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# 1 Top 4 Reasons Why the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro Is Perfect for Students Feature By none Choosing the perfect laptop for school or creative work is a bit tricky. You want to have a laptop with good performance and all the right features, but you also want it to be reliable and affordable at the same time. There are plenty of choices to go through from the Windows camp, but Apple recently made one of its MacBooks even more appealing for students. I'm talking about the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display; the 2017 version, of course. The non-touchbar variant of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is shaping up to be the perfect laptop for the job for four interesting reasons. ...Read More »
# 2 3 Cyber Security Trends to Watch in 2017 Feature By none Cyber security is central to business in the 21st century and continues to be the focus of IT professionals in 2017. According to Panda Labs, approximately 200,000 new malware was created every day in 2016. In fact, Fortune.com reported that the average consolidated cost of a security breach is $4 million. To avoid major losses and security breaches, companies that rely heavily on data need to stay on top of recent developments in cyber security. Here are some of the cyber security trends to expect in 2017. ...Read More »
# 3 Adobe Acquires Mettle's SKYBOX technology Featured News By Ko Maruyama Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced it has acquired all SkyBox technology from Mettle, a global developer of best-in-class 360-degree and virtual reality software. The acquisition comes at a time when increasing numbers of creators, global brands and media and entertainment companies are embracing 360/VR and are looking for seamless, end-to-end workflows for this new, immersive medium. ...Read More »
# 4 Mingis on Tech: Is the new iPad Pro enterprise-ready? Video By IDG.TV Apple's top-end tablet hardware was already workplace worthy, but iOS still required some workarounds for things to go smoothly. iOS 11 may change that when it arrives later this year. ...Read More »
# 5 iPad Pro 10.5 review: Meet the best iPad Apple has ever made Video By IDG.TV Apple has perfected the iPad Pro with this year's new 10.5-inch model, which is faster, bigger, and better than its already-powerful predecessor. ...Read More »
# 6 What does iOS 11 reveal about the iPhone 8? | The iPhone Show Video By IDG.TV The only thing we know for sure about the iPhone 8 is that it was designed to run iOS 11. Here's more on what we can expect. ...Read More »
# 7 Hackers Are Using Ransomware to Get Rich. Here's How Much They're Making Feature By none Your digital assets are undergoing immense changes. The compilation of mobile devices, file retention needs, application enhancements, digital capacity growth, plus more big data means that the burden on you is constantly increasing. Businesses are producing exponentially more data and using more technology than ever before and it all needs to be backed up and stored. While IT manages the explosive growth on the digital front, there's pressure on departments to stabilize or even cut spending. IDG noted that data growth has exceeded staffing growth by 33x. ...Read More »
# 8 Automotive Video By Clip Syndicate Your daily 30 Second Download on Auto ...Read More »
# 9 iOS 11: The top features announced Video By IDG.TV Apple's iOS 11 brings a new voice to Siri, improvements to Messages. indoor maps, a file drawer and more. Here are the highlights. ...Read More »
# 10 iPi Soft Aides Researchers¬† Feature By Ko Maruyama Although iPiSoft Motion Capture software is best known for its simple digital recording, editing, and manipulation of markerless motion capture, the RADC team has come up with a new way to implement motion capture in their workflow. ...Read More »
# 11 "Fractal Visuals Produces Viral Unofficial Music Video for Silversun Pickups" Case Study By Victoria Garabedian John Byron Hanby IV, founder of Fractal Visuals has released an unofficial music video for Silversun Pickups song "Ragamuffin". Fractal Visuals assembled a crew and set out on a four-day shoot in Terlingua, Texas just an hour north of the Texas - Mexico border. "We filmed everything using the RED Epic Dragon and wanted to capture the aerial footage with the same camera." Then in post they combined their skills with using Adobe Creative Suites After Effects and Premiere Pro, along with Blackmagics DaVinci Resolve. The results were stunning. ...Read More »
# 12 "American Gothic" Captures Suspense and Creates Paranoia with Blackmagic Design Project Profile By none "American Gothic" is the latest project