Blackmagic Design just released firmware version 1.5 for the pocket camera, (download here) which allows you to shoot Cinema DNG raw. I have uploaded some RAW files so you can download them and play around with them.
This update makes this tiny and inexpensive camera a great option for budget filmmakers who want to take their productions to the next level, since 12bit RAW, 13 stop dynamic range footage is unheard of at this price point.
Of course, the camera still has its bugs and quirks (audio meters anyone?), but no camera is perfect and until they fix them, we just have to work around these “issues”
Please note that if you try to use “Preview” to see these files on a Mac, it won’t work, it will look like this:
You either have to use Resolve, or Adobe products that support Adobe Camera Raw (After effects, photoshop…)
(Here’s a couple mirrors, choose your fav)
Rapidshare: http://tinyurl.com/l3mrznz (click on “TO DOWNLOAD”)
Screenshot no color correction:
Click to download new firmware:
I wanted to quickly share how I made the following animation for the Riviera Maya Film Festival:
My friends from Jaguar TV hit me up last month and asked me to make an intro animation for the RMFF.
The conversation with Chris Ocampo from Jaguar went something like this:
-Wanna make an animation for the RMFF?
So that’s pretty much all the direction I got. lol.
I started brainstorming and decided to go with a somewhat abstract representation of waves, using the plug-in Plexus 2.
In order to get the right movement I went to a beach by English Bay, Vancouver with my good friend Dim (water was close to being frozen), taped a go pro to a little tupperware, threw some tennis balls in front of it and let it float.
I threw this video into After Effects, tracked the green tennis balls, applied to the tracking data to a null object and BAM!!! I have natural wave movement.
I played around with Plexus for a while, and with the right settings I managed to create something that kind of looks like a wave.
I created 3 compositions with different camera angles and plexus settings, rendered them out, sent them to Premiere and added sound to it.
This was a very fun project, and I really liked adding the natural movement of the waves, instead of trying to animate keyframes and making something that kind of looks natural. You gotta keep it real every once in a while son!
I had the pleasure to shoot the Riviera Maya Film Festival. We created daily recaps showcasing the most important moments.
We decided to create a final video showing everything that happened during the week, but we knew we needed a WOW factor. We needed something to stand out, so we went ahead and finished this video with an awesome and super fun shot.
This is why I love what I do.
I was invited by my good friend Christopher Ocampo to be part of the RMFF (Riviera Maya Film Festival).
We will be shooting the events and the highlights of the 2nd edition of this festival from April 21st to the 27th.
Besides shooting the festival, I was commissioned to create an intro animation for the daily videos we’ll be producing during that week and other content that will come out of this shoot.
It’s gonna be an awesome project to work on and I’m excited to go back to Mexico for a week.
If you wanna know more about the RMFF, click ——-> HERE
I love aerial footage so I decided to learn how to fly R/C multirotors.
I purchased a basic DJI F550 Hexacopter that will allow me to mount small cameras like a GoPro Hero.
The damned thing comes disassembled so there will be a long week of building, soldering and testing. At least I will learn how it actually works and how to fix it when I crash it.
This copter will be the first stage of my learning and I will upgrade to a more powerful unit that will allow me to fly DSLRs and bigger cameras, but I have to learn how not to crash this one first.
Learning new skills is paramount, especially when you’re in such a competitive industry.
Birdo will fly.