Editing 4K Video on Surface Pro with Sony Vegas By David Hague A few weeks ago I showed that a Microsoft Surface 3 could successfully run a full on non-linear video editor using Sony Vegas 13 Pro as the host program. But I wanted to see how the 'experience' of using the Surface Pro was, that is in use, how it would fare and was it actually usable as against simply capable? To start with, I really threw a challenge at it, loading up some 4K footage shot from Panasonic's HC-X1000 pro camera. The footage was ingested with no fuss and throwing it on the timeline caused no protests from either Vegas or the Surface. ...Read More »
Patternodes for Mac By Ko Maruyama PatterNodes for Mac gets a new version that is stronger and easier to use. Designing patterns is fun, and with several different applications for the Mac, it is easy to find one, but PatterNodes allows for simple nodal creation of seamless tiles using procedural or bitmap images as inputs. ...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 »
The Biggest Stories From Microsoft's Windows 10 Event By Clip Syndicate Microsoft's Windows 10 event on Wednesday, one of the few major presentations from the company since CEO Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer last year, delivered on the promise of showing us the future of the Windows operating system. Holelens and and Windows 10 were some of the big things to come from the event. ...Read More »
Nintendo Discontinues Its Beloved Rewards Program By Clip Syndicate Nintendo announced its closure of its long-time loyalty program, Club Nintendo, on Tuesday. Club Nintendo, which let customers collect coins from game purchases and exchange them for various prizes on the Club Nintendo website, has been beloved part of the gaming experience in the U.S. since 2008. The company will replace it with a new customer loyalty program, the details of which will be announced later this year. ...Read More »
Elon Musk Releases Images of the Failed Falcon 9 Landing By Clip Syndicate SpaceX's recent attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform in Florida was unsuccessful, but there were no visuals to tell the full story — until now. The company CEO Elon Musk shared four images from the failed landing on Twitter, in a response to Oculus VR CTO and game developer legend John Carmack. While the image quality is far from perfect, Musk's descriptions help explain what happened to the rocket during landing. ...Read More »
Microtransactions are Dominating Game Developers' Profits By Clip Syndicate According to a survey of more than 2,000 North American developers released Thursday, game developers made a majority of their profits from digital sales and microtransactions in 2014, and off-the-shelf game sales aren't pulling the weight they once were. The data were released as part the annual Game Developers Conference State of the Industry survey, which was sent out to registered attendees of GDC over the last two months. ...Read More »
Oscars 2015: J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón and Chris Pine Announce 87th Annual Academy Awards Nominations! By Clip Syndicate The Oscars are just 38 days away! Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and Into the Woods actor Chris Pine announced the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday. Joined by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the famous trio revealed which actors, animators, directors, screenwriters and more are being recognized this year.

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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 »
Kurt Cobain Doc 'Montage of Heck' Adds Rarities-Filled Companion Book By Clip Syndicate Montage of Heck , the first fully authorized documentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain , is set to air on HBO later this year. Along with the film, Insight Editions will publish a Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck companion book with a mixture of animation stills, rare photography and other treasures from Kurt Cobain's personal archive. ...Read More »
Peter Jackson Helping to Open WWI Museum After 'Hobbit' Wrap By Clip Syndicate Director Peter Jackson said Wednesday he's putting his energy into helping launch a museum to commemorate World War I after finishing his Hobbit movie trilogy. Jackson was speaking at his New Zealand post-production facility where he was helping host an event to promote the local film industry. Jackson is a World War I history buff who owns a number of planes from the era. Jackson said Wednesday, that's where most of my time is now, which is good.

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'Call of Duty' Comes to China — but Free of Cost and Zombies By Clip Syndicate Call of Duty, one of the biggest gaming franchises in the Western Hemisphere, is entering the Chinese market Monday as a retooled free-to-play experience meant to attract new consumers in what publisher Activision calls "the world's largest gaming market." Activision teamed up with Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent to bring Call of Duty Online to Chinese players for the first time. ...Read More »
StuffIt Deluxe 16 By Ko Maruyama While you might think that there isn't a whole lot that you can say about compressing your files, there are a bunch of us old macheads that remember our first, Stuffit. Smith Micro recently brought out StuffIt Deluxe 16, which is long overdue, but still a welcome addition to your Mac toolkit, and yes, it does '.zip' formats as well. ...Read More »
CES: Millennials Value Netflix More Than Broadcast or Cable, Study Finds By Clip Syndicate A recent study from NATPE/Content First and the Consumer Electronics Association has found that Netflix subscriptions are more valuable to millennials than broadcast and cable subscriptions. The initial findings of the joint research study, the second such project from NATPE and CEA in as many years, were presented during International CES in Las Vegas on Thursday. The biggest takeaway was just how important streaming has become to how millennials, the generation defined as people ages 13 to 34, consume TV content. According to the study, 51 percent of millennials consider Netflix subscriptions very valuable, compared to 42 percent for broadcast channels and 36 percent for cable subscriptions.