for writer, director and producer Stuart Connelly, whose previous projects include "Natural Selection" (2016) starring Anthony Michael Hall and Katherine McNamara and "The Suspect" (2013) starring Mekhi Phifer and Sterling K. Brown. Connelly and the film's DP Sherry McCracken selected a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as their camera of choice. ...Read More »
# 13 Content, Streaming Take Center Stage at NAB Events By Andy Marken When everything around you is in total chaos, the best thing you can do is change your tag line to give folks the feeling you're in front of the situation. NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) did that with style this year by highlighting the MET (Media & Entertainment Technology) effect. That way, everyone could explain how they met or were meeting the market's demands and needs. ...Read More »
# 14 The Universe Expands Featured News By Ko Maruyama On the heels of NAB 2017, where Red Giant made a huge gift of Universe to hundreds of motion graphics artists during the annual MMB dinner, Red Giant released Universe 2.1 ...Read More »
# 15 Burr & Burton Academy Teaches Students Advanced Cinematography Skills with Blackmagic Design Project Profile By none Situated overlooking picturesque Manchester Village, Burr & Burton Academy (BBA) in Manchester, Vermont is a 180 year old independent, coeducational New England secondary school. With about 700 students from the surrounding communities, as well as 60 international students, BBA is dedicated to educating students of diverse backgrounds and talents in a warm and caring environment that encourages excellence and community. One of its most popular courses is the cinematography program, taught by Bill Muench. And for this program, the school uses two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras to teach its advanced students. ...Read More »
# 16 Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Partner to Simplify and Demystify VR Productions, Offering the First, Complete, Integrated VR Workflow Featured News By Lou Wallace Z CAM and ASSIMILATE have joined forces to lower the threshold to entry for producing high-quality VR productions, making it a viable media for all content creators. Creating professional VR/360 experiences has generally been complex and costly, with the myriad decisions and tools needed for a VR workflow - cameras, stitching, and a mix of post-production software. Z CAM and ASSIMILATE have partnered to simplify and demystify VR content creation, offering the first, complete, integrated VR workflow with the Z CAM S1/SCRATCH VR Z Bundle: - from image acquisition with Z CAM's high-performance S1 Professional VR Camera, and stitching with its optimal WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with ASSIMILATE's real-time SCRATCH VR Z tools. ...Read More »
# 17 ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 Featured News By none ASSIMILATE achieves another virtual reality (VR) breakthrough with its SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6, the new version of its real-time post-production tools and workflow for VR/360 content. With added GPU stitching of 360-video and ambisonic-audio support, as well as live streaming, and more. The SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 now enables VR content creators - DPs, DITS, post-production artists - with the only professional, streamlined, end-to-end workflow for VR/360 content on the market. ...Read More »
# 18 ASSIMILATE Announces SCRATCH 8.6 with Major Updates to Entire Product Line Featured News By none The SCRATCH product line, known for its high-performance 2D/3D tools in a single, streamlined workflow - dailies, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing & mastering -continues to evolve in SCRATCH 8.6 as the most efficient post-production tool suite on the market. New product highlights include expanded support for HDR functions, numerous new formats, a more user-friendly UI, and more efficient DIT tools. And notably, it's affordable for everyone. See the new features and functions for SCRATCH 8.6 at https://vimeo.com/202186457. ...Read More »
# 19 Lightworks from Editshare Product Review By David Hague Over the last few years, we have been literally bombarded with video editing packages (NLEs) from all sides. The stalwarts that have been around seemingly for ever such as Adobe's Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, AVID products, Final Cut from Apple and Vegas Pro are in that mix and classified as "pro" products, while offerings from Corel, Pinnacle, MAGIX and others have been more aimed at the consumer market. Among all of these, a program that has somewhat been bypassed is Lightworks - now up to