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Where can you fly a drone? Amazing interactive map shows where it is prohibited!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 26, 2014, at 3:32 AM

Drones are getting more and more popular not only because their prices are decreasing, but probably mainly because they simply allow you to take stunning shots. However there are some concerns that quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying devices can be dangerous. Only recently we posted about a DJI Phantom 2 that fell out of the sky for no apparent reason (you can read this post here), so problems indeed exist and concerns surrounding drone safety should not be surprising. Caleb Ward of Premiumbeat reports another story, of a runner at the Geraldton Endure Batavia triathlon in western Australia who received injuries after allegedly being struck with a drone. This is probably why the regulations in regard to drone piloting are now a bit stricter and there are already "no drone" zones in America. If you own a drone and wonder where you cannot use it, here's an amazing interactive map by The Verge that brings the answer:


Please note though that as reported by Caleb, this map only takes into account “no fly zones” surrounding national parks, military bases, and airports.


30-minute long video on proper composition - useful, insightful and fun to watch!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 26, 2014, at 2:39 AM

In any visual art proper composition plays an important role and simply makes your work look good. Yes, there is the rule of thirds, but Robert Hardy of No Film School shared a very interesting and informative video that he has found on the web. This is a 30-minute long course in which the authors of the Division05 YouTube channel go through many aspects of composing a perfect scene. This is something that matters in graphics, photography and of course in video shooting and there's no doubt that if you want to be a good cinematographer of filmmaker, you need to take this topic into consideration. The video below is not a standard tutorial, it focuses mainly on theories and techniques as well as on how to draw your viewer’s focus to the place you want, but make sure to check it out because it's worth it!


Robert wrote:

"There’s a whole lot to learn about cinematography from this quirky tutorial, even if the tutorial itself isn’t cinematography-specific. Like any type of visual artist, it is the cinematographer’s job to control what the viewer sees in the frame and when they see it. Using contrasting visual elements to draw attention to various parts of the frame — which is best done with lighting and by using compositional techniques such as leading lines — is one of the most powerful tools at a cinematographer’s disposal."


Rode introduces the NT-USB studio microphone + video review with sound sample!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 26, 2014, at 1:38 AM

Rode released recently a new microphone, the NT-USB. It is a versatile studio-quality microphone fully compatible not only with computers (PC and Mac) but also with Apple's iPad! What's more the NT-USB can be used with all iOS audio apps - such as the pretty amazing RODE Rec and GarageBand. If you're a video blogger or if you do a lot of podcasting, this mic can be a good choice, especially that it gives you a few additional options - for example you get both level and mix control, providing studio-level control over your performance and it also has a mini-jack input. In the package you get a pop shield and a desktop stand, so you don't need to buy any additional accessories. The price is also very attractive if you compare it to other microphones with similar quality as it costs $169. You can check out the official promo video below:


Additionally you might also want to check out this informative video review:


And here are the highlights and main specs of this product:

  • 16-bit/48kHz Resolution Capture
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 1/8" Headphone Monitoring Jack
  • Direct Mix Control
  • iPad Compatible
  • Includes Pop Shield & Tripod Desk Stand
  • Includes Ring Mount, & 20' USB Cable
  • Includes Storage Pouch 


Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG video review - much better than many other primes!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 26, 2014, at 12:52 AM

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG is new and exciting prime lens that offers very strong specs - not only on paper. DigitalRev posted a video test of the lens and as you will see the new Sigma is indeed solid and the picture quality can be very impressive. Some users still think that Sigma has some questionable history in matter of build quality and that with time their lenses can fill with dust, but no need to worry - the new models are much better and you shouldn't experience such problems. Besides according to many written reviews, the 50mm F1.4 DG is super sharp, it doesn't produce practically any distortion and the flare resistance is impressive. The build quality is reportedly also pretty amazing, so it might be a good option if you are looking for a top notch prime. Oh, and it is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, and Sigma SA mounts.


And here's the video description:

"A standard prime lens to a lens manufacture is like the 911 to Porsche. It's the benchmark and getting it right is crucially important. That's why Sigma has been so ambitious when it comes to designing their new 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens . The question is, have they set a new standard for standard prime?"


Great selection of 25 and 100% free Sans-Serif fonts not only for motion design!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 25, 2014, at 3:30 AM

If you're interested in motion design and often create your own animations, you probably use many fonts. Caleb Ward of Premiumbeat posted a very nice collection of 100% free typefaces that can be very useful in your projects. His article features 25 pretty amazing Sans-Serif fonts, so make sure to check them out especially that usually the most frustrating and time-consuming part of any project is finding the right assets. Caleb did the homework for you and indeed his selection can come in handy in many situations. Caleb also reminds that while all all of these typefaces are 100% free for download, different typefaces have different licensing agreements, so if you want to use them in commercial projects make sure to confirm any possible usage restrictions. And below you can see a few examples:

Bariol font - download here.

Archive font - download here.

Lovelo font - download here.

Kelson Sans font - download here.

For the remaining 21 fonts head over to Caleb's article - you will find it here.



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