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World's first 8K 3D film - Japanese broadcaster NHK continues to amaze!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 28, 2014, at 2:06 AM

As we know 4K is now becoming a standard, but in this field Japan is a step or two ahead of the rest of the world. And so, as reported by Matt Allard of News Shooter, Japanese broadcaster NHK is focusing the attention on 8K broadcasting and at InterBee in Tokyo they pushed the boundaries of what is technically possible even further and they showed the world’s first 8K 3D film! It was a short, 4-minute long fantasy movie called "Wish" that was captured with two Astrodesign 8K cameras. Matt reports that NHK was showing the film on a 200-inch 8K screen with 22.2 channel audio, so as you can imagine the experience was something unique and quite extraordinary. Some people don't see a real difference between Full HD and 4K, but a 200-inch screen is not something you will find in every household. While 8K might be too much for normal uses, we can imagine that such resolutions will become one day a standard in theaters.


mLUT by MotionVFX available now!
Posted by Szymon Masiak
November 26, 2014, at 3:17 PM

Look-up tables are widely used by professionals in biggest cinematic productions. These matrixes of data provide a way to grade your footage in a very precise way without loosing the fluency of the workflow at the same time. We created this set of 30 LUTs inspired by the most famous movies to take your grading to a higher level - it's called mLUT.

By using our mLUT you can now give a truly cinematic colorization to your shots and make them look just as awesome as the grandest motion pictures. We picked the films that were known for their perfect grading and created a product that will let you put some life in your flat shots within a few clicks. Our mLUTs are very flexible and universal, they will work in any software supporting look-up tables. You can use them with footage from any camera, the gradings will still look amazing and you can customize and adjust them with ease. If you always wanted something more in grading of your footage, mLUT is the answer. For just 49$ you can create a professional look for every shot you take.

Check out what you can do with mLUT watching the following tutorial:



Indeep review of the Samsung NX1 4K camera + video comparison!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 21, 2014, at 3:18 AM

Andrew Reid of EOS HD posted his indeep and long review of the Samsung NX1. The camera is pretty exciting and it costs $1,599, so it is also quite affordable. What's more the camera offers 4K support and clean 4K HDMI output for uncompressed quality. According to Andrew the Samsung NX1 is perhaps the best 4K internal interchangeable lens camera on the market for shooting in good light and if you want to see what to expect from this nice new product, make sure to watch the video comparison that Andrew posted on Vimeo (below). And the sensor is indeed a beast, because in Samsung’s lab its output ran at 6.5K RAW at 240fps! Of course the final camera doesn't give you the opportunity to shoot in 6.5K, but we all know what Magic Lantern did to Canon's products, so who knows, maybe in the future the NX1 will also get new possibilities thanks to talented users.


Andrew writes that the sensor is is basically a portable, power efficient version of the CMOS in the 6K RED Dragon.

"It can do the 6.5K raw readout thanks to a copper process on the sensor that reduces resistance and therefore heat by 70%. It is the industry’s first 28MP APS-C sensor for stills cameras (Super 35mm in cinema terms) and the first backside illuminated APS-C sensor. You can read a great interview over at Imaging Resource with Samsung about this here. (...) This new Samsung sensor is a massive step forward for them, indeed the whole industry. In good light this sensor produces really top notch video. Beautiful Canon / Nikon-like colour but with the resolving power of the best 4K cinema cameras. Great dynamic range too, although perhaps 1 stop less in the highlights compared to the GH4 and 5D Mark III Raw.


The H.265 codec on the Pro setting (highest) is 70Mbit/s 4:2:0. I confirmed this by looking at the file metadata. You benefit from a 30% space saving of 70Mbit compared to 100Mbit on the GH4, and that was already a very small file size for 4K. Here’s a full 4K frame, click to enlarge then drag to desktop for the 4K version…"

But as always no camera is perfect:

"The NX1 is the first Samsung I have ever wanted to keep. Serious photographic dealers have so far avoided them as have serious photographers. However for filmmakers especially, the NX1 is appealing. The 4K image it offers for $1599 is astonishingly good and in many ways better than the Panasonic GH4.

