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products Soundness refines audio restoration tool S AUSALITO, CA — Soundness ( recently introduced Version 3 of its SoundSoap audio noise reduction software. The app is available on the Mac App Store, in the "video" category. SoundSoap 3 solves audio noise problems in videos and audio files, including unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, and rumble. The latest version adds several new features, new user interface, and 64-bit compatibility. SoundSoap 3 works as a standalone application and is well suited to serve as a companion to iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, GarageBand, iPhoto, Premiere and Skype. The new UI includes an improved high-resolution Wash Window that allows users to visualize the "before" and "after" results of the noise reduction processing. Earlier versions required two to three seconds of isolated material to use the Learn Noise feature. SoundSoap 3 has been improved to allow learning from any length portion of the media, for as long as the Learn Noise button is pressed. Pricing is $79.95 and system requirements include Mac OS 10.9 or later. The standalone version reads all major video and audio file formats, including QuickTime, H.264, CAF, DV, WAV and AIFF. SoundSoap 3 is also available for Audio Unit, VST, and RTAS format audio plug-ins for $149. Case improves iPad for filmmaking S AN MARINO, CA — iOgrapher ( is now shipping its new filmmaking case for the Apple iPad 3 and 4. Priced at $70 and available directly through the iOgrapher Website, the new iOgrapher is constructed from high-quality, extremely tough polycarbonate/ABS, making it well suited for a range of professional and consumer users. Two handles help turn an iPad into a mini, hand-held rig, greatly reducing shaky footage that's common when using mobile devices. Filmmakers can also add 37mm lenses to its lens mount area for wide angle, fisheye, macro or close up shots. And lighting and audio gear can be incorporated thanks to three accessory shoes on the top of the case. The bottom of the case allows for mounting an iPad to any standard tripod, monopod, or portable dolly. iOgrapher also offers a version for the iPad Mini, which is priced at $65. The company's cases come in black, white, red, pink and blue. Thinkbox updates particle renderer L OS ANGELES — Thinkbox Software recently released Krakatoa MY 2.3, the latest version of its high-volume particle renderer for Autodesk Maya. Additions to the software include an intuitive Magma node-based toolkit for channeling particles, among other UI and performance improvements. The launch coincides with the availability of Krakatoa MX 2.3, an update to the Autodesk 3DS Max version of the plug-in, giving users identical functionality across both applications. CPU-based and multi-threaded, Krakatoa overcomes the memory and system limitations of host applications by providing a pipeline for acquiring, caching, transforming, modifying, shading and rendering billions of particles at fast speeds. Key features for the new release include full Magma support, higher particle counts, PRT Surfacing, and advanced shadowing. Thinkbox ( is offering a 15-day evaluation license for those who want to try it out. 40 Post • January 2014

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