Sony α7R

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on February 7, 2014 Comments Off

I did change to a SONY NEX-7 (Werbung: Sony Alpha 7R bei Amazon kaufen)
last year, and now with the recent release of the Sony α7R I will become even more sonyzized.

What I really love is that I can continue to use loved NEX lenses and on top of that if needed all the great Canon L lenses I do have here. Coming from a Canon 5D MkII no other full frame, interchangeable-lens camera is this light or this portable. Not to forget the 36.4MP and OLED viewfinder.

 

Photoshop CC adds Perspective Warp

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on January 17, 2014 Comments Off

Say goodbye to to those composed images where people, cars or other items did float. Adobe did add Perspective Warp to PhotoShop CC in January 2014 and your composing live will be easier. There are no excuses anymore to have people or items to flight above ground or clearly showing that they are not part of the image when it was taken. The  groundbreaking Perspective Warp changes the viewpoint from which an object is seen. With Perspective Warp you can fluidly adjust the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Change the viewpoint from which an object is seen.

 

Adobe Photoshop CC Brings 3D Printing to the Design World

Adobe Photoshop CC by Thorsten Meyer on January 16, 2014 Comments Off

 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) unveiled new 3D printing capabilities in Adobe® Photoshop® CC. By radically simplifying the 3D print process, Photoshop CC will become the go-to tool for anyone who wants to print a 3D model. Available immediately, as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud™, the new 3D printing capabilities integrated in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud members to easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs, setting the stage for explosive growth in the 3D printing market.

he new 3D printing capabilities also help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce beautiful, print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools. Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models will be produced reliably, while accurate previews allow creatives to submit print jobs with confidence.

“The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Before today there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results. Now, by simply clicking ‘Print’ in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world.”

Photoshop CC Turbocharges Emerging 3D Print Ecosystem
With today’s release of Photoshop CC, designs can be printed to a locally connected 3D printer or via built-in access to popular online 3D print services. Photoshop CC supports the most popular desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, and also supports the full range of high quality materials available on Shapeways — the 3D printing community and marketplace — including ceramics, metals, and full color sandstone. Additionally, Photoshop users can now directly upload their 3D models to the Sketchfab 3D publishing service, and embed them in their Behance profile using Sketchfab’s interactive 3D viewer.

  • “We’re thrilled to partner with Adobe to help kick-start the delivery of 3D content to their highly creative users,” said Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder,Shapeways, the world’s leading online 3D printing marketplace and community. “We’re focused on making 3D printing accessible and affordable for people all over the world. By teaming up with Adobe, we’re making it easy for designers and creatives to turn ideas into reality, using Shapeway’s highest quality 3D printing technologies.”
  • “With the huge adoption of Adobe Photoshop CC, this announcement means that a massive influx of people will now have access to 3D modeling tools,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO, MakerBot. “I can’t wait to see what they design with Photoshop CC and create with their MakerBot Replicator 3D printer!”
Stunning 3D Creations Now In Reach For Designers
Printing in 3D enables the production of accurate and compelling prototypes and finished designs and is used in many creative fields, including architecture, jewelry, film and animation.
  • Paul Liaw, jewelry designer and sculptor: “My design process is so much easier with the new 3D printing support options in Adobe Photoshop CC. I can make my jewelry designs look beautiful and automate the process of using the least amount of material without going under the printable threshold—this back and forth used to take about 80 percent of my time!”
  • Veronica De La Rosa, industrial designer, FATHOM, a product development company and 3D printing specialist: “At FATHOM, we work with some of the most innovative companies to help produce their next generation of products. Using Photoshop CC, the new 3D printing features reduce file troubleshooting and ensure that our client’s 3D models are accurately represented before final printing. This is extremely helpful to us as it will speed up customer communication, saving time and money for both us and more importantly our clients.”

New Short Film “PROXiMITY”

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on December 5, 2013 Comments Off
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Collaboration Between Connolly and Indie Filmmaker Seth Worley of Plot Device Fame; 
10 Minute Action/Thriller Shot in 10 Days, No Budget, Borrowed Gear
The final product, released today, was produced entirely with a minimal crew, no funding and with all of production and post production gear on loan from generous partners and vendors. The film was also lucky enough to be the first production to use the new Letus Direct Anamorphx adapter, a new tool that is bringing anamorphic shooting to low-budget filmmakers.
“Just days before principle photography began on our short film Outsiders – our most ambitious film yet – a large portion of our funding didn’t come through. We were forced to postpone Outsiders and go on a 6-8 month hiatus,” said Ryan Connolly, filmmaker and founder of Triune Films. “Problem was, we already had the gear ready to go and people who flew in just for the film! So we had two choices: feel sorry for ourselves, or MAKE A MOVIE! So we made a movie!
PROXiMITY can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J2AhMZ7wdQ
To make this happen, Ryan Connected with Seth Worley, indie filmmaker and writer/director of the Red Giant hit short films, Plot Device and Spy vs Guy. “I quickly connected with Seth and the two of us came up with -  and wrote -  a 10 page script in the matter of days,” continued Ryan. “Once the script was done, the crew went to work gathering wardrobe, locking cast and building props! There was no time to waste, gear had to be returned and actors had hard outs. When all was said and done, we wrote, pre-pro’d and shot the film in a total of 10 days! Which given that it is an action film that takes place in the middle of nowhere, that was no easy task!”
The rapid-fire collaboration was one that neither filmmaker had ever attempted before. Seth had this to say about the collaboration: “Ryan and I figured out pretty quickly that we belong to the same denomination within the religion of film. I can’t confirm this, but I’m pretty confident that writing PROXiMITY together was one of the most seamless and organic collaborations since hydrogen and oxygen. It was like the universe wanted us to be together. Is that too much? I’ve said too much. I love him.”

