Content Insider #521 - Visible Flight By Miles Weston I always believe that less government is better but the recent ruling that you don't have to register certain "classes" of drones just doesn't feel right. The idea of anyone, everyone throwing a drone in the air without some ground rules on what they can do, can't do and what type of training they need is a little cause for concern. Somehow it just feels like the new freedom will come back and hurt people who use them to take exciting shots and make a living doing creative work. I could be wrong but still believe that kids who get theirs (ok dad got it for him) should get training in the rules of the road and regulations/requirements. Just hope his playing doesn't impact the M&E industry or business across the board. ...Read More »
"Fractal Visuals Produces Viral Unofficial Music Video for Silversun Pickups" By Victoria Garabedian John Byron Hanby IV, founder of Fractal Visuals has released an unofficial music video for Silversun Pickups song "Ragamuffin". Fractal Visuals assembled a crew and set out on a four-day shoot in Terlingua, Texas just an hour north of the Texas - Mexico border. "We filmed everything using the RED Epic Dragon and wanted to capture the aerial footage with the same camera." Then in post they combined their skills with using Adobe Creative Suites After Effects and Premiere Pro, along with Blackmagics DaVinci Resolve. The results were stunning. ...Read More »
Content Insider#520 - Furiouser By Miles Weston There was something for everyone at NAB the way things are moving so rapidly. So we'll break down our discussion over several weeks...it's easier that way. TV is still where most people watch their content they just do it in a bunch of different ways. And thanks to all the online services that are cropping up there is new stuff to watch. That's good news for filmmakers as long as they can establish the right relationships. Yes that's the tough part but not half as tough as being a cable company and watching your "this show at this time" numbers shrink. Fortunately they also own the last 100, last 10 feet to the house so they have to shift their business model. Things are changing so fast you really don't want to go to sleep tonight because when you wake up....BAM!!! ...Read More »
"American Gothic" Captures Suspense and Creates Paranoia with Blackmagic Design "American Gothic" is the latest project for writer, director and producer Stuart Connelly, whose previous projects include "Natural Selection" (2016) starring Anthony Michael Hall and Katherine McNamara and "The Suspect" (2013) starring Mekhi Phifer and Sterling K. Brown. Connelly and the film's DP Sherry McCracken selected a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as their camera of choice. ...Read More »
Content Insider #518 - Fast By Miles Weston There was a ton to see at this year's NAB and over the next few weeks we'll look at what most filmmakers are doing today - 4K and trending toward HDR. It was 4K that is now being used by almost every filmmaker to do feature length films, documentaries, episodic series and marketing content for use to describe new prroducts, their applications and provide service/support. And the great thing for filmmakers is that the marketplace has opened up beautifully for them with financial opportunities - follow the money - with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Vimeo and yes the kids favorites YouTube and Facebook. Every content delivery channel - we'll cover the trend/opportunities soon - around the globe is looking for good and insanely great content to offer to their viewers regardless of the screen they're using to educate, inform, entertain themselves! ...Read More »
Content, Streaming Take Center Stage at NAB By Andy Marken When everything around you is in total chaos, the best thing you can do is change your tag line to give folks the feeling you're in front of the situation. NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) did that with style this year by highlighting the MET (Media & Entertainment Technology) effect. That way, everyone could explain how they met or were meeting the market's demands and needs. ...Read More »
Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Partner to Simplify and Demystify VR Productions, Offering the First, Complete, Integrated VR Workflow By Lou Wallace Z CAM and ASSIMILATE have joined forces to lower the threshold to entry for producing high-quality VR productions, making it a viable media for all content creators. Creating professional VR/360 experiences has generally been complex and costly, with the myriad decisions and tools needed for a VR workflow - cameras, stitching, and a mix of post-production software. Z CAM and ASSIMILATE have partnered to simplify and demystify VR content creation, offering the first, complete, integrated VR workflow with the Z CAM S1/SCRATCH VR Z Bundle: - from image acquisition with Z CAM's high-performance S1 Professional VR Camera, and stitching with its optimal WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with ASSIMILATE's real-time SCRATCH VR Z tools. ...Read More »
Two Alone Together By Miles Weston In photography Bokeh is the out-of-focus parts of an image. It turns out it is also an excellent title of an indie film that Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan finished that's now in theatres. Poof everyone is gone and surprise it's not one of those cookie-cutter sci-fi films but a film that makes you do something wierd...think. And it just happens to have been shot in one of the most dramatic locations you can find - Iceland. And it all comes together beautifully. ...Read More »
Workflow on the Edge By Miles Weston The most common question we get when we point people to Doug Liman's VR series Invisible is how did they shoot and produce it. VR is finally becoming real and real attractive to indie filmmakers and viewers and people want to know. Well, we didn't know so we talked to the person who did all the work - Lewis Smithingham, 30 ninjas. Production and post of any film is the unglamorous part of the content industry but it is also what makes good video good video. Despite his hectic schedule Lewis took the time to discuss and explain the ins and outs of great VR shooting and production to give the viewer an experience that he/she won't soon forget. Like most filmmakers he's was willing to share to what he has learned to help VR films become standard fare for an eager audience. ...Read More »
