It’s not strange for a young, gorgeous biker girl to amass nearly 30 thousand followers on Twitter. But what if I told you that the girl is actually a 50-year-old dad? Yup, this man has trolled everyone using FaceApp and made my day today. And funnily enough, after he confessed his prank, it seems that his followers loved him even more!
For some, the prospect of setting up a bunch of tripods, stands, equipment and wiring it all together is just too much of a pain to want to deal with when you want to shoot a 5-minute video. It’s what puts a lot of people off wanting to even try starting to make YouTube content. Or at least, it stops them posting as often.
But Caleb Pike has the solution. A full YouTube studio-in-a-box. Well, in a Pelican Case. He’s designed and built it to be a fully self-contained solution that you can just stick on your desk, open up and start filming. Or take on your travels and set up anywhere in an instant just by flipping the lid open.
The camera capabilities of the Raspberry Pi took a pretty big leap forward when they released their new High Quality Camera module last year. The then-new module allowed you to finally get full manual control over your exposure, but it also lets you attach CS and C mount lenses (or just about anything else with the right adapter).
It was only a matter of time before somebody built it into a “real” camera form factor, and it actually didn’t take long, as this film-to-digital conversion shows. But now a new project has popped up. RUHAcam. It’s a 3D printable retro-looking camera based around the Raspberry Pi Zero W and it operates just like a regular interchangeable lens digital camera. Kinda.
There’s been a lot of talk and coverage of the Mt. Fagradalsfjall volcano that continues to remain active in Iceland. Located in the Reykjanes Peninsula, the volcano erupted for the first time in 800 years and has continued to spew out lava now for over a month.
Photographs and filmmakers who’ve been able to have flocked to the scene, and it’s produced some amazing images and footage. But photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson and drone pilot Arnar Þór Þórsson decided to film it a little differently. They used the Insta360 Pro 2 mounted to a DJI Matrice 600 drone to shoot 360° footage in glorious 8K resolution.
If there’s one annoying aspect of cameras, particularly mirrorless cameras that are constantly powering an LCD or EVF the whole time they’re turned on, it’s battery life. There are grips you can get for some cameras to let you take advantage of multiple batteries or you can go with external power, but not all cameras.
Frustrated with battery life, a tinkerer going by the name “funkster“, decided that the most practical option for his Canon EOS M mirrorless camera was to build his own grip. It lets him use a pair of commonly available 18650 batteries and he even made them hot-swappable so that he can replace one of the batteries when it gets low without the camera losing power.
Making things work in a way they’re not supposed to (or at least, a way they’re not designed to) is always fascinating to me. And this one is particularly ingenious. Payload delivery systems are widely available for drones, although they typically require separate radio transmission systems. That’s a pain on a tiny drone like the DJI Mini 2.
You wouldn’t think the Mini 2 could handle carrying much extra weight, but it’s thrust to weight ratio makes it pretty strong. Everett Bradford, realised that with a little modification and tinkering, he could take advantage of the Mini 2’s remotely controlled multicoloured LEDs to tie a payload delivery system directly into DJI’s own software natively. Sort of.
Sony has now officially announced its hotly anticipated ultra-wide, large aperture 14mm f/1.8 G Master lens. This compact little lump of plastic, glass and electronics weighs a mere 460g and measures only 83mm x 99.8mm. Sony says it “sets the standard for 14mm primes, by delivering extraordinary corner-to-corner resolution”.
They also boast its autofocus capabilities and a compact design “that has never before been realized in this focal length”. Sony does like to be dramatic, huh? Well, it seems they may have a right to in this case. On paper, the Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM is an impressive looking lens.
Adobe’s just announced their newest Creative Cloud updates for Premiere Pro and Premiere Rush, adding some new features including native Apple Silicon support for Premiere Rush, speeding up its capabilities on Apple’s latest M1-based computers. And Adobe Premiere Pro gets some H.264 & HEVC performance improvements for hardware acceleration.
Premiere Pro also now gets dynamic previews for your Lumetri presets, allowing you to quickly and easily see how they’ll all look on the footage actually in your project rather than just a generic scene.
A V-flat is a versatile and useful tool to have in your studio. While you can certainly buy one for around $200, it’s one of those things that’s pretty simple to make, and it will cost you half that much or even less. In this video, Nicole Bedard will show you how to make your own V-flat. It’s large, yet collapsible, portable, lightweight… and pretty cheap.
Today I get to tell you the story of my latest camera creation, a digital Polaroid camera that combines a receipt printer with a Raspberry Pi. To build it I took an old Polaroid Minute Maker camera, stripped out its guts, and replaced the innards with a digital camera, an e-ink display, a receipt printer, and an SNES controller to operate the camera. If you like this project, don’t forget to follow me (@ade3) on Instagram.