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Legends of Storytelling Gather Once Again in Manhattan for the Filmmaking Event of the Year: "Sight, Sound & Story"
Three-time Academy Award-Winner Michael Kahn Joins This Year’s Lineup of Celebrated Artists, Editors and Filmmakers
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, today announced the all-star list of guest speakers and panelists for its special one-day event, "Sight, Sound & Story," held on June 14, 2014 at the French Institute in mid-town Manhattan. “Sight, Sound & Story" is one of the few events that brings together the community to celebrate the art of post-production.
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FUJIFILM's New Cabrio Offers Zoom Ratio Of 12X To Cover 25MM Wide Angle To 300MM At Telephoto
News: FUJIFILM's New Cabrio Offers Zoom Ratio Of 12X To Cover 25MM Wide Angle To 300MM At TelephotoThe Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation will announce the latest addition to its popular series of cine zooms – the Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio [ZK12x25] at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas, starting on April 7th.. The company will exhibit in NAB Booth #C7025.
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FSI @ NAB 2014: Making Things More Complete. New Division, New Features, & New Products
News: FSI @ NAB 2014: Making Things More Complete. New Division, New Features, & New ProductsWe understand that professionals like you need more than just one product that is good at one thing. You need complete solutions for a wide variety of applications. In order to help meet those needs we are officially unveiling some new and upcoming features and products that will make our already capable monitor lineup even more versatile.
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New Canon XF205 And XF200 Professional Camcorders Deliver Ideal Performance For Run-And-Gun, Cinéma Vérité Filmmakers
News: New Canon XF205 And XF200 Professional Camcorders Deliver Ideal Performance For Run-And-Gun, Cinéma Vérité FilmmakersCanon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the introduction of the compact Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders, building on technologies carried over from the XA25 and XA20 Professional Camcorders and offering improved performance and enhanced operability in response to industry feedback.
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New Versatile CINE-SERVO Zoom Lens from Canon Provides High-Optical Performance and Operation for ENG, Documentary and Narrative Productions
News: New Versatile CINE-SERVO Zoom Lens from Canon Provides High-Optical Performance and Operation for ENG, Documentary and Narrative ProductionsNew Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens Features 4K Optical Performance, a Dynamic 17-120mm Focal Length Range, and Removable Digital Drive Unit for Cine-Style or Shoulder-Mounted Operation
Shallow, creative depth of field, high-resolution and optimal low-light shooting capabilities are just some of the many reasons that large, single-sensor digital cameras have been kitted and rigged for use in nearly every application involving video capture. Further enhancing the versatility and adoption of these cameras into markets such as ENG (Electronic News Gathering), documentary, narrative production and special event coverage is the new CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions.
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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSA
News: Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSAIntroducing the world’s first digital film camera designed to revolutionize on set workflow while featuring a user upgradable sensor and lens mount, large 10 inch fold out monitor and more!
Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic URSA, a new high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor and internal dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders.
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Harmonic Partners With Encoding.com on Cloud-Based Transcoding Service for Professional Video Applications
Powered by ProMedia® Carbon and Operated by Encoding.com, New Service Offers Greater Flexibility for Broadcast-Quality Video Transcoding
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, has teamed up with Encoding.com, the world's largest video transcoding service, to offer a highly flexible, cloud-based transcoding service that provides superior video quality, robust format support, and the flexibility of a feature-rich web application. Available as either a pure cloud-based or integrated cloud-burst offering, the new service provides content creators, service providers, and media professionals with an unlimited cloud capacity for converting broadcast-quality video content into virtually any standard media format, including HEVC, utilizing a pay-per-use business model for optimizing costs.
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ARRI Electronic Control System To Include More Camera and Lens Compatibility
News: ARRI Electronic Control System To Include More Camera and Lens CompatibilityARRI’s Electronic Control System is a sophisticated toolset for remote camera and lens control. It includes the award-winning WCU-4 wireless hand unit, which displays extensive lens data when used with ALEXA Plus and Studio cameras, as well as its smaller companion, the SXU-1 single axis hand unit controlling either focus, iris, or zoom. A range of new motor controllers gives the Electronic Control System complete operational autonomy, allowing the WCU-4 and other system elements to be used with all types of cameras, including the new ARRI AMIRA cameras and other third-party cameras.
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Sachtler Launches New Ace Accessory Range
News: Sachtler Launches New Ace Accessory RangeSachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, has announced the release of a new range of premium camera support gear – the Ace Accessories – to complement the established Ace product range. Ace Accessories include the Ace Base Plate, Ace Follow Focus and Ace Matte Box, and can be bought individually or as a package.
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FUJIFILM’S New Zoom Goes Wide, Then Long to Stay with the Action
News: FUJIFILM’S New Zoom Goes Wide, Then Long to Stay with the ActionHA18x5.5 offers 18x Zoom from 5.5MM at the Wide Angle To 100MM on the Telephoto End
The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation will introduce its HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas, starting on April 7th.. The company will exhibit in NAB Booth #C7025.
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Adobe Reveals Next Wave of Innovation for Creative Cloud Video Apps at NAB
Major Updates and New Features Turbo-charge Video Workflows, Outpacing the Competition
(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced plans to significantly update all the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and will showcase these innovations at the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas next week. Milestone feature additions, expected to ship in the next coming months, include major updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC, designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster, enabling video professionals to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials more efficiently. At NAB Adobe is also unveiling new features for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video apps to work together as they access and manage centralized media and assets across virtually any network.
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Matthews Studio Equipment Goes 4K at NAB 2014
Matthews Studio and Hollywood Camera/Bertone Visuals have joined forces to present the newest in MSE camera support at NAB 2014 Booth #C5437. All MSE camera support equipment will carry the newest in 4K cameras provided by Hollywood Camera.
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MEWShop Announces New Mac OS X Mavericks Support Essentials Workshop
Learn How to Effectively Navigate OS X While Discovering the Secret Tips and Tricks of the Trade; Receive Preparation and Training Needed to Become Apple Certified
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, recently announced the new Mac OS X Mavericks Support Essentials workshop. Ideal for personnel using Mac products and those looking to more effectively navigate their way around the OS X Mavericks systems, this three-day course provides an in-depth exploration of troubleshooting on OS S Mavericks. It is designed to give students a tour of the breadth and depth of OS X Mavericks as well as the best methods for effectively supporting users of OS X Mavericks systems. A combination of lectures and hands-on exercises, the workshop is specifically designed to provide real-world experience and learning.
