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This week in the news:
This week Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 3, the latest generation of tablet computers that runs the full version of the Windows 8 operating system. The new tablets are faster, lighter, and feature an improved hardware "kickstand" that can prop the slab up at various angles. The new tablets were essentially just an iterative update; however, during the launch event, Adobe was invited to the stage to demonstrate a top-secret version of its seminal photo-editing application: Photoshop CC.
There are presently apps available that bring some of Photoshop's tools to touch-based gadgets, such as the Adobe Photoshop Touch app for iPad, or Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone and Android smartphones, but none of them offer all of the horsepower of the full version. At this week's Microsoft event, Adobe made it clear that this was all about to change, and even hinted that the full suite of Creative Cloud applications would soon be fully optimized for touch control.
Recent advances in technology have made unmanned, radio-controlled drone aircraft incredibly popular tools for capturing aerial footage in video productions. However, operating one of these devices in a professional capacity is technically illegal in the United States. The FAA is currently overhauling the rules that govern this type of flight, but the new legislation likely won't arrive for at least a year. In the interim, the FAA is considering creating a quick permit-approval process for a limited number of drone users, which will include filmmakers. You can read more about this snippet of drone news in this B&H Explora post.
If you use shotgun microphones to capture sound in video productions, it doesn't take long to realize that they're really susceptible to picking up wind noise outdoors. There are several different kinds of windscreens that you can use on shotguns. However, the very best wind protection available for them are blimp systems. For the past few years, one of the most popular products in this category has been the RØDE Blimp, and this week the Australian manufacturer announced a newly redesigned version that's lighter and outfitted with a Rycote "Lyre" shockmount system. The full details on the new RØDE Blimp are available in this B&H Explora post.
... and that's your B&H gear nerd news for the week of May 19th, 2014.