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MacVoices interviews MotionVFX - a talk about FCPX and Motion Templates.
Posted by Szymon Masiak
April 24, 2014, at 10:10 AM

During our NAB stay, we had an honour to be interview by Chuck Joiner from MacVoices. We talked about our products and future of FCPX.

The video was recorded during the SuperMeet night in Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas. Enjoy!

Source: MacVoices

NAB recap by Ryan Connolly, and do we really need all that stuff?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 24, 2014, at 9:51 AM

For the past couple of weeks, and the weeks to follow the news will still reverberate with NAB '14 rumors,  announcements, specs sheets, interviews. For now, there's plenty of post-NAB thoughts and summaries, and we bring two of them to you. They are completely different, and yet, both seem like a great comment to this years show.

The first one is by Ryan Connolly of the FilmRiot, who points at all the goodies you could find on the show floor, enumerates those he found particularly exciting and discusses in literally few sentences each. For more info Ryan suggests visiting the official websites.

1. iKan with their new follow focus
2. Atomos Shogun external recorder
3. Atomos Ninja Star external recorder
4. Kessler paralax slider
5. Andra focus pulling system
6. Letus Helix 3-axis stabilizer
7. AJA CION camera

After a short commercial break, Ryan introduces what he believes was the most interesting thing at this year’s NAB: the Blackmagic URSA. The camera was already covered in our previous posts here and here.
He interviewd BMD’s president, who gave a short but concise and informative presentation of URSA model – who it is for, and how solutions intruduced by BMD can make working with it better:

However, at the very beginning of the above Ryan says there’s been too much stuff to cover, which brings us to the question: do we really need it all? Not long ago we informed you about ‘on the couch’ series by – they’ve concluded their NAB presence with a simple, yet accurate short video, which brings our attention to the question how much all that cool and innovative gear makes us better editors, filmmakers, directors etc. Do we need this stuff at all? Have a look:

Source: http://www.cinema5d.com

Action cameras compared. Where's GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition in comparison with other models?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 23, 2014, at 10:47 PM

It’s quite an achievement from a company when their camera becomes the role model for other manufacturers. For many, the GoPro action cameras became the camera to use if you’re serious about the quality of footage. The amount of accessories and modifications speaks volumes of it as well. But there’s so many other models from big manufacturers like Sony or JVC, including these presented at CES 2014. Have they managed to catch up with the latest Hero 3+ Black Edition?

Brent Rose from has put a lot of effort is the comparison test that he’s published in a recent article. And it’s not just the image quality, but also other important features that have been taken into consideration (as you would expect in action cam test):

In our evaluations we weighted image quality most heavily, but we also factored in versatility, ease-of-use, form-factor, battery-life, apps, available mounts, as well as extras and price. The raw video footage was evaluated on a professionally calibrated monitor, as well as on a 46-inch 1080p Samsung LED TV, and several laptops. Bear in mind when you watch the above video that there is some quality lost to compression for internet streaming.

The cameras that were included in the test were:

  • Ion Air Pro 3
  • Drift Ghost-S
  • Garmin VIRB Elite
  • Sony HDR-AS30V
  • JVC Adixxion GC-XA2
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Black 

Since the article is rather extensive, with a ton of photos and videos, we’ll just present Brent’s verdict on who the winner is. Brent tested a range of aspects, but overall:

Simply put: GoPro still makes the overall best action camera. It's the obvious winner in terms of image quality. It has the best detail, solid color performance, and really excellent dynamic range. Everything looks clean, clear, and sharp, with just enough pop in the colors. It's also terrific in low-light (just behind the Garmin) and the much-improved microphone places it second in audio-quality to the Sony.

Among GoPro’s advantages he mentions shooting options and formats (resolution up to 4K) and the number of mounts, including drones. So it’s not the hype: „It's not just good marketing. It's a great camera”.

For full comparison, with specs, photos and videos please follow this link to Brent’s article.


Camera movement workshops: The Directing Motion Tour. 32 US cities in 9 weeks
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 23, 2014, at 8:13 AM

A couple of days ago we brought to you an example of how camera movement in a popular tv series Breaking Bad can enhance your storytelling. Now an opportunity arises to participate in a workshop that’ll teach you ‘how, when and WHY to move the camera’. Vincent Laforet announced in his blog that a series of workshops called ‘Directing Motion Tour’ will take place in 32 cities in the US starting from 6 May in Philadelphia.
Vincent says that the Directing Motion Tour will base on what’s been discussed during Alex Buono’s ‘The Art of Visual Storytelling’, as both are run by the same group.

Vincent tells us more about this workshop in his blog entry:

For a few decades now, I’ve promised myself that one day I would be lucky enough to have a big home theater, and that I would sit back and watch all of my favorite films and to break them down scene by scene…  Problem is:  I never found the time, and when I did watch them, I would more often than not fall right under their spell:  and out went any chance of analysis.

He explains further that after an accident, as he was recuperating, he finally got round to it:

I ordered nearly 100 BluRays of my favorite films and a few key TV series, and watched them while taking copious notes. In all I’ve already spent close to 300 hours analyzing my favorite films and scenes… and I have more than 400 examples to share that I will surely have to decimate down to the very best ones…

The full price is $295 and it includes:

  • Daytime movement & direction workshop
  • Evening applied theory seminar
  • Daytime movement & direction workshop HD DVD download
  • Free NAB 2015 pass

Please visit Vincent’s blog entry for more information, or head on directly to the workshop page, where you'll also be able to register. Click here to see the workshop entire schedule.

Source: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com

Inside The Edit: a course for creative editing.
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 21, 2014, at 8:43 PM

The strange thing about editor’s job is that the less visible it is, the better. Therefore good editors are largely unappreciated. ‘The less you notice our work, the more successful we have been’ a sentence in the below video states. The simple, yet beautiful short film has been produced by, and it defines editor’s work quite accurately:

Now, the purpose of this video is to advertise a creative editing course called Inside The Edit:

Inside The Edit is the world’s first creative editing course. This highly specialised training program has been developed over three years by a prime time editing team working at the very highest level of television.
The Creative Editing Course goes way beyond basic editing theory. You will learn hundreds of structural, journalistic and creative techniques used in documentary and entertainment television. From the fundamentals to the highly advanced.

The course costs £4000, with the ‘early bird’ price set to £3000 (available for the first 100 customers). For that price you’ll get 80 tutorial videos with an experienced tutor and a 500GB LaCie drive with 35 hours of raw documentary footage, as well as scripts, notes, tape logs and others.

A demo tutorial covering ‘essential pulling questions’ has been published too:

Please visit the course's dedicated webpage for more information




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