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Litepanels Unveils Powerful Sola 9 and Inca 9 at NAB 2014
News: Litepanels Unveils Powerful Sola 9 and Inca 9 at NAB 2014New 9” LED Fresnels Combine High Powered Illumination Output with Energy Efficiencies and Cost Savings
Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, will debut the Sola 9 (daylight balanced) and Inca 9 (tungsten balanced) LED Fresnels at NAB 2014. Following last year’s breakthrough launch of the Sola 12 and Inca 12, the new 9” fixtures fill a market demand for medium-sized LED Fresnels. Litepanels’ industry leading collection of LED Fresnels now covers the complete range needed to deliver a full LED solution for broadcast studios, episodic television, and feature film production.
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OConnor Debuts 60L Tripod, Photo and Cine Accessory Kits at 2014 NAB
60L, Cine and Photo Follow Focus Kits, O-Box WM, O-Grips Handgrips & Universal Baseplate
OConnor, a Vitec Group Brand, will present a growing line of camera and lens accessories during the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, April 7 - 11, 2014. Engineered to address the needs of today's fast-paced production environments, the line includes the CFF-1 and O-Focus Dual Mini follow focus systems relaunched in Photo and Cine Kits, the award-winning O-Box WM mattebox, innovative O-Grip Handgrip System and the Universal Baseplate.
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CARTONI to Debut New Low-Cost Fluid Head, Spreaderless 3 Stage Tripod and Other Products at NAB 2014
News: CARTONI to Debut New Low-Cost Fluid Head, Spreaderless 3 Stage Tripod and Other Products at NAB 2014New SMART PRO fluid head, STABILO spreader-less tripod, SMART STOP ENG tripod and E-REM 25 remote control head, as well as upgraded FOCUS HD and MASTER MK II will be shown by Manios Digital & Film.
CARTONI Rome and CARTONI USA, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of professional and prosumer camera support gear, will debut a number of new products and product upgrades at NAB 2014, including SMART PRO, a low-cost fluid head for camera payloads up to 13 lbs. (6 kg). CARTONI products will be showcased by Cartoni USA, Stand C9539.
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There’s A Lot to See From MSE at NAB 2014
Matthews Studio Equipment the Burbank, CA-based camera and lighting support company has outdone itself for NAB 2014. This year they will be presenting close to a dozen new products from the smallest FloatCam™ Wireless Follow Focus/Zoom Control to the biggest Intel-A-Big Jib. And many things in-between at Booth #C5437 – Central Hall.
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Autodesk Announces 2015 3D Animation Software
News: Autodesk Announces 2015 3D Animation SoftwareNew Software Empowers Artists’ Creativity With Innovative New Tools Like Bifrost And Shaderfx
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) unveiled the 2015 versions of its popular 3D animations tools: Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and the newest addition to the lineup, Maya LT, a 3D animation and modeling tool for professional indie game makers. Autodesk also announced the availability of the 2015 Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and visual effects.
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3rd Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Wraps; 'Little Accidents' Takes Home the Vision Award, While 'Blue Ruin' and 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice' Pick Up the One-In-A-Million Awards
News: 3rd Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Wraps; 'Little Accidents' Takes Home the Vision Award, While 'Blue Ruin' and 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice' Pick Up the One-In-A-Million AwardsThe 3rd annual Sun Valley Film Festival wrapped up a successful, fun-packed festival over the weekend with a jumping Saturday night awards party hosted by actor Michael Weaver and a rousing set by Nashville rockers Those Darlins entertained the crowd with the winners pogoing and moshing their way into the night. Sunday saw a final Coffee Talk with filmmaker Kevin Smith on hand to delight a packed house at the nexStage Theater, as well as present an encore 20th anniversary screening of his landmark film CLERKS.
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Atomos at CABSAT 2014
New Smart Production Tools on Show at CABSAT 2014, Dubai
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Atomos Announces New Distributor for China
Shriro Hong Kong Broaden Channel for Atomos
Atomos, creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders, and the acclaimed Connect converters announces the appointment of Shriro (HK) Ltd as the sole distributor for China.
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Autoscript Launches WinPlus Remote
Unique, Mobile Teleprompting System Brings Speed and Accuracy to Field Operations
Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has announced the launch of WinPlus Remote, an iOS-based teleprompting system that delivers up-to-date scripts to users in the field, anywhere in the world. The technology is also suited to remote news bureaus and smaller newsroom operations.
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Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders along with Optional Cinema EOS C300 Camera Dual Pixel AF Upgrade
Announcements Include a New Canon RC-V100 Remote Control and Firmware Updates for Peripheral Illumination Correction Support and Continuous Recording for EOS C100 Video Camera
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. Announced today is a new optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera which will support Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enable continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses and optimized for Canon’s stepping motor (STM) line of lenses when used with the EOS C300 camera. This optional feature upgrade is expected to be available in May 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C300 camera body to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.
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The Academy Award Nominations Are Out and the Winner Is.....Digital Artistry
News: The Academy Award Nominations Are Out and the Winner Is.....Digital ArtistryAutodesk Software Plays an Integral Role in the Creation of Great Movies - Including 8 of the 9 Best Picture Nominees
Great movies are defined by great stories and increasingly, great storytelling is being empowered by digital technology. Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) media and entertainment staff and software played a starring role in the creation of many of this year's Academy Award nominees across many categories and were recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with two Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards (Sci-Tech Awards).
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ProMAX and Key Code Media Partner
Former Competitors Team in Channel for Shared Video Storage Line
ProMAX Systems, manufacturer of multi-functional, high-performance shared storage servers and editing workstations for video, has announced a new partnership with Key Code Media to represent ProMAX’s Platform Series. The former competitors have found a new alliance since ProMAX has exclusively moved to manufacturing video shared storage solutions, transitioning away from the firm’s 20 year history serving as a leading VAR to the video post production industry.
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Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards
‘DALLAS BUYERS CLUB,’ ‘JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA,’ and ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ Among Make-Up Artist Winners at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards ‘AMERICAN HUSTLE,’ ‘BEHIND THE CANDELABRA,’ and ‘THE VOICE’ Among Winners for Hair Stylists Johnny Depp Receives Distinguished Artisan Award From Oscar®-Winning Make-Up Artist Joel Harlow
The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild tonight announced winners of its Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists awards in 14 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater during the black-tie ceremony at the Paramount Studios Theatre. MAC Cosmetics was the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor. The awards took place before an audience of more than 500, including guild members, industry executives and press. The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s President Sue Cabral-Ebert presided over the awards ceremony with actor/comedian Tom Arnold serving as host.
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Key Media Industry Organizations Launch Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability
Task Force Sponsored by NABA, AMWA, SMPTE, IABM, 4As, ANA, and EBU Seeks Contributions to New User-Requirements Survey
The launch of the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability was announced today by its sponsors, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is participating as an observer.
