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Snap-Grip aims at Smartphone and Action Camera photographers

INTRODUCING THE SNAP-GRIP: A LIGHTWEIGHT AND VERSATILE MOUNTING SOLUTION FOR DYNAMIC SHOOTING

Key Features:

• The Multi-mount clamp has three mounting options allowing for various setups to suit your style of image making
• Modular construction with PICA-POD components for ultimate versatility
• Available soon in a range of materials to suit your lifestyle

With mobile photography and filmmaking on the rise (and rise), mounting and accessory solutions are becoming more crucial for mobile journalists, vloggers and consumers alike.

Ultimate versatility

Supplied exclusively by specialist distributor, InfinityX, the brand-new Snap-Grip from Pica-Gear is built from the very same modular components as the popular Pica-Pod. Demonstrating the same tough qualities and versatility as its big brother, the Snap-Grip comes complete with three camera screw points, which means that it can be extended, giving ultimate flexibility in a wide range of shooting situations.

• Snap Grip is an extendable system supporting both action cameras and smartphones
• Configure digital devices around your action cam to improve image quality or connectivity into social media
• Handle mode: creates steadier blur-free images

Whilst other mounting solutions in the market incorporate a handle, the Snap-Grip’s handle adapts to form a mini tripod. Complete with solid brass screw inserts and aluminium anodised tripod legs, the Snap-Grip is perfect for use in the following scenarios:

Whilst other mounting solutions in the market incorporate a handle, the Snap-Grip’s handle adapts to form a mini tripod. Complete with solid brass screw inserts and aluminium anodised tripod legs, the Snap-Grip is perfect for use in the following scenarios:

• With tripod: Capturing group shots
• Take a break and set your device down for convenient Image playback/browsing with smartphones
• The multi-mount clamp has a wide reach to support even the larger smartphones

Steve Cumbers, Managing Director, InfinityX, said: “The Snap-Grip represents a giant leap in possibilities for photographers and filmmakers shooting with mobile devices and action cameras. The product is exceptional in terms of its versatility and its build quality will reassure users that they will be able to trust the Snap-Grip for many years to come.”

Steve added: “With various extension kits and accessories in the pipeline, users can be assured that the Snap-Grip ecosystem will only continue to grow, ensuring users a reassuring and increasingly capable range of compatible products.”

About Pica-Gear

Designed and produced to military standard, Pica-Gear products offer image-makers the most versatile, reliable and robust products currently in the specialist imaging market.

Pica-Gear products have designed specifically for ‘run & gun’ filmmakers, photojournalists and vloggers, but with the ability to adapt to any situation for both videographers and photographers. They have been meticulously engineered for professional and durable use; offering limitless options for setting up all kinds of cameras, monitors, power and audio solutions; giving the user a distinct advantage in their ability to adapt to any given shooting situation and from hand-grip to mini tripod in seconds.

About InfinityX

InfinityX is a brand-new, dynamic, UK-based distributor, serving the specialist imaging and sports markets. Carving a niche in the growing action and mobile image-making markets, InfinityX stand alone in offering exceptional products, coupled with UK support and warranties.

Lightricks launches free Facetune 2.0 app

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Press release issued by Lightricks:

Lightricks Launches Facetune 2.0, Free for the First Time Ever; New App Includes Augmented Reality Live Image Editing and Groundbreaking AI Powered Features

Lightricks Leads the Charge in the Shift to Subscription Business Models; New App Includes Over 100 State-of-the-Art Features, Available For Purchase Either A La Carte or as Part of All Inclusive Subscription

(November 25th, 2016, Jerusalem, Israel) – Lightricks, the leading developer of premium image processing software for mobile and the developers of hugely popular photo-editing apps Facetune and Enlight, are announcing the launch of Facetune 2.0. Following the success of Facetune which earned Apple’s Best of 2013 and became the #6 and #5 overall Best Selling Paid iOS App of 2014 and 2015 respectively, Lightricks has now launched Facetune 2.0. This release includes upgraded versions of existing tools and a host of new features powered by unprecedented image-processing technology. The release of Facetune 2.0, available on a freemium model combining in app purchases and subscriptions, signals the business model transitions beginning to trend in the mobile software industry.

