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Free and awesome Instagram filters for video - FCPX, Adobe Premiere and more!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 19, 2014, at 3:20 AM

Instagram is pretty cool and it is so popular also (or even mainly) because you can very easily apply great filters to your photos. But what about video? Brent Price wanted to get similar effects with his videos and he found out that Daniel Box did some amazing Instagram-like filters for Photoshop. This gave him the idea to to use these filters in applications like After Effects or Final Cut Pro. Of course the easiest way to do it is to use LUTs. And so Brent took Daniel Box’s Instagram Photoshop actions and made them into LUTs and presets to use with video. Of course LUTs are compatible with many video applications, so you can use Brent's collection of filters in Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe Premiere, After Effects or DaVinci Resolve. Here's a nice video preview of what you get:


To download the filters simply click here.


Sight, Sound & Story - celebrate the art of post-production! One day summit in NYC!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 19, 2014, at 2:44 AM

Manhattan Edit Workshop was founded in 2002 and it runs many interesting courses and workshops. One of them will be "Sight, Sound & Story" which will take place in New York on June 14, 2014 at the French Institute in mid-town Manhattan. The goal of the event is to celebrate the art of post-production and if you participate in this event you will be able to see film scenes evolve and discuss that process live with the editors who shaped them, so it can be indeed very inspiring. According to MEW, you will also be able to see key scenes from "The Wolf of Wall Street"  from simple production sound to the final surround mix with the team who crafted it. And the organisation also reports that Michael Kahn will look at iconic scenes and share stories from his more than 30-year collaboration with Steven Spielberg. Admission is $89.00, so the price is really affordable if you take into consideration what you get - check out the list of contributors below.

Here's the list of panelists (via MEW):

  • Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E. – “Before Night Falls,” “Sex and the City,” “The Americans”
  • Brad Buckwalter, editor – HBO’s “24/7” series
  • Colin Beattie, post-production – 2014 Winter Olympics
  • Eugene Gearty, MPSE – “Hugo,” “Life of Pi,” “Wolf of Wall Street,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
  • Michael Kahn, A.C.E. – “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
  • Gary Levy, editor – “Nurse Jackie,” Royal Pains”
  • Sam Miille, sound editor - “Hugo,” “Life of Pi,” “Wolf of Wall Street”
  • Cindy Mollo, A.C.E. – “House of Cards,” “The Book of Eli”
  • Jonathan Oppenheim, editor – “Paris is Burning,” “Children Underground”
  • Bobbie O’Steen, film historian and author of “Cut to the Chase”
  • Phil Parrish, producer, director, editor – ESPN, CBS and NBC
  • Meg Reticker, editor – “30 Rock,” “True Detective, “Bored to Death,” “The Wire”
  • Garret Savage, editor & producer – “My Perestroika,” “The Fall”
  • Maddy Shirazi, MPEG & MSPE – “Running on Empty,” “Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Valmont,” “No Nukes”
  • Phil Stockton, MPSE – “Hugo,” “Shutter Island,” “Wolf of Wall Street,” “Life of Pi”
  • David Teague, editor – “Mondays at Racine,” “Sun Come Up”
  • Christian Winters, producer/editor – 2014 Winter Olympics and HBO’s “24/7” series

If you are interested in this event and want to participate, you can register here.


Thanks to Atomos Ninja the Nikon D800 now supports 50Mbit/s video recording!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 19, 2014, at 1:50 AM

The Nikon D800 is an interesting and capable camera, but it is not popular among filmmakers. This might change however, because thanks to Atomos Ninja, now the DSLR also supports higher bitrate video recording. For some of you 50Mbit/s might not be enough, but most videomakers should be pretty happy with it. Just to remind you, the Nikon D800 has a 36.3 megapixel sensor, obviously supports 1080p video recording, it also includes inputs for stereo microphones and headphones and this can be really useful in the case of quick projects. Andrew Reid of EOS HD reports, that thanks to Atomos Ninja we now have a way of getting the uncompressed 4:2:2 off this camera which is simply great and Andrew emphasizes that the uncompressed HDMI on this camera gives the full range of luma in 8bit (0-255). Here's a native file for your consideration:


Andrew writes:

"Combine this with the anti-aliasing fix and the image has the potential to be VERY nice and better than the A7R, instead approaching the 5D Mark III in raw but with a less time consuming workflow and no transcoding. Interesting!

Now the main news is that the camera has been hacked by an independent team of highly skilled developers, who are adding features to the D800 and other Nikon cameras. From the Nikon Hack Project we now have the first few patches.  This is beta software (and use at your own risk). In the latest release (1.19.2 beta) 54Mbit/s modes have been added to several more cameras not just the D800; the D4, D600, D5100 and D3200 all benefitting. Prior releases took the D800 from the default 24Mbit/s 1080p to 54Mbit/s and recently even to 64Mbit/s, though the drawback is that videos can no longer be played back in-camera."

You can find more info on the update here.


Visual Effects Society launches its YouTube channel dedicated to VFX only!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 19, 2014, at 1:18 AM

The Visual Effects Society is a professional honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and it represents the global community of visual effects creators. Currently the organisation has almost 3,000 members in 32 countries worldwide and it just launched its new YouTube channel which provides access to the world of visual effects and the artists who create them. According to VES, the channel is designed to showcase outstanding examples of visual effects artistry and innovation from around the world, practical skills demonstrations, insights from leading practitioners and original content from VES signature events, workshops and forums. This is why we can expect to get some unique and very welcomed content and the channel indeed meets the expectations, because it launched with more than 100 videos.


Here's the list of some of the subjects you will find on this channel (via VES):

  • Alfonso Cuarón and the making of Gravity
  • CGI Breakdowns including Game of Thrones, The Wolf of Wall Street and Iron Man 3
  • VES Awards Show highlights featuring James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg
  • Panels and Q&As with visual effects practitioners and filmmakers, including The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TED with Seth MacFarlane and Pacific Rim with John Knoll
  • Pioneers of visual effects from the last 100 years from stop motion and matte painting to computer graphics
  • ILMVFX “Behind the Magic Series” and video content from Weta Digital and Cinefex
  • Visual effects in video games - featured channels include Ubisoft, Nvidia, Playstation
  • Interviews with John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Volker Engel, Rob Legato and many others
  • Training, best practices and workshops, including Practical Lighting For CG Artists, Preparing For The Job Search, Virtual Production, Cinematography and Visual Effects

If you want to visit the channel and/or subscribe it, simply click here.


The ARRI AMIRA Camera Simulator - familiarize yourself with the AMIRA online!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
April 18, 2014, at 3:09 AM

Want to take the ARRI AMIRA for a spin? Well, the camera is not widely available and prices start at $40,000, so checking it out might be a problem. But the good news is that ARRI came up with a creative and brilliant idea - the company released a great online app called "The AMIRA Camera Simulator". The camera manufacturer describes it as an interactive learning tool to familiarize yourself with the menu navigation of the new AMIRA Digital Camera. Now you don't need to own the AMIRA to play with it as the main user interface on the viewfinder shows a simulation of the real AMIRA camera in its first software version:  "We demo all buttons of the view finder, the ND switch as well as the most controls and switches of the left side of the camera in a clearly arranged way. In a later version we will also add the audio panel."

To control the Simulator all you need to do is point your mouse cursor over any of the buttons - it is very simple and intuitive, so if you want to give it a try don't hesitate to follow this link and enjoy!



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