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Adobe releases SpeedGrade CC 2014.2

Adobe has upgrade Speedgrade to CC 2014.2 with mostly bug fixes and improved color wheel usability.

Still no mention of my Multi-Clip Sequence issues. Hopefully that will be soon as this can be a major problem, even though there are workarounds (to flatten your sequences).
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Adobe releases Prelude CC 2014.2 Update

Adobe has updated Prelude to CC 2014.2, and Michael Lewis's Adobe Blog has the news.

This looks to be bug fixes, and removal of the Speech to text functionality.
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Adobe releases After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2)

Adobe has updated Adobe After Effects to CC 2014.2 (13.2). Tim Kikoski's adobe blog has the list of features and bug fixes.

New Features include scripting improvements for text layers and expression access to dynamic layer bounds, as well as new keyframe icons which should stand out more against the dark background. And the bug fixes are all welcome, especially any speed improvements for Dynamic Link.
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Adobe Releases Story CC December 2014

Adobe has updated Story CC to December 2014 version.

You now have more control over templates, with changeable font, font size, color and attributes of the camera shot and video tape text elements as well as bug fixes.
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Adobe releases Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.2

Adobe has updated Adobe Media Encoder CC to 2014.2. Al Mooney's blog at Adobe has the new features and bug fixes.

Looks like some new presets, the ability to publish on encode to YouTube or Vimeo, and add Preset Name to output name. They have also turned off the success chime and goat noise by default, and the have some bug fixes of course.
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Adobe releases Premiere Pro CC 2014.2

Adobe has updated Premiere Pro CC 2014, and you can check out the bug fixes and new features at Al Mooney's blog here.

Nothing on my Multi-Clip sequence bugs, but bug fixes are always a good thing.
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Bugs in Adobe Premiere Pro Multi-Clip Seqeunces

If you read my blog you probably know that Adobe Premiere Pro has become my editing software of choice, especially for anything graphics heavy. It really is the spiritual successor to Final Cut Pro 7, though obviously more modern and high powered, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have bugs.

One major one that they really need to fix has to do with Multi-Clip Sequences. 

Multi-Clip Sequences are how Premiere deals with multi cam, and it has an awesome ability to sync clips on it's own using embedded audio and to chose which audio is used for all clips (so say your good external audio can be used for all angles. This all works great, the problem comes when trying to resize any of these clips in a timeline.

If you try to resize a Multi-Clip sequence in a timeline the resize will not render, leaving the clip looking awful and very interlaced and low quality. And it shows in the timeline as not needing a render. To solve this you need to flatten the clips and then you can render and make the zoom look how they finally look. The problem is that it would be better to not ever have to flatten an image, so you can make changes at any point, and it is always better to have it look correct, especially when working with a client in the room.

One way to really notice is if you put an image with alpha over part of the Multi-Clip that has been resized. Having the alpha image over the Multi-Clip forces it to render correctly, but only for the portion with the alpha image over it, which can make the unrendered part look even more jarring!

The client or Producer often ask to push in on shots, so I run into this bug all the time. Adobe needs to fix this so these clips render properly while still in Multi-Clip sequences!

And I have discovered a second major bug with Multi-Clip Sequences, and that has to do with a roundtrip to Adobe SpeedGrade.

A major touted new feature of the Adobe Suite is being able to quickly and easily roundtrip your Adobe Premiere Pro sequences into SpeedGrade and back to Premiere. And your grade shows up in Premiere Pro as an effect that can be turned off or removed in Premiere Pro.

The problem comes when using Multi-Clip sequences and trying this round trip. Yes the grade works and shows up in Premiere Pro, but the effect does not. So you cannot turn it off or copy and paste it onto other clips. The Multi-Clip sequences in your sequence show up with the grade baked in, and the only way to change that is to go back to SpeedGrade.

So that is it for Multi-Clip Sequences for now. I have more bugs that I will be blogging about and reporting to Adobe in the near future so keep your eyes out for more of my posts.
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Boris FX has acquired Imagineer Systems the makers of Mocha


Boris FX has purchased Imagineer Systems Mocha as of December 15th. Check out the FAQ at Boris's web site for questions.

It sounds like the company will remain intact, and they will continue to bundle Mocha with After Effects. Lets hope this makes full versions of Mocha cheaper, as it is such a powerful tool for planar tracking. I have used Boris in the past, but it is the one suite I mostly stay away from, so I hope they don't ruin Mocha, or force it into a Boris only route in the future.

