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Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell By Miles Weston Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. ...Read More »
Indie Filmmakers Bring Cinematic Look to "The Great American Movie Hustle" with AJA CION Upcoming indie feature "The Great American Movie Hustle" follows filmmaker Michael Anton and actor Michael Monsour as they attempt to create an epic cinematic film about making an epic cinematic film. Along the way, the duo encounters several twists and turns that mirror common production challenges filmmakers face today. Produced by Wonder Lab Films and directed by Michael Anton, the parody is presented in a mockumentary format rife with old-school humor. To achieve a distinct cinematic aesthetic for the film, Anton brought Doug Michaels on board as cinematographer, who shot the film using AJA CION production cameras. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 390 - Video Uprising By Miles Weston At NAB it was obvious that the content galaxy is exploding with star wars battles everywhere on who will take control and win out every segment of the media & entertainment industry. It's traditional over cable, it's OTT, it's mobile, it's aerial, it's social media, it's Hollywood, it's indie filmmakers, it's kids in school, it's all of the above. Even Lucas or astrophysicist Stephen Hawkin couldn't imagine how the world would be taken over by video content. It will be interesting to see how the battles unfold as the universe expands. ...Read More »
Premiere Clip to CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Your mobile device is an awesome way to start working on a small visual project because you often have it with you all the time. The great part about PremiereClip is that you can shoot, edit, and upload right from your phone or tablet. The ability to edit, do some amount of post work, and quickly share it is the HEART of PremiereClip. However, if you have a CreativeCloud subscription, you can take the project that you just edited with your finger into a more substantial NLE. ...Read More »
Defining The Art of Shaving with Blackmagic Design For many men, shaving their facial hair is a necessary evil. If they are not careful, they risk nicks, cuts and irritation, and the process is tedious and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Although shaving can be a chore, it's a must for many, unless they want to look like a member of the Duck Dynasty family. One of the questions that employees receive most often is "What's the difference between a traditional and royal shave?" To help answer this question and help customers better understand its services, Director Christopher Califano recently shot a video that brought the shaving experience to life using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve color corrector. ...Read More »
'Bob and the Trees' Survives the Winter Thanks to Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Director Diego Ongaro knew he had his star when he first encountered Bob Tarasuk six years ago. "I was instantly attracted to his magnetic personality and captivating stories. Logging, his main line of work, became a fascination for me. I've often wondered about the history of the plank you buy at the lumberyard or the log you throw in the fireplace," explained Ongaro. "I'm captivated by the physical connection between the human body and the trees, the balance of power when it comes time to take a tree down and how small a man is compared to a giant oak. Yet, the paradox is that man usually wins." ...Read More »
NAB 2015 People By Ko Maruyama This past week was full of catching up on news from companies and people in broadcast from around the world. NABShow is the biggest convention for broadcast - from television to radio, and expanding into new internet markets - it?s the one stop place to shop for new tech and get information from the industry?s leaders. ...Read More »
Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip By Ko Maruyama Last week, I had the opportunity to put Adobe's PremiereClip through some paces. Although it wasn't a completely rigorous testing, it was enough to get a clear view of what the application was capable of, it's pros and cons, and create some mildly entertaining news pieces during the biggest broadcast event of the year. ...Read More »
AJA Launches #TryCION Camera Promotion at NAB 2015 AJA Video Systems today launched #TryCION, a new promotion seeding 100 CION cameras with qualified shooters. This new program, currently only available in North America, provides filmmakers, cinematographers and camera operators with easy access to CION to see and experience the camera first hand in production. ...Read More »
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 »
Ollo Clip 4:1 By Ko Maruyama Ollo Clip for iPhone 6 : Road to NAB 2014 iPhone Production 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. But to get a good picture, I had to look for some lens alternatives. Turns out Olloclip 4:1 was the answer. ...Read More »
GOAL! Blackmagic Design Helps MLS Insider and Columbus Crew SC Connect with Supporters and Gain New Ones A hush falls over the crowd as tension mounts. The referee places the ball just 12 yards away from the goalkeeper, who gingerly sways from side to side, keeping his body loose in anticipation of the split second reaction time he has to make a save. The opponent readies himself, not wanting to give away which section of the net he's aiming for as he gets into position behind the ball. Fans hold their breath as the referee blows the whistle, the kicker launches the ball and the goalie dives... ...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 »
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