Thursday, 31 August 2017


#MAGIX #VEGASPRO15 #ProfessionalVideoEditing #Video #Editing


New VEGAS Pro 15 available now – Providing filmmakers the ultimate work-space customization.

The new version of VEGAS Pro provides the ultimate flexible production environment with a modern look, innovative functionality, powerful plug-ins, and more.

Berlin, Germany; August 28, 2017 – MAGIX announces the availability of the latest update to the VEGAS family of products. VEGAS Pro 15 once again establishes the software as an innovation leader with new features both inside and out, and a fresh, innovative UI that accommodates your personal workflow for maximum productivity. A modern look, powerful plug-ins, cutting-edge hardware acceleration, and important productivity tools and features help you work faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Workflow and UI enhancements The innovative hamburger menu system, found throughout the application, keeps the UI clutter free and gives users the power to customize their work space, yet still grants easy access to all the tools. Selectable background shade, adjustable icon color strength, and streamlined track headers and event design enhance and maximize timeline workflow. Hardware Acceleration Support for modern graphics cards and Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) technology produce enhanced real-time response and faster rendering times for important popular video formats. Picture-in-Picture and Crop OFX plug-ins New PinP and Crop OFX plug-ins offer real-time controls right on the Video Preview window for direct manipulation of plug-in parameters, and provides a faster, more intuitive workflow. Advanced Color Workflows Support for ACES 1.0 and a new LUT OFX plug-in give you the ability to work in the expanded color spaces of modern cameras from all major manufacturers.

Tools to speed productivity The Instant Freeze Frame, Selectively Paste Event Attributes, and the Share Online features provide short cuts to popular production workflows. 

Professional plug-in bundles power creativity Industry-leading plug-in developers BorisFX, HitFilm, and NewBlueFX provide additional tools for VEGAS Pro 15 and VEGAS Pro 15 Suite that enable customers to enhance and repair video, generate spectacular effects and easily produce stunning titles.

“Since we resurrected VEGAS Pro a year ago, we've received a ton of valuable feedback, and VEGAS Pro 15 comes as a direct result of that customer feedback,” said Gary Rebholz, VEGAS Product Owner. 

"Everything we've done – from the very visible innovative approach to user interface design, to invisible deep-code optimizations to software and hardware acceleration, and all of the new features in between come straight from our users. 

This new version proves that VEGAS Pro is here to stay and sets the tone for an exciting future for the VEGAS line. We are very proud to present VEGAS Pro 15.”

VEGAS Pro 15 is now available online and in stores worldwide.
VEGAS Pro 15 Edit – € 399 / $399 / £299
VEGAS Pro 15 – € 599 / $599 / £499
VEGAS Pro 15 Suite – € 799 / $799 / £649

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Synapse Circuit / Blue Gene



#Startup #Art #Artworld #Artists #Artistic #Drawberry #Australia 


Australian Startup Drawberry Revolutionizes International Art Shopping

Drawberry brings change to the way people order custom art worldwide by introducing an innovative online platform.

Sydney, Australia – August 24, 2017 – A team of talented young art and software enthusiasts from Sydney, Australia, has launched a unique online platform that is opening up a world of opportunities for international art shopping. Drawberry is a place one would go for custom paintings made from photos or from samples, but it is unlike all other paint-from-photo sites.

Drawberry’s unique offer is in the way art ordering works. The service has hundreds of artists participating from different corners of the world. A person from any country can upload a photo, from which they want a custom painting made, and get bids from artists all over the globe. They can then select an artist to work with by the bid amount, the artist’s professional skills or the artist’s portfolio of previously painted works.

“Drawberry welcomes both artists and art shoppers from anywhere in the world!” says Anna Lind, Drawberry’s PR Representative. “You can order Impressionist-style paintings in France, ink-wash paintings in China or Japan, and what’s best – you can choose from dozens of artists who all work in the style you want. Art shoppers win every time, as they get the best price from the best artist.” lets art shoppers choose the style, genre, medium and other options for their painting. Photos can be used as a starting point, but ordering reproductions of famous paintings or getting artwork in some unusual style or a mix of styles is also a popular trend on the site. Users can communicate the details with their selected artist beforehand and keep in touch throughout the art creation process. When done, the painting is shipped to the customer wherever they might be in the world.

