Month: July 2016

Myriad interface

Want to batch process audio files at highest possible quality? Try Myriad

Myriad is an audio batch processor. It has been for some time, but version 4 has been totally redesigned. It has beautiful looks and processes files at blazing speeds. Myriad has a large number of processing actions you can combine and save into workflows. It will simultaneously export to multiple formats, sample rates and frequencies giving you advanced configuration options and dithering algorithms.

shogun flame in the snow

Shogun Flame sets your video projects on fire

When do you need an external monitor/recorder? I analysed the NLE support for different formats, the difference between various subsampling methods and between 8-bit and 10-bit colour depth, and compared the internal recordings of different cameras with the footage shot with the newest Shogun Flame. My verdict is that it is always better to shoot to a production codec. It saves a lot of post-production time when you edit with Final Cut Pro X or Da Vinci Resolve. The new Atomos Shogun (and Ninja) Flame support all the ProRes and DNxHD output types, are HDR-capable and come with a number of extras not found anywhere else.

sponsors made with AddMotion

Let your logos and other static images swing, pop and move with AddMotion

Adding motion to static components like logos usually means a side trip to After Effects or Motion. FxFactory has made it its business to spare you that trip and enable you to create those effects right in Final Cut Pro X with AddMotion. Not too long after I received a copy of AddMotion to try out, Red Giant released its own system under the Universe umbrella. The two systems resemble each other, with each having its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, AddMotion doesn’t offer outgoing animation, while Universe’s uni.Logo Motion does, but by cutting up your clip and changing AddMotion’s parameters so the object moves back off-screen, you can make outgoing animations with no additional effort. Red Giant’s uni.Logo Motion is more complicated to use than AddMotion and comes without instructions. AddMotion comes with an instruction video and is very simple to use. You’ll be creating nice animations much quicker with this plug-in than with Red Giant’s. Although Red Giant’s Universe plug-in looks more feature complete, AddMotion does offer its own unique features. There’s …

Rhino Motion mounting on the slider

How good is your video camera slider at steady slow speeds? One simple way to find out

What good is a video camera slider if it can’t provide rock-solid motion, with no vibrations? And if it does, what can you do about it? By accident I found out there are circumstances the Rhino slider EVO Carbon with its Motion motor creates footage that makes your zoomed-in subject look like a Parkinson patient. This costs time as you need to edit in post-production to get rid of the carriage vibrations. Especially when there’s little weight pressing down on the carriage, vibrations may be a serious problem with any slider. I only know of one slider the developer claims it doesn’t vibrate at all. That’s the Trost slider from Trost Motion. I don’t know if that claim holds true if you would run my very simple test to see if a slider will vibrate. I do know that I have video camera three sliders that all have the vibration problem to some degree. The way I found out was by attaching a GoPro HERO4 to an extension arm you would normally use for carrying a video …

420 vs 422 subsampling

The mysteries of bit depth and chroma subsampling

Colour depth or bit depth is either the number of bits used to define the colour of a single pixel in a bitmapped image or video frame buffer, or the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. Chroma subsampling is the practice of encoding images by delivering a lower resolution for chroma (colour) information than for luma (lightness). The two combine into what your footage looks like when it has been freshly recorded.

lexar professional workflow UR2

Lexar’s microSD Workflow Pro UR2 microSD card reader is fast

Lexar’s Professional Workflow UR2 microSD card reader is a USB 3 reader and a Lexar Workflow HR2 module. It delivers on the promise of fast offloading by supporting three microSD cards in one small footprint module. The Lexar Professional Workflow UR2 microSD card reader is a big name for a small card reader that only reads microSD cards without the need for a converter or adapter. It only reads microSD cards, but it will read three of them simultaneously. This card reader fits in the Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 and HR2 multi-card reader stations. You can also use it on its own, as I did. Why should you use a dedicated microSD card reader in the first place? The answer is speed. The Lexar UR2 reader is a USB 3 device and as such is fast. With three microSD card slots it could become a slouch, but surprisingly enough it keeps up its speed. In fact, it’s the fastest card reader I’ve ever held in my hands. If you load it up with three cards …