September 04, 2014

Sennheiser URBANITE headphones

Let your ears be loved: Sennheiser launches URBANITE headphones

Berlin, September 4, 2014 – Let your ears be loved: Sennheiser’s new URBANITE headphones are the new sound of urban style, bringing the bass for an intense club experience on the move. The audio specialist’s new mobile headphone range – including the on-ear URBANITE and over-ear URBANITE XL – delivers massive bass but with Sennheiser’s uncompromising audio expertise ensuring excellent clarity throughout the entire frequency range.

“Sennheiser URBANITE headphones are for the generation of Millennials who know more and demand more. They love their tunes heavy and love to look good, but are smart consumers who won´t compromise on quality. They want bass but want it done right. The Sennheiser URBANITE is answering these demands,” said Tim Voelker, Director Sales & Marketing Consumer, Sennheiser Communications A/S. “We’re bringing something fresh and new that will finally meet the expectations of this tough audience, and will be building the buzz for the URBANITE range through an exciting social media campaign this autumn under the headline ‘Let your ears be loved’.”
 
“With the Sennheiser URBANITE series we´ve created a range of headphones that are incredibly robust, using durable high quality materials and metal parts that – alongside the sound – set them apart from other fashionable headphones. With a unique folding mechanism that makes them easily portable, the Sennheiser URBANITE headphones are truly ready for life on the streets,” said Dr. Christian Ern, Director Product Management Consumer, Sennheiser Communications A/S.
 
The URBANITE range is designed for staying connected on the move, with integrated in line remote control and microphone for taking calls and controlling music on smartphones and tablets, with dedicated versions for either Apple iOS devices, or for Windows or Android-driven devices, such as Samsung Galaxy models.
 
A range of color choices includes black and denim across all models (both Apple and Samsung), with the iOS URBANITE additionally available in sand, nation and plum and iOS URBANITE XL also available in sand, nation and olive. The stainless-steel hinges add a striking touch of rugged urban style to cool design touches like the color-coordinated fabric-wrapped headband. However, the use of metal – on the premium hinge mechanism and the tough aluminum sliders – ensures these headphones are also styled to last.
 
The durable sliders and hinges also work with the super soft ear pads to ensure that the listener is insulated from external noise, ensuring great comfort for even long periods of listening enjoyment. And with its larger ear-pads, the Sennheiser URBANITE XL offers even greater levels of comfort.
 
For extra peace of mind all URBANITE headphones are supplied with a soft pouch for safe storage, and also come with a 2-year international warranty. Urbanite is available now at select retailers; URBANITE XL will be available in Q4.
 
 
About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.
 
More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com

 

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Just Mobile TopGum™

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Just Mobile TopGum™, a sophisticated backup battery, at 2014 IFA.TopGum™ is a travel essential for gadget lovers”" said Nils Gustafsson, Co-founder of Just Mobile. 

Just Mobile Ltd., the leading brand of mobile accessories. Just Mobile products are designed to perform flawlessly; furthermore, they're built to last. 
 

Just Mobile TopGum™  
The sophisticated backup battery 

TopGum™  is the revolutionary portable power pack from the masters of high-design, high-performance backup batteries. Clad in unibody aluminum, TopGum™ features two unique additions - a built-in, tangle-free Lightning cable and a magnetic recharging dock that makes it easy to refuel the backup battery without fumbling for cables.
 
With enough capacity to recharge an iPhone three times or top up and iPad mini to 75%, TopGum™ is a travel essential for gadget lovers. And its standard USB connections means you can recharge other USB-powered devices too – or simply refill TopGum’s internal batteries from any USB port when your dock is out of reach. 

 
Features
  • Compatible with smartphones, tablets and USB-powered devices
  • High-quality 6000mAh battery
  • 4 LED capacity indicators
  • Dual inputs: charging dock (5V/1.5A) and micro USB port (5V/1.5A)
  • Dual outputs: Lightning cable (max. 5V/2.4A) and USB port (5V/1A)
  • Protection from heat, overload and circuit damage
  • Built-in Lightning cable plus USB-to-micro USB cable included

Price and Availability :  USD$79.95, 79.95€, £69.95

 

July 29, 2014

Shooter Suite 12.5 Update

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New PluralEyes 3.5 Released as Part of Shooter Suite 12.5 Update
PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade. Denoiser II. Instant 4K. BulletProof 1.2. Frames. LUT Buddy.

July 29, 2014 – Today, Red Giant has released Shooter Suite 12.5, which includes new versions of two Shooter Suite products: PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K. New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giant’s powerful video noise reduction tool. Also included are the recently updatedBulletProof 1.2, as well as Frames and LUT Buddy.

