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Jeff Foster has written and contributed to several books and magazines, and has been producing motion graphics, photography and creative design for major corporations, television and film for more than 20 years. See his full bio and content at http://PixelPainter.com...

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Jeff Foster’s New Channel: The PixelPainter

Jeff Foster’s New Channel: The PixelPainter

With permanent links to the archives...

By Jeff Foster | June 19, 2013

I've been contributing to various production/post-production channels here on PVC for years but created my own channel with the re-launch of the new PVC website format, titled "the PixelPainter". Here's where you can find more about my channel, my interests and of course, links to all my previous articles & reviews.

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 2/15/2015)

By Jeff Foster | February 15, 2015

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2014, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 2/15/2015 with FAA Rule Proposal at bottom of article)

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Firmware Upgrade for the GoPro HERO4 Announced (and Reviewed!)

Firmware Upgrade for the GoPro HERO4 Announced (and Reviewed!)

HERO4 Black and Silver get New Features and Performance Boost!

By Jeff Foster | February 09, 2015

GoPro recently unlocked a host of new features for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver that will amp the performance, capabilities and convenience of the cameras even higher. Run a quick update on your HERO4 software to enable even more dynamic content capture. 

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Demo: Freefly Systems CineStar 8 & MOVI M5 Gimbal

Demo: Freefly Systems CineStar 8 & MOVI M5 Gimbal

PVC Exclusive Video Interview: Ryan McMaster - Professional Aerial Videographer

By Jeff Foster | February 06, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to interview Ryan McMaster with Volant Productions and his Freefly Systems CineStar Heavy-Lift Octo with dual operator controls with the MOVI M5 gimbal. Oh. Em. Gee!

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Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Product Review: DSLRPros Expedition Series P2 Aerial Kit

Adventure-Ready and Totally Portable P2 Aerial Photography/Videography System

By Jeff Foster | January 21, 2015

Taking the popular and durable design of the DJI Phantom 2, DSLRPros has created a truly portable kit for the extended-travel road warrior, camper, hiker or outdoor explorer, with the DSLRPros Expedition Series PD Aerial Kit. I live with this kit for a couple of months and take it with me out in the country, down the coast and even on the job of a major sky rise construction site downtown. Durability and dependability... we'll see how it holds up to the task!

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Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Series

Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Series

The Best Basic Training for UAVs on Video from DSLRPros

By Jeff Foster | January 07, 2015

Want to learn to fly that new DJI Phantom you got and get professional results (and fewer crashes)? DSLRPros has produced what I think is the best, most professional video training series I've seen to date, with their Drone Academy X DJI Phantom Flight Training Video Series.

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Breaking: The TAYZU 720 Quadcopter at CES 2015

Breaking: The TAYZU 720 Quadcopter at CES 2015

Utilizing the ICRealtime 720-degree Camera Technology for Spherical Aerial Imaging

By Jeff Foster | January 05, 2015

There's something truly groundbreaking (skybreaking?) getting a sneak preview at CES this week in Las Vegas. It's a quadcopter that has two hemispherical cameras that take a full 720-degree 1080p/30fps video of the area you fly it in. This.... is going to be huge!

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Product Review: The Padcaster Mini

Product Review: The Padcaster Mini

The Best Way to Use your iPad Mini in Production!

By Jeff Foster | December 21, 2014

In addition to the original Padcaster for the full-sized iPad, they've developed a solid, smaller variation for the iPad Mini, plus a host of other accessories to make this ingenious design even more attractive in production - more than just a frame to hold while shooting video and time-lapse shots.

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Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

A General Guide for Aerial Photo/Video Gear Currently Available

By Jeff Foster | December 10, 2014

2014 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and video, and I've compiled a list of great products that will appeal to fliers and shooters for all levels!

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Heavy Duty and Stable Flying Multirotor for Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster | November 07, 2014

This UAV manufacturer based out of South Africa has set out to make durable, stable and easy to transport designs that run on the popular 3D Robotics Pixhawk GPS Flight Controller and provide smooth footage for a GoPro HERO4 in a brushless gimbal. I think they're on to something here...

