Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Software News

Free Image Animation Filter for Final Cut and After Effects
Industrial Revolution has released a free iTunes-style Slideshow Generator plug-in for Final Cut Studio and After Effects.

Features: Load, reorder and rename the files using the built in file browser. Select the depth of the stack, the number, the angle and even the depth of field of the display. Add round corners, soft edges and even a travelling gloss to highlight edges. Display with square or round corners, make them soft or use your own mask. Use the full XYZ camera movement & rotation to fly around the stack whilst animating. Choose the auto-animation feature or manual keyframe control to jump forward or backwards to any image in the stack.
IndistrialRevolution: CoverFlux2

Flash Player 10.2
Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2. This official release adds Stage Video support:

Stage Video lets websites take advantage of full hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline. This builds on the H.264 hardware accelerated decoding in Flash Player 10.1. Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power, giving users a better experience, greater performance, and longer battery life. In our testing across supported systems, we've found it's up to 34 times more efficient.

Put another way, Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* – working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people. Websites and content providers will need to update their video players before users experience Stage Video playback with Flash Player 10.2 on their sites.

With this release Adobe discontinues of support for PowerPC-based Macs and Microsoft's Windows 2000.
EngadgetFlash Player 10.2 sheds beta label, improves efficiency with Stage Video playback

Creating HDR Time-lapse Video
Mike Curtis at MacWorld takes you through creating HDR time-lapse video using a still camera. While there's some camera setup and operation tips, all the software covered is Macintosh specific.
MacWorldCreate HDR time-lapse video with a digital camera

Mike's 10-25-2010 HDR timelapse reel from Mike Curtis on Vimeo.

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