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Apple next official event date confirmed. What to expect at 'Hey Siri, give us a hint'?
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 30, 2015, at 9:46 PM

Apple has made it official that the next anticipated event will take place on September 9 at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – reports. As usual, aside from the scheduled date and the tagline ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint’ nothing is being revealed prior to the event – we only have several speculations to work with.

Number one expectation is the two next iPhone models: ‘6s’ and the larger ‘6s Plus’. According to, these are believed to feature Force Touch, faster A9 processor hidden in a stronger body made of 7000 Series aluminum (same as Apple Watch). In the text we also read that the 6s may feature 12MP camera recording 4K and a front facing 1080p camera with a flash.

Another position on the rumor list is the revamped Apple TV, to which the event’s tagline is:

(...) likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for downloading third-party applications.

Additionally, as informs, we should see an update on the launch dates of iOS 9 and watchOS 2.

Meanwhile, as we read at, the event will be live streamed for users with Apple devices, as well as PCs with Windows 10:

Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.


New Trends from the Trenches: Panasonic's new 4K camera, new lenses & more!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
August 29, 2015, at 2:17 AM

It's time for the new episode of Trends from the Trenches, in which Jay P Morgan of The Slanted Lens and Lars talk about what has happened in the industry in the latest weeks. The new episode is pretty exciting, because Panasonic is coming out with 3 new cameras and one of them is a DVX200 with 4K support. But Panasonic is not the only one company with a new camera - Leica is also present and the company has a new camera that goes back to their roots - Jay P described it as an on the street, organic camera with a fixed focal length. And there's Nikon. The company is coming with new lenses that can be a nice addition to your collection - the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, and the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED.


Jay P wrote:

"In the second segment, Lars and I answer questions from you that have come in as comments to our videos on YouTube or e-mail. If you want your question answered just make a comment on YouTube or send an e-mail to You could see your question answered on the next edition of Trends from the Trenches.

What’s in Jay P’s ugly canvas bag? This month there’s a package from Photo Box, a fun monthly subscription box for photographers of all skill levels: amateurs, hobbyists and even professionals."


How you can benefit from watching really bad movies
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 27, 2015, at 11:15 PM

Learn from the best – you’ve probably heard that truism more than once. But how about you try out the hint from D4Darius: watch and study bad movies! Not only can they be a twisted entertainment in their ineptness, but more importantly, they can become a great source of knowledge of what mistakes you should avoid.

While D4Darius admits we should use every movie possible, good, moderate, or plain bad to learn and develop, he suggests that a bad film can be much easier to break down:

It’s way easier to spot issues with films that are not working. With great films, when you try to break them down, the craft is so well executed that it’s almost invisible. Everything just sort of flows together seamlessly.

To find a couple of specific arguments on how specifically you can benefit from watching poor movies see the below video:

Although the video focuses mostly around the storyline, obviously you'll be able to pinpoint flaws in every other aspect. D4Darius provides only a couple of examples of terrible movies, but if you do decide to follow his advice, we're sure you'll something for yourselves - there's plenty of them out there.


The birth of Final Cut: Apple's pro apps chief architect Randy Ubillos interviewed!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
August 27, 2015, at 11:06 AM

Does the name Randy Ubillos ring a bell? Well, for older editors, it should. In April 2015 he has left Apple after working for 20 years there (read more here). A few months later, during the FCPX Creative Summit in San Jose he has been interviewed by Alex Gollner, however there has been no sign of a video recording, nor a transcript. That’s until now: Alex has just posted the interview on his webpage, and be assured that Randy, having practically fathered Final Cut Pro, Aperture, iMovie and Final Cut Pro X, has a lot of interesting things to say.

Throughout the interview Randy takes us down the history lane – starting from his work on first versions of Adobe Premiere, through the beginning of work on FCP in 1995 to its successful release at NAB in 1999:

We got to a point right before NAB in ’99 we just said “We are going to show this thing at NAB come hell or high water” and we got the nicest present from Avid because that was the NAB they announced they were leaving the Mac. So there were all these Mac people at NAB saying “I hear Apple have got this new thing” so we got all these customers on a silver platter. 

Below a photo of Apple booth at NAB '99 (image via

Randy then explains the origins of iMovie, earlier called ‘RoughCut’, as a front end to FCP, and after that brings up the his story of FCPX, in which probably the most memorable statements are quoted:

Steve caught me at home: “What the heck is going on with this Final Cut X thing?” I said “We knew this was coming, we knew that people were going to freak out when we changed everything out from under them. We could have done this better. (…) He said “Yeah, let’s get out and fund this thing, let’s make sure we get on top of this thing, move quickly with releases…” and he finished by asking: “Do you believe in this?” I said “Yes.” He said “then I do too.”

We encourage you to read the entire text at here, top to bottom, it’s a great read and a awesome piece of history.


DCAGE from DFOCUS video review - affordable cage for Panasonic GH3 & GH4!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
August 27, 2015, at 1:34 AM

The Panasonic GH4 is a very capable DSLR camera, so no wonder many filmmakers decided to use it in their projects. But in case of professional filmmaking, you usually use a lot of gear and many accessories - so getting a cage for your camera might be a good idea. In the case of Panasonic's GH3 and GH4 cameras, the DCAGE can be a nice solution. Not only because it is an affordable option, but mainly because you can connect a lot of stuff to your camera and you still have access to all important slots and buttons of your DSLR, including the battery slot. The cage is priced at $219,99, so you won't break your bank and you'll get a very good product for this price - a cage that was designed specifically to fit the Panasonic GH3 or GH4. Below you can watch a video review of the cage by Clinton Harn.


And here's some more from Clinton:

"I have previously used both the Viewfactor cage and prototype Movcam half-cage for the GH4 and was keen to see how the DCAGE measured up. The DGAGE comes in four cheeseplate sides that you assemble to create the cage. You can access all the buttons on the camera and there are a myriad of 1/4 20 and 3/8 mounting holes all over the cage to mount accessories. The cage can be bought with an accessory top handle. The handle is not quick release and bolts onto the top cheeseplate. Because it requires some time to attach it isn’t great if you need to remove the handle frequently to put it away in your bag. The handle can only be mounted on the leading edge of the top plate – this does not allow much versatility with placement. On the plus side the handle is pretty solid and if you are happy with its placement then it will probably work well. Alternatively you could fit a NATO type rail to the top of the cage and a handle from a different manufacturer if you really need a quick release."



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