Content Insider #537 - Road Show By Miles Weston Watching really good (and really bad) video content on your smartphone is becoming a big deal...even when the big screen is right in front of you. How big? T-Mobile did a deal with Netflix and people who measure speed said they had the fastest net in town. So AT&T said Ok we'll offer our new customers HBO and the new Ma Bell is waiting for you to call. Verizon is thinking about it. But as telcos know it isn't about unlimited data plans, it's how well they can throttle (manage) what you're viewing. The alternative? Head for the mobile internet. Turn it on and tune in. Free entertainment is a beautiful thing. Stealing content...not so much! ...Read More »
7 QUESTIONS WITH FILMMAKERS ARIEL & MALLIN ALTER By Ko Maruyama Mallin and Ariel Alter create a new take on "Spinster" for the millenial generation in a show they're funding through IndiGogo. I had a chance to ask them a few questions about what their plans are for the project before they had to quickly get back to a busy production schedule. ...Read More »
Content Insider #535 - VR Film Work By Miles Weston In just a few weeks the content ecosystem will focus all of its attention on Amsterdam. Once again VR will garner all of the coverage because well it's a lot more glamorous than things like codecs, true streaming bandwidth and carriers throttling mobile video delivery. VR is so real this year you can almost touch it and the excitement, opportunities are beginning to be appreciated. Some of the most fertile shooter minds have perfected techniques to make VR more than just cute but a strong commercial solution for entertainment and business. It will also be great to take off the goggles and see what the streaming 4K world is going to offer people across the M&E spectrum. Despite all the great new tools it's still talent that drives the industry. ...Read More »
Behind the Scenes of the Gritty Drama "The Things We've Seen" In the new indie film "The Things We've Seen," a struggling town is devastated when the local mill catches fire, eliminating most of the town's jobs. Rayford Boem (Randy Ryan) is soon accused of arson by Sheriff Pascal (John D. Carver) but won't go down without a fight and organizes an armed resistance. Soon, word of Rayford's actions reaches his family, and his teenage son Reagan (Jarrett Maier) sets out to find his father and help fix what's gone wrong. ...Read More »
Content Insider #534 - IBC M&E Showtime By Miles Weston People don't really need an excuse to go to Amsterdam but IBC gives everyone who is anyone a solid reason to be there in a few weeks. This time the show looks more exciting because there is so darn much going on in the industry. VR showing it's real. OTT showing the way for a new way to watch content anywhere, anytime. 4K/HDR and 8K getting real real. Service firms of every shape, size setting out to tell the world they are the way of tomorrow. Executives will be there to do deals and learn. Following close behind will be publicists hungry to grab anyone with a media badge and offer them up to the boss. No the pro PR people won't do that because well they know these folks. Unfortunately it's the same at every show! ...Read More »
Content Insider #533 - Streams of Streams By Miles Weston The pipe guys thinks all the money is being raked in by the content folks. The distributors know the content folks are making the big bucks. The content people know they're being taken to the cleaners by the pipe guys and distributors It's big bundles, skinny bundles; huge bundles, diddly bundles and no bundles. It's all the content you can stream to constriction in the pipes. The consumer isn't too sure other than they're having a horrible time finding the content they want. It will work out given enough time but you may recall the "good ol days" where the cable guy sent you what they wanted, when they wanted. It wasn't that good but it will get better. ...Read More »
The Father and The Bear By Miles Weston Indie filmmakers are in the business because they have stories they have to create, tell, share. Stories they have to shoot, edit. Storeis they have to save. Stories they have to share. John Putch's The Father and The Bear is one of those stories and he touched all of the bases. It is a story you can enjoy and learn from. ...Read More »
Content Insider #532 - Content Delivery By Miles Weston There's more and better content available today than you can possibly view in a lifetime thanks to great work indie filmmakers are doing. The key is getting the right titles to come to your attention to invest your time in viewing. You could let the network tell you what they think is best for you but that kinda sucks. No it's more fun, more enlightening to find the best stuff off the beaten path like at Vimeo. The key will be new technology that enables richer content to get to your screen regardless of where you're watching it. At IBC we'll hear the promises and at SMPTE we'll hear about the progress that has been made. Hint - It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
Capturing the Horror of "The Atoning" with Blackmagic Design Family drama unfolds and demons arise in the new indie supernatural thriller, "The Atoning." The film follows a family that is haunted by the horrors of their past, with the parents (Virginia Newcomb, Michael LaCour) trying to protect their young son Sam (Cannon Bosarge) from a dark secret that will tear them all apart. ...Read More »
The Future of AR/VR in the Sports Industry By Neil Mandt, Chief Executive Officer and Founder The gaming industry is usually the first industry that springs to mind when discussing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). However, aside from interactive entertainment, both technologies also lend themselves particularly well to fields such as real estate and sports. ...Read More »
Loco UK Efficiently Stitches Four 90º Plates in SCRATCH VR to Create Slo-mo 360º VR Experience There is a special joy in witnessing a 360-film newbie spinning around with mobile phone in hand, delighting in the magical experience of the video content that surrounds them. Loco is riding this wave of 360-video excitement by exploring emerging technologies and software as well as developing new techniques to take their creative work further into this realm. ...Read More »
