Month: September 2015

Make particles move in tandem with objects in Final Cut Pro X

CoreMelt added yet another plug-in to its mocha planar tracking product range: DriveX. The new plug-in is available as a separate product or in a bundle with SliceX and TrackX. With DriveX added to the bundle, CoreMelt now delivers planar tracking technology to create masks and tracks right inside Final Cut Pro X for every possible purpose, including some pretty spectacular compositing.

DXT Wireless Mouse 2 (light click)

No more shoulder pain or worse with the DXT Wireless Mouse 2 (light click)

Apple’s Trackpad allows you to swipe and pinch on your Mac. With an iPad or iPhone these fine, small motions feel more or less natural, mostly because you can move the device. However, a Trackpad is another matter. Just like a traditional or Apple’s mouse you’re bound to run into painful problems at some point in time. Our shoulders and arm muscles are simply not made to make micro-movements with your hand in an awkwardly rotated position. To avoid the occasional pain from becoming a permanent agony you’ll need an ergonomic mouse. Until now, I personally used a Swiftpoint mouse, but an even better one seems to be the “DXT Wireless Mouse 2 (light click)” by City Ergonomics.

Video editing: What is the difference between Film Emulation and Colour Grading

Colour grading is making sure your footage has the right white balance, the correct exposure and colour balance throughout. Film emulation belongs to the advanced form of colour grading: suggesting a time of day and/or a mood, an atmosphere. You start with the correction process, then move on to the creation of a mood. For Final Cut Pro X, you have two plug-ins that help with setting the mood, but that do not pretend to be colour grading tools. One is potentially faster to work with than the other.


Powering video/photo equipment and caring for batteries

All that expensive video and/or photo equipment you’re carrying with you in the wild runs on electric power. Keeping it alive in Western urban areas can’t be that difficult, although it comes with its own problems. In some areas of the world it can be quite a challenge to power your cameras, monitors, lighting equipment and everything else involved. How do you go about planning for electrical scarcity?

Jitterbug how it works

AudioQuest’s Jitterbug removes noise and that’s not just my imagination

How clean an output do USB ports really deliver? AudioQuest seems to think the output isn’t as clean as it should be. If you want to listen to music and enjoy a noiseless experience with a good soundstage, you’ll need to suppress electronic signals that aren’t music. The AudioQuest Jitterbug does precisely that. Perhaps you’re sceptical. I know I was. I knew my Apogee Duet iPad/Mac has dedicated circuitry to get rid of digital/electronic noise, so what would a €49 USB stick be able to improve on that?