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Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled new video features coming to Adobe Creative Cloud that will speed up production timelines, enable more seamless workflows and deliver powerful capabilities to bring filmmakers’ and video professionals’ creative visions to life. The updates include Adobe Sensei-powered animation, intelligent audio cleanup tools, selective color grading, advanced data-driven motion graphics templates and end-to-end VR 180 support. These new features will enable filmmakers and video professionals to spend more time shaping their next creative project and less time on repetitive editing tasks.
Adobe’s Premiere Pro, After Effects and other Creative Cloud apps are behind some of the most cutting-edge work in Hollywood over the last year, including series such as “Atlanta,” “Stranger Things” and “MINDHUNTER;” documentaries like “RBG,” “Unbanned” and “Wild Wild Country;” music videos such as Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Jason Mraz’s “Have It All;” as well as upcoming feature films “Searching,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and “THE OLD MAN & THE GUN.”
“Video professionals face short deadlines, clunky handoffs and long lists of deliverables,” said Steve Warner, vice president of digital video and audio at Adobe. “This latest Creative Cloud release introduces new innovation and capabilities to address these challenges and make common tasks faster and easier.”
These updates follow Adobe’s recent unveiling of Project Rush, the first all-in-one, cross-device video editing app designed specifically for online content creators. Project Rush delivers a streamlined and intuitive user experience that makes creating and sharing online content easier than ever by harnessing the power of Premiere Pro and After Effects, and Project Rush projects are seamlessly opened in Premiere Pro. Currently in beta, Project Rush will be available later this year.
Faster Video and Audio Workflows
New capabilities coming later this year to Adobe Creative Cloud include:
Explore new ways to animate – Mold layers into new, dynamic shapes with new Mesh Sculpting tools that twist, bend and scale under your creative control in After Effects. Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning technology in Adobe Sensei, instantly create and animate unique, stylized puppets using a webcam and reference artwork with Character Animator’s new Characterizer.
Sound better – Instantly improve audio with intelligent cleanup tools, DeNoise and DeReverb, in the Essential Sound panel in Adobe Audition. Dial down or remove background noise and reverb from a sound clip that’s been intelligently adjusted by adaptive algorithms.
Take control of color – Take the guesswork out of curve adjustments and bring simplicity and precision to selective color grading and color management with new Lumetri Color tools in Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Turn data into stories – Drag and drop spreadsheet files to Motion Graphics templates to generate visual representations of information within video projects using data-driven infographics in Premiere Pro.
Jump into immersive video – Add new support features for 180-degree immersive video in Premiere Pro and After Effects, including optimized ingest, effects and output in Google VR 180 for viewing on YouTube or other platforms.
Collaborate seamlessly – Invite groups and individual collaborators for Team Projects and easily access team members from your enterprise address book to choose collaborators and save groups.
Improve Adobe Stock workflows – Search and sort millions of curated, contemporary 4K and HD cinematic footage and professionally-designed Motion Graphics templates, right from the Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Attendees at this year’s IBC conference can get a closer look at the newly revealed features and hear from industry experts at the Adobe booth (#7.B35, Hall 7, RAI Amsterdam) and at over 100 partner booths from September 13–18. Tune-in to Facebook Live with Jason Levine on September 13 at 9 a.m. PST to hear about the upcoming release.
Pricing and Availability
The new features for Adobe Creative Cloud announced at IBC will be available with the next version of Creative Cloud coming later this year. For more information on pricing, visit https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/plans.html. Multiple subscription plans for Adobe Stock are available at https://stock.adobe.com/plans.
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Canon Europe has today launched the newest addition to its XF range of camcorders – the XF705. Equipped with the next-generation XF-HEVC format, XF705 offers 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit recording to SD cards, with impressive image quality and superior levels of detail. Combined with a 1.0 type CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV6 processing, the XF705 delivers vastly improved noise performance, sensitivity and cinematic depth of field. With a host of enhanced HDR capabilities, including an advanced 12G-SDI interface and IP streaming, the XF705 is poised to revolutionise UHD HDR production workflows for the better.
Versatile file formats to transform workflows
Underpinned by High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) video compression, and leveraging the industry standard Material eXchange Format (MXF) as the container, Canon has developed the XF-HEVC file format. HEVC offers a newer encoding technology that is about twice as efficient as mainstream H.264/AVC. By using XF-HEVC the XF705 streamlines the handling of 4K UHD data, offering the ability to record high-quality 4K UHD 50P 4:2:2 10-bit files directly to widely available SD cards.
