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SSD Speeds Project By Miles Weston Getting your big break in the music and acting industry is usually a long, hard process that requires just the right connections and a fair amount of luck. Sklyer Reed found there was another option - Indiegogo - when she met and connected with cinematographer Cullie Poseria. Together the two mapped out a strategy and plan that would help Reed reach people who were interested in helping her open the door for her singing career. Ms Poseria showed that a quality music video can be produced even with a tight time and money budget. The rest is up to the viewing/listening audience around the globe. ...Read More »
Kinefinity and ASSIMILATE Partner to Deliver KineRAW Codec and Real-time Post Production to Chinese Filmmaking Market ASSIMILATE and Kinefinity today announced they are partnering to deliver advanced digital filmmaking solutions to the high-growth Chinese marketplace. The collaboration equips Chinese filmmakers with a streamlined all-in-one, value-priced solution for 2D/3D productions, from image capture with a high-resolution Kinefinity camera (4K, 6K) to using high-performance SCRATCH tools for on-set data management and dailies, and full post production - conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, finishing, and mastering. ...Read More »
SuperMeetUp Set By Miles Weston The international SuperMeetUp is coming to San Jose, Ca in conjunction with FCPX as filmmakers and content production people meet on Apple's home turf. It will be a great educational and fun event for Final Cut Pro experts and soon to be experts. ...Read More »
Indie Films Shot Over Mobile By FilmGirl from the Future As smartphones become more portable and their features are continually improved, many are now maximizing their handsets at work. In fact, even filmmakers, especially those who are just starting out in the industry, are using their mobile devices to create award-winning short films. Due to the continuing trend in mobile adoption at video production houses, many organizations have started recognizing individuals who excel in this category. One of the popular award ceremonies for filmmakers is the iPhone Film Festival (IFF) that is now into its fifth year of awarding film makers that use iPhones in shooting their movies. ...Read More »
AJA Launches Summer of Savings Promotion for CION and Select Ki Pro Products AJA Video Systems today launched the 'Summer of Savings' promotion, reducing pricing for the CION production camera, Ki Pro Quad, Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro recorders. The price for CION is now $4995 US MSRP, which reflects a $4000 price reduction. Ki Pro Quad is now $2995 US MSRP, Ki Pro Mini is $1495 US MSRP, Ki Pro is $2495 US MSRP, and Ki Pro ND is $2295 US MSRP. AJA customers who purchased the CION production camera before May 26, 2015 will receive two AJA Pak 512 SSDs for free, directly from AJA (valued at $2495 MSRP). ...Read More »
AEGraphics Bowled Over by Vizrt and Matrox Video 4K Solutions The Cricket World Cup (CWC), held every four years with the top 14 teams in the world competing, is a much anticipated event with a large viewership, typically in hundreds of millions. The 2015 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Star Sports, the host broadcaster for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, covered every match live. All the matches played by India, plus the semi-finals and final, were broadcast live in 4K to local cinemas in India. Alston Elliot (AEGraphics), one of the world's leading providers of television graphics and data solutions, was asked to deliver 4K graphics on Star Sports' live 4K coverage of the CWC games. ...Read More »
Creative Contest Begins By Miles Weston Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! ...Read More »
Creative Contest Begins By Miles Weston Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! ...Read More »
NAB Filmmaker Announcements By Miles Weston Recognizing that the most fragile time in your filmwork is between capture and workstation production, OWC (Other World Computing) has introduced three mobile storage solutions to save and protect your video in the field (even in the most rugged environments) and get it home safely for production. ...Read More »
Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell By Miles Weston Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. ...Read More »
Indie Filmmakers Bring Cinematic Look to "The Great American Movie Hustle" with AJA CION Upcoming indie feature "The Great American Movie Hustle" follows filmmaker Michael Anton and actor Michael Monsour as they attempt to create an epic cinematic film about making an epic cinematic film. Along the way, the duo encounters several twists and turns that mirror common production challenges filmmakers face today. Produced by Wonder Lab Films and directed by Michael Anton, the parody is presented in a mockumentary format rife with old-school humor. To achieve a distinct cinematic aesthetic for the film, Anton brought Doug Michaels on board as cinematographer, who shot the film using AJA CION production cameras. ...Read More »
