December 11, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Hitfilm Express takes aim at indie filmmakers with great tutorials and powerful features. Its unconventional interface could turn off true amateurs who just want to make a home movie, and it has an unappealing download procedure, but it’s still a great choice if you want to start making fun videos that mirror the sorts of effects and techniques you see in professional films and web series.The user interface is stylish and pleasant to use, but it does diverge from the standard consumer video editing software workflow in a couple of areas. If you’re not already accustomed to other software, this…

December 11, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Lightworks has an unusual history for free video editing software—it was born out of high-end, professional film editing software that was used to edit such Hollywood classics as Pulp Fiction. Today, it’s just as good with digital media, and it’s offered in both a paid and free version. The free version is strikingly powerful in terms of features, but its export options are very limited.Lightworks guides you through the process of setting up your first project with simple tooltips, but they’re a far cry for the powerful tutorials and wizards available in some other software. While it supports all the…

December 11, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Shotcut is an open-source, free video editing program that has been around for more than a decade. It’s not the most intuitive or professionally presented, but beneath its rough presentation lies a remarkably powerful program.When you first start Shotcut, you might be surprised at what you don’t see—very little of its interface is exposed in the beginning. But click on the buttons in the top bar, and you’ll find numerous views and UI elements that prove to be much more robust than you’d guess at first glance. They’re resizable and undockable, making this one of the most heavily customizable free…

December 11, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

If you thought Sphero’s original BB-8 app-enabled robot was a blast back in 2015, just wait ‘til you see their take on Star Wars’ most beloved droid: R2-D2.The Sphero R2-D2 ($179.95 MSRP; same price on Amazon and the Apple store) is here in advance of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which continues the sci-fi saga’s main storyline, and it’s just as immediately impressive as BB-8. It’ll cruise around your home with ease using the iPhone/iPad companion app, the head rotates and reacts just like the real droid in the movie, and it even has movie-perfect sound effects and little animation routines.To…

December 11, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Dreams is a hard game to explain. It is a game, but it’s also a creation tool, a social network, a film studio, a music editor, and so much more, all wrapped into a single package. While Media Molecule has defined Dreams in the past, at PSX this weekend, the studio dove far, far deeper into what creators are actually capable of making with Dreams, and how much potential it has to be an absolute game-changer as a creation tool. When you start Dreams, you’ll choose an Imp, a small avatar that essentially serves as your cursor and allows you…

December 10, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Covering mature themes in video games is hard. It’s hard to do it right, without gamifying what might be a horrific event to make it more ‘entertaining’ for players, and it’s hard because the world outside of the video game bubble can be so hostile in response to it. In fact, the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Australia recently called for a harsh rating for Detroit: Become Human, saying “violence against women and children is not entertainment.” A professor at the Queensland University of Technology followed that story up by saying “…it does feed into…

December 10, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Patapon 2 Remastered has been announced for PlayStation 4. According to PlayStation Blog, the sequel to the rhythm-based 2D platformer be released for PS4 sometime in 2018. This remastered port will feature 4K support on PS4 Pro, brand new mini-games, new Patapon types and evolutions, and 8 drum rhythms. Players will also be able to create their own Patapon Hero. Patapon 2 Remastered screenshot, via PS Blog.Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

December 10, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

The almost entirely sparse and dull content of Curse of Osiris for Destiny 2 makes it one of the most disappointing Destiny additions to date. It includes a brief two- to three-hour campaign with a hollow story, a tiny public space with little to do, and two new multiplayer maps (three on PlayStation 4). Its only saving grace is the fantastic Raid Lair activity, which offers real challenges, unique puzzles, and high-level loot. The unexciting campaign takes you inside the new Infinite Forest area of Mercury (when you’re not completing a fetch quest on one of the existing destinations) and…