Sony and Olympus Release Firmware Updates for a6000, a7, a7R, a7S, E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II

Just days after announcing the extraordinary a7R II, Sony has announced the 2.0 software version for its popular a6000, a7, a7R and a7S.

Reducing the start-up time for all cameras, and brining XAVC-S recording to the a6000, the download links should become available shortly.

Olympus also released firmware updates for two of its E-system cameras: the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II.

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Microsoft ‘Hyperlapse’ Released; Creates Time Lapses from POV Videos

Time to get out all the first-person footage you captured with your GoPro, but never touched, as Microsoft finally released its Hyperlapse technology.

Capable of turning standard lengthy videos into smooth and stabilized time lapses, you can expect to see a significant bump in time lapse videos in the near future.

The software is available in one form or another to Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Mobile and Android users.

Microsoft seems thrilled about the release; just don’t confuse it with Instagram’s Hyperlapse app.

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Adobe’s GPU Acceleration is Not That Great After All. Yet.

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One of the celebrated improvements in Lightroom CC is the faster performance, said to be up to ten times faster, thanks to the software’s ability to leverage the graphic processor unit (GPU).

A few days after the official release, however, an Adobe engineer shared additional information regarding GPU acceleration and turns out it might not be all that great. Not right now, at least, and not for everybody.

At the moment GPU acceleration is only available in the Develop module, and even then not all editing controls enjoy it.

Additionally, while GPU implementation offers no advantage for some functions, certain others will actually take longer with the acceleration enabled.

This information also applies to Camera Raw 9.0 for Photoshop/Bridge CC.

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GoPro Purchases Kolor; Set to Take Over Virtual Reality Spherical Videos

GoPro_KolorImmersive content is said to be the next big thing in digital media, and GoPro just took a major step towards becoming a dominant player in the market.

While its HERO cameras currently offer 4K video recording and dominate the action camera market, the hardware company is unable to offer the software necessary to get the most out of its products.

This is where Kolor, a French software company and GoPro’s latest purchase, comes into play. Kolor’s software enables users to create 360° content including panoramas, virtual tours and videos.

Up until now spherical content was mostly created by professionals, and the purchase of Kolor has them worried that the company will now focus on creating 360° software for the masses rather than cutting-edge pro-level software solutions.

Will this acquisition lead to the release of a GoPro virtual reality camera?

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Adobe Officially Announces Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6

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As expected, the new Lightroom was just announced and it comes in both CC and 6 versions.

The details mentioned in the premature post we shared earlier today turned out to be spot on, and Lightroom CC will be available as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan while Lightroom 6 will be available as a standalone item to be downloaded or on DVD.

New Lightroom CC features and videos after the jump.

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Media Composer, Hollywood’s Favorite Editing System, to Be Released in a Free Version

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Avid announced yesterday that it will release a free version of the non-linear film and video editing software that was used to edit Avatar, Iron Man, Die Another Day, The Avengers, The Hunger Games and plenty of other blockbusters.

Media Composer is Avid’s flagship product and the company says it was used to edit every 2015 Oscar nominee for Best Picture and best Film Editing, as well as produce 99% of all network broadcast prime time television in North America.

This move is intended to offer aspiring video professionals, video enthusiasts and students an introduction to the paid version, and as such it will include several limitations.

The limited version, called Media Composer | First, will still allow you to work on a project from start to finish and will be released “later this year”.

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Magic Lantern Puts Linux On EOS Cameras. Could Be Developer’s (and filmmakers) Heaven

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The team a Magic Lantern has done wonders for the filmmakers industry (and arguably for Canon as well). They made RAW shooting on DSLRs available, implemented a scripting language, and even improved the exposure and dynamic range of the Canon EOS line.

But announcing that the ML team managed to run a 3.19 Linux Kernel on several EOS cameras has the potential to make a huge difference in how apps are developed for cameras. Apps for cameras?  yes. This may become a reality.

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