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Atomos presents the Assassin. Perfect for small 4K capable cameras?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 2, 2015, at 2:11 PM

Atomos has just presented their new external monitor/recorder that might prove a very interesting solutions for small, yet 4K capable DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It’s called Ninja Assassin and among the most important differences between Assassin larger external recorders we’ll find the lack SDI and XLR ports, making it just the right product for users of GH4, a7s and other similar cameras. There’s one more thing – it costs considerably less than Shogun.

The advantages and new features of Assassin are presented in the below promo video:

Key specs include (via atomos.com):

  • 7.1” with 1920x1200 resolution touch screen
  • Records up to 10 bit 4:2:2 4K-UHD 3840x216 to ProRes and DNxHR
  • Bypasses 30 min recording length barrier
  • Pre-Roll cache recording, up to 8 seconds of HD or 2-3 seconds of 4K-UHD
  • Lightweight - 430g weight
  • LUT support -  3D/1D LUT (on screen, on output, in recording, split screen view)
  • Monitoring tools including Focus Peaking Zebra and Waveform/Vector Scopes

Full specs sheet is available here. Atomos Assassin is available now for $1295.

Source: http://www.atomos.com

More than 1500 royalty free 4K clips available for download!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 1, 2015, at 9:41 AM

If you’re good at something, charge for it, right? Then what would you say if someone offered you a base of 1500 4K clips to use for absolutely free? But wait, there’s more: you can use the clips for commercial purposes for free as well. In a text at fstoppers.com, Chelsey Rogers writes about Mitch Martinez, a DP who decided to share his wealth with the filmmaking community (quote via fstoppers.com): 

I'm here to help.  It's very rewarding to contribute to the film community, the entertainment of people, and even educational applications. It's kind of a "day off" type of thing.


The library contains more than 1500 clips, according to info at mitchmartinez.com, these are h264 encoded mp4 format. Clips cost you nothing; they are royalty free. There is only one ‘but’ - if you’d like to use them in a commercial project, you’ll have to complete a formto ensure proper paperwork for use of the stock footage are in place for your project.’ The clips remain free nonetheless. Basically, what you cannot do is resell the clips or present them as your own. 

Finally, there's an option of downloading all of the footages in a few ZIP files, a total of 120GB available with a few clicks, however, this will cost you $99. For more detailed info, check out the Terms of Use and FAQ sections at Mitch’s homepage. Mitch also offers ProRes, R3D and other files for download – but these come at a price too.

Source: https://fstoppers.comhttp://mitchmartinez.com

a7r Mk II tests & articles reveal everything about Sony's new mirrorless
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 5, 2015, at 2:32 PM

If you measure how good a piece of gear is by the amount of articles in the industry news pages and blogs, then Sony a7r Mark II is currently the top camera. The fact that a7r II is getting more attention than other camera releases allows for potential buyers to have quite detailed information before they make their decision. And series of text on pages such as newsshooter.com or wolfcrow.com reveal both the positive and negative sides of Sony’s new product. 

Both of the abovementioned websites currently hold four separate texts on various aspects, let’s have a brief look at newsshooter.com, texts written by Dan Chung. Skipping on the tech specs here - we'll go straight to the most interesting findings. While Dan says that he's been impressed with the resolution, handling and 5-axis image stabilization, he's encounered issues with the camera overheating while recording in 4K:

One thing I discovered about half way into the shoot was that the camera has a tendency to overheat when recording in 4K for extended periods. At first a yellow warning sign pops up on the screen, then a few minutes later the camera shuts itself down with a black warning saying it needs to cool down. (...) During the shoot it was warm weather but not scorching hot, so I expect it is the 4K recording that is creating the excess heat. I lost several shots while waiting for the camera to cool down.

