Content Insider #399 - Everyone Sells By Miles Weston Raise your hand if you've been out in the field with your sales team making sales calls. Wait why should you? Your job is engineering, accounting, product design, service/support, marketing/communications you don't have to do sales too. Sorry but you do. We're all selling something to your boss, to a customer, to someone you work with, to an editor/analyst, to some government official, to your significant other, to your kids (that's a tough one). You're constantly selling because if you aren't you're the sellee. Sure sometimes you have to be the purchasor but even then do it so you sell yourself on buying it or the seller that you're leading the process. ...Read More »
Content Insider #399 - Everyone Sells By Miles Weston Raise your hand if you've been out in the field with your sales team making sales calls. Wait why should you? Your job is engineering, accounting, product design, service/support, marketing/communications you don't have to do sales too. Sorry but you do. We're all selling something to your boss, to a customer, to someone you work with, to an editor/analyst, to some government official, to your significant other, to your kids (that's a tough one). You're constantly selling because if you aren't you're the sellee. Sure sometimes you have to be the purchasor but even then do it so you sell yourself on buying it or the seller that you're leading the process. ...Read More »
Keeping a Film Look While Shooting in Low Light "Hero of the Underworld" is about redemption. And it takes viewers from high class life to the seedy world of drug dealers and drug dependence. The film is both literally and figuratively showing viewers the dark world of drug life.The characters in "Hero of the Underworld" exist in a dark world, but they also needed to be shown in stark, visible detail. DP and Director of the film John Vincent needed to toe the line of working with a limited lighting package while still keeping every expression of the actors visible. To do this, he chose to shoot "Hero of the Underworld" with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and grade it using DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
HOW TO WIPE SSD ON MAC OS X By Andrey Sharpar Keeping sensitive data undisclosed becomes very critical nowadays. Whether you want to migrate your system to a new storage device, sell or give away your old laptop or free space on your storage device - permanent removal of sensitive personal or business information is of the highest priority. In addition, it is important to know that the traditional HDD-based wiping methods for SSDs shorten their lifespan as this operation eats up write cycles. ...Read More »
Ka-boom puts Facilis TerraBlock at heart of Irish tech revolution By Zach Willis Ka-boom is one of Northern Ireland's fastest growing Production and Post Production facilities for TV and Film. Our facility boasts full Avid DS, Avid MC 8, Symphony, Final Cut and Pro Tools 5.1 Dubbing Theatre all centrally connected via 10Gb to its Facilis TerraBlock system alongside Northern Ireland's Largest ADR Stage. We work on a mixture of local and international productions and some of our credits include films such as Philomena, Monuments Men, the BBC's Panorama series, and commercials for Subway and BT and. Alongside its Post Production services, we also provide full production services with an experienced team of production staff. ...Read More »
Fashion Forward - Little Rock Fashion Week 7 By Clip Syndicate LRFW is the fastest growing fashion week in America. It features designers' fall/winter fashion lines, celebrities, exhibitions, musical performances, one on one evaluation with industry leaders, and exclusive networking affairs. LRFW is recognized as the leader in serving the community. Through its live fashion and entertainment presentations, LRFW creates unique and enjoyable experiences that bring people together. ...Read More »
DaVinci Resolve Helps Swordfish Mix the Old with the New As filmmaking continues to advance, it's important to invest in new technology, but also not to forget the traditional art forms and to continue to create in the original mediums. And often times, mixing the old with the new produces an even greater result. Mauricio Baiocchi, senior creative at San Francisco based motion design studio Swordfish, did just that on "Crickets Would Sing," a stop motion animated film based on short stories written by Frances Fabri. ...Read More »
"The Rivalry" Short Horror Film Shot With One Man Crew and Blackmagic Design Max Normandin always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. He dreamed of completing his own film, and decided to forgo traditional training and resources and just do it. To pursue his passion, Max purchased a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a few accessories, and started shooting his first film. With hard work and a lot of ingenuity, the short horror film, "The Rivalry," was born. ...Read More »
