Macphun unveils Aurora HDR 2018: Will come to Mac and PC with new tools and UI

Macphun today announced the upcoming release of Aurora HDR 2018, the latest version of its popular HDR creation software created in collaboration with photographer Trey Ratcliff. After 1.7 million downloads on Mac computers since its launch in November 2015, Aurora HDR will now for the first time be available for Windows PCs as well.

New tools and improvements include a lens correction filter that is capable of removing all kinds of lens distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting, a redesigned user interface, up to 4x improvement in RAW image processing and up to 200% faster merging and masking performance.

Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for pre-­order starting September 12th, and the released date is scheduled for September 28th. Current users of Aurora HDR will be able to upgrade at a special pre­-order price of $50—the pre-order price for new users is $90.

You can find more information and sign-up for the pre-order announcements on the Aurora HDR 2018 website.

Aurora HDR 2018 comes in September as the ultimate cross-platform HDR photo solution

Award-winning Aurora HDR, co-developed with Trey Ratcliff, brings major updates that will be available for both Mac OS and Windows users.

San Diego, CA – August 15, 2017 — Macphun, the California-based developer known for making complex photo editing software simple and fun, today announced the release of Aurora HDR 2018, the one-stop solution for HDR photography. To sign up for pre-order announcements and more, please visit https://aurorahdr.com/2018.

Aurora HDR, co-developed with the renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, made the complex task of HDR editing effortless and unintimidating. Aurora HDR became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and reached 1.7 million downloads since its launch in November 2015.

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From:: DPreview

Fixed & Downloadable: Sony FS5 Firmware V4.02 with Hybrid Log Gamma

By Fabian Chaundy

FS5 Firmware V4.02 has just been released, fixing some of the bugs introduced with the highly-anticipated V4.0.

A few weeks ago, Sony aimed to greatly increase the functionality of the Sony FS5 by releasing FS5 Firmware V4, bringing HDR support with the introduction of new Hybrid Log Gamma Picture Profiles, reduced minimum ISO for Slog 2 and 3, as well as support for 120fps continuous shooting with an optional license sold separately (you can read our post on this release HERE).

Only a few days later, however, Sony pulled the download due to “a minor issue found within the HDR function”. This caused concern among users who had already downloaded V4.0, as there is no way of rolling back on this camera’s firmware to a previous instance.

Sony removed the firmware V4.0 download, prompting worries from users.

True to their word, Sony have now released FS5 Firmware V4.02 available for download from HERE. The release notes also finally indicate the “minor issues” introduced with V4.0. From the Sony site:

V4.02 fixes the following issue:

1. Video image may be recorded with short delay of 2 or 3 frames of audio in other recording modes than AVCHD.

2. When choosing [HLG1],[HLG2] or [HLG3] in the PictureProfile and CENTER SCAN in the CAMERA/PAINT menu, rebooting the camera may cause brightness and color shift.

Were you a V4.0 early adopter and came across any of these issues? Have you already tested the new HDR support? Let us know in the comments below!

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From:: Cinema 5d

iPhone Smart Cam feature may use AI to adjust camera settings

Apple’s Photos app and other gallery solutions have used AI (artificial intelligence) technology for years now to identify objects and scenes for image sorting, searching and categorization. According to information that was found in the source code of the Apple HomePod firmware the same technology might soon be implemented in the iPhone camera app and be used in real time (instead of post-capture) in order to optimize camera settings, such as exposure, white balance or HDR, for specific scenes.

The new feature is called “SmartCam” and takes the widely used face detection technology to a new level. According to the code types of scenes identified include a baby photos, pets, the sky, snow, sports, sunset, fireworks, foliage, documents and more. This sounds pretty much like a list of conventional camera scene modes, but without the need to select and set them manually in the camera menu.

The so-called “SmartCam” feature was not announced by Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which likely means it won’t be made available to older iPhones with an update to iOS 11. It’s possible Apple wants to retain the feature as a unique selling proposition for the iPhone models which are expected to be announced in September.

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From:: DPreview

HDR10+ and why the world might actually need another HDR standard

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Freya Black)

A more extensible open source rival to Dolby Vision?

