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HyperlapseInstagram played a huge role in making vintage photo filters accessible and ubiquitous. Through the years they’ve added new looks, a social media dimension, and a Vine-like short video application. Yesterday, they took their brand to the next level by launching a standalone app that photographers and videographers alike (as well as everyone else) will appreciate — Hyperlapse, a time-lapse app that has some pretty exciting features: its simple design, sharing capabilities, and especially its image stabilization technology, which is not only absolutely key for time-lapse photography, but was something absent in mobile videography/photography until now. More »

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ixy_largeOver a year ago, RØDE introduced the iXY Microphone for the iPhone 4, the first device for iOS capable of 24-bit/96k audio recordings, which meant studio quality audio could be collected with a device that could fit inside your pocket. However, iPhone 5 users were pretty much out of luck until today. RØDE announced the highly anticipated update that allows you to use the award-winning mic with your iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s. Now fitted with a Lighting connector, the iXY microphone will provide the same quality audio found in the previous version, but on the latest Apple smart phone devices. More »

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ProRes 4444 LogoApple just recently updated Final Cut Pro X, with better options for managing optimized, proxy, and rendered media, so that they can be stored anywhere outside of the library, and also all be deleted from inside Final Cut Pro X. In addition to the changes in FCPX 10.1.2, Apple updated Compressor and Motion, and they also launched a brand new codec, ProRes 4444 XQ, which promises even higher fidelity than ProRes 4444 at the cost of additional disk space. More »

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Lightworks For MacFor the past few years, we’ve been patiently awaiting the long-rumored arrival of the Mac version of the legendary NLE Lightworks. A functioning version of the Mac software was shown as far back as NAB 2013, and at that time, many of us started to get excited. Nearly a year later, EditShare, the company which now owns Lightworks, announced that the public beta of the Mac version would become available in the middle of June. Well folks, the day has finally come where Mac users can head on over to the Lightworks website and download the software for themselves. Rejoice! More »

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iCloud DriveThere were a lot of exciting announcements coming out of Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) today, like the new features in OS X 10:10 Yosemite and iOS 8, but the unveiling of the new iCloud Drive is definitely something filmmakers will want to take a look at. Being described as a “Dropbox-esque” file system, iCloud Drive, of course, stores your stuff on the Cloud for free, but not only has Apple included pay options for upping the amount of data you can store, but they’ve made that data much more accessible to you when away from the Cloud. More »

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FCPX Mac Pro Maxed OutLate last November, Apple upped the ante with their video editing solutions when they released the long-rumored redesign of the Mac Pro alongside a major update to FCPX, one which was specifically engineered to provide maximum performance in tandem with the new machines. We’ve already seen some preliminary tests of the performance of this hardware/software combo, and the results were pretty convincing. However, the folks over at fcp.co went above and beyond the previous tests and pushed the new Mac Pro and FCPX to their absolute breaking point. Their results, which are pretty damn crazy, shed quite a bit of light on just how powerful this combo is. More »

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Apple 1-24-14 iPhone 5S AdJanuary 24, 2014 marked 30 years since the original Macintosh was unveiled by Apple, and to commemorate the occasion, they decided to make a video around the world in just one day, showing all the ways people use Apple products. What better device to shoot this commercial on than the iPhone 5S — which plenty of people have in their pockets? Check out the full ad below, as well as what it took to coordinate the crews around the world. More »

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Mac Pro Tash Can Mod HEROWe’ve covered the Mac Pro quite a bit on No Film School (too much according to some of you), but considering how long Apple had kept the same design, there was no doubt a new one would get a lot of attention — especially when it looks nothing like any computer you’ve ever used before. The general consensus is that the new Mac Pro closely resembles a trash can, so what better case to use for a new Hackintosh computer than an actual trash can? That’s exactly what a German modder did. More »

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Mac ProWe already know that the brand new Mac Pros are impressive machines, both in terms of raw specs and design. However, until this point it’s been unclear just how fast these new computers are in comparison to older versions of the Mac Pro, as well as in comparison to some spec’d-out iMacs and MacBook Pros. We here at No Film School have taken the time to pull together the first round of speed tests and benchmark tests from a few tech sources around the interwebs, and not surprisingly, the new Mac Pro is an absurdly fast computer. Stick with us to see just how fast. More »

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Apple’s release of the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 update came with a number of new features. From more 4K software and hardware support to better project and media management, FCP X’s new capabilities are many, and here to share his first impressions of the update is a filmmaker who has had extensive experience with the powerful NLE.

