Instagram recently released a new Hyperlapse app available now for iOS devices. After testing it out, it appears that the Hyperlapse App captures live video, so it’s basically just like speeding up video in post. But during the capture it uses real time image stabilization and once the Hyperlapse is stopped it will also add post image stabilization to further smooth out the final piece. At this point you can choose how fast to playback the video for a Hyperlapse-like clip. This is great since you don’t have to carry around a tripod and can capture smooth hyperlapse-like footage while riding a bus, or with your iphone mounted to bike, or in my case when I ride my Electric Skateboards.

The only ’sharing’ options directly from inside the app lead to either Facebook or Instagram, but the app will save your Hyperlapse directly to your Camera Roll for you to do what you please (like edit in post). This is a nice little FREE app i’m excited to use, and it would be great to see how you guys use it as well. Make sure to follow me over at Instagram @mrcheesycam

You can download the Hyperlapse app from the Apple App Store
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All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

After what felt like decades of asking for this product, Metabones finally has released a Canon EF Lens Speedbooster for Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Panasonic GH4. The Canon EF Speed booster will increase maximum aperture by 1 stop and modifies the lens view to 0.71x wider. The adapter can be powered via 5V through a MicroUSB port for the built-in electronics to change aperture values.

Unlike the RedRock Micro LiveLens Adapter which can adapt a Canon EF Lens to MFT Cameras, the aperture value has to be changed ‘within the adapter’. The Metabones is a smart adapter that communicates to the lens so that aperture controls can be dialed in right from the camera as if it were using a native MFT lens. Apparently it is shipping now, and you can find out more at the Metabones website (click here).

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All credit is given to author CheesyCamEmm

Screen Shot 2014 08 27 at 16.45.28 Hyperlapse for the masses   Hyperlapse by InstagramConsumers and professionals alike are obsessed with fingertip technology, camera and grip equipment is getting smaller and lighter, and smartphones can do just about anything except cook us dinner (in the literal sense, plenty of culinary apps out there!)

Last year we were taken by storm by what seemed to be the next fad after time-lapse photography – Hyperlapse. Now, social media snappers Instagram have released a sister app that stabilizes video from your very own smartphone to create hyperlapses.

What is a hyperlapse? Just watch this video below:

Filmmaker Luke Shepard bought a ticket around Europe with just a tripod and DSLR to capture this stunning short. To capture a Hyperlapse you simply shoot a standard timelapse, move the camera after each actuation and stabilize it in post. Due to the fact that you have so much resolution to play with, and that you aren’t battling any artifacting such as camera shake or rolling shutter, post stabilizations is much more effective.

The app by Instagram video stills in the same way to stabilize, and if conducted properly can yield some really great results.

Hyperlapse by Instagram has taken the app store by storm, The Guardian reported it ranked 11th in the UK store in the same week of release, whilst hitting third and first in the US photo and video categories.

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After a very very long wait, we can finally get our hands on a Canon EF to MFT Speedbooster! This tool will allow you to not only use Canon EF lenses on your MFT camera, but also reduce crop by 0.71x and will allow you to use IS and change aperture. You can get the new Canon EF Lens to MFT Speed Booster on the Metabones website for $599.

What The Canon to MFT Speedbooster Does

  • Allows the use of Canon EF lenses on MFT mount cameras like the Panasonic GH4.
  • Reduces camera crop factor by 0.71x.
  • Allows you to change lens aperture through the camera.
  • Supports Lens IS.

For more information on the new Canon EF Speedbooster, check out Andrew Reid’s great post over at EOSHD.com.

 

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View the Sony F5 ‘out of the box’ specs at B&H here (and add 4K for free)

Paul Ream (Twitter) has spoken about his simple unlocking technique for the F5 to unlock 4K XAVC recording.

It doesn’t even require a firmware update.

Via Philip Bloom on Facebook and Paul Ream on the ExtraShot Podcast

First of all very important – F5 owners should assume this voids the warranty and carries other risks, so the disclaimer is clear – do this at your own risk! Paul won’t be held responsible if anything fails.

