The problem with new technologies is you never know how they are going to turn out.
Once unleashed, they take on a life of their own, and more often than not, they end up killing their inventors. A kind of Frankenstein, really.
Here’s a good story:
In 1450 Gutenberg perfected the printing press, and the first book (actually, the second, but let’s not get too technical here) that he printed was The Bible.
Now, Gutenberg was a bit nervous that the Church and The Pope would be annoyed that he had taken Holy Scripture and married it to this mechanical process. Until then, all Bibles had been lovingly had written by Monks. (Think of the printing press as the first AI manufacturing).
As it turned out, The Pope was not at all annoyed by the printed bibles. In fact, he loved them. One of the … Read More »
500 years ago, or so, Johannes Gutenberg put paper to inked moveable type and set off a revolution in communications.
Before Gutenberg, we were an oral culture.
The law was the ‘King’s Word’, religion was The Word of God, delivered by priests.
Most people were illiterate. They were illiterate largely because there was nothing to read. And there was nothing to read because books, what few there were, had to be laboriously written by hand. So most people never saw a book in their lifetime. Where would they have learnt to read? And why?
The advent of the printing press changed that. (It changed a lot more, but it changed people’s illiteracy). Suddenly everyone was learning to read and write. They had to. It was the way the world was starting to communicate.
Fast forward 500 years and we have the iPhone, ten years old … Read More »
Apple has launched a new update for Final Cut Pro X for its new line of iMac Pro computers. The iMac Pro is the most powerful computer the company has produced, and it will allow video editors to do some amazing things with Final Cut, including new support for VR editing.
Virtual reality and 360 video have become the most recent frontier in video production. With new support from Facebook and YouTube, as well as cheaper and more accessible hardware utilizing smartphones, VR and 360 video have become not only a hot trend, but an exciting new space for innovation in video production. People are clamoring to get their hands on 360 cameras and start producing immersing content of their own. The most difficult part of producing VR video, aside from the storytelling challenges, is editing it. Apple wants you to … Read More »
Last Saturday, we launched a new kind of TV network, unlike anything that has ever been attempted before, and we did it in East New York, Brooklyn.
The journalist AJ Leibling wrote in 1961 that ‘freedom of the press belongs to those who own a press’.
And, he was right.
That was particulary true for TV stations.
In New York, local news has been in the hands of the major media comapnies, whether it was CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC or Time/Warner. They produced all the local news. The reason for his was simple. Owning and running a local TV news operation was both complex and expensive. You needed crews and cameras and edit suites and trucks, but most of all, you needed an FCC broadcasting license or a cable franchise like NY1. That alone put the cost of starting a local TV station in … Read More »
The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Rylo 360-Degree Camera.
The Rylo 360-Degree Camera is a new VR camera developed by a team of former Apple, Instagram and Hyperlapse engineers and is one of the smallest and easy to use 360 camera on the market.
The Rylo can fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, shoots 360 video in 4K and can easily be formatted for standard 16:9 video at 1080p full HD. The camera has two 208-degree lenses and includes a handy grip/tripod that lets you hold it or mount it easily so it doesn’t get in your way. Additionally, … Read More »
We are busy selling off our video cameras on eBay.
Luckily, the are going like hotcakes.
We used to own about 30 prosumer cameras.
What do we need them for? We shoot everything on our iPhones.
When an iPhone gets 4K video AND can also edit, add graphics, music, stickers (if you want ’em), AND ‘share’ or move the files around instantly to anywhere in the world AND live stream (need i say more?), is there really any point in owning a ‘camcorder’?
I don’t think so.
Yesterday, Canon, maker of very fine video and photo gear, announced the release of not one, but three new ‘ProSumer’ video cameras –
The Canon XA11
The Canon XA15
The Vixia HF G21A
All three models shoot 1080P, have 20X optical zooms and range in price from $999 to $1899
They aren’t even 4K!
I have to say that I continue to be … Read More »
Velapp is an amazing iOS app that edits video as you shoot it in the app. While you are shooting video in the app you just tap a button when you are recording something you know you’ll want in the video, and the app does the rest. Once you are done recording, the edited video from your clip will appear.
This is a great app to use when you are recording something long like a sports event, speech, or rally, and want to pull highlights from them right after. If you want a quick turnaround from an event to put on social media then this is the app for you.
Obviously this app isn’t for every video. If you are putting together a story from many clips then you will still have to use an editing app or program on your computer like … Read More »
The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Freefly Movi smartphone stabilizing gimbal.
We have already featured a smartphone stabilizer on our Gift Guide, but this one is worth your time too. One of the biggest issues when shooting video with a smartphone is shaky footage. Because the phones are so light-weight, they can be hard to control, and the slightest movement can make your video look amateurish. While phones are taking care of this more and more internally with digital stabilization, they can only go so far. A great stabilizer will not only get rid of that small shake, … Read More »
The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit.
DSLR cameras are some of the most popular cameras on the market, and Canon is one of the top camera brands producing them at all price levels. Not including the iPhone and other smartphones, the Canon EOS 80D is one of the most used cameras for digital video out there.
DSLR cameras are so popular because of their ease of use, and the quality of the image that they can produce. DSLR cameras allow the video producer to easily use amazing lenses that give their images a … Read More »
In all our years of training, we’ve found that photographers make great video producers. Their already acquired knowledge of camera settings and how to tell visual stories makes the transition easier. However, there are some key differences from a technical standpoint between still photography and video.
Check out this video from B&H highlighting some of the key differences between photo and video and some tips:
Here’s what’s covered in the video:
Photo vs. video lenses
Whether or not you are a photographer it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of a terms and features of manual camera settings. While it certainly true that you can get great video if you are working in automatic, particularly when producing video with your smartphone, but you can really up your game and have a better understanding of camera function … Read More »