“The May 2019 release of Adobe Camera Raw (version 11.3) rolls out a new feature – Texture slider, adds support for new cameras and lenses, and fixes issues.”
Adobe has updated its Adobe Camera Raw engine plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom to version 11.3 with a brand new feature, Texture.
Until now many photographers needing a little extra detail from their raw files have chosen to sharpen or add clarity via ACR but now they may wish to explore the creative possibilities of the Texture slider.
Like sharpening and clarity, the texture feature can be used in a negative or positive manner, applied overall or in selected areas of the image.
I have applied texture to both the images above, at a setting of +50 to the top image and at +100 to the lower image, and I can see its expressive capabilities already.
One of the best, in my humble opinion, media management computer applications for creatives working in the related fields of photography and video, Kyno by Lesspain Software GmbH, has received a major update to version 1.5 and has gained a broadcast industry sibling in the form of Kyno Premium.
Who is Kyno for and what does Kyno do? Lesspain Software describes it thus:
Kyno is used by professionals in the media, entertainment & non-media industry as:
Media storage browser
Logging/Metadata editing tool
Multi-purpose production assistant
Converter (transcoding & rewrapping)
Kyno is a crossplatform application for macOS and Windows and it closely integrates with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Adobe’s Premier Pro.
According to video industry website News Shooter, Kyno version 1.5 gains a number of new features, bug and stability fixes including:
Timestamp metadata batch-correction.
Drag & drop support with FCP X.
Playback support for MXF ProRes files created with FCP X.
FCP X XML export updated to V1.6 of FCP X XML.
Auto-creation of bins for Premiere Pro.
New thumbnail column view in list view.
Transcoding presets can now be imported and exported to be able to share them in a team or with the community.
Apart from a number of bug fixes and stability improvements, Kyno 1.5 brings WebP image support as well as GH5s raw stills, filtering of more metadata, advanced batch naming controls for space and case handling, IMX/D10 support, improvements in audio channel selection as well as better render quality in the player.
Kyno Premium is intended for “film, TV & broadcast professionals and production companies” thus expanding Kyno’s initial reach as an essential software tool for “media professionals, small production companies and creative agencies”.
Kyno is also available in a version for large organizations, Kyno for Enterprise.
“EOSHD Pro Audio is a preset library for Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X, allowing complete control over camera audio in post…
…Developed with a professional studio engineer in Berlin, the concept of EOSHD Pro Audio is unique. It is designed to fix common audio issues with internal stereo mics on DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an innovative way, as well as offering cinematic moods for specific scenes and shots – like LUTs for audio.
Pro Audio allows all filmmakers and YouTubers to easily start processing camera audio in the edit. The job of an audio engineer is built into the product. That skill, hard work and expert tuning is now yours to drag and drop onto your timeline….”
EOSHD Pro Audio, for drag and drop film sound design in Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
EOSHD Pro Audio presets for Final Cut Pro X
EOSHD Pro Audio presets in Final Cut Pro X
Audio is not one of my strongpoints and audio editing even less so, so I am always open to information, tools and training that will help me do better, much better.
So I bought Andrew Reid’s EOSHD Pro Audio presets for use in Final Cut Pro X, for the princely sum of $US 27.99, and even though I have not used it with serious intent yet, am already impressed with what it does for movie audio.
“… I’m covering a couple different categories of raw processors: Two optimized for single image processing and two that are more comprehensive hub type solutions with image management capabilities. They are Luminar 2018 (v1.1.1) and Topaz Studio (v1.8.2) for the former category and ON1 Photo Raw 2018 (v2018.1) and Lightroom Classic CC (v7.2) for the latter….
“Need to get a lot of still images from moving media? One of the spinoffs from using a DAM is the ability to easily process such time consuming tasks. Georgia Dawson looks at how Kyno helps streamline that process….
… Unfortunately, it can be a tedious, manual process to extract stills via editing suites like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. In the move towards a video-based workflow, photographers have found themselves in need of applications and plugins that can happily process both mediums….
… We’ve now entered a digital age. Professional studios will often need to consider still images and video simultaneously, shooting in 4k to get the best out of each medium. Tools like Kyno are the missing link, needed to bring photo and video seamlessly together in a modern, multi-platform market.”
“Robert Krüger from Lesspain Software walks demonstrates Kyno, an all-in-one media management app. Kyno allows you to keep your footage where you’d like in Finder, and stills enables you to add custom metadata for using in Kyno, FCPX, or Premiere.”
Serif has just released its version 1.5.1 update for Affinity Photo and the subset of additions and improvements in its full feature list is a doozy, and too long to cover in depth here.
Affinity Photo’s photographically-oriented additions and improvements include camera and lens profiles for raw processing, HDR merging and 32-bit photo processing, panorama image stitching, focus merging for deep-focus still-life close-up photography, 360-degree editing for immersive interactive images, dust and scratches filter, batch processing, live perspective projection and more.
As Affinity Photo is made for graphic designers as well as photographers, it contains a host of design-oriented features too including close integration with Affinity Designer, Serif’s vector graphics application and the coming Affinity Publisher, its offline and online publishing software.
Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are made for the Mac and Windows.
I have noticed some queries on online photography fora about Affinity Photo’s support for lens and sensor profiles. The folks at Affinity kindly sent me these links:
I am pleased to note that the list of Serif Labs-supported cameras includes the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-T2 flagships as well as a vast array of other digital stills and video cameras. The Lensfun list of supported lenses includes seven Fujinon XF zoom and prime lenses, a good start that I hope will grow to encompass all of Fujifilm’s interchangeable lenses.