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Monkeyhead Helps 'Untie The Knot' For Bravo
News: Monkeyhead Helps 'Untie The Knot' For BravoMotion Design Studio Creates Eye-Catching Show Open For New Reality Show
Divorce is always complicated, as the new Bravo reality series “Untying The Knot” can attest. Equally complex is the 15-second show open created by the award-winning motion design studio Monkeyhead, led by Creative Director Josh Sahley, who crafted an open that perfectly captures the characters that drive the show.
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SIGGRAPH 2014 Production Sessions Feature Summer Blockbusters, Oscar Winner
SIGGRAPH 2014 will offer presentations on more than 15 of the biggest current and upcoming studio productions, including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Gravity,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Production Sessions are hosted as part of the Computer Animation Festival and will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 11-14 August.
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Method Studios Names Esteemed Visual Effects Supervisor Marc Weigert As President
Appointment Comes as Method Continues Work on High-Profile Projects Including "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Maze Runner"
Method Studios, Deluxe's global visual effects company, has named industry professional Marc Weigert as its president.
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MAXON Announces “WinC4D.com” Contest Web Site
Themed Challenges for Users of Adobe After Effects CC and Cinema 4D Lite; Winners Receive Cinema 4D Broadcast
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering, has announced “WinC4D.com” a new contest web site where digital artists utilizing Adobe® After Effects® CC and Cinema 4D Lite can compete in theme-related animation contests. Cinema 4D Lite is a limited version of MAXON’s award-winning 3D package bundled with Adobe Creative Cloud and After Effects CC. This live 3D pipeline inside After Effects allows users to import 3D objects and use them in 3D scenes without leaving After Effects. The regularly scheduled competitions are designed to showcase the innovative ways creative professionals can use the two programs to create compelling digital content.
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SGO Releases Mamba FX Version 2.0
News: SGO Releases Mamba FX Version 2.0Making a Difference to Compositing Creativity
SGO has made another significant development upgrade to its compositing software, Mamba FX in version 2.0, providing advanced additional features which give compositors infinite opportunities and possibilities to enhance their creativity. Redefining VFX and rapidly evolving, Mamba FX's new toolsets extends the existing SGO product line and draws on Mistika's powerful compositing and image quality technology, as well as adding a host of innovative features and functionality.
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Snapshots Effect Plugin Released for Final Cut Pro X
News: Snapshots Effect Plugin Released for Final Cut Pro XDesigned to be Very Easy and Quick-to-Use, XEffects Snapshots is a Plugin for Final Cut Pro X that Automatically Freezes Video, Inserts it into a Frame & Positions it onto a Background in 3D Space.
XEffects Snapshots is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X that automatically freezes video, inserts it into a frame and positions it onto a background in 3D space. Applying Snapshots to footage adds an instant level of professional design and class. The user can display a single image for impact or string a succession of Snapshots together to make a montage or title sequence.
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Juniper Jones Reveals "Better Websites For All" With New Squarespace Commercial
News: Juniper Jones Reveals "Better Websites For All" With New Squarespace CommercialCreative production studio Juniper Jones recently crafted a new commercial for Squarespace, a software service-based Content Management System (CMS), which provides creative tools that power the future of the web, from mobile and e-commerce experiences to website design and online publishing. Celebrating the diversity of Squarespace’s clientele, the 30-second spot builds on the company's “Better Websites For All” campaign. The spot debuted last week and will air nationally on broadcast and web.
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ALEXA XR/XT Supports New ProRes 4444 XQ
News: ALEXA XR/XT Supports New ProRes 4444 XQARRI is announcing support for the new Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, the highest-quality version of ProRes to date, which is designed to preserve the incredible detail in high-dynamic range imagery through high-end video postproduction. ProRes 4444 XQ will be available in the next Software Update Packet for ALEXA cameras.
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"Cathedrals of Culture" Aspires to Great New Heights with the Mistika Finishing Treatment
News: "Cathedrals of Culture" Aspires to Great New Heights with the Mistika Finishing TreatmentOnline Editor Christian Tröger working at Berlin's ARRI Mitte used Mistika's advanced toolsets to post produce majestic scenes in "Cathedrals of Culture." Neue Road Movies, owned by Oscar award-winning director Wim Wenders, produced the striking film which portrays various buildings around the world. Using the visual language of stereoscopic film-making, it was directed by acclaimed directors bringing their own unique style. Wim Wenders covers the Berlin Philharmonic building; Robert Redford's film shows off the Salk Institute at La Jolla in California; Michael Glawogger depicts the National Library in Russia's St. Petersburg; Michael Madsen features the Halden Prison in Norway; Margreth Olin sheds light on the Oslo Opera House and Karim Ainouz focuses on the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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Superlux Rebrands to Deliver Design-Centric Solutions for the Next Content Revolution
News: Superlux Rebrands to Deliver Design-Centric Solutions for the Next Content RevolutionThe Award-Winning Company Creates a New Story-Driven Website to Communicate Its Design-Centric Approach
Superlux, the Atlanta-based motion media group, has re-structured to create a one-stop creative resource for animation, live action, visual effects and finishing -Superlux's boutique approach fuses technology with a design-centric process to develop and deliver innovative content for spots, promos, ID’s, webisodes, shorts, feature films, digital signage and point of purchase animation, interactive media design, and mobile media - to connect brands and audiences across a new generation of media.
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Panasonic Taps Astucemedia to Enable Real-time Data Driven Graphics on "Big Hoss TV"
News: Panasonic Taps Astucemedia to Enable Real-time Data Driven Graphics on "Big Hoss TV"Astucemedia Contributes Custom Graphics and Data Services to a Massive LED HD Video Board Built by Panasonic for Texas Motor Speedway
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company enlisted the help of Astucemedia—a Montreal-based provider of live broadcast graphics services with an office in Dubai, UAE—to provide visually rich graphics design with real-time data integration services to "Big Hoss TV."
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Lightcraft Technology Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary as a Global Leader in On-Set Virtual Tracking and Visualization Solutions for Entertainment Industry
Lightcraft Technology, a leader in the development of on-set virtual tracking equipment and visualization software, today announced that 2014 marks the company's 10th year anniversary of its founding and also announced the opening of a development office in Portland, Oregon.
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Filmworkers Launches “Churchill’s Studio” for Visual Effects and CG
News: Filmworkers Launches “Churchill’s Studio” for Visual Effects and CGRob Churchill to lead new creative unit, whose first project is an all-CG spot for Cedar Fair.
Continuing its expansion mode, Filmworkers has formed a new in-house creative unit, Churchill’s Studio, focused on visual effects and animation. Headed by Visual Effects Director Rob Churchill, the new unit will provide services ranging from compositing and visual effects to full CG production.
