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Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote - iOS 10, macOS Sierra, new features and more!
Posted by Michal
June 14, 2016, at 2:26 AM

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off today and as expected the company made lots of major announcements. First of all the company has announced iOS 10 - the new release brings many changes in Messages, Maps, Photos, and Apple Music. A new version of macOS, called "Sierra" is also coming and of course Apple is also updating watchOS which now will offer easier navigation and a big boost in performance. Last but not least, the updated tvOS will bring expanded Siri searches. 

Let's focus on iOS 10 first. The new system delivers updated Messages app which now includes powerful animations, such as balloons, confetti or fireworks that can take over an entire screen to celebrate a special occasion, but an awesome feature is the invisible ink that you can use to send a message only revealed after a friend swipes over it. Siri got more powerful too - now developers will be able to use it to let users interact directly with apps using just their voice. Additionally Maps got redesigned and developers can create extentions to integrate their services with apps - for example you will be able to use services like Uber and Lyft without leaving the Maps app.

There was a lot of buzz concerning the privacy issue and the company assures that security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. The system will use end-to-end encryption to protect your data by making it unreadable by Apple and others.

iOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update.

As for macOS Sierra, with the new release Siri will be available on the Mac with brand-new capabilities specifically designed for the desktop. For example you will be able to use it to locate a specific document or to add an event to your Calendar. On the new version of the system you will be able to copy and paste between devices and you can automatically have all the files on your Desktop and in your Documents folder on any Mac, iOS device or even PC. Oh, and the end-to-end encryption is also coming to macOS!

If you want to watch the WWDC event, click here.


mTransition Zoom - FCPX Transition Plugin
Posted by Szymon Masiak
June 3, 2016, at 1:58 PM

Editing is not only putting clips together, but also a very demanding task to make all the shots fit to create a certain effect. The editor is often the last person that decides on the overall mood and meaning of the whole composition. The dynamism of the edit is set by many different aspects, such as the length of the clips and the action they depict. The process requires a lot of skills and is quite time-consuming. We came up with a plugin that will help you create an amazingly energetic edit within just minutes.

mTransition Zoom is an incredibly versatile collection of ultradynamic footage shifts that will turn every editing project into a cinematic composition just overflowing with action. These transitions are quick, eye-catching and easily customizable.

The unique motion blur inside FCPX effect makes them even better for all kinds of jobs and adds an extra swiftness to the animation. This must-have plugin will help you with all kinds of projects, its versatility will stun you on every step of the edit. Enjoy!

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mFrame 2 - 50 Handy Split Screens Built Exclusively for Final Cut Pro X
Posted by Szymon Masiak
May 23, 2016, at 2:48 PM

As editors, we need to be very organized when it comes to managing the footage we use. As our edits grow bigger, so does the number of videos that need to be sorted, cut, and put in place. Sometimes it slips out of control and we end up with a messy final product. Those of you who know mFrame plugin already know all the pros of having a handy and user-friendly collection of frames and split screen effects. It gives you the means for convenient organizing of your shots, creating transitions and simultaneous viewing of several videos at once.

mFrame vol.2 arrives to introduce order and tidiness into your work with several brand new handy options and even smoother workflow. These 50 incredible animated footage frames with neat typography and several editable options will makeover your entire edit in no time.

Drag & drop workflow and on screen controls make the whole process of tidying up your edit even easier. Creating beautiful footage compositions with modern, geometrical look is now just a click away. mFrames vol.2 give you an infinite number of combinations, so you can always create a unique footage frame presentation.

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mBokeh Anamorphic 4K - 50 Anamorphic Drag & Drop Bokeh Elements for any NLE
Posted by Szymon Masiak
May 13, 2016, at 1:13 PM

Anamorphic lenses are known for the special way they affect how images get projected onto the camera sensor. They are also very appreciated for the incredible light effects they produce during the process of filming. Some filmmakers use them especially to create a unique look that affects almost every aspect of the shot, like mood, overall lighting and dramatic effect. Undoubtedly, it takes a lot of skill to use all those characteristics of anamorphic lenses, but now you have a much easier way to have all the beautiful effects without all the effort and hours of preparations.

mBokeh 4K is a stunning collection of astounding anamorphic light effects shot in 4K resolution on Phantom Flex 4K camera with top-quality anamorphic lenses. Now you can add a wide range of ideal bokeh effects to every shot with just drag and drop action.

These bokehs are smooth, diversified and easy to use. Giving a video an extra delicate sparkling lighting boost is just a click away. You can also experiment with different blending modes to achieve even more diverse looks or mix different mBokehs together - the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Have fun illuminating your edits!

Learn More: mBokeh Anamorphic 4K

Leica's new LCD-less digital camera will take you back in time.
Posted by Maciej
May 5, 2016, at 11:13 AM

We all have gotten used to digital photography and looking at a digital panel when taking a photo. But maybe there is something lost in the moment of taking the photo, as we focus on what it will look like rather than the choosing the perfect moment to take it.

The German manufacturer Leica seems to think so, and is putting out a new camera dubbed the Leica M-D Typ 262, lacking the LCD screen. Leica claims it will take users to a simpler time before digital photography and focus entirely on taking a photo in the moment. In the place of a rear LCD you'll find an old-school ISO dial and of course without a screen, it also means this digital rangefinder features analog controls for every setting from shutter speed to drive modes.

Leica argument goes back to the ongoing legacy of analog Leica M rangefinders, and will help photographers focus on capturing the moment at hand. No worries about taking shots in the dark as as the digital rangefinder comes with a built-in light meter that will help tell you if you have the right exposure settings.
Nowadays we seem to be in the habit of checking every photo we take immediately after taking it, but it can sometimes waste more time than it is actually worth it. Perhaps not every single selfie needs to be perfect, and your family may want to have a good time on their holiday rather than pose for five minutes every time you want to get ‘the perfect photo’
Leica's sensors are famous for capturing great quality and detail, and the Typ 262 should have no problems doing the same thanks to its 24 megapixel sensor. The onboard Maestro image processor saves RAW images as DNG and you will be able to flexibly post-process any shots you didn't nail perfectly.

This camera isn't designed to take video, which should notcome as a surprise considering it doesn't have a screen. The Typ 262 also isn't Leica's first screen less camera, previously the company released a limited edition run of the Leica M-Edition 60.

The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is priced at $5,995  in a bundle that includes a carrying strap in full-grain cowhide leather, and it will be available in the first week of May.

Source: Techradar