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FXhome's Christmas gift - the amazing v1.2.0 update!

Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 1:33pm

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FXhome's Christmas gift - amazing v1.2.0 update!

For a couple of months the FXhome team has been slaving away to bring you the best update to the software yet. Read below to find out exactly what you can look forward to then go and grab the update and make some great movies over the Christmas period!

Optimisation and multi-threaded speed increases

Cogz has made some remarkable speed improvements to our whole range of software. Lite, Pro and Studio products have received serious optimisations which result in some functions being up to 40 times faster. On top of these improvements the Pro and Studio products also get multi-threading support, which can result in some functions being up to 62 times faster under Windows and an incredible 145 times faster on the Mac!

This means that the general application speed has been vastly improved, with additional boosts to specifically optimised functions. I'm sure you'll join the rest of the FXhome team in being well impressed with Cogz's handy work!

Windows single-core

Examples: Pentium 3, Pentium 4, Pentium M, Athlon XP, Athlon 64, Core Solo

Optimised functions: 40 times faster

General use : 1.1 - 3.3 times faster

Windows dual-core - Pro and Studio software ONLY

Examples: Pentium 4 D, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Athlon 64 X2

Optimised functions: 62 times faster

General use: 1.8 to 6.3 times faster

Mac single-core

Examples: iMac G5, iMac G4, eMac G4, Mac Mini G4, PowerBook

Optimised functions: 79 times faster

General use: 1.4 to 4.0 times faster

Mac dual-core - Pro and Studio software ONLY

Examples: iMac Intel, PowerMac Dual G5, MacBook Pro, MacBook

Optimised functions: 145 times faster

General use: 2.3 to 10 times faster

The speed increases on the Mac are larger than those on the PC mainly because the Mac version was significantly slower than the PC version to begin with. So far we've not been able to test on any quad-core/quad-processor systems but we expect the results on these systems to be even more stunning and well ahead of the stats listed above!

Example projects

This is a great addition for new and seasoned users alike. We've added a small selection of example projects, which is sure to grow in future releases, to help users figure things out as quickly as possible. Simply click the new "Example projects" link on the introduction screen or select the option from the file menu. We hope you enjoy the first few included examples!

Enhanced grade object interface

The finishing touches have been added to the grade object interface. We've added an FXpreset browser to the grade objects and when you press the [i] icon on these FXpresets you'll see a quick preview of the FXpreset applied to the current frame of your project! This means that grade objects now work exactly like the standard effects engines.

Canvas resolution dialog

Often a point of much confusion to new users, we've now simplified the canvas quality feature with a new dialog that appears when you first install the program. The dialog provides a brief description of each canvas quality setting, making the whole program a little bit easier to understand!

VisionLab Studio - Three-Strip Process filter

Here's a brand new VisionLab-exclusive filter, suggested by FXpreset master and resident head of Mac beta testing, the great Axeman. Cogz had this fantastic filter up and running within three hours and Schwar had it implemented in the program two hours later - the new office is a magical place! The filter simulates the three-strip technicolor process from 1929.

Helpful quick links bar

To integrate the software better with the website and give you guys an easier route to our support systems you'll now find the Quick Links bar above the canvas! These links allow you to jump quickly into Live Chat, the Support Forums or the FXpreset Library. We look forward to meeting many more of you in the live chat and giving even better support!

Bug fixes

With more than 25 bug fixes, from better support for Korean and Japanese systems to rendering glitches, the new software should be the quickest and most stable yet. We really hope you enjoy it!

Special Christmas discounts continue!

Our special Christmas discounts on 250 copies of VisionLab Studio (including updates) and 250 copies of the EffectsLab Pro + CompositeLab Pro package are going down REALLY well!

A surprising amount have sold already so be sure to snap up your copy soon to avoid disappointment!

The Christmas discount deals only apply to download purchases from FXhome.com. If you're in Europe and would like one of the brand new FXhome boxes to put under your Christmas tree, head over to Amazon.co.uk!

EDIT: v1.2.2 has been released!

Wow! That was quick! Just 3 days after the release of v1.2.0, here we have v1.2.2.

A couple of tiny bugs have been found with v1.2.0 so we wanted to get them sorted straight away! They are nothing to worry about really, check the change logs for more information. Thanks to Xcession, Malone and Jante for finding the little beasts!

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Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 1:45pm

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Hurrah for FXHome!
This is wonderful news! I can't wait to get home to try this out.
Cheers boys!
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 2:10pm

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Hurray! To celebrate this, here is a nice new collection of christmas wallpapers, avatars and banners!

