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ASSIMILATE Goes Open-Beta for Entire SCRATCH 8.6 Ecosystem
Contribute to SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 Open-Beta; Includes Stitching and Expanded HDR
ASSIMILATE today announced its most aggressive products update to date with an open-Beta for SCRATCH 8.6 and the SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6, the latest versions of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow -- VR/360 and 2D/3D content, from dailies, to conform, grading, compositing, and finishing. Both open-Beta versions give all content creators and post artists the opportunity to actively use the full suite of SCRATCH and SCRATCH VR tools, while evaluating and submitting requests and recommendations for additional features or updates. Read More

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New Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) member PNY Technologies Joins Forces with Sharp at 2016 NAB Show NY
New Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) member PNY Technologies Joins Forces with Sharp at 2016 NAB Show NY
The 2016 NAB Show New York, hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters at the Jacob Javits Center, is the largest media, entertainment and technology convention on the East Coast. The event, held from November 9 - 10, had the most attendees ever with more than 15,000. This year, an alliance between Sharp and new Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) program member PNY Technologies Inc. wowed the crowd Read More
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Training with Professional Athletes
Training with Professional Athletes
Most professional athletes have made the long and often arduous journey from the local to the national to the international levels. And whether it's an individual athlete or a team of athletes, along the way many have had the support of their families, friends and coaches, who know their struggles, triumphs and stories the best. While these stories aren't always the most glamourous, they are full of hard work and determination and can serve as inspiration. Read More
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Resolve 12.5
Over the years, I have used many, many different video editors - Adobe Premiere 4.2 was probably my first NLE, followed by a long stint with Sony (now MAGIX) Vegas and flutters with AVID, EDIUS, one called Speed Razor and of course I have reviewed just about every package our there over the last 20 odd years costing from hundreds to many thousands of dollars. So, when I am told that a full on, top featured package as used by the Hollywood heavyweights is available for free, of course my ears prick up just a little and I want to know more. Is it so complex that I won't be able to grasp its workflow? Or does it require so much computer horsepower my modest Dell XPS 2710 all-in-one won't drive it? Perhaps the claims are overblown? Read More
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Templestone Productions Shoots Candlelit Concerts for Music Documentary with Micro Studio Camera 4K
Templestone Productions Shoots Candlelit Concerts for Music Documentary with Micro Studio Camera 4K
At Dallas based Templestone Productions, Brad Ballew's main goal is to help his clients tell their story. He recently had the opportunity to shoot a unique concert series for a music documentary featuring the Irish choral group An├║na. The group sings a cappella arrangements of traditional and ancient texts from around the world. To keep the quality of his shooting high but his travel kit light, Brad purchased Blackmagic Design's Micro Studio Camera 4K. Read More
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Animal Creates the Haunting Light of Echo Torch in SCRATCH
Animal Creates the Haunting Light of Echo Torch in SCRATCH
It's clear that creative genius is at work in "Echo Torch," a visually stunning, twenty-minute short, a co-venture of by Chris Preksta of Mercury Man Pictures, Animal, and Steel Town Entertainment. "Echo Torch" tells the story of a photographer who creates an electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon on our own. It's filled with revelations of the past, beautiful spirits, strange creatures, and dangerous phantoms. Read More
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Pietro Villani Uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K To Capture "Like Cotton Twines"
Pietro Villani Uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K To Capture
"Like Cotton Twines" is an independent feature film that follows Micah, an American volunteer who goes to Ghana to teach and experience his mother's homeland. Micah teaches at a school in a village where he meets Tuigi, a smart 14-year-old student. Tuigi's fate is changed when her family must atone for an accident committed by her father and by custom she must abandon her education and become a Trokosi, a religious sex slave. Directed and written by Leila Djansi, "Like Cotton Twines" explores how Micah fights against the tribal culture to try and save Tuigi. Read More
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A Close Look at The Panasonic AG-UX90 Camera
A Close Look at The Panasonic AG-UX90 Camera
For the last couple of weeks I have had a chance to test the new AG-UX90 camera from Panasonic. The lightweight camera is great for the photog on the go or for those doing documentary work. Should you grab this camera? I run down the great, and not so great features of the camera, in this review. The camera captures images on a 1-inch CMOS sensor, which ends up giving the user a better depth of field than other cameras you'll find in this price range. It isn't a full frame sensor, but then again, this camera isn't designed for DSLR fans, or those planning on shooting a feature film. Read More
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Bern Universitys Applied Sciences builds communication training stations and completes workflow with LMS, MAM and P5 Archive
Bern Universitys Applied Sciences builds communication training stations and completes workflow with LMS, MAM and P5 Archive
Communication training is a core part of many industries as well as educational institutions. For customer contact, management, patient communication and many other scenarios, interactive training of these skills is needed. At Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, communication training of medical students with the goal of improving patient communication has been part of the curriculum for many years. Recently, a new infrastructure was built to streamline the trainings and their management. The solution was built around a centralised media asset management (MAM) server to allow for efficient workflow automation, including archiving. The video recording stations were built using highly reliable components and a web application was developed to allow remote control and tagging from iPads. Integration with existing planning tools was implemented to significantly reduce the management overhead of the training program. Read More
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DP Vance Burberry Captures the Darkness and Light of Infidelity and Reconciliation
DP Vance Burberry Captures the Darkness and Light of Infidelity and Reconciliation
How does one go from working in theater in Australia, to working as a lighting designer for national U.S. rock concert tours, to working as an electrician on film sets, to becoming a successful DP having shot music videos for Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, Santana, Coldplay, Brad Paisley and more? For DP Vance Burberry, it was a natural progression. While Vance now shoots a variety of projects, including commercials, short films, feature films and documentaries, music videos hold a special place for him given his history in the music business. It's why he said yes, when his good friend and director Jessie Hill approached him to DP Australian alternative pop singer-songwriter and producer Jarryd James' music video for his song "1000x" ft. Broods. Read More
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There's a new Sheriff - err, a new Studio in town!
