Thought Leaders: Steve Pitzel By Stu Horvath What`s next for digital art and game development? DIG talks to industry leader and tech evangelist Steve Pitzel to get his vision for the future. ...Read More »
Thought Leaders: Brian David Johnson By Stu Horvath What`s next for digital art and development? DIG talks to industry leader and tech writer Brian David Johnson to get his vision for the future. ...Read More »
Trip Hawkins: Theres an App for That Game By Scott Steinberg The founder of software publishing powerhouse Electronic Arts and the father of the 3DO console, William M. Trip Hawkins III says the future of PC gaming is here -- and it`s in social games. Read on to find out why titles like Millionaire City ...Read More »
Streaming Games: Gaikais David Perry on Cloud Computing By Scott Steinberg Cloud computing promises to revolutionize video games by making even the most demanding titles available online -- and from any device -- with a single click. Gaikai CEO David Perry explains how streaming technology completely changes the way tomorrows in ...Read More »
Trip Hawkins: There`s an App for That Game By Scott Steinberg The founder of software publishing powerhouse Electronic Arts and the father of the 3DO console, William M. "Trip" Hawkins III says the future of PC gaming is here -- and it's in social games. ...Read More »
Going HD or How I spent my winter. By David Basulto As I prepared to make my second feature film, Fiesta Grand, I knew I wanted to step up the look and feel of the film. This film (or movie I should say as I no longer use film!) was a follow up to my horror feature, Death Clique, which I made for next to nothing on my Panasonic DVX100a and received a distribution deal to Blockbuster. My insiders suggested I make the next film in High Definition even though the distributors hadnt asked for it. "Why", I asked... ...Read More »
Transitional TV Growing Pains By Guy Wright Anyone in the broadcast industry knows that we are in the middle of a transition. More precisely, we are in the middle of multiple transitions from analog broadcasts to digital, from standard definition to high definition, and from standard 4:3 aspect ratios to 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios. ...Read More »
AMD64 - Directly Connecting Your Imagination to Reality By Charlie Boswell Each generation of new technology assaulting the digital content creator typically comes with elaborate promises about how its going to change lives. Sometimes thats actually true -- but not always for the better. Non-linear editing systems brought the number of ?workarounds to new heights ...Read More »
This is not a 2D world By Atom Zeidler This is not a 2D world. Now there is no reason that the world of media has to be either. In recent years, producing a high quality 3D image has become easier and more affordable. Film, commercial and broadcast production houses are using 3D imaging more and more frequently to create more realistic and exciting graphics, both to entertain and to educate. ...Read More »
A Slippery Slide or ... By David Hague I at least have suddenly decided I don't want to be like the mechanic in the street - you know, he is the one with the crappiest car? ...Read More »
FTA Causing TV / Movie Angst By David Hague The newly signed Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States of America is causing angst in a number of places and industries. Forget pharamceuticals, what about our movie making and TV industries regarding local content? ...Read More »
Don't Frustrate the Viewer By Charlie White Sometimes digital video editing involves magic. You can flash something here to attract the viewer's eye and then over there, make something happen the viewer doesn't see. That's part of the thrill of producing and editing video -- manipulating where people will look. But then sometimes you can give the viewers so many things to look at that they don't see anything. In that case, you've broken the cardinal rule of video production: Don't Frustrate the Viewer. Let's figure out how to stay in the good graces of that rule. ...Read More »
Controlling the Electronic Beast By Charlie White In the past few days, there have been multiple reminders of the power of the media. Amplifying that power is the new ease with which Web-based video can be internationally distributed. This power, once wielded by the few who owned the expensive printing presses, is now available to anybody with a camera, computer and Internet connection. That means that more and more video editors will be the ones who solely decide which messages get through and which end up on the cutting room floor. The problem is, many seek this enormous power, no matter how deranged they are. ...Read More »
Motion And the Big Picture By Kevin Schmitt Like many of you, I spent the better part of this last week constantly refreshing my various browser window in the hopes of catching the absolute latest news coming out of Vegas, where NAB just closed up shop until this time next year. Of course, I don't have to remind anyone who was grabbing the (very) early headlines; Apple was quite busy providing whiz-bang fireworks on what is usually a traditional day of rest. ...Read More »
Format Wars: May the Best Man Win? By Charlie White Lately weve been looking ahead at new technologies here at the Midwest Test Facility, with two headline-grabbing format wars coming up in the next few years achieving top-of-mind status here at our think tank out on the lonesome, wind-swept prairie. First on the card is the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD, both worthy competitors in the high definition DVD arena. Second on the marquee is the war between two camps of acquisition, camcorders using solid state memory (known as P2 by its maker, Panasonic) and blue laser optical disc, championed by Sony. Which is better? In both cases, I dont think that old saying, May the Best Man Win will necessarily hold true. ...Read More »
Digital Video Remakes Itself?Again By Charlie White With a major portion of the buzz surrounding this years NAB centered around HD production on the cheap, the entire digital video editing market is set to be turned upside down, sideways and every which way. As it did in the old days, circa 1997 with the introduction and implementation of the DV format the video industry is about to remake itself? again. Since you, dear readers, were significantly titillated by my last editorial missive which touched on the HDV juggernaut, Im compelled to muse further about this new high-rez, yet low-cost format and its implications. Come on inside and lets hash this out for a minute. ...Read More »
Seabiscuit: Digital Intermediate Plus Color Correction Equals Fine Art By Miles Weston For the Oscar-nominated film Seabiscuit, Director Gary Ross knew he would need a cinematographer who could capture the visceral edge of racing while telling the story with beautiful images, colors, and lighting. John Schwartzman emerged as his choice for the films director of photography. Here's the story of how the filmmakers used digital intermediate postproduction techniques, along with artistic color correction to create a realistic, evocative atmosphere for the film. ...Read More »
Getting Picked Up In Park City By Keiko Beatie With all the receptions, cocktails parties, sponsor parties, galas, and music concerts to attend in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, the mingling of the singles and films hits a peak during the eleven-day event. With couples getting picked up all over Park City at these soirees there are now many films that are now picked up by studios and distribution companies. ...Read More »
From Pink Floyd to Paramount, You've Heard Joe DiBlasi By Douglas Spotted Eagle Years ago, "Guitar Player" magazine had a corner column for the studio musician, the hard working-behind-the-scenes-guitar player whose name would appear in fine print on an album, but who wasn't part of a "real" band. The column talked about who was doing what, for whom, and where. "Guitar Player" no longer has that column, I assume partially because the structure of session recording has significantly changed. So, I thought it might be a fun opportunity for readers to hear a little bit about some session musicians out there today. ...Read More »
Acclaimed Film Director Kevin Smith's Take on Harvey Weinstein By Kevin Smith It feels like every year at this time, someone "discovers" that Harvey Weinstein is a tough businessman with a temper as large and legendary as his passion for cinema. Whoa. Stop the presses. ...Read More »
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