As fast as a thunderbolt: OWC Digital Express 4M2

OWC Digital’s ThunderBlade is a speed demon that is absolutely silent as it lacks any sort of ventilator. The downside is that it is quite expensive. OWC fixed that by coming up with something that comes close but is about one-fifth the price of the ThunderBlade. It’s the OWC Express 4M2.… Read More As fast as a thunderbolt: OWC Digital Express 4M2

A new control surface for image-editing video post-production and more: the Loupedeck CT

A decade or so later than when I tested a Tangent Wave control module, the Loupedeck CT is here, retailing at half the price, with a touch screen, a wheel, dials and buttons, and the promise of usability with multiple applications.… Read More A new control surface for image-editing video post-production and more: the Loupedeck CT

ScreenFlow 9.0 adds NLE features and multi-screen capabilities

ScreenFlow 9 is a major upgrade to Telestream’s screen capture app for macOS. It’s fully Catalina compatible and has a slew of new features that enable you to create a complete videocast and/or screencast without having to jump back and forth between ScreenFlow and your NLE. Version 9 has multiscreen recording, a Timeline Tools palette and a clip editor, and it comes with the ability to use automatically generated proxies. There are also new controls for the radar click effect and some major performance improvements. Telestream included a trial subscription to their stock images and videos service.… Read More ScreenFlow 9.0 adds NLE features and multi-screen capabilities

FxFactory Paragraph Pop: review

If your video is a movie or a documentary on nature, you’ll probably never need to display titles or information snippets, but if you’re a vlogger or someone who creates video for TV programs — e.g. business presentations, urban reporting, human interest, etc. — it’s often a good idea to show information in textual form and for that we most often we use lower thirds or title plug-ins. Most such titles offer very limited space for text and if they do, they look boring and static. StupidRaisins’ Paragraph Pop takes care of all that.… Read More FxFactory Paragraph Pop: review

GoPro Telemetry Extractor Premium

With a HERO8, as with previous GoPro action cams, GPS and other metadata are recorded with the movie you shoot and embedded in the resulting MP4 files. A few years ago, GoPro added the ability to add this telemetric data to its editing app in the form of gauges that you can choose to show as overlays on the resulting movie, but you can’t extract the metadata and use it as you wish from within their app. Unless you buy software like GoPro Telemetry Extractor Premium, which allows you to do pretty much anything you want with a HERO’s metadata.… Read More GoPro Telemetry Extractor Premium

FxFactory Ripple Tools Complete 2 review

Ripple Tools Complete for Final Cut Pro X promises to give you a full set of effects, most of them based on the title concept of FCP X of which many are trackable. Many effects that you can buy in one plug-in are either so simple you can create them faster using Final Cut Pro X’s built-in tools or so cheesy it hurts your eyes. I’m happy to say neither is the case with Ripple Tools Complete.… Read More FxFactory Ripple Tools Complete 2 review

Task management with OmniFocus 3 Pro for A/V creators and photographers

Since the Omni Group released OmniFocus many years ago, it’s been the most powerful task manager available on the macOS platform. It also used to be fairly complicated. After having read the OmniFocus 3 web page, I decided to give OmniFocus 3 for macOS a try and see how a photographer or video creator could benefit from it.… Read More Task management with OmniFocus 3 Pro for A/V creators and photographers