AJA Debuts New Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015 AJA Video Systems introduced five new Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015, the HB-T-HDMI, and the HB-R-HDMI, along with the ROI-DP, FiDO-4T and the FiDO-4R. ROI-DP provides real-time region-of-interest output to HD-SDI video from any DisplayPort enabled computer. The HB-T-HDMI and HB-R-HDMI offer easy extension of UltraHD or HD HDMI signals over Ethernet cable, utilizing the industry standard HDBaseT protocol. FiDO-4T (transmit) and FiDO-4R (receive) conveniently deliver up to four channels of 3G-SDI over fiber on standard LC connectors. ...Read More »
SSD Speeds Project By Miles Weston Getting your big break in the music and acting industry is usually a long, hard process that requires just the right connections and a fair amount of luck. Sklyer Reed found there was another option - Indiegogo - when she met and connected with cinematographer Cullie Poseria. Together the two mapped out a strategy and plan that would help Reed reach people who were interested in helping her open the door for her singing career. Ms Poseria showed that a quality music video can be produced even with a tight time and money budget. The rest is up to the viewing/listening audience around the globe. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 396 - New Work By Miles Weston The global economy is bouncing back but there's only a modest increase in full time employment. Not that there aren't jobs but rather there aren't the right people for the jobs. To ensure they grow, smart companies are changing their focus on payroll increases and finding the best people for the challenges even if they're not interested in "a job" and more interested in the challenges/opportunities to grow on their own career paths. After all, folks know from experience - friends, neighbors, themselves - that fulltime employment is a myth and they're taking control of their future. Management has to focus on finding, working with the best talent available rather than body count because the world changes...quickly But as Tallahassee knows old habits die hard. ...Read More »
Kinefinity and ASSIMILATE Partner to Deliver KineRAW Codec and Real-time Post Production to Chinese Filmmaking Market ASSIMILATE and Kinefinity today announced they are partnering to deliver advanced digital filmmaking solutions to the high-growth Chinese marketplace. The collaboration equips Chinese filmmakers with a streamlined all-in-one, value-priced solution for 2D/3D productions, from image capture with a high-resolution Kinefinity camera (4K, 6K) to using high-performance SCRATCH tools for on-set data management and dailies, and full post production - conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, finishing, and mastering. ...Read More »
The Woodlands First Baptist Church Seamlessly Transitions into a Connected Campus and Mega Church with Blackmagic Design In 2011, Timothy Thornton officially got tired of traveling the world. But who could blame him? After working in every possible facet of the A/V and live production industries for more than 30 years, Timothy had traveled the globe pushing road cases, hooking up wires and designing systems and workflows for everything from churches and fast food chains to concerts. His company was also involved with the Democratic and Republican Nationals Conventions, the Golden Globes, Grammy Awards and Oscars. Timothy has always had a faith based background, so when The Woodlands, TX based The Woodlands First Baptist Church asked him to revamp its A/V, he put away his suitcases and said yes. In his role as Technical Director of the Media Department, Timothy began by producing several in house events. ...Read More »
SuperMeetUp Set By Miles Weston The international SuperMeetUp is coming to San Jose, Ca in conjunction with FCPX as filmmakers and content production people meet on Apple's home turf. It will be a great educational and fun event for Final Cut Pro experts and soon to be experts. ...Read More »
AJA Promotes Dave Sampson to Director of Global Sales AJA Video Systems announced today that Dave Sampson has been promoted to Director of Global Sales. Sampson has been with AJA for just under five years, and has successfully established and deepened the company's relationships with industry developer partners. ...Read More »
Director/Cinematographer TJ Derry Adopts AJA CION for Commercial Production In a new spot directed by Toronto-based director and cinematographer TJ Derry, an elaborate photosynthesis experiment proves that Scotts EZ Seed fertilizer helps grass grow almost anywhere, including a basement. Shot on CION at 4K in ProRes 444, with time-lapse footage captured on multiple Canon DSLRs, the spot showcases the beautiful cinematic images from the CION camera on a low light set. ...Read More »
Indie Films Shot Over Mobile By FilmGirl from the Future As smartphones become more portable and their features are continually improved, many are now maximizing their handsets at work. In fact, even filmmakers, especially those who are just starting out in the industry, are using their mobile devices to create award-winning short films. Due to the continuing trend in mobile adoption at video production houses, many organizations have started recognizing individuals who excel in this category. One of the popular award ceremonies for filmmakers is the iPhone Film Festival (IFF) that is now into its fifth year of awarding film makers that use iPhones in shooting their movies. ...Read More »