PluralEyes 3.5, the latest update to Red Giant’s automated audio/video sync tool, brings expanded media support, more accuracy, drift correction and more to one of the editing industry’s most popular tools. PluralEyes literally saves hours or even days of audio/video syncing work, by analyzing the audio from all devices and automatically syncing them up with the touch of a button.

“PluralEyes has always been great at taking what came out of your camera and audio devices and making them work together, as is,” said Randon Morford, Shooter Suite product manager. “But there are many issues created in camera that make a sync virtually impossible. In this version, we’ve added a new feature called Drift Correction that allows PluralEyes to actively fix audio/video issues, generated directly in-camera, that can cause an inaccurate sync.” 

Drift correction is a new feature unique to PluralEyes 3.5, and a solution to a problem that plagues many shooters. When filming long clips, cameras can lose sync with audio recorders because their recording speeds don't match precisely. PluralEyes 3.5 can fix this.

An additional focus for this PluralEyes upgrade has been on improving and expanding support for more media types - including improved support for AVCHD cameras, with support for spanned clips. In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before, bringing this popular feature to a much larger group of users.

“PluralEyes has revolutionized the way people work on and off set,” said Bruce Sharpe, who originally created the app for his own projects. “On set, it  makes the shoots go faster by freeing up shooters from having to use clapboards or timecode, or for having to account for many cameras’ limitations. At the same time, editors don’t have to pay for that freedom later. PluralEyes removes the time-consuming process of manual syncing that slows editors down, right before post-production. All around, it lets people get projects done more quickly.”

New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giant’s powerful video noise reduction plug-in. Denoiser II gives shooters an essential tool for improving the quality of the video they shoot, especially when shooting in low light or at high ISOs.

The Shooter Suite upgrade also includes tools for bringing older or smaller formats onto your large-format timeline. Red Giant Instant 4K, an update to Instant HD, includes speed optimization (up to 3-4X) and new presets geared towards higher resolution formats. Also, Red Giant Frames, a tool used to deinterlace older footage and convert it to 24P, is included as part of the suite.

This all comes on the heel of Red Giant BulletProof 1.2 - a recent, free update for owners of the Shooter Suite and BulletProof. Red Giant BulletProof is the Shooter Suite’s stand-alone application for reliable on-set backup and review of footage. The free update includes support for AVCHD and Canon MXF, opening it up to a world of new, popular cameras. BulletProof 1.2 also includes a new file reference mode to help drastically speed up the process. And, with the release of PluralEyes 3.5, comes BulletProof/PluralEyes integration, making it easy for BulletProof to hand off files to the popular audio/video sync app.

BulletProof also allows you to export your color grading decisions, on set, as LookUp Tables. Red Giant LUT Buddy, Shooter Suite 12.5’s color tool, allows you to bring those LUTs (and those from many other sources) directly to your editing timeline.

All-in-all, this release of Red Giant Shooter Suite delivers more integration, greater camera/format support, and fantastic workflow, speed and accuracy improvements, making it easy to bring your footage from set to post with confidence.

Pricing & Availability
Shooter Suite 12.5 is available now for $399. Existing users of Shooter Suite 12 are eligible for a $99 Upgrade. Learn more: http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/shooter-suite/.

All Shooter Suite upgrade options can be seen here: http://resources.redgiant.com/upgrade-paths/.

PluralEyes 3.5 is available now for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Learn more at  http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/pluraleyes/.

Instant 4K is available now for $99. Existing users of Instant HD are eligible for an update to Instant 4K for $29. Learn more at: http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/instant-hd/.

Members of the media are invited to review Red Giant Shooter Suite 12.5 by contacting Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com

The Red Pledge
Red Pledge is Red Giant’s commitment to customer happiness, with no purchasing hassles. Learn about the Red Pledge guarantee at www.redgiantsoftware.com/redpledge/.

About Red Giant
Red Giant is a software company made up of talented artists and technologists who collaborate to create unique tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists, and motion designers. Our company culture is focused on finding balance between work and life - we call it “the double bottom line” - this philosophy helps us ignore complexity in favor of building simple tools that yield giant results. Over the last decade, our products (like Magic Bullet and Trapcode) have become the standard in film and broadcast post-production - with over 200,000 users, it’s nearly impossible to watch 20 minutes of TV without seeing our software in use. From our experiences as artists and filmmakers, we aspire to not only to provide tools for artists, but inspiration as well. Watch our films, learn from over 200 free tutorials, or try our software at redgiant.com.

