CyberLink Release PowerDirector 17 and Other Updates
This week CyberLink announced the release of updated versions of their various video, audio, color and image editing software offerings.
Although my main interest is obviously their mainstay video editing program PowerDirector 17, a few things have changed over at CyberLink that are worth noting.
In the past CyberLink… Read more…
Jimmy Chin is one of my favorite photographers, and his life and career have heavily influenced my own. Watch this video to learn a little about Chin’s mindset and process regarding expedition photography.
A film is 50% picture and 50% sound. But the sound of your film is not just there to simply compliment the picture. When harnessed correctly, it’s a powerful tool to drive the plot and help deliver the story in a really creative way.
Twitter is making it easier for everyone to know when a live broadcast is on. The microblogging platform has added live broadcast to your timeline—precisely at the top where it will be easy to know when accounts you follow has gone live. In a tweet a couple of days ago, Twitter said the new feature […]
The featured topic was “How To Become A ‘Full-Time’ Freelance Editor” followed by a Q&A with attending Patreon members.
Here is the email by Kyle that inspired the topic:
I’m a huge fan of your channel and I am sure you get hundreds of emails like this so I will try to keep it short.
I am currently a A/V high school teacher as well as a freelance sports videographer with EVS and Daktronics experience. I also have about 10 years editing experience doing mostly documentary style videos ( I worked in local news for a few years).
But I want to quit teaching and become a full time freelance, continuing to be a pro and college sports videographer, but also an editor who does documentaries, movies, short films, music videos, commercials…really anything that will make me a livable wage.
My question is this: what steps do I take to be able to freelance edit full time?
I live in Houston, Texas. Do I realistically need to move to California? Do I need to email all my contacts about potential work? Can I work remotely? What kind of reel do I need to build if I don’t have too much specific movie editing experience? What tips do you have for building that reel if I don’t have too many movie contacts? Jumping from a stable job is scary…how much should I save before I do it?
I’m not coming out of college with no experience hoping for the fast track. I am very confident in my editing abilities and love doing it. Just wanting to be able to do it full time while being able to pay the bills and student loans and find consistent work.
Again, I know you’re an extremely busy and get these questions all the time. But any advice would be extremely helpful. Thanks for all that you do!
Pro, Prosumer, Consumer?
Over the past 15 years or so in the field of digital video the separation between professional cameras and editing software and their consumer level equivalents has become somewhat blurred.
These days even with the added category of “prosumer” those differences are becoming less and less.
There remains however one key factor that separates… Read more…
acebook will invest $1 billion to build its first data center in Asia. Once completed, the facility will stand 11 stories high and occupy 1.8 million square foot, making it one of the largest data centers worldwide. Facebook engineering executive Jay Parikh broke the news Thursday morning. The expansion seeks to keep up with […]
The image resizer A.I. Gigapixel, from Topaz Labs, received a new update, featuring additional options for image enhancement, 3 sets of new Artificial Intelligence models and other features.
With the latest update to A.I.Gigapixel the program, which Topaz Labs presents as “the first and only intelligent image resizer for your computer” just became even more powerful. The company not only refined the A.I. in the existing models used to resize images, for more accurate results, also introduced additional options for image enhancement, 3 sets of new Artificial Intelligence models to resize high-quality input images or even images with a lot of noise.
One of the promised features is introduced in the new update: A.I. Gigapixel now offers CPU processing, so users with humble GPU can use the program. As mentioned before here at ProVideo Coalition, the new stand-alone software from Topaz Labs needs a lot of computer power to work, and depends heavily on the GPU to process images. In fact, A.I. Gigapixel performs millions of calculations per pixel in your image, resulting in trillions of computations for your image to ensure it enhances all the right details. Applying all these calculations on a full-size RAW image can take time to complete, but the results speak for themselves.
According to Topaz Labs the A.I. Gigapixel V1.1 update, results from the substantial improvements made on the deep learning models behind the scenes by its research scientist, Dr. Acharjee. Those enhancements are reflected as replacing the “Enhancement” checkbox with a multi-level “Reduce Noise and Blur” options that offers three 3 sets of neural networks tailored for images of different quality, giving users a more precise control over the final results.
Although the difference is, according to Topaz Labs, very subtle for most photos, for which the default setting (“Moderate”) will work well, users may want to try different “Reduction Noise and Blur” settings when aiming for the highest quality result. The options now available allow users to select one of the following neural networks:
“None”: This neural network was trained with clean images. If your original photo is a well exposed RAW or is otherwise free of visible artifacts, this option will best preserve and create fine detail.
“Moderate”: This default option will suppress a moderate amount of image noise and JPEG compression artifacts and apply some sharpening. This setting is good for most consumer-level standard cameras and phone photos.
“Strong”: This option is for noisy, highly compressed, or otherwise artifacted images. This neural network applies the heaviest level of sharpening and noise reduction. Unfortunately, if too much information is missing or obscured by noise, A.I. cannot synthesize details properly, and sometimes produce strange structures on details like faces. Alas, A.I. is not quite that magical when it comes to recreating faces yet. Therefore, do not use this setting on clean photos, that don’t have much noise.
The update is free for owners of the A.I. Gigapixel software. As always, adds Topaz Labs, “updates to our products are free for products you already own, so if you already own Gigapixel you get all these new features for free!”. Meanwhile the company continues to accept feedback from users and even reply to some of the suggestions with a “we will investigate” as Albert Yang, Topaz Labs CEO, noted on the comment from a user requesting that A.I. Gigapixel works as a plugin.
The company also continues to challenge photographers to try the software, saying that “since Gigapixel will not overwrite the original images, you can experiment with each setting to your heart’s content.” One important information from the online conversation is the note that the new update makes image processing slower for image scales under 220%. The note adds that “Dr. Acharjee has made substantial progress on the neural network architecture for a considerable increase in image quality. According to feedback from the general community, speed takes a backseat to quality results. For scales greater than 220%, different optimizations were implemented that will not result in longer processing times.”
Most good photos require a bit of risk. Unfortunately for newlyweds Jenny McCauley and Kirea Lovell, their decision to take some of their wedding photos at the water’s edge didn’t pay off, as a new video shows the moment a huge wave soaked the both of them.