MASV Lets Your Clients Upload Directly to Amazon’s S3 Cloud

If you’re handling really big files, and loads of them, this might be for you: File transfer service MASV keeps adding features and this time it’s about Amazon’s S3 cloud: Using a so-called MASV portal, your clients can upload files directly to the S3 cloud, so you don’t have to download said files and upload them again.

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Background image credit: MASV

Why on earth should I make my client upload something to Amazon S3, instead of transferring it straight to me, you might ask? Well, this feature is more targeted at studios or post-pro houses, rather than indie filmmakers – but still, it’s a welcomed feature. Since many studios rely on Amazon’s S3 (as in Simple Storage Service) as the storage for their assets while working with several different contributors at the same time, things can get out of hand rather quickly. That’s where the new feature, called Deliver to Amazon S3, comes in handy.

MASV – Upload Straight to S3

Your contributors won’t see any change, in fact, using the MASV portals is the same as always: Choose some (or loads of) files, click upload, done. The look and feel of your custom branded portal hasn’t changed. The new feature only reveals itself to you, the one who set up the portal in the first place. You can now fill in the details, in order to redirect uploads through a certain portal straight to your Amazon S3 bucket. MASV CEO Greg Wood puts it like this:

MASV Portals is growing in popularity because it provides a simple, custom-branded way to gather assets from any number of contributors. Deliver to S3 makes it easy for non-technical contributors to securely upload to your Amazon S3 bucket.

Being able to deliver straight to S3 through MASV skips the otherwise cumbersome process of downloading your contributors’ assets and then uploading them again to your S3 bucket.

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Again, this feature might not be for everyone, but it certainly is very handy for studios and other teams working with large(r) groups of contributors, in order to collect and gather files plus make them available for other team members.

If you haven’t heard of MASV altogether, here’s a quick roundup (other cinema5D articles here and here):  It’s kind of similar to services like Wetranfer, but for bigger files and with more features. There’s no limit regarding file size and besides sending files, you also can receive files through custom branded portals, which can be embedded in your website, for example.

Pricing (and Free Trial)

Uploading any number of files is free of charge. Their business model only counts the amount of data delivered: $0.25/GB. Files are being stored for 10 days, you can extend that amount of time for $0.10/GB/month. Files up to 1TB can be transferred using a browser of your choice, for file sizes north of that you can deploy MASV’s app to transfer even bigger files.

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If you want to give MASV a try, you can sign up on their site for a 100GB free trial.

What do you think? Did you ever use MASV before? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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SmallRig FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage Announced – Version With and Without Battery Grip

SmallRig has announced their FUJIFILM X-T4 cage. It is a one-piece construction made of aluminum alloy, and features cold shoe, 1/4″-20, and 3/8″-16 accessory threads with ARRI locating pins, anti-twist pin, NATO rail, a built-in Arca Swiss quick-release plate, and an integrated flat head screwdriver. SmallRig has also introduced a version of this cage for the camera with the battery grip attached. The cages are compatible with a wide variety of SmallRig accessories.

FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage introduced. Source: SmallRig

FUJIFILM has announced their new flagship mirrorless APS-C camera with in-body image stabilization and if you missed it, make sure to take a look at Johnnie’s FUJIFILM X-T4 hands-on review and mini documentary shot with that camera. Because the dimensions of the new X-T4 are a bit different than the X-T3, the current cages won’t fit the new camera. The Chinese camera accessories manufacturer SmallRig reacted very quickly – and have already introduced their cage for the X-T4. Let’s take a short look at it.

SmallRig FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage

This full cage is machined from a single piece of aluminum alloy, and with 202g it is quite lightweight. For those familiar with SmallRig’s four-digit product numbers, it is CCF2808 for this cage. The cage has been designed to fit quite tightly around the FUJIFILM X-T4, but according to SmallRig, all the vital dials, buttons, and compartments should be well accessible.

FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage introduced. Source: SmallRig

The cage offers multiple 1/4″-20, and four 3/8″-16 accessory threads. Three of the 3/8″-16 threads even feature ARRI locating pins. There is an integrated cold shoe on top and a NATO rail on the left side of the cage. On the bottom inside the cage – in addition to the 1/4″-20 screw – there is a small retractable anti-twist pin, which locks the camera in place and prevents it from twisting.

FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage introduced. Source: SmallRig

The lower part of the cage features a built-in Arca Swiss quick-release plate. There is also a flat-head screwdriver integrated on the bottom within the cage, which is held with magnets. Additionally, the cage provides a strap slot on each side.

Even though FUJIFILM has redesigned the grip of the X-T4 to be slightly larger and more ergonomic than the X-T3’s, SmallRig decided to further enlarge the right-hand grip with an aluminum extension on the cage itself.

FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage introduced. Source: SmallRig

The cage is compatible with the dedicated HDMI & USB cable clamp (BSC2809), top handle (2165), side handle (2093), monitor mount (BSE2348), and NATO handle (2187). The dimensions of the cage are 150.3 x 59 x 106mm.

Smallrig FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage – with Battery Grip

FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage introduced. Source: SmallRig

SmallRig has also designed a version of the cage for the camera, with the VG-XT4 battery grip attached. It does not have the anti-twist pin on the inside, but I suppose it is secured against twisting by the tight fit around the area of the battery grip. The cage features two threads in the front for attaching SmallRig’s 15mm Rod Clamp (1943).

FUJIFILM X-T4 Cage introduced. Source: SmallRig

This version of the cage also does not have the built-in Arca Swiss quick-release plate on the bottom. SmallRig’s serial number for the cage is CCF2810.

Price and Availability

Both versions of the new SmallRig FUJIFILM X-T4 cage are now available for pre-order. According to SmallRig, the shipping should start after March 28th 2020. The full price of the simple cage is supposed to be US$79, yet during pre-order, it is available for US$54.90. For the larger cage (camera with battery grip), the price has been set to be US$99, while the pre-order price is US$69.90.

Are you planning to get the new FUJIFILM X-T4? What do you think about these SmallRig cages? Do you have any experience with SmallRig cages in general? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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How Disney’s Iconic Multiplane Camera Changed Animation

Disney thrives on being a place where imagination comes alive, even when it comes to cameras.

We talk about Disney the studio a lot, mostly because it now houses the largest titles ever conceived.

However, one of the greatest things about Disney is that they spent a ton of time perfecting the technical side of their process. A great example of this is the multiplane camera, which not only lent its unique power to features like Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Peter Pan but it also changed animation, as a whole, forever.

Today I want to take a peek into that camera and talk about why it was so important.

Let’s go!

How Did Disney’s Multiplane Camera Work?

In 1937, Disney developed its multiplane camera. While these kinds of cameras existed before Walt’s team perfected them, it was Disney that put them on the map. Basically, animated cells used to be all drawn on the same plane, but those images never had any actual depth.

Disney wanted his cartoons to be more lively.

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3 Things Every Great Fight Scene Has That Bad Ones Don’t

Successful fight scenes aren’t just about action—they’re about so much more.

I’m a human being with a vascular system and adrenal glands and a brain and stuff, so naturally, I like fight scenes.

Show me any martial arts rumble and I’ll be set—Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, gimme it—however, any epic battle that incorporates the key ingredients that make these types of scenes fun and necessary to watch is alright by me.

But what are those key ingredients? What elements are at play beneath all the punches, kicks, and sword swipes?

Henry Boseley of The Closer Look digs deep into what makes a fight scene great in his video essay below, so give it a watch and continue on for more.

Okay, so what do great fight scenes consist of? Clearly, they’re creative, they build tension, they have good pacing, they might even add cool technical tricks that show us something that we’ve never seen before. (Hello… the bullet-time sequences in The Matrix.)

