Armand Dijcks very kindly describes how he made the stunning cinemagraphs from images taken by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station. Final Cut Pro X's optical flow was the tool to smooth the large resolution timelapses.
We have been accused of being Canon biased on FCP.co. Not so. It's just that there seems to be more people shooting video on Canons than Nikon DSLRs. So when we saw this video, we thought we would post it on the front page.
Hyperlapses seem to be the flavour of the month in TV production. So how do you use your DSLR to shoot one on location and then edit them in FCPX?
A very simple idea. A basic application that can automatically make two copies of your files from a camera card. The demo video made us chuckle.
People use FCPX in many different ways. One of the uses we didn't expect it would shine at is stop motion animation editing.
When Adidas wanted to promote their new football shirt for Mexico in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, their ad agency turned to Garage Films & Lucas Otero. He turned to FCPX and in the process did a screen capture of himself editing the commercial.
***Updated with Part Two***
There are many people on the internet who express their opinion about Final Cut Pro X, but Erik Knudsen does it rather well and rather succinctly. In the wake of WWDC, it refocuses us on the app, not the hardware.
There is no doubt that the introduction of video shooting DSLRs has revolutionised the industry. Final Cut Pro X is perfect for the photographer who wants to get into video production. Calumet are running one day courses for 'hands on' DSLR & FCPX workflow. We also have a coupon code for discount.
Red Giant formally announced Bulletproof on April the 1st. There weren't many details on the website, so we decided to track down Simon Walker to take us through the application.
Steve Martin has been out shooting timelapse sequences in San Francisco. So what is the easiest workflow with FCPX? You might be surprised to find out that an old app resurfaces.
As was mentioned on our Forum, April the first is probably not the best day to announce a new product! Red Giant aren't fooling with BulletProof, a new app that aims to bridge 'the gap between camera and editor.'
The bullet time or timeslice technique was made very popular by The Matrix and as a result it has been done before and done again. What we liked about this musical version was the complexity of the FCP 7 timeline in the BTS video. And you thought your edits were complicated!
We saw Marco try at the end of last week to upload this video to Vimeo at the highest quality he could, but it kept on failing. The result was worth the wait for an eventual lower bandwidth upload. Essential viewing if you edit DSLR footage and expect to handle Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage in the future.
***Updated with FCPX news***
A plugin that will appeal to event videographers, Flash Remover Pro will repair those annoying half frame flashes that can mar a special moment.
It almost feels like the day when Vincent Laforet posted Reverie online back in 2008 which led to the DSLR video revolution. Marco Solario has uploaded probably the first production that's been shot entirely with the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
If there is one question that gets asked the most often on our busy FCPX forum, it's "When will Neat Video release their noise reduction plugin for Final Cut Pro X" Now we know the answer, you can buy it today.
Adobe have announced that the latest version of Photoshop, CS6 is now in beta and available for free download. Yes the interface has gone dark and yes it can edit video too.
A DSLR that has a lot to live up to. Canon have announced the EOS 5D Mark III, the successor to the video shooting, game changing, much loved Mark II
We caught up Kenneth Tang Laerke from Irudis at the recent BVE Show in London. He gave us some news on the plugin Tonalizer VFX, the company and he also offered our readers 35% discount until the end of the week.
A three part multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X special from Mark Spencer and Steve Martin on MacBreak Studio. We publish part one, the setup. Plus we link to their free update of the Ripple Training FCPX tutorials and publish a money off coupon code if you haven't bought them already.
An hour and a half on the new features in the 10.0.3 update of Final Cut Pro X. Plus another episode where Mark and Steve build a slider, but maybe not the slider you think...
A brand new plugin from Graeme Nattress, Levels and Curves gives you on screen colour correction controls in Final Cut Pro X.
We have come across many rigs ever since the 5D sparked the huge interest in shooting on a DSLR. This one from Edelkrone is slightly different as the name suggests.
