Weezer’s Africa Music Video Shot Using Blackmagic RAW and URSA Mini Pro

Weezer’s Africa Music Video Shot Using Blackmagic RAW and URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design today announced Weezer’s new music video for their hit song “Africa” was shot using an URSA Mini Pro with the newly announced Blackmagic RAW codec. Post production, including grading and editing, was done using DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Directed by Crush Music’s Jade Ehlers and Brendan Walter, the video is for the band’s hit remake of Toto’s classic “Africa.” The video was also aimed at redoing a classic by recreating shot for shot Weezer’s iconic “Sweater Song” music video.

The video is a moving one take shot that captures the band playing in front of bright blue walls, with the camera maneuvering in and out of the band. Starting in front of the band, the video moves between well lit and dark parts of the set, as well as low and high up shots looking up and down on the band.

“A week before we were going to shoot, Blackmagic RAW was announced and it was just perfect timing. It answered everything we were looking for. The original ‘Sweater Song’ video was shot on film, so we were looking for a mix of a digital camera that could capture a filmic look, with a shooting and post workflow that could fit into a tight budget and crazy tight schedule. The combination of Blackmagic RAW with the URSA Mini Pro was perfect,” said Ehlers.

Blackmagic RAW is a new and modern codec that gives you stunning image quality and blazing fast performance in an intelligent new file format. Featuring advanced de‑mosaic technology and a revolutionary intelligent design, Blackmagic RAW gives you both the quality and benefits of RAW with the speed, ease of use and file sizes of traditional video formats.

The Blackmagic RAW codec features an intelligent design that moves part of the de-mosaic process into the camera where it can be can be hardware accelerated by the camera itself. This gives you incredibly efficient encoding and small file sizes. Blackmagic RAW files are much more than just a simple RAW container because they combine image data along with information about the unique characteristics of the camera’s sensor. This gives you much better image quality, even at high compression settings. Plus, you get total control over RAW settings such as ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation and custom color spaces. Blackmagic RAW also includes extensive metadata support including user customizable sidecar metadata files, plus GPU and CPU acceleration, new Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science, different encoding options for constant quality or constant bitrate and more!

“We have used the URSA Mini Pro on a number of shoots before, but Blackmagic RAW was like we all of a sudden got a new camera with an amazing new sensor in it,” Ehlers said. “Before Blackmagic RAW became available, we were planning on using one of the compressed formats and just making do, but then we could easily shoot it in RAW.”

One of the advantages Blackmagic RAW brought was being able to capture a huge amount of data in each image in order to make up for the production’s difficult lighting situation. The set had a bright blue background wall, with five lighting technicians handling different sections of the stage. Each technician was working to match lighting changes to a constantly moving camera, while trying to make sure each part of the shot mirrored the original older video exactly. The result was spotty lighting in much of the original footage.

“The blue wall captured light differently in different places, and we got a number of dark splashes in several spots. We had to shoot down a couple of stops and at 800 ISO because we were worried and had to hope that we could fix in post,” Ehlers continued. “Blackmagic RAW really saved us here. We were able to bump it up in post to 1600 ISO, adjust saturation to what we needed in DaVinci Resolve Studio, see every detail, and adjust quickly and easily. It gave us great image quality, fine detail and incredibly small files.”

With Blackmagic RAW you can shoot, edit and grade projects all from a single file format. Picture adjustments and settings that you make in the camera will come into DaVinci Resolve via metadata and are completely editable. You can even make changes to the RAW settings in DaVinci Resolve, open the files in other applications that support Blackmagic RAW and automatically see the settings. You get a consistent look and controls between software applications, even on different platforms. Blackmagic RAW is the world’s fastest and highest quality RAW format.

“With Blackmagic RAW, we were able to get extra color in each shot. And what really blew me away was that we could play back the RAW files right away on the laptop we had on set. We could be shooting and then editing and grading the same files,” Ehlers said. “This advantage alone saved us half a day to eight hours of work. Instead of being slowed down by exporting for hours, we were free to work in post with the original camera files. This was just insane.”

For the video, Ehlers and Presley needed a camera that captured high quality, filmic images while still being lightweight due to the one take nature of the video. The URSA Mini Pro’s weight of just more than five pounds, combined with its Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range, gave them the camera they needed.

“It took us six shots to get the shot we needed, and that meant Nathan was carrying around the camera and all its rigging, lens and media for every second of each take. The fact that the URSA Mini Pro could be kitted out with a full rig and hit around 28 pounds, with a very small profile, helped him get the shots he needed without being a huge weight burden,” Ehlers continued.

Published at Wed, 24 Oct 2018 03:33:04 +0000

Full-Text RSS Feeds | fivefilters.org

Full-Text RSS Feeds | fivefilters.org

What is Full-Text RSS?

News enthusiasts
Full-Text RSS can transform partial web feeds — often summary-only feeds which expect you to visit cluttered, ad-ridden site to read the full story — to deliver the full content stripped of clutter and ads. Read articles in full, in peace, in your favourite news reading application.

Developers
Full-Text RSS is a free software PHP application to help you extract article content from web pages. Extract from a standard HTML page or transform partial feeds to full text. Designed to be run as a web service, but one which you control.


Features

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Speedy article extraction

Extraction rules ensure accurate results for popular sites and blog platforms.

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Multi-page support

Articles split across a number of pages can be joined back together.

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Autodetection

Where extraction rules do not exist, Full-Text RSS relies on heuristics to detect content automatically.

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Customisable

Add custom extraction rules for fine-grained extraction.

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Language detection

Full-Text RSS can figure out the language of the article being processed.

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Multiple formats

Extract articles from HTML pages and partial web feeds, and get result as RSS, JSON, or JSONP for easy parsing.

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Easy hosting

Host on your own servers or deploy to the cloud. Pre-configured. No database required. See our hosting suggestions.

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Freedom and transparency

Full-Text RSS is free software — no restrictive corporate APIs, no secret back doors.



Pricing

Basic

Free

  • We host it
  • Unlimited feeds
  • Language detection
  • 1-3 items per feed
  • Caching: 20 min
  • Links preserved
  • Link to FiveFilters.org
  • No JSON output

Premium

From 4€ per month

  • We host it
  • Unlimited feeds
  • Language detection
  • 1-10 items per feed
  • Caching: 10 min
  • Links preserved or removed
  • No link to FiveFilters.org
  • No JSON output

Developer

Pay as you go

  • We host it
  • Unlimited feeds
  • Language detection
  • 1-10 items per feed
  • Caching: 10 min
  • Links preserved or removed
  • No link to FiveFilters.org
  • JSON output


Download

Full-Text RSS 3.9.1

Released 10 May 2018What’s new?Changelog

We offer two purchase options. They come with the same license, but if you intend to use Full-Text RSS as part of a commercial project, or require more support, please purchase the one for business use.

Individual


Community support forum

Automatic update of extraction rules

Custom rules via builder

Free updates for a year

Buy Now — 35 €


Bundle Offer!

Everything above plus

Feed Creator
Term Extraction
PDF Newspaper

Free updates for 2 years!

Buy Bundle — 60 €

Business


Email support

Automatic update of extraction rules

1 request for custom rules + builder

Free updates for a year

Buy Now — 75 €


Bundle Offer!

Everything above plus

Feed Creator
Term Extraction
PDF Newspaper

Free updates for 2 years!

Buy Bundle — 150 €

What you get

Full-Text RSS 3.9.1 from FiveFilters.org includes:

  • Easy installation (no database setup required)
  • Technical support via our forum
  • Free updates for 1 year (half price after that)
  • Full source code
  • Business use customers: Email support + custom extraction rules for a site of your choice *

* If extraction does not work well on a particular site, contact us with details of what you’re trying to extract and we’ll send you a custom site config file.

After paying you will automatically receive an email with a download link to the zip package. The zip package contains a readme file with instructions for uploading the code to your web host via FTP.

Older versions

Older versions of Full-Text RSS can be downloaded free of charge from our code repository.

Note: we do not offer any support for these and for best extraction results we recommend buying the latest version.


More information

Documentation and support

Our help site covers most of what you’ll need to know to get Full-Text RSS up and running and customised to work the way you want.

Our public forum is the place to ask questions and browse previous answers.

Hosted or self-hosted?

We want our users to be free to examine and run the code behind FiveFilters.org
however they like. So rather than simply invite you to sign up for our premium hosted plan,
we’ve gone to great effort to make the software easy to use and install on your own hosting account.

Using our hosted service (Free, Premium) is the easiest option as we manage everything. You do not have to worry about staying up to date because we maintain the code and any changes we make will automatically be made available to you.

