Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Share Photos in 4K High Resolution

Facebook has just introduced the ability to share high-resolution photos on its Messenger app. This makes for a much better, and less compressed, visual user experience for the countless people who send photos to one another every day through the popular app. “We’re making significant investments in how people communicate visually on Messenger,” says Facebook in a statement. Photos up to 4,096px x 4,096px in size can now be shared at their maximum resolution. According to Facebook, the new photo sizes will be shared “just as quickly as before.” These comparison images show the benefit of 4K photo-sharing on
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Sony Unlocks Full-Frame Capture On The VENICE

After the initial announcement of Sony’s new cinema camera, the VENICE, cinematographers, and directors called for Sony to release the VENICE with its Full-Frame 24x36mm image capture sooner than later and Sony listened. The immediate demand for Full-Frame capture was clear. The VENICE, with an optional license, will support Full-Frame 24x36mm recording from day one. The VENICE is expected to ship February 2018. If you have yet to see the footage from the camera then check out the short film “Dig,” which was shot on the VENICE. Here is what Sony says about the VENICE and its Full-Frame Sensor. “VENICE
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Blackmagic Design Announces Updates to Micro Studio Camera 4K And More

Blackmagic seems to have a firmware update for just about everything they make. Well, in all seriousness, Blackmagic has updated a handful of items. The headliners for this mass update are the Micro Studio Camera 4K, Micro Cinema Camera, and the new 8K DeckLink Pro. Check it out below. Updates

Camera 4.7 Updates Micro Studio Camera 4K and Micro Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design’s Firmware 4.7 update for both the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera adds quite a bit to each of the cameras. The Micro Studio Camera 4K gains new video formats, dramatically improved
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Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve 14.1

Alright, Alright, Alright, Blackmagic Design has released the latest version of the color grading and editing software DaVinci Resolve. Firmware 14.1 is officially available to download and install, but WAIT! Do not install it just yet. This update requires a few new processes to get it correct. Do not do as I did, which was update my Mac OS and then update my DaVinci Resolve. Nope, did not work. Blackmagic Design needs all DaVinci Resolve Studio users to update their PostgreSQL server BEFORE updating their computer’s operating system. Resolve Here is what Blackmagic Design directs you to do “Until DaVinci Resolve
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4K Cinematic Video Shot on the iPhone X Without Fancy Accessories

“Shot on smartphone” ads and sample photos/videos are often created with the help of expensive accessories that help achieve more than you can with just the phone — things like stabilizers and lenses. If you’d like to see what you can achieve without these add-ons, check out this 4K cinematic video by Matteo Bertoli. Bertoli took the iPhone X on a work trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. During his free time, he shot some completely handheld video and edited it at night in his hotel room. “Finally the telephoto lens has OIS and f/2.4 aperture,” Bertoli writes.
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Monsoon IV 4K – A 4K Storm Time-lapse Film by Mike Olbinski

Approaching thunderstorms have always been exciting to me, it started as a young boy living in Florida where summer storms are almost a daily occurrence. So frankly, I'm fascinated when I see these smashing good time lapses from people like Mike Olbinski because it takes me back to my childhood. Tho I don't ever remember being able to see scenes like these in Florida… even tho Florida is flat, they just didn't seem this dramatic. Maybe it was because I wasn't often out in the open like Mike was. The other thing that Mike does really well with his final videos
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Blackmagic Updates its Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Design has updated their Video Assist 4K LCD monitor/recorder. This time they have improved the color reading Vectorscope by adding the much needed 2x and 4x zoom capability within the scope. Blackmagic also updated general performance and stability to both the Video Assist and the Video Assist 4K as well. Now, the Vectorscope along with the other useful exposure tools like Waveform, RGB Parade, and full-screen Histogram are only available with the 7″ LCD screen Video Assist 4K and not in the smaller 5″ LCD screen Video Assist. Video Assist

2X and 4X Vectorscope Zoom

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Canon Compact Zoom Lens Review: 18-80mm and 70-200mm

When I started this career I was told to never ever, under no circumstances, use a camera’s autofocus. Just do not use it. Back then, this was more than a suggestion; it was a hard and fast rule. Professionals pull their own focus. Well, it seems the times have changed. Large sensor cameras are much more common and Canon’s autofocus has come a very long way. So I ask myself, do Canon’s two new Compact Zoom lenses make sense for me and my next shoot? Compact Zoom Canon jumped into the Compact-Zoom game to fulfill a much-needed niche of good and relatively
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Sony α7R III, the new high-res, fast mirrorless

Sony α7R III, the new high res, fast mirrorless The new full-frame mirrorless model from Sony offers a 42.4 MP high-resolution sensor, 10 fps continuous shooting, fast and precise AF performance, all in a compact body. Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the new α7R III combines a high-resolution 42.4 MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful image and 4K video quality, wide 15-stop dynamic range, high sensitivity with noise reduction of almost a full stop and more.  “With these immense capabilities and a compact,
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25+ Summer Films Used Blackmagic Design Cameras, Resolve, Fusion, or other BMD Gear

