ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH 8.4 Sets the Pace for Advanced Real-time Features, Workflow, & Ecosystem at a Price Everyone Can Afford ASSIMILATE today announced its new SCRATCH 8.4, the latest version of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow. "Leading the industry in offering the latest advancements in digital cinema technology is the cornerstone of what we do. Assimilate is all about developing real-time tools and a workflow that DITs, post-production artists and all filmmakers need to be creative, productive, and competitive," said Jeff Edson, CEO at Assimilate. "With SCRATCH 8.4, users get an abundance of advanced features that enable them to excel at what they do, and at a price everyone can afford. And with a host of SCRATCH industry partners, they can build an extensive and integrated SCRATCH ecosystem that gives an even greater boost to their productivity." ...Read More »
HSL Streams Online Gaming from PAX with ATEM Switchers Electronic entertainment has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing industries worldwide. The Entertainment Software Association estimates that over 59% of American households play video games actively. With such a large market, game developers are constantly looking for new ways and events to promote and announce their latest titles to the public. The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is one such event. Each year, PAX, organized by Reed Exhibitions, draws over 200,000 people to 5 cities around the globe. Excited gamers crowd the show floor looking for their favorite publishers, eager to try the latest, often unreleased, titles. ...Read More »
Archiware releases one- click Archiving tool "P5 Archive App" This autumn, Archiware presents the most innovative product in the data management field - the P5 Archive App. This add-on to P5 Archive radically simplifies the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself. Final Cut Pro X projects are archived and restored including all media used in the project. Archived files and folders are represented by a link file which displays metadata and previews on doubleclick. Metadata can be added during archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. The P5 Archive App will be available for Mac OS X initially, with more platforms to follow in the future. ...Read More »
Content Insider #425 - Virtually By Miles Weston To see all the news you'd swear to gawd that virtual reality entertainment will be here...shortly. You probably missed the fact that: a) there are a "few" problems, "issues" to overcome and b) it costs a crap load of money to produce even a couple of minutes of immersive entertainment. Well yeah but other than those minor details it will be coming to goggles about the time you'll probably need bifocals and goggles. Still you have to have something to look forward to after you're tired of HDR 4K entertainment. ...Read More »
Content Insider #424 - Moving Images By Miles Weston We know you think M&E is all fun and games and worse or better (depending on your perspective). But there's a real business with real technology and real people working to deliver the stuff you like/dislike, applaud/jeer, pay for/borrow/ignore. The compact community of folks focus on the details so you can enjoy their creative work. The champions of often opposing views gather annually at the SMPTE conference and give an update on the progress. This year they had a Student Film Festival to get a peak at the next generation of filmmakers and tomorrow will be so bright you'll need sunglasses. ...Read More »
Short Deadline By Miles Weston There isn't a filmmaker who hasn't wanted to take on a project even when there was no financial compensation involved, just a real feel good feeling. And when the time budget runs out you need fast, reliable storage you can count on. Cullie Posaria knows from first hand experience. ...Read More »
Amazon Tale By Miles Weston Nothing is more fun than flying, floating, packing into the middle of nowhere. Just a few crew members, your gear, the great unknown Cirina Catania, Catania Group, just completed a pilot like that in the untamed Peruvian Amazon region. For filmmakers it's all about the shoot. ...Read More »
Free Learning Event By Miles Weston If you're interested in improving your production/post production skills and learning about the latest in technology - hardware and software the Nov 21 event is right for you and...there's no charge for attendance ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie with the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie. ...Read More »
The Beach Should Be Sunny As part of the NSW Achievement Awards, the NSW government decided to shoot a video showing the various regions and the amazing creative work coming out of those regions. Australia is a beautiful country and highlighting its natural wonders, along with the work being done in each region, would be a perfect way to show potential companies what the Australian creative industry can offer. Ben Allan ACS had one day to shoot at Byron Bay in New South Wales. One day to capture the sand, surf and beautiful weather that has made Byron Bay a vacation paradise. But it was raining. And not a nice quick sun shower. Raining buckets. ...Read More »
