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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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The World’s First Thunderbolt 3 External RAID Storage - AKiTiO’s Thunder3 Duo Pro.
Posted by Maciej
April 25, 2016, at 1:51 PM

As today’s requirements for faster and more reliable solutions grows, AKiTiO comes to the rescue with Thunder3 Duo Pro, the first hardware RAID and display dock solution with a Thunderbolt 3 port. The Thunder3 Duo Pro offers fast transfer speeds with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a form factor small enough to fit multiple desktop and mobile workflows and applications.

With two Thunderbolt 3 ports available, the Thunder3 Duo Pro can deliver transfer speeds up to 770 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays.  To put things into perspective, the latest Thunderbolt 3 technology provides roughly 8x faster speeds than USB 3.1 Gen 1 and it’s 4x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 2.
The Thunder3 Duo Pro comes in as a 2-bay RAID enclosure supporting four RAID modes, including RAID 0 striping, RAID 1 mirroring, SPAN, and Non-RAID. The unit features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-B) port, and a DisplayPort video output that supports the latest 4K 60HZ displays. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Duo Pro operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10Gb/s), and DisplayPort devices.

The Thunder3 Duo Pro can also accommodate 2.5” SSD/HDD and 3.5”HDDs up to 16TB as the drives can be easily installed or uninstalled. Additionally, Thunder3 Duo Pro can run fanless when needed, making it the perfect choice for professional audio recording when SSDs are installed on board. The best part is that Thunder3 Duo Pro gives creative professionals the ability to edit and playback multiple streams of HD and/or 4K content with enough headroom to daisy chain multiple 4K displays simultaneously.
The Thunder2 Duo Pro retail price starts at $389 for the enclosure only. The AKiTiO’s RAID enclosure can be already purchased at the global authorized resellers. You can also take a look at the other AKiTiO’s Thunderbolt 3 storage solutions by visiting the AKiTiO’s official website.

Source: 4KShooters

 

Introducing Skywand VR - Planning Aerial Shots in VR Made Possible.
Posted by Maciej
April 24, 2016, at 2:33 PM

Skywand VR is a new software tool utilizing virtual reality to bring pre-vis (and pre-planning) capabilities to aerial cinematography.
There is a lot of buzz at this year’s NAB, on how virtual reality can potentially be a major tool for directors and DP's in pre-production, essentially allowing them to step into the locations they will film before actually getting there. Skywand VR's new system allows you to manually walk through your location (in the sky) to set keyframes for a drone to follow. Essentially you plot these points using GPS on maps taken from Google Earth, but what's really special is that you can also give the camera commands to zoom, focus, tilt, pitch, roll, etc., within those keyframes.

Currently the product is only compatible with DJI drones (including the new M600), but it is more than likely that once it passes through beta testing next month, more drone manufacturers will be looking to partner.
Skywand is an advanced motion control system for aerial cinematography that combines ease of use, repeatability, and precision. Harnessing cutting edge technologies in virtual/augment reality (VR/AR), animation, and drone flight, Skywand allows users to create precise aerial filming plans by intuitively placing key frames in the 3D virtual world that meet all cinematographic needs, and the drone follows the path precisely in the actual world and captures epic, smooth and high precision aerial shots. Filming, not flying. Skywand removes technical barriers to achieving expert drone cinematography by automating the flight process, giving imaginative filmmakers a powerful partner in the sky.

The makers of Skywand boast that the technology behind Skywand is the most advanced robotics control algorithm and state-of-the-art virtual reality interface. The sophisticated algorithm guarantees that the drone captures epic, smooth, repetable and high precision aerial shots every time. The company claims their virtual reality interface is the most intuitive way for filmmaker to transport their framing idea into the real production. The interface and robotics technology of Skywand is currently patent pending.

