Sony’s Playstation Network (PSN) Down – June 25th 2014

“Is PSN down?” There are widespread reports of Sony’s Playstation Network “PSN” being down / offline as users claim to be unable to connect. Users are hoping that this outage is not a repeat of the events in April 2011 when the PSN outage lasted over 3 weeks in result of a hack. User data was reported to be compromised.


 

UPDATE: Playstation Network status has been updated to note: “The PlayStation Network is currently: Experiencing Connectivity Issues.” on Playstation support forums.

UPDATE 2: Playstation Network should now be back online for users. Reports from users indicate that they CAN log in and connect successfully.


 

Have you been effected by the PSN connection issues? We want to hear about it!



Users are now required to pay a subscription fee to Playstation’s “Playstation Plus” to access online games & extra features on the Playstation 4.

The website downdetector.com displayed a huge spike in reported connection problems with Sony’s Playstation Network as of today, June 25th, as shown below.

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PSN users are also taking to the Twittersphere with tweets asking the common question: “is PSN down?”.’

Have you been effected by the PSN connection issues? We want to hear about it!


WHAT USERS ARE SAYING TO @OBVIOUSLYTECH

Join the conversation by tweeting @ObviouslyTech with the hashtag #PSN and #PSNdown!

@azurking told us:

@PETEtheBLUE1878 reports his PSN is down in England:

 

@EthanBenard from the US reports in to @ObviouslyTech:

@JamesShreves tweeted us upset asking Sony to “take a page from Microsoft’s book and sort it out”. It’s not the only tweet of this nature that we’ve seen comparing PSN to Xbox Live but we’ve also seen people defending PSN and Sony.

@badget_84 told us that this is “typical”:


Join the conversation by tweeting @ObviouslyTech with the hashtag #PSN and #PSNdown!

 

General tweets published towards the beginning of the PSN connection issueL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully these connection issues are not tied with any malicious activities and are resolved shortly.

 


 

As UPDATE 2 notes above, PSN should now be back online for users.


 

Sony Vegas Pro 13 Released – New Features

Sony Creative Software have announced and released Sony Vegas Pro 13 for sale! After speculation over the release date in 2013 (here and here), the new version of the world-renowned video editing software Sony Vegas Pro has been announced and is already available for purchase, in both the form of digital download and physical copy.

Don’t forget, if you have an existing copy of Vegas you can upgrade for a fraction of the price!

Sony Vegas Pro 13 can now be purchased in 3 separate configurations (at 3 different price points):

  1. Vegas Pro 13 Edit: Video and Audio Production ($399.95)
  2. Vegas Pro 13: Video, Audio and Blu-ray Disc Creation ($599.95)
  3. Vegas Pro 13 Suite: Editing, Disc Authoring and Visual Effects ($799)

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  • Vegas Pro Connect: is an iPad app that “replaces tedious written spreadsheets and notes with efficient online and offline review workflows”. This app has been designed to allow several people who are working together on a project to improve their collaborative performance.
  • Proxy-first workflow: Your camera-man can shoot XDCAM footage and use a Sony Wireless Adapter to send proxies to the cloud. Then, using Vegas, video editors can download and edit with the proxies while the high-resolution files are in transit from the field. When the high-resolution files arrive, automatically relink the edited project to them for rendering.
  • Project Archiving: You can now archive the media associated with your project, or just the media used on the timeline, including nested Vegas Pro 13 projects. This feature will be a useful tool to avoid issues when editing a project with moved/missing files.
  • New video plug-ins: What would Vegas be without some video FX? Videos from FXHOME have been integrated directly into Vegas Pro 13.
  • NewBlueFX Video Essentials VI: This package features 100 presets in 10 sophisticated plugins to enhance your project in the VFX area.
  • XAVC Intra MXF smart render: Dramatically reduce render times when using XAVC Intra MXF render templates.
  • iZotope Nectar Elements: This plug-in performs one-click voice/narration signal and effects processing. You can choose specific style presets like “Voice Over” or “Dialogue” and adjust other controls to customize your sound.
  • Loudness meters updated
  • Multi-tool paradigm: Tools that you frequently use within Vegas are organized in a pop-up menu located directly below the timeline. This aims to provide fast-access to your favorite tools for a more fluid editing experience.

