Content Insider #381 - Worlds Apart By Miles Weston Whether you walk through Skywalker Ranch, Pixar's facilities or backlots, studios, lofts, backrooms, bedrooms around the globe you'll find filmmakers wanting more - more budget, more freedom, more time, more experience/expertise, more of whatever the other guy/gal has and always more storage. It's the same the world over creative people simply want more and increasingly they're worrying about keeping their content for others to enjoy again and again. It's a challenge with content that starts and stays digital and increasingly it's becoming a concern...a big concern. ...Read More »
Orlando Public Library Takes Learning to Another Level with Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio When many people think of libraries, they think of rows upon rows of books meticulously categorized and alphabetized. Perhaps there are tables with lamps emitting a soft glow and students bent over their studies or readers lost deep in the worlds of their favorite novels. Located in 26,000 square feet of space in the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center expands the role of the library by offering access to hardware, software, support and programming to inspire and invigorate creativity. And according to Anthony Torres, video production instructor at the Melrose Center, it's free of charge for library cardholders. ...Read More »
DreamWorks Animation Takes $57M Write-Down on 'Penguins of Madagascar' By Clip Syndicate DreamWorks Animation took a $57.1 million write-down primarily on the lackluster performance of Penguins of Madagascar as well as Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the beleaguered film studio announced Tuesday while posting less-than-expected quarterly financial results. The film studio run by CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg posted a loss of $3.08 per share in the fourth quarter while analysts predicted a loss of $3.01. Revenue was $234.2 million while analysts expected $246 million

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Motion Capture x 3 By Ko Maruyama The aptly named iPi Soft upgrade now stands at version 3. It's not just the iteration that follows 2, but it captures up to 3 people at once. Using multiple cameras (up to 16 USB cameras or multiple Kinect 2 sensors), the software allows you to capture and edit motion data on your PC. Later, you can export the data to your favorite 3D software to use as animation data. ...Read More »
New IRM Encryption Controls from Office 365 By Navin Chaturvedi, MetaOption LLC Office 365 is rapidly cutting across different platforms to make its applications and services available to a larger audience. But even as Office 365 is pushing vigorously to expand its reach to more and more devices, security continues to be amongst its core values. To ensure secure experiences for its users across varying devices and platforms, Office 365 utilizes the best encryption techniques. These techniques are used in two ways; the first way is implementing encryption in the service, and the second one is offering encryption options as customer controls. ...Read More »
4K Ultra HD TV Broadcasting Not on the Agenda for Rio Olympics, Says IOC By Clip Syndicate While the consumer electronics industry heavily promoted 4K Ultra HD TVs last month at CES, the broadcast division of the International Olympic Committee has "no plans for 4K TV broadcasting" during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the next major globally televised event. Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of Olympic Broadcast Services, said, "There is no demand from our rights holders for 4K. We have to take our cue from broadcasters. ...Read More »
Taking BIM to Go By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Building Information Modeling technology enables construction teams to access project files from anywhere, anytime. ...Read More »
Taking BIM to Go By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Building Information Modeling technology enables construction teams to access project files from anywhere, anytime. ...Read More »
Can You Afford to Upgrade Your Technology? By Dana Lindahl for America's Backbone Weekly The more relevant question is: can you afford not to upgrade your technology? You need to be laser-focused on the difference between a cost and an investment to figure out the answer. ...Read More »
Microsoft Office for iOS Now Lets You Save to Apple's iCloud By Clip Syndicate Microsoft just beefed up its support for third-party storage apps — adding ways to hook up to Box, iCloud Drive and other storage apps to the iOS version of its Office suite Tuesday. The updated Office apps for iOS, including Word, Powerpoint and Excel, now allow users to save files directly to Apple's iCloud Drive — which any iOS user can access for free — and Box. Other services will likely be added in the future. ...Read More »
Fighting Racism, Racial Pride are Themes of Some Top Rio Carnival Samba Group's Parades By Clip Syndicate Racial pride and battles against racism are themes for some of the flashy samba group's presentations and street parties as Rio de Janeiro's flamboyant Carnival parades enter their second night. Some samba groups parading on Monday have put together dance numbers that honor Afro-Brazilian heritage, and one of them built a giant Nelson Mandela float. It's meant to remind people of his fight for equality, while also calling for more racial integration in the Southern American nation, which has more black people than any other nation aside from Nigeria.

