Shooter Suite 13 is the latest upgrade of Red Giant Software’s application bundle for video shooters. The suite is targeted at offloading video from camera recording devices to your system as well as ingesting video into your NLE so that it is instantly usable. Shooter Suite 13 includes Offload 1.x, PluralEyes 4, Instant 4K and Frames. Of all the included apps, PluralEyes 4 is the most important one and the only app to have received a major feature upgrade.
Final Cut Library Manager lets you manage Final Cut Pro X Libraries and its contents. Version 2 got updated several times for free, regardless of it including new features. A couple of weeks ago, Arctic Whiteness then finally upgraded Final Cut Library Manager to version 3. In the process, the company introduced a new licensing model. You can upgrade version 2 to the newest version for free, but then you’ll lose out on the most useful features like freeing up disk space after rendering projects. For a small fee you can upgrade and keep the advanced features of version 2 in addition to some nifty new ones. And for a bit more money, you can add a couple of advanced options that could turn Final Cut Library Manager into your central library management hub.
A movie that has a story to tell — in contrast with most Youtube movies, that don’t get any further than the videoclip stage — needs to be planned ahead. It requires a written story that tells where each character will be at any specific time, the design of the rooms, the location, etc. To sell the movie to a producer or even at a later stage, it helps if a storyboard exists. A storyboard usually shows an animated timeline translating the script so people can have a better idea as to what the movie will look like. StoryBoard Artist 7 is a storyboard application specifically developed for movies.
GoPro has rearranged its product range so I thought it might be a good time now to throw their current flagship camera, the HERO4 Black, a long and critical eye. In the wake of this review I’ve also planned a number of tutorials and presentations on this action camera as much has changed since the HERO3+ was unseated as GoPro’s top offering.
I am not a GTD fan — I don’t want to concentrate on managing my tasks, but on the tasks themselves. I do love task managers, but only if they are simple to use and if they can read my mind. I’ve yet to come across one that can do the latter, but there are a few candidates for the former. I tried OmniFocus but while it looks great when you’re using it a week or two, it becomes bothersome after a month or so. The app forces you to think about the management itself instead of allowing you to just dump tasks and forget about them until I need to be bothered. My last attempt at task management is Things. Things 2.8.3 isn’t perfect, but in the current market it comes closest to “just-in-time” task management the way I like it.
For video lighting, we are always looking for the most accurate colour rendering. In fact, what we are looking for in a video light is an equivalent of sunlight or incandescent light at an output that is high enough to overpower the noise levels of the camera sensor. When plotted on a frequency chart, the light emitted by the sun or an incandescent light bulb shows as a smooth graph representing all the colours we can see. An increasing number of video lights are based on LED technology. The frequency chart of some LEDs — especially cheap ones as well as the so-called ‘white LEDs’ — shows they can’t render deep reds and blues well. This obviously reduces their usage for video production. The CRI index doesn’t help much as it’s most commonly used to help the marketing department. So, what should you be using instead? And from the three LED lights I reviewed — Akurat Lighting LL2120hc3, Akurat Lighting A1 and BALLED Pro — which are the best for video and/or photography?
Celemony has recently released Melodyne 4, a significant upgrade of its audio software. It’s the most extensive update to the entire product family so far and the emphasis lies on the most feature-complete version, Melodyne 4 studio. New features include the Sound Editor, which has totally new sound design capabilities, DNA (Direct Note Access) on an unlimited number of tracks, and extremely accurate tempo detection. Melodyne 4 studio is a 64-bit app, running as a stand-lone application or a plug-in within your DAW. I tested Melodyne 4 studio with Logic Pro X and on its own.
DSC Labs is a Canadian company that makes colour reference charts for the video and movie industry. Their ChromaDuMonde colour charts are the industry standard for professional colourists. A new range of products consists of DSC Labs’ less expensive and easier to use ChromaMatch Pro and ChromaMatch Lt charts. The colour patches on these charts are arranged in a dramatically different way, making these charts simpler to use. Even if you have no experience with colour calibration for video, ChromaMatch charts are quite intuitive to use. I had a chance to try a ChromaMatch Pro “Handy” sized chart.