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AmberFin Becomes Global Reseller for Nexidia QC
Nexidia's Language and Caption Verification System Available as a Plugin for Amberfin's Unified Quality Control Solution
AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding and quality control solutions for owners, broadcasters, sports organizations and postproduction houses, and Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced an agreement where AmberFin will become a global reseller for Nexidia QC closed-caption, language, and video description verification software.
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NBC Olympics’ Production Of The 2014 Olympic Winter Games In Sochi To Utilize More Than 70 HDTV Field, Portable, And Studio Lenses From Canon
Canon Lenses to Help Enable NBC Olympics to Provide Viewers with Outstanding HDTV Picture Quality and Long-Zoom Image Detail During its Coverage of 2014 Sochi Winter Games
Canon U.S.A., Inc., has been selected to provide HDTV portable, field, and studio lenses to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its presentation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6-23. 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., Inc.
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Digital Juice “Brings It” With Latest Clip-Based Effects Release
All-New Drag & Drop Series 2 product line features over 400 Full HD QuickTime Video Effects
Digital Juice® announced today that it is releasing its much anticipated follow-up collection of clip-based video effects called Drag & Drop Series 2. This all-new Drag & Drop series consists of 8 unique volumes of clip-based video effects that you can combine with your video footage for dramatic effect. All effects are delivered as 1920x1080 Full HD Quicktime clips that will work with all editing and motion design software including Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Apple Motion, Edius and more.
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Miramax Names Zanne Devine Executive Vice President, Production And Development
News: Miramax Names Zanne Devine Executive Vice President, Production And DevelopmentGlobal film and television studio Miramax today announced that veteran producer and industry executive Zanne Devine has been named Executive Vice President, Production and Development of Miramax, effective immediately.
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TrackX Powered by mocha Brings High-End Hollywood Motion Tracking Tools to Final Cut Pro X
The latest FCP X plugin from CoreMelt powered by Imagineer Systems’ Academy Awardwinning Planar Tracking technology is now available
Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, and CoreMelt, the leading provider of advanced video plug-in effects, today announced the release of TrackX powered by mocha. The latest Apple® Final Cut Pro® X (FCP X) plug-in to come out of the strategic partnership between Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt, TrackX powered by mocha leverages the Academy Award-winning Planar Tracking technology to precisely track camera motion, objects and people for seamless visual effects and screen composites. “TrackX powered by mocha is a tremendous leap ahead in plugin innovation for Final Cut Pro X,” comments Ross Shain, chief marketing officer, Imagineer Systems. “CoreMelt has taken Imagineer’s innovative Planar Tracking engine and added a simple-to-use plug-in interface, giving Final Cut Pro X editors a powerful, yet easy-to-use set of tools to manage complex tracking projects with exacting precision. No need to leave the timeline or learn a complicated VFX program. The Final Cut user community will love the ability to create these advanced visual effects directly inside their favorite editor.”
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Anton/Bauer Pumps The Power Behind "Kvadrat" Techno DJ Documentary
News: Anton/Bauer Pumps The Power Behind "Kvadrat" Techno DJ DocumentaryDIONIC HC and DIONIC HCX Help First-Time Film Director Capture Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Russian DJ
Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video, film and healthcare technology industries, has recently gone deep into the world of a well-known Russian Techno DJ with French/Russian director Anatoly Ivanov for his first full-length documentary, "Kvadrat." Ivanov had always worked as a still photographer until friends proposed he give cinema a try. After several experiments using video that often incorporated Anton/Bauer batteries, Ivanov came across well-known Russian Techno DJ Andrey Pushkarev, of DeepMix.ru fame, who agreed to be the focus of Ivanov’s first documentary. The two began their collaboration in February 2011 and have since spent two and a half years on the pre-production, production and post-production processes.
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OConnor Helps Crescenzo Raise the Bar of Visual Excitement on "CSI: Las Vegas"
News: OConnor Helps Crescenzo Raise the Bar of Visual Excitement on "CSI: Las Vegas"Keeping a hit television show that’s been on the air for 14 years fresh and interesting is a demanding challenge. As scripts get bigger to sustain audience interest, budgets inevitably get smaller. “When a show reaches syndication, it has primarily done its job of crossing the finish line of making money for a very long time,” says "CSI" cinematographer Crescenzo Notarile, ASC. “So, why spend more when the networks, at this point, don’t have to. It’s a creative challenge to keep the audience coming back with what we have. It’s not making more – it’s making the freshest. Working with OConnor and it’s support equipment, it keeps us cameramen perpetually perfecting camera movement and striving higher to express a story. Each week we try to creatively surpass what we did in the previous episode, and in our own way, raise the bar – if not for the audience, for ourselves as filmmakers. And, I can always count on OConnor to be there to help me make this possible.”
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New Videos Detail Proper Way To Remove And Mount A Fujinon Digital Servo Drive And Unique Features Of New PL 14-35MM Zoom
Two new videos from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation – one describing the proper way to remove and mount a digital servo drive and the other on the benefits and features of the company’s new Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle zoom [ZK2.5x14] – are now available.
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Explore the Art and Technique of Master Editors in Manhattan Edit Workshop’s New Class: “Making the Cut” With Bobbie O’Steen
Become a better editor and storyteller; analyze scenes from iconic movies with acclaimed writer and film historian Bobbie O’Steen
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, will launch a brand new film analysis class in 2014. Lead by renowned film historian and author Bobbie O’Steen, “Making the Cut” will explore the editor’s endgame decisions from inside the cutting room. Course content will be based in part on material from O’Steen’s popular books (Cut to the Chase, The Invisible Cut) and her Inside the Cutting Room event series. “I'm thrilled to be teaching a class where I dig deep into the work of master editors and, by explaining their choices, help my students become better editors and storytellers themselves,” says O’Steen.
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Barnes Takes on Alaska for Hostile Environment Adventure Gear
News: Barnes Takes on Alaska for Hostile Environment Adventure GearAdventure cinematographer Joe Barnes of BreakFrame, Inc is a no-holds-barred, in-the-trenches shooting director and DP who takes his gear to extreme and adventurous locations. Recently for a short film, Hostile Environment Adventure Gear, which demonstrates military products and innovative outdoor adventure gear, Joe was off to shoot on Seward, Alaska’s Exit Glacier Overlook Trail, the shore of Resurrection Bay, and other mountainous terrains. “For this trek, we needed equipment that would stand up to the elements and the rigorous climbs,” says Barnes. “My selection of an efficient and lightweight camera package was extremely important”.
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"L’heure bleue: In the blue blaze of twilight" with the OConnor 2575
News: "L’heure bleue: In the blue blaze of twilight" with the OConnor 2575In the blue hour, the sky shines deep indigo, producing an almost magical atmosphere. Any cinematographers who want to capture the special light in this limited time frame must be able to quickly and dependably work with their equipment. That is why Italian cinematographer Maura Morales Bergmann depended on the versatile 2575 fluid head by OConnor, a part of Vitec Videcom, a Vitec Group company, to shoot the French short film last year "L’heure bleue" by director Annarita Zambarano.
