Lenses for Blackmagic Pocket 4K Camera

Great camera goes only as far as the lenses you pair it with. The amazing Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K camera is no exception.

I have previously tested and showed how different lens adapters work on this camera, specially when you plan on using full frame cinema lenses and APS-C lenses. Now I want to show you what you can expect with various native lenses that have the micro four thirds lens mount. Some lenses I think are a must but others I would say skip if you don’t want to spend money on something that will just take up space in your camera bag but will almost never get used.

Here are the lenses I show:

➡Olympus 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7
B&H https://bhpho.to/2FFVEZG
Amazon https://amzn.to/2TJ343r
eBay https://ebay.to/2Vbh1ZH
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/m07me

➡Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8
B&H https://bhpho.to/2FR64sH
Amazon https://amzn.to/2uxj7r3
eBay https://ebay.to/2HOofzo
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/xR7GA

➡Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8
B&H https://bhpho.to/2FVT84Z
Amazon https://amzn.to/2OzGv0a
eBay https://ebay.to/2HMVFOX
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/DJ2Nj

➡Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7
B&H https://bhpho.to/2SnCwIx
Amazon https://amzn.to/2uxMTfa
eBay https://ebay.to/2CLYvj5
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/9rXoW

➡Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95
B&H https://bhpho.to/2FORwqD
Amazon https://amzn.to/2Um1ZCZ
eBay https://ebay.to/2FHvNRn
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/PWPGz

➡Sigma 16mm f/1.4
B&H https://bhpho.to/2FALtFQ
Amazon https://amzn.to/2Um2VY0
eBay https://ebay.to/2TF9AZ2
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/eb67r

➡Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm f/2
B&H https://bhpho.to/2FATQB9
Amazon https://amzn.to/2HOcFV9
eBay https://ebay.to/2V696wo
Adorama https://adorama.evyy.net/LWQkZ

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The opinions expressed in this video were not influenced by or paid for by any outside individual or company. I use and test lots of products that are sent to me or that I buy myself. In the end, I only talk about the products that I find interesting.


Top 15 Live Streaming Upgrades for Worship

Is your live stream all that you want it to be? If it’s not, it is very likely that budget is part of the reason why. Here, are some simple (cost effective) improvement measures.


It’s probably easy to think of reasons why your stream is not everything you would like it to be. Most of them are likely financial. When that is the case, it can be easier to ignore the things that you can do because of what you can’t.But it is always a good idea to ask what could improve, given the same circumstances.

So, consider this article just that—a list of things to consider. Maybe, they won’t all be applicable, but something on this list will definitely make your live stream better. Who knows, maybe a little improvement will free up some finances for some. So, with that in mind, put all the reasons why these ideas won’t work aside. Try them, because nearly every house of worship has room to grow, even if there isn’t capital to buy new equipment.

       1. Make better use of what you have

Let’s start by taking a close look at your stream and possible changes that don’t involve money. Are you using your equipment as a pro would? Where have you said, “That doesn’t apply to us?” Reconsider it if you have.

       2. Ensure better shot selection

Remember who your audience is and where they’re viewing your stream. They’re not sitting in the seats in your sanctuary. They don’t have the advantage of seeing the “wide shot” in person. All they have is the stream. Click here to read the full article.

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Foundry Adds Material System to Help Mari Artists Build Assets Quickly, in Quantity

Foundry released Mari 4.5 with a new Material System aimed at giving artists a streamlined, drag-and-drop interface for setting material-driven looks of assets. As a result, Foundry said, the same software tool that’s used for complex “hero” assets can be used to quickly and efficiently create high-volume assets.

Mari’s Material System allows users to import PBR textures, which are ingested and configured for use as presets in a Mari materials library. Those material presets and control set-ups can then be shared throughout a team via a single file that includes all of the necessary information, including source images.

“We are empowering artists to create high-volume assets far more rapidly and cost-effectively, while also giving them access to the beloved package they are used to, to create complex hero assets,” said Mari Product Manager Rory Woodford in a prepared statement. “Mari 4.5 is part of our ongoing mission to improve the tools that artists depend on to create increasingly innovative work on shorter schedules.”

Also new in Mari 4.5 are a simple and familiar layer-stacking system for controlling material properties and visibility, a material grouping system,  a new Arnold shader from Autodesk, and an updated node graph UX that allows more complex workflows.

Watch Foundry’s marketing video, below, for a better look at what’s possible with the new Mari 4.5 Material System.

Foundry Mari is available on a perpetual license ($2,068), on a quarterly rental license ($689/quarter), or as a single license on an annual subscription basis, paid monthly ($59) or yearly ($599). A non-commercial version is available for “at-home learning, exploring and personal projects.”

Foundry Mari: www.foundry.com

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Here Comes Monarch Edge: Matrox is building some important stuff

Matrox has some brand new streaming technology that we should all keep an eye on.

Matrox is never far from the forefront. It was building GPUs before they were called GPUs. Then the Montreal, Canada, company catapulted video editing into the real-time broadcast quality domain with its family of NLE cards and Digisuites .

Since then, they have been very low key, because its products have been more infrastructural and “problem-solving”, but no less accomplished for not being in the eyes of the public.

We’ve recently been using the Matrox Monarch HDX – a dual-encoder streaming “appliance” that lets you to send independent streams to two streaming hosts (say YouTube and Facebook) from a single HDMI or SDI input.

Just as you’d want from an appliance, we found it solid. Highly recommended, based on our experience of it. Click here for the full article.

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Dalet Debuts New Remote Editing Framework for News, Sports and Reality TV

Dalet plans to introduce new remote editing technology at NAB 2019 that it says will improve the efficiency of journalists and other video editors working in the field or in remote offices.

The company said its new Dalet Remote Editing framework uses AWS infrastructure and Dalet’s proprietary caching technology to speed up bottlenecks in remote production that can usually be attributed to security restrictions, latency issues, or other snafus. It’s being aimed at production for news, sports and reality TV.

“This new remote editing framework provides a gateway to optimize content sharing across multiple locations without requiring the deployment of media asset management or production asset management beyond the central hub,” said Golan Tsarfaty, Dalet’s product line manager for editing, in a prepared statement. “It solves two key issues. First, it offers a high-quality user experience when editing content from anywhere; and second, it simplifies the network configurations and infrastructure management for access to central content by remote users. It’s an incredible technical innovation that is going to help our customers make a quantum leap forward with regards to mobility at work, remote productions and working with freelancers.”

The framework will include native support for Dalet’s OneCut editing system, with updated versions adding support for third-party NLEs through Dalet’s Xtend integration modules. Contributors can share locally captured content with the central storage hub via secure HTTPS connection, or download content from the main archive to use in a local edit. The new framework also provides opportunities for editing and collaboration between bureaus and sites, Dalet said.

Dalet will be demonstrating workflow options using the new Dalet Remote Editing framework at NAB Show 2019 in booth SL6610.

Dalet Remote Editing: www.dalet.com

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