Why Do We Print?

I was going to write a piece on monochrome printing with the new HP Photosmart Pro B9180, when I sort of suddenly realised that I’ve never thought about why we keep printing non-textual content. The question is not without importance. We live in an age where saving your photos is as easy as clicking an …


EFI Digital StoreFront v2.3 : more and constant revenue streams in the Internet age

Profits are migrating away from hardware to software and services. The value offered and delivered by printers, print shops, Facilities Management and Central Reprographic Department environments to their customers will increasingly be based on workflow and process improvements. EFI has developed a solution to make the transition from unit sales to services a painless one …

Inkjet vs offset

Agfa's claim on inkjet technology is grossly exaggerated, says Seybold Reports. In view of Agfa’s bold statements in the interview with Jan Van Daele, IT-Enquirer asked Seybold for comments. We also received a statement of Plantin Belgium’s technical specialist. Although you might call Plantin biased — being a Heidelberg distributor and all — the spokesman …

Ghent Output Suite

The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) announces availability of the Ghent Output Suite, designed to help professionals determine whether PDF files are behaving as expected in graphic arts workflows. GWG is the international congress of graphic arts professionals established to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows. The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) …

Why ProRes video encoding in post is inferior to ProRes recording

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Shooting in ProRes or DNxHD has several benefits if you're working with Final Cut Pro X or Avid Media Composer. Of course you can always encode or transcode from a different codec to either of these in post-production, but that costs time — which may be valuable. There may be other reasons why you don't want to wait until post, as I found out. I spent three days experimenting with a GoPro HERO4, four encoding apps for the Mac, the Final Cut Pro X timeline and an Atomos Ninja Assassin. Thanks to the newest version of Telestream's Switch QC app, I came across some strange results that I didn't know about before, and which changed my views on post-production video encoding versus shooting straight to ProRes with a Ninja monitor/recorder.

Benchmark test confirms fastest offload app is Hedge Premium

It turns out the latest version of Dutch developed Hedge for Mac is the fastest video offload application on the market. The company ran some benchmarks and found their new Premium engine — which is not in the free version of the app — is as fast or almost as fast as the Finder. “We ran these benchmarks for our own internal use. We ran them as objective and unbiased as we possibly could,” said Paul Matthijs Lombert, CEO at The Sync Factory, the company behind Hedge for Mac. “We certainly added nothing to our tests that would put Hedge for Mac in any sort of a favourable position — far from it,” he added.

Agfa:Apogee and Fiery integrate to unify production environment

Many firms use digital presses to cost-effectively meet the increasing demand for short runs, fast turnaround and value-added services, but there’s still a market for offset and long runs. However, few digital presses integrate into offset workflows efficiently or profitably. These hybrid workflows are therefore difficult to manage for efficiency and profitability. However, for a short while now, EFI and Agfa are delivering one of the most advanced hybrid print workflows available in the commercial market. It allows you to take advantage of the strengths of traditional offset and Fiery Driven digital presses.

What is HDR video and why is it important?

With Atomos announcing their Flame series of video monitors/recorders at NAB 2016, HDR is the talk of the town. Most photographers, be it professional or amateur, will know what the acronym HDR stands for: high dynamic range. Dynamic range is defined as the ratio of the largest value of a signal to the lowest measurable value. The dynamic range of luminance in real-world scenes can be 100,000 : 1, while our computer screen or TV set is limited by technology to a ratio of 400 : 1 or even less. With HDR rendering, bright things can be really bright, dark things can be really dark, and details can be seen in both.

Landa S10P uses unique DFE EFI developed for the company

The Landa S10P Nanographic Printing Press with perfector is aimed at printers concentrating on two-sided general commercial printing, including advertising pieces, catalogue production, direct mail and high-end magazines. Enabling just-in-time mainstream efficiency, the B1 format Landa S10P press prints on off-the-shelf substrates at speeds of up to 13,000 sheets/hour. It comes with a brand new DFE developed by EFI.