Today in New York City, Videomaker saw the introduction of Sony’s new a6300 — with what they claim is the world’s fastest autofocus. A mirrorless camera with a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor, the Sony a6300 shoots 4K video internally and boasts the ability to lock focus in just 0.05 seconds with its 425 phase detection AF points.
Here at CES, Panasonic has added two new camcorders to its 4K Ultra High Definition line that was introduced last year, the HC-WXF991 and HC-VX981. These are impressively compact, almost as small as the HD models. (There are also three new Full-HD models, the HC-W580, HC-V380 and HC-V180.)
The passing of the highly honored cinematographer Haskell Wexler also marks the passing of a Hollywood era. Wexler employed techniques that brought him to the attention of both his peers and the general public. It’s not every cinematographer who gets his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
With all the talk about drones with cameras attached, what about providing the light needed for using them? Researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Cornell University see autonomous vehicles as lighting assistants; having a bevy of free-floating robots, each with their own built-in light source, able to move freely around a space to direct lighting to where the photographer wants it.
Wireless remote triggering of a DSLR or Mirrorless camera has been improved, courtesy of Pulse. This Bluetooth-enabled device mounts through the hot shoe and plugs into the camera’s USB port. The result is to turn one’s smartphone into a powerful remote camera controller.
Greg Olson of Videomaker recently hosted an instructional video on how to build an opening graphics using camera and expression in After Effects. I followed along and everything was working fine up until i rendered everything and I got the the following error:
"No active camera at time - 00.00.00.01, Expression disabled." And the scale expression was disabled for all the layers. Any help or advice greatly appreciated.
Did you ever shoot a photo while on vacation, only to find out later that unwanted people — aka tourist — had cluttered the scene and made that beautiful landscape, historical site or landmark look like junk? All that could change once Adobe’s Monument Mode camera app becomes available for smartphones.