Content Insider #578 - VR Filmwork By Miles Weston Some people think we like 360/VR just because it devours so much storage capacity. Ok that's a good reason but still the good VR stuff is really really good. Not just scare your pants off good but good to experience, enjoy, be immersively entertained, informed. Despite what Musk says we may never experience travel to the outer reaches of space or the depth of the Mariana Trench or climb Mt. Everest but 360/VR can let us experience, really experience these ventures and more. We know because some friends took us there and back. VR is good and it's getting better all of the time. ...Read More »
Content Insider #577 - Talk to Me By Miles Weston Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our techie talk we forget the ROW (rest of the world) doesn't know what we're saying and honestly...don't give a rat's behind! You know real people like Aaron Semmel an EP and his film project producers/directors. They may have heard the specs we're so impressed with but all they care about is...what's it do for me/us? Film people - and film viewers - may tolerate the jargon we're so impressed with but maybe, just maybe, if we did a better job of thinking in terms of what they want/need we could sell more stuff. What a revolutionary idea we need to practice...more. It's just a thought... ...Read More »
The EWin Flash Series Ergonomic Gaming Chair Ever had that moment when you're in an intense shootout in PUBG, and suddenly your back feels like it's killing you because your chair is about as good as a chair as a rock is as a home? And then you get killed in PUBG? In case you can't tell, that happened to me a while back and I got sick of it. So, I got rid of my half-broken office chair and decided to invest in a gaming chair, and after a bit of digging I decided on an EWin Champion Series gaming chair. ...Read More »
Avoiding Footage Loss - Tactics for Storing and Recovering Data Months of planning and work can go into a filmmaking scene. There's the set design, lighting, location scouting, and many other facets that all need to work in concert to pull off a great shoot. With all of the care and attention put into the production, there should be more directed towards the actual product. If the footage data is damaged, corrupted, or incomplete, then all of the efforts going into a shoot were wasted. High-end cameras are not foolproof, and occasionally errors occur that disrupt the data. And people are certainly not foolproof, as they sometimes make unwise decisions about storing and protecting data. Thankfully, there are some best practices production teams and filmmakers can follow to best protect valuable footage. ...Read More »
Content Insider #575 - She Belongs By Miles Weston If company big wigs can't insist on equality because it's the thing to do maybe shareholders should be selfish. The World Bank just reported equal pay, equal hours and equal participation in the workforce could improve the global economy by $23,620 a person ($160 T). And we'd have added benefits like lower malnutrition and child mortality rates. While we're at it, knock off the excuses for not having more female executives and board members. Treating everyone equal - personally and professionally - might help get things done more quickly...and better. It's worth a shot! ...Read More »
2D vs 3D Animation - Which Should You Choose? There are quite a few elements to consider when tackling a video project for marketing and advertising purposes. A video project requires a script, voiceover, character development, themes and movement. Whether it's for a game, marketing or entertainment, animation is a great and creative way to bring a story to life. While animation is a top choice for video development, it requires a few extra elements to consider, such as deciding between 2D and 3D animation. For those who don't have much video production experience, it can be difficult to decipher which animation method will yield better results. But believe it or not, there's a time and a place for each one. ...Read More »
3 Reasons Why You Need to Embrace AR in Your Workflow The year 2017 marked a new development in my work as the mobile team manager at Vectorworks, Inc. - one that perfectly aligned with a new trend in the AEC industries. Apple just introduced its ARKit to complement the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X models. This platform allowed developers to create Augmented Reality (AR) applications that integrated live images from a device's camera with dynamic 3D models developed by the user. ...Read More »
