Poland’s National Football Association Livestreams with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design shows off a Multicam broadcast workflow featuring URSA Broadcast and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, to deliver a wide range of live streaming content for Poland’s national football association, Polski Zwiazek Pilki Noznej (PZPN).

Live production specialist, Transmisjelive, produces all content for PZPN’s YouTube channel, Łączy nas piłka (The Ball Connects Us), including action from Poland’s national, women’s and youth teams, as well as matches from Poland’s second league. “Our cameras give fans exclusive access to information and insights that traditional broadcasters cannot deliver, and the huge subscriber numbers on YouTube reflect that,” explains Artur Kuszel, a producer at transmisjelive.

For each event, Transmisjelive deploys its Ultra HD OB system, which is built around an end to end Blackmagic Design workflow, including signal management through a Smart Videohub. Six URSA Broadcast camera signals are routed to an ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher, where the team overlays graphics and adds slow-motion replays into the program mix.

“PZPN’s content schedule is designed to showcase excellence at all levels of football, from league matches that help build communities at a club level, through to international fixtures with the national squad,” explains Artur.

To demonstrate PZPN’s continued commitment to improving access to all levels of football in Poland it was important that Transmisjelive implemented a broadcast capable solution that was also capable of handling live streaming, according to Artur.

“The URSA Broadcast works perfectly for this scenario; as a system, it is adaptable and means we can set up a professional multi-camera production, even if the stadiums themselves lack the necessary infrastructure and connectivity to support it. That is all thanks to the modular nature of the Blackmagic solution,” he said.

Another key focus of the channel is to promote future stars and so Transmisjelive producers coverage of the Central Junior League, which features the U19 teams from Poland’s top flight Ekstraklasa and streams that to YouTube. “As well as providing full coverage of the games themselves, the setup also allows the youngsters to gain experience of being interviewed on camera from a much earlier age,” said Artur.

Content is streamed to YouTube via OBS onsite, however, an additional layer of redundancy has been added with a second live PGM feed being sent back to Transmisjelive’s remote production studio in Warsaw using a joint-SIM bonded LTE connection.

“We aim to provide PZPN with a stable Livestream, regardless of weather conditions, internet connection strength or the location we’re working from,” concludes Artur. “The modular system we’ve implemented based on Blackmagic Design hardware has proven itself to be a robust and reliable setup, even in the most challenging of conditions, while the addition of our own independent streaming connection ensures uninterrupted coverage of matches.”

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Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses

Large Format. Full Frame. That super shallow depth of field. The evolution of filmmaking has been in a state of constant change which seems to speed up faster and faster. Cooke Optics showed off their Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF (Special Flair) prime lenses to give the ever-changing camera technology lenses fit to keep pace. Thes lenses give cinematographers the anamorphic characteristics, including flare and oval bokeh found in older lenses which may not cover the large format image circle.

The Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard lenses coverage circle covers a full 24 x 36 still size sensor with 1.8 squeeze. According to Cooke, A 2x squeeze means cinematographers would lose too many pixels, and at 1.6x you won’t get enough anamorphic character. The sweet spot? At 1.8x you have that a great anamorphic feel and about 90% of the pixels at 2.4:1. Shoot at 2.7:1 and you have all the available frame and 100% of the pixels.

CookeSuperb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture. The cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments. Modular construction increases ease of maintenance and serviceability. And, the Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses come equipped with /i Technology for frame by frame digital information capture, as do all modern Cooke cine lenses for film and digital capture.

Available in focal lengths: 32, 40, 50, 75, 100, 135 and 180mm, over the next 12 months.

