Latest News from Adobe MAX – My Favorite New Addition to The Creative Suite

Do you post to social media much?
Yeah, I know the answer. On the daily. Probably multiple times in a day.
Adobe has now introduced one of the best, time saving tools you can get!
With a cross platform, intuitive editing tool, you just got some extra sleep, or the time to create more content.
Say hello to Premiere Rush:
Create and Share Online Videos Anywhere with All-New Premiere Rush CC

OK, why so good?
One thing that I know that we all spend time on is making sure the format and codec for your video is right, to push it out to all social media platforms. And that takes time!
With Premiere Rush, you are set with simple control!

You can start your edit in the field on your tablet or phone, and continue in your office on your laptop or desktop. OR just publish from the field to multiple platforms.
And there was one other feature that will save you buckets of time, and that is in the audio sphere.
You know when you add some music track to your vid, and you spend loads of time raising and lowering the volume so it doesn’t interrupt your brilliant narration?
There is a new feature called Auto-Ducking, which thanks to Adobe Sensei, will automatically balance the tracks so the music “ducks” below the narration at appropriate times.
Now THAT alone is a major time saver.
There are a ton of new enhancements to the Adobe Creative Suite apps being announced today, but this one, IMHO, is massive, and will go directly into my workflow.
How much?
Premiere Rush CC is available for $9.99/month to individuals, $19.99/month to teams, and $29.99/month to enterprise customers. Premiere Rush CC is also included as part of Creative Cloud All Apps, Premiere Pro CC single app, the Student plan, and comes with100 GB of CC storage. Additional storage options, up to 10 TB, are also available for purchase.
Premiere Rush CC Starter Plan: Available for free, the Starter plan gives customers access to all Premiere Rush CC features, use of desktop and mobile apps, and the ability to create an unlimited number of projects and export up to three projects.
Give it a spin, and I’m sure you’ll find that the $10 a month is well worth it!
Now, this is just one of the new deals in the Suite:
(may have to buy an iPad Pro!)

head on over to Adobe Max to see all for the latest news.

Your Next Purchase For Mobile FilmMaking

The quality of smartphone video is steadily increasing. 4K? You bet. Log files? ok-dokey.
The tools you now have at your disposal allow you to enter into the immediacy of social media, as well as longer form storytelling. But you need some mobile specific filmmaking tools, along with a great story and direction, to fully realize the potential.
A small camera, once moving, will reveal every bit of shake, no matter how steady you think you are.
Have a look at what autuer Michel Gondry did (yes, the director of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) with iPhones:
Yep, all on iPhone. The 7 actually. (this is just the trailer, for the 11 min. video)

And a behind the scenes clip:

One of the best tools out there is the Zhiyun Smooth 4, coupled with the FilmicPro app.

You can see the Filmic Pro app in use in the above clip of capturing night scenes with an iPhone.
At about $120 USD for this, you can’t go wrong. This is a tool you really have to add to your kit.
This gimbal is a well built tool with powerful motors, to keep your phone vids steady, and coupled with the app, give you a full mobile filmmaking toolbox.
One of the features I love about this unit is the Wheel. you can simply use it to zoom, or focus, and thanks to the app, mark your point of shifting either.Some other units use a sliding circle deal, but the wheel just feels better for those functions. There does seem to be a bit of latency in the response time, but with practice, you will be able to adjust your moves for that.
You can use this in a horizontal or vertical mode, which is best for FB Live or other mobile uses.
Balancing is pretty easy, but even with being close, once turned on the powerful motors kick-in, and do the work. I also take a snap of the settings an placements to ease the deal.
I did find that the grip was good for holding for a long time, and having the tripod stand was a huge addition.
One of the best parts of the tripod unit is for doing time lapse, motion lapse, or vlogging.

The unit itself does not have a “selfie” mode, but the software takes care of that easily.
Connecting with BlueTooth was fast and easy with either app.
The integration between the Smooth4 and the Filmic Pro App is seamless.
That said, there are some things on the Zhiyun App I like, but I’ll stick with the one app.
Take the time to work with each app and learn the depth of it.
The Smooth 4 will do everything you need to physically control the phone.
One thing I’m always asking is whether or not I need to remove the case to mount the phone.
All works.
The ZY app still has some great features that you may want to use. There are present scene choices, under the camera setting, that include pano with auto stitching, motion time lapse, where you can pick multiple points and the camera will create a moving time lapse, slo-mo, and vertigo. You do have to make a choice of which app, when you connect,
here are some screen grabs of the ZY app:

I suggest trying both apps, to see what you want to get out of them. Honestly, I will use the ZY app for some things, and the Filmic Pro for the main.

