To keep out drone trolls, legal regulations are necessary


In August 2015, the pilot of an airplane in the midst of its landing procedure at Ben Gurion near Tel Aviv in Israel, suddenly saw a quadcopter flying right of the plane at a dangerously close distance of about 100m (33ft). In compliance with aviation rules, he reported the incident to airport authorities. They started an investigation. Certainly in Israel, drones could be used for anything from plane spotting to terrorism. Drones are increasingly becoming a problem and they should not be unleashed to the broader public without establishing ground rules for their usage.

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.

Printers and their RIP; what they look for


What do printers look for in a Raster Image Processor (RIP)? Their first concern seems to be user-friendliness and stability. But the answer may not always be straightforward. Some say it all depends on the application and the printer, the quality of the input files and also the output size.