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A beautiful combination: 6K Sony VENICE and Cooke Optics
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Wooden Camera Alexa LF 26V Back Plate

At Cine Gear 2019, Wooden Camera was also showing a new 26V Back Plate for the ARRI Alexa LF to compliment Anton Bauer’s new 26V batteries. The back plate mounts directly onto the Alexa LF and provides a prioritised DC input, OLED display, 2x 15V D-Tap with built-in power protection. Pricing has not yet been … Continued

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Dish.TC: Sync By Satellite Launches on Kickstarter

Last month, we recently shared an article about a piece of hardware that was in development by Ari Krupnik which used satellites to embed timestamps into files. The project has now been launched on Kickstarter. How does it work? The Dish Timecode units receive time signals from satellites and embeds timestamps into files, which allows … Continued

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ADG Film Society: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Film Society’s 2019 Screening Series will present Oscar-winning classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and pay tribute to its Oscar-nominated Production Designer Joe Alves, ADG. The annual 2019 Screening Series “Production Design: Designers On Design,” highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative […]

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Kees van Oostrum to Serve as ASC President

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the  re-election of Kees van Oostrum as president for the fourth consecutive year. As ASC president, van Oostrum initiated and continues to oversee the ASC’s Master Class program. Van Oostrum has also significantly expanded the activities of the ASC during the last three years in the area […]

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Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS First Impressions From a Bird Photographer

Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS First Impressions From a Bird Photographer

Sony has announced what I would consider their first true bird photography lens, the FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS. Here are my initial thoughts and ramblings based on my hands-on experience.

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Shutterfly acquired for $2.7B, set to be merged with Snapfish

Apollo Global Management LLC (AGM), an American private equity firm, has agreed to acquire Shutterfly and Snapfish in a multi-billion dollar deal.

According to a report from Reuters, AGM is shelling out $2.7 billion for Shutterfly, which includes approximately $900 million in debt, some of which is likely to be from Shutterfly’s $825 million acquisition of school and family portrait franchise Lifetouch last year. The report further specifies Apollo is paying ‘$51 per share in cash for Shutterfly, a 13% premium to the company’s value on Feb. 5, the last trading day before it announced it would explore a sale.’

No specific financials were given on the acquisition of Snapfish, but Reuters reports Apollo plans on merging the two companies together.

Both Shutterfly and Snapfish allow customers to create various prints, books, stationary and other trinkets with images on them, so it makes sense to merge the two together following the acquisition. For the time being, both the Shutterfly and Snapfish websites are up and operating as usual. There doesn’t appear to be a timeline for when the merge will happen or how it will go down.

Take up to $900 off a Brand New 2018 Apple MacBook Pro

Take up to $900 off a Brand New 2018 Apple MacBook Pro

Photographers and professionals alike swear by Apple’s MacBook Pro as their mobile solution to get the job done. Apple’s professional tier of computers are known for their ease of use, battery life, and reliability. As such, it’s rare for them to go on sale. Not only are Apple’s MacBook Pros on sale, but everything from the Apple Watch, iPads, to iMacs are on sale now!

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Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay can play sound that’s printed onto its instant images

Fujifilm’s next Instax mini model has a 5MP sensor, saves images to a memory card and allows users to record a ten-second audio clip that can be played when the printed picture is viewed. The Instax mini LiPlay, Fujifilm’s smallest and lightest Instax to date, produces the usual credit card sized prints but can print a QR code in the corner that links to the audio that was recorded to go along with the picture.

The idea is that users can record a message to a friend with whom they will share the picture taken with the camera. The friend scans the QR code using Fujifilm’s Instax mini LiPlay app and the audio clip plays through the phone. The audio could be a spoken message or the sounds from the place the picture was taken – Fujifilm suggests the sound of the sea to accompany pictures from the beach.

The camera uses a 5MP sensor and allows users to review images before deciding to print them or not. Images can also be saved to internal memory or to a removable MicroSD card, and images taken with other devices can be printed on the camera via a smartphone with a Bluetooth connection. The camera’s lens has an angle of view to match a 28mm lens on a full frame system and has a maximum aperture of F2. The lens has an AF system and shutter speeds run from ¼ – 1/8000sec, while the auto ISO feature moves between ISO 100 and 1600.

The Instax mini LiPlay will come in three colors and textures, and will begin shipping immediately depending on your region. It will cost $159.99/£149.99. For more information see the Fujifilm website.

