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It’s 50 percent smaller. 40 percent lighter. And it’s waterproof. GoPro announced the Hero4 Session and it’s definitely getting some buzz.

GoPro has announced a new smaller and lighter version of their popular action cameras. The Hero4 Session is getting a lot of buzz right now mainly because of its small form factor. But the question remains as to whether or not it is a good choice for filmmakers.

First, here are some basic facts about the camera. It has an 8MP sensor as compared to the 12MP sensor on the Hero4 Black and Silver. It records in 480p, 720p, 1080p, and 1440p with frame rates ranging from 25fps up to 1oofps, depending on which resolution you choose. It can shoot a Medium angle of view in 720p and 1080p, with the option for UltraWide in all other resolutions including 1440p. And it can be controlled either with a separately purchased GoPro Smart Remote or via the iPhone app.

But what about cinematic features that filmmakers are looking for? Right off the bat it must be stated that this camera does not shoot 24p. So why are filmmakers talking about it? Here’s a quick look at some the other features people are talking about.

GoPro HERO4 Session Features (via NoFilmSchool)

  • Video at 1080/60p, 720/100p and 1440/30p (2.5k)
  • Waterproof to 33’ (10m), no separate housing required
  • Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  • Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  • Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  • Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  • New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included
  • Price: $400

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The Hero4 Session is waterproof, no extra housing required.

The Hero4 Session is waterproof, no extra housing required.

So, obviously the frame rates aren’t something to get filmmakers excited about – No 24p. And the same goes with the resolution – no 4K. It does shoot up to 2.5K, but only in 30p. But the fact that it is waterproof without the need for an extra housing unit is interesting.

What about other important features GoPro users are already familiar with, like Protune? Well, Philip Bloom got his hands on the camera and shared his thoughts on his website. He compared his Hero4 Silver with the Session, and thought the Protune on the Silver looks better (see images below). It’s also worth mentioning that the bit rate on the Session is only around 25 Mbps.

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GoPro Session 1080p 50p protune sharpness off UNGRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

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GoPro Session frame GRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

GoPro Silver 1080p 50p protune flat sharpness low ev to -0.5 white balance 5500k UNGRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

GoPro Silver 1080p 50p protune flat sharpness low ev to -0.5 white balance 5500k UNGRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

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GoPro Hero 4 Silver image graded with FilmConvert. 10% with code bloom at gopb.co/filmconvert (Via: Philip Bloom)

The GoPro HERO4 Session may not end up as ubiquitous as the Hero4 Black with its cinematic capabilities, but with its small form factor and waterproof housing it should make for another choice when a compact camera is needed for action shots. It will cost $399.99, is currently available for preorder, and will start shipping later this month.

(Via: The Wall Street Journal)

(Photo: The Wall Street Journal)

Specs

  • Sensor: 8 Megapixel
  • Angle of View: Medium (1080p, 720p), Ultra Wide (1440p, 1080p, 960p, 720p, WVGA)
  • Video Format: 1440p (fps: 25, 30), 1080p (fps: 25, 30, 48, 50, 60), 960p (fps: 25, 30, 50, 60), 720p (fps: 25, 30, 50, 60, 100), 480p (fps: 100, 120)
  • ISO Sensitivity: 400 – 1600
  • Remote: Works with GoPro Smart Remote and iPhone app
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Life: 2 hours per charge

The post GoPro Announces Compact HERO4 Session appeared first on cinema5D.

All credit is given to author cinema5DKevin Alexander

GoPro1

It’s 50 percent smaller. 40 percent lighter. And it’s waterproof. GoPro announced the Hero4 Session and it’s definitely getting some buzz.

GoPro has announced a new smaller and lighter version of their popular action cameras. The Hero4 Session is getting a lot of buzz right now mainly because of its small form factor. But the question remains as to whether or not it is a good choice for filmmakers.

