In December of last year, I received Panasonic’s press release announcing their European photo contest that revolves around eneloop batteries. The prize to be given away for the ‘WINTER’ theme currently running (February 3, 2016 with a winner to be announced on April first) is a Panasonic action cam HX-A1 and two sets of “eneloop pro” rechargeable batteries with a CC16 charger (For those who missed the WINTER photo contest, the eneloop ‘SPRING’ photo challenge has recently been launched on https://photochallenge.panasonic-eneloop.eu). The eneloop pro battery is recommended for use in extreme low temperatures (-20 degrees Celsius) and for demanding devices, such as photo strobe speedlights. Reason enough to try these new eneloop batteries and see for myself how good they actually are.
With Atomos announcing their Flame series of video monitors/recorders at NAB 2016, HDR is the talk of the town. Most photographers, be it professional or amateur, will know what the acronym HDR stands for: high dynamic range. Dynamic range is defined as the ratio of the largest value of a signal to the lowest measurable value. The dynamic range of luminance in real-world scenes can be 100,000 : 1, while our computer screen or TV set is limited by technology to a ratio of 400 : 1 or even less. With HDR rendering, bright things can be really bright, dark things can be really dark, and details can be seen in both.
Yet another cheat sheet for keyboard shortcuts KeyCue 8 is not. It’s an extensible command centre for people who can’t memorise the thousands of shortcuts across applications, who want to add their own and want to access app commands without having to drag the mouse to a menu option.
To avoid your iOS device being drained by an iRig Pro or one of IK Multimedia’s other iRig devices, you need some sort of power solution. iRig PowerBridge is IK Multimedia’s own solution to the problem. It’s a tiny power/data splitter that sits in-between your device and the iRig device. It delivers power to the iPad or iPhone as well as to the iRig device you’re using.
What if you have an iPhone — which has GPS built-in — but you take most of your pictures using a dSLR without GPS capabilities? Or even more shockingly: you don’t have GPS at all to geotag your photos? Until now, you were either “old” or an oddball, but that may change with Picture Instruments’ newest app, Smart GPS Sync.
Instead of painstakingly white balancing your footage, you can also make it approximately right and let Xe8472 take care of the rest. Lemke Software’s FxFactory plug-in with the mysterious name Xe8472 is based on the colour constancy concept and claims to automatically correct the colour of your footage, but does it?
ScopeBox displays video scopes, regardless of whether your clip is processed with EditReady — before you transcode them — or Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro and other apps. It does so via ScopeLink, a clever system that allows ScopeBox to integrate with a slew of supported applications, including SpeedGrade, various versions of After Effects, Prelude and Pomfort Silverstack. In addition, ScopeBox provides scopes for live sources such as BlackMagic Design and Aja input equipment, and for movie clips stored on your disk(s).
Offloading videoclips should be the simplest of tasks for video producers and editors, but it isn’t. Red Giant introduced BulletProof several years ago, only to quietly remove it from their product range a while back. They now have you use Offload, a simplified version of BulletProof that offloads one volume at a time to an original media disk and a backup. ShotPut Pro is the industry’s current standard for offloading. Its version 5 can offload multiple folders and volumes to multiple disks, but its interface remains a bit clumsy. Enter a new player in this field: Hedge for Mac.
What I first thought to be part of some free perks that come with an iRig product, turned out to be quite a wonderful sound and groove app/plug-in. SampleTank 3 SE has great sounding and real-world audio samples and works both as a stand-alone app and a plug-in to your DAW.
It’s been a while since EditReady was first released. Since then I’ve only used Squeeze and Episode. I have them on my machine and they’re industrial workhorses so why would I choose something else? Speed could be a significant factor and quality of output of course. I decided to try them all with a GoPro HERO4 UHD clip and the results sort of surprised me.