AJA Debuts New Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015 AJA Video Systems introduced five new Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015, the HB-T-HDMI, and the HB-R-HDMI, along with the ROI-DP, FiDO-4T and the FiDO-4R. ROI-DP provides real-time region-of-interest output to HD-SDI video from any DisplayPort enabled computer. The HB-T-HDMI and HB-R-HDMI offer easy extension of UltraHD or HD HDMI signals over Ethernet cable, utilizing the industry standard HDBaseT protocol. FiDO-4T (transmit) and FiDO-4R (receive) conveniently deliver up to four channels of 3G-SDI over fiber on standard LC connectors. ...Read More »
Adobe Stock for CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Adobe announced their new updates to CreativeCloud 2015 today, and with it comes a whole slew of upgrades to applications that professionals rely on for their daily workflows. Professionals also frequently rely on stock material to incorporate into their projects. Now Adobe will provide opportunities to find and purchase stock materials directly from within the applications you're using. ...Read More »
Adobe CC2015 By Ko Maruyama Adobe launches the latest and greatest update to their suite of applications in Creative Cloud. One of the benefits of Creative Cloud subscriptions is the ability to have access to all of the necessary tools in a digital creation pipeline. The Adobe workflow allows you to complete your creative projects from start to finish, on multiple devices, for multiple audiences - all without going too far from the family of applications. ...Read More »
SSD Speeds Project By Miles Weston Getting your big break in the music and acting industry is usually a long, hard process that requires just the right connections and a fair amount of luck. Sklyer Reed found there was another option - Indiegogo - when she met and connected with cinematographer Cullie Poseria. Together the two mapped out a strategy and plan that would help Reed reach people who were interested in helping her open the door for her singing career. Ms Poseria showed that a quality music video can be produced even with a tight time and money budget. The rest is up to the viewing/listening audience around the globe. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 396 - New Work By Miles Weston The global economy is bouncing back but there's only a modest increase in full time employment. Not that there aren't jobs but rather there aren't the right people for the jobs. To ensure they grow, smart companies are changing their focus on payroll increases and finding the best people for the challenges even if they're not interested in "a job" and more interested in the challenges/opportunities to grow on their own career paths. After all, folks know from experience - friends, neighbors, themselves - that fulltime employment is a myth and they're taking control of their future. Management has to focus on finding, working with the best talent available rather than body count because the world changes...quickly But as Tallahassee knows old habits die hard. ...Read More »
AnimeStudio Pro 11 By Ko Maruyama There are many types of animation software out there, but Anime Studio has two tiers of character animation software that will let help you bring your creative to life easily and dynamically. The entry level application is called Debut, but when you?re ready to step up your game, Anime Studio Pro will give you the tools you need. The latest release comes with some nice upgrades and new features that will let you get there faster and easier. ...Read More »
Content Insider #395 - Collaboration By Miles Weston There was a time long, long ago when people went to the office in the morning and went home in the evening. In between those hours they worked, had meetings and keeping things moving smoothly wasn't all that tough. But times change. Today companies want the best teams - employees and consultants - whether they are cross town, cross country, on the other side of the globe far from traditional offices. It requires attention and special managerial skills to ensure the virtual team works smoothly when they can't be seen every day. But having the best team - regardless of their location - produces outstanding returns/results. That's what you want right? ...Read More »
Kinefinity and ASSIMILATE Partner to Deliver KineRAW Codec and Real-time Post Production to Chinese Filmmaking Market ASSIMILATE and Kinefinity today announced they are partnering to deliver advanced digital filmmaking solutions to the high-growth Chinese marketplace. The collaboration equips Chinese filmmakers with a streamlined all-in-one, value-priced solution for 2D/3D productions, from image capture with a high-resolution Kinefinity camera (4K, 6K) to using high-performance SCRATCH tools for on-set data management and dailies, and full post production - conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, finishing, and mastering. ...Read More »
