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Go Creative Show on drone filmmaking: viral DJI+GoPro fireworks footage starts discussion anew
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
July 17, 2014, at 12:01 PM

The latest Go Creative Show deals with a topic that's undoubtedly hot in the past few days: drone flights and aerial shooting. The topic has been covered a few times already, but the attention has been drawn to it  again after Jos Stiglingh's footage of fireworks went viral and has made a several headlines in filmmaking blogs and newspages (mBlog post here), and after it's been reported that a flying drone nearly collided with a NYPD helicopter (find out more here)

Here's the list of topics covered with each guest (times in the podcast in brackets):

  1. The first you'll hear a short interview with the maker of the viral video Jos Stiglingh. In the show they talk about how the video became viral (with the help of GoPro team) and how he started aerial videography.
  2. (11:40) Matt Saunders – a copyright attorney discusses drone flight legality, with regard to footage copyrights and steps you should undertake to protect yourself
  3. (23:30) Jonathan Rupprecht - criminal defense attorney, commercial pilot, unmanned aircraft consultant, and a coauthor on legal treaties on unmanned aircraft law. The topic of their conversation is FAA laws and the future of commercial drone videography
  4. (35:00) Paul Antico – filmmaker and founder of Anticipate Media, and drone videography enthusiast. During the interview, Paul discusses techniques for shooting, grading and editing his footages, as well as legal and safety issues

Here's the podcast:

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Just a brief reminder: the second guests's - Matt Saunders' - main advice is to abide by FAA regulations – this can be expensive, but if you do not, the agency might come after you. Apparently, this is what happened to the maker of the viral drone-through-fireworks footage; you can read more on that topic here. In the show, Matt Sauders offers legal advice for drone videography enthusiasts, and gives his email address, where you can send questions: unmannedaircraftconsulting@gmail.com.

Source: http://gocreativeshow.com

Blackmagic Pocket for $495, a limited offer from BMD!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
July 17, 2014, at 9:43 AM

Blackmagic really pushed the boundaries with their $995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, but what they’ve announced now is even better! In the press release the announce that BMPCC will be available for $495 only! The offer is not permanent, it only last through August 31, and it’s also quantity limited (no numbers given). The press release states:

Fremont, CA - July 16, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495. With a normal recommended retail price of US$995, this Summer Special represents incredible value and is available for a limited time and will end on the 31st of August 2014. This Summer Special price is subject to limited availability, after which the price will return to the usual recommended retail price of US$995.

Blackmagic Design CEO, Grant Petty comments:

We have worked hard to set up this exciting special price to allow more people to afford a super compact digital cinema camera that they can personally own. However stock is limited at this lower price so customers who want to buy at this price will need to move fast.

and

We are extremely proud of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and we want to thank all the cinematographers who have send us examples of the work they have completed with this camera. We want to thank everyone for the wise and intelligent feedback they have given us and we hope this special offer is a great way to show our appreciation to the wonderful customers we have. For us, this is a dream come true

The rest of this press release describes the advantages of BMPCC, those who are interested in buying it, most likely know it all already. Although the price of the camera itself is only a part of how much you need to spend on a basic shooting setup, $500 rebate looks appealing nevertheless. You can have a look at the full press release text here.

Source: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com

RØDE's new iXY mic for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
July 16, 2014, at 3:36 PM

Using your iPhone to record some great videos is one thing, but its flexibility allows for more uses in the process of videomaking – RØDE has had iPhone mics for some time already, and now they’ve presented the latest version: iXY with Lightning connector for iPhones 5, 5s and 5c. In the official press release we read:

The original iXY was announced in early 2013 and was the world’s first microphone for iOS devices, able to record at such a high-quality resolution. This innovative approach saw the iXY awarded several product design awards, culminating with the prestigious International Red Dot Design Award, which recognizes products of the very highest quality by an expert panel of 37 judges from around the world.

Here’s the official promo video:

RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director, Damien Wilson, comments:

The original iXY was an industry leader in both design and function, so we’re thrilled to continue this success with the updated version for iPhone 5. Being able to record at this quality with a device that sits in your pocket has been a game changer not only for audio professionals, but for enthusiasts alike. We saw this first-hand with so numerous entrants to our My RØDE Reel short film competition choosing to use the iXY for their amazing short films.

The concept of the microphone remained untouched – it features two ½ condenser capsules in 90 degrees alignment and records up to 24-bit/96kHz. The set includes foam wind shield and a reinforced protective zip case. Additionally, you can purchase accessories for specific uses: RØDE iClamp, SC2 shielded cable, and a multi-purpose mount RØDEGrip.

