Teradek Bolt 4K now shipping

Teradek’s Bolt 4K is finally shipping. The world’s first professional 4K latency-free wireless image transmission system was unveiled at NAB back in April. It was supposed to start shipping in June, but it was delayed by a few months. Teradek claims that the Bolt 4K delivers 8x the performance of current wireless video systems, including … Continued

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Raafi Rivero’s Kinefinity MAVO LF Review

Raafi Rivero has probably shot more footage and had more hands-on time with the Kinefinity MAVO LF than just about anyone. Raafi has produced a rather unique review about the MAVO LF that is certainly very unconventional. If you are after a traditional review of the MAVO LF then this is certainly not it! I … Continued

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You Can Now Pre-Order ZCam’s New 6K/8K Cameras

This great cameras offer a Full Frame image sensor and Z-Raw up to 120fps.

Z-Cam is back at it. Fresh off the news of a 4K Cinema Camera for under $800, ZCam has 6K and 8K cinema cameras that are also available for preorder.

The F6’s full frame 28MP image sensor has a wider range of options for shooting in fps. The F6 can shoot 6K at up to 60fps, 4K at up to 120 fps, and Full HD at 120fps. The 61 MP 8K F8 remains constant at 30fps at this juncture, even when shooting at lower 6K and 4K resolutions. That’s kind of a bummer, because you’d think that at lower resolutions other options would be open.

Maybe Z-Cam is planning to open them up with a future firmware update? One other difference is that the 8K F8 is slightly larger, while the 6K F6 has the same basic dimensions as the 4K model.

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Skylum teases AI Sky Replacement filter for Luminar 4.0

Skylum plans to launch Luminar 4 this Fall, an upgrade for its popular photo editing software. The company recently announced that one of the major features that will be included in the latest version of the software is the AI Sky Replacement Tool. Skylum has been developing its artificial intelligence technology for years and is confident in the accuracy they provide photo editors.

The video above, published yesterday, walks us through the user interface. However, their Director of Education hosting the short clip warns that the feature is still in beta version and the layout may look different when it is released for public use. The AI Sky Replacement Tool takes photos with basic, bland skies and makes them more interesting with a variety of templates including moody clouds and majestic sunsets.

Enhancing the sky on a photo is a pretty straightforward process. Photo editors simply select the AI Sky Replacement filter from the filters catalog on the right-hand side, adjust the camera amount slider, and next use the texture slider to select different skies. One user in the videos comment section pointed out that using the same selection of skies could create a repetitive effect for photographers across the board. Fortunately, Skylum will allow users to upload their own sky files.

As the video clip illustrates, the AI Sky Replacement Tool automatically detects the sky, identifies its angle, and applies a replacement to make the photo more dynamic while maintaining a realistic look. The software is able to detect exactly where the sky begins and ends. The author walks through a few examples where the artificial intelligence employed can detect columns on a building and semi-transparent areas found with trees and shrubbery. Accent AI can be used to life foreground shadows as well.

The AI Sky Replacement tool is one of the many AI tools that will be released with Luminar 4 this Fall. For those who want to be the first to know about updates, and when it’ll be released, email sign up is available here.

13 Great Tips That Will Help You Edit Interviews Faster

Whether you’re a documentary filmmaker, video journalist, or a company producing video testimonials. you’re telling a story with other people’s own words. Making a captivating narrative requires creativity and focus on the interview footage at your disposal.

How you approach the video editing process can make or break your creative workflow. The time you can dedicate to molding together the best story vs. sifting through your footage to find the best quotes or sound bites is critical.

That’s why it’s important to improve your video editing process, especially when dealing with a project full of interviews.

Here are a few ways you can improve efficiency when editing video interviews, including best practices when it comes to organization, workflow, and video editing with interview transcripts.

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Why Found Footage Works So Well With Science Fiction

Found footage found success in horror film, but is it really made for sci-fi?

