iZotope RX 9 Advanced review

Audio processing has fallen victim to the idea that AI is always going to be better than the human touch. Yet, many AI-based solutions spit out results that are worse than a human expert is capable of achieving. Some aspects of AI combine well with human expertise, though, especially in the audio processing field. Using machine learning algorithms in audio, video and photo processing applications is a good thing, mainly because they leave the editor in charge and increase efficiency. Since a good few versions back, iZotope has relied on machine learning excellence for their RX Audio Editor and the newest version takes it to the next level. I tested RX 9 Advanced to see if it lives up to its promise.… Read More iZotope RX 9 Advanced review

Exposure X7 adds very accurate masks, composition guides and more

Exposure X7 was released in the last few days of September. It was worth the wait. The app has a lot of new features, including a new masking tool to make selections by quickly drawing a rough border, customisable editing workspaces, a unified crop and transform interface with composition guides, defective pixel removal for raw photos, more faithful colour reproduction when using custom DCP colour profiles and improved colour fidelity with DNG files. Finally, fine texture noise can be added to recover detail with aggressive noise reduction.… Read More Exposure X7 adds very accurate masks, composition guides and more

OWC U2 ShuttleOne review

OWC’s Mercury Helios 3S, the expansion solution that adds an external PCIe slot to your Thunderbolt 3 equipped computer, can be fitted out with a U.2 NVMe Interchange System, and that system can house several removable trays, one of which is the U2 ShuttleOne for exactly one NVMe SSD. You can use the U2 ShuttleOne to quickly offload footage from a U.2 capable video capture setup like the BlackMagic URSA Mini Pro 12K camera with URSA Mini Recorder, in server racks, game computers, etc, etc.… Read More OWC U2 ShuttleOne review

Telestream’s Switch 5 Pro lets you check your video’s quality on lower-end iMacs fast

Switch 5 Pro gives you frame-accurate playback of all your media and lets you see detailed information about it, including metadata (e.g. AS11 with UK DPP metadata, AS03 and others), bitrate, video essence and codec, audio channels, speaker assignments, and loudness levels. You can also compare multiple files in a single window and play and convert Windows Media content on your Mac as Switch is a fully licensed Windows Media playback tool (all three versions).… Read More Telestream’s Switch 5 Pro lets you check your video’s quality on lower-end iMacs fast

SanDisk Professional G-Drive SSD: fast pocket-size SSD drive your car can’t crush

The G-DRIVE SSD Ultra-Rugged and Portable NVMe SSD is SanDisk Professional’s version of a fast rugged SSD for offloading photos and video. It supports transfer speeds up to 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write, and can be password-protected with a 256-bit AES-XTS hardware encryption. The drive connects to your computer with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C port at 10Gbps.… Read More SanDisk Professional G-Drive SSD: fast pocket-size SSD drive your car can’t crush

Review: OWC Thunderbolt Hub — The One with Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 ports

The OWC Thunderbolt Hub is a small aluminium Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 dock with a shiny black bottom and top. Worked into the top surface is the OWC logo in the form of a LED that glows white when the computer isn’t connected and blue when it is. It has three Thunderbolt 4 ports and one USB 4 port, all of which are backward compatible.… Read More Review: OWC Thunderbolt Hub — The One with Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 ports

Acrylic painting: Glazing Medium or Liquid

Glazing medium is used to create thin layers of transparent colour that sit on top of each other. It allows you, for instance, to create from red and yellow an orange that seems to glow in what we call an optical colour mix. Old masters like Rubens, Rembrandt, Da Vinci and others used glazing in their oil paintings extensively. With acrylic paint you can create glazes too, but it follows a different methodology.… Read More Acrylic painting: Glazing Medium or Liquid