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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.


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

Good and not so good news on Blackmagic URSA Mini
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 18, 2015, at 5:25 PM

Blackmagic URSA Mini is an interesting proposition – Super 35 sensor, 4K RAW and ProRes with a relatively small body at a tempting price starting at $2995 (EF mount), with DaVinci Resolve Studio included. There are some news concerning the cam.

First of all, at IBC ’15 Blackmagic announced the B4 mount, that users cam purchase for $295, and switch between PL and B4 as they desire:

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is designed to replace the existing PL lens mount on Blackmagic URSA Mini PL, turning it into a B4 camera for HD. To install the B4 mount, customers simply take the PL lens mount off where it is normally removed for shimming PL lenses and bolt on the B4 lens mount.

The PL mount version costs $500 more than the EF one. Keep in minds that URSA Mini also comes with two different sensors – 4K found in BMPC, and an entirely new one – 4.6K, the latter being $2000 more expensive in both PL and EF versions.

There are reports that the 4K version is already shipping. What is more, as reported in Robert Hardy’s text at, a Dutch group of wedding cinematographers called ‘The Dreamers’ has made some first tests and shot some wedding footage that has been shared in the abovementioned article. Here some info from The Dreamers:

Most of the footage was shot in Prores HQ (which looks amazing - even more so than the BMCC), Full HD, 60fps. We used all sorts of lenses: Canon 24-70 2.8L, 50mm 1.2L, 100mm 2.8L IS, 17-55 2.8 IS and the Sigma 18-35 1.8. Please note that while the firmware we had on the Ursa Mini was as close to the final firmware as possible, but was still in beta nonetheless.

Looks really good except… Look again closely at around 2:22 of the footage – in the darker shots you’ll notice the infamous ‘Fixed Pattern Noise’. It appears that Blackmagic did not succeed in fixing the old issue, although can't say for sure - The Dreamers remind it's a was still beta. There have been no sample footages from the anticipated 4.6K version, and we cannot verify whether or not it has the same issue. The shipping dates for 4.6K have not been announced – B&H suggests it should be on November 18.

To see more details in Robert Hardy’s text please follow this link.

Source: http://nofilmschool.com

Low Light King the Second - Sony presents a7S II
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 15, 2015, at 6:00 PM

Looking at the whole of this year’s IBC it looks that it was Sony, who rolled out the heaviest artillery – aside from the FS7, the company has shown the next generation ‘low light king’ the a7S Mark II. The new a7S surpasses the amazing low light capability of its predecessor, and adds internal 4K recording and 5-axis Image Stabilization we’ve seen in the a7R II.

To start things off, Sony’s video on image stabilization in a7S II:

4K recording. A7s could do that via an external recorder, mark II does that internally. The camera records up to 3840 x 2160p image at 29.97 fps (100 Mbps) in XAVC-S; best of slow-motion it can pull off is 120 fps at 1080p. A welcome addition is the S-Log3 and Gamma Display Assist (info from Sony's press release):

Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles; S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The α7S ll even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting. The camera also supports S-Gamut/S-Log2 which is very popular among cinematographers and videographers. Gamma Display Assist is a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies and the Zebra function has been improved for even greater control.

And here’s some first hand info on the sensor from Matt Allard (

Sony told me that the sensor in the a7S II is almost identical to that of the a7S and they both share the same base ISO of 3200 and 14 stops of dynamic range. The only difference between the sensors is that the colour science has been tweaked on the a7S II and should offer results that are similar to that of the a7R II. This is something that a lot of Sony fans will be very pleased to hear as the a7R II seems to offer more pleasing skin tones than that of the original a7S.

Finally, a low light capabilities presentation from Sony:

You’ll find more videos on Sony a7S II on Sony’s YouTube channel and the official press release here. The camera is available for pre-order for $3000, and is expected to ship shortly (this year).


DJI presents Zenmuse X5 and X5R - two 4K cameras for Inspire 1 drone for professional aerial shooting
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
September 14, 2015, at 6:04 PM

With the announcement of Zenmuse X5 and X5R, two new MFT cameras designed for drones, DJI has made a significant boost in their offer aimed at professional aerial filmmakers. The leader in the drone market has claimed two more ‘world’s first’ titles: X5 as the ‘world’s first mirrorless, compact Micro Four Thirds camera made specifically for aerial photography and cinematography’ and X5R ‘the world’s first Micro Four Thirds aerial camera capable of recording lossless 4K videos in RAW.’

The new cameras are designed for the Inspire 1 as a replacement to the previous X3 camera model. X5 and X5R are both interchangeable lens cameras with M43 mount, with the support of autofocus. According to specs sheet currently there are three supported lenses: DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH, Panasonic Lumix 15mm f/1.7 and Olympus M. ED 12mm f/2.0. Both camera models record 4096x2160 (24fps) or 3840×2160 (30/25fps) and can shoot 16MP stills. They both claim to have 12.8 stops of dynamic range, which will prove particularly useful when shooting RAW with the X5R.

Currently it’s possible to pre order Inspire 1 Pro with Zenmuse X5 for €4499 (ships in 15-20 days) or the X5 separately for $2199 (ships in 30-40 days); DJI’s store warns that in order to mount X5 you’ll need to purchase and install a different Vibration Absorbing Board ($99). The X5 kit includes a lens – with the lens excluded the cost falls to $1699. If you’re considering the RAW version you’ll have to wait & pay a little more – Inspire 1 with X5R should be available later this year (Q4) for $7999.

Check you the official pages for more details – X5 here and X5R here. Drone enthusiasts will also be pleased to hear that DJI also announced two other products: DJI Lightbridge 2 and a compact follow focus system DJI Focus. More information in the press release here.



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