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Posted by Szymon Masiak
November 26, 2014, at 3:17 PM

Look-up tables are widely used by professionals in biggest cinematic productions. These matrixes of data provide a way to grade your footage in a very precise way without loosing the fluency of the workflow at the same time. We created this set of 30 LUTs inspired by the most famous movies to take your grading to a higher level - it's called mLUT.

By using our mLUT you can now give a truly cinematic colorization to your shots and make them look just as awesome as the grandest motion pictures. We picked the films that were known for their perfect grading and created a product that will let you put some life in your flat shots within a few clicks. Our mLUTs are very flexible and universal, they will work in any software supporting look-up tables. You can use them with footage from any camera, the gradings will still look amazing and you can customize and adjust them with ease. If you always wanted something more in grading of your footage, mLUT is the answer. For just 49$ you can create a professional look for every shot you take.

Check out what you can do with mLUT watching the following tutorial:
 

 

Source: http://www.motionvfx.com/mplugs-68.html

Dramatic documentary series "Chicagoland" shot on a Canon EOS C300!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 20, 2014, at 3:26 AM

Even though 4K is a hot topic right now in the industry, many filmmakers still prefer to shoot in Full HD and this shouldn't be surprising because most projects don't require such high resolutions and also the workflow is a bit simpler, so you can work faster. This is also probably why Mark Benjamin relied on EOS C300 cameras while shooting a challenging dramatic documentary series called "Chicagoland". It is an eight-part unscripted CNN series examining public safety and education and Mark wanted to achieve a cinematic look, but what was also important was to work on hardware offering high mobility and light weight. The documentary series explores how politics and policy meet in the lives of real people to generate change and innovation in social policy, education and public safety on the local level, as well as to meet national and local challenges. Executive producer Mark Benjamin said that they wanted to shoot with the C300 because it gave them a small form factor and user-friendliness, he also revealed that the goal was to go with a "one-man-band" concept of filmmaking.



Mark explained:

"The idea of making minimally invasive, observational documentaries makes it hard to use a crew, which can get in the way. That’s why we work under a framework of ‘no lights, no sticks, no crew.’ The grapefruit size and the curved edges of the Canon EOS C300 camera make it the perfect tool for a one-man-band. We shot more than 300 days – over 1,500 hours – to make eight one-hour episodes. We needed a camera that felt good in our hands for 12-hour shooting days, and the Canon EOS C300 was it."

“You can’t be using a big camera when you’re jumping in and out of police cars at a moment’s notice or running around a high school,” noted first DP Daniel B. Levin. “You also need to be as inconspicuous as possible when you’re at Cook County Jail or filming important politicians at city hall. The Canon EOS C300 camera was able to adapt to any situation. Obviously, when you’re doing cinema vérité people know you’re there, but a camera that enables you to move freely throughout a room without disturbing what’s going on – and ease into a trusting relationship with the people there – is a major asset.”

Source: https://www.shootonline.com

Inspire 1 new drone by DJI offers 4K and plenty of great functions!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
November 15, 2014, at 9:08 PM

DJI continues to expand their offer with the lattest addition of Inspire 1 drone – a halfway between the cheaper Phantom and higher end Spread Wings. Inspire’s camera is comparable to the GoPro (in theory) and shoots up to 24/30 frames 4K at 65mbps and offers several incredibly interesting features that make the new drone a desirable piece of equipment, even if the price is oscillating at around $3000.

Without going into too much detail – the Inspire 1 preview video by Jared Polin from froknowsphoto.com covers most of the important facts about the drone, the camera installed and flying experience:

Overall, the app, the remote, dual control system and other features all look great, but the video quality produced by DJI cameras may be an issue:

After previewing the footage at home I noticed what I would call a warble in the video. It’s something like a herky jerky flicker type movement. I am not sure if this is because the camera was set to 30 FPS in the app when it was being recorded or if it was in something else we may have done wrong. I am going to have to get my hands on a production model really spend more focused time shooting video.

What is more, while lack of fisheye lens is a clear advantage over GoPro cameras, the overall quality of image seems to be in favor of the new GoPros. Given the drone’s price, filmmakers who already bought a GoPro may be in two minds whether or not the should pay for a camera again.

Have a look at the footage Jared shares and judge for yourselves:

For more information, please follow this link to froknowsphoto.com or this one directly to DJI Inspire 1 official product page.

Source: http://froknowsphoto.com

A great continuous single-shot octacopter 5 minute music video!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 30, 2014, at 8:00 PM

In a world where fast edits are used to hide mistakes and imperfections, prolonged single shots are really scarce. Therefore, the more valuable they are. Especially when it takes about 50-60 times of repeating a scene over and over to get just what the director wanted. That appears to be the case of latest OK Go music video – as we read Harley Brown’s article on billboard.com.

The video is a single continuous shot, filmed entirely from an octacopter:

And here's a photo posted at Instagram by one of OK Go's musicians, Damian Kulash, which shows how the drone was mounted prior to launch:

Harley’s article sheds some light onto how it was recorded:

To coordinate everyone moving in synchrony to the parking lot for the final setup, Harano set up enormous speakers and played "I Won't Let You Down" at half-speed, which "allowed for more precise movements even with the complicated choreography," (comment by Busby Berkeley, choreographer)

To capture all those Japanese schoolgirls flashing colored umbrellas in the shapes of lyrics and OK Go members' faces in perfect synchronicity, Harano used a specialized drone camera controlled both by GPS and by hand from an altitude of nearly half a mile.

More information and photos in the original article at billboard.com here.

Source: http://www.billboard.com

 

Apple introduces iPad Air 2, the thinnest iPad ever, and the iPad mini 3!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 17, 2014, at 12:43 AM

The wait is finally over! At Apple Special Event the Cupertino company revealed many awesome products. The iPad Air 2 was among them and it is the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad is just 6.1mm thin and it weights less than a pound. The new tablet also features an improved Retina display (enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors), as well as better cameras for taking great photos and videos - for many users this is an important upgrade, because many of them are taking pictures and videos on their iPads. The new model will be available in gold, silver and space gray. In the same colors you will be able to get the new iPad mini 3 and they both also offer Touch ID so just like in the case of latest iPhones, now you will have the option to unlock your iPad with just the touch of a finger.



The iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which according to the company delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life. The tablet is combined with Metal, the new graphics technology in iOS 8 that unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. The new iSight camera enables better photos and videos, with an 8MP sensor and advanced optics, it also adds features including time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video.

The iPad mini line on the other hand has been updated to include iPad mini 3 with Touch ID and iPad mini with Retina display, now called iPad mini 2 and starting at $299 and both iPads feature a Retina display, the A7 chip, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime HD.

Pricing & Availability (via Apple):

"iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online beginning Friday, October 17. Both iPads will be available starting later next week in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Availability in Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere around the world, will continue through the end of October with additional global availability in the coming months. iPads are sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 64GB model and $599 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 64GB model and $729 (US) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model."

Source: http://www.apple.com

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