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Samsung joins the ranks of mirrorless 4K cameras with the Samsung NX1!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 23, 2014, at 3:21 AM

Many filmmakers and reviewers believe that mirrorless cameras are much better than DSLRs and Samsung seems to agree because the company made the decision to join the ranks of mirrorless 4K cameras, as reported by Definition Magazine. The end of HD is near and the magazine believes that we are witnessing an important change on the market, because even a company with no history in video introduces a stills camera that can record 4K (in 24fps and with the H.265 codec). The Samsung NX1 also gives you full manual control of many functions, such as ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance and audio. The data rate is also not bad - 80Mb/s seems to be enough in the case of many projects and while some cameras offer better specs, the promo video is pretty great!


And here's an excerpt from Definition Magazine:

"Data rate is up to 80Mb/s (As good as 160Mb/s say Samsung) and internal recording is to Class 10 SD cards up to 64GB in size. A clean HDMI signal lets you use an external recorder.

The camera has a 28MP APS-C backside illuminated sensor with ISO up to 25600 (expanded to 51200) and full phase detection AF usuable for video. Samsung also offer a transcoder for your files to ProRes, DNxHD and Cinema DNG as editing H.265 is difficult at the moment."

The camera will cost £1299 (US$2110/AU$1175) and will be out next month.


Apple introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display and updates Mac mini!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 17, 2014, at 2:42 AM

Last but not least, Apple also updated its line of Mac computers and filmmakers should be absolutely excited, because Apple introduced 27-inch iMacs with not 4K, but Retina 5K displays! This is huge and the new iMac will feature the world’s highest resolution computer display with a breathtaking 14.7 million pixels! If you plan to edit 4K videos, the new iMac seems to be the perfect tool for you. The computer is also quite powerful, because available setups incorporate quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2. The 5K display offers 5120x2880 resolution, so four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display! Apple uses a precisely manufactured oxide TFT-based panel to deliver vivid display brightness from corner to corner.

The new iMac comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, and for the first time can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz. Every new iMac with Retina 5K display also comes with AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and can be configured with AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics, delivering up to 3.5 teraflops of computing power.

Apple also updated Mac mini which now features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated graphics that are up to 90 percent faster. It also includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each delivering up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each port. 

It is worth adding that every new Mac comes with OS X Yosemite and free copies of iMovie, GarageBand and the suite of iWork. 

Prices of iMac with Retina 5K display begin at $2,499 and Mac mini prices begin at $499.

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Cinefix selection of top 10 Slow-mo scenes of all time
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 16, 2014, at 4:01 PM

Slow motion effect, despite being used so often nowadays, has not became a cliché. It can turn trivial actions into spectacular shots (under certain circumstances, of course). Although slo-mo is perfect for capturing events that would otherwise occur too fast to be appreciated at a normal speed, including explosions or gun fights, it can be used for other purposes, which is shown in the latest Cinefix ‘Top 10 slow-mo Moments of All Time’.

The compilation does include some of the great (but obvious) destruction scenes, but very it very consciously draws our attention to slow motion shots that go beyond obvious. These include the traumatizing blood-flood scene from Kubrick’s The Shining, where slo-mo elevates the drama and terror,  or a brilliant opening of Watchmen, where it allows the movie to smuggle more or less subtle allusions. Cinefix compilation also provides a little insight into how some scenes were shot, and does not forget to mention some remarkable scenes, which for some reason have not been included in the ranking.

Here’s the video:

As it happens with compilations choosing the best of the best, the viewers may have different opinions on the choice of movies, but nonetheless the Cinefix selection does include some of the best slow motion scenes out there.


99 cameras to produce a 60 seconds video - awesome Toyota commercial 'Like You've Never Seen Before!'
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 16, 2014, at 10:58 AM

Advertising is a very specific branch of filmmaking – within a very short time limit you need to draw the viewers’ attention and hopefully make a lasting impression. The era of intrusive ads that simply encourage to buy a product is long gone, and to be successful and recognizable in a long commercial block you need a truly catchy idea.

Michael Zhang from drew our attention to a Toyota commercial that uses a clever trick – it doesn’t try to hide the presence of a camera (or 99 cameras in this case). Quite the contrary – it probably shows all the techniques filmmakers use (CGI too), and it does it on purpose and overtly. It also includes footage from all types of cameras– from the pro cinema cameras, through DSLRs and action cams, to camcorders. The message in the car ad is also quite clear – Toyota has used all the tech available to make it.

Have a look yourself, it’s a pleasure to watch:

There’s also a (kind of) BTS video available that gives you a little more insight into how it was made, though it’s a shame we’re not let in a little further into the making-of process – it certainly required perfect (literally) cooperation and synchronization from all the camera operators. Nevertheless, there you go:


3 robberies, close to $2 000 000 worth equipment stolen, including 350 cameras from Blackmagic
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 16, 2014, at 10:15 AM

A big blow to Blackmagic Design has been dealt in a robbery last weekend – the thieves made off with a 1,5 million worth of equipment from the company’s distribution center  – we read in a report at As a matter of fact, three separate burglaries took place, apart from BMD, the Mac House Productions and Core Microsystems have been hit, with losses of $150 000 in the former case and $200 000 in the latter. Whether these have been connected and coordinated is not known, however, we read in the news report that it looks like 'professional' theft:

Police say the thieves knew what they were doing, that they acted fast and knew exactly what they were after

The ABC7 newspage quotes Kenny Dang from the Core Microsystems:

Someone that knows the industry of the video world where they were coming in and gearing towards the video equipment that they wanted to take.

ABC7 included a video material in their newspage, where you’ll see some of the footage recorded by Mac House Productions security cameras. There have been some issues with the video playback, we encourage you to try viewing it from ABC7 news report page.

Most of the stolen gear were cameras and lenses, with the highest loss at the expense of Blackmagic Design, as stated above, where over 350 cameras have been taken. What’ll happen with the stolen equipment? It’ll be available in the black market soon, most likely; the Police suggest all the gear may be headed to Asia, where it will be difficult to recover.



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