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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 »
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 »
Jump Studios, NVIDIA Quadro, PNY, and Adobe CC Help Predict the Future of NASCAR's Top Drivers Thanks to NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, PNY and the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, Canadian-based Jump Studios was able to conceptualize, shoot, edit, design, and finalize the teaser in only two weeks-even responding to a last-minute change from ESPN to cut 15 seconds from the 11/2-minute ...Read More »
Enjoying the Movie Music? You Might Have NYC's Grandest Ballroom to Thank By Sebastian Thaler As movie audiences settle in to enjoy Ben Stiller's new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it's a sure bet that the film's score will add to the drama on screen. What most audiences might not appreciate is the dramatic history of the space where that score was recorded: Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. Along with the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom is part of the Manhattan Center, and it is Manhattan Center Productions that operates New York City's most advanced independent recording studios and television production facilities. ...Read More »
Napa Valley TV Airs First Live Multi Camera Sports Broadcast in Napa County's History with a Little Blackmagic Imagine a 6,400 seat sports stadium complete with a grand entrance, press boxes and concession areas. Now imagine that stadium on game day, excitement in the air, fans eager to see their favorites teams go head to head. This was the scene in November 2013 as the Vintage and Napa High School Football teams took the field at Memorial Stadium in Napa, CA. What made that day special for the local community was the fact that the match was the first live multi camera sports broadcast in Napa County's history, airing on the community's local public access cable television network, Napa Valley TV. ...Read More »
The H2 Channel's "America Unearthed" Series Travels Through Time with SPLICE and DaVinci Resolve Have you ever wondered if what you learned in school was the whole story? So does forensic geologist Scott Wolter, which is why he seeks to uncover the truth in the documentary series "America Unearthed," airing on the History Channel's H2 network. Relying on his trusty tool set of a flashlight and microscope, Scott acts as a real life Indiana Jones, facing the challenge of digging for America's archaeological secrets in tombs and caves, uncovering surprising evidence and proving there's still a lot to be learned from our past. ...Read More »
"Pride: The Series" "Pride: The Series" is an eight episode genre and gender bending television series that depicts four characters who are connected by blood, friendship, sex and love in a classic battle between good versus evil. Taking place across a 10 month period, the show documents the emotional lives of a cast of characters, some of whom are based on the creators' real life friends, in front of a seedy city life backdrop. The creators of the show hope that the series inspires everyone who watches it - regardless of culture, size, gender or sexual orientation - to express themselves and not be afraid to show their own pride. ...Read More »
Rogers Vancouver: breaking down the silos with Enterprise sQ City, OMNI and Sportsnet share all their resources and a single Quantel Enterprise sQ production to cover all their production needs. And it's a triumph. City's flagship live morning show BT (Breakfast Television) runs for three and a half hours each weekday, four OMNI multicultural news shows span two and a half hours in the evening, and last but not least, Sportsnet Connected puts out one and a half hours of news and chat daily, centered around the Vancouver Canucks, the hugely popular local Hockey team and other NHL (National Hockey League) news. ...Read More »
Aframe Helps Timeline TV Make Digital Dailies Workflow Less Grisly For Zombie Drama Series "In the Flesh" Location shoots require swift methods of getting content to partners hours or days away, which can mean time, cost and complexity - especially with high end cinematic camera where the file sizes are large, it usually means there is no easy way to get dailies into cloud-based workflows. Timeline TV in Media City created a unique workflow for the second series of BBC Three's "In the Flesh" zombie love story, using the Aframe cloud video production platform. ...Read More »
Independent Filmmaker Samuel Jacob Relies on Blackmagic Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Samuel Jacob never went to film school in the traditional sense. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been studying the art of filmmaking since he was a six year old boy using his dad's camcorder to make movies with his brother. Filmmaking has always been a creative outlet for Samuel and a way for him to express himself, and he draws upon his own family's struggles in his latest film, "Hardland," currently in production. In order to tell such a meaningful, personal story and, more importantly, the story that Samuel wants to tell, he has to rely on a completely DIY workflow. ...Read More »
Read All About It The Bakersfield Californian has been serving the local community of Kern county California its news for more than 100 years. Since 1907, the family owned newspaper has been passed down through five generations and continues to innovate, developing new ways to provide the community with the news. Like many newspapers, The Bakersfield Californian took advantage of the Internet, blogs and online video to provide new content avenues and reach a greater audience. But it wasn't until Louis Amestoy joined in 2012 as the director of digital content, that the newspaper took its biggest step in innovating with live video and online streaming. ...Read More »
Q&A WITH CHRIS CARTAGENA Chris Cartagena made his feature film debut as an editor on the Academy Award(r)-winning film, Happy Feet and is a native of Brisbane, Australia. He has also worked on various television projects over the years and was the 1st Assistant Editor on the Weinstein Company's Escape from Planet Earth just prior to joining the crew of Free Birds. From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, Free Birds is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. Free Birds tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. ...Read More »
"Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" Goes Behind the Laughs with Blackmagic Design After more than six decades in the entertainment industry, comedic genius Mel Brooks is a legend. From his groundbreaking films (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) to his writing achievements and musical work, he is one of the most successful entertainers of our time. In fact he is one of just a handful of people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Although he is typically very private, Mel Brooks recently opened up and participated in a biographical documentary that sheds some light on his personal life, creative beginnings and legendary career. "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," a feature length film, aired as part of the American Masters series on PBS. ...Read More »
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