Chicken Powered Image Stabilization

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 15, 2013 Comments Off

Image stabilization using a chicken. Chickens have a great ability to keep their heads stable. 

 

Upcoming Petzval Lens Gives Your Portraits a Swirly

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on July 27, 2013 Comments Off

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The Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens

A Legendary 19th Century Lens. Reinvented For Use With All Nikon F & Canon EF Mount Analog & Digital SLR Cameras.

In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840 and had a huge impact on the development of photography. Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their sharpness and crispness, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field. The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters.
Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect at the non-focused areas. Expect strong color saturation, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field.

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The New Lomography Petzval Lenses will be manufactured by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. They are built from brass and feature premium glass optics. We already have a first working sample of the new Petzval Lens and are very excited by the results. However, we need your support so that we can finalize the lens design and fund the first production of new lenses. Let’s bring back this incredible art lens for a whole new generation of photographers and filmmakers in the 21st century!

 

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Lens Technical Specifications

  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Maximun Aperture: f/2.2
  • Apertures: Waterhouse aperture set, up to F/16
  • Image Circle: 44mm
  • Field of View: 30 degrees
  • Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF and Nikon F
  • Electronic Contacts: No
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1m
  • Focussing Mechanism: Gear Rack Focusing
  • Filter Thread: 67mm

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(Above: A diagram of the Petzval lens and field curvature)

 

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(Above: A diagram of a normal lens)

 

Expected delivery date of the lenses is on February 2014.. You can get yours through this project on Kickstarter

 

Some more example Images (The photos shown are either shot with an old archival Petzval lens or the first working prototype. The image quality of our first working sample from Russia boasts extremely high resolution and image quality.)

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Effex 2.0 for Cinema4D released

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on July 24, 2013 Comments Off

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Navié releases the second generation of their vfx plugin EFFEX and unleashes therefore a novel professional simulation framework for Cinema 4D. Effex 2.0 is a modular, object-oriented framework that offers a variety of effects to be modelled, animated, simulated and rendered.The completely revised interface of the module allows to build more complex setups in faster time than ever before and the whole framework is highly multithreaded using as much CPU power as possible (if possible).
Modular Interface:
Every object of Effex works independently from each other.
Navié places a modular Framework on the market that is unique to Cinema 4D. Color-coded categories enable the user to orient faster in the object manager.

Fluid Dynamics:
The new framework includes physical based fluid dynamics to create smoke, fire, explosions, liquids, highly viscous liquids (up to rigid state), liquid sheets in high end quality.

Dynamic Particle System:
No dynamic framework without particle simulations. The new Particle system does not only work independently from all the other components it offers the user furthermore a dynamic extention of the particle properties. Interactions with the other framework components reveals endless possibilities to create a particle system according to the user‘s ideas.
Different kind of particle file formats complete the package and permits to exchange information with other applications.

Exciting new features:
Effex 2.0 offers an impressive number of new features to generate simulations more realistically.
There are lots of forces, particle properties, constraints, operators and much more to create awesome and individual simulations.
Also the new density based- and anisotropic meshers are highly exciting new features.

Presets:
The second generation of this plugin includes a variety of presets that make it easy for everyone to start fluid simulations faster and easier. They serve as a perfect framework access point.

Massive Render Support:
The Gas Renderer (participating media shader) was rebuilt from scratch and provides now an even higher quality, improved features and a high degree of alterations.

In addition Effex 2.0 is the first plugin with a connection to the particle renderer Thinkbox Krakatoa. With that connection Navié introduces an industry standard to Cinema 4D. Effex natively supports the Cinema 4D Renderer and VRay. Other renderers can be used for particle rendering too by using one of our supported particle file formats.

NET Render Support:
All simulation data can be cached and rendered with Cinema 4D NET.
An unlimited amount of render nodes is included free of charge.

Personal Learning edition:
With the release of Effex 2.0 Navié releases a free Personal learning edition of Plants & Effex.
This not only allows learning but also we give away the Krakatoa Bridge to the community which does not exhibit the PLE restrictions for any C4D native structures.
In other words, if you use KrakatoaSR to render any C4D native structures (meshes, splines, standard or TP particles..) you can use it unrestrictedly for any commercial work. No limits apply!

Please see our website for more details and downloads: http://www.navié.com (or www.dpit2.de)

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