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Thinkbox Software Releases XMesh MY Geometry Caching Tool for Autodesk® Maya®
News: Thinkbox Software Releases XMesh MY Geometry Caching Tool for Autodesk® Maya®Solution Facilitates Efficient Management of Large Files
Thinkbox Software today announced the release of XMesh MY, a geometry caching plug-in for Autodesk® Maya®. Designed to streamline animation and visual effects production pipelines, XMesh is a set of tools for saving animated scene geometry in a condensed format that yields smaller files for faster loading, manipulation and sharing across facilities and applications. Also compatible with Autodesk® 3ds Max®, the robust and scalable multi-threaded solution allows artists to quickly open, share or receive computer generated (CG) assets from internal studio departments or external facilities.
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Atomos Ship Spyder Color Calibration
Atomos Spyder is available now giving one touch advanced color calibration to the Atomos Samurai Blade
Atomos, the creator of the award-winning camera mounted recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai and the pocket-sized Connect converters, announce that the Spyder calibration tool is now shipping. Priority sales will be given to pre-orders and general stock will be available through Atomos Worldwide reseller network.
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Canon EOS C300 Cinema Cameras Deliver Super-Heroic Image Quality and Precision Performance for Complex Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Visual Effects Sequences
The latest achievement in motion picture visual effects, Marvel’s "Iron Man 3" thrilled audiences with astonishing visuals, many of which were created by superimposing computer graphic imagery (CGI) on to live-action stunt footage. Challenged by the precise matching those visual elements required, the "Iron Man 3" effects team relied on the outstanding image quality and mobility of EOS C300 Cinema cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. Featuring Emmy® Award winning Canon Super 35mm CMOS image sensor technology for full 1920 x 1080 HD capture, and a highly mobile camera body weighing just over 3 lbs., six Canon EOS C300 camera’s served as “witness cameras” for accurate close-up tracking of stunt actors’ movements. The footage captured using Canon EOS C300 cameras was then used by visual effects facilities as a reference to convincingly overlay photorealistic CGI of Iron Man armor and other imagery on to main-camera footage.
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Harris Broadcast Delivers Custom Automated Graphics Solution to TVSN for Expansion into New Zealand
Integrated solution delivers competitive edge necessary to expand into strategic market
Harris Broadcast, a market share leader of content management and network infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, communication service provider, government and enterprise markets, today announced that TVSN, a leading home shopping channel for Australia and New Zealand, has selected Harris Broadcast’s cutting-edge graphics automation solution. Deployed with the launch of TVSN’s localized New Zealand channel in August, the custom graphics automation solution interfaces with TVSN’s enterprise resource planning system to serve multiple master control facilities with a single graphics operator.
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Atomos Announces New Distributor for Hong Kong
Shriro take on Smart Production Tools
Atomos, creator of the award-winning field recorders Ninja-2, Samurai, Samurai Blade and Ronin, and the acclaimed Connect converters announces the appointment of Shriro (HK) Ltd as the distributor for Hong Kong.
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Aspera Research Yields 40 Gbps WAN Transfer Speeds on High-End Intel Platforms with Intel® DPDK
Aspera Labs, the research arm of Aspera, uses Intel DPDK to deliver superior transfer speed for high-performance computing environments
SC13, Booth #4235 — Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, have announced the results of a research project that Aspera Labs, the research arm of Aspera, has done in collaboration with Intel Corporation to investigate ultra high-speed (40 Gbps and beyond) data transfer solutions built on Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family-based systems and Aspera’s fasp™ transport technology.
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Digital Storm Launches PRO Line of Custom Built Workstations
News: Digital Storm Launches PRO Line of Custom Built WorkstationsDigital Storm is leveraging its liquid cooling and overclocking expertise to help professionals do more in less time
Digital Storm, a boutique system builder known for custom-built high performance gaming machines, is launching the PRO line of fully customizable workstations. The company will leverage its expertise in building liquid cooled, overclocked desktops to meet the demanding needs of creative professionals.
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OConnor’s 1030D a Novel Choice for "Wilfred"
News: OConnor’s 1030D a Novel Choice for "Wilfred"“When I was on The Office, we started off with the traditional three man tripod and head set up” says Randall Einhorn, cinematographer turned producer/director. “We had great support but it simply took too much time and manpower to set up. So, I started looking around and realized that the OConnor 1030D with the CF tripod could be the solution.
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Manhattan Edit Workshop Announces Production and Post-Production Conference Sessions at the Content and Communications World Expo
Power sessions include The Evolution of Digital Cameras, NLE Wars, and Blackmagic from Camera to Color, lead by superstar guest speakers Evan Schechtman , Jem Schofield (theC47), David Bigelow (GMatter) and more
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), manufacturer, authorized training provider and conference promoter for the creative community, today announced the MEWShop Production and Post-Production Conference Sessions for the upcoming Content and Communications World (CCW) Expo held on November 13th and 14th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Part of the CCW 2013 Conference Tracks (http://ccwexpo.com/sessions_byTrack.asp), the MEWShop Production and Post-Production Conference Sessions are presented by leading filmmakers and industry experts, including @radical.media CTO and Outpost Digital President Evan Schechtman, theC47 founder Jem Schofield, shooter/editor David Bigelow of GMatter, and Ned Soltz of Digital Video. These and more creative professionals will discuss and debate emerging technologies and the impact they have in the world of production and post.
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iOgrapher® LLC and the University of Arizona Project FOCUS to Help Students with Disabilities Learn Filmmaking Techniques on the iPad Mini
iOgrapher Filmmaking Case for the Apple iPad Mini Incorporates Design Ideal for Students with Disabilities; Handles Make it Easier to Hold, Shoot Video
The creators of the patent-pending iOgrapher® filmmaking support case for the iPad Mini today announced that it has been chosen by the University of Arizona’s Project FOCUS to help students with disabilities learn filmmaking and editing techniques using the Apple iPad Mini and the new iOgrapher filmmaking support case.
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OConnor O-Grips Help Koretz Get Non-Traditional Shots for Lincoln Motor Cars Short
News: OConnor O-Grips Help Koretz Get Non-Traditional Shots for Lincoln Motor Cars ShortCinematographer Eric Koretz and Director Elliot Rausch recently undertook an unusual assignment. By creating a Lincoln Motor Cars short titled “Get Back,” they became one of the four teams to capture the first content officially sponsored by Vimeo. With a short shooting schedule and non-actor subjects, Koretz chose to film with the RED Epic, Zeiss Super speed lenses and support it with an Easyrig equipped with OConnor O-Grips.