 
 

PluralEyes 3.5

 
 
 

Denoiser II

 
 
 

Instant 4K

July 10, 2014

Imagineer Systems: mocha Pro 4.0

 

 

Imagineer Systems Rolls Out mocha Pro 4.0, the Industry’s Next Visual Effects Blockbuster

Advanced support for native stereo 3D workflows and Python scripting simplify tracking and roto on complex VFX projects

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Guildford, UK – July 10, 2014 – Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winningmocha® Planar Tracking technology, announced today the release of its flagship visual effects solution, mocha Pro 4.0. Packed with new innovative features that facilities with complex VFX production pipelines will love, mocha Pro 4 offers groundbreaking native Stereo 3D (S3D) workflow capabilities and advanced support for Python scripting. Watch the mocha Pro 4 promo video.

“Visual effects artists working on stereo 3D feature films have been asking for these new features, and we have worked closely with customers to understand and support their workflow,” states Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems. “With version 4, we are streamlining many of the complex corrective tasks that come with large S3D projects and expanding the compatibility ofmocha Pro with visual effects applications such as Nuke, Ocula and Adobe After Effects. This allows a wider audience of VFX professionals to tackle some of the more dense effects work such as S3D rotoscoping, motion tracking and object removal.”

mocha Pro 4’s new Stereoscopic 3D workflow lets users quickly analyze differences between right and left camera streams and apply the solved disparity in 2D tracking, 3D camera solving, object remove module and image stabilization. Shain further explains the benefits of the new capability: “In a typical S3D post-production workflow, an early process is to correct the footage – vertical alignment, color and other differences between right and left eyes. With mocha Pro 4’s new stereo workflow, the mocha planar tracking technology has been enhanced for multi-stream image analysis. This automatically detects and keeps track of the difference between both eyes, so tracking and roto tasks can be done on uncorrected footage and disparity offsets are automatically animated. This results in a lot less manual keyframing for both solving tracks and creating articulate roto masks.”

The benefits of mocha Pro 4 also carry over to editors and artists using Adobe’s Creative Cloud tools: Premiere Pro and After Effects. Premiere editors can now paste mocha roto masks directly to their timeline for advanced isolation, blurring and color correction tasks while the new customizable keyboard shortcut interface comes with preset profiles to match After Effects.

Facilities can now deeply integrate mocha Pro 4 into their unique VFX production workflows thanks to newly added support for Python scripting. “With Python scripting, VFX houses can better customize their workflows,” comments Shain. “For example, a facility can use Python scripting to integrate mocha Pro 4 with an asset management system such as Shotgun, Hiero or Generation, seamlessly synchronizing visual effects content and metadata across applications and projects.”Python also allows technical directors to customize and automate mocha Pro tasks, such as sending intensive object removal renders to a background render farm.

mocha Pro 4 Feature Highlights At a Glance

  • mocha’s new Stereoscopic 3D workflow adds unique stereo support to planar tracking, rotoscoping, object removal and 3D camera solving. It also adds the capability to work on uncorrected, native stereo 3D footage.
  • Python scripting support allows facilities to further customize their workflows, integratingmocha Pro 4 deeper into the visual effects production pipe.
  • The customizable keyboard shortcut interface enables mocha Pro 4 users to edit and save customizable keyboard layout or select industry standard keyboard layouts such as Adobe After Effects or Nuke.
  • The improved user interface plus high-resolution retina display support greatly enhances the end user experience.
  • New exports and format handling includes support for Adobe Premiere Pro masks, Nuke 7 Tracker export and improved Nuke Roto exports. Version 4 also improves QuickTime and MPEG support.

Imagineer Systems has also released the new mocha Plus today. For details on this product release, please visit: www.imagineersystems.com/products/mocha-plus/.

Members of the media are invited to review mocha Pro 4 from Imagineer Systems. To request a review license, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com. For press images, please visit: http://www.imagineersystems.com/company/press/.

Pricing and Availability
mocha Pro 4 is now available on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with nodelocked or cross platform, floating licensing options. mocha Pro 4 supports Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Avid|DS, Assimilate SCRATCH, Autodesk Flame, Smoke & Maya, Boris FX, Eyeon Fusion, HitFilm, Quantel, Maxon Cinema 4D, Red Giant Warp and The Foundry’s Nuke. Upgrades are available starting at $495 USD; new users can purchase mocha Pro 4 on the Imagineer Systems website for $1,495 USD.

Special promotion: all mocha 4 upgrades will be on sale for 20% off list prices for the month of July.

About Imagineer Systems
Imagineer Systems Ltd is the Academy Award-winning developer of visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post-production markets. Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquee Hollywood blockbuster productions as The HobbitBlack SwanThe Wolf of Wall Street,Transformers, and the Harry Potter series. Imagineer’s desktop product line consists of mocha Pro™ - roto, planar tracking, compositing, and removal utility; mocha Plus - a planar tracking and roto utility designed for After Effects, Premiere and Final Cut Pro users. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom.

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