FxFactory ANIMO plug-in gives a whole new meaning to simple animation

ANIMO

If you want to make videoclips with a lot of action and you can’t find topics to shoot that have enough motion to your liking, you can always add animations to your footage. Final Cut Pro X makes this incredibly easy and simple with keyframes. But no matter how easy it is, animating clips will always be a time-eating monster. Unless you use an animation plug-in that doesn’t use keyframes at all. That’s what ANIMO by SugarFX is all about.

Offloading images and videoclips without the wait: the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

With the proliferation of video frame sizes beyond 1920×1080 pixels, memory card readers have become a major bottleneck in the production process. The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a high-speed reader system that lets you transfer images from up to four memory cards simultaneously. The solution consists of a four-bay reader hub and independently sold reader modules that can be used both as a module and a stand-alone reader.

Amarra 3, the high end audio player

Amarra 3

Amarra is an audiophile music player for the Mac. I tested the full Amarra player, which allows you to play FLAC as well as DSD music files. Sonic Studio also released Amarra sQ, an equaliser specifically developed to enhance streaming music such as iTunes Radio or Spotify streams.

Alien Skin Exposure 6 offers more effects, better workflow

Exposure 6

You can enhance your photos by giving them an accurate look of film with or without grain. You can opt to composite using textures, add borders, and change bokeh, but rarely will you get all those features in one filter that you can use from within the major image catalogue apps such as Lightroom and Aperture as well as Photoshop. Alien Skin Exposure 6 has everything you need and works as a stand-alone application with batch processing functionality as well.

Your virtual design assistant: xScope 4

xScope 4 text tool front image

Designing layouts, measuring design elements, inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts, and sending screenshots of these elements across workgroups can be challenging. A couple of years ago, the IconFactory and Artis Software developed xScope for this purpose. The first versions of this app gave users a simple tool to work with rulers, guides and screens across all applications. It was better than competing products, which were limited by bad design and limited feature sets, but at least the first version of xScope had a limited feature set of its own. Version 3 was a big improvement and now there’s xScope 4 with no less than 80 improvements and new features.

Typinator 6 most powerful text expansion with regular expressions

Typinator 6 new interface

A couple of months ago, I was trying to fix my number one typo: double caps at the beginning of a word. I use Typinator and I realised that, despite its powerful features, I couldn’t do it. I also knew why I couldn’t: you need regular expressions to fix something as vague as double caps, because only with a regex search pattern can you capture all occurrences of all double capped letters you type. Regex, however, wasn’t on Typinator 5’s feature list. Well, it is on Typinator 6’s list. And I finally don’t have to go back and fix those silly typos anymore.

The wildest Picture-in-Picture effects with PiPinator 2

PiPinator

One of the most appealing video effects must be Picture-in-Picture (PiP). I have seen it used in feature films as well as in news reports. In Final Cut Pro X you can easily create a PiP effect using the built-in Resizing, Rotation and Skewing effects, but if you also want to animate the effect and give it a really nice PiP look, you’ll be busy for a couple of days tweaking and keyframing. And perhaps you’ll end up deciding to do it all inside Motion. In contrast, the Final Cut Pro X plug-in PiPinator 2 does it all with sliders, reducing your two-day nightmare to a gratifying process that needn’t take more than a quarter of an hour.