The Audioquest Dragonfly 1.2 is an improved version of the original Dragonfly. According to Audioquest it among the improvements, the circuitry between the DAC chip and the analog output stage has been refined to create a more direct signal path, leading to even greater transparency and immediacy. Also, the DAC’s power supply has been fortified, which gives the sound more ‘grip’ and even greater dynamic contrast. I compared the new Dragonfly with the original and this is what I found.
Kinetic Badges is a Final Cut Pro X plug-in distributed by FxFactory. It’s a set of vector graphics that can be used as stand-alone graphics or combined with various badge options that come with the plug-in. What makes Kinetic Badges unique is that each graphic is slightly animated to add dynamism.
Painter 2015 has one feature that will make people drool over this new version: Particle Brushes. Other improvements are jitter smoothing, greater speed and better performance, and 64-bit on the Mac. Painter 2015 also has an even more manageable and organised interface and comes with generous libraries of new content.
Red Giant just released PluralEyes 3.5, the video/audio synchronisation tool. PluralEyes is faster and more accurate, supports spanned clips, more media types for Replace Audio and automatic correction for sync drift. It also supposed to integrate better with Premiere Pro CC 2014, but by lack of that new application, I can’t say anything about it.
Light effects can make a dull video look exciting. Over the course of the past couple of years, companies such as Crumplepop and Rampant Design Tools have been releasing light effects specifically for Final Cut Pro X and/or as QuickTime movies usable anywhere. Tangent Fx has now released a set of very spectacular effects both specifically for Final Cut Pro X and in QuickTime movie clip format.
NUGEN Audio’s SEQ-S is a linear phase equaliser. It supports mono, stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 surround and provides sonic sculpting and EQ matching including stereo mid-side operation, automated spectrum analysis, curve smoothing, and a unique direct-draw spline interface for corrective applications.
What do we imagine a studio microphone to be: perhaps a condenser mic with a large capsule, a heavy body, a shock mount and a XLR interface to begin with? And what do we imagine a USB microphone to be? Something flimsy, not really for “pros”? For a decent €160.00 you can buy yourself a Røde NT-USB, which is a robust metal quality mic with a nice large capsule, monitoring on-board and with a stand, a mount, pop screen, carrying pouch and 6m USB cable included with the device. It even supports the iPad. But is the sound any good?
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of producing a video covering a customer story of a large printer manufacturer. When I got at their customer’s premises, the CEO turned out to know Dutch only, leaving me with the unpleasant task of having to translate everything he said into English. From that experience, I remember that subtitling by hand is no walk through the park. However, if I would have had the application I’m reviewing today, MacCaption by Telestream (CaptionMaker on Windows), I wouldn’t have spent half the time I did back then. And my subtitles would have looked exactly as I wanted too.
Only last month did Telestream release Switch, a new professional video player with a full-blown Inspector and Export module. Switch shows you all of the parameters a video has, including actually recorded bitrate and clean aperture size, and has the capability to modify most of these parameters. That’s what sets it apart from other players. It also lets you play movies like a pro.