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Grass Valley’s EDIUS 7 Selected for the 3D Film “Our Restless Planet”
News: Grass Valley’s EDIUS 7 Selected for the 3D Film “Our Restless Planet”Now showing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Earth Science Visitor Center
Bruce Austin of Bruce Austin Productions Inc. (BAPI) and Dan Harris of Eight Ball Pictures and Stereoscope LLC, have turned to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to harness the powerful capabilities of its EDIUS 7 multiformat nonlinear editing software on the film “Our Restless Planet,” for the JPL Earth Science Visitor Center. The film highlights the effects of hurricanes, earthquakes and fresh water supplies on our planet.
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Adobe Releases New Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $9.99 Per Month
New Creative Cloud Technology Connects Latest Photography Tools; New Photoshop Mix Debuts for iPad
Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together -- for USD$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, two tools that have fundamentally impacted how photographs and imagery shape our visual culture, as well as Lightroom’s breakthrough mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Also introduced today is the all-new Photoshop Mix, a new iPad app that provides access to powerful Photoshop features normally confined to the desktop, enabling compositing and transformative edits while on the go. Built using the new Adobe Creative SDK, Photoshop Mix delivers new levels of Adobe imaging precision and magic to mobile users.
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Adobe Takes Creativity Mobile with New Creative Cloud Connected Apps and Hardware
Sketching, Precision Drawing and Photography Apps Extend Creative Workflow to iPad; SDK Unlocks Over 30 Years of Adobe Innovation for Mobile App Developers
Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled a new suite of mobile apps and complementary hardware that connect Adobe Creative Cloud, the company's flagship offering for creatives worldwide, to iPad. A digital pen, Adobe Ink, and a digital ruler, Adobe Slide, bring true creative freedom and functionality to mobile devices. Adobe Sketch and Adobe Line enable the next generation of sketching and precision drawing on iPad, and are both optimized to support the new hardware. A third app, Adobe Photoshop Mix, offers a new Creative Cloud connected mobile workflow for anyone who wants access to powerful creative imaging tools on their mobile device. Finally, Lightroom mobile is now available for iPhone in addition to iPad, providing the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.
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Clockwork VFX Heads Into Battle for Hasbro’s Cinematic :90 CG Animated "Transformers Battle Masters" Spot
News: Clockwork VFX Heads Into Battle for Hasbro’s Cinematic :90 CG Animated "Transformers Battle Masters" SpotVisual Effects/Animation Studio Handles Ambitious Assignment Inspired By Classic Boxing Movies
It’s a familiar ‘against-all-odds’ story about a scrappy boxer from the street who gets his one shot at the championship. Only this time it’s Transformer arch-enemies Megatron and Optimus Prime battling in the ring in this new, 3D animated epic boxing ad from animation/visual effects houseClockwork VFX for the new "Transformers Battle Masters" game and agency UPROAR!, New York. This hugely ambitious :90 spot, which began airing in May represents a significant creative accomplishment for the nine-year-old creative studio.
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Animation/Visual FX Studio Brigade Applies Cloud-Based Workflow to PSA for New Mexico Department Of Transportation “BKLUP” Campaign
News: Animation/Visual FX Studio Brigade Applies Cloud-Based Workflow to PSA for New Mexico Department Of Transportation “BKLUP” CampaignUniquely Scalable Animation/Visual FX Company Assembles Elite Team to Complete Intensive Animation, Compositing And Particle Effects
The animation/visual FX company Brigade put its unique skills to work for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), helping complete an uncommonly eye-catching :30 PSA entitled “Physics Professor." Using their fast-moving methods for creative collaboration, Brigade assembled an elite team of artists that completed the visually arresting animation, compositing and particle effects from concept to final in under two weeks.
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​Editors’ Lounge Showcases Streamlined Editing Tools from Adobe and Lumberjack System
News: ​Editors’ Lounge Showcases Streamlined Editing Tools from Adobe and Lumberjack SystemThe Editors’ Lounge hosted their May event where production and post- production professionals were given the opportunity to get an up close look at the latest editing tools in Adobe® After Effects® CC and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC that are part of the 150 brand-new features available in Adobe Creative Cloud® tools. One lucky raffle winner received a year’s subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud®. The new Lumberjack System was also unveiled with valuable cost and time saving features for editors.
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Mistika used at ONSIGHT in BAFTA Award-Winning David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D 4K film
News: Mistika used at ONSIGHT in BAFTA Award-Winning David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D 4K filmSir David Attenborough is the Only Person to have Received a BAFTA in Five Formats, Black and White, Colour, HD, 3D and now 4K.
SGO's Mistika was used at London's ONSIGHT in "David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive" (3D) which has just reaped a coveted BAFTA TV Award in the Specialist Factual Category. Produced by Colossus Productions, a joint venture between Atlantic Productions and Sky 3D, Mistika technology played a major role in post at ONSIGHT in the exceptional project.
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Codex Shows Advanced Motion Picture Workflows At Cine Gear 2014
News: Codex Shows Advanced Motion Picture Workflows At Cine Gear 2014Codex, the industry leader in RAW recording and workflow, will highlight how Codex Vault and other Codex-developed recording systems can be easily integrated with the latest technology, from partners including ARRI, Dolby, FilmLight and Ncam, to create streamlined capture-to-post workflows for motion pictures, at the Codex booth (#47) during Cine Gear 2014, June 6-7, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.
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SolidTrack and Encodacam Build Strong Partnership Combining Their Innovative Technologies and Sharing Offices in Los Angeles
SolidAnim, a leader in the development of on-set virtual tracking equipment and visualization software, announced its technological partnership with the market-leading real-time virtual production company Encodacam and SolidAnim’s division SolidTrack. The companies join their expertise and technology in shared offices based in Los Angeles to provide customers with a complete and innovative production service.
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Bluefish444 Announces Magma Chassis Certification for use with 12-bit SDI I/O Video Cards
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced that the utilization of Bluefish444 SDI video cards is now possible over Magma Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 Expansion chassis.
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Phoenix Media Group Hits the Mark with Opener for CLIO Image Awards
News: Phoenix Media Group Hits the Mark with Opener for CLIO Image Awards“Artemis” Was Part of a Full-Slate of Creative Services for the Inaugural Awards Show Hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen and Featuring Sarah Jessica Parker.
Phoenix Media Group helped the inaugural CLIO Image Awards get off to an electrifying start with a beguiling show-opener about an elegant and enigmatic archer.
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MPC Creative Directs an Imaginative Dream World for RE/MAX
News: MPC Creative Directs an Imaginative Dream World for RE/MAXLeo Burnett approached MPC Creative to produce, direct, and develop the visual effects for an all-new RE/MAX advertising campaign. Taking advantage of all pre-production, production and VFX disciplines under one roof, MPC LA’s in-house talent, directors Dan Marsh and Paul O’Shea, led the creation of the spectacular campaign illustrating how our dreams and reality coincide with a little guidance from the global real-estate franchisor.