FXhome Christmas Wallpapers/Banners/Avatars

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Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 3:13pm

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*Blam*

My head just exploded....... I'm soooooooooooo gonna buy Visionlab now.

DAMN!

EDIT: Wait a minute....... I have a dual-core PC.

AWESOME!
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 4:00pm

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Totaly awesome.

Btw, does this mean Fxhome software is now "universal software" for mac,(that it works with intel mac's all the way)
?

I think will give me something to do this christmas. =D
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 4:28pm

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Wow! It's great to know its even fast now. I like that "3-strip filter", that makes the footage look amazing. Great work guys, and thanks alot!

Josh.
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 4:46pm

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Klut - We're not Universal Binary yet but we've done some extensive speed testing - high lights are included below...

Firstly, all the software is VASTLY faster on the Mac with this version no matter what system you own. Our benchmark system (1.8GHz Dual G5 PowerMac) was between 2.3 and 10 times faster in general use of the programs compared to the previous version!

Good news for Intel Mac users is that the PowerMac was only about 25% quicker than our MacBook Pro (2.16GHz Core Duo). The MacBook Pro would be vastly faster than any single processor G5 (i.e. a G5 iMac) or any G4 system (single or dual processor).

Given that the new MacBook Pro and iMac are now Core 2 Duo (rather than just Core Duo like ours) I expect the latest 2GHz iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro would be as fast as the 1.8GHz Dual G5 at running our software, if not faster!
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 5:18pm

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It's settled. I'm going to buy VisionLab again when I get my new Mac (in two years). Those numbers are just too sexy. And I imagine they'll look sexiest-er in the coming years.
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 6:42pm

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Hurray. Hopefully my problems will be less troublesome with these updates biggrin

Merry (Early) Christmas everyone!!
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 10:52pm

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*spins in circles*

just as i get my macbook pro vlab gets optimized. good deal. loving the grading preview.
Posted: Mon, 20th Nov 2006, 11:18pm

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Dude these upgrades OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. (Also if you open up the lightsaber example project and turn off all the effects it's adults fighting with sticks. I found that funny) Good job with the updates though I especially like the grade preview its a big help. keep up the good work.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 12:58am

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Having run this update quite a bit in beta, I can confidently say that it is the best thing to happen to VisionLab since the original release. I'm running a relatively old Mac (Dual 1.4 Ghz G4), but with the speed increases implemented here and the brilliant optimisations by Cogz and the rest of the crew, even on my machine it now feels quick and responsive.

As for the 3-strip filter, I was quite impressed to hear that it was finished the day after I suggested it. And it works very nicely. I should have a few presets done soon that use it to good effect.

All of the other additions and adjustments are also excellent improvements, and manage to make a superb program even better. Great work guys, and thanks a bunch.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 1:07am

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You know, you guys should add that vid to the credit movies page the one with the giant!
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 1:22am

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Bought Visionlab yesterday, updates today. That kind of thing can only happen at FXHome.

The techincolor filter looks amazing, I can't wait to try it out!

The example projects were a truely GREAT idea.

Just a question, why is the installer more than three times larger than the old one for Visionlab?

Everything here looks amazing.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 1:51am

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SGB wrote:

Just a question, why is the installer more than three times larger than the old one for Visionlab?
I would imagine that the difference in size from the old VisionLab installer, and the new installer, is due to all of the new content included in the download (such as the example project files, and the media required for them). Considering what was added, the difference in size is quite diminutive.

Although I had the chance to say this a few days ago, it can never hurt to hear it again, great update guys. Your attention to detail, and optimization in this update is fantastic, and far above and beyond any ones expectations.

You guys have certainly brought the programs to another level, not just in speed enhancements, but even right down to the nice new look of the splash screen. Your hard work shows, and is appreciated.

Take care.
Wizard.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 4:52am

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Great! I like it!

One thing though... where are the examples? I know the message said on the intro screen or menu but I cant seem to find it...
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 5:15am

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Thrawn - in the File menu, select Example Projects, and it will take you to the folder where they are found.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 9:08am

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Hey guys,

Really pleased everyone is liking the update, we've all worked really hard to make it the best yet!

