Version 1.6 of FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Ae

FreeForm Pro, ShapeShifter AE by Thorsten Meyer on October 28, 2014 Comments Off

FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Ae have been updated to Version 1.6. FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Ae are two After Effects plugin which allow you to work with 3D Mesh Warp ( FreeForm Pro) and 3D Text & Logo Extrusion (ShapeShifter Ae )

New Features in FreeForm Pro V1.6:
World Space Deformations-Bend, Bulge & Twist as stackable deformers;
Delays Added To The Generator.
New Features in ShapeShifter V1.6:
Deformation section expanded to World Space Deformations;
Delays Added to the Generator.


The next generation of Cinema EOS: EOS C100 Mark II

Canon, EOS C100 Mark II, StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 22, 2014 Comments Off

Canon launches the EOS C100 Mark II
Canon today expands its Cinema EOS System with the launch of the EOS C100 Mark II, its latest large sensor professional video camera for single operators. Building on the success of the acclaimed EOS C100, the EOS C100 Mark II offers a comprehensively upgraded package, delivering improved image quality and greater creative flexibility alongside easier operation and wireless sharing capabilities.

EOS C100 Mark II key features:

  • 8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor, ISO 102,400
    The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera employs the same single Super 35mm Canon CMOS image sensor as the rest of the Cinema EOS camera family and includes the same innovative strategies that have established the outstanding image performance of these cameras. This 8.3 megapixel sensor maximizes the size of the individual photosite ? each of which deploys two photodiodes to ensure high speed removal of accumulated charge, which in turn helps elevate the effective sensor dynamic range.  Allied with innovative Canon signal extraction strategies that enhance the sensor signal to noise performance allows unprecedented elevation of the ISO setting in this professional Super 35mm camera, while always protecting its dynamic range.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Face Detection AF
    A standard feature of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera, Dual Pixel CMOS AF (AutoFocus) ingeniously deploys the two photodiodes within each sensor Photosite to facilitate a powerful phase difference detection that provides measurement data that ultimately controls the EF lens focusing system helps ensure that proper focus is always maintained, even in unpredictable “run and gun” news or documentary-type shooting situations. Dual Pixel CMOS AF operates within the center portion of the frame and is compatible with more than 100 Canon EF lenses.
    Face AF mode detects and focuses on human faces. Both the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Face AF capabilities give camera operators more freedom to concentrate on composing their shots and paying attention to potentially unpredictable shooting environments.
  • Dual Format AVCHD/MP4 recording up to 1080/60p
    The EOS C100 Mark II Digital HD Camera enables users to record in both the AVCHD and the MP4 recording formats in a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates, including 59.94p, to address practically any production need. Both formats have their own particular advantages. AVCHD is a professional standard that enables long-duration recording of full HD using moderate total data capacities. MP4 has advantages for Web and smartphone sharing. Both formats are easily accepted by most nonlinear editing applications. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in either or both formats simultaneously and can convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload.
  • OLED display; improved EVF
    OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) is a newer display technology that provides vivid colors, high contrast, and dramatically improved responsiveness compared to traditional LCD screens. The 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display on the EOS C100 Mark II delivers virtually 100 percent field of view coverage, wide and faithful color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s OLED screen has a new hinge design to help maximize monitoring versatility. The design allows the panel to fold shut when stowed and protect the OLED surface. It can then open 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick, or open further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera and provide monitoring for directors, producers, or other production personnel.

Additional Features:

  • Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Slow and Fast Motion Recording
  • MP4 Conversion
  • 1.23 Megapixel Tilting Color EVF
  • Wireless FTP Video Transfer
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Canon Log LUT
  • Red Record Buttons
  • New Ergonamic Re-Design
  • Outstanding Low Light Sensitivity and Wide Dynamic Range
  • Full Manual Control and Focusing Aids
  • Removable Pistol Grip and Top Handle with XLR Inputs and Stereo Mic
  • HDMI® Out with Time Code
  • Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller
  • Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver


The EOS C100 Mark II features two recording formats to suit the needs of different productions. Dual Format recording allows operators to simultaneously capture Full HD footage in both MP4 (up to 35Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28Mbps) variants, using frame rates of up to 60P. Alternatively users can chose to record HD and SD footage to separate SD memory cards for maximum workflow flexibility and easy sharing. This range of options further expands the world of creative opportunities offered by the EOS C100 Mark II and also makes the capture of slow and fast motion action possible.

Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity – a first for the Cinema EOS series – ensures that sharing footage from the camera is now easier than ever thanks to ability to transfer files via FTP. In situations that demand a fast turn-around, such as news or events reporting, Dual Format recording allows operators to quickly share low resolution SD files directly from the camera whilst the security of an HD copy is maintained.

Thanks to its robust, compact design, the EOS C100 Mark II is ideal for shooting in a wide range of applications, especially those involving a single shooter. Browser-based camera control via built-in Wi-Fi and support for Canon’s multi-functional RC-V100 remote control allow the camera to be positioned in locations that previously could not have been considered, enabling crews to maintain creative control even in the most awkward or obstructive situations.

The EOS C100 Mark II’s screen has been redesigned and now flips out to the side to provide greater monitoring possibilities, including allowing users to frame the shot whilst in front of the camera. A new OLED display delivers higher contrast, more vivid colours and faster response times, even in bright conditions. The camera also features an improved tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and a larger eyecup to provide greater flexibility and accuracy during shooting. Additionally, a range of professional audio features accompany a microphone in the handle unit, while a new built-in microphone has been added to the camera body, enabling sound recording for continuity in the smallest possible camera configuration.




Harnessing technology found in the flagship EOS C500, the EOS C100 Mark II boasts a powerful imaging engine which delivers outstanding performance. A Canon Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS sensor combines with a DIGIC DV 4 processor to deliver the rich colour and wide dynamic range synonymous with Cinema EOS cameras, while a new extended ISO range of 320 to 102,400 ensures superb performance, even in extreme low light conditions. The camera also features a new image processing system which enhances performance further by reducing moiré and aliasing, resulting in sharper, clearer images.

The EOS C100 Mark II includes Canon’s pioneering Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology as standard, which enables anyone to find focus and switch easily between multiple subjects in a single shot.

(Face Detection AF available with compatible lenses only)






Thoughts on new iPads, iMac and Yosemite

Apple, iMac, ipad, iPad Air, iPad Mini by Thorsten Meyer on October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Apple has released yesterday the new/updated iPad Air, ipad Mini, Mac mini, iMac and OS X.

Our quick view:

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display is maybe the biggest one. You get a 5K Display with an MAC
  • iPad Air 2 is a great upgrade for everyone
  • New iPad mini 3 is not such a great upgrade if you have already a mini
  • OS X Yosemite is a great upgrade, however make sure beforehand you current application will still work
  • Mac mini is a great update if you upgrade from an older model or just need a Mac mini



iMac with Retina 5K display delivers an amazingly immersive user experience. With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. Text looks as sharp as it does on a printed page, and you can see more of your high-resolution photos with pixel-for-pixel detail. In apps like Final Cut Pro® X, you can view 4K video at full size while still leaving plenty of room for your assets and editing tools.



iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life³ users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web. Combined with Metal™, the new graphics technology in iOS 8, the A8X chip unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. iPad Air 2 also includes the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.


OS X Yosemite has been redesigned with a fresh, modern look, while maintaining the power and familiarity users expect from a Mac. Streamlined toolbars make more room for your content, and use translucency to reveal additional app content as you scroll.  Other translucent elements, such as window sidebars, take on the feel of your desktop picture and give you a sense of what’s hidden behind the active window. App icons have a clean, consistent design, and a new system font improves readability on every Mac and looks stunning on a Retina® display.

Yosemite introduces innovative new features, including:

  • Today view in Notification Center, giving you quick access to informative widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. You can also add widgets like Yahoo! Sports from the Mac App Store to customize your Today view;
  • a new Spotlight, delivering rich information right to your desktop from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store℠, iTunes Store®, iBooks Store℠, top websites, news and movie showtimes;
  • iCloud Drive℠, so you can store files of any type in iCloud®, organize them any way you like, and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad® or even a Windows PC;
  • a streamlined new Safari that delivers the fastest performance, as well as the longest battery life for web browsing and Netflix HD video streaming on the Mac;
  • an updated version of Mail, which includes Markup for quickly filling out and signing forms and PDFs right within Mail, plus Mail Drop, which makes it easy to send large attachments up to 5GB for free;
  • enhanced Messages, so now you can add participants to your ongoing group conversations, see their locations on a map, quickly access attachments and even mute notifications;
  • iTunes 12, which has a sleek new look, is fast and simple to use, and makes it easier to switch between browsing your music library and discovering new music on the iTunes Store. A new Recents view makes it easy to access the media you just purchased or recently played; and
  • Family Sharing, so family members can now browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks® or Mac App Store purchases.


