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ASSIMILATE Continues Fast Pace of Leading-Edge Functionality for SCRATCH Ecosystem with New SCRATCH 8.5 In its continued commitment to boost the creativity and productivity of creative professionals in digital cinema within a streamlined workflow, ASSIMILATE today announced SCRATCH 8.5, a significant update to its entire SCRATCH ecosystem. The new, real-time SCRATCH 8.5 ecosystem includes the SCRATCH 2D/3D post-production tools - dailies, conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, and finishing; SCRATCH Play for playback and review; and SCRATCH Web for cloud-based review and collaboration. ...Read More »
The City of Frederick MD's Audio Visual Department Lays the Groundwork for the Future with Blackmagic Design The City of Frederick, MD, Audio Visual Department's (AVD) mission statement is to "Deliver a complete and concise stream of information and alerts to inform and prepare residents and staff through audio visual media." As the AVD's Lead Video Producer, Lance Duvall is responsible for ensuring that the department delivers on this duty, and he knows that in order to do so, the AVD's equipment must be reliable. ...Read More »
I need more storage... said everyone By Ko Maruyama It's not uncommon these days to hear about a shortage of space when saving the a selected drive or server. With files getting bigger, and more resources so readily available, storage becomes more and more important. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Camera Captures the Cinematic Moments of Heartland Heading into its 10th season, Heartland is one of Canada's most popular television series and is known for its cinematic atmosphere and backdrops. Heartland director of photography Craig Wrobleski, csc explained the production framework for the stylistic series: "We do block shoots, shooting two episodes at a time. Each block is 15 days and we are generally out for 10 of the 15 days." Each episode is shot as a mini movie, with each block having a different set of requirements. Craig explained, "Because we shoot each block as a mini movie, we really have to approach each one individually, and the camera equipment is a big part of that equation as we like to keep the camera moving and just shoot the scenes in a more cinematic way." ...Read More »
Real-time video streaming is the new craze in the business world By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly Live streaming options and tips that will help grow your business. ...Read More »
Clip Studio Paint By Ko Maruyama Smith Micro Software announced a new release of Manga Studio®, which now includes frame-by-frame animation features and a rebrand to Clip Studio Paint®. ...Read More »
Beholder Gimbal By Ko Maruyama ikan has looked at the most common cameras that photographers use and given us the Beholder Gimbal. The gimbal stabilizes the movement of your arms against the weight of your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you're shooting video. Not all cameras bodies and lenses have the same weight, so ikan has created a grid for photographers to create their own custom rig. Depending on what you shoot with, some lenses may not offer a perfect balance. The rig is small enough to take with you everywhere you want to shoot video with your DSLR. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Exorcisms Damien LeVeck knows that in Hollywood, there are two main ways to make a feature film. You can either have a great idea, sell it to a studio and risk it turning into a completely different film, or you can have a great idea, raise the money yourself, hire your own actors and crew and make your vision into a reality. When Damien decided to direct "The Cleansing Hour," a fresh spin on the exorcism genre, he knew he had to take the latter route. Six months later and more than $30,000 raised, Damien has now locked picture on the proof-of-concept short film. ...Read More »
Hit Television Show MythBusters Goes Out with a Bang with Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras By Scott Sorensen After 15 seasons, more than 280 episodes and countless explosions, the hit television show MythBusters aired its grand finale episode on March 5, 2016. For many years, the show had been answering questions and debunking myths and urban legends by putting them to the test, helping viewers find out which myths are true and which are not. And as with any grand finale, the show wanted to go out with a bang. Worried about camera coverage, Scott doubled the compliment of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras to an even 20. "When it came to filming a mile-long path of destruction, adding additional Pocket cameras was an easy decision," he noted. "The Pocket cameras have become the backbone of our second camera arsenal over the last few years for this specific reason." ...Read More »
REEL TALK RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD By Ko Maruyama Continuing to give back to the community of motion graphics and visual effects artists in the Hollywood area, Benjamin Budzak is hosting his annual review and critique of demo reels. With special guest Ryan Summers, they help artist get the most out of their past work so they can find new work. ...Read More »
Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA Once upon a time, a visual effects artist and a Grammy-award winning singer got together to make music video magic and Snow White was reborn. The tale begins when Adam C. Sager, a Portland, Oregon-based VFX supervisor and director, met with Kimbra, a New Zealand-born recording artist, and decided to honor Disney for the inspiration it had given both artists throughout the years. Kimbra had just recorded "I'm Wishing," the song from the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie, for a Disney tribute album, We Love Disney, Australia. Blending reality with Disney magic, Sager created a music video that inserted Kimbra directly into the classic animated film as the heroine Snow White and wicked Evil Queen. ...Read More »
Rascali Releases VR Episodic Trailers By Ko Maruyama Are you as excited to see more VR content being created as I am? Rascali is delivering new projects with "Raven" and "Storybox." ...Read More »
A Look "Behind-the-Scenes" of Immersive VR By Lou Wallace With 2016 being its breakout year, 360° VR productions are everywhere. And VR headsets - like Samsung GearVR, Google Cardboard, or Oculus Rift - are making it a quality, immersive experience. But what's going on "behind-the-scenes"? ASSIMILATE is at the forefront of supporting VR with its new SCRATCH VR Suite that includes all the post tools - conform, color grading, compositing, and finishing - to work in 360° media, and includes SCRATCH Play for playback and SCRATCH Web cloud-based collaboration and review tools that are automatically formatted for 360° viewing in VR headsets. Getting out in the field with customers, Lucas Wilson and Jeff Edson, CEO at ASSIMILATE talked with us about how they are responding to the VR market with its SCRATCH product line to offer creators the streamlined professional and powerful production and post-production tools that are needed to enhance and finalize the look-and-feel of VR content. ...Read More »
Building Mobile Trucks and Broadcasting on the Go With Valenti Vision Films and Blackmagic Design Valenti Vision Films, an independent film and television production company based in New Jersey, produces everything from movies and television shows to live sports and entertainment. Since 2011 Valenti Vision Films has created more than 600 hours of original programming for various television and Internet outlets, including ESPN3, NBC, ABC, NUVO, Comcast Networks, Ivy League Digital Network, PBS and more, for clients such as the FXFL, NCAA, PMTV, US Soccer, The Ivy League, and TV One. To provide his clients with the best quality, Joe Valenti of Valenti Vision Films has built two mobile, multi camera production trucks from the ground up. ...Read More »
Colorist Mark Todd Osborne Navigates a Child's Fantasy "Audi TT: Reality? Check." The recent national ad campaign for the Audi TT from MediaCom, the agency behind the concept, features the iconic sports car racing through rugged terrain and busy cities alike. The spot enters the mind of a child, and as he races his toy car around a track and imagines a full-throttle adventure of challenging terrain and jaw-dropping stunts, the Audi TT achieves it in real life. Mirroring the boy's movements, the spot cuts to real life shots of the Audi TT racing on the edges of cliffs, through dense forests of tall pines, around jagged boulders and hairpin turns, as well as through the nighttime streets of San Francisco, weaving through trollies, traffic and tractor trailers. ...Read More »
Two Years, Still Waiting For My Crowdfunded 3D Printed Earbuds... By Moshe Baum A couple of years back I came across a very promising project: OwnPhones: Wireless, Custom-Fit, 3D Printed Earbuds. Several months went past and I received a many notification about their progress being interrupted by delays due to, R&D issues, manufacturing issues, etc. The delays piled up and I eventually became so frustrated (along with many other backers) that I asked for money back. Since there were so many backers who requested it, the refunding was approved. ...Read More »
Facilis at NAB By Ko Maruyama One of the studios I lead for recently switched to FACILIS TECHNOLOGY for their storage upgrade. It's obvious that studios are going to need more space as video footage continues to require more space and faster connections. Despite some bumps, I was glad to get quick feedback and news while at the show. Here's what Facilis Technology has in store from NABShow... ...Read More »
Digital Anarchy gop flicker removal By Ko Maruyama Jim Tierney from Digital Anarchy discusses how to fix certain artifacts that arise from compressing video. The tutorial also allows users to download the drone footage to see the correction that his plugin provides. ...Read More »
The Pitfalls of Pushing Noise Reduction Tools Too Far By Ron Bartlett 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 »
Adobe Unveils Breakthroughs in Video and Film Production By Ko Maruyama Next week, NABShow will offer many new solutions for production and post production in the broadcasting world. Ahead of that avalanche of news, Adobe has made an early announcement of their own. New products in their CreativeCloud lineup for video users. ...Read More »
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