The embedded video below is an in-depth look at some of the new features in Sony Vegas Pro 13: 

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We haven’t spotted any video trailer for the new release of Sony Vegas Pro 13 which is unusual. Usually we see a short 2 minute trailer showing off the features that the new version of Vegas is bringing to the table. Maybe we’ll see one in the future, or maybe the software will speak for itself.

What do you think of Sony Vegas Pro 13? Are you going to upgrade? What do you think of the new features? Let us know below!

Will Sony Vegas Pro 13 receive a Release Date in 2013?

When will Sony Vegas Pro 13 be granted a release date? Will it even be announced this year?

Sony Creative Software (SCS) is known for releasing a new version of its popular video editing software Sony Vegas Pro regularly. As we noted in an article in August, we thought that SCS would be announcing Sony Vegas Pro 13 at IBC in September of 2013. The reason we had this speculation was that in the past 4 years we have seen a new version of Sony Vegas Pro.

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Below is the table displaying information regarding the release dates of previous versions of Vegas Pro.

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 was announced on September 7th 2012 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: November 9th, 2012
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Release Date: October 17th, 2011
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Sony Vegas Pro 10 was announced on September 10th 2010 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 11th, 2010
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Sony Vegas Pro 9 was released on 11 May 2009.

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As noted in the table above, Sony Vegas Pro 10, 11 and 12 were all announced at the IBC Show in September of 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. However, as the days of IBC 2013 passed there was no sign of Sony Vegas Pro 13. Does this mean that we won’t see a new version of Sony Vegas Pro this year?

It’s hard to say. SCS have announced the previous 3 versions of Sony Vegas Pro at IBC. However, in previous years the new versions of the software were announced on different dates at different times. Just because SCS did not mention Sony Vegas Pro 13 at IBC 2013 does not mean that we will not hear an announcement regarding a release date for the new software before the end of this year.

Could there be another reason behind a delayed announcement, such as the hope that Sony Vegas will make it’s way to Mac as we speculated about last years release? Could it be because of the fact that this would be the first version of Sony Vegas Pro to be created for Windows 8?

If we do not hear an announcement by the end of November, we think that SCS will not announce a new version until next summer. If that was the case, that would break the recent cycle of releases which provides us with a new version of Sony Vegas Pro each year.

What do you think? Is Sony Creative Software simply holding off until a later date for the announcement? Or do you think that we won’t see a new version of the software until next year? Let us know!

Here’s an overview of last years trailer for Sony Vegas Pro 12:

Will Sony Vegas Pro 13 be announced at IBC September 2013?

In the past 4 years, Sony Creative Software has released 4 new versions of their editing software Sony Vegas Pro. Will Sony Vegas Pro 13 be announced and be granted a release date at IBC this September 2013 to continue Sonys’ recent trend in release dates?

 

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Below you can view information regarding the release dates of previous versions of Sony Vegas Pro:

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 was announced on September 7th 2012 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: November 9th, 2012
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Sony Vegas Pro 11 was announced on September 9th 2011 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 17th, 2011
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Sony Vegas Pro 10 was announced on September 10th 2010 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam.

Release Date: October 11th, 2010
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In a press release on the 20th of August, Sony announced that Sony Creative Software will return yet again to the IBC Show in Amsterdam in September of 2013.  However, there is no mention of a new version of Sony Vegas Pro. The press release states that “those interested in Vegas Pro 12”  can visit the booth for demonstrations on how to use Vegas with 4K content.

Below is an excerpt from Sony’s press release:

“Those interested in Vegas Pro 12 and its 4K workflow can come to the booth for demonstrations on how to ingest, edit, and output 4K video content. Show attendees can also learn more about the new video and audio editing tools that increase efficiency and productivity, making it easier to create compelling, broadcast-quality videos.”

So does this mean that we won’t see any sneak previews of Sony Vegas Pro 13?

Not necessarily. SCS (Sony Creative Software) may be keeping quiet regarding the announcement of Sony Vegas Pro 13, but why would they? In previous years, Sony announced in press releases if a new version of Sony Vegas Pro would be demonstrated at the IBC Show.