It’s a very serious camera for Samsung, but their job isn’t quite finished. The NX1 lacks the kind of filmmaker feedback clearly present in the GH4 and the broad range of codecs as well as advanced settings like master pedestal and luma-range (0-255). The GH4 will soon get V-LOG (Panasonic’s answer to S-LOG 2 on the Sony A7S) and I hope that Samsung consider a similar firmware update for the NX1.

If you only shoot with ONE camera and you need a full frame sensor along with astounding low light performance clearly the Sony A7S is still the way to go. But the NX1 arguably packs in the most advanced technology. Having an internal 4K codec in the NX1 sets it apart from the A7S in another way."

So, as you can see the NX1 is a great product, but for low light shooting the A7S can be a better choice and the GH4 should give you additional filmmaking options. Nevertheless the Samsung might improve in the future and it is already an awesome product that you should take into consideration.

For more info on the NX1 make sure to read the full review (here).


Microsoft, Apple, Google and HP want Obama to give them more green cards!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 21, 2014, at 1:21 AM

Immigration built America and while today the topic of immigration is a bit controversial, there are some fields in which this can be the best solution to strenghten the position of U.S. and to have an important advantage over other countries. Appy Geek reveals that companies from Silicon Valley, such as Microsoft, Apple, Google and Hewlett-Packard, complain that while the U.S. may be suffering from a glut of overqualified fast-food workers, it's also experiencing a critical shortage of tech talent. Microsoft for example wants to hire experts who will help the company to create a next-generation system to power cloud computing for banking, health care and scientific research. As you know Obama has plans to reform the immigration system and Silicon Valley hopes that skilled technology workers from Asia will be able to get green cards more easily.

"The U.S. currently caps the number of employment-based green cards issued each year at 140,000, a number for which demand far outstrips supply. The upshot is that skilled workers from technology hotbeds like India and China are facing green card waits of a decade or more. Almost half of the annual allotment goes to spouses and working-age children of principal applicants — say, a software architect from Bangalore or a hardware engineer from Guangzhou."

But there are also voices that these companies simply prefer to hire cheaper workers:

"Advocates for U.S.-born programmers and other technology pros note that the companies that are seeking to bring in more help from abroad have laid off thousands in the past couple of years. Microsoft in July said it planned to cut 18,000 jobs, a process that is now playing out across its various divisions. Last month Hewlett-Packard announced a whopping 55,000 layoffs as part of a plan to split into two, publicly traded entities. IBM has trimmed its U.S. roster by thousands over the past half decade."


Google improves camera performance on every compatible Android smartphone!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 20, 2014, at 6:33 PM

Forbes Contributor Paul Monckton reports that Android 5.0 brings one amazing new change - Google managed to improve the camera performance on every compatible smartphone! It means that your Android smartphone will be able to take better pictures without any hardware change and this shows how important the software is - sometimes even more important than hardware. On the other hand we all remember what the Magic Lantern hack did to Canon's cameras and now it seems that Google managed to do the same with Android smartphones. The company achieved this amazging result thanks to built-in support for RAW image files at the operating system level. In other words photo apps get full control over the image data captured by the sensor and for example the JPEG compression can be lower, so the picture should be of higher quality.

According to Paul an app called L Camera allows to save your pictures in the DNG format and Paul tested it on the Android 5.0 developer preview. He used a Google Nexus 5 handset and as you can see above the difference is simply huge!

"While some of us may like to take advantage of professional imaging software to perfect raw images from our smartphones, support for raw will also be of benefit to those who just want to continue to use their phone’s camera as normal.

Because Android apps now have access to the full raw data rather than compressed JPEGs, they will be able to generate better quality results for you. This could mean higher quality filters on your Instagram pictures and the ability to brighten and darken photos much more than you’ve previously been able to while maintaining good picture quality. All of this can happen behind the scenes, without the need for the user to understand image processing."

Paul also admits that RAW files are strictly for those who want to edit and perfect their photos after taking them, but it's great to see that now you will be able to take full advantage of your phone's camera.

You can read the full article here.



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