This is a guest post by Austin Mace. More »

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Final Cut Pro X 04-Library-ModelA new Mac Pro wasn’t the only thing coming out of Apple yesterday. They also introduced a major new update for their NLE, Final Cut Pro X. This 10.1 update adds a number of features, including more 4K software and hardware support, optimized dual-GPU performance, native support for more camera files, and the ability to upload 4K videos directly to YouTube. Perhaps the biggest addition, however, is a change in the way FCPX organizes projects, which should make for much better project and media management. More »

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mac-pro-step1-hero-2013After years of waiting, a new Mac Pro from Apple has finally arrived. The landscape has changed tremendously since the last major upgrade, with many loyal Mac Pro users splintering off into different directions, with some choosing iMacs, Hackintoshes, or PCs. The new design is a radical departure from anything the company has made in the past (or really anything any computer company currently makes), and it’s going to be heavily reliant on external enclosures and devices for expandability. There was some word from Apple about a few configurations, but we’ve finally got the complete rundown on what each system will cost, and you can officially order one right now. More »

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Apple New Mac ProSome price quotes for maxed-out versions of the new Apple Mac Pro came out earlier in the week, and they were actually lower than some had speculated previously. While we did know that the system was going to be launching at $3,000 sometime in December, there were still some question marks remaining — like the different prices of higher-end configurations, and most importantly, the exact date you’d be able to order one. That last one has now been definitively answered by Apple. More »

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New Mac Pro - Top - at WWDC 2013As the still unspecified December launch date for the Mac Pro nears, as well as unpublicized pricing for configurations other than the $2,999 and $3,999 models, we are all eagerly awaiting any new developments, and in the last few days, a couple of them have surfaced. Not only has MacRumors posted price quotes from members of both their forum and that of FCP.co, but they’ve also shared new sets of benchmarks for the 12-core Mac Pro have been uploaded by Geekbench as well. Continue on for more info. More »

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Lightstrap product photoThe iPhone 5s is slowly becoming one beast of a tool when it comes to smartphone filmmaking, and it’s not just because it now records 120fps. All of the accessories and extras, from anamorphic lens adapters to lav mics, are helping filmmakers build a decent toolbox for on-the-go/spontaneous filming, and now Oakland-based Brick & Pixel have developed an iPhone case called Lightstrap that will give you 10x more light to work with than the built-in flash, as well as control over brightness levels and color temperature. Currently on Kickstarter, Lightstrap may be a good solution to low-light problems. More »

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Preventing App Nap OS X MavericksApple has been moving more and more mobile over the last half decade or so, but they threw a bone to those of us still using Mac desktops or laptops by giving away their new operating system, OS X Mavericks, completely free. While Mavericks includes a couple of key changes from the previous version, one in particular might be giving you some serious trouble, even if it was designed as a feature, not a bug. That feature is something called App Nap, and it may be causing your background renderings to fail with programs like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, and DaVinci Resolve if you’ve upgraded your OS to 10.9 Mavericks. More »

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Apple iPad Air Official PhotoApple wasn’t just giving away free software and releasing official pricing and specs for the new Mac Pro, they were also unveiling new iPads. It has rumored for quite some time that an iPad Mini Retina with a 2K screen just like the larger iPad was coming, and sure enough we got it today. But what turned out to be more interesting, is just how small and light they’ve gotten the 9.7″ iPad. The device is so much smaller and thinner that they are putting it in its own category, referring to is now as the iPad Air. Check out the official launch video for the iPad Air below: More »

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Macbook Pro Retina 15 Inch Price-CostToday Apple announced that not only is the new OS X Mavericks available for download right now, but it’s available completely free. While they’ve been lowering the price on these smaller dot upgrades, this is the first time in recent years that such a large upgrade is available completely free. They’ve also introduced faster, cheaper, and lighter 13″ and 15″ Retina Macbook Pros (but still no 17″ model, which is likely gone for good). Click through for more on those and an interesting new feature in Mavericks that may make web browsing that much easier. More »

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New Mac Pro - Top - at WWDC 2013

While we got a quick surprise look at the Mac Pro back in June at the WWDC, Apple today unveiled the rest of the details on the Mac Pro, including the detail many have been waiting for: the price. Click through for the rest on the new device, and what you’re going to be getting for $3,000. More »

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Streets of MilanoWhen the iPhone 5s came out, one of the first questions, at least I had, was, “How’s the video?” Smartphones have been providing filmmakers a quick and easy outlet for making videos on the fly, but the tools at their disposal were pretty limited. But the iPhone 5s, with its new features, including the impressive 120fps setting, it’s quickly becoming a great asset for filmmakers. Check out the slow motion short Streets of Milano to get an idea of what you can produce with the iPhone 5s. More »