FilMicPro “At a Glance” CheatSheet & Simple Tutorial

 

I just noticed that FilMicPro have redesigned their website. Looks very nice indeed. Also impressed that they have chosen to outline the new features expected in v4.0 – the new release due in Autumn.
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That means that I will probably have to re-do this CheatSheet in a few months but nonetheless I still think its a handy reference.

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Theres a High Resolution A3 version available to download here
Here too is a refresher tutorial for the slightly older version of FilMicPro – this will be updated for V4 upon release.

 

 

The Ultimate Mojo CheatSheet! Sequences Deconstructed, examples, apps – everything you need (except the gear)

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Tomorrow Philip Bromwell and myself begin a new Mojo Masterclass in RTE. We met today to fine tune the curriculum and the topic of a Sequences Cheat Sheet came up. We put our heads together and voila! We’ve pieced together The Ultimate RTE Mojo CheatSheet. I designed it as an A3 image so you can download it at full A3 res or squeeze it to A4 and its still perfectly readable/useable.
Let us know what you think- Twitter: @glenbmulcahy @philipbromwell . Enjoy!

Google Cardboard may be the catalyst 3D Immersive Video + Gaming needs to go mainstream.

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One of the hot topics to come out of this years Google I/O conference is Google Cardboard. (Or Oculus Thrift as its been nicknamed!!)

As BBC’s Richard Taylor suggested in his iPhone shot report on the project, some attendees thought it was a gag- Until they tried it!

But having watched a few reports I have to say I think it is ingenious! At the start of the year I blogged about 360º Immersive Video and the trend setters to watch.

Since then a literal deluge of 360º cameras/devices  have hit crowd-funding platforms as have novel and interesting alternatives to the Oculus Rift-see below.

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With so many impressive 360º cameras likely to be available by the end of the year, it begs the question how will the user CONSUME this 360º content?

Remember some of these cameras can LIVESTREAM 360º Video!

There are a growing number of Apps available for Android and iOS ( I don’t know of any for Windows but if you do please share in comments below)

which will give you a 360º Video player. The one I’ve used for demonstrations is Freedom360Player which uses the accelerometer, gyroscope etc to orientate the image as you move your head (head-tracking)

It looks like this

but notice this App doesn’t emulate the 2 up Immersive 3D display that is now synonymous with “Immersive Video:

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This is where Immersive Headsets like the Oculus Rift and these others come in to their own….

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But, until now there has been a genuine risk that Developers wouldn’t bother coding Apps for this Immersive platform.

Immersive is (somewhat) unproven and new,  3DTV left a lot of hot air in its wake but without the promised audience adoption.

However Google’s Cardboard, albeit extremely rudimentary may help to convince a wary audience of the potential of Immersive Video and Games, before they outlay on any of the headsets mentioned above.

This could be the catalyst that helps in the proof of concept stage that will lead to wider audience adoption and hopefully some really innovative uses.

The designs to build you’re own “Cardboard” are on the Google Developers site (Click image of template) or

 

 

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alternatively you can buy a pre-cut version here

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The last point I’m chewing through is the interaction features. Google have used an ultra simple magnet (silver ring in image) mounted on the side of the headset to interact with their menus.

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But what if the mobile device, iPhone or Android could pair via bluetooth with something like a Kinect or Leap?

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Or even better what if the Android Wear range were fitted with the same motion sensors as the phones to track movement?

Then simple gestures with your hands could become the interaction method for the user?

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Which might look like this…. ;)

Form more info on the MetaPro SpaceGlasses click here

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25fps v 30fps and @Youtube tutorials for Pinnacle Studio – iPhone by @Lumatouch

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One of the issues that keeps cropping up on this side of the pond is the 25fps/30fps issue with the iPhone. As its “designed in California” the standard frame rate for the iPhone Video Camera (and for iMovie) is 30fps, however in Europe (the PAL area) we use 25frames per second for broadcast. In order to address this issue I adopted FilMicPro as our Video Camera App of choice as it allows you to select 25fps (as well as other frame rates) the next step is to decide how to edit the footage, which I covered in a blog post previously. If you are exporting the footage directly from FilMicPro via iTunes App Sharing and importing into an NLE like Avid or Final Cut then you will have no issue with frame rates as you can set them in the project, though you may have to convert from progressive to interlaced for transmission.

If you are editing on the iPhone or iPad however then iMovie, easy as it is to use, has a problem- it is 30fps and there is no way to change the frame rate.

