Content Insider #458 - NAB Beauty By Miles Weston The M&E industry is in the middle of massive reinvention to meet people's increasing demands - 4K, HDR, VR and last but not least ATSC 3.0 (better pipe delivery). Not only is everyone trying to figure out how to make a buck on all of that good content they'll be determining how to get it to the video hungry consumer and still keep it safe enough to monitize. Cameras are going to be outstanding at this year's NAB, workflow is going to be better/faster. Drones will be swooping around giving us super views of the storyline. Audio tools are going to add impact and life to the films. And beyond the mundane business side of the industry VR (Virtual Reality) will put people in the very center of the action with immersive content. It's a great, challenging time to be in the industry. ...Read More »
Rivalry on the Ice There is almost no rivalry in professional sports that matches the intensity of one in the National Hockey League. It is not just team against team, but city against city competing against each other in rivalries that have been passed down through generations. Which is one of the reasons why the Winter Classic has become a huge success. Every year, the NHL highlights hockey the way it used to be played: Outside, open to the elements, and in front of thousands of screaming fans. All while featuring teams that have forged generations of bitter rivals. One of these heated rivalries is between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. These two teams are members of the "Original Six", the first professional hockey teams in the NHL, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH VR Suite, the Only End-to-End VR Toolset and Workflow In its continued support of all things VR, ASSIMILATE(r) announced today its new SCRATCH VR Suite, the only professional VR end-to-end workflow with an all-inclusive, real-time toolset for working naturally within a 360 environment -- dailies, conform, color grading, composting, finishing, and mastering in any format, any resolution. It's a complete and powerful virtual reality (VR) toolset that enables the highest level of quality and productivity, and it's affordable for everyone. The first public SCRATCH VR Suite demo will be at NAB 2016, the ASSIMILATE booth N8525 in the VR Pavilion, north hall. ...Read More »
Java Post's Caffeine Fueled Success Jack Tunnicliffe, Java Post founder and president, has lived the transition into digital, keeping his post production facility on the forefront of technology shifts and disruptions. "Java Post is 20 years old, but this is my 43rd year working in television," he said. "I started in television working at the CTV (Canadian TV) television network as a camera operator and eventually worked my way to a producer/director position doing live television, such as the Olympics. I also produced and directed television shows, documentaries and commercials, but my passion has always been the work done in post." ...Read More »
When Kids Ask to Borrow By Miles Weston Filmmaker Jim Courtwright developed a new business opportunity in producing short films for clients for today's mobile devices. But he found his son also liked some of his gear for his own work. His workflow station suddenly became a cluttered mess. ...Read More »
Field Storage By Miles Weston The most fragile period for content is from the time it leaves the camera and is being worked on in post production. Cirina Catania found an inexpensive solution to keeping storage from being damaged by the elements ...Read More »
Cinema Art Speeds Up the Golden Age of Mexican Movie Spanish speaking channels Cine Nostalgia and Cine Estelar program line up features a number of movie genres including comedy, classic western, drama and action from the '50s, '60s and '70s streamed in HD to the US market over cable platforms Direct TV, AT&T, Verizon and Cox. Cinema Arts, a Mexico-based production facility owned and by Vasallo Vision Group, has embarked on a sizeable film restoration project, with the aim of bringing Cine Nostalgia and Cine Estelar's 2000 plus Mexican 35mm Film classics to digital HD with unmatched quality and preservation. "It's not just about restoring a film," states Cinema Arts CEO Carlos Vasallo. "Our goal is to present the highest quality and be faithful to its artistic and historical work as envisioned by the original producers, directors, and screenwriters." ...Read More »
Content Insider #453 - VR Film By Miles Weston VR is in its early stages. It's something you marvel at when you experience it first hand. You're actually there - part of the game, taking a vacation in your easy chair, feeling the rush of breathtaking sport activities, traveling back in time and to the edges of the universe, exploring the inner workings of equipment. The potential is limited only by your imagination and filmmakers are rushing to take you there pushing the boundaries of entertainment, enjoyment, learning technology. Imagine how much storage is required...awesome! ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Adds Support for Samsung GearVR Headset for SCRATCH Web VR In its continued support of all things VR, ASSIMILATE announced today it has added support for the affordable, high-quality Samsung GearVR headset, the ideal VR accessory for any Samsung Galaxy smartphone for accessing immersive content of any kind, anywhere. For content creators active in the production and post-production of films, videos, and TV episodes this means they can effectively stream VR content from their SCRATCH Web cloud-based website through a standard browser to a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with the GearVR headset for mobile review and approval. ...Read More »
