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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 Examined

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia

By Jeff Foster | November 27, 2014

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, 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...

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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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Product Review: DSLRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit

The Next Generation Aerial Kit Does So Much More!

By Jeff Foster | August 15, 2014

The DJI Phantom 2 is the second generation quadcopter from the industry giant, boasting better performance and longer flight time and it's remained pretty much a "hobbyist" craft as it comes from the factory - but I'll show you why the DLSRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit has turned this "RC toy" into a serious, useful aerial videography tool. Read More

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ProAm USA Aims to Bring its CarryOn Jib to Market Through a New Kickstarter Campaign

ProAm USA Aims to Bring its CarryOn Jib to Market Through a New Kickstarter Campaign

A new trend for filmmaking tools manufacturers to get products to market

By Jeff Foster | July 24, 2014

Filmmaker Jonathan Baty of ProAm USA taps into the Kickstarter filmmaking community to help launch the CarryOn Jib, the most compact, lightest camera crane of its kind.

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Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Videography Workshop

2-Day Online Streaming Video Workshop on CreativeLive

By Jeff Foster | July 15, 2014

Whether you're new to Aerial Photography/Videography and looking for how to get started, or have some experience and want to see how to get more out of your productions or take it to the next level, then this online streaming video workshop may be just the help you're looking for!

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Product Review: SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED Field Monitor

Product Review: SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED Field Monitor

Color Accurate True Black HD 7.7" Field Monitor with Built in Scopes

By Jeff Foster | June 30, 2014

The SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED field monitor provides accurate color, rich blacks and an OSD/Scope system delivered through touch screen that will knock your socks off!

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Updated Product Review: Genus Mini Jib with MoCo

Truly Compact and Portable Jib for DSLRs and HD Camcorders

By Jeff Foster | June 28, 2014

The new Genus Mini Jib was designed for portability and simple setup/operation on location. It's not meant to be a studio jib but while it can handle a decent payload of about 9lbs, you can manage to get a decent load to balance and maintain control of the operation. I give the Genus Mini Jib a thorough test with different camera configurations and push it to the limits. UPDATED with the Genus MoCo motion control system for the Mini Jib started on the bottom of Page 2.

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Product Review: Genus Elite Matte Box & Bravo Follow Focus MK3

Professional Filmmaking Gear That Keeps Working

By Jeff Foster | June 27, 2014

I've had the opportunity to use the Genustech cine gear for several months now on a variety of cameras from a Sony EX3, to a Canon 60D to a Blackmagic Design Cinema Cam and a BMD Pocket Cam. Highly adjustable, durable, and travels very well. In one word: Solid.

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GoPro Dual HERO System for Stereoscopic 3D

GoPro Dual HERO System for Stereoscopic 3D

Housing and Sync System for Twin Hero3+ Black Cameras

By Jeff Foster | June 24, 2014

GoPro introduces the Dual HERO System for two Hero3+ Black Edition cameras to create 3D stereoscopic images and I get to take it to task in this review, shooting still image pairs and video clips.

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