Wide Open Camera's Jared Abrams tested out Letus' anamorphic adapter for the GoPro, called the AnamorphX-GP. The product will ship on January 31st and retails for $199.
Watch below. (via Filmmaker Magazine)
Directors Casey Warren and Danielle Krieger shot their entire short film "From 1994" using an ARRI Alexa M mounted on a MoVI 10 system.
Says Warren, "The MōVI is its own unique thing, sort of a floating crane that can go anywhere. I’ve shot with cranes and jibs and things like that, and once you set it up, you can only try shots you can reach from where the base is set. The difference with the MōVI is that the base can be anywhere, and you can start experimenting right away.”
A series of exotic spices exploding in slow-motion creates the mesmerizing commercial for Schwartz's Flavour Shots, directed by Chris Cairns.
Watch it and a making-of of the "audio/visual feast" which featured choreographed pyrotechnics, below. Says pyrotechnic designer Paul Mann, "It's a lovely thing to have a sequence which is totally real. I think the magic of it is just portrayed by knowing that what you're looking at has been done, it's been filmed at high-speed, and somehow we've managed to get all the cues in the right place."
The beautiful aerial video of the Serengeti was captured with a BeetleCopter drone and a GoPro HERO3+ by wildlife filmmaker Will Burrard-Lucas.
He writes, "To get this footage I was sometimes a kilometre away from the copter, operating it via a live video feed. These devices have incredible potential in wildlife filmmaking and photography; they are quieter and more manoeuvrable than a normal helicopter so they can get closer to animals with minimal disturbance."
Watch below and read more here.
Photographer Nicholas Buer captured the pristine time-lapse below over 12 days in the San Pedro de Atacama region of Northern Chile.
He explains on his Vimeo page, "The Atacama is well-known for what are arguably the cleanest, darkest skies on Earth. The dry air adds an extra transparency and this coupled with the altitude creates a night sky like no other. I visited at a time when Venus was situated quite close to the centre of the Milky Way; an astronomical event that only takes place every 8 years or so. I also timed my visit with the Autumn equinox which is a good time of year to capture Zodiacal light; the celestial phenomenon caused by sunlight scattering interplanetary space dust in the Zodiacal cloud. It stretches across the ecliptic and glows for a short while after sunset like a UFO beam and I was lucky enough to witness this every night I stepped out into the dark."
Yann Pineill's short film "Symmetry" explores that very subject by presenting a 7-minute film in which the second half mirrors the first to, as the filmmaker puts it, explore "all sorts of symmetry: compositions, shapes, sounds and music, scenario, colors, actions, time…"
The dialogue-less film is beautifully art directed as well as artfully coordinated. Watch below. (via PSFK)
At CES, Panasonic has announced that its next GH mirrorless camera will record 4K and will be made available for less than $2000.
Writes Engadget, "The company's keeping most of the hardware's specs close to its collective vest, but a representative was able to divulge a few details. UHD content can be recorded at 200 Mbps, and output in a full live feed via a mini-HDMI port (thanks to ALL-I Intra mode) to display on a computer or record to a hard drive. Of course, the Micro-Four Thirds shooter can save footage straight to an SDXC card -- a UHS Class 3 prototype variant tuned for such a task was on display -- though space will run out fairly quickly."
Read the full story here.
New York— NewBay Media has announced that it has acquired select assets of Broadcast Engineering — both U.S. and World editions — from Penton Media, including the brands’ web assets, trademark, and subscriber lists. Broadcast Engineering will join NewBay Media’s extensive portfolio of Television and Video information resources, including TV Technology, TVB Europe, Next TV, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, Video Edge, Digital Video, Government Video and the Creative Planet Network.
Sony's newly announced FDR-AX100 Handycam captures 4K footage with a price tag of just $2K.
The AX100 is 74% smaller and 66% lighter than the recently announced FDR-AX1 model, and is the first 4K Handycam to feature a large, 14.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor. The sensor captures 4K Ultra HD images (3840 x 2160 pixels) while also allowing beautiful “bokeh” background defocusing effects, even in low light conditions.
“The innovative new AX100 4K camcorder is a natural extension of our popular ecosystem of 4K products,” said Patrick Huang, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “With unparalleled performance, it’s the perfect device for enthusiasts, hobbyists and even professionals looking for a more affordable, compact and high performance 4K video solution.”
