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Content Insider #508 - Keeping Viewers By Miles Weston OTT (over the top) viewing is great...any time, any place, any device. Our kids love it. Heck you probably love it. True the new content delivery folks like it for the most part but their challenge is keeping you "tuning in" to their service. The problem is called churn - kids (and adults) moving from one source to another to another. Every time you leave it costs a lot of money to get a new viewer. The key to keeping you using them is simple...keep delivering the content they want. For some services it's super easy. For others not so much. The answer is understanding what each individual wants to view, when and where. Better use of your information and making intelligent recommendations spells profits for the service provider, advertisers and marketers and...a satisfied viewer. ...Read More »
Manhattan College Upgrades to 4K Television Studio with Blackmagic Design Manhattan College is a private liberal arts college located in Riverdale, NY, a neighborhood in the northwest portion of the Bronx. In 2008, the college formed a new communication department, and as part of that initiative they began building a new, professional television studio for students in the broadcasting/telecommunications program. It took several years, but after putting in several proposals the department received the funds necessary to upgrade the studio to HD. While researching new equipment, Michael realized that Blackmagic Design's line of studio products would allow them to leapfrog over HD and upgrade the studio to 4K for roughly the same price. ...Read More »
Special VR Report By Miles Weston Shortly after his return from the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), we caught up with Lewis Smithingham, president of 30ninjas at CES in Las Vegas where he was busy shooting and producing VR (virtual reality) content for a number of the leading firms that were unveiling new VR products. Smithingham had been invited to DIFF to discuss the potential for immersive storytelling in the region. ...Read More »
Director Shoots Car Chase Film With JVC GY-LS300 Camcorder In the motion picture industry, previsualization helps filmmakers provide proof of concept by shooting quick, unpolished versions of complex scenes. Director and action DP Lawrence Ribeiro has directed and shot more than 100 sequences for various films and commercials. When directing his own short film, The Chase, Ribeiro wanted a slick finished product, so he shot with the GY-LS300 4KCAM handheld Super 35 camcorder from JVC Professional Video. ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" The Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
The Public Broadcasting Act 50 Years Later By Brandon Gordon When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill that created the Corporation of Public Broadcasting in November 1967, he was envisioning a way for the public to gain access to quality television. Unlike Great Britain, the United States had no public service broadcasting system in place when television came in vogue. Instead they had a mixture of commercial television stations that were highly lucrative and small non-commercialized radio and television stations that aired local and national educational programs. ...Read More »
IamAVL Supports Local Asheville, NC Music Scene With Blackmagic Design Nestled in western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain range, the city of Asheville is well known for its vibrant local arts scene. In 2012, a group of music lovers came together to form Independent Arts and Music of Asheville, or IamAVL for short. It's a community-based web channel and full service production company that integrates video production, studio recording sessions and live performances into a seamless channel for the creation of high quality content. ...Read More »
Death Of A Professional Stuntman By David Hague The recent death of a professional stuntman filming in a Brisbane Tavern (Queensland Australia) should send shockwaves through all ranks of filmmakers - commercial and amateur. There are many things yet to be fully investigated by the police, but so far it appears that he was hit by two blanks in the chest at close range and, despite CPR efforts by fellow crew members, was pronounced dead at the film site. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post-Production Artists for Their Work on Films at Sundance 2017 At the Sundance Film Festival 2017 in Park City, Utah (January 19 - 29), the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH(r) post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories. ...Read More »
PNY's Partner, NextComputing, Showcases Portable Professional VR Development Solution at CES Global Press Event NextComputing will present its deployable virtual reality development solution at the Gigabyte(tm) CES pre-show Global Press Event, January 4, 2017, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. This solution combines the power and flexibility of NextComputing's Radius Edge portable workstation computer with a Gigabyte motherboard, NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) VR-Ready graphics, and professional VR applications such as Assimilate SCRATCH VR and Autodesk LIVE. Visitors will be able to experience these solutions at the Global Press Event on the Oculus Rift HMD. This combination of VR technology enables media producers and virtual design & construction professionals to develop virtual content with minimal setup, and provides the performance needed to step inside their design and better communicate their vision. ...Read More »
Resolve 12.5 By David Hague Over the years, I have used many, many different video editors - Adobe Premiere 4.2 was probably my first NLE, followed by a long stint with Sony (now MAGIX) Vegas and flutters with AVID, EDIUS, one called Speed Razor and of course I have reviewed just about every package our there over the last 20 odd years costing from hundreds to many thousands of dollars. So, when I am told that a full on, top featured package as used by the Hollywood heavyweights is available for free, of course my ears prick up just a little and I want to know more. Is it so complex that I won't be able to grasp its workflow? Or does it require so much computer horsepower my modest Dell XPS 2710 all-in-one won't drive it? Perhaps the claims are overblown? ...Read More »