Exploring "The Depths" of Filmmaking "The Depths" blew audiences away at the Manhattan Film Festival where it won Best Feature Film. Telling the story of two men desperate for success, "The Depths" follows wannabe screenwriters Mickey Hansen (Patch Darragh, "Sully") and Ray Ferguson (Michael Rispoli, "Sopranos") who decide to fully explore the depths of murder and crime as part of their writing process. Also starring Charlotte Kirk ("Vice"), Hampton Fluker ("Shades of Blue") and Michelle Veintimilla ("Gotham"), "The Depths" was shot by DP Omar Portilla with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and graded by Colorist Tim Buttner with Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve Studio. ...Read More »
How Artificial Intelligence Is Projected To Influence The Automotive Industry Artificial intelligence and data science are two main technologies that forms the processes of the automotive. Since 2017, Udacity selected a group of 18 talented engineers (out of hundreds of applicants) to form the Self-Racing Cars team Udacity offer the first self-driving Nanodegree program. The program was Built in partnership with Uber, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Nvidia. After a huge success, Udacity introduced another Nanodegree program for the beginners. At last, MIT and university introduced their courses in the automotive industry. ...Read More »
Content Insider - Good, Bad By Miles Weston It won't be long and the leading people in the global M&E industry will be gathering in Amsterdam. With the seismic shift that is taking place everyone will be intent on how they can make the right decisions to not just survive but prosper. It's especially true of the exhibitors who want to stay ahead of the pack, stay in the race. They can only do that by leveraging every opportunity possible. Commit, plan, execute, follow-thru... If you don't there may not be a next year. ...Read More »
The Young Gaucho By Miles Weston Good films are like fine wine...they have to cure/age to be something worth shown, viewed, enjoyed. But Ed Darino had no idea how long it would take him to finish a docudrama about his native Uruguay. But now after years of the finished shoot aging on celluloid he has reached a point in his life when it's time to deliver his work to viewers. As with most independent filmmakers he's finishing up all of the easy work - production/post. Now comes the tough part getting it placed and seen. But for now, here's the story of his visual travels... ...Read More »
Content Insider #573 - Options By Miles Weston The content delivery folks have finally figured out the obvious. People don't want a big bundle of entertainment options. In fact they don't want options at all! Nope all you want is one option...your content. That could be tough but the more different your tastes from your neighbors, the more they're similar - musicals, comedy, drama, horror, documentary, immersive. The providers who are ahead of the game even know what you want before you do which is why you keep coming back again and again without thinking much about it. And the people in the know are ordering up more content from really good indie filmmakers in record volumes. People may not be able to describe great content but they know it when they see it and increasingly there's more really good stuff to see. ...Read More »
Assimilate Scratch - A Workhorse in television and feature Post By Iyke Iheukwumere Assimilate Scratch over the years has become a trusted tool, used for everything from on-set DIT to digital intermediate and finishing. One of the industries where scratch is being heavily used is VFX, and this is in part due to scratch's open support for xml scripting, which allows most VFX post houses to build their entire pipeline around scratch. One of such VFX houses is FuseFX, where I worked as a VFX editor for almost three years, working on various television shows such as The Blacklist, American Horror Story, Agents Of Shield, Luke Cage and feature films such as American Made, The Purge (Election Year). ...Read More »
Content Insider#572 - Saving Creations By Miles Weston It's a poorly kept secret that great films, TV shows, long/short content aren't created/produced by big companies that can somehow live with the fact that some people like to steal rather than pay for their entertainment. Instead it's a freelance business with talented people investing time, money and sweat to produce the visual stories people enjoy. You could entrust your best work for someone else to store, save and protect for you or you can keep it close to you until someone decides they want to rent it to people. In the cloud your stuff is just data where people like to nose around. At your home it's your stuff and probably a little safer from nosey/nasty people. ...Read More »
Bogdan Darev, Filmmaker and VR Pioneer It is quite baffling that the film industry continues to stubbornly offer super hero and fantasy entertainment which continue to promote division and resolution of conflict by violence. The industry fails to capitalize on cinema's inherent gift to teach, nurture and unite. I say all of this because I passionately feel that the emergence of VR allows for us to explore new uncharted territories where greed has not yet corrupted and bankrupted the spirit of innovation and expression. ...Read More »