Have you ever watched or listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast with Bob Lazar, the physicist who used to work at S4, a top-secret site located near Area 51? The podcast itself is interesting even for people like me who aren’t into UFOs or conspiracy theories. As this guy tells his story, I began to really wonder if he was telling the truth…and then documentarian Jeremy Corbell spoke and that all went away.

Rogan and Lazar have this very natural, subdued discussion about Lazar’s purported experience, which made me kind of believe him. But then Corbell jumps in the mix with his over-the-top enthusiasm and wild claims and made me become an instant disbeliever. And if you watch his documentary about Bob Lazar, it’ll remove you further.

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BPS 051: The Coffee Break Screenwriter with Pilar Alessandra

The Coffee Break Screenwriter with Pilar Alessandra I’ve been trying to get today’s guest on the show for months. Pilar Alessandra is an author, podcaster, and script consultant. She is the director of the popular writing program “On The Page” and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” A sought-after teacher and lecturer, she’s traveled the…

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Watch a Shark Breach a Diver’s Cage in this Viral Video from 2016

A crazy video from 2016 is making the rounds again today after photographers started sharing it on social media. The video, which was captured three years ago off the coast of Mexico, shows the crazy moment when a Great White shark accidentally breached a diving cage … while the diver/photographer was still inside.

The video was captured by the father of Gabe and Garrett, stars of a kids YouTube channel with 1.7M subscribers. When it was first uploaded in 2016, it immediately garnered international news coverage as people tried to figure out what the heck happened, who the diver was, and how in the world everything turned out okay.

We spotted the video earlier today when David Hobby, aka Strobist, tweeted it with the tongue-in-cheek caption “‘If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.’ -Robert Capa”

As you can see in the video above, the Great White lunges for a piece of bait and accidentally hits the side of the cage. Since sharks can’t swim backwards, it began thrashing forward and managed to break through the bars and into the shark cage. Incredibly, Ming Chan, the part-time diving instructor and iPhone photographer inside the cage, was able to escape through the bottom of the cage until the shark thrashed its way out.

The blood that you see as the shark escapes is coming from the shark, which was spotted later and confirmed to be okay.

Once the shark is out, Chan simply swam back up into the cage and got back into the boat without so much as a scratch. “I’m still alive,” he can be heard saying in the video. Later, he uploaded some photos that were taken just before the incident to his Facebook page, and clarified that he felt no ill-will towards anybody involved, least of all the shark. In fact, he told the New York Times that he went back in the water the very next day.

Wildlife and Underwater Photography Webinar With Fstoppers Writers

Wildlife and Underwater Photography Webinar With Fstoppers Writers

Photography can be a lonely journey for some. If you are just beginning your foray into wildlife and/or underwater photography, then please join Mike O’Leary and me as we host a free webinar on Saturday, August 24th at 3pm EST. With this webinar, Mike and I hope to answer any questions you may have in relation to starting out in wildlife or underwater photography, as well as how one can use the medium as a positive force.

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GoPro Hero 8 Photos Leaked, Will Shoot 4K Video at 120fps: Report

As we near the middle of August, Photo Rumors has secured a set of leaked specifications and images for the rumored GoPro Hero8. Apparently, the redesigned action cam will sport several new accessories and the ability to shoot 4K video at 120fps.

The rumor site published its latest findings just a few hours ago, sourcing these rumors to China.

According to their report, the Hero8 will feature a new design with optional housing, the three accessories seen in the photo above—a microphone, an LED light and an external screen—an improved “GP2” processor, and the ability to shot 4K video at 120fps or Full HD at 480fps. The camera will allegedly be announced sometime in September.

The current GoPro Hero7 Black

Previous reports and comments by CEO Nick Woodman seem to support this leak. In May, Woodman said the company “is planning for a refreshed lineup at all price points,” and rumors that the Hero8 would use a new GP2 processor to deliver improved stabilization and imaging performance have been swirling for weeks.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to see if these specs are accurate. The GoPro Hero8 and other offerings from the action cam maker are rumored to arrive sometime next month.

