AIR in MOTION Proof of Concept by Vincent Laforet

Vincent laforet ‘Air In Motion' is a fantastic proof of concept based on his very popular and beautiful “air” photography series Y'all remember this guy Vincent Laforet right? Of course you do! Ok, I know many of you may not have heard of him, but in some ways, he's the father of the DSLR Video revolution when he shared the first video short shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II called “Reverie” His first passion was photography and he worked for years for the New York Times and won a Pulitzer for his work. Then he ventured into Continue reading "AIR in MOTION Proof of Concept by Vincent Laforet"

Top 10 Things to Know About Magic Lantern Hack for Canon DSLRs

We all love ‘em: top 10 lists. Herewith, my completely biased list of the 10 most important things you need to know about Magic Lantern (though not necessarily in order).

1. Audio monitoring

This was the primary reason I first tried Magic Lantern with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. No newsflash: it’s critical for filmmakers to be able to monitor audio in real time. How else are you going to know that the wireless lav mics you worked so hard to set right have just gotten a burst of static from a passing truck and you need to reshoot? Magic Lantern
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The Freedman Group Acquires FuzzMeasure & RØDE Launches RØDETest Division

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The Freedman Group Acquires FuzzMeasure & RØDE Launches RØDETest Division

RØDE Microphones Press:
The Freedman Group announces RØDETest – RØDE’s new audio test and measurement division. RØDETest will house RØDE’s future line of measurement microphones and software. The Freedman Group has acquired FuzzMeazure, the premier acoustic measurement software. For over a decade, FuzzMeasure has determined the auditory performance of studios, live venues, microphones and more. FuzzMeasure is RØDETest’s first step into the acoustic and auditory measurement space.
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To celebrate the launch of RØDETest and acquisition of FuzzMeasure, RØDE is reducing the price of a Personal Licence and first
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Don’t Miss It! B&H Live Panel Discussion On The New Panasonic Lumix GH5s

Lumix GH5sWatch the B&H Live Panel Discussion On The New Panasonic Lumix GH5s on January 31st, 2018 @1:00PM EST

Gold Medal Video Quality for Lumix

Designed solely for professional video shooters, the GH5S delivers the best video quality ever from a Lumix Micro Four Thirds camera. The 10.28MP Multi-Aspect Live MOS Sensor features Dual Native ISO Technology, something originally found only on broadcast and cinema cameras, which provides exceptionally clean footage at both ISO 400 and ISO 2500 for added versatility and an extended ISO range of up to ISO 204800. Also, the lower resolution allows for an improvement to
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DJI Officially Launches All New Mavic Air

DJI Mavic AirPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. Today, DJI officially launched their all new Mavic Air drone. It is essentially a perfect cross between the existing Mavic Pro and the Spark, which was exactly what their customer base have been requesting. The Mavic Air comes with a 3 axis camera using a 1:2.3 CMOS sensor allowing for 4k video at 30 FPS (recorded using h.264 at 100mbs!) and 12 megapixel photos, a first for a drone is small and compact as the Mavic Air. There is even an automated panorama capture mode resulting in a 32
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New Mavic Air Leaked Ahead of Tuesday’s Launch Event

Post by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. If you’re wondering what the much discussed new Mavic Air is, you don’t have to wait a moment longer! Meet the Mavic Air, a smaller overall version of the existing Mavic Pro packing way better imaging credentials if the leak is accurate. The Mavic Air is alleged to be capable of 4k video and 24 megapixel photos, big improvements over the existing Mavic Pro. That is the extent of the leaked info. Missing is the size of the sensor used as well as the flight range. We will get the full spec list
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DJI Mavic Air
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GoPro In the News for All the Wrong Reasons

GoPro KarmaPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. 2018 has not started off well for GoPro. After two years of trying to gain a toehold in the ultra competitive drone market, GoPro has exited the competition by discontinuing their Karma drone. With that, they are rumored to have let go of nearly 300 employees. If that mews weren’t bad enough, their stock has taken a nosedive this week as news of a possible sale weakens investor confidence. While GoPro is not the camera of choice outside of the action sports crowd, it has become a very reliable choice for those who
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Panasonic Releases LUMIX GH5s – Extended Coverage!

Panasonic Lumix GH5sPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. As if the GH5 were not good enough, Panasonic has decided to make it better with the release of the GH5s. Here are the significant changes, via Adorma.com:
  • 10.2MP high-sensitivity MOS sensor with multi-aspect and dual native ISO (400 & 2,500) with a range from 160 – 51,200; extendable to 80 – 204,800.
  • Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit, 30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit. 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR.
  • 4K Anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance,
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
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DJI Introduces Single Hand Gimbal, Ronin S

Post by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy It was only a matter of time before DJI decided to make their amazing Ronin line available to photography and video hobbyists. What am I talking about? Well, ahead of the official start of CES this year, DJI has announced two new products. The first is a new version of their Osmo Mobile. The improvements include significant battery life improvement, now at a claimed 15 hours on a built-in, non-replaceable battery and a new portrait mode. These are fantastic improvements over the existing Osmo Mobile. The original featured a replaceable battery with a
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DJI Osmo 2
DJI Osmo 2
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Tips for Photographing and Capturing the Beauty of the Aurora Borealis

This is a guest post from Ryan Tollefsen

Tips for Photographing and Capturing the Beauty of the Aurora Borealis

The dazzling, dancing colored lights of the aurora borealis are one of Mother Nature's best shows. But because they are always moving and shifting against a dark sky, these ethereal lights can be tricky, but definitely not impossible, to photograph.

