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HitFilm 3 Pro for Mac and PC is coming soon! What new features it will bring?
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 31, 2014, at 3:13 AM

HitFilm 3 Pro is coming very soon and the new version of this interesting non-linear editor will be out by the end of November for the price of $299, however if you pre-order, you can get special offers and additional upgrade discounts. As you might remember, FX Home, the company behind this software, went to crowd sourcing to pay for the development of HitFilm. The NLE is merging a non-linear editor with advanced 3D compositing and over 180 effects, plus mocha tracking from Imagineer and 130 plugins for your other video software. The third incarnation will offer new particle simulator features, a more powerful engine, 20 new effects and OpenFX compatibility. The interface has a new, low profile design and the software even allow you to create photoreal virtual shots - as stated on the official site, all you need to do is take a photo of your set or location, convert it to a projected 3D scene and create an entirely new, photorealistic shot, complete with 3D camera movement (watch the video below to see a sample).




For more info on the upcoming release and the list of all new features, head over to the official site of the product.

Source: http://hitfilm.com

List of smartphones with 4K video recording and how to shoot 4K on an iPhone!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 31, 2014, at 2:16 AM

Apple is known for innovation, but when the company announced the iPhone 6 (and the iPhone 6 Plus) one small fact was quite surprising - the new superphone only allowed for Full HD video shooting (on the other hand it supports high framerates). Nevertheless many high-end smartphones already support 4K video recording and even though it is doubtful that these small sensors can give you decent 4K, it is possible that you get some additional data and details in your videos. For example the Chinese OnePlus One outperformed the Canon 5D Mark III in a video comparison, so as you can see the technology is moving forward fast! Phone Arena decided to make a list of all available (and available soon) smartphones featuring native 4K video recording and this is probably the only list where the iPhone is not present. And so here's the list of the most popular 4K smartphones models:



List of 4K smartphones:

  • Acer Liquid S2
  • Asus Padfone X / Padfone S
  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
  • LG G Pro 2
  • LG G3
  • Motorola Google Nexus 6
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
  • OnePlus One
  • Oppo Find 7 / Find 7a
  • Panasonic Lumix CM1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Round
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Vivo Xshot

As we stated above the iPhone is absent, but No Film School reports that thanks to the Vizzywig 4K you can shoot 4K video on the iPhone, however the price of this product was totally crazy ($1,000). Now the app got renamed to Vizzywig 8xHD and the price got reduced to $49.99, so if you want to give it a shot you can find it in the App Store (here).

Source: http://nofilmschool.com | http://www.phonearena.com

Go Creative Show with cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl, Fight Club)!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 31, 2014, at 1:30 AM

In the latest episode of the Go Creative Show, you will find cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, who worked on such amazing films as "Fight Club", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Social Network" and the recent David Fincher's movie "Gone Girl". In the podcast Jeff and discusses with the host his entire career including his portfolio of music videos and commercials. But of course many other interesting topics are covered and you will hear a lot of info on digital filmmaking, the making of such iconic movies as the ones mentioned above, working with David Fincher and such artists as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and more, working on the look of "Gone Girl", etc. - in general a superb and informative episode, so make sure to check it out!


And here's the list of topics covered in this episode (via Go Creative Show):

  • Behind the scenes stories from Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network
  • How Jeff created the look of Gone Girl
  • Lighting faces to be evil and beautiful at the same time.
  • Working with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Taylor Swift and more
  • Working with genius music video director Mark Romanek
  • Jeff’s brilliant collaborations with David Fincher
  • Go Creative Show listener questions
  • How Jeff is inspired by his father Jordan Cronenweth
  • How Jeff’s commercial work inspires his film work
  • and more…

If you wish you can also download the podcast to your hard disk - to do so simply click here.

Source: http://gocreativeshow.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

 

Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 30, 2014, at 7:59 AM

Finally there’s some good news from Canon: the company has announced the release of Mark II version of their popular C100 cinema camera. Will this put an end to reverberating accusations of Canon being stuck in place for too long? Well, it’s unlikely, as the new C100 isn’t as much of an upgrade, as you might expect from a Mark II version released two years after C100 was first introduced.

The new C100 will include Dual Pixel AF by default, which is great for the type of work the camera is designed for, although it’s not much of a breakthrough, as this feature was already made available for the previous version. Aside from that, as Dan Chung writes in his text:

The original C100 only autofocussed in the centre of the frame. The mark II adds the ability for the camera to track an off centre subject with face detection – but it still lacks the touch screen focus of the 70D. This to me is a real missed opportunity and it’s a shame that the new camera can’t do something that a cheaper DSLR can.

Among other changes we’ll see a next generation image processor, improved EVF and rear OLED screen, slow motion or built-in mono microphone.

According to the press release, the C100 MkII will cost $5,400. While the upgrade fixes some of the main issues that were reported with the previous version like lack of slow motion, it remains to Canon users whether changes introduced in the MkII justify spending that amount of money.

Although there’s no official news, we expect that C300 and C500 upgrades are also scheduled in Canon’s roadmap. For more information, you can look up Dan Chung’s article here, which also includes full text of Canon’s press release.

Source: http://www.newsshooter.com

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