CTRL+Console Turns Your iPad into a Video Editing Control Surface

CTRL+Console with MacBook

A couple days ago, I randomly got a download code for the CTRL+Console app and a couple modules because I went to the Supermeet at NAB this year. I don’t even remember seeing it there but I thought I would check it out because the demo video looked pretty slick.

I have been using it as a control surface for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro for a day or two now.

It is a very well designed app that allows your iPad to connect via Bluetooth to your Mac or Windows machine and serve as a control surface, complete with a jog wheel. [Read more...]

Lytro Illum Hands-On

Lytro Illum

The Lytro Illum is the first serious take on the “focus later” design initially introduced with Lytro’s basic Light Field Camera.

While the camera somewhat resembles today’s traditional, APS-C format mirrorless cameras, it is anything but traditional. The sensor is a 40-megaray Light Field CMOS sensor, which produces infinite focus points of each image captured. [Read more...]

Coremelt TrackX for FCP X Review

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Coremelt TrackX is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X that allows you to track objects in your footage while inside FCP X using Mocha and without needing to take footage to an outside program like After Effects or Motion. The trackers are added to your footage and you can replace screens, add tracking text or blur logos and such directly from your FCP X project.

The workflow is rather straightforward. Although it is not an entry-level task, it is still fairly simple to follow the tutorials and start tracking with TrackX. My jaw dropped the first time I saw this working in my FCP X project. [Read more...]

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens Review

Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Lens-3

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens is built for APS-C format cameras, providing a 27-52.5mm equivalent full frame field of view. At 1.78 lbs, the lens is not quite a bear; however, you’ll definitely notice an increase and size and weight from other variable aperture zoom lenses built for APS-C cameras (e.g., Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm IS STM and Nikon’s 18-105mm VR). I equate the feel close to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. [Read more...]