For the King of All Media, a Birthday Bash Gets a Royal Production By Sebastian Thaler When you're the King of All Media, your birthday party is a royal event. So when Howard Stern chose to celebrate his 60th Birthday Bash at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom-part of the Manhattan Center, located at 311 West 34th Street-on the night of January 31, an array of topnotch production staff went into action to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The crowd inside the Hammerstein Ballroom-and those listening to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio-were delighted with Howard, his cast of regulars, and a galaxy of guests ranging from Rob Zombie to George Takei, Jimmy Kimmel, The Black Keys, Joan Rivers, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and dozens more. Behind the scenes, the quality of the production was just as brilliant. Topping it all off, the production staff had only two days to pull it off. ...Read More »
12 Years A Slave Director Steve McQueen & Screenwriter John Ridley Have Been In A Serious Feud Full Of Shade! By DMO Affiliate Director Steve McQueen & screenwriter John Ridley have been apparently experiencing an epic feud since the start of awards season over the film's screenplay credits, which completely boiled over during last night's Oscars telecast! As John took the stage to accept his award for Best Adapted Screenplay, he failed to mention Steve in his slew of thank yous' because he reportedly turned down the director's request to be added to the writing credits! When McQueen later took the microphone at the end of the evening for his Best Picture win, he made no mention of the writer. ...Read More »
12 Years A Slave Director Steve McQueen & Screenwriter John Ridley Have Been In A Serious Feud Full Of Shade! By DMO Affiliate Director Steve McQueen & screenwriter John Ridley have been apparently experiencing an epic feud since the start of awards season over the film's screenplay credits, which completely boiled over during last night's Oscars telecast! As John took the stage to accept his award for Best Adapted Screenplay, he failed to mention Steve in his slew of thank yous' because he reportedly turned down the director's request to be added to the writing credits! When McQueen later took the microphone at the end of the evening for his Best Picture win, he made no mention of the writer. ...Read More »
Enjoying the Movie Music? You Might Have NYC's Grandest Ballroom to Thank By Sebastian Thaler As movie audiences settle in to enjoy Ben Stiller's new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it's a sure bet that the film's score will add to the drama on screen. What most audiences might not appreciate is the dramatic history of the space where that score was recorded: Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. Along with the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom is part of the Manhattan Center, and it is Manhattan Center Productions that operates New York City's most advanced independent recording studios and television production facilities. ...Read More »
HondaLink - Aha By DMO Affiliate AhaApp provides access to an extensive and diverse selection of audio content across multiple genres and demographics, plus featured new stations, Internet radio, podcasts, audiobooks, news, Twitter and Facebook updates and nearby location listings for restaurants, coffee houses, hotels, weather, parks, and gas stations. Users can tap to personalize stations or add favorites via smartphone or directly through the Display Audio interface. ...Read More »
Virtual Idol Excites Fans in Live MIKUPA Concert In many ways, Hatsune Miku is a typical teenaged pop star. She is a popular performer in Japan with her own signature style (think long turquoise pigtails) and she sings regularly to large, excited crowds. But unlike other pop stars, Hatsune Miku is actually a computer generated image. She is a vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media. Vocaloid software allows a user to type in lyrics and melody which can then be sung by a voice synthesized from recordings of a voiceover actress. Since vocaloid's release, more than 100,000 songs have been created and published by its users. Users can also use Hatsune Miku's artwork if it is not for commercial use, so not only can they create songs, but also illustrations and CGI. ...Read More »
Sony Spectral Layers Pro 2 By Dr. David Smith Digital audio editing software has made amazing signal processing and manipulation possible with the click of a mouse, but until now it has been virtually impossible to take a fully mixed track and un-mix it. Sony's new Spectral Layers Pro allows you to do just that. ...Read More »
Arlene's Grocery and FirstLive Capture the Magic of Live Performance With ATEM Television Studio The ATEM Television Studio is a full broadcast quality production switcher with real time H.264 encoding, so users can capture live events directly to files for Internet distribution. ATEM Television Studio includes six video inputs with both broadcast SDI and consumer HDMI inputs for cameras and computers. With the ATEM Television Studio, users also get a software control panel, chroma keyer, two media player frame stores, downstream keyers, transitions and more useful features. ...Read More »
The RØDE Podcaster Microphone By David Hague An often overlooked aspect of video is the voice over dialogue. Of course this needs a good mic... While there are many, many 'broadcast' mics available to perform this, for many hobbyists and professionals not creating actual broadcast video, these are overkill and let's face it, probably too expensive. This is where the RØDE Podcaster Mic comes into its own. ...Read More »