Turn First Responder Vehicles Into Mobile Communications Centers By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Whether fire, police or ambulance, a mobile broadband router can vastly upgrade the effectiveness of your vehicle. ...Read More »
A Look into "Peek-A-Boo": Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema Camera Captures the Dark Fairytale Not every game has a happy ending. In "Peek-A-Boo," a frazzled father finds out what happens when he refuses to play a game with his fun loving daughter who has her heart set on it. Mark Lawson of "One Life to Live" plays the father, an actor, who is managing the household while his wife is traveling while also juggling preparing for an upcoming audition. His daughter, Sally, is a handful and keeps begging him to play peek-a-boo with her. "You have to play the game!" she insists. Later that night, the father discovers his decision not to holds supernatural consequences. ...Read More »
Turning Orlando Into an 80s Arcade Game The American Advertising Association's Awards, formerly called the ADDYs, is one of the ad industry's highest honors. Taking place regionally, the award events are huge productions that bring together the best creatives in the US ad space. For this year's Orlando awards, Florida's Ad Club chose Levitation Creative Agency to come up with an intro video that would show off Orlando and why it is such an amazing place to live and create. And what better way than to fly through every part of Orlando and turn the city into an 80s arcade game? ...Read More »
Use Big Data to Personalize Healthcare By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Using data from various sources allows you to draw a comprehensive picture of the patient as an individual and offer a tailored healthcare package. ...Read More »
Content Insider #449 - New Wave of Films By Miles Weston The Sundance Film Festival has grown and prospered over the years introducing some outstanding filmmakers to people who can give their video ideas a worldwide audience and yes a little financial return as well. This year everyone was there including networks, studios, distributors, synicators, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, AOL and many more with checkbooks ready to find new, different titles and entertainment to fill their inventories. Hundreds of other indie film festivals around the globe will be held to give the driven independent filmmakers the opportunity to show their work and negotiate deals. Low cost 4K cameras, production solutions made it all possible. That and a lot of skill, determination and ... luck. ...Read More »
Anchorfield Helps Athletes and Artists 'Share the Journey' Held biennially, the Special Olympics World Summer Games bring together athletes from countries around the world to demonstrate their courage and determination, as well as to discover new strengths and skills. In July 2015, the fourteenth games were held in Los Angeles and had 6,500 Special Olympics athletes from 165 nations competing in 25 different sports. Stephan's cinema verité style lent itself perfectly to the project, as he strove to film the talent within their own environments, allowing the narrative to unfold through intimate conversations and observed moments. In order to support the documentary style of the films, Stephan used a Blackmagic URSA 4K digital film camera, as well as several Pocket Cinema Cameras. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces Support for ProRes 4444 XQ By Lou Wallace ASSIMILATE announced today it has added support in its SCRATCH post-production tools and workflow for encoding and decoding using the Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec. ProRes 4444 XQ is the highest-quality version of the ProRes codec for 4:4:4:4 image sources (including alpha channels). This format has a very high data rate to preserve the detail in high-dynamic-range imagery generated by today's highest-quality digital image sensors. For the detailed facts and benefits, visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202410. ...Read More »
The Business Applications of Mobile Broadband By SooJi Min for America's Backbone Weekly 3G & 4G mobile broadband routers can connect government vehicles, pop-up stores, outdoor events, and construction sites. ...Read More »
Creating Broadway World's "Empty Space": LA's Downtown Repertory Theater's Devon Armstrong and Blackmagic Cinema Camera "Empty Space" airs on broadwayworld.com, and now ShowUp.media as well, and takes a hilarious look behind the scenes of a theater troupe. The web series is Broadway World's first original web series and follows the main character, Orson Ripley, a guerilla theater actor, as he replaces the lead and is thrown into the feud between the cast and crew of "Romeo and Juliet." We caught up with Devon, who gives some great insight into how he uses Blackmagic Cinema Camera EFs and DaVinci Resolve Studio? to create "Empty Spaces." ...Read More »
Content Insider #443 - HDR, 4K By Miles Weston There wasn't a filmmaker at Sundance that hadn't shot in 4K. The stuff that got scooped up the quickest was done in HDR too. The differences in films, shows, content is obvious. And because it's so good some of the best indie filmmakers are coming into their own...really shining. The creative talent is outstanding. The garbage is still...garbage. It takes talent, expertise, experience. You're going to see the difference everywhere you turn and no matter what device you use to watch it on. Nothing sucks you in more than a good story well told by a great storyteller. ...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 »
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