Facebook has relatively recently introduced the so-called “reactions” to posts. But soon, instead of clicking on the heart or a laughing emoji, you will be able to “react” with your profile photo. The researchers at Tel Aviv University and Facebook have come up with a method to bring your selfies to life. All they need to do it is a single photo, and the resulting animation is pretty impressive. It seems like your photo is actually a short video, and it’s incredibly accurate considering that they only use one 2D image for the animation.
One would think that shooting video would be fairly straightforward these days. With all the advances made in video-capable cameras the last few years, a newcomer might assume it’s simply point and hit record.
But if you want to make the most of your equipment and get the best shots you can, this is simple not true. In this video, filmmaker Darious Britt talks about the 9 things he checks before he hits the record button. His checklist might not be perfect for everybody’s workflow, but it’s a great starting point for developing your own.
After Sony’s 1,000fps smartphone camera announcement earlier this year, other manufacturers are playing catch up. Sure, the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X shoot 1080p at 240fps, but it’s not 1,000fps is it? Samsung are hitting back, though. According to Etnews, the Korean electronics manufacter are now developing their own 1,000fps smartphone camera sensor.
It’s expected that this sensor will come in the next generation of Galaxy S phone. The design differs from Sony’s slightly. Sony positions the DRAM between the pixel and circuit sections of the sensor in a new 3 layer stacked CMOS configuration. Samsung, on the other hand, bonds the DRAM to a traditional 2 layer CMOS. This allows them to create the technology without infringing upon Sony’s patent.
Before Twitter killed Vine, Kevin Parry was famous for his mind-bending short clips. The US-based stop-motion animator creates videos with clever and fun optical illusions. Even though we all know they are just clever filmmaking and editing tricks, for some of them we can’t help but wonder – how did he do it?
The idea of streaming liveview from your phone to your camera is not a new one. I’ve been doing it over USB and WiFi now with my Nikon DSLRs to qDslrDashboard for a while now. Other solutions, such as the TetherTools Case Relay. But, both of these systems are quite limited. You have to have one of a set list of specific cameras, for a start.
This device, called LukiLink, though, actually gives your phone HDMI capture abilities. So, you can use it with any camera that has an HDMI output. You can use it to monitor, record, and even live stream your DSLR, mirrorless or other camera’s output. The product is currently about a third funded on Kickstarter with 23 days to go. But if it can deliver on its promise, it looks fantastic.
The standard frame rate is 24fps and it’s used for most types of videos. However, there are times when 24fps is not the way to go, but you should use higher or lower frame rate. In only three minutes, Ted Sim of Apurture shares eight scenarios when you shouldn’t use 24fps for shooting videos.
We post fairly regularly about various tricks for getting better photos with your phone. Rarely, though, is there a focus on video. Lately, though, it seems that video is a more common occurrence with our phones than stills. You don’t need a bunch of fancy expensive rigs and lenses to make the most of it, though.
This video from Kai Wong, brings us 10 inexpensive tricks and hacks for getting better video with our mobile devices. So, get your egg timers and spring clamps ready, and have a watch of this.
It’s vacation season, so why not take some awesome videos while you’re there? There are many tricks to make your travel videos better and more engaging, and Matti Haapoja from TravelFeels focuses on one of the important ones – adding movement.
His video adds nicely to Brandon Li’s, where he talks about the most common travel video problems. The lack of movement is one of them, and Matti gives you three big reasons why movement adds to the story, along with the tips how to achieve it and three example videos to learn from.
When you’re a one man video shooting band, keeping your subject sharp and in focus can be a huge pain. If you don’t have a focus puller following you around, or fancy remote control focus systems, it’s a constant struggle. That’s why we often see cameras locked off on tripods and sliders with static subjects that rarely move.
But there are some techniques you can use to keep your subject sharp and in focus when filming solo. Filmmaker Parker Walbeck demonstrates some of these techniques in this recently video. None of these techniques are always perfect, though, and Parker talks about the advantages and disadvantages of each.