M&E Day - Aug 11 By Miles Weston We're being dazzled by brilliant 4K content from the finest in the industry - studio and independents - find out what the capture and storage trends are at M&E Day Aug 11 at FMS and do it for free. ...Read More »
M&E Day - Aug 11 By Miles Weston Consumers never see the real work that goes into making all of the content they enjoy but people in the industry know it takes a big budget- time, equipment and storage. Find out more at free M&E Day sessions at FMS Aug 11 ...Read More »
Bridging the Technology Gap Remote collaboration is easier than ever before. From desktops and mobile devices, employees hold ad hoc audio and video conference calls, present and share content, send instant messages, schedule meetings, and more. They use cloud-based applications and unified communications platforms to conduct their communication activities. These kinds of tools are intuitive and familiar to users; they consistently have high adoption rates within the business environment because they are so easy to use. But when employees move to a traditional audiovisual group collaboration venue, they are frequently disappointed and frustrated. Whether it's an executive boardroom, a training facility, or a small auditorium, these rooms often lack access to the popular UC platforms and cloud-based content delivery solutions that employees want to use. Instead, users find collaboration solutions that are not familiar or intuitive. Due to the complexity of these systems, the technology often goes unused. ...Read More »
Content Insider #403 - Reputations By Miles Weston In today's always on, always available world the toughest job for a company is developing, maintaining, protecting its reputation. Business partners, customers who don't get the information/assistance they need can go around one/two people until the issue is handled. If people can't or won't accept the company's philosopphy and goals as theirs, believe that question/issue isn't their problem too should think about a new career path because they're doing the company and themselves a disservice. If folks simply go through the motions everyday that means others have to pick up the slack. There's a reason we think of the company as a team. Trust us you are not the most important man (or woman) in the world. ...Read More »
Flash Summit By Miles Weston If you want to get a good update Media & Entertainment information and education catch the action at FMS on Aug 11. It's the best, most current information you'll find right in the middle of a storage conference - great speakers, great Q&A, great expert wrap-up. Find out about all the Aug 11-13 open sessions and check out the exhibits -- http://tinyurl.com/nsdooxh sign up using the secret code - FM15MET ...Read More »
PART 3: Roadtrip Post Production Tips By Ko Maruyama It's summertime, and, for some, that means that it's time for a roadtrip. A roadtrip is a big adventure, and like other events that are meaningful to us, we wanna share them - at least with friends & family. Unfortunately, recreating the same experience is impossible, but you can create great video travelogues with your iPhone and Premiere Clip. Here are my top five tips for sharing your trip with friends and family. ...Read More »
Crooked Letter Films Captures Picturesque Promo for Brooklyn Bicycle Co. with AJA CION In a world where storytelling reigns, Crooked Letter Films' visual narratives have made lasting impressions for brands like Columbia Records, Refinery 29 and H&M. Based in New York, the one-stop shop conceptualizes, executes and delivers compelling digital stories for a range of clients, guiding each project from beginning to end. When Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently approached Crooked Letter Films with the opportunity to create a promo for its website, company founder Gabriel Gomez set the bar high, electing to shoot the film in ProRes with an AJA CION production camera. ...Read More »
Find the Best Conference Calling Service for You By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Seven calling services that will drastically improve your next meeting. ...Read More »
Whats The Best Android Phone For Business? By Keith Loria for America's Backbone Weekly Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC all make great phones for businesswhich one is best for yours? ...Read More »
Drones Filmmaking By Miles Weston Economic, reasonably easy to fly drones combined with light, rugged 4K cameras are making it possible for studios and independent filmmakers to capture/produce films and videos that were financially out of the reach of most people. But budget also needs to include time to learn how to do it right and what is required to avoid disasters and legal action. As with any film project it only works when it's done right. ...Read More »
Content Insider #402 - 4K Play By Miles Weston 4K entertainment is real. Media people want to deliver it and consumers really want it, can understand it despite what various segment players say. But no segment can do it alone...it's an ecosystem. If the few don't want to do anything but promote excuses they can and will be left behind. There's just too many ways to capture it, produce it, ship it, view it, store it. It's time to meet the consumers' demands or wonder what in the **** happened! ...Read More »
MoDOT Reaching Out By Clip Syndicate The state's Department of Transportation is out making public presentations showing the dire future of funding for roads. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Cameras and Michelle Pizanis Two of the year's biggest films are "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Furious 7." Both movies had some of the most amazing action footage ever shot. They both contain action and stunt scenes beyond what seems possible to shoot live. And they both had Michelle Pizanis working on them. While shooting a number of scenes in Sydney, Australia, Michelle and John used Blackmagic Cinema Cameras EF for some of the film's key scenes, including an exciting escape scene and a large, climatic action sequence involving exploding trucks and cinematic mayhem. The scenes were shot in RAW, which allowed the team to capture as much detail as possible within each shot, givin ...Read More »
Xsens MVN Wearable Motion-Capture Systems By Ko Maruyama A few years ago, I saw a projection show by Skrillex that featured motion capture. It was XSENS mocap, specifically an MVN Suit that allowed him to move and perform characters that became part of his stage presentation. The MVN is a full body suit that includes several small trackers in the suit that allows your actor to move quickly/easily. The Awinda system gives you the ability to record wirelessly too. The data then goes right to Maya. (Max/Houdini/C4D too). Xsens is used for all kinds of capture, from scientific to gaming. It's also been used for feature films, including the first Ted and now Ted 2. ...Read More »
Content Insider #401 - Mean What You Say By Miles Weston Talking about innovation is fun. Not real sure why it's so tough to do. Of course the fact that you have to do something totally different than what you did yesterday might have something to do with it because it isn't an easy path to follow. More importantly not everyone on your team has the same understanding as to what innovation means. It's important for your organization and you to take the chances and make it happen. Standing still isn't an option. Today or tomorrow! ...Read More »
PNY's Partner Seneca Wins "AV Technology Best of Show" Award at InfoComm 2015 PNY is pleased to announce that Seneca's VWC-PLUS Video Wall Controller was awarded the AV Technology Best of Show InfoComm 2015 Award. The Seneca VWC-PLUS, powered by the ultra-high performance NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) M6000 Sync graphics solution, demonstrated the qualities the judges were looking for: innovation, versatility and ease of use. ...Read More »
Giving Southern Food the Right Look with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and DaVinci Resolve Think of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and images of warm, savory comfort food probably come to mind. The restaurant's unique "New Orleans" style menu offers southern food items like spicy chicken, chicken tenders, chicken and biscuits and fried shrimp. To make Popeyes' famous food look as good in its broadcast TV commercials as it tastes in real life, colorist Brian Buongiorno of Tone Visuals uses Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Monitor Your Climate-Controlled Greenhouse From Your Phone By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly Adjust the temperature and watering cycle, all from your phone, tablet or other Internet-connected device. ...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 »
Intelligent Vending Machines Actively Sell & Engage For You By Keith Loria for America's Backbone Weekly They feature touch-screen controls, video, audio, scent, gesture-based interaction, and cashless payment. ...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 »
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