Press release:

Hybrid instant camera “Instax mini LiPlay”

  • New-generation instax with sound-recording capability!
  • Capture memories in an instax print with audio message
  • Mini-format film “CONFETTI” and square-format film “Star-illumination” with metallic frame also available to add a touch of flamboyance to your pictures

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will release a hybrid instant camera “instax mini LiPlay” (hereinafter “LiPlay”), which supports credit-card-size film, on or after June 14, 2019 on a market-by-market basis. The model is a new addition to the lineup of “instax” instant cameras, which allows you to enjoy photo prints on the spot. The camera’s main unit is the smallest and most lightweight in the history of the instax series for outstanding portability. Yet, at the same time, the camera is packed with new features such as the “Sound” function* to convey a voice message or other audio data in the form of a QR code** included in a photo print, and the “Direct Print” function*1 to print images in your smartphone on instax film — broadening the scope of situations the camera can be enjoyed.

Fujifilm has also announced new metallic instax mini film “CONFETTI” and instax square film “Star-illumination,” available in two designs, adding a touch of creativity to your photos.

Overview of the instax series

The “instax” series of instant cameras, launched in 1998, is affectionately called “Cheki” in Japan, where it has enjoyed wide popularity for over 20 years. Today, it is sold in over 100 countries around the world, including Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific, with the cumulative number of shipments topping 45 million worldwide. It has been particularly loved by the digital-native generation in their teens and young adults who have embraced it as a communication tool, saying “It is fun to share those precious moments in life in the form of photo prints. When I hand photo prints to my friends, it gives me a real sense of connection with them.”

Overview of the new product, “instax mini LiPlay”

The new “LiPlay,” is a hybrid instant camera that allows you to review photos captured on the device via the LCD monitor on the back of the camera and choose images you want to print. The camera’s “Sound” function is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The function converts the audio data into a QR code and adds it to a photo to be printed out together. The audio can be replayed*** by scanning the printed QR code with a smartphone*4. This allows you to give a photo together with your description about the pictured scene. The camera also features the “Direct Print” function, which transfers a photo taken with your smartphone to the LiPlay for printing. You can print your favorite picture in your smartphone easily on instax film and share it with your friends. To make it easy to take a group photo, the camera also offers the “Remote Shooting” function so that you can use a smartphone operation to release the shutter while standing away from the camera itself.

The camera body boasts a streamlined and stylish design. Its compact and lightweight form factor makes it easy to carry. Buttons and dials for basic operations such as shutter release and “Sound” function are laid out for advanced operability. Extra attention has been paid to perfect the camera’s texture. The camera comes in three colors, each of which has different surface processing, such as embossed or smooth finish.

Fujifilm will continue to broaden the world of the “instax” instant photo system for on-the-spot photo printing.

* * The free “instax mini LiPlay” app must be downloaded and installed on your smartphone to use the Sound and Direct Print functions.
* ** QR Code is a registered trademark of Denso Wave Inc.
* *** Recorded audio data is stored for one year from the time it is uploaded to the server together with its linked photo image via a special smartphone app.
* *4 Smartphones with the QR Code scanning capability are required to read the QR code.

1. Product Name

(1) Hybrid instant camera “instax mini LiPlay”

(2) Mini-format film “CONFETTI”

(3) Square-format film “Star-illumination”

2. Release Date

On or after June 14, 2019, on a market-by-market basis

3. Price

Open price

4. Main features

(1) “instax mini LiPlay”
1. Smallest and most lightweight hybrid instant camera in the history of the instax series
The LiPlay is a highly-portable hybrid instant camera that incorporates digital technology. Featuring a 2.7-inch LCD monitor at the rear, the camera allows you to shoot photos while checking the monitor and choose pictures to print. The camera also offers brightness adjustment capability based on exposure compensation as well as six filters for processing photos, e.g. in sepia tone or in monochrome, to create a different impression.

2. New “Sound” function
The camera’s audio-recording capability means you can record up to 10 seconds of sound. The function converts sound data into a QR code and prints it on your photo. Scan the QR code with a smartphonoe’s QR Code reader and replay the audio message. Printing a photo with a recorded message allows you to convey your sentiments to the person receiving the photo, making the scene more memorable. Alternatively, photograph a beach and attach the sound of waves, for example, to create a print that reminds you of the photographed situation, so that your memory of the precious moment stays vivid.

