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mTitle Retro plugin for FCPX and Apple Motion 5
Posted by Szymon Masiak
November 18, 2015, at 2:21 PM

Creating a coherent set of stylish descriptions for the project is a vital part of every designer's job. We all know how important and sometimes difficult it is to create a well-matched typography that would enrich the whole edit. Do you remember the subtle charm of the vintage headers, created specially for the given topic? Don’t you just love the sophisticated appeal of those diversely decorated lettering in retro titles? Yeah, we like it too. That’s why we created this exquisite collection of 30 retro titles that imitate the vintage design pretty well.

Every one of those 30 FCPX titles is a fully customizable opening caption that evolves around the richly adorned style of typography that is characteristic for the older techniques of text design. We made sure to make them as diverse and varied as possible to give you a diversified range of top quality headers that can fit almost every edit, event the ones that relate to very modern topics. The graphic character that mTitle Retro plugin has makes it an incredibly versatile tool for typography creation. Without the effort of designing and animating the whole scene, you can just drag and drop one of mTitles and go on with your edit. Just a few seconds of customization is all you need to have stunningly designed text in your project. Beautiful, retro style and user-friendly, does it get any better?

Learn more: mTitle Retro

mSpark 4K - drag and drop effects for FCPX, Adobe Premiere, Resolve and others!
Posted by Szymon Masiak
November 10, 2015, at 6:27 PM

Dynamic edits with vigorous footage may be difficult in a sense of keeping the energetic vibe throughout the whole project. Sometimes some shots may be more lazy than the others and the whole beat of the edit slows down. In situations like that it is good to have some backup dynamism in a form of compositing elements. Our mSpark elements are something that will bring an instant load of vitality to your project with a storm of flickering sparks. 

These 4K top-quality files were shot on Phantom Flex 4K, so the slow motion effect and clarity of the image is flawless. We took care of the diversity of looks, styles and movements so you could always find a sparkling blizzard to enrich your edit. mSparks have a vast range of applications, from typical overlays firing up your footage to elements used as decorations in trailers or in any other type of projects. It’s all up to you and your imagination. Check out our promo video to see how amazingly dynamic mSparks can be with your footage.

Learn more: mSpark 4K

Shooting video with an over 100 year old lens on a modern mirrorless camera!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
November 5, 2015, at 11:01 PM

Creativity can take different faces – shows a French free-lance videographer Mathieu Stern, who installs a 105 years old lens on a Sony a7 II to achieve some extraordinary effects. In his blog Mathieu admits he’s a big fan of lenses and likes to experiment, and that’s why he pulled off this combination.

He explains that the lens is a 1910 Eastman Kodak Kodex / Topaz Boyer Paris f 6.3 120 MM from a folding camera attached via an adaptor:

After mounting it with a cardboard piece to keep it tightly blocked in a m42 macro tube, and then screw it on a m42 bellows, the lens was able to focus. Then the Bellow was screwed to a M42 to Nex Adaptor ring then to the Sony A7II

The effect is surprisingly good, and additionally, in the footage he recorded with the above lens you’ll find some interesting light leaks and flares:

But Mathieu doesn’t plan on stopping here – he announced on his blog  the launch of  ‘The Weird Lens Challenge’ where he’ll try other unorthodox combinations. You can check out his YouTube channel here.


Daniel Peters shares his first impressions on the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
November 5, 2015, at 2:48 AM

The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K is one of the most interesting products on the market and the price of $2,995 is really competitive if you compare it to products by RED or ARRI. Of course what matters the most is the picture quality, but usually Blackmagic knows how to get the job done, so we can expect the URSA to be a great camera. Nevertheless it's always best to read opinions and reviews and while on paper the URSA Mini 4K is similar to the original URSA, it would be nice to compare these two units. Daniel Peters got his hands on the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K production model and because he already had the regular URSA, he has a lot of info to share. Dan Chung did an interview with Daniel - you can listen to it below:



Here's the list of topics discussed in the interview:

  • Design, size and weight of the body
  • Solid build of the camera
  • Image quality and latitude of the sensor
  • Low light performance
  • Built-in monitor
  • The interface
  • Low fan noise
  • Handheld shooting
  • High frame rate shooting and the crop it requires
  • XLR audio and in-built mic
  • SDI outputs and input + lack of HDMI
  • CFast 2.0 cards and readers
  • Battery life
  • Lack of ND filters

And here's some more from News Shooter:

"Although not shown in Daniel’s videos it is clear that the URSA Mini 4K version does not come close to the a7S II in low light. It only has 200, 400 and 800 ISO settings and unless you have a very fast aperture lens you will need to light scenes in darker conditions. This is probably the camera’s biggest stumbling block and may be enough to prevent many factual shooters from adopting the camera. We’ll have to wait and see how the sister URSA Mini 4.6K version fares when it finally come out – we still have no date for its release.

As it stands the 4K URSA Mini is a very complete shooting package that will work well for those on a budget who have control over their lighting. The images in good light are very nice and the design, weight and handling are improved over the original URSA. I will continue to test it and share our more detailed thoughts in the near future."


Filmmaker IQ on history of fake blood & how to make some yourself
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
November 3, 2015, at 9:52 AM

After a while Filmmaker IQ Has returned with another video of their make. This time John Hess in presenting us a history of fake blood in the cinema, but not just that! What we also get is actual recipes for home made blood-like liquids with an actual presentation of how each blend performs.

It’s obvious, as John points that, the use of real blood is questionable for several reasons, including sanitary and moral ones, and thus early on in theaters and later in cinemas there were several popular mixtures that worked at blood’s substitutes. Even if in the early days of theater/cinema these weren't massive amounts of blood.

John also makes a very interesting remark about the use of (fake) blood in black and white movies – briefly speaking, the red of blood is not that well visible, and he suggested the use of … chocolate syrup. He also mentions that Quentin Tarantino (among others) used a switch to B&W in his Kill Bill crazy 88 fight scene to (among other reasons) achieve a better rating for his movie.

Enjoy the video:

And here are the recipes (as posted in YT video description):

Grand Guignol (mock)
Vegetable Glycerine
Color with Red, a little Yellow and a drop of Blue Food Coloring

Kensington Gore
2 Parts Golden Syrup (Light Treacle)
1 Part water
Red/Yellow/Blue Food Coloring
A bit of Corn Starch (Corn Flour in the UK)
Peppermint Extract to taste.

Modified Dick Smith Recipe
2 Quarts Corn Syrup
5 oz Water
Red/Yellow/Blue Food Coloring
Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer to Thicken
Liquid Lecithin
Peppermint Extract to Taste



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