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Post-Moderne: A Modern Method to Color Grading with DaVinci Resolve For the first time in recent history, a Montreal based colorist has been nominated for the prestigious Hollywood Post Alliance Awards in the Outstanding Color Grading for a Feature Film category. Post-Moderne's Charles Boileau is one of five nominees for his work on Monsoon, a documentary shot in 4K that explores the social, economical and philosophical aspects of the Monsoon in modern India. Charles stands among nominees from some of this year's top films, including Birdman, Whiplash, The Boxtrolls and Lady of Csejte. ...Read More »
Keep It Cool: Making the Mac Malware-Free By Thomas Reed The Apple Macintosh has always been perceived as a 'cool' machine. The design, the user-friendly features, the whole cachet contributes to that impression. But there's at least one other factor: built-in security, which helps keep it so much cleaner than its Windows rivals, particularly with malware. To be clear, Mac OS X security is pretty decent, but it's far from perfect. Mac users are famed for their familiarity with the machine, but I know from experience that's not always the case. In fact, if you assume that a Mac can keep all malware away, you're setting yourself up for potentially serious problems. ...Read More »
AJA Releases Ki Pro Ultra 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Recorder and Player at Inter BEE 2015 AJA Video Systems introduced the Ki Pro Ultra - a next generation file-based 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in HD LCD monitor. Ki Pro Ultra is capable of capturing edit-ready 4K (4096 x 2160), UltraHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080) and HD (1920 x 1080) Apple ProRes files. Ki Pro Ultra also supports a range of video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p, and offers flexible input and output connectivity - including 3G-SDI, Fiber and HDMI - for powerful and efficient large-raster and high-frame rate workflows. ...Read More »
Conection3D's Connection with Blackmagic Design Cameras Columbian production facility Conection3D has a philosophy that goes beyond commercial success. For them, putting out carefully crafted, high quality work is much more important than selling oneself. When it comes down to it, the clients' needs come first, and Conection3D will do whatever it takes to make someone's vision come alive. The production facility is dominating the corporate world, the music scene, television land and everything in between with promotional pieces, music videos, reality shows and more. If there is a need, Conection3D knows the perfect method to meet it both beautifully and with care. ...Read More »
Rhythm System By Miles Weston MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) changed everything for professional and amateur musicians putting an entire band, orchestra at their fingertips. Musicians want to move the music from their head to the system as quickly as possible so they can visit again and again to enhance it and enrich it. There comes a point where you feel you could do better with a better system. Sometimes upgrading your Mac is a better solution than simply buying a new computer. Better for your music, better for your budget. ...Read More »
Short Deadline By Miles Weston 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 »
Capturing the Natural Beauty of Montana's Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Located midway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Fairmont Hot Springs is a 153-room resort featuring two Olympic size pools fed by natural hot springs. When the resort wanted to replace an outdated promotional video, it turned to Missoula, Montana-based Gravity Media Productions to produce, shoot and edit a new resort video to be featured on its website. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie with the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie. ...Read More »
The Beach Should Be Sunny As part of the NSW Achievement Awards, the NSW government decided to shoot a video showing the various regions and the amazing creative work coming out of those regions. Australia is a beautiful country and highlighting its natural wonders, along with the work being done in each region, would be a perfect way to show potential companies what the Australian creative industry can offer. Ben Allan ACS had one day to shoot at Byron Bay in New South Wales. One day to capture the sand, surf and beautiful weather that has made Byron Bay a vacation paradise. But it was raining. And not a nice quick sun shower. Raining buckets. ...Read More »
The Top 10 Construction Apps By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly These apps allow you to view purchase orders, floor plans & site plans; schedule appointments; submit change orders; look up building codes and manufacturers instructions; sign off on paperwork; contact crew members; make calculations, and more. ...Read More »
PIXELSQUID By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid? You may know TurboSquid - Yeah, same team. But this time, the new team is offering resources for the 2D artist who is interested in finding 3D objects to use in their compositions. If you've ever wanted to use a 3D object in your Adobe Photoshop composite, but just didn't have the chops (or time) to make the 3D object happen, this (extension/service) is perfect. PixelSquid has taken out all of the complexity of modeling, lighting, layering, and rendering 3D, and delivers a truly 3D object that you can easily customize for your Photoshop workflow. ...Read More »
THE NINE OLD MEN By Ko Maruyama Chances are, if you?re an animator, you?ve heard about the nine old men from Disney as told in a way that might seem like a folktale. Andreas Deja and Focal Press have crafted a book that takes you on an inspiring ride through the wonderful world of The Nine Old Men and their techniques. But even more than simple rules and technique, the book illuminates the personality and character that each artist brought to the table. ...Read More »
"Phaesporia" Challenges Hollywood Norms with Blackmagic Design's Production Camera 4K "Phaesporia" follows the story of Kali as she moves out of the city and attempts to join an insurrectionist group that hides out in the forest. On her journey, she meets Artemis who saves her life and offers to travel with her to her destination. Eventually they find and join the rebel group, but after a political bombing, the group falls apart, forcing Kali to decide what's next on her path. Because of the film's political basis, Carman chose to cast a wide variety of activists, from the LGBTQ community to the Green Party, and artistic talent from musicians to cartoonists and spoken word poets. Currently in post production, "Phaesporia" was shot on a Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K. ...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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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