Brilliant Aurora timelapse caught in 8K VR-360

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If this isn’t the best reason for producing 8K 360° VR footage. A Brilliant timelapse video lasting just over 1m.

Photographer William Briscoe captured this spectacular 360° 8K timelapse on January 31st near Fairbanks, Alaska.

“Here is a 360 video of the Lunar Eclipse, Alaska style, which I filmed on January 31st near Fairbanks. Lady Aurora, being the Diva she is, just couldn’t let the moon have all the attention that night, so she made a nice showing as well.”

The full video is only a minute and ten seconds long, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to shoot. Responding to a comment on YouTube, Briscoe revealed that it was -31°F (-35°C) out that night, so just getting his 360° rig (a custom-built array of numerous 35mm DSLRs) to work was a challenge.

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Sennheiser AVX-ME2 radio mic

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I am looking into one of these radio mics to replace one of my RODE filmmaker kits. The video below that Sennheiser commissioned is brilliant, one of the best of its kind I have seen. If any of you have this kit please let me know your thoughts. I am now sticking to unlicensed radio mics as I prefer not to have to pay for a yearly radio mic licence.

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USER REVIEW…LEDGO T1440 Soft Studio LED light £1,198 plus vat.

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The first thing that strikes you with this LED light is its weight, 5Kg. Being a studio light the weight is not an issue but the quality of light is fantastic.

Having a TLCI of 92 at 3200K is outstanding and completely flicker free at all settings. I mainly use this light in a kitchen studio setting as the main source of light mixed with various 50W household LED lights.

Having the ability to match the household lights is a joy as its ability to give you very accurate 5600K daylight when needed.

As you can see from the above the TLCI of 95 at 5600K is as good as you can expect from an LED studio light.

 

I thought the WiFi antenna was usable via the LEDGO APP but you need to spend a further £75 on the LG-WIFICB unit to allow your light or any other WiFi Ledgo light to be controlled via your iPhone.

To setup the WiFi on your iPhone or iPad, download the LEDGO APP set your WiFi settings to accept LEDGO LED then set your LED light to A001

The APP seems a bit complicated with choices like Bi-Color -A and Bi-Color-B but I am informed by a technician from Holdan that your choice is Bi-Color-B for this LED light. This allows you to switch off the light from your APP as well as adjust the intensity and colour temperature.

I think this was money well spent for my “One Roving Cook” productions, one LED Studio light with a mixture of kitchen lighting. Here is my latest video produced with the LEDGO T1440 Studio LED light.

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NEW Sony A7 Mk111…Price $2000

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Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced yet another impressive addition to their full-frame mirrorless camera lineup, the α7 III (model ILCE-7M3).

Sony’s unmatched innovation within the image sensor space is at the forefront of the new α7 III, as it features a brand new 24.2MPi back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with increased sensitivity, outstanding resolution and an impressive 15 stopsii of dynamic range at low sensitivities. By combining this sensor with a variety of impressive features including extreme AF coverage of 93%, fast shooting at up to 10 fpsiii with either mechanical shutter or silent shootingiv, diverse 4Kvivideo capabilities and more, Sony has created a new tool that gives all types of creators – from enthusiast to professional – the ability to capture content in new and different ways than they ever have before.

“We are continually pushing to deliver more for our customers – more versatility, more functionality and most importantly, more innovation,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics. “With the new α7 III, we’ve taken many of our newest and most advanced imaging technologies from the acclaimed α9 and α7R III models and paired them with an all-new 24.2 MP back-illuminated sensor to deliver the ultimate full-frame camera for enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals alike. It’s a camera that punches far above its weight class in every capacity. Combined with our impressive selection of 26 native full-frame E-mount lenses, it provides a level of performance that is simply unmatched in the industry.”

The newly developed 24.2MPi back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor is paired with a front-end LSI that effectively doubles the readout speed of the image sensor, as well as an updated BIONZ X™ processing-engine that boosts processing speed by approximately 1.8 times compared to the α7 II. These powerful components work together to allow the camera to shoot at faster speeds while also enabling its impressive ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and an overall 1.5 stopix improvement in image quality. The camera also features a massive 15-stopii dynamic range at low sensitivity settings, ensuring outstanding overall performance at all settings and in all shooting conditions, with significant advancements in accurate color reproductions of skin tones and the vibrant colors of nature.

This new full-frame model can also output 14 bit RAW format [ix] even in silent and continuous shooting modes, and is equipped with a 5-axis optical image stabilization system that results in a 5.0 stepv shutter speed advantage.

The innovative new α7 III full-frame mirrorless camera features a level of AF performance that has been largely improved over the α7 II, including the addition of 4D FOCUS™ capabilities. The new camera has 425 contrast AF points that work with a 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system inherited from the acclaimed α9 model. This innovative AF system covers approximately 93% of the frame, ensuring reliable focusing and tracking for even the most difficult to capture subjects.

AF response and tracking has also been greatly improved in the new camera, with almost 2xii the focusing speed in low-light condition and 2xii the tracking speed compared to the previous model as a result of the faster image sensor readout. This allows complex and unpredictable motion to be captured with far greater precision and accuracy.

