GoPro movies shot with Wide or Medium field of view have an outspoken fisheye lens effect to them. Only footage shot with Narrow has less of that effect. Sometimes this fisheye effect is what you want. Often it isn’t. Crumplepop’s Fisheye Fixer plug-in can get rid of the effect and straighten lines amazingly well.
x264 is a video codec developed by a group of open source developers. Contrary to what most people believe, the x264 codec is only free for noncommercial use. Both Episode and Squeeze use a commercial form of this codec.
Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 is the first version that understands what I’m saying 99% of the time. According to Nuance, the software has become 15% more accurate than its predecessor, and I do believe that’s no marketing hyperbole.
It’s fast and has WebDAV, image baskets, movie thumbnails, file synchronization, file versioning, and PGP encryption. CrushFTP 6 is the newest version of Ben Spink’s FTP server product that compresses transfers on the fly and runs on OS X, Linux and Windows.
DxO’s brand-new ViewPoint plug-in and stand-alone app is meant to fix distorted images as a result of lens flaws or the lack of a tilt-shift lens.
Tiffen is renown for their physical filters and gels, but they also have a nice portfolio of digital products. I tested Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite for video and film. And I know this sounds like hyperbole, but it knocked my socks off.
AKVIS Magnifier is a Photoshop plug-in or a standalone app to blow up your images without quality loss. I reviewed the plug-in and compared it with Alien Skin’s Blow Up 3.
There are three really important colour management companies in the world: X-Rite, Datacolor, and basICColor. Of these three, CX-Rite and Datacolor are multinational companies, while basICColor still is relatively small. All three make hardware and develop software. Spyder4Elite is Datacolor’s monitor calibration and profiling solution. It’s the one we’re discussing here.
Just in time for IBC, Australian Atomos released its inexpensive monitor/recorder Ninja 2, which records directly to 2.5 inch disks using Apple’s ProRes codecs.
basICColor’s colour management products have been setting the standard for a long period of time. The company’s display 5 monitor calibration and profiling system is no exception. I tried basICColor display 5.0 right after installing my new iMac, and I could not get it to calibrate the monitor within a deltaE of less than 3. The reason was that I depended on the iMac’s dynamic brightness setting. A couple of days ago, I tried again. Now that I’m settled in with the new iMac and know it inside out, I thought I’d give it another shot. basICColor display 5.0.3 calibrated the monitor just fine. basICColor didn’t change the core of its display product. The core is the colour management capabilities and the accuracy. It would have been impossible to improve on those. But the interface has been renewed. It’s now more modern, more in tune with what other colour management apps look like. It’s also more user-friendly, with more presets to choose from. One-click calibration is supported. display 5.0.3 supports an impressive array of measurement …