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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: ABBA Virtual Concert – Belkin Face Tracker – Weber BBQ app

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we took a look at the technology behind ABBA’ s virtual reunion tour.

Created by visual effects masters ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) ABBA’s virtual concert series could be a pointer to future musical events.

I show my own experience with Weta Digital in NZ where the Planet of the Apes trilogy was captured using similar technology.

We also play with Belkin’s new face tracking mount.

Designed for iPhone 12 MagSafe phones, the battery-powered magnetic mount can rotate through 360 degrees while tracking your face.

And, on Father’s Day, we check out Weber’s new barbie app.

Using a smartphone you can place a virtual version of any Weber BBQ in your yard.

The mixed reality app means you’ll see a realistic version of a BBQ on your phone with tips on which barbie is best for your family.

It will make you hungry just looking at it.

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Australian Floods a Reminder to Keep Disaster Apps Up-to-Date

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One of the many dangerous aspects of flooding comes well after the rain has stopped and the blue skies return. This was the case in Queensland and NSW after an intense downpour over a short period last week.

Well after the rain had stopped, rivers were still rising as runoff snaked across the waterlogged soil. Residents were being urged to keep their phones charged and up-to-date with the latest apps that could save their life.

So, what apps should we have on our phones during a flooding event?

BOM

The first app should be Bureau of Meteorology. Nationally, people should install the BOM app for Apple and Android devices and setup your notifications. You can select three locations for constant updates.

You can also select from list of warnings, including flood and fire.

As I discussed with Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition, many people may not have this app on their phone because the native weather app serves their daily needs. But when it comes to emergencies, the BOM App is a resource that all Australians should have on their phones.

BOM – iOS

BOM – ANDROID

HAZARDS NEAR ME

In NSW, the Hazards Near Me App shows disaster areas on a map which really helps to visualise the scope of the emergency. The icons vary from ADVICE, WATCH AND ACT TO EMERGENCY WARNING which essentially means evacuate. It even gives a time when to leave.

You also create a watch zone for your area or where a family member lives. This is by far the best app to use in an emergency, if you live in NSW.

HAZARDS NEAR ME – iOS

HAZARDS NEAR ME – ANDROID

EMERGENCY PLUS

Emergency Plus is the other app all Australians should have on their phone. This shows all the emergency contacts and their numbers.

Emergency Plus comes with the what3words feature built in. Triple Zero (000) callers can confirm their exact location without having to read out a long string of coordinates.

The app will change your coordinates into a simple three word phrase. what3words has divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each one a unique three word identifier.

EMERGENCY PLUS – iOS

EMERGENCY PLUS – ANDROID

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Blackmagic Camera Update Includes a Vital ISO Change

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The updates are coming thick and fast for Blackmagic Design’s awesome Camera App for iPhone.

Today’s Blackmagic Camera 1.2.1 update adds additional support for flipping images both vertically and horizontally when using SLR lenses. This means when working with SLR lenses which invert and flip the image, your footage will now correctly display on your iPhone, making it easier to frame your shot.

But the big deal for me is the ISO change. The update allows the user to select the lowest supported ISO on the iPhone.

“But the big deal for me is the ISO change.”

This is important because in bright sun, without an ND filter or adjustable aperture , iPhone users must use a fast shutter speed to expose correctly. This means abandoning the 180 degree shutter rule which can lead to horrible motion results, especially for subjects like water.

So by selecting a far lower ISO, like 34 in the example pictured, we can get the shutter down to 1/250 at 50fps. This gets us much closer to our target of 1/100 at 50fps.

The update also improved handling of LUTS so when you import a duplicate LUT, Blackmagic Camera will ask you whether you want to save a copy or replace the LUT already on file.

There’s still more work to be done, but it’s extremely promising to see Blackmagic Design put so much work into this free app.

It truly makes the iPhone a pro camera in you carry in your pocket.

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Blackmagic Camera App Just Got Better

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Blackmagic Design has just released an update to its totally awesome iPhone Camera App – BLACKMAGIC CAMERA.

Version 1.1 adds support for recording 23.98, 29.97 and 59.94 fps when recording on iPhone 14 or later. This is another step in making the iPhone a truly professional B or C camera.

Watch Djuro Sen introduce Blackmagic Camera on Sky News Australia – Weekend Edition

But that’s not all. This update also includes support for external timecode sync using Tentacle Sync E giving you frame accurate recording across multiple iPhone cameras. This will make editing multicam footage a snap. There is also additional support for Tilta Nucleus Nano and Nucleus M lens control, providing hands free control for zoom and focus when your physical camera is not within reach.

And there’s more.

You can now lock the camera orientation in the Blackmagic Camera settings, allowing you to maintain the vertical or horizontal aspect regardless of camera movement. You’ll find this handy when recording directly to external USB-C storage on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max and the camera is on a boom or jib.

iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max also support recording in Apple Log to help capture the full dynamic range for grading in DaVinci Resolve.

Blackmagic Camera 1.1 update is available now as a free download from the Apple App Store.

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