In the past 3 years, Sony Vegas Pro has been released in the September-November period. If Sony Vegas Pro 13 was to receive a release date in this timeframe, the IBC Show in September would be the perfect time to announce the new version of the popular video editing software and tease the video editing community with hints to new features and updates.

What do you think? IBC Show begins on Friday 13th September 2013.

We reached out to Sony Creative Software inquiring about Sony Vegas Pro 13. We have not yet received a response.

How to Download Instagram Videos Tutorial

First we had demand to download Vine Videos, now we have demand to download Instagram videos. So, how do you download a video from Instagram on your computer? Actually, it’s quite simple!

The process of downloading a video from Instagram depends slightly on your browser. Below, I go through how to download an Instagram video in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari without using any extensions.

The first step, regardless of browser, is to navigate to the video page. If you are on your Instagram timeline, click on the “More Options” button (three dots) and select “View Video Page”.

Google Chrome

  1. Right click on video and select “Inspect Element”.
  2. Find the .mp4 video link and click on it.
  3. In the window that opens up after clicking the link, right click on the video and click “Save Video As…”.
  4. Name your video and you’re done!!

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Right click on video and select “Inspect Element”.
  2. Find the .mp4 video link and copy it (CTRL+C) and paste it (CTRL+V) into a new tab.
  3. In the window that opens up, right click on the video and click “Save Video As…”.
    Name your video and you’re done!!

Internet Explorer

  1. Right click on video and select “View Source”.
  2. Find the .mp4 video link and copy it.
  3. Open Goo.gl (or any other site where you can paste the site link). In Goo.gl, paste the URL into the shortener. Right click on the ORIGINAL link (should be in the color green) and click on “Save Target As..”.
  4. Name your video and you’re done!!

Safari

  1. Right click OUTSIDE of video and select “View Source”.
  2. Find the .mp4 video link and copy it.
  3. Open Goo.gl (or any other site where you can paste the site link). In Goo.gl, paste the URL into the shortener. Right click on the ORIGINAL link (should be in the color green) and click on “Download Linked File As..”.
  4. Name your video and you’re done!!

How to Download Vine Videos on your Computer – Windows & Mac

Downloading a Vine Video from your computer is very simple and if you don’t know how, here’s how you can do it in a matter of seconds!

Using  the Google Chrome Browser

  1. Open the Vine video in Google Chrome. (You can usually find the vine.co link from the users Twitter feed.)
  2. Right click on the Vine video and click : Save Video As.. .
  3. Give the video a name and click save! THAT’S IT!

 

Using the Safari Web Browser

  1. Open Vine video in Safari. (You can usually find the vine.co link from the users Twitter feed.)
  2. Right click on the page and click “View Source“.
  3. Use Command+F to open a search box in the Source window. Search for “.mp4”.
  4. Copy the video source “src” link that should be in a similar format to https://v.cdn.vine.co/v/videos/1D84382E-A55C-4524-ABA7-69C3606D6437-3164-00000240023BED92_1.1.2.mp4?versionId=Bdkwnjed_n8YqMT9Nd9.7BypzlM5q5U0 .
  5. Open Goo.gl in a new tab. Paste the source .mp4 link into the URL shortener and click “Shorten URL”. When the following page loads, right click on the green ORIGINAL link (v.cdn.vine) and select “Save Video As..“.
  6. Name your video and that’s it!

 

 

Alternate method – Elmedia Player Pro


Elmedia Player PRO downloads Vine, Twitter and YouTube videos. You can download it here through our affiliate link.

Netflix Styled Loading Progress Screen Intro – Free Sony Vegas Template

 

Here’s a quick video intro I worked on – a loading progress bar styled intro similar to that of Netflix ! Could look great in personal video intros! You can find the Sony Vegas Project File (.veg) or the Video File (.wmv) available for FREE DOWNLOAD below!

Please only use this intro template for personal use. This video and template was intended for educational purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

Sony Vegas Pro 12: How to Render in 720p HD Settings Tutorial

How do you render your video in 720p HD (1280×720 dimension) in Sony Vegas Pro 12?  Today, I’ll be showing you how to render your videos in 720p HD quality, using a custom rendering template and settings to produce excellent video quality and also optimize the final product for YouTube uploading. Also, I’ll be showing you how to change slight settings to help reduce the video file size for a very small and almost insignificant decrease in video quality!

