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Video critical for online publishing success, but leave scriptwriting to the pros

Online video is critical to retaining and growing relationships with existing customers, and to converting prospects into new customers. The primary challenge to effectively publishing online video is managing and distributing high-performance video across multiple mobile devices, the study found. But scriptwriting by amateurs is another challenge, says Paul Verhoeven.

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Red Giant BulletProof footage offload and preparation app

Red Giant BulletProof is a complete offload, preparation and delivery application for footage originating from a Canon or Nikon dSLR, or from a GoPro Hero2 or Hero3 action camera. Just like Imagine Products’ Shotput Pro, you can offload your clips and back them up to several media simultaneously. But that’s where the comparison ends as BulletProof goes where no offload solution has gone before.

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The Touch: use your Magic Trackpad or iPad as a control surface

Final Cut Pro X and Lightroom can be controlled by keyboard shortcuts and these can be made to work with a control surface or device such as a ShuttlePRO. But if you don’t want to spend money on a hardware device because you think your Magic Trackpad or iPad could handle the same sort of commands as a control surface would, The Touch will appeal to you.

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Contour Design ShuttlePRO v2 with driver v3 on OS X

I know Contour Design for as long as I write about Mac products, which is well over two decades. I have always been fascinated by their ergonomic shuttle device, the ShuttlePRO. Over the years, Contour Design released a ShuttleXpress and the ShuttlePRO v2. With the introduction of the new driver (v3), I finally got the opportunity to review the ShuttlePRO v2. I was prepared for a device that I could use in NLEs and a few photo editors only, but I found that one of the reasons why the ShuttlePRO v2 (and ShuttleXpress too, for that matter) is such an interesting device is its impressive application support.

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Rampant Design video effects: Look ma, no plug-ins

You can literally stuff your NLE with loads of plug-ins. The result will be a slow launching app, but you'll have access to a number of effects, mattes, and what have you got. Rampant Design takes a different approach. It creates its effects, transitions and mattes simply as movies that you can load in any NLE of choice, thereby avoiding plug-in overload. I tried some 100+ effects from the huge Rampant Design library and found them to be as flexible as plug-ins without the sometimes slow loading speed associated with them.

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Rhino Camera Gear announces the Rhino Shoulder Rig

Rhino Camera Gear announced its Rhino Rig is launching on Kickstarter next month. The Rhino Shoulder Rig will place itself in the mid-end of the market, targeting dSLRs, RED cameras, and even ARRIs. In terms of usage scenarios, the Rhino Shoulder Rig will appeal to documentary film makers as much as to YouTube and Vimeo video creators.

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CoreMelt SliceX brings mocha planar tracking to Final Cut Pro X

mocha Pro is a great rotoscoping and masking tool for video. It has won awards (even Oscars were involved) and it offers a complete environment for rotoscoping and compositing artists to work their magic. But it lacks a direct integration with Final Cut Pro X or even the latest version of Motion. CoreMelt solved that problem by embedding the mocha tracking engine in their SliceX product.

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GoPro Hero3 Black tested for noise and light adaptation performance

I tested the GoPro Hero3 Black for noise and light adaptation performance. I measured the light recorded by the Hero3 with an i1 Display Pro connected via basICColor’s display Pro 5. This software has an ambient light measurement module that is very accurate. The light recorded by the camera started at less than 5 lux, […]

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GoPro Hero3 Black Edition and LCD Touch BacPac review

I tested the Hero3 Black Edition with the new LCD Touch BacPac and the new minimal-design housing, The Frame. The Black version is the most powerful of the three versions GoPro has of this action camera. It can do all the nice tricks that you can see in the marketing communications of the company.

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Smooth camera motion with the Rhino Slider

It started as a highly successful Kickstarter project to create the best video camera slider. The developers, a small company of young people who are passionate about photography and video, found that no camera slider under 800.00 EUR was good enough. They decided to make their own. They created a sub-500.00 Euros slider that goes well beyond what you’ll find on the market for under anything up to 1000.00 EUR. Meet the Rhino Slider.