If, however, you have your own hosting account or manage your own server, the self-hosted option gives you the freedom to run the code and manage things yourself — including writing custom extraction rules. We also have a help page on hosting options which should help you get started.

Note: We monitor our hosted service to prevent abuse. For developers needing to process very large amounts of data, we highly recommend downloading the self-hosted version.

API

The details here are mainly intended for developers using our self-hosted copy of Full-Text RSS for article extraction and feed conversion.
News enthusiasts who simply want to subscribe to a full-text feed in their news reading application can safely ignore the details here and use the form above.

Full-Text RSS offers two endpoints: Article Extraction and Feed Conversion. If you’ve restricted access to Full-Text RSS, the final section on API keys will tell you how to pass your key along in the request.

1. Article Extraction

To extract article content from a web page and get a simple JSON response, use the following endpoint:

  • /extract.php?url=[url]

Request Parameters

When making HTTP requests, you can pass the following parameters to extract.php in a GET or POST request.

Note: for many of these parameters, the configuration file will ultimately determine if and how they can be used.

Parameter Value Description
url string (URL) This is the only required parameter. It should be the URL to a standard HTML page. You can omit the ‘http://’ prefix if you like.
inputhtml string (HTML) If you already have the HTML, you can pass it here. We will not make any HTTP requests for the content if this parameter is used. Note: The input HTML should be UTF-8 encoded. And you will still need to give us the URL associated with the content (the URL may determine how the content is extracted, if we have extraction rules associated with it).
content 0, 1 (default) If set to 0, the extracted content will not be included in the output.
links preserve (default), footnotes, remove Links can either be preserved, made into footnotes, or removed. None of these options affect the link text, only the hyperlink itself.
xss 0, 1 (default)

Use this to enable/disable XSS filtering. It is enabled by default, but if your application/framework/CMS already filters HTML for XSS vulnerabilities, you can disable XSS filtering here.

If enabled, we’ll pass retrieved HTML content through htmLawed (safe flag on and style attributes denied). Note: when enabled this will remove certain elements you may want to preserve, such as iframes.

lang 0, 1 (default), 2, 3

Language detection. If you’d like Full-Text RSS to find the language of the articles it processes, you can use one of the following values:

0
Ignore language
1
Use article metadata (e.g. HTML lang attribute) (Default value)
2
As above, but guess the language if it’s not specified.
3
Always guess the language, whether it’s specified or not.
debug [no value], rawhtml, parsedhtml

If this parameter is present, Full-Text RSS will output the steps it is taking behind the scenes to help you debug problems.

If the parameter value is rawhtml, Full-Text RSS will output the HTTP response (headers and body) of the first response after redirects.

If the parameter value is parsedhtml, Full-Text RSS will output the reconstructed HTML (after its own parsing). This version is what the extraction rules are applied to, and it may differ from the original (rawhtml) output. If your extraction rules are not picking out any elements, this will likely help identify the problem.

Note: Full-Text RSS will stop execution after HTML output if one of the last two parameter values are passed. Otherwise it will continue showing debug output until the end.

parser html5php, libxml The default parser is libxml as it’s the fastest. HTML5-PHP is an HTML5 parser implemented in PHP. It’s slower than libxml, but can often produce better results. You can request HTML5-PHP be used as the parser in a site-specific config file (to ensure it gets used for all URLs for that site), or explicitly via this request parameter.
siteconfig string Site-specific extraction rules are usually stored in text files in the site_config folder. You can also submit extraction rules directly in your request using this parameter.
proxy 0, 1, string (proxy name) This parameter has no effect if proxy servers have not been entered in the config file. If they have been entered and enabled, you can pass the following values: 0 to disable proxy use (uses direct connection). 1 for default proxy behaviour (whatever is set in the config), or a string to identify a specific proxy server (has to match the name given to the proxy in the config file).

Response (example)

Simple JSON output containing extracted article title, content, and more. It was produced from the following input URL: http://chomsky.info/articles/20131105.htm


Note: For brevity the output above is truncated.


2. Feed Conversion

To transform a partial feed to a full-text feed, pass the URL (encoded) in the querystring to the following URL:

  • /makefulltextfeed.php?url=[url]

All the parameters in the form at the top of this page can be passed in this way. Examine the URL in the address bar after you click ‘Create Feed’ to see the values.

Request Parameters

When making HTTP requests, you can pass the following parameters to makefulltextfeed.php in a GET request. Most of these parameters have default values suitable for news enthusiasts who simply want to subscribe to a full-text feed in their news reading application. If that’s what you’re doing, you can safely ignore the details here. For developers, or others who need more control over the output produced by Full-Text RSS, this section should give you an idea of what you can do.

We do not provide form fields for all of these parameters, but you can modify the URL in your browser after clicking ‘Create Feed’ to use them.

Note: for many of these parameters, the configuration file will ultimately determine if and how they can be used.

Parameter Value Description
url string (URL) This is the only required parameter. It should be the URL to a partial feed or a standard HTML page. You can omit the ‘http://’ prefix if you like.
format rss (default), json The default Full-Text RSS output is RSS. The only other valid output format is JSON. To get JSON output, pass format=json in the querystring. Exclude it from the URL (or set it to ‘rss’) if you’d like RSS.
summary 0 (default), 1 If set to 1, an excerpt will be included for each item in the output.
content 0, 1 (default) If set to 0, the extracted content will not be included in the output.
links preserve (default), footnotes, remove Links can either be preserved, made into footnotes, or removed. None of these options affect the link text, only the hyperlink itself.
exc 0 (default), 1 If Full-Text RSS fails to extract the article body, the generated feed item will include a message saying extraction failed followed by the original item description (if present in the original feed). You ask Full-Text RSS to remove such items from the generated feed completely by passing 1 in this parameter.
accept auto (default), feed, html

Tell Full-Text RSS what it should expect when fetching the input URL. By default Full-Text RSS tries to guess whether the response is a feed or regular HTML page. It’s a good idea to be explicit by passing the appropriate type in this parameter. This is useful if, for example, a feed stops working and begins to return HTML or redirecs to a HTML page as a result of site changes. In such a scenario, if you’ve been explicit about the URL being a feed, Full-Text RSS will not parse HTML returned in response. If you pass accept=html (previously html=1), Full-Text RSS will not attempt to parse the response as a feed. This increases performance slightly and should be used if you know that the URL is not a feed.

Note: If excluded, or set to auto, Full-Text RSS first tries to parse the server’s response as a feed, and only if it fails to parse as a feed will it revert to HTML parsing. In the default parse-as-feed-first mode, Full-Text RSS will identify itself as PHP first and only if a valid feed is returned will it identify itself as a browser in subsequent requests to fetch the feed items. In parse-as-html mode, Full-Text RSS will identify itself as a browser from the very first request.

xss 0 (default), 1

Use this to enable XSS filtering. We have not enabled this by default because we assume the majority of our users do not display the HTML retrieved by Full-Text RSS in a web page without further processing. If you subscribe to our generated feeds in your news reader application, it should, if it’s good software, already filter the resulting HTML for XSS attacks, making it redundant for Full-Text RSS do the same. Similarly with frameworks/CMSs which display feed content – the content should be treated like any other user-submitted content.

If you are writing an application yourself which is processing feeds generated by Full-Text RSS, you can either filter the HTML yourself to remove potential XSS attacks or enable this option. This might be useful if you are processing our generated feeds with JavaScript on the client side – although there’s client side xss filtering available too.

If enabled, we’ll pass retrieved HTML content through htmLawed (safe flag on and style attributes denied). Note: if enabled this will also remove certain elements you may want to preserve, such as iframes.

callback string This is for JSONP use. If you’re requesting JSON output, you can also specify a callback function (Javascript client-side function) to receive the Full-Text RSS JSON output.
lang 0, 1 (default), 2, 3

Language detection. If you’d like Full-Text RSS to find the language of the articles it processes, you can use one of the following values:

0
Ignore language
1
Use article metadata (e.g. HTML lang attribute) or feed metadata. (Default value)
2
As above, but guess the language if it’s not specified.
3
Always guess the language, whether it’s specified or not.

If language detection is enabled and a match is found, the language code will be returned in the <dc:language> element inside the <item> element.

debug [no value], rawhtml, parsedhtml

If this parameter is present, Full-Text RSS will output the steps it is taking behind the scenes to help you debug problems.

If the parameter value is rawhtml, Full-Text RSS will output the HTTP response (headers and body) of the first response after redirects.

If the parameter value is parsedhtml, Full-Text RSS will output the reconstructed HTML (after its own parsing). This version is what the extraction rules are applied to, and it may differ from the original (rawhtml) output. If your extraction rules are not picking out any elements, this will likely help identify the problem.

