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Photography Video

OWC ThunderBlade

With a price of $1379 for my test unit, I don’t need to be clairvoyant to assume you’ll be one of the not so many who process large files on a high-end workstation like the iMac Pro or Mac Pro. Such an assumption could be wrong, though, because the throughput figures — as impressive as they are — don’t tell the whole story.

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macOS

Path Finder 9 review

With Path Finder 9, Cocoatech brings back the collapsible module shelves from version 7. The new version is also fully Catalina compatible and still is the best replacement for the Finder. Even if you keep on using the Finder, it offers superior functionality in areas such as compression, file renaming, folder comparison, etc.

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VFX

FxFactory Progress Bars v2

Luca Visual FX Progress Bars v2 is a pack of 20 generators and eight effects, including an object tracker. They provide a wide variety of progress, loading, processing bars and rings as well as gauges and hi-tech motion graphics to overlay over any media. It’s distributed by FxFactory.

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Audio

Avid Pro Tools

Included with the Ultimate version are 115 plug-ins at no extra charge of which UVI Falcon 2, a virtual instrument that makes it easy to create real-world and out-of-this-world sounds and HEAT (Harmonically Enhanced Algorithm Technology), a software add-on that gives you the euphonic characteristics of prized analogue gear.

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Musings

Benefits and disadvantages of cloud backup and the alternatives

While backup strategists will tell you that a good strategy requires you to have a backup off-site, there is an alternative for freelancers and small office owners. It involves storing your backup in a different room, on location, in a safe enclosure. This is a feasible strategy for freelance photographers, filmmakers and audio producers.

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Audio

iZotope Dialogue Match review

iZotope says Dialogue Match is the first product to combine brand-new machine learning with the reverb technology from Exponential Audio’s product line iZotope acquired in 2019. I was very curious to experience the process and the results, so here’s what happened.

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Video

FxFactory Smooth review

Transitions are always a challenge in that you can’t always use a cut or a cross dissolve. In some cases, a cross dissolve isn’t even possible — for example, when you’re placing one short clip on top of a longer one with the latter containing the overall narrative. There’s a solution for all that: FxFactory’s Smooth.

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Musings

Pencil sharpeners in the digital age

How many of us still draw by hand? Graphic designers nor architects work with pencil and paper these days, but fine art artists still do. The tools of the trade include high-quality pencils, sharpeners, brushes, palette knives and more.

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Video

Fixing audio drift when capturing video and sound from different equipment

Whenever you’re recording audio from a different device than your camera and without the help of a timecode generator, it’s distinctly possible that you experience audio drift. That is, your camera’s audio output and your recording device’s output start in sync but drift apart along the way. It’s very frustrating and — except when one of your devices is broken, of course — very easy to solve. It all comes down to checking your settings.

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Photography Video

Powertraveller’s Condor 100 has an award-winning design and loads of power

Powertraveller sent me their latest power pack, the hefty Condor 100, a 27000mAh beast in a beautifully designed (award-winning) aluminium enclosure. The Condor 100 is an auto-sensing power unit that can handle 110V/220V mains electricity-driven equipment as well as 5V devices.