The F5 and F55 are essentially similar hardware, but the cheaper F5 has a few key features such as 4K disabled by software.

In the menus all the camera settings are saved and can be accessed by the user in text files. These files can be saved on the SD card so settings can be shared between cameras.

Amazingly Sony have not considered a loop hole where the camera settings file can be edited and 4K enabled with a few lines of plain text.

The settings files are basic text documents with no encryption or protection at all. It seems Sony did not anticipate the hack.

  • Stored in the PRIVATE/Sony/PRO/CAMERA/PMWF5 folder
  • Filename is – 001.ALL
  • To enable 4K at 23.98 enter:  150=4096,2160,1001,24000,1,1,0,8,0,0,0,1,1,1,6

This is quite different to a hack of consumer hardware, like the Panasonic GH2 because there’s a $12,000 price difference between the $16k Sony F5 and $28k Sony F55, with 4K XAVC internal recording being one of the key differentiating features! I can’t imagine F55 owners will be happy about this at all.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Paul’s instructions for the unlock are here

I am sure Sony will urgently need to respond and close the loop-hole to protect their higher margin on the F55 and their customers investment in it.

It’s a similar situation to the difference between the Canon 1D X and the 4K recording 1D C.

Sometimes the high end gear is very similar to the mid-range stuff (just look at the C300 and C500 also) and the business side makes sense because of the large margins on the higher end models and the lower manufacturing and R&D cost of designing just one core piece of hardware and differentiating it with a few extra ports and software.

But I have never been 100% happy with differentiating features based on software not hardware. When we buy a camera we pay for the hardware and if the hardware we bought is crippled by a single line in a text file and that is the difference between shooting 1080p and 4K, is this fair? Of course Canon and Sony can charge whatever they like for different models but food for thought on both sides of the argument I think!

Big thanks to Paul (a professional video shooter) for such an innovative and exciting tweak of the F5 and don’t forget to hear his views on the subject in the ExtraShot Podcast.

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YU2A9474 300x168 Exclusive   Sony A5100 review and footageSony announced the new Sony Alpha 5100 mirrorless camera last week that raised entry-level shooters hopes due to the success of the new Sony A7s. We had a chance to test it in our labs and now we took it into the field for a hands-on review.

First I have a little confession to make. This camera review was executed in a very spontaneous way. So while most of the effort went into “rigging” the camera, I left my microphone and external audio recorder behind, so all the sound you hear in this video including the short interviews were recorded internally on the Sony A5100 camera mic. (The camera does NOT have a mic in option. The audio track you hear got a little “noise reduction” treatment in order to isolate the interview sound from background noise).

As it was hard to use the camera’s LCD screen outdoors, I used my old and trusted Zacuto Z finder as a quick solution. On top of that the Sony A5100 came with its original 16-50mm pancake zoom lens which has a 40.5mm inner filter diameter which I intended to use with a variable ND.
Unfortunately I did not have the required step-up ring for this diameter, so I was “forced” to use my Canon 24-105mm f4 IS lens which I used with an R.J EOS to NEX adapter and so I ended up with a set up that was a bit “larger” than I originally intended…

When I arrived at the location, I decided to simulate a standard ENG (Electronic News Gathering) shooting assignment. No slider moves or any beauty shots, just a very straight forward approach as I can not see this camera being used for anything too complex in the professional world .

So how did the camera perform in the field?

Pretty much standard. It is a very basic camera to operate (I would say suitable for entry level consumers) yet featuring some pro features like the modern XAVC S codec, peaking, histogram, 60p and a clean HDMI output with 8 bit 4:2:2.
If we are talking about “clean output” bear in mind that when you connect the micro HDMI cable to an external recorder, the camera LCD screen will turn black, UNLESS you set up the camera menu in “HDMI settings”to “HDMI info display-OFF” for using an external recorder like the new pocket sized Atomos Ninja star.

a5100 door 300x225 Exclusive   Sony A5100 review and footageAnother limitations which raised my concern was Sony’s decision to place the SD card slot on the left hand side just next to the micro HDMI connection. What this means in a real life production is that the SD card cover will always have to be open.