Note: Full-Text RSS will stop execution after HTML output if one of the last two parameter values are passed. Otherwise it will continue showing debug output until the end.

parser html5php, libxml The default parser is libxml as it’s the fastest. HTML5-PHP is an HTML5 parser implemented in PHP. It’s slower than libxml, but can often produce better results. You can request HTML5-PHP be used as the parser in a site-specific config file (to ensure it gets used for all URLs for that site), or explicitly via this request parameter.
siteconfig string Site-specific extraction rules are usually stored in text files in the site_config folder. You can also submit extraction rules directly in your request using this parameter.
proxy 0, 1, string (proxy name) This parameter has no effect if proxy servers have not been entered in the config file. If they have been entered and enabled, you can pass the following values: 0 to disable proxy use (uses direct connection). 1 for default proxy behaviour (whatever is set in the config), or a string to identify a specific proxy server (has to match the name given to the proxy in the config file).

Feed-only parameters — These parameters only apply to web feeds. They have no effect when the input URL points to a web page.

Parameter Value Description
use_extracted_title [no value] By default, if the input URL points to a feed, item titles in the generated feed will not be changed – we assume item titles in feeds are not truncated. If you’d like them to be replaced with titles Full-Text RSS extracts, use this parameter in the request (the value does not matter). To enable/disable this for for all feeds, see the config file – specifically $options->favour_feed_titles
max number The maximum number of feed items to process. (The default and upper limit will be found in the configuration file.)

Response (example)

JSON output produced for the BBC feed http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/rss.xml. You can also request regular RSS.


,
        “channel”: ,
            “item”: [
                

                        }
,
                        
                        }
                    ]
                },
                
                        },
                        
                        }
                    ]
                },
                
                        },
                        
                        }
                    ]
                }
            ]
        }
    }
}

Note: For brevity the output above is truncated.


API Keys

To restrict access to your copy of Full-Text RSS, you can specify API keys in the config file.

Note: Full-text feeds produced by Full-Text RSS are intended to be publically accessible to work with feed readers. As such, the API key should not appear in the final URL for feeds.

Parameter Value Description
key string or number

This parameter has two functions.

If you’re calling Full-Text RSS programattically, it’s better to use this parameter to provide the API key index number together with the hash parameter (see below) so that the actual API key does not get sent in the HTTP request.

If you pass the actual API key in this parameter, the hash parameter is not required. If you pass the actual API key to makefulltextfeed.php, Full-Text RSS will find the index number and generate the hash value automatically and redirect to a new URL to hide the API key. If you’d like to link to a generated feed publically while protecting your API key, make sure you copy and paste the URL that results after the redirect.

If you’ve configured Full-Text RSS to require a key, an invalid key will result in an error message.

hash string A SHA-1 hash value of the API key (actual key, not index number) and the URL supplied in the url parameter, concatenated. This parameter must be passed along with the API key’s index number using the key parameter (see above). In PHP, for example: $hash = sha1($api_key.$url);

System requirements

PHP 5.2 or above is required. The code has been tested on local, shared hosting and cloud environments. We recommend you download and run our simple
compatibility test
before purchasing. It’s a single (zipped) PHP file you can upload to your server and access through your browser.
It will tell you whether your server is capable of running Full-Text RSS.

On our help site, we have a list of recommended hosts.

Software Components

Full-Text RSS is written in PHP and relies on the following primary components:

Depending on your configuration, these secondary components may also be used:

License

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This web application is licensed under the AGPL version 3. (More on why this is important.)

The software components in this application are licensed as follows…


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What is this? How does it work? How can I use it? Why is my content appearing on other sites? See our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers.

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Best MacBook Pro: 5 of the Best MacBook Pros For All Purposes

Best MacBook Pro: 5 of the Best MacBook Pros For All Purposes

So you’re into video editing and you are well aware of the pros of editing on-the-go with a laptop. If you’re interested into Apple products, then you’ve already made a great choice. But what is the best MacBook Pro?

In this article we hope to answer that very question, as well as give some recommendations on our favorite Apple MacBook Pro laptops. First, a little history.

The Apple Macbook Pro has been through 4 generations of development, improving over 11 years. The latest version is the Space Grey version, in a 13 or 15 inch display, multi-touch, super thin and with a new touch bar on the keyboard and Touch ID feature.

Which model is worth going for? And what are the advantages over the previous design. Here I’ll look at the current price points and features, discuss why it’s worth upgrading. I’ll also look at the MacBook Pro models and their specs, plus performance for work, gaming and graphics.

Four MacBook Pro flagship models

The Pro range consists of four Apple MacBook Pro models:

  • 13 inch Macbook Pro,
  • 13 inch Macbook Pro Touch ID,
  • 15 inch Macbook,
  • 15 inch Macbook Pro Touch ID.

One of the reasons Apple Mac has been so popular especially over the last 10 years or so is because of the combination of the solid hardware and OS performance that’s fantastic for system intensive activities like video editing.

In fact, for years Apple has marketed their machines as the solution to any creative’s workflow issues. And it’s very true!

I call this (like many) the Steve Jobs factor and it’s prevalent across all of Apple’ products, of course: ipod, iphone and Apple Macs, including the professional grade Apple Macbook Pro.

But these feats of engineering can back it up and they really walk the talk. With stability and a reliable performance, plus great independent performing hardware, Apple Macs are incredible machines.

Now let’s look at each model option in detail.

The Best MacBook Pro – The Models

Let’s take a detailed look at some of the best models of MacBook Pro on the market.

The 13-inch display is the standard model. I use the term standard loosely because as with all MacBook Pro models it comes fully loaded (specially compared to many other manufacturers entries at this price point). It comes with an Intel i5 2.3 GHz dual core, a seventh-generation Intel processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz).

Both 13” inch models come with 8GB of 2133MHz RAM, which is sufficient for the system to run well and smoothly.

Storage is a Solid State Drive with 128GB and an Intel iris Plus Graphics 640 chip, force touch trackpad and two ‘Thunderbolt 3’ ports.

The 13” Inch model, whilst not the best spec is well made and highly compact for easy portability. The first thing you notice about this MacBook is the display – it is crystal clear, sharp and the colours are excellent.

The display combined with the shear quality of the MacBook Pro build is highly attractive. The product, just communicates luxury and honestly it’s a joy to use. This is a hallmark of the MacBook and even more so with the Pro models.

The 13” inch display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, whilst the 15” model is slightly higher at 2880 x 1800. Not 4K but certainly HD and both look sharp and bright.

The 13” inch model weighs just over a kilogram at 1.37kg and is about one inch squared smaller than the 15” version.

From a professional work perspective, these machine are so effortless for tasks, they turn a difficult essay or work report into an enjoyable objective. More so, when you compare doing this task, on a standard desktop PC for example.

The Iris graphics performance is good, it runs medium 3D games and applications like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop pretty seamlessly.

However you aren’t going to be able to play graphics intensive VR games or high end gaming demands from the newest games on maximum settings.

But to be fair, this isn’t what a MacBook is about. It’s a machine of beauty and creativity, designed to be ergonomically friendly and a pleasure to use. This means in all honesty, Apple has done the work for you and whatever model you choose, it won’t disappoint.

This means Apple want all their customers to be catered for. Comparing it to the PC market, this is a great experience and one of the reasons why Apple, as a brand, has been so successful.

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This model is again available in standard silver or dark grey colours.

The Macbook Pro & Touch ID version is a  slightly jazzed up standard 13” inch standard version. It includes a slightly higher processor 3.1 GHz CPU (Turbo 3.5GHz), a slightly better graphics chip, the Iris 650 and the Touch ID Bar and fingerprint recognition verification.

The larger display 15” model is available is three versions.

A budget Iris 650 chip, 256GB  SSD storage, i7 Intel processor 2.2GHz quad-core, 16GB of 1600MHz memory and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

The Touch ID versions of the Macbook Pro are slightly higher spec’d. Both with 16GB of 2133MHz of RAM, a Radeon Pro 555 with 2 or 4GB of VRAM and a 3Ghz i7 CPU, 4 thunderbolt ports and the ID Touch Bar feature. With SSD storage up to 512GB.

The first thing you notice about the 15” is the bigger size and better display, which looks great. It should be noted that for any kind of video editing, the bigger the screen the better. And, in fact, it’s highly recommended that you have 2 screens for editing if you’re doing any kind of (even slightly) professional work.

The greater CPU, RAM and SSD specs make the system smoother and the Radeon Pro 555 improve gaming performance noticeably. However, this still isn’t going to be a top end gaming machine, like a dual SLI GTX system.

The 15” inch version weighs 1.83kg, about 0.5 kg heavier than the smaller option.