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Meyer Optik Görlitz will return once again, this time at Photokina 2020

OPC OPTICS announced on Tuesday that it will revive the Meyer Optik Görlitz brand it acquired in late 2018 with a debut at Photokina 2020 in Germany later this year. The company will bring half a dozen new lenses with it, including the Trioplan 100, Trioplan 50, Trioplan 35, Primoplan 75, Primoplan 58 and the Lydith 30.

The Meyer Optik Görlitz saga is a long one. The brand returned from the dead in 2014 when it was acquired by Net SE, which revived the lenses by using Kickstarter campaigns. Fast-forward to 2018 and Net SE was revealed to be insolvent; Kickstarter backers didn’t get their lenses and weren’t able to get refunds, either.

That led to the brand’s acquisition by OPC Optics in late 2018, something that soon resulted in a frustrating revelation: Meyer Optik Görlitz Nocturnus and Somnium lenses produced under Net SE were modified versions of Chinese and Russian lenses. OPC Optics disclosed the findings, saying that it would temporarily discontinue both of those ranges.

In the company’s most recent announcement this week, OPC Optics Managing Director Timo Heinze discussed the upcoming Photokina plans and the lenses that will premiere there, saying:

‘All lenses are completely developed and manufactured in Germany with the utmost care and attention to detail. The exclusive image design features of Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses enable the user to stand out from the crowd with an individual image language. We are proud of the high-quality realization of our product developments, but even more proud of all the impressive and unique results that photographers have created so far and will create with the new versions of Meyer Optik Görlitz’s lenses.’

Each lens will be presented at Photokina 2020 alongside 10 large format prints captured with the product. As of the latest report, the trade show is still set to go and will take place in Cologne, Germany, from May 27 to May 30.

Photographer Captures Vast Array of Wild Animals that Use the Log Bridge Near His Home

A couple of years ago, wildlife photographer Robert Bush Sr. set up a trail cam on one side of a log bridge near his home in Pennsylvania. In the viral video above, he collected one year’s worth of footage into a single compilation that shows the incredible array of wild animals that use this bridge.

Bush runs the Facebook Page and YouTube Channel Bob’s Pennsylvania Wildlife Camera, which is where he posts all of his footage as it’s captured. Most videos are only a 20-40 seconds long, but once in a while he’ll create a compilation like this one, which was picked up by NBC affiliate WSLS 10 last August.

The video didn’t really blow up until earlier today, though, when someone shared it to the r/videos subreddit. Since it was posted just 8 hours ago, the video has already received over 31K upvotes, pushing the view count of the WSLS 10 version up over 210K … about 10x the number of subscribers the news station actually has on YouTube.

You can still find the original “The Log” video, released in August of 2018, on Bush’s own YouTube channel:

Check out both videos above to see two years of “The Log” for yourself—complete with deer, raccoons, squirrels, bobcats, grouse, beavers, and one particularly entertaining clumsy bear.

Just be forewarned: this will probably make you want to go out and buy a trail cam. Then again, given the amount of times trail cam footage has shown up on PetaPixel throughout the years, that might not be such a bad idea…

Photokina Organizers Say They Won’t Cancel the Show Due to Coronavirus… for Now

Despite MWC, then CP+, and now other major expos like them being cancelled due to fears about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the organizers of Photokina 2020 have announced that “there is no reason to cancel at this stage” and that the show will go on as planned.

According to DC Watch, the news was shared during a press conference where representatives from both Koelnmesse and the German Association of Photography sought to put fears of Photokina’s cancellation to rest… at least for now.

“At this time, there is no reason to halt a large-scale event like Photokina,” said Christoph Werner, Koelnmesse Vice President, citing advice from the WHO, the German Federal Ministry of Health, and local health authorities in Cologne. He confirmed that precautionary measures would be taken, such as installing hand-sanitizers, but made it clear there are no plans to cancel the show as of this press conference.

