Ninja Blade comprehensive review

The Ninja Blade is Atomos’ newest available 10-bit HDMI recorder/monitor/player. The difference with its predecessor, the Ninja 2, is unbelievable. Everyone in the business already knows the screen isn’t just bigger but also has a higher resolution, but even if you know all that and have seen the images on the web, it still hits you in the face when you see it in real life. Other than that, the Ninja Blade has waveform monitors and a vectorscope, and a plethora of other features that make it a must-have and an upgrade to consider.… Read More Ninja Blade comprehensive review

Powermonkey Extreme 12V charges dSLRs, iPads, audio recorders and more

Powertraveller is a British company developing and selling power devices for road warriors and people who want to charge their devices in an eco-friendly way. The company’s Powermonkey Extreme is a winning combination of a battery and solar panel specifically aimed at charging 5V (USB or others) devices. And now there’s also the Powermonkey Extreme 12V for more demanding power charging jobs.… Read More Powermonkey Extreme 12V charges dSLRs, iPads, audio recorders and more

Seven ways to retime a 24fps to a 25fps clip

At least from time to time you’ll end up with a 25fps sequence and clips that have been shot at 24fps. In Final Cut Pro X you can mix different clip formats and frame rates voluntarily, but you won’t have control over the end result. Other than just drop clips in a Final Cut Pro X sequence and not worry about it, I found five ways to change a 24fps clip to a 25fps one — using either Final Cut Pro X, Motion, After Effects or Media Composer. … Read More Seven ways to retime a 24fps to a 25fps clip

Flicker Free fixes flicker in video footage

When you shoot time lapse or slow motion, chances are that your resulting footage contains quite some flicker, or has a “restless” quality to it. With time lapses that is mainly due to the difference in brightness from frame to frame. Slow motion has its own problems that can cause flicker. Even regular footage may cause flicker, for example when you’re shooting in a LED lighted studio. There’s not much you can do about it, except with the new plug-in Flicker Free from Digital Anarchy.… Read More Flicker Free fixes flicker in video footage

How to best format GoPro files for editing with Final Cut Pro X

David Newman, Senior Director of Software Engineering for GoPro answered some questions that I had after writing my story on transcoding GoPro files to ProRes 422. I kept wondering if the intermediate step of transcoding — as I have been doing over the years — is the best approach for handling and processing GoPro Cineform files. From his answers that I received by email I learned it isn’t necessary.… Read More How to best format GoPro files for editing with Final Cut Pro X

Stabilising video in Final Cut Pro X

How do you stabilise footage that’s been shot with a handheld camera or a badly performing stabilising system? With the Stabilisation module of Final Cut Pro X? Except for a heavy tripod, you will never be able to lock out unwanted camera movement, common knowledge predicts. But I found you can do better than with the built-in stabilisers of most NLEs. There’s a plug-in that does a great job at stabilising in post-production. It’s CoreMelt’s Lock and Load.… Read More Stabilising video in Final Cut Pro X

Review: CoreMelt TrackX tracker in Final Cut Pro X

CoreMelt did it again. With SliceX the company was the first to incorporate Oscar winning mocha Pro technology in a Final Cut Pro X plug-in. TrackX is a second plug-in that uses the mocha engine to deliver three tracking capabilities — Simple Tracker, Text Tracker and Layer Tracker. Of these three, the latter is the most “complex”, but that doesn’t mean you need to become a compositing whiz kid to create some stunning effects with TrackX.

TrackX lets you track the motion of an apparently moving object in a video in order to attach text or graphics that follow the motion of that object directly in Final Cut Pro X.… Read More Review: CoreMelt TrackX tracker in Final Cut Pro X

GoPro HERO3+ and new mounts

The GoPro HERO3+ is an improved version of the HERO3. It’s a bit better with low light, has a better lens, and a new even wider view, called SuperView. It also has better audio due to a different placement of the built-in microphones. Together with the new HERO3+, GoPro released new mounting accessories, including a clip (QuickClip), a clamp with flexible mounting pole called Jaws, a new suction cup and a far better tripod mount than the one already available.… Read More GoPro HERO3+ and new mounts