Your Equipment

You don't need a fancy camera to capture the beauty of the northern lights. You simply need one that can be put on a full manual setting. Why? Because automatic settings are fine when the conditions are bright, and your Continue reading "Tips for Photographing and Capturing the Beauty of the Aurora Borealis"

DitoGear Great Xmas Sale! Get 25% Discount on Most Motion Control Equipment

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DitoGear Great Xmas Sale

Via DitoGear:
We are excited to announce 25% discount on most of our motion control equipment. Take advantage and buy gear for animation, stop motion or time lapse. If you already have some of our motion control equipment, extend your kit and get for example pan and tilt head (OmniHead). Enjoy and start shopping now! The discounts are already added to the selected products and visible at DitoGear store.
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“Transient” A MUST SEE Compilation of Storm Chasing Adventures by Dustin Farrell

TransientStop what you're doing and take 4 minutes to watch this. Really. I've been a huge fan of Dustin Farrell for a while (we met many moons ago at a Timelapse Festival in one of the most unusual restaurants I've ever been in… but that's an entirely different story!). This is one of the most amazing shorts you'll see. Well worth the time. I found out too in chatting with Dustin that this includes ‘stock' music from a company I've never heard of (audiomachine) but I'm going to do a story to tell you more about them (you can
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RØDE Microphones Releases Its AI-1 Studio Quality Audio Interface

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RØDE Microphones Releases First Audio Interface – AI-1

Via RØDE Press:
Tuesday 5th December 2017, Sydney Australia – Leading pro audio manufacturer, RØDE Microphones, has released its first Audio Interface – the AI-1.
RODE AI-1
The AI-1 USB Audio Interface adds studio-quality input and output capabilities to your computer, making home recording easier than it has ever been. With its high quality NeutrikTM combo jack input and discrete Class-A preamp, you’ll be able to connect either a microphone, guitar or a line level instrument, such as a synthesizer.
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Winner Announcement! MeVIDEO Globetrotter Travel Video Tripod Giveaway

MeVIDEOErin M from New York was our winner from the MeVIDEO giveaway. Here's what Erin had to say about winning:
Erin from NY USA
This is amazing, thank you so much! My son has begun taking visual arts classes and he is going to go crazy for this, it will be such a help to him both in school and out. Hopefully this will inspire him to do more with what he has learned so far. Thank you so much planet5D for such amazing products and generous giveaways!

MeVIDEO Winner Selection



MeVIDEO Travel Video Tripod

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LensProToGo Announces Merge With Lensrentals

LensProToGoThis is pretty big news if you haven't already heard it… LensProToGo and Lensrentals merged. Could be really great for those in the USA. I love LensProToGo and I know many who love Lensrentals as well.

LensProToGo Merges With Lensrentals

Via LensProToGo Blog:
This week, we announce to the world that we will be merging with our friends and largest competitor, Lensrentals. As some of you may already know from personal experience, the team at Lensrentals in Memphis runs a great business, take wonderful care of their customers and they will be an amazing partner for us at LensProToGo.
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How the Leica M10 is Made – a Cinematic behind-the-scenes

Leica M10It is probably because I worked at Boeing for so many years and was able to regularly visit the shop floor to watch the F-15 and F-18 fighters being built and visiting the different shops where parts were made; electronics, heads up displays, carbon fiber, the paint rooms, and everything all the way up to final assembly of fighter planes; but this behind-the-scenes of the making of the Leica M10 is just fascinating! And very well shot. And besides, it is a very good reminder of just how much work goes into building something like these cameras… things we take for
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Leica M10
Leica M10
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Frame.IO Called Company to Watch Out For in 2018 According to VCs

frame.ioIt is fantastic to watch the progress of companies as they grow and achieve new heights and Frame.io is one that is busting out! We covered their launch way back in the day – hard to believe that time moves so quickly! And over time, they've added more functionality and more integrations and grown their user base. But look at Business Insider putting Frame.IO in this list of their predictions for the top 50 startups to BOOM in 2018! Congratulations to the team at Frame.IO!

Frame.IO Among 50 startups That Will Boom in 2018, According to VCs

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Cinemartin Spider Dual Slider Announced

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Cinemartin Spider Dual Slider with AutoPan

Via Cinemartin Press:
PRESS RELEASE, 27 November 2017 – Cinemartin, the producers of the acclaimed prores and hevc h265 encoders for windows, the superb video denoiser, the universal baseplate, a full range of monitors and recorders for the filmmaking community, now, partnered with a specialized team, is proud to release a new product that will suit almost any budget and situation where on a pro wants to deliver astonish film / cine look clips. Introducing Spider, an automated full motorized 2 axis Slider made to deliver gorgeous videos

Dual Motorized
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Meet the Most Portable, Adaptable and Intuitive Movi Smartphone Cinema Robot

What's a “Smartphone Cinema Robot?” Well, MōVI just redefined what you can do with a smartphone and I think this is very cool. Of course, you've seen some inexpensive smartphone gimbals, but I don't think any of them come anywhere close to the skills of the MōVI team. But on the other hand, they probably don't cost as much either. But then again, $299 isn't exactly too expensive for the everyday shoot either. And this has a lot more functionality! This could even be cool for doing Facebook Live videos (which I do now and then). Have a look at the
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Freefly Movi
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TODAY! First Episode of Westdoc Online: Free Live Video Webinars

I had a very nice chat yesterday with Chuck Braverman who is putting this new Westdoc Online together and I think it will be very cool to tune in. And it will be exciting to see this as it unfolds because everyone knows online is the place to be right? I like the thought of taking an existing well established conference for Documentary and Reality communities and making at least part of it more accessible by bringing the content online. So you should tune in TODAY! And see how it unfolds. I know I'll be there.

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