The acclaimed Eye AF feature is also available in the new camera, even in AF-C mode, which is extremely useful for situations where the subject is turning around, looking down or otherwise obstructed. It also works when the α7 III is being used with Sony’s A-mount lenses with an optional LA-EA3 adaptor [x]. Additional improvements in focusing flexibility include the addition of a multi-selector or ‘joystick’ for moving focusing points quickly, the addition of touch focusing capability, AF availability in Focus Magnifier mode, an ‘AF On’ button and much more.

The new α7 III is an outstanding video camera as well, offering 4Kvi (3840×2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. In video mode, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect about 2.4x [xiii] the amount of data required for 4K movies, and then oversamples it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.

An HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) [xiv] picture profile is available on the α7 III as well, which supports an Instant HDR workflow, allowing HDR (HLG) compatible TV’s to playback beautiful, true-to-life 4K HDR imagery. Further, both S-Log2 and S-Log3 are available for increased color grading flexibility, as well as Zebra functionality, Gamma Display assist and proxy recording. The camera can also record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbpsvi, allowing footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

  • Newly Developed Full-frame 24.2MP[i] Back-Illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Image Sensor with Evolved Image Processing
  • Wide ISO range of 100 – 51200 (expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 for still images) and 15-Stop[ii] Dynamic Range at low sensitivities
  • World Class AF system featuring 693 phase-detection AF points covering 93% ofimage area, 425 contrast AF points and fast and reliable Eye AF
  • Continuous Shooting at up to 10 fps[iii] with either Mechanical Shutter or Silent Shooting[iv] and full Auto Focus/Auto Exposure tracking
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step[v] shutter speed advantage
  • High Resolution 4K[vi] Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning across full-width of full-frame sensor
  • The longest rated battery life of any Mirrorless camera[vii] at 710 shots[viii] per charge
  • Upgraded operability and functionality including addition of joystick for adjusting focus points, Dual SD Card Slots, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ Terminal and more

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X Effects 14 …Rips (Launch price $39)

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A cracking set of 3D rip effects from idustrial Revolution.

XEffects Rips is a set of titles, effects and transitions for Final Cut Pro X that rip off sections of media leaving behind a paper tear edge.
Each plugin comes with 10 pre-loaded edges that can be offset for a realistic rip. Use any media including video or stills. Available exclusively for Final Cut Pro.

Create some interesting graphics with this set of plugins

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NYC at night shot with Panasonic GH5S

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Some great night footage of New York shot with a Panasonic GH5S

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New Fuji X-H1 stills/movie flagship !

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I can’t understand why this is promoted as a movie flagship camera when it clearly has problems recording beyond 15minutes, this is a bad limitation for any movie camera.

Having no headphone socket, how can you produce any dialogue with no sound monitoring.

When you compare this to a Panasonic GH5 for video there is no comparison, why do manufacturers not see this.

Update : I have just been informed that you get a headphone socket when you buy the optional battery grip and extended 4K video filming as well.

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ADVERT…Being creative on St. Valentines day with Production Gear

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Sorry had to show this from my mailing list…The lads at Production Gear are at it again with this well chosen wording to celebrate St. Valentines day.

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Panasonic GH5 focusing quicker with lens adapters

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Photo © Cinema 5d

Before we all get too exited this fix only works with lens adapters and at 25p and has no effect on Lumix lenses. I do not work with angles as I prefer shutter speeds but the fix also works with Syncro scan switched on.

I did not appreciate the way this news was and is being presented as its only useful for anyone using lens adapters, this is not apparent till you watch the video.

Here is the original video posted by YodaYeo the chap who discovered the solution my thanks to Timothy Bates for sending me this link.

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User Review NEEWER Follow Focus £39 plus an extra £12 for alternative gears.

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Can you get quality for less than £40 in the film industry, well it seems so with this NEEWER Follow Focus unit, very impressive, apart from the lens gear ring.

My JVC LS300 is heading over to Arran to film a pilot comedy film in 4K 25p and I thought a follow focus unit would make it easier to use.

 

I am using a older Nikon 24-85mm zoom lens which will give an equivalent field of view on the Super 35mm sensor of 36-127mm (1.5x).

Back to the gear ring that comes with the Neewer Follow Focus unit, shocking design. As you can see it has not got the ability to adjust to fit the diameter of the lens and sits proud of the lens.

Fortunately scanning Amazon I found this properly adjustable gear ring from Movo, you get a set of 3 for just over £12 a 67mm, 75mm and an 85mm. I like the way the plastic grips and cushions the lens barrel.

As you can see the Neewer follow focus works well with the MOVO gear ring.

You even get adjustable end stops allowing you precise pull focus positions.

Having had a loan of a £600 Cambo follow focus in the past I was very reluctant to buy the Neewer as I was not expecting much for my money. To my surprise it was a lot better than I had anticipated.

I did try it on my Panasonic GH5 but with the fly by wire focusing you don’t get the same definitive end stops of a manual lens although it did work I prefer to use it with the JVC LS300.

Marks out of 10…I will give the Neewer Follow Focus a 9 out of 10 losing one point for the badly thought out gear ring.

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