Content Insider #500 - Tomorrow's Entertainment By Miles Weston Every year folks peek behind the curtain and tell you what stuff is going to take place next year and what technologies/products are going to succeed...and fail. Jeezz might as well skip the year. Not me. Nope I want to give you an idea of what the tomorrow way out there is going to look like 25 years from now, specifically entertainment. That way if you make money in the industry you can speed up or adjust your course to be ready to succeed in a big way. If you're just an entertainment consumer then you can prepare yourself for how good things are going to be. If I'm a little wrong come back in 25 years and I'll graciously accept your gottcha comment. If you ignore my crystal ball projections do it at your own peril! ...Read More »
Templestone Productions Shoots Candlelit Concerts for Music Documentary with Micro Studio Camera 4K At Dallas based Templestone Productions, Brad Ballew's main goal is to help his clients tell their story. He recently had the opportunity to shoot a unique concert series for a music documentary featuring the Irish choral group AnĂșna. The group sings a cappella arrangements of traditional and ancient texts from around the world. To keep the quality of his shooting high but his travel kit light, Brad purchased Blackmagic Design's Micro Studio Camera 4K. ...Read More »
Animal Creates the Haunting Light of Echo Torch in SCRATCH It's clear that creative genius is at work in "Echo Torch," a visually stunning, twenty-minute short, a co-venture of by Chris Preksta of Mercury Man Pictures, Animal, and Steel Town Entertainment. "Echo Torch" tells the story of a photographer who creates an electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon on our own. It's filled with revelations of the past, beautiful spirits, strange creatures, and dangerous phantoms. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Design Helps Make Vancouver Fashion Week's Runway a Front Row Experience with Immersive 360 Video Streaming The pairing of fashion and technology is becoming more commonplace, especially where 360 degree video is concerned. Picking up on the latest trend, the Vancouver Fashion Week event organizers had seen the success of the New York Fashion Week 360 video stream and hired Canadian-based virtual reality (VR) experts Time Technologies to stylize a 360 video plan for their upcoming 2017 Spring/Summer event. ...Read More »
Pietro Villani Uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K To Capture "Like Cotton Twines" "Like Cotton Twines" is an independent feature film that follows Micah, an American volunteer who goes to Ghana to teach and experience his mother's homeland. Micah teaches at a school in a village where he meets Tuigi, a smart 14-year-old student. Tuigi's fate is changed when her family must atone for an accident committed by her father and by custom she must abandon her education and become a Trokosi, a religious sex slave. Directed and written by Leila Djansi, "Like Cotton Twines" explores how Micah fights against the tribal culture to try and save Tuigi. ...Read More »
A Close Look at The Panasonic AG-UX90 Camera By Stephen Schleicher For the last couple of weeks I have had a chance to test the new AG-UX90 camera from Panasonic. The lightweight camera is great for the photog on the go or for those doing documentary work. Should you grab this camera? I run down the great, and not so great features of the camera, in this review. The camera captures images on a 1-inch CMOS sensor, which ends up giving the user a better depth of field than other cameras you'll find in this price range. It isn't a full frame sensor, but then again, this camera isn't designed for DSLR fans, or those planning on shooting a feature film. ...Read More »
Bern Universitys Applied Sciences builds communication training stations and completes workflow with LMS, MAM and P5 Archive Communication training is a core part of many industries as well as educational institutions. For customer contact, management, patient communication and many other scenarios, interactive training of these skills is needed. At Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, communication training of medical students with the goal of improving patient communication has been part of the curriculum for many years. Recently, a new infrastructure was built to streamline the trainings and their management. The solution was built around a centralised media asset management (MAM) server to allow for efficient workflow automation, including archiving. The video recording stations were built using highly reliable components and a web application was developed to allow remote control and tagging from iPads. Integration with existing planning tools was implemented to significantly reduce the management overhead of the training program. ...Read More »
DP Vance Burberry Captures the Darkness and Light of Infidelity and Reconciliation How does one go from working in theater in Australia, to working as a lighting designer for national U.S. rock concert tours, to working as an electrician on film sets, to becoming a successful DP having shot music videos for Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, Santana, Coldplay, Brad Paisley and more? For DP Vance Burberry, it was a natural progression. While Vance now shoots a variety of projects, including commercials, short films, feature films and documentaries, music videos hold a special place for him given his history in the music business. It's why he said yes, when his good friend and director Jessie Hill approached him to DP Australian alternative pop singer-songwriter and producer Jarryd James' music video for his song "1000x" ft. Broods. ...Read More »
There's a new Sheriff - err, a new Studio in town! Vista Studios is L.A.'s first studio built with a purpose, designed specifically for high tech 4k/UHD production. Nearly completed, the brand-new studio in Playa Vista/Silicon Beach, offers a convenient west side location. Vista Studios is a 30,000 sq. ft. technology campus that includes: 4 sound stages totaling 17,000 sq. ft., all are 4k ready and have complete production support. Vista Studios is located in the high-tech area of Playa Vista a.k.a. Silicon Beach, putting the studios close to many of L.A.'s most innovative tech and digital entertainment companies. The proximity to LAX is very convenient. ...Read More »
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