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SGO Sponsors Creative Week at BAFTA
Showcasing Excellence in Creative Output | 2 – 6 June 2014 - BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN
SGO is proud to sponsor Creative Week which takes place at BAFTA from 2 - 6 June, drawing the television, film and advertising worlds together. Creative Week is the perfect environment for visitors to meet SGO and discover even more about Mistika's remarkable 4K capabilities and Mamba FX's node-based compositing, within the context of an experts forum. The high-profile event is produced by Media Business Insight (MBI) - the publishers of Broadcast, Screen International and Shots. The full programme covers enticing topics delivered by top industry players from BSkyB, ONSIGHT, The Look, The Mill, The Framestore, The Farm, MPC, Atlantic Productions, and many others.
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FilmLight Demonstrates Complete Digital Dailies Workflow at Expo Cine, Video y Televisión 2014
FilmLight, alongside its local partner AMTEC, will be demonstrating its new Baselight DAILIES solution and complete digital dailies workflow in a real-world implementation at Expo Cine, Video y Televisión 2014 (AMTEC stand A-1, Mexico World Trade Center, 03 – 06 June 2014).
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TERRITORY Purchases Pablo Rio with Neo Nano Panel
Ferndale, USA, Creative Boutique TERRITORY Invests in Quantel for interactivity, Speed and uality
Michigan-based creative boutique, TERRITORY, has purchased a Quantel Pablo Rio high quality color and finishing system to enhance its post production capabilities. TERRITORY has also invested in a Neo Nano panel to provide seamless interaction with Pablo Rio's comprehensive color toolset.
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Boris FX Announces Boris RED 5.5 for the Avid Product Family
New Green Dot RT Effects and Performance Improvements, Enhanced Text Support on Mac and Windows Platforms, Compatibility with the Latest Avid Systems
Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, announces Boris RED 5.5. Boris RED is a plug-in application for high-end text, transitions, and advanced composites inside Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, and Avid NewsCutter editing software. Boris RED 5.5 is a successor to Avid FX, previously bundled with all Avid editing solutions.
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Telestream Features Vantage HEVC, 4K, and Cloud at BroadcastAsia2014
File-based video transcoding and workflow automation products offer advanced HEVC and 4K support, pristine quality and exceptional speeds - demonstrations in Techtel and Magna Systems booths
Telestream®, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced that its software-based Vantage video transcoding and workflow automation products will be featured in Techtel (S.E, Asia) Pte Ltd booth 5J3-03 and Magna Systems & Engineering booth 5B2-02 at BroadcastAsia2014 which takes place June 17-20 in Singapore. Telestream will demonstrate the latest file formats and technologies, including HEVC and 4K, transcoding and packaging for multiplatform distribution, and the ability to quickly respond to fluctuating needs in the cloud.
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SGO to Showcase Mistika's Real time 4K capabilities at Broadcast Asia
SGO Booth # 5K6-06, The Spanish Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 17 – 20 June 2014
SGO will be showcasing its world-class leading Mistika colour grading and online finishing system at this year’s Broadcast Asia conference held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 17 – 20 June. Mistika is widely regarded as the most powerful and efficient finishing and grading system for projects at any resolution and frame rate, including 4K at 60P and stereoscopic 3D. Mistika's diverse and versatile creative toolset is not restricted to 4K and is already able to provide for 8K post production pipelines.
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JWT Atlanta, MPC NY and Raf Wathion push the boundaries of innovation in Pennzoil's new campaign
News: JWT Atlanta, MPC NY and Raf Wathion push the boundaries of innovation in Pennzoil's new campaignToday Pennzoil is launching a new campaign called “Born from Natural Gas” for a first-of-its-kind motor oil made from natural gas, Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology - the first true innovation in the category in over 35 years. To debut the product, JWT Atlanta wanted to create something just as innovative as the product itself. The result is a first-of-its-kind TV commercial shot on gaseous vapor clouds. The project took almost a year to produce due to the technical and engineering side of pulling off a commercial, live in-camera, of this magnitude.
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The World’s First 8K Shared Storage System to Launch at Broadcast Asia
Space SSD Ultimate Offers Post Production Teams the First Shared Storage System for Online Editing, Compositing and Grading of 8K Files
GB Labs introduces Space SSD Ultimate, the first networked storage system for 8K grading, editing, compositing and motion graphics. Part of GB Labs’ Space family, Space SSD Ultimate offers broadcasters and post production companies a new super-charged storage system with more than double the performance offered by previous SSD RAID systems.
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Clockwork VFX Brings Monopoly Town To 3D Animated Life For Hasbro
News: Clockwork VFX Brings Monopoly Town To 3D Animated Life For HasbroVisual Effects House Teams With Agency UPROAR! To Imagine A Vibrant, Bustling City Based On The Classic Board Game
It’s a game we’ve all played, but a world we’ve never truly seen – until now. Clockwork VFX, the creative visual effects/3D animation studio led by Creative Director/Co-Founder Jason Tomlins and Executive Producer Mia Harvey, crafted an engaging new ad for Hasbro’s latest version of Monopoly Junior and agency UPROAR, New York, that transports viewers past go, jail and straight to Boardwalk’s lush beach and amusement park.
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Designer/Animator Erik Edmonson Joins Filmworkers Nashville
News: Designer/Animator Erik Edmonson Joins Filmworkers NashvilleAward-winning motion graphics designer and animator Erik Edmondson has joined the creative team at Filmworkers, Nashville. The arrival of Edmondson, whose work spans commercials, broadcast design, title treatments and graphics, will allow Filmworkers to expand its menu of services, adding design and animation to its core post production offerings, which include editing, color correction, visual effects and editorial finishing.
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SGO Reports an NAB Triumph
News: SGO Reports an NAB TriumphWith ever increasing demand for future-ready post production solutions, SGO reported a highly successful outcome at NAB. Located in the South Hall, the popular Mistika post production systems and Mamba FX compositing software were showcased at SGO's booth, attracting a lot of visitors, among them content creators, post facilities and widely known broadcasters. SGO's progressive creativity and efficiency in colour grading and finishing received positive feedback resulting in new relationships, collaborations and sales.
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ONSIGHT Drives its Mistika Colour and Finishing Suites with Precision Grading Panels
News: ONSIGHT Drives its Mistika Colour and Finishing Suites with Precision Grading PanelsThe Precision Grading Panel for SGO Mistika has proven to be a big hit at the National Association of Broadcaster's Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas this April. Within hours of the show opening, pioneering London facilities company ONSIGHT placed an order for two Precision Panels to help drive their state-of-the-art Mistika grading and finishing suites in 4K, 3D and HD. They will be installed at the company’s stunning new WC2 premises by St Martins Lane, which also includes 4K projection.
