Magic Bullet Looks Now Works with Final Cut Pro X

Magic Bullet Looks FCP X

I neglected to note this last week when I wrote about the Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.3 upgrade; however, one of the many fixes provided in the update was a hurdle that Red Giant had with implementing Magic Bullet Looks in Final Cut Pro X.

I’ve been using Magic Bullet Mojo with FCP X since it was released.  Simple, clean and smooth integration with the FCP X interface.  Now that Looks is integrated with FCP X, I’ll be using it on some upcoming projects.  In what little I’ve played around in it, I’ve been overly pleased with the interface.  I’ll let you know if there are any problems as I use it more, and I welcome your thoughts as well.  So far though, so good.

Magic Bullet Looks is only $199 through tomorrow, Feb. 7 (that’s half off).  Coupon code LOOKSFCPX50 required. The FCP X Looks upgrade is free for existing Looks users.

Check out the video from Red Giant below. [Read more…]

Nikon D800 Outed, Official Announcement Later Tonight

Nikon D800

[UPDATE: Official D800 announcement here. Available for pre-order at B&H here.]

Well, the Nikon D800 appears to no longer be a rumor. A Brazilian site, Ztop, has published an article with official images and specifications for the camera.

Sure enough, the D800 sports a full frame 36.3MP CMOS image sensor, as well as other specs noted below. [Read more…]

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Announced

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron has announced a nice-looking 24-70mm f/2.8 lens that has image stabilization (or “Vibration Compensation” as Tamron says) built into it.  The new lens has a silent drive AF that should put into the conversation with Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, as well as an alternative to the Canon and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses.

I don’t think any other manufacturers offer a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, so this makes Tamron somewhat unique.  Surprisingly, it weighs 825g, which puts it in the same weight category as other 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses – and it is, in fact, lighter than some of them.

Tamron hasn’t announced any pricing for the new lens; however, the feature-set and touted quality lead me to believe it will be at or above the $1000-mark.  When it is made available, you should be able to find it for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

Full press release and spec list below. [Read more…]