On the iPad my preferred editing App has been Pinnacle Studio, an ex-Avid product which is even more powerful than iMovie.

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The good news is that a few months ago Luma Touch, the company who develop Pinnacle studio for Corel, released a version of Pinnacle studio for iPhone and in the App you can set the frame rate to 25 or 30.

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Luma Touch have really good tutorials on YouTube so instead of me creating a new one and duplicating their work, I’m embedding them here with permission from Luma Touch.

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More tutorials from Luma Touch are available on their YouTube Channel and Follow Luma Touch on Twitter for Updates.

MoondogLabs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter for iPhone 5/5s Unboxing and FCPx Squeeze tutorial

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I ordered a MoondogLabs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter a while back. Their Kickstarter campaign  caught my interest,  particularly when it emerged that they had reached out to FilMicPro to have an In-App Squeeze option added!

So you ask Whats an Anamorphic Lens Adapter and Why would you want one?

Here’s a quote from the MoonDogLabs Kickstarter page:

“Anamorphic lenses were introduced for filmmaking in the 1950′s to create an immersive, panoramic experience intended to compete with the widespread adoption of television.  In addition to a wide aspect ratio, the anamorphic aesthetic is characterized by horizontal flares, distortion that creates a unique sense of depth or dimensionality, and oval “bokeh” or blur for out-of-focus areas. For these artistic reasons, anamorphic filmmaking has been enjoying a decades-long renaissance.  However, due to the complexity and expense of the optics involved, anamorphic lenses are not readily available to most independent filmmakers.  We believe there are stories best told with an anamorphic aesthetic, so we have developed an affordable 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter specifically for the iPhone 5/5S.”

 

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So my Adapter arrived this morning, as it was a U.S. import I had to pay the Customs and Excise import duty (€41) on top of the lens price of $199. So not cheap, particularly on this side of the pond and not for everyone, but if you are a budding Conrad Mess or Michael Koerbel  and you are after that “Cinematic” feel for your epic iPhone short Film then this is definitely something you need to look at…

I took the Adapter out for a quick test shoot, using the current version of FilMicPro, and then using the footage I imported it into my Mac so I could create a simple project in FCPx to show you how to SQUEEZE the footage to the correct Aspect Ratio.

Remember, the new version of FimMicPro will have an option in the menu to allow you to Squeeze the footage In-App-no release date from Cinegenix as yet but will keep you posted. In the meantime heres that tutorial.

Mobile Journalist Gear: Mojo Tripods | Hahnel Triad Compact C5 Tripod/Monopod combo

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Over Three years ago when I was moving the RTE Mojo project from the Research phase to Roll-Out I put together a “Grab-Bag” with everything a mobile journalist might need to leverage the best from their device.

We have used the Rollei Fotopro Tripod/Bag solution since and have been mostly satisfied with the results. However the gear available is always changing as are the Apps and Devices themselves so I recently

contributed to a Twitter Chat about Mojo with Journalism.co.uk and I updated the kits lists for the chat.

Click either of the images below to open a new window which uses THINGLINK which gives dynamic links to more info/sources for the gear featured.

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Notice in the Midrange Kit (Value about €750) the Tripod featured is different to the one at the top of the post.

Reason: I bought a Hahnel Triad Conpact c5.

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Its quite similar to the Fotopro except for one ingenious feature: One of the legs can be unscrewed and turned into a monopod!

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The Triad C5 retails for circa €125.

One Tip: This applies to the Fotopro and the Triad and any tripod with the same leg lock mechanism:

DO NOT UNSCREW THE LOCKING RING ENTIRELY OR THE PLASTIC LOCKS WILL FALL OUT AND THE LEG WILL FALL OFF!

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It may well be possible to 3D print replacement plastic locks but if you loose them your tripod is rendered pretty much useless!

 

 

Hokusai – An advanced Multi Track Audio Editor for iOS (iPhone & iPad) FREE CheatSheets HT @wooji

 

 

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Hokusai is a multi track audio editor for IOS which is very powerful. Aside from the core feature of multi track audio it also supports the Sonomo Audio Copy/Paste feature which can “bridge” the sandbox between Apps allowing you to move audio clips/files from one App to another. Its also supports the Apple OPEN IN protocol – both of these features mean you can easily import and export audio clips between other Apps like Twisted Wave-One of my other favourite Audio editing Apps.

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Hokusai is free to download from the App Store but in fact to get the full use of it you need to purchase advanced features in App. If you buy all the features you get a “All-In Bundle” for €8.99.