3. “Direct Print” function to use the camera as a smartphone printer
Images stored in a smartphone can be transferred to the camera via Bluetooth*5 for printing. You can enlarge or rotate images before transferring them.
4. “Remote Shooting” function for taking pictures while standing away from the camera
This function allows you to release the shutter with a smartphone operation while standing away from the camera. Remotely-taken images can be also printed on the spot. This function is particularly useful for a group photo or when you want to achieve a dynamic effect by taking photos from high or low angles.
5. Wide variety of design frames on offer
The camera comes pre-installed with ten design frames, which can be selected during or after taking a picture so that they are incorporated into the image for printing. Download the “instax mini LiPlay” smartphone app (free) to enjoy 20 additional design frames, bringing the total number of design frames available to 30.

6. Stylish camera body design
The streamlined shape of the camera body is complemented with a different surface finish for each of the three color variations in a design approach that even pays close attention to your tactile sense. The Stone White version has a rough, stone-like surface achieved with a special spray coating. The Elegant Black version features an eye-catching embossed finish on the camera surface, while the Blush Gold version dazzles with a smooth lustrous finish. Metallic parts are used for the lens ring, etc. for a premium look.

(2) New instax film
1. Mini-format film “CONFETTI”

  • Compatible with all “instax mini” series models that support the mini format
  • Colorful metallic frame that adds a touch of flamboyance to your photo
  • 10 prints per pack

2. Square-format film “Star-illumination”

  • Compatible with all “instax SQUARE” series models that support the square format
  • Elegant design of the night sky scattered with colorful stars to make your photo look stylish
  • 10 prints per pack

* *5 Bluetooth® work mark and logo are registered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. FUJIFILM Corporation uses these marks based on a license agreement.

Google confirms that Pixel 4 will offer multiple rear cameras

Leaked renderings of the upcoming Pixel 4 seem to have prompted Google to get ahead of its own story by tweeting an image of the device well ahead of its expected fall launch date. Prominently featured is a square “bump” that appears to house two rear-facing cameras, a flash and two smaller sensors, one of which is visible if you raise the image’s shadows.

We imagine that the small sensor to the right of the flash is a spectral + flicker sensor, something that helps avoid banding with flickering light sources and also helps the auto white balance algorithm estimate the dominant illuminant for better color reproduction. The Pixel 3 has one of these sensors next to its flash, too.

The fourth sensor, positioned above and centered between the two main cameras, appears too small to be another optical unit, and might be a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. Competitors like Huawei and Samsung have been adding these sensors to their devices to help with depth mapping. The Pixel 3’s portrait mode images were already among the best from current mobile devices, so we’re interested to see what the addition of a secondary camera – and whatever that additional sensor is – might add up to.

Learn How This Two-Light Portrait Was Shot and Edited

Learn How This Two-Light Portrait Was Shot and Edited

One you have started to get the hang of the basics of how light works and you feel comfortable with portraits setups using a single strobe, the next step is to move up to two-light setups, of course. This awesome video will show you how such a photo was lit, shot, and edited.

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No Film School is Thrilled to Announce Our Partnership Renewal with Adorama

To celebrate this ongoing partnership, Adorama is offering a group buy exclusively for No Film School members.

Adorama is best known as a leading retailer of consumer electronics both online and in its flagship NYC store, but as many of you already know, the company creates a more meaningful customer experience via its commitment to providing resources, knowledge, and support-—qualities that are much appreciated by the No Film School community as we continue to strive to bring you the best in film gear and education.

“Every day at No Film School we strive to bring you the most practical content we can to help you fulfill your filmmaking goals. Renewing our partnership with Adorama means we can continue to bring you more access to the knowledge, gear, and tech required to bring your projects to life.” – George Edelman, Editor-in-Chief at No Film School.

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Adorama Offers NFS Members This Exclusive Westcott Group Buy

Adorama is thrilled to offer this group buy opportunity from Wescott exclusively to NFS readers in celebration of the renewed partnership.

The offer includes Wescott’s Slim Jim Cine kit, their Bi-Color Flex lights(w/X-Bracket Kit), and Ice Light light wand. An easy to assemble diffusion, extremely adjustable LEDs, and a 50% more powerful light wand are all great tools for any level of filmmaker.

