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List of smartphones with 4K video recording and how to shoot 4K on an iPhone!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
October 31, 2014, at 2:16 AM

Apple is known for innovation, but when the company announced the iPhone 6 (and the iPhone 6 Plus) one small fact was quite surprising - the new superphone only allowed for Full HD video shooting (on the other hand it supports high framerates). Nevertheless many high-end smartphones already support 4K video recording and even though it is doubtful that these small sensors can give you decent 4K, it is possible that you get some additional data and details in your videos. For example the Chinese OnePlus One outperformed the Canon 5D Mark III in a video comparison, so as you can see the technology is moving forward fast! Phone Arena decided to make a list of all available (and available soon) smartphones featuring native 4K video recording and this is probably the only list where the iPhone is not present. And so here's the list of the most popular 4K smartphones models:

List of 4K smartphones:

  • Acer Liquid S2
  • Asus Padfone X / Padfone S
  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
  • LG G Pro 2
  • LG G3
  • Motorola Google Nexus 6
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
  • OnePlus One
  • Oppo Find 7 / Find 7a
  • Panasonic Lumix CM1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Round
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Vivo Xshot

As we stated above the iPhone is absent, but No Film School reports that thanks to the Vizzywig 4K you can shoot 4K video on the iPhone, however the price of this product was totally crazy ($1,000). Now the app got renamed to Vizzywig 8xHD and the price got reduced to $49.99, so if you want to give it a shot you can find it in the App Store (here).

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A great continuous single-shot octacopter 5 minute music video!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 30, 2014, at 8:00 PM

In a world where fast edits are used to hide mistakes and imperfections, prolonged single shots are really scarce. Therefore, the more valuable they are. Especially when it takes about 50-60 times of repeating a scene over and over to get just what the director wanted. That appears to be the case of latest OK Go music video – as we read Harley Brown’s article on

The video is a single continuous shot, filmed entirely from an octacopter:

And here's a photo posted at Instagram by one of OK Go's musicians, Damian Kulash, which shows how the drone was mounted prior to launch:

Harley’s article sheds some light onto how it was recorded:

To coordinate everyone moving in synchrony to the parking lot for the final setup, Harano set up enormous speakers and played "I Won't Let You Down" at half-speed, which "allowed for more precise movements even with the complicated choreography," (comment by Busby Berkeley, choreographer)

To capture all those Japanese schoolgirls flashing colored umbrellas in the shapes of lyrics and OK Go members' faces in perfect synchronicity, Harano used a specialized drone camera controlled both by GPS and by hand from an altitude of nearly half a mile.

More information and photos in the original article at here.



Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 30, 2014, at 7:59 AM

Finally there’s some good news from Canon: the company has announced the release of Mark II version of their popular C100 cinema camera. Will this put an end to reverberating accusations of Canon being stuck in place for too long? Well, it’s unlikely, as the new C100 isn’t as much of an upgrade, as you might expect from a Mark II version released two years after C100 was first introduced.

The new C100 will include Dual Pixel AF by default, which is great for the type of work the camera is designed for, although it’s not much of a breakthrough, as this feature was already made available for the previous version. Aside from that, as Dan Chung writes in his text:

The original C100 only autofocussed in the centre of the frame. The mark II adds the ability for the camera to track an off centre subject with face detection – but it still lacks the touch screen focus of the 70D. This to me is a real missed opportunity and it’s a shame that the new camera can’t do something that a cheaper DSLR can.

Among other changes we’ll see a next generation image processor, improved EVF and rear OLED screen, slow motion or built-in mono microphone.

According to the press release, the C100 MkII will cost $5,400. While the upgrade fixes some of the main issues that were reported with the previous version like lack of slow motion, it remains to Canon users whether changes introduced in the MkII justify spending that amount of money.

Although there’s no official news, we expect that C300 and C500 upgrades are also scheduled in Canon’s roadmap. For more information, you can look up Dan Chung’s article here, which also includes full text of Canon’s press release.


6K RED DRAGON Cameras are going to Space with NASA!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 29, 2014, at 11:25 AM

RED cameras are about to reach a whole new level – quite literally. In the RED news pages the company has announced that it has entered a Space Act Agreement with NASA. What is the agreement actually?

[it] is the primary vehicle for NASA to partner with third-parties that allows them to have access to wider range of technologies than is currently available within NASA.

In practice, it means that the astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS) will receive RED EPIC cameras with the Dragon 6K sensor, which will be used to capture ‘critical footage’. As we read at, the company has previously participated in recording various rocket and shuttle launches since 2007, and only now will their camera be sent into space.

Below you can see a photo posted in news section "The EPIC DRAGON being put through the paces within NASA in preparation for the ISS mission." Photo Credit: NASA

RED’s CEO, Jared Land comments:

Since day one, RED has always pushed the boundaries at every level of our company. Our cameras have been to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, to the top of frigid Mount Everest all the way to the Marum volcano. But going to outer space takes things to a whole new level. We are incredibly honored that NASA has chosen RED to be part of its mission on the International Space Station.

No further technical aspects have been given, most likely because the agreement with NASA forbids RED to do so. Hopefully, soon enough we’ll have a chance to see some awesome space footage, after all, it’s hard to think of a better use for high resolution footage, than space exploration and astronauts’ work, which can’t be witnessed otherwise.

The article does not mention when RED DRAGONS will be transported, however the latest (unmanned flight) equipment transport headed towards ISS has exploded midair with roughly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments as we learn from the latest CNN news report . More info on that topic at here.


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.



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