The WUNDER360 S1 360 Spherical Action Camera By Stephen Schleicher 360 video for Virtual Reality continues to be an area that next generation content creators are focusing more of their attention on. But, with professional 360 VR cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars, it might be a good idea to experiment with this wondrous new way to tell your story with a camera that does the same thing, but costs a fraction of the price. Funded via an Indiegogo campaign, the Wunder360 S1 360 Spherical Action Camera is a nice alternative to other 360 cameras on the market. ...Read More »
URSA Mini Pro - Taking It to a Higher Level By Matt Siegel For filmmakers, from high-end pros to novice students, the traditional production paradigm has undergone a radical change. "Good, fast, and cheap, AND in 4K" is the expectation. Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini Pro meets these requirements and has boldly ascended into the film industry mainstream, proving itself to be a reliable production workhorse. ...Read More »
Scratch Play Pro By Stephen Schleicher If you are looking for a responsive camera format player and transcoder that is light on system resources, and supports looks and metadata management, then SCRATCH Play Pro from Assimilate may just be the all in one tool for all of your playback needs. The application was released in July 2018, and after using the software for a month, it is hard not to find a reason to add SCRATCH Play Pro to your workflow. ...Read More »
Grading and Finishing with Scratch v9 By Rakesh Malik Last summer I filmed a short mockumentary spoofing a home improvement show where the homeowners are a family of zombies. We shot this in a weekend with a fairly minimal crew, working with a first time director. The camera we filmed with was mine, a Red Epic-W, and we filmed in 8K raw. Earlier this year after a lot of rounds of editing and screenings with test audiences, the editor sent me the final edit for color grading. At the time I was working on an IT contract in Seattle and commuting an hour each on the train, so I took my HP Spectre x360 and the hard drive and decided to get started while commuting. And I used the new Scratch v9 for grading and finishing. ...Read More »
ATEN 2-Port Thunderbolt 2 Sharing Switch By Stephen Schleicher Once upon a time, there was a young man - we'll call him Stephen - who worked during the day at a remote location, slaving away for the man; his MacBook Pro was his only way to get work done. At night, he would come home and go to work on his Mac Pro, editing, and writing, and generally doing work that needed to be handled on a beefier computer, with multiple monitors. In fact, much of his work benefited from multiple monitors, but connecting multiple monitors to his MacBook Pro and his Mac Pro was a nightmare at best, as cables needed to be connected and reconnected, potentially ruining ports, and driving Stephen mad as he tried to maintain a neat cabling system. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR By Stephen Schleicher Have you participated in The Void experience at the Disney locations in California and Florida? My friends have been talking non-stop about it for weeks, and it seems people are finally catching on to how immersive an experience VR can be. If you have a 360-degree camera rig, we are at the point now where what was once a neat little gimmick has become a serious contender in the quest to capture viewers. While there are applications that are just starting to introduce the ability to work with 360-degree video, Scratch VR from Assimilate just may be the best application for your next (or first) project. ...Read More »
Tenba Cineluxe Shoulder Bag 24 By Stephen Schleicher Over the last 30 years, I've used all sorts of bags and cases to store and transport my cameras. I've used hard case, and soft bags. I've used cases that claim to be soft but sturdy, but ultimate fall apart, thus putting my gear in jeopardy. For the last month I've been using the Tenba Ceneluxe Shoulder Bag 24, and it has moved to the top of my list of bags that make it easy to store my cameras and take them on the road. ...Read More »
Cotton StrapShot EV1 Holster By Zach Woolf Photographers need to be ready to take a photo at a moment's notice, but must be diligent in protecting the expensive equipment they are using. Ditching a lens cap for a cheap UV filter reduces the time it take you to go from camera off to click the shutter. Camera bags are chosen for their ability to keep gear safe and how easy they allow you to access that gear. If you are of an adventurous mind and spend your time hiking through the woods, casting a line in a river, or any number of outdoor activities, you face the same two problems but to more of an extreme. The Cotton StrapShot EV1 Holster is here to lend a helping hand. ...Read More »
Lightworks from Editshare By David Hague Over the last few years, we have been literally bombarded with video editing packages (NLEs) from all sides. The stalwarts that have been around seemingly for ever such as Adobe's Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, AVID products, Final Cut from Apple and Vegas Pro are in that mix and classified as "pro" products, while offerings from Corel, Pinnacle, MAGIX and others have been more aimed at the consumer market. Among all of these, a program that has somewhat been bypassed is Lightworks - now up to version 14 and in its 25th year! ...Read More »
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