• Rycote Modular Windshield Kit blimp

    Total noise cancellation: the Modular Rycote Windshield Kit and the new PCS-Boom Connector

    The Modular Windshield Kit Rycote sent me won the 2000 Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In the 18 years since then, the family-run

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  • IK Multimedia iLoud MTM

    IK Multimedia shows iLoud MTM reference monitor at NAMM

    IK Multimedia announces a new reference monitor, the iLoud MTM. The small-footprint monitor is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of accuracy using a built-in calibration system based on the company’s ARC system.

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  • iklip deluxe

    With the iKlip 3 Deluxe you can mount your tablet securely a tripod

    IK Multimedia makes and sells robust smartphone and tablet stands. Their newest product range is the iKlip 3 range, of which I tried the iKlip 3 Deluxe.

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  • bolt synthesiser

    BOLT, a bold new synthesiser

    Nektar has released the BOLT synthesiser, the first Harmonics Synthesiser for VST/AU compatible DAWs. BOLT differs from other synthesisers because it generates a sound’s overtone structure directly in the oscillator, making it simple to create new sounds.

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  • gopro hero 7 review

    HyperSmooth makes GoPro’s Hero 7 Black a clear winner

    The GoPro HERO 7 Black has a highly effective digital stabilisation system built-in. That is the new GoPro’s unique selling point from which also the smooth time-lapse video is derived. Other novelties include the ability to create HDR shots and a vastly better menu system.

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  • rycote universal studio mount kit

    The Rycote USM Kit is a godsend for studio mics

    With studio condenser microphones like my favourite sE2200A usually come nice shock mounts. The only problem is that these are heavy and wear out quickly because the shock absorbers are elastic rubber bands. When I saw how well Rycote’s Softie Duo-Lyre Mount with pistol grip handle works with a Deity S-Mic 2 shotgun, I decided to give the company’s InVision Universal Studio Mount Kit a try as well.

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  • lumu pro light meter ios

    Sturdier, even more accurate Lumu Pro iOS light meter measures flash colour temperature

    Lumu released its new generation of Lightning-connected iOS light meter sensors just in time for Christmas. The original Lumu Power has proven to be a very accurate light meter sensor but is too slow to measure the colour temperature of a strobe or speedlight. The new Lumu Pro is fast enough.

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  • deity s-mic 2

    The Deity S-Mic 2, a professional-grade shotgun microphone

    Youtubers, wedding video shooters, broadcast sound men/women and filmmakers: they all want to record sound with the best possible results. But practicalities such as pricing often stand in the way of reaching this lofty goal. Yet, equipment that exceeds the basic technical requirements – essential to even think about reaching it – is what you’ll need. A microphone is the first and one of the most important links in the chain from the sound you capture to the audio the viewer/listener gets out of their speakers. The results depend on the whole chain, but if you start with a tin can sound because of a low-end mic, you’ll never get to the full and rich sound you’re after.

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  • insight 2 surround sound

    iZotope RX 7 Advanced, an alternative for ADR

    RX Advanced is iZotope’s flagship audio editor that started out as a sound correction/fixing application. A couple of versions ago, the app became a true editor with the ability to record and edit audio, and to fix, correct and adjust using a sophisticated machine learning algorithm. As with all technology, the app continuously evolves and improves, and the latest version, RX 7 Advanced, is now capable of intelligently identifying vocals, bass, percussion and other instruments in a mix. In addition, RX 7 Advanced now also supports surround sound in addition to mono and stereo.

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lighting for mood

How to create a mood with lighting

You can create a mood for a movie with background music, by creatively framing, but first and foremost by using lighting. A scene lit with a greenish tinted light comes across very differently from that same scene lit with a reddish tinted filter.

The importance of framing your shots

Camera framing is important. Framing can be used as a powerful means to an end in creating trustworthy or fake news. Not seldom is there a discrepancy between what you think is worth framing for maximum effect and what really counts.

Photography

VFX

yanobox nodes 3 library

FxFactory releases Yanobox Nodes 3 and if this doesn’t blow you away, I don’t know what will

For special effects like HUDs, graphs that move and text that floats through ballooning organic forms, many blockbuster 3D compositing artists use Yanobox’s Nodes. The FxFactory plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro and Motion has become an industry standard. Nodes 3 is the latest version of the generator, which I tested with the latest version of Apple Motion.

corel painter 2019

Corel Painter 2019 review

Corel Painter is often used to paint compositing stills. The new update brings new brushes, a refreshed interface and some other new features, like a colour wheel that you can move to anywhere on your canvas.

crazytalk animator

CrazyTalk Animator 3 Pipeline review

Animation for anything from presentations to games and goofy Youtube movies is possible with CrazyTalk Animator 3. This, the developer says, is the world’s easiest 2D animation software that enables all levels of users to create professional animations with the least amount of effort, and I agree – up to a point.