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RED Holographic Smartphone

RED holographic smartphone

This phone has an added sensor and lens mount which makes it thicker, but can also supercharge the Hydrogen One’s camera capabilities.

They are calling the RED Hydrogen One the first “holographic media machine that fits in your pocket.” This phone can creates images that jump out of the camera like a big-screen 3D movie, but without the glasses. This phone/camera will be available this summer from Verizon and AT&T. The price is predicted to be about 10% more than the $1000 iPhoneX. It is a little bigger. Red makes cinema cameras that range from $1000 to $50,000

The RED Hydrogen One screen is 5.7-inches and can display 4-D images. So you should be able to look around, below, and even into the screen’s image. It comes with 128 gigabytes of internal storage, and has a micro-SD slot for additional storage. It also works as an Android phone.


faces places

Faces Places – Art Documentary/Road Movie

faces places

An 89-year old leading figure of the French New Wave, and an acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist co-direct this French art documentary/road movie. They travel in a photo van which has a photo booth and an oversized printer. Their mission is to make portraits of ordinary people. These portraits are super enlarged so they can be pasted on very large walls and other surfaces.

It’s a touching story of the unlikely pair and their wonderful art which reminds me of the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Also reminds me of the travels of Charles Kuralt. Made me want to learn how to make oversized photos. I found it on Netflix.


Got a PlayStation 3? Sony May Owe You $65

Do you remember when Sony said the PlayStation 3 would be a computer, rather than just a game console? For a while they let anyone install Linux on the PlayStation 3. And then Sony used a firmware update to renege on that promise. If you can show you bought an original “Fat” PS3 between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 from an “authorized retailer” in the US, you can claim $65 for each original PS3 you bought.

But you must move quickly. Submit your claim before the dealine April 15, 2018. Here’s the Claim Form you will need.


Kinefinity Mavo Cinema Camera

Affordable 6K Cam Kinefinity Mavo

Kinefinity Mavo

Kinefinity Mavo

Two new large format cinema cameras, the Kinefinity Mavo and the Mavo LF, will be compared to the ARRI, Sony, and RED large format cameras. Produced by the Chinese camera company, Kinefinity, these cameras offer 6K resolution at affordable prices.

Kinefinity Mavo Tech Specs

6016×4016 open gate resolution
CinemaDNG 3:1, 5:1 and 7:1., ProRes 444XQ, 444, 422HQ, LT and Proxy, and KRW KineRaw
24mm x 16mm sensor (Super 35mm), 36 x 24mm sensor (LF)
25, 35, 50, 75, 100mm T2 prime lenses available in PL mount
2.5″ SSD SATA drive recording
KineMOUNT, with adapters for PL, Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony E Mount
Base ISO 800 for Mavo, 1600 for Mavo LF

The Kinefinity Mavo has a 6K Super35mm (approximately) CMOS sensor. The Mavo LF, has a large format sensor. Both sensors have 6K resolution. They claim 14+ stops of dynamic range for both sensors.

A KineBACK will allow Movcam wireless video and follow focus units. The modular design will make it easy to change from gimbal movie to studio mode. Nisi, the filter company is offering a set of 5 prime lenses 10-to-25mm, T2 for $12,000.

The previous generation cameras, the Kinefinity Terra 4K & Terra 6K, were delayed several times. Philip Bloom reviewed the Kinefinity Terra 4K on Vimeo.

The Kinefinity Mavo is $7,999 for body only. The LF will be more, but still much lower than other full frame cine cameras. The Mavo will ship in April. The Mavo LF will ship later. At present the only dealers are in China and Germany. Considering the price point, this is likely to change.


Black and White Film

Beautiful Black and White Film 1934

Black and White Film

Evelyn Prentice is a 1934 film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, and featuring Una Merkel and Rosalind Russell in her film debut. The movie was filmed between the original Thin Man and the first of its sequels. The Thin Man series is comedy-mysteries based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. The American Film Institute named The Thin Man one of the great comedies of the previous hundred years of cinema.