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iOgrapher At Fit Expo By Ko Maruyama iOgrapher is a remarkable product that can turn your iPad or iPhone into a professional field tool for production. Last year, attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) visited the iOgrapher booth to see the framework in action. Since then, iOgrapher has been showing up wherever people are documenting their with iOS video. This weekend, iOgrapher flexed some muscle at The Fit Expo in Los Angeles, showing up where most people are talking about healthy lifestyle options. ...Read More »
Alan Bell's Unique Editing a la Fusion Alan Edward Bell is the editor of The Hunger Games and shares with us today his highly specialized editing techniques. With an early career in a range of positions in visual effects and editing on such projects as "Duplicity," "A Few Good Men," "The Green Mile," "Water for Elephants," "The Amazing Spider-Man," and of course the more recent "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" Parts 1 and 2, Alan Bell explains why Fusion is a fundamental part of his very unique editing with compositing process. ...Read More »
Twitter Revenue Nearly Doubles But User Growth Remains a Problem By Clip Syndicate Twitter had a better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings despite slow user growth. The social media company reported revenue of $479 million, a 97 percent increase over the same period last year, and a loss of 20 cents per share, minus some expenses. The fourth quarter earnings come at an important inflection point for Twitter, which went public in November 2013. ...Read More »
Utah's Saygus introduces new smartphone to industry By Clip Syndicate A Made4Utah company unveiled their addition to the smart phone world during this year's Consumer Electronics Show. ...Read More »
Cinematiq Pilots Film Festivals Nationwide with AJA Ki Pros Indie filmmaker and Cinematiq Founder Aaron Owen understands the blood, sweat and tears that go into launching a film on the festival circuit. Inspired by a passion to help emerging talent, he formed Cinematiq in 2013, and brought John Crossley on board as Executive Producer. Together, the duo manages content for film festivals across America, in addition to offering transcoding, conversion, standardization and disc-based authoring services for indie filmmakers. To screen each film reliably at the highest quality, they've formulated a file-based workflow that banks on AJA Ki Pros for playback via venue projectors. ...Read More »
The Next Generational Shift to the Diamond Age of Electronics By Adam Khan, Founder & CEO Looking across the consumer electronics market, it is clear the threshold for developing sleeker, more functional, and efficient devices approaches. However, challenges in meeting these demands with silicon based semiconductor persist as they will be increasingly unable to meet the necessary performance standards. Something will have to change - our technology will have to improve. These thresholds will be broken in 2015. After years of R&D, the diamond thin film material will usher in next-generation electronics and open doors for advanced capabilities, longer battery life and most importantly, fully transparent devices. ...Read More »
The Pixel Lab By Ko Maruyama For several years, owner and designer Joren Kandel has been posting beautiful 3D models on his website: The Pixel Lab. In addition to several free models that are routinely posted on the website, The Pixel Lab has recently offered a bundle of wonderfully detailed 3D objects that will allow you to create a shopping scene. ...Read More »
Content Marketing for Beginners By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Burst into the world of content marketing with these simple tricks. ...Read More »
Content Marketing for Beginners By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Burst into the world of content marketing with these simple tricks. ...Read More »
Boris FX By Ko Maruyama Boris Continuum Complete 9 brings over 200 effects to After Effects and Premiere Pro. There are so many different effects in the Continuum package that looking at the overall package can be a little overwhelming, but the comprehensive package will allow you to take on a huge array of visual effects challenges. ...Read More »
DAZ3D Prints By Ko Maruyama DAZ 3D software has been an affordable and easy way for people to begin exploring 3D models and creating beautiful scenes quickly. Now, DAZ is offering a way to get 3D characters from your screen to your hand. 3D prints of models built within the Genesis 2 system are supported. Printed people (and a dragon) for people who print. ...Read More »
French Job Posting Requests That Jews not Apply, 'if Possible' By Clip Syndicate Less than a month after a string of deadly attacks in Paris led to heightened racial, ethnic and religious tensions... a job advertisement posted on a French jobs board has caused an uproar over a single line in the text: Its request that, "if possible," Jews not apply. The posting on Graphic dash Jobs dot com was for a graphic designer at a Paris-based company called NSL Studio. ...Read More »
​How to Watch the Super Bowl Over the Internet By Clip Syndicate In the United States, Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest holiday of the sports year. Watching it is easy. You just get together with your fellow fan friends at whomever's home has the biggest HDTV and bring out the beer and chips. But, if you can't get to a TV, or if you're out of the country, you can still watch the National Football League's championship over the Internet. ...Read More »
Head of Games Leaves Angry Birds Company Rovio By Clip Syndicate Finland's Rovio and the head of its games operation, Jami Laes (Yami lice), have parted company as the business behind Angry Birds continues to grapple with an increasingly competitive mobile games market. Rovio has expanded its hugely successful Angry Birds brand into an animated TV series and consumer product licensing, but the company has struggled to produce more hit games and recently said it would cut about 14 percent of its workforce. Laes said on Wednesday that he had left Rovio recently and is planning to launch a new start-up, but declined to comment further. ...

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Sapphire 8 By Ko Maruyama It is no surprise that Genarts Sapphire sparks hold top marks in the world of high end compositing and visual effects, especially among Autodesk Flame and Smoke artists. The newest version, Sapphire 8 offers some spectacular new possibilities to Adobe After Effects artists as well. ...Read More »
Broadcast News, How-To Channel By Miles Weston Economic, easy-to-use video equipment is helping thousands to express themselves, tell a story. A new breed of broadcasters are also emerging who want to take their shows, programs beyond social media postings. The growth of robust OTT (over the top) streaming video has paved the way for customized TV channels to emerge for business, education, personal shows. For 10 years an OTT TV channel - The Tech Buzz - has been airing a weekly show dedicated to helping enthusiast and professional broadcasters shoot, produce and stream their shows with increasing quality to win a broader and broader following. Throwing something up on the Internet and hoping people view it is easy. Doing it like a pro is a continuing learning process and ...practice! ...Read More »
AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Award-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrdaz", 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 »
Kollaborate with others By Ko Maruyama As more project managers start to move to working with remote teams (even just across town), it's up to them to find the best way to review the work that each team member has completed. In our line of work, animation & video needs to get approved asap so final renders can start their long render process. Kollaborate offers a cloud solution for review and approval of audio and video projects. ...Read More »
IP Routing - At $12Bn a year the IP switch market is approximately 40 times bigger than the SDI router market. This scale drives an investment in R&D - with consequent rapid development and reduced costs - that is simply impossible in the broadcast business. Broadcasters can benefit from this economy of scale and high velocity development but only if they stay with mainstream equipment. Building specialist IP switches for broadcast is a bad idea - it cuts us off from the IT future. ...Read More »
Gearing Up for the Ultimate Big Game TV Experience? Expect Even More Value and Performance in Home Theater Gear This Year By Clip Syndicate MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultra HD TV is four times sharper than HDTV and it will upscale your Big Game picture, making it sharper, clearer and dramatically better than an HDTV -- and the best selection is at Best Buy. ...Read More »
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 »
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