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GPU Beast at NABShow By Ko Maruyama Now that we're looking at even more definition at this year's NAB, and 4K monitors already a standard, it's a good thing that NVIDIA is stepping up to raise the bar on what to expect from a video card. Not only are we using GPU to drive our monitors, but we're using GPU more and more to power our video graphics renders. Production and Post Production professionals will be looking at NVIDIA closely at next week's NABShow. Their new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 is professional graphics card in beast mode. ...Read More »
Jeff Foster speaks @NABShow By Ko Maruyama Our friend Jeff Foster will be speaking at NABShow next week to talk about drones. If you know Jeff, or his work, you know that he's interested in both production and post production. He is always helpful and excited to teach people about new techniques and technologies. ...Read More »
Ollo Clip Telephoto By Ko Maruyama Back to the well. It's like potato chips: so good, you can't stop. Olloclip telephoto for iPhone 6 will keep you shooting. What started out as one lens for our production (the 4:1) has turned into more. Shooting with your iPhone 6 is so much better with great optics. The telephoto lens from OlloClip isn't just a zoom, it?s a physical lens - which means a much better picture than digital zoom. ...Read More »
Rampant Design's 4KFree By Ko Maruyama Many companies gear up for NAB SHOW by offering free chotchkies or swag in the form of Tshirts, bottle openers, arm rests, or other items that production and post production teams use. Rampant has decided to launch their 4KFree initiative. Stock footage is something all editors can use. ...Read More »
Road to NAB 2015 By Ko Maruyama This year, a small team and I will be trying something completely different. Rather than relying on the heavy duty gear that we've used in the past, our production is shifting to mobile. Completely mobile. That means iPhones and iPads. It means we can deliver quickly, but the smaller gear is also more difficult to control and protect. ...Read More »
Content Insider #385 - Cable's Saviors By Miles Weston People everywhere are forecasting the demise of cable TV as we know it today and it's true the number of subscribers will drop significantly over the next three-five years. But it will take years for the "here's this big gob of channels/shows at a huge monthly price" to disappear. Who will be holding up the immedaite move to OTT (Over The Top) 4K viewing when you want, where you want - on smart UHD sets, mobile devices? The boomer and post-boomer generations were raised (brainwashed) that you watched a specific show on a specific day at a specific time or else. Millenial and younger generations will only use the cable for their Internet/OTT streaming services. And when the boomers are gone... ...Read More »
Grace Fellowship's A/V Grows from Humble Beginnings to the Future Based in York, PA, Grace Fellowship is a church with very humble beginnings. What started around a dining room table in 1989 has now grown into a thriving community of approximately 1,400. While Grace Fellowship has continued to grow in numbers, it has also grown in depth, and central to the church's growth has been helping people around the world to love and pursue God deeply. The ministry has a global reach through its innovative use of video and audio, and Michael Anthony's teaching ministry at Grace Fellowship and through Godfactor are key reasons why the church chose Blackmagic Design to upgrade its A/V equipment. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Launches SCRATCH Web ASSIMILATE launched SCRATCH Web, the first professional cloud-based multi-user collaboration and review tool that offers individual clip, timeline, or timeline+version sharing (SCRATCH CONstruct), and native support for industry-standard RAW camera formats. Now creative professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industry - from producers, directors, DPs, and DITs, to editors, VFX and post artists - are able to publish RAW material in any format, in any resolution, at any time, from anywhere in the world. ...Read More »
Content Insider #381 - Worlds Apart By Miles Weston Whether you walk through Skywalker Ranch, Pixar's facilities or backlots, studios, lofts, backrooms, bedrooms around the globe you'll find filmmakers wanting more - more budget, more freedom, more time, more experience/expertise, more of whatever the other guy/gal has and always more storage. It's the same the world over creative people simply want more and increasingly they're worrying about keeping their content for others to enjoy again and again. It's a challenge with content that starts and stays digital and increasingly it's becoming a concern...a big concern. ...Read More »
Orlando Public Library Takes Learning to Another Level with Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio When many people think of libraries, they think of rows upon rows of books meticulously categorized and alphabetized. Perhaps there are tables with lamps emitting a soft glow and students bent over their studies or readers lost deep in the worlds of their favorite novels. Located in 26,000 square feet of space in the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center expands the role of the library by offering access to hardware, software, support and programming to inspire and invigorate creativity. And according to Anthony Torres, video production instructor at the Melrose Center, it's free of charge for library cardholders. ...Read More »