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Vitamin Creates an Ice Kingdom for Coors Light
News: Vitamin Creates an Ice Kingdom for Coors LightHybrid Production Studio Travels Inside the Design of New “Special Edition” Cans in New Campaign from CommonGround.
Vitamin Pictures transports viewers into worlds populated by tumbling glaciers and freezing liquid in two new, fully-animated spots for Coors Light.
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Mistika, SGO’s Colour Grading And Finishing Platform, to Support Dolby® Vision™
News: Mistika, SGO’s Colour Grading And Finishing Platform, to Support Dolby® Vision™SGO today announced that its extremely powerful flagship colour grading and finishing platform, Mistika, now supports Dolby® Vision™ technology, enabling the display of high dynamic range (HDR) images with wider colour gamut capabilities. SGO, working in close collaboration with Dolby, will look to make the Dolby Vision workflow capabilities available in Mistika from version 8.2, which was previewed at NAB and is due for release shortly after IBC 2014.
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Advanced Systems Group to Host Portland Happy Hour With NetApp and Telestream
Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, will host a free Technology Trending Happy Hour on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, Ore. Sponsored by NetApp and Telestream, the informal gathering starts at 5 p.m. with free drinks and appetizers, followed by product demos at 6 p.m.
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Slik Introduces Mistika's 4K and Colour Grading Capabilities to Montreal
News: Slik Introduces Mistika's 4K and Colour Grading Capabilities to MontrealCanadian Boutique Post Production Company Slik has Invested in SGO's Mistika Post Production System to Expand its 4K Capabilities and Colour Grading.
Established in Montreal in 2001, Slik offers comprehensive post services for television, film and commercials. Recent credits include TV series such as Infoman, Les gars des vues and commercials such as Boston Pizza directed by Alain Chicoine, co-founder of Slik, and documentaries which include "Légendes Urbaines" and "Les Coulisses du Bye Bye 2013.
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Zoic Propels Players Right Into The Action for Kinect Sports Rivals
News: Zoic Propels Players Right Into The Action for Kinect Sports RivalsCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios transports sports enthusiasts straight into the action in the :30 Kinect Sports Rivals spot “You” for Microsoft out of Antfarm. In the spot, two live action competitors are facing off against their avatar counterparts, when the wall of reality is smashed and the spot launches into thrilling gameplay. The recently released game is the next generation of the popular Xbox franchise, Kinect Sports and includes Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Target Shooting, Wake Racing and Climbing and allows players to scan themselves using the Kinect system and create their own custom avatar. Zoic handled the effects and color correction for the live action intro section of the spot as well as the :90 trailer.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for ABC’s “Black Box”
LOOK Effects has produced all the visual effects for ABC’s new drama, “Black Box,” which airs tonight, Thursday, April 24th, at 10:00 pm EST.
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Matrox at InfoComm 2014 — Product Preview
Video Streaming and Recording Appliance, Quad HD Capture Card, Video Wall Controller Boards, H.264 Encoders/Decoders and Fiber-Optic KVM Extenders to be Showcased
Matrox® Video and Matrox Graphics Inc. will be sharing booth N2247 at InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20). Matrox Video will showcase the award-winning Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance and the VS4™ quad HD capture card for multi-camera recording and streaming. Matrox Graphics Inc. will demonstrate the field-proven Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards, Maevex™ Full HD over IP H.264 encoders/decoders and zero-latency Avio™ fiber-optic KVM extenders.
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MAXON Announces Partnership with Side Effects to Develop CINEMA 4D Plug-in for the Houdini Engine
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering, today announced its intention to partner with Side Effects Software, a leader in 3D animation and visual effects software, to develop a plug-in which gives CINEMA 4D users access to the Houdini Engine. The Houdini Engine was introduced in 2013 on SideFX Labs and is designed to allow Houdini’s procedural technology to work inside other digital content creation applications. This bridge between the two applications offers CINEMA 4D artists direct access to Houdini Digital Assets with an integrated procedural workflow that does not require baked-out data.
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MPC NY unveils first in-house animated short film “Sunny and Steve” for Easter
News: MPC NY unveils first in-house animated short film “Sunny and Steve” for Easter"Meet Sunny and Steve," the charming characters brought to life by MPC NY in a light-hearted short film written and directed under one roof by in-house talent Bill Dorais and Ty Coyle. Born out of MPC’s love for storytelling, the passion project quickly turned into an ongoing creative platform to collaborate, experiment, and develop talent within the MPC NY character design team.
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Zoic Makes An Explosive Entrance For Scion
News: Zoic Makes An Explosive Entrance For ScionCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios morphs a seemingly ordinary lunch date into an explosive entrance in the surprisingly full throttle :30 “Arrival” for Scion out of Attik, San Francisco. The spot features the slick new 2014 Scion FR-S adeptly racing through winding roads, coming to a stop beside an outdoor café. As a young couple casually exits the car, a massive explosion ignites in their wake, leaving them nonplussed as they continue forward to meet their gaping friends.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for Draft Day
LOOK Effects is proud to announce that they produced the visual effects for Draft Day, which opened last Friday, April 11th.
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Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”
News: Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”Visual Effects House Was Lead Vendor for Futuristic Action Adventure
Visual effects house Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, was the lead vendor on Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent,” which has grossed over $175 million at the worldwide box office in its first four weeks of release. Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, brought the film to theaters in North America on March 21, 2014.
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"Subaru WRX STI Vs. The Drones: The Ultimate Obstacle Course"
News: "Subaru WRX STI Vs. The Drones: The Ultimate Obstacle Course"Big Block Creates Futuristic Drone Squadron for Subaru and DDB Canada
Bicoastal digital production and design studio Big Block produced the live action shoot, virtual obstacle course and animated drone fleet for the television, cinema and online commercial “Subaru WRX STI vs. the Drones.” To show off the 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s best-in-its-class high performance power and impeccable control, DDB Canada’s Toronto office developed the concept of a futuristic autocross course made of CG drone quadcopters to challenge the WRX STI with real-time precision driving.
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Nodes 2 for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Motion
News: Nodes 2 for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and MotionYanobox Nodes 2 is a unique visual effects plugin that offers unprecedented power to create connected motion graphics and abstract particle universes. The plugin provides comprehensive interface to produce a large palette of Motion Graphics including networks, diagrams, particles, points or text clouds and more.
Yanobox Nodes 2 is a unique visual effects plugin for FCP, Premiere Pro, AE and Motion that offers unprecedented power to create connected motion graphics and abstract particle universes. Yanobox Nodes takes its inspiration from data visualizations and networks. Diagrams of nodes and complex networks visualizations are becoming very popular in motion graphics because of their underlying beauty.