These systems are noticeably more pricier than the base model. However, they make great graphics workstations, a mid level gaming laptop or high end workstation of very high quality.

The 15-inch Macbook Pro with Touch ID comes in at a very competitive price point.

All models come with the option of a 3 year care replacement plan for access to 24/7 access to Apple experts and technicians.

In its simplest form the Touch bar replaces shortcut keys from the earlier MacBook Pro models.

At the moment, the Touch Bar and Touch ID is well written into the OS, with limited software compatibility. This should improve over time, as the option becomes better supported.

Photoshop is well supported, as  well as Premier. However, Cinema 4D isn’t, nor is Sketch. This is a little disappointing, but does not detract from the overall performance of the MacBook. And, who knows, future updates will probably take care of this omission as more software compatibility is added.

If you have multiple users, just press the Touch ID button and the MacBook changes user with the fingerprint associated with that user. This also allows Apple Pay authorisation.

The fingerprint recognition is a handy little feature, which is very clever and makes the Macbook Pro more advanced, adding to the overall modern feel of this luxury laptop.

Standard features across the Macbook Pro range

So what are your choices and the features with the MacBook Pro and what are the best price / performance options?

Colour choices wise – Silver or cool dark grey? I like the dark grey, it gives the MacBook Pro a slightly mysterious feel, bit like the Alienware products, but classic grey is still nice.

13” or 15” inch display models are available all with similar hardware and processors. Generally speaking the 15” is a desktop model and has slightly more powerful specs, but on the whole not really that noticeable.

The new Touch ID feature is a payment and user button bar, which makes using Apple Pay and managing more than one user, plus custom shortcuts and controls, easy to access.

Graphics choice of 640 or 650 Intel Iris Plus chips. The premium 15” inch version has Radeon Pro 555 Graphics with 2GB or 4GB of memory, Intel Processor i5 or i7 models. All models have a battery life of up to 10 hours.

5K super high resolution display output support on the mid to high level models. Needless to say, the colour and resolution of all the Apple Macbook Pros and other models is stunning!

The colours look vibrant, the display sharp and crisp, making the MacBook Pro easy to use and great for design and HD gaming.

Thunderbolt ports – these are clever because the MacBook Pro can be charged from any of these ports if needed and it offers high speed data transfer and peripheral connection for mouse, graphics pad or external HD. OS is 10.4.4 codename Tiger, across all models. That’s set to change as new versions are brought out, of course.

Best MacBook Pro – Final thoughts

The 15” is the ideal, however you will pay for this. Matching the price and performance with the overall laptop market, here I’d have to say either of the mid level 13” or 15” MacBook Pro versions are most competitive, depending on your needs.

The MacBook Pro price options may seem a little expensive for the initial hardware outlay. However, due the quality of the systems, a looked after Macbook Pro will last you over 5 years in great condition! And I know plenty of people with 10+ year old MacBook Pros that are workhorses with a lot of life still left in them!

Yes, occasionally you might need to get a part replaced. But these don’t turn into Frankenstein machines –  your MacBook Pro five years from now will probably be running absolutely fine without any unforeseen hardware replacements.

These MacBook Pro systems really shout luxury, precision and quality build. Which, in some ways is transmitted into the work process of the user – adding to the professionalism of the product and work it produces – a Steve Jobs and Apple mindset, which communicates the standard for modern business and technology.

Combined with the stability of the Apple OS and the service support, you are guaranteed a high quality, reliable working laptop which like the usual Apple product standard, keeps on giving back.

A great, performing, high quality laptop, that screams modern and is extremely reliable. Not to mention access to premium features like Apple store and music. Highly recommended!

And let’s not forget that these MacBook Pro is a great, on-the-go video editing workstation for the travelling filmmaker who needs to edit on-set. If that’s what you’re after, pay special attention to these bad boys, as they will pay for their investment many times over.

We hope this article on the best MacBook Pro models on the market has been useful for you. Did we miss out your favorite MacBook Pro? If we did, drop it in the comments.

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Published at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:37:34 +0000

Matrox Announces Highest Density 12G SDI I/O Cards for Multi-Channel 4K and HDR

Matrox Announces Highest Density 12G SDI I/O Cards for Multi-Channel 4K and HDR

Matrox® Video has announced two new additions to its industry-leading developer product portfolio: Matrox X.mio5 12G, a multi-channel SDI I/O card with onboard video processing, and Matrox DSX LE5 12G, a multi-channel SDI I/O card. The developer cards are the first to offer reconfigurable, high-density 12G/3G SDI connectivity, enabling OEMs to build advanced broadcast media and entertainment solutions for today’s most demanding and creative multi-channel 4K and HDR requirements.

The Matrox X.mio5 12G card provides multi-channel 12G/3G SDI I/O for 4K workflows, featuring four 12G inputs, four 12G outputs, and four 3G reconfigurable I/O, or 12 completely reconfigurable 3G I/Os. The Matrox X.mio5 12G card also features on-board multi-channel HDR conversions along with motion adaptive de-interlacing, pristine scaling, and powerful compositing engines, making it the complete solution for 4K HDR workflows. Meanwhile, the Matrox DSX LE5 12G card offers the same high-density I/O support for systems requiring multi-channel 12G/3G SDI connectivity only. Both of these 12G cards are supported by the robust, field-proven Matrox DSX SDK, ensuring rapid application development and system deployment of next-generation broadcast graphics systems, channel-in-a-box platforms, and capture/playout video servers.

“The new Matrox developer cards boast native, multi-channel 12G SDI support, not only offering unprecedented 4K workflow opportunities, but designed to make 4K workflows as seamless as HD,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “OEM providers can now leverage these cards to deliver innovative solutions that can easily and effortlessly meet the growing demand for multiple 4K I/O channels.”

Availability

Matrox X.mio5 12G and Matrox DSX LE5 12G cards will be available Q1 2019. 

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD, and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems, and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers, and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd

(Australian and New Zealand Matrox Video Products master distributor)

New Magic Australia Pty Ltd is a recognised leader in the distribution and marketing of multimedia hardware and software, representing a carefully selected range of innovative, leading manufacturers and catering for both the professional and consumer markets. New Magic Australia established in 1993 is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, Cubix, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Cubix and Matrox Video Products. www.newmagic.com.au.  Locate your nearest Matrox reseller here.

Published at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 06:03:10 +0000

Best Film Cameras for Beginners: 4 Top Film Cameras For Starting Out

Best Film Cameras for Beginners: 4 Top Film Cameras For Starting Out

Choosing the right camera for your own film or video project is not an easy task. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best film cameras for beginners.

Yes, this article will be aimed at those just starting out. We’ll cover some cameras that you’ve heard of, and probably some that you haven’t.

The various camera types have different advantages and disadvantages in terms of quality, functionality, and operation. Unfortunately, the choice of the camera is, too often, reduced to the cost issue.

Although this is certainly an important point, there are other criteria that should be considered when choosing the camera right camera for you.

That’s why we will focus on choosing the right camera for a variety of projects and discuss the pros and cons of different camera types along the way.

Choosing the best film cameras for beginners

If you want to make your own film, or shoot any kind of video project, sooner or later you have to choose a suitable camera. The choice of the camera is certainly not an easy decision because there’s just so much choice out there.

Don’t be won over too easily by the latest fancy advertising you see on social media for a new camera. Some of the ones we’ve included here are models that have been out a few years.

But, by being out for a while, they’ve had time to grow, improve and receive all important feedback from actual camera users out in the trenches.

The Best Film Cameras For Beginners

Let’s begin our list of favorite film cameras for beginners with a awesome DSLR camera!

The Nikon D3400 complete with an AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G VR is one of the most affordable DSLRs on the market. The camera has a simplified, but very convenient control.

In the Nikon D3400 there is not only an auto mode but also a training mode Guide, which will help you master the basic techniques of shooting.

As with professional Nikon cameras, the D3400 has an AUTO ISO function with the option of setting the maximum shutter speed. This gives you a handy “learning mode” that will hold your hand a little as you progress.

As well as that, there are a lot of other pleasant little things in the camera that will be useful for a beginner in the future.

For the image quality, the camera comes with a  CMOS-matrix APS-C standard sensor with a resolution of 24.2 megapixels. There is no low-pass filter, so you can get sharper images, and sharpness does not happen superfluously.

Similar matrices are used in much more expensive Nikon cameras, so as your shooting skills progress, even with this simple camera you can get professional-quality images and videos.

The Canon Legria HF-G25 is designed to meet the needs of video enthusiasts, this is a camera that many people consider the best entry-level Canon camcorder. It’s characterized by it’s 30.4 mm wide-angle lens with 10x optical zoom and able to record movies with Full HD resolution.

