A digest of last week’s news is a selection of some of the news from week 21 from 2016 related to the worlds of photography and video, covering multiple topics, always rounded up with a reading suggestion.
Magix Acquires Sony’s Vegas Pro
Magix Software GmbH, a German software and app provider, acquired a majority of the Sony Creative Software (SCS) products, including the full Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro, and ACID Pro product lines, MAGIX is further cementing its position in the market and accelerating its international growth. The SCS Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Production Suite will continue to be developed by Sony for professional broadcast and production applications. Magix plans to to release new versions of the video-editing programs Vegas Pro and Movie Studio, which are heavily oriented toward the customer requirements of today, says Magix CEO Klaus Schmidt.
Metal Jacket at Cine Gear Expo
The international prices for the new Metal Jacket cage for the Leica SL are already available, and delivery of the cinema production cage will start in July. Expect to pay a little over $4000 for the LB-FMJPL Full Metal Jacket PL Sytem / MJ BasePlate / SL-PL Mount / Cine Block / Multi Port / Top Grip Handle / Hot Shoe / Focal Plain Pin configuration (prices do not include shipment/duties/customs/EU VAT, indicates LockCircle). The Metal Jacket will be on show at Cine Gear Expo, in Los Angeles, June 3 and 4.
Content-Aware Crop for Photoshop CC
We all know Content-Aware, the sometimes magic way to get extra space in photos. Now Adobe is working on Content-Aware Crop, which makes Photoshop look at all the pixels around the edges of your image and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate an image. It will proably not work so magically in real time, but as Content-Aware, there will be times, when everything is in tune, when it will save the day. Content-Aware Crop will be one of the new features for Photoshop CC and Creative Cloud subscribers, some day in the future.
A Stand Mount for the Indra500
The Phottix Indra Battery Pack Light Stand Mount, is, says the company, the perfect way to affix your Indra500 Battery Pack to a light stand. The high-grade aluminum clamp opens to 30mm and is lined with slip-resistant materials. This is a must-have accessory for Indra500 users – and something that had been requested since the Indra first hit the market. Using the included elasticized strap, the Indra500 Battery Pack is held securely to a mounting bracket. Perfect for on-location work and keeping your battery pack off the ground. The mount features a large thumbscrew for fast and easy use.
$99 eBook Super Bundle
Rocky Nook has another bargain for photographers. This week and until June 1, the Rocky Nook Super Bundle offers nine eBooks with a $300.00 value for only $99.00. The select eBooks include the following titles: The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography, Our World Tour, Photography as Meditation, The Traveling Photographer, Create Your Own Photo Book, The Minimalist Photographer, More Than a Rock, Street Photography and Photographic Composition.