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If there’s anything I learned from attending ColossalCon Texas it’s that the amount of fun you can have is not proportional to the size of the convention. For a first year convention, and a relatively small one at that, I had an enormously fun time.
If there’s anything I learned from attending ColossalCon Texas it’s that the amount of fun you can have is not proportional to the size of the convention. For a first year convention, and a relatively small one at that, I had an enormously fun time.
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the world of cameras, a company like DJI comes out with the Ronin 4D. If a gimbal and a camera had a baby it would look like the 4D. It's essentially a high quality cinema camera with a built-in gimbal. The gimbal portion sticks out from the main body of the camera providing stabilization. Not only do you get the standard roll, pan, and tilt stabilization, you also get z-axis stabilization with the addition of a Steadicam style arm. That's why it's called 4D, because it has a fourth axis of stabilization. Read the official news release: https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-ronin-4d
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the world of cameras, a company like DJI comes out with the Ronin 4D. If a gimbal and a camera had a baby it would look like the 4D. It's essentially a high quality cinema camera with a built-in gimbal. The gimbal portion sticks out from the main body of the camera providing stabilization. Not only do you get the standard roll, pan, and tilt stabilization, you also get z-axis stabilization with the addition of a Steadicam style arm. That's why it's called 4D, because it has a fourth axis of stabilization. Read the official news release: https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-ronin-4d
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a great color space to work with. It allows for much greater saturation and luminance compared to the common standard dynamic range (SDR) Red.709 color space. Eventually you might need to upload your video on a platform that doesn’t support HDR. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram currently don’t support HDR. That’s where the Flannel Ninja custom conversion LUT comes in handy.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a great color space to work with. It allows for much greater saturation and luminance compared to the common standard dynamic range (SDR) Red.709 color space. Eventually you might need to upload your video on a platform that doesn’t support HDR. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram currently don’t support HDR. That’s where the Flannel Ninja custom conversion LUT comes in handy.
Out of all the fan conventions out there, if someone were to ask me which one they should attend I would easily recommend Dragon Con. Even if they’d never been to a fan convention before, it would be my number one recommendation. No other convention offers more to its attendees in so many different ways. Take all of the features of any other type of fan convention - anime, comic, gaming con, etc. You get all of that at Dragon Con and more. Panels, guests, vendor hall, artist alley, art show, cosplay, wrestling, costume balls, and even a full blown parade down the streets of downtown Atlanta. It's the ultimate geek gathering.
Out of all the fan conventions out there, if someone were to ask me which one they should attend I would easily recommend Dragon Con. Even if they’d never been to a fan convention before, it would be my number one recommendation. No other convention offers more to its attendees in so many different ways. Take all of the features of any other type of fan convention - anime, comic, gaming con, etc. You get all of that at Dragon Con and more. Panels, guests, vendor hall, artist alley, art show, cosplay, wrestling, costume balls, and even a full blown parade down the streets of downtown Atlanta. It's the ultimate geek gathering.
RED Digital Cinema announced their next generation digital cinema camera, the V-RAPTOR. It boasts a large format 8K (8192 x 4320) 35.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor with numerous frame rate and resolution options up to 600 frames per second. Jarred Land, the president and co-owner of RED, had been teasing photos of the new camera over the last couple of days. The new V-RAPTOR camera follows the lizard naming scheme like the DRAGON and KOMODO cameras. Just like the KOMODO, the new V-RAPTOR has a Canon RF mount, 12G SDI outputs, wifi control, and a relatively compact size. It's currently available for pre-order and is expected to begin shipping in October 2021. It is available in a limited edition white ST (Storm Trooper) version directly from RED and other retailers. A black version is expected to follow shortly after, just as RED did with the KOMODO. The V-RAPTOR comes in at $24,500.00 for the base camera and $29,579.99 for the starter pack which includes the following.
