Coremelt has launched new motion tracking tools in the TrackX plugin for Final Cut Pro X that leans on Mocha’s Academy Award-winning Planar Tracking technology to track people and objects in moving shots for compositing directly in FCP X. To track an object for compositing, just draw a shape around the object you want to track and the Mocha tracking engine will lock on and allow you to track text, do screen replacements, replace signs and more. It looks pretty freaking amazing. [click to continue…]
The Zacuto Point’n'Shoot camera grip for the iPhone is now available for all iPhone 5 models, including the new 5c and 5s models. The grip also works as a tripod, slider or jib mount thanks to the 1/4-20 mount on the bottom of the grip. [click to continue…]
In July 2013, I posted an article detailing the numerous flyaway reports for the Phantom quadcopter that many users had experienced. It proved to be a very popular topic and users are still reporting issues and addressing possible solutions in this forum thread.
When I asked DJI about the issue via email last year, I received what seemed to be a basic troubleshooting response. Later in 2013, DJI released the Phantom 2 Vision and Phantom 2 quadcopter with additional features; however, the documentation for the Phantom 2 did not allude to any flyaway concerns relating to the original Phantom.
I attended DJI’s press conference at CES 2014, which highlighted the Phantom 2. After the press conference, DJI opened the floor for questions, at which time I presented the question from Photography Bay forum member and reader concerns regarding the original Phantom flyaways and whether the Phantom 2 takes into account any of these concerns with new safeguard to prevent flyaways. [click to continue…]
Liquid Image, which is best known for its camera ski goggles and underwater masks, announced the Ego LS at CES 2014. [click to continue…]
The iOgrapher iPad case for turning your iPad into a filmmaking machine is now available for the iPad 3 and iPad 4. The iOgrapher case features two handles on the sides of the case, which allows for more stable handheld video footage. Additionally, it features a lens mount adapter for adding various lenses to the iPad for wide angle, fisheye or macro shots.
The iOgrapher case also features three accessory shoes on top for attaching lighting and audio gear and it has a standard tripod mount on the bottom.
The iOgrapher case runs between $65 and $75 depending on the iPad version you have. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
One of the grand new features in OS X Mavericks is App Nap, which saves on power to extend battery life on MacBooks. One of the unfortunate side effects is that is kills background rendering in Final Cut Pro X and other apps that take advantage of background rendering.
To make background rendering work again, simply turn off App Nap. The process is simple.
- Right-click on the application.
- Choose Get Info.
- Check the box “Prevent App Nap.”
- Enjoy background rendering again.