Socorro Island, Mexico, re-opens to divers
Adobe CS5 coming out April 12
Adobe has announced the global launch of Creative Suite 5, which will be held on April 12. We’re particularly looking forward to two features: Photoshop CS5’s new “content-aware fill,” which looks like it will be ideal for removing backscatter, and Packager for Flash, a new product that will allow users to create iPhone and iPad applications from Flash.
Continue reading for a video that shows off the new content-aware fill feature.
Sensational Seas Two DVD available for order
Sensational Seas Two DVD is now available for pre-order ($19.95), and will begin shipping April 1st. 100% of proceeds benefit Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).
“Narrators Stan Waterman and Anne Crawley escort you through a mysterious world brimming with novel, beautiful and unexpected visions. The underwater odyssey begins with an action-packed compilation of fish and critters swimming, scurrying, feeding, fighting, courting and just being their wonderfully exotic selves to the accompanying beat of Billy Preston. Then off you go on a grand tour of watery realms as far-flung as Antarctica, Australia, the Andaman Sea and Georgia Aquarium…”
Update: The Sensational Seas Two DVD will be available at the REEF booth (#220) at Beneath the Sea (New Jersey) this coming March 26-28, 2010. Many of the contributors will be signing DVDs at the booth, and a highlight reel will be shown at the Saturday evening film festival.
Adobe Lightroom releases Lightroom 3 beta 2
Adobe Labs have made their new Lightroom 3 Beta 2 application available for immediate download. The new beta includes (over the previous beta) improved performance, native tethered shooting for certain Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras, luminance noise reduction (in addition to color noise reduction), video import and management support, a new import experience, and more. Video import and management is huge because it puts at ease those folks threatening to switch from Lightroom to Aperture 3.
Adobe’s new Lightroom 3 beta may support video
DPReview and other sites leaked news this morning that Adobe’s upcoming Lightroom 3 beta update may include support for importing and managing video files. The exact announcement text, which was captured and posted on other forums, was:
“Adobe has opened the second public beta of its Photoshop Lightroom 3 software for immediate download from its Adobe Labs site. Lightroom 3 will be based around a new processing engine and the second iteration adds luminance noise reduction to the color noise reduction options that appeared in the initial beta. The latest beta also supports tethered shooting for a number of Nikon and Canon DSLRs, enables importing and management of video files and improves overall functioning of the software.”
Watch out, Aperture—Lightroom 3 may support video!
Wetpixel at Beneath the Sea 2010
Good news! Wetpixel is going to Beneath the Sea 2010, which will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, from March 26- 28. We’ll be in booth 109, and will be showing off our magazine and t-shirts while we cover the show.
Editors Eric Cheng and Elijah Woolery will be on the floor, as will moderator Abi Smigel and volunteers Tony Granata, Drew Wohl and Sandrah Gurash.
We’ve got a few extra exhibits-only passes for BTS this year. If you’re interested, follow @wetpixel on Twitter and send us a message with a request!
Canon finally releases EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro
It’s Canon SLR video day! After totally botching the first announcement on February 8, Canon have finally made available the EOS Movie Plugin-E1, which adds Canon SLR compatibility to Log & Transfer in Final Cut Pro. To download it, go to Canon’s download page and select “Mac OS X” as your operating system, and download the file, ce1100x.dmg.zip.
Underwater video expert Mary Lynn Price writes, “ have learned that the plugin seems to work great, with the caveat that it is necessary to keep all the thumbnails (the .THM files) in the DCIM folder, otherwise the clip missing the thumbnail file won’t show up in the Log & Transfer window.”
Early adopters: let us know how you fare with the plugin!
Canon Releases Updated 5D Mark II Firmware
Canon has just released a revised version of the firmware update for the 5D Mark II to address an issue involving manual audio levels control. According to Canon,
“There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3.”
Firmware version 2.0.4 is available for immediate download here and is recommended for anyone who already installed version 2.0.3.
Obama wants your feedback on how copyright infringement affects you
The Obama administration’s Intellect Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, is asking for feedback on how copyright infringement affects photographers and how best to deal with such crimes. There is a proposition for an Act in Congress which will provide protection for artists who’s copyrights are violated. As a requirement, public feedback is required and encouraged. So please let your voice be heard on how intellectual property theft affects you. The deadline is Mar 24, 2010 at 1700hrs EST.