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How to power your Canon DSLR for a whole day for less than $150.
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 17, 2014, at 1:27 PM

The cost of camera accessories can be huge, especially if you go with original ones. Here’s some good news for Canon DSLR users, who’d like to boost their power supply inexpensively. Caleb Pike from presents a battery adapter, costing about $90. Here’s how this thing looks:

It looks cheap, and it is cheap- don’t expect high quality gear for so little. But the thing is, Caleb says, it allows you to use cheap ($20) Sony batteries. As a result Caleb got his camera and externa monitor working for over 8 hours at the cost below $150. While you may need an additional accessory to lock the thing in place, it still sounds like a good deal.

Links to these products are in the original text at, available through this link. Caleb’s text also sums up the pros and cons of this setup:


  • Only $99
  • Power your camera and accessories all day
  • Batteries are cheap ($25 on Amazon)
  • Batteries work with other gear well


  • No power indicator (unless you get the expensive batteries with meters)
  • Construction is mediocre
  • Needs extra accessory to keep from moving


The Foundry, NUKE, and the Gravity - the road to success.
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 17, 2014, at 12:34 PM

There’s been an awesome lot of articles on the topic of the Oscar-winning film Gravity. Some of them discussed filming techniques, others focused on the audio, and still others raised questions whether it’s still cinematography if most of the film is CGI. And now, yet another video on Gravity appears, but this time it’s been posted by The Foundry. 

It features Tim Webber (VFX Supervisor) and members of his team discussing their work on the movie:

The team talk about the challenges that the CG-heavy film presented and discuss the unique blend of cinematography and post-production. Find out how NUKE was used and became a fundamental part of creating the realistic look of the film.


Apart from advertising NUKE, the featuring VFX artists grant a lot of credit for Gravity’s success to Cuaron’s vision, and his persistence to reach it. There was the money, professionals and gear but without a visionary like the director, the movie might not have turned so well. It’s a simple, yet important lesson.


Sony cheap 4K camcorder AX100 is put to the test in the field!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 16, 2014, at 12:23 PM

Not long ago we brought to you a rolling shutter test of Sony’s AX100 4K for $2K camcorder posted at Despite the camera’s poor performance in that regard, we were waiting for more test to decide whether or not it can find its room in the prosumer market.  It looks like one of the many that will most likely appear for AX100 has been already posted by TheCameraStoreTV in their YouTube channel. The main question is: ‘did Sony have to make too many compromises to make 4K quality available for this affordable’?

Jordan Drake, who performed the test states initially three advantages of the camera: it does 4K (onto an SD card), it has a relatively large (for a camcorder) 1’’ sensor, and it uses a consumer version of XAVC S codec. And then we get some samples of 4K shot with the camera. It turns out that it performs very well in low light. A big advantage is also Sony’s image stabilization – this can be useful in run-and-gun type of shooting. Additionally, the camera also features a built-in ND filter switch.

Let’s move on to the camera’s weak point Jordan mentions: it’s the layout of certain switches, additionaly, the way multi-interface shoe is built disallows the use of non-Sony gear. In the video you’ll see that Jordan is unable to mount a RODE external mic. The AX100 does 120 fps at 720, a feature which Jordan does not forget to show. But as you’ll see – it doesn’t look too good – noise and aliasing make the image rather poor. The test also confirms the poor rolling shutter that was mentioned in the beginning. Have a look yourself:

Jordan’s verdict is that if you want to expand your camera – add lenses, external mic, monitor, and mount on a rig, you should look towards Panasonic GH4. But as an all-in-one package, AX100 will do very well.