Any way around that? Switching to 1080p or using an external recorder. But that's not what you'd expect when you get a 4K internal recording camera. Another poor side is the rolling shutter in S35 mode - compared by Dan with a7s and GH4 in the following video:

Dan promises that more tests will follow, meanwhile, here are the links to those already posted:

While articles at newsshooter.com cover mostly the practical aspect, the texts at wolfcrow.com focus on the technical side - we recommend viewing these as well if you're considering spending $3200 on the a7r II.

And at wolfcrow.com you’ll find:

The author, Sareesh Sudhakaran also promises more tests, so you may want to keep an eye on his webpage in the near future.

Source: http://wolfcrow.comhttp://www.newsshooter.com

GoPro adds stock footage platform to its services
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 4, 2015, at 10:27 PM

It has been long speculated that, apart from expansion of the hardware side, GoPro could make a firm step into other areas - with the latest announcement GoPro oficially confirms the launch of a ‘premium content licensing portal’ making use of content shot with GoPro cameras. According to the official statement, the stock footage would be available to 'global advertising brands and agencies'.

So basically, it’s a stock video site – what makes it different then? The official press release says:

The portal is unique in that it offers high production value content, all accessible from one source. It also eliminates the pain points creative professionals have when sourcing content by helping them clear copyrights and likeness rights, easy access to creators’ content and organized, efficient, time-saving tools to search, download and preview content to license for use in advertising, news and other media and entertainment.

It needs to be noted that both parties, buyers and sellers, are obliged to apply for access. Until your account is approved you will not be let in to view the videos.

Matt Burns from techcrunch.com brings out some more information, including  license cost:

At launch the service features videos produced by GoPro, professional athletes and GoPro users. There are 572 videos available — 8 are available in 4k. Some of the videos feature ripping sound tracks and others just have background noise. The system is not designed for video consumption like YouTube, but rather content discovery with a robust filtering and tagging system. Users can even search by an athlete’s name. Videos start at $1,000 apiece and the term of the license is six months. It’s unclear how much of that fee is retained by GoPro.

The official press release can be found here, and you may apply for access here.

Source: http://gopro.comhttp://techcrunch.com

DaVinci Resolve 12 beta now available for download, full release coming soon!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 4, 2015, at 8:39 AM

In the official press release Blackmagic Design announced that the latest Resolve 12 beta is now available for download – neither the announcement nor the scope of changes is a surprise, since the company unveiled its plans at NAB earlier this year. If you’ve been following the news, you probably know that this update generally revolves around new video editing features, although there are some changes to color grading and correction tools as well; the press release officially calls this ‘the biggest update ever’.

First of all to avoid confusion, it must be noted that Blackmagic changed the names of the software slightly – what was previously known as the ‘Lite’ version is now called ‘DaVinci Resolve’, meanwhile the full (paid) version is now called ‘DaVinci Resolve Studio’. All other aspects, such as pricing and differences between paid and free version remain unchanged.

This short video presents new Resolve briefly:

Here’s an excerpt from the press release speaking about the editing part of the update:

In addition to multi-camera editing, DaVinci Resolve 12 also features several enhancements to the core editing tools. All trim modes, multi-slip, slide, ripple and roll have been extended and editors can now select multiple points for dynamic trimming and asymmetric trimming of clips, even if they’re on the same track. Timelines can be nested, edited together and expanded or collapsed in place to greatly simplify editing of large multi scene projects. New transition curves let editors create and edit custom curves for transition parameters and new on-screen controls let editors see and adjust motion paths directly in the timeline viewer.

And about color grading and correction:

The core grading and color correction tools have also been improved with a new, easier to use curves interface, automatic color analysis and matching between two or more clips, an incredibly accurate 3D perspective tracker, and a new 3D keyer with improved matte finesse options.

The beta version is now available for download from the official webpage. According the official press release, we should see the final version in August this year. Keep in mind that the update to Resolve 12 is free of charge. To find out more, please have a look at the full press release here, or the official Resolve page here (download links at the bottom).

Source: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com

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