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First Look: Hands-on with the GoPro HERO4 Black

First Look: Hands-on with the GoPro HERO4 Black

Actual Results and Dispelling Misconceptions for Aerial Videographers

By Jeff Foster | October 14, 2014

Since the announcement of the flagship camera in GoPro's new HERO4 lineup, I get to give the HERO4 Black a test with several devices and gimbals to see how it compares to the HERO3+ and share my initial results.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

A New Experience for Flying/Shooting FPV with HUD on Clear Lenses

By Jeff Foster | October 06, 2014

Unlike typical FPV goggles that basically block out the world around you and force you to only see what the on-board camera sees, the Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses work directly with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ with the DJI VISION app and the WiFi extender.

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Product Review: DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers

Product Review: DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers

Two Amazing New 3-Axis Powered Stabilizers for Smartphones and GoPros

By Jeff Foster | October 03, 2014

Never before have 3-axis brushless motor-driven handheld stabilizers been more needed than with release of the latest smartphones and GoPro cameras! I've had a chance to test both of these products from DSLRPros and give you a sample of how they work and what kind of results you can expect from them.

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Small UAV Coalition Launched to Advance the Commercial Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Small UAV Coalition Launched to Advance the Commercial Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Big News in the Fight for Aerial Videography and Photography in the US!

By Jeff Foster | October 02, 2014

Iconic photo and commercial small drone manufacturers, 3DR, Aerialtronics, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, Google[x]'s Project Wing, GoPro, and Parrot all join forces to form a coalition to fight for the rights to commercial small UAV/UAS useage and work with existing orgnaizations to devlop safety and proper regulatory oversight in this exploding industry.

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OFFICIAL: GoPro HERO4 Lineup Announcement!

OFFICIAL: GoPro HERO4 Lineup Announcement!

The New Lineup of GoPro Cameras Now Includes Real 4K/24-30fps Capability, Built-in Touchscreen and Overall Improved Performance

By Jeff Foster | September 29, 2014

Beyond the leaks, rumors and speculation over the past month, we've got the official press release directly from GoPro this morning, complete with images and a great new launch video. This lineup of cameras is truly impressive and we'll be sharing a hands-on review with you shortly as well.

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Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Precision, Power and Autonomous Flight Control

By Jeff Foster | September 27, 2014

Beyond traditional smaller quadcopter designs on the market, the usual choice for an upgrade is a hex or octocopter... but the form factor of 6 motors and props on the three-armed "Y" formation of the 3D Robotics RTF Y6 airframe provides not only good stability in windy conditions, but a hotrod of a UAV capable of over 55mph and some truly impressive video footage. But hold on - this sucker can really FLY!

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Sir Richard Branson Invests In 3D Robotics

Brings Aerial Expert Colin Guinn to Necker Island for a Demo

By Jeff Foster | September 07, 2014

In a surprise posting on the Virgin website this weekend, Sir Richard Branson share about interest in this emerging technology and acknowledges his investment into the tech company founded by Chris Anderson.

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SmartSound Plug-ins For Soundtrack Creation With Adobe Video Apps

Use SmartSound Plug-ins with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CC For Round-Trip Music Soundtrack Creation and Editing

By Jeff Foster | August 27, 2014

SmartSound has made some great advancements in their software plug-ins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects since I did my last how-to tutorial two years ago and posted here on ProVideo Coalition. I just recreated two new short video tutorials and wanted to share them with you here, to show you just how easy this NEW round-trip method is to create/edit music soundtracks for your video/animation projects starting inside your video production apps.

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3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

Leading Technology for Filmmakers and Industry with Flying Robots

By Jeff Foster | August 23, 2014

You might hear the name 3D Robotics and say "Oh yeah, I've heard of those guys. They also make small UAVs don't they?” ...and you'd be right.. kind of. I take a closer look at this innovative company and peek into the future with one of the industries' great visionaries and technology leaders... and I get excited for what this all means for aerial imaging!

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