Marshall CV420-CS: new true 4K compact camera debuts at IBC 2018

Marshall CV420-CS: new true 4K compact camera debuts at IBC 2018 The  new Marshall CV420-CS offers true 4K resolution in 4096x2160p at 60/50 fps, and comes packaged in a sturdy, discrete design that features a wide range of picture adjustment controls. Built around a 12.4-Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch sensor, the Marshall CV420-CS  expands the family of CV cameras from the company with a compact true 4K camera. The new model delivers crisp, clear 4096x2160p video with, adds Marshall, vibrant colors and fast frame rates. The Marshall CV420-CS has outputs of 12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0, and it has a Varifocal or Fixed CS/C lens mount capability with DC Auto-Iris plug-in for Continue reading "Marshall CV420-CS: new true 4K compact camera debuts at IBC 2018"

A.I. Gigapixel: enlarge images using artificial intelligence

A.I. Gigapixel: enlarge images with artificial intelligence Topaz Labs has a new tool and is not a plugin or even a new feature for its Topaz Studio. A.I. Gigapixel is a stand-alone image resizer that the company says is smarter and sharper than anything else available. With modern cameras offering so many megapixels, one would think image resizers are a thing of the past, but they are not. We continue to use the interpolation tools available in different photo editors to create larger versions of some photos, and when requested to create even bigger images, some of us might use a specialized tool, able to get
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Filmtools Filmmaker Friday Featuring Filmmaker Rachel Knoll

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the Filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a Filmmaker. Options include pitching an idea, or a commission through screenwriting, casting, shooting, editing, and screening your project. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker Rachel Knoll about her work. This is what she said:

What is your name and where are you from?

Rachel Knoll: My name is Rachel Knoll. I was born in Fargo – North Dakota then lived in Colorado, London, Zurich, and Montreal. I

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Sony FS5 Helps A Mt. Everest Shoot Become A Reality

The Sony FS5 is lightweight, easy to use 4K camera so it makes absolute sense to me it would be the preferred choice for co-producer / director of photography Sierra Johansen to take to Mt. Everest for a documentary on climber Nick Talbot. Talbot was attempting to summit Everest even though he has Cystic Fibrosis. “Breathing on Everest” is directed by Meredith Gaito you can read all about Johansen’s experience with the Sony FS5 and about her shooting at Everest’s basecamp below which Sony asked her to share. The words below are all Johansen’s and I feel it best for
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Sony FS5
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HeadPLUS: edelkrone says it’s the smartest motorized pan and tilt head

HeadPLUS, edelkrone’s motorized pan and tilt head Introduced by edelkrone as the new world’s smartest motorized pan & tilt head, HeadPLUS is available in the normal version and the HeadPLUS PRO, able to handle heavier cameras. Simplicity of use is key to the design of  the new accessory, says edelkrone. The new accessory is ultra simple to use, says the company, because “you can manually adjust the pan and tilt angle of the HeadPLUS. This way, instead of using a remote control, you can, in fact, program your camera motions by hand. This gives an unprecedented speed to your workflow, and makes the whole process much more
HeadPLUS, edelkrone’s motorized pan and tilt head
HeadPLUS, edelkrone’s motorized pan and tilt head
HeadPLUS, edelkrone’s motorized pan and tilt head
HeadPLUS, edelkrone’s motorized pan and tilt head
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DaVinci Resolve 15: spotlight on some of the new features

DaVinci Resolve 15: spotlight on some of the new features If you want to try a new NLE, think about DaVinci Resolve 15. The free version, says Blackmagic Design, “has more features than virtually every other paid application for post production.” Recently released, DaVinci Resolve 15 represents a massive update to the program, and, as BlackMagic Design stated, is “the world’s first solution to combine professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post production, multi user collaboration and now visual effects together in one software tool.” This version adds an entirely new Fusion page with over 250 tools for compositing, paint, particles, animated titles and more, and
DaVinci Resolve 15: spotlight on some of the new features
DaVinci Resolve 15: spotlight on some of the new features
DaVinci Resolve 15: spotlight on some of the new features
DaVinci Resolve 15: spotlight on some of the new features
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Fade In Pro: Screenwriting’s best kept secret

