Duclos Lenses 1:1 Demo Sessions

We all know that cinema lenses don’t come cheap. Duclos Lenses in Los Angeles, CA has begun offering free 1:1 demo sessions where you can test out lenses in a no-pressure environment. Throughout the year, Duclos Lenses will have “featured” lenses that will only be available to test for a limited amount of time.  Time … Continued

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Manfrotto’s New “Pro Rugged” Memory Cards Aim to Be the Strongest on the Market

Manfrotto’s “Pro Rugged” memory cards can withstand quite a beating from impacts, water submersion, and the harshest of elements.

When you think of Manfrotto, tripods and other camera support and stabilization gear might be the first things that come to mind. However, the Italian company has announced a new line of memory cards that are stronger than any out on the market right now.

The Pro Rugged line features SD, microSD, and CF cards that are reportedly three times stronger than regular SD cards. They feature a solid molded plastic design that allows them to withstand over 44 lbs. of impact, -25°C to 85°C temperatures, and water submersion for up to 72 hours (at least for the SD and microSD cards).

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MUAHS 2020 Awards Winners

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild held its seventh annual MUAHS Awards Saturday night at the NOVO by Microsoft at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The guild, IATSE Local 706, handed out honors in 23 categories for the year’s best in film, TV, commercials and live theater. Bombshell, Joker, and Downton Abbey were […]

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Animating Photos with mPuppet and Motion

Last Fall the good folks at motionvfx.com released mPuppet, a mesh warp plugin for Final Cut Pro X and Motion. At that time I was on the road in Brooklyn and I did a fun and rather silly demo (which you can see here). I wanted to do a follow-up, both to show a more serious application of this very useful tool and to explain the additional things you can do when using mPuppet in Motion instead of Final Cut Pro X: specifically, access to keyframe interpolation and the ability to work in 3D space.

On Facebook I discovered that George Edmondson was using mPuppet in Motion for a documentary project about the state of Alabama, where he lives. So we did a Skype chat which I recorded where he described his process in detail. Due to the low quality of the Skype video capture, I replaced all the video with my own local screen captures so you can really see what George is describing.

Separating photos into layers, cloning in missing pixels, and animating those layers in 3D space is not a new technique, but Motion makes it very easy and mPuppet, when used sparingly, can really bring photos to life in a very engaging way. I am working on a follow-up more detailed tutorial that explains exactly how you can apply this technique for your own work using an image editing application like Photoshop, Affinity Photo, or Pixelmator in combination with Motion and mPuppet. Let me know what you think of George’s application of this technique – it’s a stylistic choice that, if the YouTube comments are any indication, isn’t for everyone! Although I think in small doses with very subtle movements it can be a very effective way of adding more visual interest to photos, particularly historical photos where no film or video was available.

Sony Ci now creates web-viewable proxies for Sony RAW & X-OCN files

Sony’s Ci software now automatically creates web-viewable proxies for Sony RAW and X-OCN files so users can safely upload and store source footage and have them readily available for preview instantly. For years, Ci has supported the upload of RAW file formats but the biggest difference is you can now create web-previewable proxies so you … Continued

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Sony Wireless Shooting Grip for Vloggers

Sony has announced a new Sony Wireless Shooting Grip for vloggers, filmmakers and photographers, called the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip. The grip is compatible with a variety of Sony’s latest digital cameras and it connects via Bluetooth. This allows users to shoot without having cables sticking out everywhere. The compatible Sony cameras that the grip works … Continued

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DJI Brings Back the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 One Year After Discontinuing It

Nearly a year after announcing that “a shortage of parts” meant it would no longer be able to produce its iconic Phantom drones, DJI has brought the lineup back from the dead and is once again selling the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0.

Though the drone was restocked on January 7th, news of its return was somewhat buried under a flurry of CES coverage. But that’s not to say this isn’t a big deal.

Ever since DJI announced the supposed end of the Phantom series in early 2019, users felt there was a gap in the DJI lineup between the consumer-grade Mavic series and the professional-grade Inspire series. And while the return of the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 means you now have two options with essentially identical specs—the Mavic 2 Pro and the Phantom 4 Pro go blow-for-blow in almost every category—you can choose the form factor you like best.

In a statement to DPReview about the relaunch, a DJI spokesperson reiterated the fact that the Phantom was only ever discontinued because of a “shortage of parts” from a supplier, and apologized for the long wait.

“DJI sets high standards for the extremely advanced components in our products, which require advanced lead time and technical precision to manufacture,” reads the statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers, and we thank them for their patience as we ensure the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 will continue to meet their high expectations.”

The real question now is: does that mean there will be a Phantom 5?

(via DPReview via DIY Photography)

Apple May Soon Release a ‘Pro Mode’ that Would Speed Up Your Laptop

According to some code uncovered in Apple’s latest Catalina beta, the company may soon debut something called Pro Mode: a setting that could boost the performance of your MacBook Pro, assuming you’re okay with less battery life and more noise.

The potential feature was spotted by the folks over at 9to5Mac, who found references to a Pro Mode in the source code of macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta build.

The found code describes a feature that users could turn on and off, and includes the phrase “apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase.” It seems to be a pretty straightforward “fan speed limit override” (not uncommon among PCs) which you could switch on for a cooling boost when you need extra processing power. You could then manually turn it OFF or, according to the found code, the feature will turn off by itself in 24 hours just like Do Not Disturb.

Importantly, 9to5Mac says that this feature seems to be limited to laptops, and may only work with the new 16-inch MBP with its bigger fans/better cooling system.

But if you’re not interested in the 16-inch model, there’s still reason to hold out hope. 9to5Mac also points out that Apple has registered a new model of MacBook with the Eurasian Economic Commission, giving us hope that a better-cooled, better-keyboard, bigger-battery 13-inch (or 14-inch?) MacBook Pro may already be in the works.

(via Engadget)


Image credits: Header photo by DL Cade