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Helpful Infographic Gives All the Legal Information You Need to Know Before Flying a Drone

There is a lot of information floating around out there regarding the proper “rules” of flying a drone, and they are not only at the Federal level, but also encompass specific rules regarding your state. Because of this, it might feel overwhelming enough to try and just “ignore it,” but that’s not really a good idea… especially if you’re caught and have to face a hefty fine. To help make it easier to understand, the folks at AllDigital made a super-useful infographic that you should really have a look at.

Toby Harriman’s “Chasing Weather” Timelapse is Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Toby Harriman is quickly becoming one of my favorite timelapsers (he and Michael Shainblum are killing it). He’s the kind of guy who makes me claw at my windows, wishing I was traveling instead of being chained to a desk. And you know, that’s a good thing. We need people to remind us what the world looks like beyond the familiar walls, and that’s something at which Toby is really becoming an artist. His latest video, Chasing Weather, is a combination of clips taken in Alaska, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Chicago and Hawaii. It’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

Olivia Wilde and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes Just Made a Music Video Shot Entirely on iPhone

Although the title is a bit of a mouthful, it doesn’t make it any less true. This morning Olivia Wilde debuted a music video she directed for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ debut single “No Love Like Yours” on their upcoming album, PersonA. As if the combination of the Vinyl star and the popular band alone wasn’t enough, they kind of surprised by announcing they also shot the whole thing entirely on iPhone… and we have the photos to prove it.

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Red Giant has Updated PluralEyes: You Can Now Sync Directly Inside Premiere Pro

Red Giant today announced the release of Shooter Suite v13.0, which features the brand new PluralEyes v4.0, one of the (if not the) most popular and effective tools for syncing audio to multiple video streams. The standout new feature in v4.0 is the ability to sync with PluralEyes directly in Premiere Pro, without having to leave the application. Red Giant also has added Smart Start capabilities, automatic drift correction, vertical track scaling, integration with Red Giant Offload, and more simplicity and automation.

This Guy Swung His iPhone Around on a String to Get Incredible Video of Himself Skiing

Hot damn. Now that’s awesome. Nicolas Vuignier calls it “centriphone” and it’s one of the most unique angles of skiing I’ve ever seen. Actually, it probably is the most unique angle I’ve ever seen. Taking advantage of the iPhone’s high frame rate in HD (240 frames per second in 720p, as the GoPro 120 was apparently too slow for him), Vuignier swings the phone rapidly around his head while descending a mountain. What’s probably even more impressive is he didn’t break his phone.

Emotimo is Releasing a New Motion Control Device & It Looks Slick as Hell

Though not a heck of a lot of information is available yet, Emotimo has announced that they are releasing a brand new motion control device called the Spectrum. The only bit of information they provide is: “The spectrum is the most ambitious motion control camera robot we have ever made. Shooting timelapse, stop-motion, real-time video and even high-speed sequences, the spectrum is tremendously capable and in a class of its own.” That, and it will cost less than $5000.

Why Sven Dreesbach Chose to Film an Ocean-Based Robot Koch Music Video Exclusively on iPhone

Sven Dreesbach is a phenomenal filmmaker based in Los Angeles who teamed up with Robot Koch & Delhia de France to create a music video for their acclaimed song ‘Dark Waves’ (which was recently featured in the mid-season finale of How to Get Away with Murder). The music video is full of oceanic-based, dark imagery that goes very well with the tones of the song. “The moody atmosphere for the video was primarily set by the tone of the song. Robert Koch, the artist behind Dark Waves, approached me a while ago and told me about the back story behind how the song came alive in a dream while he was asleep,” Sven told us. “The blurry images he saw in his dream were involving dark mysterious shots of the ocean and also involved the lonesome surfer we follow around in the video. He pulled up one of my previous projects as reference for the overall atmosphere and basically asked me if I would be interested in creating something that feels similar for Dark Waves. I didn’t have to think about it much. Of course I was in for it. Particularly because the song was perfect for these kind of visuals.”

FAA to Require Registration of Drones

The FAA is Requiring All Drones to be Registered by February 19, 2016

If you have owned a drone, or plan to own a drone between now and December 21, 2015, the FAA has announced you’re going to have to register it by February 19, 2015. If you get one after the 21st, you’ll have to register it before the first flight. “Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Time to Geek Out: The Science Behind How Your Sensor Works

If you were ever curious to how your sensor worked, then this video is for you. Now, when I say “how” I don’t mean a surface level description where we just say the sensor absorbs light and displays that in a digital way. No no, this is far, far more detailed. Filmmaker IQ went into incredible detail, so you know why a sensor does what it does on a molecular level.

Full Budget Breakdown of The Village

See the Full $71M Budget Breakdown of “The Village”

Curious what the appropriation of a $71 million dollar film looks like? The full budget was uploaded to Imgur for our viewing pleasure, in case you were curious where each dollar went. This kind of thing could be incredibly useful for those planning a feature film, even if your production is going to be considerably smaller. Heck, it’s interesting even if you’re not planning on making your own film. I’m just surprised by how much (or little) everyone got paid.

Seriously, $13,313 for an extra credited as “15 year old boy on stump?” Dang. $7 million just for the rights to the film. There are a bunch of interesting details in there. Enjoy!