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Industry Vet Joins Nantech Advisors By Miles Weston Entertainment industry veteran joins the NanoTech content advisory board ...Read More »
Content Insider #347 - Moviola By Miles Weston Moviola was an early tool used to produce/edit films. It's faster, easier, cheaper today with advanced M&E cinematography solutions, techniques. Just ask the Cloud folks. Different story when you talk to the folks behind the camera and in front of the screen. The pressure is still on to do it faster, better, do it/save it once, keep it safe. The better/lower cost gear and solutions have helped a new breed of pro turn their ideas into visual reality for the world to enjoy. But some things remain the same - lots of talent/patience, no free time, loads of local storage (flash, HD). ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?' For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days. ...Read More »
Content Insider #346 - Finding Channels By Miles Weston Aereo couldn't convince folks it was an innocent TV antenna or simple OTT (over the top delivery service) so now they're going to put on the lipstick of the cable companies...yeah lotta love there! But NBD because there is plenty of stuff - good, bad, mediocre - streaming over the air and the new (gettin cheaper) 4K Smart TVs are ready for the streams. Don't wait till Black Friday the deals are out there now (and you're right they will be even better) so couch potato it and brag to all your friends, neighbors. It's real, it's really available, it's really good. ...Read More »
Harvard Athletics Upgrades Video Production and Streaming Harvard University, a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known throughout the world for its history, influence and prestige. And if Imry Halevi has anything to say about it, Harvard will also be known for its cutting edge athletic video production and streaming capabilities. He began by upgrading Harvard's outdated video infrastructure, and as part of the new system he installed several Blackmagic Design products, including a Compact Videohub router, six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers, a Micro Videohub router, six UltraStudio Mini Recorders, an ATEM Television Studio and more than 25 Mini Converters. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. ...Read More »
Content Insider #342 - Content Variety By Miles Weston The World Cup is more than just a bunch of soccer (football) games. It's streaming 4K OTT content on a global scale. Let that sink in because the industry - hardware, software, service providers, futurists - will be putting out there to the most critical people possible, the sports fan. I know you're rooting for your favorite player, team, country. If you're watching in Asia and much of Europe you'll probably be watching on a smart 4K UHD set. If you're in the Americas you'll probably watch on your plain old HD set unless you know someone. The excitement will dictate what will be on the top of your Christmas list this year. ...Read More »
Hillsong Church Handles Congregation Growth with Blackmagic Design Founded thirty years ago in Sydney, Australia by Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, Hillsong Church has grown rapidly over the years. The church is now comprised of more than a dozen locations in eleven countries across the globe. In Australia alone, more than 30,000 people attend services weekly. The days of a single preacher speaking from a wooden pulpit with only his voice are gone. 30,000 people each weekend want to feel part of the sermons, services and church family. One of the best ways to build and serve the growing congregations is to establish an amazing broadcast and AV infrastructure in each campus. Hillsong's requirements include HD broadcasts, live video switching, recording to DVDs and conversion of formats to meet its needs. ...Read More »
Time Travel, Ham Sandwiches and the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Ham sandwiches are pretty much the same no matter where you are. But the same is not true when thinking about when you are. In the 1970s, it was Wonder Bread and two slices of ham. Maybe a slice of that weird orange cheese. But today? Well, which of the 10 types of organically grown bread would you like with your smoked, pepper or free range ham? If you are one of the two time travelers in Kanen Flowers's new series "18:20," the search for the normalcy of a simple ham sandwich, one of the running plot points in the series, is just one of the many reminders that everything changes when time traveling. ...Read More »
Producing Televised Classical Concerts By Sebastian Thaler Each of the All-Star Orchestra's eight one-hour programs, recorded over four days, was taped at New York's historic Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center where conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Arturo Toscanini made their classical music recordings. Nineteen high-definition cameras were allowed to roam freely during the All-Star Orchestra's recordings, creating an unprecedented "up close and personal" experience. ...Read More »
