We're coming to MacWorld 2011...

ShedWorx is coming to America!

We have just booked in for MacWorld 2011 and will be running booth 305.

This is our biggest marketing push so far and we will be demoing all of our products including the two new ones in development.

While in the US of A we will also be visiting a bunch of our partners and pro users from California to New York.

Apart from the weather, we can't wait to be there :)

3D video is on its way!

3D video is on its way!

3D is now out in force in the consumer TV market and is about to appear for consumer video. Panasonic are first to market with a 3D consumer camcorder (the HDC-750K and variations) and will also release 3D lenses for their Lumix Micro 4/3 range (which includes the GH1, GF1 and G2 DSLRs). Here is a great article on the new Panasonic 3D camera from Colin at SimplyDV.

We've just updated the ShedWorx Test Bench with a Panasonic 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray player. The 3D movies are remarkably clear - much better than the 3D experience that you will get at a cinema. We're now waiting for the 3D cameras and lenses to ship to see how the 3D home movies look.

Technical Details

As far as we know (without seeing the first 3D movie samples), the 3D picture is being recorded using using a standard AVCHD format movie but with a side-by-side left/right view. 3D-capable TVs will detect the side-by-side video and display the left and right channels using 3D display.

The side-by-side approach means that each video stream will actually be 960x1080 in size. The X-axis will be "stretched" out from 960 to 1920 on playback, similar to the way older 1440x1080 cameras recorded 1920x1080 HD footage. This is a slightly lower HD format, so you can bet that there will be "Full HD 3D" entering the market next year. The beauty of the side-by-side approach is that it can be achieved without major changes to existing hardware, so that cameras such as the GH-1 can be made 3D-capable with a new lens and a firmware upgrade.

ShedWorx 3D suport

In July this year we released Native AVCHD editing for Voltaic and Revolver. Native AVCHD editing allows you to edit AVCHD footage without conversion, preserving the full quality of the original footage. It turns out that this will be perfect for 3D editing. We will release a 3D update to the whole product line, mainly to update our previewer so that it displays just one side of the dual-image video. Apart from that we will just do some testing and fine tuning of the Native AVCHD editing function and we will be right for 3D editing.

We should have some early 3D samples to work with by the end of August. We will then update our software lines to support 3D formatting so that you can edit a 3D home movie in either Voltaic or Revolver. Check back here (or even subscribe to the ShedWorx Blog in your RSS reader) and we'll post updates as we find out more.

FlamingoHD 1.5 is coming!

FlamingoHD 1.5 is coming!

After months of toil and over a year of planning, FlamingoHD version 1.5 is nearly done!

FlamingoHD 1.5 is a major redevelopment of Flamingo to make a whole lot faster and easier to use. Our first goal was to make Flamingo a lot faster with both large and small libraries. We have achieved this by completely redeveloping the content viewing area.

Our second major change was to move to a Folders and Albums approach with user-defined sorting of Albums, Folders and Content. This was the most requested feature for Flamingo, so we've got that all done for version 1.5.

Flamingo 1.5 now forms the basis for the next 12 months of development on Flamingo. By using our own custom-built viewing area we can now implement almost any feature in the content viewing and management area.

New viewing area

The viewing area on Flamingo has been completely redeveloped. We now have a multi-album view where you can scroll down through many albums, rather than just viewing one album at a time.

The new view has been optimised to run quickly on very large libraries and will not slow down as your library size grows.

Folders and Albums

We have dropped the Events and Projects idea from the old Flamingo and gone to Folders and Albums. You can now have whatever Folder structure you like and content will appear in an Album.

Many Flamingo users have requested this since Flamingo was first released in 2009. The new Folder/Album approach allows for much greater flexibility when organising your content.

What's Next?

We have a lot of major work in the pipeline for Flamingo, but our future plans are just that - plans. Not all of what we mention next will make it to a release.

The main focus once Flamingo 1.5 is done will be enhanced metadata support and tagging. We plan to pull all metadata (e.g. EXIF, IPTC) from imported photos and store that in the Flamingo database. We will also implement a tagging function to support easy and effective management of a tag library and subsequent tagging of content.

Finally, we have an iPad version of Flamingo in early Beta testing. The iPad application already supports Folder and Album management, Metadata, Tagging and Content updating. By the end of the year we plan to release the iPad Flamingo app along with cloud-based data sync of the Flamingo library between your iPad and desktop/laptop installation of Flamingo.

Thats everything we can share about Flamingo right now. We're sure that the new features of Flamingo will help many people stuck with the shortcomings of iPhoto and iMovie when it comes to managing your precious digital content.

One last thing - Flamingo 1.5 will be a free upgrade :)

Moving Servers

We've just moved the ShedWorx web site and store to a new, faster server.

The main web site is working fine (and a lot faster) but the store has a couple of issues at its new home.

Please bear with us while we get the store working correctly again. Purchases and Activations will not be possible while we fix up the store.

Pricing for VoltaicHD 2.5 and FlamingoHD 2.0 announced

Pricing for VoltaicHD 2.5

We're nearing the completion of VoltaicHD version 2.5 for PC and Mac, so we've set the prices for both products.

We expect to release both products this month (March 2010), assuming all goes well with Beta testing.

VoltaicHD for Mac

VoltaicHD for Mac version 2.5 will be a free upgrade for all VoltaicHD for Mac Version 2 users. It will remain priced at $39.99 USD.

VoltaicHD for PC

VoltaicHD for PC version 2.5 will be a free upgrade for all VoltaicHD for PC users. The price of VoltaicHD for PC will increase to $39.99 USD when version 2.5 is released.

Pricing for FlamingoHD 2.0

FlamingoHD version 2.0 will be a free uprgade for current FlamingoHD version 1.x users.

We expect to release FlamingoHD version 2.0 in Q3 2010.

YouTube Competition Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the YouTube Competition.

We have two winners - Jim, from the US has won the Major prize while Laura from Canada has taken out the random prize draw.

Major Prize Winner

Jim took his AVCHD movies from New Year's Eve, did some simple trimming, added a title and pushed it up to YouTube.

Congratulations Jim! A Panasonic FT1 is on its way to you. Here is the winning entry...

Random Prize Draw Winner

Laura entered a movie of the band The Ground Luminosity performing at the Roberts Creek Hall in Canada, again on New Year's Eve.

Congratulations Laura - we'll get an iPod Touch out to you ASAP

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