Filmic Pro, for true manual control of your phone, and ZY for a bit more auto settings.

The tripod stand also uses a 1/4-20 and is removable to break down for smaller footprint transport.
Because of that, you can put the gimbal onto a tripod, for more stability, or for reach, an extension pole.
Battery life is about 12 hours. It keeps going, and going. And uses USB-C for charging the unit, cable included. There is an on-board option for charging your phone as well.
The company does have a love of the Vertigo effect, so named from an Alfred Hitchcock move. Basically a lens zoom with a camera pullback.

Easily done with this unit, and it’s a feature of the ZY software, if you choose to use that app

The case supplied is a good styrofaom case, and although it’s great for storage, I do not use it. This gimbal is well built, and putting it right into a camera bag, or backpack, works just fine.

There is a front rocker switch that uses a series of top or bottom presses to activate certain functions. Learn them.
As much as we all like to get a product out of the box, charge it, and use it without looking at a manual, I’d encourage you to check out the tutorials. Some are good, some are marginal, but if you watch a bunch you will glean the info to get the most out of the unit.
And truth be told, this is my second Zhiyun gimbal. I started with the Crane 2, for a larger camera, and was impressed by the build and ease of use.
Knew this would be a great trade show floor option for my needs, and went for it.

Basically, this gear is well built, has strong motors, and comfortable design elements for long day of usage. As i mentioned the battery life, at about 12 Hours, is more than enough.
As you can tell by this post, the Apps have a lot to do with your video success. Take the time, Try each. More video on youtube than guide you through.
Here is one tutorial on Filmic Pro tutorial.

Michel Gondry is represented by Partizan Films

Think Tank Keeps You Dry In the Nick of Time!

These just came out, and have to pass it on. Think Tank Photo Emergency Rain Covers!
If you have ever got caught shooting the rain, this has GOT to be in your bag.
When I moved to the East coast from California, I got a whole new appreciation for how long I had to keep rain gear around. And figure ways to protect my camera gear.
Here is an easy solution.
I already saw the need. For instance, while shooting a concert at an open air bandshell, the umbrellas came out, and i had to weather (sorry) the downpour, and keep shooting.
While my camera is weather sealed, I still kept hiding it back into my bag for protection. I got the shot but not ideal.
If I had one of these, it would have been a no-brainer, and it would have been a different story.
Another time, while walking home, the downpour began.
I love the images you can make in that kind of light and circumstance, but bringing out the camera was not really an option for me, weather sealed or not. It was monsoon-like.
If I had one of these, it would have been a no-brainer, and it would have been a different story.
You are getting the pattern, I imagine. And I’m sure you know how you would be using this.

So, for the short dough, about $40.00 you need to have one of these in your kit. And they do come in sizes.
The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover– Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.
Who needs this?
Sports photogs, concert photographers, outdoor photographers, nature photographers, wedding photographers,and just about everyone.
Have a look at the video above and see how easy it is to put on.
Admittedly, their Hydrophobia is their solid, all day rain cover solution. More involved, more expensive, and assumes you know what you are walking into.
Like maybe you are cover the big game, which will go on, rain or shine. And that includes you!
check em out!

Peak Design – Getting Ready for The Weekend

Bags, Bags, Bags! Every photographer has multiples, and each one serves a purpose, and honestly, specific to a venue you may be shooting in.
Recently, Peak Design, who has been building and designing some quality bags, straps and camera holders, has moved into the world of luggage.
Not your typical luggage, but designed with a photographer in mind.

I know that weekends getaways are always on my mind, and packing a few different bags, adds to the carry situation.
I just need it for the weekend!
So they are looking to fill that short trip niche with the new bag: The 45L Travel Backpack!
Taking into account the sleeker design that has been their hallmark, they incorporate a few of the backpack features that you are used to.
The backpack straps, hideaway beautifully, and so you can use the many handles strategically placed, around the bag as a carry option.

The sides give you easy access to the interior which is more where the uniqueness comes out.

There are camera cases designed to fit perfectly in the interior, with their trademark oragmi dividers. Pick the size cube you need to determine whether you want all of the backpack for gear, or split with clothes and other items.

One thing that I have wished for in the Peak Design bags, they now deliver: Side pockets to give you access to small items, or the omni-present water bottle 9or tripod)! Huzzah! it is now here in this backpack.

They have also introduced 2 new travel pouches, one which I love, and the other, still not sure about.
There is a tech case, that is brilliant!

for all of your cables, wires, adaptors, even a battery charger for your phone with a hole leading out for the charging head!

I have been using Muji mesh bags, but this is a much better solution. A Space for everything and everything in it’s place!
The other case is a toiletries kit, or dopp kit.

