filmmaker.weekly Issue #9

September 3rd, 2017 – Rik Roukens (view this newsletter online)

Welcome to filmmaker.weekly issue #9 for Sunday, Sep 3rd, 2017.

This week has truly been crazy with tons of announcements and good stuff, Probably due to the IFA convention and the fact that IBC is around the corner. Anyways, it’s good news for us filmmakers!

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As usual, Thanks so much & enjoy your Sunday!


First look at Panasonic GH5 firmware 2.0 has the scoop on Panasonic’s GH5 firmware 2.0. You’ve must have heard about it, bug fixes and optimalisation, but ofcourse also a ton of features;

  • Professional 400Mbit ALL-I intraframe codec for 10bit 4K 4:2:2
  • “Open Gate” High Resolution Anamorphic Mode (4992 x 3744)
  • Hybrid Log Gamma with view assist feature for HDR shooting
  • New and improved autofocus engine for video

If you ask me, 400 Mbit All-I is a massive game changer, in-camera(!!) I’ll need to buy some new cards, but I’m definitely getting in on the GH5 now!

Canon Releases breakthrough 85mm f1.4 IS lens

Aside from releasing 3 new tilt shift lenses this week, Canon also dropped a 85mm f1.4 IS bomb this week! Now they do have a faster f1.2 lens already but this one has 4 stops of Image Stabilisation and will be available for $1599,- in mid November.

ARRI releases full new range of full spectrum front ND filters

Munich-based camera and accessory manufacturer ARRI has just announced a new line of full-spectrum ND front filters. These are of the same renowned quality as the internal ND filters on the ALEXA Mini and the Amira cameras.

Lexar has been acquired by a Chinese flash storage company

Back in June Micron announced it was shutting down it’s Lexar business unit. This week Longsys announced they have acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights. Now I’m not sure what this means for Lexar.. Will the brand degrade in quality with cheaper Chinese stuff or is Longsys at a quality level that is on par with Lexar at the moment or maybe even better? Time will tell!

Ricoh reveals new Theta v 360 Camera

Ricoh has revealed a brand new version of its Theta 360-degree camera: The Theta V, which upgrades the video capture quality to 4K resolution, adds live streaming support, and immersive “surround” sound audio recording. I’m really quite interested in the Spacial Audio! That must be great.. Oh and it will e on sale for $429.95 today!

DJI Releases Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian

DJI came in this week and released both a new version of their Mavic Pro Platinum ($1099.-) and a new Phantom 4 Pro black version called Obsidian ($1499.-). The Mavic Pro Platinum flies longer than the normal Mavic Pro and is apparently a lot quieter. To me it feel a bit like DJI did not really innovate much with this release, but to be fair, they own the market anyways, so they can hold off for a while!

Sony’s tiny RX0 is made for VR and multi-camera work

It’s tiny, it shoots 4K, 250(!!) fps in full HD and is waterproof to 33 feet! it’s also $700.- and aimed at the VR and remote camera shooting markets. it has a 1 inch, 15.4 megapixel sensor with a fixed 24mm f4 lens. Yes, that means it gives the same kind of image quality as the highly popular RX100 Mark V!

Good Reads & Great to Watch

Game of Thrones behind the scenes featurette

Great news for the Game of Thrones lovers among us, yes the season is over, but HBO is running a behind the scenes series on game of thrones for the next six weeks. With more great behind the scenes stuff than we have already seen. Check out episode 1 right now!


Abelcine interview, How long is the life of a camera?

A great interview with the founders of Abelcine, you know the rental company where you can literally get everything for your film. They talk about how long the life of a camera is and what really matters.

What 15 years of writing videography contracts taught me

Videography contracts define outcomes and set expectations; but they also provide protection—protection for you, your client, and for the art you create. I can’t state how important contracts are when you are a freelancer. It is absolutely vital that you get onboard with these to protect yourself and make sure you get payed.

How rental gear got destroyed during the solar eclipse

When you are from another part of the world or perhaps have been living under a rock for the past week, you might have missed the spectacular solar eclipse that happened across the USA. This meant, even after warning their customers that lens rentals had quite a few damaged camera’s and lenses that came back, showing the power of the almighty sun.

Fusion 9 Review

At Siggraph in August, Blackmagic Design released a new version of its compositing software Fusion. For those not familiar with Fusion, it is a highly flexible node-based compositor that can composite in 2D and 3D spaces. Its closest competitor is Nuke from The Foundry. Check out post perspectives review on the new version!


See you around

A short film about the places, sounds and smells that remind you of someone you’d rather forget. It’s the story of a guy who struggles to avoid these emotional landmines, and his journey to clear his head.

Eclipse 2017: One Nation Under the Sun

On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse made its way from Oregon to South Carolina — the first time such a large swath of the United States was in the path of total darkness since 1918. Millions of people across the country paused together to stare up at the sky.

Guides & Tutorials

How to use the essential sound panel in Premiere Pro CC 2017

In this tutorial, Jason Levine covers the basic workflow for mixing dialogue, ambience/sound effects & music using the new Essential Sound Panel in Premiere Pro CC 2017. If you’re new to audio, this panel can truly revolutionize the way you think about mixing audio for video. Easy, intuitive controls (with ‘detailed’ control in the background, should you want to use it).

How using a speedramp can improve your videos

Peter McKinnon tells you in a little over 3 minutes how speed ramping can improve your footage!

Creating an animated Instagram in After Effects

Now you might not necessarily need to recreate a instagram feed for your video, but it has great principal for how to recreate any website and app and how to do that easily and clean. Also, you can download the free AE project in our freebie section!

Become a post production workflow master Part 2

Continuing from last weeks part 1, part 2 will take you through the editing, color grading, special effects and final delivery, setting you up to become the workflow master you’ve always wanted to be.

Animating a twitter conversation in AE

Another fantastic one by Premiumbeat which keeps the social media trend alive in this weeks tutorial section. learn how to create a very nicely animated twitter conversation in after effect. it look great!

Gear & Tech

Not too much in this section this week, I’ve covered pretty much all of it in the news section!

First Look Canon 85mm F1.4 L IS Lens

The lens that was announced this week as you have read before, check out the first look by B&H photovideo.



Free Animated instragram feed AE project

You’ve seen the tutorial in our section above, but you might as well download the whole project for free! 🙂

Cinematic sound freebie

Get this fantastic Sound FX for free.


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