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Assimilate Announces Scratch 9.0 - Major Update for Ultimate Performance and User-Friendly UI With version Scratch 9.0, Assimilate announces a major update to its entire Scratch product line at NAB 2018. As its most aggressive, highest-performing, and user-friendly product update to date, Assimilate's new Scratch 9.0 delivers a big boost in efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for DITs doing dailies and for all the creative functions throughout the post-production workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
Collaboration in the games industry - a Blockchain revolution By Dean Anderson We look back fondly to the early excitement of the internet- allowing workers to collaborate not just in different cities, but between different countries. However, beyond the more collaborative world of work, another exciting development began: the birth of dynamic online communities. The internet allows these communities to collaboratively pioneer innovations in areas such as science and technology, the arts and media. It's time for organisations around the world to take this collaborative approach seriously. ...Read More »
How To Make Your CRM Big Data Small By Lorcan Malone, President and COO of Swiftpage Small and midsized (SMB) businesses love to think big, and there's no better way to do that than with the right customer relationship management (CRM) technology. The operative words here, of course, are the right. As the sheer volume of customer information captured through CRM continues to increase, businesses must evaluate whether they can truly capitalize on the valuable data their CRM software delivers. And so, it's important to ensure that your CRM is designed with an SMB business needs in mind, since the tools and data that large corporations use might be of minimal use, irrelevant or even holding your SMB business back. ...Read More »
For M&E Projects By Miles Weston Film projects often allow producers a choice of two out of three choices - time, money, quality - while communications may enable all three. ...Read More »
Content Insider #561 - Supported Streams By Miles Weston With appointment TV getting whiskers and streamers becoming more important, upfronts this year are going to be interesting. Upfronts? That's where advertisers place their bets on shows. This year there's a new set of tools focused on attribution and outcome...the ability to trace commercials to actual sales. Yes all your online activity enables this. Now advertisers can have proof that their 6-,15-,30- and 60-second commercials work...or not. Don't kid me you don't just watch Netflix and Amazon Prime stuff. Free wins over a few bucks every hour of the day, day of the week. And thanks to the marvels of OTT shows, networks and marketers will be able to check off when you go to McDonalds vs healthy food places. Free...Gotcha!!! ...Read More »
Content Insider #560 - Extended Viewing By Miles Weston Our son recently said he doesn't like TV even though the weekend before he spent three hours in his room binging on some new Netflix series on his iPhone. Right now he has to constantly recharge it so he can watch all the extreme Olympics contests. He doesn't really dislike TV, he just likes to pick when/where/how he watches the stuff. Sure if you're "of a certain age" you like watching the 6 p.m. news at 6 p.m. but the Olympics coverage is proving people increasingly like the convenience of the video stream. Now all we have to do is wait for 5G to move beyond trials and into the real world. Maybe it will be here for the 2020 Olympics! ...Read More »
NAB 2018 - Panasonic and TVU Networks Announce New Camera/IP Management and Delivery Integration With a new integration of Panasonic cameras, TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, and Panasonic further their technology collaboration with the introduction of two new video solutions. With these new product integrations, TVU welcomes Panasonic to the TVU ecosystem and TVU Grid featuring IP video switching, routing and distribution. ...Read More »
Director David F. Sandberg Takes a DIY Approach to Filmmaking on 'Annabelle: Creation' with Blackmagic Design Director David F. Sandberg has always had a passion for horror and sci-fi films. Though his résumé includes a variety of animation, documentary and short form drama projects, horror and sci-fi have always been the end goal. Sandberg's love of horror and DIY mentality helped spur his 2013 short film "Lights Out," which not only won the Best Director award in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge and went on to screen at film festivals around the world, picking up additional awards, but it also became a huge viral hit with more than 20 million views. Soon after "Lights Out," Sandberg was tapped to helm his most recent film, "Annabelle: Creation," a follow-up to 2014's hugely successful "Annabelle." ...Read More »
