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Apple's user numbers for Final Cut Pro - an informative histogram!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 28, 2014, at 3:35 AM

The topic of transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to X with all the consequences might seem long depleted, but as long as there is FCP7 user base, it will return. Now, an interesting post has been published at creativecow.net forums – Franz Bieberkopf took some time and effort to summarize the number FCP older versions and FCPX users across the years. He openly admits that these numbers are of limited value, however it’s an interesting chunk of data nonetheless:

"Though I think user numbers are of limited value, it has become a bit of an interest to me (particularly in light of how secretive and vague the various developers tend to be, and in light of the sometimes outrageous claims here). I dug into past announcements from Apple in order to sketch the shape of the numbers that we do know (even including a graph!), and thus the growth curves over the past 15 years."

The data is not complete – there’s a big gap between 2003 and 2007, but a clear tendency can be observed. So, here’s the graph Franz mentions:



Below Franz’s post, other users rightly point out that you can look at the graph in two ways. On the one hand FCPX is currently still only half way in the number of users FCP7 had in its prime, and on the other, it only took FCPX three years to get to the same point that FCP 1-7 reached in 7 years.

Full text, with links to sources can be found at forums.creativecow.net via this link.

Source: http://forums.creativecow.net

New software by Microsoft turns shaky hyperlapse POV video into excellent quality footage
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 14, 2014, at 10:08 AM

Due to the popularity of action cams like the GoPro, POV shots have lost on their attractiveness – especially that an uncut shot may be overly long, while a cut one may not give sufficient info about the environment, etc. The simplest of solution is to speed up the footage to fly through the less entertaining part of the shot, yet still preserving it. The problem is that simply speeding up the footage will result in a flickering, tiresome and unattractive image. The solution has been presented by Microsoft with their (unreleased yet) software.

At research.microsoft.com we read that Hyperlapse de-shakes the footage in the following steps:

  1. Scene Reconstruction: Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video (shown in red) that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input.
  2. Proxy Geometry: Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path.
  3. Stich & blend: Finally, we generate the novel smoothed, time-lapse video by rendering, stitching, and blending appropriately selected source frames for each output frame. We present a number of results for challenging videos that cannot be processed using traditional techniques.

Here a video comparing hyperlapse video with and without the application of the new software:

Since it comes from Microsoft, it will be developed as a Windows app. But as the idea and the tech is available, there’s nothing that prevents a Mac version from being released as well. We’re waiting for this one impatiently. Full coverage can be found at research.microsoft.com by following this link.

Source: http://research.microsoft.com

mLogo4 - Logo Animation Plugin for FCPX and Apple Motion 5
Posted by Szymon Masiak
August 12, 2014, at 7:02 PM

Logo is the main tool of promoting your company’s or organisation’s instant public recognition. It is this plain sign that creates the most recognizable and memorable experience associated with your enterprise.

Having this in mind we have to be aware that the quality and design of your logotype determine a big part of how our company is perceived in the public or digital space. Especially in the age of Internet and omnipresent electronic devices we have to come up with a proper presentation of our company’s logo. This is why we created mLogo4 - a set of 30 + 2 logo animation templates. 

This is the fourth part of our legendary mLogo series, which incorporates the latest and most wanted trends into their layout. They are ready-made outstanding logo intros, which can be instantly customized and used in your production - with minimum effort they provide a top-shelf quality design that will stun your viewers. 

Just pick one of 30 + 2 mLogos put in your logotype, personalize the look and you are done. Such simplicity of usage, quality and one-of-a-kind look could only come out of motionVFX’s studio. Try this or three of our former sets to find your ticket to perfect visual identification of your company!

More info about mLogo4: http://www.motionvfx.com/mplugs-56.html

DaVinci Resolve 11 is now officially out & ready for download!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 8, 2014, at 10:36 PM

There’s been the announcement at NAB ’14, there’s been an open beta recently, and now it’s finally out: DaVinci Resolve 11. In a press release, Blackmagic Design informs that the updated version of the popular color grading software is now available for download. The thing is that Resolve is not just that – it’s shifting towards a full-scale (and quite potent) NLE. In the press release we read:

DaVinci Resolve 11 is a major upgrade with over 100 new editing and color grading features. This new update includes professional nonlinear video editing with context sensitive trimming tools, onset file cloning, a revolutionary new ColorMatch feature, photographer style color grading tools and an amazing new collaborative workflow that allows multiple users to work simultaneously on the same timeline.

Resolve 11 is a massive upgrade, the changes are deep and numerous; in short the update adds:

  • New editing features
  • New collaboration workflow
  • Improved collaboration with Final Cut Pro X
  • Clone Tool for backups
  • Color Match for automatic color balancing
  • OpenCL optimization

Grant Petty, BMD CEO, comments on the release:

With over 1 million DaVinci Resolve customers worldwide, we have had great feedback from editors working on high end feature film and television programming jobs and we have rolled this into DaVinci Resolve 11. DaVinci Resolve is not only the world’s most advanced color correction system but now a full featured online editing and finishing system

and:

Since the first beta release, feedback from professional colorists and editors has been extremely positive and we are very thankful to have such an advanced community that relies on DaVinci Resolve for their work every day and who can provide us such high quality feedback and guidance!

DaVinci Resolve 11 is now available for free for those who already purchased its previous versions. New users will have to pay it costs $995. As usual, Blackmagic Design offers a free tool Resolve Lite that is limited to UHD resolution. For more info, plenty of photos and videos on Resolve 11, please visit the official product page at blackmagicdesign.com via this link.

Source: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com

 

Shane Hurlbut announces "Shane’s Inner Circle" - a monthly subscription education platform
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 6, 2014, at 9:00 PM

Shane Hurlbut is one of those professional filmmakers, who shares his knowledge and experience with the community via his blog hurlbutvisuals.com. In a recent post, he announced that he’s launching a new platform of education:

Many of you have requested that I create more – more in depth tests, more theory, more gear reviews, more answers and solutions for on-set problems, more access to the thought process behind my decisions, more immediacy and more direct access to me.

This way he announces the launch of ‘Shane’s Inner Circle’. What hides under this mysterious name is:

(...) a monthly membership club designed to be intimate, interactive, and share extreme attention to detail for those of you who desire to take your filmmaking and storytelling to the next level. Many of you have voiced how my virtual mentorship has changed your life and that our current informational posts have helped shape you as a storyteller.

Here’s a short promo video for Shane’s new initiative:

The Circle includes the following elements:

  • On Set With Shane

While it’s not possible to invite everyone to the film set, the Inner Circle offers this series with visual aids, location pictures, links, and lighting schematics.

  • Power Blog Posts

Lots of practical info for beginners and advanced filmmakers

  • Lighting Fundamentals

Teaching subtle nuances that’ll help you on the set/in post

  • Monthly Podcast

Shane will answer questions submitted by users in this one hour long podcast.

Additional Shane offers access to picture style profiles, camera profiles, DP-7 monitor profiles, in-depth testing of cameras, lenses and lighting. All this is available through a monthly subscription model costing $7.95

Find our more in the original article at hurlbutvisuals.com here.

Source: http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com



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