Skywand is just one of the examples of VR potential in cinematography. What are your thoughts on using VR in filming? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Sources: NOfilmschool and Skywand.com

The Public Beta Version of DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Is Now Available For Download.
Posted by Maciej
April 21, 2016, at 1:07 PM

Just announced by Blackmagic at NAB 2016, the public beta version of DaVinci Resolve 12.5 surprised the audience with over 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features. The public beta version of the software is already available for download and further testing. Along with the tiny refinements, the BMD engineering team has also added plenty of more significant features to Resolve 12.5, some of which are covered in the video below:

 

There have been significant interactivity improvements to the interface that can be spotted right away. For instance, there is a new Variable Speed Curve integrated with re-time controls and this lets you open the re-time controls and re-time curve editor for the clip in the edit timeline.
Following the trend of recognizing the importance of working with metadata, Resolve 12.5 metadata can now be accessed directly on the Edit page. All you need to do is select the new metadata icon at the top next to the Inspector.

Blackmagic Design also added Fusion Connect, enabling users to send a clip or composition of clips directly to their free VFX software Fusion. Once you have rendered your composition you can then return to the edit, and the clip you rendered will automatically be in the timeline.
There are also improvements in the Multitrack workflow. In the first place, editors can right click on media pool clips to make a new Multicam clip. New options for syncing common angles using camera metadata are also available. It is now possible to name angles sequentially, based on file name or camera metadata as well as edit titles along the way with just a few clicks.
Colorists will be excited to find the new ResolveFX tools on the Colour page. To use them, you can simply open the OpenFX window and drag an effect directly onto a node and make adjustments accordingly. Another big feature in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio is significantly improved noise reduction. DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio also includes a new automatic lens correction and fix lens distortion tools that can also be utilised for creating effects if required.

Another big feature in DaVinci Resolve is the new high dynamic range or HDR grading tools built in. This really simplifies grading HDR work and includes High Dynamic range cache, node with HDR controls, colour transforms and HDR scopes scale for HDR grading.
There is also a new update available for the UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G that adds HDR on HDMI out so you can get a full end to end solution.
These are only a few of the numerous new features, so if you want to test the full capabilities of DaVinci Resolve 12.5 head over to the Blackmagic Design’s official website where you can download the available public beta version of the software right away.

Source: 4K Shooters

A look at the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Panel.
Posted by Maciej
April 21, 2016, at 8:55 AM

Some very interesting ideas have circulated the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot motion picture panel. The crew, who had previously used Final Cut Pro while working on the motion picture Focus, decided to once more use Final Cut Pro X and was extremely pleased with the results.
Michael Cioni set the context for the Whiskey Tango Workflow panel presentation by talking about several aspects of how using FCPX can change the philosophy of editing.

Michael focused on metadata, and interestingly pointed out how in FCPX an advanced database sits on top of the editor and not vice versa allowing for much faster and more advanced searches.
Michael also mentioned the ability to work with the original negative control rather than using a proxy and the ability to automatically receive log files and add delut logs automatically, as well as the option to work with hero sound rather than using a mux track or a mixdown. Previews are also possible with the o-neg allowing for a much larger fidelity in the rough cut.

Coming back to the panel itself, the key thing mentioned, was again the ability to use metadata to speed up the workflow. For example, being able to name microphones with the names of characters and later using that data in FCPX allowed the crew to edit sound in a much more efficient way.
The crew was also able to take the script supervisor data from scripts and bring it in as metadata, allowing it to be searchable by comments, angles and various other criteria, and then transfer the data to FCPX using xml.

An interesting point was made that with the amount of content shot daily with digital cameras nowadays, being able to effectively search for data is essential to the workflow, allowing for much better creative control.

Using FCPX allowed the team to save six weeks of time by quickly editing on the set and translating the data to the editing room, without constantly waiting for assembly from editors and avoiding the usual stress when the results are not what is intended. The most important piece of metadata which is the director’s intention is readily available, all of which makes editing much more efficient. Working with FCPX allowed the crew to finish dailies quickly and efficiently, judgments could be made quickly on the set. Well ahead of setting for post production, the visual effects workflow had been figured out.

Using FCPX made it possible for the crew to smoothly express their creative freedom, and to finish the film under the budget, thanks the flexibility in making changes and editing. Bottom line from the crew, FCPX is better because it allows you to spend a lot less time actually editing.

Source: Vimeo