Content Insider #505 - VR Progress By Miles Weston After years VR is finally a solid foothold in the game and video content industries. The biggest problem with the technology is that people (VCs and young developers) were convinced it was going to immediately take over the world and we'd all be walking around like minions. But rehashed games and video scripts only hurt the rapid rise. Game developers, filmmakers/production people have gained a lot of experience on what to do and not do with the technology and the new stuff is really, really great. It's a whole new entertainment experience that brings you in and lets you control the action. And it's getting better with each new release! ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" The Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
Content Insider #504 - Taking Flight By Miles Weston Drones as small as mosquitos and as large as a house were being shown everywhere at CES and the only ones that looked worthwhile had cameras attached to them or were being talked about for protection or production. Actually a couple of the "this is going to be a hot, fantastic market for us slashed staffs or closed their doors. The drone business is good and a lot of dads bought them for their kids over the holidays ... then crashed them. All of these things are great if they're used responsibly but being thoughtful and responsible isn't a huge market. ...Read More »
IamAVL Supports Local Asheville, NC Music Scene With Blackmagic Design Nestled in western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain range, the city of Asheville is well known for its vibrant local arts scene. In 2012, a group of music lovers came together to form Independent Arts and Music of Asheville, or IamAVL for short. It's a community-based web channel and full service production company that integrates video production, studio recording sessions and live performances into a seamless channel for the creation of high quality content. ...Read More »
Death Of A Professional Stuntman By David Hague The recent death of a professional stuntman filming in a Brisbane Tavern (Queensland Australia) should send shockwaves through all ranks of filmmakers - commercial and amateur. There are many things yet to be fully investigated by the police, but so far it appears that he was hit by two blanks in the chest at close range and, despite CPR efforts by fellow crew members, was pronounced dead at the film site. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post-Production Artists for Their Work on Films at Sundance 2017 At the Sundance Film Festival 2017 in Park City, Utah (January 19 - 29), the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH(r) post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories. ...Read More »
Action Cams By David Hague No doubt there were a lot of so called "Action Cams" in Chrissy stockings this year or under the tree. These are bound to be one of the hottest items around, as they do a far better job than the humble smartphone for taking video of such pastimes as skateboarding, skiing, mountain bike riding, surfing, fishing or any of a few hundred other fun things. But while in general action cams are easy to use, to get the very best footage - like the really good stuff you see on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo etc - there are some things you can do to improve your shooting out of sight! ...Read More »
New Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) member PNY Technologies Joins Forces with Sharp at 2016 NAB Show NY The 2016 NAB Show New York, hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters at the Jacob Javits Center, is the largest media, entertainment and technology convention on the East Coast. The event, held from November 9 - 10, had the most attendees ever with more than 15,000. This year, an alliance between Sharp and new Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) program member PNY Technologies Inc. wowed the crowd ...Read More »
Training with Professional Athletes Most professional athletes have made the long and often arduous journey from the local to the national to the international levels. And whether it's an individual athlete or a team of athletes, along the way many have had the support of their families, friends and coaches, who know their struggles, triumphs and stories the best. While these stories aren't always the most glamourous, they are full of hard work and determination and can serve as inspiration. ...Read More »
PNY's Partner, NextComputing, Showcases Portable Professional VR Development Solution at CES Global Press Event NextComputing will present its deployable virtual reality development solution at the Gigabyte(tm) CES pre-show Global Press Event, January 4, 2017, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. This solution combines the power and flexibility of NextComputing's Radius Edge portable workstation computer with a Gigabyte motherboard, NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) VR-Ready graphics, and professional VR applications such as Assimilate SCRATCH VR and Autodesk LIVE. Visitors will be able to experience these solutions at the Global Press Event on the Oculus Rift HMD. This combination of VR technology enables media producers and virtual design & construction professionals to develop virtual content with minimal setup, and provides the performance needed to step inside their design and better communicate their vision. ...Read More »
Content Insider #500 - Tomorrow's Entertainment By Miles Weston Every year folks peek behind the curtain and tell you what stuff is going to take place next year and what technologies/products are going to succeed...and fail. Jeezz might as well skip the year. Not me. Nope I want to give you an idea of what the tomorrow way out there is going to look like 25 years from now, specifically entertainment. That way if you make money in the industry you can speed up or adjust your course to be ready to succeed in a big way. If you're just an entertainment consumer then you can prepare yourself for how good things are going to be. If I'm a little wrong come back in 25 years and I'll graciously accept your gottcha comment. If you ignore my crystal ball projections do it at your own peril! ...Read More »
Templestone Productions Shoots Candlelit Concerts for Music Documentary with Micro Studio Camera 4K At Dallas based Templestone Productions, Brad Ballew's main goal is to help his clients tell their story. He recently had the opportunity to shoot a unique concert series for a music documentary featuring the Irish choral group AnĂșna. The group sings a cappella arrangements of traditional and ancient texts from around the world. To keep the quality of his shooting high but his travel kit light, Brad purchased Blackmagic Design's Micro Studio Camera 4K. ...Read More »
Animal Creates the Haunting Light of Echo Torch in SCRATCH It's clear that creative genius is at work in "Echo Torch," a visually stunning, twenty-minute short, a co-venture of by Chris Preksta of Mercury Man Pictures, Animal, and Steel Town Entertainment. "Echo Torch" tells the story of a photographer who creates an electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon on our own. It's filled with revelations of the past, beautiful spirits, strange creatures, and dangerous phantoms. ...Read More »
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 »
Blackmagic Design Helps Make Vancouver Fashion Week's Runway a Front Row Experience with Immersive 360 Video Streaming The pairing of fashion and technology is becoming more commonplace, especially where 360 degree video is concerned. Picking up on the latest trend, the Vancouver Fashion Week event organizers had seen the success of the New York Fashion Week 360 video stream and hired Canadian-based virtual reality (VR) experts Time Technologies to stylize a 360 video plan for their upcoming 2017 Spring/Summer event. ...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 »
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