Lightricks’ unique formula of easy functionality and powerful editing capabilities have driven Facetune’s rise in a highly competitive mobile photo editing market. Photos have become a core part of the consumer experience on mobile, and Facetune 2.0 was developed to meet the demands of a consumer population with constantly expanding expectations of functionality and the highest quality mobile experience. Facetune 2.0 is powered by the most advanced image-processing technology available, bringing high fidelity 3D facial modelling to mobile for the first time. In addition, the app includes several features powered by artificial intelligence and augmented reality technologies, enabling effective live augmentation of photos, all of which provide consumers professional grade tools in the palm of their hands.

Highlighted Features:

  • Face: This feature enables users to reshape specific facial features, using AI to understand how the feature should be manipulated to naturally fit with the rest of the face for true 3D reshaping. As an example, when snapped in a picture without smiling, users can use the Reshape feature to adjust the face to create a natural looking smile.
  • Live Preview: For the first time ever, users can live preview adjustable effects before they snap the picture when using the front-facing camera. This AR feature superimposes facial modifications live in a real-time preview and allows users to experiment with edits such as smoothing skin, whitening teeth, enhancing details, modifying the shape and size of the eyes and nose, anti-glare and fixing shadows.
  • Relight: By utilizing AI to strip original illumination and simulate new lighting, Relight enables users to control lighting with the swipe of a finger when taking a photo in any environment, similar to the way conditions are controlled in a live studio.

“Consumers’ relationship with mobile apps has come a long way since we launched Facetune, and it has been such a popular app that we wanted to deliver an even more magical experience,” Said Zeev Farbman, Co-Founder and CEO of Lightricks. “We’re working with the most advanced image-processing technology and delivering it to consumers in an incredibly simple and easy to use interface. The mobile software landscape needs to shift away from free or small one-time payment models in order for developers to support sustainable R&D at a scale that continually delivers the newest and highest-grade experience to users. We are hoping that Apple’s new subscription model is going to do just that – enable tool makers to thrive on iOS, fostering the same kind of category defining software companies built during the desktop era,” he added.

Upgraded versions of all the original features of Facetune are available for free in Facetune 2.0. Facetune 2.0 includes an in-app store in which users can try and buy an extensive list of additional features, or can choose to subscribe on a monthly or yearly basis to gain full access to all existing and future features, content and services. Lightricks will continually update and release new features for subscribers.

About Lightricks

Lightricks is an Israeli startup founded by five entrepreneurs with a proven track record in both academia and industry, four of whom hail from backgrounds as computer science PhD students. Lightricks developed the LTEngine™, a state-of-the-art mobile image processing engine, and the SafeBrush™, a precision tool for the most accurate results. Building on this technology, Lightricks created the successful mobile app Facetune, a powerful and fun portrait photo editor that enables everyday users to easily achieve professional-level results, and Enlight, the most comprehensive photo editing tool for mobile. Facetune and Enlight have both been the #1 Photo & Video App in over 120 countries, and Facetune was selected for Apple’s Best of 2013, Google Play’s Best of 2014, was the #6 Best Selling Paid App for iOS in 2014, the #5 Best Selling Paid App for iOS in 2015, and is currently used as Facebook’s case study for user acquisition. Enlight was named the Runner-Up App of the Year in the US in 2015, and App of the Year in other major markets including Britain, Australia, Canada, Germany, China, and more. In August 2015, after being entirely self-funded for two years, Lightricks raised $10 million in its first external funding round, led by Carmel Ventures. Lightricks continues to deploy state-of-the-art technology to create the next generation of creativity tools for the mobile era.

Facetune 2.0 by Lightricks

Workflow UX: Facetune 2.0 includes all the features of Facetune plus many new additions, with a more intuitive UX and a smoother, faster workflow. In Facetune 2.0, all features have a simple-to-use slider so that users can easily adjust the intensity of each edited manipulation, or paint over certain areas for easy customization. Users can take advantage of an AR auto-retouch feature or apply the wide array of tools and brushes to pilot full control over image appearance. All original features of Facetune are available for free, with an extensive array of new features in the Facetune 2.0 Store available for individual purchase. Alternatively, users can subscribe for full access to all new and future features.

** Standout Features:

  • Live Preview: For the first time ever, users can live preview adjustable effects before they snap the picture when using the front-facing camera. This AR feature superimposes facial modifications live in a real-time preview and allows users to experiment with edits such as smoothing skin, whitening teeth, enhancing details, modifying the shape and size of the eyes and nose, anti-glare and fixing shadows.
  • Face: This feature enables users to reshape specific facial features, using AI to understand how the feature should be manipulated to naturally fit with the rest of the face for true 3D reshaping. As an example, when caught in a picture without smiling, the Reshape feature can be used to adjust the face and create a natural looking smile.
  • Relight: By utilizing AI to strip original illumination and simulate new lighting, Relight enables users to control lighting with the swipe of a finger when taking a photo in any environment, similar to the way conditions are controlled in a live studio.

