Upcoming Fujifilm X-T3 Firmware Updates Drop 4GB Clip Limit, Add 4K HDR

Big news for the Fujifilm X-T3 with news of upcoming firmware update to help out with a few key features with the popular mirrorless camera.

Fujifilm’s X-T3 is certainly off to a hot start and getting a lot of buzz for its powerful 26.1MP CMOS sensor, 4K UHD video at 60fps and competitive price point with the other mirrorless cameras currently on the market. However, many owners (or renters and other interested parties) have had a few concerns.

Luckily, as reported News Shooter in an interview at Inter BEE 2018 in Japan, it looks like a firmware update is on its way to both add 4K HDR video recording in HLG and the removal of the 4GB clip limit (along with some other helpful updates). Let’s take a look at what’s in the works…

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Give Your GH5/GH5s the ARRI Alexa Look with GHAlex LUT

Looking to make your Panasonic GH5 or GH5s more cinematic? Check out this new “ARRI ALEXA” GHAlex LUT!

Since first revealed at CES in 2015, we’ve been closely following Panasonic’s mirrorless flagship GH5 (and then the GH5s). While the micro-four thirds cameras offer powerful 4K video recording and have been an industry favorite for years - owners do have their concerns when it comes to the cameras’ ability to shoot cinematic footage.

Well, there is finally a possible new solution to ARRI Alexa-ize your GH5 and GH5s. But it just might cost you. Let’s take a look at Emotive Color’s GHAlex LUT!

ARRI ALEXA on Your GH5/GH5s

First, let’s quell some expectations here. Emotive Color’s GHAlex LUT will not make your GH5 or GH5s footage really look like it was shot on an ARRI ALEXA. Once we can get that big notion out of the way, we can look at what this creative look-up table (LUT) can produce some cinema-styled colors which can add a more complex and dynamic look to your compositions.

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3 Ways to Add Cinematic Motion with the eMotimo Spectrum ST

We breakdown three ways to add cinematic motion to your video projects using the eMotimo Spectrum ST.

Since we’ve gotten a chance to do a full hands-on review of the eMotimo Spectrum ST (as well as with the full DanaDolly buildout), No Film School now has some key pieces of advice to offer for all filmmakers and videographers to consider.

Firstly though, we do have to shout-out the eMotimo Spectrum ST for its precision motion control options, which really are endless and open the door for a much more systematic (and cinematic) approach to setting shots and creating unique compositions. The Spectrum ST really shines when combined with the DanaDolly for everything from interviews, to product shots, to more advanced VFX plates (more on those below).

BONUS: if you’re interested in purchasing the eMotimo Spectrum ST, NFS has partnered up with Adorama to offer an exclusive GROUP BUY offer, which you can check out here, or find out more details at the bottom of the article! [Group Buy offer ends Nov. 30th, 2018!]

Cinematic Interviews

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Blackmagic Releases DaVinci Resolve 15.2 With Over 30 New Features

Let’s look at this “major update” Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 15.2 and what it means for video editors.

Just six months after rolling out DaVinci Resolve 15 at NAB (read our initial write-up here), Blackmagic has just released another huge update for their online editor, color correction and audio post software with the latest DaVinci Resolve. As you can see in our breakdown below, many of the updates are meant to help streamline workflows and increase in-app productivity as the updates are functional and cosmetic. There are also some pretty cool features added in as well.

Here are some of the highlights for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 15.2.

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FREE: Jim Cummings’s ‘Short to Feature’ Lab Curriculum

Dive into an intensive one-week workshop lab with this FREE curriculum to take your short to feature with indie filmmaker Jim Cummings.

If you’ve been following the world of indie film lately, you’ve probably heard about Jim Cummings and his SXSW 2018 winning feature Thunder Road. Or maybe you’ve just heard of his Sundance winning short version of the same film. Or perhaps you’ve just seen the video of the cop losing his shit at his mother’s funeral and dancing around to the eponymous Bruce Springsteen song. (Or you’ve listened to our interviews with him on the No Film School podcast here or here.)

Regardless, Cummings has had a busy 2018 trying to find a distributor for his feature (and may very well have paved a new path for self-distribution which indie filmmakers should absolutely take notice of). In his spare time, however, Cummings and his long time producer Benjamin Wiessner found time to launch a Kickstarter for a ‘Short to Feature’ workshop lab in Malibu.