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Galaxy 61 Delivers A Show Open For VH1’s New Season Of ‘The Fabulous Life’ That’s Pure Gold
News: Galaxy 61 Delivers A Show Open For VH1’s New Season Of ‘The Fabulous Life’ That’s Pure GoldVHI recently called upon Galaxy 61 to create a show intro for the new 2014 season of ’The Fabulous Life,’ the hit series that reveals the extravagant places, possessions and pastimes of pop-culture’s most famous celebrities. The Brooklyn-based animation and visual effect boutique created a lavish intro that personifies the opulent lifestyle with a series of iconic objects formed out of cascading simulated liquid gold.
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Mr. Wolf Sets Up Shop in Santa Monica
News: Mr. Wolf Sets Up Shop in Santa MonicaFormerly Known as 1.1 VFX, the Expanding Visual Effects and Post Boutique has Found a New Home at Bully Pictures.
Creative directors Danny Yoon and Duy Nguyen, and executive producer Mike Pryor have renamed their boutique visual effects and post production company and moved it into new digs in Santa Monica. Formerly known as 1.1 VFX, the company will now operate as Mr. Wolf and work out of new headquarters located within the offices of commercial production company Bully Pictures. The new space includes a bevy of resources for visual effects, compositing, editorial finishing and digital color correction, as well as room for further expansion.
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MochaImport+ for NUKE Bridges Complex VFX Pipelines
New VFX Utility Provides Tight Integration Between NUKE’s Node-Based Workflow and Mocha Pro, Connecting High-End 3D and Stereo Compositing with Groundbreaking Planar Tracking
Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, and mamoworld, innovative developer of motion graphics and VFX software, today announced the release of MochaImport+ for NUKE. The newest VFX utility application to come out of the long-standing partnership between Imagineer Systems and mamoworld, MochaImport+ for NUKE bridges data flow between NUKE and mocha Pro, allowing visual effects artists to work seamlessly on complex compositing and tracking projects using their “go to” visual effects applications.
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GALAXY 61 Re-Launches: The Design-Driven Animation + VFX Boutique, Evolves Into a Hybrid One-Stop Creative Resource with the Addition of Expanded Editorial, Finishing, Print and Audio Services
News: GALAXY 61 Re-Launches: The Design-Driven Animation + VFX Boutique, Evolves Into a Hybrid One-Stop Creative Resource with the Addition of Expanded Editorial, Finishing, Print and Audio ServicesDesigner Doug Johnson Marks His Company’s 10th Anniversary with a Total Re-Branding & New Website Showcasing His Concept to Completion Capabilities Tailored to Animation and VFX-Driven Project with Big Ideas and Small Budgets
Galaxy 61 owner and creative director, Doug Johnson, has announced that his award-winning design-driven boutique marked its 10th anniversary this month with the re-launch of the company as he takes its business model to the next level with the addition of editorial, 3D for print, audio and finishing services. The re-structuring redefines the company as a high-end animation and visual effects house, which now offers clients the option to take advantage of its full-service, concept through completion capabilities.
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FXHOME Announces HitFilm Plugins for After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Vegas and Motion
More than 130 VFX, Compositing, Motion Graphics and Grading Plugins Now Available for the First Time
FXHOME has today announced that many of its VFX, compositing, motion graphics and grading effects will soon be available for the first time for After Effects, Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro and Motion. The versatile plugins collection from the software developer’s popular HitFilm video editing programme will be launched at the 2014 NAB Show on 7-10 April in Las Vegas.
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Matrox Video Wall Controller Boards Chosen as Finalist for 2014 Install Awards
Matrox Mura MPX Series Powers 54-Monitor Video Wall Installed by ALMOE AV Systems at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai
Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that the Matrox Mura™ MPX Series of capture and display boards has been shortlisted for a Star Product Award in the Public Display/Retail category of the 2014 InstallAwards. Mura MPX Series was chosen as a finalist based on its key role in the overall system design of an immense 54-monitor digital signage wall in the Mall of the Emirates atrium that was installed by ALMOE AV Systems. The wall displays dynamic digital signage content aimed at the 33-million-plus shoppers visiting one of the largest shopping centers in the Middle East every year.
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News from Synaptic VFX: Leading Visual Effects Company Signed as Key Vendor for New FOX Series "Hieroglyph:" Company Opens New Orleans Office, and Is Coming Off First Season Success of "Sleepy Hollow"
News: News from Synaptic VFX: Leading Visual Effects Company Signed as Key Vendor for New FOX Series "Hieroglyph:" Company Opens New Orleans Office, and Is Coming Off First Season Success of "Sleepy Hollow"Synaptic VFX has just been signed as a key VFX vendor for the new FOX TV series “Hieroglyph”, and has launched a branch office in New Orleans. Synaptic is coming off the success of the first season of FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow,” providing the lion's share of the series’ visual effects as the show's primary vendor. The announcements were made today by Synaptic VFX co-founders Shant Jordan, Shahen Jordan, and Ken Gust.
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Light Of Day Adds Jen Milano as Executive Producer
News: Light Of Day Adds Jen Milano as Executive ProducerNY-based VFX and production shop Light of Day adds Jen Milano as Executive Producer. Coming to Light of Day from Fluid NY, Milano will leverage both a wealth of experience as a post producer and a background of hands-on experience as an editor and artist. She has worked with such top clients as NY Lotto, Travelocity, GameStop, Ford, Pier 1 and Fiat, among numerous others. Her technical stills encompass a vast understanding of the post production process, including expertise in such software as Avid, Autodesk and Final Cut.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for AMC’s "TURN"
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they have produced all the visual effects for AMC’s new period drama, TURN, which aired last night, Sunday, April 6th, at 9:00 pm EST.
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NAB: Autodesk Debuts Faster, More Creative Flame 2015
News: NAB: Autodesk Debuts Faster, More Creative Flame 2015Expanded Features and Support for 4K Helps Deliver Greater Artistic Control
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention 2014 in booth # SL3319, Autodesk Inc. is debuting Flame 2015 – the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolset for high-end visual effects and creative finishing - with new creative tools, faster performance, and an end-to-end 4K workflow to meet the needs of today's high-end post-production facilities.
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Panasonic Unveils Third-Generation VariCam HS With 1080p High-Speed AVC-ULTRA Recording To 240fps
Provides 12-bit 4:4:4 AVC-ULTRA Acquisition for Field Mastering and Archiving, Plus Efficient 4:2:2 10-Bit Recording For Documentaries and Sports; Innovative Modular Design Allows Cameras to Dock with Common Recording Module
Panasonic has introduced a third-generation VariCam® camera, the VariCam HS, that incorporates the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs and high speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications. It also includes Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ* support for HD recording.(The ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd., which has shipped ProRes recorders for years.)
