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RØDE Microphones: Introducing the SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 Ambisonic Microphone, the World’s First Broadcast-Grade Ambisonic Mic For Under $1000 – UPDATED

http://en.rode.com/blog/all/nt-sf1

“Just in time for NAB, Australian pro audio powerhouse, RØDE Microphones, is proud to announce its first broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone and flagship product of a new brand in the RØDE family….

… The first product for the SoundField By RØDE family is a marriage of SoundField’s pristine ambisonic recording technology, and RØDE’s commitment to audio excellence accessible by all creators. Completely designed and made in Australia at RØDE’s Sydney campus, the NT-SF1 is a triumph of innovation and manufacturing quality. Featuring four of RØDE’s all-new, ultra-quiet ½-inch TF45C capsules in tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 produces natural, transparent four channel A-format recordings which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format, courtesy of the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RØDE plugin…. “

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RØDE NT-SF1 Soundfield microphone

RØDE NT-SF1 Ambisonic SoundField Microphone

RØDE VideoMic SoundField On-Camera Ambisonics Microphone

Two versions of Røde’s Ambisonics SoundField microphone have been shown so far with the most recent being the one at upper left below, showing a close family resemble to Røde’s high-end Stereo VideoMic X.

RØDE Stereo VideoMic X Microphone aka SVMX

How to process A-format files in Apple Logic Pro X using third-party plug-ins as shared by the folks at Sennheiser

Set up an LCRS or quadrophonic surround track in Logic.

Go to Preferences -> Advanced Tools -> Show Advanced Tools and enable Surround.
Then go to File -> Project Settings -> Surround Format and select either LCRS or Surround.
Finally create a surround track by selecting Track -> New Tracks -> Audio and select Surround for both in- and output.
The plugin should now be available as Audio Unit on this track.

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Photogearnews: Daniel Berehulak on the Panasonic Lumix G9 and advice to young photo journalists

“Based out of Mexico City, but working wherever there is a story to be told, Daniel Berehulak (www.Danielberehulak.com) is an award winning photo journalist. His images have covered the Trial of Saddam Hussein, The Iraq War, the aftermath of the Tsunami in Japan and more recently the drug wars in The Philippines. He very kindly stopped by the Photo Gear News stand to talk to us about shooting with Panasonic Lumix cameras, notably the recent G9. Daniel also offered some words of advice to those wanting to get started in photo journalism.”

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Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak, like so many of my former colleagues with whom I worked for newspaper and magazine publishers here, finally upped and left for foreign clients and countries where photojournalists are still able to eke out a living covering events and people crucial to understanding and sometimes even influencing how the world is developing.

It was terrific to come across this video of Mr Berehulak stopping in for a quick chat with the Photo Gear News team at last month’s The Photography Show 2018 in Birmingham, one of the many photography trade shows that occur in the northern hemisphere.

I hope that some day soon, despite there no longer being any photography trade shows back here in Australia, Mr Berehulak will make some presentations on his work and career while on one of his not infrequent trips home to see family and friends.

Although Mr Berehulak has also been known to use Nikon DSLRs, this Panasonic Lumix Luminary brand ambassador has apparently long relied on Panasonic Lumix cameras and lenses and especially on Panasonic’s Leica prime and zoom lenses.

If I were fortunate enough to still be shooting for analog magazines and newspapers including those published by Fairfax as Daniel Berehulak did, I would mostly be relying on Lumix cameras due to their size, weight and silent mode, though I remain partial to Olympus’ M.Zuiko Pro prime and zoom lenses for their manual clutch focus and other professional-quality traits.

The small Micro Four Thirds sensor format and its little, quiet, discrete cameras are modern-day answers to the original aims of the inventor of the Leica analog camera, Oskar Barnack, to produce an easily portable camera for landscape photography but that was first put to serious documentary use reporting on the floods that swept through Leica’s home base of Wetzlar, Germany, in 1920.

Little wonder that Panasonic has collaborated with Leica Camera AG on producing Leica and Panasonic Leica-branded lenses for its stills and hybrid cameras and camcorders since 1995, lenses favoured by Daniel Berehulak for his documentary photography and photojournalism work.

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Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT One Presenting at Getting to Grips with Lenses Event in High Wycombe, Bucks on Saturday 21st April 2018

https://mailchi.mp/9dfd2da97b22/gtc-workshop-getting-to-grips-with-lenses?e=a9ac9ddccc

“This interactive workshop will explore the world of video & motion picture lenses, from the perspective of camera operators, cinematographers and filmmakers. We will look at the current state of the industry, with opportunities to get hands-on with the most popular current zoom and prime lenses. We will also discuss anamorphic lenses, lens adaptors, budget cine zooms, and how continual increases in sensor resolution are affecting the lens market….

… Paul Leeming: DoP In conjunction with Formatt-Hitech, Paul will show how modern filters can work best with the new breeds of zoom and prime lenses….”

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Australian director/cinematographer Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT One fame with his Panasonic Lumix GH4 rigged for shooting feature films.