AJA Launches Summer of Savings Promotion for CION and Select Ki Pro Products AJA Video Systems today launched the 'Summer of Savings' promotion, reducing pricing for the CION production camera, Ki Pro Quad, Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro recorders. The price for CION is now $4995 US MSRP, which reflects a $4000 price reduction. Ki Pro Quad is now $2995 US MSRP, Ki Pro Mini is $1495 US MSRP, Ki Pro is $2495 US MSRP, and Ki Pro ND is $2295 US MSRP. AJA customers who purchased the CION production camera before May 26, 2015 will receive two AJA Pak 512 SSDs for free, directly from AJA (valued at $2495 MSRP). ...Read More »
Content Insider #393 - Toxic Workers By Miles Weston Don't let em kid you. Work isn't supposed to be all fun and games. That's why they call it work. But most of the time that's ok because it gives you a feeling that you're contributing to make something grow and prosper. Really make a difference in the world around you. But there are times when even when you're making great strides and great contributions something about the job just sucks all the fun out of everything. We'll it's usually not something, actually someone and when you're around them they bring everyone on the team and you down. Toxic folks are tough to describe but you know one when you meet one. Management's choice help the person change or show they the door. It's for the best of everyone in the organization. ...Read More »
Content Insider #392 - Indie Films By Miles Weston There's a lot of noise being generated and pixie dust being sprinkled around as to how cool it would be to be an independent filmmaker...free to create your own visual master that would change the world for at least a few hours. Don't kid yourself. It's a lot of work to create the film(s) you have in your mind but the efforts are definitely worth it. Whether you want to to tell your stories, educate, entertain, preserve history, inspire others or do your part to make a difference. Today the opportunities are economically available. Think about it. ...Read More »
Creative Storage Conference By Miles Weston With indie filmmaking growing in leaps and bounds because of economic, easy-to-use hardware, software, plentiful storage and a growing list of distribution options the Creative Storage Conference will highlight the needs of the expanding industry. Catch it all in Culver City, June 30. ...Read More »
AEGraphics Bowled Over by Vizrt and Matrox Video 4K Solutions The Cricket World Cup (CWC), held every four years with the top 14 teams in the world competing, is a much anticipated event with a large viewership, typically in hundreds of millions. The 2015 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Star Sports, the host broadcaster for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, covered every match live. All the matches played by India, plus the semi-finals and final, were broadcast live in 4K to local cinemas in India. Alston Elliot (AEGraphics), one of the world's leading providers of television graphics and data solutions, was asked to deliver 4K graphics on Star Sports' live 4K coverage of the CWC games. ...Read More »
Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders By Miles Weston Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers. The new tools, Internet and IPTV/OTT everywhere changed the face and infrastructure of the media & entertainment industry. Indies know that not everyone wants to watch another spin-off of CSI, NCIS and cockamamie formula police/fireman show. Great thing is the indie films don't have to be blockbusters they just have to find their group of people around the world who want to view their shows. Only people who seemed bewildered (and determined to protect their territory) at the show were the network, cable, studio bosses. Indies aren't worried...the tools are right...the overhead is right...the time is right! ...Read More »
Creative Contest Begins By Miles Weston Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! ...Read More »
Creative Contest Begins By Miles Weston Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! ...Read More »
Budget Doesn't Limit Film Success, Fear Does By Miles Weston John Putch, an award-winning cinematographer, finds that filmmakers don't need big Hollywood budgets to produce a movie people want to see. He has found that fear is the greatest deterent for independent filmmakers and once that is behind you creativity kicks in. Budget limitations can often make the project better and more rewarding for everyone involved. ...Read More »
NAB Filmmaker Announcements By Miles Weston Recognizing that the most fragile time in your filmwork is between capture and workstation production, OWC (Other World Computing) has introduced three mobile storage solutions to save and protect your video in the field (even in the most rugged environments) and get it home safely for production. ...Read More »
Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell By Miles Weston Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. ...Read More »
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