SXSW Premiere "Thank You a Lot" Tells a Story of Austin's Music Scene By Lou Wallace Austin, TX may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also home to a thriving video production and film industry that promotes and champions local talent, with members sourcing expertise from within the tight knit community. Austin doesn't just keep it weird; it also keeps it local, which is exactly what Writer/Director Matt Muir and Producer Chris Ohlson did with their feature film "Thank You a Lot." Not only was the film shot in Austin, but Matt is also a graduate of the University of Texas along with the film's DP, Harrison Witt, who teaches courses in advanced cinematography and film production at the university. ...Read More »
Rain or Shine, The University of Portland's Multimedia Team Gets the Shot with Blackmagic Design Building a brand is important for any business regardless of the industry, and advertising and marketing campaigns are some of the main ways to do so. In addition to traditional methods, such as print ads and television commercials, today it's essential to leverage social media, especially when your target audience is one of the biggest consumers of the medium. The University of Portland was quick to realize this, and created its own in house multimedia team, in conjunction with its marketing department, which handles all television commercial, online video and social media marketing campaigns. Headed by photojournalist and videographer Jeff Kennel, what makes this team unique is that it produces high quality work just as good as many professional agencies and production companies, but at a fraction of the cost and twice the speed. ...Read More »
Content Insider #334 - Fast, Furious, 4K By Miles Weston You can't help but love 4K video content it is beautiful after all but I like it for another reason...a business reason. Shooting 4K content takes talent. Handling the delicate post production work takes as much if not more talent. All of it - from beginning to end - takes storage, lots and lots of storage. The people who do all of this work on your entertainment are perfectionists and moved almost to paranoia to save every pixel, every byte. Nothing is discarded because there may come a time when they need that scene, that frame. And 4K requires four times the amount of storage...love it!!! ...Read More »
Content Insider #333 A New Capture By Miles Weston With their feet still firmly embedded in the video production/post production arena, AJA Video Systems jumped squarely into the camera marketplace with thier first offering that caught a lot of folks by complete surprise. Why? They did a lot of things very right with their first offering to cinematographers. ...Read More »
Content Insider #331 - Power of Choice By Miles Weston NAB was even more lively this year because so many people were scrambling. Cable folks were bristling that they're still the gateway to the home TV. Rusting big iron producers in the Central Hall were saying how important they were. South Hall was totally busy with people who understood the industry is rapidly changing to OTT/IPTV and it was already 4K ready. Everyone wanted to control the consumer but he/she saw the fiber pipe to the home as a way out of paying for 100s of channels they never or hardly ever watched. More importantly people wanted their content on their terms at their times. Freedom of choice is something we all want...right? ...Read More »
BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
Content Insider #332 - Video Consistency By Miles Weston On the eve of NAB I just read where kids watch an average of 40 hours of TV a week and you wonder why they're numb from the neck down and dumb from the neck up! Most of the parents I know sharply restrict/monitor their kids viewing habits even though they (and the parents) want quality content everywhere. It will come but still don't think the super high quality 4K streaming media we'll get (program schedules are fading memories) will make make the zombies, vampires, werewolves any more interesting. But Cosmos that's a great series...can't wait to see how it ends. ...Read More »
And the Giraffe Takes Blackmagic Cinema Camera for a Ride in Music Video for "Sorry" For 'And the Giraffe,' an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN, making music videos is a blast. They love to put a video story on top of the story they tell in their lyrics, and connect with more people in doing so. The video for the band's latest single, "Sorry," was shot while the bandmates rode bicycles around Los Angeles, and according to band member Nick Roberts, the video turned out better than they had hoped, was one of their most fun projects to date and couldn't have been done without the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Master Shots Author Christopher Kenworthy Returns to Filmmaking Christopher Kenworthy almost gave up on filmmaking because of his frustration with the restrictions of big budget productions and the limitations of shooting with DSLRs. Instead of leaving filmmaking behind for good, however, he switched his focus from behind the camera to penning several books on the discipline, including the best selling Master Shots series, which provides filmmakers with the techniques to achieve complex shots on any budget. With his finger still on the pulse of the camera industry, Christopher was intrigued when he had the opportunity to test the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Little did he know that just weeks later, his passion for filmmaking would be reignited, and he would be directing films once again. ...Read More »
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