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    Howto become a billionaire filmmaker

    Just follow this simple three step plan, it will make you a Billionaire Filmmaker! Step one: Write an app called Angry Flappy Birds and sell the rights for...

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    Cloudy with a chance of 4K

    I love the smell of 4K in the morning It smells like Cinema… Today was a full 4K day, given the circumstances I probably should start the...

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    4K is the new Black

    Bring Your Own Camera If you have ever build your own computer you what it’s like: buy a lot of parts, drop them in a box and...

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    VideoDrone and power

    On April 23d I got my DJI Phantom and have been very busy making the surrounding parks unsafe for children and small pets. One of the issues...

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    Games of Drones: The Phantom Menace

    Last week it was that time of the year again: time to buy myself a birthday present. The one I wanted had been ordered months in advance,...

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Just follow this simple three step plan, it will make you a Billionaire Filmmaker!

Step one: Write an app called Angry Flappy Birds and sell the rights for a billion dollars to Google or Facebook and then buy a nice secondhand PD150 and make movies? Major disappointment right? I know, but if I would know I would not be here, or at least would have hired people who can write better jokes.

Maybe you want to read more about how to write, direct and shoot your own movies? If so, well perhaps I got some useful info or maybe just a repeat of everything you have read before, who knows? Let the sharing begin! 
Feel free to add any insights you might have in the comments below.

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I love the smell of 4K in the morning
It smells like Cinema…
Today was a full 4K day, given the circumstances I probably should start the day now with a Special K breakfast just to get in the mood. Packed two V-mount batteries, a S160 and S90 (160 and 90Wh 14.4V), a bunch of Canon L glass: the 70-200, the 100-400 and 16-35. Two Tiffen variable nd’s: a 82 for the 16-23 and the 77 for the other two lenses. Left the Zacuto half cage at home because it flexes too much and just took the Axis evf mount. This can be used with the NATO rail on top of the Black Magic Production Camera (BMPC). Got a 90 degree angled BNC connector for the BMPC SDI out so it doesn’t poke me in the face whenever I go ENGangnam style with the recoil. As a bit of a joke and because I don’t like the hard coax cables I put an old yellow plugged video cable between the BMPC and the Alphatron EVF. Seems to work fine and the thin cable is nice and flexible, which is good.

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Bring Your Own Camera
If you have ever build your own computer you what it’s like: buy a lot of parts, drop them in a box and in the end you have a workstation. The Blackmagic Production camera feels a bit like buying a motherboard in a box, it has a sensor, interface screen and a recorder sandwiched in between. To turn it into a actual camera you need to go all Meccano on it’s ass and bring your own everything else.

The things  missing that wil probably come in a future upgrade, but you need right now are: A good monitor or EVF, the only option is SDI unless you want to add yet another device that needs power. The screen is just amazing when you look at it first time, it is almost like you are looking into a mirror so sharp. Then you realise it so damn reflective, you are looking at a mirror and not the image you are shooting. It is ok if you work inside and control the light hitting the screen, but for anything else a nice SDI screen or viewfinder is a must. In daylight the screen wil become useful about 5 minutes before the light is gone and the camera will only shoot plaid noise patterns. It is great for checking your hair and / or if you really look like a filmmaker.IMG_9756_1

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On April 23d I got my DJI Phantom and have been very busy making the surrounding parks unsafe for children and small pets. One of the issues you run into very quickly, especially when you feel the need to put a GoPro on for every flight, is the lack of power! Yes, when it comes to drone flying I start to feel powerless after about 10 minutes, unlike Superman, this is not a power you can get from the sun, it is in fact simply a matter of charging. The annoying thing is, even if you buy 3 spare batteries, it will take about an hour to charge each one.

Here is the thing, LIPO batteries, in the case of the Phantom, are made from 3 cells, it’s why the type of battery is called S3, you know the S from Cell. Makes total sense right?

These Lipo batteries are build with 3.7 Volt cells, 3 cells of 3.7Volt gives you 11.1volt. the Phantom will not like any lower or higher voltage type batteries. The ones that fit inside the Phantom are 2200mah, giving you about 10 minutes flight time with a GoPro, or a possible 15 minutes without. Adding another battery will add so much weight you won’t get double the flight time but perhaps another 30% more out of it.

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Last week it was that time of the year again: time to buy myself a birthday present. The one I wanted had been ordered months in advance, but as things go, it was taking much to long so the night before my birthday I ordered the DJI Phantom. To be honest I was not expecting much more then a toy, which is why I had placed an order for a much bigger Quadcopter.

My big plan, just a few months ago, was to get a gimbal and use it with and without a multirotor, obviously we now know after NAB this was not a very original idea :) The slick video with the new Go Pro Gimbal convinced me that even though it looked like a toy, it might be of some use after playtime is over. It will be a good cheap option for practicing and finding out if this is something to try on a bigger scale. Most people who operate camera’s have pretty decent hand-eye coordination, but only in real life situations will you find out if it is good enough to fly some big monster with a Black Magic 4K on it.

This is the drone I am looking for.

The package arrived in a nice white box and was pretty easy to assemble, you just need a screwdriver and a bunch of AA batteries to get started. The only problem was: no manual, but let’s face it, manuals are for wimps, real men are born with a deeper understanding of technology. So I turned on the transmitter and plugged in the battery! To infinity and beyo… hmm wait a minute why is nothing happening? Checking switches, battery, nothing. So who you gonna call? Ghostbusters? The nice guy in the shop said he better send me the manual, and so he did. I found out a few things:

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