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Ross Mobile Productions Selects Cartoni Heads for Sports Production
News: Ross Mobile Productions Selects Cartoni Heads for Sports ProductionThe Recently Launched Division of Ross Video is Using Cartoni Heads and Tripods as Part of its Mission to Deliver High Quality Production Services at an Affordable Price to an Underserved Segment of The Sports Market.
Ross Mobile Productions (RMP), a division of Ross Video specializing in mobile sports production, has selected Cartoni fluid heads and tripods for use with its fleet of production vehicles. The company has acquired nine Cartoni Maxima heads, for payloads up to 86 pounds, and six Cartoni Delta heads, for payloads up to 48 pounds, all of which are already in the field and have been used to produce sports programs for such clients as ESPN, Fox, "Time Magazine," "People Magazine" and the University of Miami.
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TDC Provides Core Video Expertise for Largest-Ever Light Festival Vivid Sydney
News: TDC Provides Core Video Expertise for Largest-Ever Light Festival Vivid SydneyThe Technical Direction Company is proud to be deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival.
published 2 months ago   read more
Camera Corps Branches Out For ITV's Text Santa 2013
News: Camera Corps Branches Out For ITV's Text Santa 2013Mini-Zoom and Q-Ball remotely controlled miniature cameras from Camera Corps, a Vitec Group company with extensive experience in designing speciality camera systems, went into action on Friday December 20 during ITV's annual Text Santa fund-raising initiative for six UK charities. Cameras were positioned at each extremity of a massive 'tree-of-terror' opposite ITV's London Studios on the South Bank.
published 7 months ago   read more
Footage.net Returns to FOCAL International Awards as Bronze Sponsor
Footage.net, the stock footage search engine, will be a Bronze Sponsor of the 2014 FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive. Set to take place April 30, 2014 in London, UK, the FOCAL International Awards celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms.
Footage.net, the world’s premier online resource for stock footage search and discovery, has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor of this year’s FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive. Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production over the last year are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. All awards will be presented the evening of April 30, 2014 at a glittering award ceremony hosted by television historian Dan Snow at the Lancaster London Hotel.
published 9 months ago   read more
Michos Takes On Music and Dance With OConnor for Langston Hughes’ Memoire "Black Nativity"
News: Michos Takes On Music and Dance With OConnor for Langston Hughes’ Memoire "Black Nativity"Music and dance are a big part of the contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ holiday musical drama, "Black Nativity." It follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. While attending his Grandfather’s church production of "Black Nativity," Langston falls asleep and escapes into a dreamscape of song, dance, and a little divine intervention. “Practically every dance or song number relied on instinct and the ability to whip pan. Snap zoom, or even grab the focus in the process of discovering the most dynamic shots,” says cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC. “That’s where my favorite support – the OConnor 2575 was invaluable.”
published 10 months ago   read more
"Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Third Edition" By Barry Braverm Out Now!
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From Barry Braverman the 2nd Unit cinematographer of "Moonrise Kingdom" and Wes Anderson's original short subject "Bottle Rocket" comes "Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques, Third Edition," a new book from The Focal Press. "Video Shooter" is a uniquely humorous and insightful guidebook that goes beyond the equipment and shooting technicalities to instill a practical and deep appreciation for the craft of visual storytelling. In his book Braverman draws from decades of experience working on high-profile documentaries and feature films to explain the makings of a truly compelling cinematic experience and program.
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ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic Lenses Start Shipping
News: ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic Lenses Start ShippingARRI has published shipping dates for all seven focal lengths in the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series. The MA35, 50 and 75 were released in August this year and have started shipping, with the MA100 to follow in October, the MA40 and 60 in February 2014, and the MA135 in April 2014. By the second quarter of next year, then, every different focal length – each of them perfectly matched – will be in the hands of worldwide customers who have placed orders for the entire set.
published 10 months ago   read more
Qube Cinema True 4K 3D System Installed for Giant Screen at Air Force Museum Theater
News: Qube Cinema True 4K 3D System Installed for Giant Screen at Air Force Museum TheaterBringing High Frame Rate 3D Movies to the Largest Screen in SW Ohio
Qube Cinema has once again partnered with D3D Cinema to install its single-server True 4K 3DTM system, this time at the newly renovated Air Force Museum Theater (AFMT) in Dayton, Ohio. The museum has upgraded from 15/70 film projection to the Qube XP-I server and dual Xi 4K Integrated Media Blocks (IMBs) and is the fifth giant screen installation in North America to use this Qube system. Visitors to the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum can now enjoy stunning True 4K 3D digital imagery on the giant screen from a system that is much easier to operate than the 70 mm film setup the museum used previously.
