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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 »
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 »
"Only 78" Documentary Filmed With Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras Jawad Mir is a Toronto based filmmaker who owns and runs two production companies: Film-Style Weddings and Sky Blue Productions. Film-Style Weddings offers high end wedding videography services, while Sky Blue Productions focuses on commercials and films. Jawad's passion for story telling is evident in both companies' productions. He aims to tell simple but meaningful stories in an insightful and powerful way. Jawad recently learned of a small coastal community in Nova Scotia, which is at risk of becoming uninhabitable on account of a deteriorating seawall. He has set out to make a documentary about the issue of various coastal communities. To tell the story of "Only 78," Jawad and his crew used two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Awarding-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 »
ASSIMILATE Expands Metadata Support In SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab ASSIMILATE today announced SCRATCH(r) v8.2 and SCRATCH Lab(r) v8.2. This new release significantly expands metadata support with powerful functionality across many key areas of the software, The v8.2 release also introduces Live View(tm), giving DPs and DITs the ability to capture metadata from live camera feeds, grade live, and create looks; a new H.264 encoder licensed from Vanguard, providing optimized encoding capability for Windows and now for Mac OS; and Oculus Rift support, for grading and compositing VR shots in real-time, with or without a headset. ...Read More »
Digital Juice: Pilot Pro By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. A new PILOT SUBSCRIPTION program is going to help you get the most out of your Digital Juice experience. ...Read More »
University of Utah is Taking Care of Business with Matrox Monarch HD Picture this. Salt Lake City. Three feet of snow and wind blowing outside, cold and fever, and to top it off, having a bad hair day. Enough reasons for even the most diligent student to stay in bed! But there is one important class at the David Eccles School of Business that simply can't be missed. Not to worry, with the new classroom studio enabled by Matrox Monarch HD, all classroom activities, including lectures and white board content are captured and streamed live so students don't miss a single thing. The classes are made available online on demand as well for future reference. At the core of the classroom studio is the Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance. ...Read More »
Shooter Suite By Ko Maruyama Red Giant Software is a familiar name in professional post production circles. Their current super set of software is called Shooter Suite, a package of several different applications that will help you get from production through post quickly and easily. ...Read More »
Content Insider #369 - New Hollywood By Miles Weston The expensive budget-busting films that folks stole from Sony are only a small part of today's video entertainment. More than 200 hours of quality (and garbage) video every minute is uploaded to sites around the web. Indie filmmakers in record numbers (low-cost equipment, easy-to-use tools, fantastic storage bargains) are putting out really great movies you'll see at film festivals around the world and streaming OTT to your smart 4K UHD TV set you're glad Santa brought for you. ...Read More »
Content Insider #369 - New Hollywood By Miles Weston The expensive budget-busting films that folks stole from Sony are only a small part of today's video entertainment. More than 200 hours of quality (and garbage) video every minute is uploaded to sites around the web. Indie filmmakers in record numbers (low-cost equipment, easy-to-use tools, fantastic storage bargains) are putting out really great movies you'll see at film festivals around the world and streaming OTT to your smart 4K UHD TV set you're glad Santa brought for you. ...Read More »
CES Unveiling By Miles Weston In addition to a family of new USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, OWC will highlight several educational sessions in the booth on how people can leverage and maximize their filmmaking activities. ...Read More »
The Foundry's Mischief By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve San Antonio, Texas based Trinity University is dedicated to educating its students and helping them learn in any way possible. It's why the university developed the AT&T Center for Learning & Technology, which provides faculty, students and staff access to technology, media and training that enhance teaching, learning and research, as well as distribute and maintain media and media equipment for instruction and campus events. "Trinity University makes it a point to give the students access to the best tools and newest technology available for hands on learning," said Taylor Stakes, video and web multimedia content developer. "It's one of the reasons we chose to invest in Blackmagic Design's Production Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve." ...Read More »
C4D Quick Tip By Ko Maruyama Here's a really basic way to control the pupil of a cartoon character using a simple gradient shader and user data to drive the radius. ...Read More »
Some SSD questions answered By Ko Maruyama As we update our studio Macs to Yosemite and better SSD drives, the community of Mac users have been talking about what to do, not to do, upgrading, and general confusion - especially when it comes to looking at SSDs. I had a chance to ask Larry O'Connor to dispel some of the myths surrounding SSDs for our creative workstations. ...Read More »
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