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LUT Master Guide to Color Grading
Posted by Szymon Masiak
May 22, 2015, at 9:56 AM

Denver Riddle, our friend at Color Grading Central, producer of Color Finale plugin for Final Cut Pro X, posted an amazing video breaking down and helping to better understand the various LUTs used in color grading. It's a must have watch for those who are either getting into LUTs or not sure what they are.



Source: Color Grading Central

Apple introduces new iMacs and MacBook Pro - better performance at lower prices!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
May 20, 2015, at 8:37 AM

Rumors have been around the past few days that Apple is going to present new MacBook Pro and iMac models, they turned out to be true – in a press info Apple informs about new models, their features and prices.

Peter Shiller, Apple Worldwide Marketing Senior VP comments:

The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.


So, according to the info at, new Macs include:

New 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a serious performance boost 

  • new Force Touch trackpad,
  • faster flash storage – up to 2,5 times faster than the previous one
  • longer battery life – up to 9 hours
  • faster discrete graphics - AMD Radeon R9 M370X

New, cheaper ($1,999) configuration 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display:

  • 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics
  • 8GB of memory
  • 1TB of storage

The top-end iMac with Retina 5K display now starts at $2,299

  • 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz,
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics
  • 1TB Fusion Drive.

Full press info can be found here. Find more information about each of these at Apple Online Store


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, 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.


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.


Panasonic introduces the DMC-G7 - internal 4K video shooting for less than $800!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
May 19, 2015, at 2:51 AM

The Panasonic GH4 is a great camera - it's cheap, offers you great specs for the price, the body is small and light and this mirrorless camera is 4K compatible out of the box. The GH4 is not as expensive as many other similar units, but Robert Hardy of No Film School reports, that Panasonic decided to introduce a new product with similar specs. It seems that the new camera is simply a stripped down version of the GH4 and it is called the Lumix G7. What's great about this new unit is that it offers 4K recording internal support out of the box and for the price of less than $800! The camera supports 24 fps in Full HD and 4K - and in the case of 4K you get a 100 Mbps bitrate, so the quality should be good (you can watch a sample below to see how the camera performs when shooting video). 


Here's the sample video:


And here are the main specs:

  • 16 MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine 9 Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Up to 8 fps Shooting with AF & ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes



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