Nab NY 2016 PNY Event Wrap Up PNY demonstrated the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics boards, including the new flagship NVIDIA Quadro P6000driving professional VR production workflows at NAB New York 2016. Visitors to the booth also experienced NVIDIA's new mental ray for Maya, now GPU enabled, and discovered why it is the standard for photorealistic rendering across the film, visual effects and animation markets. NVIDIA Quadro graphics solutions are proven to be the perfect solutions for professional 360 VR production, virtual sets, graphics compositing and multi-GPU based color grading in post production, as well as on-air broadcast graphics. ...Read More »
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 »
Pietro Villani Uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K To Capture "Like Cotton Twines" "Like Cotton Twines" is an independent feature film that follows Micah, an American volunteer who goes to Ghana to teach and experience his mother's homeland. Micah teaches at a school in a village where he meets Tuigi, a smart 14-year-old student. Tuigi's fate is changed when her family must atone for an accident committed by her father and by custom she must abandon her education and become a Trokosi, a religious sex slave. Directed and written by Leila Djansi, "Like Cotton Twines" explores how Micah fights against the tribal culture to try and save Tuigi. ...Read More »
Bern Universitys Applied Sciences builds communication training stations and completes workflow with LMS, MAM and P5 Archive Communication training is a core part of many industries as well as educational institutions. For customer contact, management, patient communication and many other scenarios, interactive training of these skills is needed. At Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, communication training of medical students with the goal of improving patient communication has been part of the curriculum for many years. Recently, a new infrastructure was built to streamline the trainings and their management. The solution was built around a centralised media asset management (MAM) server to allow for efficient workflow automation, including archiving. The video recording stations were built using highly reliable components and a web application was developed to allow remote control and tagging from iPads. Integration with existing planning tools was implemented to significantly reduce the management overhead of the training program. ...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 »
DP Vance Burberry Captures the Darkness and Light of Infidelity and Reconciliation How does one go from working in theater in Australia, to working as a lighting designer for national U.S. rock concert tours, to working as an electrician on film sets, to becoming a successful DP having shot music videos for Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, Santana, Coldplay, Brad Paisley and more? For DP Vance Burberry, it was a natural progression. While Vance now shoots a variety of projects, including commercials, short films, feature films and documentaries, music videos hold a special place for him given his history in the music business. It's why he said yes, when his good friend and director Jessie Hill approached him to DP Australian alternative pop singer-songwriter and producer Jarryd James' music video for his song "1000x" ft. Broods. ...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 #492 - SMPTE Power Play By Miles Weston SMPTE may hold it's technical conference in Hollywood but it's not about the glamour (ok maybe a little) it's all about making better stuff that will entertain you and others. All the good tools are in the cloud to keep costs under control more people are working in the cloud and storing content there - especially for backup of the backup and archiving. VR is now on everyone's to-do list but no one is overpromising. No one wants another '3D is the killer' message flying around. The people who are doing it seriously and well are doing it right and it's awesome. Computer, storage and HMD producers are waiting for the list of titles to grow. SMPTE just wants the standards to be fairly firm so the expectations and quality is what viewers expect. ...Read More »
There's a new Sheriff - err, a new Studio in town! Vista Studios is L.A.'s first studio built with a purpose, designed specifically for high tech 4k/UHD production. Nearly completed, the brand-new studio in Playa Vista/Silicon Beach, offers a convenient west side location. Vista Studios is a 30,000 sq. ft. technology campus that includes: 4 sound stages totaling 17,000 sq. ft., all are 4k ready and have complete production support. Vista Studios is located in the high-tech area of Playa Vista a.k.a. Silicon Beach, putting the studios close to many of L.A.'s most innovative tech and digital entertainment companies. The proximity to LAX is very convenient. ...Read More »