published 12 months ago   read more
ARISE NEWS global TV network uses Ventuz software for broadcast newsroom on-air graphics, video walls and interactivity
News: ARISE NEWS global TV network uses Ventuz software for broadcast newsroom on-air graphics, video walls and interactivity
"ARISE NEWS," the new 24-hour global TV news network, leveraged Ventuz high-end graphics software for their broadcast newsroom solution including real-time 2D/3D graphics, HD video walls and interactive in-studio applications. London-based Spotted Zebra led the system design and integration.
published 1 year ago   read more
“Lawrence of Arabia,” Digitally Restored with Help from MTI Film, Wins FOCAL International Award
News: “Lawrence of Arabia,” Digitally Restored with Help from MTI Film, Wins FOCAL International AwardThe new 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of "Lawrence of Arabia", which underwent digital film restoration processing at MTI Film, was awarded Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title at the tenth FOCAL International Awards in London. The film was restored in 4K under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp.
published 1 year ago   read more
Restored “Lawrence of Arabia” Wins FOCAL International Award
News: Restored “Lawrence of Arabia” Wins FOCAL International Award4K Restoration of David Lean’s Masterpiece Receives Top Honors; Sony Pictures’ Grover Crisp Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement in Restoration”
The newly-restored, 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia took home the award for “Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title” at the tenth FOCAL International Awards held May 2nd in London. The 4K restoration of the film was completed last year by Sony Pictures Entertainment under the direction of Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. Crisp also received a special, individual award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation.”
published 1 year ago   read more
The Canon EOS C300 Helps Capture Documentary Footage in Deep, Dark Caves for the Extraordinary Holocaust Documentary "No Place on Earth"
News: The Canon EOS C300 Helps Capture Documentary Footage in Deep, Dark Caves for the Extraordinary Holocaust Documentary "No Place on Earth"It was a challenge unlike any cinematographer Zac Nicholson had ever faced. Asked by director/co-producer Janet Tobias to film scenes deep within a narrow cave for an incredible true story of human survival, Nicholson relied on the compact size and exceptional low-light performance of the EOS C300 cinema camera from Canon, U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging.
published 1 year ago   read more
“Lawrence of Arabia,” “Richard III,” Digitally Restored with Innovations from MTI Film, Among the Finalists for Focal International Award
News: “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Richard III,” Digitally Restored with Innovations from MTI Film, Among the Finalists for Focal International AwardTwo classic films that underwent digital film restoration processing at MTI Film are among the finalists in the 2013 Focal International Awards. Lawrence of Arabia and Richard III, both restored under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp, are nominated for Best Archive Restoration.
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ARRI And Carl Zeiss Mark 75-Year Collaboration With New Anamorphic Lenses
News: ARRI And Carl Zeiss Mark 75-Year Collaboration With New Anamorphic LensesARRI and Carl Zeiss have partnered for three-quarters of a century in a cooperative effort that is unmatched in the film industry. As we celebrate this commitment, ARRI is pleased to unveil our latest collaboration – the new ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses. Especially developed for the ALEXA Studio, ALEXA Plus 4:3 and ALEXA M cameras - all equipped with a 4:3 sensor and hence perfectly suited to true anamorphic capture - the Master Anamorphics expand creative opportunities for today’s image-makers.
published 2 years ago   read more
Thales Angénieux Unveils Two New Optimo Zoom Lenses
News: Thales Angénieux Unveils Two New Optimo Zoom LensesOptimo19.5-94mm and Optimo 28-340mm Lenses Enable Image Coverage up to 31.4mm
Thales Angénieux has raised the performance bar once again with the introduction this week of two new additions to its line of Optimo lenses. Complementary versions of the famous Optimo 17-80 and Optimo 24-290, the Optimo 19.5-94 and Optimo 28-340 offer the exceptional precision you can only get with Optimo lenses. With image coverage up to 31.4mm diagonal, they are ideal for today’s S35 film and large format sensor cameras, full frame 5K format of Epic among others.
published 2 years ago   read more
Winners of FOCAL International Awards 2012 Announced
BAFTA-winning Senna picks up three awards
The ninth annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive took place last night at The Lancaster London Hotel, with winning entries spanning the decades and unearthing stunning footage illustrating a wide variety of topics, including life in the former USSR, racial segregation, the passion of motor racing and the chilling beauty of degraded film.
