Barcode Studio 16 is an important upgrade

Barcode Studio 16 has now been released and guess what? It’s been fully upscaled to Retina resolution and that’s not all. Barcode Studio 16 also supports macOS dark mode. It’s a paid upgrade so you can imagine there are improvements to the actual barcode creation functionality as well.… Read More Barcode Studio 16 is an important upgrade

Apple announces its new “real” Mac Pro and its Pro Display XDR

I remember buying my first and last Power Mac Pro many years ago. It looked gorgeous, it was blazingly fast and I used it for about eight years. Keep in mind that last figure as I take you on a city trip to the price level of the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.… Read More Apple announces its new “real” Mac Pro and its Pro Display XDR

Screencasting on the Mac more fun, efficient with ScreenFlow 7

Fancy creating a screencast or a presentation involving demos of iPad apps, or a PiP (picture in Picture) video presentation of new software? Then ScreenFlow has been your best option for some years now. Telestream recently released version 7 of the application. It comes with new options, such as text animations, a global media library, multi-pass x264 encoding and more.… Read More Screencasting on the Mac more fun, efficient with ScreenFlow 7

Sound Forge Pro Mac 3: new plugins and fabulous support for filmmakers

When Magix Audio took over Sound Forge Pro Mac from Sony, the application was in need of an update at the very least. With macOS Sierra, Sound Forge Pro didn’t work all that well anymore. In addition, it became clear the app was in desperate need of some new features. Magix Audio’s first upgrade of the sound editor meets the most urgent needs and then some.… Read More Sound Forge Pro Mac 3: new plugins and fabulous support for filmmakers

The mysteries of bit depth and chroma subsampling

Colour depth or bit depth is either the number of bits used to define the colour of a single pixel in a bitmapped image or video frame buffer, or the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel. Chroma subsampling is the practice of encoding images by delivering a lower resolution for chroma (colour) information than for luma (lightness). The two combine into what your footage looks like when it has been freshly recorded.… Read More The mysteries of bit depth and chroma subsampling

Why ProRes video encoding in post is inferior to ProRes recording

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.… Read More Why ProRes video encoding in post is inferior to ProRes recording

Squeeze Desktop 11 Pro improves codecs, 64-bit 4K support and high-bit dithering

The new version of Sorenson Media’s Squeeze has new features and improved codecs. It also allows you to output footage at higher frame rates than the source clips you’re importing. However, and just like any other transcoding app currently available, there’s no support for creating footage from DNG files such as the ones your Blackmagic Design camera will output. The best news of the day is that Squeeze Desktop 11 does create movies from still images and is again a bit faster than its predecessor.… Read More Squeeze Desktop 11 Pro improves codecs, 64-bit 4K support and high-bit dithering

ScopeBox serves parades, histograms and video scopes to your NLE or compositing app

ScopeBox displays video scopes, regardless of whether your clip is processed with EditReady — before you transcode them — or Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro and other apps. It does so via ScopeLink, a clever system that allows ScopeBox to integrate with a slew of supported applications, including SpeedGrade, various versions of After Effects, Prelude and Pomfort Silverstack. In addition, ScopeBox provides scopes for live sources such as BlackMagic Design and Aja input equipment, and for movie clips stored on your disk(s).… Read More ScopeBox serves parades, histograms and video scopes to your NLE or compositing app

Who’s the fastest and best encoder in the land?

It’s been a while since EditReady was first released. Since then I’ve only used Squeeze and Episode. I have them on my machine and they’re industrial workhorses so why would I choose something else? Speed could be a significant factor and quality of output of course. I decided to try them all with a GoPro HERO4 UHD clip and the results sort of surprised me.… Read More Who’s the fastest and best encoder in the land?

Why you need Episode 7 for video encoding: because it has all you need

Transcoding app Episode 7 has been released a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been testing it with a large number of various clips and it’s faster, can now handle 4K footage and supports a larger number of formats, including DNxHD, DNxHR, DVCPro HD and JPEG2000. Naming a storage device was previously only possible via the Command Line Interface. In Episode 7 you can do this through the GUI as well. Finally, you can now map audio channels in one area of the UI.… Read More Why you need Episode 7 for video encoding: because it has all you need