Category: Cameras

7 Best Royalty Free Music Websites & Services For Filmmakers

Finding the best royalty free music can become a hassle especially when you have to be strict about the song genre or temp for your project. In the following article, I'll explain the dilemma many filmmakers are coming across when creating content for the web or outside distribution resulting in copyright concerns over audio materials. I'll then go into detail on how to avoid them by the proper licensing through recommended services. Video is quickly becoming the most popular way for people to consume content especially through social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram or Facebook Video. While this is...

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US Army Halts Use Of DJI Drones Due To Cyber Security Concerns

DJI is the most well-known company in the consumer quadcopter market, and their business has exploded over the last five years as drone technology improves and general pricing gets more affordable. Since the technology has become so advanced, even the Army has been utilizing DJI models sold right off the shelf for military operations like reconnaissance, engineering support, communications and fire support. While they Army gained great functionality out of these consumer drones for a small cost, a recent memo urged all Army personnel to immediately stop all use of DJI products via the following order:  “cease all use, uninstall...

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FAA Refunding $5 Fee For Anyone Who Registered A Personal Drone

Back in December of 2015, the FAA began requiring drone owners to register their portable aerial vehicles to help regulate the consumer industry better and hold operators accountable for drone-related accidents and crime. Fortunately, the registration process wasn't overly cumbersome and only cost $5 for three years of eligibility. On May 18th, the US Court of Appeals came forth with a ruling that the FAA violated their own Modernization and Reform Act which banned model aircraft regulations thus legally speaking drone owners should not be required to carry out a registration process. As part of this ruling, the FAA...

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RED Announces Their First High-End ‘Hydrogen One’ Smartphone

RED is a company that isn't well known to all consumers, but those in the filmmaking world know them as one of the most prestigious and expensive camera manufacturers. Just a few weeks back, RED's own Jim Jannard posted this cryptic message on the RED USER forum: July 6th. 9am PST. Right here. You need to be online. You need to tell everyone you know to be online. Have your credit card ready. This is a new product category. It does not impact your RED camera. This caused the filmmaking world to go crazy with speculations as to what...

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Pricing & Release Dates Announced For Sigma’s 14mm & 24-70mm ART Lenses

Back in February, Sigma announced several new models to their high-end ART lens series. The 14mm f/1.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 were the two most anticipated of the bunch although we were stuck without the major details like pricing and release date. Fortunately, Sigma has spilled the beans on both elements, and we have confirmation of both model's details. The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 ART will retail for $1,600 with the Canon and Sigma mounts shipping this month (Nikon Shipping in July). The Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 ART lens will ship this month for all three mount variations and will retail for...

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Unannounced Canon ‘6D Mark II’ DSLR Leaks Online (Updated)

When Canon initially announced their 6D, many were pleased with the company's decision as it offered some of the best features from the 5D lineup at a lower price without the unnecessary bells and whistles. Since then, a lot has happened in the world of photography and video. Canon has been lagging far behind its primary rivals, Sony and Panasonic whom both offer mirrorless competitors with greater features and functionality at a lower cost. Canon refreshed their high-end, full-frame lines in the past year with the 1DX Mark II and 5D Mark IV, so everyone has been patiently awaiting the launch of...

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New Products & Updates Coming Out Of Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Every year Apple marks a special occasion for developers during their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event which was kicked off in San Jose earlier today. While the event itself spans several days and is dedicated to interaction and education of developers, it always kicks off with a big keynote presented by Tim Cook and several star Apple executives who update the media, developers and the general public on what the company has in store for the coming year. This year was no exception, and we saw one of the largest and most announcement-packed WWDC keynotes Apple has had in recent...

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Court Rules Drone Enthusiasts Are Not Required To Register With FAA

Over 770,000 quadcopter enthusiasts have registered their birds in the U.S. since the FAA announced the requirement back in December of 2015. However, a model aircraft enthusiast by the name of John Taylor recently took the FAA to court. The case ruled in John's favor saying the FAA violated their 2012 Modernization and Reform Act which states the agency cannot make new laws restricting hobbyist model aircraft (a label consumer drones fall under). This technically means that non-commercial drone owners do not have to register their quadcopters although the FAA can still appeal this decision. Furthermore, the 2012 Modernization and Reform...

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Sony’s a9 Is A High End Mirrorless Designed For Sports Shooters

With NAB just around the corner, Sony pulled out a big announcement today in NYC. While many anticipated new camera announcements at the convention next week in Las Vegas, the company announced their new professional flagship camera dubbed the ‘a9'. While many mirrorless shooters are satisfied with their a6500, a7SII or a7RII, the a9 caters to a whole different crowd. Focused on fast-paced photography, the a9 is a high speed beast capable of shooting 20fps for up to 241 RAW or 362 JPEG images making it a sports or wildlife shooters dream. It is miles ahead of the current mirrorless...

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DJI’s Phantom 4 ‘Advanced’ Offers Better Features For A Cheaper Price

DJI's Phantom 4 has hit high standards with the drone community, and a new model has just been added to the lineup. The new Phantom 4 Advanced and Advanced+ models will replace the soon to be discontinued (April 30th) Phantom 4 base model touting better specs for a similar price-point. These new models come packed with a larger 1-inch 20MP sensor matching that of the Phantom 4 Pro. Along with the new sensor, it also has the Pro's capability of capturing 4K up to 60 frames per second in h.264 (100Mbps) or 4K at 30 frames per second in...

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