version 14 and in its 25th year! ...Read More »
# 20 Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Product Review By David Hague The familiar light grey facade of the Vegas family has been changed to a black motif in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (and I suspect this will flow through to Vegas Pro as well. All the kids are doing it!) that is not unattractive. In fact, the whole interface has been made over and somehow looks cleaner and more businesslike. Text descriptions and icons are sharp and clear and if there is any criticism, you may have to change your monitor's contrast a little as on my Dell 27 XPS All-in-One, the vertical lines in the timeline were quite faint. In the past if someone suggested you could get probably 85% of the power of Premiere and After Effects together in a package that sells for under a hundred bucks, you'd think they were barking mad and aiming to be the Pres of the USA perhaps! ...Read More »
# 21 Resolve 12.5 Quick Peek By David Hague Over the years, I have used many, many different video editors - Adobe Premiere 4.2 was probably my first NLE, followed by a long stint with Sony (now MAGIX) Vegas and flutters with AVID, EDIUS, one called Speed Razor and of course I have reviewed just about every package our there over the last 20 odd years costing from hundreds to many thousands of dollars. So, when I am told that a full on, top featured package as used by the Hollywood heavyweights is available for free, of course my ears prick up just a little and I want to know more. Is it so complex that I won't be able to grasp its workflow? Or does it require so much computer horsepower my modest Dell XPS 2710 all-in-one won't drive it? Perhaps the claims are overblown? ...Read More »
# 22 iOgrapher cases for video Product Review By Ko Maruyama Every year, people take video of their holiday festivities. Now that they're shooting with mobile devices, it's important to get the right gear to make it look good. iOgrapher produces affordable filmmaking gear for any videographer in any budget. Put it on your pre-holiday gift list. ...Read More »
# 23 A Close Look at The Panasonic AG-UX90 Camera Product Review By Stephen Schleicher For the last couple of weeks I have had a chance to test the new AG-UX90 camera from Panasonic. The lightweight camera is great for the photog on the go or for those doing documentary work. Should you grab this camera? I run down the great, and not so great features of the camera, in this review. The camera captures images on a 1-inch CMOS sensor, which ends up giving the user a better depth of field than other cameras you'll find in this price range. It isn't a full frame sensor, but then again, this camera isn't designed for DSLR fans, or those planning on shooting a feature film. ...Read More »
# 24 NAB Hands On Product Preview By Ko Maruyama This month, AJA announced a new camera - the RovoCam. As major producers of video continue to get ready and move forward into higher resolution content, especially UHD, AJA delivers this new block camera for multiple markets and users. ...Read More »
# 25 Kensington's Blackbelt Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a machine somewhere in between a laptop and a mobile tablet. It is able to keep up with all of the software that you'd run on your Windows 8 machine, but more portable than a laptop. One problem with the ability to drag the SurfacePro around is the potential to dropping it. Kensington's BlackBelt protects the SurfacePro while still allowing all of the port function to be accessible. ...Read More »
# 26 DAZ3D Prints Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama DAZ 3D software has been an affordable and easy way for people to begin exploring 3D models and creating beautiful scenes quickly. Now, DAZ is offering a way to get 3D characters from your screen to your hand. 3D prints of models built within the Genesis 2 system are supported. Printed people (and a dragon) for people who print. ...Read More »
# 27 StuffIt Deluxe 16 Product Review By Ko Maruyama While you might think that there isn't a whole lot that you can say about compressing your files, there are a bunch of us old macheads that remember our first, Stuffit. Smith Micro recently brought out StuffIt Deluxe 16, which is long overdue, but still a welcome addition to your Mac toolkit, and yes, it does '.zip' formats as well. ...Read More »
# 28 Digital Juice Pilot Pro Product Review By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. The Pilot program is similar to a beta launch phase, but you're not on your own, Digital Juice Community embedded in the subscription will help everyone out. ...Read More »
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