Post NAB 2014 thoughts
Posted by Szymon Masiak
April 14, 2014, at 1:02 PM

We are back. 26 hours of journey in one direction. Las Vegas, the Sin City (literally) and us (me and Jakub) at NAB.... plus 100k other enthusiasts.
It was so much fun to go to NAB and such a great privilege to meet you all. If you missed our Instagram feed, you may still reach it at:
It was an incredible experience when some of you were spotting the MotionVFX logo on our t-shirts in such a tremendous crowd and were stopping us to say hello. Thank you! We also had an honour to have a small booth at the Supermeet, where we had a chance to present mObject and other products in front of a real crowd. Thank you for stopping by! If you forgot your 20% OFF code, it's "supermeet", so make sure to use it till the end of April :)
I had a chance to finally meet in person folks like Mark Spencer and Steve Martin from Ripple Training, with whom we had breakfast (thank you for having us guys! I feel like I knew you all my life!). Later on we had a fun chat with Andrew Kramer from Videocopilot, we were interviewed by Larry Jordan from DigitalProductionBuzz, Chuck Joiner from MacVoices, Gordon A. Burkell from AOTG, Montreal Final Cut Pro User Group and others.


NAB 2014 was all about 4K and MacPro. Every camera producer was 4K ready and every other booth had a new MacPro (it's called "smart advertisement"). However, we did enjoy it a lot if you ask me. I'm not a person who's fascinated with 4K production as most of the tools and hardware available on the market are not ready for 4K. Yet. You need more power, more storage, more everything. The States didn't fully convert to HD yet and here you've got 4K coming. Well, we saw an 8K cinema and its footage shot in 8K 120fps if 4K is not enough. Sure, it was amazing, but this may launch in Japan first (or only) and then the world will try to follow or catch up with it in the next... 20 years or so. I don't know.
We spent 3 days on NAB's floors showing you as much as we could via Instagram, so I encourage you to go through all our photos to find out what exactly happened in Vegas last week:

It was definitely worth it. We have new ideas and just returned to the office starting a new chapter in our productions. My team did a tremendous job working hard while I was out and we have products ready for at least next 6 weeks, so stay tuned for new releases. We will start with mFire 50% off tomorrow and then mWater will arrive next week among other really cool products.

Thanks again for having us, stopping by and saying hello. Thank you for all your support. Thanks to you we are able to continue what we do. Thank you.

Szymon Masiak
motionvfx founder and owner

Two camcorders from Canon: XF200 for indies and XF205 for professionals!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
April 4, 2014, at 11:10 AM

Rumors will be rumors, but here's a piece from Canon that's official, and will be available for NAB '14 visitors to see. Canon has announced two new camcorders: XF200 and XF205. The two are very similar models - the first is designed for indie filmmakers and has a lower price point, the other for broadcasting, offers more connectivity options, and comes at a higher price.

Here's info via

To help ensure a reliable network data connection is always available, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 camcorders are equipped with both an Ethernet LAN terminal and dual-band wireless LAN connectivity. With these two options, users can select the network connection method that best suits their needs.

The XF205 and XF200 camcorders’ enhanced network functionality provides users with improved shooting freedom and efficiency during electronic news gathering and other shooting situations in which workflow speed plays a crucial role.

New features and solutios of XF205 has been presented by Larry Thorpe (Canon USA) in a video that's been recently uploaded by B&H:


Here are the key specs for XF205 via


  •     1920 x 1080, 1/2.84" CMOS Sensor
  •     20x Zoom with Zoom, Focus, Iris Rings
  •     50Mbps MPEG-2 & 35Mbps MP4 Recording
  •     4:2:2 Color Sampling
  •     23.98/29.97p, 59.94i/p
  •     Dual CF & Single SDXC Card Slots
  •     Dual XLR Inputs, 4-Channels of Audio
  •     Orientable Hand Grip
  •     HDMI, WiFi & Ethernet
  •     HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, Time Code, Genlock

The XF200 and XF205 offer some good looking connectivity and ergonomics improvements, but the question is: how will the image quality improve? And will that be enough for older FullHD camcorder users to decide to purchase the new version? With no 4K, or any groundbreaking new features it doesn't seem likely that the camera will gain some new market ground.

Both models are currently available for pre order. Prices at B&H  are set at $3,999 for XF205 and $3,499 for XF200.

Source: http://www.dvinfo.net


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