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Apple has acquired a movie notation patent!
Posted by Michal
July 14, 2016, at 3:43 AM

As reported by Alex4D, who discovered this, Apple has acquired a movie notation patent. The world "acquired" is quite important because it means Apple had to pay to get it and it suggests that the company has actually plans to use it (as you know many companies patent everything "just in case"). This specific patent has been submitted to the US Patent Office in 2008, so many years have passed and as written in the description of the patent, the invention is directed toward providing annotating systems for audio/video clips. Here's some more info on it:

"In the movie, television, and audio/video production industry, directors often give instructions for the editing of audio/video clips, such as scenes in movies. Such instructions were previously written or typed independently of the video clip to which they referred. The technicians following the instructions had to determine the times in the clip to which a given instruction was meant to apply based on the typed or written notes themselves.

In order for the technicians to determine to which part of a clip an instruction referred, the written or typed instructions had to include the times within the clip that each instruction applied to. These notes had to be meticulous in order to avoid expensive editing mistakes. Taking careful notes of these times made annotating video clips more complicated, however, notes made without accurate time notations increased the chances of misunderstanding between the director and the technicians. Such misunderstandings lead to wasted time for both the technicians and directors.

Accordingly, a video annotating system that automatically keeps track of annotations for film clips and stores the information in an accessible way would be useful."

Alex3D reminds that in recent years OS X has had picture notation features, but what's interesting the examples in the documentation are based on Mac Finder and iMovie.

More info on the patent: [download PDF]


Six technologies that can change the filmmaking industry forever!
Posted by Michal
July 6, 2016, at 2:44 AM

Times change, technologies change, the way we work changes and actually everything changes around us. Usually this process is quite slow, so sometimes it doesn't get noticed, but it occurs. And of course, this process is also present in the filmmaking industry. Just a simple example - film was being used in the filmmaking business for dozens of years but now most movie studios prefer to shoot in digital, because it's cheaper, more effective and (some might not agree) it offers better quality. But we're still moving forward and the question is, what does the future hold for our industry and where filmmaking will be in a few years? In a recent blog post, Jourdan Aldredge of Premiumbeat tries to give an answer to this question. He shares his thoughts on six technologies he believes will change many things in the future. Here they are!

1. Light Field Technology

"Well, basically when you take a picture with the ILLUM, you capture all of the image with all of the available information. Not just the parts in focus. Not just the light you see. All of it. Everything. Which essentially lets you decide in post what you want your aperture and focus to be."

2. Flat Lenses

"A flat, ultra-thin lens can theoretically offer complete accuracy over a wider range of wavelengths and reduce chromatic aberrations usually associated with curved-lens capture. The new technology would certainly re-image how we create and package cameras."

3. iPhone 7 Dual-Lens Camera

"While, the iPhone 7 won’t be the first phone camera to use dual lenses — it’ll probably be the best. Apple’s purchase of LinX Imaging gives the company the technology to give their phones SLR-quality image capturing capabilities, along with the always included fun gimmicks and features."

4. Canon Patents

"Highlights include a new Canon 5D, a camera which has routinely shaken up the world of digital video and photography over the last decade. And a possible Canon C700 to compete with the ARRI AMIRA."

5. Computerized Sound Design

"MIT researchers have developed a computer system that can analyze silent video and add in realistic sound."

6. AI-written Screenplays

"New York University AI researcher Ross Goodwin teamed up with director Oscar Sharp to create Benjamin: a self-named recurrent neural network that penned its own screenplay after being fed dozens of science fiction movies as source material."

For more info on these thoughts, click here.


SanDisk announces two extreme 256GB microSD cards - perfect for 4K filmmaking!
Posted by Michal
June 29, 2016, at 7:04 PM

If you record 4K content you must be well-aware that the speed of your memory cards matters. Of course it all depends on compression and if your camera is using a codec with a low bitrate, standard memory cards can be more than enough. But if the codec offers really great image quality, you are forced to invest in fast memory cards - and this is usually the case with 4K content. SanDisk, one of the leaders on the market, announced today a new suite of 256GB microSD cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card – the fastest microSD card in its class. It also includes 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, the first 256GB card optimized for mainstream consumers. The huge write/read speeds will allow you to capture professional-grade 4K videos without worrying about running out of space on their device. According to the company, you will be able to record up to 14 hours of 4K UHD video on one single card! 

The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card delivers transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s - sounds like a perfect choice for owners of such 4K cameras as the Panasonic GH4. Prices also seem to be reasonable - The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, will be available worldwide in August 2016 for the suggested price of $149.99, while the 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card will be available worldwide in calendar Q4 2016 for the suggested price of $199.99.


Photo/Video Trends episode: Cine Gear, Adobe Spark, Eye Plug and more!
Posted by Michal
June 28, 2016, at 2:15 AM

In the latest episode of Photo/Video Trends, hosted by Jay P. Morgan and Lars Lindstrom, you will hear some info on stuff that should grab your attention. As always the show focuses on news from the industry and as expected Cine Gear is one of the most important topics. As well as the "ARRI Alexa Incident" (which you can see in the video below the Photo/Video Trends episode). But of course many other topics are in the spotlight - Panavision’s new camera, a discussion on music copyright, Adobe Spark, the Canon 1000mm Lens and many more. You will find the full list of subjects discussed in the video at the bottom of the post.


List of topics with timestamps:

  • Cine Gear 0:47
  • ARRI Alexa vs the Steadicam 1:03
  • Panavision’s new camera DXL RED 8k Weapon Sensor 2:55
  • DGI- new products 4:53
  • Music Copyright Question 6:43
  • Eye-Plug 9:09
  • Instagram New Algorithm for everyone + business accounts 10:54
  • Adobe Spark 12:36
  • Canon 1000mm Lens 14:00
  • Canadian Film team 16:40
  • LaCie Hard drives 18:30
  • Q&A 21:30


mTransition Zoom - FCPX Transition Plugin
Posted by Szymon Masiak
June 3, 2016, at 1:58 PM

Editing is not only putting clips together, but also a very demanding task to make all the shots fit to create a certain effect. The editor is often the last person that decides on the overall mood and meaning of the whole composition. The dynamism of the edit is set by many different aspects, such as the length of the clips and the action they depict. The process requires a lot of skills and is quite time-consuming. We came up with a plugin that will help you create an amazingly energetic edit within just minutes.

mTransition Zoom is an incredibly versatile collection of ultradynamic footage shifts that will turn every editing project into a cinematic composition just overflowing with action. These transitions are quick, eye-catching and easily customizable.

The unique motion blur inside FCPX effect makes them even better for all kinds of jobs and adds an extra swiftness to the animation. This must-have plugin will help you with all kinds of projects, its versatility will stun you on every step of the edit. Enjoy!

Learn More: mTransition Zoom