Grab your coupon to submit your drone film for free to CinéDrones, a festival showcasing the best of aerial cinematographers worldwide.
As the popularity of drone film festivals grows with events popping up globally, there is one drone film festival that owns the ‘first in Europe’ title – CinéDrones International Film Festival.
Debuting in 2015, the CinéDrones International Film Festival has gone from strength to strength with the first two editions receiving in excess of 1000 recorded films from 30 countries worldwide!
CinéDrones is now in its third edition and will take place on November 17th & 18th, 2017 in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles, a lovely town close to Bordeaux, France. We are proud sponsors of this great initiative, providing the winners of CinéDrones with Pro memberships to Skytango.
Organized by Bordeaux Technowest and Athenium Films, CinéDrones shines a light on the best creations from around the globe that have enriched their work with the use of flying cameras!
This year the event is planning to keep up the momentum with participants having 11 different categories to choose from including special categories specifically for submissions in Japanese and from women.
Honorary President of CinéDrones International Film Festival is César Award winner and French actor and producer, Christopher Lambert who starred in over 70 movies including the blockbuster Highlander.
Cinema star Christopher Lambert is also passionate about aviation and about new technologies. He has been Honorary President of CinéDrones since the first edition of the festival in 2015.
Aerials captured with the use of a UAV must account for at least 30% of the completed video submitted. The categories are as follows:
Feature Film, TV & Series
News & Documentary
Sports & Adventure
Heritage & Nature
Musical Video & Performing Arts
FPV & Freestyle
Worldwide Showreels Screening
CinéDrones by Fukuoka (Japanese Section)
CinéDrones by Women
The jury, which includes our own Susan Talbot, will host Orelsan, popular French rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and film director as Jury President.
There are cash prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category with winners’ films also being screened throughout the festival. Companies of the likes of Parrot, GDF SUEZ group, and the French Professionnelle Federation Du Drone Civil have partnered with CinéDrones in the past editions of the event providing support and prizes.
Deadline for submissions is October 10, 2017. Fees for submissions received before Oct. 10th are $20 ($10 for students), while submissions received after the 10th but before the late deadline (October 30, 2017) are $30, but you can use the coupon code:
The festival itself takes place in Cinéma l’Etoile in the municipality of Saint-Médard-en-Jalles that lies about 12.5 kilometres north west of Bordeaux city centre.
Apart from the screening and the award ceremony, the 2-days event schedule also includes side activities. Practical masterclasses for drone operators and filmmakers interested in using drones, and panels debating different aspects of the drone industry will be held in different locations in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles. Check the CinéDrones websitefor details.
In the recently released Zenmuse X7, DJI offers a lightweight, compact unit that delivers an impressive quality product for a camera of any size, but the quality of image it can produce is enough to make the mouth of even the most demanding editor water.
So how have they done it? I’m going to have a look through the specs of the Zenmuse X7 and try to translate some of the science in a relatable way and hopefully walk you through the highlights:
Impressive specs for its size to performance ratio
Let’s start with an overview of the specs of the Zenmuse X7:
Dimensions: 151 × 108 × 132 mm
Weight (Body only): 449g
6k video, up to 24mp stills
Built to work in harmony with the Inspire 2 drone, the camera comes in at only 631 grams (1.4 lbs) when fitted with the 16mm 2.8 lens, giving you a flight time of approximately 23 minutes.
This is quite a lightweight body in comparison to most offerings in this category, but admittedly not as light as some of the compact action cameras on the market. However, there is a huge difference in image quality when you account for things such as the lens for a start, but we’ll get on to the lens in a moment.
Hi resolution recording
“The Zenmuse X7 offers everything professional content creators need to make their aerial footage as stunning and vivid as they demand,”
says Paul Pan, senior product manager at DJI.
The Zenmuse X7 uses a Super 35 CineCore 2.1 sensor that has amazing sensitivity, giving you an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range and really smooth shadow details when shooting in low light conditions.
It’s capable of capturing up to 6k video, and a new DJI Cinema Colour System (DCCS) renders stunning tones & depth across the spectrum.
6K resolution is pretty phenomenal visually. Now, I know you’re thinking that the consumer market is still trying to fill out with 4k screens and it might take a while before 6k becomes mainstream.
Realistically, however, many productions are already shooting in 6k with Netflix for example, producing some of their ‘Originals’ in 6k keeping up with box office features such as The Avengers, The Revenant, and Transformers who also chose this format but even they are playing catch up with features like Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2 shot in 8k using RED’s Vista Vision Camera.
As a stills photographer who has been shooting RAW files for as long as they’ve been available, I can firmly attest to the saying that “It’s better to have & not need than to need & not have”.
Even if you’re not outputting your product in 6k the benefits of having the information there to draw from and to manipulate are nearly endless.
The extra dynamic range is certainly visible when comparing the colour saturation and noise in the upper and lower ranges when shooting in 6k.
Versatile Zenmuse X7 colour space
Zenmuse X7 is an ideal camera for cinematographers and professional photographers alike from a colour perspective.
“For the Zenmuse X7, we took our colour science to the next level, we consulted the world leading authorities in colour science, Technicolor. With their guidance, our engineers developed an optimized gamma curve for the X7 allowing more latitude without sacrificing image quality.”
says Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI.
DCCS features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB colour space to give more flexibility and colour options during the post-production process.
The D-LogCurve further extends the dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB colour space preserves more colour information to support the most demanding filmmaking scenarios, providing accurate colour for quick and easy post-processing.
To meet the rigorous requirements of professionals, the Zenmuse X7 captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera.
It is capable of shooting 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS to integrate seamlessly into industry-standard post-production workflows.
There are four prime lenses available for this body. 16mm, 24mm, 35mm & 50mm, all F2.8 Aspherical lenses and offering resolutions of up to 8K. Made of ultra-lightweight carbon fibre, having this range of lenses in your bag should have you covered no matter what you’re shooting.
Another nice feature is the impressive range of sensitivity. The ISO ranges from 100 – 25600 for stills, and 100 – 6400 for video at its maximum 6k setting.
Shutter speeds from 8s – 1/8000s using the electronic shutter, and 8s – 1/1000s using the mechanical shutter allows you to play with either end of the scale, either dragging your shutter or capturing fast-moving action without motion interference.
Price & availability
DJI began shipping the X7 in November, with a $2,699 price tag in the U.S. The lenses will be available for $1,299 each, with the exception of the $1,199 50mm lens.
A complete prime lens kit will also be on offer for $4,299.
This is a well-built piece of equipment that deserves to be considered for that list of things to buy when you feel you’ve earned a treat or need to upgrade. The price range is not unreasonable for the spec on offer.
It is compact and comparatively lightweight, and the range of available lenses will satisfy most creative visions.
It is, however, the quality that swings it for me. It feels a little like the first steps from the old digital sensor in SLRs to the world of full frame sensors.
The richness of colour and depth of detail and clarity in both the highlights and shadows paired with phenomenal optics, promise to deliver a quality product that will satisfy the most demanding of clients.