FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has released a smartphone app called B4UFLY, designed to show drone operators any restricted areas and to inform them of local rules. In an effort to educate drone users of flight restrictions, DJI has launched a public beta of their new geofencing system. Prices for drones are at a very competitive level and have therefore been available to the masses. This has caused some issues, with many hobby drone pilots not aware of restricted areas or not taking into account the safety aspect of flying drones near airports or busy areas. Despite the technological advances, drones are still susceptible to malfunction and could cause serious injury. Recently, during a live skiing event, Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher almost got hit by one of the TV channel’s drones. In order to combat reckless drone flying, many countries are implementing regulations for drone pilots to register their drones with the FAA or equivalent. In certain instances, drone operators even need to acquire a pilot licence. Here, various drone-specific laws are taught. It’s a lot to keep track of, which is why the FAA has released B4UFLY, a smartphone app designed to keep drone users informed. B4UFLY—an abbreviation of “before you fly”—allows users to pre-emptively plan out flight routes and check against local rules. If you’re in a city such as Washington D.C, for instance, the app will warn you that drone use is prohibited. If you’re near an airport, it will propagate restrictions and special rules. DJI’s Geofencing System DJI launched a public beta version of its new geofencing system in North America and Europe. Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) provides drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation, or raise safety or security concerns. This upgrade to DJI’s existing geofencing system will give users access to “live information about areas temporarily restricted from flight due to forest fires, major stadium events, VIP travel, and other changing circumstances. The GEO system will also show restricted areas around locations like prisons, power plants and other sensitive areas where drone flight would raise non-aviation security concerns.” GEO will allow drone operators with verified DJI accounts to self-authorize and temporarily unlock flight in some locations. Certain areas where drone flight is not allowed, such as Washington D.C., will remain as unlockable no-fly zones. Unlocking requires a DJI account verified with a credit card, debit card or mobile phone number. DJI will neither collect nor store the information, and the service is free. The verified account is required only if a user chooses to fly in a location that might raise aviation safety or security concerns. Use of GEO requires a drone firmware update and installation of a beta version of the DJI Go app. Android users can directly download the APK file at http://bit.ly/1PyIVIA. Users of iOS devices can request a download of the beta app by providing an email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The GEO public beta will work with both DJI’s Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drones, with specific versions available for download at http://www.dji.com/flysafe/geo-system. A final version will be available shortly after the beta stage.Read more
When Redrock Micro presented their affordable wireless follow focus at NAB 2010, who knew they’d take this technology so far: Now, 5 years later, they present an automatic follow focus system, but with a twist that might reinvent the way we use follow focus systems. The Redrock HĀLO is an electronic focusing system that gives you automatic focusing as well as full manual control with a top-view of your scene. They use the same technology that powers autonomous cars to create a real-time map of the scene. Artificial intelligence identifies your subjects (people and objects) and tracks their distance and location in real-time. You can then tap-to-focus with visual, audible, and haptic feedback. And HĀLO becomes your technician, handling the practical details so you can concentrate on your creative performance. Other automatic follow focus systems at NAB 2015: There were other automatic follow focus systems at NAB 2015. Of course everybody is aware of the famous Andra focusing system which they have further improved with a digital user interface and manual inputs. But then there was also Qinematiq, an Austrian company, with an approach of using stereoscopic imaging to generate a 3D map of the scene. There’s a video that was captured by Magnimous Media, see below: It seems the Cinematiq version is gonna be more pricey than the Redrock solution, but then again it seems to be a whole different concept alltogether. The one question we forgot to ask concerning the Redrock HĀLO is how much preparation time it takes to setup this automatic follow focus system, in order to correctly track all objects in the scene. But we will find out about that when the time for delivery of the Redrock HĀLO comes later this year. Estimated price is between $2,000 and $5,000. For more information visit the Redrock Micro website. PS: Sorry about bad audio in this video.Read more
Cadrage is a new viewfinder app for iPhone/iPad and Android phones that enables you to preview shots more conveniently and very accurately with all the indie cameras we like. Read on to win a copy at cinema5D Cadrage comes from the startup company distantblue and was released on iTunes today. Cinema5D had a chance to test it in advance and when we really like something we tend to write about it. You might have been using a director’s viewfinder app to plan your shots before. I’ve had several on my phone since they came out, because they are very useful when it comes to location scouting, choosing lenses and previewing a scene quickly. Basically they use your iphone camera and digital zoom to accurately preview a certain lens/sensor combination and help you find the right focal length to get your shot. The nice thing about the Cadrage app is that all the cameras we know and love are included and the design / ergonomics finally fulfill a certain standard. Additionally there’s a function to effectively calibrate your phones camera to deliver perfect results. Neat. Among the more famous viewfinder apps so far is the worthy Mark II Artist’s finder that goes for $19.99 for a limited time, the famous Artemis Viewfinder that was the first of its kind and still goes for $29.99 and the D•View Digital Finder that would also cost you $29.99. Cadrage is at $10.99 currently the most affordable of the pro finders. Get it here If you would like a free copy of Cadrage we have 10 iOs promo codes to give away and we will pick the winners among the newsletter subscribers who sign up within the next 48 hours: Subscription on the right hand side column on our front page. The winners of this promotion are: Cineguz, laurensneels, Michael.j.mehlhorn, robertdivall, jfrajotte11, randolphrudie, wiseguy, adrian, martin.gardemalm, hedron00 If you’re on Android you can get the app here. via distantblueRead more
Now that’s a first for an interchangeable lens camera: Samsung just announced the Galaxy NX, which is powered by Google’s almighty Android operating system. (It’s not called DSLR because technically it does not have a mirror – although that doesn’t make any difference for filmmakers anyway!)Read more
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