Lightworks 14: new features and interface

Lightworks 14: new features and interface

The latest version of Lightworks NLE, focuses on providing the next generation of video creators a toolset that is based on heritage film editing, but with a brand new user interface and integrated FX and content resources to make video for the internet age.

Yes, even a classic as Lightworks has to change. The new version of the program, available as a public beta that anyone can try, represents a radical change from what regular users of Lightworks are used to. Yes, the flexible layout is still there, but the new interface, said to be developed for those who prefer a more organized workspace is available now. It can be enabled via the settings menu on the project-browser screen by changing the ‘project layout’ option.

The new “fixed” UI gives users access to all the great tools within Lightworks but in a more intuitive and easy to learn layout. Straight out the box it allows users to import, edit, add FX and deliver video in all available formats and for all platforms. However, those editors used to the legacy UI can switch back to it with a flick of a button.

If you already have a previous version of Lightworks installed, the interface will remain in the same Flexible layout you have always used and all new installs will receive the fixed layout interface. For the moment there are some limitations in that certain features will only be available in Flexible mode (Render, multicam viewers) but EditShare says they are working to incorporate them into the Fixed layout as well. EditShare also hopes to receive as much as much feedback on the new fixed layout as possible, so they ask users to try it and encourage new users to also try the latest Beta of the program.

Lightworks 14: new features and interface

But Lightworks 14 is not just a new interface layout. More than that, Lightworks 14 is no longer just a standalone editor. It comes packed with audio and video FX tools for fine tuning and polishing your video content, and now also gives you access to premium content directly within Lightworks. And all royalty free!

Users can now browse a music selection provided by Audio Network in Lightworks and stream MP3 audio files directly over their sequence, add search criteria that best suit their requirements and then register or sign in to purchase directly. They can also benefit from Pond5’s library of royalty-free HD and 4K stock video that can also be accessed directly from the timeline. Stream and import low res proxy files (watermarked) then insert them directly into video sequence. Once happy with the music or video choice, the full quality content is then downloaded and available within the project.

The first Beta of version 14.0.0 on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X is now available to download! The final release of Lightworks 14 is expected to be available mid January 2017.

CrazyTalk Animator 3: animation for the masses

CrazyTalk Animator 3: animation for the masses

CrazyTalk Animator 3 demystifies animation for anyone with new character design, scene building, and character motion tools for videos, web, and more.

With the launch of CrazyTalk Animator 3 (CTA3), Reallusion says the company aims to open the door to 2D animation for beginners and quicken the process for pros with innovative character templates, valuable motion libraries, a powerful 2D bone rig editor, face puppeteering, and audio lip-syncing tools to give users unparalleled control when animating 2D talking characters for videos, web, games, apps, and presentations.

With an entry level price of $69.00 for the standard edition, CTA3 is an accessible ticket to enter the world of animation. No excuses to not try your hand at animation. Animation, in fact, is no longer just for cartoons. Animated video is now crucial for storytelling, showing business processes, illustrating ideas, and visuals to connect education and training. Beyond the serious applications, it’s even accessible for kids to turn their drawings into animated projects and inspire young creators.

CrazyTalk Animator 3: animation for the masses

Lots of graphic designers create, but hesitate to animate because most animation tools are designed to exclude first-time animators. Animation takes time, and unique talent on character creation and keyframing to achieve attractive results. CrazyTalk Animator 3 helps to change that. It is, in fact, the One-for-All solution. Through the combination of character creation options, motion libraries and quick animation tools, CTA 3 opens the threshold to enter, produce, master animation no matter the prior skill or expertise.

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What’s new in CTA3? A whole lot of features and improvements. Just continue reading to find all the program offers in this new version.

2D Character Template and Motion Library

Improved 2D character templates offer a variety of character creation styles and options. Animating a head from a photo to make it talk is still a key feature of CTA3 and there a many more ways to create characters from scratch or using a character template. The new G3 Character Templates include, Human, Animal, Bones and Elastic or Custom sprite and free bone character creations. To save effort on custom bone-rigging and key frame animation, we provide these rigs with full facial and body rigged character templates to allow users to utilize shared bones structures while enjoying a huge library of cartoon motions.

Powerful Bone Rigging for 2D Characters

Rigging 2D Characters from images incorporates the new 2D Bone Editor that offers all the tools to structure sophisticated bone rigs. Users can use pins to constrain areas to selected bones, and optimize subdivision topology for smoother bending effects. The easiest way to create a 2D character is by simply aligning bones along an image shape. Setup intricate 2D character rigs using custom bone structures, with pins to define static regions.

