karacter Is A Colouring Box For Audio

Image result for karacter Is A Colouring Box For AudioPlugin Alliance has announced the availability of karacter,  a new plug-in which they describe as an “exacting emulation, by Brainworx of  elysia‘s discrete class-A stereo saturator namesake, known affectionately as ‘The Coloring Box’ because of the wondrous ways in which it fattens and adds sparkle to tracks.” Here’s a press release with the full details…

karacter is actually a bundle of two plugins — karacter mix and karacter master, the former providing a straightforward set of controls for treating mono and stereo tracks, while the more surgical latter lets users process full mixes, stereo stems, and subgroups, thanks to its independent left and right channel controls or, in MS Mode, mid and side channels. Choose either, and characterful sounds shine forth for sure, separating them from the plugin pack. After all, elysia has a well-deserved reputation for building pioneering products of quality and distinction that really represent a paradigm shift in studio processing; plugins bearing the manufacturer’s notable name capably convey those admirable attributes in digital form.

For both the karacter mix and karacter master plugins provide three different modes with which users can paint project tracks with colorful harmonics — hence that (“Coloring Box”) tagline thrust upon their hardware counterpart. Creatively, the standard saturation mode makes for fattening gently while heightening (odd) harmonics — heavenly when it comes to mastering and also for adding subtle size to pristine-sounding instruments such as acoustic guitars and grand pianos. FET Shred mode mimics the pleasing distortion of a driven tube amp, adding a relative boost to (even) harmonics that transform clinical-sounding electric guitar and bass tracks into bad boys! Turbo Boost mode — only available in FET Shred mode — should surely carry a warning! Why? Waging total harmonic destruction, it hard-clips signal tops like a weed whacker and sounds superb whether used for far- reaching processing of individual tracks or being tasked with severe sound design duties.

Days of yore required racks packed with outboard gear to achieve elusive and highly-desirable styles of tonal saturation. Such serious outlay is not necessarily needed today, thanks to karacter… choose the desired saturation mode, then push it harder or softer using the Drive control to dial in ideal amounts of beautiful-sounding sparkle or meat-grinding grit. For floor-rattling bass tracks, turn up karacter’s Color control counter-clockwise to simultaneously jack up the saturated signal’s bottom end while softening its highs. Conversely, clockwise rotation of the Color control could rough out the smooth edges of clean FM (Frequency Modulation) synth tracks to dirty things up. Up top, try raining musical mayhem down on drum overheads in MS Mode by applying Turbo Boost to the kick and snare in the mid channel while creating crystalline-sounding cymbals on the side channel. Or overdrive the total kit to take things to the extreme! Either way, whether working on full mixes, drum subgroups, or stringed instruments, karacter’s Mix control can blend colorful distortion with pristine input signal to sculpt a perfect balance of girth and sonic detail. Duly transform tracks into beauty or beast with karacter!

Cutting — or boosting! — to the chase: karacter creates a wonderful world of tremendous tones and timbres courtesy of a carefully chosen small set of controls that can completely change the character of a sound, alongside a stereo M/S (Mid-Side) control that opens up several possibilities for creative effects. The choice is in there… and all keeping elysia’s well-deserved reputation alive and kicking (ass) within a convenient, creative plugin workflow without treading on the toes of any other saturator software solution out there.

Pricing and Availability:
karacter is available for purchase — as an AAX Native & DSP-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher) — exclusively from Plugin Alliance for $199.00 USD.

Note that the proprietary Plugin Alliance Installation Manager means users can select, download, and install only the products and formats needed for their system.

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How to Use Reverb Plugins on Your Vocal Tracks

Image result for How to Use Reverb Plugins on Your Vocal TracksWe’ve all been there. Your band is tracking some cool new song you just wrote, and it’s coming together great: perfect groove, killer tones, clever ear–candy. Then you add those vocals tracks.

Suddenly, all you notice is that the voice sounds dull, lifeless, and strangely disconnected from the rest of the music. It’s not that the lyrics aren’t working or that your intonation is off. It’s just that, for some reason, those vocals don’t sound well–placed in the mix.

That’s usually right around the time your bandmate or co–producer turns to you and says something like, “It’s all good! Just needs a bunch of reverb!” That’s, well, half–right.

When deployed deftly, good old reverb is the perfect tool for gluing harmonies together or putting the vocal track in a simulated acoustic context.

But, there are very few times when you’ll want to soak your vocal tracks with the effect. Discretion is the name of the game with reverb. Your production will really benefit from understanding a few things about one of the oldest studio effects and how it remains so useful in today’s DAW–dominated world.

