Category Archives: Review
254 articles found
No matter how good your lighting, composition and subjects are, one thing screams video from a mile away: the lack of cinema-style, shallow depth of field. We've seen several options aim to fill that void, from DSLR cameras shooting HD on up to the RED ONE fitted with cinema-style lens adapters. What's been missing is a truly affordable option that acts more like a traditional video camera and accepts 35mm still or PL-mount lenses. Until now.
For long-suffering RED and DSLR shooters the rolling shutter effect can be very distracting, and for folks trying to exploit the Large Sensor Revolution on a professional level proDAD's new Mercalli V2 plug-in is indispensable.
DaVinci Resolve for the Mac brings realtime color-grading performance, multiple GPU support with the right hardware and an amazing tracker to more users at a breakthrough price. The caveat, of course, is it’ll cost more than $995 to get Resolve for the Mac into a usable realtime system in your suite, but considering what's in the software, it’s still an amazing value.
In this look back at 2010's most important environment design updates, I decided to focus on Vue 9 and on the various applications that extend or improve upon it. Vue embellishes the output from so many other tools that I thought it would be interesting to look at them as a family.
My review criteria fell within a set of initial questions I ask of any new package before I invest in it: 1) Were the features in the new release worth an upgrade for those who have a previous version of the software? 2) Was Cinema 4D a viable package for doing the kind of work we do as 3D artists? 3) Was there a good reason why a studio using other software might add Cinema 4D to its toolset? 4) What were Cinema 4D's advantages and disadvantages once you sat down and actually started using it?
The new version of ZBrush brings both Mac and Window users to an equal playing field and offers a variety of new sculpting features. This version is definitely not a facelift of former incarnations of ZBrush, but instead is overstuffed with new and powerful features.
I can say without reservation that Avid Media Composer 5 is an upgrade that truly deserves the "Hot" rating from our product review ranking index. Media Composer has been a top nonlinear editor as long as there have been NLEs. In fact, it pretty much jump-started the whole NLE revolution. Version 5 contains a ton of new features (several quite earth-shattering, if you're a longtime Avid editor) that answered many previous customer requests and complaints.
Editing video on a laptop computer has always been something of a kluge. If you do find a good solution, it’s likely to weigh more than you’ll want to carry and have too-short a battery life. It won’t have the processor and display needed to do more than a cursory edit. For most projects, it’s a desktop computer or nothing at all. That may change with the introduction of the HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation.