Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
For M&E Projects By Miles Weston Film projects often allow producers a choice of two out of three choices - time, money, quality - while communications may enable all three. ...Read More »
SCRATCH Delivers Flawless Performance for Barend Onneweer's "Instant Dreams" Barend Onneweer sees beauty in the perfection of the details for his digital cinema projects that include visual effects, animation, documentaries, feature films, short films, music videos, and more. In his studio, Raamw3rk (www.raamw3rk.net), in Gouda, The Netherlands, he has set up a SCRATCH post-production workflow that gives him flawless performance for perfecting his work. One of his recent projects, the documentary "Instant Dreams", tells the story of a group of scientists who were trying to unravel the chemical formula of the Polaroid camera. Advocates for a new Polaroid camera and former Polaroid-users eagerly await its rebirth. Each person, in their own way, tries to keep their instant dream alive. ...Read More »
Media Content and the Web - Meeting Again for the First Time with VR Casting By Forest Key, Founder and CEO of Pixvana Until recently, VR video creators have only been able to distribute content by developing their own apps for sharing. This is a very time intensive, tedious journey and it has presented a major barrier for the next generation of digital content pioneers, preventing them from bringing their productions into the world and reaching broad audiences. However, in February, Pixvana, a Seattle-based company that's powering the future of XR storytelling, introduced a new technology that eliminates this barrier for the creators of immersive media, and makes the distribution of VR content feasible for the masses. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR By Stephen Schleicher Have you participated in The Void experience at the Disney locations in California and Florida? My friends have been talking non-stop about it for weeks, and it seems people are finally catching on to how immersive an experience VR can be. If you have a 360-degree camera rig, we are at the point now where what was once a neat little gimmick has become a serious contender in the quest to capture viewers. While there are applications that are just starting to introduce the ability to work with 360-degree video, Scratch VR from Assimilate just may be the best application for your next (or first) project. ...Read More »
Announcing our Ryzen APU with Radeon Vega Graphics PC build By IDG.TV Are you as curious as we are how AMD's Ryzen 3 APU performs with current games? In this video we go over what we are putting in the build and why. ...Read More »
PixelSquid Assets' New Price By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid is changing its subscription model, but in a good way. While it may be true that the price per month is going up, the customizable library of options has gone up as well. For an increase of $5/month over the current subscription cost, new users are coming to PixelSquid with about 4x the options to place 3D objects in their comps. Even better - - if you're already an active subscriber, there's no price change - - and you know about the regularly growing library options. (* if you're new, you can get in on the old price before the change(below)). ...Read More »
Trick or Treat: Trick Digital Tackles Visual Effects for "Jeepers Creepers III" with Fusion Studio The chills continue in "Jeepers Creepers III," the latest film in the "Jeepers Creepers" franchise. The Creeper was first introduced to audiences in 2001 when it terrorized siblings Trish and Darry Jenner. It then returned to the big screen in 2003 when it attacked a school bus full of high school basketball players and cheerleaders. Now in the third installment, "Jeepers Creepers III" shows what happened in the days between the first two movies when the Creeper was still hunting for victims. Adam Clark of Trick Digital was the film's visual effects (VFX) supervisor who was tasked with bringing the Creeper to life in the new film. ...Read More »
Alpine Skiing By Miles Weston This is the second in the series of documenting the U.S. Olympic Trials covering figure skating and media day. Follow your favorites at this year's XXIII Olympic Winter Games. ...Read More »
Content Insider #557 - Fresh Start By Miles Weston Sundance was "different" this year. The #MeToo ground rules took center stage this year with some good projects where females and minorities found their voice. There were some great leading edge/edgy projects to view. There was a solid set of VR (virtual reality) offerings that showed the technology is finding its way and its place in personal and group immersive entertainment. It's found its way and is moving to become commercially viable, not just another cute oddity. There was a whole lot of angst as to how aggressive the distributors were going to be with their checkbooks. Not a lot of them wrote big checks in the past and they said it was because the excitement quality wasn't there. They're hungry for the hits but they have to be the safe hits. ...Read More »