Animating Characters with Motion Curves

Polishing animations in CTA3 with professional results is made possible with the all new Motion Curve library. Select an animated element in your scene and add a motion curve preset from the library to ease and affect the smoothing of entry and exit of your animation performance. Curves are an essential tool pros use to make their animations pop and move with style and CTA3 puts the professional power in a one-click solution.

New Facial System – Dramatic and Smooth Blending

The Generation 3 (G3) head system can finally be applied to both human and animals. It allows you to do much more with fewer sprites. The FFD tool (Free-Form Deformation) gives smooth transitions between expressions, and the Transform tool provides continuous sprite movement. Create and edit the Sprite list for facial expressions: 9 for lipsync, 14 for emotives.

Elastic Motion – Instant Animation to Logo or Images

CTA3 can instantly animate an image, logo, or prop by applying bouncy Elastic Motion effects. Import an illustration, image or photo into CTA 3 and use the Elastic Motion effects library to squash and stretch animate any graphic element in the scene.

Automate object Entry, Emphasize Loops & Exit animations from a custom library

By combining FFD (Free Form Deformation), Transformation, Motion Curve, and Opacity Level you can fine-tune their parametric values to get ideal dynamic behaviours.

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Compound Animation Editor – Build-up Reusable Animated Prop

Use the Prop Composer to Easily Build Multi-parts Animated Props and combine parts or sprites into one single prop for quick editing. Organize prop sprites with child-parent hierarchy and arrange their layer orders. Assign each sprite part with unique animations, and sequence their playback time.

Add-on Content Extensions

CTA3 extends the content libraries with G3 Power Tools Core Bundle that offers 9 G3 cats, dogs and horses, 115 Human Motions, 168 Animal Motions, 228 Elastic Motions and a whopping 301 Animated Props and Accessories, plus a bonus of 107 iconic symbols and 87 male and female poses. There’s no limit to what your imagination can achieve.

Available for Mac and PC, CTA3 has the standard version mentioned above and two others: PRO, priced at $179.00 and Pipeline, for $299.00. Check the website for a version comparison.

LG monitors for Mac users

LG monitors for Mac users

The new 27-Inch UltraFine 5K Monitor with Thunderbolt 3 from LG will appeal to those after expanded work space, while the 21.5-inch caters for those wanting 4K resolution in a small package. Both offer USB-C connectors.

The new USB Type-C ports are a promise of better connections in the future, and both monitors already offer, each, three downstream USB Type-C ports for additional connectivity and power with compatible accessories.

The 27-Inch UltraFine 5K Monitor was designed and optimized for the new MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 running macOS 10.12 and later. The display appeals to a range of creatives, including video and photography professionals. With a resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 218 pixels per inch (ppi), the color reproduction capabilities of the UltraFine 5K display allow it to cover 99 percent of the P3 color space, says LG. The company adds that the monitor’s advanced IPS display technology minimizes color shift and color loss from any viewing angle, ensuring that users see the original content as it was meant to be seen.

As the world’s first 5K display with Thunderbolt 3, LG’s UltraFine 5K display has the capability to receive and transfer 5K video, audio and data from the new MacBook Pro while simultaneously charging it through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. The UltraFine 5K display features, as said, three downstream USB Type-C ports for additional connectivity and power with compatible accessories. Seamless macOS integration enables brightness and volume control like built-in display without the need for physical buttons on the display.

The front-facing camera and microphone works with FaceTime and high fidelity integrated speakers enhanced by LG’s Rich Bass feature completes the multimedia experience while a height and tilt-adjustable stand maximizes user comfort.

LG monitors for Mac users

The 21.5-Inch UltraFine 4K Monitor features a density of 219ppi that gives this display the ability to present sharp 4K resolution (4096 x 2304) image quality. The monitor is the perfect companion for the MacBook while also supporting the new MacBook Pro. The 21.5-inch model covers 99 percent of the P3 spectrum, boasting vibrant brightness levels and an IPS panel capable of providing more uniform color expression. Featuring USB Type-C connectivity for video, data and power over a single cable and macOS integration for display control, the LG UltraFine 4K display offers, as the 27 inch monitor, the same three downstream USB Type-C slots. Also present are a high-quality Rich Bass Speaker and an adjustable stand for enhanced ergonomics.

“We are excited to be introducing two highly advanced displays capable of meeting the needs of even the most demanding Mac users,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company “Not only do these UltraFine displays offer stunning picture quality, they will usher in a new age of connectivity, helping creative users achieve optimal efficiency in their homes, studios or offices.”

