Dashwood announces 3D plug-in for FCP X Photo

Dashwood announces 3D plug-in for FCP X

Dashwood Cinema Solutions has announced the Stereo3D Toolbox™ LE plug-in which provides the basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools necessary to optimize stereoscopically acquired footage. The plug in will work within the latest versions of Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, and Motion in Mac OS X Lion or Snow Leopard. It allows H.264 3D files from the GoPro 3D and Panasonic AG-3DA1 cameras to be imported directly into FCP X, for convergence adjustment via horizontal image translation and also to eliminate vertical, rotational and zoom disparity.

The plug-in has a free trial and costs $99.

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President Johnson Toribiong speaks on protecting sharks Photo

President Johnson Toribiong speaks on protecting sharks

An interview with President of Palau, Johnson Toribiong by Annie Crawley has been posted onto YouTube. He talks about declaring Palau a shark sanctuary to the United Nations and the need to protect all marine resources. President Toribiong believes we need the next generation to experience and love the Ocean so they grow up wanting to protect it. He states that:

“The need to protect our sharks much outweighs the need to enjoy a bowl of shark fin soup.”

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Call for entries: Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011 Photo

Call for entries: Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011

The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition 2011 (OPOTY) is calling for entries. Categories include British and world wildlife, junior, at water’s edge, spirit of adventure, nature in close up and between sunset and sunrise. The photographer whose image is judged to be best from amongst all the category winners will be announced as the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011.

Entry rules and procedures are listed on the OPOTYT website. Deadline for entries is 25 September, with the results to be announced in January 2012.

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Sony to release lens adapter for EVIL cameras Photo

Sony to release lens adapter for EVIL cameras

Photo Rumors has announced that Sony are planning to release an adaptor that will allow the use of A-mount lenses with NEX EVIL cameras.

Called the LA-EA2, the adaptor will have a translucent mirror to support AF. It is expected that the adaptor will be officially launched on 24 August, together with two new EVIL cameras and two new SLRs.

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Please act to save Australian grey nurse sharks Photo

Please act to save Australian grey nurse sharks

Grey nurse sharks (Carcharias taurus) have been protected in Australia since 1984 and were declared “critically endangered” in September 2008 by the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee based on scientific evidence of their decline. A study in 2010 reported that recreational fishing methods (i.e. baited lines and jigging) were of “high risk” to grey nurse sharks in the area of Fish Rock, South West Rock; a NSW habitat where year-round aggregations of the sharks occurs.

In order to fulfil a pre-election policy promise, the newly elected state government has removed the existing fishing restriction in the area, and has now called for public consultation on the issue. Please use the online form to express your concern. As the form is somewhat aimed at Australian residents, local conservationists have suggested using the post code of 2431 on the form (this is the closest town to Fish Rocks). The closing date for submissions is 26 August.

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5DtoRGB transcoding engine updated Photo

5DtoRGB transcoding engine updated

Rarevision has released an update to their 5DtoRGB transcoding engine. The app transcodes files in the AVC/H.264 file format to either uncompressed DPX or Apple ProRes. Version 1.5 offers: Technicolor CineStyle LUT support, full support for Canon EOS series/Panasonic SLR support, higher quality output than Canon’s E1 plugin, higher quality output than QuickTime Player or FCP, output at different frame rates, command line / shell scripting support, DPX, ProRes and DNxHD output (DPX & ProRes Mac only, DNxHD Windows only), complete control over gamma correction / flagging, raw YCbCr output option for unprocessed luma channel extraction and timecode support.

Version 1.5 also offers OpenGL and 64 bit support. It is free to download for Mac or Windows.

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The Near and Far Photo

The Near and Far

Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch presents the next installment of his series of photographic articles. Entitled “The Near and Far”, Mike outlines techniques and composition ideas for close focus wide-angle photography. He covers subject selection, lighting, composition and technical issues with the technique.

These articles were originally published in Mike’s column in Scuba Diver Australasia, and have been rewritten and updates for Wetpixel.

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Call for entries: Burrard-Lucas Wlldlife photo competition Photo

Call for entries: Burrard-Lucas Wlldlife photo competition

Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas of Barrard-Lucas Photography have announced that their third competition of the 2011 photo contest series is now open for entries. The theme is “wildlife”. They are looking for original and striking photographs of wild animals; capturing the creature’s character or an interesting aspect of their behavior in the shot.

Full details of the competition rules and prizes are available on the Barrard-Lucas Blog. The deadline for entries is 15 October.

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