March 2, 2015
by The FAA
Drone With The Wind
The FAA proposed new rules for drone flight. Check out the full press release here. What does this mean for the video industry? It is actually not as bad as the last proposal that wanted all drone flyers to get a pilots license. Some high points (pun intended) are:
- “An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate.”
- “To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months.”
- “A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (i.e., a private pilot license or medical rating).”
With these newly proposed rules it offers some regulation around drone flight which is great for safety. What do you think about the proposed regulations and does your company operate a drone? Continue the conversation and update us here.
The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit:
You can view the FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later today at:
An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:
You can view the fact sheet at:
Press Conference audio is available here.
For more information on the FAA and UAS, visit: http://www.faa.gov/uas/
Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion
By the way, check out NAB’s new Drone Pavilion this April 13-16 in Las Vegas
February 26, 2015
by Jeff Riegel
I’m not a big Pinterest user. Never have been. Yes– I know it’s a pretty popular social media contender. My wife uses it all the time, as do her vast number of friends and fellow pinners. So to me, it appears to be a female dominated network made up of a lot of favorite shoes, desserts, clothing and the like.
That may be true. But not entirely…
I was happy to find a plethora of other fellow video makers, editors, graphic artists, photographers, web designers, HUD creators, etc– with a great number of freebies and tutorials available from every corner of the globe. And even easier to find via Pinterest’s keyword search. Like “HUDs” gives this huge list of highly visual examples.
So when I least expected it, Pinterest has become a fun and most enjoyable media network to find inspiration from other’s posts to create my own… that is, in between the kitchen counter favs and the best of pies desserts.
Mine are by no means as popular nor extensive as the other guru’s. Check out one of my beginner boards for inspiration: Heads-Up Displays…
February 25, 2015
by The Beat
Embarking on a multi-camera video shoot? We run through 4 tips on how to ‘trick’ your audience by effectively mixing GoPro shots with cinematic footage.
GoPro has come along way since the first version was released back in 2004. Until the last few years, the pint sized cameras were use sparingly if not at all in Hollywood and professional productions, but that all changed with the GoPro HERO 3 & 4 series. In fact, GoPros were the go-to camera for documentary films like 2012′s Leviathan, which uses GoPros almost exclusively to capture a commercial fishing boat at sea.
Now these nearly indestructible cameras are being fitted to just about everything, giving the audience a point of view we’ve never had before. But the thing to remember: the cinematographer didn’t just strap the GoPro to just anything and let it go. No, they planned and tested certain shots to ensure the cams were being used most effectively.
Here are 4 tips that will allow you to integrate your GoPro footage with cinematic footage…
Have you had success integrating your GoPro footage with your cinema style footage?
Tell us all about it in the comments below.
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February 24, 2015
(Thanks to Rudy Atallah for posting)
A new “Ansel Adams Act” introduced in Congress could have big implications on photographers’ rights across the United States. The bill aims to “restore the First Amendment rights of photographers” by removing restrictions on taking photos in public places.
Introduced on January 2nd, 2015 by Republican US Representative Steve Stockman of Texas, the document discusses the disturbing trend in recent years of the US Government creating regulations that prohibit or restrict photography in places such as national parks and public spaces, and of subjects such as government buildings, police officers, and other government workers.
Even when these laws don’t exist, people “have been instructed to prohibit photography from public spaces, and threatened photographers with arrest or seizure of photographic equipment,” the bill says.
Stockman argues that this is a violation of “freedom of speech and of the press” against the principles of the First Amendment. “Still and motion photographs are speech,” he says. “It is contrary to the public policy of the United States to prohibit or restrict photography in public spaces, whether for private, news media, or commercial use.”
The bill’s solution is to make sure that photography in public spaces is not prohibited (the government would need a court order to do so), that the government will not charge photographers to shoot on public land, and that photographic equipment cannot be seized or tampered with.
Here’s the full text of the bill for you to read through if you’re interested (it’s rather short):
The bill is currently with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where it’s being held for consideration, and we’ll update you when there are new developments.