 

Make sure to follow the easy-to-follow video tutorial embedded below to ensure that you are following the correct procedure to render your video!

  1. The first step we’re going to take, is to actually make sure that your project is saved as a .veg (Sony Vegas Project) file in case you want to come back and work on your project further, or change anything. To do this, what you need to do is go to the File drop down menu at the top left corner of your screen, and simply click Save As.. . Now, enter a name referring to your project (e.g. – “My Video Project”) and click the save button. *(see end of post)
  2. Now that we have our project backed up, we’re going to want to Render it.  Now, go to File , Render As.  You’ll now see a window pop up with two drop down menus, “Save as Type:” and “Template:” .
  3. Firstly, lets start with the “Save as Type” drop-down category. Click on the drop-down menu, and select “Windows Media Video V11″ , it should be towards the end of the list.
  4. Now we’re going to move onto the “Template” drop-down. This section is slightly more complicated, so we’ll split it into more steps, keeping it simple.  However, we’re not going to choose a pre-made template, in fact, we’re going to create our own custom 720p HD template!  To do this, we need to select a random .wmv pre-made template and click the “Custom” button besides the Template category !
  5. Once you click Custom, another window will open up. Here, the template is split up into Audio, Video, Bit rate, Index/Summary and Project. We’re going to be going through each of these with custom settings, so make sure you read carefully!

AUDIO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Audio
Attributes: 64 kbps, 48 kHz, stereo (A/V) CBR

VIDEO TAB:
Mode: CBR
Format: Windows Media Video
Image Size: Custom – 1280×720
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.00
Frame Rate (FPS) – 30
Video Smoothness – ~90-100

BIT RATE:
Internet/Lan: ~ 4M – 8M
(The higher your bit rate, the higher quality your file will be, but also the size of the file increases with bit rate.)

PROJECT:
Video Rendering Quality: Best

You have now successfully created a .wmv 720p HD Custom template for your videos. If you want to render your other videos with these settings, instead of trying to remember all of these settings again, you can simply go to your File > Render As, select .wmv from the first dropdown menu, and NOW on the second drop down menu for “Template”, you can find your custom template under the name you saved it as, eg, “720p HD Video Template” !

*IMPORTANT NOTE:

 (One common misconception is that when you Save your file using File > Save As.., you are now ready to play it back or upload it to the internet. However, this is not the case. This creates a .veg file, which is only accessible in Sony Vegas, as a project file. To make your clip playable you need to RENDER it, this is explained at STEP 2 above!)

Watch US Netflix / Hulu for FREE Outside of the US on your PC!

Although Netflix is a service available to several other countries outside the US, the selection of content for Netflix users depends on their location. For Netflix users living outside of the US (Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Ireland, South America, Denmark, Finland,  Norway and Sweden), a common question asked is: “How can I access and watch US Netflix outside of the US?”.

There are services that people use that can trick the Netflix/Hulu servers into giving the user access to the US based content, however, they charge a monthly fee. This method will also work for accessing Pandora (internet music streaming service) outside of the US.

 

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Here’s what you will typically see when visiting Hulu from outside of the US:

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To show the difference between my Netflix (Ireland) and the US Netflix, I searched for Parks and Recreation (unavailable on Irish Netflix):

Netflix UK

 

With MediaHint or Hola, you can access US Netflix content without even signing up for anything (besides a Netflix account of course)! (NOTE: MediaHint has been more reliable for me personally lately, Hola was not working during the writing of this review, but may be back up working soon as it was before.)

MediaHint is a browser extension available for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The installation is as simple as visiting MediaHint.com and clicking “start using”. When you click “start using”, your browser will begin to download the extension (it should only take a few seconds) and then the site will display instructions on how to install it (very simple).  Once you have the extension installed, visit Netflix.com or Hulu.com and you’ll have access straight away! That’s it!

Hola is available as a browser extension for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but it’s also available for Windows, Android and Mac (from Hola.org)! The installation is very simple and straight forward and there’s no need to register to use the extension!

After installing one of the above extensions, you should be able to access US Netflix / Hulu / Pandora!

