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Leica's new LCD-less digital camera will take you back in time.
Posted by Maciej
May 5, 2016, at 11:13 AM

We all have gotten used to digital photography and looking at a digital panel when taking a photo. But maybe there is something lost in the moment of taking the photo, as we focus on what it will look like rather than the choosing the perfect moment to take it.

The German manufacturer Leica seems to think so, and is putting out a new camera dubbed the Leica M-D Typ 262, lacking the LCD screen. Leica claims it will take users to a simpler time before digital photography and focus entirely on taking a photo in the moment. In the place of a rear LCD you'll find an old-school ISO dial and of course without a screen, it also means this digital rangefinder features analog controls for every setting from shutter speed to drive modes.

Leica argument goes back to the ongoing legacy of analog Leica M rangefinders, and will help photographers focus on capturing the moment at hand. No worries about taking shots in the dark as as the digital rangefinder comes with a built-in light meter that will help tell you if you have the right exposure settings.
Nowadays we seem to be in the habit of checking every photo we take immediately after taking it, but it can sometimes waste more time than it is actually worth it. Perhaps not every single selfie needs to be perfect, and your family may want to have a good time on their holiday rather than pose for five minutes every time you want to get ‘the perfect photo’
Leica's sensors are famous for capturing great quality and detail, and the Typ 262 should have no problems doing the same thanks to its 24 megapixel sensor. The onboard Maestro image processor saves RAW images as DNG and you will be able to flexibly post-process any shots you didn't nail perfectly.

This camera isn't designed to take video, which should notcome as a surprise considering it doesn't have a screen. The Typ 262 also isn't Leica's first screen less camera, previously the company released a limited edition run of the Leica M-Edition 60.

The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is priced at $5,995  in a bundle that includes a carrying strap in full-grain cowhide leather, and it will be available in the first week of May.

Source: Techradar

iPhone 7 Pro Leaked Schematics Suggest Bigger Battery.
Posted by Maciej
May 4, 2016, at 12:01 PM

iPhone 7 Pro might just be the official name of the larger iPhone from the Cupertino tech giant. The term ‘Pro’ has been used in the company’s three product lineups (MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and iPad Pro) in order to signify that the user will experience the best possible performance. Now, according to the latest schematic leak, iPhone 7 Pro shows some interesting little changes in comparison to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, so it seems well worth it to check them out.

The latest schematics show that iPhone 7 Pro will have a dual-camera setup and the latest batch of the phablet sized iPhones will be thicker than the company’s iPhone 6 Plus. This is probably due to the fact that the company will retain the Force Touch tech inside the upcoming phones, and it could also be that because of the incorporation of a dual-camera setup. A 3.5mm headphone jack might be on the way out, but in this case that does not mean that thickness of a smartphone will be slimmed down significantly.
However, the thickness could also be attributed to the fact that the upcoming devices could feature larger battery capacities. iPhone 6s sports a 6.61WHr battery, and iPhone 7 will be incorporated with a 7.05WHr cell, which does not bode well for a significant increase in performance.

According to previous reports, iPhone 7 Pro is expected to come with a 3,100mAh battery, which is huge even by Apple standards, along with an on-board storage increased to 256GB. The expected 256GB will be nice little upgrade for those who have capped their 128GB internal memory (for a premium price obviously), Apple really seems to be discouraging users who want more battery life from the 4.7-inch model of the company’s devices. All of these will attribute to the upcoming smartphone becoming more bulky when compared to an iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone 7 Pro has also been reported to feature a ‘bezel-less’ display, which will make the handsets even more appealing than their previous generation counterparts. Moreover, the upcoming products are expected to be incorporated with EMI shielding technology, thus increasing that overall thickness by a smaller margin. Looking at all of these details, do you feel that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro will be a success for Apple ?


Ang Lee's Presented His New Film Shot in 4K 3D at 120 Frame Rate.
Posted by Maciej
May 4, 2016, at 10:39 AM

Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning director, who is pioneering new technology by using an unprecedented 4K, 3D, 120 fps format, unveiled 11 minutes of footage from his new film, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", to an enthusiastic audience.

A crowd of filmmakers and tech execs at NAB 2016 enthusiastically applauded an 11-minute clip from director Ang Lee's upcoming ‘Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk’ when it screened for the first time in public in 4K resolution, 3D and 120 frames per second — an unprecedented production format for a Hollywood feature-length film. Although a few viewers complained that the results looked too much like video — the same reaction that was brought out with Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies showed at 48 FPS — most of the reactions to Lee's footage were overwhelmingly positive.