First, here are some basic facts about the camera. It has an 8MP sensor as compared to the 12MP sensor on the Hero4 Black and Silver. It records in 480p, 720p, 1080p, and 1440p with frame rates ranging from 25fps up to 1oofps, depending on which resolution you choose. It can shoot a Medium angle of view in 720p and 1080p, with the option for UltraWide in all other resolutions including 1440p. And it can be controlled either with a separately purchased GoPro Smart Remote or via the iPhone app.

But what about cinematic features that filmmakers are looking for? Right off the bat it must be stated that this camera does not shoot 24p. So why are filmmakers talking about it? Here’s a quick look at some the other features people are talking about.

GoPro HERO4 Session Features (via NoFilmSchool)

  • Video at 1080/60p, 720/100p and 1440/30p (2.5k)
  • Waterproof to 33’ (10m), no separate housing required
  • Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  • Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  • Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  • Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  • New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included
  • Price: $400

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The Hero4 Session is waterproof, no extra housing required.

The Hero4 Session is waterproof, no extra housing required.

So, obviously the frame rates aren’t something to get filmmakers excited about – No 24p. And the same goes with the resolution – no 4K. It does shoot up to 2.5K, but only in 30p. But the fact that it is waterproof without the need for an extra housing unit is interesting.

What about other important features GoPro users are already familiar with, like Protune? Well, Philip Bloom got his hands on the camera and shared his thoughts on his website. He compared his Hero4 Silver with the Session, and thought the Protune on the Silver looks better (see images below). It’s also worth mentioning that the bit rate on the Session is only around 25 Mbps.

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GoPro Session 1080p 50p protune sharpness off UNGRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

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GoPro Session frame GRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

GoPro Silver 1080p 50p protune flat sharpness low ev to -0.5 white balance 5500k UNGRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

GoPro Silver 1080p 50p protune flat sharpness low ev to -0.5 white balance 5500k UNGRADED (Via: Philip Bloom)

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GoPro Hero 4 Silver image graded with FilmConvert. 10% with code bloom at gopb.co/filmconvert (Via: Philip Bloom)

The GoPro HERO4 Session may not end up as ubiquitous as the Hero4 Black with its cinematic capabilities, but with its small form factor and waterproof housing it should make for another choice when a compact camera is needed for action shots. It will cost $399.99, is currently available for preorder, and will start shipping later this month.

(Via: The Wall Street Journal)

(Photo: The Wall Street Journal)

Specs

  • Sensor: 8 Megapixel
  • Angle of View: Medium (1080p, 720p), Ultra Wide (1440p, 1080p, 960p, 720p, WVGA)
  • Video Format: 1440p (fps: 25, 30), 1080p (fps: 25, 30, 48, 50, 60), 960p (fps: 25, 30, 50, 60), 720p (fps: 25, 30, 50, 60, 100), 480p (fps: 100, 120)
  • ISO Sensitivity: 400 – 1600
  • Remote: Works with GoPro Smart Remote and iPhone app
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Life: 2 hours per charge

The post GoPro Announces Compact HERO4 Session appeared first on cinema5D.

All credit is given to author cinema5DKevin Alexander

DJI Ronin MCineMilled has designed some Tilt Arm Extensions for the DJI Ronin M that enables the stabilizer to reach better potential in relation to its payload.

DJI has become hugely popular for their affordable gimbal stabilizers. The original Ronin offered an affordable alternative to the Freefly Systems MoVi, albeit coming at a critical drawback; it’s absurd weight.

The Ronin M raised a lot of eyebrows as DJI managed to halve the weight and payload; the latter affecting few as an 8lbs payload still offersRonin M D4 Clearance huge potential.

However, despite the Ronin M having the capabilities to handle anything south of an F55 (body only) in weight, its physical dimensions are hugely prohibitive meaning little more than a large DSLR is compatible out of the box.

