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

Hawaiki Keyer 2

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.

Koji Color Advanced colour grading for Final Cut Pro X

Hawaiki analyzer colour correction

Whenever the people at Crumplepop introduce or launch a product, the video editing community listens up. That was no different when the Koji colour grading app was released and things haven’t changed with the recent release of Koji Advanced, a plug-in for FCPX and other popular NLEs. Koji is a colour grading system based on the works of Dale Grahn, a well-known colour scientist and the colour artist who graded blockbuster movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator. I tried Koji Advanced in FCPX with the other colour grading plug-ins I reviewed earlier in the back of my mind.

FX Shuffle

The Cross Dissolve transition may be the most commonly used but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any that are more exciting and fun. FxFactory seems to think so, anyway, and it promptly introduced the Final Cut Pro X FX Shuffle effect. This new transition lets you create a transition effect with five clips all shuffled from one clip to another.

Merlin Project has features for serious project management

merlin project

It’s been a few years since I reviewed Merlin 2, the project management app for OS X. Merlin Project is its successor and it’s been improved in several areas, making it even more suitable for complex projects. Except for a new, beautifully designed interface, Merlin Project has new views, better reports, earned value analysis, powerful search and filter features and impressive export options. Merlin Project suits every type of project, whether it be the construction of a building, the making of a video documentary or the development of a new web site.

Coremelt updates and adds features to SliceX and TrackX plug-ins


When Coremelt released its range of plugins for Final Cut Pro X that were based on mocha tracking technology, the company almost experienced a meltdown as a result of the enthusiasm with which the FCPX community jumped on the plugins. Finally, mocha’s topnotch functionality would be available in a plugin everybody could use. After SliceX came Lock & Load and TrackX, but the three plugins didn’t gain any extra functionality in the months to come. Until a couple of weeks ago, when Coremelt released the last bunch of updates.