Category Archive : footage

4K Cinematic Video Shot on the iPhone X Without Fancy Accessories

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

“Shot on smartphone” ads and sample photos/videos are often created with the help of expensive accessories that help achieve more than you can with just the phone — things like stabilizers and lenses. If you’d like to see what you can achieve without these add-ons, check out this 4K cinematic video by Matteo Bertoli.

Bertoli took the iPhone X on a work trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. During his free time, he shot some completely handheld video and edited it at night in his hotel room.

“Finally the telephoto lens has OIS and f/2.4 aperture,” Bertoli writes. “This is actually a great deal and basically the 80% of this video was shot with the second camera.

“I DID NOT use any lenses, accessories, tripods or sliders. Everything was shot handheld, the only thing I had on the phone was the silicon case, that’s it.”

This difference separates Bertoli’s video from the short film we shared last week that was created using the iPhone X and other filmmaking tools such as gimbals.

Everything was shot using the native iPhone camera app in 4K at 24fps. The video was edited and graded afterward in the free version of DaVinci Resolve 14.

Incredible Chemical Reactions Caught on Camera

PetaPixel Will Nicholls

Beauty of Science is a project that wants to engage people with science through stunning macro photos and videos of chemical reactions. Photographer Wenting Zhu of Hefei, China, captures the incredible sequences of chemistry in action.

Here are two videos show gas-generating reactions taking place. Each clip is annotated with the relevant chemical reaction, which will be interesting for any chemists reading.

Another shows electrodeposition occurring, creating “metal structures” of incredible design. The clip shows copper, tin, zinc, lead, and silver.

Metal displacement shows crystal growth as one reactive metal displaces another from a salt solution.

Precipitation reactions occur when cations and anions in solution create an insoluble solid, generating these incredible patterns and colors.

PetaPixel previously featured another project by the same creators which showed the crystalization process up-close.

To see more work from Beauty of Science, take a look at the project’s InstagramVimeoFacebook, and website.

(via Behance via Colossal)

Drone Footage of a Mailman Delivering Mail After California Wildfires

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

Earlier this month, aerial photographer Douglas Thron captured this apocalyptic footage of a mailman delivering mail in a Santa Rosa, California, neighborhood that had gotten burned to the ground by raging wildfires.

“Hours after the fires in Santa Rosa I filmed this postal worker still delivering the mail,” Thron writes.

Many of the mailboxes that remained were standing in front of houses that had completely been reduced to ashes and rubble, but mail was still faithfully delivered to them.

You can find out more about Sonoma County recovery efforts and ways you can help out on the website Sonoma County Recovers.

(via Douglas Thron via Laughing Squid)

Footage of SF’s Market Street Before and After the 1906 Earthquake

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

On April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that sparked huge fires, destroying over 80% of the city and killing roughly 3,000 people. Immediately before and after the earthquake, cameras captured dashcam-style footage while traveling down Market Street, and those films now provide an idea of how SF was changed through the quake.

Here’s a high-quality film that was shot on April 14th, 1906, just 4 days before the quake:

The film, titled “A Trip Down Market Street,” was shot by four filmmaker brothers, Harry, Herbert, Earle and Joe Miles. Harry hand-cranked a Bell & Howell while it was moving down the street on a streetcar.

Here’s a second film that was shot shortly after the devastating earthquake:

In this second view, we see people on the streets next to damaged and destroyed buildings. Others are lining up for aid and living in roadside tents.

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake remains the #2 deadliest natural disaster in US history, trailing the 1900 Galveston hurricane that struck Texas.

Here’s 4K Cinematic Footage Shot with the iPhone 8 Plus

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

Cinematographer Matteo Bertoli got his hands on an iPhone 8 Plus and took it out and about in Los Angeles to test its video capabilities. The 4K cinematic footage in the 2.5-minute video above was shot entirely on the smartphone.

“Apple said they improved the sensor and that is true,” Bertoli says. “I was super impressed by the colors this iPhone is able to pull out.

“Dynamic range is also very impressive and finally the second camera was improved at a point where you can actually use it for video.”

One notable downside to the iPhone 8 Plus compared to the iPhone X is the fact that while the X has dual optical image stabilization for both camera modules, the 8 Plus only stabilizes the wide-angle camera.

“Everything was shot at 4K 24p, 48p, and 60p,” Bertoli says. A Rhino slider was used for some shots, but everything else was handheld. He used Filmic Pro — which currently has some issues with iOS 11 — and edited/graded the footage in DaVinci Resolve 14.

If you’d like to compare this footage to the iPhone 7 Plus, here’s the video Bertoli made using that camera last year.


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