If you’ve ever done any kind of screenwriting—be it for dramatic works or even documentary post-scripting—you’ll no doubt have resorted to one of two things: wrestling with Microsoft Word templates to get the formatting correct or handing over a hefty bit of cash for Final Draft, the industry standard software package for screenwriting. But did you know that there are alternatives? Alternatives like Fade In Pro. For many years starved writers turned to Celtx as the free, open source alternative to Final Draft. Only problem: it wasn’t actually open source and it didn’t stay free. At time of writing
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Using Schneider Custom 8” Long ND Grad on “Drive” – a 56-Hour Single Shot Film

“Why don’t you get a right-hand car?” cinematographer Paul Reuter suggested to director James Rasin. The two had been talking about his friend’s inventive and very personal concept of shooting a journey from Manhattan in NY to the Pacific Ocean in L.A., no cuts. It would encapsulate the American dream, the free spirit of getting into the car and just driving to the coast. They called it Drive.

No stranger to inventive shooting – Reuter has captured what he calls “suspecting and unsuspecting individuals– from Havana to the West Bank, from submarines to jet planes and everywhere

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Magic ViewFinder: a free director’s viewfinder app for Android and iOS

Magic ViewFinder Free for Android and iOS Cinematographers, directors or photographers who use a camera and want to check and or simulate framing without holding the camera, should check the FREE collection of Magic ViewFinder apps. Whether you use a Blackmagic Cinema camera, a Lumix (or Olympus), a Canon, Nikon, Sony, Arri or RED, there is a Magic Viewfinder for you. Taking the name from the brand it is designed to be used with, the Magic Viewfinder app either becomes a Magic Cinema Viewfinder (for the Blackmagic models) or a Magic RED Viewfinder, or Magic Nikon Viewfinder. Each specific app will present features adequate to the camera(s)
Magic ViewFinder Free for Android and iOS
Magic ViewFinder Free for Android and iOS
Magic ViewFinder Free for Android and iOS
Magic ViewFinder Free for Android and iOS
Magic ViewFinder Free for Android and iOS
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After Effects News 2018 August #2

Last week’s news, today! Plugin Everything released Bezier Node for After Effects, which is 33% Off until Aug 14. Bezier Node draws a curved line from A to B. It’s good for animating graphs and infographics; you can adjust parameters such as Axis, Symmetry, Extra lines, Gradient, Trim paths, and more. As part of their interview series, they also hosted Fraser Davidson from Cub Studios in London. The next episode features Lloyd Alvarez, creator and founder of AE Scripts & Plugins. Unfortunately, they pick to stream on Facebook but you can find the date when they announce it. Here’s Bezier
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iPhone X 3D facial mocap available for professional production

iPhone X 3D facial mocap available for professional production The popularity of the iPhone X for face tracking has serious power for animators and storytellers. Some suggest that out-of- the-box, LIVE FACE is probably the easiest facial mocap system of all to use with it. Last July,  Reallusion introduced the free app LIVE FACE, unlocking the iPhone X face tracking power, offering users the ability to live stream facial mocap data to any desktop client. The LIVE FACE app live captures facial performances via an iPhone X to create 2D facial animations with CrazyTalk Animator 3 (CTA 3) on a Mac or PC, turning an iPhone X into
iPhone X 3D facial mocap available for professional production
iPhone X 3D facial mocap available for professional production
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Marcus Robinson’s time-lapse photography shows Tower 3 rising

Marcus Robinson's time-lapse photography shows Tower 3 rising Commissioned by Silverstein Properties for recent ceremonies marking the building’s completion, Marcus Robinson’s “Tower 3” memorializes the construction of the newly-opened landmark. Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Marcus Robinson studied modern languages at Cambridge University, before specializing in architectural photography. With many exhibitions in Paris of his architectural photography, Robinson moved to London in 1998, and began photographing the creation of the iconic London Eye. His short film of the London landmark was commissioned by Channel 4, and the film ‘Millennium Wheel’ was broadcast on the eve of the year 2000 and later that year screened at the London Film
Marcus Robinson's time-lapse photography shows Tower 3 rising
Marcus Robinson's time-lapse photography shows Tower 3 rising
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DaVinci Resolve 15 launched with hundreds of new features

