Sunday, February 26, 2012

New User Forum

I just created a new forum for GBDeflicker and GBTimelapse. It's intended to be a user-to-user forum where you can share information and tips. If you have a specific support question, you can submit a support ticket here.

It's much better and easier to use than the previous version. Since it's just getting started there's not much content yet. So please go there and ask questions - I'll be listening and trying to answer quickly.

Please check it out at

Saturday, February 25, 2012

GBTimelapse Featured User - Kukulies & Associates

In the last blog post, we announced that Albert Dirschler has created German translations for the GBDeflicker and GBTimelapse User’s Guides, which are now available for download here. Thank you again to Albert! We thought it would be fun to continue the theme, and introduce a featured GBTimelapse user from Germany.

Kukulies & Associates Ltd is a production company in Düsseldorf. They’re time-lapse specialists, and just sent us a link to a showreel of work they’ve created with GBTimelapse.
Kukulies & Associates Ltd. creates innovative time-lapse movies, and has over 15 years experience in production and editorial projects for TV stations and companies. They’ve been using GBTimelapse to document massive setups for special events such as stadium concerts and trade shows.

This showreel is a great example of how the GBTimelapse can be used for remote site-monitoring. Just set the camera up, and via a laptop and internet connection, you can maintain full control over your time-lapse from where ever you happen to be (while the camera is in the field, you can control it from your desk, bed, bar.. etc).

From the Kukulies & Associates Ltd. website:
We use only the most modern high-resolution digital systems. The exposure is adjusted in real-time response to changing light conditions of the subject. The advantage: no need for the costly expense of photographers in the field. Our on-site systems require only a standard power supply.

We maintain complete control of the recordings via wireless or LAN in our agency! Our staff centrally monitor the image data, and maintain optimal settings. Through this setup, we can guarantee the best starting material. This reduces the cost to a minimum.

Especially when one of the movies is distributed on the Internet, or used in presentations, the brightness, contrast and color intensity of the source data are crucial to ensure that we get the best results after conversion and compression. Due to the perfect starting material we get from our remote capture system, movies in HD (BlueRay and HD-DVD) and the standard 35 mm film appear in an impressive brilliance.

Bedienungsanleitung jetzt auch auf Deutsch erhältlich!

Albert Dirscherl war schwer damit beschäftigt, unsere Dokumentation zu übersetzen. Albert hat uns mitgeteilt, dass er eine deutsche Version vom "GBTimelapse User's Guide", vom "GBDeflickerApp User's Guide" und vom "Holy Grail White Paper" erstellt hat. Die drei Dokumente sind ab jetzt auf der "Granite Bay Software"-Webseite erhältlich (siehe Link in der linken Spalte dieser Seite).

User’s Guides now available in German!

Albert Dirscherl has been busy translating our documentation! Albert contacted us with the
news that he had created a German version of "GBTimelapse User’s Guide", "GBDeflickerApp
User’s guide", and the "Holy Grail White Paper". All three documents are now available on the Granite Bay Software web site: see the links in the left panel on this page.

Online store server was down

The servers at SWREG, our online store, were down from Thursday afternoon (Feb 23, 2012)  until Saturday night.

It's back online now!

Sorry for any inconvenience...

Monday, February 06, 2012

GBTimelapse 3.2.35 - New features

There are a few new features in the latest GBTimelapse release. If you already own GBTimelapse, just download and install this new version. No upgrade is needed.

1) Added ISO calibration tables for the 5D Mk II and the 7D. This feature is enabled by a checkbox in Tools/Options. Using the ISO calibration table can improve AutoRamp reciprocity accuracy and minimize luminance shifts when changing ISO.

2) Added a default f-stop setting to the Camera/Profile. If you use the lens twist method to eliminate aperture flicker, be sure to set this value. It will be used if you didn't take a shot before doing the lens twist and GBTimelapse can't read the Av value from the camera.

3) The AutoRamp maximum ND filter value has been increased from 9.9 to 12.0 to allow the use of 10-stop filters.

4) The 1D Mk IV default camera settings were changed to allow bulb mode shooting.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Fixed! GBDeflicker CS4 Plug-in Free Trial Problem

If you downloaded the GBDeflicker 1 Plugin for CS4 recently, you may have been unable to activate the free trial.

If that happened to you, please download the newest release (version 1.5.14). After you install this new release, you should be able to run GBDRegister and activate the free trial. The older version (1.5.13) had a trial license that expired on January 29th, 2012. Dang! I hate it when that happens.

I'm sorry if this caused you any inconvenience