I use Mohca all the time when you just can't get a corner track, and though it is complicated, it does work so very well, so lets hope it stays as it is and just gets better from this integration and not get worse or go away.
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iOS and other Space, Apple really needs to fix this!

Apple iOS has had a serious problem for a very long time, and it seems to be getting worse, or is at least for me. There is a space on iOS devices that is listed as other, and is supposed to be data, be that document data, caches, saves or other things from applications, but it quickly becomes bloated with random crap and can actually completely fill up your device very quickly. In fact I have hit the point where iTunes is in fact reporting that I have more other space than anything else, and enough other to actually not allow my iPhone to sync! Now that is a lot of other data, especially when I last restored my iPhone only a week ago (and a complete restore in iTunes, when you wipe it, re-install the OS and then restore your data and apps from a backup seems to be the only solution to this issue.

Now here is the space on my iPhone.




And here is what iTunes is reporting when I connect my iPhone.



Over 20 GB’s over capacity!

Here is the other space specifically.





And by contrast the Apps and Music space.









Now this is nuts. This is a fresh install of IOS with a restore of my Apps, and I heavily pruned them to make space for more music (as my iPod Classic bit it recently, the horror!).

Now my iPhone won’t even sync because iTunes reports it as over capacity, and yet I have 2 GB free on my iPhone. Now as I said the only real solution is to once again do a backup and restore in iTunes, but this is an imperfect process at best. First off it doesn’t even work from iCloud (I lost 4 months of data when I tried that and had to go back to my last non-cloud backup) and my first restore of my iPhone managed to forget all of my folders and randomly install my Apps until it filled all the pages and stopped installing (though I had more apps on my iPhone before). Another restore fixed this, but it still leaves issues.

You have to re-enter all passwords. And even worse much app data is lost. Google Authenticator will be empty (even with a safe local backup to my computer) so restoring both iOS devices at once is not a good idea, as getting into the things with 2 step authentication without your second password is a huge pain! And apps like SIZER to keep your friends and family clothing sizes just loses all of it data and you have to get it again! And don’t forget to re-log into to your settings for Messages or you will be getting different parts of conversations on different devices!

So just to do a restore, not only does it take at least overnight on your computer, but then you have to spend a good deal of time getting everything working again! Honestly when I backup my iPhone I expect a full backup onto my computer (I can understand a cloud backup being only partial), not a partial backup! Why not make a disc image of the whole install, so a restore literally restores it?


Apple, you need to fix the restore, and especially fix why this Other space bloats to begin with! It has done this since iOS 1, and the problem is only worse now as Apps get bigger and people take more photos and expect to carry more music!
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Alsoft has released Diskwarrior 5

After a very long wait, Alsoft has released DiskWarrior 5. It has been a long time since anything but a point update, but that hasn't kept DiskWarrior from remaining the single best utility for Mac OS X repairs around. And I am excited to see how good this next version is, especially now that it ships on a bootable USB Flash Drive, so it can start up faster and be updated more easily (the CD/DVD upgrade process always took a while).

Check out the new features, including 64 Bit for speed, the ability to update your Diskwarrior Recovery Flash to to the latest OS X, it can even run from OS X Recovery.

This is great news, as this has always been the best repair program! I do like TechTool's emergency repair partition feature (on my machine I created it on a second hard drive and have Diskwarrior installed), but the USB will make this really use, especially to do repairs on my wife's MacBook Air!

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Video Copilot releases Element 3D V2

After a slight delay (they seemed to have some issues releasing yesterday) Video Copilot has released Element 3D V2 with shadows, 3D Noise and Deform, Bend and Twist, and a whole slew of new features for $199.95 with a $99.95 upgrade price.

Here is a video with more of the new features:



They also upgraded Pro Shaders to 2K graphics for $99.95, and upgraded Backlight with 8K HDRi Environment and Light Maps for $99.95. And Motion Design 2 High Tech and Industrial 3D Models also for $99.95 or you can buy the full Motion Design for $349.95 or $249.95 upgrade.

Element 3D is a fast and powerful 3D program for use within after effects and is really a must have plug in, so I am excited to see what the new features can do.
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Red Giant Updates Universe to 1.3 with 6 new Free and 7 New Premium Effects!

Red Giant has updated Universe to 1.3!



The Premium effects seem awesome, especially fixing gopro and the the very cool lookin VHS effect.
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Element 3D V2 from Video Copilot will release December 2nd!

