'Bob and the Trees' Survives the Winter Thanks to Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Director Diego Ongaro knew he had his star when he first encountered Bob Tarasuk six years ago. "I was instantly attracted to his magnetic personality and captivating stories. Logging, his main line of work, became a fascination for me. I've often wondered about the history of the plank you buy at the lumberyard or the log you throw in the fireplace," explained Ongaro. "I'm captivated by the physical connection between the human body and the trees, the balance of power when it comes time to take a tree down and how small a man is compared to a giant oak. Yet, the paradox is that man usually wins." ...Read More »
NAB 2015 People By Ko Maruyama This past week was full of catching up on news from companies and people in broadcast from around the world. NABShow is the biggest convention for broadcast - from television to radio, and expanding into new internet markets - it?s the one stop place to shop for new tech and get information from the industry?s leaders. ...Read More »
Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip By Ko Maruyama Last week, I had the opportunity to put Adobe's PremiereClip through some paces. Although it wasn't a completely rigorous testing, it was enough to get a clear view of what the application was capable of, it's pros and cons, and create some mildly entertaining news pieces during the biggest broadcast event of the year. ...Read More »
NAB and the future of TV on the LVCC floor | 355PM By Clip Syndicate The National Association of Broadcasters is all about television, broadcast and ways to make information better and easier to digest. News 3's Marie Mortera is exploring everything new, now and next on the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor. ...Read More »
The future of TV showcased at NAB at the LVCC By Clip Syndicate The National Association of Broadcasters convention is in Las Vegas this week and is showcasing the newest broadcast related technology. News 3's Gerard Ramalho has a report from the convention center. ...Read More »
AJA Launches #TryCION Camera Promotion at NAB 2015 AJA Video Systems today launched #TryCION, a new promotion seeding 100 CION cameras with qualified shooters. This new program, currently only available in North America, provides filmmakers, cinematographers and camera operators with easy access to CION to see and experience the camera first hand in production. ...Read More »
GPU Beast at NABShow By Ko Maruyama Now that we're looking at even more definition at this year's NAB, and 4K monitors already a standard, it's a good thing that NVIDIA is stepping up to raise the bar on what to expect from a video card. Not only are we using GPU to drive our monitors, but we're using GPU more and more to power our video graphics renders. Production and Post Production professionals will be looking at NVIDIA closely at next week's NABShow. Their new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 is professional graphics card in beast mode. ...Read More »
Jeff Foster speaks @NABShow By Ko Maruyama Our friend Jeff Foster will be speaking at NABShow next week to talk about drones. If you know Jeff, or his work, you know that he's interested in both production and post production. He is always helpful and excited to teach people about new techniques and technologies. ...Read More »
Portable Videoconferencing for Business By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly Businesses of all sizes can now afford to connect quickly with customers, vendors and remote employees anytime and anywhere. ...Read More »
Ollo Clip Telephoto By Ko Maruyama Back to the well. It's like potato chips: so good, you can't stop. Olloclip telephoto for iPhone 6 will keep you shooting. What started out as one lens for our production (the 4:1) has turned into more. Shooting with your iPhone 6 is so much better with great optics. The telephoto lens from OlloClip isn't just a zoom, it?s a physical lens - which means a much better picture than digital zoom. ...Read More »
Rampant Design's 4KFree By Ko Maruyama Many companies gear up for NAB SHOW by offering free chotchkies or swag in the form of Tshirts, bottle openers, arm rests, or other items that production and post production teams use. Rampant has decided to launch their 4KFree initiative. Stock footage is something all editors can use. ...Read More »
Road to NAB 2015 By Ko Maruyama This year, a small team and I will be trying something completely different. Rather than relying on the heavy duty gear that we've used in the past, our production is shifting to mobile. Completely mobile. That means iPhones and iPads. It means we can deliver quickly, but the smaller gear is also more difficult to control and protect. ...Read More »
Adobe Creative Cloud and Primetime Take Center Stage at NAB 2015 By Clip Syndicate SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) is showcasing advances to its complete lineup of video technologies and services that radically improve how broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals create, collaborate, deliver and monetize content across multiple screens. NAB will mark the first public preview of major updates to Adobe Creative Cloud video tools, including a revolutionary new color panel in Adobe Premiere Pro ...Read More »
Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube! By DMN Staff Writer Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. ...Read More »
GOAL! Blackmagic Design Helps MLS Insider and Columbus Crew SC Connect with Supporters and Gain New Ones A hush falls over the crowd as tension mounts. The referee places the ball just 12 yards away from the goalkeeper, who gingerly sways from side to side, keeping his body loose in anticipation of the split second reaction time he has to make a save. The opponent readies himself, not wanting to give away which section of the net he's aiming for as he gets into position behind the ball. Fans hold their breath as the referee blows the whistle, the kicker launches the ball and the goalie dives... ...Read More »
Content Insider #385 - Cable's Saviors By Miles Weston People everywhere are forecasting the demise of cable TV as we know it today and it's true the number of subscribers will drop significantly over the next three-five years. But it will take years for the "here's this big gob of channels/shows at a huge monthly price" to disappear. Who will be holding up the immedaite move to OTT (Over The Top) 4K viewing when you want, where you want - on smart UHD sets, mobile devices? The boomer and post-boomer generations were raised (brainwashed) that you watched a specific show on a specific day at a specific time or else. Millenial and younger generations will only use the cable for their Internet/OTT streaming services. And when the boomers are gone... ...Read More »
Grading Martian Landscapes with DaVinci Resolve Creating a cinematic opening scene for a video game is incredibly hard to do well. You have a couple of minutes to tell a dramatic story that will capture and bring the gamer into a new world, as well as set up the background story and emotions for the countless hours of gameplay about to happen. And for game makers, the opening cinematic has to separate you from the hundreds of other games out there. ...Read More »
Grace Fellowship's A/V Grows from Humble Beginnings to the Future Based in York, PA, Grace Fellowship is a church with very humble beginnings. What started around a dining room table in 1989 has now grown into a thriving community of approximately 1,400. While Grace Fellowship has continued to grow in numbers, it has also grown in depth, and central to the church's growth has been helping people around the world to love and pursue God deeply. The ministry has a global reach through its innovative use of video and audio, and Michael Anthony's teaching ministry at Grace Fellowship and through Godfactor are key reasons why the church chose Blackmagic Design to upgrade its A/V equipment. ...Read More »
Game makers lured into virtual worlds By Clip Syndicate Some 25,000 people have descended upon San Francisco to show off the latest technologies and video games at the Game Developers Conference. Developers here discuss the future of the industry. Duration: 02:20. ...Read More »
In Case of Fire, Choose Matrox Mura The Bouches-du-Rhône Fire & Rescue Department (SDIS 13) chose Agelec to design and integrate two new video walls in their emergency response center, in order to monitor ongoing interventions and operations across this largely urban area of France. SDIS 13 now relies on Matrox Mura MPX cards-installed within Agelec AGCWALL video wall processors-to capture and display real-time, high-quality video and data from multiple sources on a large 12-display wall and a smaller 4-display wall. Agelec's AGCTOUCH control software completed the installation, with an intuitive touch screen interface adapted to meet the client's needs. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Launches SCRATCH Web ASSIMILATE launched SCRATCH Web, the first professional cloud-based multi-user collaboration and review tool that offers individual clip, timeline, or timeline+version sharing (SCRATCH CONstruct), and native support for industry-standard RAW camera formats. Now creative professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industry - from producers, directors, DPs, and DITs, to editors, VFX and post artists - are able to publish RAW material in any format, in any resolution, at any time, from anywhere in the world. ...Read More »
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 »
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