Month: October 2017

DxO Photolab with U Point

DxO releases DxO PhotoLab, the new DxO Optics Pro

DxO, the well known French developer of DxO Optics Pro and the force behind DxOMark, plans to continue development of the Nik Collection, with the current version to remain available for free on DxO’s dedicated website, while a new version is planned for mid-2018. The first results of the acquisition are the inclusion of Nik’s U Point local adjustments solution, in addition to a new Repair tool and improved DxO Lens Sharpness technology. As a result, DxO Optics Pro also gets a new name — DxO PhotoLab — and is expected to be setting a new standard in RAW processing for pro and enthusiast photographers.

iZotope O8N2 review

iZotope introduces powerful new functionality with O8N2 (Ozone 8, Neutron 2 for the uninitiated)

O8N2 Review Rare is the musical piece or movie soundtrack that is made up of one track, requiring no mixing or mastering after recording. Hence, the mixing and mastering processes are not something that you can do as an aside. iZotope has a long history of developing mixing and mastering apps that allow a master of this art to achieve brilliantly sounding results. Their latest mixing/mastering bundle is O8N2 — short for Ozone 8 and Neutron 2. All of O8N2’s features can obviously be used with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), but also with applications that recognise AU (Audio Unit) or VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugins, such as Final Cut Pro X, Reason 9.5, etc. In its latest software versions, iZotope has been pushing for machine learning and artificial intelligence, not so much to replace sound engineers but to help them achieve the results they want quicker. In Ozone 8, this has resulted in the Master Assistant. This clever help is launched with a button click and provides a starting place for a master using …

mflare 2

MotionVFX lens flare plugin mFlare 2 gives spectacular results with user-friendly UI

To create flares in Final Cut Pro X, you can buy a collection of “titles” and by positioning these get more or less what looks like a lens flare. But titles don’t move with the subject causing the flare unless you move them with it, using keyframes. That’s tedious and often not very accurate. In addition, most lens flare offerings don’t even come close to the real thing. MotionVFX created mFlare 2, a plugin that uses the Mocha tracker to bind your lens flare to the subject that you want it to move together with. It’s also pretty close to a real lens flare if you create an “Organic” one.

The BBEdit 12 Review

The golden oldie for anyone involved in text editing, HTML and CSS coding and yes, MarkDown, has been upgraded with new and improved features once again. BBEdit 12, the oldest and best all-round text editor on the market has reached its 12th generation. Twelve is a magic number and that’s a good description of this new version too.

Powertraveller Mini-G: great robust battery for outdoors powering of two 5V devices at once

Powertraveller is renewing its robust Li-Ion battery range that is suitable for any type of environment. It released an upgrade to the Powergorilla, making this device 24,000mAh strong instead of the 22,000mAh older models were capable of. The recent release of the brand new Mini-G that is rated at 12,000mAh is the start of a flatter, more lightweight and newly designed offering.

Backing up or synchronising files on a Mac? You need ChronoSync 4.8

Here’s a puzzle: you’re shooting video or photos on location, using a CalDigit AV Pro 2. At your workstation you have a RAID system that you normally use for offloading images or video clips shot when in the studio directly. The AV Pro 2 is also used as a secondary offload drive for those studio-shot clips. That introduces a problem: how can you make sure — easily, quickly and simply — that everything on the AV Pro 2 is synchronised with the RAID? The answer can be to change your workflow, buy a new AV Pro 2 that’s going to be used only as secondary offload station, or buy a $50 licence to a software called ChronoSync.

CalDigit AV Pro 2 3TB of speed and silence

With its new storage product range, CalDigit takes a completely different approach from its competitors. The company seems to realise more than any other supplier that Apple’s portable solutions are poor in legacy connection capabilities. Hence, the upcoming T4 RAID system and the recently released AV Pro 2 single-disk solution will charge your laptop and adds a USB 3.0 hub to get more connectivity without adding extra devices.