Month: May 2013

Technicolor Color Assist 1.5 colour grading (review upgraded)

Technicolor created an S-Log Curve CineStyle LUT for the Canon 5D MkIII, to ensure cinematic quality from this camera. Another Technicolor venture aimed at the semi-pro cinematographer is Color Assist and associated Looks. Color Assist 1.5 integrates with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro X. I tested Color Assist with the latter and found the tool to be quite powerful and simpler to use than, for example, Da Vinci Resolve.

PopClip, a smart clipboard aide

I’m not a huge fan of applications that seemingly make your life easier. In many cases, they only take up memory space and make your life more miserable as a result of your Mac choking on them. But there are exceptions. PopClip is one of those.

CoreMelt SliceX brings mocha planar tracking to Final Cut Pro X

mocha Pro is a great rotoscoping and masking tool for video. It has won awards (even Oscars were involved) and it offers a complete environment for rotoscoping and compositing artists to work their magic. But it lacks a direct integration with Final Cut Pro X or even the latest version of Motion. CoreMelt solved that problem by embedding the mocha tracking engine in their SliceX product.

GoPro Hero3 Black tested for noise and light adaptation performance

I tested the GoPro Hero3 Black for noise and light adaptation performance. I measured the light recorded by the Hero3 with an i1 Display Pro connected via basICColor’s display Pro 5. This software has an ambient light measurement module that is very accurate. The light recorded by the camera started at less than 5 lux, and ended at 400 lux. The video has no sound, but everything is explained in the title and the lux values are repeated at the markers where the light conditions change (i.e. me pulling up the shades…). The Hero3 was recording in 720p/120fps, Protune CamRAW. This test shows the Hero3’s superior noise handling, given the size of the sensor and the price of the unit. Its light adaptation is a little slow, but then again, it’s not as if we’re working with an ARRI or RED camera here, are we? The point that I wanted to make with this test is that — perhaps except for lens focusing — you can start thinking about using a GoPro Hero3 camera as …

Reason 7 music production, Propellerheads’ best version so far

In some areas Reason 6.5 was already better than Apple Logic Studio and version 7 builds on that. However, in some areas the old Logic Studio still beats Reason 7. One major feature that I find lacking in Reason 7 is the ability to synchronise music with movie/video in the app itself. In all other areas, I find Reason superior to Logic, even in the quality of some of its samples.