Right on the heels of PhaseOne’s new Capture One Pro 7, DxO Labs released version 8 of DxO Optics Pro, their RAW converter and image editing app. DxO Optics Pro 8 is not as radically new as Capture One Pro 7, but it sure has enough new features and improvements to keep even the most demanding photographer happy. And all camera body and lens analysis driven, of course.
PhaseOne has upgraded Capture One Pro to a whole new application with an improved processing engine, an advanced Bayer Interpolation algorithm, and with integrated digital asset management. Further improvements include better noise reduction, a new lens setting for tilt-shift lenses, a new Clarity setting for adding punch to photos, new export formats, and more.
Carry Speed is a Houston, Texas based company developing accessories for photographers. Among their first products are straps. Carry Speed asked me to review their FS-PRO Camera Sling Strap, a genuine camera strap system for heavier dSLRs.
The Camtrol Prime 22 is an inexpensive video camera stabilising rig for equipment with a maximum load of 3.5 kg. I tested it with a dSLR camcorder and a small consumer camcorder with a Ninja 2 mounted next to it. [updated Oct 27]
Powertraveller is a British company developing and selling power devices for road warriors and people who want to charge their devices as eco-friendly as possible. Powertraveller’s Powermonkey Extreme is a combination of a battery and solar panel specifically aimed at charging 5V (USB or others) devices. I tested the Powermonkey Extreme with a Zoom H4n audio recorder and a bunch of GoPros to see if and how one Powermonkey Extreme can get you through a whole day of recording.
GoPro finally released the Protune firmware, a couple of days before they announced their new HD Hero3 cams with 4K capabilities. Although the news of the HD Hero3 sort of siphoned all the attention away from the Protune release, the latter is worth at least as much focus.
Sony is launching an offensive. It is attacking the 64-bit Mac OS X market with new, often innovative creative software. A couple of weeks ago, it was SpectraLayers Pro. Today, it’s Sony’s audio wave editor, Sound Forge Pro. Sound Forge Pro was already available on Windows. The Mac version is a real powerhouse.
You record audio at 24bits and 96kHz or 192kHz even. Fission, the audio editor developed by Rogue Amoeba, isn’t capable of exporting your recorded audio at these high sample rates, but there’s a way around.
The SpyderCHECKR PRO by Datacolor is a tool to check and control a camera’s colour rendering. It is a better version of X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport. Better because its plates can be replaced by new ones.