The LG 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K display is available since November, with a special price of $524.00, while the LG 27-inch UltraFine 5K model is now reaching the market in the United States, with a suggested special price of $974.00.

New ARRI accessories for EOS C700

ARRI launches accessories for Canon EOS C700

ARRI announced, in time for Christmas, its range of Pro Camera Accessories for the Canon EOS C700.

The new accessories from ARRI have been endorsed by Canon and will feature in the company’s upcoming official camera presentations of the EOS C700.

Equipping the camera with professional on-set functionality and rugged durability, the new accessory sets are three: ARRI Plate, ARRI Top Plate and ARRI Viewfinder Bracket. Prototypes of the accessories now available for Canon EOS C700 were first shown by Philip Vischer, ARRI’s Product Manager for PCA Mechanical Accessories, at IBC 2016, in Amsterdam.

The range of ARRI Pro Camera Accessories (ARRI PCA), presented in April 2016 as a solution for ALEXA Mini configurations and third-party camera and lens, offers, in fact, much more than the accessories for Canon. ARRI has solutions for cameras from RED Weapon, Scarlet-W and Raven DSMC2 cameras, Sony a7S/R II and Panasonic VariCam LT.

The new ARRI Plate for Canon EOS C700 is a hybrid base plate that adapts to documentary-style setups as well as traditional rental configurations. It allows precise balancing of the camera on the shoulder and features a comfortable non-slip shoulder pad for effective handheld operating, even with a studio bridge plate attached.

ARRI launches accessories for Canon EOS C700

The ARRI Top Plate is a lightweight low-mode support which features built-in rod support for lens motors and viewfinder mounts. It offers accessory threads at the most convenient, versatile positions, as well as interfaces for most ARRI handles. The original Canon accessories, such as the handle and microphone bracket, are also compatible with this top plate.

The ARRI Viewfinder Bracket for Canon EVF is a viewfinder adapter that sits permanently in place of the original EVF mechanical interface. The bracket offers a quick release system, as well as compatibility with all current viewfinder mounting brackets in the ARRI camera range.

All ARRI PCA (Pro Camera Accessories) for the Canon C700 are now shipping.

Hedge Connect – Get file backup and file transfer updates on your iPhone

hedge-connectIf you’ve been a user of the Mac-based file transfer and backup application Hedge then you might be interested in Hedge Connect. This $9.99 Mac app (App Store link) will connect with an iOS device and alert you when a job has completed or if there are any problems with the transfer. Hedge Connect creates a secure connection with the smartphone or tablet and setup is as simple as entering an access code on the phone. You can also get an alert on an Apple Watch.

In an effort to keep the entire set up to date on file transfers Hedge Connect supports multiple users so more than one user can monitor a transfer. There’s a number of security measures in place as well. These bullet points are from the Hedge Connect announcement:

  • You can only connect when the macOS Connect prefpane is active.
  • Turning off Connect in Hedge stops sending notifications, but no connections will be closed.
  • Refreshing the access code forces all previous connections to close.
  • Reset on quit is on by default. Only uncheck this if you’re the sole user of your Mac and only have your own smart devices connected.

Hedge Connect works with both the free and paid versions of the Hedge for Mac transfer application so everyone can take advantage of it. ProVideo Coalition readers can still get a 10% discount on Hedge for Mac by following this link.

Perfect Harmony, a plugin for Final Cut Pro X

Perfect Harmony, a plugin for Final Cut Pro X

Expanding its collection of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community, Pixel Film Studios introduces a new plugin to their family of products: Perfect Harmony.

“Perfect Harmony comes with 20 completely customizable layouts, 2 lower thirds, 4 transitions and many more tools allowing FCPX editors to create professional looking video in a matter of minutes,” said Christina Austin – CEO of Pixel Film Studios.

Perfect Harmony contains a beautifully designed 3D environment for placing in personal media. Twenty pre-made layouts are included so that users can add their media to a project within seconds. Pre-made scenes include shots that pan and dolly with one to six drop zones for adding media in FCPX.

If users want to create their own layouts they can do that easily using the controls in the Inspector window. Drop zones can be turned off by scaling down the Size all the way and the width and length of drop zones can be edited as well. Place drop zones anywhere in Z space and adjust the depth of field focus offset to change the focus plane.

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Users also get two lower thirds and a title opener. Title presets are self-animating and can be edited using controls in the Inspector window. The title opener includes a background that can be customized by changing the color, opacity and blurring the footage underneath the title.

Perfect Harmony contains 4 minimally designed transitions including wipes and scrolling transitions. Subtly maneuver from one scene to the next using these transitions. Change the line color and line width of wipe transitions and use the checkboxes to flip them vertically or horizontally. Perfect Harmony is a Final Cut Pro X exclusive.

