Zephyr Drone Flight Training Review by Little Arms Studios

Pressure. It can be corrosive especially if the pressure you feel is from flying a good portion of your hard-earned money into the air. You know the more you practice your drone piloting skills the effects of pressure diminish. Little Arms Studios has a flight training program called Zephyr which can help the less experienced pilot get their feet wet or help the more experienced operator hone their skills.  Zephyr

What Is Zephyr

If you watch the Gif above you can see me practicing one of the basic training modules found in Zephyr. It was a simple session designed to
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CREATING YOUR OWN DCP’S – MEDIA COMPOSER SETUP

In our introductory article, I tried to get you thinking about the journey you’re about to go on, when it comes to creating DCP’s for Cinemas/Theatres.  There’s almost as much work in the setup as there is in the actual creation itself.  Now that we’ve covered all the important things you need to know about creating DCP’s, let’s get more specific, and talk about the process of getting your footage in the right resolution and color space, so we can then talk about the conversion to JPEG 2000.  We’re starting things off with Media Composer in this article, so
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This Art Of The Shot: “13 Reasons Why” Director of Photography Andrij Parekh

Andrij Parekh is an NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in 2001) trained cinematographer. It was there that he was nominated for the 1998 Eastman Excellence in Cinematography Award, apprenticed on “The Yards” (2000) with Harris Savides, and received the 2001 & 2003 ASC Heritage Awards. 

When I researched the over twenty features Andrij shot I come across some of my personal favorites: “Blue Valentine” (Derek Cianfrance), “Half Nelson” (Director Ryan Fleck), and “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Niki Caro). He’s had films play at Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and Sundance.  Recently Andrij answered my question about his experience
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This Art Of The Shot: “13 Reasons Why” Director of Photography Andrij Parekh

Andrij Parekh is an NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in 2001) trained cinematographer. It was there that he was nominated for the 1998 Eastman Excellence in Cinematography Award, apprenticed on “The Yards” (2000) with Harris Savides, and received the 2001 & 2003 ASC Heritage Awards. 

When I researched the over twenty features Andrij shot I come across some of my personal favorites: “Blue Valentine” (Derek Cianfrance), “Half Nelson” (Director Ryan Fleck), and “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Niki Caro). He’s had films play at Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and Sundance.  Recently Andrij answered my question about his experience
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This Art Of The Shot: “13 Reasons Why” Director of Photography Andrij Parekh

Andrij Parekh is an NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in 2001) trained cinematographer. It was there that he was nominated for the 1998 Eastman Excellence in Cinematography Award, apprenticed on “The Yards” (2000) with Harris Savides, and received the 2001 & 2003 ASC Heritage Awards. 

When I researched the over twenty features Andrij shot I come across some of my personal favorites: “Blue Valentine” (Derek Cianfrance), “Half Nelson” (Director Ryan Fleck), and “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (Niki Caro). He’s had films play at Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and Sundance.  Recently Andrij answered my question about his experience
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Matt MacDonald: How I created a film using a video game

Matt MacDonald: How I created a film using a video game Since its launch, the video game Grand Theft Auto V has been the base for cinematographers exploring its potential to create narratives. The 12 minutes of Not Normal are the most recent example of the game’s potential. If there is one thing that video games have in common with movies is that both tell stories. For a long time now, especially since graphic engines reached a point allowing them to recreate reality, multiple games have offered users the option to use the graphic engine to capture animated sequences, viewing them afterwards from multiple angles, in a pure cinematic experience. Grand
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Panasonic’s combo for 4K acquisition

Panasonic’s combo for 4K acquisition Panasonic’s compact field recorder AG-UMR20 and companion AG-UCK20 4K camera head, form a portable unit ideal for multiple applications in video production. Facilitating ultra-flexible, high-quality 4K image capture and advanced IP control and IP streaming, the combo created by Panasonic represents an accessible solution offering extreme versatility. The UMR20/UCK20, which can be connected via optional cables (in 3-meter and 20-meter lengths), are immediately available at suggested list prices of $2395.00 and $1995.00, respectively. The UMR20 recorder provides the flexibility of low cost, SD memory card recording, advanced yet high-quality compression, and UHD/FHD resolution capture in a small, portable
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Shutterstock: 4K submissions are growing

Shutterstock: 4K submissions are growing The market for 4K video is growing and Shutterstock rapidly adapted to the needs of creators and clients. The agency is also looking at the potential of 360 video and other formats available today. The interview with Alex Renaud, Shutterstock’s General Manager of eCommerce Motion started as a conversation about the 4K market. The theme was interesting, both from the agency’s perspective and for the journalist wanting to deliver content to its audience, so a few questions later we had something that makes sense to share with ProVideo Coalition readers. Before going through Alex Renaud answers, though, it is important
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Atomos Sumo: sooner than you thought

Atomos Sumo: sooner that you thought The first production monitor that also records 4K 12bit Raw, 10bit ProRes/DNxHR, plus 1080p60 live switching and recording, the Atomos Sumo, will cost you $2,495. Announced last April and on display at NAB 2017, the Sumo 19 inch monitor recorder was also present at Cine Gear Expo, where Atomos showed working prototypes of the monitor. Introduced as a brand new category of devices and, according to Atomos, “shaping up to be one of the most in-demand products of 2017”, one that will redefine the workflow options for video creatives, its first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200nit 10+
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AJA releases software for KONA IP, Io and T-TAP