Now you can combine the two different exposures videos from your 'Magic Lanterned' DSLR in Final Cut Pro X. Alex Gollner has built a free Motion effect for FCPX that will combine the frames for you.
***Updated with Canon 5D Magic Lantern Firmware***
It seems everybody is after the HDR look these days. Now the lucky owners of some Canon DSLRs can shoot High Dynamic Range video with the new Magic Lantern firmware update.
Color Grading Central have today launched a $69 effect plugin for FCPX that gives a film look to your DSLR footage
It's been a while since we had a giveaway on FCP.co so we thought we would team up with Weynand.com to offer you the chance of winning a copy of the newly released Pro Audio To Go 48 kHz audio recorders for your iPhone.
You shouldn't judge a book by its cover and you shouldn't judge an uploaded movie by its poster frame. When this Canon C300 demo film popped up yesterday we overlooked it, we shouldn't have, it's not your ordinary camera test...
A fifteen minute presentation on the future of photography from Ron Brinkman, the guy who designed the interface for Shake. We enjoyed it a lot.
By kind permission of the the guys who run the SuperMeets, we present the entire presentation lineup from the recent Boston event. DaVinci Resolve, Canon EOS, Autodesk Smoke, Avid Media Composer 6 and the editor of Black Swan are all on the billing.
Digital Heaven have upgraded two of their popular plugins to work with Final Cut Pro X. If you want to repair dead pixels on your footage or perform custom resizing and crops within FCPX, these updates are worth a look.
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Not only did he manage some hands on time, Dan Chung also quizzed Canon's Mike Burnhill for detailed information on codecs, moiré, rolling shutter, accessory compatibility and more.
You're recording with a flat gamma curve on either an Arri Alexa or the Sony F3 with the SLog option. Pomfort have just released two new plugins for FCPX and Final Cut Pro 7 to get those files into Rec.709 to display correctly in FCP.
***Updated with new Canon video***
The EOS 1D has gone full frame and with it Canon have introduced some new features that are of interest to us in the world of video.
We know that Final Cut Pro X is great for converting and editing quicktime files from DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D. What if you want a more robust method for ingesting, cataloging and backups?
Lens flares and light leaks seem to be the flavour of the month, well at least they are better than gratuitous speedramps. Matt Coleman decided to make his own using a DSLR, iPhone and clear tape.
We thought there would be more camera crews touring the show floor at IBC this year, but we only counted a few. Good job Philip Johnston aka the HDWarrior was there shooting his summaries.
Apple have always produced a list of third party devices that have been qualified for use with Final Cut Pro. Here's a handy list of cameras including which easy setup you should be using, but that's not why we find this interesting.
Given a month, most of us can edit together material into a pretty good storyline. But what if you have to present the result on the same day? Welcome to the same day edit (SDE)
Shane's being trailblazing the use of Canon DSLR's in films, he shot the first HDSLR full length feature. Three videos after the break, an interview and recordings of his NAB presentations, all of them entertaining and packed full of tips.
This 17 minute chat from MacVideo with Rodney Charters proved to be some thoughtful viewing over our morning tea. Lessons to be learnt for shooters and editors.
This made our day, it's a few month old, but this rather excellent and poignant video has resurfaced. Enjoy the film, a few NSFW moments in there and the reason why it's doing the rounds again posted after the break.
If you are attending IBC this year then make sure you stay for the 4th annual SuperMeet on Sunday the 11th of September. The full guest lineup has been published too.
Whilst waiting for a render to finish in FCP, a colleague mentioned that he had been 'volunteered' to shoot and edit a wedding video. The first big question after 'Why they heck did you volunteer me?' is 'What lenses do I need?'
If you've looked at the Final Cut Pro X section of the Apple website today, you might have seen four new videos added. Apple have come out of their corner fighting.
So you've shot your footage on a Canon 5D using the CineStyle picture profile from Technicolor, now you want to edit in FCPX. Do you need a plugin?