Video Copilot has announced that their Element 3D V2 will release on December 2nd! They will also be releasing Pro Shaders 2 with 2K Maps and Motion Design 2 Model Pack!

So looking forward to checking this one out. I love Element 3D, it is so fast and easy to use.

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Apple OS X Yosemite Kills 3rd Party SSD Support!

This is huge news that is all over the internet, it seems that Apple with OS X Yosemite has removed support for third party SSD in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. If you are using it as a boot drive with TRIM enabled (which cleans up garbage on an SSD) it will not boot of of it. This is due to a security update called KEXT SIGNING. It is possible to disable KEXT SIGNING, but if you do it does it across the board and not just for TRIM and will leave your system insecure.

Now this doesn't affect may except power users, and neither does it affect SSD's from Other World Computing, which do not need TRIM to work correctly.

I wonder what this means for Hackintosh's? Probably means turning off KEXT SIGNING.

I have always waned to upgrade my old MacPro to SSD to speed it up, but just couldn't afford it. I was thinking a Sonnet Tech Temp SSD Pro Plus 6 Gb/s Host, and one 6 GB 480gb Mercury Extreme Pro 480 GB, but that would be around $700, but would leave room for a second SSD. It would be a pain to move everything from my personal drive to a second drive, but I think not only would the SSD speed things up, but it would be great to start with a fresh system again, as my system has some serious issues that a fresh install would likely fix.

Still not something that is going to happen any time soon.
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BlackMagic Design releases Fusion for Windows for Free or $995 for Studio Version!

BlackMagic Design has done it again, and they have released their recently Purchased Fusion compositing program for free or $995 for the Studio Version with advanced 3D tools, OpenFX plug In support and unlimited distributed rendering.

Awesome news, and I would love to learn this. Going to give me a reason other than gaming to fire up BootCamp and boot into Windows 8 on my Mac, because since learning Shake back in the day I have loved Nodal compositing software. And the true 3D compositing and even 3D model rendering all in one will be pretty amazing.
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PVC on wringing new life out of an old Mac Pro Tower

Scott Simmons at the Pro Video Coalition takes a look at extending the life of the old Mac Pro Tower.

I have been trying to do the same with mine. Have not yet been able to afford an SSD boot drive, or an NVIDIA K5000 (though I do have a PC GTX 670), and have added USB 3.

Would love to have an expansion chassis, but it almost begs the question of is it worth it to stay Mac. I would love to be able to get a MacBook Pro to keep me Mac and then build a huge PC tower with all the expansion and ports I will ever need. Thunderbolt is great, but it is expensive, and not as fast as PCI, and I would rather have all the internal storage I could have than have to get external storage.
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PVC on Free Models for Element 3D from Topher Welsh

Rich Young at the ProVideoCoalition has linked to some articles on getting free Models for Video Copilots Element 3D.

Awesome. I love Element 3D and free Models are always a good thing!
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FitBit will not be integrating with Apple HealthKit and it's Health App

Well it seems that FitBit will not be integrating it's Fitness data with the newly released Apple Health App via HealthKit.

You can see this very commented post at Fitbit's Forums, where FitBit gives the following statment:

 Status: Reviewed By Moderator
We do not currently have plans to integrate with HealthKit.

It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience. At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users. The question we want you to keep in mind when providing feedback is: What do you imagine a HealthKit integration would entail and what do you expect to get out of it?

Your voices are being heard. We're actively reviewing your responses and providing feedback to our product development team.

Now they say they are listening and want to your feedback, but there are already 32 pages of feedback of people wanting this integration, and they do say they have no plans to integrate with HealthKit.

FitBit does have a $49.99 a year premium service called Benchmark to get better info on your fitness data, so they want to make money off of your data, but they already offer free integration with Microsoft's Health Vault, which negates any argument about having to pay to access your data how you want to.

Health and HealthKit are one of the most exciting new features of the recently released iOS 8. It is a new central repository for your health data, that eventually will even be able to pass information to your doctor if something changes with your health. It is meant to not only work with the new Apple Watch, but with other fitness trackers and devices. And Apple even showed the FitBit app in their presentation, hoping that Fitbit would integrate.

Now I have been a FitBit user from the beginning, with an original, a One and a Force (which I returned because it was giving me a rash) and an Aria for weight, and got a FitBit for my mom as well. So I have been a very good customer. And I have even been saving my refund check for my Force to see what FitBit would be replacing it with, but this makes me think I would be better off putting that money into an Apple Watch.

