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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.

Source: http://www.apple.com | http://maczonen.dk

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.

Source: https://www.youtube.com

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 petapixel.com 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:

Source: http://petapixel.com

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 abc7news.com. 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.

Source: http://abc7news.com

Google announces Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and Nexus 6 phablet - sweet stuff!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 16, 2014, at 2:36 AM

In the case of mobile devices we usually focus on iPhones, iPads and iOS, but Google also has something up its sleeve! The company just revealed their latest version of Android (5.0) called "Lollipop" and there's no doubt that it is the greatest and most innovative update yet. This version of the system will power not only smartphones and tablets, but also watches, TV-sets and... cars! You will also be able to share all data across your Android devices - and so you will have the option to pick up where you left off in the case of songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches. The new system is also better optimized and thanks to the new battery saver feature it will extend your device by up to 90 minutes. Security also got improved and Android Lollipop comes with encryption automatically turned on (in the case of new products) to help protect data on lost or stolen devices and you can use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car. 



In the case of watches you also get exciting features and hopefully Apple Watch will also incorporate some of these ideas. Obviously Android Wear connects your phone to your wrist, so in other words you can pause, play, and skip music tracks or quickly respond to text messages from your watch, but what's even better is that you can respond to texts, instant messages and emails by voice and ask specific questions. This feature will be similar to Siri and it's really hard to predict at this point which watch (Apple's or "Google's") will be the best choice for you.

Additionally Google (in cooperation with Motorola) also announced the Nexus 6 which is the first smartphone to run Lollipop. It incorporates a 6-inch 1440x2560 display (this is the resolution you get on high-end 27" iMacs!), a 13MP rear-facing with optical image stabilization and a 2MP front-facing camera as well as the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core 2.7 GHz processor and (unofficial!) 2GB of RAM memory. The 3,220 mAh battery is a great choice, especially if you take into consideration the size of the screen and the new 64-bit operating system should work like a charm on this gem. Seems the iPhone 6 Plus will get a strong competitor. 

Pre-orders are set to start on October 29 and according to various sources the phablet will cost only $649 on Google Play Store!

Source: http://www.google.com



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