Do you work with a DJI Mavic Pro? Then you probably know that the footage from the DJI Mavic Pro camera is not particularly nice out of the box. In our DJI Mavic Pro review we took a closer look at the camera quality and created a DJI Mavic Pro LUT that we are giving away for free. DJI Mavic Pro LUT – cinema5D instaLUT FREE Note that this LUT is not made to be used on videos shot with the D-LOG setting. Instead this basic LUT should be applied on standard picture setting. It is ideal for people who don’t want to tamper around with the drone too much and who want to see the full colors and clarity during shooting, but still get a nice and filmic look in post. Download: Please provide your name and email address for your free download. To get our DJI Mavic Pro LUT we ask only that you subscribe to our newsletter and in turn you will get the download link sent to your e-mail. This is a double opt-in and will not work with fake e-mails. Your e-mail address stays with us. No spam or third parties and you can of course unsubscribe if you don’t like the weekly newsletter whenever you receive one. We hope you will enjoy our future content and stay on board. Here are a few shots where you can see the LUT applied to DJI Mavic Pro footage. These shots have the look applied with a 100% intensity and no other modifications. DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT W3010 DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT W3035 DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT N3010 DJI Mavic Pro LUT (right) applied to original DJI Mavic Pro footage (left). instaLUT N3035 Note that this Mavic Pro LUT is optimized for landscape and aerial photography and is not ideal for skin tones. If you like this LUT, also check out our free Inspire 1 LUT. I recommend grading in Adobe Premiere Pro CC if you are familiar with it, but these .cube LUT files can also be used in any other software that supports LUTs on Windows or Mac. In my Mavic Review I applied both LUT with an intensity of 100% and did not change any other settings. You can always play with the look intensity and other basic setting to get nice look variants as desired. Note: If you don’t receive an e-mail after submitting, please contact us.Read more
For different camera manufacturers, there are different “gurus” who have emerged over the years, or often decades. Those are users who dived deep into the technology of cameras early on, and have loyally stuck with one manufacturers over all those years, and thereby becoming the go-to-guys for that brand. For example, you might know Alister Chapman (and his amazing blog XDCAM-User), who’s name is directly linked to Sony camera technology – he’s the one who always knows first and best about everything Sony. Alister’s equivalent on the Panasonic side of things is Barry Green, the man who gained prominence through Jarred Land’s DVXUSER.com, an amazing forum site that emerged when the original Panasonic DVX100 was released in the early 2000’s. The DVX100A was my personal first “professional” camera, spending a good chunk of my student savings at the time on that MiniDV camcorder (which was one of the first ones to be able to record progressive frames – in SD, of course). Barry became the go-to-guy for anyone who was using this camera, which became a smash hit – all the DVX100 users were on there, sharing tips and tricks. As the world moved into DSLR filmmaking and later other higher-end professional affordable video cameras, forums like DVXUSER have managed to stay relevant to a degree as one of the most civilized and useful forums in our industry. To make a long story short – when Panasonic release the “rebirth” of the legendary DVX100 in form of the DVX200 (a 4K solid-state camcorder with a fixed lens) earlier this year (here’s our news post), it was clear that it’s only a matter of time before Barry releases his thoughts and tips for the usage of this newly developed and quite feature-packed camera to the world. And now, excitingly, Panasonic released a 279-page Panasonic DVX200 book by Barry Green, available as a free download from the Panasonic website (click here). Whether you’re in the market for this camera or own it already, it’s certainly the best and most comprehensive resource for this still very new camera. From Panasonic’s Press Release: NEWARK, NJ (December 10, 2015) – Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of Barry Green’s A Guide to the Panasonic AG-DVX200 Camera, a comprehensive reference e-book for customers and users of the new AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder. The book can be downloaded free at http://info.panasonic.com/dvx200-ebook.html. A Guide to the Panasonic AG-DVX200 Camera is an interactive digital book examining all the DVX200PJ’s features, settings and modes, as well as tutorials on some of the most common situations users will face. The book demystifies the functionality of all the DVX200PJ’s features, and explains when and why to use specific settings for best results. An extensive section of tutorials and essays covers a range of subjects from the simple to the advanced, including explanations on the benefits of 4K, working with the camcorder’s variable frame rates, using its VLOG-L mode, and how to use the waveform monitor and vectorscope. The full-color, 260+-page book has an abundance of photos, screen-shots and video examples of menu functions. Barry Green is an Emmy®-award-winning producer with four Emmy nominations for writing and producing television commercials and public service announcements. His technical background includes 13 years as a professional computer programmer and producer for Westwood Studios, creating some of the most popular video games in history. Green writes and produces award-winning corporate and industrial films, commercials, screenplays and films for Fiercely Independent Films Inc. and tours extensively as a public speaker and instructor. He also serves as partner and moderator for www.DVXUser.com, one of the world’s largest online communities for filmmakers, shooters, and content producers of all types.Read more
