DJ Refreshes Phantom 4 Pro With Improved Video and Obstacle Avoidance

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"

Your Footage Wanted: DJI and Pond5 to License the Best Work From Drone Filmmakers

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"

REVIEW: DJI Mavic Air Packs a Big Punch in a Small Package

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"

3 Benefits of 8K That Have Nothing to Do with Image Dimensions

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"

Watch: Four 85mm Lenses Go Head to Head in This Detailed Shootout

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"

Good Things Come in Small Packages: DJI Releases Foldable, Portable Mavic Air Drone

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"

Autel Robotics Adds the New Portable EVO to Its Drone Lineup

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"

Laibox is Going to Revolutionize the Action Cam

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"

Kodak Debuts 360 and 3D Cameras at CES 2018

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"

3 Cinematography Musts From ‘Game of Thrones’ DP Anette Haellmigk

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"

Dell, Seagate, and Sandisk Debut Portable SSDs

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"

Zoom H1 Upgraded with Video-Friendly Features

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"

StudioBinder’s Newest Production App is ‘Like Google Calendar for Filmmakers’

A new way to plan your productions visually. StudioBinder has announced a new program that maps out key production phases for filmmakers and video producers. Production Calendar, a tool that helps keep your shoots on track, collaborate with teams, and add tasks, will allow you to check the status of your project's various phases in an easy-to-use interface. You're able to design different calendar templates and easily filter calendar elements so you can see your most important tasks quickly and clearly. Features Continue reading "StudioBinder’s Newest Production App is ‘Like Google Calendar for Filmmakers’"

Yuneec Reveals Typhoon H Plus Drone

Can this "Pro" drone rival DJI's Phantom 4 Pro? The drone-producing company Yuneec has announced a new addition to its professional line: the Typhoon H Plus. Increasing the sensor resolution from 12 to 20MP and doubling the 4k frame rate from 30 to 60, the company says its new Typhoon H Plus is aimed at the professional drone operator market. In addition to an improved camera, the Typhoon H Plus has six motors reported as being 40% quieter than typical hex-copters. Boasting sophisticated obstacle-avoidance and tracking sensors Continue reading "Yuneec Reveals Typhoon H Plus Drone"

Yuneec Reveals Typhoon H Plus Drone

Can this "Pro" drone rival DJI's Phantom 4 Pro? The drone-producing company Yuneec has announced a new addition to its professional line: the Typhoon H Plus. Increasing the sensor resolution from 12 to 20MP and doubling the 4k frame rate from 30 to 60, the company says its new Typhoon H Plus is aimed at the professional drone operator market. In addition to an improved camera, the Typhoon H Plus has six motors reported as being 40% quieter than typical hex-copters. Boasting sophisticated obstacle-avoidance and tracking sensors Continue reading "Yuneec Reveals Typhoon H Plus Drone"

DJI and Seagate Unveil the DJI Copilot with 2TB Capacity

Will the DJI Copilot end up in your flight kit? After announcing the Fly Drive last year, DJI and Seagate have gone ahead and debuted the DJI Copilot at CES 2018 this week. While the DJI Fly Drive offered roomy, affordable 2TB capacity under $400, the DJI Copilot offers all that and more, now allowing the user to manage data on the drive itself (via the Copilot BOSS app). The DJI Copilot also allows you to copy or transfer the files from a micro SD card—or Type-A Continue reading "DJI and Seagate Unveil the DJI Copilot with 2TB Capacity"

5 Ways Hiring a Drone Operator Can Save You Time and Money

Drone operators can do more than you think. Filmmakers instinctively think of drones being used to get high, wide, establishing shots or as cameras that can be positioned in places traditional equipment cannot. But a knowledgeable and skilled drone operator knows how to go beyond the obvious and use their drone to do a lot more than capture high establishing shots. As such, there are many ways that hiring a professional drone operator for your next production can help you save time and money. Here are five of them. 1. Use Continue reading "5 Ways Hiring a Drone Operator Can Save You Time and Money"

5 Pointers for Better Drone Storytelling

Drones aren't just for establishing shots anymore. You may not think that a drone is an effective storytelling tool by itself, but the Drone Film Festival and many of its entrants are out to prove differently. The winner of the Narrative category in the most recent L.A. version of the fest, Cardboard Cadet, is a charming example of a film shot almost entirely from the air. In fact, all entries in the festival have to include at least 50% of their shots created by drones. In this video, Cardboard Continue reading "5 Pointers for Better Drone Storytelling"

Five Must-Have Drone Accessories from 2017

In a huge year for drone tech, here are some of the most useful new aerial accessories. As in each of the past several years, drone technology has grown and advanced at a tremendous pace in 2017. It feels like every time we turn around there's a new drone or accessory being released. From the tiny DJI Spark, small enough to be held in your hand, to the big cinematic visuals from the Zenmuse X7 camera for the Inspire 2 which is the highest-resolution drone cinema camera ever at the lowest price, this year was Continue reading "Five Must-Have Drone Accessories from 2017"