The XF705 is capable of recording HDR files internally using both the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and Perceptual Quantisation (PQ) HDR formats. The camcorder also features extensive HDR assist functions to support the user when controlling exposure. The XF705 can also output a SDR signal at the same time as recording a HDR file internally to a SD card, enabling simultaneous HDR/SDR production. Equipped with an advanced 12G-SDI interface, which sends a high-quality and uncompressed UHD 50P signal over a single SDI cable, the XF705 also has the ability to stream 4K UHD HDR using the HEVC format via the network. Ideal for broadcast and video production applications, the XF705 meets the requirements of any user who needs to capture 4K UHD HDR video with a streamlined production workflow.
Shoot with confidence
To make critical focus easier with the larger 1.0-type CMOS sensor, the XF705 also has Canon’s unique Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This provides accurate and fast autofocus with touch focus control, Face Detection AF and object tracking. The Dual Pixel Focus Guide also provides a graphical guide to support accurate focusing when manually adjusting the focus.
Image capture starts with excellent optical systems and the XF705 offers incredible versatility combined with ease of use. It offers a 4K L-series quality lens which has a 15x optical zoom range, a maximum aperture of f/2.8, a wide angle of 25.5mm and effective IS to ensure maximum control for stable 4K UHD footage. This is combined with three independent control rings with end stops to ensure that the camcorder has the level of manual control that professionals expect.
XF705 – Key Features
UHD/50P 4:2:2 10-bit support with XF-HEVC
Simple HDR workflow
Advanced 12G-SDI and IP streaming
Accurate and reliable Dual Pixel CMOS AF
15x L-series lens with wide-angle
TrueLook, the only construction camera company that combines live jobsite viewing, project time-lapsing, and HD security recording, today announced a new movie-making tool for creating custom time-lapse videos.
TrueLook cameras capture photos throughout a construction project’s life and automatically create time-lapse videos from these images. Now, users also have the ability to create customized videos with a number of options and filters.
“No other construction cameras offer this level of customization,” said Ken Pittman, chief marketing officer for TrueLook. “Users now have the control to add music, filter out bad weather or weekends and set it to use one photo taken at the same time each day to control for lighting. It’s an easy way to turn time-lapses into engaging marketing tools.”
Customers have options at their fingertips, but the new movie-making tool isn’t mandatory; the TrueLook app will still generate standard time-lapse videos. In fact, at the completion of a project, TrueLook will now create a beautifully stylized time-lapse production, complete with a title card, pan and zoom effects, fading and music. This gives customers a premier marketing video with no effort. All the standard movies plus any custom movies will appear in a playlist, which can be viewed anytime during or after the project.
“Time-lapses are a great way to watch a project take shape from ground breaking to ribbon cutting, but they are also incredible ways to market your business,” Pittman said. “TrueLook users can now easily tailor-make videos to highlight their projects online and on social media.”
These updates are just the latest in a series of software upgrades designed to offer users more convenience and functionality. In recent months, TrueLook has unveiled integrations with Autodesk, PlanGrid, Procore, and CMIC. They will also launch new camera technology later this year.
TrueLook is the only construction camera company to combine live jobsite viewing, project time-lapsing, and HD security recording in one turnkey system. TrueLook has pioneered new construction camera technologies for over 20 years, beginning with the world’s first Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera in 1995. Their cameras capture over 50,000 construction time-lapse photos every day across the U.S. and Canada, and have delivered more than two billion images to 100 million users. For more information, visit www.truelook.com
Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in data storage solutions, today launched the industry’s widest range of advanced 14TB hard drives, enhancing the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Consisting of IronWolf® and IronWolf® Pro for network attached storage (NAS) applications, the BarraCuda® Pro desktop drive, surveillance-optimized SkyHawk™, and Exos™ X14 for hyperscale data centers, this purpose-built portfolio empowers customers to consume, manage and utilize digital data more effectively and efficiently while establishing new benchmarks in speed and capacity.
With this offering, Seagate continues to lead the industry in driving data storage technology toward a lower cost per terabyte through hard drive optimization, versatility of application, and unmatched capacity. Whether for personal use, creative and design computing, online gaming, or large-scale surveillance systems and hyperscale environments, Seagate drives are opening up new data management opportunities across a wide range of markets.
“Data protection, management and archiving are no longer strictly the realm of IT departments, but are now essential responsibilities for business owners, creative professionals, online gamers and PC users alike,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of devices at Seagate. “We understand the critical nature of data in unlocking opportunities to efficiency. From the largest data center to the personal user, our goal is to ensure every customer can access, store and transfer data quickly and reliably, whenever they need it and wherever they are.”