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Kentucky Mega-Church Reaches The Next Generation With Video Captured Using Fujinon Lenses
News: Kentucky Mega-Church Reaches The Next Generation With Video Captured Using Fujinon LensesSouthland Christian Church near Lexington, Kentucky is one of a new breed of mega-churches, investing in the next generation by acquiring sophisticated new video technology, including FUJINON lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Optical Devices Division. Founded in 1956, Southland has grown to become one of the state's largest churches, with three sprawling campuses and attendance averaging 12,000 worshipers each week. Just as its size and scope have expanded, so have its needs for state-of-the-art video broadcast and production technology to help reach its huge audience and provide a moving experience. Now, as Southland makes its transition from standard definition to HD broadcasts, it has turned to FUJINON lenses for the high quality, yet economical, centerpiece to its new system.
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LAC Group To Acquire PRO-TEK Business
Leading information and knowledge management firm to retain employees and continue stewardship of film preservation vaults for motion picture industry
LAC Group has agreed to acquire from Kodak substantially all of the assets of PRO-TEK, the company’s film preservation business specializing in archival storage, film inspection and repair, and library services for high-value moving image and still photography produced by the entertainment industry.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Delivers the Image Quality, Mobility, and Low-Light Capture Needed for the Independent Feature "Cold Turkey"
News: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Delivers the Image Quality, Mobility, and Low-Light Capture Needed for the Independent Feature "Cold Turkey"“In the true tradition of independent film, "Cold Turkey" is a dialogue- and character-driven movie,” explained director of photography Lucas Lee Graham. “We wanted an intimate, personal look with a really shallow depth of field and nice portraiture so that the visual emphasis would be on the characters and what they were doing.” Graham added that the film also needed to be shot inside an actual home in Pasadena, California, and include minimal lighting and night scenes. For Graham, the solution to all of these challenges was to shoot "Cold Turkey" using an EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, along with an assortment of Canon EF L-Series prime and zoom lenses.
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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.”
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DP Jon Nelson Pairs New Fujinon Cabrio Cine-Style Lens With Sony Cinealta Camera For 4K Resolution Shoots
News: DP Jon Nelson Pairs New Fujinon Cabrio Cine-Style Lens With Sony Cinealta Camera For 4K Resolution ShootsFUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio/T2.9 lens offers superior picture quality and zoom capabilities in a compact package
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that Director of Photography (DP) Jon Nelson, owner of Production Hero in Orange County, CA, recently acquired a new FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7x19) Premier PL Mount cinema-style zoom lens, which he paired with a new Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera. As a professional DP who shoots all types of advertising and marketing video projects, including commercials and Web media, Nelson upgraded his lens of choice at the same time as purchasing the Sony camera.
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Workflow Situation Far More Lucid for Cape Town Production Company After Installing Small Tree Shared Storage System
Titanium 8 System Provides Robust Solution to Meet LucidState’s Needs
Being in demand is a great problem to have for any company. For LucidState, a full-service production company in Cape Town, greater demand meant identifying a solution to multiple video editors needing simultaneous access to large – and network crippling – media files. With an eye on performance and cost, LucidState installed Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR Titanium8 Ethernet-based shared storage system to alleviate bandwidth and workflow concerns.
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Emmy® Webcast Backstage Live! Selects ProMAX Platform Studio for a Supporting Role
Platform Studio shared storage server to provide on-site editorial workflow
ProMAX Systems, the southern California-based builder of computer workstations and shared storage servers optimized for video editing and post production, has announced that their Platform Studio system has been selected to provide on-site editorial support for the 65th Primetime Emmy® Award’s Backstage Live! webcast.
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Schneider Cine-Xenars Help Macey Capture Moments for a Touching Vision of San Luis Obispo, CA
News: Schneider Cine-Xenars Help Macey Capture Moments for a Touching Vision of San Luis Obispo, CA“Cine prime lens swaps are usually the freight train of small documentary productions,” Nothing Films founder Rob Macey says. “For the film style in this beautifully touching and visually informative tourism film for the City of San Luis Obispo, CA, I knew we wanted to re-create and capture the slow-paced yet fun nature of the city. However, since half of the shots were captured as they happened, we had to move fast like I’m used to working. Having to constantly swap prime lenses would cause us to miss moments, the perfect light, and generally slow us down.
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iStock & Veer Co-founders’ New Stock Video Site Challenges Getty Images’ Pricing Model
Startup Dissolve launches with $5 million in funding, offers comparable HD video clips for just $5 that sell for $450 at Getty Images
Today, Dissolve, a new stock video marketplace created to simplify the stock video purchase experience, launches in beta. Backed by $5 million in funding from several former co-founders of Veer and iStockphoto, with participation from iNovia Capital, Dissolve challenges leaders like Getty Images on quality and price. An average HD clip at Dissolve costs $5, where the exact same clip can sell for as much as $450 on Getty Images.
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New ARRI Pro Camera Accessories
News: New ARRI Pro Camera AccessoriesContinuing its trend of swiftly bringing to market high quality Pro Camera Accessories for the latest digital cameras, ARRI is introducing new accessories for the Blackmagic Pocket Camera, Digital Bolex, Sony F5/F55 and Canon 100/300/500. These accessories render the cameras suitable for the rigors of professional filmmaking by making them fully compatible with ARRI support and all industry-standard matte box and follow focus systems.
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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.
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Fujifilm Optical Devices To Introduce New 14-35MM Wide-Angle Cabrio Zoom At IBC
News: Fujifilm Optical Devices To Introduce New 14-35MM Wide-Angle Cabrio Zoom At IBCAt the upcoming IBC Show, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will introduce its new Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens [ZK2.5x14]. The company will exhibit in booth 11.C20 during the show, which takes place September 13-17 at the RAI Amsterdam.
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Heads are rolling: OConnor for The Evil Dead Remake
News: Heads are rolling: OConnor for The Evil Dead Remake"The Evil Dead," 1981 classic cult horror movie directed by Sam Raimi, is famous for its bloody content. For the 2013 remake," Evil Dead," Raimi chose Fede Alvarez as director, and decided instead to take a producing role alongside Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell, lead actor and producer of the original film. To fill in the position of DP, Raimi chose cinematographer Aaron Morton, NZCS, who was also DP for the Starz series Spartacus and part of the camera crew of Underworld 3. The challenge: Shoot a horror movie that won’t be polished or retroactively enhanced by CGI, and make it as bloody as possible. The task required a fluid head that is reliable and robust enough to cope with sticky artificial blood and allows for total control of camera movements. To meet these conditions, Aaron Morton selected a 2575D fluid head by OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, to support his two Sony PMW-F65 cameras.
