“A plugin to measure and adjust the loudness similar to the human perception of loudness. Compliant with EBU R 128, ATSC A/85 and more….”
Apple is poised to release the first iterations of its high-end production-ready Apple iMac Pro, boasting the choice of 8, 10 or 18-core Xeon processors, turbo boost up to 4.5GHz, up to 42MB cache, up to 128GB RAM, up to 4TB SSD data storage and up to 3GB/s throughput with latest generation I/O including 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 40Gb/s data transfer and 10GB Ethernet.
Any version of the iMac Pro can form the basis of a multiple display graphics, photography or video workstation with the attachment of up to two RAID systems and two 5K displays via its four Thunderbolt 3 ports at rear, allowing you to work on a 44-million pixel machine.
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The first versions of the iMac Pro are apparently scheduled for ordering on December 14 in the northern hemisphere and orders apparently will be available from Friday, 15th December in Australia.
- Apple – iMac Pro product page
- Apple – iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, arrives this December – press release issued June 5, 2017
- Craig A. Hunter – 2017 iMac Pro Review
- fcp.co – Vloggers and Commercial Editors Test New iMac Pros Before Official Launch
- Jonathan Morrison – The Perfect iMac Pro Setup! – video
- MacRumors – iMac Pro Available With 8 or 10 Cores This Week, 14 and 18 Core Models Ship Early Next Year
- MacRumors – iMac Pro Described as Blazingly Fast, Quiet, and Fairly Priced, But Lacks Upgradeability
- MacRumors – Mid-Range iMac Pro is Nearly Twice as Fast as High-End 5K iMac and Up to 45% Faster Than 2013 Mac Pro
- Marques Brownlee – iMac Pro: 1 Week Impressions! – video
- ProVideoCoalition – The new iMac Pro–is it worth it? Probably.
- Randi Altman’s postPerspective – First Impressions: Apple’s new iMac Pro
- Twelve South – HiRise Pro for iMac & Displays – I have been needing stands like this for the editing machines on my standing desk to get them up to the right level. Twelve South states that there is a “soft supple leather valet tray on top of the stand”. I have been told that the “leather” is, in fact, vegan leather. Non-vegan leather’s extreme cruelty to animals, its liability to equipment-destroying mould infection and its environmental irresponsibility mitigate against using animal leather in any photography and video production equipment and I hope that all manufacturers will follow Twelve South’s fine example.
- Vincent LaForet – Apple’s new iMacPro has an impressive 200%-300% speed bump. – “Last week I received a pelican case from Apple with a very special Mac inside of it… It was an iMac Pro configured as a 10 Core 3GHZ Intel Xeon W, 2TB SSD, 128 GB RAM, Vega 64 Radeon….”
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divergent media, maker of a range of professional macOS video production software products, has released version 2.1 of its video transcoding essential EditReady to support High Sierra, the latest version of macOS, and HEVC H.265, the new standard for video compression supported by the Panasonic Lumix GH5 Super 16 M43 camera in its 6K Photo feature and by the incredible but sadly now discontinued Samsung NX1 and NX500 Super 35 cameras.
H.265 HEVC was introduced into affordable media production via Samsung’s NX1 DSLR-style and NX500 rangefinder-style cameras when few computers and computer applications supported the codec but H.265’s advantages became immediately apparent and it was clear that HEVC was the way forward.
At the time, EditReady was one of the few professional video production applications to support H.265 transcoding so I immediately bought a licence and have used it ever since.
Both cameras’ video functionality and support for H.265 HEVC are lessons to which Fujifilm needs to pay close attention when developing its cameras’ video support.
The pointless killing off of Samsung’s innovative camera division left a gaping hole in current Super 35 APS-C camera offerings that Fujifilm just might, if it wishes, fill with the X-T2S or more likely the X-T3, given the abandonment of its “Ultimate $5,000+ APS-C X-Trans X-series camera” project.
Another lesson Fujifilm needs to learn quick smart is that fast and accurate ETTR video and stills exposure demands exposure zebras, an essential feature that Fujifilm bizarrely still does not see fit to add to its cameras’ firmware. Histograms are handy and so are scopes but they are not the be-all and end-all of rapid exposure setting. Zebras are.
The EditReady 2.1 announcement:
Today we’re pleased to announce the release of EditReady 2.1. The release coincides with Apple’s release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. When run on 10.13 High Sierra, EditReady 2.1 adds support for encode of HEVC (H.265) videos. On systems that support it, HEVC is even hardware accelerated, making it significantly faster.
EditReady 2.1 is a free update for 2.0 customers. It can be downloaded here, or via in app auto update.
The full change list for 2.1:
- adds HEVC output format in mov (10.13 only)
- adds hardware accelerated HEVC encode and decode (10.13 only)
- fixes random crash when adding clips
- fixes silent audio when mixing down w/ strip silent tracks enabled
- makes missing codec errors cleaner
- preview and thumbnails respect pixel aspect ratio
- adds support for gh5 400mbit mode
- Apple – macOS High Sierra
- divergent media – Announcing EditReady 2.1
- divergent media – Upgrading to High Sierra: Tips for Video Pros
- DPReview – GH5 gets 10-bit HEVC Main 10 Level 6.1, NX1 still stuck at 5.1
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Transcoding and scopes specialist Divergent Media has released a paid update to its popular macOS-only transcoding application EditReady. EditReady 2.0 adds support for 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 files and H.265 HEVC files from Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5 camera in 4K UHD, 4K DCI and 6K Photo video as well as other video specifications.
Although other software products offer transcoding as part of their feature sets, the benefit of a small, nimble specialist like Divergent Media is its theoretical ability to respond quickly to new camera releases, and new codecs and specifications.
EditReady 2.0 seems to have beaten other transcoding tools to the punch on GH5 support so that alone is, IMHO, good enough justification for forking out for this full version updater.
- Divergent Media – EditReady: Easy, Fast and Powerful Transcoding for Video Professionals
- Vimeo – Divergent Media
- YouTube.com – Divergent Media
Picktorial 3.0 by Picktorial Innovations LTD is the latest incarnation of a powerful image editor with an apparently simple, elegant interface, made for macOS. Picktorial contains an impressive array of features and presets, and is currently on offer at an introductory price of USD 39.99, down from its usual price of USD 69.99.
With the vacuum created by Apple abandoning Aperture, the photography image organising and editing software especially popular with professional photographers, publishers and agencies, as well as a certain amount of disgruntlement with Adobe, a number of smaller independent software creators have seen their opportunity and I welcome the choice that has appeared in recent times.
I have installed a trial version of Picktorial 3.0 on my production iMac, but our recent problem with lack of Internet and phone has meant that I am well behind on all my work. I will be putting Picktorial to the test as soon as I can, but in the meantime I can highly recommend Thomas Fitzgerald’s introductory article on it at his website below.