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NAB: Autodesk Unveils the Highly Anticipated Smoke 2015
News: NAB: Autodesk Unveils the Highly Anticipated Smoke 2015New in Smoke 2015: 3D Tracking, Re-architected Timeline FX and Faster Performance; More Accessible Than Ever Starting at $195* a Month
Autodesk, Inc. unveiled the latest version of its powerful professional video editing software Autodesk Smoke 2015 at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB). In addition to significant new creative tools and performance enhancements, Smoke 2015 will soon be available as a Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time.
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SGO Discloses Unique Colour Grading Tools - SGO Booth SL9021 NAB2014
News: SGO Discloses Unique Colour Grading Tools - SGO Booth SL9021 NAB2014Mistika, powerfully different, revolutionizes colour correction and finishing with the most advanced tools and workflows for grading.
SGO Booth SL9021 - To provide enhanced creative capability within on-line grading and finishing SGO is proud to announce the development of “Spatial Isolation Toolset” to its world renowned Mistika DI, Grading and Finishing system for Mistika version 8.2
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BigStar Teases Drama & Turmoil For New Season Of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”
News: BigStar Teases Drama & Turmoil For New Season Of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”For season 4 of the critically acclaimed drama “Game of Thrones,” HBO once again tapped creative strategy and production company BigStar to create the teaser campaign. “Dungeon,” “Desert” and “Forest” hint at turmoil and peril around every corner in Westeros with environmentally-driven character studies that build on this season’s tagline: “All Men Must Die." The new season premieres on April 6th.
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MPC LA, Johnny Green and Deutsch LA Introduce New HTC Campaign Featuring Gary Oldman
News: MPC LA, Johnny Green and Deutsch LA Introduce New HTC Campaign Featuring Gary OldmanMPC LA teamed up with RESET Director Johnny Green and Deutsch LA to unleash an all-new ad campaign for HTC. In a rare commercial appearance by acclaimed British actor Gary Oldman, the campaign brings an unconventional and clever twist to this latest commercial execution to unveil the HTC One M8 smartphone. Instead of focusing on the device’s innovative features, the campaign goes against the grain with a direct and understated approach that challenges viewers to “ask the Internet” if they wish to learn more about the HTC One, which is ultimately "designed for people who form their own opinions."
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ARRI Previews New ARRIRAW Converter (ARC) 3.1 at NAB
News: ARRI Previews New ARRIRAW Converter (ARC) 3.1 at NABARRI is currently working on a new version of ARRIRAW Converter that will be optimized for the new Mac Pro and updated to support the latest features in OS X Mavericks. ARC 3.1 will be previewed at NAB.
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Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO Technology
News: Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO TechnologyHollywood's most innovative stereoscopic and visual effects company Legend3D, has invested in SGO's trail-blazing technology to launch them to the next level. Esteemed for delivering the highest-quality Stereo 3D film conversions, Legend3D will integrate its Mistika post production system with two Assist Stations into the conversion and visual effects pipeline at the Company's impressive 60,000 sq. ft. studio with multiple theatres and R&D facilities. With the capacity to work on up to three full feature films and multiple commercials concurrently, Legend3D delivers world-class high quality projects such as "The Lego Movie," "Man of Steel," "Life of Pi," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Smurfs 1 & 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and many others.
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Broadcast Pix Slate Trade-In Program Offers Discounts on New Mica, Granite Integrated Production Switchers
News: Broadcast Pix Slate Trade-In Program Offers Discounts on New Mica, Granite Integrated Production SwitchersBroadcast Pix™ today announced a special Slate™ trade-in program that offers incentives for customers to upgrade to native HD Mica™ or Granite™ integrated production switchers. The program ends June 30.
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Stream TV Networks Teams With SGO at NAB 2014
New Toolsets to Accelerate Adoption of the Glasses-Free 3D Ultra-D Format
Stream TV Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce its revolutionary Ultra-D™ glasses-free 3D technology will be demonstrated in the SGO booth (SL9021) at the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB 2014) in Las Vegas, April 7-10, marking the first time that the glasses-free 3D screens will be on display at the show. The NAB showcase also marks the start of Stream TV’s relationship with SGO, the global leader in innovation for 3D post-production.
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BLUEFISH444 Announces Windows & Mac OSX 4K/2K SDI Preview for Assimilate Scratch & Scratch LAB V8
Windows 4K 60p & Mac OSX 2K 12-bit SDI Preview for DI workflows
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced that it has developed Windows 4K and Mac OSX 2K SDI preview for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab® V8.
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SolidAnim Introduces Solidtrack At NAB 2014
Innovative, Affordable Markerless Camera Tracking and Previz Solution for Real Time Visual Effects and On-Set Visualization or the Film and Broadcast Industries
SolidAnim, a leader in virtual production products, will introduce the latest version of its SolidTrack solution for the film and broadcast industries at NAB 2014.
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Spectrum Films Celebrates Half a Century with Mistika
News: Spectrum Films Celebrates Half a Century with MistikaCelebrating its 50-year anniversary, Fox Studios Australia based specialist editorial facilities provider Spectrum Films has selected Mistika to drive its expansion of high-end colour grading, finishing and DI using SGO's proven technology at the helm. This is the first real-time 4K-capable Mistika system in Australia, and includes advanced DI grading as well as DCP tools enabling encrypted or un-encrypted DCP creation directly from camera raw and other media files directly off the timeline.
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Telestream Demonstrates Vantage HEVC, 4K, and Cloud Workflows at NAB2014
Company Showcases the Latest File-Based Technologies, the Best Image Quality, and the Fastest Speeds with Vantage Family Of GPU-Accelerated Transcoding and Intelligent Workflow Automation Products
Telestream®, the leading provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, today announced it will demonstrate its full line of enterprise-class Vantage file-based software solutions in Booth SL3905 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, April 7-10. Vantage transcoding products will feature all the latest formats and technologies, including HEVC and 4K. New workflow products built on the Vantage platform include Post Producer for automating content assembly and TrafficManager for streamlining commercial and syndicated workflows.
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Mamba FX on MAC Coming Soon
Taking the industry by storm and due to popular demand, SGO will soon launch its new open node-based compositor MAMBA FX on MAC. As a versatile multi-level platform compositor serving all VFX artists, Mamba FX already runs under Microsoft Windows and Linux, and its compatibility with Mac completes the next step in its evolution.
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ASSIMILATE Licenses ProRes for SCRATCH Encoding on Microsoft Windows
ASSIMILATE Announced Today New v8 Versions of its SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab Software to Allow Encoding of Apple ProRes Files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs. The SCRATCH Data-Centric DI System is the Most Comprehensive, End-to-End Cinema and Broadcast Imaging Tool. Artists On-Set or in Post Production Can Now Use Both the OS X and Windows Versions Of The Software, and are Guaranteed the Highest Possible Quality and Encoding Speeds on Each Platform.
