Artbeats is now shooting on the RED EPIC

Artbeats has just taken possession of our first of two Red EPIC cameras. We’re very excited about this because it will give us more versatility for future shoots.

For example, the EPIC is much lighter and smaller than the Red ONE, and this will allow us to go out shooting with a smaller crew and lighter tripod. We can hopefully stay under the radar in situations where a large camera is uncomfortably conspicuous and could draw the attention of onlookers, potentially ruining a shot. The lighter weight is a tremendous asset with jib shots and for hiking the camera into remote locations, and helps reduce the overall weight burden in gyro-stabilized aerial gimbals.

In addition, the smaller footprint and weight will allow us to use a much more affordable beam-splitter rig for S3D shoots.

The EPIC is an improvement on the previous Red ONE in many other ways. For example, the image quality has gone up, giving us a higher resolution (5K vs 4K in the Red ONE). New, higher frame rates will allow us to shoot slow motion at high resolution. One of the most significant improvements is HDRx which expands the dynamic range of the sensor beyond that of film, giving us the ability to shoot in high contrast situations without worry of clipping highlights.

Artbeats is all about increasing quality and production value in our products. The shooting potential the EPIC brings will mean greater quality footage for our customers in the near future.

Learn more about the RED EPIC on RED’s website.

Tutorial: Retouching & Digital Makeup with mocha Pro from Imagineer Systems

Adding digital makeup and removing blemishes can be a timely process. In this video tutorial, Martin Brennand use a clip from Artbeats Rubberball footage library to show how mocha Pro’s amazing planar tracking technology and remove module can be used to clean unwanted details for beauty shots. 

Watch Tutorial for free now.

mocha Pro is a stand alone motion tracking and effects product running on OSX and Windows. Supports: Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut, Avid, Nuke, Flame, Smoke & more. Upgrades are available for owners of Adobe After Effects CS4-5.5 or any Imagineer product. Learn more about mocha Pro.

Behind the Scenes: New Fireworks POV stock footage collection

By Phil Bates, Artbeats President & Founder

This summer, the Artbeats film crew was given an opportunity to film fireworks from a unique perspective, one that not many people get. Homeland Fireworks, a specialty pyrotechnics firm in Oregon, allowed us to place our cameras directly inside the launch pit. We soon discovered that this would not be a typical shoot.

When you place a camera within a few feet of the launch mortars, you are putting the equipment at risk. During the shoot, we were not allowed to sit with the camera. Instead, we had to push the record button, then move to a safer position away from the launch pit. Even so, we were asked to wear protective clothing, as well as eye and ear protection. At any time, one of the launch tubes can rupture, which is the cause of many pyro accidents.

There were shell casings and burning debris constantly falling on and around the camera. We used a protective foil, but unfortunately we can only cover so much. At one point after a show, I walked up to the camera to find burning embers still sitting on the camera body. The lens is also directly exposed to ash and embers. The pyrotechnician graciously agreed to blow off the lens using a can of air at five minute intervals during the shows.

We used Nikon mount fish eye lenses on our RED-MX cameras. The cameras were pointed nearly straight up for maximum coverage. Due to the concussion involved, we used SSD cards instead of RED Drives. Fortunately none of our equipment was damaged during any of these shows.

On a personal note: It is exhilarating to watch a fireworks show from that close. Eye and ear protection is mandatory but you still feel the concussions in your chest. Since the show happens directly overhead you need to be lying down or you can end up with a bad neck ache. Trust me though…this truly spectacular sight is worth the discomfort!

We are very thankful for Homeland Fireworks for allowing us and our cameras such close access.

The Fireworks POV collection features 39 clips, captured from three different firework shows including the Hillsboro Air Show, which is the largest firework show in Oregon. The collection is available in either NTSC, PAL or HD. In addition, every clip can be purchased individually, in resolutions up to 4K.

View the Fireworks POV clips/collection.
View the Fireworks POV demo reel.