HELSINKI – June 26, 2019 – Loupedeck, the custom photo and video editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its integration with Adobe’s Camera Raw for Photoshop, expanding its compatibility within the Adobe ecosystem.
The Camera Raw integration provides more flexibility for Adobe users, allowing them to bring some of the basic features to the Loupedeck+ and increase functionality with Photoshop.
Camera Raw is one of several Loupedeck+ integrations announced since launching one year ago, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition.
Camera Raw and Photoshop users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
Categorize their images with stars and colors
Use Loupedeck+ to boost their raw images before editing them fully with Photoshop
Manage all basic adjustments (e.g. exposure, contrast, temperature) with Loupedeck+
Color correct their images using HSL scrolls that work seamlessly with Adobe’s HSL-adjustments tab
Fine tune their image with tone curves, details (sharpening, noise reduction), split toning, lens corrections, effects (vignette, grain) and use camera calibration to fix tones
“We value a customer experience that is always evolving to benefit our users most,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck.
“We’re looking forward to offering our users new Adobe product compatibility with Camera Raw, as it’s something many of them have been specifically asking for.
We’re confident bringing this new integration into the mix will help them further increase their productivity with the Loupedeck+ and provide the flexibility they require on a day-to-day basis.”
The Camera Raw integration is available starting today across all regions.
Loupedeck+ is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon US.
Vancouver, Canada, June 24, 2019 - Two years ago, Metabones added support for Sony A9 with a maximum continuous autofocus (AF-C) frame rate of 10 fps by firmware to its EF-E Speed Booster and EF-E Smart Adapter lines of fully-electronic adapters.
Today, the same feat is extended to A7 Mark III.
How to upgrade:
EF-E Speed Booster ULTRA I/II, EF-E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA, EF-E Smart Adapter IV/V and EF-E CINE Smart Adapter are equipped with USB ports and they can be upgraded to firmware v62 by downloading the latest Metabones App. Choose the "Advanced Mode" checkbox before clicking the "Update" button. To encourage new firmware adoption, the user is assured that the upgrade is reversible to any previous version released in the last 2 years.
New customers may set the adapter to “Advanced Mode” with Metabones App or by following the procedure in the online user manual.
Even the original EF-E Smart Adapter I/II from 2012 and the original EF-E Speed Booster from 2013 can be updated to v62 and benefit from 10 fps AF-C with A9 and A7 Mark III, but without any USB ports, factory service is required to upgrade the firmware of these discontinued products, and they work only in APS-C mode. EF-E Smart Adapter III (2013) can also be factory-serviced to v62 and is the earliest adapter with full-frame camera support. Please contact Metabones customer service for details.
To achieve the highest possible AF-C frame rate on A7 Mark III, the adapter is set to "Advanced Mode".
On the camera we recommend setting "Priority Set in AF-C" to "AF" for the best accuracy and the highest hit rate, even though that will decrease the frame rate.
10 fps is the theoretical maximum and just how close we get to that is highly dependent upon the AF speed of the lens used and the speed of subject movement.
The fastest frame rate is achieved when the subject is at or near the center where phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) is used.
Unfortunately only the central PDAF points are effective, because using all of the PDAF points of the camera would have required metadata about the optical formula of the specific lens used, which we do not have.
All the PDAF points can be used by setting the Speed Booster or Smart Adapter to "Green Mode", although the periphery points will still not be as effective as the central ones.
Some older lenses may have reduced accuracy and/or speed in “Advanced Mode”, but they can still be used in "Green Mode" on A7 Mark III at a lower frame rate (3 fps).
“Green Mode” is also faster at single autofocus (AF-S).
With Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters breaking down compatibility barriers, Metabones believes that the products themselves need to be continuously updated with new firmware to cope with new technologies, new cameras and new lenses.
Patrons see value in Metabones products in the long term for compatibility with the broadest range of cameras and lenses and for the firmware updates.
Leverage the 10 fps continuous autofocus feature of the best-selling full-frame mirrorless camera today using 32 years' worth of EF Mount lenses.
Right now, B&H has no less than seven high quality used Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripods in its inventory, all rated 8+ or higher.
Don't miss this opportunity to get one of the best tripods available at a nice savings compared to new/retail.
In Part 4 of our multi-part Audio for Video series, AB walks you through the pros and cons of recording audio to your camera versus using an external audio recorder.
Learn about when direct-to-camera recording may be ideal, and when you’ll need to start thinking about additional devices, such as mixer adapters and external multi-track recorders.
As usual, AB breaks down many important considerations and helpful tips that you need to know for high-quality audio capture in the field.
Here’s a look at already released and upcoming videos in the “Audio for Video” series:
Note: This is a plug-in application and requires one of the following to run: Ableton Live 9 - 10, Cubase 9.5, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 12, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10 - 12, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3 - 4.
I'm trying to imagine a time when I'd want to use the boom arm pole without the grip head attached, but... my imagination is failing me. I've been using an Avenger D600 Mini Boom for several years now, and it has worked very well for me. [Sean]
The Patch Tool is one of the best ways to remove large objects from a photo in Photoshop. Learn how to select distractions and replace them with textures that blend in seamlessly with the rest of an image. Help your portraits by removing background distractions and clean up any landscape for a picture perfect look!
