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Audio

Modify audio signals more efficiently with NUGEN Audio SigMod

SigMod is a NUGEN Audio plug-in that lets you modify stereo signals that you normally wouldn’t be able to change in the many different ways SigMod allows you to.

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Audio Editor's Choice 2019

Ozone 9 delivers effortless, perfect audio mastering control

Ozone 9, iZotope’s audio mastering plug-in, builds further on its predecessor’s strengths. New features assist newcomers at the art and science of mastering while speeding up the workflow for experienced sound engineers. With services and products that automate the mastering process to a more or less acceptable result breathing down their neck, iZotope has chosen the path of assisted mastering with Ozone which does not exclude the real sound engineer’s personal touch.

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VFX

Is Red Giant Universe 3.1 a Yanobox Nodes 3 competitor?

Universe, Red Giant Software’s subscription-based plug-in for Adobe After Effects and seven other NLEs and compositing apps, has been updated to version 3.1 and incorporates some interesting new modules.

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Photography

Review: DxO NIK Collection 2

DxO recently released a brand new version of NIK Collection. NIK Collection 2 now includes Analog Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, Dfine 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3 Output and Sharpener Pro 3 Raw Presharpening, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza 2. DxO created over 40 new presets, includes U Point local adjustment RAW editing capabilities and adds support for HiDPI displays — which is interesting for Windows users only.

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Reviews VFX

Red Giant Universe 3.0’s new text effects are brilliant for Sci-Fi

There are five new text effects and a brand new dashboard in Universe 3.0. I tried the new version with Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and while the dashboard still needs some tweaking, the new text effects were brilliant for enhancing sci-fi and thriller movies.

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Reviews Video

For Final Cut Pro X exclusively: FxFactory’s Kingluma Focus Point

FxFactory has done it again: they’ve released a plug-in that everyone will want. It’s a plug-in that enables you to create tilt-shift, variable blur, and selective focus effects. That sounds a lot less exciting than it is.

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Reviews Video

Hawaiki Keyer 4, the powerful bluescreen keying system

To create composites, you need mattes. In Final Cut Pro X, you can create simple mattes out-of-the-box, but for anything more complex than a box or ball shape you really need a bit more power. Lots of power and controls come with Hawaiki Keyer. I reviewed version 3 a while ago and although I’m late in the process – version 4 has been out for some time now – I found version 4 worth the trouble of going through this must-have plug-in all over again.

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Reviews Video

Crumplepop SplitScreen Pro an endless variation of split screens

FxFactory sells Crumplepop’s SplitScreen Pro, a Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro plug-in that enables split screen effects without the headaches. After having installed SplitScreen Pro in my Final Cut Pro X effects collection, it became clear Crumplepop’s split screen generator makes complex effects really simple.

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Audio

Acoustic correction of your room brings back stereo image: the ARC 2.5 system

Acoustic room correction is a process that only million-dollar studios can afford, at least that’s what many of us think. And yet, with a growing number of movies and videos playing on devices that have wildly differing sound characteristics, sound accuracy at the source is increasingly important. So, is there a system that costs less but is up to the job, nevertheless?

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Reviews Video

The ultimate colour grading plugin for Final Cut Pro X: CoreMelt Chromatic

Turning Final Cut Pro X into a grading application a la Da Vinci Resolve is what Chromatic, CoreMelt’s latest plugin sets out to do. It succeeds pretty well by cramming a lot of functionality into this full-blown colour grading solution. It’s the only plugin that delivers the ability to select colour ranges right in the clip viewer, but to appreciate its power to the fullest, a lowly iMac such as mine won’t do.