The width of the cradle restricts any camera wider than 6.3″ / 160 mm, for reference this is a Nikon D4 to the mm. The BlackmagicRonin M Blackmagic Cinema Camera doesn’t fit inside the cradle, however some trickery with a heavy lens so the body sits further back will enable it to balance.

There’s also tilt restrictions, mounting a C100/C300 will cause the cradle to ‘bottom out’ in an attempt to get the body low enough for correct centre of gravity.

CineMilled surfaced as credible solutions for expanding the compatibility of the original Ronin.Ronin M Extensions Pan and Tilt arm extensions meant you could really maximise the potential of the 16lbs payload.

They were at the forefront of the Ronin M release and as a result it hasn’t taken them long to step in and help out the physical limitations of the Ronin M.

The CineMilled Tilt Extensions provide more height adjustment on the cradle to balance larger Ronin Mcameras. This means cameras like the C100 mark 2 and C300 now become fully compatible.

For wider cameras you’ll still struggle. Looking at the design of the Ronin M my immediate thoughts would be that nothing short of a completely new wider arm would solve this; perhaps out of CineMilleds remit.

Although I could by wrong, I’m not an engineer.

The current solution for this is a heavy front endRonin M Pocket Cinema to the match the rear of the camera; this means the camera sits behind the cradle where there is more width. However this should be done with caution to ensure the camera doesn’t hit the back of the gimbal (another popular dilemma).

In short, the limitations of the Ronin M are in the physical dimension of your camera setup, not the weight. It’s doubtful you’ll get close to the maximum payload in relation to what it can CineMilled Universal Ronin Mphysically fit; you should therefore pretty much ignore the 8lbs, it’s kind of irrelevant.

Another product from CineMilled worth checking out it the Universal Mount For Ronin M. This mount where the handlebars meet the gimbal and offers up a few 3/8″ and 1/4 20″ threads for mounting on other accessories and grip.

Via/ CineMilled Instagram

The post CineMilled Expands Compatibility Of The DJI Ronin M Stabilizer To More Cameras appeared first on cinema5D.

All credit is given to author cinema5DTim Fok

This is an excerpt from my GH4 Guide where we talk about the differences between Cinema 4K (C4K) and Ultra High Definition (UHD). As we will see, Cinema 4K isn’t always the best option for video shooters.

In the video I talk about C4K and UHD in regard to the Panasonic GH4 but this topic is applicable to most 4K cameras with these settings.

Choosing Between C4K and UHD

The GH4 Guide

If you want to learn more about master video on the Panasonic GH4 check out my full guide here.

The post The Difference Between Cinema 4K and UHD appeared first on DSLR Video Shooter.

All credit is given to author DSLR Video ShooterCaleb Pike

The new CAME-TV CAME-MINI2 Gimbal seems to be getting very positive reviews, but the one issue people may have had to worry about was internal wires tangling up on the Roll motor. So to prevent this problem, CAME-TV has updated the MINI2 with a special Roll motor clamp.

Some of you who may have received the gimbal recently may already have this, but for others who received earlier units this video is for you. So here’s a little demo on how to install the Roll motor clamp on the CAME-MINI2.

If you use your MINI2 gimbal in inverted mode, you may have to play with the final position of your roll motor clamp so that you still have some degree of rotation. I found that placing it on the side of the motor works pretty good for using the gimbal in both under slung and inverted modes. For more information about CAME-TV’s latest tool-less adjustment mini gimbal, check out the product page where there’s a few CAME-MINI2 videos (here).

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All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

The new CAME-TV CAME-MINI2 Gimbal seems to be getting very positive reviews, but the one issue people may have had to worry about was internal wires tangling up on the Roll motor. So to prevent this problem, CAME-TV has updated the MINI2 with a special Roll motor clamp.

Some of you who may have received the gimbal recently may already have this, but for others who received earlier units this video is for you. So here’s a little demo on how to install the Roll motor clamp on the CAME-MINI2.

