C4D Quick Tip By Ko Maruyama Here's a really basic way to control the pupil of a cartoon character using a simple gradient shader and user data to drive the radius. ...Read More »
Can you edit 4K video on a tablet-y thing? By David Hague The rise and rise on the usage of tablets such as those from Apple and the myriad of Android variations has been nothing short of phenomenal. Tablets are good for web browsing, email, creating word processing documents and the delivery of media, but they fall very short of the standard PC when it comes to creation of anything but those mentioned. And of course, in our particular sphere of interest, the thought of editing video on a tablet is enough to make you turn in your camcorder and go and hide in a corner sobbing uncontrollably. Right? ...Read More »
Broadcast Media Group Uses AJA Ki Pro Quad to Capture 4K Video of Mississippi State Football Team Broadcast Media Group (BMG) is a full service production shop based in Starkville, MS. The company works with clients nationwide, and also provides production services for projects to sister company Tellos Creative, a full service advertising agency. For the past three years, BMG worked with client Mississippi State University to produce a :60-second in-stadium video that plays on massive 110 foot screens at the beginning of each home football game. This year, BMG also produced the video of player's headshots that introduces each player in the game's lineup. ...Read More »
Lightwave 2015 By Ko Maruyama LightWave 2015 introduces new features that are ideal for character animation, visualization, dynamic simulations, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the Genoma character rigging system & Bullet Dynamics ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces SCRATCH Play v8.2 Featuring Native Support For Oculus Rift And VR Media ASSIMILATE, the leading provider of professional digital dailies and DI workflow tools, today announced SCRATCH Play v8.2, the industry's most versatile free universal media player for professional and web formats. This new version of SCRATCH Play adds support for native real-time playback of cinematic content created for Oculus Rift - 360 virtual reality (VR) viewing. It also supports several new cameras and formats, including the Black Magic Pocket Camera, Magic Lantern support for Canon DSLRs, Panasonic RAW (vrw), as well as a performance boost for XAVC 4K. ...Read More »
Pixcom Centralizes Video Editing Workstations with Matrox Avio KVM Extenders By Ryan Szporer, Matrox Graphics Inc. and Dominic Gagne, Pixcom One of Canada's largest independent production houses, Groupe Pixcom Inc.'s domestic programming has far-reaching appeal, with award-winning television credits across all genres and an international catalog distributed to over 150 countries. With a move to a larger location on the horizon and the desire to continue centralizing workstations and other equipment outside of its video editing studios, Pixcom vetted different KVM extenders and chose the far-reaching, fiber-optic Matrox Avio F120, which enables real-time control up to 10 km (6.2 miles) away from the system. ...Read More »
"Noka: keeper of worlds" Trinidadian born filmmaker Shaun Escayg has worked in VFX for more than a decade. He loves to create and manipulate images, especially when it comes to anything supernatural, as he is a huge monster film fan. For inspiration, he often draws upon his own heritage and love of Caribbean folklore, which has a variety of dark creatures in its beliefs, myths, tales and practices. In this type of folklore, the supernatural exists side by side with humans, and Shaun decided to explore this theme in his short film "Noka, keeper of worlds" which he wrote and directed. In order to bring the Caribbean's dark creatures to life, Shaun relied on his expertise in VFX, but when it came to capturing the live action, he needed a very specific camera to support his workflow. ...Read More »
AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera AJA Video Systems announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions direct to Apple ProRes or AJA Raw. For information on where to place orders, please visit http://www.aja.com/en/where-to-buy#wtb-cion for a list of AJA CION resellers. ...Read More »
Live 3D Streaming and Recording from Monarch HD To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD(tm) video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility's record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app "Dr. Modi." ...Read More »
NOTA Effectors By Ko Maruyama As a motion graphics artist - most of the time you're going to be moving the clones you generate with the CINEMA4D Cloner Object. NOTA Effector is going to make that much easier. NOTA Effector being a standard Module can be used with all Mograph tools as PolyFX, Fracture, Cloner and similar. ...Read More »
