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The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony’s first dual camera smartphone

Most high-end smartphones these days come equipped with dual-cameras and in many cases the cameras are built around Sony image sensors. An yet, Sony’s own Xperia range had no dual-camera models to speak of… until now. At the Mobile World Congress, the Japanese manufacturer displayed a demo model of a high-sensitivity dual-camera setup, and this technology will soon be available in a production model announced today: the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Sony’s new top-range device combines two 1/2.3″ sensors in its camera—a 3-layer stacked 19MP RGB unit, and a 12MP monochrome imager. Image data from both chips is merged by the AUBE Fusion image signal processor in order to optimize dynamic range, noise and detail. Sony claims outstanding low-light performance with a maximum ISO value of 51200.

Like Huawei’s high-end phones, the Sony offers a native black-and-white mode, and a background-blurring bokeh-effect is available as well. The 7-element G lenses come with F1.8 and F1.6 apertures respectively. On the video side of things, the Xperia XZ2 is capable of recording HDR footage at 4K resolution, and offers the same Motion Eye 1080p/960fps slow-motion mode as the standard Xperia XZ2.

All non-camera specifications are worthy of a flagship smartphone, as well. The Android Oreo OS will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6GB of RAM. And the 5.8-inch TRILUMINOS display offers a 2160 x 3840 pixel resolution and is covered by 2.5D Gorilla Glass.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium will be available starting this summer in Chrome Black or Chrome Silver. Pricing is yet to be announced. More details on the Xperia XZ2 and its dual camera are available on the Sony website.

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How to use Boris Continuum Complete 11 -360 VR Tools

By Al Caudullo

As you might already have heard, Adobe has it’s own 360 Immersive toolsets with Skybox. But there are some other VR Tools sets that are quite good from BorisFX. Continuum, Known as The Swiss Army Knife of Plugins features the VR Unit.

Five very powerful VR Plugins in one unit.

And for those of you in Avid World, they bring 360 workflows to Avid Media Composer. Here is the full list of host that support Boris Continuum VR Init.

Adobe: Creative Cloud, CS5.5-CC 2018 – After Effects and Premiere Pro

Avid: Media Composer 6.5+

Blackmagic: DaVinci Resolve 12.5+

Sony: Vegas Pro 13

Magix: Vegas Pro 14+

Foundry: Nuke 9+

Apple: FCP X & Motion 5

For graphics cards, it is recommended that you run the latest graphics card driver version supported by your host application. A graphics card with a minimum of 1GB of RAM is required; 2GB of RAM is recommended.

Let’s take a look at how to use each one of these valuable VR Tools.

VR Insert

VR Insert allows users to easily insert a secondary source clip, title, logo, etc. into a 360/VR shot in true 360/VR space in either mono or stereo format in addition to providing a full array of controls to reorient the source in 360/VR space.

When we first place one of these elements into a 360 spherical space, the result is a 2D flat object in a spherical format. The sizing is just not right, and if you look at it in an HMD, it is obvious. By applying the VR Insert tool and selecting the appropriate settings.

There are a few things to keep in mind here.

First, when you apply the VR Insert, you need to select which layer the item is on that you are applying the effect to.

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HP unveils powerful new ZBook laptops for creative professionals

The new ZBook Studio G5 family are tailor-made for creative professionals | Credit: HP

HP has refreshed its entire ZBook workstation lineup, packing a ton of power and ‘cutting-edge design’ into five new laptops: two for creative professionals, and three for the technical community. The new “G5” laptops are: the ZBook Studio, ZBook Studio x360, ZBook 17, ZBook 15, and ZBook 15v.

For our purposes, we’re going to focus on the two mobile workstations designed specifically for creative professionals: the versatile ZBook Studio x360 G5 and the next generation HP ZBook Studio G5.

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

The new ZBook Studio x360 G5 is being hailed as “the world’s most powerful convertible PC.” It combines a convertible design with professional-grade specs so you can “run multiple apps with speed and responsiveness” and “edit high-resolution images without delay.”