Performance Arts and 3D&360VR Technology Join Forces to Give Viewers a Truly Immersive Experience in "The Cabiri Anubis" Film Both Virtual Reality (VR) 360 and 3D have the power to engage audiences in the action and emotion of a film narrative or performance, but combine the two together and you can create a compelling and highly immersive experience that brings the audience directly into the "reality" of the scenes. This is exactly what film producers and directors Fred Beahm, www.fredbeahm.com, and Bogdan Darev, www.bogdandarev.com, have done in "The Cabiri: Anubis", a 3D/360VR film, now showing at the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) VR Zone, www.siff.net, on May 18 through June 10. ...Read More »
Shooting the "Devil's Tree" with DP Anthony Dones and URSA Mini 4.6K When you have to put an actual warning message on your film's site telling people not to actually go to the places in the film, you know you are dealing with a truly scary horror film. Today we are speaking with Anthony Dones, a Miami based DP who has produced content for national television, corporate/commercial work, music videos and a now growing list of feature films. We reached out to him to discuss his recent work as cinematographer on "Devil's Tree, Rooted Evil" a horror film shot exclusively on the URSA Mini 4.6k. ...Read More »
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: A Stop Motion Team Effort Brings "Two Balloons" to Life Led by Director and Writer Mark C. Smith, a dedicated group of filmmakers from Portland, OR created a visually stunning stop-motion short that follows two intrepid lemurs and their adventures in the sky. "Two Balloons," which originally wasn't conceived as stop motion, took four years to complete and had many twists and turns along the way. The team spent 16 months storyboarding, building sets and securing space in a warehouse, and then started shooting. ...Read More »
Content Insider #570 - Awards, Profits By Miles Weston Hollywood lived for their award galas. You know the red carpet, beautiful people, breathtaking dresses, dashing dudes. The awards almost guaranteed good ticket sales. But with more companies focusing on the bottomline and the thousands of new streaming opportunities out there, there's more interest in getting recognition where it counts...in the bank. Sure indie filmmakers still attend the myriad of film festivals hoping for a prize but a check from someone who wants the content for their library is a little more important. Subscribers have an unquenchable thirst for new, original content. Even in the visual content industry it's all about supply and demand. And demand is great! ...Read More »
4 Ways to Make Your Website Relevant By Kevin Gardner Perhaps you've used a website to drive your business results. The rapid advances of website functionality and designs have brought new expectations to web visitors. These features and expectations have fueled the growth of digital enterprises. However, it has become essential for online retailers to respond to customer expectations effectively. You don't have to rebuild your website every 12 months, but regular updates, layout improvements, and minor tweaks can go a long way to increase your website traffic. Your website's needs and functionality will keep changing to respond to your visitors' expectations. Here are a few tips to make your website relevant throughout its lifetime. ...Read More »
Hard Edge Drama By Miles Weston Lots of filmmakers grew up in innocent times in innocent areas of the world but sometimes going back is a lot different from what existed in your memories. ...Read More »
Island Time By Miles Weston FoR stays focused on having the right tools, the right storage to deliver new ad spot for Jamaica in a Bottle... ...Read More »
Content Insider #568 - Pure Mission By Miles Weston Everyone who attended NAB this year was on a mission. A mission to create the best content, a mission to deliver content to the right audience, a mission to produce great films for device and theatre viewing. We'll start by discussing some of the best solutions for some of the creative people we know - shooters, production/post folks. And there was plenty of new products, new services, new features announced at the show to get a filmmakers motor running this year. And again SuperMeet was fun, insane and informative. Shoot it, produce it, store it. Then? Sell it. It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
NAB's future imagination By Ko Maruyama Andy Marken summarizes some of the ideas from this year's NAB, including what some are predicting for film and television into 2021. While there are certainly hurdles for how producers will get there, visual consumption is definitely rising ...Read More »