Hulu working

 

Netflix US

 

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Sony Vegas Pro 12 | Hollywood Transition Effect Tutorial #1

Today we’re going to be kicking off a new Sony Vegas editing tutorial series called “Hollywood Transitions”. This new series will consist of Sony Vegas (Pro 12) editing tutorials on how to create Hollywood / film style transitions.

For our first Hollywood Transition Effect, we’re going to be taking a look at a simple transition effect that consists of a video clip split up into several rectangles. These rectangles will then slide onto screen separately, creating a cool transition! (It’s hard to explain in words, see the video tutorial embedded below for an example!)

In this video tutorial we are using Sony Vegas Pro 12 and making use of the shape-mask feature. This feature allows us to create perfect rectangle masks on our video and also allows us to duplicate and move them easily. If you’re using an older version of Vegas PRO, you can still create this effect using the standard masking feature ( the standard mask feature is not available in Movie Studio versions of Vegas).

Editors Keys SL300 Microphone and Portable Vocal Booth Pro Review

Mark Brown, over at EditorsKeys, was kind enough to send us out an Editors Keys SL300 Condenser USB Microphone, Portable Vocal Booth Pro (2nd edition) and the Editors Keys Dual Layer Pop Filter to review. Over the past month I have been using and testing all 3 products, both separately and in combination with each other.

General Information

Let’s start off with some general information about the three of these products. (All details and prices were accurate on date of creation of this post in October 2012.)

The SL300 Condenser USB Microphone is available on EditorsKeys.com for €119.99 ($160.98). This payout rewards you with the SL300 itself, a shockmount and the necessary USB cable. There is no installation disc included, that is because it’s not required. The microphone contains built-in drivers allowing you to simply plug-in and use in a few seconds.

The Vocal Booth Pro (2nd edition) is available on EditorsKeys.com for €179.99 ($241.98). The Vocal Booth Pro can be used either on a desk or on a heavy duty stand (which is included). Also included with the purchase are the desk stand adapters and any tools needed to fix the stand together with the booth.

The Dual Layer Pop Filter can be found at EditorsKeys.com for €23.99 ($32.18). The Dual Layer Pop Filter is compatible with all microphone stands with a simple turn to tighten mechanism, allowing you to fix the pop filter onto the microphone (stand) of your choice.

You can also purchase these three items (SL300 Condenser USB Mic, Portable Vocal Booth Pro (2nd Edition) and the Dual Layer Pop Filter) in a bundle for €311.99 ($418.58)

Editors Keys SL300 Condenser USB Microphone Final Verdict

The SL300 has a solid build with an impressive weight to it. I found the build of the microphone particularly impressive. I appreciate the weight of the microphone (even though the microphone will remain in the shockmount for the majority of the time in my use) and the solid feel to the microphone.

The mic also features a built in blue studio-light hidden behind the wire mesh. Note: The blue studio-light turns on upon plugging the mic into the USB socket and does not symbolize that it is recording live.

As shown by the symbol on the front, the microphone is omnidirectional. The microphone also features two switches on either side of the omnidirectional symbol.

The -10db setting allows you to record your audio at a -10db level which is ideal for musicians recording vocals, instrumentals, etc.. The microphone also features a “low-cut” switch allowing users to record audio and cut off any frequency below 200Hz.

I personally did not find a huge use for the low-cut feature or the -10db setting, however, that’s due to the fact that the audio I record is normally for audio commentary. I’m not the most talented musician and I understand and want to emphasize the fact that both features can play an important role in a musicians recording or instrumentals and/or vocals.

Overall I would recommend this microphone to anyone who is looking for a professional microphone within the hundred €/$ price range. The microphone produces clean, crisp audio that can only be admired. Comparing this microphone to my previous microphone (of a similar price) I was quite blown away by the quality. The audio sounds much more professional and allows me to take pride in my audio. This microphone easily deserves 9/10 stars.

Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth Pro (2nd Edition) Final Verdict

The Portable Vocal Booth Pro (2nd edition) varies in several ways from the 1st edition.  The 2nd edition features a new “barn-door” style folding mechanism, allowing for simple storage and transport. The 2nd edition also features desk-stand mounts allowing the booth to be used whilst sitting on your desk, unlike the 1st edition.

