Pomfort, makers of Silverstack Data Management Software, have announced the beta release of their grading software Live Grade. Designed to integrate with Alexa workflow, the software is a control interface for Black Magic’s HD Link Box to offer live grading of an HDSDI Stream and control up to 8 HD Link Boxes. The interface is very simple, and allows the user to create a new project, add grading events that can be easily recalled, and save 3D LUTS or save Alexa Look Files. Unlike Arri’s free Look Generator tool, Live Grade allows you to modify the Tone Map (gamma curve).The beta Release is a free download that is active for 33 days and they are actively looking for feed back so give it a test drive.
OK so maybe no direct uses for professional applications, but very cool and I so would have wanted one when I was a kid. Hot Wheels now sells cars that have a built in camera, LCD screen, playback controls, internal flash memory, and a USB connector to pull footage off all in the standard tiny Hot Wheels car size. Not only that, go to their website and you can then download a video editing program and drivers (PC Only) for free. The specs aren’t great, with 640×480 resolution VGA camera and 5.7Mbps data rates (12 min. recording on car). But, you can mount it in a holder and to your bike helmet. I guess smashing your cars, and in my neighbors case when I was a kid, burning your Hot Wheels with lighter fluid is no longer as cool, or at least you can make a movie about your burning cars… They retail in the US for about $50.