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EnvoyPro EX drives from OWC 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. Other World Computing is introducing yet another sexy new new drive. 1TB portable SSD USB 3.0 powered with 436MB/s read time. ...Read More »
Viper Pro drives from OWC 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. Other World Computing is introducing a new drive with up to 8TB capacity with an SSD RAID configuration that should help you in your evolving 4K production pipeline. ...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 »
BlackBerry Unveils Redesigned Passport for AT&T, Prices Classic By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry's unique Passport smartphone gets a minor facelift for AT&T. BlackBerry and AT&T on Wednesday confirmed the pricing for the BlackBerry Passport, which gets rounded edges, and the Bold-like BlackBerry Classic. The announcement was made at a BlackBerry-hosted event at the Consumer Electronics Show. The BlackBerry Passport, an AT&T exclusive, will sell for $200 under a two-year contract, $21.67 under its "Next 24" monthly payment program, $27.03 under its Next 18 plan or $32.50 under its Next 12 plan. The smartphone costs $650 without a contract. The more traditional Classic will cost $50 with a two-year contract, $14 a month under Next 24, $17.50 under Next 18 or $21 under Next 12. Without a contract, the phone costs $420.

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Hands on With Sling TV, Dish's Streaming Service With ESPN By Clip Syndicate Internet TV took a step forward this week when Dish Network announced Sling TV at CES 2015 . The service, launching in early 2015, will offer about 20 channels of live TV over the Internet, including ESPN — a first for a legit over-the-top service. To get Sling TV, users will need to fork over $20 a month and use a compatible device. Dish built Sling TV to support plenty of hardware: Mac, PC, Android, iOS, streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV and Roku boxes, the Xbox One, and many smart TVs.

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Train Employees on a Budget By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Use online technology to easily and affordably develop employees' skills. ...Read More »
Award-Winning Health App AskMD Now Available on the New ZTE Grand X Max+ at Cricket Wireless By Clip Syndicate ATLANTA & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sharecare, a comprehensive online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show that its award-winning app, AskMD, will be available on the new ZTE Grand X Max+, the biggest 4G LTE Android smartphone from Cricket Wireless. Designed to help people collect information about their symptoms and learn more about common causes, as well as connect them with doctors and specialists ...Read More »
LG Display Presses on With OLED TV Despite Doubts By Clip Syndicate South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd plans to increase production capacity of organic light-emitting diode, or O-LED panels for TVs. The company hopes to achieve growth in a new technology field that its rivals have dismissed as still too expensive to succeed. LG Display and its sister company, the world's second largest TV maker LG Electronics, have been the biggest proponents of OLED TVs, which they hope will give them a competitive edge over rivals once the technology matures. ...Read More »
Sharp Promises 'reasonable Price' for New, Ultra-HD TVs By Clip Syndicate A senior executive said, Sharp aims to sell its latest, super high-definition TVs later this year at a "reasonable price," as the company tries to stay ahead of other consumer electronics makers offering 4K TVs. Sharp unveiled new high-resolution TVs, tentatively named "Beyond 4K" at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. The TV screens will have 66 million sub pixels, or 42 million more than standard 4K TVs. ...Read More »
Netflix to Recommend TVs By Clip Syndicate Netflix lovers soon will get recommendations on which TV they should buy to get the best Netflix experience. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the streaming video service announced its new "Netflix Recommended TV program." It's an evaluation program that will help consumers identify televisions built for what Netflix calls "a superior Internet TV experience. ...Read More »
Tech Firms Team up With Hollywood for Ultra HD Content By Clip Syndicate Tech and Hollywood have teamed up to bring you Ultra High Definition video. TV heavyweights such as Samsung, LG and Panasonic said Monday at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that they've partnered with video providers such as Netflix, Walt Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox to set standards for high-quality UHD content. Together, the companies have formed the UHD Alliance, which will be tasked with setting "the bar for next-generation video entertainment by establishing new standards to support innovation in video technologies including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider color gamut and immersive 3D audio." The news comes after press conferences by LG, Sharp and Panasonic and several hours before Samsung kicks off its presentations at CES.