IronWolf & IronWolf Pro 14TB – the leader in NAS
IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives have continued to push boundaries for NAS applications, providing best-in-class reliability and performance for always-on environments. Trusted by the world’s top NAS vendors, IronWolf drives are built with multi-user environments in mind, which allows a workload rating up to 300TB/year allowing users to do more with their data and their NAS. The drives are optimized with AgileArray™ firmware for NAS servers to provide the customer with a host of benefits including: RAID performance, dual-plane balance, rotational vibration (RV) sensors, advanced power management and error recovery control.
Additionally, customers get peace of mind with Seagate IronWolf Health Management and 2-year Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Services.* Health Management embedded analysis and recovery software works seamlessly with key NAS partner systems, providing comprehensive status updates and drive health analysis, allowing customers to be preventative, not just reactive. IronWolf and IronWolf Pro drives feature a 3-year and 5-year limited warranty respectively.
“For many companies, data storage has become one of the fastest-growing parts of their IT infrastructure. Synology users will be excited by the new Seagate 14TB IronWolf drives,” said Vincent Tsai, product marketing manager at Synology Inc. “By collaborating seamlessly, Seagate and Synology deliver a reliable storage and backup solution for businesses to safeguard their valuable data.”
BarraCuda Pro 14TB – versatile desktop performance
As a result of the exponential rise of online interactions across a host of industries, and the constant demand for higher productivity, the BarraCuda Pro 3.5-inch HDD continues to offer professionals an ideal storage solution for desktop workstations or direct attached storage (DAS) systems.
Creative professionals, small businesses and IT staff all have a need for large amounts of data to be delivered efficiently and protected properly. The BarraCuda Pro delivers industry-leading 7200 RPM spin speed, along with 250mb/s data transfer rates and up to 256MB of cache, the highest available today, powered by Seagate’s Multi-Tier Caching Technology™ (MTC), delivering effortless performance in a massive 14TB of storage.
Whether it be data-intensive editing of 8k video or the transfer of large files to an attached backup, the BarraCuda Pro gives customers speed, versatility and durability at an affordable cost, as well as the support of a 5-year limited warranty.
SkyHawk 14TB – optimized for surveillance
The surveillance industry is rapidly evolving and the demand for higher video resolution, analytics, and longer retention requires much greater storage capacities. Seagate SkyHawk drives provide the optimum combination of performance, high capacity and reliability, the three most important needs for surveillance customers and integrators.
With the ability to store over 9000 hours of HD video and up to 64 HD cameras,** the SkyHawk 14TB is optimized for DVRs and NVRs, tuned for 24/7 workloads, and equipped with ImagePerfect™ firmware to minimize dropped frames and downtime. Supported by a 3-year limited warranty, customers can also benefit from unique SkyHawk Health Management technology that actively monitors and analyzes drive health, empowering users to prevent, intervene and recover from potential anomalies.
Exos X14 – hyperscale ready
Built for the efficiency, reliability and security demands of the world’s most advanced hyperscale data centers, Exos X14 drives offer enhanced areal density to deliver higher storage capabilities in a compact 3.5-inch form factor. Combined with the industry’s lowest power consumption and best performance in its class, the Exos X14 enables data centers to maximize storage capabilities while reducing complexity and operational costs.
As the need for hyperscale and cloud storage increases exponentially, Seagate’s new Exos X14 drives deliver 40% more petabytes per rack compared to Exos 10TB drives, while maintaining the same small footprint. The helium-based Exos X14 also provides a 10% reduction in weight versus air nearline drives, and flexible formatting for wider integration options and support for a greater number of workloads. Exos X14 also ships in a modular enterprise system (Exos E 4U106) for easy scaling up to an unprecedented 1.4PB density.
Anticipating global security demands, Exos X14 drives feature “always-on” Seagate Secure™ protection, effectively encrypting all data without performance degradation. Exos X14 drives offer a 5-year limited warranty, and are designed to meet US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, Level 2 Security certification, as well as the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC) ISO/EIC 15408 compliance standard.
The IronWolf and IronWolf Pro 14TB are available at an MSRP of $529.99 and $599.99 respectively. The BarraCuda Pro 14TB is available at an MSRP of $579.99. The SkyHawk14TB is available at an MSRP of $509.99. The Exos X14 is available at an MSRP of $614.99.
You can also find more information on Seagate’s new 14TB products at: https://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/hdd/
*Seagate Rescue & Data Recovery Services available on IronWolf Pro version only.
**Calculation based on H.264, 1M pixels, medium quality, 15FPS, 1 camera, and 24 hours of recording/day.
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