arri alexa vs iphone 7 plus

I’m always fascinated with the notion that cinema grade technology is becoming cheaper and more available. I remember attending the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and watching a movie that was shot on MiniDV, on the same camera I owned at home, and realizing that it’s becoming harder to make financial excuses. More than ever, making a movie is about a good story and great execution. Cut to a decade later and everyone has a high definition video camera in their pocket, one that has been used to make acclaimed big screen movies like Tangerine.

But how does the current generation of Apple iPhone camera compare when stacked against the current generation of Hollywood movie digital camera? Potato Jet has created a video comparing the video quality of the Arri Alexa Mini, a camera that has been used to shoot many of the movies playing in cinemas today, against the Apple iPhone 7 plus. You can watch the results below.
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Alejandro G Inarritu VR project Carne y Arena

We’ve covered a handful of VR experiences here on the site, but I’ve never heard of anything quite like the new virtual reality project that Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has cooked up. It’s called Carne y Arena, and it’s the first VR installation to screen in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times has an excellent breakdown of the experience, which spans three separate rooms and includes a walk-in freezer and a sand-covered floor as it gives you the perspective of migrants crossing the United States/Mexico border. Read the highlights below.
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marvel on comixology unlimited

It’s been almost a year since Comixology announced they would be offering an all-you-can-eat Netflix-style option for their comic books subscription service. We wrote about it last May, and I have been a paying member of the service since then. The biggest notable exclusion from the service was Marvel comics, who offer their own subscription service, Marvel Unlimited.

But today, it was announced that Marvel Comics is finally joining the Comixology Unlimited fold.
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Netflix Replacing Star Ratings With Thumbs?!

Netflix

Netflix has announced that they have plans to replace user star ratings on the company’s popular streaming service. The personal star ratings allowed the service to personalize the movie and television selections for Netflix users.

So what will come in place of Netflix’s star rating system? Let’s talk about it below.

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netflix mobile crop netflix mobile specific cuts

Netflix plans to explore creating mobile-specific cuts of its original movies and TV shows, which could transform your experience based on the device you’re viewing it on. Is this the evolution of how we consume non-interactive narrative stories…or is this the pan and scan atrocity repackaged for a new generation? Let’s take a closer look at those Netflix mobile specific cuts.

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youtubetv

The cable companies should be scared because the cut the cord movement is just beginning. Joining the fray of cord-cutting options in YouTubeTV, a streaming television service in the same vein as Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Hulu’s upcoming live-tv service. But what will YouTubeTV bring to the mix that none of the others are? Let’s find out.

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IMAX VR Centre - Reception

With movie theater ticket sales in decline and the piracy still on the rise for home video, Hollywood is looking towards virtual reality as another avenue for the entertainment dollar. And IMAX wants in on the ground floor, announcing last year that they would be opening six IMAX VR Centres in 2017. On Tuesday morning, I visited the first IMAX VR Centre located in Los Angeles, hoping to get a glimpse of the future of immersive entertainment.

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Planet of the Apps Trailer

Apple is following Netflix and Amazon’s lead and is getting into original programming. The first two shows from the computer company will premiere later this year, which includes a series called Planet of the Apps, which looks to be Shark Tank for the iPhone app world. As a big Shark Tank fanatic and Apple fanboy, this seems right down my alley. See the first Planet of the Apps trailer embedded after the jump now.

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apple watch

It has been rumored, that the next Apple iPhone will introduce a new feature called Movie Theater Mode which hopes to make phone use less of a distraction in movie cinemas. I’m actually hopeful about this new mode as I just don’t believe we can change people’s behaviors and the bright screens are what distracts me, but it seems like a lot of people disagree.

And this week we have learned that the next update for the Apple Watch operating system will introduce a movie theater mode. Learn the details about the new Apple Watch movie theater mode, after the jump.
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blocking phones in the movie theaters

A new leak seems to suggest that the next update to iPhone’s iOS operating system may introduce a new movie theater mode which should make use of the iPhone less distracting in the cinema environment. Hit the jump for more details on the iPhone theater mode.

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