Al Gore promotes environmental activism By Clip Syndicate Following his environmental documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," in 2006, former US vice president Al Gore is training hundreds of activists from around the world at a three-day session in Miami. The idea of the program, called Climate Reality Leadership Corps, is to teach people to give similar presentations in their own communities. ...Read More »
Automatic Duck is back By Ko Maruyama For a long time, there were three camps of desktop NLE editors. Avid, Final Cut, PremierePro. They didn't talk to each other, and outside of Adobe's own PremierePro, they talk to After Effects. Then, Automatic Duck came along to allow editors to bring their edits into a project that allowed After Effects artists to bring the edits and media into their timeline easily. And now, after a brief hiatus, Automatic Duck Ximport AE allows you to bring your Final Cut X easily into After Effects with much more than just media and duration. ...Read More »
Content Insider #415 - It's Delicate By Miles Weston You know it and I know it -- there is inequality in business. If the business isn't doing well one of the first things senior management will do is cut the workforce to save money. It's called fiscal adjustment. Of course you seldom hear the boss say, "I'll take a salary cut as will my senior staff first and we're forgoing our annual bonuses." If we are going to have equality then we should have equality for all up and down the organization, in good times and bad. ...Read More »
Ensure The Public Wi-Fi You're On Or Providing Is Safe By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly Use these tips and tricks to ensure no one is stealing your, or your customers' precious data. ...Read More »
GoFundMe Project By Miles Weston The men and women who put themselves in harms way in Afghanastan, Iraq and all of the battles that went before deserve our thanks and for their stories to be heard. It is by helping them heal we help ourselves. ...Read More »
Skehan Communications Augments Production Truck Capacity with Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston. ...Read More »
Howard Lukk's Short Film 'Emma' Gets the High Dynamic Range Treatment with Help from DaVinci Resolve There is something special about "Emma." Not only did the short film have its screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but it was also one of the very first films shot and produced in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflow. HDR produces a greater dynamic range of luminosity and allows the cinematographer to capture and display a much wider contrast ratio. And while HDR requires filmmakers to pay more attention to the nuances of shooting, such as lighting, production and costume design and makeup, being able to take advantage of a greater range in color in post production creates truly stunning images more akin to what the human eye sees. ...Read More »
A Tale of Two Films Daniel Stuyck never set out to be a colorist. Having moved to Austin, TX to attend graduate school in film production at the University of Texas, he found himself in a situation not uncommon to most independent filmmakers. Daniel started getting asked by friends and fellow graduate students if he would grade their films. Word of mouth is how Daniel came to grade both SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning films. ...Read More »
Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0 By Ko Maruyama Digital Anarchy recently announced the release of The Light Wrap Fantastic, a plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. Available for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro, the plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating rear-projected light and ambient light values with glows. ...Read More »
From Creation to Delivery Adobe Advances TV and Video at IBC 2015 By Clip Syndicate SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in video software, today announced its next wave of innovation coming soon to Adobe® Creative Cloud®, which includes groundbreaking support for UltraHD (UHD), brilliant color technology improvements, and new touch workflows. In addition, Adobe Primetime, one of eight solutions of Adobe Marketing Cloud, extends its delivery and monetization capabilities for HTML5 video and offers new tools for pay-TV providers that make TV Everyw ...Read More »
Better Friends Than Mountains Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East and a look into the daily lives of these people who have been torn apart by war. For years Lifsey has traveled throughout the Middle East, living and working in Kurdish communities in order to create this documentary. ...Read More »
7 Great Business Apps For Your Apple Watch By Amy Beth Miller for America's Backbone Weekly There are business apps for productivity, travel, ERP, CRM and more. ...Read More »
AIMA FILMS: Discovering The Texture of Cinematography Engaging all of the senses on a one dimensional plane takes incredible talent, a vision and a little Blackmagic. Through filmmaking, director Jorge Díaz Fernández, photographer Daniel Zanco and producer Mariano Bravo pull off the improbable, planting the grain of a commercial idea and growing it into a story. The three co own AIMA FILMS, an agency that forgoes traditional film shooting in favor of marketing through art. This emotional tug sets the young entrepreneurs apart. They each bring their own experiences into their work, be it a love of the horror genre or an aptitude for designing clothing, and they host weekly brainstorming sessions to work them all together into trial art projects. ...Read More »
State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
What's The Best Tablet For Your Business? By Nick Pell for America's Backbone Weekly Android, Windows Phone or iOS? 6", 7" or 10"? There's a lot of variables to consider when choosing the right tablet for your enterprise. ...Read More »
Conductak Sticky Circuitry By Ko Maruyama Conductak chief conductor, Allen Pan, has created a simple solution to introduce circuitry and making to a community of learners who might not be able to use a soldering iron or complex breadboards. The conductak sticky material can be used on multiple materials too. At this year's SIGGRAPH Making area, Allen showed attendees how fun and easy simple circuitry can be. ...Read More »
NVIDIA introduces DesignWorks By Ko Maruyama NVIDIA has always been about visual computing. We often think of them as the video card and hardware company to make display and rendering happen (I accidentally typed 'happy' before editing it). Perhaps it isnt too far off base to say that NVIDIA is considered the company to make rendering happy. This year at SIGGRAPH, they are announcing a new concept: DesignWorks. Not hardware, the DesignWorks announcement brings an array of new software tools. ...Read More »
How to add some fun graphics to Premiere Clip By Ko Maruyama Here's how you can add some fun graphics to your Premiere Clip videos that you create on your iPhone or iPad. Although you can always export your video out to a heavy duty application like Premiere Pro with the click of a button, sometimes, it's more spontaneous to make them 'in camera' ...Read More »
Exporting from PremiereClip to PremierePro By Ko Maruyama Adobe's Premiere Clip offers an easy way to shoot and edit on your iPhone or iPad. You may want to refine your edit or add some additional layers of video or audio in Premiere Pro. It's an easy process, and with your CreativeCloud account, you'll have access to many other applications too ...Read More »
Inhance Digital Use Fusion Studio in their Hollywood Based VFX Division Located in the heart of Hollywood's elite VFX artists and studios, Inhance Digital have skillfully developed their visual effects division with Blackmagic Design's Fusion Studio compositing software. From full CG environments to leading green screen compositions, Inhance VFX have repeatedly delivered a variety of services for major studios on VFX heavy productions such as "Grimm," and other hit shows, including "Nashville," "Jane the Virgin," and "Episodes." ...Read More »
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 -- 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'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 »
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