In March of 2018, the Lytro company, the makers of the first light field camera in the world, closed its doors. A large number of its employees were said to have been taken over by Google – who else? – but the company’s demise also was the end of the Lytro cameras. But why did few people buy one?
Skylum’s Aurora HDR app has quickly gained recognition as one of the most powerful and efficient HDR application available. Initially, this was due in part to Trey Ratcliffe’s active collaboration with development but two versions later the app’s high standards and ease-of-use have made it the HDR image editor of choice. The 2019 version has just seen some major improvements.
Codex creates digital production workflow tools for independent films, motion pictures, commercials, and TV productions. Within some 30 days after NAB, it will be shipping ColorSynth, a layered colour grading plug-in the Indie market can afford, and Keys, a control surface priced equally affordable.
OWC’s portable drive, the Envoy Pro, originally came in a USB 3 version, but with the push for ever higher throughput speeds required for 4K, HDR and 8K video shooting and streaming, the company has introduced another, new 300g lightweight Envoy Pro EX that’s been equipped with a captive Thunderbolt 3 cable. The Thunderbolt 3 Envoy Pro EX actually is a series of devices, all equipped with Thunderbolt 3, but split up in the Envoy Pro EX series and the Envoy Pro EX (VE) series, which is even faster and has bigger capacities.
Rumour has it that GoPro’s HERO6 isn’t selling well and that’s really a pity because this is a very fine action camera. In fact, I thought the HERO5 was pretty amazing until I saw the results the HERO6 can achieve. It’s the action camera we have been craving for.
A quick question: in order to record 4K/HDR/4:4:4 footage would you shell out €115 for a coiled HDMI 2.0a cable that is 30cm-60cm long? Or would you opt for a thin, flexible cable of let’s say 150cm that is certified for HDMI 2.0b but costs €25.95? I don’t know about you, but given that I can roll up the latter to a lightweight loop, yet use that same cable to put my video monitor/recorder in a secure location while operating my camera at a distance, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment. I tested the RU Connected thin cable with a Shogun Inferno, recording 4K/60 in V-log (Rec.2020, aka “HDR”) and was very happy with it.
I wasn't yet tired of working with Macphun's Aurora HDR 2017 or the company announced its newest version, Aurora HDR 2018. It must be said, the new version looks better than the previous one, but the main reason why you would consider upgrading is that tone mapping has become more realistic, thanks to a new and improved algorithm.
You can buy any HDMI cable for video recording to an external monitor/recorder equipped with an HDMI-port and it will do just fine, provided it can handle the HDMI specification you’re shooting with. That is undoubtedly true, but the influence of the quality of assembly and an issue with cable management could make you buy an expensive coiled cable. There’s an alternative that works just as good, though, and it’s much cheaper.
Affinity Photo is a strong competitor for Adobe’s Photoshop CC product on the Mac and now it’s an equally strong alternative for Adobe’s Photoshop on the iOS platform. I tried Affinity Photo on my iPad Air 2 and I was very impressed with it.
Since its first version, Aurora HDR has been a huge success for Macphun. Aurora HDR 2017 is the second version to be released. It has new features, such as a polariser filter and a batch mode. Its tone mapping algorithm has been improved and other improvements are scattered throughout the application. It's now more than ever the golden standard of HDR photography.