Beautiful Timelapse Of New Zealand’s North Island

This beautiful timelapse of New Zealand by Bevan Percival was entirely taken on its Northern island and features some of the most breath taking shots I’ve seen to date.

It was shot over a period of six months with a Canon 5DmkII, various lenses and a Dynamic Perception 6′ Stage Zero motorized dolly.

Beautiful Timelapse Of New Zealand's North Island

Seeing the clip, I am not one bit surprised that Percival’s description is all inspiration and zero tech-talk: [Read more…]

Nikon DSLRs Hacked To Remove Video Recording Time Limit

First major win for the Nikon Hacker team – removing the 30 minutes (or 29:59 if you wanna be picky) video recording limit on Nikon DSLRs .

Nikon DSLRs Hacked To Remove Video Recording Time Limit

Ever since DSLRs introduces video capabilities, there has always been a recording time limit for 30 minutes. Interestingly enough, this limit is not coming from hardware of software restrictions, but rather from a regulatory requirement that classifies devices recordings over 30 minutes of video as Camcorders, thus increasing their custom duty rates.

While Nikon’s hacked firmware is not nearly as advanced as CHKD or MagicLantern, it is slowly making its moves into becoming a reality. (Why make it so hard Nikon? Why? See what MagicLantern did to Canon and how it helped embrace the 5D +ML as a beloved tool for videographers). [Read more…]

Using A Game Pad To Expedite Adobe Lightroom’s Workflow The Cheap Version

A little while back we shared three options on quickening your Lightroom workflow with the use of a game pad controller. And why not, game pads were designed for prolonged repetitive interaction, very similar to the actions you take when curating files in Lightroom. next, next, mark, next, mark… and so on for 1000 files.

Using A Game Pad To Expedite Adobe Lightroom's Workflow The Cheap Version

Here is the caveat, if you don’t want to spend $50 on the Cullinator or configure complicated software, you were left without options.

Paul over at thoughts on film shares another option, using a Logitech F310 which is ergonomic, cheap and can be configured for Lightroom right out of the box. (I suspect that higher models from this series share the same option) [Read more…]

How To Build A 1/93000 Remote Trigger (An Inside Look On An April’s 1st Prank)

A little while back I was contacted by Bruce Devon and & John Irwin and they pitched a post about a new “hack” – an intervalometer/firmware hack that ramps the camera shutter to 1/93000, allowing to action-freeze action sports. Indecently it was April’s first.

How To Build A 1/93000 Remote Trigger (An Inside Look On An April's 1st Prank)

Now, I am not really sure what “ramping the shutter to 1/93000″ even means, but I loved the resulting video, and asked them for some explanations on how the video was made. Turns out that while shooting the video took a bit under two hours, creating the freezing effect took about 35 hours of after effects effort. The prank, textual explanations and a how to video after the jump.

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12Bit Vs 14Bit Raw And Compressed Vs Uncompressed… Does It Matter?

12Bit Vs 14Bit Raw And Compressed Vs Uncompressed… Does It Matter?

You know that to get the most of your DSLR you should be shooting in RAW, right? But these days Nikon cameras gives you even more options: 12-bit or 14-bit, and compressed or uncompressed RAW (NEF) files. Which should you choose?

Short question: Does it matter? Will you see any difference between compressed (lossy) and uncompressed (lossless) RAW? And between 12 and 14 bits?

Short answer: No it does not matter. Choose 12-bit compressed (because they take up less space) and forget about this topic. Or choose 14-bit uncompressed because theoretically you’re getting the “most” from your camera – you just have to live with the file sizes.

Approximate RAW file

size on a Nikon D7000
12 bit 14 bit
compressed 12.6 MB 15.7 MB
uncompressed 14.9 MB 18.8 MB

Not happy with the short answer? Then read on… [Read more…]

Will MōVI Be A Game Changer In The Video Production World?

About three years ago Vincent Laforet released Reverie which was the first proof of concept that quality films can be shot with a DSLR, the Canon 5Dmk2. The movie stirred a huge commotion on the web. The thing is that even before releasing it, Vincent knew it was going to change the game with video and dSLRs.

Now Vincent is declaring what he thinks may change the game again – a hand held gyroscope power stabilizer – MōVI by Freefly Systems.

Will MōVI Be A Game Changer In The Video Production World

MōVI is a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal. This means that you shoot hand held, no tripod, no body mount, no jib, Steadicam or dolly and can still get smooth, great looking shots.

In fact, Vincent is so sure that he says it would be easier to use the MoVI and shoot a scene rather than trying to describe it:

“This device isn’t the end of the sticks, Steadicam, slider, dolly or jib to be sure… but it sure will make you think twice about using those tools on many of your shots when you find out how quickly this device allows you to execute a similar shot but in a fraction of the time. It can literally take longer to explain a shot, than it would to execute a perfect shot with the MōVI. Heck you’ll even think twice about every using a tripod for a quick pan or tilt shot – when you realize you can do that with a “push” or a circular forward movement left (a curved dolly track…) Except you don’t need to lay track down”#

If you are not sure, just watch this BTS that shows how stabilized it is even when cameraman is running full speed.

Here are some of the point that Vincent highlights for why this is such a game changer:

  • Affordable – with a predicted price of under $15,000 (and a smaller unit under $7500) this can be used by most small production crews. It is not cheap, but also not that expensive when you consider the amount of gear and crew it can potentially replace.
  • it is small, light weight. This means it can easily go on a plane or be carried into desolated locations.
  • It’s super stable, and can be used running, skating, or on an air born platform
  • It allows a second operator to control the unit with a joystick while the gimbal is held by a different person
  • Short learning curve – while Steadicam can produce smooth shots, it takes years to master The MoVI is super quick to learn and use.

For a demo of how stable the thing is, here is an entertaining tail-chasing demo

There are currently two hand-on accounts on using the movie, the one we mentioned from Vincent Laforet and a second one from Jessie Brauning.

Finally, here is the movie Vincent shot entirely with the MoVI. Quite a proof of concept.

Your thoughts?

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