If you use your MINI2 gimbal in inverted mode, you may have to play with the final position of your roll motor clamp so that you still have some degree of rotation. I found that placing it on the side of the motor works pretty good for using the gimbal in both under slung and inverted modes. For more information about CAME-TV’s latest tool-less adjustment mini gimbal, check out the product page where there’s a few CAME-MINI2 videos (here).

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find-price-button CAME-TV CAME-MINI2 (v2 Tool-Less) 3-Axis Mini Gimbal Stabilizer

All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

Aamzon Prime Day

Better Deals than Black Friday? Amazon wants to overshadow this popular shopping event with it’s own ‘Amazon Prime Day‘ slated for July 15th (one day only). Unfortunately it’s only available to Amazon Prime Members (which I am already), but you can always sign up prior to the event. Peep this snippet from an Amazon Press Release that was just posted today.

Amazon Press Release:
On the eve of Amazon’s 20th birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members.

“Prime Day is a one-day only event filled with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members around the globe. Members tell us every day how much they love Prime and we will keep making it better,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. “If you’re not already a Prime member, you’ll want to join so you don’t miss out on one of the biggest deals extravaganzas in the world.”

Prime Day: More Deals than Black Friday exclusively for Prime Members
Prime Day is a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. On Wednesday, July 15 new and existing members will be able to shop thousands of Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, and will receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping. Members will find deals starting at midnight PDT, with new deals starting throughout the day, as often as every ten minutes. Not a Prime member? Try Prime today and get immediate access to deals on July 15.

Prime members can find deals on products across categories including electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more. Members will enjoy deals on items perfect for summer adventures, their to-do list, family road trips, back to school supplies, and everyday essentials. Prime members can shop on any device, including smartphones and tablets and enjoy deals anytime, and anywhere. For more information about this event visit: amazon.com/primeday.

Amazon Prime Day Shopping Event

All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

If you’re like me you probably have a half dozen different battery types hanging around. Having so many different cameras and different accessories adds up to a mess of battery chargers. So here’s an unboxing of the Volta Dual Battery Charger which not only can charge two batteries but can also charge different types of batteries simply by swapping the charging plates.

Quick Overview
The Volta Dual Battery Charger features interchangeable battery plates, an LCD display, and it has smart charging capabilities.

Interchangable battery plates make this charger a perfect solution for charging many types of li-ion batteries for both video cameras and DSLRs. The unit also has a USB input on its side, so you can charge a mobile device at the same time.

The charger will auto-detect the battery voltage to prevent overcharging, and a backlit LCD display shows you the current charge status. You also have the ability for a high current charging mode that will charge your batteries faster, helping to ensure that you are never stranded with a dead battery.

A few years back, there was a few other brand dual chargers with interchangeable plates such as the Pearstone. That has since been discontinued. You may still be able to find the Watson Dual Battery Charger, but that will start at around $80 Dollars (found here).

That’s what makes the new Volta Dual Battery Charging system interesting as it starts at just $35 Dollars from the reputable F&V Light company (found here)..

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find-price-button Volta Dual Battery Charging System with Interchangeable Charging Plates

All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

gopro session hd camera

Smallest, lightest GoPro yet.
50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 cameras,1 HERO4 Session is the most wearable and mountable GoPro ever. With a sleek, versatile design, it’s at home anywhere—from the surf to the snow, to hanging with friends.

Professional video quality.
HERO4 Session delivers stunning video quality. Capture high-resolution 1440p30 and 1080p60 video that’s sharp and lifelike. High frame rate 720p100 video enables exceptionally smooth slow-motion playback of your best moments.

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Durable + waterproof.
HERO4 Session is rugged and waterproof to 33’ (10m), eliminating the need for a separate housing. Its convenient, ready-to-go design makes it easy to get out the door quickly to capture and enjoy your session.

