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A beautiful short filmed with iPhone 6s Plus
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 2, 2015, at 8:45 AM

Shooting indie films with iPhones is increasingly popular – perhaps that’s why the first shorts are being shot only days after 6s / 6s Plus launch. And such videos and indie films will come even more often with the addition of 4K. One of the published films that is way above an average iPhone shootout is the ‘Painter of Jalouzi’ by RYOT. What’s it about? The video description explains:

The film tells the story of one citizen from Jalouzi, one of the largest slums in Haiti, who is determined to bring color to the impoverished area by helping paint the entire town, literally.

Believing that color has the power to transform his community, he’s helping to paint everywhere – on houses, on buses, and the entire hillside. Armed with brushes of bright blues, pastel pinks, and sunshine yellows, he’s helping to mobilize citizens of all ages, determined to turn the grey town into a rainbow full of color to lead the way to a brighter Haiti.

Have a look at the video first:

While the result looks quite impressive, let’s not forget it’s not shot solely on iPhone – RYOT used a cradle with SLR adaptor, a couple of additional lenses, a Sennheiser mic, and a gimbal by IKAN, plus of course, a drone for aerial shots. Pretty much everything you’d use with any of compact cameras, which could also produce 4K, and cost around or even less than the iPhone. Just remember that the best camera is the one you have with you, and treat the video a beautiful presentation of what you could shoot just by taking the phone out of your pocket. Here’s a short BTS the team has also posted:

See the links below either of these videos on YouTube for additional gear links.


OS X El Capitan is here!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
October 1, 2015, at 8:12 PM

Just as the title says – the latest OS X version 10.11, nicknamed El Capitan, is now available as a free update. Apple announced it a day before the official release in a statement here. Now, what’s new in El Capitan? Apple promises it's simpler, smarter, more intuitive and more responsive.

First of the changes is the Split View – it does exactly what it says – you’re able to choose two apps that’ll share your screen:

Running lots of apps at the same time is one of the great things about using a Mac. Focusing on just one app in full-screen view is another. With Split View, you get the best of both. It automatically fills your screen with the two apps you choose.

Another one is the Mission Control. When working with multiple windows, it’ll help you finding the one you’re looking for, and if you need a few windows at the same time – you won’t have to click and drag – Mission Control will do that for you.

There’s also the improved Spotlight, which will search results from more sources or allow a search using your own words like ‘email from Harrison in April’ or ‘spreadsheet I worked on yesterday that contains budget’ - that's a brilliant idea.

Other changes include new Notes and Maps apps, improved Safari, Mail and Photos. And something you’ll most likely be really excited about: Metal. The new technology is promised to bring a solid graphic performance boost. We’ll be happy to see how it works in practice. You may read more about OS X El Capitan on the official page here.

Finally, the usual warning – take precautions before updating. Backup important files, and never update in the middle of a project. Some apps or plugins may not work properly after the update. As Szymon twitted earlier – all our FCPX and Motion 5 plugins work fine in the new El Capitan.


A short guide on how to and how not to shoot action scenes
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 30, 2015, at 3:27 PM

If you do watch a bad movie every now and then you probably instinctively notice that action scenes make a poor impression for a multitude of reasons. Quick edits, obscured vision, fast camera movement make the scene incomprehensive and unattractive. This can be called ‘implying action’ rather than showing it, and that topic has been covered in a video called ‘Why do Action Scenes Suck?’, with ‘techniques’ laid out clear.

Why do filmmakers do it? Most likely the reason is that shooting a convincing action scene is difficult and, yes, costly. It requires preparation, sometimes stuntmen, many, many retakes. Another argument for why the action scenes are not convincing is that they are action for the sake of action. Not developing the story, they are merely fireworks – effective, but empty. That's bad. But when the action scene is simply poor - that's a disaster. Have a look at this video – showing which factors influence whether a scene is convincing or not, with several examples for it:

In a similar video, Tony Zhou from Every Frame a Painting goes through Jackie Chan’s exceptional action movies (comedies). The video, aside from analyses of several shots, also includes Jackie Chan’s comments on American editors lack of skill, and a few examples of how American and Hong Kong movies differ – the editing makes all the difference.

As a final word, do you recall the promo video for the mSaber? The prolonged single angle, static shot showing a man playing with a mop like it’s a weapon. With a ‘proper’ camera movement, some bizarre angle shots, and a few quick cuts you’d make a excellent action scene worthy of a b-movie.

Source: http://www.corridor-digital.com

Huge 16 cameras comparison - from Alexa to A7s
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 30, 2015, at 12:42 PM

In his article on, Matt Allard has posted information about a very recent test of 16 cameras. The test was set up by Radiant Images, with David Stump, ASC, being the DP. The cameras range from high end to indie level (see the cam list below the video). As the video description explains:

Each camera was tested and evaluated for under exposure, over exposure, color rendition, green screen, and an extended low light test. Our comprehensive testing enables filmmakers to evaluate and choose cameras and lenses based on visual comparisons rather than technical specifications.

Here’s the test by Radiant Images:

The entire test is over 1 hour long, so if you’re interested in seeing only a few of them skip to the time provided in brackets. The list is as given in the video description:

Arri Alexa Mini (00:21)
Arri Amira (03:27)
Arri Alexa Pro Res (06:39)
Arri Alexa Arriraw (09:44)
Black Magic Ursa (12:26)
Canon C300 MKII (17:19)
Canon C500 (21:58)
Red Dragon (25:57)
Red Weapon Skin Tone OLPF (30:11)
Red Weapon Low Light OLPF (33:20)
Sony A7RII (36:48)
Sony A7S (39:41)
Sony F55 (43:23)
Sony F65 (47:53)
Sony FS7 (50:53)
Panasonic Varicam 35 (55:15)
Side by side (01:03:34)

And one final note: it’s hard not to notice that a7s and FS7 footage look sort of… off. And especially, that we know what these two are capable of. Users in the comments section suggest that the team messed up setting up cameras (remember, we're talking ASC here!). Well, we’ll never know. Have a look at this screenshot from side by side comparison, and judge for yourself:

You may see the original article at here.


mTitle 3D Halloween Plugin for FCPX and Apple Motion 5
Posted by Szymon Masiak
September 29, 2015, at 4:59 PM

Once a year there is a day other than everyone else - Halloween. It’s mostly a fun day, but for many editors it’s a time of intensified work. With that many parties, thematic shows, concerts and events, there is a huge demand for all sorts of motion graphics and opening typography. We like to make the community’s life easier so we decided to do most of the work for you.

We created a ready-made themed pack of 3D title intros with the most popular halloween stylizations that you can just drop into your FCPX edit. mTitle 3D Halloween use all the coolest 3D features of Motion 5 to give you a unique typography with top-notch quality and fantastic design. As always we kept all the aspects of our projects tidy and maximally customizable, so you can produce an intro that fits your edit’s needs perfectly, directly inside Final Cut Pro X. We pushed the capabilities of the software to the limits, so our titles are really awesome in all aspects, as well as easy and fun to use. Every professional editor values time and amounts of work that their projects require, we are perfectly aware of that and do everything in our power to lend them a helping hand. With our mTitle 3D Halloween plugin, you are guaranteed to have some extra free time for trick-or-treating!

More info: mTitle 3D Halloween


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