William Powell and Myrna Loy, a clever script, the beautiful black and white cinematography, wonderful music and the luscious Kodak film stock make Evelyn Prentice a thoroughly enjoyable film. I found it as a disk on Netflix. There are clips from this film on YouTube, but the YouTube compression seriously detracts from the beautiful black and white cinematography. Better to see it on disc.

Click below to check out the DVD on Amazon:

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Airlines regulations litium batteries

New Airline Regulations for Batteries

Airline Regulations for Batteries

The airlines naturally worry about battery leakage, fire or explosion. Bad enough on land, but potentially disastrous on an airplane. Last year, the FAA said that lithium-ion batteries were sparking airplane fires once every 10 days on average.

The International Air Transport Association is now instructing its 300 airline members to restrict lithium-powered smart bags. “Baggage with removable installed Lithium batteries (“smart luggage”) must be carried as carry-on baggage or the battery must be removed,” the IATA said. “With the battery removed, the bag can be checked-in. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag is forbidden for carriage.”

You must consider a number of other issues when filming outside the US. See Shooting Abroad: Know The In’s and Out’s Before Leaving The Runway.

Airline Regulations for Batteries

There are also new airline regulations for batteries, specifically for transporting any lithium batteries. In general the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that if your batteries are installed in devices, your luggage may be checked-in as usual. However, batteries that are left on their own without proper packing are not allowed on the flights. The regulations vary from airline to airline depending on locations. So you will want to check your airlines before assuming anything about packing camera gear.

You can travel with lithium-ion battery cells, but there are certain specifications. Lithium-ion battery cells are packaged in a hard plastic case, which makes them safe and easy to carry. They come in 4 types of Watt Hours: 95Wh, 130Wh, 160Wh, and 190Wh. For International flights, you can only carry 95Wh batteries on all airlines in check-in luggage as well as carry-on.

Within the US, the TSA allows passengers to carry batteries with up to 160Wh capacity to be carried in carry-on luggage. You may carry on an unlimited number of batteries less than 100Wh, in a protected case/pouch to prevent short circuit of terminals. A battery of 160Wh or less installed in equipment, may be allowable if the total weight is less than 11 Lbs. But no spare batteries may be in checked baggage. Batteries larger than 100Wh batteries (up to 160Wh) are limited to only 2 per person, carried on.

If you are flying with equipment that uses Lithium batteries, it is very important that you check your airline before flight time.

Here’s an exchange I found on the SouthWest Air Forum:

Lithium batteries – 3.7 volt


I wish to travel with 13 GoPro camcorders that I professionally use to video horse trial events.

I will check-in a tripod but carry on-board the 13 GoPros and their attached Lithium batteries – 11.1volts 2000MaH, as well as a 7 lbs ENG type camcorder.

Any chance I’d able to travel with the above equipment ?
I do not mind applying for the Global Entry process.

Re: Lithium batteries – 3.7 volt


You have to travel with them in your carry on. If they are loose the contacts must be covered. You are allowed two batteries each with a max of 160 wH.

You gave a voltage rating of 3.7 volts output. Look for the capacity in mAh. Divide that mAh by 1,000 and then multiply the result by 3.7, the answer will give you your wH which must not be above 160 mH.

For more information on airline regulations for batteries, see FAA – Batteries Carried by Airline Passengers.


Modify cheap camera for C-mount

Modify A Cheap Camera to take C-Mount Lenses

I stumbled on this interesting project on YouTube. The modification is done to a $35 4K camera you can find on eBay. To that he adds a c-mount. Then this camera can take any c-mount lenses. There are scores of great inexpensive c-mount lenses out on eBay and elsewhere. You’ll also need a c-mount extension tube.

When you see the comparison shots between this cheap camera now with a c-mount lens and with a Panasonic G4, you’ll find it pretty remarkable considering the price difference.
When you remove the lens that comes with the $35 camera, you find it has a back infrared filter. So if you leave that off, you have an infrared camera that can do some fun work. Or you can add an infrared filter to the front of the lens and shoot normal video. If you add an external battery, this camera would be an ideal time lapse camera. Leaving any camera unattended for hours is risky. Better for a cheap disposable camera. Wouldn’t you love to play with the possibilities of a cheap c-mount camera?