published 2 years ago   read more
Canon U.S.A., Inc. To Provide HD Broadcast Equipment For NBCUniversal's Coverage Of The London Olympic Games
Canon HDTV Lenses, PTZ Cameras, and Canobeam To Enable NBC With Exceptional Optics and HD Video Quality During Coverage of the London Olympics, July 27, 2012 - August 12, 2012
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will provide more than 75 HDTV Lenses, two PTZ HD Cameras, and a Canobeam HD Video Transceiver system to NBCUniversal during its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics from London, England July 27 - August 12, 2012. The announcement was made today by David Mazza, Senior Vice President, Engineering, NBC Olympics and Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Professional Engineering & Solutions division of Canon U.S.A.
published 2 years ago   read more
Silicon Imaging delivers SMART 3D for 2K/4K RAW and HD-SDI Cameras
Silicon Imaging, the recipient of this year’s International 3D Society Technology Award, announces the patent-pending SI-3D Stereo Monitoring, Analysis, Recording and Transmission (S.M.A.R.T) system.
published 2 years ago   read more
Viewfinder Effect for FCP X, Motion and AE Released by SUGARfx
Viewfinder HUD enhances footage with realistic screen overlays that simulate binoculars, weapon sights, old cameras and other high-tech gadgets
Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces Viewfinder HUD, a brand new plug-in package from SUGARfx, now available on FxFactory 3. The visual effects package includes three filters – Binoculars, Target and Viewfinder OSD – that complement any project. Viewfinder HUD is compatible with Final Cut Pro®, Motion and After Effects®.
published 2 years ago   read more
Canon HDTV Lenses Are Chosen For Super Bowl XLVI Game Coverage By Production Facilities Company NEP Broadcasting
More Than 100 Canon HDTV Field Lenses and Portable Zoom Lenses to be Deployed for Domestic and International Telecasts of the Game
When the New York Giants and New England Patriots take the field for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5, the eyes of over 100 million people around the world will be upon them.
published 2 years ago   read more
Alioscopy and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute Announce Strategic Partnership at InfoComm 2010
Companies Unveil First Conversion Service that Interpolates Stereoscopic 3D Footage to Multi-View, Auto-stereoscopic ‘no-glasses’ 3D
Alioscopy® USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute a Germany-based research institute today announced a strategic partnership that will offer cutting-edge digital signage agencies and creatives, and production companies specializing in trailers for motion pictures, one of the first services that will unlock the long standing barrier of converting stereoscopic (2-view) 3D footage and content into Alioscopy-ready, auto-stereoscopic ‘no-glasses’ 3D.
published 4 years ago   read more
Bonita fastest selling Vicon camera ever
More than 150 cameras shipped in first 90 days
Vicon, developer of motion capture products for the Engineering, Life Science and Entertainment industries, is pleased to announce its new cost-effective Vicon Bonita camera has broken company records by becoming its fastest selling motion capture camera ever.
published 4 years ago   read more
Band Pro offers new set of 4K “Mystery Prime” Lenses
At the One World on HD event, Band Pro Film and Digital introduces a groundbreaking new brand of ultra-high performance PL mount prime lenses, designed to deliver optical performance for true 4K imaging and beyond.
published 5 years ago   read more
'The Music Voyager,' Travel-Based Music Series, Shot With HPX300S
Travel-based Music Series to Air on APT/PBS & Local Affiliates, Nat Geo Music and Nat Geo Adventure, and Online
Denver-based Filament Productions utilized Panasonic’s AG-HPX300 P2 HD camcorder to shoot the upcoming television series, "The Music Voyager", a travel and adventure-based music show that explores the roots of popular music originating in countries around the world.
published 5 years ago   read more
Fujinon Intros Latest PL Mount Zoom Lens
Fujinon introduced the new 75-400mm T2.8-T3.9 PL mount zoom lens (model number HK5.3x75) at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE 2009) in Chiba City, Japan on November 18.
published 5 years ago   read more
Lensbaby® Announces Two New Optics
New additions to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System expand a photographer’s creative possibilities
Lensbaby announces today the addition of the new Fisheye Optic and Soft Focus Optic to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Each new optic is available for use with the Lensbaby Composer® and Muse®*. In addition, the Soft Focus Optic is compatible with the Lensbaby Control Freak™.
published 5 years ago   read more
Vicon Launches Bonita
New generation Bonita camera is small, powerful and cost-effective
Vicon, developer of motion capture products, today launched Bonita, a small, affordable optical capture camera for tracking and analyzing motion. Bonita is capable of capturing 240FPS while being small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
published 5 years ago   read more
Science.D.Visions Unveils 3DEqualizer4—New Version of Industry-Standard Match Move Software
Re-Written Calculation Engine Produces 50 to 100 Times Faster Performance when Reconstructing Complex Camera and 3D Match Moves; Adds New Productivity Features and User Interface
Science.D.Visions today announced 3DEqualizer4, the latest version of its match moving software, winner of an Academy Award® in 2002 for Technical Achievement.