The Basics: What Reverb Does and Doesn’t Do

A lot of people will tell you that reverb makes vocals sound bigger, but that’s not really the case. Like natural reverb in a cave or warehouse, a reverb plugin makes a vocal sound like it’s in a space. The reason why reverb is so great on a sterile, dry voice recording is because it helps that vocal track sound like it wasn’t recorded in an isolation booth.

If anything, heavy reverb doesn’t make a vocal sound bigger, but farther away. After all, you’d hear more reverberation from someone farther down in a cave than someone standing right next to you.

Metric Halo’s HaloVerb Digital Reverb

So, if your issue is that the vocals you recorded sound oddly out in front of the band — a very common problem when the vocal is tracked in a different space, on a different day — then break out some basic reverb.

For that kind of issue, a simple plugin like Waves’ Renaissance Reverb or Metric Halo’s HaloVerb will do the job. Choose a size for the room you want to emulate, set a decay time that matches the sound of the other instruments in the mix, and slowly dial a wetter and wetter signal until the voice seems to meet the rest of the band in that imagined space.

If you’re looking to add more presence and power to a vocal performance however, go the opposite route and dial back the reverb.

Reverb has a law of diminishing returns. A little bit is usually called for, but adding more and more will eventually just cause your voice to sound overly glassy, getting swallowed up by the rest of the mix. Ergo, if your reverberated vocal part is sounding weak or unintelligible, dial back your room size, decay, and dry/wet settings to taste.

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Types of Reverb

While the guiding conceptual principles I outlined apply to any type of reverb you choose to use, different types do have different characteristics. You’ll see these types of reverbs all over the plugin–verse, and knowing what to use and when to use it will lead to the best production decisions.

Plate Reverb

Plate reverb emulates one of the earliest techniques used to get the effect: shooting a recorded signal into an actual steel plate via a transducer and then re–recording the resulting metallic vibrations with a contact microphone. This generates a pleasantly dark, dense, and diffused timbre. The intensity and decay of the reverb directly relate to the size of the plate.

This makes them an excellent choice if you’re going for a thick, vintage tone with your vocals, or if you’re looking for that warmth–and–glue factor but aren’t particularly concerned about adding brightness. You want to be careful with plate reverbs since they add low–end frequencies and can muddy up your mix.

Spring Reverb

Spring reverb — based on a similarly old–school electro–mechanical technology — offers a much brighter and snappier tone. Like plate reverb emulating reverberation on a metal plate, spring reverb emulates reverberation across metal springs.

On most plugins, you can typically adjust the “tension” and “number” of springs being emulated, with very loose springs offering a messier sound and sloppier decay, and tighter springs offering that classic, higher–pitched “splash.”

Because they sound somewhat smaller than their plate cousins, spring reverbs are awesome for scenarios where you don’t want much pre–delay.

Spring reverbs play really well with delay effects. For the best of both worlds, try sending your lead vocal through a tight spring reverb and then into a longer delay. But, once again, be careful. That spring sound is very noticeable, and it can easily distract from the original dry signal if not implemented cautiously.

Room Simulation

Room reverbs, as you likely guessed, simulate rooms. Digital room reverbs will give you control over various room sizes and building materials, ranging from a symphony house to a narrow hall.

Eventide Reverb

Plugins such as the Eventide Reverb typically have settings for various tiled rooms, concrete halls, wooden gymnasiums, and so on. Each preset will make pre–delay time, amount of diffusion, and early reflections present in your reverb signal, and every other setting conform to the spatial and acoustic logic of the room selected.

These verbs will usually impart a more modern sound to your vocal than springs or plates, and they offer far and away the most control over every little parameter you might care to mess with.

Say your band tracked basics to your song in a wooden room that was roughly 20 by 25 feet area with a 12–foot ceiling that you don’t have access to anymore. Using your room simulator, you can basically “dial in” a simulation of that space for your vocal track, creating reflections that will match those produced by the band, thus unifying the performances.

You can also go the opposite route and take your vocal track in some surreal directions by tweaking the parameters to create tiny rooms with inordinately huge decay times. Experiment! That’s the beauty of the digital reverb in the DAW era: you can always play around and re–adjust those knobs again later.

Vox Verb in Practice

Once you play around with reverb enough, you’ll start to get a sense of how to use it functionally. A big part of the joy of reverb, at least once you understand how to use your favorite plugins, is using it creatively.

Try sending all of your vocal harmonies to a track with reverb wetness turned up high while putting a short, crisp reverb on the lead. This will help the harmonies blend and the main vocal pop.

Or maybe use almost no reverb at all during sparse, intimate verses of your song to get a more confessional tone, and then crank it up for a particularly psychedelic bridge or chorus. Suddenly, you’re making real choices about where the singer exists in relation to a song and its listener.

