Insta360 will let you go 180 with its flagship cameras. This week, Insta360 announced a new workflow enhancement for its Pro and Pro 2 cameras, allowing filmmakers to render 180-degree crops of their 360-degree 3D footage quickly and easily. How? By using the company's proprietary Premiere Pro CC workflow and its branded Insta360 Stitcher software. As you may be aware, Insta360 developed an Adobe Premiere Pro CC plugin to use with its Pro & Pro 2 camera models designed to greatly speed up workflow and reduce duplicated energy spent stitching and Continue reading "Insta360 Announces 180-Degree 3D Workflow for Pro Series Cameras"
Insta360's new One X 360 degree action camera promises more freedom and creative possibilities. Today, Insta360 has revolutionized the action camera game with its release of the One X, an ultra-portable consumer 360-degree action cam. Among the camera's features are a maximum resolution of 5.7k @ 30fps, gimbal-like internal stabilization, a purpose-built editing app that let's you shoot first & frame later, and a new TimeShift feature that allows you time to remap your footage for increased dynamism and creativity. The Insta360 One X is a consumer action camera that Continue reading "Insta360 One X Revolutionizes the Action Camera"
These two drones differ in camera alone. DJI, the world leader in the consumer drone market, added two more models to its fleet of flying cameras, the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. In terms of construction, obstacle avoidance, top speed, flight time, and the fact that they both feature a new Hyperlapse shooting mode, these drones are identical. Where they differ, however, is in their cameras. The Mavic 2 Pro camera features a 1" Hasselblad designed sensor, capable of shooting 20MP JPEG or DNG still images, up to Continue reading "REVIEW: DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Are Almost Identical—So Which One is Right for You?"
With the Mavic 2 Pro's Hasselblad sensor and Mavic 2 Zoom's integrated optical zoom, DJI introduces industry firsts. DJI has just introduced two additions to its Mavic series: Mavic 2 Pro, and Mavic 2 Zoom. These two new additions usher in some big image capturing features in the familiar small form-factor of the popular Mavic Pro. The Mavic 2 Zoom boasts an industry-first optical zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro features an integrated Hasselblad camera. Both cameras capture 4K ultra-high definition video at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second (using the H.265 Continue reading "DJI’s New Mavic 2 Series Enables Highly Detailed Image Capture from the Air"
Did you know that you can build your own portfolio website through Adobe Creative Cloud? Many of us use Adobe Creative Cloud every day in our work and are familiar with programs like Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop and Lightroom. But since its debut of the Creative Cloud as a SaaS product, Adobe has been adding all sorts of cloud-based tools to the suite. One of these very useful—but perhaps lesser-known—tools is Portfolio. It is a drag & drop website design application that includes hosting, an unlimited number of pages—all of which come as part Continue reading "Adobe Portfolio Lets You Build a Showcase Site from Within Your Creative Cloud Subscription"
Does your portable drone record video in HDR? The popular drone maker Parrot has just announced the fruits of two years of design work: ANAFI, a drone capable of recording HDR 4K video (21 MP stills) that fits in your jacket pocket. The company focused its efforts on four main areas: Image quality, flight performance, foldability of the drone, and ease of use of the software. Though No Film School hasn't had the opportunity to do a hands-on test with ANAFI, the specs and features do seem like they could be Continue reading "Meet ANAFI, a Drone that Fits in Your Pocket and Allows You to Record HDR 4K Video"
Pixar’s Jason Katz reveals the what, why, and how of successful storytelling. VR, AR, MR, & 360 video (collectively referred to as “XR” in the industry) are becoming increasingly more popular as storytelling tools largely due to an explosion in hardware and software innovations that make the production of those media affordable and accessible to the masses. No Film School was on hand at this year’s Augmented World Expo in San Jose to explore some of the recent innovations and see what tools and techniques are out there that could be helpful for filmmakers. Continue reading "5 Steps for Transforming an OK Story to a Great One from a Pixar Story Supervisor"
Looking for the best platform to publish your immersive videos? Here are the pros and cons of the top five. As 360-degree cameras become more affordable and as more websites and apps begin natively supporting 360 photo & video playback, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best places to distribute your content. We compared the cost, ease of use, discoverability, maximum upload resolution, and overall user experience of each in order to let you evaluate what site (or sites) will make the best online home for your 360 content. Read More
DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 is more of a mid-cycle refresh than a brand new product. DJI has named its latest release the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and that seems fitting considering the improvements are incremental and not groundbreaking new features. While we don't think the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 will leave current Phantom 4 Pro owners with FOMO, it is an incredibly well-made drone capable of safe, intelligent flights and of producing beautiful imagery. Like the previous version, the V2 boasts a 1" CMOS sensor capable of Continue reading "DJ Refreshes Phantom 4 Pro With Improved Video and Obstacle Avoidance"
Pond5 & DJI team up to promote footage from FAA Certificated drone operators. Overview DJI and Pond5 have announced a collaborative effort through which drone operators who hold FAA Part 107 Certificates will have footage they've captured on DJI drones curated and promoted in featured collections on the Pond5 website. In order to be eligible to apply for the program, drone operators must have and provide proof of their FAA Part 107 certification as well as a reel of their aerial content and a list of the DJI drones they own & Continue reading "Your Footage Wanted: DJI and Pond5 to License the Best Work From Drone Filmmakers"