Philadelphia-based director of photography Mitch Martinez has made more than 1,500 4K clips available for download for free on his website – including commercial use. All of the clips were shot on RED Epic Dragon, Epic MX and RED One cameras. The clips can be downloaded for free on a per-clip basis in MP4 format from archive.org servers, or alternatively as a whole multi-part .ZIP package with 120GB for $99, or sent on a hard drive. The clips are well organized into 35 categories, and he shot the footage all across the US. Clicking through a number of clips, I have to say that he has a great eye and talent for composition, so these are definitely very, very good stock footage clips that can be used in all kinds of productions. To prevent people from reselling his footage, Mitch requires people to fill out a license form just to tell him what the clips are being used for, if they are commercial projects. He reserves the right to decline but says he hardly ever does. We reached out to Mitch, asking him why he is giving away all these clips for free. His reply: For the commercial usage, the footage is still free (often a concern). How it works: the commercial use license agreements forms are requested by users on a per project basis through a page on my website. It’s a quick form to fill out. If a user has multiple projects, just fill out multiple forms. I’ve seen a person submit ten different request forms in one day – and then a handful more the following day; all of those forms were approved. I’m really easy going about the license agreement stuff but have it in place to make sure people aren’t trying to resell my content, trying get a blanket release form, or wanting to use every single clip I’ve ever created for every commercial project they’ll do in the future. That’s pretty much why the license agreements I issue are per project – the issued license agreement grants usage of every single clip in the free 4K library for that specific project. That’s a lot of content – I’ve seen music videos created solely from my stock content… Since it’s free, the license agreements also help me keep track of how my footage is being used (thus the notable stock footage usage section). Officially, no payment is ever required for the free 4K content – although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. :) I tried to set up a system that is user friendly. The downloads are easy. There are video previews for all of the clips. The format for the free 4K content is mp4 files. For those with needs for ProRes or RED files, I’ve made that format content available for available for the fraction of most industry stock prices. The overall goal is to help the film community by sharing my footage with the world. It evolved really organically – starting with just two clips of fire that I uploaded to my website in January 2013 and shared with my Facebook friends. After time, Google search results led more and more people to my website so I needed to develop official license agreements due to the volume of clips and number of users. Originally, each release form I issued was created manually in Microsoft Word to create the pdf, so it wasn’t long before I needed software development to help generate approved release forms for users. A year ago, it would take me five or six minutes to issue one license agreement manually; now I can approve a license agreement and send it to the user in a matter of seconds. This allows me to get the release forms to users promptly. The latest addition has been purchasing/licensing options of ProRes and original R3D files for larger projects that need that extra quality (ProRes/RED clips aren’t free for various reasons including bandwidth issues). It’s very rewarding to contribute to the film community, the entertainment of people, and educational applications (I love issuing release forms to museums, orchestras, and other cultural resources). All of the footage in the free 4K stock footage resource was filmed by me throughout the past 5 or 6 years. I’ve had assistants for some of the shots – but there aren’t any outside DP contributors to the 4K content in terms of filming – nothing along the lines “John Smith filmed this category of content – or clips X/Y/Z”. All of the footage was captured on RED Epic Dragon, RED Epic MX, or RED One MX for the earliest clips. A little about Mitch Martinez I’m a Philadelphia-area based DP and have been filming since 2003. I started filming on RED in 2008 back in the original RED One days (pre-MX sensor). I’ve filmed internationally for commercials and documentaries in four different countries; shot about 40 or 50 music videos to date (give or take); worked on a handful of features; and countless other miscellaneous projects (commercials/industrials/etc). I have a very exciting project that will be released in a few weeks (more on that later). :) I love to work with advanced cinematography systems including motion control systems, moco time lapse, and other crazy stuff to push the limits of what I can do visually. Overall, I love filming and creating imagery.Read more
Apple just released a new version of their operating system. OSX Lion, the last in a series of cats. It is available for download. I know, I know, it’s not particularly on topic. And what’s more do I even need a new OS or FCPX for that matter? I guess I don’t. But do I like to have it and see what it does? I admit I do. After all it’s only $30. The installation of OSX Lion is an upgrade via internet. You will have to make sure your Mac has an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor (Check About This Mac, it can be found in the Apple logo menu in the top left of your screen) and the latest version of OSX Snow Leopard and the installed (Make Software Update first). Don’t forget to create a complete backup of your system before you start upgrading. Then you’re all set and can download the Lion:Read more
How is Final Cut Pro X for you? (polls) With Final Cut Pro X rolling out yesterday many of you have already installed and tested Apples latest toy. I hear there are very mixed feelings about this software which is a complete overhaul to all the prior Final Cut versions. It would be great to get some feedback organized in that poll on the left to find out how well Final Cut Pro X is working for DSLR filmmakers. Get Final Cut Pro X and share your opinion: Here’s one of the very few useful hands on videos on YouTube so far. I wonder if everybody else is too excited or just too disappointed to make hands on first look videos about it. I admit: The amount of times I hear the term “iMovie” in this video really scares me:Read more
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