Phantom Flex at a Kids’ Water Balloon Fight Makes for Some Epic Slow Motion

Check about Brad Kremer‘s video above featuring lots of summer fun with the neighborhood kids.  As Brad puts it:

So what do you when you have a day off and a $300k camera package sitting at your house? Invite all of the neighborhood kids and throw a water balloon party of course! Duh!

As summer coms to an end and Autumn begins, kids go back to school and dream of warm days filled with laughter and joy. This short film is a reflection of that dream. Shot with a Phantom Flex it captures the magic of the moment. With frame rates of up to 2564 fps at 1080p we see every detail, every smile and every sparkle in the kids eyes. And that is where the magic lies. Within the hopes and dreams of our children.

[via PetaPixel]

Amazing Timelapse: Paris in Motion (Part II) & BTS Video Shows How it Was Done

Photography Bay reader Mayeul Akpovi is at it again with the second part to his solid timelapse work in Paris.  Paris in Motion (Part II) continues with the stunning scenery we showed you in Part I back in August.

He moved the tripod by hand for 3500 shots that made up this video.  And, in some cases, he handheld the camera and moved himself in as straight a line as possible to create the moving timelapse effect.

As you can see in the below video, this movement resulted in some very shaky timelapse footage.  However, it was easily saved by stabilizing the timelapse in Adobe After Effects for some stunning results.  The large files from the 5D Mark II make it easy to apply stabilizing filters like Adobe’s warp stabilizer thanks to plenty of look-around space provided by the 5K+ resolution.

For those curious, Mayeul used the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L and 17-40mm f/4L for the shots that built this timelapse.

Thanks for sending this in Mayeul.  You can check out more of Mayeul’s work here on Vimeo.

Vimeo Adds Monetization with Tip Jar, Pay-to-View Coming Soon

Vimeo finally added a monetization mechanism for user videos. Vimeo’s new Tip Jar lets viewers donate funds on Vimeo Plus and Pro users’ videos.  The account holder keeps 85% of the donated tips, with the remaining 15% going to Vimeo.

The Tip Jar is already live and Plus and Pro members can activate the feature in their account now.  The Tip Jar is rolling out ahead of an upcoming pay-to-view service for Pro subscribers in 2013.  Both features could be quite a boon for indie filmmakers.

If you want to read more about it, Vincent Laforet has a great post on the new feature, as does Ryan Koo over at No Film School.

GoPro Camera Freefalls from 12,500 Feet Without Case

This skydiver lost his GoPro after he jumped out of the plane.  As he was climbing out of the plane, he bumped his helmet attachment on the door frame, which is what he suspects caused the GoPro case to loosen.

The camera plummeted 12,500 feet without a case and landed in the drop zone.  You can catch the landing at the 2:45 mark.  While on the ground, it even managed to capture their (safe) landings.  You can see the camera being recovered by a friend on the ground at the 6:45 mark.

Amazing Time Lapse of Paris

Mayeul Akpovi shot this incredible moving time lapse of Paris.  The video is a culmination of 3000 images captured with a 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III.

The the moving shots, he physically picked up the tripod and moved it for each shot.  The resulting parallax created a beautiful dolly-esque camera move it what feels like an impossible time lapse of these great Paris scenes.

Lenses used include the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye, Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD, along with a range of ND2 to ND400 filters.

Thanks for sending this in Mayeul.  You can check out more of Mayeul’s work here on Vimeo.

Documentary About the Digital Filmmaking Transition

Side By Side is a documentary about the current transition from film to digital filmmaking.  It’s a documentary for camera geeks.  Check out the trailer above and the official synopsis below.

Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in SIDE BY SIDE. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.

[Tribeca via PetaPixel]

Shooting in the Stratosphere with the Canon 5D Mark II and RED One

Red Bull Stratos is a mission to make the highest free-fall jump in history.  Felix Baumgartner will jump from 120,000-feet (22.7 miles) above the earth and it will be captured from a variety of angles.

To make this happen some of the cameras are modified to deal with the extreme cold and some are encased in nitrogen-filled housings.  Among the gear featured in the above BTS video are several RED One cameras, Canon 5D Mark IIs, Canon EF-S 10-22mm lenses (mounted on the RED One’s) and Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lenses (mounted on the 5D2′s).

Canon is finally getting a trip to space in spite of NASA’s long history with Nikon.

[via PetaPixel]

Callouts 1.2 for Final Cut Pro X

Callouts for Final Cut Pro X

Noise Industries has released Callouts 1.2 for Final Cut Pro X.  Available as an FX Factory plugin, Callouts 1.2 “allows you to add arrows, shapes, magnifiers, animated map trajectories, speech and thought bubbles, checklists and much more to your next video project.  Callouts 1.2 adds two new effects and it is a free update for existing customers.”  New users can buy it fo $49 here at Ripple Training.

Check out the demo video below for an idea of what you can do with Callouts 1.2. [Read more...]

JVC’s New Action Cam

 JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion

JVC has a new action cam to compete with GoPro.  It’s the JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion.

It features 1080/30p and 720/60p video capture, a 1.5″ LCD and a 5x zoom.  It will also capture 5MP still images and includes built-in Wi-Fi and a wireless smartphone link.

The camera should be available in August for $350.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

See JVC’s teaser video below. [Read more...]