Canon Drops Ambassador Barbara Davidson for ‘Racist’ Tweet

Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson has been booted from the Canon Explorers of Light program after an insensitive tweet aimed at Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro sparked outrage on social media.

In the tweet that kicked off the controversy, Davidson mocked the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for not being able to speak Spanish. “You can’t even speak Spanish and you were born and raised in Texas,” read her initial Tweet. “That speaks volumes.”

Castro responded, quoting Davidson’s tweet and asking her “What do you think it says?” which led to immediate backlash from the Latinx community and beyond. The tweet was called out as misguided at best and racist at worst, and people began tagging Canon demanding Davidson be removed as an ambassador:

Eventually, Davidson deleted her Twitter account entirely, posting to Facebook that she would be taking a break from social media due to eye strain:

However, a few days later, she returned to Twitter and posted a lengthy apology. It, too, disappeared when her account was deleted, but an anonymous source shared it with PetaPixel directly.

“My recent tweets about Secretary Castro’s ability to speak Spanish were insensitive, ignorant, and contributed to a culture of hate playing out in this country right now, and for that I am deeply sorry,” wrote Davidson. “I profoundly regret my ignorance and the pain I have caused because of it.”

You can read the apology in full below:

Two separate sources—who asked to remain anonymous—reached out to us about this story, sending us the screenshots above and calling into question the authenticity of her apology. Meanwhile, former colleagues of Davidson’s from the LA Times weighed in with similar sentiments:

Ultimately, the sincerity of the apology is a moot point. The calls for Davidson’s removal from the Canon ambassador program worked.

She has been removed from the program’s landing page, and while a Canon spokesperson said they “have no further comment on this matter,” Davidson did reply to our request for comment, confirming Canon’s decision and expressing her remorse at the situation anew:

Thank you for reaching out to me. I’m glad you have my apology. Yes, Canon terminated my contract because they couldn’t risk a consumer boycott. My Twitter comments were culturally insensitive and some Castro supporters accused me of racism, so I completely understand their decision. I loved working with Canon, and it is heartbreaking to no longer have that relationship with them but I own my mistake and accept the consequences. My work speaks to who I am as a person. I feel grounded in that. I made a brutal mistake and I have to live with that.

What do you think of the controversy? Is Davidson the victim of an unjust “trial by social media,” or did Canon do the right thing by removing her from the program? For now, Davidson seems content to lay low, admit wrongdoing, and accept the consequences of her ill-advised tweets.

Photographer creates an exact replica of The Apollo 11 Hasselblad used by NASA

Photographer and self-described ‘space nerd’ Cole Rise has detailed his creation of a replica of the Hasselblad camera used by NASA’s Apollo 11 astronauts. The model is precise down to the finest details, including the camera’s serial number and labels. The creation process, as explained by Wired, was a lengthy one, involving the acquisition of a Hasselblad Apollo camera prototype, NASA archival photos and more.

NASA engineers had heavily modified a Hasselblad 500 EL camera for the Apollo 11 mission, including adding motors, removing the focus screen and mirror, and adding heat-resistant aluminum paint, among other things. Rise spent four years working on his replica of this camera, a process that involved machining many of the components himself, in addition to salvaging select parts from a broken Hasselblad MK-70 camera.

In addition to the modified Hasselblad 500 EL camera, Rise’s website also shows his replica of NASA’s Hasselblad 500C camera, which had been modified by NASA engineers in collaboration with an RCA contractor. Rise worked on his 500C replica before the Apollo 11 camera, saying on his website:

By going through the tedious process of remaking this camera, you begin to uncover its secrets and the thought processes that went into making it space-worthy. It was the seed that eventually cemented Hasselblad’s relationship with NASA as the de facto space camera maker. And it was the project that taught me the skills required to eventually make a functional lunar camera.

Rise is making multiple 500C replicas for private collectors and creating a documentary that details his work. Rise’s website lists the Apollo 11 Hasselblad camera replica as currently on display in Le Marais, Paris.