REVision FX's new tools By Ko Maruyama 360 video production is quickly becoming part of your post production workflow, but there may be tools that you rely on in your 2D pipeline which weren't available until now. REVision FX has made both Twixtor and RSMB support 360 footage. RealSmart Motion Blur is a favorite in many pipelines, and now can be part of your 360 compositing as well. ...Read More »
Logging Data By Miles Weston Shooting great content is the rule by which you're measured but being able to find just the right images and segment is even more important and it needs to be fast, accurate and automated ...Read More »
Traveling Back to the 1950s with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" The new hit show from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino ("Family Guy") takes viewers back to 1958 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when life abruptly changes for Miriam "Midge" Maisel after her husband leaves her. Breaking the mold and trying stand-up comedy quickly lands Midge in jail, while also landing her a lot of laughs. Visual effects (VFX) veteran Lesley Robson-Foster ("Logan Lucky," "The Great Gatsby") joined the streaming series as VFX Supervisor. Robson-Foster and her team used a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro digital film camera to shoot B roll, establishing shots and VFX plates for the series. ...Read More »
Lumaforge presents... By Ko Maruyama LUMAFORGE PRESENTS: FASTER, TOGETHER - LIVE @ NAB 2018 ...Read More »
MuxLab unveils Triple Display at NAB By Ko Maruyama MuxLab unveils its new HDMI/3G-SDI Triple Display (model 500840) at NAB this year. This rack-mount solution takes up two spaces on a standard 19-inch rack and can support three five-inch TFT LCD displays. The ability to view three screens at a time makes it easy for broadcasters to see and measure video performance from remote cameras and other video feeds while saving a significant amount of space. Multiple types of displays are supported including 3G-SDI, 1080p HDMI and composite video with audio. ...Read More »
Assimilate Extends Immersive-Product Leadership with New 3D180 Post Production Workflows in Scratch VR 9.0 At NAB 2018, Assimilate is showcasing several new Scratch VR 9.0 post-production workflows that are geared to enabling content creators with the highest quality and most efficient VR tools in simplified, one-stop-shopping, end-to-end 3D180 and VR360 production workflows. ...Read More »
Assimilate Announces Scratch 9.0 - Major Update for Ultimate Performance and User-Friendly UI With version Scratch 9.0, Assimilate announces a major update to its entire Scratch product line at NAB 2018. As its most aggressive, highest-performing, and user-friendly product update to date, Assimilate's new Scratch 9.0 delivers a big boost in efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for DITs doing dailies and for all the creative functions throughout the post-production workflow. ...Read More »
Discover All Hits from Any Artist with Audials Music Zoom The meta search engine Audials Music Zoom visualizes music from 3,000,000 artists in a music universe. All musicians are shown on one global music map, based on similarity and popularity. Artists' names and images from more than 1,000 different music genres are displayed in a size corresponding to their popularity. While zooming in, you discover even more artists and bands. Move to the right or left to explore adjacent music styles. ...Read More »
Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
Collaboration in the games industry - a Blockchain revolution By Dean Anderson We look back fondly to the early excitement of the internet- allowing workers to collaborate not just in different cities, but between different countries. However, beyond the more collaborative world of work, another exciting development began: the birth of dynamic online communities. The internet allows these communities to collaboratively pioneer innovations in areas such as science and technology, the arts and media. It's time for organisations around the world to take this collaborative approach seriously. ...Read More »
How To Make Your CRM Big Data Small By Lorcan Malone, President and COO of Swiftpage Small and midsized (SMB) businesses love to think big, and there's no better way to do that than with the right customer relationship management (CRM) technology. The operative words here, of course, are the right. As the sheer volume of customer information captured through CRM continues to increase, businesses must evaluate whether they can truly capitalize on the valuable data their CRM software delivers. And so, it's important to ensure that your CRM is designed with an SMB business needs in mind, since the tools and data that large corporations use might be of minimal use, irrelevant or even holding your SMB business back. ...Read More »
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