Modern times, people. Being online and available seems to be essential in the digital world. And never forget to collaborate, even while you’re having a cappuccino at your favorite coffee shop. Maybe that’s why Frame.io developed a brand new way to review video projects in the shape of their new Frame.io mobile app for iOS. New Frame.io Mobile App The way we collaborate has changed. With tools like Frame.io, wipster or Movidiam it has become very easy to review edits without the need of being present in the editing suite at all. That’s a good thing and takes the human error out of the process of sending download links and spreadsheets with annotations back and forth. Check out our reviews on Frame.io, wipster and Movidiam. The next level of collaboration? Frame.io iOS app Frame.io has introduced their newest addition to their lineup of collaboration tools, the Frame.io mobile app for iOS. So you don’t even need a laptop anymore in order to review some edits on the go. While this might be a neat thing, I actually wonder if this is the kind of work you really want to get done while sitting in a cab or while waiting for someone in the park. In any case, it’s nice to see some steady progress from such an innovative company, and in the end you’ll have to decide for yourself what’s best for your given workflow. Variety is definitely a nice thing to have! And if you are in need of reviewing an edit without having your laptop handy, you will appreciate this. iOS Features Check out the video below for a short run-through of the features: Modern technologies introduced with the iPhone 6, like peek and pop, are built right in and the app makes good use of these features, which is nice to see. The whole interface is pretty straightforward and fluid, and it looks like you can feel right at home with it. There was clearly a lot of thinking and developing going on behind the curtain. Each comment is accompanied by a 4-second loop of that part of the edit, and you can even paint some arrows and other annotation aids right into the video frame. Of course, existing features like auto-versioning and comment syncing are built in, too. With this, you won’t need to write a review email ever again, that’s for sure! What do you think? Is this something you’ve been waiting for or do you prefer sitting down at a desk, concentrating on the review process? Read all about all the features on Frame.io’s website.Read more
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
Since their hugely successful Kickstarter campaign last year Lumu has been offering the smallest accurate incident lightmeter for stills photography. This week Lumu launched a new app that is targeted at videographers. The small, lightweight sensor goes in your pocket or can be carried with the practical necklace adapter. We looked at the new app with the Lumu device. The Lumu comes in a small metal box with minimalist design in line with other Apple stuff. The App’s design itself is similarly attractive looking a lot like the latest Apple iOS. Inside the box is a small leaflet, the Lumu and the necklace adapter that can be carried around the neck and hold the Lumu on demand. There’s also a small leather case where the Lumu can be stored and protected if desired. The necklace actually looks cool and only a little nerdy. The Lumu is held firmly though if accidentally pulled out on a shoot there’s a chance it can get lost. When the app is started it asks for the Lumu. All you do is plug it in and the app starts. If it is pulled out while using the app the Lumu symbol appears again. Everything is rather straight forward. The app is simple to use, probably simpler than an actual light meter, like my Kenko I’ve consulted for comparison. When compared to the readings on my Kenko light meter the Lumu iPhone app shows a value about half a stop lower than the light meter. [UPDATED:] I have re-calibrated the Kenko light meter, and I can confirm that the Lumu meter is very accurate. In any case the Lumu light meter app even has a setting to calibrate the meter in case it is off. Unfortunately when I tested the app the calibration process only worked for the lux meter (which is also a feature), but would reset the values on the video meter screen, so I could not calibrate it. [Update: The Lumu developers told me the bug is fixed and will be resolved in version 1.1 of the software which has already been pushed to the app store] The Lumu seems very responsive with no delay whatsoever, making it very easy to measure light and the experience is much like with a common light metering device. It is very easy to change framerates, shutter speed or ISO values and you can dial in ND’s quickly too. Very useful is the double tap option to allow for continuous measurement when you don’t want to hold the “measure” button all the time. Additionally all values including exposure time display, ISO step sizes, aperture step sizes, and ND filter notation can be adjusted in the settings menu. The incident meter uses a silicon photo diode. It can be used facing the front or back of your phone and the phone can be used facing up or down. There’s actually not much more to it. Just pop the Lumu on your smartphone and you have a fully functional lightmeter. In conclusion the Lumu seems like a very cool idea for those who want to measure light accurately. Two thumbs up for the Lumu. The Lumu costs $149 and is available in black or silver. www.lu.muRead 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
(This is not an April fools post. Look out for these today…) Music licensing website The Music Bed has just released an iOS app (for iPhone and iPad) that allows for convenient on the go listening to their music database. If you like to listen to music on the go it might as well be songs you can actually use for your videos/slideshows. A very nice idea to make an app and they’re having 30 days of giveaways for filmmakers.Read more
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