Great care was taken by Canon in the realization of the lens, allowing you to get flawless shooting in all light conditions, including very poor conditions. While the 8-blade diagram ensures soft effects and focusing.

Thanks to the 8.8 cm touchscreen LCD display, you can always keep the camera under control while the Intelligent IS (image stabilization) technology allows the camcorder to automatically choose four modes so as to ensure smooth recording, free from annoying jolts and shake.

Other features include the high sensitivity zoom microphone so that the sound recording is at the same level as the video. This camera also comes with Face Detection technology that automatically optimizes the settings for an always perfect exposure. The storage space is guaranteed by 32 GB of integrated memory, possibly incremented with SD cards.

If your needs in terms of video recording are not limited to hobbyist filming, but you need a product of a higher level, the Panasonic model has all the credentials to be one of the best camcorders sold online.

This is primarily due to the ability to record movies with a resolution of 60 frames per second and the presence of numerous professional features:

  • Leica Dicomar lens,
  • triple ring for infinite manual adjustments,
  • two slots to expand storage memory via SD cards,
  • ND filter,
  • two XLR microphone inputs, and
  • 20x optical zoom with five-axis image stabilizer.

The presence of wireless Wi-Fi and NFC connections allow you to control in real time how much the camera is recording, even remotely. For example, using a tablet or a smartphone on which the dedicated application has been installed.

In short, this model of Panasonic meets the needs of those looking for a bit more advanced camera than the other previously mentioned models. And it does so flawlessly, but at a price that, of course, stands at quite a different level compared to those other cameras we mentioned already.

This is an excellent camera that has slightly more advanced features than others mentioned here. However, this is still considered an entry-level camera and it’s not too advanced that beginners won’t be able to master it fairly quickly.

We couldn’t really make this list without putting a JVC camcorder on it. JVC make great beginner cameras, which deep feature senses and intuitive setups. Introducing the JVC GC-PX100…

The JVC GC-PX100 will allow you to film in Full HD at 50 fps but also, using a button above the lens, select one of five shooting speeds, ranging from 100 to 500 fps. This helps you to obtain high-speed images, to be used for creating special effects.

With another button, you can capture a burst of nine still images while you are filming, as well as activate various shooting modes dedicated to time-lapse.

Yes, these are fairly advanced features found on a camera that’s very much priced for an entry level budget.

Thanks to an app for Android or Apple iOS and the presence of Wi-Fi, you can use the camera in combination with a tablet or a smartphone. This allows you to take advantage of a large number of multimedia features.

The large aperture f1.2 lens and the back-illuminated CMOS sensor complete the overview on a truly valuable product. Yes, a little more budget is required, but this is a winner of a camera!

A semi-professional device that stands on the medium-high price range. It can satisfy a large number of users: those who are just starting out filming and keen to learn, as well as those who are a more advanced.

The most important criteria

Let’s discuss the most important criteria when it comes to purchasing a camera as a beginner.

The costs

One of the most important criteria when choosing the camera is the cost. Because while you can get a DSLR for just a few hundred dollars, some professional film cameras can often cost significantly more than an average car.

But does more spending mean more quality? Unfortunately, this question can’t be answered easily, because of course it always depends on what you want to do with the camera. And there are so many variables.

That’s why you should always be clear about what you want to do exactly before you spend a potentially unnecessary amount of money.

The functional scope

Another important criterion is the range of functions. Because it doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have if you can’t implement what you have planned.

For example, most camcorders lack the so-called “film look” (small depth of focus through interchangeable low-aperture lenses), and hardly any DSLR cameras have features such as zebra or peaking as standard.

So you should always inform yourself about all functions and possibilities of the camera so that you don’t get disappointed later if a certain function is missing.

The operating options

Just as important as the range of functions are the different operating options of a camera. These can be very different depending on the camera type.

This has the disadvantage that not every camera is equally easy or difficult to use. So you should always pay attention to how you can operate the camera and how the operation can be varied.

Finally, you might find yourself in a situation where you’re affected by necessary additional equipment (eg shoulder rig) in the operation. It is better, therefore, to inform yourself in advance. This way you can prevent unpleasant surprises when using the camera.

The handling

Another important criterion when choosing the camera is the handling. This includes not only the size and weight of the camera but also the ability to customize the handling. Unfortunately, this is not possible with every type of camera.

So there are, for example, significantly less handling options with cheaper cameras, compared with their more professional (and more expensive) camera counterparts that can be customized.

Even between the different camera types of the same manufacturer, there can be significant handling differences. Therefore, it is always advisable to take a closer look at the handling options when choosing a camera.

Additional equipment?

Anyone who has ever bought a camera knows this: you might need additional equipment for certain projects. THis goes even more so if you tend to work on specialist projects.

For example, if you want to shoot narrative film with a DSLR. In addition to other lenses you often need the rig, follow focus, adapter, screen, matte box, etc.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a filmmaker has spent more on equipment (especially lenses) than on the camera body itself. Therefore, the question of the required additional equipment when choosing a camera should always be considered.

Do you have to commit yourself to a camera?

Choosing a camera does not necessarily mean choosing a camera type. Quite the contrary: In most films, several camera types are used, depending on the situation and the desired effect.

Meanwhile, even in Hollywood productions, among other things, DSLR cameras are used for stunts, so you do not have to expose the more expensive cameras to a risk and thus reduces the risk of unnecessary costs.

Another example is slow-motion shots, which are usually shot specialist cameras. These camera can record several thousand frames per second and has been specially developed for this purpose.

So it is quite common to use different camera types for different uses?

Yes. Especially in more big budget productions. However, one should not forget that different camera types can also have a different look.

There may be visible image differences in the later film, even with a lot of time and effort spent in post-production. This usually does not look great and can pull the viewer out of the immersion of the film.

For this reason, one should first think carefully about the look of the finished film, to avoid issues in post-production. Trying to “match” a tonne of different types of footage can be really tricky. As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve ever had to do it!

If you want to use different types of cameras, it is always advisable to compare the different images produced in advance to see how they can be matched to each other in the edit.

The pros and cons of different camera types

The following is a small overview of the main advantages and disadvantages of professional cameras vs. entry-level cameras.

The listed advantages and disadvantages generally apply to professional cameras and may differ depending on the model.

Advantages of professional cameras

  • better image quality due to a larger sensor.
  • has all the important functions.
  • better handling options.
  • larger range of settings and other options.

Disadvantages of professional cameras

  • very costly.
  • often confusing operation (especially for beginners).
  • often expensive additional equipment.
  • usually, prior knowledge is needed.

How to use a video camera

As this article is primarily aimed at beginners, we’ll take a look at some tips on using your new video camera.

Take advantage of quality cards

The possibility of expanding the memory and the hours of filming allows the user better storage. Our advice is to bet on cards of good quality, with a capacity to function as an additional backup or spare memory to draw on.

Whether you use SD cards or CF cards, make sure you go for quality manufacturers like SanDisk and Lexar.

And use multiple cards. Don’t put ‘all your eggs in one basket,’ as they say! With the use of multiple cards, you reduce the risk of you losing all your footage from a day’s filming.

Keep the lens optics clean

Always clean your lenses using an appropriate system.

And be sure to keep the lens closed with the enclosed covers, protecting the lens from dust or dirt that may stain or scratch the glass.

Take advantage of the white balance mode

The choice of a good color palette is also linked to the white balance settings you go with. You can take advantage of the automatic adjustment mode on the camera but for a setting, as it should we recommend you to proceed in manual mode, using a blank sheet as a starting point for precise settings.

Use autofocus

The camera’s ability to focus on a scene and maintain it is handy when you’re a beginner.

Understand what your camera can do, using autofocus for shooting with wide scenes and movement, preferring the manual option in the case of a filming situation with little movement.

Give yourself time to get used to the camera

Especially in the early days, it will not be so intuitive to shoot with your camera. We suggest you do a rehearsal and small shots, at first. In this way, you will increase your confidence with the instrument, feeling it more and more confident in what it can do.

Buy a quality case / bag

Although well built and with all possible protections, the camera is still a delicate tool, equipped with internal mechanics that can be damaged if knocked around too much.

The purchase of a semi-rigid cover that protects from shocks and possible falls is the minimum equipment that every user should consider for protection.

A case (or bag) will make travelling with your camera much easier and more efficient. Many makes and models are on the market.

Read the user manual carefully

It is good to dedicate some time to the careful and precise reading of the instruction manual. Inside, you will find notable features and information on maintenance and correct use of the settings, as well as a guide to the various functions of the camera.

