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I Need That New Apple MacBook Pro 2018 In My Life! NOW!!

I Need That New Apple MacBook Pro 2018 In My Life! NOW!!

Apple’s recently released an update to it’s pro-level MacBook Pro putting 6 cores in the processor, increasing the RAM limit to 32GB and 4TB SSD capability.. three things that I’ve been finding for since I migrated my professional workflow to a laptop. There aren’t that many ‘innovative’ changes to the MacBook. But I don’t need that. I just need more of the current awesomeness. I’m at the point where I’m starting to edit 4K video, so the bump up in processor speed, RAM and space is a welcome addition. It looks like I’m going to have to get a loan to buy this top of the line laptop when it’s available this fall.

ProPatch 2: The Media Clone & Repair Tool by Pixel Film Studios

ProPatch 2: The Media Clone & Repair Tool by Pixel Film Studios

A short while ago, I had a video project where I needed to rotoscope (remove) certain elements from a video shot. There was a filing cabinet that had a half dozen stickers that had nothing to do with my video, so I needed them removed. The shot was a shaky panning shot so I have to manually track the motion and then put a covering asset on top of it and manually track that motion. It sucked. Luckily, Pixel Film Studios has just released an updated to their rotoscoping plugin for Final Cut Pro X that auto tracks what and where you want to remove things from your video.

Need Samples? Loopcloud’s Got You Covered for $14/month

Need Samples? Loopcloud’s Got You Covered for $14/month

Subscription servicer seems to be the new hustle. Music, movies, apps, and now music samples with Loopcloud. Just like Slate Digital is a $14/month service for VST and AU plugins, Loopcloud, the cloud-connected application for browsing, streaming and importing your samples, loops and sounds effortlessly into your DAW just got better.

 

My Next Headphones: “Pipes” by AIAIAI

My Next Headphones: “Pipes” by AIAIAI

I run through earphones like other people run through socks. I have to budget enough money annually so that I can buy four pairs of headphones a year. My last pair were the very expensive Apple Wireless earbuds. They stopped working about two months ago, so i’ve been research getting as good pair without breaking my band. In the $50 range, I stumbled upon AIAIAI’s “Pipes” in-ear style of headphones. I don’t know what the sound quality is, but I’m game to try something new.


The Pipe earphones offer impressive sound quality and overall strength in an organic and ergonomic design. Made from lightweight and highly resilient materials these earphones display an elegant coherency between the overall design and the individual parts.

aiaiai.dk/headphones/pipe/black

 

I Need EditMonkey (by Ebberts + Zucker) In My Life!

I Need EditMonkey (by Ebberts + Zucker) In My Life!

One of my key bread n butter apps is Adobe After Effects. It’s one of the standard compositing and motion graphics packages that allow you to do everything form animated gifs to effects on motion pictures. I use it for corporate product videos, which means I use about 5% of the app’s potential. The main drawback to After Effects is the learning curve. It’s extremely deep and you can spend years learning it’s intricacies. Luckily, there are a bunch of templates and plugins that allow you to bypass a lot of the heavy lifting. EditMonkey is one of those plugins. It may be clocking in at an expensive $119, but the time and effort it saves more than makes up for the expense.

aescripts.com/editmonkey


EditMonkey is the latest release from Ebberts + Zucker that harnesses the power of After Effects to generate and sequence complex multi-page animations quickly and easily. Our latest tool is capable of creating dozens of animations with a single click, perfect for a wide range of projects that require transitions from one graphic to the next….but is flexible enough to create simple animations as well. This Monkey is our most versatile product to date, making it an invaluable part of your everyday toolkit.

Key Features:

  • Keyframeless and dynamically linked to markers
  • Built-in Text Generator that operates on lines, words or letters
  • Groundbreaking Color Label Aware feature to facilitate multi-layered page builds
  • Transition in and out endless builds with one click.
  • Marker-based Retime feature to make time-remapping adjustments easy
  • Marker Sync to automatically retime based on an existing marker layer
  • Dozens of ways to add variations between multiple animations
  • Automatic Animation option for great results quickly.
  • Custom Animation settings for more control
  • Thousands of motion combinations
  • Flexible workflow to allow for easy post-build changes
  • Makes quick text animations a breeze
  • Bonus Marker Ramper script to create accelerating & decelerating edits.

I Want The Edelkrone SurfaceONE Slider

I Want The Edelkrone SurfaceONE Slider

I’ve been looking at upgrading my camera rig. I currently shoot with a simple camera and tripod, but now I wanna add some ‘sizzle’ to my shots. Edelkrone camera accessories seem to be the way to go. The first thing that’s caught my eye was the SurfaceONE, a  motorized motion device that gives you perfect slider and pan shots. The video says it all.

Website: edelkrone.com/products/surfaceone

Despite Negative Reviews, It Might Be Time to Get An Apple HomePod

Despite Negative Reviews, It Might Be Time to Get An Apple HomePod

One of the last pieces of technology missing from my household is an intelligent speaker. Not just intelligent, but with great sound speakers. I’d been considering getting something forms Amazon or Google, but I was holding out for something that would fit nicely into my Apple ecosystem. We’re a Mac platform home. Everything we have run on… or is fully compatible with Mac OS X or iOS, so when I heard the rumors that Apple was developing a speaker, I was already trying to find a way to give them my money.

Now it’s early 2018 and the Apple HomePod is here. The reviews have been a little mixed. The consensus is the audio quality is phenomenal, but the Siri integration isn’t as good as Amazon’s or Googles assistants. Honestly, I don’t really give a crap. That sounds like a software problem that Apple (like history has shown) will remedy pretty quickly. My main concern audio quality and if I get that right out of the box, I’m a happy brother. Viva La Apple!!!!

#Gadgets The Roli Blocs Music System

#Gadgets The Roli Blocs Music System
It’s a new year, with a lot of creative opportunities. Since I’m at An impasse on make mg music, maybe I should build a whole new workflow to get more creative. Earlier today, while waiting for my wife at Sephora, I ducked into the Apple Store to look at the new hardware and see if there were any new third-party peripherals I should consider purchasing. What I discovered with the Roli Blocks Modular System. It’s a custom made set of music, production modules that fit together to create a complete production studio.

The Rock & SIRI Dominate The Day

The Rock & SIRI Dominate The Day

Gadget: I Want The New iMac Pro

Gadget: I Want The New iMac Pro

When they unveiled this monster at this year’s WWDC conference, I nearly fell on my ass. Sure, it just looks like an iMac they covered in space gray. But the specs are something the loyal Mac User isn’t used to. POWER!!! This overclocked machine is a BEAST! Something that a video editor like myself salivating onto the keyboard. The RAM and storage capabilities are enough to have you consider the purchase. Up to 4TB of storage space means  I can have a nice Mac and PC partition with enough graphics power to work in Mac OS and then Switch over to Windows for gaming (and uh.. work too..). The base model starts at $5G’s so you know the one I need to get will be pushing around $7G’s easy. If it’s upgradable, then I won’t mind spending the money. If not? I might have to go back to my original plan of a tricked out Macbook Pro.