Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More
It’s your filmmaking news roundup! Hear all about the new cameras from RED and Sony, new drones (and recalled ones), robots, stabilizers, and more!
A ton of stuff happened. No need to summarize, let’s get to the goods. Here’s all the filmmaking news you might have missed.
Adobe’s Project VoCo Will Change the Future of Editing Audio
Adobe’s Project VoCo is a new audio editing software that allows you to edit speech the same way Photoshop allows you to edit images. It allows you to insert new words into interviews, offering the same cadence, pace, voice, and tone. For video editors, it could save hours of editing the perfect VO audio.
Bad Karma: GoPro Recalls Their Drone
GoPro has recalled all 2500 Karmas sold (and all of the drones they haven’t yet sold) due to a “performance issue related to a loss of power during operation.” There were a small number of cases in which the drones lost power and fell out of the sky. The drone was only on the market sixteen days before being pulled from the shelves.
DJI Announces 3 New Professional Drones (and PremiumBeat is Giving Away a Mavic Pro!)
In other drone news, DJI has announced three new professional video drones — the Inspire 2, M600 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro. These announcement come weeks after DJI announced the new Mavic Pro — which you can win in PremiumBeat’s Aerial Filmmaker Giveaway in collaboration with Frame.io.
Microsoft Surface Studio vs. Apple MacBook Pro
In news you have probably heard plenty of, Microsoft released the Surface Studio days before Apple announced the latest MacBook Pro. Microsoft wound up stealing all the thunder, and it turns out their launch video was shot by a robot!
Read more about the Surface Studio and MacBook Pro here. Go behind the scenes of the Surface Studio launch video and see the KIRA robot in this PremiumBeat exclusive.
RED 8K Super35 Helium Sensor Comes to the Epic and Weapon
Following RED’s announcement of the HELIUM 8K sensor, the company has now announced two new 8K cameras — the new RED EPIC-W and WEAPON 8K. Both cameras have the DSMC2 form factor, and RED is sweetening the deal for current RED owners (and those on waiting lists) with the ability to upgrade to a new 8K sensor package.
Read more about the 8K RED cameras on PremiumBeat.
Sony FS7 II
Another new camera headed to stores is the upgraded Sony FS7 II. The camera adds an Electronic Variable ND filter, lever lock-type E-mount, and support for Sony’s A-mount.
Read more about the updates to the FS7 II here.
Freefly Systems Announces the MoVI Pro
Freefly Systems announced the latest MoVI, the new MoVI Pro. The stabilization system has become one of the most in-demand devices on sets, constantly being used to capture incredible footage in films like Straight Outta Compton and shows like Into the Badlands. Take a look at the MoVI Pro, which features a weight reduction, internal cable routing, shorter boot time, and some much needed feet for you to set the rig down on the ground. The handheld bundle will set you back $6500.
Read more about the MoVI Pro over on No Film School.
Video Copilot’s FX Console After Effects Plugin
The FX Console toolset allows you to type in effects or presets to apply them directly to any layer. A keyboard shortcut pulls up the console, eliminating time wasted searching for effects. It allow users to customize the tools to their needs.
Final Cut Pro X Gets a Major Overhaul, Somehow Isn’t Named Final Cut Pro 11
Alongside the new MacBook Pro, Apple quietly announced a new version of Final Cut Pro. Still considered FCPX, the NLE features a total overhaul. They showed off the new machine by running the latest version of Final Cut Pro — 10.3, which is surprising, as it would have made sense to announce it as a whole new version of Final Cut Pro. Those of you who remember the days of FCP7 will be happy to see a much more familiar Final Cut Pro.
Read more about the Final Cut Pro update and new features here on PremiumBeat.
Vimeo to Announce Subscription Video Streaming Service
Image via Vimeo
Unlike other video platforms which focus on building celebrities and influencers, Vimeo is home to the world’s best behind the camera talent – emerging filmmakers, editors and directors. — Joey Levin, Vimeo interim CEO
Read more about Vimeo’s plans on The Verge.
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