The Best Film Cameras For Beginners – In Summary

As you can see, we’ve covered a range of cameras here that are great for beginners. Hopefully this article has given you some ideas about a first camera purchase and some of the things that need to be considered.

Obviously, things like the price point and the kind of projects that you need the camera for are massively important. But don’t forget things like weight, durability and how easy it is to travel with. After all, if you’re a working filmmaker or videographer, you’re most likely going to be travelling quite a bit.

We hope this article on the best film cameras for beginners has been helpful to you. Did we miss out your favorite camera? Let know know right now in the comments below here.

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Published at Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:59:28 +0000

‘Lost Generation’ – Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K video

‘Lost Generation’ – Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K video

Munich based Directors Duo recently tested the high speed performance of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K using variable frame rates and prime lenses. Filmmakers Benjamin Kratzin and Christopher Schlierf shot ‘Lost Generation’ in LA and cast Johannes Bartl.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K RAW, Olympus 12-40mm M.Zuiko f/2.8 lens and Voigtlander Primes, AngelBird SSD2GO 512GB, DJI Ronin S

Published at Fri, 12 Oct 2018 07:48:19 +0000

49 Best Stock Photo Sites: Find the Best Stock Photos For Your Projects

49 Best Stock Photo Sites: Find the Best Stock Photos For Your Projects

If you’re looking for the best stock photo sites, then you’ve come to the right place. Whilst working on your projects, you’ll no doubt come across situations where a stock photo will be just the ticket. If you don’t know where to find stock photos, then this can be really frustrating.

As the world of stock photos is vast and quite complicated, we’ve broken this list into 2 lists:

  • Free stock photo sites.
  • Paid stock photo sites.

We’ve listed the free stock photo sites first, as we’re assuming most readers are looking first for free photo resources. But if paid stock is what you’re looking for, then the sites in the second list will cater to your needs substantially.

Without getting into a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of each, there’s certainly a place for both free stock photos and paid for stock photos. You need to decide whether you’re going to go for free stock or paid stock and this will depend largely on the type of project and the budget you have.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the list of the best stock photo sites on the web.

best stock photo sites

The Best Free Stock Photo Sites

Let’s start off with the top free stock photo resources out there.

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

Currently we cover over 40,000 free stock photos. And every month at least 3,000 new high resolution photos will be added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by our users or sourced from free image websites. We make sure all published pictures are high-quality and licensed under CC0.

Free, use as you please, high-resolution stock photos for personal and commercial projects. This project was created by Ryan McGuire.

Pixabay.com is an international website for sharing high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage. Pixabay offers over 1,188,454 free photos, illustrations, and vectors and videos.

Beautiful free images for personal and commercial use. All business, food, people and technology photos are free, high-resolution, and no attribution is required. CC0.

Sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days. Use them anyway you want.

“Death to Stock is a resource, belief system, and call to action for artists around the world who unite in their journeys to make their own way.

Our mission is to resource the creatives with tools they can use for their projects, teach them what we know, and consistently fuel them.

We believe that everyone can be an artist, because being an artist is an approach to your craft rather than a title you acquire.

We pursue this mission because isolation, inequality, and scarce resources lead us to remove humanity from our art. “Stock” is as much a programmed mentality as it is a category of media.

Death to Stock is not concerned with quantity. Our focus is a member-based experience that shows up to push you into the future with fresh media, education, and direction.

Let’s make something together.”

High quality free stock photos in one place. 354 Million Free Stock Photos.

Search and download beautiful free stock photos for personal and commercial use. Free image download of more than 1900+ free high resolution pictures.

Hand picked free photos for your inspiration. Free photo of the day on Magdeleine.co, a blog that features the best free high-quality stock photographies for your inspiration.

Free Stock Photos For commercial Use. Download Free Photos In High Resolution. Free photos for websites, free photos for bogs. Free High Quality Photos CC0.

Free high quality images for your website and blog. Free stock photos for both personal and commercial use.

Find the best free stock images. Download all images and use them in your projects.

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“Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by our global community of photographers.

We built Burst to provide designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs with access to beautiful free stock photography. You can use our pictures for just about anything — your website, blog or online store, school projects, Instagram ads, facebook posts, desktop backgrounds, client work and more.

All our photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required; you can read more about this on our license page.”

“Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, & everyone else.

Startup Stock Photos was started as an outlet for photos we were already taking on a regular basis. It’s grown to be much more than that. People and organization all over the world have used these photos to make some really awesome things. We’re happy to have helped.

What time we have outside of our work and projects we aim to spend finding and sharing the productive spaces of the world with other creators. We hope this project continues to be useful, and serves as a positive representation of the world of tech today.”

Free stock photos from Jay Mantri. All photos are free from copyright restrictions – no attribution required.

Free stock photography at freerangestock.com. High-resolution stock images and textures for free with photographer ad revenue sharing system.

Morguefile.com. Over 380000 high quality, high resolution photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

“Unique stock photo site with free images for commercial use. CC0 license. Just search, download and use. No attribution required. Enjoy! All photos has guaranteed origin – all are taken by me. All pictures are licensed using CC0 so you can use them without attribution – But I’ll be very grateful if you will :-)”

best stock photo sites

Free stock photos and creative commons (cc0) and public domain photos. All free for commercial use with no strings attached.

Every day we handpick and giveaway two free authentic photos from real people. Each photo is licensed under CC0 and can be used commercially.

Igor Ovsyannykov started Fancycrave 3 years ago, completely from scratch.

It all started in February 2015 when he decided to start giving away 2 free photos from his travels around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, and Japan.

The goal was to help fellow designers, small businesses, students, bloggers, and online marketers who want to convey their message in style.

Things escalated quite a bit from there and Fancycrave grew in popularity. Today you can find our photos being used for social media, email newsletters, mockups, blog graphics, etc.

Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past 3 years. It is now one of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos.

You can use any of our free stock photos however and wherever you like, with no attribution required. All photos are CC0 licensed. You can learn more about our terms here.

Over 300,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

300,000+ photos for your next project. With a huge library of photos and thousands more being added each day, chances are we’ve got a photo for you.

Find inspiration in the new photos we hand-select every day or use our search to find and download exactly what you’re looking for.

Refe is a marketplace of royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos of people interacting with technology. Here are free photos for your personal or commercial projects.

Welcome to StockSnap!

We know how crucial finding precisely the right image can be to the success of your creative project.

Whether you’re building a business website, creating a print brochure, crafting a digital or magazine ad, or some other brilliant creative project, you know that a great image helps your content transcend “good” and become “great.” Compelling, eye-catching, attention-grabbing work on the web especially needs sharp, arresting visual images to succeed.

That, in essence, is why StockSnap exists.

We offer beautiful, high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of – including commercial usage – for free. No tricks, no gimmicks, no fine print; just dazzling images for your creative projects.

Skitterphoto has been around since 2014 and was founded by passionate amateur photographers from The Netherlands. Skitterphoto now offers photographers around the world the opportunity to show off their work and share their work worldwide through our renewed platform.

All photos on Skitterphoto are public domain using Creative Commons CC0

“I created SplitShire with the simple aim of giving life to photographs that would have gone into oblivion without any utility. In the course of almost ten years of photography I have accumulated many files, thousands, who were in the hard disk gathering dust. So I began to upload the first 100 high-resolution photos that you can freely download and use for personal an commercial purposes.

Now these photographs which were previously living in the darkest corners of the hard drive, live on websites like The Huffington Post, CNN, Books Covers, Magazines and thousands of websites/blogs.

I want to personally thank you for stopping by my site SplitShire, where I share all of my personal shots to the public for free.  It might sound like I’m a little crazy, but anyone who has ever done any graphic design work, which is what I also do, knows it is so hard to find great pictures.

So far since the time of this writing we have had over 2.000,000 downloads, and over 6,000,000 page views.  That just makes me feel great in so many ways.

I make it so easy to get my shots that any and everyone can use SplitShire, from designers, bloggers, website creators, social marketing gurus, companies.”

Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographies added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain. Warning: no mass distribution allowed. Distributors are allowed to repost a maximum of 10 images without our written Life of Pix consent. Hand-made with love by LEEROY Digital Agency in Montreal & its network of photographers.

Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license to help accomplish the ultimate goal of Foodiesfeed, to make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all the ugly sterile stock photos that people still keep using.

Whether you’re a hobby or professional photographer, food blogger, passionate foodie or there are just some food photos hanging in your cloud drive that could be used by other modern creatives, join the community and help us with our mission.

Welcome to ShotStash! We’re a small independently managed free stock photo site. Our mission is to create and offer for free a highly curated collection of beautiful stock images that you can use both personally and commercially.

