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GoPro Will Have Their Own Drone in 2015

Most drones in the market are conceived to use GoPro cameras, but in the future users of those cameras might use GoPro drones.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 28, 2014

GoPro is going to make their own drones, states one article published recently in The Wall Street Journal. Faced with the competition of other small camera brands, and wanting to have their own saying in the world of drones, GoPro seems to be ready to have a drone they call theirs.

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 27, 2014

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts...

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How to Train Focus Pulling With a DSLR

Independent videographers are, many times, the DP and the AC or Focus Puller of their own productions. Better know how to do it.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 25, 2014

When we see a movie, the last thing we think about is definition... until it is not there. That’s why Focus Pullers are important. One recent example is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar movie. Some out of focus scenes in Interstellar originated a series of comments on the web about the importance of precise focus and the work of the first AC or Focus Puller. Whether it was on purpose or by accident, the importance of focus precision on movies became evident.

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New EIZO 31-inch 4K Monitor Self-Calibrates

The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31-inch monitor with 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and able to self-calibrate.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 21, 2014

Designed for media & entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting that need increasingly high-resolution formats and require appropriate display solutions for 2D and 3D CGI (computer-generated imagery), visual effects, compositing, and color grading, the ColorEdge CG318-4K  from EIZO Corporation offers an effective resolution of 4096 x 2160, in accordance with the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives). Built so it can be used for both editing and reference work, it is also ideal for photographers and printers requiring a monitor with a high resolution and pixel density.

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How to Shoot One Light Dramatic Portraits On Location By Yourself

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | November 21, 2014

 

This week on The Slanted Lens, I am in Maine heading out to Stonington to photograph fishermen. My goal with today’s lesson is to show how you can get one light dramatic portraits on location by yourself. I have no assistants with me,... Read More

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PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

The new version of Cyberlink's PowerDirector video editor reaches the age of 13 and offers new features.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 20, 2014

The support for XAVC-S, the latest open standard for 4K and HD videos is on top on the list of features present in the new PowerDirector 13 (it was only available for PowerDirector 12 through an update). For those aiming to import XAVC-S videos and produce MP4 videos up to 3840x2160/60p, this is a viable option for a cost under $100. In fact, the version Ultra, which costs $ 74.99, already offers support for XAVC-S. So, if you’re buying, do not go for the cheapest version, Deluxe, which does not offer this new feature.

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Popular Science Gives Award to 4K Monitor

If there was any doubt that 4K is becoming popular, the 2014 Best of What’s New Award given to Acer’s 4K monitor says it all.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 13, 2014

Acer’s new monitor, XB280HK, is, no doubt, conceived for gaming, but the fact that it was selected as a breakthrough product among thousands of others in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year, which are being highlighted in Popular Science’s December issue, suggests we will be seeing more 4K monitors in the next months. And not just for gaming. They’re just becoming... popular, meaning prices will come down, and we will see more models coming to the market, for different uses.

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Review: MyCloud EX4, a NAS for Dummies

The top level for the MyCloud series from Western Digital is the EX4, offering up to 24TB of NAS capacity that is easy to use.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 12, 2014

Designed for users needing more space than the regular MyCloud systems from Western Digital offer, the MyCloud EX4 is a four bay NAS or Network Attached Storage that offers photographers and videographers a single place to organize all their files. It's a starting point on the way to create your own cloud at home.

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New Filters are a Breakthrough in Videography

Filters are a must to protect lenses and control light. Breakthrough Photography has a new line of filters. With Traction!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 10, 2014

The new Neutral Density, Polarizer and UV filters from the photography startup Breakthrough Photography are launched, for the first time, on Kickstarter! With outdoor photographer Art Wolfe vouching in for the new filters, the small company aims to design and manufacture the worlds best photographic filters. And they promise that “if one of our state-of-the-art traction filters isn’t the best filter you’ve ever used we’ll give you a 110% refund – no hard feelings.”

