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My Academy Award Television Commercial

Here is a fun little behind the scenes documentation from Casey Neistat and the Samsung Oscar commercial. The idea behind the commercial is as simple as nice. Casey Neistat introduces the YouTubers, the community, the creators of YouTube filmmakers to the Oscar audience. To give recognition to the community of individual filmmaker. People with great ideas but shot on no or small budget. People who use most often the camera on their cellphone to create their idea. In this case, a Samsung phone ūüôā

Here is the final 60sec. commercial, which was shown during the Oscar event.

A Himalayan Roadtrip

What a great thing to do!

Two friends going on a bike trip¬†from Manali and drove the Trans Himalayan Highway to Leh,¬†then summited Khardung La (The world’s highest motorable road) and headed east to Srinagar near the Pakistan border before returning to Manali. That is for sure one of the great stories you write when you are young and keep telling throughout your life. A very intense adventure with so many spectacular experiences which will last for a lifetime. India and the Himalayan mountains are already adventurous enough by itself but exploring it on a Royal Enfield suddenly becomes a unique and very personal story. I’ve traveled the Himalayan Mountains from India to Nepal from Gorakhpur to Kathmandu by local transport after taking busses from Varanasi to Gorakhpur. But that feels almost a boring and usual way.

The video itself is well done and feels so authentic and real that it’s great fun to watch. The fun, the pain, the disappointments but also the reading feelings come across so real.

 

DJI ‚Äď Introducing Phantom 4 Pro

Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it¬†ūüôā

What can I say … Above it’s what I wrote in a comparison I did lately ‚Äď Mavic vs. Karma. After thinking about it for some time I couldn’t figure out a good reason to not order a drone, or better, the DJI Mavic Pro. It all seemed to be the right choice until yesterday when DJI launched the new Phantom 4 Pro. I understand that the both drones compare in different leagues or¬†fields of application. But now I’m back to my first question, where and how will I use the drone. What is my exact field of application? Personally I’m often on the run hiking or climbing in the mountains, kitesurfing (lately not very often) but being outside with the kids or on the motorbike. Sometimes I do commercial¬†film projects where quality and technical advantage comes first. Something the new Phantom 4 Pro would absolutely¬†deliver. From a DJI marketing perspective it shows us that the drone market is still so big and booming, that even those two quite similar drone models can own their own¬†market territory¬†on high demand.

Mavic vs. Karma

It’s a crazy week. Last week GoPro unveiled their newest gadget, the GoPro KARMA,¬†to the world and just a couple of days later, DJI comes across with their newest gadget –¬†¬†The DJI MAVIC¬†Pro!

What meant to be the benchmark of the semi-pro drone market, the¬†DJI¬†Phantom 4, seems to be replaced by the DJI Marvic. For a long time there was no doubt that Phantom 4 is the drone of the drone for semiprofessional users. After last week, when GoPro launched the Karma Pro, it seemed to be a good opponent to fight the Phantom 4 with it’s new drone architecture for better portability. In my latest drone post I tried to compare the GoPro Karma with the DJI Phantom 4, not knowing that there is already a stronger DJI weapon in the pipeline, waiting for it’s launch.

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So next I better hold the KARMA¬†against the MAVIC PRO. So the new segment of foldable drones, which was created and owned by GoPro as of last week, has now to be shared with the market leader DJI. So what are the main differences between both products, keeping in mind that GoPro’s KARMA is much more as a equipment box with the handle grip and removable GoPro camera.

 

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Comparing both drones:

Package Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Small size and backpack included but still bigger.

Smallest drone size on the market so far.

 

Drone Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

Almost fits into the pocket of your trouser.

 

Weight: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

743g

 

Camera: Karma/Mavic Pro

Attachable GoPro Cameras 4/5. More functions, better quality and fps.

Bolted. 4K Ultra HD Video at 30fps or 1080 / 96fps .

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

Available.

 

Follow me funtion: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

Available.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 4

Able to record and program

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 20 min.

27 min. at 0 wind and 15.5 mph. Normal flight mode 21 min.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 35 mph

up to 65 mph

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

Small and easy to use controller. Bright touchscreen works fine even in sunlight.

Small controller which works with cell phone as screen. All important functions will be displayed over the controller display while camera and is displayed on mobile screen. Res 1080.

 

Social Media live stream: Karma/Mavic Pro

 No information 

Stream to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube via the DJI companion app

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

The Karma is build on simplicity and easy to use handling. It depends on the consumer needs. Fly paths is a good function to let the drone do the flight job while the consumer can focus on the camera.

With build in beginner mode the drone seems to be very easy to use, also for unexperienced pilots. During your flight time a beginner mode will turn hard movements into soft and guaranty best picture quality.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Mavic Pro

Removable stabilizer and handle included.

 Not included. DJ Oslo needed as an extra tool for another approx. 300 $.

So, it seems that the DJI MARVIC is the better choice of both drones. But, that is hard to tell as it really depends on the consumer needs. The GoPro comes as an entire removable camera equipment set, holding a high performance outdoor camera (Hero5), a handle grip stabilizer and a drone. Where the DJI Marvic is only a drone. In package size smaller, but with the DJI handle grip OSMO close to what GoPro has.

In terms of functions, i.e. Follow me and Obstacle avoidance DJI will the better choice. I assume that GoPro will provide at least Follow me as an update soon where Obstacle avoidance is maybe harder to implement in the first model.

All insides are taken from various test and reviews which came out lately. Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it¬†ūüôā

 

 

Casey Neistat had his hands on both. the GoPro Karma & DJI Mavic, lately. Check out his thoughts about the new DJI gadget.

 

 

 

Looking for Karma?

