Apple has revealed a major update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced colour grading tools with colour wheels and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. The software is optimised to take full advantage of the all-new iMac Pro which hit the market yesterday and means Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor.
- Easily import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and color grading.
- HEVC and HEIF support for importing and editing high efficiency video and photo formats from Apple devices.
- Updated audio effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces.
- Faster, higher quality optical flow analysis built on Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology.
Readers of Pro Moviemaker have voted in their thousands to award the best kit you can buy with our first Gear of the Year Awards. The best kit in lots of different categories – from cinema cameras and lenses to mics, tripods, bags and more – can now be revealed.
Legendary British lens maker Cooke will reveal its new S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses, the only purpose-built full frame lens set on the market designed specifically to cover the 46.31mm image circle of the RED Weapon 8K. The lenses will go on show at the BSC Expo in Battersea, London on 2-3 February 2018.
A new bag from Think Tank Photo called the Video Tripod Manager 44 rolling case is a well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case designed to hold cinema-sized tripods, stands, sliders, and/or modifiers up to 40” in height. It costs £334 in the UK and $349.75 in the USA.
The rolling case features handles on four sides, so it’s easy to load into a vehicle. It is an ideal travel solution as its rectangular shape stacks easily, saving space. Built tough with the quality Think Tank is known for, its crush-resistant ABS twinwall reinforcement provides impact protection. Shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions. Protective zipper flap will keep zippers running smoothly after years of use.
Fujifilm's MK series of affordable cine zooms may only come in an E-mount at the moment, but two British filmmakers have had theirs converted for use on Micro Four Thirds and Sony FZ mounts to make two new short films.
MTF in the UK and Duclos in the USA convert the MK lenses to fit Micro Four Thirds or Sony FZ fitment, and filmmakers Jim Marks and Alister Chapman have used their services to match up the MK optics to the favourite cameras. In Marks' case a Panasonic GH5, while Sony specialist Chapman used a Sony F5.
The cult iClone studio-level character Animation software has had a huge update to include a redesigned Depth of Field tool to improve camera realism.
British lighting firm Rotolight has revealed the new Anova PRO 2 which is an LED light ideal for studio or location work that comes with a high-speed flash function triggered by a built-in wireless receiver.