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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ video review and... a potentially serious problem!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 24, 2014, at 2:47 AM

D J Clark wrote a guest post for News Shooter in which he reviews the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone and he states, that the device is pretty great however there was one serious problem - at one point his Phantom 2 seemingly fell out of the sky for no reason. According to D J the problem was caused by the Vortex Ring State – an issue with the stability of multirotors. And such situations can be serious. Not only because your hardware can get damaged, but just imagine what could happen if your drone fell out from the sky and would land on a road or a highway.  Let's hope DJI will manage this issue and according to D J Clark the new firmware probably gets rid of this problem because the descent speed is now restricted. So if you are using this drone make sure to update your firmware to avoid such situations.


As you will see in the video review, in general the Phantom met D J's expectations (of course aside from the problem above), however he has some remarks:

"The video from the Vision+ isn’t as good as a GoPro Hero3+ but is so unique that everyone I have showed it to has missed its flaws while marveling at the smooth movements. The still images, once edited, are amazing.

The crash was disappointing as I still had another five flights planned. It was also an important reminder of the potential dangers of flying – especially when above people.

As I say in the video the shots above with the Phantom were done at the end of a network TV shoot I was on. I won’t get to edit the TV package for another couple of weeks and only then will be able to decide whether I can sneak one or two shots from the Vision+ in. It may be a stretch. But for online only, and learning to fly and shoot, I would recommend the Vision+. I am hoping DJI come out with a better camera or a better way to integrate the GoPro soon."


Business of Film Podcast - producing & selling your films with Sebastian Twardosz!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 24, 2014, at 1:51 AM

The new podcast in the Business of Film series is now live and it features Sebastian Twardosz who started his career in Hollywood by assisting Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise in their heyday to producing and selling feature films. Sebastian has seventeen years of experience in the industry - Craft Truck reports that he was head of acquisitions for Allumination FilmWorks (a company that specialized in domestic distribution and foreign sales of independently produced features), but he also worked as head of development for Craftsman Films, a Paramount-based production company. Sebastian had the opportunity to work on various interesting projects, (including "Mission Impossible" 1 & 2), so as you can expect in the podcast he shares many great tips and thoughts, so don't miss this episode!




Topics discussed in this episode (via Craft Truck):

  • What Sebastian learned assisting Paula Wagner.
  • Mistakes people make.
  • What’s selling now?
  • The dynamics of Horror Films.
  • The importance of cast.
  • Working film festivals.
  • Development of projects.

If you prefer you can also download the podcast in MP3 format - to do so simply click here.


Making of a Bullet Time shot - 50 Canon EOS-1D X cameras in action!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 24, 2014, at 1:05 AM

Bullet Time shots got popularized with The Matrix series and actually "bullet time" is a registered trademark of Warner Bros, the studio that produced this groundbreaking film. To put it simple it is a visual effect that was originally achieved photographically by a set of still cameras surrounding the subject and below you can watch a video tutorial that explains how it works. Of course big studios improved this process and now they can achieve similar results very quickly thanks to the FTV (Free Viewpoint Television concept in which you can interactively control the viewpoint and record a scene from any 3D position), but if your budget is limited (it still requires a lot of money though) you can do it old fashion way, that is you can use several DSLRs that are fired sequentially or all at the same time. And even with DSLR the result can be mindblowing (besides in the case of The Matrix they also used digital cameras). 



In the case of the video above the effect was done with 50 Canon EOS-1D X cameras in one indoor and one outdoor shooting. These shots were produced for the programme "Summer-Challenge" and you will see that the result is pretty great!

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MacBreak Studio on finding unused clips in Final Cut Pro X!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
July 24, 2014, at 12:38 AM

In the new episode of MacBreak Studio, Mark Spencer and Steve Martin still explore the new features that got introduced to Final Cut Pro X with the 10.1.2 update. This week our hosts will show you how to use the expanded capacity to filter and build smart collections of used and unused media. Mark reminds that last December Apple added a feature that allowed you to view used media ranges but this feature was limited because you couldn't view those sections of clips in isolation. As expected, Apple addressed this issue and thanks to the 10.1.2 update, viewing used and unused media is now as fully functional as any other filter criteria.


And traditionally, a bit more from Mark:

"Specifically, "Unused" is now one of the options in the filter menu, and has its own keyboard shortcut (Control-U).

While it's great to be able to quickly filter browser clips in this way, the real power of this feature comes into play in the Filter HUD. Click the magnifying glass next to the filter menu to open this HUD. Click the "+" menu to view the list of filtering options, and Used Media now appears along with the previous choices like Ratings, Type, Media Type, and Keywords. Select it to reveal a pop-up where you can choose Used or Unused.

By combining this new filter type with others, Steve demonstrates how you can build useful filter criteria to quickly reveal which clips you've used, or haven't yet used, in your project. And by saving the filter as a Smart Collection, it's always a click away - and is easy to copy to other events."


A new competitor for MōVI: DJI Ronin receives a $1,500 price cut!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
July 23, 2014, at 10:40 PM

Very recently we informed you about a new 3-axis stabilized handheld gimbal ‘Ronin’ by DJI – it was supposed to be available for $4,499. That’s nearly the price range of a MoVi M5, but there’s quite a difference between these two – M5 is smaller, allows smaller load and has fewer features. Now, an interesting move has been made by DJI – while their gimbal is still available for pre-order only, the price has been dumped significantly – B&H offers it for $2,999 only.

It appears that DJI wants to take the market by storm, and the 30% off discount from the start should lure some of the Freefly Systems clients. From our perspective the more competition there is, the better. Not only do we have a good quality stabilizer by DJI, but also it’s possible that Freefly Systems lets off a bit from their gear price.

Here’s some of Ronin’s key features (via B&H):

  • Supports Cameras up to 16 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for iOS and Windows
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • 15mm Rods + Mount Points for Accessories
  • USB and PowerTap Power Outputs
  • Gimbal Tuning Stand Included
  • Hard Case Holds Gimbal and More

To find out more about Ronin, please visit the official DJI webpage via this link.




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