Appendix: A Few General Reverb Functions Explained

  • Wet/Dry or Reverb Level: Controls the ratio of original signal to processed signal.

  • Pre–delay: Controls the total elapsed time between the sounding of the dry and wet signals.

  • Decay Time: Controls the total time until that last reverb tail dies away.

  • Early Reflections: Controls the amount of discrete echoes present in your wet signal.

  • Diffusion: Pushes those discrete echoes closer together (smearing them) or farther apart (separating them).

  • Room Size: Controls the dimensions of a the room being simulated, which automatically adjusts the boominess and decay of your reverb sound on a more global level.

  • Modulation Depth: Varies the pitch of reverberated signal relative to the dry signal.

  • Modulation Rate: Varies how quickly those pitches oscillate in time.

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How to Make Your 4K Footage Look Like It Was Shot in the 90s

Image result for How to Make Your 4K Footage Look Like It Was Shot in the 90sSo many photographers have recently been dipping their toes in the world of video. You can edit photos like a pro, but maybe you just can’t seem to figure out video editing; it’s very complex – like an onion, so many layers – and now you have to deal with sound design! If you’ve used presets for your photo editing, then you should definitely consider plugins for your video editing. Red Giant sent us a copy of their recently updated Universe 2.1. Jump on in and see what it’s all about.

I’ve always been a fan of Red Giant ever since I learned the Pen Tool in AfterEffects using Trapcode Suite. Later, in my first “real” job, we relied heavily on Magic Bullet, specifically Looks. So, when they sent us a copy, I was super excited to try out Universe 2.1. I only used a few plugins for this video, but it’s ridiculous how many more there are.

There are six new tools and two updates to the suite:

  • AV Club: Mimic the lo-fi, noisy text you find on ancient video tapes, old infomercials, and local access cable channel shows.
  • Luster: Give your text a slick 1980s retro look. Luster applies a metal sheen to text and 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. It’s great for titles, lower thirds, callouts, and more.
  • Ecto: Create haunting, evolving titles with this glowing fractal-based effect, inspired by “Ghostbusters” and “Stranger Things.”
  • Long Shadow: Apply a colored, long shadow to text, logo, or shape, for both classic and modern motion design.
  • Glo Fi II: Give text an ethereal, moody look by instantly adding silky smooth, self-animating, fractal-based glow effects to titles. A simple UI makes it easy to apply evolving, organic glows.
  • Line: This update adds the ability to add text at the start and endpoint of a line.
  • Holomatrix II: This update includes blurred, chromatic distortions, a new strobe effect, and much more.

Holomatrix II is so much fun! While I was testing it out, Patrick suggested I drop the hologram of Tupac in the background, but we figured that would be infringing on copyright, so we went with Princess Leia instead. Not only is this plugin fun, it’s so, so easy. They give you 85 presets to choose from within the plugin (just inside of the Holomatrix II tool), or you can set the parameters yourself and control anything you want. So, I started with their default preset and was able to choose how much distortion, speed, flicker; again, you have total control.

It’s one of the reasons I love plugins: they help you save so much time when it comes to editing, and they also teach you more about the program. I taught myself AfterEffects watching YouTube tutorials and breaking down plugins, seeing what each effect did. When it comes to the type of videos most of us are going to edit, you really shouldn’t be afraid of trying basic AfterEffects!

For the ridiculous 90s montage Lee filmed, I used the VHS plugin, which again, I can’t reiterate how easy it was to use. While all of this editing was done inside Premiere Pro, Universe 2.1 can be used in most NLE programs as well, such as Final Cut X, but be sure to check out Red Giant’s Compatibility Page if you’re using a different program.

Filming and editing this video was so much fun. I was able to play around with a lot of their plugins, and you should too! Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to using these plugins: they will save you time in editing, but might add time when it comes to exporting.

Universe 2.1 is really affordable too if you’re someone who uses plugins for your work. They have a monthly subscription for $20 or a yearly for $99.

All in all, I really enjoyed messing around with these different plugins. I am going to try to work on some more videos to show you even more of the plugins. Also, let me know in the comments below if you would want a mini tutorial on how to use any specific plugin! If you’ve never tried Red Giant Plugins, at least give the free trial a go! I think you’ll be glad you did.

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8 of the Best Plugins for Securing Your WordPress Site

This article is part of a series created in partnership with SiteGround. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible.

How do you avoid getting hacked? Our last article detailed forty techniques for securing your WordPress site. This follow-up post is a quick reference of the best plugins that look after your security needs.

We’ve focused on highly-rated plugins that cover a range of security features, rather than one-trick-wonders. If your hosting provider doesn’t already have a comprehensive security solution, installing one of these would be a great first step in your security strategy.

Have we missed your favorite security plugin? Let us know in the comments.

