Quick Look: EasyTracker for FCPX

I get these emails from “Sara at CrumplePop”, spruiking all sorts of clever plugins for FCPX. Normally I resist the shiny-shiny, protecting my wallet from harm and my effects folders from clutter, but this one caught my eye: Hi everyone, Today [18 January] we’re introducing EasyTracker for Final Cut Pro X. EasyTracker is a plugin that lets The post Quick Look: EasyTracker for FCPX appeared first on ProVideo Coalition.

‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’: When Your Film Puts Your Own Family on the Line

Sundance Fellow Cecilia Aldarondo’s ‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’ unearths painful family history. Cecilia Aldarondo is having a banner run. Her documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart premiered to critical acclaim at Tribeca Film Festival last year, where it was picked up for broadcast on the prestigious documentary series, POV. She made the Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces of Independent Film list. Now, en route to her second feature, she’s been selected as one of only six Women at Sundance fellows, a program in its fifth year that supports emerging female directors and producers. Continue reading "‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’: When Your Film Puts Your Own Family on the Line"

RØDE Extends the Soundfield 360° Sound To Pro Filmmakers

Note, this is a follow up to the RØDE VideoMic Pro+ announcement – covering the Soundfield version… I was blessed to be at the announcement of several new RØDE microphones in Las Vegas Tuesday evening and they didn’t fail to impress! They announced 5 new microphones (3 of them are for live performances) and teased about 30 new products in the pipeline for the coming years. Of course, our readers are very interested in the 2 mics designed for filmmaking use – the new RØDE VideoMic Pro+ (see our coverage of that announcement here) and the RØDE VideoMic Soundfield. Unfortunately,
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More than a slap on the wrist: Aerial photography company hit with large fine for FAA violations

                     



             




After seeking a record sum of US$1.9 million from aerial photography company <a href="http://skypanintl.com/" >SkyPan International</a>, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has accepted $200,000 as part of a settlement. SkyPan International was charged with orchestrating 65 unauthorized flights in congested airspaces, lacking proper certification and registration for flights and not flying with the proper signaling equipment on-board to alert other aircraft to the presence of the SkyPan drones.

However, as part of the settlement, the FAA made no findings of...
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Dear Nikon: Please let us keep the 20mm F1.8G, Love, Dan

An open letter to Nikon 

Dear Nikon,  Dan Bracaglia here from DPReview.com. It’s been brought to my attention (mostly due to the nagging of coworkers) that the Nikkor 20mm F1.8G lens you’ve loaned us needs to be returned to Nikon ASAP. I guess this makes sense, seeing as we’ve had it for about 20 months now. But perhaps I can convince you, beyond a reason of a doubt to allow us just a little more time with it. I ask because I truly love this lens. And here’s why: There’s no such thing as a perfect lens, but
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Vimeo Launches Review Pages

Vimeo Launches Review Pages Vimeo launched the upgrade to their Profile Pages a couple of weeks back and they aren't sitting back. They just came out with Review Pages, based on team and client collaboration. It's a space for notes that can be made at certain points of a video. [ Read More ]

Finally — a Great Desktop App for Uploading Directly to Instagram

Hi gang — I’m pretty excited about this one — it’s called “Grids” and I’ve been using for about a month now and I’m totally and hopefully in love — mostly because every other desktop Instagram solution I’ve used has always had a “gotcha” — some key thing that was missing that made it pretty much unusable and I always wound up going back to the Instagram App until now. Here’s what it looks like on your computer: Above: When you launch the app it shows you your feed, but really nice and big (much larger than you’d see on
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Here’s the first known photo of a US Presidential Inauguration

When James Buchanan was sworn into office on March 4, 1857, John Wood made history by making the first known photograph of a US Presidential inauguration.  Wood was hired by Montgomery C. Meigs, an engineer managing the expansion of the US Capitol which added wings for the Senate and House. According to Robert O'Harrow's The Quartermaster, Meigs was an early days photography enthusiast. As prints became easier and more affordable to produce, he saw the value in using photography to make copies of architectural plans and hired Wood. For the inaugural photo, Meigs constructed a small stage so that Wood could Continue reading "Here’s the first known photo of a US Presidential Inauguration"

Meitu: harmless selfie app du jour or data mining scheme?