Back in April, Samsung and Amazon announced another HDR standard for everyone to get confused by, HDR10+ an open source update to the existing HDR10 standard to make it even more powerful and competitive with Dolby Vision. This is why it matters.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Galaxy Note 8 to feature 3x zoom dual-camera

    After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle the upcoming Note 8 launch will be crucial for Samsung for recapturing consumer trust and confidence. Judging by a new leak at least mobile photographers should have a lot to look forward to on the new model.

    Samsung Electro-Mechanics, the division developing smartphone camera modules, has posted a document that explains in detail how dual-cameras and related features and special modes work. The Note 8 is widely rumored to be Samsung’s first dual-camera device which makes it pretty safe to assume the online guide is referring to the upcoming model.

    According to the document the camera module will feature a Super Night Shot mode that combines image data from both sensors for better low light performance, a 3D Depth feature that uses depth data to blur the background of an image and lets you refocus after capture. There’ll also be improved HDR processing and and a couple of depth-related special modes.

    However, the most interesting part of the document compares image output from a 3x optical zoom to a digital zoom. Samsung calls the feature Smart Zoom which could indicate that optical zoom is combined with some sort of intelligent digital zoom to achieve a 3x zoom factor but we’ll have to wait for the launch on the 23rd of August to get more detail. In the meantime you can have a look at dual-camera guide on the Samsung Electro-Mechanics website for more information.

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    From:: DPreview

    Is Apple finally readying a 4K HDR Apple TV?

    By noreply@redsharknews.com (Freya Black)

    Apple's TV is now seriously behind the curve. Can 4K HDR capability save it from obscurity?

    People have been expecting a 4K capable Apple TV for a long time, even before the last version of the device was announced way back in 2015 but now it seems like a 5th generation of the Apple TV might be on the horizon that is both 4K and HDR capable.

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      From:: RedShark News

      Atomos Sumo 19″ HDR Monitor/Recorder now shipping. More products may be on the way…

      By noreply@redsharknews.com (David Shapton)

      Sumo on Set with DP Rodney Charters

      We’ve just heard that the Atomos Sumo 19″ HDR monitor/recorder is now shipping worldwide.

      • Atomos Sumo
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        From:: RedShark News

        Sony SELP18105G Zoom Gets Firmware Update Version 04

        By Fabian Chaundy


        The popular and inexpensive Sony SELP18105G has received a firmware update to improve focus performance.

        The Sony SELP18105G has been a popular all-round lens among both photo and video shooters getting started in the Sony E-mount crop-sensor system. While the zoom doesn’t provide the image quality and features of some of its bigger, more expensive siblings like the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS for full frame or even the APS-C Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS Lens, for around $600 you can still get a workhorse lens that offers a very usable range, constant aperture of f/4, image stabilisation and even a zoom rocker. For this reason, it is quite common to see it paired as a kit lens with cameras like the Sony a6500 or the Sony FS5.

        The Sony SELP18105G on the FS5

        Sony has just released a firmware update for the SELP18105G aimed at improving its focus performance, giving you yet another reason to consider picking one up. The official word from Sony is that this update will “provide improvements to the focus tracking accuracy and stability”.

        Sony may not be the most reliable of names right now when it comes to firmware updates, though, after they recently decided to pull the download of the latest firmware update for the Sony FS5 after some issues with the new HDR function.

        Fortunately, at least the update process is a lot easier than with third-party lens manufacturers, as you don’t need to purchase an extra dock to implement new software. You can carry out the firmware update for the SELP18105G through supported cameras, which however exclude the The NEX-5, NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEX-VG10 and PXW-FS7.

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        Videogames leading the way towards 4K and HDR

        By noreply@redsharknews.com (Freya Black)

        Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is going to raise the bar for 4K HDR in gaming

        Whereas there is some question around whether 4K streaming, with its bandwidth limitations or physical media (in the form of UHD Blu-ray) is the future for 4K and HDR, it all seems a lot simpler for computer games. Indeed, the main question for gaming in 4K seems to be if you want to go with Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro or Microsoft’s Xbox One S and Xbox One X offerings.

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          What is HLG and what is it supposed to be used for?