The clip cut back and forth between the war scenes, which used the high frame rates for a realistic way to put the viewer in chilling combat situations, showing the horror of war in the closeups of the soldiers. Scenes from the halftime show had a different look, with all the lights and the star-like flashes in the stadium. Lee is said to be varying the frame rates throughout the film for creative purposes. In the film, Destiny's Child performs during the halftime show, though in the clip, only the backs of the performers' heads were shown from a distance.
Visual effects master Douglas Trumbull — the director and VFX pioneer who created effects for such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner and who is a proponent of high frame rates, having developed his own system — said: "Awesome. And this was the worst possible scenario [for a screening setup]. It was like being there, which I anticipated. It looks like he will be delivering a stunning movie experience. I'm trembling."

Since there is currently no single digital cinema projector capable of playing back 4K, 3D at 120fps, a projector configuration that used two 4K "Mirage" laser projectors from manufacturer Christie, Dolby 3D glasses and 7th Sense's Delta Infinity III servers for playback was installed at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the screening.
Billy Lynn, which given Lee's track record is considered a potential Oscar contender, is currently in postproduction and scheduled for a Nov. 11 release.

It would be easy to dismiss Ang Lee for trying to do the same thing Peter Jackson failed at, but to put things into perspective it is worth to take a look at some of the things the director said:

“We are so brainwashed by how we do movies. A lot of things we always do, focus pulling, make-up, – I didn’t dare to put on make up [on the actors], apart from the cheerleader, because you see everything. I can see through the skin and see what they [the actors]are thinking. Another thing is a lot of aesthetic we do is to compensate the things we don’t have. When you strobe [in 24p]you do things to make that exciting. So we cast shadow to make it exciting.”
It will be quite interesting to see how the new movie pans out. One would hope the new movie is able to take advantage of the new technology without having to compromise, as it will most likely have to be shown at standard resolution 24 FPS as well. Ultimately the more options filmmakers have the better, the decision how to shoot their films will remain with the creators.


New MacBreak Studio episode: Creating Neon Lights in Apple Motion!
Posted by Michal
April 29, 2016, at 2:32 AM

The new MacBreak Studio episode is finally here! Mark Spencer and Steve Martin kept us waiting but it was worth it - the latest video tutorial is really awesome and thanks to it you will learn how to create flickering Neon Text in Apple Motion! As you will see the result is absolutely great and what's more you can deconstruct how Mark created this effect - just download the Motion project files (you'll find the links below). In order to create this nice-looking animation you should use the 3D text capabilities of Motion. Of course make sure to choose a nice font that can imitate the look of neon-shaped letters. After this Mark uses 3D text object for the glass tubes, starting with one of the more unusual material presets and adjusting it to get a soft red glow. You'll find all the details in the video:


And here's a bit more from Mark:

"For the wall that the tubes are mounted to, I again turn to 3D text by using a symbol font of a square, making it large enough to fill the screen, and then applying a brick-based material preset. Using a 3D text object for the background rather than an image has the advantage that it will interact with other 3D text objects, which don’t interact with other layer types in Motion.

For the gas inside the tubes, I turn to Motion’s bezier tool to draw curved lines inside each letter. Ok, they look more like filaments than gas, you got me there. This is the only articulated, rather than procedural, part of the process. It is limiting because changing the text means drawing new shapes for each letter, but it does allow me to create what I believe to be a better result than working with a duplicate of the text layer.

Since the “light” being cast by the “neon” doesn’t interact with the wall, I then add a point light to the scene to make it look as if the neon text is lighting the wall behind it."

In order to download the Motion Project files click here. And here you'll find the font that was used in the video.


mRevealer - 50 Multifunctional Revealers Built Exclusively for FCPX
Posted by Szymon Masiak
April 28, 2016, at 11:07 AM

Every editor knows the difficulty of working under the pressure of time. Sometimes we just have little time to polish every aspect of our project, leave alone creating custom openers, logo and typography animations and footage transitions. We have to use third-party plugins and outside sources to make our edit interesting and engaging, but those are often complicated, slow to render and expensive.

At MotionVFX we understand all those things better than anyone else, because we are editors ourselves and we've been creating VFX plugins for years. We put all our experience into creating mRevealer as well. This plugin is an awesome life-saver when it comes to creating and animating revealing animations of all sorts. Whenever a quick bump with typography, logo or video is needed, mRevealer comes in handy with a stylish and modern collection of 50 diversified ready-made animations.

Created to be absolutely universal, mRevealer lets you make a stunning spot with your text, logo or any footage by just drag and drop action - all within seconds. We also made its design very modern and minimalistic to keep all the attention on what is the most important element - your text, logo or video. Creating entertaining interludes, openers, transitions or inset footage views has never been easier than now. Get a copy of mRevealer and make your work faster and more efficient!

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