Insta360 Announces 180-Degree 3D Workflow for Pro Series Cameras

Insta360 will let you go 180 with its flagship cameras.

This week, Insta360 announced a new workflow enhancement for its Pro and Pro 2 cameras, allowing filmmakers to render 180-degree crops of their 360-degree 3D footage quickly and easily. How? By using the company's proprietary Premiere Pro CC workflow and its branded Insta360 Stitcher software.

As you may be aware, Insta360 developed an Adobe Premiere Pro CC plugin to use with its Pro & Pro 2 camera models designed to greatly speed up workflow and reduce duplicated energy spent stitching and wrangling heavy VR footage. What it's done is create a proxy-based workflow that allows you to pull in a low res proxy file into your Adobe Premiere Pro CC timeline and make your edit decisions.

Upon rendering, the software will carry out the stitching only on the footage that found its way into your final cut, greatly saving time and drive space.

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Insta360 One X Revolutionizes the Action Camera

Insta360's new One X 360 degree action camera promises more freedom and creative possibilities.

Today, Insta360 has revolutionized the action camera game with its release of the One X, an ultra-portable consumer 360-degree action cam. Among the camera's features are a maximum resolution of 5.7k @ 30fps, gimbal-like internal stabilization, a purpose-built editing app that let's you shoot first & frame later, and a new TimeShift feature that allows you time to remap your footage for increased dynamism and creativity.

The Insta360 One X is a consumer action camera that hopes to find its way into the backpacks and camera bags of vloggers, action shooters, and creators on-the-go who want a simplified capture-and-publish workflow without having to offload and edit footage on a computer.

No Film School was fortunate enough to get a prototype to test out and here's what we found after a few days with the new camera.

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REVIEW: DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Are Almost Identical—So Which One is Right for You?

These two drones differ in camera alone.

DJI, the world leader in the consumer drone market, added two more models to its fleet of flying cameras, the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. In terms of construction, obstacle avoidance, top speed, flight time, and the fact that they both feature a new Hyperlapse shooting mode, these drones are identical. Where they differ, however, is in their cameras.

The Mavic 2 Pro camera features a 1" Hasselblad designed sensor, capable of shooting 20MP JPEG or DNG still images, up to 10Bit UHD 4k video, and has user adjustable aperture (f/2.8 - f/11). Its fraternal twin, the Mavic 2 Zoom, features a 1/2.3" sensor capable of capturing 12MP JPEG or DNG still images, UHD 4K video at up to 30fps in 8Bit color depth and no user adjustable aperture.

At first glance, it would seem that the Mavic 2 Pro clearly has the more capable camera and, if all else is equal between these two drones, the Mavic 2 Pro would have more to offer. But there's a twist. The Mavic 2 Zoom offers a two-times optical zoom and has a focal length that is adjustable between 24mm and 48mm.

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DJI’s New Mavic 2 Series Enables Highly Detailed Image Capture from the Air

With the Mavic 2 Pro's Hasselblad sensor and Mavic 2 Zoom's integrated optical zoom, DJI introduces industry firsts.

DJI has just introduced two additions to its Mavic series: Mavic 2 Pro, and Mavic 2 Zoom. These two new additions usher in some big image capturing features in the familiar small form-factor of the popular Mavic Pro. The Mavic 2 Zoom boasts an industry-first optical zoom and the Mavic 2 Pro features an integrated Hasselblad camera. Both cameras capture 4K ultra-high definition video at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second (using the H.265 compression codec). New Enhanced High Dynamic Range for still image capture boosts the native dynamic ranges of both models, taking the Mavic 2 Pro to 14 stops of dynamic range and the Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.

With Hasselblad's color science, the Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with greater color accuracy.

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Adobe Portfolio Lets You Build a Showcase Site from Within Your Creative Cloud Subscription

Did you know that you can build your own portfolio website through Adobe Creative Cloud?

Many of us use Adobe Creative Cloud every day in our work and are familiar with programs like Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop and Lightroom. But since its debut of the Creative Cloud as a SaaS product, Adobe has been adding all sorts of cloud-based tools to the suite. One of these very useful—but perhaps lesser-known—tools is Portfolio. It is a drag & drop website design application that includes hosting, an unlimited number of pages—all of which come as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud monthly subscription.