A Primer on Shooting in Manual Mode: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

Just starting out in photography and want to learn the basics of shooting in full manual mode? Photographer Josh Collins made this helpful basic 11.5-minute tutorial that discusses the three corners of the Exposure Triangle — aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

There’s no shortage of introductory articles and videos on this subject on the Web, of course, but if you haven’t wrapped your brain around the three pillars of exposure yet, Collins provides simple explanations and visual examples of what they are and how they work to affect your photos.

(via JoshinCincinnati via Reddit)

Nikon announces US pricing, availability of its CoolPix W150 point-and-shoot

Four months after Nikon announced its CoolPix W150, Nikon has released availability and pricing information for the version set to retail in the United States.

As a refresher, the CoolPix W150 features a 13.2-megapixel 1/3.1” CMOS sensor with an electonically-stablized Nikkor 3x zoom lens (30-90mm 35mm equivalent) in front of it. The camera also features a built-in flash and a built-in two-stop ND filter for shooting in bright environments.

As with Nikon’s past W-series cameras, the W150 is waterproof (IPX8), shockproof (from 1.8m/5.9ft) and freezeproof (down to -10°C/14°F, or 0°C/32°F during underwater use).

On the rear of the camera is a 2.7” 230K-dot LCD display used to navigate the menu and compose/review images captured with the camera. Nikon has included 18 different scene modes with the camera in addition to dedicated underwater and underwater face framing features that will automatically correct color casts caused by shooting underwater.

The W150 features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wirelessly transferring images to mobile devices via SnapBridge to a connected smartphone or table. Charging is done via the onboard Micro USB port.

The CoolPix W150 is set to ship in September 2019 and is currently available pre-order starting today for $169.95 (Adorama, B&H). Nikon is offering a white, blue, orange, pink floral and tropical variations, but U.S. customers are limited to the white model.

Press release:

The New CoolPix W150 – The Waterproof and Shockproof Camera the Whole Family Can Enjoy

From beach vacations and pool-side getaways, to hiking trips and camping expeditions, the family- friendly COOLPIX W150 was made to capture one-of-a-kind moments on every adventure

MELVILLE, NY (August 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. retail availability of the COOLPIX W150, the latest rugged yet family-friendly compact digital camera. Thanks to being both waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX W150 allows users to easily capture and share unforgettable moments on every adventure, vacation or get-together. The W150 boasts an extremely easy-to-use design, sharp image quality and variety of unique scene modes, making it a great travel camera for the whole family.

With a 13.2-megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom and full HD video recording, the COOLPIX W150 offers the flexibility to easily capture both stunning still images and Full HD videos, wherever life takes a person. Even those who have never used a camera will immediately be comfortable snapping shots due to the simple menu system, 2.7-inch 230-k dot LCD screen and Target Finding autofocus, which allows for easy detection and focus on the primary subject.

Built to capture memories, the COOLPIX W150 is waterproof up to 10m (33 feet), shockproof from 1.8m (6 feet) and freezeproof up to -10°C (14°F). Additionally, the COOLPIX W150 is equipped with a variety of scene modes and editing functions, allowing users to explore their creativity and create fantastic photos, even underwater. Users can also seamlessly upload to their phone wirelessly for sharing, all with the Nikon SnapBridge app.

Price and Availability

The COOLPIX W150 in white will be available in the U.S. in early September 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $169.95. For more information on the latest Nikon products, including the new COOLPIX W150, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Watch Two Tiny Owls Discover and Take Out a Wildlife Camera

The UK’s Hawk Conservancy Trust recently earned quite a bit of attention for their cause when a pair of Burrowing Owls they were trying to document discovered their hidden camera. The resulting video, which shows the owls “taking out” the camera, makes for a humorous entry in the battle of man vs beast.

The video was originally posted to the Hawk Conservancy’s Twitter account a couple of weeks ago, in a tweet that said the owls had immediately found the hidden camera. You can see what happened next for yourself—the best part has to be around the 21-second mark when the owl decides it’s had enough and charges the camera:

The video has been liked almost 26K times and retweeted by nearly 8K people, in addition to earning international news coverage.

