A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of producing a video covering a customer story of a large printer manufacturer. When I got at their customer’s premises, the CEO turned out to know Dutch only, leaving me with the unpleasant task of having to translate everything he said into English. From that experience, I remember that subtitling by hand is no walk through the park. However, if I would have had the application I’m reviewing today, MacCaption by Telestream, I wouldn’t have spent half the time I did back then. And my subtitles would have looked exactly as I wanted too.
Only last month did Telestream release Switch, a new professional video player with a full-blown Inspector and Export module. Switch shows you all of the parameters a video has, including actually recorded bitrate and clean aperture size, and has the capability to modify most of these parameters. That’s what sets it apart from other players. […]
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.
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.
How you manage your digital assets in large part determines how much money and time you lose over finding the right image, audio or video clip for a job. That’s the reason why DAM (Digital Asset Management) systems were developed in the first place. However, not all DAM systems are created equal. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of DAM: systems that are designed mainly to find, use and archive assets, and systems that also optimise the production process. CatDV belongs to the second kind.
Divergent Media recently released its EditReady tool, a fast transcoding utility for video production pros. EditReady transcodes media from any QuickTime compatible format to one of the ProRes or DNxHD formats, as well as to H.264. It supports metadata and custom file naming. EditReady looks simple but is pretty powerful — but that’s not why you will want to have a copy.
Final Cut Pro X has a colour grading module, but the interface is non-standard and the capabilities are pretty basic. One FxFactory plug-in that tries to fix this is Hawaiki Color. It’s a plug-in that uses the traditional but familiar interface elements for colour grading: colour wheels and sliders, combined with numeric configuration fields. It extends colour grading inside Final Cut Pro X beyond the basics and is great to work with.