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AmberFin Announces New Transcode Farm Controller & Network Licence Server for iCR
New enterprise-class features support business growth in a fluid file-based media landscape
At IBC 2013, on stand 7.H39, AmberFin, a leading developer of file-based media ingest, transcoding and quality control solutions for content owners, broadcasters, sports organizations and post-production houses will showcase new enterprise-class features for iCR, the company's file-based content ingest and transcoding system.
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OConnor Helps Chema Wrangle a Real Cow for Backyard Burger Spot
News: OConnor Helps Chema Wrangle a Real Cow for Backyard Burger SpotWhile filming his second commercial spot for the upscale fast-food Southeast-based company, Backyard Burger, Jon Chema faced both a tight budget and the challenge of wrangling a real live untrained cow. “When I saw the storyboards, I saw that we would be shooting at the top of an overlook as morning fog rolled in and the sun rose on our location outside of Nashville. I realized the cow wasn’t going to stand still, so I had to have a set-up that was steady and mobile at the same time. That’s why OConnor’s 1030D, O-Box, O-Grips and Follow Focus supporting our RED Epic with Zeiss Super Speed lenses was simply a must.
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From Editor to Preditor: Mastering the Post Production Workflow From Conception to Creation
The first and only class of its kind, Preditor from Manhattan Edit Workshop begins September 17th
Manhattan Edit Workshop, the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, recently announced its brand new class, From Editor to Preditor (read more), which will premiere on Tuesday, September 17th. The first and only class of its kind, editors will learn the skills they need to become post-producers, and ultimately, “preditors.” The highly anticipated workshop, taught by Emmy Award-winning television producer Mark King, who has produced work for networks including ABC, HBO and ESPN, has a limited number of seats available, providing students with a more hands-on, guided learning experience.
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cineSync Pro 3.3 Integrates Aspera High Speed File Transfer Technology
Moving Content Faster for More Efficient Remote Review
Cospective has integrated Aspera's file transfer technology into its Academy Award®-winning cineSync video review software. With cineSync 3.3, anyone with an Aspera server and a cineSync Pro account can now make high speed file transfers from within the cineSync interface. This makes reviewing large-file material in cineSync faster and easier, while maintaining a high level of security.
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OConnor Takes Mathers Through Battlefields for 1000 to 1
News: OConnor Takes Mathers Through Battlefields for 1000 to 1Cinematographer James Mathers often chooses projects that have passion, heart, and a positive message. Such was the case of his latest production, 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story. For the inspiring true comeback story of a gifted college basketball player felled by a catastrophic stoke, Mathers knew his shooting package had to perform flawlessly. That’s why he chose the RED Epic paired with Angenieux, Zeiss, and Fujinon lenses, along with the OConnor 2575 for support.
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Shutterstock Fulfills Vittoria’s Needs for SAGE Publications Newest Promotional Video
News: Shutterstock Fulfills Vittoria’s Needs for SAGE Publications Newest Promotional Video
Shutterstock, a leading provider of high-quality stock footage, recently supplied filmmaker Stephen Vittoria with a variety of footage for the company’s long-term client SAGE Publications. Over the past ten years, Vittoria and his Los Angeles-based Deep Image Productions have produced several short films they call “image pieces”, that focus on SAGE’s history as an academic publisher.
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Cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman Chooses Codex for Amat Escalante’s Thriller “Heli”
News: Cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman Chooses Codex for Amat Escalante’s Thriller “Heli”
Mexican writer/director Amat Escalante won Best Director as this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his new thriller" Heli." The film is the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Escalante’s previous films "Sangre" and "Los Bastardos" which similarly drew critical praise (and numerous festival awards) for their unflinching portraits of the lives of ordinary Mexicans. "Heli" is also one of the first films produced by Mexico’s burgeoning independent film industry to be captured with an ARRIRAW workflow based on ARRI’s Alexa camera and Codex’'s Onboard Recorder.
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Hone Your Film Production Skills at Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Digital Cinema Bootcamp
Work with the latest camera technology and learn best practice shooting techniques at MEWshop’s hottest class in digital filmmaking
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, announced today that registration is now open for its most popular workshop, the Digital Cinema Bootcamp. Held on September 7th and 8th and taught by master filmmakers and technologists, Josh Apter (founder Manhattan Edit Workshop) and Jem Schofield (founder theC47), the Digital Cinema Bootcamp is a hands-on intensive workshop featuring the very latest in digital cinema gear from Canon and Digital Bolex. In addition to learning the ins and outs of the latest camera technology, Apter and Schofield will share shooting techniques and helpful tricks as well as discuss the infinite accessories and best practices for using cutting edge digital cinema filmmaking tools.
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Manhattan Edit Workshop Adds DaVinci Resolve 10 Workshops to the Fall Lineup
News: Manhattan Edit Workshop Adds DaVinci Resolve 10 Workshops to the Fall Lineup
Grade like a pro with the latest version of DaVinci Resolve; August and September workshops taught by ICA co-founder Warren Eagles
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, has just announced new dates for DaVinci Resolve workshops, which will be taught by Warren Eagles, professional color grader and co-founder of the International Colorist Academy (ICA). Touted as the color grading system of choice for many of Hollywood’s blockbuster production studios, DaVinci Resolve 10 was announced earlier this year to much excitement over its expanded set of editing functionalities among many other upgrades.
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OConnor Makes Life and Love in the Big City Look Easy for Fargnoli on The Mindy Project
News: OConnor Makes Life and Love in the Big City Look Easy for Fargnoli on The Mindy ProjectBy today’s standards young Mindy Laheri (played by show creator Mindy Kaling) has a great career. She may be a successful OBGyn, but realizes that the intensity of her years of medical education put her behind socially. So, she made a pact with herself to catch up on life. Often hilarious, "The Mindy Project" brings her misadventures in romance and her comical observations on life and love in the big city to television. Cinematographer Marco Fargnoli relies on OConnor 2575’s for support on the Fox Network program.
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Shotgun Production Management Platform Drives White House Down VFX Pipeline
News: Shotgun Production Management Platform Drives White House Down VFX PipelineUncharted Territory Production Team Collaborates and Manages Ten Visual Effects Vendors Via The Shotgun Platform
The Shotgun production management platform played a pivotal role in helping Uncharted Territory manage the White House Down visual effects pipeline, which was distributed among ten different companies across North America and Europe.
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Atomos Samurai Blade Cut Loose
Atomos' Most Advanced Recorder/Monitor/Deck now Shipping Worldwide
Atomos, the creator of the award-winning camera mounted recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the Connect converter range, have commenced shipment of their latest recorder/monitor, the Samurai Blade.
