As LED lights have gotten more powerful and colour accurate, they’ve pretty much become the new standard for continuous lighting, replacing the more traditional tungsten lights on-set. One of the things LED lights have now started to incorporate more often is DMX lighting control. Conceived in the 1980s, DMX allows the remote control of one or multiple lights from a single control base. Lighticians lets you do this, too, using existing DMX systems, all from the screen of your smartphone. We chatted with Lighticians at IBC 2019 to find out more.
The Accsoon CineEye has been out for a little while now, but it didn’t launch without issue. Accsoon has listened to user feedback, replaced the WiFi chip, updated some code, and essentially re-released it. We paid a visit to the Accsoon stand at IBC 2019 to find out all about it and how it works. It looks pretty impressive, though, taking a standard HDMI input from your camera and streaming it to a tablet or phone with many of the features you’d expect from an expensive field monitor.
According to the Canon Singapore website, the Canon Digital Photo Professional Express app for the iPad will require a monthly subscription fee from October 2019. The full details have not yet been released, with more to come soon. Right now, they just say that as of version 1.2.0, it will be subscription only.
Released in October last year, DPP Express has been a free app so far, for the iPad only. But with an App Store rating of only 1.6, it seems odd to suddenly make it subscription only. It is possible that this won’t happen for all regions, as it only appears to have shown up with Canon Singapore so far, but chances are, it’ll be global.
Apps like this are kind of an oddity. On the one hand, they make you despair for humanity and the levels to which it’s sunk. Yet, at the same time, they really can give you a good laugh and cheer up your otherwise boring day. The latest in this long line of horrific but amusing apps is Emojivision. It’s an app which turns your photos into mosaics made up of emojis.
This is interesting for your iOS folks. There’s a new Kickstarter in town for something called the HyperCube. It’s an interesting little device that sits in between your phone’s charger cable and the USB socket and provides a microSD slot as well as a USB slot for plugging in a hard drive, SSD or flash drive.
When it hits retail (which won’t be for a while), it’s going to be $49, although it’s as low as $29 right now through the Kickstarter campaign.
According to a report on 9to5Mac, it looks like Apple might be starting to loosen their grip on external storage with iOS devices. New details shared from the Worldwide Developers Conference, seems like apps will be able to access external storage directly, just like Android, rather than having to import through the photos app and store on the camera roll.
Along with today’s release of the Sony A9 firmware v5.0, Sony as also released a pair of mobile apps. Sony Imaging Edge Mobile now replaces the somewhat terrible PlayMemories app, and there’s a new Transfer & Tagging add-on for it which enables continuous FTP transfers in the background (for the Sony A9) which they claim doesn’t affect continuous camera use.
While the fake depth of field look on smartphones might not be everybody’s cup of tea, they’re definitely very popular. And while they’ve improved in quality and believability a lot over the last few years, they’re still not quite as good as you can get with a real large sensor camera like a DSLR or mirrorless.
But what if you’re running an older phone with a single camera and no depth sensor that doesn’t have built-in fake bokeh? While most new phones these days do offer some kind of fake depth of field effects, there are still many phones out there that don’t. DPTH may be the answer.
There’s a new camera app in town. It’s called SOVS and it’s designed to help you get those perfect Instagram photos whenever you hand your phone to somebody else to get a shot for you. Now, you no longer need to worry if that person clutching your phone knows how to shoot a decent photo. There’s also a SOVS2 app for group photos, too.
I’ve no idea what they’re saying in their promotional videos, but the point is quite obvious and they’re pretty funny. Whether the humour is by design, I don’t know, but I got a good laugh out of this one.