ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 Announced

ACDSee Pro 5

ACD Systems launched ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 today, priced at $239.99 and $79.99, respectively.  Both products offer several new features and improvements.

ACDSee Pro 5 adds a new “user-controlled edge detection mask slider lets you focus the sharpening effect more to edges and textures than non-textured areas.”  Additional new features include split-toning, enhanced dodge and burn controls, and metadata removal, among others.

ACDSee 14 adds map view and geotagging support, news special effects presets, and cloud storage and sharing options.

More details over at ACD System’s website.

Amazon 16GB SDHC Card for $18.99 – Deal of the Day

Amazon Class 10 16GB SDHC Card

Amazon has posted a solid deal on its 16GB Class 10 SDHC card.  For today only, it is $18.99.  Here’s the link to the deal at Amazon.

The Class 10 rating is a rating intended for evaluating video capture performance.  In this case, Class 10 is the fastest rating currently available for video performance, which means these will work with just about every HD video camera on the market today.  For a more detailed explanation of SDHC card classes and speed ratings, check out my prior article on Demystifying SD Cards.

Canon Bringing Back Lens Aperture Rings for HDSLR Video

Canon Lens Aperture Ring

Anyone who has shot video with a Canon DSLR recognizes that smooth iris pulls are impossible while recording with Canon’s EF lenses.  In one of the more interesting patent applications of late, Canon revealed that it is working on new lenses with aperture rings for adjusting aperture settings during video capture. [Read more…]

Ambarella A7L Camera Chip Provides 30fps 16MP Capture Speed

Ambarella-A7L-DSC-EVK-and-Chip

Video compression and semiconductor company, Ambarella, has developed new system on chip that offers impressive image processing specs, which include 1080/60p video capture as well as 16MP 30fps still image capture.

Additional specs include built-in HDR processing, low power consumption and smart phone tethering.

Check out Ambarella’s press release below for full details on the A7L chip. [Read more…]