‘Adrift’ Timelapse is Mesmerizing View of the Fog of the San Francisco Bay Area

This gorgeous timelapse film was created from footage captured over the course of 2 years around the San Francisco Bay area. Simon Christen spent many mornings on the Marin Headlands capturing scene by scene of what he calls “a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

He shot these images with the Canon 7D and Canon 4oD in raw format with exposures generally occurring every 2-10 seconds. Exposure was set in manual mode. On the last shot with the fog engulfing the camera, both the he and camera got pretty well soaked due to all of the moisture from the dense fog.

He uses a sturdy Really Right Stuff tripods for keeping the shots steady and, when necessary, uses software stabilization in After Effects to smooth out some shots.

You can view more of Simon’s work here on his website.

[via John Nack]

Faux Slider Shots with just a Tripod

Here’s a great little trick for getting some motion in your video shots even if you don’t have a slider or a jib. I’ve used a tripod tilted up on two legs quite a bit for cheating dolly-in and dolly-out shots, but the Fenchel & Janisch folks take it a step further with movements along other axes for some cool jib-esque shots. The suggestion of shooting a higher frame rate to smooth out any imperfections in the camera movement when conformed to a lower frame rate is good as well.

[via PetaPixel]

The Zoom H6: Better Preamps and 6 XLR Inputs Make It a Huge Upgrade to the H4n

Zoom H6 Recorder

The Zoom H4n has been a staple of the HDSLR dual-system audio realm since the introduction of the 5D Mark II. Over the past few years though, the market has somewhat left the H4n behind with units like the Tascam DR-100mkII and Olympus LS-100 delivering better controls and a lower noise floor. [Read more...]

PluralEyes 3.2 Adds Windows & Vegas Pro Support

PluralEyes 3 - Windows 8

Red Giant has released PluralEyes 3.2 (the automatic audio-sync software for video and audio files) with added support for Windows and import/export for Sony Vegas Pro timelines.

The new release of PluralEyes 3.2 for Windows is a free update for existing customers, and offers a number of new benefits including:  [Read more...]

Steadicam Curve Hands-On

Steadicam Curve

Tiffen launched its new Steadicam Curve at NAB 2013. The Curve is designed to work with GoPro HERO cameras.

I stopped by Tiffen’s booth to try out the Steadicam Curve and was instantly impressed with the usability of the device.

The Curve only weighs a half pound and is made to be operated with only one hand. It is the first Steadicam product that I have picked up and instantly felt at ease with it. For those who are intimidated by these stabilizer devices, this would be a great place to start. [Read more...]

Magic Lantern Version 2.3 Install Process

Have you seen the Magic Lantern raw video on the Canon 5D Mark III and wondered how to make that happen?

The raw video capability isn’t yet enabled in the latest stable version – only in the nightly build updates. However, if you want to check out the latest stable builds to get a handles on how to use Magic Lantern on your Canon HDSLR, watch Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video in the above video as he breaks down the rather simple install process with his Canon Rebel T3i.

[Learning DSLR Video via PetaPixel]