Retouch BrushesA variety of brush features enabling users to easily apply manipulations onto specific image areas with a fingertip. Also includes original special effects which can be applied to bring more artistic touches to photos.

  • Conceal: With this feature the user can swiftly swipe to remove dark circles and bags under the eyes.
  • B&W: Edit images into black and white for a cool effect.
  • Cool Down: Desaturate overly red skin and cool down the skin tone by swiping over specific areas.
  • Heal: A feature that enables users to swipe over blemishes and wrinkles with unique content-aware technology which acts as an automated skin graft, blending in with the skin tone so as to appear more natural.
  • Matte: By swiping over any areas with unwanted shine, this feature reduces the look of sweaty or oily skin.
  • Cleanse: Clean up skin to minimize pores and unwanted blackheads for a clearer and more refreshed face.
  • Smoother & Texture: The Smoother brush allows users to easily swipe across the image to smooth out complexion. The Texturizer tool adds texture to the smoothed area, enabling a realistic and natural look.
  • Glow: Gives skin a flattering yet natural glow to rejuvenate dull skin tones and color.
  • Vibrance: Utilizes the slider tool to revitalize photos by increasing or decreasing vibrancy of pale skin for a more radiant complexion.
  • Fix Tone: Slider enables user to easily tweak and tint skin tones.
  • Sharpen: Allows users to sharpen features and intensify colors.
  • Fix Shadow: Enables user to swipe over underexposed areas to remove unwanted shadows.
  • Anti-Glare: User can swipe overexposed areas of the image to remove any unwanted glare.
  • Structure: Enables user to swipe over features such as eyelashes and eyebrows to bring out the details of the face.

ToolsA variety of new and improved tools to provide customized control over shaping, lighting, focusing, and touch ups, dedicated for fine-tuning specific areas of images.

  • Reshape: Using their finger, this tool enables users to gently enlarge or minimize eyes, nose, or mouth to refine specific facial characteristics and account for poor angles and lighting.

  • Light FX: Allows the user to add lighting effects to bring a unique, creative flare to each photo.

  • Face: An AI component, this feature was introduced to easily enlarge or minimize specific features of the face, including the shape of the face, eyes, nose, and lips for true 3D reshaping. Using a data driven approach, this feature enables users to reshape specific facial elements, utilizing AI to understand how the feature should be manipulated to naturally fit with the rest of the face. As an example, when caught in a picture without smiling, users can use the Face feature to adjust the face to create a natural looking smile.

  • Relight: By utilizing AI to strip the initial illumination and simulate new lighting, users can control lighting when taking a photo in any environment, similar to the way conditions are controlled in a live studio.

  • Vignette: Allows users to add and adjust the vignette with full control.

  • Backdrop: Enables users to easily delete and replace the background of their photo.

  • Prism: By adjusting the intensity, users can take advantage of prism light effect, creating a unique fractal appearance.

  • Patch: Copy and paste one area over the other to seamlessly hide blemishes and other unwanted marks.

  • Darkroom: For advanced color modifications, users can make tonal adjustments for a color-correct photo, giving ultimate control over brightness, temperature, saturation, contrast, vibrancy, and more.
  • Eyes: Allows users to enhance the appearance of their eyes with details, reflection, pupil size, color, and more.

FiltersBuilt with a new range of over 20 preset filters for mobile so that users can become trendsetters and create and save their own customized filters.

In-App CameraFacetune 2.0 includes a native camera feature. Users can adjust the elements of the image in real-time, enabling them to preview the effects and enhance the editing experience.

  • Live Preview: For the first time ever, users can live preview adjustable effects before they snap the picture when using the front-facing camera. This AR feature superimposes facial modifications live in a real-time preview and allows users to experiment with edits such as smoothing skin, whitening teeth, enhancing details, modifying the shape and size of the eyes and nose, anti-glare and fixing shadows.

StoreUsers can buy any feature individually, or can subscribe for full access. Users can test every feature in the store before buying. New features will continuously be released for subscribers.

 

olloclip Announces Its All-New Pivot, A Compact Articulating Grip Optimized for Mobile Videography

olloclip® today announced its all-new Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. Pivot features an innovative articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning when shooting everything from an aggressive session at the skate park to a playful day on the beach. It is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro®.

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