Category Archives: Video

Final Trailer for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Trailers – I really hadn’t known about this comic series (Valérian and Laureline)  until I began seeing the trailers. It is hard to say from the trailers how good the film actually is, but it looks visually stunning based on the trailers. Both the comic series and the film are produced in France, though the film is in English, The synopsis (per IMDB) is:

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

This might be one to see when it opens July 21.

macOS New App Release – Media Cutter 1.0


Product Announcement – Joyoshare Software of Hong Kong, a multimedia software developer and provider, has released Media Cutter 1.0, the company’s new smart video splitting tool for Mac and Windows. Multi-functional yet easy-to-use, Media Cutter allows anyone to cut, edit and convert videos as well as audio in seconds with 100% lossless quality. Joyoshare Media Cutter is well designed, requires no technical skills, and aimed to help people control and enjoy their digital entertainment lives better and easier.

An all-in-one video trimmer, Media Cutter was specifically developed for cutting and trimming large videos and audio from any popular format to smaller footage without any quality loss. It also allows you convert video footage to any other format, such as M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, etc. as well as transfer split videos and audio to multiple ready-presets of popular devices, including Apple iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy S and other Android devices and game consoles.

By adopting an innovative acceleration processor, Joyoshare Media Cutter works at 60X super faster speed. It’s not only a smart MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV video cutter, but also a powerful video joiner that can merge existing video and audio clips that are being cut from the same source video or audio to a new video in other formats according to your needs. Joyoshare Media Cutter aims to be the most cost-effective video cutting tool offering professional-level features at a much lower price.

Media Cutter 1.0 is $29.95 (USD) and available from their website. There is a free trial that provides 5 opportunities for any user to cut and convert videos and audios for free. The newly released version is fully compatible with the latest macOS 10.12 or lower

Star Wars Fan Film “Wrath of the Sith”

Star Wars – This short film (11:27) is well done. It has pretty good special effects and reasonable acting. The video debuted in 2016 and was written and directed by Michael Tukes. More of his work can be found at The synopsis:

The Galactic Empire is pursuing all Jedi and their followers, intent of purging them from the galaxy. Jedi Master Elis Echo and his apprentice Kira Nyon are ambushed by a Star Destroyer commanded by Darth Vader. The Jedi use escape pods to flee Vader, but he has sent a pair of his secret apprentices after them. 

I liked this short and will be adding it to my Fan Film library.

Trailer for “Black Panther”

Trailers – Disney and Marvel have released the trailer for their latest movie in the Marvel Universe, “Black Panther”. It will be a while though before we can see it as it is not scheduled to open until February 16, 2018. What I find in the way of a synopsis is (from IMDB):

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

We got a glimpse of the Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War”. The character comes from the fictional African nation of Wakanda which has progressed on a separate technological path from the rest of the world.

Science Fiction Short “Dédalo”

This is a dark and frightening short. Dédalo is a Horror Science Fiction film from Jerönimo Rocha. The synopsis:

Siena, a trembling survivor of a ruthless space battle, is trying to survive inside her refinery spacecraft. A swarm of slimy, spiked aliens stalk her.

I thought that this was an interesting short (8:25) film. It is certainly not one I would want to show young kids late at night in a dark house.

Star Wars Fan Film “Liberation”

Star Wars – I thought that this, Star Wars: Liberation, was an above average fan film. The acting lacked a little, but the production quality and special effects were excellent. This 11:04 video was published back in August of 2016. The official synapsis is:

It is a time of great peril for the Rebel Alliance. One of its fiercest warriors Vince Nurada has been captured by the Empire and held captive aboard an imperial vessel. After months of being a prisoner of war, Vince may have finally found his ticket to freedom

I think that I will be adding this one to my collection.

macOS New App Release – Universe 2.1

Product Announcement – Red Giant of Portland, Oregon has released Universe 2.1, an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. With six brand new tools and updates to two existing plugins, Universe 2.1 delivers eye-catching text effects, enabling users to easily add unique text graphics to their projects. Whether it’s giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen, or applying a fractal-based glowing effect, the latest additions to the Universe 2.1 library of effects has a tool for just about any artist’s needs. Red Giant Universe offers more than 65 tools (and counting) that run in Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro CC, Adobe(R) After Effects(R) CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Magix Vegas Pro.

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Delivers One-of-a-Kind Text Effects. All-new tools in the Red Giant Universe include:

  • AV Club: Mimic the lo-fi, noisy text found on ancient video tapes, old infomercials and local access cable channel shows.
  • Luster: The 1980s are back! Give video text the retro treatment with Luster by applying a metal sheen to text – includes a refraction-based bevel for a glassy simulated 3D look.
  • Title Motion: Create text and shapes and then instantly add dynamic animations that bring them on and off screen. Great for titles, lower thirds, callouts and more.
  • Ecto: Inspired by the timeless film “Ghostbusters” and Netflix cult-hit “Stranger Things,” Ecto allows artists to create haunting, evolving titles with this glowing, fractal-based effect.
  • Long Shadow: Apply a colored, long shadow to text, logo or shape, for both classic and modern motion design.
  • Glow Fi II: Give text an ethereal moody look by instantly adding silky smooth, self-animating, fractal-based glow effects to titles. A simple UI make it easy to apply evolving, organic glows.

Existing Tools Get a Refresh:

  • Line: This update adds the ability to add text at the start and endpoint of a line – great for labeling travel departure and arrival points, start and end dates, and other informational details.
  • Holomatrix II: Based on effects popularized by the legendary “Star Wars” franchise and major motion picture films like “The Hunger Games,” this tool now includes blurred, chromatic distortions, a new strobe effect and much more.

As Seen on TV:

  • Red Giant Universe has been used on “Saturday Night Live,” “Portlandia,” “Documentary Now,” “Kung Fury,” and much more.

Red Giant Universe 2.1 Compatible Host Apps:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion
  • Magix VEGAS Pro
  • Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
  • HitFilm Pro

Update to Red Giant Universe 2.1
Red Giant Universe 2.1 the Mac OS X and Windows supports Operating Systems. Existing Universe customers can download the new tools directly by launching Red Giant Link.

The Red Pledge: Red Pledge is Red Giant’s commitment to customer happiness, with no purchasing hassles. Learn about the Red Pledge guarantee at the Red Giant website.

Universe 2.1 is available as an annual subscription ($99/year) or as a monthly subscription ($20/month). New Red Giant Universe customers can purchase a subscription or download a free trial from the Universe product page. To learn more about Red Giant products, please visit the Red Giant online. Red Giant Universe is now available in Red Giant’s Volume Program, the flexible and affordable solution for customers who need five or more floating licenses.