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Protune™ for video.
Protune unlocks the camera’s full potential, delivering minimally compressed, cinema-caliber video optimized for professional productions.

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All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

How do you decide on the titles for your video? It can be a difficult task! With these steps you'll be on your way to picking good-looking titles for your videos. 

What Kind of Title?

There are a few types of titles you'll need to use most often: main titles, subtitles, informative titles, and descriptive titles. Each of these types has a slightly different set of needs.

Main

The main title is probably what we first thing of when we think of titles. These are the titles that announce the film or video, segments in the video, or key transitions in the story. Main titles help your viewers orient themselves in the story.

Subtitle

Subtitles and captions print the dialogue on-screen. This could be a transcription or translation, so that people who cannot hear or understand the words spoken in the video can still follow along. Subtitles must be kept simple and easy to read.

Informational Titles

An informational title gives viewer more about something that happened or is happening off-screen. For example, in a documentary, this might be an explanation of something that wasn't captured on camera but is still a key part of the story. Informational titles help you keep the video flowing by providing essential information.

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A scene from my Vlog that uses descriptive titles

Descriptive Titles

A descriptive title gives information about something that is on screen. This might be the name of someone you interviewed, for example, or what kind of coffee you are drinking in your vlog. Descriptive titles can help to add depth and complexity to the action happening on screen.

Alright, with these titles in mind, I suggest doing the following three steps to choose titles for your projects. 

1. Find a Style to Fit Your Purpose 

First, go through the title picker in your editing program, just to see what kind of options you have—there are a lot of different title styles. If you have a strong idea ahead of time of what is available then figuring out what you want to use will be easy. 

Next, look at your videos to see what the general theme is: are you making a fashion video, or a family vacation video, business tutorial or is it a sports broadcast? Each has it's own aesthetic demands to fit. By figuring out what your theme is you'll be able to choose the right type of title, even if it's going to be a simple title. 

There are incredibly complex and beautiful titles that you can make and buy, but most of the time it's best to keep it simple. Consistency and fit are more important than being flashy. After all, people aren't watching your video for your titles. Look for titles that are aestheticly pleasing, build continuity, and maybe add a tiny dash of visual flair. 

In Final Cut Pro X, the editing program I use, the title tool lets you quickly preview your titles. I've found that this is a great way to learn to pre-visualize titles. Once you've tried a title you can imagine in your mind's eye what it might look like on all sorts of video. Over time you'll find your own set of go-to titles that suit your tastes. 

An example of titles that break the flow
Bad timing! These titles break the flow of the action on screen

2. Get the Timing Right

Pick your moments and respect the flow: choosing the right timing for your title is just as important as the style of title you choose. Most of the time, if the title is calls too much attention to itself it's probably not a good title for the production. Don't let the title jump the viewer out of their suspension of disbelief. 

Generally, titles last five to eight seconds. That's how long it takes people to read a short bit of text. You can play around with this, though; in some cases a longer time on screen can work. If you do have a title that takes longer than eight seconds to read, however, it's indication that the title might be too long.

Fancy title
Wow, a fancy news-show style title!

3. Go With It

Now just click, drag and drop, you've got your video ready! 

Once you've picked a style for your production, stick with it. The title you choose is a visual rule you set for the project: viewers will notice if you break the rule. You can do it, but it is a very strong effect and one best used sparingly. It's usually better to stick to the same title styles throughout your production.

Finally, when in doubt and when on deadline, keep it simple. Nobody minds a simple title used tastefully at just the right time.

A very simple title
A very simple title

Conclusion

To recap, here are the main steps to finding the right title every time:

  • What kind of title is it: main, subtitle, informative, or descriptive?
  • Does the style fit the purpose?
  • Is the timing right for the flow of the video?
  • Keep it simple and consistent

Choosing and using titles for video can be surprisingly complex. Find the styles that work for you and make them your own! 

All credit is given to author Tuts+ Photo & VideoShruti Shekar