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I checked the Developers Website Wooji-Juice.com to see if there were any tutorials for the App or to download the manual.

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There are tips on the site but to get the manual you have to email the developer via the contact page on the site. I did this yesterday and he kindly and quickly sent it to me. If he grants permission I will link to it here.

The only issue I had is the manual is quite “wordy” : (11 pages) with no illustrations or images so, being a visual learner I decided to create CheatsSheets like those I’ve created for iMovie previously.

You can download the 3 sheets as PDF FILES here:

DOWNLOAD PAGE ONE  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE TWO  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE THREE

Or as HIGH RESOLUTION A3 JPEGS here:

DOWNLOAD PAGE ONE JPEG  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE TWO JPEG  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE THREE JPEG

3D Printed monitor mount for @DJIGlobal Phantom2 controller

Over the weekend I took my DJI Phantom2 Quadcopter out for a quick flight test. I recently got a pair of Zeiss Cinemizer HD Glasses and wanted to test them in parallel with my current set-up with a SmallHD DP4 field monitor.

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I have the DJI AVL58 Wireless FPV (First Person View) transmitter installed (€250) on the Phantom2 but its not HD.

DJI do sell a 1080p HD FPV system called the LIGHTBRIDGE but it costs around €1,200 so its out of my price range given I’m just an enthusiast and not a professional user. Though today I saw a tweet from Philip Bloom which referred to the Teradek Clip which looks like it might be a good alternative to the Lightbridge-the only downside is its aimed to be used with an iOS or Android receiver-if you enable the RTMP open stream (with the extra license cost) it ends up equivalent to the Lightbridge.

The other thing that might be of interest is the custom 3D printed monitor mount I’m using with my Phanotm Controller…

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This is a 3d printed Monitor mounting bracket designed especially for the DJI Phantom controller. Its designed by Phil Ravenshear from Ravecreative.co.uk and printed using their Makerbot 3D printer. If you are interested in one just drop Phil an email for a quote. Its very sturdy when fitted to the controller and I much prefer it to the carbon fibre-frame options you see online.

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https://vimeo.com/88512564

 

MukuLabs Shuttr – Bluetooth Shutter remote control for iOS and Android- unboxing and review

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I had a play today with the MukuLabs Shuttr Bluetooth controller and I have to say I’m really impressed.

The device is neat, well built, simple to use blah blah blah but the thing that really impressed me was the bluetooth range. Watch this to see why…

So is it worth the splurge of €30/$39 for your Mojo Kit? I damn well think so! To be able to trigger your camera (photo/video) from that distance is nothing short of brilliant.

Very Handy.

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http://www.mukulabs.com 

Shoulderpod Universal Smartphone Adapter/Tripod Holder Unboxing and Review

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I noticed Shoulderpod on Twitter probably a year ago and I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on one since. In the last few days (10-12th June) they have finally started shipping their S1 Universal Smartphone Tripod Adapter and I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on one. So here is a quick unboxing video and initial impressions

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I’ve tested A LOT of smartphone accessories over the last three years teaching MOJO and until recently I had the Joby GripTight as my recommended Universal Tripod Adapter.

I have to credit the team of journalists who travelled over to Dublin recently from NRK Norway for MOJO training for convincing me the Joby was a great solution.

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The positives are its small size-particularly folded flat HOWEVER the negatives….

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This particular Grip Tight was only used FOUR TIMES and the plastic mount snapped. Now I did Tweet @Joby about this and to give them credit they replied quickly and offered a replacement…

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However, if you are an iPhone owner then you know exactly how fragile the iPhone is, a tripod adapter failing like the GripTight above is not a big issue (it costs about €25) BUT to replace a smashed screen is €150 which makes it a VERY EXPENSIVE accident. All this brings me back to the SHOULDERPOD.

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It really does feel like a robust, quality build. I would feel a lot more confident using it on a tripod or other clamp than the Joby and the great news is the entire S1 kit you see in the video above is available for a special limited introduction price of €24.95 on the Shoulderpod website right now but be warned offer ends TODAY. From tomorrow it will be the RRP of €29.95. Still excellent value.

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If I was asked is there ANY room for improvement I would have only one tiny suggestion: put a tripod mount in the top screw also. This would mean I could double mount suction clamps if using it in risky situations OR I could use an adapter like the Manfrotto 143S  Flash Shoe 1/4 Male Attachment to mount a microphone or light on Top of the holder! 

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