Monday, April 26, 2010

News from Here & There

Tribeca Film Festival and Apple
I got a press release about the Tribeca Film Festival (going on this week) and how for the first time ever the Tribeca Film Festival will premiere a feature film, Keep Surfing, on a television - LG Electronics' new "Infinia" LED high-definition televisions (HDTVs) - yawn.
But that lead me to information about a series of events being hosted by Apple and indieWire this week (though there were already several on the weekend, there are still some going on this week!)
Apple: Meet the Filmmakers

wondertouch announces particleIllusion for After Effects Mac
Available as a plug-in for the first time, particleIllusion for After Effects enables artists to create particle effects directly within After Effects, producing a more efficient workflow and significantly enhanced productivity.
wondertouch: particleIllusion for After Effects
YouTube: particleIllusion for After Effects Mac version overview

RE:Vision Effects: FieldsKit and ReelSmart Motion Blur FxPlug versions for Final Cut Pro
FxPlug versions of FieldsKit and ReelSmart Motion Blur are now available, and that new FxPlug versions of Twixtor and DE:Noise have been released. The Effections bundle for Final Cut Pro has also been updated.
  • FieldsKit uses proprietary field reconstruction and adaptive motion techniques to build full frames from fields. $89.95
  • ReelSmart Motion Blur adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Regular version $89.95. Pro version: $149.95.
  • Twixtor: speed up or slow down your image sequences Regular version $329.95. Pro version: $595.00.
  • DE:Noise handles spurious frame-to-frame defects ranging from fine digital/electronic noise to blotchy spots (e.g. dirt on the film). Regular version $149.95.

Crispy MacBook Pros
I was salivating over some of those benchmarks for the new Core i7 MacBook Pros, but it seems that performance comes at a (hot) cost. You'll be able to fry bacon as well as eggs on your computer according to PC Authority.
PC Authority: Macbook Pro helps Core i7 hit 100 Degrees

Amazon's “3D 101” Customer Education Center
Videos, buying guides and stuff.

NVIDIA and Adobe Premiere CS5
If you're interested in the Mercury Playback Engine and Adobe Premiere CS5, NVIDIA has a webpage for you.

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