While creatives certainly have a wide variety of web design & hosting options like Wix, Photshelter, and Squarespace, those come with an additional cost for a truly professional presentation (Free versions usually require you to display the company's branding & contact info on your own site). Since you're already paying for Adobe Creative Cloud, migrating your online portfolio to the platform for no additional subscription costs might be a great way to maximize your investment in Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Meet ANAFI, a Drone that Fits in Your Pocket and Allows You to Record HDR 4K Video

Does your portable drone record video in HDR?

The popular drone maker Parrot has just announced the fruits of two years of design work: ANAFI, a drone capable of recording HDR 4K video (21 MP stills) that fits in your jacket pocket. The company focused its efforts on four main areas: Image quality, flight performance, foldability of the drone, and ease of use of the software.

Though No Film School hasn't had the opportunity to do a hands-on test with ANAFI, the specs and features do seem like they could be enticing for anyone who is currently shooting with a DJI Mavic (or similar category drone), so let's take a look at what those are.

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5 Steps for Transforming an OK Story to a Great One from a Pixar Story Supervisor

Pixar’s Jason Katz reveals the what, why, and how of successful storytelling.

VR, AR, MR, & 360 video (collectively referred to as “XR” in the industry) are becoming increasingly more popular as storytelling tools largely due to an explosion in hardware and software innovations that make the production of those media affordable and accessible to the masses. No Film School was on hand at this year’s Augmented World Expo in San Jose to explore some of the recent innovations and see what tools and techniques are out there that could be helpful for filmmakers.

On the second day, expo visitors were treated to a keynote by Jason Katz of Pixar who began his address by asking the audience to leave everything they know about immersive technology “at the door” so that we could focus our attention on the most important part of storytelling: the story. During his speech, Katz outlined five basic principles that he adheres to when crafting stories and went on to discuss the simple elegance of the three-act structure that all Pixar films use to tell stories.

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The Top Five Places to Showcase Your 360° Videos

Looking for the best platform to publish your immersive videos? Here are the pros and cons of the top five.

As 360-degree cameras become more affordable and as more websites and apps begin natively supporting 360 photo & video playback, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best places to distribute your content. We compared the cost, ease of use, discoverability, maximum upload resolution, and overall user experience of each in order to let you evaluate what site (or sites) will make the best online home for your 360 content.

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DJI Refreshes Phantom 4 Pro With Improved Video and Obstacle Avoidance

DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 is more of a mid-cycle refresh than a brand new product.

DJI has named its latest release the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and that seems fitting considering the improvements are incremental and not groundbreaking new features. While we don't think the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 will leave current Phantom 4 Pro owners with FOMO, it is an incredibly well-made drone capable of safe, intelligent flights and of producing beautiful imagery.

Like the previous version, the V2 boasts a 1" CMOS sensor capable of capturing 20MP Adobe DNG RAW still photos and DCI 4k footage. Also, like its predecessor, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has a maximum video recording resolution of 4K 60p, can be flown autonomously with DJI's Intelligent Flight Modes and it works with the DJI Goggles. New with version 2.0 is h.265 video encoding at 100Mbps. It also features an improved lens, improved obstacle sensing and some other improvements listed below. So what does the Phantom 4 Pro 2.0 have that the Phantom 4 Pro doesn't?

These improvements don't leave the previous model looking long in the tooth.

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3 Factors DP Phil Holland Uses to Choose His Lenses

DP and VFX expert Phil Holland shares his lens selection process with Adorama at NAB 2018.

Director of Photography Phil Holland has been creating commercial images for nearly 20 years, both as a cinematographer and as part of the VFX team on major productions like Iron Man and Life of Pi. He sat down with Adorama at NAB 2018 to talk about his lens selection process and how his lens choices help him create the emotions he wants to convey in each scene.

In his demonstration, Holland discusses how he defines "normal" and builds his lens package around that, the importance of focal length and how it can help your talent give their best performances, and some of the aesthetics that are unique to anamorphic lenses and why he believes lenses should be chosen for their unique characteristics. Watch the full video and read our key takeaways below.

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