Hard Edge Drama By Miles Weston Lots of filmmakers grew up in innocent times in innocent areas of the world but sometimes going back is a lot different from what existed in your memories. ...Read More »
How Google Assistant and Android TV power JBL's Link Bar By IDG.TV JBLís new Link Bar isnít just a soundbaróitís a Google Home, Android TV streamer, and smart entertainment hub all wrapped up into one sleek device. ...Read More »
Content Insider #568 - Pure Mission By Miles Weston Everyone who attended NAB this year was on a mission. A mission to create the best content, a mission to deliver content to the right audience, a mission to produce great films for device and theatre viewing. We'll start by discussing some of the best solutions for some of the creative people we know - shooters, production/post folks. And there was plenty of new products, new services, new features announced at the show to get a filmmakers motor running this year. And again SuperMeet was fun, insane and informative. Shoot it, produce it, store it. Then? Sell it. It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
Content Insider #567 - Coming At You By Miles Weston 5G is going to be the printing press that the wireless industry has been waiting for since people don't call anymore instead they text and they download huge streams of video content to watch all the time no matter where or what they're doing. Folks want you to believe it will be ready to go this year but better guess is 2020. All we need is to decide which codec we're going to use to make streaming video bandwidth conservative, a "little" content protection, and well a complete build-out of our infrastructure. We know who's going to invest in 5G but who will pay for it...yep. But think how filmmakers will enjoy seeing people buy/rent and enjoy the video storytellers' on-the-go great video entertainment...cool! ...Read More »
Logging Data By Miles Weston Shooting great content is the rule by which you're measured but being able to find just the right images and segment is even more important and it needs to be fast, accurate and automated ...Read More »
Content Insider #566 - Dollars Count By Miles Weston You've probably been too busy binging Netflix on all of your devices to notice but the entertainment business is becoming a real cluster! Everyone can smell money in the content and everyone wants to be the pipe/stream that delivers it to you. Some want to charge just a few bucks a month for their channel while others want to give it to you free - ok almost free. They're buying each other, jumping over each other, playing dirty tricks on each other and they all know they'll win. TV is exciting again...it's the wild, wild west. ...Read More »
Traveling Back to the 1950s with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" The new hit show from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino ("Family Guy") takes viewers back to 1958 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when life abruptly changes for Miriam "Midge" Maisel after her husband leaves her. Breaking the mold and trying stand-up comedy quickly lands Midge in jail, while also landing her a lot of laughs. Visual effects (VFX) veteran Lesley Robson-Foster ("Logan Lucky," "The Great Gatsby") joined the streaming series as VFX Supervisor. Robson-Foster and her team used a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro digital film camera to shoot B roll, establishing shots and VFX plates for the series. ...Read More »
Content Insider #563 - Behind the Content By Miles Weston It is so easy to get drawn into the director's intent when you watch a movie, TV show or streaming content that you overlook the work before the project and work begins. And it's going to get even better! Hammering out agreements on standards, technology makes it possible for you to watch the visual story on any screen and it will always look, feel and be the same. Events such as the recent HPA Tech Retreat and SMPTE Technical Conference this fall aren't like convention boondoggles. They're activities people attend to make the content people want more and more of on their screens. It'll be so great you'll have to wear shades. Sometimes technology really can be entertaining. ...Read More »
Assimilate Extends Immersive-Product Leadership with New 3D180 Post Production Workflows in Scratch VR 9.0 At NAB 2018, Assimilate is showcasing several new Scratch VR 9.0 post-production workflows that are geared to enabling content creators with the highest quality and most efficient VR tools in simplified, one-stop-shopping, end-to-end 3D180 and VR360 production workflows. ...Read More »
Assimilate Announces Scratch 9.0 - Major Update for Ultimate Performance and User-Friendly UI With version Scratch 9.0, Assimilate announces a major update to its entire Scratch product line at NAB 2018. As its most aggressive, highest-performing, and user-friendly product update to date, Assimilate's new Scratch 9.0 delivers a big boost in efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for DITs doing dailies and for all the creative functions throughout the post-production workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
For M&E Projects By Miles Weston Film projects often allow producers a choice of two out of three choices - time, money, quality - while communications may enable all three. ...Read More »
Director David F. Sandberg Takes a DIY Approach to Filmmaking on 'Annabelle: Creation' with Blackmagic Design Director David F. Sandberg has always had a passion for horror and sci-fi films. Though his r√©sum√© includes a variety of animation, documentary and short form drama projects, horror and sci-fi have always been the end goal. Sandberg's love of horror and DIY mentality helped spur his 2013 short film "Lights Out," which not only won the Best Director award in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge and went on to screen at film festivals around the world, picking up additional awards, but it also became a huge viral hit with more than 20 million views. Soon after "Lights Out," Sandberg was tapped to helm his most recent film, "Annabelle: Creation," a follow-up to 2014's hugely successful "Annabelle." ...Read More »
SCRATCH Delivers Flawless Performance for Barend Onneweer's "Instant Dreams" Barend Onneweer sees beauty in the perfection of the details for his digital cinema projects that include visual effects, animation, documentaries, feature films, short films, music videos, and more. In his studio, Raamw3rk (www.raamw3rk.net), in Gouda, The Netherlands, he has set up a SCRATCH post-production workflow that gives him flawless performance for perfecting his work. One of his recent projects, the documentary "Instant Dreams", tells the story of a group of scientists who were trying to unravel the chemical formula of the Polaroid camera. Advocates for a new Polaroid camera and former Polaroid-users eagerly await its rebirth. Each person, in their own way, tries to keep their instant dream alive. ...Read More »
ATEN 2-Port Thunderbolt 2 Sharing Switch By Stephen Schleicher Once upon a time, there was a young man - we'll call him Stephen - who worked during the day at a remote location, slaving away for the man; his MacBook Pro was his only way to get work done. At night, he would come home and go to work on his Mac Pro, editing, and writing, and generally doing work that needed to be handled on a beefier computer, with multiple monitors. In fact, much of his work benefited from multiple monitors, but connecting multiple monitors to his MacBook Pro and his Mac Pro was a nightmare at best, as cables needed to be connected and reconnected, potentially ruining ports, and driving Stephen mad as he tried to maintain a neat cabling system. ...Read More »
Media Content and the Web - Meeting Again for the First Time with VR Casting By Forest Key, Founder and CEO of Pixvana Until recently, VR video creators have only been able to distribute content by developing their own apps for sharing. This is a very time intensive, tedious journey and it has presented a major barrier for the next generation of digital content pioneers, preventing them from bringing their productions into the world and reaching broad audiences. However, in February, Pixvana, a Seattle-based company that's powering the future of XR storytelling, introduced a new technology that eliminates this barrier for the creators of immersive media, and makes the distribution of VR content feasible for the masses. ...Read More »
Student Filmmakers Tackle the All American High School Film Festival with Blackmagic Design Founded in 2013, the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) has quickly become the world's largest high school film festival. Receiving nearly 5,000 films representing 48 states and more than 40 countries, the festival gives a voice to those that have found their passion for filmmaking early. Packed with screenings, workshops, an Interactive Technology Showcase, award show and more, the festival brings together student filmmakers who want to showcase their films and learn from each other, as well as experts in the field. ...Read More »
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 »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
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