Content Insider #491 - IBC Wrap By Miles Weston AT&T wants to be a content player. They can read the writing on the wall, the world is going video and they don't want to be just another dumb pipe (they need to add value to what they do). If you're a big house like Times Warner you live in the cloud for your production and your distribution. If you're an independent filmmaker you keep your content in the storage device next to your desk and maybe use the cloud for 2nd or 3rd backup and work with the content distributors to monitize your material in their cloud. According to folks at IBC this year is that the challenge for everyone in the industry is to effectively reach the consuming public without overwhelming them. Remember teens millenials and Gen Zers have short attention spans. ...Read More »
Shareability Helps Spoken Word Artist Prince Ea Challenge the Education System Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St. Louis, Missouri. He's also a social media superstar with more than six million followers, hundreds of millions of views and climbing. With activism close to his heart, Prince Ea became the face of and collaborator on Neste's Pre-order the Future campaign. Neste is a Finnish energy company, and together with Prince Ea they are finding innovative solutions to create a cleaner and more sustainable future. The campaign highlights a few different areas of the future, including education, specifically how to shake up the old ways of education in order to create an efficient, effective and better way of learning. In creating a video for the campaign, Prince Ea turned to his friends at California-based social content studio Shareability. ...Read More »
Content Insider #489 - OTT, Crafty Strength By Miles Weston More devices, more screens means more opportunities for content owners to move more entertainment material to consumers. I don't have to tell you that the world of content is going OTT to folks by-passing traditional channels. Cable companies and networks are struggling to adjust to the new (young) creative viewer while still deliver predictable news/information/entertainment to older folks...and trying to make money on all of them for their advertisers and their bosses. It's tough to jump to the next level of media & entertainment when you're uncertain how you're going to turn a profit. But my kids could care less about the delivery folks profit as long as they get their content when they want it, where they want it, how they want it. ...Read More »
Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Used on Panic At The Disco's "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time" Music Video Panic at the Disco is on top of the music world with a massive worldwide tour supporting their album, "Death of a Bachelor," that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. One of the most popular songs on the album is "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time." The song's music video puts the band's lead singer, Brendon Urie, in some very uncomfortable situations after a night of drinking and dancing. Uncomfortable as in an "aliens/monsters are trying to eat me" type of situation. But what makes the video unique is that it is shot from the viewpoint of the attacking beast. Initially taking on the form of a human female, the video follows both Brendon and his attacker as they meet in a bar and dance through the night, .until the evening ends badly for Mr. Urie. ...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 »
Digital Colorist Dave Franks Discusses VR Post-Production for Jaunt's "Pure McCartney VR" Digital colorist Dave Franks enjoys helping to deliver bleeding-edge projects, like director Tony Kaye's VR experience: 'Pure McCartney VR' - a five-part series of stereoscopic virtual reality (VR) experiences, produced by Jaunt Studios. Innovation in the delivery of musical content has been a passion for Paul McCartney, so the VR space was a perfect medium for him to collaborate with director Tony Kaye and Jaunt to release these episodes. Each one of them is a unique vignette of McCartney discussing the origins of some of his most iconic music and other anecdotes within environmental montages of his artwork, photographs, and related imagery. ...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 »
Colorist Alastor Arnold Differentiates the Past from the Present In "The Book of Love," Henry (Jason Sudeikis) is an introverted architect who loses his wife Penny (Jessica Biel) in a tragic car accident. In order to cope with his grief, Henry befriends a homeless teen named Millie (Maisie Williams), and he helps her build a raft to sail across the Atlantic, while she in return helps him recover from the loss of his wife. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, makes use of flashbacks and several subplots to help tell the story, and Senior DI Colorist Alastor Arnold was tasked with bringing them to life through color. Alastor relied on DaVinci Resolve Studio to deliver the final DI grade of the film at L.A.-based post-production facility FotoKem. ...Read More »
Sensors and the Evolution of Well-Being By David Ryan for America's Backbone Weekly Everything you need to know about sensor technology in health care ...Read More »
Syber Gaming Delivers VR and 4K-Ready Small Form Factor Gaming PC Syber Gaming has announced delivery of its C Series, a small form factor system maximized for space while giving users a fully-powered 6th generation Intel Core-based rig that's both virtual reality (VR) and 4K ready. The Syber Gaming C Series starts at $795. ...Read More »
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