Whether you’re building a brand new website for your business or creating a blog about your personal life, you’re going to need images.

The right image is more than an accent. It’s no longer optional. These days, website and social users expect to see great photographs that reinforce your message and evoke just the right emotional response.

That’s the power of a fabulous photograph, and that’s why we’re here: to help you find just the right image to put the finishing touch on all of your creative projects.

best stock photo sites

We have four collections of stock photos you can download here:

You can preview these collections below. And if you’re stuck thinking of ways you can use these images in your marketing campaigns, scroll down for seven ways you can use stock photos to give your content some pizazz.

“Moment (MMT) provides free CC0 photography for personal and commercial use on websites, projects, themes, apps, and more.

I launched MMT in 2014 to share my love of photography with the world. Over the years I’ve taken countless photos and wanted to post some of those photos to use for free and give back to the online community.

The content spans many categories, including nature, city scenes, workspaces, and macro photography. These photos can be freely downloaded, used, and redistributed for both personal and commercial purposes.”

Everyone knows Flickr. Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting service and video hosting service. It was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and is currently owned by SmugMug.

In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs and an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

“As Visual & UX designer and Lean Startup coach I create a lot of landing pages and prototypes to collect feedback and test various business ideas, so I know how important it is to make things FAST yet still beautiful (yes, we all believe in low fidelity prototypes but people still prefer beautiful things :)).

Finding images that carry the right message usually takes hours, therefore every photo I make in my spare time will appear here for you. All of them are free for personal & commercial use.”

ISO Republic is an independent website that provides CC0 stock photos for creative professionals. All images are free for personal and commercial use.

Born in Berlin, Raised All over the World

In 2010, our four co-founders came together to host one of the first mobile photography exhibitions out of a Berlin subway station. Rooted in a real love of photography and desire to empower creators, what started (quite literally) as an underground art movement has since grown into the world’s most engaged creative community – and a definitive visual platform for today’s content demands.

“You are allowed to use our images for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. However, the image copyright is still the property of its author.

You are free to adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. Although not required, a link back to Styledstock.co is appreciated.”

Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions. Recapturing History.

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Best Paid Stock Photo Sites

The following are the top paid stock photo sites. The charges vary and some of these have free categories included in their catalogues.

Shutterstock is a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools and services.

The company’s portfolio includes Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Shutterstock Custom, a custom content creation platform; Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat, a curated royalty-free music library; and Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world’s media.

Depositphotos — is a commercial platform that brings authors of high-quality licensed stock photos, graphics, vectors and videos together with appreciative buyers. Thanks to the efforts of talented professionals from all over the globe and our world-class technical solutions, we were able to build a perfect place to marry business with creativity.

Discover more than 35 million cheap royalty-free images, vectors and videos. Fotolia is the image bank for all your publishing and marketing projects!

“We believe in real-life, authentic, aesthetic, fresh and fair stock photos. That’s why we’ve been offering unconventional stock photos on various themes since 2001. We inspire you through our search engine, and make it super easy to buy photos, and we’re always there to answer questions. Working from a pool of curated photos means you’ll have more time to be creative.”

Founded in 2000, iStock created the crowd-sourced stock industry and became the original source for user-generated stock photos, vectors and illustrations, and video clips.

Find the perfect image to enhance your next creative project. Right inside your Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Preview watermarked images inside your designs first. Then license, access and manage them directly within Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and other Adobe desktop apps.

As a 100% bootstrapped company since 2005, we have grown to be one of the world’s largest digital stock agency with an evenly distributed global footprint. 123RF has helped a wide clientele of individuals and businesses tell their stories using creative imagery, sounds and motion contributed by talents from around the world. Moving forward, we are ready to impact the creative industry in a big way as a global player that enables creative solutions through constant innovation, new products and services. So keep an eye out for us!

Dreamstime is one of the world leaders in stock photography and a reliable supplier of high quality digital images at affordable prices. Online since 2000 as a Royalty-Free stock photography website, Dreamstime has evolved into a powerful and active community-based site.

The exquisite stock image gallery you can browse today has been uploaded by photographers from all over the world, shot on film or digital. To ensure you receive the best content, all images are reviewed and approved by experienced editors. The Dreamstime database is renewed with thousands of fresh images and titles on a daily basis.

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Download royalty-free images, high-resolution stock photos, vector art and illustrations from Thinkstock UK. High-quality, affordable stock photography subscriptions.

Find high resolution royalty-free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips and stock music licensing at the richest image search photo library online.

The Best Stock Photo Sites – Summary

We really hope this list of the best stock photo sites has been helpful to you. As ever, when it comes to free stock photos vs. paid stock photos, the choice is yours and really depends on your budget and the type of project you’re engaged in.

One thing to remember is that it’s a common misconception that ‘royalty free’ means actually free. Royalty free actually just means the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use, per each photo used.

So when a stock photo site is talking about ‘royalty free,’ understand that they’re referring to that and not saying that their entire collection is free. If you’re looking for actually physically free stock photos, then consult our first list.

And please remember to always check the licenses on these sites. Sometimes you will need to give attribution for using the image.

What did we miss? If we missed out your favorite stock photo resource, let us know in the comments below.

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Published at Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:25:10 +0000

Best Quadcopter: 5 of the Best Quadcopters

Best Quadcopter: 5 of the Best Quadcopters

Aerial video used to be the domain of filmmakers with the money and ability to rent a helicopter or even a plane. Not anymore. Thanks to the advent of quadcopters, amateur and professional videographers can now take breathtaking aerial footage without breaking the bank. But what if you’re looking for a great quadcopter? What is the best quadcopter on the market?

Let’s first look at some general info about quadcopters. We’ll also cover some of the major advantages of using a quadcopter (or drone) in your projects. If you’d like to just skip to the quadcopter models, just click this link to go to that section of the article now.

A quadcopter is a small, unmanned aerial vehicle that can be used to take aerial shots. A quadcopter is a rotorcraft, which means that it generates lift by using a set of rotors. It is similar to a helicopter but with four rotors, compared to a helicopter’s two rotors.

To fly, quadcopters use two pairs of propellers. One of these pairs moves clockwise and the other moves counterclockwise. A “pilot” operates the quadcopter using a remote control transmitter that sends signals to a receiver built into the quadcopter.

From the ground, the operator can change the speed and pitch of the propellers to control the movement of the quadcopter. To take aerial photographs, quadcopters designed for photography or videography can have cameras or gimbals mounted on them. They also incorporate three-axis gyro technology to minimize shaking and allow them to capture clear images.

Best Quadcopters – The Advantages

With the use of a quadcopter, you can easily and cost effectively add the ability to shoot aerial footage into your video filming resume. You can take panoramic photos of places and events and get shots in hard to reach or even dangerous places. Really advantageous!

One great example of how versatile a good quadcopter can be is the way they were used during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

If you watched the skiing and snowboarding events, there is a good chance that the  breathtaking and exciting images you were seeing were being taken by a quadcopter that was remotely controlled to follow along and film the action.

A standing camera or even one handheld by a moving camera man would never have been able to keep up as well as the quadcopters did.

Another advantage that a quadcopter offers – that a standard helicopter would not – is its ability to fly almost soundlessly. Also, because of it’s smaller size, a quadcopter allows you to get closer to your subject without getting into the shot or disturbing the scene.

The Best Quadcopter

Here’s our list of what we consider the best quadcopters currently on the market.

This quadcopter comes with a Dual 1GHZ Linux CPU which allows you to control both the quadcopter remotely and change the position of the camera as needed.  Because of it’s powerful CPU, this is considered one of the most “intelligent” quadcopters available.

This quadcopter is easy to use, even for beginners. It’s flight is GPS satellite-guided and there is an auto “take-off and land” and a “return-home” feature.

There’s also an e-brake that allows you to quickly stop the drone’s flight and let it hover in mid air. To access these features, you can either use the Solo’s remote control or download the mobile app and control it from the device of your choice.

The Solo also has a patent pending computer-assisted technology called Smart Shots. According to the manufacturer, Smart Shots will allow users to set up the shot they want in real time, then tap “play” on the app. The Solo will then execute the shot with a high level of precision.


3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)

  • Solo’s video game-style controller will feel familiar the second you pick it up, even if you’ve…
  • In case you missed it in the picture…that’s a high-quality HDMI port directly from the controller…
  • Full-featured app for iOS and Android puts total craft control at your fingertips.

The Phantom 3 is fast. The motors on this drone are some of the most powerful on the market. This means that it can accelerate and decelerate a lot faster than other quadcopters.

The Phantom has an average speed of 36 miles per hour. It’s maximum ascent speed is 13 mph and it’s maximum descent speed is 4 mph.