The chassis features a 360° hinge so you can use the laptop in five different configurations—laptop, tablet, stand, tent, and dock—and the anti-glare DreamColor touch display covers 100% of Adobe RGB, supports the Wacom AES pen, and boasts an impressive 600 nits max brightness. According to HP, that last spec makes this the world’s brightest 4K laptop display.

Inside, it can be configured with 8th Gen Intel Core i7, Core i7, or Xeon E3 processors, and you have a choice between the integrated Intel graphics that come with your chip or a discreet NVIDIA Quadro P1000 card with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM. Speaking of RAM, the laptop can handle up to 32GB of DDR4-2667 RAM (or ECC SDRAM if you’re using an Intel Xeon processor), and the laptop’s hard drive slots support up to 5TB of total storage or 4TB of local PCIe NVMe solid state storage.

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The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD lets you backup photos, make selects, review footage and more

If you’re looking to seriously speed up your on-location photo and video workflow without carrying around a laptop, the new Gnarbox 2.0 SSD should probably be at the top of your gear wishlist.

Debuted earlier through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Gnarbox 2.0 SSD allows you to backup your photos and video in the field, review and rough-cut footage, cull and edit images, showcase selects, and seamlessly transition all of this into your professional workflow once you’re back in the studio.

Gnarbox does so much it’s kind of hard to describe, but the video above and Gnarbox’s own description from the Kickstarter campaign below do a pretty good job.

GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop. Unlike other portable hard drives, we have assembled an ecosystem of mobile applications that serve the professional workflow from the field to the studio.

With single-step backup, dedicated workspaces for photographers and videographers, and integrated access to professional editing software, GNARBOX will save you time and make you a more reliable creator.

The Gnarbox 1.0—which we actually recommended in last year’s holiday gift guide—provided a compelling solution for photographers and videographers who do a lot of work on-location. And everything 1.0 could do, the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD can do better and faster.

Inside the newest build you’ll find a 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage; photos and video can be uploaded to the device using either the SD card slot or one of the two USB-C ports; and the whole thing is powered by a replaceable battery that promises enough juice to back up 36,000 photos, review up to 10 hours of 4K video, and transfer one full → continue…

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Da Apple, nuovo iPad 2018 economico con 2GB di RAM è veloce come un iPhone 7

By News

Il nuovo iPad di Apple è un tablet essenziale, completo e versatile, in grado di offrire prestazioni simili a quelle di iPhone 7 ma che mostra qualche limite con il multitasking più spinto: è questo il quadro che emerge dall’esame delle specifiche tecniche e dai primi test di benchmark effettuati sul nuovo iPad 2018 economico. A

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S comes with 12MP dual-cam, OIS and 2x optical zoom

Earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled its latest flagship smartphone: the Mi MIX 2S. Like with the original Mi MIX, one the new model’s most striking features is the large, almost bezel-less, display. However, the Mi MIX 2S has a lot to offer in the camera department as well.

The phone’s dual camera setup combines a main camera with 1/2.6-inch 12MP Sony sensor, F1.8 aperture and wide-angle 26mm equivalent lens with a secondary tele module, featuring a smaller 1/3.4-inch 12MP sensor, F2.4 aperture and equivalent 46mm lens for enhanced zooming and bokeh simulation. The main camera also boasts optical image stabilization, while the longer lens remains unstabilized.

Other imaging features include gyroscope-based Electronic Stabilization (EIS) in video mode, phase-detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. And, of course, there’s a front-facing camera as well: a 5MP sensor behind an F2.0 lens.

The Mi MIX 2S is also one of the first devices to deploy Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 high-end chipset. In combination with 6 or 8GB of RAM, it should provide plenty of power to run the Android 8.0 operating system and apps. Between 64 and 256GB of internal storage mean there is plenty of space for image and video files, but unfortunately, an expansion slot isn’t on board.

A 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution is available for general operation, as well as framing and editing of images. The 3,400 mAh battery should hopefully get you through a day of normal use.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S will start at CNY3,299 (approximately $530 USD) for the 6GB+64GB version, and goes all the way up to CNY3,999 (approximately $640 USD) for the top model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, making the new model look like a good value proposition when compared to competing → continue…

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