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More than 3D touch - screens are close to evolve beyond their current form!
Posted by Justyna
February 10, 2016, at 8:52 PM

Although, touchscreen displays became the most popular in recent days, there’re still some companies that insist on using a built-in physical keyboard on different devices. You need to admit that using touchscreen can be a bit annoying when you need, for instance, tactile feedback. In that case a button is more than welcome.

One of the German startups has found a way to create a tablet case, which enables you to make the idea of liquid buttons become reality. This company is currently focusing on the process of touchscreen manufacturing that would enable them to add haptic feedback features to its display. Robert Bosch, a German producer of car parts, among other things, plans to add the sense of touch to that display, which could be used without person’s looking. He developed neoSense - a system that could add surface textures and create a mixture of elements. The haptic feedback is connected with screen interaction that involves such things as sounds, vibrations and visual effects but also a one extra element - real displaying button.

The neoSense textures offer a wide range of screens. They can be smooth, patterned or rough - in this way they represent a location of various buttons that have different purposes. For instance, the driver will be able to find the particular button only by applying appropriate pressure. Thanks to that function she or he is able to interact with a certain feature.

For the time being, it’s impossible to use 3D touch on the iPhone, without looking at the screen. It’s not certain yet when the neoSense technology will be available and what products will use it. We also don’t know if it’ll be used by smartphone users or tablet makers. We need to wait for what the future of the new technology may hold for us.

Source: The Economist

Mavis - the new filmmaking app for shooting video with iPhone 6s and 6s Plus!
Posted by Justyna
February 9, 2016, at 2:52 PM

Here’s another application for all filmmakers that’s worth noticing. Mavis had placed all professional tools into your iPhone and thanks to this you’ve got the whole control over manual shooting. There are many helpful ideas that the producer is offering you, among them we can enumerate audio metering, real time video full scopes and exposure with focus visualization. All of them enable you to have full and flexible power of management while recording your videos.

Besides those functions there are also many other features worth mentioning:
- high bitrate encoding
- manual color, exposure and focus
- HD, 2K and 4K recording
- flexible frame rates (up to 240 fps)
- focus peaking for manual focus assist
- realtime full-scale waveform monitor - aimed for exposure monitoring
- real time full-scale vector scope for color working
- focus peaking for manual focus assist
- ranged and gradient false color visualization

There’s also support for multiple resolutions like HD, 2K, 4K (UHD) and recording at maximum camera resolution, 4K (4:3). You also have full control over elements like: color temperature, exposure, ISO, shutter and focus.

Source: App Store

The new version of Free Open Source VFX software Natron has arrived!
Posted by Justyna
February 9, 2016, at 12:08 PM

Natron is a free and open source compositing software that has been influenced by such renowned apps as Nuke. The most famous compositing apps were an inspiration in terms of user’s interface and many other concepts. It is offering robust and efficient tools for compositors to improve their job’s quality and make it faster. I think that all Natron enthusiasts will be glad to hear some news connected with the subject. The new version of this free, open source, cross-platform composing software is now available! 

 

 

Let us enumerate some of its most significant features to shed some more light on this amazing application:

• 32 bits floating point linear color processing pipeline.
• Colorspace management handled by the famous open-source OpenColorIO library.
• Dozens of file formats supported: EXR, DPX,TIFF, PSD, SVG, Raw, JPG, PNG…thanks to OpenImageIO. and FFmpeg.
• Support for many free and open-source OpenFX plugins:
▪ OpenFX-IO : to read anything else than standard 8-bits images (bundled with pre-compiled versions of Natron).
▪ OpenFX-Misc : A set of basic nodes, such as Transform, chroma keyer, etc… (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
▪ OpenFX-Arena : A set of extra nodes (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
▪ OpenFX-OpenCV : A set of plugins based on OpenCV.
▪ OpenFX-Yadif deinterlacer : An open-source efficient de-interlacer.
▪ OpenFX-Vegas SDK samples
▪ OpenFX samples (in the Support and Examples directories)
• Support for commercial OpenFX plugins: (these are proprietary software and not free)
▪ RevisionFX products
▪ NeatVideo denoiser
▪ Furnace by The Foundry
▪ KeyLight by The Foundry
▪ GenArts Sapphire
▪ Other GenArts products
▪ And many more.

OpenFX v1.4 supported

Natron’s main purpose isn’t breaking habits, because it provides familiar and intuitive user’s interface. Characteristics like great performance and multi-tasking are also worth mentioning. The interface is quite flexible and easy to customize to personal preferences. Thanks to all those features working with Natron is fast and interactive and real-time playback works instantly. The software is still developed and improved, as we know from the source, the future versions will bring such functions as: optical flow, natural matting, deep data, and 3D workplace.
The whole program is a very powerful and flexible tool for producing various visual effects. Every editor should at least try it, and draw their own conclusions. It’s totally free! 

Source: Natron

Apple hires Mac Firmware Virus Creators
Posted by Justyna
February 9, 2016, at 10:57 AM

„Keep your friends close and enemies closer”- this true, well known saying can be used in many different aspects.

According to Abraham Lincoln, if we’ll be able to win our enemy over, then in the whole process we would not only succeed during battle, but also make friends with our enemies. This may be the main idea that inspired Apple specialists to hire some of the security researchers who work on viruses. It seems to be the best way while trying to protect the system.

This method looks quite efficient, as virus specialists managed to create a worm hybrid Thunderstrike 2 that has Mac computers in its crosshairs. This worm is quite spreadable from one MacBook to another, and at the same time there’s no need of connecting to the internet. Naturally, Apple was informed about the vulnerabilities, and they were immediately repaired. Thanks to this operation, the Mac platform is about to be more secure than ever, as it will be well protected from firmware modification and the threats of malware. According to the source, the researchers were hired in November, and one of them shared this news on his Twitter profile,  but there’s no information about the earnings or future plans of Apple. We can only guess that soon other companies will follow their steps, in order to have their systems more secure.

Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com

mDoodle Plugin for FCPX - animated cartoon elements every editor needs!
Posted by Szymon Masiak
February 8, 2016, at 11:37 AM

Cartoon elements and hand-drawn additions become more and more popular in the editing industry. They not only lively up the whole mood of the edit but also add an artistic element, which gives the whole composition a far more interesting undertone. But where can an editor, a filmmaker or a graphic designer find a source of such elements?


 

Getting them custom done on request may cost a fortune and take days to accomplish. With the release of mDoodle you can now have a perfect source of hand-drawn elements handy in your plugins collection.

 


 

This set of 150 animated, colored and customizable FCPX and Motion 5 projects will make your edit full of cartoon awesomeness. They are divided into 9 diversified groups, in which everyone will find something useful. You can use them individually, in groups and mixed with other footage - they are just tools in the hands of your imagination. Whatever you decide to do with these elements, the individual character of each of them will enrich your project with some artistic aspect and entertaining quality.

 

Learn More: mDoodle