iOgrapher At Fit Expo By Ko Maruyama iOgrapher is a remarkable product that can turn your iPad or iPhone into a professional field tool for production. Last year, attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) visited the iOgrapher booth to see the framework in action. Since then, iOgrapher has been showing up wherever people are documenting their with iOS video. This weekend, iOgrapher flexed some muscle at The Fit Expo in Los Angeles, showing up where most people are talking about healthy lifestyle options. ...Read More »
Cinematiq Pilots Film Festivals Nationwide with AJA Ki Pros Indie filmmaker and Cinematiq Founder Aaron Owen understands the blood, sweat and tears that go into launching a film on the festival circuit. Inspired by a passion to help emerging talent, he formed Cinematiq in 2013, and brought John Crossley on board as Executive Producer. Together, the duo manages content for film festivals across America, in addition to offering transcoding, conversion, standardization and disc-based authoring services for indie filmmakers. To screen each film reliably at the highest quality, they've formulated a file-based workflow that banks on AJA Ki Pros for playback via venue projectors. ...Read More »
Broadcast News, How-To Channel By Miles Weston Economic, easy-to-use video equipment is helping thousands to express themselves, tell a story. A new breed of broadcasters are also emerging who want to take their shows, programs beyond social media postings. The growth of robust OTT (over the top) streaming video has paved the way for customized TV channels to emerge for business, education, personal shows. For 10 years an OTT TV channel - The Tech Buzz - has been airing a weekly show dedicated to helping enthusiast and professional broadcasters shoot, produce and stream their shows with increasing quality to win a broader and broader following. Throwing something up on the Internet and hoping people view it is easy. Doing it like a pro is a continuing learning process and ...practice! ...Read More »
AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Award-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrüdaz", and "Boy7" as well as documentaries like "Violinissimo" and "Cosmic Encounters 3D." Bolliger's latest documentary venture, "The School on Magic Mountain," recounts the story of one American teacher's mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. ...Read More »
IP Routing - At $12Bn a year the IP switch market is approximately 40 times bigger than the SDI router market. This scale drives an investment in R&D - with consequent rapid development and reduced costs - that is simply impossible in the broadcast business. Broadcasters can benefit from this economy of scale and high velocity development but only if they stay with mainstream equipment. Building specialist IP switches for broadcast is a bad idea - it cuts us off from the IT future. ...Read More »
Surprising Experiences with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera When writer/director Deep Williams (no relation) found me through my work as DOP on "American Pastime" (Warner Brothers/2008), he was looking for a specific look and feel for his upcoming short film project, "The Sac Fly." He liked the feel of the imagery created for "American Pastime," where the images play a big part in creating the mood and help tell the undercurrents of the story. His pitch had me from the beginning-a dramatic story of racial inequality, told with black and white imagery. The issue became not one of "can I" or "will I" do it, as I was obviously interested, but one of budget. ...Read More »
Fractal Visuals One might think an 18 year old film student would be just starting to learn the ropes of the film world. But John Byron Hanby IV, a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, already has years of experience under his belt. He even started his own production company when he was just 16. Discovering his passion for filmmaking at age eight while making a documentary about his local martial arts studio, John began to dabble in short films and corporate videos. In December 2012, he founded his production company, Fractal Visuals. ...Read More »
Drives for Doing: GTech's Rugged Drives By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. G-Technology is introducing a new rugged drive that is small enough to bring to the to remote locations, but strong enough to withstand being out of the studio. ...Read More »
Q&A with Ian Hamilton, CTO of Signiant By Ian Hamilton | Chief Technology Officer We can't just brush off successful attacks as someone else's bad security practices. We all need to be smarter about security, which means learning from what happened and letting go of outdated thinking. It's no longer about thinking you can completely defend against every possible cyber attack, but also about monitoring and adjusting practices as quickly as the attackers do. ...Read More »
Documentary Express Plenty of people move to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actor or filmmaker. In order to find regular work and make a successful career out of it, it really helps to learn the ropes from someone who has experienced it firsthand. It certainly takes a lot of hard work to be successful, as Michael Buffo knows. After all, not only has he found success as an actor and filmmaker, but he also began two production companies and a school to share his knowledge with the next generation of young actors and filmmakers. The MCOE site features a Digital Media Lab with computers and state of the art editing software, a black box theater, a high definition television studio with professional control rooms and a radio station designed for broadcast as well as podcast production. ...Read More »
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