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  • NVIDIA researchers can now turn 30fps video into 240fps slo-mo footage using AI

    NVIDIA researchers have developed a new method to create 240fps slow-motion video from 30fps content using artificial intelligence.

    Detailed in a paper submitted to the Cornell University Library, NVIDIA researchers trained the system by processing more than 11,000 videos through NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs and a cuDNN-accelerated PyTorch deep learning framework. This archive of videos, shot at 240fps, taught the system how to better predict the positioning differences in videos shot at only 30fps.

    This isn't the first time something like this has been done. A post-production plug-in called Twixtor has been doing this for almost a decade now. But it doesn't come anywhere close to NVIDIA's results in terms of quality and accuracy. Even in scenes where there is a great amount of detail, there appears to be minimal artifacts in the interpolated frames.

    The researchers also note that while there are smartphones that can shoot 240fps video, it's not necessarily worth it to use all of that processing power and storage when something that will get you 99% of the way there is possible using a system such as theirs. 'While it is possible to take 240-frame-per-second videos with a cell phone, recording everything at high frame rates is impractical, as it requires large memories and is power-intensive for mobile devices,' the researchers wrote in the paper.

    The research and findings detailed in the paper will be presented at the annual Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this week.

  • Loupedeck announces Loupedeck+ with support for Capture One, better controls

    Loupedeck - a popular editing console for Adobe Lightroom users - has received a significant update to both its physical characteristics and its overall compatibility with the launch of the Loupedeck+.

    In addition to Adobe Lightroom (and Lightroom CC) Loupedeck+ is now compatible with Aurora HDR and Capture One (the later will be beta support at launch, with full compatibility to be offered soon). There are already a few editing consoles on the market that work with Lightroom as well as Capture One, and it's encouraging to see Loupedeck get in on the Capture One fun as more photographers do.

    Physical improvements include better build quality with more responsive mechanical buttons and a greater degree of customization. The Loupedeck+ can be yours for $229 - current Loupedeck owners can upgrade for $50 off.

    Press Release:

    Introducing Loupedeck+, the Next Evolution of Custom Photo Editing Console, Loupedeck

    Next Generation Includes Skylum Aurora HDR Compatibility, Upgraded Build and More Customization Options, All Based on the Photography Community’s Feedback

    HELSINKI, Finland – June 20, 2018Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced the next evolution, Loupedeck+. While the Loupedeck was the only device on the market custom-built to improve the Adobe Lightroom experience, the Loupedeck+ is now also compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR (in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. Following a year of overwhelming success and customer feedback, the Loupedeck+ was designed in Loupedeck’s headquarters in Finland, with all updates solely based on feedback from the invested photography community.

    Specifically, upgrades to the Loupedeck+ include:

    • Mechanical keys with a more precise and sturdy feel
    • Improved build quality
    • Two dedicated customizable dials and seventeen buttons
    • “Custom Mode” that allows full user control of all dials
    • Configuration software built from scratch for an even better, faster and more stable photo editing experience

    “We know how dedicated both the professional and amateur photography communities are in their work, and we’re committed to making their lives easier and more productive,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “There’s no better way to create the next evolution of our flagship product than by going straight to the source and taking their feedback to heart. By adding even more control, efficiency and customization options to the editing process, we’re able to help photographers be more successful by increasing their output and artistry, and look forward to continue supporting them in their work.”

    Following Loupedeck’s new partnership with Skylum, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other professional photo editing products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta integration with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional software integrations to follow later this year. These options will provide photographers with a more diverse, intuitive experience, helping to expedite the editing process and maximize the photo editing experience.

    "Skylum and Loupedeck share the same vision. We want to help photographers create great photos, differently,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Sklyum. “When I discovered that the new version of Loupedeck keyboard is coming out, I knew Skylum software should be the first to support it. This is the kind of innovation modern photographers really need.”

    The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online Store, B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $229. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.

    For more information visit www.loupedeck.com.