The new Mac mini delivers new levels of graphics performance, expandability and connectivity. New integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 and Intel Iris Graphics deliver up to 90 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation.* Mac mini now includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each delivering up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each port, as well as next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. Mac mini is still the world’s most energy efficient desktop, exceeding Energy Star 6.1 requirements by seven times the standard and consuming as few as 6 watts of power at idle.**

Offload (Red Giant): safely offloading and backing up your footage

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Red Giant Offload is a simple, stand-alone application for safely offloading and backing up your footage from your camera’s media card to your computer and/or external drives.

  • Simplicity – Offload is easy to use, and works with virtually every camera, card, and format.
  • Safety – Every file is compared to the original to ensure an exact, pristine duplicate.
  • Redundancy – Offload can make an additional copy of your files to another destination or drive.


Offload runs on both windows and Mac and works with virtually all cameras, cards and media formats. No special hardware is needed, so Offload is ideal for use on set, in the field, or for when you return home.

Offload is available for $49.



Offload works on both Windows and Mac:

  • Apple Macintosh
    • Mac OS X 10.8
    • Mac OS X 10.9
    • Mac OS X 10.10
  • PC / Windows
    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Windows 8 64-bit

Flying Camera: HEXO+

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 16, 2014 Comments Off


HEXO+ is a flying camera that follows and films you autonomously. Just attach your GoPro to your drone, set your framing in our app and you’re good to go. GoPro not included, final product shipping May 2015. You can pre-order your HEXO+ here. HEXO+ will be shipped worldwide.



  • Easy to use: set the framing on your smartphone and lock your target, the drone does the rest; from auto take-off to auto landing.
  • Smart and autonomous: no remote control necessary; HEXO+ automatically follows your movements to maintain the framing you defined.


  • Designed for action: lightweight, foldable frame and legs, removable propellers and gimbal to fit in a backpack.
  • Extra fast flight: up to 70 km/h – 45 mph top speed to track even the fastest subject. Wind tunnel tested for improved aerodynamics.
  • Extra stable: hexacopter design and 2D brushless gimbal to ensure vibration-free, smooth filming.
  • Safe: Fail-safe software features and six propellers mean a safe landing in case of a problem.
  • GoPro compatible mount: built for the best action camera out there.
  • Optional 360cam mount: aerial 360° photos and videos! About 360cam.
  • Includes The Director’s Toolkit: HEXO+ comes with a Garageband-like app to create filming scenarios with drag and drop, combinable camera movements: crane, 360° around you, dolly, far-to-close/close-to-far. Unleash your creativity.

Beta Specifications


  • Dimensions: 62 x 52 x 12 cm – 24 x 20 x 5 inches
  • Total weight: 980 g – 2.2 lbs


  • Hexacopter design with 30° tilt propellers
  • Speed range: up to 70 kmh – 45mph
  • Flight time: 15 min with 3S battery, gimbal and GoPro attached

Flight controller

  • Filming distance range: Technically, the drone can be as far from the GPS as 2 kilometers, but we advise you to research and respect your local regulations.
  • Auto take-off and auto landing
  • Trajectory anticipation
  • Video target locking
  • GPS + onboard sensor position tracking
  • Processor with MAVLINK protocol

  • High performance 2D or 3D brushless gimbal
  • Easy attach/detach from drone body for transportation
  • GoPro mount


  • iOS and Android versions
  • Intuitive live view framing
  • Favorite framing presets
  • Subject framing lock
  • Emergency landing

Canon’s Best DSLR For Video: EOS 7D Mark II

Canon, Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Thorsten Meyer on October 15, 2014 Comments Off


The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II introduces  professional features  in an affordable DSLR.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility.

