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  • Blackmagic Design Releases Free ATEM Switcher Update 6.1

    ATEM Switcher Update 6.1

    Blackmagic Design this week released a free update to their ATEM switcher software, which includes an innovative new copy and paste function that allows color correction settings to be copied across multiple camera controllers, either individually or to all cameras without affecting iris, focus, coarse and pedestal settings.

  • Ways to Improve Your Green Screen Shoots and Keying in After Effects

    A shot with composited characters

    Keying and compositing. The act of removing and replacing portions of a shot to put together something new. For most of us, most of the time, this means keying out a green or blue screen (or any other solid color, for that matter) and placing the subject - usually a person rambling about something that makes little sense to us - over top of a different background.

  • Movidiam Connects Filmmakers, Brands, Agencies

    Movidiam - Freelance Profile

    Movidiam is taking project management, collaboration, recruiting, talent scouting and other project related work and rolling it up into a well-oiled package for filmmakers, brands and agencies in an effort to reimagine the filmmaking process.

  • GoPro HERO4 Specs and Pictures Revealed! (UPDATED)

    GoPro HERO4 - Black Edition

    Few devices have garnered the amount of buzz GoPro's HERO3+ successor, the HERO4, has. Finally, specs and photos have hit the Interwebs, and confirm some of our suspicions. 4K video up to 30fps? Yup. Integrated touchscreen? Yup. Both in one model? Nope.

  • Amazing Underwater Film Bends Minds Without Using Visual Effects

    The Ocean Brothers

    For this Thursday, we harken back to a time before photo-realistic post production and visual effects existed and remember when camera creativity and trickery were the rage. Perspective was played with to create mind-bending images, and viewing these images was as much fun as it was amusing or confusing, depending on the clip.

  • Contour Floats Back to the Surface with the ROAM3

    Contour's waterproof ROAM3

    Once thought to be lost to the increasingly crowded action camera space, Contour has released a true contender to the game with the ROAM3. The ROAM3 may not look terribly different from the ROAM2 or Contour+2, but they’ve added features to propel it to the frontline.

    To truly compete in the action camera space, the ability to quickly and easily shoot in multiple conditions is essential. Luckily, Contour's new ownership knew this and, as a result, the ROAM3 has some unique features to help it join the fray. Firstly, while most action cameras require cases to descend into the deep blue sea, the ROAM3 is waterproof up to 30 feet (10 meters) without a case. Dive on in. It can take it.

    Simple external controls include a locking instant on-record switch, which ought to help when wearing motocross gloves, a scuba suit or, perhaps, a spacesuit.

    Positioning the camera on its side or upside down isn’t an issue. The unique lens on the ROAM3 can be rotated 270° to ensure a level shot. If the alignment is in question, the ROAM3 has laser alignment built right in.

    All of this wouldn’t mean a thing if the footage wasn’t solid. The ROAM3 shoots up to 1080 30p, with other shooting modes up to 120 fps, and captures with an ultra-wide 170° lens.

    Improved battery life brings 3-3.5 hours, a standard 1/4″-20 mounting thread, and a Quick Photo Mode for the 5MP still camera function round out the features of the ROAM3.

    Sounds pretty good, right? Toss in an 8GB Memory Card for the $199 and the ROAM3 is the sharpest cylinder on the block.

  • ARRI Introduces 6K ALEXA 65


    Motion picture camera leader, ARRI, this week announced the ALEXA 65, their latest addition to a distinguished line of professional-grade cameras. Available only as a rental through ARRI Rental’s dealer network, the ALEXA 65 is designed to allow filmmakers the ability to recapture the golden age of 65mm widescreen with stunning clarity and image quality for ultimate visual impact.