by Nino Leitner | 19th February 2016
As you know, B&H have been our trusted global retail and video sponsorship partner for many years, and will continue to be in the future. Partnering with a large retailer like B&H who sell every relevant brand in our industry makes us independent and “manufacturer agnostic”, it allows us to stay objective with our reviews. However, for instance readers from Europe have pointed out that they would prefer to order from this continent due to the involved customs and duty fees that go along with ordering from B&H who are located in the US. After months of preparation behind the scenes, we are very proud to announce that UK-based broadcast retailer CVP is our new European retail partner and video sponsor. Whenever we report about one or more new products, links to both B&H and CVP will show up at the bottom of posts. Not only that, product names throughout the site are automatically linked to the appropriate product pages on both retailer’s sites – and the cool thing is, visitors from Europe will see only CVP links, and the rest of the world will have that same links pointing to B&H like before. We hope that our European audience will value the integration of links to CVP, one of the leading European broadcast retailers, listing prices in both Euros and British Pounds on their site. Please consider buying the products you learn about from cinema5D through the side-wide links to our sponsors B&H and CVP, who pay us a small commission for sales through links on our site. That’s what pays the bills for our site and authors, and at the same time enabling us to further develop the site to serve you even better. And last but not least, it keeps us independent from large individual manufacturers – independence in our reviews is our highest value. As cinema5D is rapidly developing in different areas, we are also working on a Gear Guide that will serve as a map guiding through the ever-growing jungle of filmmaking products out there, with personal recommendations from the cinema5D team. This is a work in progress and we will announce when it’s ready in a separate post.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 12th November 2015
Facebook is everywhere and continuously taking over other social networks, with Twitter activity in the filmmaking world noticeably dwindling in recent months and years. There seems to be no escape from the giant when it comes to media consumption, considering it’s already by far the largest photo hosting platform in the world. But they are not stopping there: Facebook recently announced that they reached 8 billion daily video views, which sounds impressive – but as YouTuber In a Nutshell points out in this new 5-minute video, 725 of the 1000 top Facebook videos were simply stolen from YouTube, totaling 17 billion views. Also, content that is hosted directly on Facebook gets preferred by their algorithm, meaning that these stolen videos get more eyeballs than posted YouTube links. Their autoplay feature already counts a video as a play after 3 seconds, and even without sound, which also explains the outrageously high number. Regular Facebook visitors will already have noticed the omnipresence of video content on the site which has really only become extremely prevalent over the past year or so. This is a huge issue for a billion dollar enterprise – Facebook is effectively making money off copyrighted content by serving ads around those videos. Every content creator should be concerned about this. While YouTube shares a tiny amount of its ad revenues with the content creators via its Partner Program which has created a vibrant ecosystem of YouTubers, Facebook does no such thing. In a Nutshell suggests to alert the original content creators of videos about reuploads to Facebook as one way of action against the social media giant’s bad practices. Another one would be to comment below the reuploaded video and post the link to the original source, pointing out that it has been stolen (or “freebooted”, a term which has come up about this form of theft). Last but not least also watch this video by Smarter Every Day, a very popular YouTuber, and his own personal experience with the problem. What else can be done against this behavior? Let us know in the comment section! via PetapixelRead more
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