1. WordFence

  • Cost: Free, Premium from $99/year
  • Active installs: 2+ million
  • Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,048 reviews)

Wordfence Security is 100% free and open source. We also offer a Premium API key that gives you Premium Support, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing, real-time updates to the Threat Defense Feed, two-factor authentication, and we even check if your website IP address is being used to Spamvertize.

WordFence includes these security features:

  • Firewall. WAF with automatically updated firewall rules that block common WordPress security threats.
  • Blocking features. Real-time blocking of known attackers and malicious networks and other security threats.
  • Login security. Two-factor authentication, enforced strong passwords, security to lock out brute force attacks.
  • Security scanning. Scans core files, themes and plugins for malware and backdoors, and checks for files that have been changed.
  • Monitoring. Monitors traffic in real time including bots and reverse DNS, monitors for DNS changes and disk space.

 

2. All In One WP Security & Firewall

  • Cost: Free
  • Active installs: 500,000+
  • Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (669 reviews)

A comprehensive, easy to use, stable and well supported security plugin… It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.

All In One WP Security & Firewall includes these security features:

  • User accounts security. Change the default admin username, check for user display names that are the same as usernames, password strength tool, stop user enumeration.
  • User login security. Login lockdown (brute force protection), log out inctive users, view failed login attempts, whitelist IP addresses, see who’s logged in, CAPTCHA.
  • User registration security. Enable manual approval, CAPTCHA, Honeypot.
  • Database security. Set the default WP prefix, schedule automatic backups.
  • File system security. Identify and fix insecure permissions, disable file editing from WP admin, monitor system logs.
  • htaccess and wp-config.php file backup and restore. Easily backup, restore and modify these important files.
  • Blacklist functionality. Ban users based on IP address or range, or by specifying user agents.
  • Firewall. Add firewall protection via htaccess, firewall rules that stop malicious scripts.
  • Brute force login and attack prevention. Cookie-based login prevention, CAPTCHA on login form, rename login form URL, Honeypot.
  • Whois lookup. Get full details of a suspicous host.
  • Security scanner. File change alerts, scan database tables for suspicious strings.
  • Comment spam security. Block IP addresses of spammers, add CAPTCHA to comment form.
  • Front-end text copy protection. Disables right click, text selection and the copy option.

 

3. iThemes Security

  • Cost: Free, Pro: 2 sites $80/year, 10 sites $100/year, unlimited sites $150/year, Gold $297 lifetime.
  • Previously called Better WP Security
  • Active installs: 800,000+
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,812 reviews)

iThemes Security Pro takes the guesswork out of WordPress security. You shouldn’t have to be a security professional to use a security plugin, so iThemes Security Pro makes it easy to secure & protect your WordPress website.

The free version gives you some protection, but the Pro version includes these security features:

  • Two-Factor Authentication. “Use a mobile app such as Google Authenticator or Authy to generate a code or have a generated code emailed to you.”
  • WordPress Salts & Security Keys. “The iThemes Security plugin makes updating your WordPress keys and salts easy.”
  • Malware Scan Scheduling. “Have your site scanned for malware automatically each day. If an issue is found, an email is sent with the details.”
  • Password Security. “Generate strong passwords right from your profile screen.”
  • Password Expiration. “Set a maximum password age and force users to choose a new password. You can also force all users to choose a new password immediately (if needed).”
  • Google reCAPTCHA. “Protect your site against spammers.”
  • User Action Logging. “Track when users edit content, login or logout.”
  • Import/Export Settings. “Saves time setting up multiple WordPress sites.”
  • Dashboard Widget. “Manage important tasks such as user banning and system scans right from the WordPress dashboard.”
  • Online File Comparison. “When a file change is detected it will scan the origin of the files to determine if the change was malicious or not. Currently works only in WordPress core but plugins and themes are coming.”
  • Temporary Privilege Escalation. “Give a contractor or someone else temporary admin or editor access to your site that will automatically reset itself.”
  • wp-cli Integration. “Manage your site’s security from the command line.”

 

4. Sucuri Security

  • Cost: Free, Basic $199/year, Pro $299/year, Business $499/year
  • Active installs: 300,000+
  • Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (260 reviews)

We keep your website safe and hack-free! The Sucuri Platform is a suite of tools designed for complete website security. With no additional cost or hidden fees, the Sucuri Platform is affordable, easy to deploy, and supported by a team of professionals at your disposal.

Sucuri forms part of the security solution of many quality hosting providers, including SiteGround. It’s a valuable tool for SiteGround to protect its clients’ sites from malware, because it scans every link that is accessible from the website homepage on a daily basis. It includes these security features:

  • Clean and repair hacked websites. “Professional security incident response team available 24/7/365.”
  • Attack and hack prevention. “A cloud-based WAF/IPS solution designed to stop hacks and attacks.”
  • Continuous monitoring. “Continuous monitoring and alerting of any security-related issues.”

