Month: May 2014

Final Cut Library Manager: review

Working with Final Cut Pro X 10.1.x is a joy. There is one thing, however, that I don’t like that much: its built-in asset management system that was built on what used to be Final Cut Server. This DAM module enables you to manage your projects and events. With Final Cut Pro X 10.1, the system was reviewed and Libraries that hold everything together were introduced. But managing Libraries inside an editor with many windows and viewers is not efficient. Arctic Whiteness seems to have the solution: Final Cut Library Manager 2.

Crumplepop ColorKit: quickly colour grade footage

A couple of years ago I reviewed Crumplepop’s ColorKit plug-in for Final Cut Pro X. I wasn’t too impressed with it and criticised the plug-in’s interface and on-screen controls. Recently, I wanted to colour-grade some GoPro Protune CamRAW clips and started working in Da Vinci resolve first, then switched to SpeedGrade CS6 and ended up with Red Giant’s Magic Bullet looks. They all looked like overkill, forcing me to go through fat user guides again, because I don’t use these applications often enough to remember their workflow by heart. Then I thought: why don’t I try it with ColorKit again? I rediscovered that plug-in and found it fit my needs perfectly. Better yet, tuning the clips took me about 10 times less effort and time than with any of the other solutions.

Atomos Spyder calibration tool

The Atomos Spyder is a calibration tool targeting users of Atomos Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade users. The Spyder calibration accessory is made up of an Atomos branded Datacolor Spyder colorimeter and a special cable that interfaces with the LANC connector on the Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade video recorder/monitor. The Spyder calibration system will probably also be usable with the new Atomos Shogun.

Red Giant Universe, a review of the free and premium plug-in system

Red Giant Universe is a community with access to an ever-expanding library of free and paid tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists, and graphic motion designers. Red Giant Universe does not include any Trapcode, Color, Shooter or Keying suite tools. Some tools from the Effects Suite are being ported over to Universe for better speed and results, but the paid upgrade of Universe — Universe Premium Membership — includes only the Universe versions of those tools instead of the entire Effects Suite. Which makes you wonder if Universe is worth upgrading to a paid version at all.