Aside from it’s powerful motors, one other reason this quadcopter can move so fast and be so easily manoeuvred is it’s extremely lightweight. This is mostly due to it’s small but powerful battery. The Phantom 3 has a 4480mAh battery but it still gets a good amount of flight time, around 23 minutes per charge.

The Phantom can be controlled via phone or tablet. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Using your device, you can get a 720p HD live feed of what your drone is seeing and recording – always an advantage.

You can also use your mobile device’s data connection to stream this live feed directly onto YouTube, if you so wish.


DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera Drone

  • 4k UHD video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal; Vision Positioning system allows stable…
  • Lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video (full resolution video is…
  • Included flight battery and rechargable remote controller means this system is ready to fly out of…
  • DJI Pilot app for iOS and Android allows live viewing and complete camera control (phone/tablet sold…
  • Kindly refer all the Tutorial Videos given in the Image Section on the Catalog before use for the…

The DJI Inspire is probably the most popular 4K quadcopter available on the market. People love the Inspire for its ability to capture video with 4K resolution. The Inspire is certainly one of our absolute favorites!

The Inspire’s design might appear at first as a little ungainly. It has large propellers driven by some very powerful motors, but it’s actually very light-weight and quite easily maneuverable. It’s propellers are mounted on carbon fiber arms that are strong but lightweight.

The Inspire uses 3-axis gimbal technology to ensure it’s camera takes steady footage with minimal shaking. It has a 94-degree wide-angle lense that helps to eliminate distortion and ensures the captured footage is crisp and clear.

We’ve already mentioned the great video resolution of the Inspire. What we didn’t mention is that it also captures incredibly good still photos at 12 megapixels. Both the camera and the gimbal are detachable, so it’s easy to upgrade or customize the Inspire.

If you’re planning on using a quadcopter to shoot indoor footage, the Inspire is a great quadcopter to use. It uses sonic waves and Optical Flow technology to ensure smooth indoor flying (if you’re daring enough!)

The Inspire is equipped with DJI’s Lightbridge technology that allows it to transmit video from a maximum distance of 2km. This means you can view a real-time feed from the quadcopter as long as you are within range. The Inspire can transmit 720p HD video directly onto your mobile device.

There are provisions for dual control use with the inspire. This means that one person can control the quadcopters flight and the other can control the gimbal and the camera. This allows you to take more precise images, as everyone involved has a very specific aim in the production.

The Inspire’s smart battery management system allows you to see the remaining battery life and also calculates the amount of time that the drone can still stay airborne and recording. It can also calculate the amount of time that will be needed before the Inspire will need to fly back and land.

Highly recommended by us!


DJI CP.BX.000103 Inspire 1 v2.0 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

  • This Item Includes: DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 Ready-to-Fly Quadcopter – Remote Controller – Camera with…
  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Stills
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Radio Range,GPS-Based Flight Control System,Vision Positioning for Indoor Flying,Live…
  • Thrust-Boosted Motors / New Propellers,Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms,Unobstructed 360°…

This ready-to-fly quadcopter has an integrated 3-axis precision gimbal camera that can shoot 4K/3fps HD video. It can also shoot 1080p / 120fps video. The Typhoon can store up to 128 GB of video footage.

It has an aluminum case, making it quite sturdy while still remaining lightweight and easy to maneuver. It has a maximum flight speed of 35mph and a fly time of about 25 minutes. It can easily be flown both indoors and outdoors.

The Typhoon has  a 115-degree, wide-angle, distortion-free lens and a steady handheld grip that allows it to capture clear and steady footage at a variety of angles.

If you’re just starting out using quadcopters, one feature of the Typhoon you will really like is it’s Home Mode. When set to Home Mode, the Typhoon will automatically fly back to the pilot. Home Mode ensures the quadcopter lands around 4 to 8 meters from where you stand. Awesome!

Recommended as a great entry level option.

This is a fun but effective quadcopter for beginners. It has a 1080p HD camera, which is kind of basic compared to the other quadcopters on this list, but still takes some clear and useable footage.

The Hubsan provides about 20 minutes of flying and shooting time. It uses brushless motors for a quiet flight, so it eliminates some of the background noise you might otherwise capture on video.

It also has the capacity to send back a live video feed to the controller, so you can see what the quadcopter’s camera is seeing and filming in real time.

Another cool feature of the Hubsan is it’s Follow Me Mode. If you place the Hubsan on Follow Me Mode, it will automatically follow you around. This means you can easily shoot footage on the move and get some really cool action shots. The Hubsan can follow whoever is holding its controller even as they walk, run, or if they’re on a vehicle such as a car or a bike.

The Hubsan also has a return to home function, which many people, especially those who are just starting out flying a quadcopter like. It ensures that your fancy new piece of equipment safely comes back to you at the end of it’s flight.

Best Quadcopter – In Conclusion

Like with anything, purchase decisions for video gear are built around a number of things. First and foremost is cost.

We think we’ve presented a number of options here for the best quadcopter in a range of price points and budgets. The best quadcopter is no use to you if you can’t afford it! That’s why we’ve tried to cater for every type of budget in this article.

The other major consideration of use case. What exactly are you going to be using your quadcopter for? You might be looking to use it for hobby purposes, in which case you might look at more of the entry level type of quadcopters.

On the other hand, you might be looking to use the quadcopter on bigger budget video projects or for narrative filmmaking purposes. In this case, you might consider some of the more high-end models mentioned here.

We hope this guide to the best quadcopter has been useful to you. Did we miss out your favorite quadcopter? Let us know in the comments below here.

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Published at Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:30:31 +0000

NEWS: FUJINON CABRIO 20-120MM ZOOM NOW AVAILABLE WITHOUT SERVO

NEWS: FUJINON CABRIO 20-120MM ZOOM NOW AVAILABLE WITHOUT SERVO

The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM will introduce a new version of its popular FUJINON XK6x20 zoom (better known as the Cabrio 20-120mm) without the servo drive motor. The Cabrio 20-120mm without drive can be operated as a fully manual, parfocal, cinema zoom lens.

As of October 1st, the Cabrio 20-120mm will be available with or without an attached servo unit. The servo drive on other Cabrio Series lenses is interchangeable on the 20-120mm, if the 20-120 is purchased without a drive unit.

“Based on the success of our Cabrio series, many of our customers already have Cabrio drive units on other lenses,” said Thomas Fletcher, Director of Marketing, FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division. “The 20-120mm Cabrio has an optimal focal range for a variety of shooting styles and is the entry point lens in the series. If purchased without the drive unit, customers still get the incredible optical and mechanical quality of a Cabrio – at an exceptional price.”

Designed to be convertible between the video production and cinema markets, the Cabrio 20-120 features a flat T3.5 from end-to-end, with no ramping. It covers a S35-sized sensor (Super 35 format). Without the servo drive, it can easily accept industry-standard cine motors and matte boxes.

Just as third party manufacturers developed accessories for the FUJINON MK lenses, camera and lens support providers are offering solutions to benefit users of the Cabrio 20-120mm without a servo. Among them, Chrosziel and Heden have designed lighter weight servo zoom motor solutions for the 20-120mm. “In reality TV, camera operators often need to hold the camera for 8-10 hours a day. Saving a 20% of the weight of the lens is a big deal to an operator,” explained Fletcher. “These lightweight third-party drives integrate seamlessly with Sony’s FS series zoom controllable hand grip.”

On the mount side, Duclos Lenses and IBE (Germany) offer EF mount and multi-mount kits for the 20-120mm.

The Cabrio 20-120mm is fit with a nine-blade iris to capture the most natural looking imagery and most beautiful bokeh possible. The zoom’s barrel markings are luminous for visibility in dark shooting situations, and distances are listed in feet or meters.

The 20-120mm zoom without an attached servo unit will be available as of October 1st for a suggested list price of $12,000.00.

Published at Wed, 03 Oct 2018 02:32:28 +0000

VIDEO: Low Light Color Correction Test with the Canon EOS C700 FF

VIDEO: Low Light Color Correction Test with the Canon EOS C700 FF

2018 is the year of full frame cinematography, and ShareGrid, the camera sharing community, is rolling out a new video series exploring the capabilities of the Canon EOS C700 FF.

The ShareGrid team put the EOS C700FF through its paces, creating three videos that play with depth of field, explore low-light shooting scenarios, and experiment with anamorphic lenses.

For the final video, our dancers stroll through Chinatown after dark, as we follow with the EOS C700 FF. Recording a 4K signal oversampled from the camera’s 5.9K sensor, we push the ISO as high as 16,000 and experiment with the internal NDs for the ultimate low light test.

Published at Sat, 29 Sep 2018 06:08:41 +0000