filmmaker.weekly Issue #11

September 17th, 2017 – Rik Roukens (view this newsletter online)

Welcome to filmmaker.weekly issue #11 for Sunday, Sep 17th, 2017.

IBC in the house! A lot of exciting new stuff!

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Arri announces Skypanel 360-C

Ever needed the sun in a place where you had complete darkness? Arri has the solution with its new S360-C light. Adding to the already impressive LED soft light range from Arri the S360-C is the largest and brightest to date. But not only that, it features build-in wireless DMX control, full color tuneability, and lighting effects with its firmware 3.0

Adobe announces bit updates to its CC suite

Adobe announces big new updates to its entire suite, auto audio ducking for Audition, multi-project editing in Premiere Pro(!!) Collaborative editing with Project locking, a whole range of new VR tools, motion graphics templates that will speed up repetitive work a lot and much more.

Canon launches RAW-friendly 4k reference monitor

Canon has announced a new reference-quality 4k, HDR, 12g-SDI monitor for color critical final image evaluation. This is pretty much an update to its v2410 monitor and is very useful for color critical work. It is no secret that the standards for color grading for networks or streaming services are really high and reference monitors can help you get an accurate representation of your image.


Good Reads & Great to Watch

Filmmakers Utility Pouch by The Film Look

This is something I have been using myself for the last 3 years, whether I’m working as a cameraman, AC, broadcast engineer or even runner, I always have a utility pouch or belt on me with various tools and items. The Film Look gives you an amazing start if you are looking to make yourself a walking toolkit. But be aware that everyone will be asking you for stuff!

Colorist Stephen Nakamura on grading Stephen King’s It

A scary clown can be thanked for helping boost what had been a lacklustre summer box office. In its first weekend, Stephen King’s It opened with an impressive $125 million. Not bad! Check out this interview with deluxe’s company 3 colorist Stephen Nakamura who graded the movie.

VFX Roundtable: Trends & Inspiration

Another great read up from on VFX in this Round Table with some of the world’s leading VFX houses. see what they have to say and where VFX is heading.

If you gave up on FCPX, It’s time for a second look tells all of us who dropped FCPX 6 years ago to give it a retry, and even better, they give us facts and reasons why we should.


A gift from Rome – Kirill Neiezhmakov

Rome, the Eternal City has endured for over 2,800 years and has a history and an appeal like no other city in the world.

Sherlock – How Creative Transitions Improve Storytelling

This breakdown video is actually pretty inspiring to improve your storytelling via creative transitions. It’s worth watching a couple of times!

Guides & Tutorials

256 shades of grey – Log, LUTs, 8-bit and 10-bit

Cinema5d gives us a great walkthrough about log, luts, 8-bit and 10-bit. If you are looking to start shooting in Log to get more dynamic range, detail and an overall better image, definitely take 5 minutes to watch this video. It’s a lot of information, but it’s well worth it!

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: How to create an efficient editing workflow

Travelfeels and nofilmschool take us through doing an edit from start to finish while following a good workflow at the same time. This is something most freelancers or one man bands struggle with a lot. Keeping a tidy project and

5 quick and simple Premiere Pro tips you might know yet

Jordan Dueck gives us 5 quick Premiere Pro tips that you might not know yet!


Gear & Tech

Aputure MX and 300d Led lights

Newsshooter is at IBC looking at the Aputure MX prototype which is now Bicolour and has over five times the brightness of the M9, it features a touch-sensitive control surface although newsshooter reports that this might get swapped out for physical buttons before production.

Atomos Sumo M & New Atomos Converters

Atomos has just unveiled its new Atomos Sumo M at IBC 2017 along with a whole new product line of converters. For me this is super exciting news, as a (primarily) Broadcast Engineer I am always on the lookout for new converters, it looks like Atomos is set to make a big spash in the world that is primarily dominated by Blackmagic Design’s converters and AJA. So it’s fantastic to see a bit more competition. I really like the fact that they are color-coded, which makes it super easy to see what you are looking for it you have 100s of converters.

Most of you, however, will be excited for the new Atomos Sumo 19 M, and yes you have heard of this one before. Atomos already has a Sumo 19 for sale, which is a recorder/monitor solution. The Sumo 19 M fills the gap for it you are only interested in using the Sumo 19 as a monitor. Here are the full specs;

  • 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen Display
  • 10-Bit FRC Monitor Processing
  • HDMI 2.0 and 12G-SDI Inputs/Outputs
  • SDI/HDMI Cross Conversion
  • 1200 cd/m² Brightness
  • Import LUTs from Master Caddy Media
  • HDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range
  • High-Bright Mode for REC. 709 Viewing

Atomos has also announced an HDR collaboration with YouTube, by embedding a flag in its ProRes files youtube automatically recognises the footage as HDR, YouTube will then convert it to an H.265 file and display it on HDR compatible screens. The flag is also kept when editing your footage in Final Cut X and Adobe Premiere with Avid getting compatibility in a future upgrade.


21 Free 4K fog overlays for video editors and motion designers

Premiumbeat has bundled up 21 free 4k fog overlays for us to use in our projects These overlays were all shot in a controlled studio environment and captured organically with real fog and haze. Download them now for your next video!

15 Free camera shake presets for After Effects and Premiere Pro

Do you have footage shot on a tripod that you want to appear handheld? You can easily add camera shake to your video with these free presets designed for After Effects. You can also apply the free camera shake presets and bring the footage into a Premiere Pro project.

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