Northview Church Looks to the Future in HD Indiana's Northview Church recently set out to launch four new satellite campuses within five years. Construction wise, this is an ambitious goal. Add a massive AV installation to the equation, with the ultimate goal of having an entirely HD operation, and it is an undertaking of biblical proportions. Between two sites, Northview now has a Blackmagic Design Broadcast Videohub, Smart Control, ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher and ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel, seven SmartView Duo monitors, 11 HyperDeck Studio SSD recorders, four DeckLink HD Extreme 3D capture and playback cards and a whole slew of Mini Converters. And because of the flexibility, affordability and quality of the Blackmagic Design products, Shaun plans to acquire many more as the church continues to grow. ...Read More »
Dubai Color Artist Gives International Film Festival Favorite, The Intruder!, a Winning Look Diane Kuo, senior colorist at Dubai's Optix Digital Pictures, is fast becoming one of the top grading artists in the Middle East. Her portfolio boasts a number of 'big brand' commercials, Bollywood feature films and most recently an independent sci-fi film hitting the international film festival circuit called The Intruder!. ...Read More »
Inferno Records Creates Music Videos Just "Like That" Modern technology has given artists the opportunity to share their talents with the whole world. Pop music singer, songwriter and producer, Killian Wells, made the most of that opportunity when he founded Inferno Records, putting a new spin on the outdated record label business model. Having been heavily involved in all aspects of his career and enjoying the many successes that came as a result, Killian wasn't about to change his winning formula when it came time to produce the music video for his new single, "It's Like That (feat. Nixon)". ...Read More »
NAB 2012: Sony Creative Showcases New Technology The latest additions to the Sony Creative Software product line include: Spectral Layers, an audio editing platform featuring precise sound shaping capabilities and a unique visual workflow; and ThemeBuilder for Vegas(tm) Pro, a plug-in that enables intelligent template building for professional video projects. Both products are scheduled for technology demonstrations in the Sony booth. ...Read More »
Adobe CS6 Release Delivers Major Innovations for Design, Web and Video Pros Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites - Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection - drive home Adobe's continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced. ...Read More »
PluralEyes - Sound Synching Software from Singular Software By David Hague Singular Software has a range of sound synching software available. PluralEyes is the flagship. It works specifically with particular nominated software so you must obtain the one that suits your software. PluralEyes will only play with Green Valley Edius, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Avid's Media composer. For each of these editing program, Singular Software provides a specific set in instructions which, at first to me at least, sounded a bit arcane, but in fact turned out to be easy to follow. The end result is an additional sequence inserted into to your project with the sounds all lined up. ...Read More »
The Azden WLX-Pro Radio Microphone By David Hague Viewers will put up with the occasional skippy frame, shaky image or even the odd out of focus, but lousy or stuttery or out of sync audio will never be tolerated and people will turn off. So to fix audio problems, the first thing to do is make sure you are using the right mic for the job, and for interviews, this generally means using a radio transmitter receiver and lapel (also called lavaliere) mic. ...Read More »
What Is Audio Mastering? By Last Drop Mastering Mastering is the all-important last step in the song/album creation process, and unfortunately one that can often be overlooked. Put plainly, your music will never be at a professional level if it is not mastered properly. This is the stage where dull, listless songs come to brilliant life as one polished, "larger than life" EP or album. They say you need an outside pair of ears on-board for this stage, and preferably one with hundreds (if not thousands) of projects behind them. Even the best mastering engineers in the world send their own material off to another mastering specialist for processing. ...Read More »
The RØDE NTG-3 External Microphone By David Hague It appears there is no set standard for microphone diameters so in the case of the Panasonic AG-HMC41E (the others are a Canon XA10 and Sony NFX5) for example, when the NTG-3 is placed in the external mic holder it rattles around - not enough to simply slide through, but enough to be a worry. ...Read More »
Home Tech Upgrade Power2U By Ko Maruyama Not more power through the house, but better access to it. There are so many devices that my family uses that rely on USB charging. Some of these rely on sucking up power daily. But if you already have a bunch of plugs stuck in your outlets, you might want to stop juggling those wall warts and install the NewerTech Power2U. ...Read More »
Boris Soundbite for Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro By Heath McKnight Soundbite from Boris FX is an excellent dialogue search tool developed in conjunction with Nexidia, a company focused on speech analytics. You can search for specific words and phrases easily with Soundbite, then import into Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro, making it easy and quick to edit hours of interviews for a project. Producers, writers, one-man bands and interns can rejoice while searching through hours of interviews. Say so long to logging video! ...Read More »
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