          By alisterchapman

          While we wait for Sony to re-release the version 4 firmware for the FS5 i thought I would briefly take a look at what HLG is and what it’s designed to do as there seems to be a lot of confusion.

          HLG stands for Hybrid Log Gamma. It is one of the gamma curves used for DISTRIBUTION of HDR content to HDR TV’s that support the HLG standard. It was never meant to be used for capture, it was specifically designed for delivery.

          As the name suggests HLG is a hybrid gamma curve. It is a hybrid of Rec-709 and Log. But before you get all excited by the log part, the log used by HLG is only a small part of the curve and it is very agressive – it crams a very big dynamic range into a very small space – This means that if you take it into post production and start to fiddle around with it there is a very high probability of problems with banding and other similar artefacts becoming apparent.

          The version of HLG in the FS5 firmware follows the BBC HLG standard (there is another NHK standard). From black to around 70% the curve is very similar to Rec 709, so from 0 to 70% you get quite reasonable contrast. Around 70% the curve transitions to a log type gamma allowing a dynamic range much greater than 709 to be squeezed into a conventional codec. The benefit this brings is that on a conventional Rec-709 TV the picture doesn’t look wrong. It looks like a very slightly darker than normal, very slightly flat image with a fairly normal mid range, but the highlights are quite flat and washed out. For the average home TV viewer watching on a 709 TV the picture looks OK, maybe → continue…

          From:: XDCAM-USER

          Sony first releases then removes the new FS5 firmware update

          By SonyAlpha Admin

          Sony removed the download of the new FS5 4.0 firmware. Cinema5D got an email from Sony explaining why they had to remove the firmware update: Sony has temporarily suspended the new firmware updates for PXW-FS5 and PXW-Z150 due to a minor issue found during testing within the HDR function in the Picture Profile menu. These […]

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          Sony Explain Why They Pulled FS5 Firmware 4.0 Update

          By Nino Leitner

          We recently reported about the FS5 Firmware 4.0 update which, among other things, unlocked the Instant HDR feature for that camera. Yesterday, this update was suddenly pulled from the Sony website without explanation – what happened?

          The site only includes a note that the download has been “temporarily” suspended and that they are planning a “restart in early August”.

          cinema5D reached out to Sony immediately for comment and explanation, not least because users who have already updated their Sony FS5 became worried.

          We just received this official response:

          Sony has temporarily suspended the new firmware updates for PXW-FS5 and PXW-Z150 due to a minor issue found during testing within the HDR function in the Picture Profile menu. These will be fixed in a new firmware version, v4.01 for the PXW-FS5 and v2.01 for the PXW-Z150, which will be released in the coming weeks.

          If the most recent firmware version has already been downloaded we advise to download v4.01 or v2.01 as soon as it becomes available. If there are any further questions please contact the Prime Support team on 00800 7898 7898 and they will be happy to answer your questions.

          So the culprit seems to be a minor issue related to the new HDR function, which sounds like something users who have already updated shouldn’t bee too worried about – but of course they urge users to upgrade to the bugfix upgrade 4.01 as soon as it becomes available.

          The phone number supplied by Sony is the European Prime Support Number.

          We will update this post, should we receive further information.

          The post Sony Explain Why They Pulled FS5 Firmware 4.0 Update appeared first on cinema5D.

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          From:: Cinema 5d

          Exciting New Sony FS5 Firmware Update Includes ‘Instant HDR’

          By Jason Boone

          Sony’s FS5 firmware update comes packed with new features.

          Sony recently released the 4.00 firmware update for the PXW-FS5, bringing three exciting new features to the wonderful workhorse camera. These features include support for Hybrid Log-Gamma (“instant HDR”), the ability to change the minimum ISO number from ISO 3200 to ISO 2000, and support for shooting continuously at 120fps in 1080p.

          HDR Capability

          The Hybrid Log-Gamma is an HDR (high dynamic range) standard developed jointly by the BBC and Japan’s NHK. The two countries worked together to provide an easier way to capture HDR images. For instance, the new standard allows you to shoot HDR in-camera without color grading. Metadata allows displays that support the HLG standard to show the footage in HDR as intended.

          There are four new hybrid gamma modes for the camera, including:

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          From:: No Film School