In the below extensive video review, Philip Bloom reviews three new Sony mirrorless cameras, the Sony A7, A7R and RX10, and goes through both his initial impressions and his later thoughts as he spends more time with them.
Matt Allard of News Shooter gors through the pros and cons of a recent workflow recording 2K raw at 240fps from the Sony FS700 through Convergent Design's Odyssey 7Q.
He writes, "At the end of the day time is money and RAW is not something you can take shortcuts with. Given the noisy FS700 S-log2 output I am not planning to shoot RAW at high frame rate with it again anytime soon. I’m hoping that with the new compressed codecs coming to the 7Q soon, you will be able to use them in combination with continuous high frame rates. For me and many others I think this will be a far smoother and faster work flow. Despite these difficulties the Odyssey 7Q has performed flawlessly so far and the OLED monitor is a joy to use."
Gizmodo reviews the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, writing, "Clearly the Pocket Cinema Camera has a lot riding against it. But I have no hesitation in saying that for certain applications, it's still worth buying.
If you're on the staff at Vimeo, chances are you see a lot of high-quality videos pass through your proverbial desk. When each member was tasked with picking their favorites of 2013, you see a few repeats (like the Key & Peele sketch found below). But that must mean they're just extra good, right?
See the full list here.
Key & Peele: Continental Breakfast from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.
Often time-lapse looks to the stars for its beauty but photographer Shinichi Maruyama turned to a more earthly delight to create his stunning images. Maruyama took and combined 10,000 photographers of nude dancers in motion to create his abstract and wonderful images that took their inspiration from Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase.
He tells Wired, "I tried to express the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion as well as the concept of time."
Read the full story here.
From choosing a location to choosing the right equipment, photographer Stefan Surmabojov provides a solid basic tutorial for creating a starry time-lapse.
He writes, "In this tutorial, we are going to take a look at how to shoot and process a time lapse video of the stars. As the earth rotates, the stars appear to move across the sky during the night, but they move so slowly that the only way to really appreciate this phenomenon is through time lapse footage. We'll cover finding a location, choosing your gear, setting up your camera and doing the post-production."
Read the full story here.
BH inDepth provides a primer on Micro Four Thirds cameras, including their pros and cons of the format and what's available in the market.
They write, "Micro Four Thirds cameras have a sensor size that is closer to 16mm or, more specifically, Super 16mm, its widescreen successor. Because of this, many filmmakers are adopting the MFT format for many of the same types of projects that once were shot on 16mm. MFT cameras are being used for documentaries that call for small, compact, highly mobile cameras and for independent films wanting a vérité style and a more objective camera. The advantage of Micro Four Thirds as a format doesn't stop there. Not only are the cameras smaller and often less expensive, they offer more lens choices, longer shooting times, and greater depth of field."
In a jaw-dropping new promo spot for the Sony A7 and A7R, watch a group of skydivers change the A7r's lens in mid-air to tout the "world's first compact, full frame, interchangeable lens" cameras.
The spot was directed by Jeff Gaunt and shot by DP Simon Hammond. Watch below.
Sony A7R from Simon Hammond on Vimeo.
Flashpoint V2AH 3Pod Tripod
An aluminum three-section video tripod with fluid head designed by Flashpoint, Adorama’s in-house brand, the V2AH 3Pod tripod is designed for stability and portability. It is able to support payloads of up to 11 lb. The three-tiered extendable leg system reaches a full height of 77.56” and features rubber feet, large, easy-to-grasp turning knobs and a torsion-resistant aluminum center brace. A two-way fluid metal pan head can be attached to the body of the V2AH tripod with a half-bowl adapter mounting system, providing users with a 360-degree range of motion with dampening, a built-in bubble level and individual directional locking.
There are tripods for certain purposes and then there is the Magnum XG, a camera support sturdy and versatile enough to handle anything you can throw at it. (Magnum XG is part of Tiffen’s Davis & Sanford multipurpose tripod range.)
I enjoy shooting time-lapse films, where sturdiness is a must. I came across the Magnum XG while searching for a tripod that would handle a specific task: shooting a time-lapse sequence on the side of a cliff. Until then I’d had a variety of tripods for various uses, but I knew that the cliff shoot would require an extremely stable support that could be weighted and locked down. The location where we were shooting has extremely high winds all year round.