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MindShift Gear: MindShift Gear Updates Classic Moose Peterson Outdoor Photography Backpacks – Updated

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/blogs/news-events/mindshift-gear-updates-classic-moose-peterson-outdoor-photography-backpacks

“Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift designers have updated the original Moose Peterson Photopacks. Initially designed for wildlife and safari photographers, all photographers will find the three-compartment layout protects their gear from the elements.

The compartment doors are built to close automatically, keeping dust and particulates out of your bag and away from your camera sensor. As a workflow solution, the layout provides quick access to up to three camera bodies with lenses attached and at the ready….”

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Wildlife photographer Moose Peterson with Moose Peterson Backpack made by Think Tank Photo sister company MindShift Gear.

MindShift Gear Moose Peterson Backpack Series version 2.0

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Classy innovation. On the Moose Peterson Mp-1 V2.0 and MP-3 V2.0 backpacks the waist belts can be removed and the harnesses can be tucked away to safely streamline them when stowing for travel on trains, planes or automobiles.

Once upon a time I worked in some of the most adverse conditions for photography anywhere in the deserts above ground and down deep inside gold mines in Western Australia, carting my cameras, lenses, lights, light stands and tripods about in a motley collection of shoulder bags, tripod bags and Zero Halliburton hard cases.

You had to be ready to dismantle gear and pack up in seconds and failure to do so could have disastrous consequences.

Dust, particulate matter, water and chemical spray, extremes of heat and cold, giant dump trucks taking sudden dives over the edge of open cuts or swerving out of control, anything could happen and frequently did so.

US wildlife photographer Moose Peterson may well be accustomed to some of these sorts of conditions, judging by the unique features found in the second generation of his collaboration with MindShift Gear, sister company of Think Tank Photo.

Standout features of the Moose Peterson Series for me are their separation of gear into three compartments to reduce potential cross-contamination, allowance for up to three ready-rigged cameras plus lenses to reduce dust on sensors, automatically-closing compartment doors, and the choice of three different sizes from customary neck-to-coccyx long through mid-size to the not-so-long MP-7 brilliantly allowing for wearing one of Think Tank Photo’s unique modular component belt systems lower down.

MindShift Gear Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0

Right now the short but sexy Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0 looks very appealing for the times I want to keep a camera at my side in a waist-belt pack for rapid access but also need to have just enough and not too many lenses and other items at the ready on my back.

Think Tank Photo belt system plus MindShift Gear Moose Peterson backpack may just be exactly the right solution for documentary photographers always on the go, especially in the hot, dusty and windy conditions we have been experiencing in this country just lately, thanks to extreme weather conditions making their way across to the south-east of this continent all the way from my old stamping ground in northern Western Australia.

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Think Tank Photo: MindShift Gear’s BackLight 18L Outdoor Photography Daypack Offers Added Comfort and Quick Rear-Panel Access

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/blogs/news-events/mindshift-gear-s-backlight-18l-outdoor-photography-daypack-offers-added-comfort-and-quick-rear-panel-access

“Our sister outdoor photo camera bag company MindShift Gear just released an 18-liter version of its popular BackLight series, the BackLight® 18L rear-panel backpack.  This smaller version offers a lightweight daypack that enables photographers to access gear without taking off the backpack. They can change lenses or just snap a quick photo simply by rotating the bag to the front while the waist belt is still secured. Rear-panel access also adds security when traveling since camera gear is protected from behind….”

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The newly released MindShift Gear BackLight 18L is the lightest of the innovative BackLight outdoor photography and moviemaking daypack backpack range and offers the ability to access gear without taking it off via rear panel access, especially useful when shooting in the field or the urban landscape. The first-released model in the BackLight series, the BackLight 26L, is my go-to photography and moviemaking daypack and I highly recommend all three current BackLight models.

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L outdoor photography (and video) daypack

Commentary

MindShift Gear’s BackLight 26L daypack is the most comfortable backpack that I have ever used and the only one that does not wear me out after a few hours on my feet regardless of how much gear moviemaking or photography I pack in it and whether I am using it in natural or urban settings.

I have adventure and expedition daypacks made by other manufacturers, but am about to sell them off in a big clean out of my camera gear closets in favour of MindShift Gear and Think Tank Products.

MindShift Gear has been expanding the BackLight range with larger and now smaller versions with the BackLight 36L and now the BackLight 18L.

Although I have firsthand experience of the BackLight 26L, all versions share the same set of positive traits as illustrated in the photographs in this article and will doubtless serve their potential user base well.

Very highly recommended.

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MindShift Gear: MindShift Gear’s “Exposure” Shoulder Bags Offer the Ultimate in Durability and Weather Protection for Outdoor Photographers

https://www.thinktankphoto.com/blogs/news-events/mindshift-gear-s-exposure-shoulder-bags-offer-the-ultimate-in-durability-and-weather-protection-for-outdoor-photographers

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments.  A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down….”

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MindShift Gear Exposure 13 and Exposure 15 storm-resistant shoulder bags for outdoor photographers and moviemakers using mirrorless and DSLR gear.

