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.
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.
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.
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.
MIKE is a carbon fibre tripod. My test unit came with an Arca Swiss Airhed Cine. This tripod has a maximum height of 1.48 metres (58″) and the ability to get as low as 13.5cm. It has a load capacity of 14kg/30lbs, weighing just 1.65kg/3.64lbs itself
Vibesta’s Peragos Disk comes in three models: the 30C (RGBWW), a 304B (Bi-colour) and 304P (Daylight). They are inexpensive, especially in view of their built-in electronic gels and colour temperature dial as well as the HSS flash capabilities..
Color Trix has just released its colour correction and grading plug-in for Final Cut Pro X, Color Finale 2.0.
A decade or so later than when I tested a Tangent Wave control module, the Loupedeck CT is here, retailing at half the price, with a touch screen, a wheel, dials and buttons, and the promise of usability with multiple applications.
Your average NLE’s built-in glow effects are a bit skinny. Taking Final Cut Pro X as an example, it’s actually not worth dragging the effect to the timeline. A plug-in like Red Giant’s Universe Glow doesn’t add a glow effect around the underlying footage elements; it’s completely independent and has its own merits and use, but it may not always be what you want. Hawaiki’s Super Glow, on the other hand, is a glow effect that “just” adds glow to underlying footage and does so with six “glow sources”. It offers complete control and the result can be simple but also complex.
ScreenFlow 9 is a major upgrade to Telestream’s screen capture app for macOS. It’s fully Catalina compatible and has a slew of new features that enable you to create a complete videocast and/or screencast without having to jump back and forth between ScreenFlow and your NLE. Version 9 has multiscreen recording, a Timeline Tools palette and a clip editor, and it comes with the ability to use automatically generated proxies. There are also new controls for the radar click effect and some major performance improvements. Telestream included a trial subscription to their stock images and videos service.