Apple’s new videos show how to master slo-mo and more

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Get the most out of your iPhone's camera with these tips.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple published a new set of tutorial videos for iPhone owners today showing how to use some of the device’s advanced camera features.

The new videos offer how-to instructions on how to use the grid to shoot perfect overhead videos or the power of slo-mo and how to perfectly adjust it for each action clip you shoot.

Watch all of three right here:

Apple’s latest videos show off iPhone X’s portrait selfies

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Portrait Lighting in selfies. Humankind can now sit back and relax.
Portrait Lighting in selfies. Humankind can now sit back and relax.
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Apple published a new set of videos today giving iPhone X owners some more tips on how to get the most out Apple’s most advanced camera ever.

The new videos show how to take advantage of the new Portrait mode selfies feature on the iPhone X and the best way to edit them. There’s also a new tutorial for Live Photos that shows you how to create a bounce photo which is a lot like Instagram’s boomerang feature.

Check ’em out:

HomePod unboxing video: First look at Apple’s smart speaker

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Check out Apple's new HomePod in action.
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After months of delays, Apple’s HomePod is finally available in Apple Stores today. Before we get to the reviews, comparisons and tips, with our latest video we give you a tour of what’s in the box, show you how easy it is to set up, show it off in action and my first impressions.

Check the video out below.

This shotgun-style microphone is perfect for YouTube shooters [Review]

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The Rode NTG4+ microphone makes our YouTube videos sound super-crispy.
The Rode NTG4+ microphone makes our YouTube videos sound super-crispy.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Since I started running Cult of Mac‘s YouTube channel, I’ve been striving for the best visuals and audio possible. Compare our latest videos with some of our earlier ones, and you should see improvements across the board.

I’ve always neglected audio, but I’ve learned over time that sound proves vital to crafting quality videos. With that in mind, I recently tried out the Rode NTG4+ microphone. Now it’s part of my essential kit for creating videos.

Check out my video review below.

Demo shows how ARKit will change bookstores forever

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iOS 11.3 brings new ARKit experiences.
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ARKit hasn’t produced any apps that are absolutely must-haves, but that could soon change with iOS 11.3.

Apple has added some new ARKit features in the updates slated for release this spring. iOS developer Andrew Hart has already created a demo that utilizes the image recognition tools to identify books on a store shelf while providing reviews and ratings from the internet.

Prepare to be amazed:

iPhone X goes to Carnaval in latest Apple ad

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The iPhone X is ready to party in Apple's new commercial.
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Apple has come out with a colorful new ad for the iPhone X that shows off the device’s amazing selfie camera at one of the most craziest parties in the world: Carnaval in Brazil.

The new ad is part of Apple’s push to make more regional ads. Apple made a similar ad for Carnaval last year that focused on Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Watch the fun new ad:

DJI unveils impossibly tiny new Mavic Air drone

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Say hello to the Mavic Air.
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The most popular consumer drone on the market just got a huge upgrade that gives it even more mass appeal for budding droners and video creators.

DJI unveiled its new folding drone, the Mavic Air, today. A blend of the company’s two most popular drones, the Mavic Pro and the Spark, it also packs new features you won’t find on DJI’s other drones.

Take a closer look:

Apple snaps up Culver City office after HBO backs out

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Apple video's new home in Culver City.
Photo: Culver City Planning Dept.

Apple looks set to open a new office in Culver City, California, after HBO backed out of plans to take the lease. The new building, which features 128,000 square feet of space, is projected to open in late 2019 and could become the home of Apple’s original video efforts.

iPhone X makes stunning motion capture dirt-cheap

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Face ID can be used for more than just unlocking your iPhone X.
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The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system could soon make capturing Hollywood-quality motion capture as easy as snapping a selfie.

In a demo showing you don’t need millions of dollars in studio equipment, Big Screen VR founder Darshan Shankar tweeted a demo of some motion capture work that is being done using nothing more than an iPhone X and commodity body trackers.

Check it out:

DJI’s new Osmo 2 gimbal makes smooth iPhone footage cheap

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The Osmo 2 is insanely cheap!
Photo: DJI

CES 2018 bug Capturing super-smooth video on your iPhone is about to get a lot easier (AND cheaper) thanks to the folks at DJI.

Ahead of the opening day of CES 2018, DJI unveiled its newest handheld smartphone gimbal today called the Osmo 2. The new gimbal packs simplified controls to allow anyone to record shake-free video from their iPhone, and it’s got some new tricks you won’t find on its predecessor.