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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 »
Broadcast Media Group Uses AJA Ki Pro Quad to Capture 4K Video of Mississippi State Football Team Broadcast Media Group (BMG) is a full service production shop based in Starkville, MS. The company works with clients nationwide, and also provides production services for projects to sister company Tellos Creative, a full service advertising agency. For the past three years, BMG worked with client Mississippi State University to produce a :60-second in-stadium video that plays on massive 110 foot screens at the beginning of each home football game. This year, BMG also produced the video of player's headshots that introduces each player in the game's lineup. ...Read More »
Matrox Maevex Streams Live Airport Traffic Footage to Off-Site Aviation Gallery The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) uses Matrox Maevex H.264 encoder and decoder devices to stream live, low-bandwidth aircraft traffic footage 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to its Education Path aviation gallery. Maevex provides HKCAD headquarters with a camera view from the airport's air traffic control tower. Maevex H.264 encoders & decoders distribute or record Full HD 1080p60 content over standard IP networks with minimal bandwidth and latency. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces SCRATCH Play v8.2 Featuring Native Support For Oculus Rift And VR Media ASSIMILATE, the leading provider of professional digital dailies and DI workflow tools, today announced SCRATCH Play v8.2, the industry's most versatile free universal media player for professional and web formats. This new version of SCRATCH Play adds support for native real-time playback of cinematic content created for Oculus Rift - 360 virtual reality (VR) viewing. It also supports several new cameras and formats, including the Black Magic Pocket Camera, Magic Lantern support for Canon DSLRs, Panasonic RAW (vrw), as well as a performance boost for XAVC 4K. ...Read More »
Pixcom Centralizes Video Editing Workstations with Matrox Avio KVM Extenders By Ryan Szporer, Matrox Graphics Inc. and Dominic Gagne, Pixcom One of Canada's largest independent production houses, Groupe Pixcom Inc.'s domestic programming has far-reaching appeal, with award-winning television credits across all genres and an international catalog distributed to over 150 countries. With a move to a larger location on the horizon and the desire to continue centralizing workstations and other equipment outside of its video editing studios, Pixcom vetted different KVM extenders and chose the far-reaching, fiber-optic Matrox Avio F120, which enables real-time control up to 10 km (6.2 miles) away from the system. ...Read More »
"Noka: keeper of worlds" Trinidadian born filmmaker Shaun Escayg has worked in VFX for more than a decade. He loves to create and manipulate images, especially when it comes to anything supernatural, as he is a huge monster film fan. For inspiration, he often draws upon his own heritage and love of Caribbean folklore, which has a variety of dark creatures in its beliefs, myths, tales and practices. In this type of folklore, the supernatural exists side by side with humans, and Shaun decided to explore this theme in his short film "Noka, keeper of worlds" which he wrote and directed. In order to bring the Caribbean's dark creatures to life, Shaun relied on his expertise in VFX, but when it came to capturing the live action, he needed a very specific camera to support his workflow. ...Read More »
AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera AJA Video Systems announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions direct to Apple ProRes or AJA Raw. For information on where to place orders, please visit http://www.aja.com/en/where-to-buy#wtb-cion for a list of AJA CION resellers. ...Read More »
Live 3D Streaming and Recording from Monarch HD To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD(tm) video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility's record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app "Dr. Modi." ...Read More »
Documentary Editors Rock 'Filmage' Post Production with AJA Io XT "Filmage: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL" began as a passion project for a group of creatives working at Dallas-based post house CharlieUniformTango (CUT), and quickly evolved into a full-fledged documentary production. Within four years, the film's directors Deedle LaCour and Matt Riggle, along with editors Justin Wilson and James Rayburn, had traveled the world, combining a love for old-school punk music with filmmaking chops to deliver an indie flick that recounts the history and influence of punk rock legends the Descendents. The film features a compilation of present-day interviews with band members and industry influencers, fan video submissions and archived tour media. Editorial for the film required a portable and flexible workflow, for which Rayburn turned to AJA's Io XT Thunderbolt-enabled professional video device for on-the-go I/O. ...Read More »
RED GIANT OFFLOAD By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
Matrox Monarch HD Selected as Streaming and Recording Appliance for Global Underground Music Site Matrox Monarch HD is the video streaming and recording appliance for the first live underground music site of its kind, DMO Live (Don't Miss Out), a new platform that records and live streams international music parties, exclusive artist interviews and festivals direct to the DMO website. Created for the electronic music lover, DMO (www.dmolive.tv), will soon connect venues in different worldwide locations through one live event by streaming the night's main happening on large screens in club locations around the world. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Cinema Camera and 686 Technical Apparel 686 Technical Apparel has always been about providing innovative, fashionable outerwear and technical apparel inspired from the same Los Angeles street culture and mountain lifestyle that it was founded on. When cinematographer Ian Post was hired to shoot cinematography for the brand, he knew his gear needed to be as reliable, durable and resilient, as well as able to withstand the elements, as the outerwear he was shooting. Not only does Ian's camera have to work in such harsh conditions, but it also has to deliver stunning footage that captures the snowy landscape as well as highlights the star of the shoots, 686 outerwear. ...Read More »
MAXON at World Animation & VFX Summit By Ko Maruyama It's a year of Reinvention and Renovation for the World Animation and VFX Summit. It's only 10 days away, but you can still register for the professionals summit. Producer Bonne Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2), voice talent Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), animator and artist Glen Keane (Duet), director Rob Minkoff (Mr. Peabody and Sherman), media director Richard Taylor (RGH Themed Entertainment), and director David Silverman (The Simpsons) are some of the 2014 edition?s distinguished honorees and speakers. ...Read More »
Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Grants a Wish In making an independent film about the film industry and the journey of pursuing the Hollywood dream, the last thing Director Jared Cohn wanted was for it to look fake. Especially when the film was one of the most meaningful projects he had ever created. "The film looks almost like a documentary, but it's completely narrative and scripted. Since I made it on my own dime, the only way I was able to achieve such as realistic look was with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera," said Jared. "The camera's dynamic range provided such an authentic look at an affordable price, and many people think it's a documentary because it looks so realistic. ...Read More »

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