Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a deep learning method that only needs a single photo to make a believable video. If you have a photo of a waterfall, a river, smoke, or clouds, it predicts the previous and the next frame and creates a pretty cool animation.
Sigma has released firmware 2.00 for the Sigma fp mirrorless camera. It’s a major firmware that adds some significant features to the camera, including external ProRes RAW recording to the Atomos Ninja V up to 120fps, as well as BRAW recording to the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G. It also now offers internal raw recording with 12Bit CinemaDNG at up to 30fps at 4K and 100fps at 1080p.
As well as all the new raw video options, the new firmware also brings cinemagraph creation and playback, HDR video, Zhiyun Weebill S connectivity, dual ISO (100 & 3200), and a bunch of other improvements and new features.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the ideas people come up with in isolation. Video director Valentina Vee is staying at home with her roommate Elizabeth, who recently had her birthday. Since they can’t throw a party, they threw the next best thing – a photo shoot. Valentina shot an epic “quarantine birthday” portrait of Elizabeth and turned it into a cinemagraph. She also shared a BTS video, and it looks like they had tons of fun. You can take a peek at how they created it, and also learn how to do it yourself.
Cinemagraphs seem to be more and more popular among photographers. If you like this type of artwork, this video will be a real treat for you. Filmmaker Erick Flores Garnelo has made a short film created almost entirely of cinemagraphs. It doesn’t only demonstrate Erick’s talent and skill. It has such a special atmosphere that it will make you feel like you are somewhere else.
Last year I attended Midburn, a regional burning man event taking place in the hot Israeli desert.
I filmed nonstop for five days and created “We are Midburn”. The video ended up getting featured multiple big websites and news outlets, including the official Burning Man newsletter. Creating the video was quite the journey, but it also required me to extensively film non-stop during the entire event. So I pretty much experienced everything through a dusty camera lens.
When it was time to get ready for Midburn 2017, I decided I’ll hold off the video this year. I wanted to be more present in the event, and it wasn’t possible if I was to create a video. But I did have an idea to try something that has intrigued me for quite a while, and this year’s Midburn “Lucid Dream” theme was the perfect setting.