PIXELSQUID By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid? You may know TurboSquid - Yeah, same team. But this time, the new team is offering resources for the 2D artist who is interested in finding 3D objects to use in their compositions. If you've ever wanted to use a 3D object in your Adobe Photoshop composite, but just didn't have the chops (or time) to make the 3D object happen, this (extension/service) is perfect. PixelSquid has taken out all of the complexity of modeling, lighting, layering, and rendering 3D, and delivers a truly 3D object that you can easily customize for your Photoshop workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #419 - New Flight By Miles Weston Drones are in the news at least once a week for all the wrong reasons - someone dropped one in the wrong place, flew it in the wrong area or just messed up while showing off. That reflects poorly on all of the really legitimate uses people have for them. Almost every application is image capture oriented whether it's for a breathtaking shot for a film, covering the news quickly/economically, rescuing people in tough spots or monitoring environmental changes. The challenge is to keep professional applications from being hamstrung by legal restrictions brought on by random acts of stupidity ...Read More »
All in 1000 Ft By Miles Weston It's difficult sometimes to get youngsters interested in STEM (science, Technology, engineering and math) courses and even more difficult kids that come from neighborhoods where violence, drugs and poverty are a part of daily life. But a New Jersey school found a way to make it fun and interesting and all in 1,000 feet -- soapbox derby participation. A team of volunteer independent filmmakers documented the project from beginning to end to help raise funds for future programs and show that good things can happen when young people are motivated. These students learned STEM information without realizing it and their thirst for knowledge continues. ...Read More »
Automatic Duck is back By Ko Maruyama For a long time, there were three camps of desktop NLE editors. Avid, Final Cut, PremierePro. They didn't talk to each other, and outside of Adobe's own PremierePro, they talk to After Effects. Then, Automatic Duck came along to allow editors to bring their edits into a project that allowed After Effects artists to bring the edits and media into their timeline easily. And now, after a brief hiatus, Automatic Duck Ximport AE allows you to bring your Final Cut X easily into After Effects with much more than just media and duration. ...Read More »
Skehan Communications Augments Production Truck Capacity with Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston. ...Read More »
Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0 By Ko Maruyama Digital Anarchy recently announced the release of The Light Wrap Fantastic, a plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. Available for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro, the plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating rear-projected light and ambient light values with glows. ...Read More »
NVIDIA introduces DesignWorks By Ko Maruyama NVIDIA has always been about visual computing. We often think of them as the video card and hardware company to make display and rendering happen (I accidentally typed 'happy' before editing it). Perhaps it isnt too far off base to say that NVIDIA is considered the company to make rendering happy. This year at SIGGRAPH, they are announcing a new concept: DesignWorks. Not hardware, the DesignWorks announcement brings an array of new software tools. ...Read More »
How to add some fun graphics to Premiere Clip By Ko Maruyama Here's how you can add some fun graphics to your Premiere Clip videos that you create on your iPhone or iPad. Although you can always export your video out to a heavy duty application like Premiere Pro with the click of a button, sometimes, it's more spontaneous to make them 'in camera' ...Read More »
Exporting from PremiereClip to PremierePro By Ko Maruyama Adobe's Premiere Clip offers an easy way to shoot and edit on your iPhone or iPad. You may want to refine your edit or add some additional layers of video or audio in Premiere Pro. It's an easy process, and with your CreativeCloud account, you'll have access to many other applications too ...Read More »
Inhance Digital Use Fusion Studio in their Hollywood Based VFX Division Located in the heart of Hollywood's elite VFX artists and studios, Inhance Digital have skillfully developed their visual effects division with Blackmagic Design's Fusion Studio compositing software. From full CG environments to leading green screen compositions, Inhance VFX have repeatedly delivered a variety of services for major studios on VFX heavy productions such as "Grimm," and other hit shows, including "Nashville," "Jane the Virgin," and "Episodes." ...Read More »
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