AJA launches new RovoRx-SDI receiver and software RovoControl v2.0

AJA launches new RovoRx-SDI receiver and software

RovoRx-SDI is a companion receiver for RovoCam with four integrated 6G/3G-SDI outputs plus an UltraHD-capable HDMI output. The software also announced introduces a series of enhancements to control and workflow.

RovoCam is AJA’s first compact block camera for industrial, corporate, security, ProAV and broadcast applications. RovoCam is built around Sony’s 4K (Sony FCB-ER8300) camera module featuring a back illuminated CMOS sensor and Sony image processing for excellent performance. RovoCam’s marriage of lens to delivery begins with superior Sony optics, complete with built-in 12x optical zoom and up to 20x zoom with Sony Super Resolution Zoom and autofocus or manual focus capabilities; all easily controlled remotely via Sony’s VISCA protocol.

What sets RovoCam apart from other cameras in its category, is an integrated HDBaseT interface supporting uncompressed video, power, stereo audio and RS-232 control over a single Cat 5e/6 cable running at lengths of up to 100 meters. Delivering this much functionality and power with single cable connectivity dramatically simplifies installation, camera setup and footprint requirements.

When it comes to communication, there are now two companion receivers to choose from; RovoRx-HDMI offers the simplest integration with an HDMI output, stereo audio out, control and power. RovoRx-SDI offers both 6G/3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, plus Genlock and other professional features. Both units provide PoH (Power over HDBaseT) to power RovoCam from a distance. Each interfaces with RovoControl software, powerful control software for Mac and PC, offering full control of RovoCam’s numerous advanced features.

Now AJA Video Systems released RovoControl v2.0 software, which adds multicam setup and control and several workflow enhancements to the RovoCam HDBaseT compact block camera ecosystem. Key features include:

  • Easier multicamera setup and control for up to eight RovoCams
  • Preset control for simple recall and the ability to share presets between RovoCams including ePTZ settings
  • Greater color and white balance control for users, improving the ability to match other cameras
  • Improved auto and manual spot focus options, offering better focus for off center subjects
  • New low-delay mode improves latency and removes image stabilization while in use
  • Gamma detail and visibility enhancer settings added to UI
  • Improved UART/RS-232 support on third-party RS-232 adapters

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In terms of hardware, AJA introduced the RovoRx-SDI, a companion UltraHD/HD HDBaseT receiver for RovoCam, offering integrated 4x 6G/3G-SDI outputs, HDMI video and audio outputs, and genlock and frame-sync capability. Key features include:

  • Four 6G/3G-SDI outputs supporting 6G/3G/1.5G with embedded audio
  • DA Mode for distributing multiple 6G/3G-SDI signals from an HDBaseT source
  • HDMI output supporting UltraHD and HD resolutions
  • REF in/out that can be genlocked with other broadcast gear
  • Integrated frame-sync ensuring stable video output
  • USB port for software configuration of settings
  • Power over HDBaseT (PoH), allowing RovoCam to be powered remotely from its physical location

RovoControl v2.0 software is available now as a free download for all RovoCam customers. RovoCam is available now through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a MSRP of $2,495. RovoCam’s new companion receiver unit, the RovoRx-SDI, is available for a MSRP of $995. The existing RovoRx-HDMI companion receiver is available for a MSRP of $495. For more information about RovoCam and to learn more about RovoControl v2.0 and RovoRx-SDI, visit AJA’a website.

HDR preview mode for Flanders Scientific DM series monitors

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The introduction of HDR preview modes in the DM series allows users to use the DM monitors they may be working with to monitor High Dynamic Range signals.

The DM family of monitors integrates three production environment workhorses for applications where color really matters. At the top of the list is the DM250, the most advanced monitor built by Flanders Scientific. The company says its specialized toolset is incredibly well suited for dynamic on set color management applications as well as the most demanding post production environments.

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The other two models, the DM170 and DM240 are durable, lightweight, efficient, and color critical production monitors equipped with Flanders Scientific most advanced feature set and capabilities. Industry leading fast mode processing, a durable all metal chassis, and direct integration with today’s most powerful color management tools make both models production environment workhorse for applications where color really matters. The DM240 reference LCD monitor was one of the highlights from Flanders Scientific at IBC 2016.

Now, all three monitors from Flanders Scientific DM series feature three selectable HDR Preview modes. FSI CEO/GM Bram Desmet had this to say about these new capabilities: “Our aim with these new HDR monitoring modes was to allow users to leverage current technology for High Dynamic Range signal monitoring in production and quality control applications. While not intended for HDR mastering these modes do provide a simple and cost effective way to monitor PQ or HLG signals.”