The safety of all transactions is ensured by Drawberry’s strict security mechanisms, by the use of PayPal for all payments and by a team of moderators working 24/7 to resolve any issues or disputes. The service employs a rating system and collects user feedback to help other art shoppers make informed decisions.
 Company Background:
Drawberry is an Australian startup that began as a project within a well-known publisher of PC optimization software. A team of driven individuals had worked on the Drawberry project for over a year and finally launched it in early 2016. Since then the service has acquired a large audience of both artists and shoppers, and the online community has been growing every day. More information on the Drawberry service is available at

Saturday, 12 August 2017



#Manfrotto #360 #Virtual #Reality #VirtualReality

The first dedicated range of solutions supporting virtual reality creation

  • Pro and enthusiast solutions for immersive content creation
  • Reliable, high-performance bases, accessories and extension booms
  • Engineered with high-quality materials and careful attention to ergonomics and detail
UK 9th August 2017 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, is excited to introduce the brand new 360o Virtual Reality range and to be the first player to bring unique, dedicated products designed to support professionals and enthusiasts shaping the future of photography and videography. Manfrotto’s new 360o Virtual Reality offering includes bases, accessories and extension booms that make it easier and more fun to create amazing 360-degree videos and photos.
With this new range, Manfrotto is facilitating the transition that is taking immersive content creation into the mainstream: from niche professional to widespread consumer application. Leveraging Manfrotto’s innovative offering, photographers and videographers can effortlessly capture entire scenes around their camera, enabling anyone viewing the content to look around and feel like they are experiencing the scenery in real life.

Manfrotto’s new 360o Virtual Reality Range provides a wide choice of combinations for individual content makers to select according to their specific needs and objectives.
Manfrotto VR bases provide reliably stable support and are compact enough not to show in 360° shots. They guarantee the stability photographers and videographers need to get a few meters off the ground and are available in a variety of sizes and materials to suit individual creative requirements.

Manfrotto’s VR accessories range makes flawless 360° shooting quicker and easier. These innovative accessories are compatible with all products in the range for the best results every time.

Manfrotto’s VR boom extensions maximize camera height when required. They can be connected to all the bases in the Manfrotto VR range, enabling users to achieve a wide variety of heights for the most breath-taking content.

The Manfrotto 360° VR range features a convenient selection of kits designed to make 360°content creation incredibly easy and intuitive. They are compatible with the most popular 360° cameras and are the smartest choice for anyone who wants to start creating high-quality immersive content easily, right away.

The Manfrotto 360° VR range starts from RRP £29.95 to £634.95
For more information, please visit

Manfrotto (Vitec Group)
Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fuelling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs.  Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its eight key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors
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Monday, 7 August 2017


MAGIX are forging ahead soundly... NEWS!

#MAGIX #SoundForge #Audio #AudioEditing #Mastering

SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12 announced! Packed with new features, the new version of SOUND FORGE Audio Studio presents a new look, new functionality, new edit modes, new plug-ins, new meters, and more.

Berlin, Germany/Madison, WI (USA), August 7, 2017 – MAGIX announces the availability of the latest update to SOUND FORGE Audio Studio. Version 12 takes SOUND FORGE Audio Studio to a whole new level supplying everything you need to record, edit, enhance, and deliver high resolution audio. The perfect tool to digitize, repair, and restore LP records and tapes, create podcasts, master audio, burn CDs, and render to all the popular audio formats for streaming on the web or playback on portable media players.
64-bit-Architecture Built on a 64-bit platform to supply more editing power, more processing power, and a more powerful workflow.

Recording workflow The updated and redesigned recording window offers easy access to all the settings and controls you need to achieve the perfect high-resolution recording.
Open and append command An easy and fast way to assemble tracks for a CD. Select a file or group of files to append and they are automatically added to the project with CD track markers.
Non-destructive editing modes
• Slice Edit: Enables you to continue to tweak your edit even after you’ve made your cut.

• Soft Cut: Creates automatic, user-adjustable crossfades with each edit to guarantee
smooth transitions between cuts with no pops or clicks.
Spectral cleaning Perform frequency-based noise removal. Visually identify frequencies of an offending noise such as a chair squeak or cough in your recording, then use the spectral cleaning tool to select and remove the frequencies that make up those sounds.
Vinyl recording and restoration workflow The new workflow makes it easy to record vinyl LPs and tapes, remove crackle, pops, and hiss and burn to an audio CD or burn a set of audio files to a data CD or DVD in popular formats such as MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, or AAC.

Visualization window Presents several ways to analyze and track audio output including Peak meters, Phase Oscilloscope, Correlation meter, Direction meter, Spectroscope, Spectrogram, Bit meter, Oscilloscope, and Tuner.

Includes Ozone Elements 7 from iZotope at $129.00 value A mastering plug-in with a set of 75 professionally crafted presets, along with macro controls to fine tune the EQ and Compression to achieve full, rich, and loud final masters.

Repair and restoration tools
• DeClicker/DeCrackler: Automatically detect and remove clicks and crackle from vinyl recordings or other noisy environments.

