updated 05:17 pm EDT, Mon March 17, 2014
SmartSound Software announces new soundtrack creation plug-in for Final Cut Pro X
SmartSound Software has announced a new plug-in for Final Cut Pro X, offering custom music creation like soundtracks. Designed to take advantage of Final Cut Pro X's new Generator technology, Sonicfire Pro 5's new direct access to the Final Cut timeline, providing an efficient workflow. Users can drag a SmartSound Music Placeholder from the Generators section onto the FCPX timeline where music needs to be added, and extend it to the desired length.
The Sonicfire Pro plug-in can be launched by selecting "Generate Music" in the Inspector, and music required for the soundtrack can be purchased inside Sonicfire Pro. In Final Cut Pro X, selected music can be dragged onto the existing SmartSound Music Paceholder. SmartSound's plug-in also offers an XML import capability for more detailed work. The plug-in requires Sonicfire Pro version 5.8.3 and Apple's Final Cut Pro v10.1, and is priced at $50.
Stanford researchers invent low-cost eye-imaging adapter for iPhone
Researchers at Stanford University's School of Medicine have come up with a method, using off-the-shelf parts, to create an adapter for the iPhone that allows it to make images of the inside of the human eye that are as accurate as those created by machines costing tens of thousands of dollars. The invention will allow doctors in the US and elsewhere make eye images for a fraction of the normal cost, share them securely with other medical professionals, and add the images to a patient's Electronic Heath Record (EHR).
The researchers refer to the adapter as "Instagram for eye images" and hope to further reduce the cost of the invention by 3D-printing the parts. Should it pass muster in testing and make it to market, the adapter could be a boon to mobile and field doctors, rural physicians and third-world professionals in offering improved eye imaging and thus diagnosis of eye issues.