Dan McComb over on his blog has published a good series of three articles on data wrangling in FCPX. His focus is documentary film making:
Part 1 – Securing your footage (pretty short article)
Part 3 – Organising for the edit (pretty long article)
Recently we’ve been looking at production tools to make post-production in FCPX easier.
One system that looks worthy of further investigation is Lumberjack. Lumberjack is an app system that makes it easy to keyword while shooting that then helps to organise your footage in FCPX ready for editing. Lumberjack seems most suited to documentary film making (hence my interest) as well as other forms.
I guess like most of you I am constantly considering what gear I should be using for my film making. The mass of options now for 4k makes this the current big question. I must say I am waiting to see if Sony follows up on its recent releases with an A7s Mark II.
In the meantime, I found this interesting article and a video from Sundance on this very question.
I’ve been exploring the Leap Motion since it was released and using microcontrollers, like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi for longer. These devices seem a perfect combination for interactive art projects.
I recently came across this article on the Leap Motion blog and thought it might serve as a good starting point for others. You can read the article here.
Over the many years, Digital ImageMaker International (DIMi) has provided a huge number of articles for photographers, and then to a lesser extent artists, 3D animators and film makers.
However things change and so must DIMi. To this end we are redeveloping the site and planning an extensive move into a more eclectic coverage of film making, special effects, animation, digital art making and, of course, photography. The mix will better follow my interests today and the explorations that my daughter and I are making in film making.
So stay around for the ride, it should be an interesting one.
Back from an extended summer (Down Under) break and I am thinking about all the things I have to get done. Then I came across a great article by Rebecca Greenfield on Fast Company about how the Creative Director at ETSY uses lists for everything so he can concentrate on creative stuff. (Read Rebecca’s article here) Now I have used Things for some time but not as extensively as the article suggests is a good idea. It also drew my attention to interesting features of OmniFocus. So we are going to get this in and in use by the team here and see what we think about both OnmiFocus and capturing EVERYTHING into ToDo lists. Stay tuned.
Special introductory offer through November 20, 2013
DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro 9, the major new version of its image-processing software. DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces PRIME, a revolutionary noise reduction technology whose spectacular performance produces detailed and vividly-colored images even under the most extreme shooting conditions.
Based on DxO Labs’ exclusive approach of prior calibration of equipment in its laboratories, DxO Optics Pro integrates many powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: precise optical and geometric corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, preservation of colors and details. Its numerous presets can be adapted to photographers’ personal tastes and will help them bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.
Breathtaking images, even at extremely high ISO
Thanks to PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology, which analyzes the structure of RAW images in depth in order to differentiate between noise and fine details, DxO Optics Pro 9 offers a gain in image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market.
“In contrast to the usual approach of finding a better compromise between image quality and execution speed, we have created a tool whose sole purpose is to obtain the best image quality possible,” explained Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer of DxO Labs. “For each pixel, more than a thousand neighboring pixels are analyzed. This vast exploration allows DxO Optics Pro to identify similar data that can serve to reconstruct image information. Several minutes may be required to do this, but this process takes place in the background, so users can work on other images and projects while they wait for the results.”
PRIME technology results in truly spectacular images: noise is suppressed, and textures, details, and color saturation are preserved, particularly in shadows, for a beautifully natural look.
For photographers who prefer to denoise their images immediately, DxO Optics Pro 9 still offers a newly-improved high-quality “classic” denoising tool that produces finely-detailed renderings quickly, even at the highest sensitivities.
Unrivaled highlight management and color rendering
The exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature optimizes the overall contrast of an image by intelligently adapting to its contents. This tool has been further improved in DxO Optics Pro 9, which now offers even more powerful highlight management: details that once were thought lost are revealed, even when the information is missing in the original RAW data, and colorimetric errors are minimized.
DxO Labs’ highly precise knowledge of the way each camera reproduces color allows DxO Optics Pro to emulate the rendering of any camera on RAW images. DxO Optics Pro 9 goes even further by proposing a new color rendering called “DxO Portrait,” which preserves skin tones and naturally-saturated colors.
New visual presets
DxO Optics Pro 9’s library of presets has been completely redesigned. Portrait, Landscape, Black & White, Single-shot HDR: the new DxO presets respond to different use cases that photographers frequently encounter, and are supplemented by “Atmospheres,” a new set of creative renderings.
A new visual presets window makes it easier for users choose which preset to apply to their images by letting them preview thumbnails of the rendering effects prior to application.
New export tools
DxO Optics Pro 9 simplifies its workflow by allowing photographers to go directly from customizing their images to using and sharing them.
The “Export to Disk” feature lets users generate and save JPEG, TIFF, and DNG images in just a few clicks. The new “Export to Application” feature groups into a single transaction both processing and opening images in an external application, such as other DxO software products or other editors that specialize in photo retouching, panoramic shots, HDR, and cataloguing. Finally, the “Export to Flickr” feature adopts this same new approach, letting users process and publish their photos directly online in just one step.
Even more comfortable and productive
The DxO Optics Pro interface has undergone another evolution, with a new workspace that highlights essential correction tools, optimizes vertical space, and reorganizes toolbars and palettes in an even more logical fashion. Further, it is now possible to access context-sensitive help directly in the correction palettes.
Availability and special introductory offer
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 9 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs line store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount through November 20, 2013:
Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after September 1, 2013, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9. Other customers can benefit from a special discount on their upgrade directly from their customer account through November 20, 2013.
A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/download).
About DxO Labs
DxO Labs develops image processing technologies. In addition to its DxO Optics Pro and DxO FilmPack products for Mac and Windows, designed for serious and demanding photographers, the company also licenses diverse solutions for the principal actors in the imaging industry:
For more information, visit DxO Labs website at www.dxo.com