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A few useful quick tips for documentary film productions!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 27, 2014, at 2:53 AM

Johnathan Paul of Premiumbeat posted a nice blog post in which he summarizes a few tips for documentary film productions. He reminds that documentary film presents challenges that are not present in the case of narrative film, because very often you need to craft your story with interviews, archival footage, sometimes you need to shoot in unsecure locations and so on. The tips listed by Johnathan should be useful if you plan to make a documentary, so make sure to check them out. For example when doing an interview remember to utilize the environment, because in some cases you might get better results when you don't focus just on the subject - especially when you are shooting a documentary on a specific event. Also remember that variety is important - you should consider how you will connect your takes in edit, you want your film to be interesting, so think how you will frame your shots, what will be the camera movement, etc.
 

 

Other things you should take into consideration are lighting (interesting video on this topic above), also don't forget that sound can be an important element of your story, so try to record the natural tone of the environment - even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it. Additionally Johnathan mentions the Rule of Thirds and he also advises to upscale the archival footage if it doesn't match the original shots you're capturing.

For more head over to the full blog post (here).

Source: http://www.premiumbeat.com

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 video review - best zoom compact ever made?
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 27, 2014, at 2:06 AM

The Panasonic LX100 is a compact, but also very capable camera - some even say it is a pocket version of the GH4 because both units share the same sensor and uses the same codec for video recording (100Mbit/s with 24p and 30p, or 24/25p on the PAL model). The DMC-LX100 combines a Micro 4/3 sensor with a fast 24mm Leica lens and manual operation. The camera is also cheap because it costs $899, so it can be a good choice if you are looking for an affordable 4K camera. DigitalRev published a video review of the LX100 and you can watch it below. As you will see Panasonic's camera aims for the top spot and even though it is very compact, the video capabilities are amazing and the LX100 offers many great features. 
 

 

Source: http://www.digitalrev.com

New Go Creative Show podcast: Inter BEE 2014 with Dan Chung and Matt Allard!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 27, 2014, at 12:57 AM

In the new Go Creative Show podcast you will find some news from Interbee 2014 featuring Matt Allard and Dan Chung of News Shooter. You will hear a lot on new cameras, gimbals, recorders, mixers, lights and on other interesting and useful gear. Dan on the other hand will focus on the Sony FS7 and his experience with this camera - if you wonder how good this camera is and if using it is a pleasure, make sure to listen to this in-depth discussion. Dan shares many thoughts and tips and also compares the FS7 to the Canon EOS C300. You can listen to the podcast online or download it to your drive in MP3 format. If you prefer to download it, click here.


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

  • JVC’s new 4K cameras you should know about
  • Tascam DR-70D audio recorder is not just for DLSR’s
  • Atamos Shogun 4K recorder is shipping and has big plans for the Sony FS700
  • Flowcine Puppeteer helps the solo ez-rig camera operators
  • Paul Antico’s review of the Sony FS7
  • How does the camera feel under normal use
  • Is the FS7 the C300 killer?
  • Control layout
  • Image Quality
  • Exposure ring and Metabones problems
  • How do A-Mount, E-Mount and EF Mount lenses work on the FS7
  • Is the EVF much better than the FS700?
  • and more…

Source: http://gocreativeshow.com

mLUT by MotionVFX available now!
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

NUKE 9 now available for download - free non-commercial version coming soon!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 25, 2014, at 2:37 AM

The Foundry's NUKE is an award-winning compositor for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and just recently the company released the new version of the software - NUKE 9, NUKEX 9 and NUKE STUDIO. NUKE is a professional tool with prices starting at $4,213 for the basic version, but the good news is that the company made the decision to offer a free version for non-commercial use as well! The free version of NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO will be released early in 2015 and it will be available to anyone who wants to learn, explore and have fun with NUKE. Additionally to the limited license, the free version will have some other limitations - such as output resolution limited to HD, limited Python scripting possibilities, no monitor output support, command line rendering disabled and more. Nevertheless it is great that many new users will be able to play with the software and learn how to use it! 
 

 

To find out more on NUKE 9, you can read the Release Notes (here) and also make sure to watch the official videos for more info on the new versions.
 

 

And here's the list of key features (via The Foundry):

  • Complete online-editing toolkit - Intuitive and familiar editorial tools get the job done fast, whether it’s on set editing, online conform, or simply knocking out quick edits.
  • In-timeline real-time effects - Powerful GPU accelerated effects can be added right in the timeline, letting artists quickly experiment, polish and achieve the high-end look they need.
  • Fluid end-to-end workflow - Combined timeline and node-graph workflow lets artists work the way they want with all the power to create a project in one application from start to finish.
  • Powerful collaborative control - A hub for total project control lets artists share scripts, work collaboratively with annotations and version up and down with ease.
  • Real-time 4K playback - Plays in-application and through SDI-Out Hardware giving confidence to client attended sessions. For the first time, The Foundry has certified an HP® and NVIDIA® configuration with Blackmagic.
  • Intelligent built-in rendering - Built-in render farm functionality automatically uses all available resources to enhance speed and performance, either on a single machine or when connected to multiple.

Source: http://www.thefoundry.co.uk

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