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Marvelous ad recipe: add ink into water, and shoot with with Phantom Flex 4K!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
March 18, 2015, at 9:52 AM

Can you always tell the difference between CGI generated effect and a real shot? The ‘Emerald’ paint commercial may be a tough nut to crack in this respect. Have a look at the video first:

According to the article at digitalartsonline.co.uk, the ad has been made by Psyop and ad agency McKinney. This is what the text says about the making of:

The main tools used were a high speed arm and the Phantom Flex4k camera from Vision Research. Using 400 gallon tanks, the team injected paint into the water and moved the camera through the tanks with precise choreography. The team stitched the pieces together in post, creating a surreal journey of colour.

The very same idea, with the same camera has been presented by The Slow Mo Guys two weeks earlier (not judging who was first with the idea). It shows not only the results, but also the entire process of injecting ink into the water tank:

Source: https://www.youtube.com, http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk 

“MY RØDE REEL” - new edition of Røde short film competition with $200 000 worth prize pool!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
March 4, 2015, at 12:14 PM

We don’t usually post news about competitions, but this one definitely deserves a mention. As the previous year’s edition of The Rode Reel was incredibly popular, this time it’s going to be louder, bigger and better – the prize pool has been nearly tripled reaching over $200.000!

What’s it all about? The news page at rode.com explains:

Create an original short film no longer than three minutes, and an accompanying behind-the-scenes video showing how you made your film and showing a RØDE product in use. Upload them to YouTube and submit your entry before midday, June 1, 2015 AEST

Additionally, here’s a short promo for the competition, featuring a few well recognizable names encouraging you to try your strengths:

There’s plenty of fields, in which the awards will be given – in each an amazing prize pack is waiting for the winner in both, software and hardware.

Check out the official competition website here for more information.

Source: http://www.rode.com

Norway - A Winter Wonderland: Canon 60D, Hero 4 Black and DJI Phantom 2!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
February 5, 2015, at 2:49 AM

Shooting with drones can be a real challenge, but you can record some amazing footage so no wonder these devices are getting more and more popular. Sebastian Solberg posted a very nice video that he did in Norway, where he flew during the Christmas brake. And on his blog he reports, that when he wasn't eating good food or enjoying the warm comforts of the fire, he was outside with his camera filming and capturing what Norway means to him. It was also an opportunity for him to test his new drone, the DJI Phantom 2. Watch the video below to admire all the great shots - it was all captured using a Canon 60D with the Glidecam HD 2000 and a GoPro Hero 4 Black with the DJI Phantom 2:
 

 

Source: http://sebastiansolberg.com

Nikon D750 flare flaw - lesson learned from the case of D600?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
January 21, 2015, at 8:34 AM

Keeping in mind how poorly the case of flawed sensor sealing in D600 was handled by Nikon, we can considering the case of their D750 a big improvement. Once again, Nikon released a number of flawed cameras, and very quickly photographers began to report the occurrence of a nasty flare in their photos.

Here’s an example from imaging-resource.com:

You can read more about the flaw hereQuickly enough, Nikon released an official statement:

We have received indications from some users that when photographing scenes in which a bright light source, such as the sun or high-intensity lighting, is at a certain position along the top border of the frame, flare with an unnatural shape may sometimes occur in images captured with the D750 digital SLR camera.

We are currently looking into measures to address this issue. Further details will be announced as soon as they are determined.

There was no mention about what the ‘measures’ are going to be, and Nikon remained silent for some time. During that time several articles in industry news pages began to suggest that a silent recall is taking place. Here’s a piece from petapixel.com:

The camera is currently disappearing from stores, both online ones and brick-and-mortar ones, suggesting that some kind of recall or delay has been implemented while Nikon fixes the defect.
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We have also been hearing reports from photographers in Japan that major camera stores in Tokyo no longer carry the D750 on their shelves. It appears to be “a factory recall” and the stores are saying the camera will be back in stock in about a month.

Only after that, another statement has been published by Nikon confirming what has been suspected:

Nikon is working with retailers to replenish stock with cameras to which measures to address this issue have been applied. In late January, Nikon will announce details to service cameras from users, free of charge.

Even though the case has been handled so much better than the one of D600, the company’s actions still call for more transparency in communicating. The D750 is still mostly unavailable at the time of writing this.

Source: http://petapixel.comhttp://www.imaging-resource.com

4K movies on your TV: Blu-Ray & download services under development
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
January 14, 2015, at 9:23 AM

As said many times before, one of the main issues in the way of 4K development is the delivery process. At this year’s CES all major electronics manufacturers have put 4K TVs and cameras on the pedestal, but the opportunities to actually watch 4K content are still scarce. The only ones that are currently readily available for customers are online streams services, such as Netflix. Those who’d rather a more physical data carrier will have to wait a little bit more.

As reported by engadget.com, Panasonic has shown an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player at their CES booth. However, there’s an issue with data carriers:

It's expected that Ultra HD Blu-ray will upgrade the format to handle 33GB layers (up from the 25GB per layer of current discs) and discs that hold as much 100GB of data. You'll need a new player to read the new discs, but the new players will be backwards compatible with existing Blu-ray movies.

The article mentions that it may be possible to fit UHD movies on regular Blu-Ray discs with h.265 encoding. With a proper disc, Panasonic’s player should be able to play 60 fps, 10 bit, HDR/Dolby Vision with wider color gamut, but again, the specs aren’t final – we read.

An alternative to online streaming and Blu-Rays is a download service, such as has been announced by Samsung (photo above). Such a service should give quite a lot of freedom as to how the viewers can move their downloads:

There's an ability to copy, move or share the stored files, and users can access various profiles for different devices like TVs, phones or tablets. In a mocked-up player, users had the option to make a licensed copy, registered to them and playable on any device, or an unlicensed copy. That copy of the movie can be shared, but if someone else wanted to play it, they'd need to buy it from a store in order to unlock it for viewing.

It’s hard to predict, which option will prevail. You can view the entire article at engadget.com here.

Source: http://www.engadget.com

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