Skylum Software’s Luminar 2018 Jupiter Update, Amazing Raw Convertor and Image Editor, Released

Skylum Software, the independent photography image editing and raw file processing software company, maker of the excellent Aurora HDR, Luminar and Creative Kit desktop applications, has released the Jupiter update for Luminar 2018. 

Skylum Software was formerly known as Macphun during its macOS-only days and changed its name to better reflect the fact that the company is now making its software for Windows as well as macOS.


Luminar 2018 Jupiter contains over 300 improvements and updates to make Luminar more responsive and more useful, including significant performance enhancements to allow faster photo editing with speed gains of up to a factor of twelve.

Luminar’s Raw Develop filter has reportedly been updated for even cleaner images with better color and less noise.

Single image view of Luminar 2018’s digital asset management (DAM) system, currently under development and due for release later in 2018.

Luminar’s long-awaited digital asset manager (DAM) functionality is scheduled for release later in 2018.


Blackmagic Design: Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 15

“Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 15, a massive update that fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics, making it the world’s first solution to combine professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post production, multi user collaboration and now visual effects together in one software tool. DaVinci Resolve 15 adds an entirely new Fusion page with over 250 tools for compositing, paint, particles, animated titles and more. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15 includes a major update to Fairlight audio, along with over 100 new features and improvements that professional editors and colorists have asked for….”

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15, Edit page


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Ronny Courtens: Colour Grading Workflow in Final Cut Pro X Using Chromatic

“… In his presentation at the FCP X World event at IBC, Roger Bolton from Coremelt demonstrated how you can accelerate grading, enhance client presentations and get great results quickly using the Chromatic grading tool….”


Neat Video: Neat Video updated to version 4.6

“Neat Video plug-ins have been updated to version 4.6. Among the changes are generic noise profiles, second revision of the Premiere plug-in, support for new versions of video editing applications and GPU models, as well as other improvements:

  • Added a set of generic noise profiles.A new set of generic noise profiles is intended to help preparing a noise profile in a situation when video contains no frames and areas suitable for analysis by Auto Profile…
  • Added new Second Revision plug-in for Premiere.New Second Revision plug-in for Premiere uses the newer API of Premiere to overcome bugs of old API of Premiere that caused the following problems:
    • problems with cut/trimmed clips (incorrect input frames supplied by Premiere)
    • problems with adjustment layers (incorrect input frames supplied by Premiere)


    • The newer API (and therefore new plug-in) has some limitations of its own: it is necessary to manually prepare sample frames (by clicking a new button) before opening the plug-in window.
    • Second Revision plug-in is installed separately from the regular plug-in and will not automatically replace it in existing projects.
    • Second Revision plug-in for Premiere may supersede the regular plug-in in the future.
  • Added support for new versions of OFX host applications:
    • Foundry Nuke 11 (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    • BMD DaVinci Resolve / Resolve Studio 14 beta (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    • BMD Fusion Studio 9 (Windows, Mac, Linux)…”


Red Giant Magic Bullet Denoiser III Video Noise Reduction Plug-In Radically Revamped for Speed, Quality

My attention has been drawn to the radically revamped Denoiser III video noise reduction plug-in by Red Giant, available as part of Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite 13 colour correction, finishing and film looks plug-in collection.


The whole Magic Bullet Suite 13 is now compatible with the ‘Untitled’ project’s NLE of choice, Apple Final Cut Pro X, as well as Adobe’s After Effects and Premiere Pro FX and NLE software.

Denoiser III can also be purchased alone and a trial version is available from this URL:


The really big news about Denoiser III, though, is that the software now carries out much if not all of its functionality in your computer’s GPU and has been rewritten from scratch using technology from Augmented reality start-up wrnch.

The augmented reality computer vision tech from wrnch enables Denoiser III to run “incredibly fast”, according to Red Giant, and wrnch’s CEO Paul Kruszewski, “teaching the machine to see noise and replace it with what would be seen in the real world”.

Mr Kruszewski elaborates:

Essentially, what Augmented Reality does in real time, we’re enabling in post-production, combined with an underlying Artificial Intelligence that ensures users will get the best video denoising results, every time. We are confident that the new Magic Bullet Denoiser III running on the wrnch engine will be a game changer for editors and filmmakers.

As we approach the soft launch phase of the ‘Untitled: Stories of Creativity, Innovation, Success’ project, we will be commencing production of short documentaries as well as photo essays and they will provide excellent opportunities to try out current generation noise reduction software like Denoiser III (and Neat Video 4.5) given our subject matter.

Meanwhile feel free to download and try out a trial version of Red Giant Denoiser III and view the videos below.


Popular Video Noise Reduction Plug-In Neat Video Updated to Version 4.5

There has been plenty of online chatter lately about the possible high ISO noise qualities of the coming Panasonic Lumix GH5 Super 16 hybrid video/stills camera. The background to that chatter has been the relatively low noise high ISO qualities of Sony’s 35mm hybrid video-stills Alpha a7S and Alpha a7S II cameras compared to other contemporary cameras. 

A big factor in reducing the noise level of your video files is to expose correctly in the first place, applying the principle of exposing to the right aka ETTR. Cinematographer Paul Leeming does a good job showing how to ETTR and why at his Leeming LUT One website.

So far the GH5’s firmware is in pre-production and the last thing one should do is make firm buying decisions based on pre-production camera firmware. But so far, from the evidence shared recently by Panasonic brand ambassador Nick Driftwood, the GH5’s high ISO noise looks promising.

If noise is an issue, though, there is another solution, noise reduction software in the form of plug-ins for your favourite non-linear editing software aka NLE.

One of the most popular third-party noise reduction plug-ins is the legendary Neat Video, available as a plug-in for a range of NLEs and it has just been updated to version 4.5.

According to the version 4.5 change list, Neat Video’s profiling functionality has been improved with enhanced tools and a range of new features have been added, in short:

  • Preview Assist viewer mode
  • Noise Level Tuning Assist tool
  • Slow Shutter Tuning Assist tool
  • Spatial Filter Tuning Assist tool… and more.

Demo versions of the Neat Video plug-in can be downloaded for the ten different hosts in which Neat Video works, and it can be purchased online if it proves satisfactory, separately or in bundles.


Number One Job for the New Year, Update Your Panasonic Lumix Camera and Lens Firmware

One of the least glamorous tasks associated with being a photographer or moviemaker is ensuring that the firmware driving your cameras and lenses is up to date and that you have the most recent versions of essential production software.

The New Year break before diving back into production or at least planning is a good time to research exactly what firmware and software updaters are available, download them, archive them and apply them.

Some firmware and software updates are easy to find, and are often announced on industry websites, manufacturers’ newsletters and social media of various sorts.

Some recent updaters for Panasonic Lumix cameras and lenses seem to have passed me by in the maelstrom of the end of 2016 so I am only now applying them to my two Lumix hybrid 4K Micro Four Thirds stills/video cameras and the Panasonic and Olympus lenses used with them.

All of these firmware and software updaters appear to be difficult to find online or challenging for some users to apply, so here are some useful links that may ease and speed up the process.

What I often do when needing to update lens and camera firmware is copy all relevant updaters on to a formatted SD card, apply the camera updates first then the lens updates with each lens mounted on a camera. Slow and steady does it.