Final Cut Pro has never been good at slow motion. The introduction of FCPX has now brought Optical Flow retiming within the app -so what does video at 1% of original speed look like?
With all the news about FCPX, we had forgotten about the Canon 5D and expensive lenses currently in the cupboard here on the FCP.co campus. Maybe our glass will have a second life as Philip Bloom shows us this prototype Birger adaptor.
Forget Zacuto, forget Redrock Micro, these guys have developed the ultimate in DSLR rigs. We have no idea on price or availability, but we are sure there's nothing quite like it on the market. It is friday too.
The Technicolor CineStyle image style has caused quite a lot of excitement for Canon DSLR owners worldwide. Today Pomfort has offered Final Cut Pro users the chance to download the beta of their new DSLRLog2Video plugin to convert the footage to Rec.709.
Editing is a lonely business, us editors rarely mix so that's why we spend so much time on the internet! Want to hear five top editors talk about their hope for the new version, their concerns, and how they are preparing for the impending change in editing technology?
There are two things we love about Tom's reviews and blog posts. The first one is his cool coffee table housing a Grass Valley switcher control panel. The second is his passion about passing on information and experience. Here he tests the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveler with the Basic Controller.
You can't have failed to miss the many demo videos about Technicolor's CineStyle picture style that allows Canon DSLR owners more latitude colour correcting video in post production. Nikon owners now have the same opportunity.
Slightly off topic but well worth a watch, this clever advertisement for The Camera Store got us smiling on a friday morning.
Filmed at NAB 2011, this documentary film "seeks to find out what unites us as independent filmmakers who use the latest breed of relatively affordable digital tools." Watch the 'DSLRebrity' studded trailer after the break.
We have posted the Lego follow focus, the $7 Ikea shoulder mount and other homemade Canon DSLR accessories on here. This is a first though, a wooden DIY 3D beamsplitter rig.
***Update Technicolor have now posted the picture style & new FAQ after the readmore More 'looks' also planned***
(First published on 15th April)
Dan Chung's reports have been excellent this week from NAB, but just for us editors we have saved the best 'till last. This free download from Technicolor will make your 5D or 7D more filmic in post production.
Two reasons for posting this video. The first is the fact that PluralEyes is a pretty amazing piece of software for synching clips and audio together. The second, well take a look after the break.
Erik Widding of Birger Engineering demonstrates the latest working prototype of his Canon EOS to Micro 4/3, AF100 and Sony NEX adapters. These adapters bring the speed and flexibility of DSLR shooting to the AF100 and Sony NEX.
We're big fans of the Zacuto rigs, but that goes hand in hand with being 5D addicts. Jens from Zacuto talks about the Z-EVF at NAB. Nice drop test. Apparently they've done drop tests from up to twelve feet high, so fairly robust as well.
It has to be a travel nightmare, we all love timelapses but not when the passenger next to you on a flight is shooting one! Nate Bolt did exactly that though on a flight from San Francisco to Paris. The video is after the break.
They are going to be 'the' gadget of NAB 2011, the portable LCD screened ProRes recorder for your video camera or DSLR. In true London bus style (you wait and then three come at once), Fast Forward Video have announced the sidekick HD.
If we could get 24 Canon 5Ds together then we would have a go at this too. Yes it's been done many times before; what is interesting though is how they did it.
So we are going to leave the credit cards at home this NAB otherwise we might find ourselves with one of these on the plane back. There are other LCD recorders arriving everyday, but this one can record two streams for 3D work. It's missing one thing though...
How huge? When Thunderbolt was released we had a chat with HD Warrior, the website that we read for breaking news on cameras. We said it was only a matter of time before camera companies jumped on this new technology. Find out what our chat predicted after the break as this little connector will change the industry again.
Just as we were turning off our machines for the night, we spotted this. Has Canon let slip the new codec for the 5DmkIII? If so does that mean the end of transcoding clips for FCP?