ASSIMILATE, the industry's leading provider of DI and dailies digital workflow tools, announced today new v8 versions of its popular SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab® software, allowing users to encode Apple ProRes files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs. Customers can now use both the OS X and Windows versions of the software, and artists either on-set or in post-production are guaranteed the highest possible quality and encoding speeds on each platform. SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab v8 (including ProRes encoding for Windows 7/8) are available immediately.
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The Studio-B&H Showcases Bluefish444 4K Workflow Solutions at NAB 2014
Assimilate SCRATCH 8 & Adobe Premiere 4K SDI display via Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Supernova
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, is pleased to announce that The Studio-B&H is demonstrating Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Supernova workflows supporting Adobe Premiere & Assimilate SCRATCH 8 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 7th - 10th 2014.
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AutoSplit Plugin Released for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro and AE
Boston based FxFactory announces Hawaiki AutoSplit, a plugin designed for split screen creation and animation. AutoSplit offers multiple effect modules to give projects full customization options. Developed by Tokyo Productions and Lawn Road, AutoSplit offers incredible power and flexibility to help you work faster and more creatively. The plugin supports a wide variety of host applications, including Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, Apple's Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7.
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MPC NY and Havas Breathe Life Into New CG Animated Mascot, Hopper the Kangaroo, for DISH
In their first collaboration with DISH Network, MPC NY and Havas partner to reinvent Hopper the Kangaroo as a fully animated talking mascot for the all-new campaign directed by Renny Maslow of Smuggler. Featuring the voice of award-winning actress Rebel Wilson as the cheeky kangaroo, this light-hearted spot offers a humorous take on what viewers may experience as the satellite video provider turns Internet television into reality. The multi-million dollar campaign debuts during the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
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Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 9
News: Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 9Boris FX™, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, announces Boris Continuum Complete 9 - a package of visual effects for NLE and compositing platforms on Windows and Mac OS. Building on the strengths of previous BCC releases, version 9 adds over 30 new filters and transitions in key areas such as Image Restoration, Film, Stylize, Keying and Compositing, Lights, and Perspective. All BCC effects and presets can now be viewed in the new FX Browser™ window, which is integrated into every BCC filter or transition.
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Bluefish444 Announces Price Reduction for Synpase Mini Converters
SDI to HDMI Conversion, HDMI to SDI Conversion & Analog to SDI Conversion
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards and mini converters, announced an immediate price reduction for its Synapse mini converters from $USD 899 to $USD 595.
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SGO's Mamba FX and GenArts Sapphire 7 Energise the Imagination of Artists
The popular GenArts Sapphire 7 visual effects plug-in suite is now fully certified for SGO's new compositing software, Mamba FX. Just like Mamba FX, Sapphire 7 plug-ins make extensive use of GPU acceleration in order to provide the user with fast feedback and minimal render times. Both also permit very high quality, high dynamic range image processing.
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Legend3D Enters Strategic Partnership with Imagineer Systems
Leading 2D-to-3D Stereo Conversion Company Integrates Imagineer Technology within Award-Winning Conversion and VFX Pipeline to Add Increased Efficiency to 3D Film Production
Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, today announced a strategic partnership with world-renowned 2D-to-3D stereo conversion company Legend3D. Imagineer Systems recently completed an innovative R&D initiative, optimizing integration of mocha Pro with Legend3D’s proprietary VFX tools. The new workflow features mocha Pro fully integrated into the Legend3D conversion and visual effects pipeline in its Southern California and India facilities. For 2D-to-3D conversions, mocha Pro is used for multiple processes including segmentation and clean plating: the process to recreate and fill in background pixels that do not exist in the 2D version. This custom development gave Legend3D access to Imagineer’s engineering team, resulting in a streamlined workflow for mocha Pro and Legend3D’s internal systems. With support for up to 325 artists, Legend3D represents the largest mocha Pro installation to date.
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Matrox Announces Low-Profile, Multi-Channel SDI Card with High-Performance Hardware Processing
News: Matrox Announces Low-Profile, Multi-Channel SDI Card with High-Performance Hardware ProcessingNew Matrox X.mio3 PCIe Video Card for Developers Offers Up to Eight Reconfigurable SDI I/Os with On-Board Scaling, Compositing and Motion-Adaptive De-Interlacing, from SD to 4K
Matrox® Video today announced the Matrox X.mio3 LP SDI video card, part of the next generation of Matrox DSX Developer Products. X.mio3 LP is a low-profile, half-length PCIe card that offers up to eight reconfigurable I/Os, from SD to 4K. Multi-channel hardware processing accelerates compute-intensive operations including motion-adaptive de-interlacing, up/down/cross scaling and mixing/compositing for all resolutions. When configured with inputs, the card is equipped with built-in frame synchronizers to generate clean SDI signals for any environment.
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Zoic Signs VFX Supervisor Todd Shifflett
News: Zoic Signs VFX Supervisor Todd ShifflettCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has signed veteran VFX Supervisor Todd Shifflett. Coming to Zoic with over 20 years of experience from Rhythm & Hues, he has collaborated with numerous award-winning directors including Spike Lee, George Miller, Drew Goddard, Paul Weitz, Gary Winick and Rupert Sanders. His ardor for taking a critical and explorative approach to his work can be seen in such films as the Academy Award-winning Best Animated Feature Film "Happy Feet," "Charlotte’s Web," "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Little Fockers," "Cabin in the Woods," and the Academy Award nominated film for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, "Snow White" and the "Huntsman."
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DIVE VFX Staffs Up In New York; Tapped For VFX On New Event Series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”
News: DIVE VFX Staffs Up In New York; Tapped For VFX On New Event Series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”DIVE, the visual effects division of ShootersINC, has staffed up their New York studio to take on multiple visual effects projects including the new, 13-part event series, “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” presented by FOX and National Geographic Channel. The series made a historic debut on ten 21st Century Fox networks on Sunday, March 9th. A follow-up to the 1980s television series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” which was presented by Carl Sagan, the new series’ host is Neil deGrasse Tyson, with Executive Producers Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, and Brannon Braga. DIVE is one of 12 visual effects studios around the globe working on the new series.
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FilmLight and Industry Partners Exhibit Flawless Integration at NAB 2014
New and creative technologies provide professional colour control at every stage
FilmLight is focusing its NAB2014 presence on four of its most creative and industry-leading partners – Codex, Dolby, The Foundry and Sony. With innovative and highly cost-efficient technologies being shown for the first time across the exhibition, this year’s visitors will be able to experience the best colour management solutions in a real-world context - as part of a collaborative, creative workflow.