Workflow on the Edge By Miles Weston The most common question we get when we point people to Doug Liman's VR series Invisible is how did they shoot and produce it. VR is finally becoming real and real attractive to indie filmmakers and viewers and people want to know. Well, we didn't know so we talked to the person who did all the work - Lewis Smithingham, 30 ninjas. Production and post of any film is the unglamorous part of the content industry but it is also what makes good video good video. Despite his hectic schedule Lewis took the time to discuss and explain the ins and outs of great VR shooting and production to give the viewer an experience that he/she won't soon forget. Like most filmmakers he's was willing to share to what he has learned to help VR films become standard fare for an eager audience. ...Read More »
OWC Hosting Video and Audio Professionals In-Booth Throughout NAB Show By Miles Weston Filmmakers will take center stage in OWC's booth - SL8905 - during NAB ...Read More »
Lightworks from Editshare By David Hague Over the last few years, we have been literally bombarded with video editing packages (NLEs) from all sides. The stalwarts that have been around seemingly for ever such as Adobe's Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS, AVID products, Final Cut from Apple and Vegas Pro are in that mix and classified as "pro" products, while offerings from Corel, Pinnacle, MAGIX and others have been more aimed at the consumer market. Among all of these, a program that has somewhat been bypassed is Lightworks - now up to version 14 and in its 25th year! ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Stitching and Ambisonic Audio Tutorial Creating VR/360 experiences requires focused attention to complex details and most usually fast time-to-market. SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 simplifies the VR post-production process with one-stop shopping - a single, streamlined VR/360 workflow that includes all the needed functions for creating impactful VR/360 experiences - saving enormous amounts of time, hassles, and money. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 ASSIMILATE achieves another virtual reality (VR) breakthrough with its SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6, the new version of its real-time post-production tools and workflow for VR/360 content. With added GPU stitching of 360-video and ambisonic-audio support, as well as live streaming, and more. The SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 now enables VR content creators - DPs, DITS, post-production artists - with the only professional, streamlined, end-to-end workflow for VR/360 content on the market. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces SCRATCH 8.6 with Major Updates to Entire Product Line The SCRATCH product line, known for its high-performance 2D/3D tools in a single, streamlined workflow - dailies, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing & mastering -continues to evolve in SCRATCH 8.6 as the most efficient post-production tool suite on the market. New product highlights include expanded support for HDR functions, numerous new formats, a more user-friendly UI, and more efficient DIT tools. And notably, it's affordable for everyone. See the new features and functions for SCRATCH 8.6 at https://vimeo.com/202186457. ...Read More »
Content Insider #513 - The Shooter's Job(s) By Miles Weston Indie filmmakers learn a lot from their mentors, their peers, film schools, almost everyone they meet - new ideas, new techniques, new solutions. The produce super entertainment for people around the globe to enjoy. What I haven't heard too often is getting their creative work seen by real people. And today with so many viewing options and a dizzying array of content...how do you market it to keep your film work in front of eyeballs to enjoy (and pay for). Nicole and Chris Sobchack's recent release of a hilarious episodic series ,Please Tell Me I'm Adopted! gives you an inside view of what it takes to produce the film of your choice and get it seen. See what Nicole and Chris learned along the way as well as their sequel and future filmmaking plans. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Design Unveils the Darker Side of Filmmaking with "She Has a Name" "She Has a Name," the latest independent film out of the Canada-based Unveil Studios, is a dark documentary-style thriller based on the taboo subject of human sex trafficking. More than a movie for filmmakers and brothers Andrew (writer), Matthew (director/editor/color) and Daniel (director/editor) Kooman, "She Has a Name" is human rights statement designed to remove the public's numbness to what has become a global epidemic. ...Read More »
Content Insider #511 - Content Industry Mashup By Miles Weston VR is so real it led off the four-day HPA conference down in Palm Springs but it was only the tip of the iceberg of what technicall creative pros are doing way above and beyond (better) than what your kids post every day on YouTube. This is the event where the pros roll up their shirt/blouse sleeves to talk about how they're going to ensure quality content is produced and distributed. Yes the studio, production company and network pros also spent a lot of time figuring out the new OTT (Over The Top) streaming of content everywhere, anywhere, anytime to any device. Yes we do live in interesting times. ...Read More »
Hoover High School's "Mobile Storyteller" Hits the Road With Blackmagic Design By Lou Wallace The video journalism program at Hoover High School in North Canton, OH, recently expanded to include a mobile production truck, called the Mobile Storyteller, as a way to further student engagement with the community. The Mobile Storyteller provides high impact, career based education for students as they work on various client projects, preserve the arts in the community, build cultural awareness through journalistic storytelling, and provide onsite training for students and teachers in other video journalism programs. ...Read More »
Vegas Movie Studio Platinum By David Hague The familiar light grey facade of the Vegas family has been changed to a black motif in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (and I suspect this will flow through to Vegas Pro as well. All the kids are doing it!) that is not unattractive. In fact, the whole interface has been made over and somehow looks cleaner and more businesslike. Text descriptions and icons are sharp and clear and if there is any criticism, you may have to change your monitor's contrast a little as on my Dell 27 XPS All-in-One, the vertical lines in the timeline were quite faint. In the past if someone suggested you could get probably 85% of the power of Premiere and After Effects together in a package that sells for under a hundred bucks, you'd think they were barking mad and aiming to be the Pres of the USA perhaps! ...Read More »
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