I have been quite excited by the Apple Watch as it is a Fitness tracker and also a replacement for my Pebble Watch, but the one day battery life and lack of waterproofing has me quite nervous, but the Fitibt Force was not WaterProof and neither is the One.

So maybe it is time to start thinking about moving away from Fitbit. I could sell my One and my Aria and get an Apple Watch and either an iHealth Lite or iHealth Body Analysis Scale (iHealth already has HealthKit intergation from their 4 apps and 9 devices!).

FitBit really needs to get on the ball here or they are going to lose a lot of customers who don't want to be stuck only within their ecosystem.
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Adobe releases Adobe Prelude CC 2014.1

Adobe has released Adobe Prelude CC 2014.1, you can check out the new features here.
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Adobe releases Adobe CC Plus CC 2014.1

Adobe has updated Adobe Story Plus Creative Cloud 2014.1 with new features.
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The Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC

Julieanne Kost's Blog at Adobe has a great article on the Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC.

I really didn't realize this feature was in there, or how powerful it is, especially with syncing across your creative cloud accounts and Photoshop and Illustrator. Now they really need to add this panel into After Effects, as there are elements I would love to be able to use across all apps.
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Adobe has released Audition 2014.1

Adobe has released Audition Creative Cloud 2014.1.

You can check out the new features at the link.
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Adobe has released Photoshop CC 2014.2

Adobe has released Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014.2!



I am most excited about improved Guides, which can create guides from selected layers! And Overscroll, so you can go past the image when it is in full view! And I like that Adobe Color (formerly Kuler) is now integrated!
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Adobe has released After Effects CC 2014.1

Adobe has released Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2014.1! You can check out this post from Todd Kopriva on the new features.

I love how fast they are updating the Creative Cloud suite. This is how editing software should be. It should constantly get better, and with Adobe it really is!
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Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 Released!

Adobe released Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 today!

I have been excited for this, especially for finally having BlackMagic I/O support, as most places I work use BlackMagic cards, so this really lets me use it as a solution. And having audio playback is huge as well as you can color via cues.

I am looking forward to seeing how multiclip works. This was my other big issue with SpeedGrade, as you can grade multiclip clips in Speedgrade, but the grade didn't show up in Premiere Pro, which is a huge issue, so lets hope this fixes that. (I will let you know when I check it).
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Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1 Released

Adobe has released Adobe Media Encoder CC 2014.1. Always great to have a new version, and the new interface for the video suite looks great!
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Adobe Updated and added to it's iOS Mobile Apps

Adobe has completely updated it's line up of Mobile Apps. Including Adobe Premiere Clip for Editing and Adobe Voice for creating animated videos from Lightroom, and Adobe Illustrator Draw and Line apps. And the new Adobe Shape to create custom Vector Shapes.

Very cool. If only their pen and ruler were less than $200. I still wish I had the Wacom tablet, though really it needs a new version, but maybe the Wacom pen would be great.
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Adobe releases Premiere Pro CC 2014.1

Adobe has released Premiere Pro CC 2014.1.

Awesome. This release includes Search Bins, Timeline Search, Multiple Project Workflows, Source Monitor Timeline View and Consolidate and Transcode. You can see all the new features at their blog post.

Personally I like the ability to have 4 font size choices, though I kind of wish their was a smaller one than their is. And assignable Marker colors is great.

And it looks great. The darker look and flat effects look awesome. Looking forward to learning the ins and outs of the new features.
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GoPro Introduces Hero 4 Cameras

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GoPro has introduced the new Hero4 Cameras in Black and Silver Editions for $499.99 and $399.99. The Black shoots in 4K at 30FPS or 1080 at 120FPS, wow! And the Silver shoots at 1080 60p or 120P with a touch control LCD view screen! Let's hope the Hero 5 combines both into one unit, as that would be awesome!!! They release on October 5th.

Would love the 120 FPS, and 4K, but the touch screen would be amazing too.
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ARRI announces the Alexa 65mm 6.5K camera

RedShark has extensive news on this new Rental Only beast of a camera.

I still don't think this will kill film as we have many filmmakers who will stubbornly stick with film, even when do effects films, but with their experience not only with their gorgeous Alexa cameras, but in making 65mm cameras, this should be a very impressive camera. And I love that the lenses for it also give metadata, which can be used for remote lens control or the creation of accurate virtual lenses (looks like the AC's job is easier now if the data is in the file already). Of course Hasselblad lenses, rental only and 2.6 terabytes an hour of data at full resolution means you will need a serious pipeline to deal with this in post!
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