Teaser: Fraction (A Short Film by Thorsten Meyer)

dreamridiculous Film by Thorsten Meyer on November 30, 2014 Comments Off

Fusion 7 Free and a paid version

Blackmagic Design, Fusion 7, StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on November 11, 2014 Comments Off

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After Blackmagic Design did make a world-class color grading tool avaiable for free DaVinci Resolve Lite, they now released Fusion 7 as a free version. Fusion 7 is a professional node-based compositing and 3D animation software, and has been used on over 1000 major feature films! Fusion has been used on feature films like Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Orphan Black, Breaking Bad, Grimm, Adventure Time, Downton Abbey and the Emmy award winning Battlestar Galactica.

While Fusion 7 is free there is also Fusion 7 Studio which has additional freatures which come at a charge. Part of the paid version are  advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, retiming and stabilization, support for third-party OpenFX plugins, unlimited distributed network rendering, and Generation for studio wide multi user collaboration to track, manage, review and approve shots when working with large creative teams on complex projects. You can compare both versions here

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With Fusion 7 being available free of charge there is no limit to block anyone from creating world leading visual effects. Blackmagic Design believes this will revolutionize the industry and consumers will be able to watch dramatically better feature films and television shows in the future.

Get started with the support of Blackmagic’s Fusion training and learn how you can use VFX and animation with Fusion 7

Amazon introduces Echo, monetizing homes even more

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on November 6, 2014 Comments Off

Amazon introduces Echo, a small device that comes with a build in voice assistant that answers your questions and plays music. As the TV box is voice enabled Amazon tries to be more integrated into the daily life, offering amazon services where possible to further increase the revenue generated from that “echo” enabled home.

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Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, “Alexa,” for:

  • News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.
  • Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
  • Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists.
  • Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.
  • More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

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Kickstarter: WRITER EMERGENCY PACK

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on November 4, 2014 Comments Off

 

We backed the coast guard, where we get two packs and two young writing partner get a deck of cards.

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Only another 16 days for you to grab on Kickstarter your own Writer Emergency Pack, which is a tool to help get your story back on track.

 

The Cards

Writer Emergency Pack contains 26 illustrated cards, each featuring a different idea for getting unstuck.

The notion of using cards to help you write isn’t new. Writers have long used tarot cards, looking for meaning in the illustrations, or decks like Oblique Strategies, with its koan-like prompts (“Repetition is a form of change”).

The ideas in Writer Emergency Pack are designed to be less abstract, and more immediately useful. They’re specifically tailored to people writing fiction, from novels to scripts, poems to plays.

The cards focus on story, character, and conflict.

 

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For each illustrated Idea card, there’s a matching Detail card with more specific suggestions. And on the back, you’ll find tips to try.

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Give One, Get One

John’s goal is to get these packs into the hands of as many writers as possible — both the backers of the project and young writers just learning their craft. That’s why we are committing to donate one deck for each backer deck we send out.

John August  is based in Los Angeles, so his initial outreach will be with programs he can visit to see what works. Ultimately, John August want to send these packs all over the world. John has identified several youth writing programs he would  like to work with — but John want your suggestions as well.

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

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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.

 

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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)

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.**

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