by Graham Sheldon | 25th November 2016
The big day is here. Shake yourself out of that turkey-induced coma and check out our list of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and standout holiday deals from most of the major gear manufacturers you know and love. Everything from lenses to drones to wireless video transmitters are on sale at deep discounts, so dive in below: Cameras: Canon 5D MK III w/ 24-105 F/4L $3,399.00 $3,099.00 Canon EOS Rebel T6 Camera w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS II + EF 75-300mm III $699.99 $599.99 Canon C100 MK II w/24-105 F4L $5,999 $4,499 Panasonic GH4 w/Interface Unit $2,297.99 $1697.99 Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder $2997.99 $2497.99 GoPro Hero 5 $399.99, $50.00 B&H Gift Card w/Purchase Nikon D3400 Camera w/18-55mm lens + 70-300mm zoom $999.99 $499.99 Sigma 50mm ART f/1.4 Lenses: Panasonic Lumix G Leica Summilux 15mm f/1.7 $547.99 Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens for Micro 4/3 $699.97 Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS $1,597.99 $1,397.99 Canon EF 11-24mm F/4L USM Lens $2,999.00 $2,799.00 Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens $669.00 $369.00 Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens $1,399.99 $1,099.00 Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sport Lens $1,999.00 $1,799.00 Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art Lens along with the MC-11 Converter $1,148.00 $948.00 Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art Lens along with the MC-11 Converter $1,198.00 $998.00 Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 Lens for Nikon $699.00 $599.00 Lighting: Polaroid 350 LED Light – $159.99 $111.00 Flashpoint 312 LED – Bi Color On Camera Light $139.95 $89.95 Flashpoint CL-1144R LED Circular Light $400.00 $279.99 3Pod Video Tripod System with 2-way Fluid Head & Quick Release Plate $129.95 $79.95 Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Foldable Bi-Color LED Light $1,149.95 $644.95 Bright Tangerine Misfit Atom Lightweight Matte Box Accessories: Misfit Atom Lightweight Matte Box – 50% off Rhino Camera Gear – 20% off everything on Black Friday storewide. Edelkrone – 10% off select Edelkrone products. SmallHD 1703 HDR Production Monitor Bundle $4,208.98 $3,499.00 SmallHD 702 Lite EVF Bundle $1,406 $1,099 Panasonic Lumix DMW-YAGH Interface Unit for GH4 $997.99 $497.99 Manfrotto Agile V Sling Bag $89.99 $29.99 Birdycam Lite Gimbal $1499 $974 Zeus Uni C-Type Cage $295 $177 Zeus Premium Cage (a7rii, a7sii) $399 $199 Filmtools 24×36″ Converted Junior Cart $950.00 $875.00 Teradek Wireless Video Devices B-Stock 40%-50% off Teradek Beam 50% off Teradek Bolt Deluxe Kit, 50% off 1st sidekick, 30% off 2nd sidekick. Dana Dolly Kit – $75 gift card w/purchase. Drones: Phantom 4: $1,199 $999 Phantom 3 Pro: $999 $799 Phantom 3 Standard: $499 $399 Software: Convergent Design – Sale on lots of upgrade options for Odyssey & Apollo hardware. FilmConvert, 1/3 off all FilmConvert Software. Graphicstock, full year membership for $99.99/yr $49.99/yr Rentals: Borrowlenses.com – All video gear rentals 20% off. Code: “BF2016”. lensrentals.com – All rentals 25% off. Use code: “BLACKFRIDAY”. lensprotogo.com – 10% – 20% off all gear rentals. Use code FALL20 for any item over $250 to get 20%. Under $250? Then use code FALL10. Lumoid.com – Place a drone or photo order that includes Thanksgiving Day and get both 11/24 and 11/25 for free. Code: GOBBLE Samy’s Camera – 25% off all profoto branded rentals until December 1st. Mostly stills, but some continuous lighting options as well for video. 15.5″ Macbook Pro Computers: Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro Laptop Computer with Retina Display (Mid-2015) $2,499 $2,299 Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro (Late-2016) $1,499 $1,399 Surface Pro 4 (Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, included Type Cover) $1,428 $999 Surface Book (Intel Core i5, 128GB SDD) $1,899 $1,499 Virtual Reality: HTC Vibe Virtual Headset $799 $699 Oculus Rift Headset – Free $100 in Oculus store credit w/purchase. Samsung Gear 360 Camera $349.99 $329.99 What new gadgets are you picking up this year for the holidays? Let us know in the comments section below!Read more
by Nino Leitner | 13th August 2014
Microsoft is hardly known as a player in the video and film industry, but their Research division turned out some pretty spectacular image processing innovation before (incorporated into Bing Maps). Now they have found a way to make point-of-view / first-person video more watchable. An inherent problem of the typical GoPro strapped to your head is that humans do not move steadily – it’s our brains that make us think that we move smoothly, in fact there is a lot of shake (hence the need for handheld gimbals as pioneered by Freefly Systems with the MoVi). That means that our POV-GoPro shots almost NEVER look anything like the GoPro marketing department makes us think it would look like. In comes Microsoft with the demo of a yet-unpublished software that can not only de-shake these first person videos, but actually make them extremely smooth. In their demo video below, they demonstrate the different looks of the input material, the sped-up timelapse version of that (unbelievably shaky) and the Microsoft hyperlapse version after processing. The downside is that it only seems to work for sped-up (i.e. timelapse) versions of those point-of-view videos, not the realtime recordings, which would certainly be more useful in day-to-day use (I am actually currently personally deeply involved in a large first-person project that would greatly benefit just from that!). However, the results of Microsoft’s hyperlapses are nothing short of amazing: Using some kind of 3D camera path mapping, the route becomes much smoother and actually seems to reconstruct footage at the edges. They also show what normal stabilization looks like on that same footage, and it doesn’t come even remotely close. They are working on putting all of this goodness into a Windows app (yeah, I know … come on, it’s 2014, please give us a Mac app too!). Until then, head over to their Microsoft Research page where you can download the technical paper, supplemental material and a high-res video demo. From their site: We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera. At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic camera shake present in first-person videos is amplified by the speed-up. Scene Reconstruction Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video (shown in red) that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path. Proxy Geometry Stitched & Blended Finally, we generate the novel smoothed, time-lapse video by rendering, stitching, and blending appropriately selected source frames for each output frame. We present a number of results for challenging videos that cannot be processed using traditional techniques.Read more
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