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HitFilm 3 Pro Update Includes New Effects

Posted 2 months ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

The highly impressive and affordable HitFilm 3 Pro has recieved a second big (free) update.

Update no. 2 includes 3 new effects; deinterlace, LUT and vignette exposure. Along with this, other improvements and fixes have been implemented.

Here's a rundown of the 3 brand new effects.

LUT - Instant Film Looks

It's now possible to use look up tables inside HitFilm 3 Pro thanks to the new LUT effect. LUTs are used to transform color values, which ensures accurate color correction across multiple software and hardware setups.

LUT can also provide a powerful way to offer a one-click grade, simulating specific film stocks and processing techniques. Applying a LUT to flat footage can yield some fantastic looking results.

An example is below, the image on the left is a still from the original footage, the other two have presets applied to them.

Vignette Exposure

This alternate vignette effect takes a different approach to the standard vignette. Instead of applying a colored or black overlay to create the vignetting, this new effect adjusts the exposure in the affected area.

Here's an example of the new vignette exposure applied to an image (note this is a non-subtle example to demonstrate how it works).

Deinterlace

The final new effect is called deinterlace.

HitFilm chose to add this to tackle older footage that is interlaced, HitFilm 3 Pro now provides a competent solution to remedy this.

There are two methods on offer. Field separation does a basic removal of one of the fields, deinterlacing the footage but resulting in lower resolution footage. Alternatively you have field displacement, which utilizes optical flow techniques to blend the two fields together, creating a new, full resolution frame.

Improvements and bug fixes

Here's a list of everything else this juicy update features.

- Fixed issues when importing large numbers of Quicktime movies in Windows version

- Improve the loading performance of HitFilm plugins in Final Cut Pro X and Motion

- Fixed depth sorting in atomic particles

- 3D model texture paths can now be saved as absolute or relative paths in project files according to user preference

- 3D model textures are now listed in the relink window if they are not found at their previous location

- Can now import indexed-color PNG image sequences

- Fixed issue where some TGA images displayed upside down

- Fixed issues of shortcuts not working in floated panels

- Fixed text layers not accepting text

- Various Viewer time and duration fixes

- Fixed control panel angle properties not snapping to 45 degrees

- Fixed layer pickers not refreshing after an undo

- Zooming in the Trimmer now works with trackpad and magic mouse

- Audio waveforms now generated on Editor timeline for proxied composite shots

- Particles no longer disappear from view unexpectedly

- Fixed render issue with masks applied to 3D effect and model layers

- Fixed some effects incorrectly invalidating proxies (eg atomic)

- Fixed Denoise effect to preserve masked regions

- Fixed 16-bit rendering issue with models and particles in 3D unified space

- 3D masking of particles using deflectors now works when the simulation is set to 2D

- Frame thumbnails now update after relinking assets

- Billboarded layers now render correctly in non-active camera view

- Various OpenFX fixes

- Various stability fixes

- Various UI fixes

- Various styling tweaks

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Update , HitFilm 3 Pro ,

New VCP Element 3D v2 Tutorial: Advanced 3D Noise & Deform

Posted 2 months ago by Simon Day - Posted in Tutorials

This one is a cracker of a tutorial from Andrew Kramer that allows you to familiarize yourself with some of the new features of Element 3D v2 (plus you just need to see how awesome it looks in the preview to want to make it yourself!).

Advanced 3D Noise and Deform

Fingers crossed there will be more where this came from.

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Video Copilot , Andrew Kramer , Element 3D v2 ,

GenStar Capital Acquire Telestream

Posted 2 months ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

A press released was issued recently announcing that Telestream is being acquired by private equity firm GenStar. At this time there appears to be no effect on current and future customers of Telestream as management, products and strategies will remain unchanged.

Read the full press release below.

Thoma Bravo, the current owner of Telestream, bought the company in late 2011 and according to Dan Castles, Telestream co-founder and CEO, Telestream had experienced its most significant growth in the “past several years.”

“We look forward to our new partnership with Genstar as we increase our investment in existing products, accelerate our reach into new customer verticals and fuel our next phase of development through additional M&A activity,” he said. “Our product portfolio and business models are well suited for the Genstar environment.”

Castles will remain as CEO of the company has said that Telestream counts CBS, BBC, CNN, Fox, CBC, Comcast, Direct TV, Time Warner, MTV, Discovery, and Lifetime among its customers—has been profitable since 2001. An impressive feat for a privately held company. “Thoma was pleased with the investment but it was an opportunity for them to close one chapter and for us to open another,” he said. “It’s a very positive transaction and frankly, been done in a shorter time period than we anticipated. They’ve been watching and talking to us for the past 6-8 months.”

Castles emphasized that the ownership change will be “transparent” for the industry and its customers. “It’s the same management team, the same products, the same strategy, it’s all consistent,” he said. “There’s absolutely zero impact on a day-to-day basis.

“Longer term, they’re a little smaller [than Thoma Bravo], but our leverage, our size the balance of our home business is probably a better fit for them going forward,” Castles added. “Where other [PE firms] were now just getting into this industry, ours wasn’t a distress sale. It’s a new investment horizon with a great group of people who have been watching us and doing their homework.”

Telestream has a long history of successfully mining the video encoding/transcoding, live streaming and video capture markets, with such flagship products as its current Vantage transcoding and workflow automation systems. In its most recent report on the financial status of the company, last fall it announced that its 2013 revenues increased by more than 40 percent.

Along the way, Telestream has acquired several companies including encoding specialist Popwire from European telecommunications firm Teleca in 2006, transcoding automation company Anystream from Grab Networks in 2010, and captioning firm CPC in 2013. In a statement announcing the transaction, Genstar indicated that it will support future acquisitions in line with the company’s strategy.
 
Eli Weiss, a managing director of Genstar said:

“Genstar has been following Telestream closely and this acquisition is consistent with our strategy of investing in vertical market software companies. Telestream is a leader in its market and has posted profitable growth since its founding. As even more content is generated and viewed on more devices, we believe the company will continue its demonstrated growth trajectory, and we will support Telestream’s experienced and successful management team to expand organic growth via new product releases and pursue add-on acquisitions.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed as both companies are privately held. Telestream will continue to operate as an independent entity with existing management teams continuing their current roles. Headquarters will remain in Nevada City, Calif., with offices in Virginia, San Francisco Bay Area and Germany.
Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Telestream , GenStar , Acquisition ,

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