Do you know what I love? I love being able to use the same cameras or software as a big Hollywood Summer Blockbuster. I know what we see on screen has more to do with the talent behind the camera or edit, but it sure does help my self-esteem to have some of the same equipment. I mean Hi8 is going to look like Hi8. Of this year’s summer worldwide film releases 25 of them used Blackmagic Design products in some way. It could be a URSA Mini, Resolve, or a Pocket Cinema Camera which make great crash cameras. Either
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25+ Summer Films Used Blackmagic Design Cameras, Resolve, Fusion, or other BMD Gear

Do you know what I love? I love being able to use the same cameras or software as a big Hollywood Summer Blockbuster. I know what we see on screen has more to do with the talent behind the camera or edit, but it sure does help my self-esteem to have some of the same equipment. I mean Hi8 is going to look like Hi8. Of this year’s summer worldwide film releases 25 of them used Blackmagic Design products in some way. It could be a URSA Mini, Resolve, or a Pocket Cinema Camera which make great crash cameras. Either
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25+ Summer Films Used Blackmagic Design Cameras, Resolve, Fusion, or other BMD Gear

Do you know what I love? I love being able to use the same cameras or software as a big Hollywood Summer Blockbuster. I know what we see on screen has more to do with the talent behind the camera or edit, but it sure does help my self-esteem to have some of the same equipment. I mean Hi8 is going to look like Hi8. Of this year’s summer worldwide film releases 25 of them used Blackmagic Design products in some way. It could be a URSA Mini, Resolve, or a Pocket Cinema Camera which make great crash cameras. Either
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Panasonic’s 5.7K AU-EVA1 Camera Tech Specs and Pricing Announced

We are now able to see every ounce of technical detail in the much anticipated Panasonic AU-EVA1 Compact Cinema Camera. This is the camera falling smack dab in between Panasonic’s GH5 and VariCam LT. Does it have features more like the GH5 or the VariCam LT? Well, it appears these features also fall in between.  We will get to the technical specs in a few moments. First off, the AU-EVA1 will ship this Fall at the suggested list price of $7,495. That’s less than 8K for 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million pixels) and the compact cinema camera
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Panasonic’s 5.7K AU-EVA1 Camera Tech Specs and Pricing Announced

We are now able to see every ounce of technical detail in the much anticipated Panasonic AU-EVA1 Compact Cinema Camera. This is the camera falling smack dab in between Panasonic’s GH5 and VariCam LT. Does it have features more like the GH5 or the VariCam LT? Well, it appears these features also fall in between.  We will get to the technical specs in a few moments. First off, the AU-EVA1 will ship this Fall at the suggested list price of $7,495. That’s less than 8K for 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million pixels) and the compact cinema camera
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Panasonic’s 5.7K AU-EVA1 Camera Tech Specs and Pricing Announced

We are now able to see every ounce of technical detail in the much anticipated Panasonic AU-EVA1 Compact Cinema Camera. This is the camera falling smack dab in between Panasonic’s GH5 and VariCam LT. Does it have features more like the GH5 or the VariCam LT? Well, it appears these features also fall in between.  We will get to the technical specs in a few moments. First off, the AU-EVA1 will ship this Fall at the suggested list price of $7,495. That’s less than 8K for 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million pixels) and the compact cinema camera
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Pond5 enters partnership with NPACT

Independent non-fiction producers looking for ways to access a global market have a new shortcut, through the agreement signed between NPACT and Pond5, which works both ways: to buy or license work. NPACT, the trade organization that serves the producers of non-fiction entertainment  content in North America, signed an exclusive partnership with leading stock-footage and creative-asset company Pond5, making the media marketplace the first Gold Associate Member to join NPACT. NPACT General Manager John Ford and Pond5 CEO Jason Teichman made today’s announcement. Through the deal, Pond5 will offer NPACT members unique access to more than 8 million professionally filmed Continue reading "Pond5 enters partnership with NPACT"

Pond5 enters partnership with NPACT

Independent non-fiction producers looking for ways to access a global market have a new shortcut, through the agreement signed between NPACT and Pond5, which works both ways: to buy or license work. NPACT, the trade organization that serves the producers of non-fiction entertainment  content in North America, signed an exclusive partnership with leading stock-footage and creative-asset company Pond5, making the media marketplace the first Gold Associate Member to join NPACT. NPACT General Manager John Ford and Pond5 CEO Jason Teichman made today’s announcement. Through the deal, Pond5 will offer NPACT members unique access to more than 8 million professionally filmed Continue reading "Pond5 enters partnership with NPACT"

Olympus Does 4K

These are two pieces I shot earlier in the year while working in Dallas shooting a USA series Queen of the South. I wanted to try out the new Olympus EM1 Mark II video capabilities and by coincidence, I’d also … Continue reading

cineSync goes 64-bit

cineSync goes 64-bit The move to 64-bit allows cineSync to take full advantage of all available system memory, a starting point for a whole lot of new features users have wanted for a long time. Cospective, creator of innovative software solutions for visual communication, has released the latest update to the Academy Award-winning cineSync video review software.  The new version, 4.1,  offers a much wider range of playback options. 4.1 also adds a new, comprehensive integration with NIM, adds support for Aspera’s Faspex, and updates existing integrations with ftrack and Aspera Connect. Other improvements include a new frame playback option and Continue reading "cineSync goes 64-bit"

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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