The free WordPress security plugin includes these features:

  • Security Activity Audit Logging
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Remote Malware Scanning
  • Blacklist Monitoring
  • Effective Security Hardening
  • Post-Hack Security Actions
  • Security Notifications

 

5. Jetpack, which now includes VaultPress

  • Cost: Free, Personal ($39/year), Premium ($99/year), Professional ($299/year)
  • Active installs: 3+ million
  • Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,330 reviews)

Jetpack (by Automattic, who bring you WordPress) does more than just security. It basically brings the features of WordPress.com to the rest of us, which is appealing. For security and backup the paid plans includes VaultPress.

VaultPress is a real-time backup and security scanning service designed and built by Automattic, the same company that operates (and backs up!) millions of sites on WordPress.com.

VaultPress is now powered by Jetpack and effortlessly backs up every post, comment, media file, revision, and dashboard setting on your site to our servers. With VaultPress you’re protected against hackers, malware, accidental damage, and host outages.

VaultPress includes these security features:

  • Backups. “Comprehensive daily or real-time automated backups stored in our offsite digital vault, optimized for WordPress and better than your host.”
  • Restores. “Even during the most stressful moments we have your back. Restore your entire online presence quickly and easily without needing your host.”
  • File scanning. “Automatically detect and eliminate viruses, malware, and other exploitable security problems that may be hiding in your website.”
  • Automated file repair. “Fix detected viruses, malware, and other dangerous threats with a single click.”
  • Spam defense. “Protect your SEO, readers, and brand reputation by automatically blocking all spammers.”

 

6. BulletProof Security

  • Cost: Free, Pro $59.95 (one time purchase)
  • Active installs: 100,000+
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (302 reviews)

BulletProof Security Pro has an amazing track record. BPS Pro has been publicly available for 5+ years and is installed on over 30,000 websites worldwide. Not a single one of those 30,000+ websites in 5+ years have been hacked.

100% hack free website guarantee. If your website is hacked after installing BPS Pro, we will clean up your hacked website for free. We can easily offer that awesome deal because your website will never be hacked if you have BPS Pro installed.

The free version includes these security features:

  • One-Click setup wizard
  • .htaccess website security protection (firewalls)
  • Hidden plugin folders / files cron (HPF)
  • Login security & monitoring
  • Idle session logout (ISL)
  • Auth cookie expiration (ACE)
  • DB backup: full/Partial, manual/scheduled, email/zip, cron delete old backups, logging
  • DB table prefix changer
  • Security logging
  • HTTP error logging

The Pro version adds these features:

  • AutoRestore Intrusion Detection & Prevention System (ARQ IDPS)
  • Quarantine Intrusion Detection & Prevention System (ARQ IDPS)
  • Real-time file monitor (IDPS)
  • DB Monitor Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
  • DB diff tool: data comparison tool
  • DB status & info
  • Plugin firewall (IP Firewall): automated whitelisting & IP address updating in real time
  • JTC anti-spam/anti-hacker
  • Uploads folder anti-exploit guard (UAEG)
  • Custom php.ini website security
  • F-Lock: read only file locking
  • Additional logging options
  • S-Monitor: monitoring & alerting core
  • Pro Tools: 16 mini-plugins

 

7. SecuPress

  • Cost: Free, 1 site $57.60/year, 3 sites $144/year, 10 sites $288/year, unlimited sites $479/year
  • Active installs: 5,000+
  • Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (19 reviews)

Protect your WordPress with malware scans, block bots & suspicious IPs. Get a complete WordPress security toolkit for free or as a pro plugin.

If you are proactive, our free WordPress security plugin is a great choice! No time to activate weekly scans? Then SecuPress pro is the way to go. Our plugin takes care of everything with automated tasks.

SecuPress includes these features:

  • Anti brute force login
  • Blocked IPs
  • Firewall
  • Security alerts
  • Malware scan (Pro)
  • Block country by geolocation
  • Protection of security keys
  • Block visits from bad bots
  • Vulnerable plugins & themes detection (Pro)
  • Security reports in PDF format (Pro)

 

8. Security Ninja

  • Cost: Single site $29 (1 year updates/support), multi site $79 (1 year updates/support), forever unlimited $199
  • Active installs: 6,000+
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (6 reviews)

Security Ninja helps thousands to stay safe and prevent downtime due to security issues. 50+ tests will provide a comprehensive overview of your site’s security.