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Anton/Bauer Hits The Road With Alex Buono For Visual Storytelling Tour
News: Anton/Bauer Hits The Road With Alex Buono For Visual Storytelling TourEducational Workshops to Feature Anton/Bauer Batteries, Chargers and Gold Mounts®
Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video, film and healthcare technology industries, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Alex Buono’s Visual Storytelling Tour. The tour kicked off in Minneapolis on June 3, and Buono, the Oscar-nominated Saturday Night Live Director of Photography, is hosting three filmmaking workshops a day across the country—discussing everything from script and location scouting to editing and delivery.
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Bui’s Multi-Platform Endeavor Relies on OConnor, Litepanels, Petrol Bags & Anton Bauer
News: Bui’s Multi-Platform Endeavor Relies on OConnor, Litepanels, Petrol Bags & Anton BauerIt’s taken several years for cinematographer Lan Bui to bring Redemption: "The Darkness Descending" to completion. But it’s been worth the effort. The multi-platform project began as a 24 episode web series that allows the audience to enter an underground world and become part of the story through a groundbreaking interactive app, and has since grown into a feature film.
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Buono Chooses OConnor for The Art of Visual Storytelling Tour
News: Buono Chooses OConnor for The Art of Visual Storytelling TourWhen "Saturday Night Live" film unit cinematographer Alex Buono decided to share his knowledge of the industry – in a big way – with a 31-city educational tour he calls The Art of Visual Storytelling, the first pieces of equipment he chose for his travel package were OConnor heads. “My biggest mandate in deciding to plan a workshop is that I’m demonstrating with the exact tools that I actually use in my professional work,” he says. “OConnor fluid heads are probably the most ubiquitous piece of gear on my sets. I literally have an OConnor on every single shoot, so it was an imperative of mine to include OConnor in this workshop.”
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Sachtler Ace M Perfect Fit for Fisher’s Arby’s Spots
News: Sachtler Ace M Perfect Fit for Fisher’s Arby’s SpotsFor the first in a series of quirky national spots for the Cartoon Network/ Adult Swim, cinematographer Gavin Fisher decided to use the Blackmagic camera, Canon lenses, and his trusty Sachtler Ace M for support. “For this first spot, for Arby’s, we shot in a small artist loft location, and on a very tight schedule,” explains Fisher. “I needed a lightweight package that I could move quickly. The Ace M was my perfect solution.
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Beyond International Relies On Aspera High-Speed Transfer To Power Global Production Workflows
Aspera transfers full-resolution content between production teams enabling global workflows for highly rated shows
Booth #5G2-05 — Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, today announced that Beyond International, a leading global production company with over 3900 hours of global television to its credit, has expanded its deployment of Aspera’s high-speed fasp™ technology for production of hit shows such as "MythBusters", "Selling Houses", "Deadly Women", "Behind Mansion Walls" and "Toy Box."
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Kneece Relies on OConnor for Hallmark’s The Confession
News: Kneece Relies on OConnor for Hallmark’s The ConfessionHallmark Channel movies are shot in practical locations and on short shooting schedules. Shot in and around Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the majority of Beverly Lewis’ The Confession takes place in an unoccupied five-story mansion. To capture this location in all its glory, cinematographer Dan Kneece relied on Arri’s Alexa, an array of different lenses and the OConnor 2575. OConnor, is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
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Robert Yeoman to Headline Kodak Focus at Los Angeles Film Festival
News: Robert Yeoman to Headline Kodak Focus at Los Angeles Film FestivalCinematographer Robert Yeoman, ASC will headline the annual Kodak Focus program at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. The intimate conversation will spotlight Yeoman’s artistic and technical accomplishments by screening scenes from 35mm prints of "Moonrise Kingdom", "Drugstore Cowboy" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." The Kodak Focus takes place on June 16 at 1:10 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. The seminar is free with a festival ticket.
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Rural Media Group Hires Peter Clifford as New SVP of Distribution
Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG) the world’s leading provider of multimedia content for rural life, news and western sports announced today that it has hired Peter Clifford as the company’s new Senior Vice-President of Distribution. Clifford, whose role is effective immediately, comes to RMG with more than twenty-years of experience in affiliate distribution, marketing and digital media.
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Sachtler Video 20 Helps Chronicle Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery
News: Sachtler Video 20 Helps Chronicle Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting GalleryIn the 1990s The Shooting Gallery produced some of the hottest indie films, including "Sling Blade" - an Academy Award for Billy Bob Thornton - "You Can Count On Me" starring Mark Ruffalo - Academy Award nomination - and a series of projects with now-famous actors, producers and directors. Not long ago, director/producers Whitney Ransick and Bob Gosse, along with DP/producer Gil Gilbert and his co-DP Derek Wiesehahn, chronicled the rise and fall of this industry icon in "Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery".
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2013 AICP Next Awards Winners Announced
The AICP Next Awards debuted last night at the NYU Skirball Center, kicking off AICP Week 2013 – a celebration of advertising in the motion image, which will also include the AICP Directors Lecture Series, as well as the premiere of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial on the evening of June 6th at The Museum of Modern Art. The Next Awards, now in its seventh year, were presided over by Bob Greenberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO of R/GA.
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Hybrid’s New Sport Track Technology Enables Robotic Cameras To Automatically Follow Live Sports Action
News: Hybrid’s New Sport Track Technology Enables Robotic Cameras To Automatically Follow Live Sports ActionUsing “Robotic Camera Operators” Cuts Live Sports Production Costs
Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, has developed Sport Track, an exclusive, innovative technology that enables robotic cameras to automatically follow live game action.
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Shutterstock Offers Astounding Underwater Footage from Josh Jensen
News: Shutterstock Offers Astounding Underwater Footage from Josh JensenShutterstock, leading provider of high-quality, royalty-free digital footage, is now offering imagery from Australia-based cameraman Josh Jensen and his company Undersea Productions.
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Sony, Technicolor, Dolby and VFX Powerhouse LOOK Effects Join “Inside The Cutting Room: Sight, Sound and Story” All-Star Lineup
Industry titans back New York’s largest post event on June 8, 2013
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, is excited to announce growing support for its Inside The Cutting Room: Sight, Sound and Story event held on June 8, 2013 at the French Institute in the heart of Manhattan. Industry luminaries Sony Creative Software, Technicolor and Dolby recently signed on as sponsors, joining the likes of AbelCine, ACE, Adorama, AJA, Art of the Guillotine, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design, Boris FX, CCW, Digieffects, EditShare, DV Expo East, HP, IFP, Imagineer Systems, MoPictive, MPSE, Noise Industries, NY Editors Collective, NYWIFT, ProductionHUB and Tekserve.