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LOOK Effects Produces Effects for The Grand Budapest Hotel
LOOK Continues Long Relationship with Director Wes Anderson
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they produced visual effects for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens today. This film is the fifth film in which LOOK has collaborated with the brilliant director.
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Manhattan Edit Workshop Hosts Free Open House on March 19th
Join New York’s Premier Post-Production Training Facility to Learn More About Courses in Apple, Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic and Autodesk; also Network with Industry Peers and Leaders over Food and Drinks on Wednesday, March 19th
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, will be hosting a free Open House on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at 119 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Attendees to the MEWShop Open House will have the opportunity to speak with MEW instructors to learn about class offerings including Final Cut Pro® X, Media Composer® 7, Premiere Pro® CC, After Effects® CC, Autodesk Smoke® and DaVinci Resolve® 10. Josh Apter, MEWShop president and founder of The Padcaster®, will also be giving a demo of the multifunctional iPad case that enables on-the-go filmmaking, showing attendees filmmaking apps available on the iPad as well as the best accessories to use with The Padcaster.
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Bluefish444 Introduces Fluid Ingestore & Fluid Ingestore DNxHD Compatible with All Epoch & Create Video Cards
Ingest and Store Multiple Simultaneous SDI Streams, Recording Directly to Uncompressed and/or AVID Compatible DNxHD Media Files.
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, introduces Fluid INGESTORE & Fluid DNxHD INGESTORE for multi-channel HD/SD SDI ingest for use with Epoch and Create video cards running on Windows. Fluid INGESTORE & Fluid DNxHD INGESTORE are available immediately.
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Free Infographics Effects for Final Cut Pro X
FxFactory today announces the free Data Pop download package. Data Pop Free offers four eye-catching title options: Bar Graph, Pie Chart, Ring Chart and Number Chart. All are highly customizable, giving users options such as graph colors, graph size, graph position, text colors, text styles, background colors and background opacity, depending on the choice of template.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, today announced the release of a free Data Pop download package. Get four high quality infographic titles to add a professional and creative twist to any chart and graph display, now available at no cost.
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Pronology’s Asset Management Software Shines at The 2014 Oscars®
News: Pronology’s Asset Management Software Shines at The 2014 Oscars®Web-Based Solution Offered Collaborative On-Site Content Management
Pronology, a developer of cutting-edge tapeless workflow solutions, was behind-the-scenes for this year’s 86th Academy Awards® telecast providing the star-studded event with its latest asset management solutions. Pronology’s user-friendly interface provided the production staff with an unprecedented level of visibility and creative control over the thousands of assets that are part of a show of this magnitude.
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SGO Dares To Be Different In New NAB Line-Up
News: SGO Dares To Be Different In New NAB Line-UpBooth #SL9021, 7 – 10 April, NAB 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada
SGO's new strap line “Beautifully Creative Technology” sums-up the ethos behind the company's avant-garde performance-leading development drive to provide creative artists with the most empowering facilities available. SGO will exhibit the latest additions to its range of extremely powerful Mistika post production systems and Mamba FX compositing software at the 2014 NAB Show. SGO's technology will demonstrate how broadcasters and post facilities can transform their companies by accessing new markets and revolutionising creativity and efficiency in colour grading, finishing and compositing with Mistika and Mamba FX.
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Panasonic Unveils Third-Generation VariCam HS with 1080P High-Speed/Variable Frame Rate AVC-ULTRA Recording to 240FPS
News: Panasonic Unveils Third-Generation VariCam HS with 1080P High-Speed/Variable Frame Rate AVC-ULTRA Recording to 240FPSAVC-Ultra Provides 12-bit 4:4:4 Acquisition Capabilities for Critical Field Mastering and Archiving, And Efficient 4:2:2 10-Bit Recordings For Documentaries and Sports; Innovative Modular Design Allows Cameras to Dock with Common AVC-ULTRA Based Recording Module
Panasonic today announced a third-generation VariCam® camera, the VariCam HS, that incorporates the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs and high speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications.
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Sunnyvale's Cogswell College Project X Alumni Shine for Academy Award Nominated Films in Animation and VFX
Timothy Heath Appointed Director of Award-Winning Project X Animation Program
Cogswell College, one of the world's leading regionally-accredited institutions offering a unique curriculum that fuses digital arts, engineering and entrepreneurship, is pleased to announce that 8 of its Project X animation program alumni worked on 5 of this year's Academy Award-nominated films. These films include: "The Croods," "Frozen," "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim" and "Thor: The Dark World." In 2013, Cogswell boasted four Project X alumni who were on the Academy Award-winning "Life of Pi" animation and VFX teams and a total of 14 Oscar-nominated films whose credits included Project X alumni.
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Imagineer Systems to Preview mocha v4 at NAB 2014
Special Guest Artists to Showcase Visual Effects Workflows and Utilities in the Imagineer Systems Booth SL3331
Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, will be showcasing its latest innovations at the 2014 NAB Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 7-10. Attendees can stop by the Imagineer Systems booth (SL3331) in the Plug-In Pavilion for technology previews and speaker presentations.
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FxFactory: Movie Color Plugin Release for FCP, Premiere Pro, AE & Motion
FxFactory introduces Sheffield Softworks Movie Color, now available for Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Easily apply beautifully stylized, cinematic looks to your footage with Movie Color. With over 50 presets and the ability to design and save your own, Movie Color offers a full realm of customizable options for the perfect photo colorization every time.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces Sheffield Softworks Movie Color, now available for Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Easily apply beautifully stylized, cinematic looks to your footage with Movie Color. With over 50 presets and the ability to design and save your own, Movie Color offers a full realm of customizable options for the perfect photo colorization every time.
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19 Scientific And Technical Achievements To Be Honored With Academy Awards®
Peter W. Anderson to receive Gordon E. Sawyer Award; Charles “Tad” Marburg to receive John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 19 scientific and technical achievements represented by 52 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 15, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
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Boris FX Names Stephen Hayes Director of Business Development
Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, announces the appointment of Stephen Hayes to Director of Business Development, worldwide. Hayes will oversee key user markets, end user and reseller engagement, industry event presence, and help direct overall business goals.
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Christopher Elliott Joins Creative Production Studio Flavor as Finishing/VFX Editor
The leaders from creative production studio Flavor are very proud to announce the addition of Christopher Elliott to their staff in the position of finishing/VFX editor. The appointment is effective immediately.
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In April, That Studio partnered up with Rampart Design Tools, to bring easy to use, practical visual effects and video design elements to independent filmmakers. Who doesn't need a good dust, light leaks overlay, lens flare, fire or smoke visual effect to enhance their video project? I know I do....
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FOUR: What is Compositing?
In this short tutorial, Andrew starts with a tip for quickly navigating to your project files in Vegas Pro and then talks briefly about what compositing is at its basic level.
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