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Content Insider #496 - VR Progress


Learning, Testing the Boundaries of New Content Production
Content Insider #496 - VR Progress
VR film work - educational, documentary, entertainment and even marketing - has grown faster than the pioneers expected and it's only getting better and more exciting. All of the tools are getting better, faster, less expensive faster than industry forecasters predicted. Try even the basic (cheap) tools and you'll understand why once you watch it you want more. The good shooters and producers are delivering for the immersion hungry audience and learning that while it's great it doesn't meet everyone's needs the same way. The VR filmmakers are more than just creative in what they deliver, they're creative in how they get from concept to something you can don an HMD and enjoy. They're doing a lot of work-around activity to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated audience. Read More

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Digital Media Online Launches New Virtual Reality Sites - VR Developer Net and VR Gamer Net
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Content Insider #474 - New Creators
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Case Study:
Half of the Film
Half of the Film
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Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams
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The Pitfalls of Pushing Noise Reduction Tools Too Far
The Pitfalls of Pushing Noise Reduction Tools Too Far
My name is Ron Bartlett, and I am based in LA. Over the years, I've been fortunate to work on numerous feature films including some blockbusters such as Blade Runner, Heat, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Mission: Impossible, Prometheus, The Life of Pi, and several X-Men films. iZotope's RX is my go-to tool of choice, and over the years, it has saved me valuable production time while wowing the supervisors in the process. Read More
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Rhythm System
Rhythm System
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Short Deadline
Short Deadline
There isn't a filmmaker who hasn't wanted to take on a project even when there was no financial compensation involved, just a real feel good feeling. And when the time budget runs out you need fast, reliable storage you can count on. Cullie Posaria knows from first hand experience. Read More
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Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip
Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip
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Shooter Suite
Shooter Suite
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AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera
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Matrox Monarch HD Selected as Streaming and Recording Appliance for Global Underground Music Site
Matrox Monarch HD Selected as Streaming and Recording Appliance for Global Underground Music Site
Matrox Monarch HD is the video streaming and recording appliance for the first live underground music site of its kind, DMO Live (Don't Miss Out), a new platform that records and live streams international music parties, exclusive artist interviews and festivals direct to the DMO website. Created for the electronic music lover, DMO (www.dmolive.tv), will soon connect venues in different worldwide locations through one live event by streaming the night's main happening on large screens in club locations around the world. Read More
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Content Insider #347 - Moviola
Content Insider #347 - Moviola
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Intel Launches Messaging App Using Cartoons To Mimic Sender's Face
Intel Launches Messaging App Using Cartoons To Mimic Sender's Face
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