Photographers and Filmmakers Can Choose the Ideal Size Target for Any Shot
Grand Rapids, MI USA – June 18, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, introduces an extended ColorChecker family with new sizes including Nano, Mini, XL and MEGA.
With a range of new sizes for both the ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Video targets, now there is a ColorChecker to help every photographer and filmmaker tell their story, no matter the size of their shoot.
ColorChecker targets are essential color tools designed to save valuable time from pre-production through post-production.
The ColorChecker Classic target has been a photo industry standard for more than 40 years.
It is an array of 24 natural object, chromatic, primary and gray scale colors, arranged in four rows.
This iconic color reference target is now available in five sizes – Nano, Mini, Original, XL and MEGA.
Simply include your preferred size ColorChecker Classic in your photo or video capture and then when editing, use it to create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, color grade video footage or visually compare, measure and analyze differences in color reproduction in any color rendition system.
The ColorChecker Video target was first introduced in 2015 and is now available in 3 sizes – Original, XL and MEGA.
This target, developed specifically for the filmmaker workflow, has gained wide adoption by filmmakers, DITs, editors and colorists.
It includes chromatic color chips, skin tone chips and gray reference chips so filmmakers can easily set exposure, match multiple cameras and speed up color grading for ideal color balance throughout their footage.
These targets are great for Cine wide shots – landscapes, cityscapes, custom sets; for Event filmmaking – concerts, churches, sports, stage; and for Aerial filmmaking – drones, booms, planes and helicopters.
The five newest products joining the existing ColorChecker line are:
ColorChecker Classic Nano: 1x1.75”/24x40mm – for macro or close up photography
ColorChecker Classic Mini: 2.5x4.25”( 63.5x109 mm) – for archival photography or where the protective case of the Passport is too cumbersome
ColorChecker Classic XL: 21x14.75” (53.3x37.5 cm) – for photographers working in large studios, doing long distance photography or camera/lighting testing. This target is available in three configurations: Target Only, Target plus Sleeve, Target plus Case
ColorChecker Classic Mega: 40x60” (10x152 cm) – for photographers working on large sets and doing extreme distance photography or camera/lighting testing
ColorChecker Video Mega: 40x60” (10x152 cm) – for filmmakers working on large sets and doing extreme distance filmmaking or camera/lighting testing
“Over the years, X-Rite has produced custom-sized ColorChecker targets for specific applications across many industries.
Bringing these various sized targets to the broader photo and video markets is a natural extension of the line to better meet the needs of all our customers.
Now every photographer and filmmaker will have the ability to use an appropriate size target no matter the size of the subject, project or idea.”
- Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated
ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software – Free Download
ColorChecker Classic targets have been used by color perfectionists for the past decade to create custom DNG profiles for Adobe Lightroom® and Photoshop® workflows.
Now photographers can build custom ICC camera profiles for use in Capture One® (or other ICC compatible software) when combining ColorChecker Classic with the latest version of X-Rite ColorChecker Camera Calibration software.
Camera profiles provide accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit.
This software is also compatible with X-Rite ColorChecker Digital SG target for creating even higher quality custom ICC camera profiles.
Pair the ColorChecker Classic with X-Rite i1Studio or i1Profiler software (both sold separately) to create a custom ICC scanner profile.
3rd Party Support
ColorChecker targets are supported by several third-party software developers including:
Black Magic DaVinci Resolve – Classic and Video targets
Portland, OR – Lensbaby – makers of award-winning lenses, optics and accessories announces today the availability of the OMNI Creative Filter System by Lensbaby.
The OMNI System offers control and repeatability when shooting through crystals and other objects engineered by Lensbaby to create distinct and compelling in-camera effects.
This unique, professional system is unlike anything currently on the market and geared to work on photographers’ existing prime and zoom lenses.
“Shooting through handheld objects can add something special - but it’s difficult to hold an object in front of your lens and achieve the desired effect, while also framing your subject and operating your camera.
The OMNI Creative Filter System puts unique, variable and repeatable in-camera effects right at the fingertips of video and still photographers,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder.
“OMNI's Effect Wands attach magnetically and can easily be manipulated, offering a simple, intuitive and elegant solution.”
The OMNI Creative Filter System utilizes a lightweight ring that screws onto the lens’s filter threads.
It includes three Effect Wands that magnetically attach to the filter ring, for quick and easy positioning anywhere around the front of the lens.
“This system brings Lensbaby’s pursuit of in-camera creative effects to those who don’t shoot with Lensbaby lenses,” said Strong.
“OMNI is not another camera lens.
It’s the ultimate tool for adding artistic control while you are interacting with your subject and making pictures.”
The OMNI Creative Filter System and the Crystal Expansion Pack will be available for pre-order June 18.
The OMNI Creative Filter System will retail for $99.95.
The Crystal Expansion Pack will retail for $49.95.
For #HowToWeek we visit visual engineer, photographer and robot master Steve Giralt. He takes us on a tour of his NYC studio to show us how he makes his creative videos using high speed robotic cameras.
He's come a long way from being only a still photographer. Today he challenges himself and pushes the boundaries of what a product commercial should look like.