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I stopped by the Imagine Products booth to get an introduction to their new PrimeTranscoder from Marketing Director Michelle Maddox. Imagine Products may be best known as the maker of the industry-standard media offloading/verified copy application, ShotPut Pro (now in version 6). PrimeTranscoder uses a similar interface and works with ShotPut Pro to create transcodes of original camera footage for dailies/review and edit media in a variety of standard formats. One great feature is the ability to merge clips. You could, for example, make a single clip out of all of the circled takes from a day of shooting and transcode to H.264 so the director could review footage on his or her iPad while traveling. In a case like this, each source clip’s timecode can either be preserved or new source timecode for the joined clip can be applied. Additionally, a LUT can be applied to the footage during transcoding to bring Log footage into the REC709 space with a show- or crew-specific look on it (compatible with standard .cube files as exported by programs like DaVinci Resolve).

PrimeTranscoder is a one-time purchase license, as opposed to a subscription, and new features introduced in “dot” releases will be available as free updates. Similar to ShotPut Pro, PrimeTranscoder uses preset templates that direct its behavior as far as output destinations, input and output formats, and watched folders. Watched folders look for files being added to a folder (such as with ShotPut Pro), and once the files are copies and verified, PrimeTranscoder can then take over and create the additional versions of offloaded files. PrimeTranscoder also features user-selectable GPU acceleration, leveraging your computer’s graphics hardware to significantly speed up the transcoding process. Unused audio tracks can also be trimmed from further versions of clips, always appreciated by editors. Rich burn-in and watermark options are available as well.

PrimeTranscoder is available now as a download from the Imagine Products website and is priced at $699. A free trial is available as well. Watch the video above to learn more.

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As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.

Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!

…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016

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Imagine Products has released version 6 of their ShotPut Pro software. Those of us familiar with ShotPut know that it is one of the most important tools in modern digital imaging. ShotPut ensures that the content of media cards is safely offloaded to your destination drives. It upholds the first commandment of media offloading: Thou Shall NOT Drag And Drop.

In this blog I take you through the major updates of the program, including a selectable user interface. It is now possible to offload only selected clips – prior versions only let you offload the entire contents of a card. The offload process can now be paused and resumed. Another new feature of this version is that PDF reports are possible, complete with frame grabs.

Watch my video above to learn more. You can also check out my preview of ShotPut Pro 6 from Cine Gear.

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This year at Cine Gear I got a chance to stop by the Imagine Products booth to take a look at what’s coming up in ShotPut Pro 6. ShotPut Pro is one of my favorite offloading programs, and Marketing Director Michelle Maddox was nice enough to walk me through some of the new features – including a simpler, more intuitive UI and the ability to pause an offload. ShotPut Pro 6 is currently in beta and is expected to be released this summer.

Watch my video above to learn more!

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The ALEXA Mini from ARRI is a versatile and flexible camera body with a compact form factor and outstanding image quality. Combining some of the best features of ARRI’s other cameras, such as the ALEXA series and the AMIRA, as well as some of the image quality improvements ARRI made when developing the large format ALEXA 65, the ALEXA Mini is a compelling option for DPs and shooters who want to realize their creative vision in a wide range of situations. Its symmetrical, cube-like design is well suited for handheld scenarios, such as with a Ronin or MōVI gimbal, on the shoulder, or mounted on a drone for soaring aerial shots. It’s equally at home in the studio as an “A” or “B” camera on commercials, music videos or narrative projects. One of the best features the ALEXA Mini “inherited” from its doc-style bigger brother, the AMIRA, is ARRI’s next generation look management controls which allow for CDL-style grading directly in the camera or — and this is the topic we’ll be focusing on today — the ability to load look files converted from 1D and 3D LUTs directly into the camera to be applied to a variety of viewing options and outputs.

When used in conjunction with the ARRI Color Tool, a free download from the ARRI website, programs like DaVinci Resolve can be used to create unique looks and load them into the camera quickly. Pomfort LiveGrade can be used to color the camera’s LogC signal in real-time, and the resulting grades can then also be loaded directly into the camera. This is especially useful in situations where the camera is mounted in a position that makes doing live color impractical. Lastly, many people have large libraries of existing 3D LUTs they’ve found around the web, made themselves, or purchased. LUT utilities such as Lattice serve as “swiss army knives” for getting your existing production-quality LUT into a format that can be loaded into the ALEXA Mini. In this blog post we’ll take a look at all three of these approaches.

…continue reading Creating and Loading 3D LUTs on the ALEXA Mini

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The Phantom Flex4K camera has been out in the world since the beginning of this year and workflow support for the files created by the camera has been steadily increasing. Some significant transfer speed records are being achieved and breakthroughs in workflow support from 3rd party companies are now being implemented. Here’s an update on some of the supporting technologies:

…continue reading Phantom Flex4K Workflow Solutions

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One of the most important features of the new Arri AMIRA is its ability to load 3D LUTs (Look Up Tables), which really allows you to modify the way the camera looks. The ALEXA allows for basic LUTs with ASC CDL adjustments, but the AMIRA goes a step beyond that to allow for full customization of the image. 

…continue reading Arri’s New AMIRA Color Tool

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