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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Marshall Electronics Lipstick camera at IBC 2017

Marshall Electronics Lipstick camera debuts at IBC The 2nd generation CV225 IP67 Lipstick Camera offers the ability to capture improved Full-HD video in a versatile, durable and discrete package similar to the original CV200. Able to capture, according to Marshall Electronics, “stunning Full-HD video”, the new CV225 IP67 Lipstick Camera results of Marshall working closely with professional video and systems integrators to improve the popular 1st generation CV200 Lipstick Camera. The 2nd generation CV225 IP67 Lipstick Camera incorporates those improvements to offer greater image clarity, enriched true colors, enhanced low light performance and the added ability to remotely adjust without reliance on screen display (OSD) menus. The
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AJA delivers HELO v1.1 firmware

AJA delivers HELO v1.1 firmware AJA Video Systems v1.1 firmware for HELO, now available, streamlines live streaming, encoding and recording content. HELO is AJA’s affordable and flexible new H.264 streaming and recording stand-alone appliance. HELO brings both SDI and HDMI I/O into a single appliance with the ability to simultaneously stream out to your Content Delivery Network (CDN) as well as encode and record l H.264 files to either SD, SDHC or SDXC cards, USB storage or NIFS or CIFS mounted network based storage simultaneously. HELO is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for $1295. The firmware update now made available extends Continue reading "AJA delivers HELO v1.1 firmware"

Nikon’s D850 in development with 8K time-lapse

Nikon’s D850 DSLR in development with 8K time-lapse Successor to the D810, which has been highly praised by its users, the D850 is engineered with a range of new features that are a direct result of feedback from users looking for a DSLR camera with the Nikon name on it. According to Nikon, “the D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators.” Presented as the next frontier in full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras, the Continue reading "Nikon’s D850 in development with 8K time-lapse"

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund: applications close soon

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund: applications close soon The appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems, themes cherished by documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz, are the guidelines for this fund. Applications are accepted until July 31, 2017. The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Continue reading "Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund: applications close soon"

Alex Lindsay: Live Streaming in a Nutshell

Live streaming is easy, right? You can whip out a phone, open either YouTube or Facebook and be off to the races! So how do you take advantage of that for your company, your new cooking show, or sports events? Alex Lindsay from Pixelcorps has been doing live streaming for years. He started out by live streaming educational events for Visual Effects Artists. Being that Alex worked at Lucasfilm, he was very qualified and excite to share his knowledge. In the process of putting on the events, they found that their live stream was great. They shifted focus and have Continue reading "Alex Lindsay: Live Streaming in a Nutshell"

Global Migration Film Festival wants your film

Migration Film Festival wants your film Last year the Global Migration Film Festival took place in 89 countries and this year organizers, the UN Migration Agency, anticipate over 100. If you’re a filmmaker, this can be a place to show your film. The invitation from the UN Migration Agency (IOM) is for professional and emerging filmmakers: submit perception-changing films about the migrant experience for the second annual Global Migration Film Festival (5–18 December). The festival aims to showcase films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to Continue reading "Global Migration Film Festival wants your film"

Review: MixPre-3 audio recorder/mixer from Sound Devices

As soon as Sound Devices announced the new MixPre-3 audio recorder/mixer, I requested it for review. Ahead I’ll tell you everything that I discovered to be so great about it, and a few thinks I’d like added via future firmware updates. This review article will also include 4 audio clips to demonstrate its quality with a dynamic microphone, compared to the much lower-priced Zoom H5. Using a dynamic mic is the best way to stress a preamp to see how it sounds under the worst scenario. I’ll cover its features, and include some videos from colleagues who have also reviewed
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Review: MixPre-3 audio recorder/mixer from Sound Devices

As soon as Sound Devices announced the new MixPre-3 audio recorder/mixer, I requested it for review. Ahead I’ll tell you everything that I discovered to be so great about it, and a few thinks I’d like added via future firmware updates. This review article will also include 4 audio clips to demonstrate its quality with a dynamic microphone, compared to the much lower-priced Zoom H5. Using a dynamic mic is the best way to stress a preamp to see how it sounds under the worst scenario. I’ll cover its features, and include some videos from colleagues who have also reviewed
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Review: MixPre-3 audio recorder/mixer from Sound Devices

As soon as Sound Devices announced the new MixPre-3 audio recorder/mixer, I requested it for review. Ahead I’ll tell you everything that I discovered to be so great about it, and a few thinks I’d like added via future firmware updates. This review article will also include 4 audio clips to demonstrate its quality with a dynamic microphone, compared to the much lower-priced Zoom H5. Using a dynamic mic is the best way to stress a preamp to see how it sounds under the worst scenario. I’ll cover its features, and include some videos from colleagues who have also reviewed
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Panasonic AW-HR140 PTZ camera, resistant to dust and water