On the positive side, I do like the video quality coming out of this little camera which seems better then the Sony A6000. The image is a little soft (all the footage in the above video review was sharpened 20% in Adobe Premiere) but looks solid. If you like to explore some more of the technical aspects of the camera don’t miss to read our A5100 lab test HERE!

Put aside that this test was done with the Canon lens, the autofocus in this camera when being used with the (loud) kit zoom lens is very fast and easy to use, plus the “touch screen auto focus” is woking like a treat.

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Summary

The Sony A5100 is a basic entry level large sensor camera housing some professional features. It is a nice camera for the occasional family user. I’ll be surprised if any professional will find it useful for any of their video productions as the camera, the way it is, leaves a lot to be desired.

Camera settings used in this video: Picture profile: “Portrait” (-3, 0, 0) Colour correction: Film Convert

For the rest of equipment used, see the list below.

A special thanks for the dear people at Carnuntum.

 

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Screen Shot 2014 08 27 at 09.21.56 Finally! Metabones Micro Four Thirds to EF SpeedboosterWell, after anticipating this product for over a year it’s finally here.

The Metabones Micro Four Thirds to EF Speedbooster has arrived, giving GH4 users (and other M4/3 cameras alike) access to all of their Canon EF lenses whilst providing a crop factor the same as super35mm/APS-C.

It’s taken Metabones a while to get this one out of the door, and has naturally been one of the most anticipated adaptors. With the hugely successful release of the Panasonic GH4 many users have switched to the smaller sensor format, but still have a strong investment in Canon EF mount lenses.

Now, they can make full use of these lenses, without the downfall of a huge crop factor due to the smaller micro four third sensor.

Like all non-camera body specific Metabones speedboosters, the Micro Four Thirds to EF Speedbooster offers 0.71x optical reduction; converting your x2 (or x2.3 in 4K mode for GH4) crop factor down to x1.5 (x1.7-1.8in 4K mode for GH4). You also get an extra stop out of your lens. Lets look at how this affects a typical lens and camera combo.

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Normal Adaptor (x2 crop)

Lens becomes 48-210mm F/4 IS

Speedbooster Adaptor (x1.5 crop)

Lens becomes 36-158mm f/2.8 IS

A Micro Four Thirds camera will now produce similar* results to super35mm cameras like the C300, FS700, F55 or an APS-C DSLR like the 7D or D800.

*Each brand has a slightly different crop factor, for example Canons APS-C is 1.6, so all results differ. 

The Canon EF mount is one many have embraced since the DSLR revolution. It goes without saying that all Canons video DSLRs use this mount, further more it’s popular adaption to many other mounts (Nikon, Contax, Leica R etc..) has made it a safe bet in adhering your entire lens lines to. As a result, many will be happy about this release as it’s opened up their existing lenses with a more familiar crop factor.

What’s more, many of Canons EF mount lenses provide superb IS (Image Stabilization) which the Micro Four Thirds to EF Speedbooster will support; this opens up a whole new level of opportunity for M4/3 users; grabbing a combo like the above GH4 and Canon 24-105mm lens gives you an incredible zoom range with IS and a constant aperture of f/2.8.

Screen Shot 2014 08 27 at 09.27.12 Finally! Metabones Micro Four Thirds to EF SpeedboosterAll third party EF-S mount lenses will fit. So the lovely Tokina 11-16mm and Sigma 18-35mm have now been made available if you were holding out for the Canon mount versions.

Lastly autofocus is supported for fly-by-wire (electronically operated) lenses. So the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM and Canon 85mm f/1.2 L will be compatible.

The list of current compatible and tested Canon EF mount lenses is relatively small of the Metabones site, but it’s early days so expect this to grow healthily in the near future and a few firmware updates to broaden compatibility with other same-mount lenses.

The mount currently retails at $599, putting it inline with many of Metabones other popular adaptors.

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All credit is given to author cinema5D » NewsTim Fok

To position actors correctly in the frame you need to make sure their eyes are in the right place. Get this right, and the audience will always know where the characters are located in the scene, and when they are looking at each other.

