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The ARRI AMIRA Camera Simulator - familiarize yourself with the AMIRA online!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 18, 2014, at 3:09 AM

Want to take the ARRI AMIRA for a spin? Well, the camera is not widely available and prices start at $40,000, so checking it out might be a problem. But the good news is that ARRI came up with a creative and brilliant idea - the company released a great online app called "The AMIRA Camera Simulator". The camera manufacturer describes it as an interactive learning tool to familiarize yourself with the menu navigation of the new AMIRA Digital Camera. Now you don't need to own the AMIRA to play with it as the main user interface on the viewfinder shows a simulation of the real AMIRA camera in its first software version:  "We demo all buttons of the view finder, the ND switch as well as the most controls and switches of the left side of the camera in a clearly arranged way. In a later version we will also add the audio panel."

To control the Simulator all you need to do is point your mouse cursor over any of the buttons - it is very simple and intuitive, so if you want to give it a try don't hesitate to follow this link and enjoy!


A few filmmaking tips from director Darren Aronofsky!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 18, 2014, at 2:14 AM

Darren Aronofsky does not need an introduction - he is one of the most respected directors working today and personally I think that the "Black Swan", his psychological thriller/horror film, was one of the best movies of the last decade. Film School Rejects published a list of six filmmaking tips from this great artist. The site admits that Aronosky’s work has tackled an array of subjects that all bear his stamp: a pursuit of perfection shared unmistakably between himself and his characters. It is also a director unwilling to compromise and always looking for perfection. Anyway here are a few of the tips:

1. The Body is a Medium

"Through his exploration of various bodies and what they are capable of doing, he finds the affective center of his characters. It’s a type of filmmaking that connects the psychology of the characters to the filmmaker and, by extension, to the audience."

2. Let the Story Dictate the Form

"Aronofsky left his symmetrical, mathematic approach to framing and composition in favor of a realist, handheld aesthetic this side of the Dardenne brothers when making The Wrestler. Now, instead of imposing his style on the work, he lets the work dictate the style, and thus explores a range of formal possibilities (even combining past and present styles) when the story clearly needs it."

3. Bring the Story to the Audience’s Doorstep

"He is, as ever, invested in making the idiosyncratic or exceptional story somehow accessible and relatable to his audience. For a filmmaker with a pronounced visual style and a penchant for tackling difficult subjects, he sure isn’t interested in alienating the people who venture into his films."

For the remaining tips and some more info make sure to follow this link.


Quantic Dream - narrowing the boundaries between video games and movies!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 18, 2014, at 1:36 AM

The games industry has more in common with the film industry than you might think. Quantic Dream is a games studio that created two absolutely amazing PlayStation 3 exclusive titles: "Beyond: Two Souls" (starring Ellen Page) and "Heavy Rain". Both are often called interactive movies, because the games focus on the story, emotions and are full of amazing animations. For their projects Quantic Dream requires a mix of body mocap and full performance capture, so they are working with real-life actors and motion capture is Quantic Dreams' main technology in the development process. This is why the company recently invested in 38 additional T-Series T160 cameras (by Vicon) - this allows them to execute future high-profile projects in a larger full performance capture space than ever before. Quantic Dream proves that making games can be very similar to making movies and check out these superb videos to find out why:


And below is an amazing tech demo running on the PlayStation 3:



And here you can see what the Quantic Dream team achieved on the PlayStation 4 - all this is being real-time rendered on the console!


The upgrade performed by Quantic Dream doubles the available FPC volume and this is what Guillaume de Fondaumière, co-CEO at Quantic Dream said:

"Previously, this would mean having to create a new wall of trussing to mount the cameras into a smaller volume and re-configuring the system. This could take anywhere up to five days every time we needed to switch between the two set-ups. Our new system enables us to keep all the cameras on the same rig, meaning we can quickly and easily switch between body and full performance capture saving days of production time.”

As you can see the studio is able to narrow the boundaries between games and movies - can't wait to see their future projects!


Canon EOS C100 now available for purchase with the Dual-Pixel AF upgrade!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 18, 2014, at 12:57 AM

The Canon EOS C100 camera is now available for purchase with the exciting and highly-awaited Dual-Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade. Just to remind you, the Dual-Pixel CMOS AF technology was originally introduced on the Canon EOS 70D. According to filmmakers who had the opportunity to test the upgrade, it works like charm and can greatly improve your job. Some even say that there's life before Dual Pixel CMOS AF and life after. The Dual-Pixel upgrade enables continuous autofocusing with Canon’s entire EF lens lineup and the company revealed that the EOS C100 now has three new EF lens kit bundles to complement the Dual-Pixel CMOS AF technology.

"The EOS C100 Digital Video Camera with Dual-Pixel CMOS AF technology helps facilitate greater shooting efficiency across a variety of shooting situations. For users that work with moving subjects, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF will allow for a smoother, more natural autofocus that can be useful for video markets like sports, event and wildlife.

For more information or to purchase the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera or an EOS C100 Digital Video Camera lens kit please visit".


How to power your Canon DSLR for a whole day for less than $150.
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 17, 2014, at 1:27 PM

The cost of camera accessories can be huge, especially if you go with original ones. Here’s some good news for Canon DSLR users, who’d like to boost their power supply inexpensively. Caleb Pike from presents a battery adapter, costing about $90. Here’s how this thing looks:

It looks cheap, and it is cheap- don’t expect high quality gear for so little. But the thing is, Caleb says, it allows you to use cheap ($20) Sony batteries. As a result Caleb got his camera and externa monitor working for over 8 hours at the cost below $150. While you may need an additional accessory to lock the thing in place, it still sounds like a good deal.

Links to these products are in the original text at, available through this link. Caleb’s text also sums up the pros and cons of this setup:


  • Only $99
  • Power your camera and accessories all day
  • Batteries are cheap ($25 on Amazon)
  • Batteries work with other gear well


  • No power indicator (unless you get the expensive batteries with meters)
  • Construction is mediocre
  • Needs extra accessory to keep from moving



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