More information can be found at the product’s official page by following this link, or in the official press release here. The microphone should be available shortly.

Source: http://www.rodemic.com

'Useful Tools for Editors' a selection by Pro Video Coalition
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
July 16, 2014, at 3:01 PM

As an editor you probably use plenty of third party software – your NLE simply isn’t enough, and the market of 'tools for tools' is growing. A new article at provideocoalition.com takes a closer look at some of them with the selection called ‘Useful Tools for Editors’. Most of the time, they are developed by small companies, which use their experience to improve the workflow:

The tools in this Useful Tools for Editors edition all come from small developers who seem to have one thing in common. They are users of real post-production tools and they’ve developed these apps to help their own workflow and solve their own problems. They are now sharing these tools with the community. It’s great to see so many of these small, narrow focused tools available and easily distributed. Keep up the good work developers!!

'Useful Tools for Editors' includes various software for FCPX, Premiere Pro or Resolve. The descriptions were taken from developers’ websites – you’ll find links in the software names:

Corporate Avoidance is a free program we designed to unshackle you from your workstation by taking advantage of the necessary evils of life as a post production professional. It works by loading screenshots and animated gifs to make your computer look like it’s busy rendering

Conform Studio is a set of plugins that help you automate and manage your vfx workflow: precompose, batch rename, trim, extract, and replace comps with rendered files.

EditReady allows you to view and edit all of the metadata contained within your file - this may include location data, camera settings, and diagnostic information. You can even use metadata to automatically rename files.

EDL Spy is an application that lets you extract file names from an Edit Decision List, Final Cut XML or any other kind of footage text list (e.g. an Avid Media Summary). It can then search your harddrives for the corresponding files and copy all of them to a new location. EDL Spy also includes tools to index folder contents and to quickly copy or create complex directory structures.

Resolve Collect copies source files used in a DaVinci Resolve project (Media Pool or Timeline) to a single destination using a DaVinci Resolve Project (.drp) file from V9, V10 and V11. When you work with large DaVinci Resolve projects with sources on a lot of different drives you might want to collect them to one destination. Resolve Collect will copy just the files you need, either before you start grading to get them on a fast RAID or after you are done to Backup the project.

Foolcat generates nice camera reports of any folder full of RED, MXF or QuickTime clips in HTML and PDF format. foolcat will summarize total clip count, duration, drop frames, disk space and shows extensive metadatas for each clip along with 3 thumbnails : clip name, date shot, time shot, camera network name, format, pixel size, aspect ratio, camera frame guide, project framerate, clip framerate (varispeed) ... (and much more)

Final Cut Library Manager instantly displays all of the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 libraries that it finds on your Spotlight-indexed drives. You can also add other sources : including disks, Xsan volumes or folders, including those not indexed by spotlight.

trackFinger for After Effects allows you to record the movements of the fingers (up to ten) on the screen of the iPad or the iPhone and then send the tracking data as keyframes to Adobe After Effects to animate the contents of the screen.

For more info, please visit the article at provideocoalition.com or follow the above links for a specific app.

 

The Foundry presents COLORWAY, a new tool for 3D designers
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
July 15, 2014, at 9:02 AM

The Foundy announced that they’re expanding the range of their offer for 3D designers with the latest software called ‘COLORWAY’. The official webpage describes the program as:

an application that aids creativity and focuses the decision making process, recognizing that a team of people involved in making design decisions have different goals and expertise. COLORWAY significantly streamlines the iterative design workflow bringing clarity and efficiency through fast, non-destructive material and lighting changes.

The video provided by The Foundry offers a simple presentation of what's the tool useful for:

Here are the key features, according to thefoundry.com:

  • Iterative workflow - Make almost limitless changes to your 3D scene's colors, textures, decals and even lighting set-ups.
  • Realtime, GPU powered updates - Make instant changes without the need to re-render. Changes to renderings are stored independently of the source image.
  • Virtual lookbook - Save multiple image variations and ‘looks’, enabling clear downstream communication and design review.
  • Share ideas - Send desired configurations to the free COLORWAY Presenter app.
  • Finalize the image - COLORWAY Presenter lets clients iterate on images choosing from options defined in the full COLORWAY app.

If you visit COLORWAY page via this link, you’ll find links to tutorials for COLORWAY/MODO and COLORWAY presenter as well as all other info that is currently available. For now COLORWAY remains free to download and use, until a commercial version is released. If you’re interested, you might also want to have a look at an early review at fxguide.com via this link.

Source: http://www.thefoundry.co.uk



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