MindShift Gear Exposure 15

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K) with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens with manual clutch focus, great for manual focussing. I like the longer image-stabilized Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro travel zoom for available light daytime walkabout for video and stills supplemented with faster M.Zuiko Pro f/1.2 prime lenses for available darkness work.

Just when I was contemplating what lenses and accessories might be needed to effectively carry and operate the amazing new Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K aka BMPCC 4K, this press release arrived from camera bag and backpack maker Think Tank Photo.

Think Tank’s MindShift Gear brand is specially intended for outdoor adventurers who photograph and make movies in all sorts of weather and all kinds of locations, through thick or thin, whether in natural or in my case urban environments.

The game-changing, to use an already overused cliché, BMPCC 4K portable cinema camera does not appear to be weather-resistant so may need transporting in the field in weather-resistant, storm-resistant bags and backpacks along with the equally sensitive equipment needed to make the most of its high end video production capabilities.

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Røde NT-SF1 Soundfield microphone, core of Røde’s ambisonic hardware and software system and potentially great supplementary audio-recording and post-production solution for shooting video with the BMPCC 4K. Will the final version of this microphone be mountable on top of the BMPCC 4K?

Shooting and carrying out initial post-production or DIT (digital imaging technician) duties on BMPCC 4K video footage in the field has certain workflow and hardware demands, and if choosing a shoulder bag rather than backpack then the bag itself should be large enough and protective enough for 15-inch portable computer, SSD or HDD drives and other media, audio recorders and microphones, lenses, color checker or grey card for white balance, small grip items and a portable video tripod as needed.

Accordingly, it would appear that the MindShift Gear 15 may be the best choice of the two MindShift Gear Exposure shoulder bags when using the BMPCC 4K.

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K) dimensions, imperial, camera only.

At 7 inches wide and with a sloping 5-inch rear touchscreen display, the BMPCC 4K has an unusual shape and size as well as accessory demands, so I will be putting that hypothesis to the test in another article where I look at its actual dimensions as well as an ideal kit of accessories, supplies and lenses for mobile indie documentary work in the field.

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Skylum Software’s Luminar 2018 Jupiter Update, Amazing Raw Convertor and Image Editor, Released

Skylum Software, the independent photography image editing and raw file processing software company, maker of the excellent Aurora HDR, Luminar and Creative Kit desktop applications, has released the Jupiter update for Luminar 2018. 

Skylum Software was formerly known as Macphun during its macOS-only days and changed its name to better reflect the fact that the company is now making its software for Windows as well as macOS.

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Luminar 2018 Jupiter contains over 300 improvements and updates to make Luminar more responsive and more useful, including significant performance enhancements to allow faster photo editing with speed gains of up to a factor of twelve.

Luminar’s Raw Develop filter has reportedly been updated for even cleaner images with better color and less noise.

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Single image view of Luminar 2018’s digital asset management (DAM) system, currently under development and due for release later in 2018.

Luminar’s long-awaited digital asset manager (DAM) functionality is scheduled for release later in 2018.

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Blackmagic Design: Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 15

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/release/20180409-01

“Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 15, a massive update that fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics, making it the world’s first solution to combine professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post production, multi user collaboration and now visual effects together in one software tool. DaVinci Resolve 15 adds an entirely new Fusion page with over 250 tools for compositing, paint, particles, animated titles and more. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15 includes a major update to Fairlight audio, along with over 100 new features and improvements that professional editors and colorists have asked for….”

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Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15, Edit page

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MySachtler: The world’s fastest tripod legs – flowtech 75 – Commentary – Updated

“Presenting flowtech™75, a versatile, lightweight tripod that is easier and faster to deploy and adjust than any other tripod….”

Commentary

This new tripod system from Sachtler, the flowtech 75 fast set-up and fast-strike carbon fibre tripod  legs with a choice of fluid heads, has appeared at just the right time.

At present I am re-evaluating all my tripods and camera support options with the goal of slimming my kit down while losing weight and gaining versatility and speed of use with the new generation of rigged and naked cinema and hybrid cameras like Fujifilm’s X-H1, Panasonic’s Lumix DC-GH5, Lumix DC-GH5S and Blackmagic Design’s coming Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

I currently have two video tripods, a small video travel tripod and a much bigger and heavier Miller video tripod.

I am considering keeping the travel tripod for use when backpacking and selling the Miller tripod in order to buy this exciting new tripod system from Sachtler.

The only question in mind right now is whether the Flowtech 75 can support sliders as well as my Miller currently does.

I have a sentimental attachment to my Miller tripod due to this iconic Australian tripod maker’s Universal wooden-legged fluid head tripod being the very first video tripod I ever used, as a kid shooting my first award-winning short feature film, but emotion must not stand in the way of speed, efficiency and portability.

I have yet to see and try a flowtech 75 out in real life, and am unsure as to which Sachtler tripod head would best suit my needs, whether the Ace XL or the FSB 4, but so far what I have seen and read online is impressive.

Sachter flowtech 75 carbon fibre tripod legs system and related accessories

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HPRC’s HPRC6400W resin hard case, one of a range of hard cases suitable for safely transporting tripods.

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