The Woodlands First Baptist Church Seamlessly Transitions into a Connected Campus and Mega Church with Blackmagic Design In 2011, Timothy Thornton officially got tired of traveling the world. But who could blame him? After working in every possible facet of the A/V and live production industries for more than 30 years, Timothy had traveled the globe pushing road cases, hooking up wires and designing systems and workflows for everything from churches and fast food chains to concerts. His company was also involved with the Democratic and Republican Nationals Conventions, the Golden Globes, Grammy Awards and Oscars. Timothy has always had a faith based background, so when The Woodlands, TX based The Woodlands First Baptist Church asked him to revamp its A/V, he put away his suitcases and said yes. In his role as Technical Director of the Media Department, Timothy began by producing several in house events. ...Read More »
SuperMeetUp Set By Miles Weston The international SuperMeetUp is coming to San Jose, Ca in conjunction with FCPX as filmmakers and content production people meet on Apple's home turf. It will be a great educational and fun event for Final Cut Pro experts and soon to be experts. ...Read More »
KUNG FURY By Ko Maruyama Using Autodesk 3D modeling, animation and digital sculpting solutions, Fido created and refined dynamic 3D assets and scenes to bring Sandberg's 80's cop drama homage to life. To watch the film for free, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg . ...Read More »
Digital Juice Pro Announced By Ko Maruyama You may have remembered when we wrote about this a few months back. Digital Juice was offering these programs for $99 off. However, at only $99 more, these one time memberships are still a great deal. ...Read More »
Anime Studio Debut 11 By Ko Maruyama Smith Micro software has just released their newest version of Anime Studio Debut. It is an amazingly robust piece of software for the beginner or hobbiest animator. Although Anime Studio Debut is priced for the beginner, the new feature set has tools that will allow you to create professional looking animations. ...Read More »
Adobe acquires Mixamo By Ko Maruyama Mixamo recently launched the new version of its portal and service that allows 3D artists the ability to select from a huge library of actions and quickly rig their characters. I should know, I?ve used Mixamo for a project with great success - in a matter of minutes, my character was rigged and dancing. Today?s news by Adobe (see below) was a bit of a surprise. Today, Adobe announced that they are acquiring Mixamo. ...Read More »
AJA Promotes Dave Sampson to Director of Global Sales AJA Video Systems announced today that Dave Sampson has been promoted to Director of Global Sales. Sampson has been with AJA for just under five years, and has successfully established and deepened the company's relationships with industry developer partners. ...Read More »
Director/Cinematographer TJ Derry Adopts AJA CION for Commercial Production In a new spot directed by Toronto-based director and cinematographer TJ Derry, an elaborate photosynthesis experiment proves that Scotts EZ Seed fertilizer helps grass grow almost anywhere, including a basement. Shot on CION at 4K in ProRes 444, with time-lapse footage captured on multiple Canon DSLRs, the spot showcases the beautiful cinematic images from the CION camera on a low light set. ...Read More »
Content Insider #394 - Singularity By Miles Weston Sure there are people who are saying that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of humankind but what do people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking know? After all this stuff is going to be our friend, relieve us of all of the tedious stuff so we can... Robots are already blowing off the tedious jobs and going for the things where you have to think/reason. That means you'll have more time for... Jeez maybe there is something to their concern. But we've gone to far and there's no turning back. You're too hooked on technology like a bad drug until it's too late. Then BAM! ...Read More »
Content Insider #394 - Singularity By Miles Weston Sure there are people who are saying that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of humankind but what do people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking know? After all this stuff is going to be our friend, relieve us of all of the tedious stuff so we can... Robots are already blowing off the tedious jobs and going for the things where you have to think/reason. That means you'll have more time for... Jeez maybe there is something to their concern. But we've gone to far and there's no turning back. You're too hooked on technology like a bad drug until it's too late. Then BAM! ...Read More »
iPiSoft sponsors The Mocap Vaults By Ko Maruyama Recognizing the growing need for today's professional actors, directors and producers to learn the unique challenges behind working with motion capture technology, iPi Soft, makers of the leading markerless motion capture technology iPi Motion Capture, has partnered with The Mocap Vaults, an educational resource that offers both online tutorials and live workshops in Los Angeles, Canada, London, and other European cities. ...Read More »