Los Angeles Movie Awards Best Narrative Short Film Stays 'Committed' It's no secret that Hollywood is a tough nut to crack, and every aspiring actress dreams of her big break. But what many don't realize is that there is a rather straightforward way to ensure you land the role you want. One night over dinner Mehran Torgoley and Llana Barron realized that the best way to land a role is to write it yourself, and a few drinks later, the kernel of the idea for "Committed" was born. In the short film, a compassionate nurse in an overcrowded mental hospital in the early 1950s struggles to prove the sanity of a young paraplegic patient. "We decided to shoot with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K because of its image quality. It's amazing that we were able to get such an incredibly detailed image for such an affordable price." ...Read More »
Pinnacle Studio 18 By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
Julian Ramm Joins AJA Video Systems as Western North America Territory Sales Manager Grass Valley, CA -- November 04, 2014-- AJA Video Systems has brought Julian Ramm on board as Territory Sales Manager, Western U.S. & Canada. Ramm brings an expansive range of professional broadcast and post production sales experience to the company, which he will leverage to drive sales of AJA technology with AJA's channel of resellers. Julian is based out of AJA's Los Angeles office. ...Read More »
Courage & Conviction By Miles Weston Post production user group hosts indie film producer ...Read More »
Protecting Content By Larry O Connor Let's face it people are uncomfortable with change even though it seems we have to make changes every day. It's even worse when you've got some of the greatest content you ever shot/created stored on devices spread around the office. So what do you do to ensure it's protected, available, safe from prying eyes? You decide to move to 20, 36, more TB of RAID (random array of independent drives) storage. First choice is hardware RAID because it's been around for a long time but now there's a strong option - software RAID - and it's time to understand the pros/cons of each. ...Read More »
Documentary Editors Rock 'Filmage' Post Production with AJA Io XT "Filmage: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL" began as a passion project for a group of creatives working at Dallas-based post house CharlieUniformTango (CUT), and quickly evolved into a full-fledged documentary production. Within four years, the film's directors Deedle LaCour and Matt Riggle, along with editors Justin Wilson and James Rayburn, had traveled the world, combining a love for old-school punk music with filmmaking chops to deliver an indie flick that recounts the history and influence of punk rock legends the Descendents. The film features a compilation of present-day interviews with band members and industry influencers, fan video submissions and archived tour media. Editorial for the film required a portable and flexible workflow, for which Rayburn turned to AJA's Io XT Thunderbolt-enabled professional video device for on-the-go I/O. ...Read More »
Matrox Monarch HD Selected as Streaming and Recording Appliance for Global Underground Music Site Matrox Monarch HD is the video streaming and recording appliance for the first live underground music site of its kind, DMO Live (Don't Miss Out), a new platform that records and live streams international music parties, exclusive artist interviews and festivals direct to the DMO website. Created for the electronic music lover, DMO (www.dmolive.tv), will soon connect venues in different worldwide locations through one live event by streaming the night's main happening on large screens in club locations around the world. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Cinema Camera and 686 Technical Apparel 686 Technical Apparel has always been about providing innovative, fashionable outerwear and technical apparel inspired from the same Los Angeles street culture and mountain lifestyle that it was founded on. When cinematographer Ian Post was hired to shoot cinematography for the brand, he knew his gear needed to be as reliable, durable and resilient, as well as able to withstand the elements, as the outerwear he was shooting. Not only does Ian's camera have to work in such harsh conditions, but it also has to deliver stunning footage that captures the snowy landscape as well as highlights the star of the shoots, 686 outerwear. ...Read More »
New Hero in town By Ko Maruyama Here in Hollywood, it's not unusual to spot a GoPro in action. They're on nearly every movie and television stage, shooting main action and behind the scenes footage. But it's also a personal favorite around an active Los Angeles. The camera that makes even simple fun look epic is now even better. ...Read More »
Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »

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