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Content Insider #589 - Survival Instincts


Too Many Viewing Options Could Be Deadly for Some Services
Content Insider #589 - Survival Instincts
There is good news, bad news out of IBC. The good news is that everyone has an answer to producing and delivering content DTC (direct to consumer). The bad news is that everyone is going to do it - cable guy, telephone lady, studio, OTT service folks, everyone. Great, good, so-so and ugly content will be instantly available to you once you've paid the subscription fee or waded through the ads. Imagine sign up for 5-10 "channels" and you can be informed, educated, entertained 24x7. The big challenge is that you'll have to spend hours wading through the titles to find the stuff you want to view. Then to you also have to work, study, eat and sleep. Not everyone is going to win in this scenario until we get organized. Hope it doesn't take too long... Read More

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Content Insider #573 - Options
Content Insider #573 - Options
The content delivery folks have finally figured out the obvious. People don't want a big bundle of entertainment options. In fact they don't want options at all! Nope all you want is one option...your content. That could be tough but the more different your tastes from your neighbors, the more they're similar - musicals, comedy, drama, horror, documentary, immersive. The providers who are ahead of the game even know what you want before you do which is why you keep coming back again and again without thinking much about it. And the people in the know are ordering up more content from really good indie filmmakers in record volumes. People may not be able to describe great content but they know it when they see it and increasingly there's more really good stuff to see. Read More
Case Study:
Live Streaming Regional Emmy Award Gala from Multiple Locations Using TVU Increases Viewership and Member Participation
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
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360 Production
360 Production
In addition to a strong roster of mainstream streaming entertainment, Hulu is also looking around the corner to meet the consumer's almost insatiable appetite for new, great, different content. They recently released Curious Minds in 360 degree viewing featuring Domonic Monaghan perhaps best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings and other feature films. Cream VR's Andrew MacDonald gives you a behind the scenes look at the show's production with a hint as to where 360/VR will take us in the near future. It's an exciting read and even more exciting to immerse yourself in. Read More
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Content Insider #535 - VR Film Work
Content Insider #535 - VR Film Work
In just a few weeks the content ecosystem will focus all of its attention on Amsterdam. Once again VR will garner all of the coverage because well it's a lot more glamorous than things like codecs, true streaming bandwidth and carriers throttling mobile video delivery. VR is so real this year you can almost touch it and the excitement, opportunities are beginning to be appreciated. Some of the most fertile shooter minds have perfected techniques to make VR more than just cute but a strong commercial solution for entertainment and business. It will also be great to take off the goggles and see what the streaming 4K world is going to offer people across the M&E spectrum. Despite all the great new tools it's still talent that drives the industry. Read More
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Content Insider #532 - Content Delivery
Content Insider #532 - Content Delivery
There's more and better content available today than you can possibly view in a lifetime thanks to great work indie filmmakers are doing. The key is getting the right titles to come to your attention to invest your time in viewing. You could let the network tell you what they think is best for you but that kinda sucks. No it's more fun, more enlightening to find the best stuff off the beaten path like at Vimeo. The key will be new technology that enables richer content to get to your screen regardless of where you're watching it. At IBC we'll hear the promises and at SMPTE we'll hear about the progress that has been made. Hint - It's all good and getting better! Read More
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Content Insider #527 - Content Workload in the Cloud
Content Insider #527 - Content Workload in the Cloud
Okay I admit it, I'm not a huge fan of the Cloud...not like Amazon, MS, Google, Facebook, IBM and the other service providers, heck even Adobe. It has its place and face it you can't do stuff without being in the cloud some of the time. The way filmmakers work today with specialists around the globe you're always sending parts somewhere. Business couldn't run without pretty fast, pretty reliable cloud communications. And yes this came to you via the cloud. Heck after you've completed your project and made a local backup, across town backup, outta state backup (you do that right?) then there's nothing like one more copy up there...just in case. But as Yoda said, "Choose wisely you must, young Padawan." Read More
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Content, Streaming Take Center Stage at NAB
Content, Streaming Take Center Stage at NAB
When everything around you is in total chaos, the best thing you can do is change your tag line to give folks the feeling you're in front of the situation. NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) did that with style this year by highlighting the MET (Media & Entertainment Technology) effect. That way, everyone could explain how they met or were meeting the market's demands and needs. Read More
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Top Mobile Accessories for Farm Workers
Top Mobile Accessories for Farm Workers
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Content Insider #515 - Streams
Content Insider #515 - Streams
Yes Google is getting back to the point where they can make a ton of money selling ad space on YouTube (along with your online activity data) but they have ambitions like everyone else. It's their own streaming video/movie/content channel. Ok it's not Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky or Rogers but it's only $35 a month (whooppee!). My issue is that there is too much really insanely great indie filmmaker work out there to bother with the YouTube stuff. At NAB everyone will be hustling their solutions and hoping to gawd everyone doesn't get on the iNet or airwaves at the same time. Fortunately industry executives will get right on that little problem next month and by the time we're all needing a video fix it will be there...they hope. Read More
Video-Based Tutorial:
SCRATCH VR Stitching and Ambisonic Audio Tutorial
SCRATCH VR Stitching and Ambisonic Audio Tutorial
Creating VR/360 experiences requires focused attention to complex details and most usually fast time-to-market. SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 simplifies the VR post-production process with one-stop shopping - a single, streamlined VR/360 workflow that includes all the needed functions for creating impactful VR/360 experiences - saving enormous amounts of time, hassles, and money. Read More
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Content Insider #513 - The Shooter's Job(s)
Content Insider #513 - The Shooter's Job(s)
Indie filmmakers learn a lot from their mentors, their peers, film schools, almost everyone they meet - new ideas, new techniques, new solutions. The produce super entertainment for people around the globe to enjoy. What I haven't heard too often is getting their creative work seen by real people. And today with so many viewing options and a dizzying array of content...how do you market it to keep your film work in front of eyeballs to enjoy (and pay for). Nicole and Chris Sobchack's recent release of a hilarious episodic series ,Please Tell Me I'm Adopted! gives you an inside view of what it takes to produce the film of your choice and get it seen. See what Nicole and Chris learned along the way as well as their sequel and future filmmaking plans. Read More

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