I appreciate the thought, but in the pre-production model there were some questions: In my other travel dopp kits, I can hang the case, and all things are revealed and easy to access, This one has a short hook, that opens the case to you, but doesn’t feel secure. Sitting on a shelf, or a bathroom top, no problem.

Another great thing are the strong, yet thin, packing cubes. With a way to adjust the height for all of your weekend clothes, plus a separator for clean and dirty, these are also going into use immediately!

True, this next pic shows a few more T’s than needed for a weekend, but you get the idea of how the cube can be expanded to hold more.
And some small shoe bags to round out the system.

Overall, this bag system, fits in just right for weekend trips.
There is one addition I’d like to see: a great place to put a camera strap so you can hit the AirBnB, put down the bag with clothes, toiletries, extra shoes, and just lift out the camera bag, and start your walkabout.
I will add the strap myself, and see how the design works out.

This was a pre-production model Im looking at, and the overall functionality is good. Plus, it looks great.
also will hook onto your roller bag if that’s the way you want to go.

How much?
Well, it’s on Kickstarter right now. They also just added some duffle bags to the line-up. Not quite my deal, so just looking at the camera bag aspects.
Since it’s Peak Design. you can rest assured they will deliver.
I have had some dodgy deals with a fewKickstarter deals, but this company is straight up. 8X they have delivered, so all good.
Get in on the good deal, and back by Thu, September 20 2018 8:00 PM EDT. for the best price.

HitCase – Under the Sea with Your Phone

HitCase has come up with a great solution to the underwater smartphone!

You know, I waited until the new iPhones were announced 9/12, to see what the new features were. And the sizes!
Apple has added 2 meters deep, and 30 min underwater, as a new feature of the latest Phones, which is pretty darn good.
Seems like the current cases for HITCASE PRO will fit the iPhone Xs, and cases for the rest – Xs Max and XR, delivery by Nov.. Good for them. Case companies have to go crazy every year when Apple announces the new phones! And as consumers, we get to buy new cases. WooHoo!
So why do you want this case? How about you may be underwater for more than 30 min, go deeper, and protect that darn phone!

Anyway, I took the HitCase Pro with me on a trip to Hawaii, along with my other gear, and yes, a gopro aw well!
I snorkeled daily and wanted to be able to capture some of that experience, at least just for me.
The HitCase was put on, and it’s waterproof capabilities were not oversold! IP68 Waterproof rating up to 33ft/10m! heck, yeah!
It has a waterproof clear seal, and that can be removed, for the front. This enables you to use all of the touch screen capabilities of the phone. In all honestly, it behaved as expected. Not extremely sensitive, but was able to control all I needed.

Waterproof, AND shockproof (Drop-proof to 16ft/5m – MIL SPEC Shock rated)! This case is rugged, and surprisingly slim to the fit. Not the huge bulky rugged case of old. Oh, no!

So overall, even though Apple has upgraded the new phones, this case will enhance the capabilities by far.

They do have a selection of waterproof lenses: macro, wide, and fish-eye, and I hope they add a tele lens soon.
They attach by screwing on to the case (sweet) and if you use their non rugged case, they can be attached by magnet. yes, they do have a classic daily case that looks like every other case out there, except for the mag lens attachment.

Back to the case attributes:
It has a runner rail where you can add attachments. This was huge on the trip!

I added a tripod mount with a 1/4-20, and added a LUME Cube light, great powerful waterproof, small light, for the underwater goodness!
In truth I did work that rig out for my gopro as well, so it was a small transition to the HitCase and Smartphone.

I was a bit trepidatious about putting my phone under the sea, while on vacation. What if it got soaked and i was out of phone? Good Lord what would I do?
What you do is, close up the case, and put it in a sink of water without the phone! Then check for leaks. Good test.
There are other accessories, like a floaty strap so you phone always floats to the top.

I would only use this in a pool, as when you catch a wave, who know where it could go. A little more activity!
Another plus is the protection while you are hanging on the beach, and want to make sure your phone is protected.
*Dust proof
*impact protection
*Screw-on lenses
*Rail system so you can mount to almost anything

And just because summer is waning, you know you’ll be in the water again. Even if you are shooting your epic movie on your phone, and you have to get that rain shot. Or that shower scene (simmer down!)

Overall I was very happy with this product. Being solo, leaving a $1000 phone on the beach while I looked at pretty fish, was not so calming.
Having it with me, and using the wrist strap, while being able to shoot video in the ocean, was a game changer. So much fun.
And for you skiers, and skateboarders, this should satisfy your needs as well!

About $100 for the initial set-up.


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