NAB 2017: SmallHD, New Zeiss Lenses, and Final Cut Pro X Plugins


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Some more great stuff coming out of NAB! This roundup will cover a few things including Zeiss’  new and affordable CP.3 and CP.3 XD cine lenses, SmallHD’s first 5-inch touchscreen display, and some new Final Cut Pro X plugins news which will get any VR and 3D person excited!

Lets jump right in!

Zeiss CP.3 and CP.3 XD Cine Lenses


First up, Zeiss has given us a look at their brand new CP.3 and CP.3 XD compact primes. These lenses will replace the existing CP.2 line, and will be available in focal lengths from 15 to 135mm. All of the primes are very light, and have a 95mm diameter making them a great choice for handheld work or attaching to drones. The 15mm, 18mm, and 21mm lenses have a T-stop of T2.9, while the seven other lenses in the 25mm to 135mm range will get you T2.1.

The XD version, however, comes with a great bonus of metadata output, which Zeiss has dubbed eXtended Data. The open protocol will give you focus, aperture, or even lens distortion and shading information for each frame of video. This kind of information is a must for any project with visual effects. No word on pricing, but the new CP.3 lenses will be available in June, followed by the XD versions sometime in the fall.

SmallHD Focus


Next up, SmallHD has just released details of their first touchscreen HD video monitor called the Focus. The monitor comes with an out-of-the-box mounting solution and SmallHD promises the 5-inch device will provide you with daylight visibility. Here’s what SmallHD Co-Founder, Wes Phillips, said about the new monitor in a statement:

“Our goal was simple: to bring filmmakers who are limited by space, time, or budget — a tool to significantly increase the production value of their work, without breaking the bank.”

The Focus is attached via the shoe mount, and can be tilted a full 180 degrees. The 800 nit display comes with SmallHD’s professional suite of software tools, and you can load 3D LUTs via an SD card slot. The whole thing will only run you $499, and will start shipping sometime in early June.

FindrCat Pro

FindrCat Pro

Intelligent Assistance Software has released a new in-app upgrade to FindrCat called FindrCat Pro. The new upgrade will provide full round tripping of FCP X metadata, instead of just the keywords that the original program handles. FindrCat is available in the App store [click here] for $19.99, while the FindrCat Pro upgrade will cost you an additional $29.99 in-app.

Tim Dashwood Hire By Apple, Plugins Now Free

360VR Toolbox3D and VR plugin developer Tim Dashwood has just been hired by Apple, and to celebrate he’s made all of his plugins free. Considering 360VR Toolbox used to sell for well over $1,000, it seems like this is going to be one hell of a deal for anyone looking to play around with them. One can only speculate if these tools will end up being directly integrated into Final Cut Pro X in the next major upgrade. It will be interesting when that upgrade is released.

Here’s all the tools you can now get for free:

  1. 360VR Toolbox – Professional 360/VR Tools for 2D or Stereoscopic 3D 360 degree video.
  2. 360VR Express – Essential 360/VR tools for monitoring and modifying 360 degree VR video.
  3. Editor Essentials – A collection of time-saving plugins for Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro & After Effects.
  4. Smooth Skin – The plugin that automatically finds and smoothes the skin in faces.
  5. Secret Identity – The plugin that automatically finds and hides faces using Mac OS X face detection.
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