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Remembering Stan Lee with Every One of His Film Cameos

Honor the comic book legend Stan Lee by enjoying every single one of his on-screen cameos.

In case you missed the news, the universe lost a good one with the recent passing of Stan Lee at the age of 95. Lee, best known for his contributions to the world of comics, leaves a legacy built on numerous household-name superheroes like Spiker-Man, the Hulk, Black Panther, and the X-Men (to name a very few).

As comic book movies made their adaptations to screens big and small, the recent rise of the superhero blockbuster brought Lee’s legacy to mass audiences like never before. And, as the never-shy Lee found creative ways to make playful cameos, audiences came to expect seeing the writer/editor/publisher’s face on screen.

Every Stan Lee Film Cameo

While there are several online “rankings” of Lee’s cameo performances, it’s safe to say that each is great and wonderfully remembered by fans of all comics and heroes. If anything, this montage shows just what a remarkable career Lee enjoyed as his works found a home with generation after generation.

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Camera Rumors: Canon C300 Mark III Will Be Capable of 8K

Let's look at the latest rumors regarding a new Canon EOS C300 mk III (and its possible 8K capabilities).

Once again, camera rumors are beginning to swirl for another classic digital cinema line. Unlike the last rumor of a possible new L-mount cinema camera for Panasonic, this latest floating around on Canon Rumors outlines a clear vision for the new Canon EOS C300 (mk III) - with the alluring possibility of 8K.

Little details are known, but here’s what’s been bouncing around so far…

Canon EOS C300 mk II

Firstly, the Canon EOS C300 mk II has been a very successful cinematic offering by Canon since it came out in late 2015. Like the original Canon C300 before it, the Canon C300 mk II has been popular for filmmakers for its digital cinematic quality, 15-stops of dynamic range and internal 12-bit recording. It’s also been sitting steady with a solid spot on the market since its price drop.

Here are the full specs for the current Canon EOS C300 mk II for reminder:

  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor

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4K Mirrorless Video Quality Comparison (EOS R, BMPCC 4K, Z7, A7III, X-T3)

Comparative reviews of the major 4K Mirrorless cameras on the market.

As we’ve been continuously covering here on No Film School, the mirrorless camera revolution is in full swing with nearly every major camera manufacturer now in the game with some very sexy, and pretty similar offerings. The Canon EOS R, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Nikon Z7, Sony A7 III, and the Fujifilm X-T3 are all considerations for filmmakers and video professionals looking to make an upgrade or new investment for 4K mirrorless video.

Let’s look at one in-depth comparative video to see which cameras shine and which cameras fall short in a variety of areas.

4K Mirrorless Video Comparison

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Three “Disappointing” Early Reviews of the RED Hydrogen One

RED’s highly anticipated RED Hydrogen One isn’t quite off to a hot start…

While the focus for filmmakers regarding the RED Hydrogen One will always be on the new smartphone camera’s video recording capabilities (both regular and RED’s new 3D “4V”), it’s hard not to get caught up in the poor across the board reviews that are starting to pop up online as the RED Hydrogen One is making its rounds to select reviewers.

Let’s look at three hands-on reviews of RED Hydrogen One prototypes to see what if the ambitious camera smartphone might have a place for filmmakers or consumers.

The Verge’s RED Hydrogen One Review

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Teradek Aquires Amimon: What That Means for the Future of Wireless Video

Big industry news as Creative Solutions (The Vitec Group) acquires chip-maker Amimon.

One of the leading names in wireless on-set video, Teradek (Creative Solutions, a Division of The Vitec Group plc), has just announced that they will be acquiring Amimon in a move that could see some major advancements in the world of on-location video.

“We have had a deep, collaborative relationship with Amimon since 2012, when we created a worldwide market for zero-delay wireless video,” said Nicol Verheem, founder of Teradek and CEO of Creative Solutions. “This acquisition is the logical step to enable the next generation of wireless video tools. Integrating our organizations will accelerate the development of innovative new products, further simplifying video production workflows and allowing new creative freedom to our customers. It will also allow us to invest to expand the reach of our products into adjacent markets.”

Amimon’s patented technology enables instantaneous transmission of uncompressed video and can be found in products like the Teradek Bolt and SmallHD wireless video monitors.

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