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IndieVice - ILC smartphone body for filmmakers to come soon?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 19, 2015, at 1:55 PM

If you’d like to take full advantage of your smartphone’s video feature, you’ll definitely need some gadgets; there’s already plenty to choose from, but one that looks exceptionally smart is about to enter the market. We’re talking about the ‘IndieVice’ described as ‘the world’s first universal Smart Body for The Smart Phone, which converts your smartphone into a professional camera’.

While the ‘professional camera’ part is a strong exaggeration, the device has quite a lot to offer. According to info at indievice.com, it will feature:

  • zoom-in/zoom-out technology
  • glare-deflector
  • comfortable eye-piece
  • flip screen technology
  • universal accessory mount
  • universal lens adapter
  • and all the other add-ons

You can find out a little more about IndieVice’s build and features in the official product page here (although the data is far from complete). Now, you may ask how much does it cost – it’s not for sale yet. The official page states that only one prototype exists so far and they’re only just preparing to launch a Kickstarter campaign. So, not much is known, except that the website and marketing strategy for IndieVice looks rather professional, and the crowdfunding campaign may be more of a formality.

Source: http://www.indievice.com

Kickstarter news: SSD instead of CFast - a plug & play device called C BOX
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 19, 2015, at 1:32 PM

The cost of media you record onto is sometimes overlooked when you pick your camera, which is particularly important when you get one that uses CFast 2.0, that can be easily called the new standard for 4K recording. An interesting project just came up at Kickstarter – it’s called C Box and it’s basically a dual SSD bay plugged directly into CFast ports.

Let’s have a look at the promo video for C Box:

One thing is that the cost of SSDs is smaller than that of CFast cards, but C Box has other advantages too: SSDs have faster data transfer rates, you can use any SSD that you like, and additionally you’ll generally have longer record times available (e.g. a 1TB SSD instead of a 25GB CFast)

There are some drawbacks too. The design looks absolutely non-weather proof, so outdoor use will be very limited – SSDs are only halfway inside the C BOX, plus you’ll need to have your media bay opened on your camera. There’s also the issue that you’ll have to find some space to mount the C BOX. The SSDs will require some powering too, this is what the Kickstarter page says on this matter:

Draw Powered From Your Anton Bauer, V-Lock, or Wall-Mount Power Supply! The C-Box system comes equipped with a standard 2.1mm x 5.5mm DC female power port. Use this with any 5V 2A power supply and you’re ready to go. We recommend using at least 2 amps of power in order to ensure proper powering of device and all connected drives.

If the C BOX in the video looks amateurish too you, that may be due to the fact that it’s been 3D printed – the final product is promised to have a better looking case with a little more space between the drives to keep the cool. According to the information, the C BOX will cost $499.95. At the moment of writing this, the C BOX has nearly half the funds with more than 20 days of campaigning to go. Find out more about the C BOX in its Kickstarter campaign page here.

Source: https://www.kickstarter.com

Is ‎360° video the tech of tomorrow? GoPro buys Kolor!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 14, 2015, at 3:43 PM

360 degree videos are by no means a novelty, and the fact that YouTube support 360 download & viewing plus the recent acquisition of company called Kolor by GoPro Inc only highlights the potential of this technology. If you haven’t heard about 360 videos on YouTube, you may want to look at this post in our blog, meanwhile, let’s have a look at Kolor, and how it is relevant for GoPro Inc.

Kolor has a decade of experience in creating software stitching images, currently providing solution for panorama software, virtual software and video-stitching software like the Autopano, Panotour or Autopano Video. And they’ve just been bought by GoPro. Currently there’s already a good few of manufacturers offering spherical GoPro mounts designed to shoot 360 video, but still a third party app was needed to stitch the footage. The addition of Kolor into GoPro team will hopefully help develop the tech further (both software and hardware).

In the press release on GoPro.com we read:

Spherical media enables a range of immersive viewing experiences and is an essential building block of virtual reality (VR), a technology poised to transform entertainment, education and other industries. Kolor’s solutions enable users to combine multiple photographs or videos to produce high-resolution panoramic or spherical content that can be enjoyed on mobile devices, the web or in a virtual reality environment.

And an excerpt from Kolor’s press release:

This is a unique opportunity to give professionals and casual users the chance to use the advanced technologies that Kolor develops. It also gives us the necessary support to fully commit ourselves toward what we’ve always believed to be the next digital revolution: immersive media. GoPro’s capture devices and Kolor’s software will combine to deliver exciting and highly accessible solutions for capturing, creating and sharing spherical content. The transaction is scheduled to close in May, when we’ll officially be part of GoPro.

Source: http://gopro.comhttp://www.kolor.com

Freefly Systems presents ALTA - a new, innovative drone
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 6, 2015, at 9:20 AM

The drone industry is growing, however the majority of new products has little innovation to offer. A drone that is truly different has been now unveiled by Freefly – it’s called ALTA, and aside from numerous improvements, it features a top mount camera option allowing an entirely new perspective for filmmaking.

ALTA is a fairly large, six rotor drone, capable of lifting up to 15LBS (6.8 kg) payload. According to info provided by Freefly – it has been optimized to reduced vibration and propeller noise. ALTA allows you to mount MoVi gimbals on top, and underneath the drone.

Have a look at the official promo video:

and a presentation of the drone via B&H:

The quality and innovation have a steep price though – its price has been set to $8,495, and should be available in June this year. You can find out more about Freefly ALTA on the official product page here.

Source: http://freeflysystems.comhttp://www.bhphotovideo.com

Marvelous ad recipe: add ink into water, and shoot with with Phantom Flex 4K!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
March 18, 2015, at 9:52 AM

Can you always tell the difference between CGI generated effect and a real shot? The ‘Emerald’ paint commercial may be a tough nut to crack in this respect. Have a look at the video first:

According to the article at digitalartsonline.co.uk, the ad has been made by Psyop and ad agency McKinney. This is what the text says about the making of:

The main tools used were a high speed arm and the Phantom Flex4k camera from Vision Research. Using 400 gallon tanks, the team injected paint into the water and moved the camera through the tanks with precise choreography. The team stitched the pieces together in post, creating a surreal journey of colour.

The very same idea, with the same camera has been presented by The Slow Mo Guys two weeks earlier (not judging who was first with the idea). It shows not only the results, but also the entire process of injecting ink into the water tank:

Source: https://www.youtube.com, http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk 

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