The 2nd edition also includes the microphone stand in the listed price. The acoustic foam featured in the 2nd edition of the Portable Vocal Booth Pro boasts a different design pattern allowing for optimum recording conditions (explained further below).

The “specially molded foam” that lines the inside of the Portable Vocal Booth Pro (2nd edition) aids to create dry vocals while also helping to prevent exterior audio from polluting your audio. The punched aluminium back to the booth is not just cosmetic, the design actually adds an extra layer of “audio deflection”, reducing the sound pollution into your microphone.

The stand is very easily assembled to sit on top of the stand (which is included with purchase) and after your first few assemblies you should be able to put that vocal booth on the heavy duty stand, with the microphone in the shockmount and the pop-filter applied within 5 minutes! The booth and stand truly are portable!

As I noted in the review, I probably would not have recommended the booth until I used it under different circumstances. To elaborate on this, while examining and testing the booth I found the improvement in audio quality slightly impressive, but nothing to get excited over.

However, when I used the booth with exterior noise outside or even on my desk (from my old-loud laptop), I noticed that the design of the foam and the exterior case to the booth isn’t just for fancy looks or minor improvements. The features actually did help to reduce the amount of background noise reaching my microphone to the point where the two recordings (one with and without the booth) had obvious differences.

Overall, the Portable Vocal Booth Pro has hugely impressed me (especially after the previous background-sound-test mentioned)! With a price tag of €179.99, it may be out of reach of some lower-end musicians and recording enthusiasts. However, if you’re looking to upgrade your equipment and spend a bit of dough, the price tag is actually quite affordable compared to alternatives when looking at quality. I find it hard to rate this product out of 10 due to the fact that this is one of the only products like this that I have reviewed, however, I would recommend this product.

Did I find any cons? Yes, but it’s very minor, and I like to nitpick.

I was very impressed with the combination of the Vocal Booth Pro 2, the SL300 and the Dual Layer Pop Filter. The only thing during my month of testing that stood out as a con to me was the fact that in certain cases, when you attach the dual layer pop filter to the microphone while it is in the shockmount and sitting in the vocal booth AND the vocal booth is on a desk, the apparatus can very easily tilt and fall forward which could possibly cause damage to the products. However, this was such a minor con that only arose in certain circumstances that I still couldn’t call it a full-fledged con.

 Editors Keys Dual Layer Pop Filter Final Verdict

I don’t have much to say about the Dual Layer Pop Filter. Compared to a normal pop filter (one that is not dual-layered), I couldn’t find much of a difference in audio quality. I found two or three situations in audio recordings where I think that the dual-layer pop filter did a slightly better job of reducing the pop and rise in audio levels. However,  the dual-layer pop filter is €23.99 which is similar to what you would pay for a normal (high quality) pop-filter. 

Would I recommend the dual-layer pop-filter? I would recommend a pop filter. If you were going to purchase the SL300 and the Portable Vocal Booth then I would advise you to purchase the bundle with all 3 products for €311.99. The dual layer pop filter has a similar price to a normal pop filter so I wouldn’t find any need for an upgrade from a typical pop-filter to the dual layer pop filter, but if you are someone who is searching for a suitable pop filter, the dual layer pop filter would not be a bad purchase.

 

Please enjoy the video review embedded below:

Video review goes live on the 28th of October at 7PM GMT .

Sony Vegas Pro 12 VS Sony Vegas Pro Edit – Fall Release Date

Sony Creative Software announced the future release of Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sony Vegas Pro Edit at IBC on September 7th, 2012. They have both been given a Fall 2012 release date. Now, you may ask, what’s the difference between Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sony Vegas Pro Edit?

Sony Vegas Pro Edit is Sony Creative Software’s attempt at making a more “cost-efficient” program that still has the majority of capabilities that Sony Vegas Pro 12 has. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

Recommended Article – Sony Vegas Pro 12 Announced – New Features & Trailer

There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, similar to that of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, but we could be wrong.

Sony Vegas Pro Edit is being released for the first time to act as a more cost-efficient program, targeting users who cannot afford to drop the $599 for Sony Vegas Pro 12.  It’s a sensible move by Sony Creative Software to try and spread into a larger consumer base by offering an editing program with the same toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12 minus the disc-authoring components.