Whoa! This guy shoots from the hip. Of course I didn't mean with his camera on a brand new Zacuto waist rig, I meant he doesn't mince his words when it comes to the 5D. He does sum up the passion for this Japanese 'accident' rather well though.
Shooting 3D with two Canon 5D MkIIs? Apparently it was difficult to achieve because of the GenLock problem, but not for Damian Steck when he produced his Eyes Wide Open film in pin sharp stereoscopic 3D. Pin sharp that is if you're wearing your 3D specs for this anaglyph version. More after the break including news about the Holga.
We felt a bit guilty posting a timelapse of an Avid editor the other day so to readdress the balance, here's a timelapse of an FCP editor at work on a GoPro project, he's on day 85 of 365. Loads more videos after the break including an amazing fall off a mountain.
To say that the 5D is getting red carpet treatment in Hollywood might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it was being used at the Oscars build up. Not quite sure about using it for a piece to camera, but thanks to CampusMovieFest for tweeting this picture.
But the big story for the FCP community was The Social Network getting an Oscar for Best Editing. More after the break.
Never been sure which lens to buy next for your 5D? Thanks to Gebbs for this very instructive guide. More after the break when there's also a low light comparison test between the 5D and the Sony F3.
As much as we love our Canon 5D, you would not want to shoot a documentary on the history of lace with it. Why? The dreaded moiré striping effects you can see above on the left hand side example. However you might have a couple of plugins installed already that will fix the problem.
Tyler's one of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light as well as a multiple award winning photographer so clearly someone who knows what he's talking about when it comes to the 5D. After the break there's a behind-the-scenes look with this top adventurer photographer and videographer at work with two Canon 5Ds and an iDC rig.
We've long believed that the 5D was a game changer, but when you find out that an organisation as big and powerful as The Associated Press not only held that same belief two years ago, but took the bold decision of embracing the DSLR revolution, then it really shows how important the 5D has been. Great work from Beet.tv for finding this story. More after the break including news about cloud editing.
Jorgen Escher made this FCP plugin in a response to a cry for help from Marvels Film. The plugin has been designed to battle the disturbing problem of micro-moiré which appeared after a Canon 5D MkII shoot. Micro-moiré manifests itself as red/blue color streaks and pixels that appear in natural and irregular patterns, such as hair, water and grass. Download details after the break.
It seems there's no need to spend thousands on rigs and mounts for your 5D when you can go to Ikea, spend $7 on a cutting board, use some old pipe and suddenly you've got a DSLR shoulder mount! More after the break.
It's the old problem on a 5D shoot, you're budget doesn't stretch to lighting your night time exterior to match that Hollywood blockbuster, so what do you do? Go with your underlit shot, and trust that the darkness reflects the mood you want to evoke? Well, here's the low budget answer thanks to Robino Films. More after the break.
Much hilarity at fcp.co HQ when we saw this. Some naughty 'Gangsta' words in there so it has to have a NSFW flag.
OK so here's the thing, you go and shoot with your DSLR, but now you've got to get your source files into an editable format for FCP. So cue a big fat file transfer. Wouldn't you prefer to simplify the system and record direct from to the Timeline? So here it is: the Atomos Ninja, which by-passes in-camera compression to record straight from the HDMI connector of your DSLR or camcorder directly to Apple ProRes. All the spec after the break.
We all know the limitations of the small low-resolution screens on DSLR cameras when we're trying to judge critical focus and exposure. There have been small monitors available before now, but Sony are trying to broaden the market and the CLM-V55 is a tempting, and relatively low-cost, option. Definitely a rival to ikanand Marshall. Thanks to CREWS TV for spotting this story. All the spec and more after the break.
UPDATE: Marshall release a loop through monitor.
Adam Boozer from Jewell&Ginnie gives us an insight into shooting aerials out of a Robinson R44 helicopter. Some gyros, some Zacuto and a door missing.