  • 1x V-RAPTOR ST 8K VV Camera System
  • 1x DSMC3 RED Touch 7” LCD
  • 1x RED PRO CFexpress 660GB
  • 1x RED CFexpress Card Reader​
  • 2x REDVOLT MICRO-V
  • 1x RED Compact Dual V-Lock Charger
  • 2x V-RAPTOR Wing Grip
  • 1x RED EXT-to-Timecode Cable 3'
RED Digital Cinema announced their next generation digital cinema camera, the V-RAPTOR. It boasts a large format 8K (8192 x 4320) 35.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor with numerous frame rate and resolution options up to 600 frames per second. Jarred Land, the president and co-owner of RED, had been teasing photos of the new camera over the last couple of days. The new V-RAPTOR camera follows the lizard naming scheme like the DRAGON and KOMODO cameras. Just like the KOMODO, the new V-RAPTOR has a Canon RF mount, 12G SDI outputs, wifi control, and a relatively compact size. It's currently available for pre-order and is expected to begin shipping in October 2021. It is available in a limited edition white ST (Storm Trooper) version directly from RED and other retailers. A black version is expected to follow shortly after, just as RED did with the KOMODO. The V-RAPTOR comes in at $24,500.00 for the base camera and $29,579.99 for the starter pack which includes the following.
  • 1x V-RAPTOR ST 8K VV Camera System
  • 1x DSMC3 RED Touch 7” LCD
  • 1x RED PRO CFexpress 660GB
  • 1x RED CFexpress Card Reader​
  • 2x REDVOLT MICRO-V
  • 1x RED Compact Dual V-Lock Charger
  • 2x V-RAPTOR Wing Grip
  • 1x RED EXT-to-Timecode Cable 3'
Otakon is one of those conventions that you’ve heard about but have never attended. It has a long and respected history dating back to 1994 and has grown to fill most of the massive Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington D.C. All in all it’s a good convention, but it wouldn’t be my first choice of convention to attend.
Otakon is one of those conventions that you’ve heard about but have never attended. It has a long and respected history dating back to 1994 and has grown to fill most of the massive Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington D.C. All in all it’s a good convention, but it wouldn’t be my first choice of convention to attend.
I'm someone who gets a lot of pleasure out of attending conventions. For me it's not just about making videos, although that certainly is a big part of it. Attending conventions is an opportunity to meet people, build relationships, and see and do things I can't do anywhere else. So after nearly a year and a half of shutdowns and no conventions you can imagine how excited I was to hear that ColossalCon was happening.
I'm someone who gets a lot of pleasure out of attending conventions. For me it's not just about making videos, although that certainly is a big part of it. Attending conventions is an opportunity to meet people, build relationships, and see and do things I can't do anywhere else. So after nearly a year and a half of shutdowns and no conventions you can imagine how excited I was to hear that ColossalCon was happening.
Ah ColossalCon. Anime, swimsuits, waterslides and hot tubs. Can you think of a better combination of things? Perhaps peanut butter and jelly? Maybe biscuits and gravy or cake and ice cream? If the folks behind ColossalCon set out to make an event with a party-like atmosphere full of carefree fun, they succeeded. At this point there's absolutely no pretense of this convention being about cultural appreciation or education, if it even was in the first place. It's just bring your love of anime, a swimsuit, and enjoy. That's not to say you can't have the former, but let's be honest about why people attend.
Ah ColossalCon. Anime, swimsuits, waterslides and hot tubs. Can you think of a better combination of things? Perhaps peanut butter and jelly? Maybe biscuits and gravy or cake and ice cream? If the folks behind ColossalCon set out to make an event with a party-like atmosphere full of carefree fun, they succeeded. At this point there's absolutely no pretense of this convention being about cultural appreciation or education, if it even was in the first place. It's just bring your love of anime, a swimsuit, and enjoy. That's not to say you can't have the former, but let's be honest about why people attend.
I've had the opportunity to spend some time with three of the best electronic view finders in what I consider the mid-tier. While they aren't exactly cheap, they also aren't crazy expensive. They are all quite comparable in features and size.
I've had the opportunity to spend some time with three of the best electronic view finders in what I consider the mid-tier. While they aren't exactly cheap, they also aren't crazy expensive. They are all quite comparable in features and size.
Katsucon is an anime convention held annually at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA. It was first held in 1995 making it the seventh oldest anime convention according to this Wikipedia article. With 27 years under its belt and a magnificent hotel as its home for the past ten years, it has become an event beloved by many and is known for attracting amazing cosplayers.
Katsucon is an anime convention held annually at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA. It was first held in 1995 making it the seventh oldest anime convention according to this Wikipedia article. With 27 years under its belt and a magnificent hotel as its home for the past ten years, it has become an event beloved by many and is known for attracting amazing cosplayers.