For most people, the loss of the disc-authoring section of the editing program won’t be a huge deal, but professional video editors will most likely be purchasing Sony Vegas Pro 12.

TEASER TRAILER OVERVIEW:

Sony Vegas Pro 12 Announced – Fall 2012 Release Date – Teaser Trailer

Sony Creative Software have today announced that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will be released in the Fall of 2012 without mentioning a specific release date. The news was broken at IBC on Sept 7th, 2012.

The all new version of Vegas will sport some brand new and also improved features upon its release. Not only that, but Sony Creative Software have announced “Sony Vegas Pro Edit”. Sony Vegas Pro Edit will feature the same audio and video toolset of Sony Vegas Pro 12, but will not feature the disc-authoring components.

This is done to create a most cost effective package. There have been no prices released at this point, but we expect that Sony Vegas Pro 12 will retail for $599 (similar to previous versions) and Sony Vegas Pro Edit will retail around the price-point of between $299 and $399, but we could be wrong.

Some of these new and updated features include:

  • Expanded Edit Mode – This mode allows you to see the “adjacent frames of the events at the edit point”. If you double click at the edit point in your timeline you get what SCS are calling an “A-B Roll” view (see image).
  • 64 bit Audio Plug-ins – Sound Forge Pro plug-ins have been re-written to be compatible with 64 bit Sony Vegas Pro 12.
  • Project Interchange – You can now (finally) import and export a wide range of files to and from Sony Vegas Pro 12 with some of the other popular video editors. Vegas can now convert between .veg (Sony Vegas project files) and AAF files (Avid Pro Tools 10), XML files (Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X – export only for Pro X) and .prproj (Adobe Premiere , After Effects CS6).
  •  Color Match – You can now match colors between two clips. You can choose a preset from the drop down list or simply use the Image Source controls to choose the image that you want to match.
  • FX Masking (yes!) – Instead of having to mask the image/video itself you can now mask an effect. One great use that SCS have highlighted is the use of this effect for blurring out logos/faces/license plates/etc.. without having to mask the image/video.
  • Shape Masking Tools – New Rectangle/Square and Circle/Oval masking tools make it easier to mask your video or image by drawing the shape over the video or image.
  • Vegas Pro Explorer Redesign – The new re-design for the Vegas Pro Explorer features a thumbnail view, support for Windows libraries (My Music, My Pictures, My Videos) and auto-text fill and “Breadcrumb Control” allowing you to navigate to previous directories of your system.
  • Edit Properties for Multiple Video Files – You can edit properties, for multiple clips, including pixel aspect ratio, color space, stereoscopic 3D mode, field order and more!
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX and Compositor (Finally, I love this!) – Adds the appearance of depth to graphics and video clips. This will work brilliantly for text (and other graphics elements) allowing you to add a realistic shadow effect, glow, and embossing effects! “Layer dimensionality is also available as a compositor plug-in, making it very useful in conjunction with Track Motion and picture-in-picture effects.”
I am personally excited about the Project Interchange, FX masking/shape masking and the Layer Dimensionality Video FX.
  • I think the Project Interchange was a much needed addition to the Sony Vegas Pro software. This will allow for much easier and quicker workflow between other editing programs. This was a feature that was in huge demand from the Sony Vegas editing community, and Sony Creative Software delivered!
  • The FX Masking / Shape Masking are also great additions to the software. A somewhat simple feature can make a world of difference. These features will help to save time upon useless masking on video clips and also allow for an easier integration of video FX, that will be easy to use and yet still fulfil their duties by having a noticeable effect on the video project.
  • Layer Dimensionality Video FX was something I always wished that Sony Creative Software would bring into Vegas. It opens up a new world of editing. It allows you to create the appearance of depth when using graphics and video clips. This feature will be very useful when creating 3D text, which could not previously be created within Vegas without using a third party plug-in or external programs. As mentioned on the SCS website, this will also allow for the creation of realistic shadow, glow and embossing effects with picture-in-picture effects, which is something else I’m looking forward to using it for.

 

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Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac Compatible on Release Date?