“Unless the health authorities announce that the trade fair should be stopped in Europe, it will be at the discretion of the exhibiting companies,” added Kai Hillebrand, the Chairman of the German Association of Photography.

Photo courtesy of Photokina/Koelnmesse GmbH

As you might recall, CP+ 2020 put similar measures in place and said similar things about not cancelling the show ahead of ultimately pulling the plug. When they finally cancelled, the show’s organizers cited “uncertain prospects for effective treatments and remedies for coronavirus,” and said they had decided to “put the health and safety aspects of stakeholders first.”

The Photokina organizers obviously feel that things are still relatively under control (or that they might be by May), but Hillebrand’s statement about the “discretion of exhibitors” might end up being prophetic.

Mobile World Congress only cancelled after almost every major player pulled out of the show, and with Nikon, Leica, Olympus, and Fuji all skipping the show already, it wouldn’t take much to damage Photokina’s exhibitor list beyond repair. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation as the expo—which is scheduled to run from May 27th – May 30th—gets closer.

(via DC Watch via DPReview)


Image credits: Header photo taken at Koelnmesse’s Annual Press Conference 2019, used courtesy of Photokina/Koelnmesse GmbH

The Canon EOS R5 will have an SD & CFExpress slot [CR2]

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DOJ Sides with Christian Photographer Who is Afraid of Being ‘Forced’ to Shoot Same-Sex Weddings

The US Department of Justice weighed in on a controversial Kentucky lawsuit this week, when they backed a Christian wedding photographer who is suing the city of Louisville over a law that could, potentially be used to “force” her to shoot same-sex weddings.

The lawsuit first made headlines in November, when conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom filed the suit on behalf of photographer Chelsey Nelson. Nelson and the ADF are attacking Louisville’s 20-year-old ‘Fairness Ordinance,’ which prevents discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The lawsuit claims that this ordinance infringes on Nelson’s freedom of religion and speech, because it could be used to “force Chelsey to create photographs for, blog about, and participate in solemn ceremonies she disagrees with—same-sex wedding ceremonies.”

The suit was largely written off as un-winnable by legal experts when it first surfaced—Nelson hasn’t even been approached by a same-sex couple, and is filing the suit preemptively—but the US Department of Justice obviously disagrees. In a “statement of interest” filed with the court this week, the DOJ weighed in in support of Nelson, expressing confidence that she would win this suit on First Amendment terms.

“The central question presented in this case is whether the government can compel a wedding photographer to photograph, provide photography editing services for, and blog about weddings of which she does not approve, and does not wish to photograph or to promote,” reads the statement. “The answer is no.”

It goes on to site a Supreme Court case that was won by a baker in Colorado, who was cited for refusing to provide services to a same-sex couple. This case is similar, argues the DOJ, because photography is “expressive” and therefore count as a form of “speech.”

“Forcing Ms. Nelson to create expression for and to participate in a ceremony that violates her sincerely held religious beliefs invades her First Amendment rights in a manner akin to the governmental intrusion in Hurley,” continues the statement. “Defendants have not offered, and could not reasonably offer, a sufficient justification for that compulsion here. As a result, the First Amendment bars the application of the Metro Ordinance to Plaintiffs.”

You can read the full statement from the DOJ below:

The major difference between this case and others that have been cited in the statement, of course, is that this isn’t referring to any specific event. Nelson has not even been asked, much less “compelled,” to shoot such a wedding or blog about it, and is instead suing in order to prevent the possibility of such a lawsuit in the first place.

The City of Louisville is arguing that Nelson has no cause to challenge the ordinance and has asked the judge to dismiss the case, an argument that was backed up in a brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“Nelson Photography must know who a prospective customer is before deciding whether it will refuse to serve that person,” argued the ACLU. “That is identity-based discrimination, not an objection to the provision of a specific product.”

(via NBC News)


Image credits: Photos courtesy of the Alliance Defending Freedom.