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February 23, 2015
Magnetic Stereo: Plugin for automatically fixing audio from your stereo mic in FCPX
Use a stereo mic or field recorder? Magnetic Stereo by Audiofile Engineering is a lightning-fast way to balance your stereo audio.
- Magically fix your stereo audio
- Works with your stereo mic
- Drag, drop, and your stereo is balanced
Magically Fix Your Stereo Audio
Magnetic Stereo analyzes and dynamically balances your stereo audio once it becomes off-center. If the mic was aimed improperly, or your subject moved, Magnetic Stereo automatically centers your audio.
If you’d rather balance your stereo channels manually, Magnetic Stereo also includes a full-featured Lisajou meter and manual controls.
Works With Your Stereo Mic
Magnetic Stereo works great with any stereo mic – whether your video was shot with the Rode iXY, Rode Stereo Videomic, Stereo Videomic X, the Zoom iQ6, or Zoom H4N field recorder.
No matter what stereo microphone your interview was shot with, Magnetic Stereo will help you deliver audio that is more polished and professional.
Drag, Drop, and Your Stereo is Balanced
Don’t have hours to spend keyframing your stereo audio? Just drag and drop, and Magnetic Stereo will analyze your stereo audio and balance the channels dynamically. You can just sit back and watch.
Click here for details and download.
February 20, 2015
Motion 5 users can bring their 2D images to life with inMotion3D: Projection from Pixel Film Studios. This plugin allows editors to map a photo of an alley, hallway or room onto a 3D environment in Motion 5. inMotion3D; Projection also gives users the ability to add text, logos, or keyed footage to their 3D room.
inMotion3D: Projection requires the latest version of Motion 5. Mac Mini and Macbook Air computers with Intel graphics cards are not compatible with this plugin.
From 2D to 3D in Motion 5
inMotion3D: Projection allows Motion 5 users to project a 2D image onto a 3D room. Then with a 3D camera, editors can pan, tilt, and dolly around their environment to observer it from unique and interesting perspectives. inMotion3D: Projection is a great tool for turning a stagnant photo into a fun and engaging journey.
Control the Environment
Motion 5 editors can take total control of their environment. With easy-to-use sliders and controls, they can adjust the depth, width, and height of their room. Then, users can manipulate the position and rotation of the guidelines to match the perspective lines in their scene.
Add Text or Keyed Footage
inMotion3D: Projection is a powerful tool that can help editors create 3D title sequences quickly in Motion 5. With designated presets, users can add logos, text, or keyed footage to their scene that can interact with their environment in 3D space.
Designed for Motion 5
inMotion3D: Projection was professionally designed by the team at Pixel Film Studios for Motion 5. As an Motion 5 generator, this tool can be dragged-and-dropped onto the timeline and filled with a still image. inMotion3D: Projection also contains easy-to-use controls built into the Motion Inspector that allow users to customize their environment quickly.
February 19, 2015
by Film Riot
This is going to be the shortest blog post, yet one of the most information-packed ones you’ll ever find here on the Daily GLJ Media Blog.
OK– here it is: Don’t blink… A bunch ‘o QUICK Tips and Tricks on Video Production thanks to Film Riot. While you’re there, check out their weekly longer more in-depth video’s on everything ‘Video Production.’
Like this one: Quick Tips: Household Dolly Hacks! or even these…
February 17, 2015
Over the past couples years, I’ve had the great fortune to meet and work with Frank Lee Ruggles on a few video projects. Each and every one of them was a memorable adventure which I cherish more than he could ever know (this coming from a ho-hum guy in the sometimes adventure-less government sector). Here’s a great article by my friend, Frank, adventure photographer and writer…
While serving as an official photographer for the United States National Park Service, I was able to visit more than 100 different National Parks across the country. Along the way, I learned a lot about what it takes to photograph the parks. Here are my 10 tips for photographing in the great outdoors…