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A digest of last week’s photo and video news – Week 07

Ripple will be at NAB with an entry level panel for grading, MIDIGrade is a color grading controller panel on a budget, TechArt PRO gives autofocus to manual lenses and Fujifilm’s new X-Pro2 is a “huge leap forward” when it comes to video.

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A digest of last week’s news is a selection of some of the news from week 06 from 2016 related to the worlds of photography and video, covering multiple topics, always rounded up with a reading suggestion.

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Ripple at NAB 2016

First seen as a prototype at IBC 2015, the Tangent Ripple entry level panel with an entry level price, designed for the occasional colourist, editor, and student, will be presented, in its final version, at NAB 2016, in Las Vegas, from 16 to 21 April.

Ripple provides the essential 3 trackerballs that speed up primary grading. Its small desk foot-print means it will sit comfortably beside your keyboard and mouse, and it won’t get in the way when you’re not using it. Changes introduced in the final version, following some suggestions received at IBC, have delayed the release date, so the panel will be available by the end of April, right after NAB.

MIDIGrade: Controller for DaVinci Resolve

Julius Koivistoinen, a cinematographer and colorist based in Helsinki, Finland, was tired of looking at all the expensive controllers for DaVinci Resolve, so he combined the power of DJ hardware, MIDI message software and some clever programming, and created the ultimate color grading controller panel solution for DaVinci Resolve on a budget!

First presented in January, the controller is evolving and last week the creator announced he is currently working on an update which brings not only Primaries Bars into MIDIGrade but “also has huge performance improvements based on the feedback I got from early adopters!”. Follow the link to discover more about the MIDIGrade.

Autofocus adapter for manual lenses

The Techart PRO adapter is the world’s first autofocus adapter for your manual focus camera lenses. It is able to turn your manual Leica M lens into an autofocus lens and use it under the Sony A7 cameras. Not only does it immediately give life to all the manual lenses, it also changes the experience we had with these lenses. The Techart PRO adapter is basically a lens adapter with a motor and a printed circuit board, allowing the camera to measure the focus and communicate with the motor.

Video is better on the Fujifilm X-Pro2

The website DPReview posted a video and some notes on the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera. Although the new model is limited to 14 minutes segments of video, it has made what DPReview calls a “huge leap forward” when it comes to the X-Trans filter design, producing “a level of detail far beyond what previous X-Trans models have been capable of”. According to DPReview, the X-Pro2 is, “Overall an impressive result”.

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50 percent on Valentine’s Day

RockyNook is extending their Valentine’s special sale until the 16th of February 2016, with a Print & eBook Bundle, so you can hold the hard copy close and access the ebook version wherever you go. To save 50% on Print & Digital Bundles select the book you’d like to purchase, click the “Print & eBook” button to add the bundle to your cart, enter coupon: LOVEBOOKS at checkout. Be sure hit the “Apply Coupon” button. Please note that not all titles are available in bundled format.


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