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Content Insider - Video Storage By Miles Weston Most of the focus at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) was on enterprise storage (nice but dull). One of the biggest audience sessions and greatest amount of discussion was how the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry relies so heavily on storage -- flash, SSD and HD. We spent some time with one of the largest production/post productioin storage providers and added details from the lively session that featured professionals and solution providers to discuss the industry's storage demands for speed, performance, capacity. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?' For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days. ...Read More »
One Marine's Journey By Miles Weston Over the years tens of thousands of young men and women have returned from war zones with significant physical and mental disabilities. Most adapt to their new life and some don't. Cirina Catania, founder of The Catania Group, has volunteered her time and talent to visually tell their path back and new goals. Her first documentary - still in post production - highlights the path Cpl Kionte Storey, USMC Ret, and best friend, Koja, a Siberian Husky service dog, are taking they hope will lead them to the 2016 International Paralymics. When completed in a few months the documentary will be available online and she hopes to be broadcast with all of the proceeds going to help other returned and returning military personnel. ...Read More »
Harvard Athletics Upgrades Video Production and Streaming Harvard University, a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known throughout the world for its history, influence and prestige. And if Imry Halevi has anything to say about it, Harvard will also be known for its cutting edge athletic video production and streaming capabilities. He began by upgrading Harvard's outdated video infrastructure, and as part of the new system he installed several Blackmagic Design products, including a Compact Videohub router, six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers, a Micro Videohub router, six UltraStudio Mini Recorders, an ATEM Television Studio and more than 25 Mini Converters. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
Between College, Real World There's 4K Intramural By Miles Weston Independent filmmakers are finding it much more affordable today to produce a crowd pleasing film -- low-cost 4K, 5K camera, economic Mac/PC production systems, cloud creative tools, reasonably priced high capacity storage. Of course it also requires a whole lot of talent and that magic something. They all came togetther for the production of Intramural and they're racking up lots of recognition. ...Read More »
'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. ...Read More »
Time Travel, Ham Sandwiches and the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Ham sandwiches are pretty much the same no matter where you are. But the same is not true when thinking about when you are. In the 1970s, it was Wonder Bread and two slices of ham. Maybe a slice of that weird orange cheese. But today? Well, which of the 10 types of organically grown bread would you like with your smoked, pepper or free range ham? If you are one of the two time travelers in Kanen Flowers's new series "18:20," the search for the normalcy of a simple ham sandwich, one of the running plot points in the series, is just one of the many reminders that everything changes when time traveling. ...Read More »
Fast, Reliable Storage By Cirina Catania In one of the still unforgiving areas of the country where people still ride the range and deal with the harsh realities of mother nature, we captured three days of video on a project which will ultimately be a documentary of the old west in modern times. ...Read More »
SXSW Premiere "Thank You a Lot" Tells a Story of Austin's Music Scene By Lou Wallace Austin, TX may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also home to a thriving video production and film industry that promotes and champions local talent, with members sourcing expertise from within the tight knit community. Austin doesn't just keep it weird; it also keeps it local, which is exactly what Writer/Director Matt Muir and Producer Chris Ohlson did with their feature film "Thank You a Lot." Not only was the film shot in Austin, but Matt is also a graduate of the University of Texas along with the film's DP, Harrison Witt, who teaches courses in advanced cinematography and film production at the university. ...Read More »
BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
And the Giraffe Takes Blackmagic Cinema Camera for a Ride in Music Video for "Sorry" For 'And the Giraffe,' an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN, making music videos is a blast. They love to put a video story on top of the story they tell in their lyrics, and connect with more people in doing so. The video for the band's latest single, "Sorry," was shot while the bandmates rode bicycles around Los Angeles, and according to band member Nick Roberts, the video turned out better than they had hoped, was one of their most fun projects to date and couldn't have been done without the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Content Insider #328 - Beauty to Behold By Miles Weston Ok Gravity didn't sweep the Oscars but the intense beauty of the film for anyone who saw it was amazing. Millenials liked it even more because they are very particular about the content they watch, enjoy and share. When NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) comes up we'll see the execution side of CES...getting content ready for you to view. The show will be packed with 4K content development/production/delivery tools. Ok so your cable company can't handle the delivery but there are ways around those folks and more and more people globally are making the change for the better. ...Read More »
New Music Video from Seattle's Iska Dhaaf Iska Dhaaf is a Seattle based musical duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Verdoes. The band, whose name translates roughly to the Somali term for "let it go," is releasing its debut album on March 11. In advance of this album, entitled "Even the Sun Will Burn", Iska Dhaaf has released a new music video for the record's first single, "Everybody Knows." The video is based on 1960s USO shows, drawing inspiration from both the iconic Playboy bunny scene from "Apocalypse Now" and authentic Bob Hope Vietnam War USO tours. The video even features cameos by other Seattle musicians, including famed Seattle rapper Macklemore, channeling Bob Hope himself. Directed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the video was shot by DoP A.J. Rickert-Epstein and Stephan Gray on two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras (MFT) and was colored on DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Mini Boosts "Just Seen It" Digital Transfer Times by 400% Four Panasonic HVX-170 cameras each equipped with an AJA Ki Pro Mini to capture and record ProRes 422 footage. Data is then downloaded from the Ki Pro Mini's CF cards and transferred to a Mac Pro via a Sonnet QIO CF card reader. Footage is edited in Apple Final Cut Pro and broadcast over the Internet and public television stations. ...Read More »
Scott Freeman Cracks the Case Scott Freeman is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. If Sherlock Holmes worked in post production with several broadcast clients with different workflows and tight deadlines. As the online editor for a number of television shows, including several of the most popular weekly TV dramas on cable, which are completely file based, Scott was challenged with creating a file based online conform workflow. With a variety of cameras used to shoot the shows, Scott needed to figure out a way to conform the different footage and create links between the files. And Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve color correction became the bridge he needed. ...Read More »
Stereo D goes big with Quantel Pablo Rio In the past three years, Stereo D has taken the 2D-3D conversion industry by storm. In the last six months alone, 13 big-budget movies have been converted at the facility, with the company now holding an 85% market share in 2D-3D conversions. Quantel systems make up the backbone of its post-production workflow, with the company recently purchasing three Pablo Rio color correction and finishing systems in order to complete the 3D conversion and post-production of sci-fi action movie, 'Pacific Rim', directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. ...Read More »
Steve Beganyi Takes Viewers on a Trip Around the World From locked cut to network delivery, Steve has just two to three days to color grade an entire episode. And that doesn't mean throwing one main grade onto the footage and calling it a day. It means creating a completely unique look for each episode that captures and enhances the feeling and theme of the specific location and trip. Steve's tool of choice that helps him deliver - DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
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