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 »
VideoCopilot Element 3D By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...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 »
Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida' Sweeps European Film Awards By Clip Syndicate Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s "Ida", a drama about a young novitiate nun who discovers her parents were Jewish and perished in the Holocaust, dominated the European Film Awards on Saturday, winning five prizes, including best film, best director and people’s choice. "Ida" also won the Special Presentations award at 2013 Toronto film festival. It has been nominated for the best foreign language film at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and for the foreign-language Academy Award.

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China's Xiaomi Booked $56 Million Profit in 2013 By Clip Syndicate according to a regulatory filing, Privately owned Xiaomi booked $56 million in net profit last year, which showed the world's No.3 smartphone maker grappling razor-thin margins. The figure casts new light on the growth of a company that reached third place in just four years thanks to handsets lauded for balancing quality and affordability. Only this month did momentum finally stall when a patent challenge in India halted sales.

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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 »
'Driving While Black' App: It's Sad That It's Come to This By Clip Syndicate Though the developers of the soon-to-be released Driving While Black smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don't want users searching for it. Melvin Oden-Orr, one of two Portland lawyers creating the app, stressed, "Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police." Avoiding moves that could make police think you're reaching for a gun is just one tip included in the app that educates drivers about how to safely deal with police during traffic stops. Despite its attention-grabbing name, Oden-Orr said the app due for release in late December will provide common sense advice to motorists of all races and outline what civil rights you have during a stop.

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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 »
Lamborghini Smartphone Will Cost You $6,000 By Clip Syndicate Lamborghini's are very expensive cars, but there's another product line with the same name that is expensive as well. Only 1,947 88 Tauri devices will be made — the number was chosen for the founder's birth year. The technical specs aren't groundbreaking — it's in line with already available smartphone options — but this phone is clearly more about showing off wealth than any sort of advanced functionality.

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Send Your Creativity Through the Roof With the Latest Apps By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Let technology guide you to innovate and problem solve. ...Read More »
Send Your Creativity Through the Roof With the Latest Apps By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Let technology guide you to innovate and problem solve. ...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 »
One of the World's Largest Flight Information Displays Powered by Matrox M-Series Cards Munich Airport serves around 39-million passengers annually. The original analog flight information display system (FIDS) had been in operation since the airport opened in 1992, representing arrival and departure information on multiple small LEDs. The system required a high level of IT maintenance and intervention to keep it operational. Munich Airport sought a replacement solution that could reliably display flight arrival and departure information with minimal downtime. ...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 »
Cinema 4D R16 Motion Tracker Run-Through By Stephen Schleicher CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you. In this tutorial Stephen Schleicher runs through the new Motion Tracker in Cinema 4D R16, and shows how you can track 3D objects into your shot without the need of an additional application. ...Read More »
Apple Watch's High-priced Fashion Focus on the Mark By Clip Syndicate Despite recent developments, the wearables space is still in its early stages in terms of mainstream adoption. The Apple Watch is expected to change that — much like how the company's iPhone jumpstarted smartphone sales back in 2007. But are people ready to ditch traditional watches and bracelets for wrist-mounted mini-computers? That's just one question that a new survey, conducted by retail research firm First Insight , tried to answer — and its findings may surprise some. ...Read More »
Apple's iOS Outshines Android in US Mobile Web Traffic By Clip Syndicate The new iPhone may have sucked in enough Android users to impact mobile Web traffic.The iPhone 6 gave a small shot in the arm to Apple's mobile Web traffic in the US after the smartphone hit the market in mid-September. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, iOS mobile traffic has inched up across the US after the iPhone 6's launch in mid-September, while Android traffic has dipped.

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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 »
How E-commerce Feeds the Great Maw of China By Clip Syndicate If there's anything serving notice on the traditional bricks and mortar department store, then it's China's internet and e-commerce statistics. This year the number of internet users going online with a mobile device, such as a smartphone or a tablet, overtook those doing so on a personal computer for the first time. The data showed that 527 million people of this total went online via a mobile phone and that the number of online shoppers in the first half of 2014 surged by 42%.

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Samsung Asks Appeals Court to Throw Out $930 Million Damages in Apple Infringement Case By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics asked a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to toss out an order that it pay Apple $930 million for infringing on iPhone patents to make its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. The hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was the latest fight between the two smartphone makers, which have been litigating around the world for three years, each accusing the other of infringing patents in making smartphones and other mobile devices. ...Read More »
IPhone 6, 6 Plus Trigger Spike in Apple Sales Worldwide By Clip Syndicate According to a new report, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have delivered a huge surge in sales for Apple globally. Market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Wednesday, for the three months ending in October, Apple's share of smartphone sales in Europe rose by 5.7 percentage points from a year ago to 20.7 percent courtesy of the new iPhones. ...Read More »
Can you edit 4K video on a tablet-y thing? By David Hague The rise and rise on the usage of tablets such as those from Apple and the myriad of Android variations has been nothing short of phenomenal. Tablets are good for web browsing, email, creating word processing documents and the delivery of media, but they fall very short of the standard PC when it comes to creation of anything but those mentioned. And of course, in our particular sphere of interest, the thought of editing video on a tablet is enough to make you turn in your camcorder and go and hide in a corner sobbing uncontrollably. Right? ...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 »
Lightwave 2015 By Ko Maruyama LightWave 2015 introduces new features that are ideal for character animation, visualization, dynamic simulations, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the Genoma character rigging system & Bullet Dynamics ...Read More »
Android Continues to Lord Over the Smartphone Biz By Clip Syndicate New data from IDC shows, more than a billion Android handsets are expected to ship by year's end, easily outpacing the 178 million iPhones hitting store shelves. But overall smartphone market growth is slowing. IDC reported Monday, total Android shipments this year are expected to hit 1.06 billion when 2014 come to a close, giving Google's mobile operating system 82.3 percent control over the smartphone space this year. ...Read More »
Eric Church to Honor Merle Haggard at 'CMT Artists of the Year' Special By Clip Syndicate Eric Church will lead an all-star tribute to Merle Haggard during Tuesday night's CMT Artists of the Year broadcast. Haggard is set to receive the first-ever Artist of a Lifetime award during the live show. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban make up the five contemporary honorees during the annual ceremony, which looks back at each artist's storied year through presentations and performance. ...Read More »
Fans Bid Farewell to Beloved Mexican Comic 'Chespirito' By Clip Syndicate Thousands of fans bid a final farewell to beloved Mexican actor and screenwriter Roberto Gomez Bolanos at a large-scale memorial in Mexico City on Sunday. Gomez Bolanos, known as "Chespirito," a word play on 'Little Shakespeare' for his diminutive stature and his prolific scripts, died at his home in Cancun on Friday age 85. ...Read More »
Fans Bid Farewell to Beloved Mexican Comic Bolanos By Clip Syndicate Thousands of fans bid a final farewell to beloved Mexican actor and screenwriter Roberto Gomez Bolanos, known as "Chespirito," at a large-scale memorial in Mexico City on Sunday. Entire families dressed up in the costumes of his most enduring comic characters, such as "The Red Grasshopper," which inspired the Spanish-speaking character Bumblebee Man, from the U.S. animated sitcom The Simpsons. ...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 »
Samsung Electronics to Buy Back $2 Billion in Shares By Clip Syndicate South Korea's Samsung Electronics on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits. The world's largest smartphone maker will buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares to stabilise its share price and boost value for shareholders, it said in a regulatory filing, its second-largest buyback ever.

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