SCRATCH Delivers Flawless Performance for Barend Onneweer's "Instant Dreams" Barend Onneweer sees beauty in the perfection of the details for his digital cinema projects that include visual effects, animation, documentaries, feature films, short films, music videos, and more. In his studio, Raamw3rk (www.raamw3rk.net), in Gouda, The Netherlands, he has set up a SCRATCH post-production workflow that gives him flawless performance for perfecting his work. One of his recent projects, the documentary "Instant Dreams", tells the story of a group of scientists who were trying to unravel the chemical formula of the Polaroid camera. Advocates for a new Polaroid camera and former Polaroid-users eagerly await its rebirth. Each person, in their own way, tries to keep their instant dream alive. ...Read More »
ATEN 2-Port Thunderbolt 2 Sharing Switch By Stephen Schleicher Once upon a time, there was a young man - we'll call him Stephen - who worked during the day at a remote location, slaving away for the man; his MacBook Pro was his only way to get work done. At night, he would come home and go to work on his Mac Pro, editing, and writing, and generally doing work that needed to be handled on a beefier computer, with multiple monitors. In fact, much of his work benefited from multiple monitors, but connecting multiple monitors to his MacBook Pro and his Mac Pro was a nightmare at best, as cables needed to be connected and reconnected, potentially ruining ports, and driving Stephen mad as he tried to maintain a neat cabling system. ...Read More »
BORIS FX showcase at NAB By Ko Maruyama BORISFX has announced some great news for NAB. With the NABShow just around the corner, it is exciting to see what video effects companies are offering artists this spring. Also at NABShow, attendees get an opportunity to see professional skills showcased and shared throughout the hall. ...Read More »
Anthropics Technology launches PortraitPro 17 with new features By Ko Maruyama Whether you're a professional photographer or just want to elevate the look of your portrait shots, Portrait Pro from Anthropics just released version 17. The new version comes with several features that make it phenomenally easy to modify your background, subject, or composition with a few sliders. ...Read More »
Media Content and the Web - Meeting Again for the First Time with VR Casting By Forest Key, Founder and CEO of Pixvana Until recently, VR video creators have only been able to distribute content by developing their own apps for sharing. This is a very time intensive, tedious journey and it has presented a major barrier for the next generation of digital content pioneers, preventing them from bringing their productions into the world and reaching broad audiences. However, in February, Pixvana, a Seattle-based company that's powering the future of XR storytelling, introduced a new technology that eliminates this barrier for the creators of immersive media, and makes the distribution of VR content feasible for the masses. ...Read More »
Student Filmmakers Tackle the All American High School Film Festival with Blackmagic Design Founded in 2013, the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) has quickly become the world's largest high school film festival. Receiving nearly 5,000 films representing 48 states and more than 40 countries, the festival gives a voice to those that have found their passion for filmmaking early. Packed with screenings, workshops, an Interactive Technology Showcase, award show and more, the festival brings together student filmmakers who want to showcase their films and learn from each other, as well as experts in the field. ...Read More »
iPhone X competitors and copycats, Apple healthcare, Apples new TV shows: Macworld Podcast episode 594 By IDG.TV A few new smartphones have been introduced, and some of them look remarkably like the iPhone X. Apple is going to provide its own healthcare to its employees. Apple is also creating several new TV shows for the Apple TV. We also feature your comments and questions. ...Read More »
Logitech MX vs. Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse: What makes a $100 mouse worth the money By IDG.TV We compare the Logitech MX and Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse. Both offer a lot of features for their $100 price, but it's actually the unique software capabilities that make them worth the money. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Regional Emmy Award Gala from Multiple Locations Using TVU Increases Viewership and Member Participation For the past five years, video production company, Denver Media Center (DMC) has produced live coverage of the Heartland Emmy Award presentations, including pre-show edits and live direction. The Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) incorporates television markets that make up a large swatch of the expansive western U.S - Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. To make new shows more dynamic and reach out to its Oklahoma base, DMC wanted the live event to reflect the dual-location nature of the gala with real-time live feeds from each location. ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
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