently it released its first batch processor, Audio Management Batch Processor (AMB). This stand-alone app processes multiple audio files simultaneously. Its primary concern is to report on loudness levels, its secondary to auto-edit your audio files to make them comply with loudness standards. A third module will upmix your audio using the new Halo Upmix algorithm. AMB will optionally also work with ProRes and MXF files (OP-1a and OP-Atom).
Feel like you’re glowing today? Could be made into reality if you have a video shot of yourself and the Kingluma Radiance plug-in for Final Cut Pro X. The Kingluma Radiance plug-in, which is available through the FxFactory system, lets you set up a glow or rays, allowing you complete control over the end-results.
I still regularly use the Wiebetech UltraDock v.4 that I got for review purposes ages ago — back then from James Wiebe in person. The other day, I wondered how the UltraDock would have evolved, asked CRU-Dataport for a test unit and promptly got an UltraDock v.5.5. There’s quite a difference between the two devices that are about eight years apart in terms of design and technology. But it still is the best solution to hook up a bare disk drive to your Mac or PC. The UltraDock v.5.5 comes with a number of tricks that may appeal to a bigger market than the old UltraDock.
Do you still need to burn DVDs, Blu-Ray’s or CD’s even? With so many cloud storage services available, what’s the use of burning data onto optical media stored locally? One reason could be that you care about keeping all rights to your images, movies and other data with the party to whom these belong — you, the creator. Another is that optical discs are insensitive to magnetic fields, while the new M-Disc is virtually indestructible. Enter Toast 15, the latest version of the DVD/Blu-Ray burning software for the Mac. The Pro version includes the Blu-Ray HD authoring plug-in and a plethora of extra software.
Crumplepop has come up with a solution for stabilising footage in post-production. It’s a direct competitor of Coremelt’s Lock & Load plug-in for Final Cut Pro X and a good one at that. BetterStabilizer works as a Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro plug-in. I tested the Final Cut Pro X plug-in and was impressed with the ease-of-use and the excellent results.