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Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More

Michael Maher

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

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - Project VoCo

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.

Read all about Project VoCo in this PremiumBeat article.


Bad Karma: GoPro Recalls Their Drone

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - GoPro Drone Recall

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.

Read more about the GoPro recall here.


DJI Announces 3 New Professional Drones (and PremiumBeat is Giving Away a Mavic Pro!)

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - New DJI Drones

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.

Read more about the new DJI drones here. Enter the PremiumBeat Mavic Pro giveaway here.


Microsoft Surface Studio vs. Apple MacBook Pro

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - Microsoft Surface vs. MacBook Pro
Image via Apple

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!

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - Microsoft and KIRA
Image via Microsoft / Motorized Precision

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

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - RED Camera News
Image via RED

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

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - 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

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - Video Copilot New 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.

Read more about the new Video Copilot plugin on RocketStock.


Final Cut Pro X Gets a Major Overhaul, Somehow Isn’t Named Final Cut Pro 11


Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - Final Cut Pro X UpdateImage via Apple

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

Filmmaking News: Cameras, Computers, Drones, Robots, and More - Vimeo News
Image via Vimeo

In an expected move following on the company’s On-Demand service, Vimeo plans to announce a new subscription streaming service.

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

Levin went on to name some Vimeo shorts that have been nominated for Academy Awards, and the very popular High Maintenance series that was picked up by HBO.

Read more about Vimeo’s plans on The Verge.

Got any filmmaking news that we missed? Share in the comments below!