Indie Films Shot Over Mobile By FilmGirl from the Future As smartphones become more portable and their features are continually improved, many are now maximizing their handsets at work. In fact, even filmmakers, especially those who are just starting out in the industry, are using their mobile devices to create award-winning short films. Due to the continuing trend in mobile adoption at video production houses, many organizations have started recognizing individuals who excel in this category. One of the popular award ceremonies for filmmakers is the iPhone Film Festival (IFF) that is now into its fifth year of awarding film makers that use iPhones in shooting their movies. ...Read More »
AJA Launches Summer of Savings Promotion for CION and Select Ki Pro Products AJA Video Systems today launched the 'Summer of Savings' promotion, reducing pricing for the CION production camera, Ki Pro Quad, Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro recorders. The price for CION is now $4995 US MSRP, which reflects a $4000 price reduction. Ki Pro Quad is now $2995 US MSRP, Ki Pro Mini is $1495 US MSRP, Ki Pro is $2495 US MSRP, and Ki Pro ND is $2295 US MSRP. AJA customers who purchased the CION production camera before May 26, 2015 will receive two AJA Pak 512 SSDs for free, directly from AJA (valued at $2495 MSRP). ...Read More »
Content Insider #393 - Toxic Workers By Miles Weston Don't let em kid you. Work isn't supposed to be all fun and games. That's why they call it work. But most of the time that's ok because it gives you a feeling that you're contributing to make something grow and prosper. Really make a difference in the world around you. But there are times when even when you're making great strides and great contributions something about the job just sucks all the fun out of everything. We'll it's usually not something, actually someone and when you're around them they bring everyone on the team and you down. Toxic folks are tough to describe but you know one when you meet one. Management's choice help the person change or show they the door. It's for the best of everyone in the organization. ...Read More »
Content Insider #392 - Indie Films By Miles Weston There's a lot of noise being generated and pixie dust being sprinkled around as to how cool it would be to be an independent filmmaker...free to create your own visual master that would change the world for at least a few hours. Don't kid yourself. It's a lot of work to create the film(s) you have in your mind but the efforts are definitely worth it. Whether you want to to tell your stories, educate, entertain, preserve history, inspire others or do your part to make a difference. Today the opportunities are economically available. Think about it. ...Read More »
Creative Storage Conference By Miles Weston With indie filmmaking growing in leaps and bounds because of economic, easy-to-use hardware, software, plentiful storage and a growing list of distribution options the Creative Storage Conference will highlight the needs of the expanding industry. Catch it all in Culver City, June 30. ...Read More »
AEGraphics Bowled Over by Vizrt and Matrox Video 4K Solutions The Cricket World Cup (CWC), held every four years with the top 14 teams in the world competing, is a much anticipated event with a large viewership, typically in hundreds of millions. The 2015 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Star Sports, the host broadcaster for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, covered every match live. All the matches played by India, plus the semi-finals and final, were broadcast live in 4K to local cinemas in India. Alston Elliot (AEGraphics), one of the world's leading providers of television graphics and data solutions, was asked to deliver 4K graphics on Star Sports' live 4K coverage of the CWC games. ...Read More »
Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders By Miles Weston Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers. The new tools, Internet and IPTV/OTT everywhere changed the face and infrastructure of the media & entertainment industry. Indies know that not everyone wants to watch another spin-off of CSI, NCIS and cockamamie formula police/fireman show. Great thing is the indie films don't have to be blockbusters they just have to find their group of people around the world who want to view their shows. Only people who seemed bewildered (and determined to protect their territory) at the show were the network, cable, studio bosses. Indies aren't worried...the tools are right...the overhead is right...the time is right! ...Read More »
AJA Try CION By Ko Maruyama Announced at last year?s NABShow, the AJA CION camera is a beautiful piece of hardware for any serious shooter. The production camera handles like camera operators would expect. ...Read More »
Creative Contest Begins By Miles Weston Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! ...Read More »
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