Peppers Ghost

Hologram, Peppers Ghost and a New Live Performance for Dead Artists

Maria Callas, the legendary opera star, was according to the NY Times the greatest singer of the 20th Century. She died in 1977, but she performs in a new concert with a live orchestra. A company called Base Hologram is using an old technique called Peppers Ghost with new technology. They are offering the result in a performance called “Introducing Callas in Concert” to selected theaters and performance venues.

Roy Orbison will also perform in a hologram called “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert” which opens this April 2018 in the UK.


Above Roy Orbison look-a-like/impersonator with the digital face and audio from the real Roy Orbison.

These three dimensional holograms are the latest in a series of music performances that have included Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson.

The new technology will be used to combine theatrical productions with holograms and laser technology. The performers can sing alongside a live orchestra. The hologram uses Epson’s Pro L-Series laser projection.

While it may look somewhat like a hologram and that’s what many call it, it is actually not a hologram. It’s more like a 3D projection. The company that produced it calls it HologramUSA Eyeliner™. The 3D projection relies on an illusion technique called Peppers ghost which was first used over 100 years ago in carnivals and amusement parks. Peppers ghost uses mirrors to project an image. This technique creates the modern day appearance of “Ghosts” at the Haunted Mansion and the “Blue Fairy” in Pinocchio’s Daring Journey at the California Disneyland park. This same technique of light reflected from a glass is also used in teleprompters.

Peppers Ghost

Peppers Ghost
The diagram above explains how Peppers Ghost works to pair Snoop Dog and Tupac in a concert that never was.

In the case of Maria Callas and Roy Orbison, it is not their bodies, but a look-a-like/impersonator. The face, however, is a digital version of the real faces of Maria and Roy respectively. The face is matched with footage of the real Roy and Maria and then merged with their look-a-like bodies. The look-a-like impersonator is filmed from all sides with motion cameras which is what gives it the 3D look.

The audio track takes a real recording and strips the music accompaniment so the performer can sing with a new live orchestra. Audio programs like Audacity can strip the music while leaving the voice untouched. Other programs that can do this include Wondershare Filmora and the Center Channel Extractor effect in Adobe Audition CC.


Small 4K Gimbal Camera

Small Self-Stabilizing 4k Gimbal Camera

Small 4K Gimbal Camera

The REMOVU K1 is a small 4K gimbal camera. The small handhled camera has a built-in mic and a 1.5 inch LCD screen built into the grip. The K1 is equipped with 3-axis gimbal technology and a F2.8 wide angle lens. The sensor is a 1/2.3 inch CMOS 12MP (Sony IMX377). Video Resolution is 4K (3840×2160) @ 30fps.

Additional video modes include:
Video (Normal, Motion)
Slow Motion Video (Normal, Motion)
Timelapse Video (Normal, Motion)

The Smartphone App (Android or iOS) connects via Wi-Fi Direct (2.4GHz).
Functions include Live View (Preview) & Playback. It can also remotely control the camera and gimbal.

The Romovu K1 is available for preorder at $429.99.


profile photo

Is Your Profile Photo Hurting or Helping?

profile photo

You may have a profile photo you use for business, social or dating sites. How viewers see your profile photo is pretty important. But how do you know if your photo is being well received? Wouldn’t it be great if you could ask the opinions of hundreds of people of the gender and age range you choose? Well, there’s a website called PhotoFeller https://www.photofeeler.com/ that will help. This site helps you get feedback from people of the age and gender you wish. They are asked to vote on your photo about whether your photo looks like you are friendly, likeable, confident and influential. Photofeeler has separate categories for business, social and dating photos and 9 traits you can test for.

It is free if you agree to rate profile photos of others. You will get as much feedback on your photo as you give on others’ photos. If you want a faster feedback, you can buy credits instead of rating other photos. The photos that are voted on are removed when the test is over. Artificial Intelligence watches for careless or low quality votes and eliminates them in real time.

The company has done studies to determine what works in the profile photos. One thing they learned is that sunglasses or anything that blocks a person’s eyes hurts your impression. The other elements of successful profile photos are explored in their blog.