Portability, safety, and creativity are the big features of this little drone. The Mavic Air is DJI's newest consumer drone designed for enthusiasts & content creators alike who are looking for a highly portable UAV that can shoot stable 4K video and Adobe DNG RAW still photos. DJI sent No Film School a Mavic Air to test out and review, and from our time with the drone, it seems to successfully meet those needs. It also packs in a bunch of sensors to enhance safety, and some autonomous flight modes that make it easy to Continue reading "REVIEW: DJI Mavic Air Packs a Big Punch in a Small Package"
Maybe large format matters, after all. Whether or not 8K matters has been a hot topic since its emergence. During Camerimage 2017 in Poland, Michael Cioni (SVP of Innovation at Panavision & Light Iron), Dan Sasaki (VP of Optical Engineering, Panavision), and Ian Vertovec (Senior DI Colorist, Light Iron) discussed the benefits of shooting in large format (greater than 4K) video. In their argument, they lay out three components of image quality using a triangle model where resolution is but one-third of the entire picture. They claim that, while resolution is Continue reading "3 Benefits of 8K That Have Nothing to Do with Image Dimensions"
Spoiler alert: the most expensive lens isn't always the best. Last week, Dustin Abbott (whose reviews are generally well regarded) published a video comparing four popular 85mm lenses from Canon, Sigma, Tamron, and Zeiss. The purpose of his test was to evaluate the four lenses for pure resolving ability and to then publish his findings about which (if any) proved superior to the rest. His test was presented in two parts with a video for each part. The first part illustrates his comparisons of resolving power between all four of these lenses. Then, in part Continue reading "Watch: Four 85mm Lenses Go Head to Head in This Detailed Shootout"
DJI has created a brand new class of drone. It seems, lately, DJI is trending downward in size but not quality. Over the past 18 months, the company has iterated its technology and released new products at an incredibly rapid pace. It began with its release of the Mavic Pro about a year and a half ago, making it easy for people to bring a 4K drone with them wherever they go, thanks to its foldable design and small chassis. After that, DJI debuted the Phantom 4 Pro, which boasts advanced obstacle avoidance sensors and Continue reading "Good Things Come in Small Packages: DJI Releases Foldable, Portable Mavic Air Drone"
Is EVO fresh Karma in a DJI-dominated market? Just as GoPro announces the end of its participation in the consumer drone market, Autel Robotics, a Washington State-based drone manufacturer has introduced its new foldable drone called the EVO, seemingly taking GoPro Karma's place in the DJI-dominated consumer drone marketplace. In keeping with recent drone designs from its competitors, Autel Robotics' EVO features foldable arms that make the drone easy to carry with you wherever you go. Seems as if we've heard this several times already. So what's new and different about EVO? Continue reading "Autel Robotics Adds the New Portable EVO to Its Drone Lineup"
Meet Laibox: the world's first interchangeable lens action camera Laibox is a new company that is poised to take the action cam market by storm by introducing the world to the first action camera to feature interchangeable lenses. If you've used a GoPro then the Laibox will feel familiar, but with some really cool features in addition to the swappable lenses. The company promises that its design will deliver higher quality, better light capturing ability, more details and greater depth of field—all while minimizing distortion. At the time of this writing, Laibox is a prototype and Continue reading "Laibox is Going to Revolutionize the Action Cam"
Will 360 be the future of Kodak's 180? Kodak built its brand on putting cameras in the hands of "everyday" people. Though it nearly went bankrupt after inventing (but failing to capitalize on) previous investments, the company is still standing, primarily through brand licensing agreements and recent camera releases. It now seems committed to the user-friendly creation and sharing of immersive photos and videos. Will this be Kodak's path toward continued profitability? The market for consumer 360 cameras is crowded, but Kodak is confident in its Pixpro Continue reading "Kodak Debuts 360 and 3D Cameras at CES 2018"
Collaboration and cooperation reign in Haellmigk's kingdom. Game of Thrones DP Anette Haellmigk has spent her life in film and video production. Her cinematography career began in 1980 when an avant-garde German filmmaker named Hellmuth Costard offered Haellmigk a job as a first assistant cameraperson. It was in working with Costard that Haellmigk realized that she had found her calling as a cinematographer. According to her Behind the Lens column for CreativeCow.net, "Cinematography combines the artistic and the technical, which I liked. So I have found my path." Haellmigk went Continue reading "3 Cinematography Musts From ‘Game of Thrones’ DP Anette Haellmigk"
Here are five options for blazing fast backup in the field. Portable backup storage devices seem to be hot commodities at CES this year. With companies like Dell, Sandisk, Seagate, and even DJI throwing their respective hats into the portable storage ring, it seemed like a good time to take a look at several options. While you could, of course, continue to lug your laptop and an external drive into the field in order to transfer and backup your data, you no longer have to. Here are 4 portable SSD backup devices you can throw Continue reading "Dell, Seagate, and Sandisk Debut Portable SSDs"
This pocket-sized recorder boasts new major features. Like its predecessor, the H1, the newly overhauled, entry-level H1n from Zoom provides professional quality audio recording capabilities wherever you go. With a small, sleek design that allows the H1n to fit into your pocket, it's easy to access and doesn't take up much room. The one-touch button controls make it easier to implement filters and adjust your levels. It's much more user friendly than having to dive into a menu in order to find parameters and change settings. The Continue reading "Zoom H1 Upgraded with Video-Friendly Features"