Content Insider #496 - VR Progress By Miles Weston VR film work - educational, documentary, entertainment and even marketing - has grown faster than the pioneers expected and it's only getting better and more exciting. All of the tools are getting better, faster, less expensive faster than industry forecasters predicted. Try even the basic (cheap) tools and you'll understand why once you watch it you want more. The good shooters and producers are delivering for the immersion hungry audience and learning that while it's great it doesn't meet everyone's needs the same way. The VR filmmakers are more than just creative in what they deliver, they're creative in how they get from concept to something you can don an HMD and enjoy. They're doing a lot of work-around activity to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated audience. ...Read More »
Content Insider #494 - VR Film Work By Miles Weston Shooting, producing a VR film sounds terribly romantic. Heck filmmaking itself sounds like a whale of a lot of fun rubbing elbows with studio bigwigs, stars, living the fast life...what could be a better way of making a fab living? Ask most filmmakers and they'd probably say just about anything would be more "fun" because it's a lot of work juggling everything to educate, entertain your audience. VR film production is even worse because you're venturing into a totally new area where the viewer suddenly is part of the action and if you think actors are unpredictable viewers are worse. And there's no safety net because it's a new frontier. Hard, exciting but talented people are mastering the new arena for people to enjoy. ...Read More »
Content Insider #493 - VR Filmmaking By Miles Weston After a bumpy start VR filmmaking is starting to move forward. The craftspersons have and continue to do a lot of testing and refinement to find out what works, what doesn't and why. Along the way they're getting a lot of help from camera, system and tool producers to deliver consumers can immerse themselves in and enjoy again and again. The costs are already coming down as more and more filmmakers work with the new medium. Momentum is building and it's needed if HMD and solution producers are to sell the volumes we need to deem it a success. The good stuff is really good. The rest...not so much. ...Read More »
Content Insider #488 - Storytellers By Miles Weston Studios and content buyers save their money for the big, sure hits for their shareholders. YouTube and Facebook open up their sites to good, bad, what the **** stuff. It helps people watch more and enjoy it less. Heck even Netflix has opted for quality not quantity in the stuff they offer. Fortunately help is out there from indie filmmakers who think with creative minds and creative hearts to weave stories they feel compelled to tell. It ain't easy but it's fun. Now because there are a gazillion ways people can entertain/inform yourself with OTT indies have opportunities to even make money doing what they love. It's freakin awesome! ...Read More »
Digital Media Online Launches New Virtual Reality Sites - VR Developer Net and VR Gamer Net Digital Media Online today announced the launch of two vertical sites focusing on the emerging Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality markets and technologies. According to CEO Lou Wallace, "The timing of the launch of these new sites is perfect. Research firm Superdata Research has projected sales of VR software and hardware will hit $2.8 billion this year, and they foresee it increasing to $22 billion by 2019 and $40 billion by 2020." ...Read More »
Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere By Miles Weston I'd probably enjoy IBC just as much even if it weren't in Amsterdam but I sure wouldn't want to find out. Or maybe the city just looks better through 360/VR glasses because everyone at the convention centre seemed to have the suctioncup lines on their face. But the discussions at IBC - suppliers, studios, networks, filmmakers, production people - always seemed to touch on how quickly VR had come and how much further it had to go. True VR isn't "brand new" because it's been around since 1929 (Link Simulator) and the first headsets were introduced in the 1960s but now we've got affordable cameras to shoot 360 video and defining VR films. Most of the films are short right now - under 30 minutes - but it won't be long before we have a solid feature film. ...Read More »
Hawaiki Keyer releases a new plugin for Final Cut Pro By Ko Maruyama Hawaiki Keyer 3 is a simple chroma keyer for Final Cut and Apple Motion artists who want a simple solution for lifting their subjects from greenscreens. The new keyer from Hawaiki includes several features that will be important to any editor/compositor, most notably features that will allow editors to control light wrap transfer modes. ...Read More »
Muzzle Flash and Smoke By Ko Maruyama Many compositors rely on stock media to complete their visual effects work. Having larger libraries offer potential for diverse types of VFX elements in a single project. Rampant Design has teamed up with FilmRiot and Triune to produce a new library for filmmakers ...Read More »
Content Insider #474 - New Creators By Miles Weston Video distribution has evolved over the years from a couple of channels to millions of channels. It is almost as though we are rapidly transitioning into a video-only world. With billions of cameraphone users stepping forward to ensure we don't miss a moment of the world around us (especially their awesome lives) the people who make their money distributing the stuff are grabbing as much as they can, as quickly as they can just to fill their "inventory." But when the newness wears off people will again become selective as to how they spend their time and want/view content that real filmmakers know how to capture/develop/deliver - great audio, outstanding video. Folks tastes will improve. They have to! ...Read More »
Half of the Film By Miles Weston While you don't think about it much until it's too late the best films - those people watch and enjoy - are 50 percent video and 50 percent audio. A scary movie just isn't scary without the sound. A love story doesn't carry you away with it without audio. Woody Woodhall discusses how audio can improve the quality, impact of any film. ...Read More »
Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams By Miles Weston I'm a slow learner. It dawned on my at NAB we differentiate between filmmakers and indie filmmakers. But when studios cut back to their content buying/selling/distribution core everyone in the industry (ok almost) is an independent. Shooter, production, post, audio, special effects, colorists, everything. And guess what...they're darn good at it. They do it with a desire to tell a story - audio and visual. They have developed one of the finest coopetive industries you can find anywhere - working to tell their story and helping others tell theirs. Gawd I love this industry! ...Read More »
Animated Robot Enters The Real World in "Alpha4" By SNL Guitarist Jared Scharff Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff, solo project known as Pearl Lion, recently released a music video titled "Alpah4". The video's protagonist is a video game like robot who enters the real world and travels around Los Angeles. The video combines animation with live action - we think you'll love it! ...Read More »
Rhythm System By Miles Weston MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) changed everything for professional and amateur musicians putting an entire band, orchestra at their fingertips. Musicians want to move the music from their head to the system as quickly as possible so they can visit again and again to enhance it and enrich it. There comes a point where you feel you could do better with a better system. Sometimes upgrading your Mac is a better solution than simply buying a new computer. Better for your music, better for your budget. ...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 »
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 »
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 »
Ka-boom puts Facilis TerraBlock at heart of Irish tech revolution By Zach Willis Ka-boom is one of Northern Ireland's fastest growing Production and Post Production facilities for TV and Film. Our facility boasts full Avid DS, Avid MC 8, Symphony, Final Cut and Pro Tools 5.1 Dubbing Theatre all centrally connected via 10Gb to its Facilis TerraBlock system alongside Northern Ireland's Largest ADR Stage. We work on a mixture of local and international productions and some of our credits include films such as Philomena, Monuments Men, the BBC's Panorama series, and commercials for Subway and BT and. Alongside its Post Production services, we also provide full production services with an experienced team of production staff. ...Read More »
Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip By Ko Maruyama Last week, I had the opportunity to put Adobe's PremiereClip through some paces. Although it wasn't a completely rigorous testing, it was enough to get a clear view of what the application was capable of, it's pros and cons, and create some mildly entertaining news pieces during the biggest broadcast event of the year. ...Read More »
Digital Juice: Pilot Pro By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. A new PILOT SUBSCRIPTION program is going to help you get the most out of your Digital Juice experience. ...Read More »
Shooter Suite By Ko Maruyama Red Giant Software is a familiar name in professional post production circles. Their current super set of software is called Shooter Suite, a package of several different applications that will help you get from production through post quickly and easily. ...Read More »
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