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IMAX and Canon join forces to capture 4K footage in space for Disney's new movie!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
September 23, 2014, at 1:52 AM

Canon's EOS cameras are once again working hard in space - IMAX Corporation selected Canon's cameras to capture 4K footage on the International Space Station. It is worth adding that the cameras and lenses left Earth Saturday on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft - which is a reusable spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company and in two years SpaceX plans to introduce Dragon V2 - an updated version of the spacecraft that will be used to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Program. But now the goal is to capture stunning 4K content for the upcoming new 3D film, tentatively titled "A Perfect Planet", a presentation of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.

Here's some more info on the project:

"Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, the IMAX 3D space project will offer breathtaking, illuminating views of Earth from space, exploring mankind’s future on and off the planet. Renowned large format cinematographer James Neihouse serves as the film’s director of photography and trained the astronauts who will man the cameras while in orbit.


IMAX’s 3D film will be shot over the course of the next year with multiple crews of astronauts conducting principal photography. The film is tentatively set for release in early 2016."

The team selected two EOS models - the Canon EOS C500 EF, the Canon EOS 1DC as well as a selection of Canon Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses. The EOS C500s will be paired with Codex recorders to capture 4K images.


Real industry professionals discuss 4K, HDR, and other topics at IBC '14!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 22, 2014, at 10:42 AM

As usual in the case of great filmmaking industry shows apart from a great deal of camera and gear news, the events are a great opportunity for professionals to meet up and discuss certain topics. This year’s IBC is no different – a great panel discussion has been organized by The guests are extraordinary – these are experienced and respected cinematographers: Goeff Boyle, Rodney Charters and Bill Bennet.

The discussion starts off with the topic of 4K. And what do all three of them say? They don’t care about it! While they acknowledge the fact that it’s inevitable just as the previous resolution breakthrough that occurred, they put much more emphasis on dynamic range and color. They all agree that excessive sharpness can distract the audience from the most important aspects of a movie, and not all actors/actresses actually enjoy being shot with a camera that shows every wrinkle on their face, which forces filmmakers to use diffusion filters.

Throughout the discussion they discuss topics such as Dolby Vision, internet video streaming, internet neutrality, lighting of the film set and a few others.

Here’s the video: 


You can turn your iPhone into a 4K motion video camera... it will cost you $999!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
September 19, 2014, at 1:57 AM

Did you know that you can shoot 4K video with your iPhone? And you don't need to grab the iPhone 6 - the iPhone 5S is just fine. You'll need to install the app called Vizzywig 4K and according to reliable sources such as TUAW it works and is not a scam, but the price is totally out of this world, because you need to pay $999.99 for it (sic!). This is absolutely crazy, especially that for a few hundred bucks more you can get a more capable camera allowing you to shoot 4K videos, such as the Panasonic GH4. This is why we show you this app only to prove that shooting 4K on the iPhone is possible, but we're also 100% sure that when Apple officially introduces 4K video recording, the results will be much better. This is because the app captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio and then all this data is used to generate a 4K video. This walkaround is pretty clever, but for sure getting it is not worth it at this price. Let's just hope that someone will come up with a similar solution, besides we wouldn't be surprised if Apple added 4K video recording with a system update (or we'll just have to wait for the iPhone 6S).

If you want to view this app on iTunes, click here.


RØDE Stereo VideoMic X - small, on-camera microphone for finest audio!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
September 19, 2014, at 12:52 AM

RØDE Microphones introduced recently a new product - the Stereo VideoMic X. The mic features an acoustically matched pair of 1/2" externally polarised, true condenser capsules. Their goal is to provide studio-quality, immersive stereo sound and the mic is packed with interesting technology that was designed to minimise noise. The mic can be powered by battery or an adapter and it provides balanced output via the XLR standard (mini jack also available). According to the company, this new model is using components shared with RØDE's studio recording microphones, and for the very first time on any RØDE microphone the Stereo VideoMic X features integrated digital switching, allowing you to easily select any of the numerous in-built filters and settings. Below are two videos published by RØDE - check them out to see an overview of this new product.



And here are the specs:

  • Variable Level: -10, 0, +20dB
  • Output Impedence: 200Ω
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 82 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
  • Equivalent Noise: 12 dBA SPL (as per IEC651)
  • Maximum SPL: 143dB SPL
  • Dynamic Range: 131 dB SPL
  • Sensitivity: -32 dB re 1V/Pa (25mV @ 94dB SPL) ± 2dB @ 1kHz
  • 10 year warranty - with online registration

The microphone is not available yet - it will launch in November and according to sources should be available for $799.


News from RED: 7" 1080p touchscreen, interchangeable OLPFs, and more!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 18, 2014, at 12:02 PM

In the vast variety of IBC ’14 camera and gear news there’s also something from RED. The news regarding RED cameras were somewhat scarce lately. A roundup of what the company has in store for us has been written by Joe Marine from

The first of them is 7’’ 1080p touchscreen monitor ($2950). Info via

The lightweight display mounts to the DSMC BRAIN® or other tactical component using standard 1/4-20 mounting points. Featuring a near 360° rotation and lay-flat hinge design, as well as a 180° image rotation option, the RED Touch 7.0” LCD is the most ergonomic display available for yourEPIC and SCARLET DSMC.

Another change would be interchangeable OLPFs for Dragon cameras. That’s a bitter sweet news, as in truth neither of the available OLPFs is universal – one has problems strong light sources, the other produces noisy shadows, Joe writes. He also mentions the OLPFs that are planned for future release, including: Underwater, IR Monochrome or IR Color. While these open some new possibilities, not all camera users would like to dig into the hardware, putting the optics' cleanness at risk.

The next item on the list is the information about  Dragon Sensor upgrades – the good news is that they’ve started, the bad is that the price has increased by $3000 from the original $9500.

In his article Joe also covers the following subjects:

  • Tethered Recording
  • OFFHOLLYWOOD Hotlink, Hotbox R/S WiFi, HotTap, & foolcontrol iOS App
  • NextVR Virtual Reality Camera System with RED DRAGONs

So head over to the article at for more information, photos and videos.



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