Three monitoring modes are available:

  • Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
  • ST2084 clipping at approximately 300nits
  • ST2084 with a highlight roll. This setting may be particularly useful in production environments as it will allow operators to visually distinguish all code values present in a PQ signal.

Current DM250, DM240, and DM170 monitor owners can download firmware with these new selections for free at www.FlandersScientific.com.

SliderONE gets a Motion Module

SliderONE gets a Motion Module

SliderONE is a small slider, easy to carry inside a backpack, offering videographers on the move a solution they can use anywhere. The new Motion Module, announced this month, opens new options in terms of use.

Presented as the world’s most portable slider, the SliderONE offers 15cm of travel that some will consider to short for a slider. Edelkrone thinks otherwise, and the company defends that experienced video editors know that most of the slider shots are cut during post, and that when that happens, what remains from many shots is a fraction that corresponds to the path traveled by their SliderONE… so why should we carry more than the 15cm long slider?

SliderONE gets a Motion Module

Whether you agree – or not – with the theory, the fact is that faced with the option to have a slider that gives you 15cm of travel and fits inside your backpack… and having no slider at all, you’ll probably accept the challenge and get one SliderONE. A slider this size may be the best option for a independent videographer that carries all the gear inside a backpack and moves around a lot. Edelkrone also says that with our eyes being only 2.4 inches (6cm) apart from each other the 6 inches (15cm) travel of the SliderONE can do wonders, as they deliver a much longer travel, allowing for enough slide movement in close-ups and mid-range shots, giving a good enough sense of depth to many productions.

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Now, one year after presenting the SliderONE, edelkrone gives it a Motion Module, designed exclusively for SliderONE. The acessory opens the door to a series of new creative options, including automated slides, time-lapse, stop motion, and macro shots. Weighing in at just over a pound, it’s SliderONE’s perfect companion that you will want to take everywhere, creating a “nice pair” which edelkrone refers to as “the world’s most portable, app controlled motion control system”. In fact, the Motion Module is controlled with an intuitive mobile app, available for iOS and Android, giving the user total control over all the aspects of the different modes of operation.

Holiday Deal: 40% off Red Giant plug-ins

The Red Giant Annual Blowout Sale returns on December 6th, 2016. ?Everything in the Red Giant serious toy store is 40% off for 24 hours only. This includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store products for Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro, and more.

Here’s their “slick” ad:

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To redeem the 40% discount, you just apply the coupon code found on the Red Giant website on the day of the sale. There’s a ton of tutorials and other info available; you can learn more about Red Giant products at their Support page.

Highlights of the sale include:

Magic Bullet Suite 13: $540 (usually $899)
This NEW version is a major upgrade to Red Giant’s tools for professional color correction, finishing and film looks. Just released in October, every single tool in the Magic Bullet Suite has received major updates and is now GPU-accelerated. And for the first time ever, Magic Bullet Suite delivers real-time color correction thanks to OpenCL support in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Dive deeper at Prolost.com, for example:

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Trapcode Suite 13.1: $600 (usually $999)
Contains exciting tools for creating motion graphics, and visual effects in Adobe After Effects CC, Trapcode Suite 13.1 was recently updated to includes new features in Trapcode Form, Tao and Sound Keys, new presets for Trapcode Mir and Tao, as well as bug fixes for Particular, Form, Mir, Tao, and Lux. You can dive deeper on several products at Trapcode.com; an example:

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PluralEyes 4.1: $120 (usually $199)
Updated earlier this year, PluralEyes 4.1 now features EDIUS Pro support, a new music video workflow, support for GoPro spanning media, and the ability to batch delete multiple clips at once, making this premiere audio/video sync tool even better. No, really, it’s very fast and flexible if the Premiere Pro and other NLE tools are annoying you.

Universe 2.0 – Annual Subscription: $60 (usually $99)
Red Giant’s collection of GPU-accelerated plug-ins for editors and motion graphics artists, Universe 2.0 features more than 60 tools that run in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Sony Vegas. With a strong focus on motion graphics, Universe 2.0 is packed with tools for simulating HUD components, logo motion, animated line graphics, holographs, camera shake, and more.

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Additional examples of savings include:

o Trapcode Particular 2.6: $240 (usually $399)
o Magic Bullet Looks: $240 (usually $399)
o Keying Suite: $480 (usually $799)
o Magic Bullet Denoiser III: $120 (usually $199)

Academic buyers should pre-qualify as an academic buyer BEFORE the sale!