Refer to the form below for group buy structure and instructions on how to participate:

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Product information, specs, and images are included below

Wescott Scrim Jim Cine Kit

If you need to shape, diffuse, cut, or bounce light, Wescott’s Slim Jim Cine might be right up your alley. The Scrim Jim Cine has a lot of desirable features, including heavy-duty modular construction, positive-locking connectors, quick assembly, and easy portability.

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“I Just Saw People Falling Out of the Sky”: Andrew Hevia on Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window

A stranger in a foreign land, with a camera and a penchant for cheap beer: Andrew Hevia’s hyperdigital documentary Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window follows the Miami-bred filmmaker as he visits Hong Kong for the Chinese edition of Art Basel. At first determined to make a traditional documentary accessible for public television audiences, Hevia’s plans are quickly thwarted once he discovers the elusive intricacies of the region. He’s a Cuban-American who can’t understand the language of his new surroundings. Rather than view that as a hindrance, he takes to meeting artists and art collectors, attending art shows, wooing […]

Learn How This Awesome Photo Was Shot

Learn How This Awesome Photo Was Shot

In pursuit of showing off the beautiful set design, this gorgeous photo ended up using a total of six lights, as well as a haze machine. Go behind the scenes with this awesome video to see how this complex and intricate setup all came together to produce the final result.

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A to Z of Photography: Exposure and Harold Edgerton

A to Z of Photography: Exposure and Harold Edgerton

Light is the currency of photography, it’s how you use it that defines your creative outputs. As we reach the letter E in our alphabetical journey, what better place to start than with exposure? Joining it, faster than a speeding bullet, is Harold Edgerton.

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MS Optics unveils new Vario Prasma 50mm F1.5 and ISM 50mm F1.0 Leica M lenses

MS Optics Vario Prasma 50mm F1.5 lens

MS Optics, the niche lens manufacturer based in Japan, has released two new lenses for Leica M-mount cameras: the Vario Prasma 50mm F1.5 and the ISM 50mm F1.0. The new Vario Prasma lens is described as ‘a modern interpretation’ of the Kino-Plasmat, whereas the ISM 50mm F1.0 is an ultra-fast lens that’s also exceedingly small and light.

The MS Optics Vario Prasma 50mm F1.5 lens is based on the Plasmat lenses designed in 1918 by Paul Rudolph. In what is referred to as a modern interpretation, Miyazaki san’s rendition includes ‘unique improvements,’ including improved focus dampening, separate aperture, and the inclusion of an adjustable spherical aberration ring.

Below are a few sample images captured with the MS Optics Vario Prasma 50mm F1.5 lens:

The lens features 6 elements in 4 groups, 0.8m to infinity focus, multi-coating on all surfaces, a 52mm focal length, and both Silver Chrome and Black Chrome finishes. According to Japan Camera Hunter, the lenses are currently in production with anticipated shipping in ‘weeks.’ The model can be pre-ordered now for $1,200 USD.

MS Optics ISM 50mm F1.0 lens

‘Miyazaki wanted to challenge himself to make an ultra fast lens in the same range as the greats such as the Noct, Xenon and Angenieux,’ Japan Camera Hunter explains. The result is the new ISM 50mm F1.0 lens for Leica M-mount, the creator’s fastest lens to date.

The ISM 50mm F1.0 lens is small and lightweight with a length of 40mm, diameter of 50mm, and a 178g (6.2oz) weight. The lens features 7 elements in 5 groups, 16 rounded aperture blades, 55mm filter size, and a reversible hood with an O-ring for storage.

Below are a few sample images captured with the ISM 50mm F1.0 lens:

In describing the lens’ performance, JCH explains:

At full aperture there is a drop in contrast due to flare, but resolution is high. At f1.25 flare in the center goes away, and at f1.4 contrast out to midframe increases dramatically. At f2-f2.8 coma flare quickly decreases, and apart from the corners you can expect high imaging performance with sufficient contrast. While spherical aberration of 0.15 is a bit high, the S-M astigmatic planes line up perfectly resulting in very good image quality. From f4 onward both contrast and sharpness need no excuses.

The MS Optics ISM 50mm F1.0 M-mount lens can be ordered in Black Chrome and Silver Chrome for $1,700 USD.