In an April 2016 interview, Mark Zuckerberg told Buzzfeed News, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.” Given the proliferation of video features available on millions of smartphones – from image stabilization to incredible 240fps slow mo – it’s no surprise that more and more people and brands are experimenting with moving pictures. Even the venerable portrait is moving away from being strictly medium into something more dynamic.
Camera stabilisation has come a long way over the last few years, but one thing you just can’t get around is the weight. The more motors and electronics you have to add, the heavier it gets, and if you’re using a DSLR or bigger camera with a large lens, forget about it.
Netherlands based Filmmaker and YouTuber Chung Dha has come up with an ingenious way to help alleviate some of the weight of his Feiyu Tech MG stabilizer, and prevent his arms from becoming tired on long shoots.
I’m always looking for good stock images to use in my photoshop composites. I find them online, or use the awesome Texture Store. Or I make my own. But sometimes its impossible to find the right image that fits your idea.
And if you do find the right image, it’s at the wrong angle or too small, or not lighted the way you want to. So you’ll just end up with a crappy composite, or spending hours of time to get it right.
A while ago I was preparing a workshop and looking into the possibility to teach everyone about using photoshop’s built in 3D options. Photoshop has been developing integration with 3D for a while and you can even get as far as prepare a file for 3D printing now.
Anybody who’s ever shot video indoors will, at some point, have come across the issue of flickering lights and scanlines moving up and down your image while trying to record.
Well, Jonas Stenstrom of Rob & Jonas’ Filmmaking Tips is here to help, explaining exactly what causes this and how to overcome it, even when your frame rate doesn’t match the electrical frequency of the country in which you’re shooting.
It’s typical. You wait forever for a bus to come along, and then they always seem to show up right when you don’t need them any more. The creator of this video, which was supposed to be of the demolition of a high rise block of flats a few days ago in Glasgow, Scotland, certainly didn’t need this bus coming along to block his shot.
I get the charm of shooting video on an iPhone, especially since picking up an iPhone SE. It’s small, it’s always with you, and the video it can produce is pretty impressive. But where my SE has the advantage of a slew of cases available that let me hook it up to all kinds of other video shooting devices, many 6S/6S Plus users do not.
The new Helium Core for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus form factors not only aims to fix this situation, but takes things a step further by adding a whole bunch of 1/4-20 thread sockets allowing mounting your phone to pretty much any system you desire, as well as letting you to add microphones, lights, and other gadgets on top.
Atomos have announced at NAB2016 that they are allowing owners of Atomos recorders to update their firmware to all of their devices except the Ninja 2, giving everybody the ability to record HDR video absolutely free.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. HDR. It’s usually pretty hideous, overdone, ugly, etc., but when it comes to video, the look and purpose of HDR isn’t what we typically see in the world of stills photography.
Recently posted to Reddit, is Mathieu Stern’s intriguing short film project “Alone in Paris“. While Mathieu promises that a Behind The Scenes video is coming in a week or so, it’s always fun to speculate how things like this can be created.
Some of the theories have already been shot down over on the Reddit post as the actual techniques used in this instance, but many of them are quite valid, and we’re going to have a quick look at a couple of them here.
While offering similar specs to their C100 Mark II camera, including a full frame 35mm sized sensor, the ME200S-SH strips out many features such as the LCD, viewfinder, and memory card slot, in order to save in space and weight.