Of course, this isn’t the first time (and it won’t be the last) an animal has taken a wildlife camera into their own “hands” so to speak. Chimps, lions, bald eagles, and squirrels have all earned their 15-minutes of fame by “capturing” cameras that were meant to be capturing them.

NYWIFT New Board President Jamie Zelermyer

The New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) has announced the appointment of its new Board of Directors President, Jamie Zelermyer. Zelermyer succeeds former President Simone Pero – the founder of For Impact Productions, and joins the newly elected 2019 Board of Directors members which includes Alex Cirillo, Kerry Fulton, Gretchen McGowan and Zenaida […]

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Blackmagic Design New Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design has announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for low light performance. This model builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema […]

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LucAdapters Magicbooster – Is the Full-Frame Speedbooster for the BMPCC 6K Coming Soon?

LucAdapters is currently redesigning their Magicbooster for the Blackmagic URSA Mini cameras to fit the new BMPCC 6K. The optical adapter inserts directly between the EF lens mount and the sensor and it will reduce the crop factor from 1.5 to 1.1 and add 1 stop of light. That will result in (almost) full-frame look while retaining all the functionality and EF lens mount of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.

BMPCC 6K equipped with Magicbooster. Source: LucAdapters

LucAdapters is a small Italian company, which specializes in optical focal reducers – also known as speed boosters. Years ago, the company released the world’s first NX mount speed booster for the Samsung NX1 camera. Recently, LucAdapters has been designing and selling Magicboosters – optical focal reducers for Blackmagic URSA cameras.

The Magicboosters only work on URSA Mini 4K and 4.6K, they don’t function on URSA Mini PRO cameras – most likely because of the built-in variable ND filter. Magicbooster is an optical element, which is inserted directly inside the EF mount in front of the sensor. The variable ND would probably stand in the way.

The recently released Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (our article is available here) actually has a lot in common with URSA Mini cameras – a Super 35 image sensor, Canon EF mount, and the lack of the internal variable ND filter. That means there is a certain unused space between the mount and the sensor, which could be utilized.

This is what Magicbooster looks like – URSA Mini Version. Source: LucAdapters

That’s exactly where LucAdapters come in. The company announced they are currently adapting their Magicbooster to fit the BMPCC 6K. Thanks to its optical design it will reduce the crop factor almost to the equivalent of full-frame sensors – from 1.5 to 1.1. It will also add one stop of light.

There are unfortunately no MTF charts available to see the quality of Magicbooster – if and how it degrades the image quality. LucAdapters has a lot of various tests with the URSA Mini Magicbooster on their Youtube channel, so feel free to check these out and get the idea about the overall image quality. I think it is actually quite good.

As I mentioned earlier, the Magicbooster is not a traditional Speedbooster which goes between the lens and the lens mount. It is more of an insert – a group of lenses that fits inside the camera. It requires a bit of an effort to install it and once it is in, you will most likely not remove it anytime soon. The Magicbooster is certainly not a good solution for frequent mounting and unmounting. The following video demonstrates the Magicbooster installing process for URSA Mini 4K and 4.6K cameras. I am also not sure if such a modification voids the warranty for the camera or not.

Please note, that with the Magicbooster installed, the BMPCC 6K can only be used with full-frame EF lenses. APS-C lenses will suffer from heavy vignetting as the crop factor gets significantly reduced.

It seems like LucAdapters will try to offer their Magicbooster via a Kickstarter Campaign. For now, the company launched a draft page on Kickstarter to collect feedback. We will keep you updated as soon as there are more details about the exact way of distribution.

According to the Kickstarter draft page, the Magicbooster will be available for €499 plus VAT (roughly €599 with VAT) in the EU countries. For the rest of the world, the price will be €499 which is now about US $559. LucAdapters estimates to start shipping the Magicboosters in November 2019.

What do you think of the Magicbooster? Would you get it for your BMPCC 6K? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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