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4K Notebooks Are Here

Acer has a new V Nitro Black Edition notebook. It’s a 15.6-inch model with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. They are not alone!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 08, 2014

The new laptop from Acer, which extends their V Nitro Black Edition Series, is a powerful notebook with what can be considered a huge (and strange) resolution for such a small monitor: 15.6 inches. One can just wonder how small some things will look on that tiny LED backlit IPS display. If you thought Full HD display was already difficult to use on a 15.6-inch monitor, imagine what a UHD display that delivers four times the pixels of a 1080p Full HD display will mean.

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Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Heavy Duty and Stable Flying Multirotor for Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 07, 2014

This UAV manufacturer based out of South Africa has set out to make durable, stable and easy to transport designs that run on the popular 3D Robotics Pixhawk GPS Flight Controller and provide smooth footage for a GoPro HERO4 in a brushless gimbal. I think they're on to something here...

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11 Tips to Photograph Wild Animals Without Getting Killed

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | November 07, 2014

I wanted to use my Tamron 150-600mm lens and see how it worked photographing wildlife. I don’t have much experience with wildlife photography so I called up my father. He shot for National Geographic, the Audubon Society, and many other magazines for years.

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Review: A Pocket NAS from Western Digital

The My Passport Wireless is like having your own Cloud always at hand while travelling: the 2TB model can hold 32 64GB cards.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 04, 2014

Launched to celebrate Western Digital’s 10 years of the My Passport brand, the new My Passport Wireless may not be the fastest or cheapest external drive around, but having a SD card slot makes all the difference for those on the move. There’s a lot of space for your files on this hard drive, which works a bit like a pocketable NAS or Network-Attached Storage. Or your own Cloud on wheels.

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LG Shows Digital Cinema 4K Monitor

LG is also in the race for the cheapest 4K monitors: their 31 inch IPS 4K monitor costs $1,399.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 03, 2014

Presented at PhotoExpo, in New York, the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor from LG Electronics is, according to the company, “a professional-grade yet affordable desktop display that delivers the intense detail and color accuracy demanded by today’s photo, video and graphic design professionals.”

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Charge Your DSLR, Smartphone or Drone with Pronto

In just 5 minutes you get enough juice to fully charge a iPhone 5 on-the-go! A DSLR or drone take a little bit more time.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 29, 2014

The fastest charging portable battery pack will be available in 2015, after a Kickstarter funding campaign that will end in a few days. The support to the Pronto battery pack idea was lightning fast.

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One Light Corporate Image

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | October 20, 2014

In today’s lesson, I am shooting a corporate image of someone in a call center. I have done these images for years and their success hinges on getting the right person to be the talent. The image represents the face of the company, so the talent should make the image feel open... Read More

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Small LEDs Create BIG Panels

Phottix have new VLED lights available, small panels that can be combined vertically or horizontally to create larger LED banks

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 20, 2014

The new series of Phottix LED lights are small, affordable LED lights for small crews – and here I mean freelancer videographers working on their own. Small LED lights are easy to transport, easy to work with and offer powerful controllable light for different projects, both in video and photography.

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4K is Obsolete. 5K is Here, 8K Comes Tomorrow

The launch of Apple's 27-inch 5K display is one more sign that the market never stops. 5K monitors are the next big thing.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 17, 2014

A selection of 4K Monitors at low prices was recently published here at PVC - 4K Monitors Under $850 - , but that seems to be old news now. Apple has just presented their new 5K monitor, and they’re not alone. Dell also has a new 5K monitor to show. These are some expensive gifts for the coming Christmas. But a new 8K DisplayPort standard was announced last September, making 8K monitors a viable option in a near future.

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First Look: Hands-on with the GoPro HERO4 Black

Actual Results and Dispelling Misconceptions for Aerial Videographers

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 14, 2014

Since the announcement of the flagship camera in GoPro's new HERO4 lineup, I get to give the HERO4 Black a test with several devices and gimbals to see how it compares to the HERO3+ and share my initial results.

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