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LUT Master Guide to Color Grading
Posted by Szymon Masiak
May 22, 2015, at 9:56 AM

Denver Riddle, our friend at Color Grading Central, producer of Color Finale plugin for Final Cut Pro X, posted an amazing video breaking down and helping to better understand the various LUTs used in color grading. It's a must have watch for those who are either getting into LUTs or not sure what they are.

 

 

Source: Color Grading Central

GoPro Studio Premium & Pro versions soon to be gone
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 21, 2015, at 10:02 PM

Currently GoPro offers their GoPro Studio software in three versions, the standard that comes free, and premium & pro that cost $299 and $999 respectively. But that is not for long, as it has been announced that the sales of paid versions will soon be halted, and the support withdrawn. According to info posted at cineform.com, the end of sale date is on June 1, 2015, and end of support date is December 31, 2015:

GoPro continuously evolves the products and services we offer. These innovations mean that we periodically transition away from selling or servicing certain hardware or software products. In order to focus on other software products and services, including the free version of GoPro Studio available here, GoPro has ended development of GoPro Studio Premium and Professional. Beginning June 1, 2015, these titles will no longer be available for sale on CineForm.com.

The message is followed by a short FAQ section, but there’s no explanation as to the reasons why GoPro is backing out from the Premium & Pro versions. There’s also no word about any substitutes, or other software that could be launched by GoPro in the future. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that GoPro recently bought the software company called Kolor (‎360° video apps)?

GoPro Studio in its standard version will continue to be available and supported for free.

Source: http://cineform.com

FCPX beginner course by Vimeo Video School
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 21, 2015, at 10:54 AM

Vimeo wants to be perceived as a video platform for creative professionals, and their latest blog post reinforces that strategy. In that post they inform about making their premium Video Editing available for everyone and for free. The series focuses on 4 editing platforms, one of which is Final Cut Pro X.

In the description we read:

Mac-owning pals can tap into the complex art of editing with the power of Final Cut Pro X. In this Vimeo Video School series, we’ll walk you through Final Cut’s hefty video-editing toolset, from basic functions to advanced settings.

In general, the videos are kept short, and focused on a single topic, although, they do not elaborate on the topics too much, and the entire series is aimed at beginners. But they could also come in handy for editors who are switching from other editing environments, FCP7 included.

Here’s the first of the series:

There’s  17 episodes in total, with topics as follows:

  • Learning the interface
  • Importing your media
  • Analyzing your media
  • Managing your media
  • Understanding playback and skimming
  • Starting your edit
  • Working with markers
  • Editing audio
  • Editing video in the inspector
  • Editing audio in the inspector
  • Adding music and sound
  • Using transitions
  • Utilizing visual effects
  • Adding text
  • Working with stills
  • Exporting and uploading to Vimeo

They can all be found on Vimeo Video School here.

Source: https://vimeo.com

Apple introduces new iMacs and MacBook Pro - better performance at lower prices!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 20, 2015, at 8:37 AM

Rumors have been around the past few days that Apple is going to present new MacBook Pro and iMac models, they turned out to be true – in a press info Apple informs about new models, their features and prices.

Peter Shiller, Apple Worldwide Marketing Senior VP comments:

The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.

 

So, according to the info at apple.com, new Macs include:

New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a serious performance boost 

  • new Force Touch trackpad,
  • faster flash storage – up to 2,5 times faster than the previous one
  • longer battery life – up to 9 hours
  • faster discrete graphics - AMD Radeon R9 M370X

New, cheaper ($1,999) configuration 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display:

  • 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics
  • 8GB of memory
  • 1TB of storage
     

The top-end iMac with Retina 5K display now starts at $2,299

  • 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz,
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics
  • 1TB Fusion Drive.

Full press info can be found here. Find more information about each of these at Apple Online Store

Source: http://www.apple.com

IndieVice - ILC smartphone body for filmmakers to come soon?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 19, 2015, at 1:55 PM

If you’d like to take full advantage of your smartphone’s video feature, you’ll definitely need some gadgets; there’s already plenty to choose from, but one that looks exceptionally smart is about to enter the market. We’re talking about the ‘IndieVice’ described as ‘the world’s first universal Smart Body for The Smart Phone, which converts your smartphone into a professional camera’.

While the ‘professional camera’ part is a strong exaggeration, the device has quite a lot to offer. According to info at indievice.com, it will feature:

  • zoom-in/zoom-out technology
  • glare-deflector
  • comfortable eye-piece
  • flip screen technology
  • universal accessory mount
  • universal lens adapter
  • and all the other add-ons

You can find out a little more about IndieVice’s build and features in the official product page here (although the data is far from complete). Now, you may ask how much does it cost – it’s not for sale yet. The official page states that only one prototype exists so far and they’re only just preparing to launch a Kickstarter campaign. So, not much is known, except that the website and marketing strategy for IndieVice looks rather professional, and the crowdfunding campaign may be more of a formality.

Source: http://www.indievice.com

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