For years, there have been requests from Mac users for a Mac version of Sony Vegas Pro, the video editing software. Sony Vegas has been a Windows program, but will that soon change? Up until a week ago, I would’ve said that there was only the tiniest possibility that Sony Vegas would make its move to Mac. However, on 22nd of August 2012, Sony Creative Software confirmed that Sound Forge Pro will be on Mac in the near future. The Sony Creative Software Twitter handle (@SonySoftware) tweeted “finallyonthemac.com” and left it at that. If you visit the site, you can find (at the time of this post) 5 quick teaser videos!

 

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Now, how is this related to Sony Vegas Pro 12? (As of the date of creation of this post, there has been no official release date announced by Sony Creative Software in relation to Sony Vegas Pro 12. ) Although Sony Vegas Pro 12 and Sound Forge Pro are completely separate programs, the fact that Sound Forge Pro has broken through the Windows only barrier could suggest a similar result with Sony Vegas Pro 12. There is a demand for the video editing program from Mac users, now that Sony Creative Software have decided to expand the range of Sound Forge Pro, perhaps they will apply the same thinking to Sony Vegas Pro 12.

If Sony Vegas Pro 12 was released to be compatible with Mac platforms, a lot of people would be happy. Could Sony Vegas Pro 12 become a competitor to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? Keep in mind, Final Cut Pro X currently reps a $299.99 price tag when Sony Vegas Pro 11 reps a $599.95 price tag. And, just to keep you informed, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, which is compatible on both Windows and Mac, currently goes for $799  .

What do you think? Will Sony Vegas Pro 12 be Mac compatible? Do you want it to be?

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Like Button Animation Intro Tutorial

Today we’re going to be looking at a custom made “Like Button Animation Intro” in Sony Vegas (Pro 11) that I created for the use of anyone into the YouTube community! This intro involves having an image of a mouse cursor that comes up from the bottom of the screen, clicks on the YouTube like button, a mouse clicking sound is played and then the like button turns to the clicked version of the like button.

The effect is very simple to do; it involves resizing images, a small bit of masking and keyframing! Don’t worry if you’re not acquainted with these features, our step by step tutorial will help you through it!

To create this effect, you need three images (like button, clicked like button and mouse cursor) and one sound (mouse clicking). You can find/create these images and sounds yourself, or download all 4 items for free below!


Sony Vegas | Eyelids / POV Effect Tutorial

 

Today I’m going to be showing you how to create a “looking through eyes” effect, basically an effect making it look like you are looking from a persons POV (point of view) and blinking your eyelids. We’ll also add in a little blur and fade out the blur as your eyes are opening to give it that waking up in the morning effect!

Let’s get started!

  1. To start off, we simply need to go to a new project (File > New) and open the video clip you will be using.
  2. Once you have your video clip on your video track, you need to right click on the video track and click “Insert New Video Track”. Now, go to Media Generators (if you can’t see if go to View > Media Generators) and go to the solid colors. We’re going to click and drag down the black solid colour onto the new video track we created above our video clip. This is going to act as one of our eyelids.
  3. If you want your eyelids to be completely straight (without a feather/soft edge) then ignore this step. Go to Video FX > Border and click and drag down Soft Edge onto the black solid color. Adjust the settings so that the soft edge has a slight feather.
  4. Now we need to enlarge the black solid color so that it fills the entire screen. We’re going to do this by going into the Track Motion of the video track. The button for Track Motion looks like an arrow in a white box pointing towards a blue box. Once you have the track motion open, click and drag on the corner of the box in the track motion to enlarge the solid color so that it just fills the screen.
  5. Now, exit the track motion. Right click on the rectangle beside the number of the video track and select “Rename”. Name the video track “Top Eyelid”. Once you have that done, right click on the video track and click “Duplicate”. The duplicate will be automatically named “Copy of Top Eyelid”. Rename this to “Bottom Eyelid”.
  6. Now all we need to do is keyframe the top and bottom eyelid to open and close. If you need help keyframing, see the video tutorial embedded below!
  7. Once you have the eyelids keyframed to open and close, etc.. , you can now add a gaussian blur to your video clip, to add the extra effect of opening your eyes for the first time. To do this, we’re going to duplicate the section of our clip that we want to add the blur to, and place the duplicate on a new video track directly above the original clip. Apply the gaussian blur to the duplicate and then use the fade feature to fade out the blur to the original track. If you are having trouble with this, see the embedded video tutorial below!
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