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Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX850 By David Hague Good things come in small packages could be the best way to describe the new Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX850 Micro Four Thirds (MFT) 4K camera. The size of an everyday compact and weighing a tiny 267g (sans lens), nonetheless this $800 (RRP) little beast is a powerhouse of a camera in both its stills format and as a capable (with ergonomic limitations) video camera. ...Read More »
Lightworks from Editshare By David Hague Over the last few years, we have been literally bombarded with video editing packages (NLEs) from all sides. The stalwarts that have been around seemingly for ever such as Adobe's Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, AVID products, Final Cut from Apple and Vegas Pro are in that mix and classified as "pro" products, while offerings from Corel, Pinnacle, MAGIX and others have been more aimed at the consumer market. Among all of these, a program that has somewhat been bypassed is Lightworks - now up to version 14 and in its 25th year! ...Read More »
iClone Character Creation By David Hague As we have mentioned previously, iClone6 has a companion application called the iClone Character Creator. As the name suggests, this program allows you to create lifeline animated characters for inclusion in your iClone movies, or indeed your own by using green screen techniques. Unlike 3D programs such as Cinema 4D or Lightwave, iClone Character Creator comes with basic models you can start with, tweak all facets of the physical attributes, add clothing to and animate so the process is quite painless without having to learn the art of modelling, texturing, inverse kinematics and other complex things other programs need. ...Read More »
Vegas Movie Studio Platinum By David Hague The familiar light grey facade of the Vegas family has been changed to a black motif in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (and I suspect this will flow through to Vegas Pro as well. All the kids are doing it!) that is not unattractive. In fact, the whole interface has been made over and somehow looks cleaner and more businesslike. Text descriptions and icons are sharp and clear and if there is any criticism, you may have to change your monitor's contrast a little as on my Dell 27 XPS All-in-One, the vertical lines in the timeline were quite faint. In the past if someone suggested you could get probably 85% of the power of Premiere and After Effects together in a package that sells for under a hundred bucks, you'd think they were barking mad and aiming to be the Pres of the USA perhaps! ...Read More »
Resolve 12.5 By David Hague Over the years, I have used many, many different video editors - Adobe Premiere 4.2 was probably my first NLE, followed by a long stint with Sony (now MAGIX) Vegas and flutters with AVID, EDIUS, one called Speed Razor and of course I have reviewed just about every package our there over the last 20 odd years costing from hundreds to many thousands of dollars. So, when I am told that a full on, top featured package as used by the Hollywood heavyweights is available for free, of course my ears prick up just a little and I want to know more. Is it so complex that I won't be able to grasp its workflow? Or does it require so much computer horsepower my modest Dell XPS 2710 all-in-one won't drive it? Perhaps the claims are overblown? ...Read More »
A Close Look at The Panasonic AG-UX90 Camera By Stephen Schleicher For the last couple of weeks I have had a chance to test the new AG-UX90 camera from Panasonic. The lightweight camera is great for the photog on the go or for those doing documentary work. Should you grab this camera? I run down the great, and not so great features of the camera, in this review. The camera captures images on a 1-inch CMOS sensor, which ends up giving the user a better depth of field than other cameras you'll find in this price range. It isn't a full frame sensor, but then again, this camera isn't designed for DSLR fans, or those planning on shooting a feature film. ...Read More »
NAB Hands On By Ko Maruyama This month, AJA announced a new camera - the RovoCam. As major producers of video continue to get ready and move forward into higher resolution content, especially UHD, AJA delivers this new block camera for multiple markets and users. ...Read More »
DAZ3D Prints By Ko Maruyama DAZ 3D software has been an affordable and easy way for people to begin exploring 3D models and creating beautiful scenes quickly. Now, DAZ is offering a way to get 3D characters from your screen to your hand. 3D prints of models built within the Genesis 2 system are supported. Printed people (and a dragon) for people who print. ...Read More »
Digital Juice Pilot Pro By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. The Pilot program is similar to a beta launch phase, but you're not on your own, Digital Juice Community embedded in the subscription will help everyone out. ...Read More »
VideoCopilot Element 3D By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...Read More »
MAXON'S NEWEST By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
Pinnacle Studio 18 By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
RED GIANT OFFLOAD By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
Vectoraster by LostMinds By Ko Maruyama Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. ...Read More »
Quick Sketching with Ron Husband By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
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