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You may still need a dedicated encoder for high-end applications like premastering DVD and Blu-ray, but short of that, Squeeze 7 is a one-stop shop for whatever you have up your digital distribution sleeve.
Maya is without a doubt the best animation suite available, and this release, with key animation enhancements, keeps Maya on top. Still, Maya had lacked a critical tool part of many other animation suites for years: Editable Motion Trails. Until now.
For the past several releases of 3ds Max users have been teased with what the Excalibur (XBR) project had in store for the future of 3ds Max. The full impact of XBR is now clear in 3ds Max 2012. The upgrade has a completely new viewport system and a new dynamics infrastructure that may rival Maya's Nucleus.
After using FCPX for a few weeks I still believe what many initially thought upon first seeing FCPX back in April: This is just the first version of a new application and in this form is iMovie on steroids. There are just too many things that Final Cut Pro 7 users will be missing when they really dig into FCPX. It's not that we won't be able to make cool effects and pretty video, it's just that we'll do it in a much different way without some tools that we now take for granted. Word from people who are smarter than I am say that FCPX isn't built off of current iMovie code. If they aren't based on the same code then Apple made a very conscious, very clear and very targeted decision to copy an awful lot of what's in iMovie now. Some of it is actually for the better but a lot of it is for the worse.
We all know the drill: We spot what appears to be a great price on a name brand, U.S. made computer product, only to discover later the manufacturer has since joined the march offshore to China and elsewhere, and thereby realize vastly increased profits from markedly inferior products. The (still) U.S. manufactured Sonnet F3 is an extremely robust RAID SATA storage system for serious industrial and rack-mounted applications.
Industry infatuation with Apple's ProRes continues to build, from ARRI's adoption of ProRes for its Alexa digital cinema camera to AJA's unveiling at IBC last September of its latest ProRes field recorder, the Ki Pro Mini. Using this tiny, 10-bit recorder is like having an HDCAM deck in the palm of your hand.
Chico Marx in all his eloquence couldn't have said it any better. You don't have to believe some sketchy magazine reviewer; you can see very easily for yourself: the Panasonic BT-LH910, which began shipping in April, is the king-of-the-hill of compact sub-9-inch field monitors.
With new support for a range of capture formats, expanded After Effects capabilities and the introduction of Adobe Audition for Mac, Adobe CS5.5 has a lot to offer a wide gamut of new and emerging content creators.
Modern cameras make great pictures right out of the box, right? That's often true, but accurate alignment to a precision Color Calibration Chart is essential to achieve a consistent "look" and quality standard. With a DSC chart, and color and waveform data to complement your NLE, you can make intelligent grading decisions even on a laptop.
Few things in life are as elegant, reliable and hassle-free as an AJA Kona card. The advent of the KONA 3 in 2006 ushered in a new era of versatile video expansion cards with greatly expanded capabilities for the digital craftsman and storyteller. Now, as the KONA line continues to evolve, the 3G is even more robust and flexible.