With PREVAILPRO PNY Launches the World's First Four 4K Display and VR Capable Thin and Light Mobile Workstations at SIGGRAPH PNY Technologies reset mobile workstation expectations by launching extraordinarily powerful, thin and light PNY PREVAILPROP4000 and P3000 mobile workstations. With their NVIDIA Max-Q design, these innovative systems are designed from the Quadro GPU out, to deliver capabilities, compute performance, unmatched simultaneous four-display screen real estate, and immersive VR (P4000), to drive next generation workflows across industries ranging from AEC and Manufacturing to M&E and Scientific and Technical computing. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Design Marches Alongside Promar TV During the Divina Pastora Procession, Venezuela's Largest Live Event The Venezuelan Divina Pastora statue is one of the most important religious figures in Venezuela and is celebrated with one of the world's largest Marian processions. With more than four million attendees, the landmark procession takes place mid-January every year and runs 24 consecutive hours, garnering Venezuela's largest TV viewing audience. Promar TV Chief Engineer Jorge Kossowski has been following the Divina Pastora event since he was a young child with a strong desire to be more than just a spectator. ...Read More »
Content Insider #529 - Cloudy Weather By Miles Weston While Lloyds of London says a really good cyber attack could cost the global economy $53B and daily smaller breakins will rack up $1M here, $1M there it doesn't slow the migration to the major (and minor) cloud service providers around the globe. What's worse even though people know the danger and things they need to do to protect their company and themselves - like keep your software updated and use robust passwords and virus/malware protection solutions - surprise...it doesn't happen. Updates are a pain and complex passwords are too tough to remember so what the heck use the same one for everything. It won't bother you until you can't get your entertainment stuff then hear the screams and profanity. Good content needs to be protected to be enjoyed so "doing the right thing and benefitting" is up to you. ...Read More »
Ads for Mobile By Miles Weston Mobile content and streaming service providers have come up with the recommendation that less is more when it comes to ads that appear mysteriously on your device while agencies and more than a few marketers say shorter ads are ineffective. They feel their message is too important, too complex to be crunched down into a few seconds of screen time. Maybe they are that important, that good but it has also enabled more people - especially younger folks with shorter attention spans - to install ad blockers. One filmmaker in Chicago decided the mobile screen needed more than a scrunched TV ad and surprise...it works! ...Read More »
Secure Media Content Transport and Storage in Space By Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation The media and entertainment industries are facing unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. One studio suffered the theft of an entire season of a popular show, and another had an unreleased film stolen. In both cases, the material was held for ransom by cybercriminals. This kind of threat poses potentially disastrous consequences for anyone creating or distributing content. Media and entertainment companies face threats from criminals running the gamut from profiteers to nation-states. Ransomware exploits, destruction of servers and the theft of terabytes of data are all part of the pandemic cybersecurity crisis that challenges any organization reliant upon terrestrial networks to store and transport data. Fortunately, that is about to change. ...Read More »
Civil War Action By Miles Weston Seventy plus years before WW II and the bloody battle on Dunkirk - made more infamous by the movie - there was the U.S.'s Civil War. And you can experience it up close and personal...very personal with the VR stream. ...Read More »
Tenba Cineluxe Shoulder Bag 24 By Stephen Schleicher Over the last 30 years, I've used all sorts of bags and cases to store and transport my cameras. I've used hard case, and soft bags. I've used cases that claim to be soft but sturdy, but ultimate fall apart, thus putting my gear in jeopardy. For the last month I've been using the Tenba Ceneluxe Shoulder Bag 24, and it has moved to the top of my list of bags that make it easy to store my cameras and take them on the road. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE SCRATCH VR Certified by Facebook Live 360 Ready for Live Streaming ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH VR is now certified as a third-party software for the Facebook Live 360 Ready program. ASSIMILATE's VR partner, Z CAM, is also included in the Live 360 Ready program with its S1 VR camera. Along with a Z CAM S1 VR camera, SCRATCH VR Z provides the only camera/software Facebook-certified Live 360 solution. SCRATCH VR Z offers advanced, real-time features like inserting/composting graphics/text overlays, including animations, and keying for elements like green screen for live streaming. ...Read More »
Assimilate Demos Z Cam S1- S1 Pro - Scratch VR Z Integrated VR Workflow at SIGGRAPH 2017 Assimilate, Santa Clara, CA - VR is the game changer in media today, as well as the future, for all markets, such as entertainment, mobile apps, education, medical, engineering, travel and more. At Siggraph 2017 Assimilate will be at The Studio-B&H booth 915 to demo its award-winning VR integrated workflows. Z Cam and Assimilate have partnered to offer the only integrated VR workflow with the Z Cam S1 or S1 Pro/Scratch VR Z Bundle: from image acquisition with Z CAM's high-performance S1/S1 Pro VR cameras, and stitching with its optical-flow WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with Assimilate's real-time Scratch(r) VR Z tools. ...Read More »
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