Take a VR / 3D Tour of Vogue Super Model Closets ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post-production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex MacLean and his team have produced a large body of work demonstrating their expertise in Color Grading, Finishing and Visual Effects with clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising, and understands the challenges and rewards of post artists working in VR. ...Read More »
Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Announce Integrated S1 VR Camera and SCRATCH VR Z Bundle for Professionals, Now at $3999 The Z CAM S1/SCRATCH VR Z Bundle - from image acquisition with Z CAM's S1 Professional VR Camera, and stitching with its WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with ASSIMILATE's real-time SCRATCH VR Z tools. With this ease of use and increased productivity, content creators benefit with the ability to focus on their creativity and storytelling rather than wrangling the complexities of technology. ...Read More »
OWC Announces New ThunderBay 4 with Thunderbolt 3 OWC is introducing their fastest ThunderBay yet. Thunderbolt 3 speeds up this highly-acclaimed product line, with speeds up to twice as fast as the original. This new version will continue to provide the performance the pros rely on to create workflows without limitations and meet the demands of the most complex projects. ...Read More »
OWC Presents the Eagerly Awaited ThunderBlade V4 OWC is pleased to announce the release of the ThunderBlade V4, the fastest external drive the company has ever offered. Ultra resilient and completely silent, the ThunderBlade V4 is, in fact, the fastest external drive on the market today. Debuting at CES in Las Vegas, the ThunderBlade V4 is the ultimate working drive for media professionals. The ThunderBlade V4 is designed to be rugged and dependable as well as blazing fast, and is equally at home on the road, on set, or in the edit suite. Capable of speeds up to 2800MB/s Read and 2450MB/s Write, it is the fastest external drive ever built, the perfect solution for digital ingest and other high-tech applications. ...Read More »
OWC Goes Extreme With Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 OWC introduces the bus-powered Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt(tm) 3. OWC takes the award-winning Envoy Pro EX to the next level with one of the first external storage solutions to integrate Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, making the aesthetically sleek enclosure faster and more powerful than ever before. The dynamic mobile drive offers high speeds and durability, and at about half the size of most drives in this class, is ultra-portable and can easily be carried in a backpack or coat pocket. It's the perfect pairing for the latest Thunderbolt 3 Macs and PCs, offering all the phenomenal speed of Thunderbolt 3 - up to 40Gb/s. ...Read More »
360 Production By Miles Weston In addition to a strong roster of mainstream streaming entertainment, Hulu is also looking around the corner to meet the consumer's almost insatiable appetite for new, great, different content. They recently released Curious Minds in 360 degree viewing featuring Domonic Monaghan perhaps best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings and other feature films. Cream VR's Andrew MacDonald gives you a behind the scenes look at the show's production with a hint as to where 360/VR will take us in the near future. It's an exciting read and even more exciting to immerse yourself in. ...Read More »
Content Insider #549 - Show Me By Miles Weston We like the most recent news that folks like Google, YouTube and Facebook are adding people to help their systems choose good and bad content. Too many people are putting unwavering faith in the technology that is supposed to make their job easier and their decisions easier. Somehow that doesn't really work for the video content we develop, distribute and view. Too many variables are involved including things like "this is what I feel like right now, right here." Even a couch potato has something going on in his/her mind - even at the subconscious level - or they'd forget to breath. The new standards that are being rolled out will make content even richer, better, more intense but it will still require people who know how to produce great content and who appreciate it. Otherwise it will be a real waste. ...Read More »
ROGUE NYC Specializes in VR Production And Post Using SCRATCH VR ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex Maclean has produced a large body of work that demonstrates his color grading and finishing expertise in branding content for clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising. In a recent interview MacLean discussed the challenges and rewards of working in VR. ...Read More »
The Marvel of 360 Live Streaming of Cardiac Surgery in Hyderabad, India V3RA Studios in Hyderabad, India has a clearly stated passion for creating 360/VR videos because they capture the beauty and stories of the world. V3RA is also at the forefront of producing 360/VR experiences for critical, real-world applications like cardiac surgery. Company co-founder Siddarth Kunwar spearheads the VR/360 productions and takes on the roles of DP and director for many of the VR experiences. ...Read More »
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