Panasonic AW-HR140 PTZ resistant to dust and water The AW-HR140 Integrated PTZ Camera is ideal for everything from outoor events to broadcast in difficult weather conditions, being protected from the elements in its new case. Enclosed in an IP65 protected case eliminating the need for a separate housing, the Panasonic AW-HR140 is a SDI-output camera primarily used for outdoor live events and sports arenas and stadiums, as well as for broadcast coverage of weather, traffic and scenics, situations where the need of a special enclosure is essential for any regular camera. This model, though, comes prepared to face the worst conditions in terms of weather. Flexible operation is Continue reading "Panasonic AW-HR140 PTZ camera, resistant to dust and water"

Discover the Canon C200 in Burbank

Discover the Canon C200 in Burbank Mark August 22 in your calendar, and confirm your presence. An event organized by the Digital Cinema Society will reveal products from Canon, but also from many other names in the industry. The invitation is clear: join the Digital Cinema Society to see the latest Canon camera, the C200, featuring in-camera 4K RAW recording capability, and the latest cameras from Canon, at Canon’s new technical service and support center in Burbank. August 22, from 7 until 9 PM, there will be a lot of activity at Canon’s new facility, built from the ground up to support cinema and photography professionals. Continue reading "Discover the Canon C200 in Burbank"

iClone 7: unmatched in the industry

iClone 7: unmatched in the industry It’s a tour de force that is unmatched in the industry, says Jeff Jasper, Oscar-winning team member/FX Supervisor Interstellar, referring to iClone 7, available for Windows from Reallusion, from $199.00. After months of preparation,  Reallusion releases iClone 7, the biggest update ever in the iClone real-time 3D evolution. This giant leap empowers iClone users with the latest PBR/GI visuals, unlimited creation for 3D characters, professional animation for morph and curve editing, real camera system, as well as several significant technology integrations with industry leaders. iClone 7 is now a virtual production platform with community inclusive tools and massive aggregation
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iClone 7: unmatched in the industry
iClone 7: unmatched in the industry
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Keslow Camera acquires Claimont Camera

Keslow Camera acquires Claimont Camera Keslow Camera’s acquisition of Clairmont Camera represents the passing of the torch, as Denny Clairmont retires,  confident the buyer is the right company to honor his heritage and vision. The announcement of the acquisition comes with another one: the founder of Clairmont Cameras, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. Denny Clairmont, along with his brother, Terry, established one of the world’s most prestigious movie equipment and camera rental companies in 1976. In 2011, Clairmont received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Valerian: Luc Besson’s hero drives a Lexus

Valerian: Luc Besson’s hero drives a Lexus Valerian, the film, picks the comic series from 1967 and mixes it with a promise of the future: the Skyjet vehicle designed by Lexus for a world set 700 years in the future. Time to look at Luc Besson’s love and a dream which started half a century ago. The first trailer from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, revealed last November, gave viewers a glimpse of the Skyjet, a single-seat pursuit craft featured in the film. The vehicle is the result of a cooperative work between the team behind Valerian and Lexus, challenged to create a vehicle
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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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Pictar One: a camera grip for your iPhone

Pictar One: a camera grip for your iPhone Launched recently, the Pictar One camera-grip is the ideal companion for your iPhone, if you use it a lot to take photos. Finally, there is something to hold your smartphone like a real camera. Although the iPhone camera has significantly increased in quality with each new model, the physical design of the phone has remained stagnant offering no ergonomic solution to users looking for a comfortable photo-taking experience. True, there are special modular grips, like those from Shoulderpod, that are ideal for video shooters, but if you only want a better way to hold your phone while taking pictures,
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Pictar One: a camera grip for your iPhone
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Review: AT875R shotgun mic & AT8415 shockmount from Audio Technica

Most people think about using a shotgun mic for dialog, and mainly outdoors. However, the US$169 AT875R from Audio Technica is one of the few shotgun microphones that also works well for indoor dialog, as well as narration/voiceover. I found about it from my friend Melvin Rivera Velázquez, who uses two of them. The AT875R short shotgun also features a built-in low cut/high pass filter to reduce undesired rumble, which is always active: no switches. That explains its 90Hz-20kHz frequency response. Ahead you’ll get to hear an indoor test, with an unfair simultaneous comparison to the ModMic5 head microphone I
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