• DeClipper: Restore and recover analog or digital material with clipping artifacts.

• DeEsser: Remove sibilance with presets for male and female vocals.

• DeHisser: Easily clean up background hiss with presets for hiss behind vocals, cassette tape hiss, analog tape hiss, and more.

• DeNoiser: Reduces unwanted steady-state noise like that created by air-conditioning, equipment hum, and amplifier hiss.

Elastic Audio Editor Tune vocals to a pitch-perfect performance with precise control over pitch.
Support for popular video formats Open popular video formats to enhance and repair the audio using the included filters, effects, and noise reduction tools.

“Throughout the development cycle of this new version of SOUND FORGE Audio Studio, the engineering team has kept their focus on the phrase ‘Define the edge‘ ”, said Gary Rebholz from SOUND FORGE. “Our goal: take the existing audio production powerhouse to the next level with cutting-edge tools and processes. We think you’re going to love Sound Forge Audio Studio 12.”

SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12 is now available online and in stores worldwide.

SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12 - £49.99 Upgrades from earlier versions - £24.99
In May, 2016, MAGIX acquired the SOUND FORGE product line, along with other video and audio products. The choice of audio professionals the world over, SOUND FORGE continues to provide the essential tools needed to record, edit, enhance, and deliver high-resolution audio with speed and accuracy.
About MAGIX:
MAGIX is an internationally operating provider of software, online services and digital content for use in multimedia products and services. Founded in 1993, MAGIX offers private and professional users a technologically sophisticated and user-friendly range of products for designing, editing, presenting and archiving digital photos, videos, music, documents and websites. MAGIX is the market leader in the field of multimedia software in Germany and in the most important European markets. It is also regarded as one of the most successful players in the US market.

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Real-time Face and Body Mocap for iClone 7 at Siggraph 2017 - SYNAPSE CIRCUIT NEWS

Real-time Face and Body Mocap
for iClone 7 at Siggraph 2017


#Reallusion #iClone7 #iClone #7 #2 #3DAnimation #3D #Animation #3DGraphics

Reallusion Partnering with Pro Capturing Technologies from Faceware and Xsens

07-31-17 San Jose, CA - Los Angeles Siggraph 2017 / 08-07-17 London, Synapse Circuit - Following the award-winning debut of iClone 7, Reallusion now announces iClone 7 real-time face and body motion capture featuring partnerships with Faceware and Xsens.  iClone 7 simplifies mocap with dedicated tools and UI for recording actors in any environment; empowering a single PC into a streamlined and affordable rig for character creation, animation and live face and body mocap. Reallusion will showcase the innovations in iClone 7 at Los Angeles Siggraph, August 1-3 2017, Booth #1219.
Reallusion partners with Faceware and Xsens
Reallusion is connecting the industry-leading motion capture providers to iClone 7 delivering a face and body mocap solution that is quick, adaptable to existing pipelines and works with standard consumer equipment or specialty pro helmets and suits.  Improve productivity with the mocap-ready plugins for Xsens, Faceware, Noitom and more to come with Reallusion’s open call for developers to expand iClone features via more plugins.  Reallusion will showcase the latest plugins coming to iClone 7 at Siggraph 2017 booth #1219.  Watch live demonstrations of real-time face and body mocap in iClone 7 featuring support for Xsens and Faceware.

