Month: June 2015

Captur Module Pro

Hahnel Captur: working with the InfraRed module

With Hahnel’s Captur Module Pro comes a IR transmission module for free. The IR module has two settings: High and Low. I noticed that, when I set the switch to High nothing would happen with my usual setup — the Module Pro and the IR component about 75cm apart. Setting the switch to Low works just fine, so it wasn’ the IR module that was broken. I did some research and this is what I came up with.

Typinator 6.6

Ergonis Software celebrates ten years of Typinator with new version 6.6

With the release of version 6.6, Ergonis Software celebrates the tenth anniversary of Typinator, their text expander — my personal favourite. Along with the new version, Ergonis Software published two new Typinator sets for easy access to Apple’s Color Emoji font symbols introduced in OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. To celebrate Typinator’s tenth anniversary, Ergonis Software is offering a 25% discount on new purchases before July 15th, 2015. The offer is good for all Ergonis products, including PopChar and KeyCue.

FX Shuffle

FxFactory introduces the Luca Visual FX Shuffle transition plug-in for Final Cut Pro X

The Cross Dissolve transition may be the most commonly used but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any that are more exciting and fun. FxFactory seems to think so, anyway, and it promptly introduced the Final Cut Pro X FX Shuffle effect. This new transition lets you create a transition effect with five clips all shuffled from one clip to another. You probably won’t use Luca Visual FX Shuffle with a movie documenting the quietness of natural landscapes. Shuffle effects need a bit of action to come into their own. It’s one of those effects that suits car chases, sports events, etc. The Luca Visual FX Shuffle introduced by FxFactory is a shuffle transition that takes clips in five drop zones and shuffles them across a two-second transition. The drop zones can be individually scaled, the dropped clips can be tinted, and saturation and exposure can be customised for all of them at once. You can set a prism and a motion blur and an incoming clip blur. I first tried the new transition with default …

SliceX extra

Coremelt updates and adds features to SliceX and TrackX plug-ins

When Coremelt released its range of plugins for Final Cut Pro X that were based on mocha tracking technology, the company almost experienced a meltdown as a result of the enthusiasm with which the FCPX community jumped on the plugins. Finally, mocha’s topnotch functionality would be available in a plugin everybody could use. After SliceX came Lock & Load and TrackX, but the three plugins didn’t gain any extra functionality in the months to come. Until a couple of weeks ago, when Coremelt released the last bunch of updates.

micro snitch

Micro Snitch warns when your Mac’s microphone or camera is spying on you

You don’t have to be paranoid anymore to be wary of your Mac’s built-in microphone and camera. Hackers have been known to have been using these built-in devices to make identity theft easier for them. And since we all know what the name Snowden stands for, we should be on our guard for governments and — why not — corporates as well. It’s easy to cover up an iMac’s camera with a piece of paper (although you also cover up its ambient light measuring sensor that way), but it’s a lot harder to really turn off the microphone and rest assured nobody will turn it on without you even be aware. The developer of Little Snitch just made that harder, though. Micro Snitch is a menu app that constantly monitors your cam and mic and alerts you when it gets turned on.

Hahnel Captur results: lucky strike

Capture exploding balloons, lightning and animals in the wild with the Hahnel Captur Module Pro

If you ever wanted to shoot wildlife, lightning or fun stuff like drops bouncing off a surface, the Captur system from Hahnel, the Irish manufacturer of peripherals for photographers, fits your needs. With a Captur Remote Control set and the Captur Module Pro, you can remotely control your camera and speedlights, and trigger either using sound, light, infrared, laser beam or other sensors. It’s an incredibly fun way to be creative, and it allows you to take shots that would otherwise be impossible. More importantly, it has features you only expect in systems that are much more expensive.

different routings

Complete walkthrough of Audio Hijack 3 features

In the Audio Hijack 3 tutorial I’ll be taking you through the entire app right from when it has been installed on your system. I will cover the basic operations and the interface elements. I will show you how to properly set up a recording workflow. And we’ll cover an advanced topic: recording to iTunes loudness specs in Audio Hijack 3 with a third party plug-in. The tutorial contains four screencasts, a large number of screenshots and guidance in text format.

ProMic Laser

How Pro is the sE Electronics ProMic Laser dSLR video mic?

If you plan on shooting video with a dSLR, prepare yourself for tin sound recordings unless you’re using an external mic and preferably audio recorder too, and even then many offerings just don’t cut it. Of course there is the Røde Videomic Pro, which is inexpensive enough. But a major studio microphone builder’s first foray into the video microphone market could rattle its cage. Enter the sE Electronics ProMic Laser back-electret condenser super-cardioid microphone.