Our favorite video streaming portal Vimeo recently announced that they are about to introduce 4K streaming in Q1 2016 to all their users (right now, they say it’s for a select few). It’s been possible to download 4K versions already for a while now, if the content was uploaded in a 4K (or greater) resolution. The streaming option however is new. Also, as of now, they start offering variable streaming which can be selected from each video individually. So far, HD videos were usually defaulted to 720p streaming if the “HD” icon at the bottom right in a video was enabled (unless otherwise specified by the video creator in their settings). Now, when you click on that same HD logo, you can select various resolutions, among them of course 720p and 1080p. 4K is likely to be added to that menu in the future. 4K will also be available for Vimeo On Demand as well, which is interesting for filmmakers who sell or rent their work there. Vimeo also say that they are testing adaptive streaming and that it will be introduced soon – like the resolution options, this is reminiscent of YouTube, where this has been normal operation procedure for quite a while now. Vimeo will also introduce this for iOS and Apple TV versions of their app to allow for changing internet connection quality (however Apple TV does not support 4K at this stage). via NoFilmSchool & VarietyRead more
Check out Syrp’s latest product, a variable neutral density filter. The New Zealand based company are best known for their successful Kickstarter campaign – the Genie timelapse device. They’ve now entered the filter market with an affordable fader ND. The filter comes in only two sizes, 67mm (small) and 82mm (large). Included with both filters are step up rings to expand compatibility with other thread sizes; the 82mm ships with 72mm & 77mm step ups, and the 67mm ships with 58mm & 52mm step ups. What I like about the Syrp ND filter (which of course will be the most important aspect to all filmmakers) is the very smart leather pouch it ships with; nice. Syrp claim the filter has an effective range of 1-8.5 stops adjustment. Priced at $139 & $189 for the small and large filters respectively, it comes in at the middle range to others I’ve tested; I’ll be keen to try this one out against the Heliopan and the Tiffen filters.Read more
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