AJA releases software for KONA IP, Io and T-TAP A new KONA IP firmware license option for JPEG 2000 now available and the other new releases confirm AJA’s commitment to advance HDR and IP pipelines for the broadcast, production, post and ProAV markets. Available for immediate download, the Desktop Software v13 for AJA’s KONA, Io and T-TAP products, introduces new HDR features including support for Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), enabling HDR-10 and HLG playout from Adobe Premiere Pro for AJA KONA 4, Io 4K and KONA IP. The v13 update also introduces:

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Gets Major Firmware Update

The Blackmagic Video Assist 2.5 firmware update was first announced at NAB 2017 has been released into the wild and ready for you to download. Is this one of those firmware updates where users get a crazy number of new features? No. It is the kind of firmware update where users get a few incredibly useful features. Video Assist 4K

Video Assist 4K & Multiple Scopes

Blackmagic added all the exposure and color tools to the Video Assist 4K one may need to help them capture their images with perfect exposure and color. The scope we are talking about are the: Waveform,
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AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra Plus now available

AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra Plus now available Unveiled at NAB 2017, the Ki Pro Ultra Plus, which captures pristine 4K/UltraHD and HD video to standard production codecs, is now available for purchase, with a recommended price of $3995. The Ki Pro Ultra Plus is AJA’s new multi-channel portable recorder, offering 1,2,3 or 4-channel simultaneous HD recording up to 1080 50/60p, or in single-channel mode, 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording and playback, with full HDMI 2.0 input and output (up to 12-bit capture and output). Designed to be both portable with a built-in carry handle or rackmountable with half rack wide 2RU high dimensions, Ki Pro Ultra Plus suits a Continue reading "AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra Plus now available"

Summer Special Price for Blackmagic Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

A new summer special has been announced by Blackmagic Design for the Video Assist and Video Assist 4K. That means anyone looking to pick up the monitor/recorders can save $100 on the Video Assist, and $300 on the Video Assist 4K. Yes, that’s right the Video Assist can now be purchased for only $395 and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K can be purchased for $595. Now, this is only for a limited time. Pick up the Video Assists now if you want them. Blackmagic Here is how Blackmagic describes the Video Assist: “The Blackmagic Video Assist family of products gives shooters better
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Micro Studio Camera 4K goes deep underwater

Micro Studio Camera 4K goes deep underwater The need for high quality 4K captured underwater led the team behind the BBC and NHK series to choose a compact system that would deliver. The Micro Studio Camera 4K was chosen. Sixty dives and three months later the team is happy with the results. Blackmagic Design  camera was chosen as part of the new EagleRay 4K underwater camera system, which is used to capture 4K footage up to 1,000 meters deep. Lee Frey, co-founder of Arctic Rays and manned submersible pilot for Alucia Productions, used the Micro Studio Camera 4K to capture footage during Antarctic expeditions for the BBC’s
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A Weekend With RHOdium FSND Filters By Schneider Review

Science versus art; it’s the unique combination that allows cinematographers/shooters to be both creative and tech savvy. In other words, you have to know the tech to be able to make the art. Yes, I am sure there are a number of creatives who will dispute this notion but remember Picasso was a young realist drawing prodigy before breaking up realistic form into the art he is well known for today. Thankfully, we do not have to be full on scientists. Schneider-Kreuznach Optics has taken over the role of hard-core scientist for us with the development of their new RHOdium FSND
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Andrew Fried and Bryant Fisher: filming with the Canon EOS C200

Andrew Fried and Bryant Fisher: filming with the Canon EOS C200 Andrew Fried (Chef’s Table) and DP Bryant Fisher (Hamilton’s America),  lead the crew of “From Dock to Dish”, first film shot in 4K on Canon’s brand new EOS C200. Here are their thought about the camera. When a new camera reaches the market, there are, as usual, many different opinions about the product, from the faithfull followers of a brand to the naysayers, many times, unfortunately, associated with other brands. There are also trolls, a new species of being that the Internet created and online forums and anonymity foster. There are, too the opinions of those who use the product.
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Panasonic AU-EVA1 revealed at Cine Gear Expo

Panasonic AU-EVA1 revealed at Cine Gear Expo Cine Gear Expo 2017 is the stage for the presentation of new compact cameras for small crews: Canon had the C200, Panasonic, finally, unveiled the AU-EVA1. Previewed at Cine Gear Expo 2017 and available this Fall, the AU-EVA1 is a new 5.7K cinema camera positioned between the Panasonic Lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT 4K cinema camera. Compact and lightweight, the AU-EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, but also well suited for documentaries, commercials and music videos. “For cinema-style acquisition, we realized there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT,” said Panasonic Cinema
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Sony announces plans for next-generation CineAlta camera at Cine Gear Expo

Sony announces next-gen CineAlta at Cine Gear Expo The next-generation CineAlta, from Sony, will be a 36x24mm full frame camera, aspect ratio-agnostic, designed in collaboration with industry professionals. The CineAlta brand name from Sony was introduced in 1999, with the first 24p digital camera system (HDW-F900), used by George Lucas in Episode II of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which Lucas had announced would be the first major motion picture to be shot 100% digitally. The camera, developed by a team from Sony and Panavision, started a new line within Sony, which has always been connected with high-end products. CineAlta raised the standard of motion picture production with Continue reading "Sony announces plans for next-generation CineAlta camera at Cine Gear Expo"