In his YouTube video and blog post, young Polish filmmaker Tomasz Walczak explains how he turned his 3-axis gimbal stabilizer into a time lapse motion control system. The results are quite interesting, taking a creative advantage of the 3-axis capabilities to create unique dynamic “twisting” movements thanks to the gimbal’s stabilization.
If you want to try this out, your gimbal stabilizer needs to be based on the Alexmos controller which is used in a wide variety of today’s stabilizers. If you can use the SimpleBGC desktop software or smartphone app to control and setup your gimbal, then congratulations: your gimbal has the right controller.
You can check out a full list of gimbal manufacturers using the SimpleBGC software from BaseCam here. Some of the popular ones are: Easy Stab, Ikan Beholder, Pilotfly, CAME-TV, Kinematik or Letus.
Feeling motivated to further experiment with your gimbal after watching this video? Go ahead and check out Tomasz’s blog post where he explains the whole process in detail. I can imagine taking this concept to a next level by mounting this system to a motorized slider. The movement possibilities would then be almost limitless.
Freefly Akira 5.0 Firmware
Freefly also has a similar Timelapse feature in their MōVi stabilizers with the Akira 5.0 Firmware as we wrote about last year. You can check the demonstration video below:
How do you like the “twisting” movement for timelapse motion control? Have you tried the timelapse feature on your stabilizer? Let us know in the comments below.
Werner Herzog – the legendary director of dozens of films in both the narrative and documentary genres – is the latest addition to the roster of big name tutorials over at Masterclass.com. Pre-enrolment for the Werner Herzog Filmmaking Masterclass opening in the summer is already available at a price of $90.
If you’re a budding filmmaker looking for educational resources online, there is something coming very soon that could really be worth investing in. Masterclass.com, an educational site that offers insights from masters of various disciplines at a arguably affordable price, will be launching a filmmaking masterclass with no other than cinema legend Werner Herzog.
Although the site already features two masterclasses on acting by Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey no less, this will be the first one on their site focusing on the art of filmmaking. With module names such as career strategy, interview techniques, editing, storytelling and working with actors, the 5 hours of video that the class will apparently offer an overarching view of the art of filmmaking. From abstract concepts down to practical examples and tips in both documentary and narrative, you will very likely find a few gems of wisdom that apply to your own work.
The course will also provide you with an online workbook to expand on the video lessons, as well as offering a community space to get feedback from your peers, with Werner Herzog himself providing feedback on selected student work. You can take the class at your own pace and access it online from anywhere.
The Werner Herzog Filmmaking Masterclass will be available in summer 2016, so hopefully very soon, and you can already book a place for only $90. Other courses coming soon to the website are the Photography Masterclass by Annie Leibovitz, and the Scriptwriting Masterclass by Aaron Sorkin, writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, so definitely worth a look!
Disclaimer: We haven’t had a chance to watch any of the workshop sessions beforehand so we can’t give a comment on the quality, but I think the choice of teachers alone is very promising. (We are also not affiliated with masterclass.com in any way.)
Yes, the source for the still above is a 1080p 14bit RAW shot with the 5D mark III with Magic Lantern!!! And here’s a test video showing you how that looks in motion with an article elaborating the work with the camera: LINK.
The developers working on the Magic Lantern hack for the Canon 5D mark III have enabled continuous 14bit RAW recording last year. We tested it and it works great. The resulting images are totally breathtaking for a DSLR. The installation procedure has now been strongly simplified.
Please follow our complete dummies guide to squeeze the RAW bits out of a Canon EOS 5D mark III.
NOTE: We take no responsibility for what happens when you follow our guide. Do it at your own risk and research on your own if you want to make sure.
NOTE: When installing Magic Lantern your camera will start up 2 seconds slower (this can now be undone by simply uninstalling Magic Lantern)