Wizard - you are correct, the increase in installer size is due to the new content, example projects and associated media; we thought that even at ~50MB each installer, that was still small enough to download.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 9:46am

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jrg2134 wrote:

You know, you guys should add that vid to the credit movies page the one with the giant!
Good idea jrg2134, I imagine that's something we'll look to doing soon. Due to various time constraints outside of our control we had to put the Giant example project together in just a single afternoon, from concept to completion, so it doesn't quite have the level of finesse we'd want for a finished example clip on the website.

We were actually rather surprised how well it came together, considering it was all done on the fly - the matching of the car park and greenscreen shots all went very smoothly. However, with a bit of tweaking and enhancement I imagine it'd be very suitable for the product pages, so I'll look into that once I'm back working at full speed.

Also, am I the only person that really, really wants to go out and make a "GIANTS ATTACK!!" movie now?
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 12:43pm

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The speed enhancements, example projects and improvements to the grade object interface look the most exciting to me. I can't wait to get home and do this update. Good timing, too, as I'm getting into post production work on our christmas film this week. Man, I wish I didn't have to work at a client site today. evil

Good work guys, and thanks for the early x-mas gift.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 2:53pm

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Nice! I like the new options. I haven't tested the speed upgrade yet, but I'll be looking forward to it.
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 3:48pm

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Sounds great. I will install this update immediately!

Take care,
Barnu
Posted: Tue, 21st Nov 2006, 9:43pm

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Just updated biggrin! This is the best ROCK ON FXHOME!!!!!! biggrin
Posted: Wed, 22nd Nov 2006, 1:13pm

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x-mas time is here already.

thanks for this great update. i love the new speed.

hope you´ll be millionaires soon. you deserve it.

klaus
Posted: Thu, 23rd Nov 2006, 11:57pm

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Thanks SO MUCH...

*I am so Impressed.*
Posted: Fri, 24th Nov 2006, 3:45am

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My God! this update is totally awesome!!! biggrin

Thanx sooooo much guys! And much sucess to you!
Posted: Fri, 24th Nov 2006, 6:04am

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Whoa, this is a great Christmas present. amzing suprise, and thanks again wink
Posted: Sat, 25th Nov 2006, 12:56am

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Did my first render this afternoon on a pretty detailed combination. Speed increase seems to be amazing! Thanks!
Posted: Sat, 25th Nov 2006, 6:28am

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sadly, I'm having a problem. i have installed the updates susscesfully and has all the example movies, but then when i start it up it says there is a "version 1. 2002 update" when i sav it into my files, i can't find it and it seems to have been took off.

Tthis happenes everytime i start it now. any ideas?
Posted: Sat, 25th Nov 2006, 6:16pm

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Did you download the version 1.2.2 update? It was posted like 36 hours after the origina verison 1.2 update, and has some significant bug fixes.

When you say "I can't find it", what is the it you are referring to?
Posted: Sat, 25th Nov 2006, 8:38pm

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never mind now, it seems to have fixed itself, the computer seemed to strangly restart then i opened EL, then it was fine?
Posted: Sun, 26th Nov 2006, 11:25pm

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Just in time to switch versions before my next project! YES
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 5:08pm

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Thanks for yet more amazing free upgrades.

Will my Celeron D346 benefit from any of the speed increases?
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 5:13pm

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The Celeron D is a single-core chip so it will not benefit from the multi-threading speed increases but it will benefit from all the others. Check out the speed increases for single-core Windows machines on the original post.
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 5:23pm

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Thanks. I'll be saving up for my multi-theading chip...hmmm, Christmas is pretty close isn't it? smile What would you recommend for a good speed increase over what I have now (at the lowest price!)
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 5:56pm

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Intel Core 2 Duo processors are the best in the business when it comes to both speed and value for money.

I must admit that of all recent mass-market CPUs the Celeron is the one I know least about (and I don't know that much about any of them wink ) so please someone correct me if I'm wrong in what follows.

The Celeron D works with the Intel 845 and 865 motherboard chipsets.

The Core 2 Duo works with a bunch of chipsets but the only one which crosses over is 865PE as far as I know. Unless your motherboard is a 865PE (rather than an older 865 version) then you won't be able to run Core 2 Duo without replacing your mobo as well.
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 6:22pm

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Have just checked and I'm grinning because mine is an 865PE so I'm off to check Ebuyer and Aria. Thanks for your help.

ADDED LATER: Pentium D processors seem to be dual core - would they benefit from the greater speed boosts?
Posted: Mon, 27th Nov 2006, 6:41pm

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Pentium D would get the dual-core speed boost but the Core 2 Duo is a much better and faster chip. Aim for an E6400 or E6600 if you can stretch that far.