Spiffy Gear has produced some pretty interesting products over the last few years, including the very popular Light Blaster, and Spekular LED lights. At NAB 2019, they have debuted a new type of LED light, designed for wearing, wrapping around things and placing in tight spaces where you want to add just a little bit more light. It’s called Lumee, and DIYP caught up with Spiffy Gear at the show to find out all about it.
Whenever DIYP heads out to cover an event, we get a lot of people asking what gear we’re using to do it. Our kit evolves over time, though and changes from show to show. So, for some events, we shoot new show gear update videos. We’ve decided to do make one such update in Las Vegas at NAB 2019 this year, and here it is.
Venus Optics has been known for a variety of unique and weirdly cool Laowa lenses. The company is now entering the world of cine lenses and it has announced a 25-100mm t/2.9 and a 12mm t/2.9 lens for EF and PL mounts. Venus Optics will display the lenses at this year’s NAB, which will be their US debut.
Today, PolarPro has announced their new Peter McKinnon Edition Variable ND filters. They’re available in two strengths of 2-5 stops and 6-9 stops. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the 77mm 2-5 stops version in my possession for the last couple of weeks. As I write this, I’m sitting in Glasgow airport waiting to board a plane to take it on a real test in the deserts of Arizona, but I’ve been able to have enough of a play with it to give some first impressions.
Adobe has announced today a groundbreaking addition to After Effects: content-aware fill for video. The feature is powered by Adobe Sensei, the company’s AI platform which helps to remove various visual elements automatically. This feature has been available in Photoshop, and it makes it much easier for photographers to remove unwanted objects from images. But now, the same feature is coming to After Effects, making life easier for video editors, too.
Teased last week, Insta360 has today launched the new Insta360 EVO, a 360° camera that also turns into a stereoscopic 3D 180° camera. Like the Insta360 ONE X, the Insta360 EVO shoots 5.7K 360° video, and 18-megapixel 360° still photos.
What’s very cool, though, is that the stereo 3D 180° view comes with the same FlowState stabilisation afforded to the Insta360 ONE X camera. From personal experience, I can say that on ONE X footage, you’d swear it was shot from a gimbal. If the EVO maintains this level of stability, it will be something of a breakthrough for small stereo 180° cameras.