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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 »
Roku to Be Built Into More TVs in 2015 By Clip Syndicate At CES 2015 the streaming player announced that the streaming device will be built into even more TV sets in 2015. Last year, Roku announced a partnership with TV makers HiSense and TCL to integrate its content device directly into an HDTV. This year, the company is increasing its number of TV partners and will also be working on a prototype 4K Roku TV product. Roku has sold more than 10 million of its streaming players in the U.S. alone.

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LG's 2015 CES Show Promises Big Products By Clip Syndicate Expect a lot of appliance and TV announcements from LG this week. The South Korean electronics maker unveiled a slew of new televisions at last year's CES, including 12 new ultra-HD screens, and will likely follow suit this year during its press conference at 8 a.m. PT on Monday. It should also show off some of its developments with refrigerators, washing machines and ranges. LG, the fifth largest smartphone maker in the world by units shipped, may also unveil a new smartphone. ...Read More »
The Evolution of the Consumer Electronics Show By Clip Syndicate Another January, another CES. Since 1967 The Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been a fixture of the technology calendar. The first show was held in June in New York City. Since then, CES has showcased the debut of an array of world-changing technologies: the VCR in 1970, the camcorder in 1981, the CD player in 1981, the MiniDisc in 1993, the DVD in 1996, the digital radio in 2000, the Xbox in 2001, Blu-ray in 2003. ...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 »
Singapore Wraps up 2014 With 'smart' Ambitions, Missteps By Clip Syndicate Another year is about to wrap up and for Singapore's IT industry, 2014 will probably be marked as the year where much data was harvested, as well as leaked. The government in June unveiled its ambitious plan to transform the country into a "smart nation", rolling out several initiatives to "tap the potential of infocomm and media" to improve living standards for citizens. President Tony Tan Keng Yam had said: "We will make Singapore a smart nation: enabling safer, cleaner and greener urban living, more transport options, better care for the elderly at home; more responsive public services and more opportunities for citizen engagement." Key to these goals is gaining intelligence through the collection and analysis of data, and the government hopes to do this with the help of Internet of Things technology, big data analytics, and of course, cloud computing. In October, the Infocomm Development Authority announced plans to conduct a data-as-a-service pilot aimed at making datasets more accessible to industry players.

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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. The Pilot program is similar to a beta launch phase, but you're not on your own, Digital Juice Community embedded in the subscription will help everyone out. ...Read More »
AJA CION Production Camera By Ko Maruyama AJA Video Systems showed off a brand new production camera at this year's NABShow (2014), and like many announcements that take place at professional trade shows it was only a glimpse of what cameramen could add to their wishlists (and 2014 budget considerations). Well, it's time to check the CION camera off your wish list and put it in your studio. The CION is now shipping. ...Read More »
Study Guide By Lotus Abrams for America's Backbone Weekly 5 new books that help small business owners think big ...Read More »
Your Bike and Your Smartphone Become One With This Kickstarter Connected Bike System By Clip Syndicate The COBI connected bicycle system aims to bring connected car smarts and safety into the bike lane. Short for "Connected Bike," the COBI system is a modular cockpit that adds some of the intelligence of a connected car to almost any bicycle on the road. The system is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Out of the box, there are two parts to the Cobi system: There's the hardware, which consists of the Cobi Hub and its thumbstick controller. ...Read More »
Next Limit By Ko Maruyama Earlier this fall, Next Limit introduced an update to RealFlow 2014, and introduced some new pricing for node locked or floating licenses. The RenderKit is free and will help you with your RealFlow work pipeline. The main thing to consider is that this isn't a connectivity plugin, RealFlow RenderKit works within your 3D app as a tool with four separate sub-categories (see below). It isn't standalone, nor is it RealFlow. ...Read More »

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