See the Reallusion team demo new iClone 7 features at Siggraph Booth #1219
[iClone New Features Video]
[iClone Facial Motion Capture Demo]
Full lip-sync lip shape and keyframe editor timeline
Reallusion announces Faceware RT for iClone.  
Faceware RT for iClone is a totally independent face mocap tool that uses a highly accurate markerless capture using a regular PC Cam and iClone 7 to achieve real-time facial motion capture recording.  Faceware RT for iClone will empower indies and studios of all levels to access face mocap tools geared for ease of use and performance results for any project, previz, or production. Faceware RT for iClone will be available from Reallusion September 2017.
Faceware Technologies statement on the partnership with Reallusion iClone,
“Faceware RT for iClone is a professional quality real time facial tracking software designed to give iClone users a simple, cost-effective, powerful tool for animating your character's faces. Use your standard webcam or a pre-recorded image sequence to drive natural human facial expressions and head movement. Affordably and easily bring your characters to life.”
iClone 3D Character System with 60 Facial Morphs
In order to fully animate the facial capture detail, iClone 7 updated the Character Creator 3D Character Generation Systems with up to 60 Facial Morph capability. Enhance subtle detail on facial muscle control and make iClone 7 fully-compatible with the professional facial capturing standard provided by Faceware.
iClone 7 Facial Mocap Features
    Compatible with Standard 3D Characters
    60 morph facial mapping ready for iClone, Character Creator and DAZ Genesis Characters
    Custom Character Import
    be able to custom import 3D characters via FBX, define facial morph targets using 3DXChange 7.
    Up to Two Face Simultaneous Capture
    In addition to the direct Faceware RT plugin connection, iClone reserves the room for additional Faceware Live face capturing via TCP/IP, adding the possibility for dialog or duo facial motion recording.
    Feature-based Facial Strength Filters
    Globally or separately control the signal input strength for brows, eyelids, eyeballs, mouth, jaw, cheek and head rotate.
    Easily capture stylized characters with proper strength settings to control stylized or exaggerated features.
    Live Face Capture and Imported Image Sequence
    Use PC cam, GoPro or ProHD cameras to capture face motion
    Record actors remotely via video camera and use for the face mocap source
    Face Mask for Selected Capture
    Isolate facial features to mocap the full face or just certain features or muscles.
    Optional Mocap Mouth Blend with Audio LipSync Viseme
    Combine detailed lip shape from lip-sync via real-time audio recorded by iClone during the capture session; maintain the level of overall mouth mocap for facial expressions.  Balance the intensity of lip-sync and mocap using sliders.
    Refinement and Face Key Timeline Editing
    Edit face capture performances in post with the iClone timeline. Access the motion capture track to edit & offset with face keys.  Mix and Blend using the Viseme and Express intensity slider bars.
    Export Character Morph Animation via FBX
    Take iClone and Character Creator characters to any game-engine or 3D application
Jeff Jasper, Oscar / BAFTA winning team, FX Supervisor “Interstellar” New Deal Studios
"The iClone 7 Faceware RT system is a huge win for me as a Faceware user. It is by far the best integration of Faceware I have seen in any package. Combined with the new face keying you have a powerful combination to deliver truly professional results.  The fact that Reallusion have pulled all this off in a single release is truly amazing and I am super excited for the future of iClone.”
Xsens & Reallusion partner to enable Xsens MVN, Awinda & Link on iClone 7
Further moving iClone 7 into the professional studio standard, Reallusion announces a partnership with motion capture titan, Xsens, enabling iClone 7 with the Xsens mocap suits and MVN motion capture software.  The forthcoming Xsens Mocap Plugin for iClone will join the currently available plugin for Noitom Perception Neuron and add to the live motion capture options for indies and studios.
Remco Sikkema, Sr. Marketing Manager at Xsens on the Reallusion iClone 7
“iClone is one of the leading 3D packages in the Indie community, this aligns perfectly with our Indie Program. iClone 7 has proven to be a stable and complete package for games developers and animation artists. Similar to the ease of use of Xsens MVN, iClone 7 simplifies the world of 3D Animation.”
The Xsens and Reallusion partnership opens access to the budding indie creatives and small studios with the Xsens Indie program, a program designed to support up-and-coming talent, making it easier to access Hollywood-grade motion capture on a budget. It provides indies, young studios, and game developers with a more affordable way to bring projects to life, without having to compromise on quality.  The Xsens Indie program offers suit owners earning under $750k revenue over the last fiscal year with free access to the MVN Motion Capture software.  iClone 7 compliments the Xsens Indie program with an affordable virtual production, mocap and animation solution for visualizing and producing Indie projects.
iClone 7 Open Device Architecture
Partnerships with Xsens and Faceware showcase the new iClone 7 open device architecture enabling device vendors or toolmakers to easily plugin interactive interfaces, tools and devices to iClone.
Visit Reallusion at Siggraph 2017 booth #1219
About Faceware:
Faceware’s hardware and software represent complete solutions for the interactive entertainment, film, video game, television, and commercial markets for clients such as Double Negative, ILM, Digital Domain, Blur Studios, Activision-Blizzard, Rockstar Games, Microsoft, 2K Sports, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, Sony, Bethesda, and Moving Picture Company.
About Xsens:
Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in consumer electronics devices and professional applications such as 3D character animation, motion analysis, and industrial control & stabilization.
iClone 7 Demo Video:
iClone 7 Faceware RT Availability
    Faceware RT for iClone to launch September 2017
    iClone 7 and Faceware RT bundle will price from $1500.00
About Reallusion: ​Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with R&D centers in Taiwan, and offices and training centers in Germany and Japan. Reallusion specializes in the development of real­time 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for consumers, students and professionals. The company provides users with easy to use avatar animation, facial morphing and voice lip­sync solutions for real-­time 3D filmmaking, and previsualization for professional post ­production. Reallusion's core technologies are widely used by trainers, educators, gamers and filmmakers providing them with stand­alone movie studio packages.
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