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Paper Heart, Shot With VariCams, Screens In 2009 Sundance Dramatic Competition
One Girl’s Search for Love Has Park City World Premiere Sat., Jan. 17
Paper Heart, a playfully imagined journey of one young woman’s quest for love, is one of the 16 narrative features selected to screen in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
published 6 years ago   read more
Rooftop Films presents La Frontera Infinita on roof of El Museo Del Barrio
On Friday, September 5, Rooftop Films and The Morelia International Film Festival present La Frontera Infinita (The Infinite Border) (Juan Manuel Sepulveda | Mexico | 1:30:00).
published 6 years ago   read more
TriCaster BROADCAST™ Serial Digital Portable Production System is Now Shipping
Provides digital broadcast tools including virtual sets for live production anywhere
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announces it has begun shipping TriCaster BROADCAST™, its latest portable live production and virtual set system that offers producers the most extensive list of benefits and flexibility to date.
published 6 years ago   read more
NewTek Introduces TriCaster BROADCAST™ Serial Digital Portable Production System
Provides digital broadcast tools including virtual sets for on-location production anywhere
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today introduced TriCaster BROADCAST™, its latest portable live production and virtual set system that offers producers the most extensive list of benefits and flexibility to date.
published 6 years ago   read more
VICON Launches New Performance Pack
Hyper Strobe and 18mm VICON Lens Boost Performance and Fidelity of VICON Motion Capture Systems
published 6 years ago   read more
NewTek Releases Live Virtual Set Generator for VT[5]
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of LiveSet Generator™ for Aura™. This is a free plug-in for any system that is compatible with the popular Aura™ paint and 2D animation program, including NewTek’s VT [5]™ Integrated Production Suite.
published 7 years ago   read more
NewTek Releases Free Live Virtual Set Authoring Tool
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of LiveSet Generator™ for LightWave®, a free plug-in for LightWave v9 that facilitates the authoring of computer generated virtual sets.
published 7 years ago   read more
NewTek Announces Major Upgrade to TriCaster STUDIO
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of a major upgrade to its TriCaster STUDIO™ portable live production and virtual set system. Key new capabilities in the update include features that provide additional preview options when switching live camera sources and greater flexibility when creating text and title treatments.
published 7 years ago   read more
News: Canon U.S.A. Products At IBC 2007 Include Wide Selection Of HD And Cine Lenses And New HD Remote-Control Pan-Tilt Camera
Major European Trade Show Exhibit Includes Canon's HDgc Line of Cost-Effective Portable Lenses, DIGISUPER Autofocus Zoom Lenses, and HD-EC Primes and Zooms
 
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News: Canon U.S.A. Announces Digisuper 27 HD Studio Lens At IBC 2007
New XJ27x6.5B IE-D HD Studio Lens Provides Unprecedented Wide Performance, an Increased Zoom Ratio and Servo-Zoom Speed, and New Multi-Layer Optical Coatings
 
published 7 years ago   read more
News: Canon Digisuper Lenses Capture Live HD Images Of Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch For All-HDTV Network HDNet
Canon DIGISUPER 100xs, DIGISUPER 86xs, and DIGISUPER XJ75xs Lenses Enable All-HDTV Network to Provide Stunning Video of Historic Launch of STS-115
 
published 8 years ago   read more
News: CANON HD-EC Lenses Help Make Indie Movie "The Rough Cut" A Smooth 24p Production
Full Set of Canon High Definition Electronic Cinematography (HD-EC) Prime Lenses Opens up New Visual Avenues to Director, Crew
The spirit of indie cinema is a sense of adventure that drives moviemakers as much as it does audiences. Case in point is The Rough Cut, a new 24p indie production that served as the directorial debut for Walter Biscardi, Jr, who shot the tense drama with a full set of Canon High Definition Electronic Cinematography (HD-EC) FJs Prime lenses.
published 8 years ago   read more
News: New Fujinon HD Zoom in High Demand for TV, Features at Dalsa Digital Cinema
Lens Already in Hot Demand; Used to Shoot Indy Feature "For Heaven's Sake" and Television Series "Noah's Ark"
Dalsa Digital Cinema, a camera rental facility owned by Dalsa, recently purchased a new Fujinon HAe10x10 HD zoom lens, one of Fujinon's "Cine Super E" Series lenses for digital cinematography.
published 9 years ago   read more
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