There's a new Sheriff - err, a new Studio in town!
Vista Studios is L.A.'s first studio built with a purpose, designed specifically for high tech 4k/UHD production. Nearly completed, the brand-new studio in Playa Vista/Silicon Beach, offers a convenient west side location. Vista Studios is a 30,000 sq. ft. technology campus that includes: 4 sound stages totaling 17,000 sq. ft., all are 4k ready and have complete production support. Vista Studios is located in the high-tech area of Playa Vista a.k.a. Silicon Beach, putting the studios close to many of L.A.'s most innovative tech and digital entertainment companies. The proximity to LAX is very convenient. Read More
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Shareability Helps Spoken Word Artist Prince Ea Challenge the Education System
Shareability Helps Spoken Word Artist Prince Ea Challenge the Education System
Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St. Louis, Missouri. He's also a social media superstar with more than six million followers, hundreds of millions of views and climbing. With activism close to his heart, Prince Ea became the face of and collaborator on Neste's Pre-order the Future campaign. Neste is a Finnish energy company, and together with Prince Ea they are finding innovative solutions to create a cleaner and more sustainable future. The campaign highlights a few different areas of the future, including education, specifically how to shake up the old ways of education in order to create an efficient, effective and better way of learning. In creating a video for the campaign, Prince Ea turned to his friends at California-based social content studio Shareability. Read More
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Neotopy Studio Uses SCRATCH VR to Focus on Cinematic VR with a Touch of Magic
Neotopy Studio Uses SCRATCH VR to Focus on Cinematic VR with a Touch of Magic
The Neotopy Studio's mission is to create cinematic VR content with a magical touch. The team includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. A recent project is a VR mini-concert that features leading French artist, Yael Naim, for Unibail-Rodamco. The concert was shot specifically for VR viewing and will run as a roadshow throughout Europe. Set up like a movie theater, 30 people will "attend" the concert every hour at a particular venue to experience the show together. Read More
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Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Used on Panic At The Disco's "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time" Music Video
Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Used on Panic At The Disco's
Panic at the Disco is on top of the music world with a massive worldwide tour supporting their album, "Death of a Bachelor," that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. One of the most popular songs on the album is "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time." The song's music video puts the band's lead singer, Brendon Urie, in some very uncomfortable situations after a night of drinking and dancing. Uncomfortable as in an "aliens/monsters are trying to eat me" type of situation. But what makes the video unique is that it is shot from the viewpoint of the attacking beast. Initially taking on the form of a human female, the video follows both Brendon and his attacker as they meet in a bar and dance through the night, .until the evening ends badly for Mr. Urie. Read More
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Digital Colorist Dave Franks Discusses VR Post-Production for Jaunt's "Pure McCartney VR"
Digital Colorist Dave Franks Discusses VR Post-Production for Jaunt's
Digital colorist Dave Franks enjoys helping to deliver bleeding-edge projects, like director Tony Kaye's VR experience: 'Pure McCartney VR' - a five-part series of stereoscopic virtual reality (VR) experiences, produced by Jaunt Studios. Innovation in the delivery of musical content has been a passion for Paul McCartney, so the VR space was a perfect medium for him to collaborate with director Tony Kaye and Jaunt to release these episodes. Each one of them is a unique vignette of McCartney discussing the origins of some of his most iconic music and other anecdotes within environmental montages of his artwork, photographs, and related imagery. Read More
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Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere
Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere
I'd probably enjoy IBC just as much even if it weren't in Amsterdam but I sure wouldn't want to find out. Or maybe the city just looks better through 360/VR glasses because everyone at the convention centre seemed to have the suctioncup lines on their face. But the discussions at IBC - suppliers, studios, networks, filmmakers, production people - always seemed to touch on how quickly VR had come and how much further it had to go. True VR isn't "brand new" because it's been around since 1929 (Link Simulator) and the first headsets were introduced in the 1960s but now we've got affordable cameras to shoot 360 video and defining VR films. Most of the films are short right now - under 30 minutes - but it won't be long before we have a solid feature film. Read More

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