8-bit 4:2:2 output from the HDMI port
The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders. This is one of the key new Movie features


Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, significantly reduce focus motor noise, letting the EOS 7D Mark II camera’s built-in microphone capture clear audio of the scene being shot without picking up unwanted noise from the lens. The EOS 7 D Mark II camera also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera’s mini-HDMI port. The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings. Other built-in ports include a PC socket for external flash units and an N3 socket for dedicated Canon wired remote control accessoriesv. A cable protector is provided to maximize safety when using the USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

Movie Features include:

File Format

  1. MOV
    Movie: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
    Audio: Linear PCM
  2. MP4
    Movie: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
    *Variable (averaged) bit rate
  3. Audio: AAC

File Size
Recording Sizes:
1920 x 1090 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480

Frame Rates
MOV Format:
[1920 x 1080]: 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps / 24.00 fps / 23.98 fps
[1280 x 720]: 59.94 fps
[640 x 480]: 29.97 fps

MP4 Format:
[1920 x 1080]: 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps / 24.00 fps / 23.98 fps
[1280 x 720]: 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps
[640 x 480]: 29.97 fps

Continuous Shooting Time

Movie Recording Size Total Recording Time File Size
4GB 8GB 16GB
1920 x 1080 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 8 min. 17 min. 34 min. 440
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
All-I 5 min. 11 min. 23 min. 654
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
IPB 16 min. 33 min. 1 hr. 7 min. 255
1280 x 720 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
All-I 6 min. 13 min. 23 min. 583
59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 19 min. 38 min. 1 hr. 17 min. 196
640 x 480 29.97 fps
25.00 fps
IPB 50 min. 1 hr. 41 min. 3 hr. 22 min. 75


Movie Recording Size Total Recording Time File Size
( MB/min.)
4GB 8GB 16GB
1920 x 1080 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 8 min. 17 min. 35 min. 431
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
All-I 5 min. 11 min. 23 min. 645
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
IPB 17 min. 35 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 216
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
43 min. 1 hr. 26 min. 2 hr. 53 min. 87
1280 x 720 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
All-I 6 min. 13 min. 26 min. 574
59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 20 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 21 min. 187
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
2 hr. 5 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 30
640 x 480 29.97 fps
25.00 fps
IPB 57 min. 1 hr. 55 min. 3 hr. 50 min. 66
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
2 hr. 43 min. 5 hr. 26 min. 10 hr. 53 min. 23

* With MOV and MP4, if the recording time reaches 29 min. 59 sec., the movie shooting stops automatically.
* With MOV and MP4, movie shooting does not stop automatically even if the file size reaches 4 GB.


  1. Autofocus
    1. One-Shot AF
    2. Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF III)
    3. AI Focus AF
      *Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically
    4. Manual focus


EV 0 – 18
(With Dual Pixel CMOS AF detection, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 1000)

Exposure Control

Shooting Mode Frame Rate Shutter Speed (sec.) Aperture ISO SPeed (Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto Setting Manual Setting Auto Setting Manual Setting Auto Setting Manual Setting
A+ Program AE for movie shooting 29.97,
1/4000–1/30 Yes ISO 100–16000*1
1/4000–1/60 Yes
P, Program AE for movie shooting 29.97,
1/4000–1/30 Yes ISO 100–16000 (H1: 25600)*2
TV Movie Shutter-priority AE 29.97,
1/4000–1/30 ISO 100–16000*2
AV Movie aperture-priorityAE 29.97,
1/4000–1/30 ISO 100–16000 (H1: 25600)*2
M Movie manual exposure 29.97,
1/4000–1/30 Yes ISO 100–16000*3
1/4000–1/60 Yes

ISO speed for still photos during movie shooting:
*1: ISO 100 – ISO 6400
*2: ISO 100 – ISO 16000
*3: Same as the ISO speed used for movie shooting.

Exposure Compensation
Up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

*For movies, even if exposure compensation has been set beyond ±3 stops, exposure compensation up to only ±3 stops will be applied.


Additional 7D Mk II Features:


  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100-16000
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action
  • 65-point* all cross-type AF system for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions
  • Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and precise autofocus even when shooting stills
  • Stunning Full HD video with custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view for shooting ease
  • Improved custom controls and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expanded creativity
  • Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for improved precision
  • Built-in GPS* Receiver provides a digital compass, records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright and clear viewing

TimeOfDay (Adobe MAX 2014 Sneaks)

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 15, 2014 Comments Off

This is more than stunning, the demo shows how you can change the lightning to simulate different time during a day.


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