The recently launched DitoGear Lifter is an accessory for the VibraFreek vehicle mount. Its payload capacity allows it to mount professional cinema cameras as well as pretty much any gimbal stabiliser. The VibraFreek is a stabilisation device that attaches to a 2m high pillar, whose base is fixed to a frame welded around the rigid parts of your car. This allows you to mount a camera and a gimbal such as a DJI Ronin or MOVI high up above a moving vehicle, and gives you the extra stabilisation needed to even out the movements of the car. The recently announced DitoGear Lifter is an add-on to the VibraFreek which expands its use even further. Now, instead of locking your camera in one position, the Lifter allows you to move the camera along the pillar on a vertical axis. This kind of movement, in addition to the remote control of your choice of gimbal, can give you some really amazing results as you can see in the video below. With a maximum payload of 50kg, the DitoGear Lifter can surely handle almost any camera and gimbal combination you could think of. Also, a safety system allows it to slowly descend should a power failure occur, keeping all your gear safe from a 2m free fall. A very nice touch indeed. The DitoGear Lifter is available here at a discounted launch price of $4,746.07.Read more
With Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3, Apple offers a couple of nice new features, although most improvements happen under the hood. There is always a sense of mixed emotions when you see your software’s update notes are mostly made of points starting with “improves stability when…”, or “fixes an issue in which…”—of course, you want your software to be bigger, better, and more awesome than ever before. But in reality, there is just the quiet appreciation of knowing your software is in tip top shape for a little bit longer. It’s just… OK. Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3 Changes: With this in mind, let’s have a look at the juiciest improvements that version 10.2.3 brings to Final Cut Pro X. – It is now possible to share a video to more than one YouTube video account simultaneously. – 4K export presets specifically for exporting to Apple devices. – Apple has finally addressed the erratic behaviour of the Dashboard timecode display, which some users had reported after the latest OSX update to El Capitan. – Native support for Canon’s XF-AVC codec. OK, so this one is pretty important. The Canon C300 Mark II has been out for a little while now, and users can finally import footage natively without transcoding with third-party software. Yay! If you have been following our posts in recent times, you may remember us speculating on the possibility of a new audio mixer based on Roles metadata in Final Cut Pro X. Well, unfortunately, there is no sign of this new feature with Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3. Oh, well… perhaps something for version 10.4, then. If you want to know more about this potential feature, you can check out the article here. Make sure you download the free update to Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3 from the App Store here. Final Cut Pro X’s sibling applications Motion and Compressor also got an update, so get those too while you’re at it if you already own the software. For new users, Motion and Compressor come in at $49.99 each.Read more
by Kevin Alexander | 14th April 2015
Apple has released updates for Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor. The updates include faster workflows for video editors, new features for motion graphic designers, and faster processing for packaging and delivery. The improvements in Final Cut Pro focus on speeding up the workflow for video editors. For example, the new drag and drop 3D titles include templates so users can get started quickly. This should prove a welcome feature for editors who also do their own graphics and don’t have time for detailed 3D work. FCP also received improvements to color grading masks, and native support for more camera file formats like Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S. And finally, RED users will appreciate new GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Video editors might benefit from faster workflows, but motion designers also have some workflow enhancements, as well as some new tools. The improvements to Motion include more options for 3D titles, including custom materials and environments and the ability to instantly publish to Final Cut. Other new features include 12 new generator effects and improvements to keyframing, masks, and shape creation. Lastly, the updates to Compressor allow for easier preparation for iTunes delivery. Compressor takes the deliverables and creates an iTunes Store Package which can be submitted for sale on the store. Other improvements include faster GPU rendering and hardware accelerated H.264 encoding. Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2 are available for purchase at $299.99, $49.99, and $49.99 respectively for new users. The updates are free for existing users.Read more
Late last year Canon Australia started a photography competition, the Canon Light Awards. They challenged photographers to come up with creative ideas, each month inspired by other photographer’s examples. The promo video itself (see above) is a very creative approach at interviewing a photographer and looking at the story “behind the image”. We don’t do many stories on creative filmmaking at cinema5D, but this promo caught my eye as it shows in a beautiful way what motion can do for a shot in terms of storytelling. Filmmaker Christopher Ireland from The Pool Collective directed three promo’s for Canon that add the depth of the photographer’s perspective to their images through an intriguing 360 degree setup. But it wasn’t the creative 360 degree approach that makes these videos work stand it out, it’s the fact that this movement tells a story. Videographers are increasingly using sliders and drones to add motion to shots or even interviews. At cinema5D we have lost track over the many many devices that have bombarded the market in recent years. The latest technology in filmmaking seems to be all about “motion”, but rarely these tools are used to actually add depth to a story, they are in most cases just an “effect”. Back in film school we learned that simply adding an “effect” such as tracking or dollying shots is actually very “uneffective” if they don’t also tell story. However if a technique is used in a purposeful way it can add strong depth and embed a message into your shots. This added dimension in filmmaking is increasingly lost and forgotten. The Canon Light Awards videos are a nice example of using motion to tell a story. It’s the “look behind the image” in the form of a video sequence. Check out the behind the scenes video that was published today. Who can spot the camera the videos were shot on? What do you think about adding “motion” to your shots as an effect vs. telling a story? Let us know your perspective in the comments. via cinescopophilia.comRead more
edelkrone is a company that keeps fascinating us with their affordable, inventive gear ideas. Also it seems they’re in a habit of doubling the size of their booth each year. In 2014 they’re taking an impressive center position in the production hall.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Here we have new motorized sliders by two different companies. The Varavon slider costs is very affordable and can also upgrade existing Varavon sliders. The Lanparte slider goes faster and can memorize motion, but is also more expensive. Varavon has made some good products. I’m sure this slider is worth checking out if you’re looking for motion at an affordable price. The Varavon slidecam sliders will be available here sooner or later, in the meantime you can check the Varavon website. The dedicated motorized slider will be $1100 and the normal kit version (base slider with upgrade kit) $980. Varavon told me there are different motors for different speeds. Lanparte is a brand I am not very familiar with, but their slider looked very interesting. As they had a German representative it was also culturally easier to get a conversation about their products started. It is hard to beat the Varavon pricetag, but the Lanparte slider had some unique features like the memory, the fast motion and the timelapse functionality. Also it seemed robust. This is their international website: LINK Here’s one of the European resellers: LINK (or hdvideoshop.com)Read more
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