The free version lets you achieve the following:

  • Perform 50+ security tests including brute-force attacks.
  • Check your site for security vulnerabilities and holes.
  • Take preventive measures against attacks.
  • Prevent 0-day exploit attacks.
  • Use included code snippets for quick fixes.
  • Brute-force attack on user accounts to test password strength.
  • Numerous installation parameters tests.
  • File permissions.
  • Version hiding.
  • 0-day exploits tests.
  • Debug and auto-update modes tests.
  • Database configuration tests.
  • Apache and PHP related tests
  • WP options tests.

You can even more protection using these Pro modules:

  • Core scanner. “Easily monitor the state of your WP core files. Have a clear view of files that are modified but shouldn’t be and restore them with a single click.”
  • Malware scanner. “Powerful heuristic malware scanning algorithm will check all your themes, plugins, uploaded files and options table for suspicious content.”
  • Auto fixer. “If you don’t like creating backups, editing files, messing with code and getting your hands dirty – Security Ninja PRO will do everything for you. Fix security issues with one click.”
  • Events logger. “Monitor, track and log more than 50 events on the site in great detail. From user actions, to post edits and widget changes – Events Logger sees everything.”
  • Scheduled scanner. “Have Security Ninja do automatic, periodic scans of your sites, including scans of core files. If there are any changes you’ll be notified via email.”

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Over 80 powerful VFX & color grading plugins now free to use in any major video editor

Image result for Over 80 powerful VFX & color grading plugins now free to use in any major video editorFXHOME (hitfilm.com) today released Ignite Express (hitfilm.com/ignite-express), a free suite of over 80 powerful plugins which transform editors like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and more, turning them into advanced visual effects toolkits.

From world-leading keying technology to 360° video effects and the ultimate light flares collection – this suite contains over 300 effects and presets in total and uses professional HitFilm technology to help editors generate impressive visual effects, achieve perfect grading, color correction and much more. Created to fit into any workflow, users can plugin and power up using Ignite Express on Mac or PC with the editor of their choice: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Sony Catalyst, DaVinci Resolve, NUKE, EDIUS, Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14 are all supported.

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Ignite Express offers choice to video editors worldwide, with direct native support giving a smooth workflow and high performance every time. They can effortlessly scale up production value and dramatic flare in their next project with advanced VFX plugins, or experiment with hues, exposure, and hyperstylized effects to create their own signature film look. Ignite Express even contains advanced keying plugins for bold and believable composites, including a matte cleaner tool to seamlessly smooth edges.

With Ignite Express, we can help editors all over the world tell great stories, no matter their workflow,” says Josh Davies, Founder and CEO of HitFilm. “It’s important to us that everyone has access to our powerful technology, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer these free plugins and open up a new world of possibilities for video editors and creators worldwide.”

Ignite Express users will find even more advanced plugins available in Ignite Pro, which is available from the HitFilm store for $199. It contains over 150 plugins and offers further flexibility for video editors.

They [HitFilm] feel that helping future generations become masters of their craft is the right thing to do.” – Dan Cooper, Engadget

*ENDS*

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • For information about HitFilm’s products and services, please visit hitfilm.com.
  • For reviews and briefings, please contact [email protected]
  • The HitFilm YouTube channel has over 130k subscribers and provides free weekly tutorials and filmmaking techniques: youtube.com/user/FXhomeHitFilm
  • Media information, including a product description, logos and images can be downloaded here: hitfilm.com/contact

Ignite Express 2017 is FREE to download (hitfilm.com/ignite-express) from the 15th June 2017 for both Mac and PC.

Minimum requirements are:
• Apple Mac – OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra
• Windows PC – 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

ABOUT FXHOME, Makers of HitFilm
In 2011, Josh Davies set out on a mission to prove that professional grade post-production tools can be made available to everyone. HitFilm was created as an all-in-one video editing and visual effects software solution – at a fraction of the cost of other industry standard tools.

With over 1.3 million users, HitFilm is one of the leading post-production software tools in the industry, offering professional software options and unrivalled community support for the next generation of filmmaker.

What started as a big idea on a little budget, has grown to a global movement of filmmakers who share HitFilm’s vision for the future of video software.

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  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

NoPlugin is a browser add-on for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera created to fix web content that requires plugins on the web.

The future is HTML5…

Plugins won’t be around for a very long time anymore because major developers have announced that traditional plugins won’t part of their future browser efforts. The web is headed to an HTML5 future and plugins will become just a memory. On the other hand, Flash will keep sticking around for a while longer and depending on the browser you’re using, other plugins outside of Flash-based ones may not work anymore.

…but some sites still require plugins

Removing support for plugins will impact UX and even if browsers do not support plugins, many sites still need them for their content. If you reach this kind of website and you’re using a modern browser, you will most likely get an error message.

