Guy Sticks a Smartphone Outside a Storm Shelter, Gets Up Close Footage of Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

Charles Gafford took cover in his storm shelter as the massive tornado passed through Moore, Oklahoma. As the tornado approached his neighborhood, he stuck his smartphone outside of the shelter and captured some pretty stunning, close-range footage.

Before the first person complains, yes, he shot it vertically. And, yes, that’s normally frowned upon. However, I think we can all give Charles a free pass since he had the most powerful tornado on record coming right at him.

Below is a video of what Charles’ neighborhood looked like after the tornado passed and he emerged from his storm shelter. [Read more...]

Dashwood Editor Essentials for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects

Dashwood Editor Essentials

Dashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Motion and After Effects. The plugins can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. Check out the video below for a closer look at the various tools.

Dashwood Editor Essentials is available from Noise Industries for $49. More details here on Noise Industries website.

New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and 4K Camera Available for Pre-Order

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K won’t be shipping until July 2013. However, the line to get one starts now.

I expect both of these models to be in high demand. I sat down with a representative earlier today and he said that while the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will begin shipping in July, they are expecting a high demand that will lead to a hefty backorder log.

In short, if you want one, pre-order it now.

You can pre-order the Blackmagic Pocket Camera here at B&H Photo.

You can pre-order the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K here at B&H Photo.

Blackmagic Brings 4K for $4K to Reality with New Super35 Cine Camera

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Alongside the new Pocket Cinema Camera, Blackmagic announced its new Production Camera 4K today at NAB 2013.

The new camera is housed in the same body as last year’s Blackmagic Cinema Camera; however, the Production Camera 4K sports some fancy new innards, including a Super35 format sensor that captures high quality compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) files in 4K resolution. It boasts 12 stops of dynamic range and includes DaVinci Resolve color grading software. [Read more...]

Adobe Teases Amazing Rotoscope Features (hopefully) in After Effects CS6.5

Adobe After Effects CS6.5

If you have ever spent hours on end with the pen and bezier tool rotoscoping frame-by-frame in After Effects, then you’ll appreciate the magic happening with this future tech that Adobe will be showing off at NAB 2013 (and hopefully releasing inside of After Effects CS6.5). Check out the video tease below for a closer look: [Read more...]