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Red Giant Universe 1.2 Preview

Posted 25 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

Red Giant Universe has an update in the works following on from version 1.1 that wasn't out all too long ago.

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They have released a new video as a preview of two new tools that are going to be available in the new version, Glitch and Glitch Transition.

Like all of the effects in Universe – Glitch and Glitch Transition will work in After Effects, Premiere Pro, FCPX and more.

Check it out!

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Red Giant , Universe ,

DaVinci Resolve 11 Available Now

Posted 25 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

Blackmagic Design have recently announced that DaVinci Resolve 11 is out now as a free upgrade for current users of the software. DaVinci Resolve 11 is brings with it over 100 new editing and color grading features.

The update in addition provides professional nonlinear video editing with context sensitive trimming tools, onset file cloning, an innovative new ColorMatch feature, photographer style color grading tools and a fantastic collaborative workflow that allows for multiple users to work on the same timeline at the same time.

The new version offers more than 70 new editing features that were developed as a result of feedback received from professional editors. DaVinci Resolve 11 adds dual monitor support and familiar professional tools like dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and completely customizable keyboard shortcuts for a more.

Trimming tools are context sensitive, meaning DaVinci Resolve can detect whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten their edits, based on the location of the mouse. This increases the speed of editing, as there is no time wasted swapping between tools, and clips can be simultaneously trimmed on multiple tracks in the same direction, or opposite.

Version 11 offers a new spline curve keyframe editor that's built into the edit timeline, that places keyframes directly beneath separate clips and in context with each one. Open FX plugins can now also be added and animated by editors directly within the timeline, as well as use them for transitions.

DaVinci Resloves new collaborative workflow tools allow users and multiple colorists to work on various workstations, sharing the same timeline and working simultaneously as they complete shots. For example, a colorist could be color grading or tracking windows, while another colorist fine tunes grades, that are all immediately updated as the editor edits.

The timeline updating can be seen by every user so there is no delay and all users can work without interruption. This allows creative teams to stay fully in sync and work more efficiently on larger jobs such as full length movies and tv.

A noteable advancement with version 11 is the improvement of collaboration with Final Cut Pro X, acheived thanks to more features now being compatible across the two programs, allowing projects to be moved back and forward with more ease. DaVinci Resolve 11 also now supports ProRes 4444 XQ, the highest-quality version of ProRes, that is designed to maintain the detail of high-dynamic-range video through rigorous post-production.

Color correction features have also been vastly improved, with new RAW image and color grading controls, designed for photographers who are transitioning into cinematography. The new camera RAW palette features highlight and shadow recovery, mid tone detail, color boost, saturation, lift, gain and contrast.

DaVinci Resolve 11 fixes photo enchanement systems single frame limitations, and provides users more precision and control over RAW images, allowing them in real time to pull the maximum detail from high dynamic range footage.

DaVinci Resolve 11 can now securely back up and save digital camera files. The revamped Clone tool copies media drives, memory cards and camera packs to multiple destinations in one go. Every copy is checksum verified, which consequently means that users get exact bit for bit digital copies of their source media. The Clone tool is available in the free DaVinci Resolve Lite version and can be installed on a laptop for on-set use.

A new feature is Color Match, a unique and advanced automatic color chart color balancing tool that works on all types of footage including video, RAW and even film. The Color Match tool automatically provides a primary base grade by analyzing shots that have standard color chip charts, even if they were shot in other lighting conditions with varying exposure and color temperatures.

Optimizations to OpenCL image processing that allow for improved rendering speeds on the new Apple MacPro systems is also new to version 11. The MacPro has dual GPU’s that make it perfect for users not looking for a custom build but still need a high performance solution that can handle the extreme image size and wide dynamic color range of Ultra HD 4K video at the deepest YRGB 32 bit floating point processing quality.

DaVinci Resolve 11 is to download for current owners of the software, head to their website

Take a look at the new version in action. 

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Final Cut Pro X , DaVinci Resolve , 11 ,

Cinema 4D R16 Out in September

Posted 27 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

Maxon have unveiled the newest version of Cinema 4D that will be available in September this year.

Despite this slightly un-polished video explaining what's new, the features do look impressive, especially the addition of a 3D motion tracker. Read below for the highlights. 

Motion Tracker – Smoothly integrate your 3D elements into real footage.
Interaction Tag – Added control of 3D objects which functions with Tweak mode to provide details on object movement and highlighting.

PolyPen – Paint polygons and move, clone, cut and weld points or edges of 3D models.
Bevel Deformer – Fully animatable bevels that are non-destructive.
Sculpting – Dynamic features have been added for more precision as well as numerous other improvements.
Other Features – All-new Cogwheel spline primitive; Mesh Check tool; Deformer Falloff options, and cap enhancements.

Reflectance Channel – More control over reflections and specularity within a single new channel, with numerous layers for building complex surfaces.

New Render Engine for Hair and Sketch – Hair and sketch lines can now be seamlessly raytraced using a new unified effects render engine.
Team Render Server – Enhancements including a new client-server architecture.

Performance and Workflow Features:
Cinema 4D R16 performance and workflow features, including a revised Content Library, support for the current versions of FBX and Alembic, a new Solo button, Annotations, a new UV Peeler and more.

To see a full list of what is new in the upcoming version, check out here

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Cinema 4D , Maxon , R16 ,

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