Drone

Carl is off to the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) again!

The 2017 International Broadcast Convention (IBC 2017) is on again in Amsterdam and Carl will be once more jetting off to attend (much to Mark and Marks envy). IBC provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their latest offerings in acquisition, post, storage, and broadcast media platforms.

From an production perspective, we have been creating and delivering UHD/4K content for nearly 4 years. In that time we built new 4k edit suites, acquired new 4k cameras, and a new 4k drone. We are not going to stop there we have our eyes on even more 4k cameras, and Carl will be looking at all the latest offerings from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, and Blackmagic Design.

New areas we are expanding into are 360video and Virtual Reality acquisition and continuing our push in delivering custom LMS content. Carl will be keeping a close eye out for IBC vendors in these fields and both the Marks are keen to see what 360 gear he looks at.

Stay tuned when Carl returns we will find out what he learned at IBC 2017!

IBC floor

Eye in the sky with GMi – Meet the Mavic pro

The boys here at GMi have got another drone!

 

This time we have selected the latest from DJI: the Mavic Pro. This is a truly incredible drone capable of some amazing things. It has a 27 minute flight time, is so compact it fits into a backpack and has the ability to fly indoors. INDOORS!!!… Oh and the pictures look great too, both inside, and out in the field at 4K!

 

We have been having a lot of fun here in the office with that feature and are truly amazed with what this new kit can achieve. If you would like to talk to us about what it can do for you and your project drop us a line here we would love to hear from you! Even if its just to talk about drones! Drones that fly INDOORS!!!

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The End (2016) is Nigh!

As 2016 winds to a close 2017 will see something else spin up. Something with props perhaps?

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The boys here at GMi are itching to get the hotly anticipated new DJI drone in there hands. With stunning images, a smaller footprint for easier travel and considerably longer flight times Carl and the Marks are trying to be patient while we await our delivery. In the meantime they have been watching some of the stunning footage some of the lucky people around the world (who have already received their drones) have been capturing. Check out this great one by Philip Bloom.

Windjana Gorge Crocs

2016 saw the boys on filming all over our great state be it in the Kimberley Region, to Broome and the famous Cable Beach, to Dirk Hartog Island during the 400th Anniversary of landing there, back out to the desert to see a land reclaimed, to our states foodbowl heartlands or to our lush southern forests and stunning coastlines, 2016 has been a truly amazing year!

Eagles Skyribbon

So as 2017 rolls in with a new drone a new AVID editing suite, and another new camera on the horizon GMi has never been better suited to tell your story. So please enjoy the end of year festivities, travel safe and drop us a line in the new year we would love to hear from you!

Lamby focusing on cameras at IBC 2015!

Cameras at IBC 2015

Panasonic and Carl

 

Lambys adventures continued with looking at some of the newly released 4k cameras at IBC 2015. Lamby showed particular interest in the upcoming offerings from Panasonic the AG-DVX200, Sony the PXW-FS7 and Australian manufacturer Black Magic design very own URSA Mini 4.6K (15 Stops of Dynamic range!!!).  These cameras, along with new drones and external monitor/recorders has got Mark M very keen indeed to sit down with Lamby and geek out over the upcoming video production tech.

Watch this space as when Lamby returns home here to GEO Media Interactive he will be giving a more in-depth look at his findings from IBC 2015, and Carl will be back too! To see What Carl and Lamby got up to at IBC previously click here!

Or if you would like to know more about the International Broadcast Convention of 2015 click here.

Cameras at IBC 2015

URSA MINI

The CB to IBC 2015!

The 2015 International Broadcast Convention, or IBC, is on again in Amsterdam and this year I (Carl) am making the trip for the first time. The convention provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their latest offerings in technology – from acquisition, post, storage, and broadcast media platforms – anything to do with content really!

So what is it all about? The last 5 years has seen an explosion in the way content is delivered and viewed, as well as the roll out of new formats, including the never ending cycle of increasing resolution! With UHD/4K a reality for end users, talk is now of higher resolutions still and the compression techniques and formats to deliver them. I will be attending seminars and workshops across a spectrum of topics that involve our work now, and where we see it in the future.

From an production perspective, we have been creating and delivering UHD/4K content for nearly 2 years. This process saw us build and commission a new 4k edit suite in the form of an Avid Media Composer workstation that was equally capable of cutting as well as compositing. But this year it is the camera department’s turn and I will be getting hands on with Sony, Panasonic, Arri, Canon and Blackmagic’s 4k production camera lineup prior to purchase. Much to the envy of the two Marks.

In the software areas I’ll be visiting Avid (of course), Adobe, Lightworks and Blackmagic. Blackmagic’s “Resolve” software is rapidly gaining a reputation for editing as well as its more traditional colour correction role. This could see it join Avid as our #1 long form edit platform.

Then of course there are all the other manufactures and “toys” I’ll be looking at. Drones are big news right now, and our current 4K test platform will get superseded by a monster rig with production 4K acquisition in the next 12 months – with my own personal CASA certification.

So stay tuned – on my return I plan to write a series of articles on what I learn at IBC 2015!

A Game of Drones – GMi’s new aerial filming platform!

Exciting times at GMi as we commence building our 4K RC drone.

Custom made – by us – it will support new 4K cameras. Why custom make it?  Well it comes down to flexibility of use – we want a drone that has added safety features, can carry a variety of payloads and can support new improvements in batteries, motors and cameras as they are released.

So having scoped the requirements and components needed it was off to the workshop to commence building, testing and configuring.  Bring together the lifelong hobby of RC building and flying and skills in electronic implementation, our tech nerds (read Carl and Peter!) spent a week building.

We are now into the configuration and test flying phase whilst developing operating procedures and safety guidelines.  The aim of the project is to prepare the way for the next drone – capable of lifting much heavier camera rigs.  It will be coming soon too!

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The see us droning droning droning…in 4K!

Drone with 5DWe here at GEO Media interactive have long been looking to offer video drone services to our clients on top of our aerial video/photo services. GMi are now engaging C.A.S.A certified video drone providers for use in our productions. This opens up a whole new level of filming possibilities, that all of us are very excited about. These drones are fitted with either a Canon 5d mk3, Panasonic GH3, or Black Magic 4K cameras, and with an under-slung camera position and retractable undercarriage they offer unrivaled field of view and image possibilities.  If you would like to know more about these services, or how we could further your production with these drones please drop us a line. We would love to hear from you!