This video tutorial will show you how to split the frame into thirds, in your imagination, so the eyes are always aligned the right place. The technique gives you great freedom to change the angle and position of the camera, so long as they eyes are always framed correctly.

You'll also find out how to keep the camera on one side of the actors, by drawing an imaginary line between them. This ensures continuity when cutting between different angles on your actors.

All credit is given to author Tuts+ Photo & VideoChristopher Kenworthy

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Metabones has finally announced the new micro four thirds MFT to Canon EF mount speed booster. This puppy will decrease the crop on the Panasonic GH4 to about 1.7X according to Andrew Reid over at EOSHD.com Here is a rip from his site and the specification breakdown from the metabones site. The MFT to EF speed booster retails for $599 US and is available now through the metabones website. We should have them in stock here very soon.

Click here to check out EOSHD.com

Click here to check out the Metabones website. 

“In 4K mode on the GH4 we end up somewhere between 1.7x and 1.8x crop depending on the type of 4K resolution selected. The 4096 x 2160 DCI 1.85:1 mode of course uses more of the sensor area to record the image thus the crop factor is a little less. In stills mode and with the internal 1080p recording the crop factor with Speed Booster is 1.5x, or actually in cinematography terms a 1.0x because it is Super 35mm.”

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Key Features

  • Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
  • Increase MTF.
  • Makes lens 0.71x wider.
  • Build-in electronics to control lens aperture.
  • The lens aperture is set by the controls on the camera body.
  • Powered by camera body. no external power source required. (also accept 3rd party external power supply via MicroUSB socket)
  • High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
  • The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins and Photo Clam ball heads.

Optics designed by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent pending)

Source: EOSHD.com

All credit is given to author Wide Open CameraJared Abrams

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First impressions review

The long awaited active Canon EF mount Speed Booster adapter for Micro Four Thirds is finally here. I have a review sample, currently putting it through a few shoots to see how it performs. This is not the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera version but the general Micro Four Thirds mount adapter, so fully compatible with all Panasonic and Olympus cameras including the GH4 and E-M1. Finally you can use all your Canon lenses with full electronic support for aperture control and stabilisation.

The specs

The EF – M/43 Speed Booster uses the same excellent 0.71x optical reducer from Caldwell Optics as the Nikon mount version, for optimal performance in the corners. It adds the all important electronic interface from Conurus though for Canon lenses, whilst the Nikon mount version was entirely passive with no support for aperture control on the body or image stabilisation.

The Blackmagic Speed Boosters are 0.58x and 0.64x respectively because of the smaller sensors (3x crop and 2.3x) of the BMPCC and BMCC. The GH4 has a 2x crop sensor but in 4K it goes to 2.3x crop. Putting the Blackmagic optics in the general Micro Four Thirds adapters wouldn’t have worked well enough because of issues in the corners, vignetting with APS-C lenses and the glass backing too far into the mount. It’s fine for a DIY experiment but not fit for retail. So the 0.71x optics here make sense. It turns the GH4′s 2x crop sensor into a 1.5x crop APS-C equivalent, making full use of third party EF APS-C lenses from Sigma and Tokina. Canon APS-C lenses are EF-S mount so won’t work. The EF-S standard is locked down by Canon and cannot be used by third parties, plus the rear of most EF-S lenses sticks out too far making them physically incompatible with the Speed Booster adapter.

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In 4K mode on the GH4 we end up somewhere between 1.7x and 1.8x crop depending on the type of 4K resolution selected. The 4096 x 2160 DCI 1.85:1 mode of course uses more of the sensor area to record the image thus the crop factor is a little less. In stills mode and with the internal 1080p recording the crop factor with Speed Booster is 1.5x, or actually in cinematography terms a 1.0x because it is Super 35mm.

The Canon 1D C in 4K mode is a 1.3x crop.

A full review and shoot is coming soon on EOSHD.