Defining The Art of Shaving with Blackmagic Design For many men, shaving their facial hair is a necessary evil. If they are not careful, they risk nicks, cuts and irritation, and the process is tedious and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Although shaving can be a chore, it's a must for many, unless they want to look like a member of the Duck Dynasty family. One of the questions that employees receive most often is "What's the difference between a traditional and royal shave?" To help answer this question and help customers better understand its services, Director Christopher Califano recently shot a video that brought the shaving experience to life using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve color corrector. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Launches SCRATCH Web ASSIMILATE launched SCRATCH Web, the first professional cloud-based multi-user collaboration and review tool that offers individual clip, timeline, or timeline+version sharing (SCRATCH CONstruct), and native support for industry-standard RAW camera formats. Now creative professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industry - from producers, directors, DPs, and DITs, to editors, VFX and post artists - are able to publish RAW material in any format, in any resolution, at any time, from anywhere in the world. ...Read More »
Orlando Public Library Takes Learning to Another Level with Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio When many people think of libraries, they think of rows upon rows of books meticulously categorized and alphabetized. Perhaps there are tables with lamps emitting a soft glow and students bent over their studies or readers lost deep in the worlds of their favorite novels. Located in 26,000 square feet of space in the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center expands the role of the library by offering access to hardware, software, support and programming to inspire and invigorate creativity. And according to Anthony Torres, video production instructor at the Melrose Center, it's free of charge for library cardholders. ...Read More »
Alan Bell's Unique Editing a la Fusion Alan Edward Bell is the editor of The Hunger Games and shares with us today his highly specialized editing techniques. With an early career in a range of positions in visual effects and editing on such projects as "Duplicity," "A Few Good Men," "The Green Mile," "Water for Elephants," "The Amazing Spider-Man," and of course the more recent "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" Parts 1 and 2, Alan Bell explains why Fusion is a fundamental part of his very unique editing with compositing process. ...Read More »
Cinematiq Pilots Film Festivals Nationwide with AJA Ki Pros Indie filmmaker and Cinematiq Founder Aaron Owen understands the blood, sweat and tears that go into launching a film on the festival circuit. Inspired by a passion to help emerging talent, he formed Cinematiq in 2013, and brought John Crossley on board as Executive Producer. Together, the duo manages content for film festivals across America, in addition to offering transcoding, conversion, standardization and disc-based authoring services for indie filmmakers. To screen each film reliably at the highest quality, they've formulated a file-based workflow that banks on AJA Ki Pros for playback via venue projectors. ...Read More »
Kollaborate with others By Ko Maruyama As more project managers start to move to working with remote teams (even just across town), it's up to them to find the best way to review the work that each team member has completed. In our line of work, animation & video needs to get approved asap so final renders can start their long render process. Kollaborate offers a cloud solution for review and approval of audio and video projects. ...Read More »
Editing 4K Video on Surface Pro with Sony Vegas By David Hague A few weeks ago I showed that a Microsoft Surface 3 could successfully run a full on non-linear video editor using Sony Vegas 13 Pro as the host program. But I wanted to see how the 'experience' of using the Surface Pro was, that is in use, how it would fare and was it actually usable as against simply capable? To start with, I really threw a challenge at it, loading up some 4K footage shot from Panasonic's HC-X1000 pro camera. The footage was ingested with no fuss and throwing it on the timeline caused no protests from either Vegas or the Surface. ...Read More »
Surprising Experiences with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera When writer/director Deep Williams (no relation) found me through my work as DOP on "American Pastime" (Warner Brothers/2008), he was looking for a specific look and feel for his upcoming short film project, "The Sac Fly." He liked the feel of the imagery created for "American Pastime," where the images play a big part in creating the mood and help tell the undercurrents of the story. His pitch had me from the beginning-a dramatic story of racial inequality, told with black and white imagery. The issue became not one of "can I" or "will I" do it, as I was obviously interested, but one of budget. ...Read More »
Fractal Visuals One might think an 18 year old film student would be just starting to learn the ropes of the film world. But John Byron Hanby IV, a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin, already has years of experience under his belt. He even started his own production company when he was just 16. Discovering his passion for filmmaking at age eight while making a documentary about his local martial arts studio, John began to dabble in short films and corporate videos. In December 2012, he founded his production company, Fractal Visuals. ...Read More »
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