Imagine filming in a war zone with a DSLR in extreme temperatures and terrifying conditions. Well Danfung Dennis does. He's been producing incredible work from Afghanistan where he works as an embedded photojournalist. He is currently working on his own documentary, Battle for Hearts and Minds, as well as having his footage featured on PBS Frontline.
DSLR News Shooter have just shared this story from Sky News, which was originally posted by London based camera man Duncan Sharp. Duncan used a 5DmkII to film some remarkable footage. Not just the perfect tool for the job, a DSLR was the only tool for the job given that the Egyptian authorities wouldn't let ENG cameras into the country.
UPDATE: New video after the break
Eric Kmetz of Epic Motion posted this multi-cam tutorial.This is very helpful for anyone who does multi-cam shoots not just weddings. Made with his iMac, his iSight, his iChair and most importantly his iBalls! See one of Eric's beautiful wedding films after the break.
There are many ways to use Canon DSLR footage in FCP ranging from native file editing, transcoding with Compressor to plugins. In fact there are people out there selling tutorials on how to do it! Download the official workflow white papers from Canon to get it right and maybe save some time and money.
This appears to be the world's first USB Follow Focus controller, although its not just limited to controlling focus. Thanks to the guys at 5D Mark2 for posting this story. There's a video and details after the break.
So you want to stream your 7D live from that helicopter rig because you've got a live Moto Cross event to web broadcast? Before the helicopter's control system would have interfered with the WiFi. Not now. Find out more after the break.
This is a very cool new piece of kit which has been developed by Steadicam™ inventor, Garrett Brown. The key is light weight cameras, so it's clearly a boon for DSLR enthusiasts. Thanks to Digital Rebellion for bringing this one to our attention. All the spec after the break.
Those familiar to DSLR will probably have come across discussions of which of the cameras' ISO settings to use and which to avoid. What's more important images with less noise or more dynamic range?
There has been a lot of talk recently from people abandoning FCP to use Adobe's Premiere for the native DSLR H264 file handling. Paul Joy has done some rather revealing side by side comparisons.
You've seen the awesome BMX videos posted here that slow down footage to 1000 fps using the optical flow plugin Twixtor. So why not use Motion instead? Watch the tutorial then see the result after the break.
Now for all of those 5D enthusiasts out there this is of special interest. How does the Canon 5D Mk II measure up against the new Sony F3? Thanks to fxguide.com for providing the link. Find out more after the break.
Can your DSLR camera play the audio files in your PC, USB devices or SD/MMC cards? 1:1 DSLR Camera USB Speaker is an innovative and decorative speaker, it can be used as a PC speaker or portable speaker as well. Apparently various buttons on the back of the camera have been changed to control volume and playback. Go to Gadget4all for the details, thanks to Petapixel for bringing it to our attention.
So here's the easy bit take a bloke, a very fast bloke, one used to driving fast cars, blindfold him, and make him drive a Volvo S60 very fast blind around a race circuit. Read more after the break to get your full fix of camera porn!
Legendary music video director Kevin Godley was commissioned to help Charlotte Church’s creative rebirth with an innovative video for the single ‘Back to Scratch’. Godley, and DoP George Tiffin tell of a white room and eight Canon EOS DSLR cameras.
NY based fashion photographer Mike Kobal takes a look at the differences and similarities between these three great cameras. In the end he rates the GH2 the best all round camera. There's a video comparison at the end. Visit Mike's blog here.
You've saved up for that really expensive L lens that Philip Bloom keeps banging on about, yet you are afraid to let it out of the house in case it gets damaged. Fear no more as these lens cases will make sure your precious piece of glass remains intact.
Ever been frustrated by dead pixels on pans and tilts making life difficult? The people at Digital Heaven have come up with the solution.
UK broadcaster Channel Five conduct a video challenge on The Gadgest Show between a Canon 60D and the RED camera. It might turn some people's stomachs but we loved the dirty fingernail shot in the second short!
Nails, fire, footballs and even a cup of hot tea, just how much abuse can a modern DSLR take?
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