DaVinci Resolve 15 launched with hundreds of new features The new upgrade to DaVinci Resolve fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics, adds even more audio tools plus hundreds of new features and improvements that editors and colorists have asked for! With the recent massive update that fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics, DaVinci Resolve 15 is, says Blackmagic Design, “the world’s first solution to combine professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post production, multi user collaboration and now visual effects together in one software tool.” DaVinci Resolve 15 adds an entirely new Fusion page with over 250 tools for compositing, paint, particles, animated titles
DaVinci Resolve 15 launched with hundreds of new features
DaVinci Resolve 15 launched with hundreds of new features
DaVinci Resolve 15 launched with hundreds of new features
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Real-time workflows for film, TV, VR and AR using Unreal Engine technology

From Technicolor’s ‘HP Mars Home Planet’ VR experience to a demo set in the Star Wars universe showcasing techniques for virtual production, Epic Games will offer real-time experiences at Siggraph. The Siggraph 2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the place to go to explore the new trends and technologies, and Epic Games invites visitors to the event to delve into a new world of immersive experiences with Unreal Engine! Epic Games will use the event to demonstrate the power of its Unreal Engine technology to drive the most advanced real-time workflows across film and TV, VR/AR, games, architecture, automotive,
Real-time workflows for film, TV, VR and AR using Unreal Engine technology
Real-time workflows for film, TV, VR and AR using Unreal Engine technology
Real-time workflows for film, TV, VR and AR using Unreal Engine technology
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ART OF THE CUT with the previs editors of The Third Floor

Over the past few months of interviews many of the editors have mentioned working with previs editors. (Ant-man and the Wasp, Rampage, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and many of the other films mentioned below) Nearly all of them mentioned working with the internationally-acclaimed previs company The Third Floor. It roused my curiosity about the relationship between the previs editor – who is often on a project long before the picture editor – and the picture editors. How are the skillsets different and what are the previs editors doing to facilitate the production?

Art of the Cut is
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RØDE SC6-L: a game-changer for compact 2-track recording on iOS devices

Although I have not yet received a review unit, I can already feel that RØDE’s recently announced US$79 RØDE SC6-L is likely to become a game-changer for compact 2-track field recording on iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Simultaneously, I also discovered that —two years after my plea for important improvements in the RØDE Reporter app for iOS— some of them were just added too, in addition to a firmware update for the RØDE i-XLR that I reviewed back then. Can you tell I am excited about these developments? Learn all the details ahead + two videos, preceded by a
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CBS and New York’s Grand Central Terminal

When I was in elementary school I occasionally suffered from childhood ailments that kept me home from school. If I felt well enough to come downstairs I would take my usual position on the sofa so I could watch whatever was on television during the daytime hours. I can remember an announcer at the end of some shows telling me to write for tickets or enter some contest by sending my “stamped self addressed envelope” to CBS, Grand Central Station, New York, NY. Then I found out that Grand Central was a train station and not a post office. As
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Character Creator 3 will be a stand-alone tool for animation production

Character Creator 3 will be a stand-alone tool for animation production Reallusion’s Character Creator is a free add-on tool for iClone, but starting from v3, the program will turn into a stand-alone character generator. The program is now on pre-order, at a special price. Character Creator (CC) is an amazing FREE add-on tool for iClone that has been available for some time. With the program users can create realistic looking, animation-ready 3D human characters for use with iClone and other 3D tools. Unique character designs are created through the use of shape morphs, customizable high-resolution skin textures, and outfits with clothing containing your own fabric designs. Next September, creators will be
Character Creator 3 will be a stand-alone tool for animation production
Character Creator 3 will be a stand-alone tool for animation production
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“Mouseless” Dynamic Trimming in Final Cut Pro X

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can edit in Final Cut Pro X without touching a mouse. There are many great keyboard commands for common editing tasks in Final Cut Pro X and they often allow you to edit more quickly than clicking and dragging with a mouse. Our focus in this episodes is “dynamic trimming”: adjusting an edit point while the project plays. The setup is a rough string-out of a dialogue scene where there is obvious overlap of repeated dialogue across the cut point since the OTS shot and the Continue reading "“Mouseless” Dynamic Trimming in Final Cut Pro X"

Filmmaker Friday with Filmmaker Barry Cheong

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the Filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a Filmmaker. Options include pitching an idea, or a commission through screenwriting, casting, shooting, editing, and screening your project. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker Barry Cheong about his work. This is what he said:

What is your name and where are you from?

Barry Cheong: My name is Barry Cheong, originally born in South Africa, but have been in Toronto, Canada for most of my life.

What is

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