The fact that browsers stop supporting plugins will make site content unavailable. There are already many websites that are using HTML5 for their content, but unfortunately, some sites will never get to be updated or maintained due to various reasons including the operator’s lack of investment.

Meet the NoPlugin extension

NoPlugin is a solution to all of the above. It’s a cross-browser, open-source extension that works by scanning web pages for plugin content and is limited to media content. Depending on a particular website’s content, the extension might react in two ways:

  1. If the browser can play the site’s content without plugins, the embedded content will be replaced with an HTML5 player and the content will be played straight in the browser.
  2. If the browser cannot play the content, the user gets a download option and the content can be downloaded to the user’s local system and played with a local player.

The extension can play mp3, mp4, m4a, and wav files straight in the browser. It’s also good to know that other media content won’t play directly, but you’ll get the option of downloading it on your system.

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The Switch should finally let you back up your Nintendo games online

A couple of days ago we were treated to a sneak preview of the Nintendo Switch after one lucky gamer got his hands on the console early – and now an eagle-eyed viewer has spotted something rather interesting in the resulting clip.

Hidden in the small print is a paragraph that says your gaming purchases will be tied to your online Nintendo account, rather than the device you’re playing them on. Previously, Nintendo games had been locked to specific hardware, which meant a costly upgrade every time a new machine came out.

“Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance,” reads the text. “By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to redownload any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to redownload in some cases.)”

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Good news for gamers then and another sign that Nintendo is finally getting to grips with gaming in the modern day – alongside all those games for mobile devices it’s suddenly decided to start releasing.

Nintendo itself hasn’t made any comment on the revelation so we’ll probably have to wait until the Switch finally goes on sale (March 3) for confirmation of exactly how this is going to work – will you be able to register multiple Switches with the same account, for example? Nevertheless it’s a promising development though.

Another unanswered question is whether or not compatible games from the Wii Uand 3DS also be available to download through the new system, thus saving money on new copies… but we just have to wait and see. In the meantime here’s everything we know about the Nintendo Switch so far.

[Source:-Tech Rader]

How to force Flash updates in Chrome

The following guide walks you through the steps of checking the installed Flash version in Google Chrome, and forcing it to update if an outdated version is used by the browser.

All versions of the Google Chrome web browser ship with Adobe Flash installed natively in the browser. While Chrome does not support classic NPAPI plugins anymore, Chrome is still supporting PPAPI plugins of which Flash is one.

This is good usually for users who require Adobe Flash. The main reason why that is the case is that users don’t have to worry about the installed version of Adobe Flash too much, as Google takes care of the updating.

How to force Flash updates in Chrome

While this works fine most of the time, usually before or at the time Adobe releases updates for Flash, it may happen that Google is late to the party when it comes to pushing the updated version of Flash to Chrome installations.

This has the effect that Chrome users run an outdated version of Flash, and that should be cause for concern as that goes along with a truckload of vulnerabilities usually.

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Downloading and installing the latest Flash Player from Adobe won’t help in this case, as Chrome relies on the PPAPI version of Flash and ignores the NPAPI version that is installed from Adobe’s site.

Adobe offers Flash PPAPI versions for download, and that is one option that you have to update Flash in Chrome and Chromium. But, there is another option, one that is more comfortable than having to visit Adobe’s website, downloading the new Flash installer from it, and running it on devices that you want to update.

We talked about Chrome’s chrome://components/ page back in 2012 for the first time, and hinted at the possibility of using it to check for updates.

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Basically, what you want to do is the following to check for, download, and install Flash updates in Chrome:

  1. Load the internal chrome://components/ page by pasting it in the address bar and hitting the Enter-key (or typing it).
  2. Locate Adobe Flash Player on the page. You can check the version right then and there, or hit the “check for update” button underneath it right away.

This runs an update check. If Google has released an update, but not yet delivered it to your device, it will be downloaded and installed.

It is certainly a possibility that Google has not yet made available the update for Chrome’s Flash plugin. The check for updates fails in this case, and your only option is to head over to the Adobe website to perform the manual update instead. (via Computerworld)

Tip: you may disable Flash in Chrome entirely as well if you don’t need it.

Closing Words

Google is usually pretty fast when it comes to Flash updates in Chrome. But if you notice that Adobe released an update for Flash, and Google did not yet push it to your device, you may use the method to try forcing the update. (thanks Ilev, via Computerworld)

Now You: Do you use Flash at all anymore?

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8 Propellerhead Reason power tips

Reason gives you everything you need to produce complete tracks without a plugin in sight. Here are eight proven techniques for making the most of its instruments, effects and mixer.

Discover more pro DAW tips in the December 2016 edition of Future Music.

