Reviews

  • Iomega REV review

    There was a time when every self-respecting designer had an Iomega Jazz drive sitting on the desk. The Jazz drive’s removable hard disk cartridges were a handy and cost-effective way of backing up files or sharing them with colleagues, but they were limited to just 2GB, and were soon eclipsed by technologies that offered both higher capacity and lower prices, such as the DVD.

  • PF Match 1.0 review

    The market for match-moving software is becoming increasingly crowded – and now there’s another product to add to the list. The Pixel Farm’s PFMatch joins the likes of 2d3’s Boujou, RealViz’s MatchMover, and a handful of plug-in-based solutions in the match-moving market. PFMatch aims to offer a sophisticated toolset and autotracking for the extraction of 3D camera data from film or video footage.

  • Vegas 5 review

    Vegas is the permanent underdog of the video-editing world. The NLE has a small but fanatical following in the US, but has probably slipped under the radar of most editors – although it’s a tool you’d know about if you always wanted to make music videos. It's available 'straight' or bundled with the DVD Architect 2.0 authoring package (reviewed here) as Vegas+DVD.

  • DVD Architect 2 (from Vegas+DVD 5) review

    Against rivals such as Adobe’s Encore DVD, Apple’s DVD Studio and Ulead’s DVD Workshop, DVD Architect is unusual in that it’s available only as part of Sony’s Vegas+DVD bundle (Vegas 5 is reviewed here). Looking at version 2.0, this makes perfect sense – as while its interface and integration will appeal to Vegas users, its toolset isn’t up to the competition.

  • Photosmart 945 review

    HP’s Photosmart 945 camera is difficult to pigeonhole. Over five megapixels, and an 8x optical zoom lens might put it in the class of advanced cameras like the Minolta Dimage A1 or the Fujifilm FinePix S7000, which cost a lot more. But the overall design of the Photosmart 945 seems aimed at providing point-&-shoot ease.

  • FileMaker Pro 7 review

    FileMaker seems to be aiming straight at the content creation market with version 7 of this database solution. There is a new field type called a Container that can be used to store digital pictures, movies, music, and other digital media – up to 4GB per field. It’s not only for the creative side of the business though, as the Container field can handle Word documents, full Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, PowerPoint presentation files, OLE objects, and more.

  • Matchmover Pro 3 review

    Designed for high-end post-production work, MatchMover Pro is Realviz’s professional 3D camera-tracking system. It’s a robust and generally well-designed package, and it offers both automatic and full user control of the tracking process. Match-moving is the process by which 3D camera data can be extracted from nothing more than film or video footage ...

  • FinePix F610 Zoom review

    The FinePix F610 is the latest incarnation of Fuji’s line of flat, square compact cameras, which manages to combine a minimalist stainless steel look with excellent performance. When you switch it off, the lens retracts completely and there are no protruding parts, so it’s easy to carry in a pocket without worrying about breaking it.

  • Final Cut Express 2.0 review

    Final Cut Pro may be Apple’s main offering for the professional video-editing market, but it would be a mistake to dismiss the cut-down Final Cut Express as a mere toy for consumers and hobbyists. After all, it was Final Cut Express that finally put paid to the Mac version of Premiere, by offering some impressive editing features at a much lower price.

  • CoolPix 8700 review

    Last summer, Sony announced a new eight million-pixel sensor for compact cameras, and we’re now seeing a rash of new models all hitting the market together. Sony was first, naturally, with the excellent semi-pro DSC-F828 that arrived late last year. It was followed by 8mp announcements from Canon, Minolta, Olympus. Nikon joined the queue with the CoolPix 8700 ...

  • FlashTrax review

    To the uninitiated, the FlashTrax is an iPod for still images. At its heart is a hard drive running a basic OS viewable through a 3.5-inch colour LCD screen. Photographers can view, manipulate, and delete their images with a minimum of fuss. Rather than just allowing you to view your pictures on the move, the FlashTrax can take them from your camera’s media card.

  • Edius 2.0 review

    When first launched in summer 2003, Edius seemed like a saviour for users of Canopus’s capture and effects hardware. Tied to Adobe’s ailing Premiere 6.5, Edius offered a more professional and efficient editing environment for the discerning editor. However, Edius turned out to be about as well finished as a PoundStretcher tea-set ...

  • Stitcher 4.0 review

    RealViz is best known for its professional-quality tools for integrating 3D elements into movies. However, its Stitcher software is a high-grade still-imaging tool for creating panoramas from multiple images. Results can be output as a super-wide print, or put onto a Web page or CD to form immersive QuickTime VR MOV, Shockwave, or ...

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