Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. The Cinema 4D R17 release introduced the Lens Distortion Tool, which can be used to correct footage before using the built-in Motion Tracker, or it can be used as a render effect to apply lens distortion to the 3D elements in the scene.
In this video, I walk you through the basic use of the Lens Distortion Tool using footage shot with a GoPro Hero 4.
If you saw the entire WWDC 2015 presentation, you probably heard that Adobe is committed to bringing Metal to all of its applications. What does that mean for After Effects users? It means speed, dammit, SPEED!
Apple says that the new Metal API will offer up 8X the rendering speed, which is great. I just hope it doesn’t also mean I will need to get a Mac Pro to do it, as I’m kinda poor right now. Still, if this works seamlessly on my iMac, then a lot of the post work I’ve been doing on the Major Spoilers Video YouTube channel is going to be a breeze.
I’ll find out more, and see exactly how well it performs when everything is released.
This weekend, I had the pleasure of flying the DJI S-900 drone for the Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University. It was a thrill to fly this large camera platform, and get off some great shots. Of everything we shot, this is probably my favorite shot as the drone flew over Lewis Field Stadium.
When I was but a young man, I always wanted to shoot film – real film, the kind that breathes life into the image it is capturing. Budget and location proved to me very quickly that once my days of 8mm shooting were done, that video would have to take its place. Since then, I’ve been a video guy, but with the introduction of the CineAlta, the realization that film was a dead medium for modern motion pictures became clear. George Lucas cemented it when he shot Star Wars Episodes 1-3. Today, with the Canon 5D and others, that prospect of creating stories that have nearly the same dynamics as film, and that are being shown in movie theaters, is once again something within reach to everyone.
As camera gear grows smaller, and the light sensitivity of cameras increases, the need for large bulky light kits are declining to an extent. For the run and gun shooter, having a portable LED light to fill in those dark places is a must have. F&V has a fairly inexpensive unit that might be right up your alley.
So I’ve been working on some ways to get back into reviews, but instead of text based, I want to do them as video shorts. Of course that means one has to figure out how to make the video interesting and not a boring rundown of features someone can read off the back of a product brochure. Jonathan Yi had the same idea when he got his hands on a new Canon EOS C300, but his humor didn’t sit well with the company.
If you are still wondering what the new Canon EOS c300 is capable of doing, check out Vincent Laforet’s Mobius in glorious 1080p.
This is truly an outstanding piece of work by Mr. Laforet. And the camera has the ability to capture stunning images (with very little noise) with very little light. For a run and gun, low budget, and documentary filmmakers who don’t want to carry around a lot of lighting equipment, this camera looks awesome.
With all the shooting I’ve been doing on the Canon 5D MkII lately, I’ve realized two things; first, that I like to shoot longer than five minutes at a time, and second, that I need a lot of hard drive space to get the footage in and out of the system.
I’ve used several HDD systems over the years, and I’m particularly fond of the CityDisk system for my Sony Z1U (yes, I’m still using that camera), but I need something that is not a FOCUS FireStore system.
I’ve just been made aware of the Ninja system from Atomos, and I think it may solve my problem.
Just when I make the jump from the Sony Z1-U to the Canon 5D Mark II, Sony announces a 35mm CMOS sensor camera that the company claims can create film like video.
The NEX-FS100 is a new E-mount professional camcorder equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor specifically designed for shooting motion pictures ideal for commercials and music videos, as well as action scenes in budget drama for example.The large-format sensor’s high sensitivity enables it to produce footage with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.
The included camera is a 27mm to 300mm lens with an aperature of F3.5-6.3, which isn’t great for that shallow depth of field. It also records in the MPEG-4 AVCHD format or the MPEG-2 format if you want to shoot in standard definition… though I have no idea why you would want to (snark).