1. Stereo Subtractor

Subtractor only has one output, so how can you make a convincing stereo effect with it? First, reach for the RV7000 reverb, and dial in a mono-to-stereo patch such as VOX Widerizer. The Softube Amp can also work in the same way. Another tactic is to use an audio splitter to duplicate the audio, panning the two outputs hard-left and hard-right. From here, create differences between the channels using short delays, low-intensity chorus effects or tiny pitchshifts. Use different settings on each side, and remember to sum the output to mono to check you haven’t weakened the sound.

2. Re-route to SSL Mixer

If you’ve got tracks feeding into a Rack mixer, such as projects created prior to Reason 6, and you want to hook them up to the main SSL Mixer, it could take a long time to rewire everything around the back… Or, just delete all your old mixers, go to Edit>Select All Devices, then Edit>Auto-route Device, to have Reason do it all for you.

3. Keyboard shortcuts and additional overrides

To control Reason’s functions with your QWERTY keyboard, go to Options>Keyboard Control Edit Mode, then select an item and set up a custom shortcut key for it. Remote Override Edit Mode does the same thing, but for controlling parameters with a MIDI controller. And if that’s not enough, you also get Additional Remote Overrides, which let you set up MIDI controller parameters to complete other tasks – undo and redo, moving loop markers, patch selection, and loads more.

4. NN-XT vs NN-19

The NN-XT sampler has more controls than the NN-19, and it’s probably the first sampler you reach for, but one thing it can’t do very well is automation. It gives you a few global parameters to automate – envelope, filter and master volume – but the NN-19 does a lot more. You can right-click (or Alt-click) almost any control on the NN-19 to create an automation lane in the sequencer, giving you control over Tuning, modulator Amounts, portamento, spread and more. You can also automate the Sample Start time for old-school time-stretching.

5. Multiband processing

Reason doesn’t come with a multiband processor, but you can make your own. You’ll need the right type of filter… At the back of the Stereo Imager, there are two outputs: the main Audio Output and a Separate Output. Use the switch to select Hi Band, and, at the front, select Solo Lo Band. Now, when you set the crossover frequency, you have separate outputs for each band. You can feed one band in turn to another Stereo Imager to create another filter, and repeat as many times as necessary.

6. Instruments as effects

Route a signal to Kong’s Audio Input and you’ll get access to its Bus FX and Master FX sections. Send a signal to Thor’s audio inputs and use the mod matrix to route Audio InL and Audio InR to Filter3. In Mälstrom, connect something to an Audio input, and you’ll get access its filters for left and right channels, the Spread control and Modulator B.

7. Free rack extensions

Go to the Propellerhead shop. Load all the items by scrolling down as far as possible, then Ctrl/Cmd-F and type FREE to zone in on the booty.

8. Factory tributes

You may not be able to use all the latest hardware-modelled plugins in Reason, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in emulations. Certain Combinator patches in the Factory Sound Bank were created specifically to mimic classic gear such as the Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, Teletronix’ LA-2A and the Juno chorus effect. There are also Combinators to download from the user community, mimicking classic plugin effects. You can have a look at a fuller list at bit.ly/ReasonEmu.

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Oracle Warns Developers About The End Of Java Plugins, Urges To Look For Alternatives

Oracle Is Giving High School A Make OverOracle this week issued a dire warning to developers, who still expect browsers to run code developed for Java plugins, to find an alternative. The software company is urging developers to find replacement solutions if they still use Java applets because Firefox is going to stop supporting them.

Java Browser Plugin Will Be Deprecated Soon

In a recent Oracle blog post, the Redwood City-based company announced that starting with Mozilla Firefox 52, which is set for release next month, the 32-bit version of the browser will no longer provide the requisite APIs for standards-based plugin support.

The software company announced in a recently published Oracle whitepaper last year, that supporting Java plugins in web browsers is only possible for as long as the vendors are committed to supporting standards-based plugins. Unfortunately, things are getting hard now for the plugins.

According to The Register, the developers behind all major browsers have just decided that the NPAPI framework may now come to rest, that is because there are now better and alternative ways to do multimedia stuff inside a web browser.

Google Chrome ditched plugins in 2015, followed by Microsoft IE and then, the Opera and Apple Safari. This means only one thing: the clock is ticking now for the plugins and there’s no effective way to stop it.

Oracle Urges Developers To Look For Alternatives

In a recent Oracle blog post, the software company advises developers to quickly find a different solution if they are still using the aging Java applets. Mozilla Firefox 52 will be on ESR (Extended Support Release) and will include NPAPI plugin support on board and will get a new release every six weeks or so.

But once Firefox support has reached its expiration date, which will be on 2018, it will be the end of the world for the Java browser plugins.

[Source:-UH]