Mobile disk drives are essential tools for movie and video makers. Everyone who ventures out in hostile environments to shoot footage needs rugged drives that can withstand some rough handling. It’s the main reason why LaCie has made its Rugged series and why G-Tech jumped on this bandwagon with its G-Drive ev range. CalDigit may perhaps be late to the game, releasing its bus-powered Tuff drive only recently, but it beats the forerunners by a large margin. The CalDigit Tuff is probably the most versatile drive in this market niche. It has a USB Type-C port that is backwards compatible, so it will work on any machine with USB. It will also work with Thunderbolt 3 machines. The Tuff comes with a 20cm USB Type-C and USB 3 converter cable in its rugged, protective archive case. It complies with the USB 3.1 standard, which allows for 10GB/sec throughput performance. The first and most obvious two aspects that set the Tuff apart is that it currently comes in a generous 2TB hard drive configuration with an SSD configuration in …
The EncorePro HW720 is Plantronics’ latest professional headset for phone calling via a softphone like Skype on your Mac. To enjoy all its benefits you need to install the Plantronics Hub app first. This software works in tandem with the EncorePro HW720 and Skype to deliver a comfortable and efficient phone calling/answering experience. The EncorePro HW720 is powered by Plantronics DA80 solution that fits both SOHO callers and call centres.
CalDigit is a supplier of storage solutions for creative professionals, including photographers, movie makers and video producers. The T4 is their hybrid Thunderbolt 2 RAID-capable storage solution. T4’s have a tightly fitting aluminium cast enclosure aimed at silent operation and good thermal management. They have four lockable removable drives that carry a three-year warranty. The unit itself carries a five-year warranty.
Xsend to Motion solves a problem that has been bugging Final Cut users since Final Cut Pro X was first released. You can’t send a sequence or timeline to Motion, create a composite and replace your original clip with the composited one. For all of its power and XML savviness, Final Cut Pro X simply doesn’t support that out of the box. The people at Automatic Duck have now succeeded at developing an app that lets you do it anyway. It’s a huge step forward, but it’s not a seamless integration.
Telestream has upgraded ScreenFlow, the computer screen recording — aka screencast — application to version 6. The new version holds several exciting and important new features and numerous improvements. It now also integrates with Telestream Cloud for on-demand transcoding to formats like HLS, MPEG-DASH, WebM and more.
DxO Optics Pro 11 incorporates three major improvements: Spot Weighted Smart Lighting, PRIME 2016 noise reduction and full-screen mode. There’s now also an automatic red-eye correction. However, DxO Optics Pro still lacks support for IPTC metadata and a full-scale management module.