The new drone on the market, the Karma, designed and developed by GoPro. There are not many reviews out at the moment and information you find on the internet is mostly from the launch event. So, what does GoPro say about their newest tool, which hopefully will help to drive the company into a better future.

Karma gives a first positiv impression as it comes in a very convenient box, which will be used as a backpack to take the drone wherever you want and your way leads you to. Everything you need – apart from the camera – is included in the box. The fold-up drone seems to be a smart solution to downsize the volume and pack-size. The Karma works with the GoPro Kameras from the 4th generation (Hero) to the just released GoPro 5. The cameras are mounted with a 3-axis gimbal, which can be swapped between the drone and the Grip handle. That is a huge selling point as it gives you another great tool straight into your hands¬†for stabilized handheld¬†shots. The Grip has a build-in battery that’s said to last almost two hours. More than my GoPro 4 Hero. The controller has an in-build display which – as GoPro says – works well under sunlight. A nice feature is that you can connect up to 2 or 3 (not sure here) devices to the controller, so that one flies the Karma and another person can control the gimbal (camera).

 

 

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One of the most important questions, which GoPro’s will work with the new Karma? The new Hero 5, Hero 5 Session and Hero 4 Black / Silver will fit in the included gimbal mounts.

So what’s about Flight Time?¬†GoPro says it’s good for up to¬†20 minutes of flight time. It takes an hour to recharge, while the controller takes 2.5 hours and the Grip 2 hours. Only one of the Grip or Controller can be charged at the same time from the battery charger.

That all sounds very promising and gives you even the chance to¬†build the drone into your already existing GoPro gadgets and safe money. But whats about the DJI Phantom 4? Will¬†the Karma be able to fight against the DJI drone? Let’s compare both with the information we have.

 

Apples-to-apples comparison between GoPro’s new drone and the DJI Phantom 4:

Convenient size: Karma/Phantom

Small size and backpack included.

Not foldable. Extra case needed (approx. 200 Euro).

 

Camera system: Karma/Phantom

Removable camera system. Works with GoPro 4 Hero and 5.
Bolted to the drone.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Phantom

 Removable stabilizer and handle included.
DJI Osmo not included. Extra costs 300 Euro for handle without gimbal.

 

Follow me function: Karma/Phantom

Not included.
Included.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom

35 mph
 45 mph

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom

No, obstacle avoidance system.
Yes, obstacle avoidance system.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom

Only 4
More than 4

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom

20 min
20 min

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use for unexperienced pilots.
More complex because of more features.

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use controller with build in display.
Controller without display. Extra costs for display.

 

Well, the Karma seems to be an appealing package for some adrenalin junkies¬†‚ÄĒ especially the ones who enter remote areas. The fact that you also carry a stabilizer grip and removable GoPro, which then also allows to get attached to other GoPro holders and sticks, is a strong selling point. At the end it will depend the pilot which drone is the better one. The DJI Phantom is filled with much more technology and comes with more features in terms of flying and routing the drone. The fact that the camera is bolted to the drone and the extra stabilizer costs another 300 Euro, makes the Karma very interesting from a budged perspective. If you are not limited to space, you are not the crazy outdoor guy climbing up the rocks but you want to use it in a controlled and accessible terrain, the Phantom 4 is maybe the better choice.

I have not made my mind up which one fits better to my needs. It will be interesting to read some professional¬†reviews in the next weeks. But the concept of the Karma I like and it seems to be a perfect solution for my needs. Let’s see and keep an eye on it.

 

 

Wrench Against The Machine

Esquire Network revealed its new competition series, Wrench Against the Machine, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 15

Some of the most prestigious bike builders in the country put their reputations on the line in the ultimate test of creativity and craftsmanship to impress head judge, Roland Sands, founder of motorcycle and apparel company Roland Sands Design. Rounding out the panel is Michael Woolaway, U.S. director of motorcycle design for Deus Ex Machina and Alan Stulberg, co-founder and chief designer of Revival Cycles and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

The 72 hours of round-the-clock wrenching will take viewers deeper into the teamwork, the problem solving, and the creativity of the process that brings these bikes to life. Every episode come with its own unique batch of teams and building challenges, as fabricators are tasked with building caf√© racers, choppers, bobbers and beyond. In the end, the expert judges will test and evaluate the custom rides, crowning the winning team with the coveted ‚Äúwrench‚ÄĚ and the losing team‚Äôs bike.

 

 

Landed

The base of our 2 day photo & video shooting – nhow Design Hotel in Berlin. Catching up some missing sleep from the last couple of weeks. 

Looking forward to a fun shoot at Werkloft Studios here in Berlin.

  

Action Module for Edelkrone Slider

Slider effects are always a nice way to¬†push the intensity of a picture or moment. But, slider control can also become quite difficult in setting up the correct shot or handling later footage. I’m personal using a Konovan Slider Kit with a Manfroto mount for DSLR cameras. The Konovan Slider comes in a handy bag and is fine for most kinds of travel. Still, compare to newer slider models it still feels a bit big. Edelkrone launched the SliderPlus last year. A very small and handy Slider solution with an action module for many different recording modes.¬†The slider itself seems a bit short but with the new sliding technology it will get the most out of your shots. The module comes with different settings such as Slide Control, Time Lapse, Stop Motion and Macro Slide. This is a big package in small size and weight.

The only downside of the Slider seems the limitation of use. It works best and only in full lengths if you using it on a tripod. By using it off the tripod directly on a table or floor, it will give you only half of the sliding action.

For most traveling cinematographer the Edelkrone Slider seems to be a home run and best for most shots. Available for approx. 1100 Euro you can get a package with the large size SliderPlus, a Action Module and all needed attachments including a bag.

Here is another video of the SliderPlus.