Meitu is an Android and iOS app made by China-based developer Xiamen Meitu Technology Co., Ltd. The app adds cartoonish embellishments and facial feature distortion reminiscent of Japanese anime to selfies, and for some reason, became widely popular with Western users this week. Meitu is by no means new – it's been around since 2008. But if you went to sleep last night blissfully unaware of its existence, chances are you saw someone's Meitu selfie somewhere on the internet when you woke up. Meitu brings a couple of things to the table. First, you can use the app as it's intended Continue reading "Meitu: harmless selfie app du jour or data mining scheme?"

Watch: Teaser for Kristen Stewart’s Sundance Directorial Debut ‘Come Swim’

Come Swim premieres at Sundance tomorrow as part of Shorts Program 1. Kristen Stewart makes her directorial debut at Sundance this year with Come Swim, a 17-minute diptych of one man's day, described as "half impressionist and half realist portraits." Today, Refinery 29 released the short film's teaser trailer. Come Swim is part of the company's Shatterbox Anthology, an online platform designed to elevate exciting new work from female directors. "A surrealist journey through the imagination's wild currents," Refinery 29 wrote, "Come Swim conjures a Continue reading "Watch: Teaser for Kristen Stewart’s Sundance Directorial Debut ‘Come Swim’"

Watch: Teaser for Kristen Stewart’s Sundance Directorial Debut ‘Come Swim’

Come Swim premieres at Sundance tomorrow as part of Shorts Program 1. Kristen Stewart makes her directorial debut at Sundance this year with Come Swim, a 17-minute diptych of one man's day, described as "half impressionist and half realist portraits." Today, Refinery 29 released the short film's teaser trailer. Come Swim is part of the company's Shatterbox Anthology, an online platform designed to elevate exciting new work from female directors. "A surrealist journey through the imagination's wild currents," Refinery 29 wrote, "Come Swim conjures a Continue reading "Watch: Teaser for Kristen Stewart’s Sundance Directorial Debut ‘Come Swim’"

The Sundance Film Festival is Political, Despite Itself

The Sundance 2017 opening day press conference was foregrounded by politics, identity, and identity politics. With the shadow of tomorrow's presidential inauguration looming, politics surfaced organically at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's opening press conference. When Robert Redford, President and Founder of the festival, spoke about its inception—as a development program for artists, a precursor to today's Sundance Labs—he said that he had initially turned to the National Endowment for the Arts. "There were a lot of stories that were not being told, filmmakers that were not being seen," Redford said. Continue reading "The Sundance Film Festival is Political, Despite Itself"

The Sundance Film Festival is Political, Despite Itself

The Sundance 2017 opening day press conference was foregrounded by politics, identity, and identity politics. With the shadow of tomorrow's presidential inauguration looming, politics surfaced organically at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's opening press conference. When Robert Redford, President and Founder of the festival, spoke about its inception—as a development program for artists, a precursor to today's Sundance Labs—he said that he had initially turned to the National Endowment for the Arts. "There were a lot of stories that were not being told, filmmakers that were not being seen," Redford said. Continue reading "The Sundance Film Festival is Political, Despite Itself"

Amazon Video Direct Offers Sundance Films Up to $100K to Hurry Up and Start Streaming

Amazon gives Sundance filmmakers incentives to race to their streaming VOD window. Amazon Video Direct launched its Film Festival Stars program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, offering a one-time publishing, non-recoupable bonus of up to $100,000 to festival films, plus double royalty rates for each stream on Amazon Prime. More specifically, official selections of the festival are eligible for the following distribution package:

25 Years of Digital

DCS In May of 1991, Eastman Kodak, the inventor of and early leader in digital imaging technology, introduced the first commercial DCS—Digital Camera System—at a press conference in New York City. Utilizing a Nikon F3 carcass (Kodak and Nikon made a virtue of this by claiming it would make the transition to digital easier for photojournalists already used to that camera), six models were offered for sale at prices between $20,000 and $25,000. It was the culmination of years of prototypes and proofs-of-concept. On Saturday at noon, in Rochester, our friend Todd Gustavson (author of the excellent Camera: A History of
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