In summary…

  • 1 stop increase in brightness (F2.8 effectively becomes F2.0)
  • The same look as a Super 35mm sensor (Canon C300, etc.) when shooting in 1080p or stills mode
  • 0.71x wider focal length (effectively meaning 50mm becomes 35mm on a 2x crop Micro Four Thirds mount camera)
  • Approximately 1.7x crop in 4K mode on the GH4 instead of 2.3x
  • Compatible with GH4, GH3, GH2, GH1, G1, GF1, G2, G10, BMPCC, BMCC, Digital Bolex D16, OM-D E-M1, E-M5, E-M10.
  • Built-in electronics to control EF lens aperture, IS and transport EXIF data to the camera
  • Aperture control on the camera body and aperture display on LCD / EVF
  • Detachable tripod mounting foot

The advantages of a Canon mount adapter

As well as the electronic interface and image stabilisation, the Canon EF mount is actually itself very adaptable to other formats notably Nikon, M42, Contax Zeiss, Leica R and Olympus OM. The lenses that won’t fit are Canon FD, Minolta, Sony and of course mirrorless glass on Speed Booster is a physical impossibility!

Canon lenses are a popular choice for video and it’s great we can now bring them with us to the GH4, obviously a much better overall choice for video than any of Canon’s current DSLRs.

Prior to this adapter the ones which offered aperture control with Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds mount all had quite severe compromises. With the Speed Booster it is like having a genuine Canon mount on your GH4. The other advantage is that this adapter is meaningfully slimmer than the Nikon mount Speed Booster for Micro Four Thirds. It almost feels like you are mounting Canon glass straight to the camera body. The lenses don’t stick out as much and are pretty much flush to your rig.

Image stabilisation of course is a great advantage of this adapter. Canon’s latest Ultra Sonic IS works very well in video mode. Some of the third party lenses also offer up-to-date IS which works very well for handheld video work. The Sigma 24-105mm F4 ART and Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 are particularly good for handheld run & gun shooting.

There’s no AF active on this adapter but fly by wire focus does work on lenses like the Canon 85mm F1.2L and 40mm F2.8 STM pancake. I’ve also tested the highly rated Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS Mark II on the adapter and this works fine. The stabilisation on this lens is mind-bogglingly good on the GH4 via the Speed Booster. Sharpness is flawless, easily enough for 4K. To put such an expensive and heavy lens in front of the adapter and to have these kind of images as a result really vouches for the quality of the optics in the Speed Booster. Why put a cheaper adapter in front of such a nice lens?

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Downsides?

The only initial downsides I can see, is something which applies to all photographic bayonet mounts really – especially mirrorless ones. Whilst the lens itself attaches very tightly and securely to the Speed Booster, the link between the Speed Booster and GH4 still has some very slight slack and rotation in it. Therefore it makes sense to attach your cage, tripod, etc. to the Speed Booster’s mounting point rather than to the camera body. When shooting without a rig and with a heavy lens like the 70-200mm F2.8L you really need to be careful not to knock the body of the camera whilst shooting, and of course it goes without saying to use a lens support with heavy lenses on a tripod and to hold the camera by the lens if shooting handheld with it – not one handed on the camera grip!

One other thing I’d love to see on future Speed Boosters and other active mount adapters from Metabones is for them to really crack the issue of auto-focus once and for all. This needs to work and be as fast as native mirrorless lenses are. I have no idea if this is even possible but for stills, personally I really need it! This is the only reason why I still pick up my Canon DSLR – stills and AF.

Also on future adapters it would be interesting to see how far Mr Caldwell can push the focal reduction factor in this newer designs, to give us as close to the full frame look as possible. I’d love to have the option even with the inevitable compromises, like a drop off in performance towards the edges of the frame, because for certain shots this won’t matter, especially head shots and close-ups with an extremely shallow DOF.

I’ll be shooting far more with the GH4 now I have full use of my Canon glass and a bullet-proof reliable adapter so stay tuned for more coverage.

Pricing and availability

The adapter costs $599 and is available from the Metabones website now.

A standard Smart Adapter (EF to Micro Four Thirds) without Speed Booster glass will also soon be available, for details see here.

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All credit is given to author EOSHD.comAndrew Reid