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DPA Microphones Spends A Night At The Opera
News: DPA Microphones Spends A Night At The OperaDPA’s 4017 Shotgun Microphones proved the ideal solution for sound engineer Giacomo De Caterini when he was asked to ensure that no microphones were visible during an important DVD shoot to capture two operas in Rome.
The sound team at the Parco Della Musica Auditorium in Rome recently turned to DPA Microphones’ Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones to record the audio for a specially commissioned double DVD of two operas that were being performed as part of the Santa Cecilia Opera Studio, a master programme devoted to Bel Canto.
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ATTO Technology Chosen by TOLIS Group, Inc. for High-Performance Digital Asset Management Solution
Innovative DAM Configuration Now Available For Media and Entertainment Professionals
ATTO Technology, Inc. announced today that its ExpressSAS RAID Adapters and FastFrame 10GbEthernet Network Interface Cards (NICs) have been selected by TOLIS Group, Inc. to provide high-performance connectivity in their new ArGest CreativeSTORE Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution. Incorporating ATTO’s adapters, this appliance solution delivers an end-to-end system to ingest, edit, archive and manage digital assets. It will be on display at NAB 2013 in the TOLIS Group booth, South Hall Lower Level #SL13105, in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8 through April 11.
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Legends of Storytelling Gather in Manhattan for Filmmaker Event Inside The Cutting Room: Sight, Sound and Story
Registration now open for a one-day celebration of the art of filmmaking, Held at French Institute June 8
Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, revealed its all-star list of guest speakers and panelists for Inside The Cutting Room: Sight, Sound and Story, a special one-day symposium for the creative community. “Building on the momentum of many successful events focusing on film editors, it seems a natural move to celebrate all of the talent involved in the process,” says Josh Apter, founder and president of Manhattan Edit Workshop. “From sound design and visual effects to groundbreaking transmedia projects, post-production is about using all of the elements of sight, sound and story to create a truly unique experience. Anyone interested in what happens when the cameras stop rolling in the fast-evolving craft of visual storytelling is going to find something that speaks to them here.”
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Emmy® Award-Winning Cinematographer Sean Conaty Selects Anton/Bauer Batteries To Help Fuel Narrative Work
News: Emmy® Award-Winning Cinematographer Sean Conaty Selects Anton/Bauer Batteries To Help Fuel Narrative WorkBeginning with his days as a Master’s student of cinematography at the University of Southern California, Emmy® Award-winning cinematographer of narrative and documentary features, commercials and music videos Sean Conaty has powered countless creative projects with Anton/Bauer® batteries and accessories. Thanks to the rugged build and reliability behind the company’s power solutions, Conaty can count on uninterrupted power no matter where his productions take him on-location—from the dry heat of the desert for the short film Jack and the Dustbowl to the rainy high school football field in rural Ohio for the feature film "Underdogs".
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Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime Lenses
News: Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime LensesSchneider Optics announces a new family of prime lenses specially designed and built for digital cinematography with full-frame sensor HDSLR and other professional cameras. Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the new Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime Lenses are the latest addition to the company’s line of high-end optics.
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OConnor Camera Support and Lens Accessories for Sony F5/F55 Cameras
News: OConnor Camera Support and Lens Accessories for Sony F5/F55 CamerasLong-time cine equipment leader, OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group brand is meeting the challenges of support and lens accessories for Sony’s F5 and F55 4K cameras. The OConnor tools enable professional cinematographers to operate the cameras built-up in large or small lens cine set-ups.
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Atomos Announces Samurai Blade
Samurai Blade is the sharpest production tool yet from Atomos
Atomos, creator of the award-winning field recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the acclaimed Connect converters, announces Samurai Blade at NAB 2013, (8-11 April, Las Vegas Convention Center, booth number C8218).
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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
News: Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Production Camera 4KProfessional 4K production camera features large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter, EF mount optics and high quality ProRes 422 file recording
Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, a new high resolution 4K digital film camera with an innovative large Super 35 size sensor with professional global shutter, combined with precision EF mount optics and high quality Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) file recording for only US$3,995.
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Canon Inc. Announces Development Of 35mm Cinema Prime Lens, Sixth In A Series Of Compact, Lightweight, Precision-Matched Lenses
Designed for Film-Style Operation, Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver 4K Imaging Performance
Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a 35mm cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers. The 35mm cinema prime lens will look to join Canon’s line of 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm EF-mount Cinema prime lenses. The 35mm cinema lens in development will look to become the sixth in the line, filling a strategic optical need between Canon’s 24mm and 50mm lens offerings. As with Canon’s precision-matched, competitively priced CN-E prime lenses, the 35mm lens under development will look to deliver 4K optical performance and inherit the professional operability of the existing CN-E prime lens line.
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OConnor Intro’s O-Box-WM Mattebox Deluxe Package and Tools for Blackmagic and Sony F5/F55
News: OConnor Intro’s O-Box-WM Mattebox Deluxe Package and Tools for Blackmagic and Sony F5/F55OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company announces new products to be introduced in NAB 2013 booth C6425. The line-up includes additions to their growing range of top quality camera/lens accessories as well as famous “OConnor feel” fluid head and tripod systems featuring the 1030D and 1030Ds which both offer seamless transitions from heavier to lighter payload camera setups, such as the RED Scarlet, Blackmagic Cinema, Canon C300 and C500 and Sony F5/F55.
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Sohonet Builds New Team Of Leading Industry Executives To Support Rapid Global Expansion Plans
News: Sohonet Builds New Team Of Leading Industry Executives To Support Rapid Global Expansion PlansSohonet scales up for significant growth in 2013 with new staff, new territories and a range of advanced services for digital content management
Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce a raft of new global appointments to support its global expansion programme.
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SGO relies on ATTO's Fibre Channel technology to provide high-performance Mistika solutions to be showcased at NAB 2013
News: SGO relies on ATTO's Fibre Channel technology to provide high-performance Mistika solutions to be showcased at NAB 2013Visit the SGO Booth SL10321 and ATTO Booth SL7613 at NAB 2013
SGO relies on ATTO Technology, Inc., the storage and network connectivity solutions provider to bring even greater performance standards to Mistika workflow solutions for high-end film and broadcast projects. Mistika's breath-taking speed is indicative of how demanding it is on bandwidth to its storage devices, and ATTO Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) provide that vital connection. With ATTO Technology's experience in engineering advanced technology into real-world product solutions, they provide SGO with a unique competitive advantage.
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Advanced new Axis1 wireless remote focus system for cine lenses world launch at NAB 2013
News: Advanced new Axis1 wireless remote focus system for cine lenses world launch at NAB 2013See the Hocus Axis1 on the Hocus/Boxx TV booth C.7706 Central Hall at NAB2913 in Las Vegas April 8-11
UK based Hocus Products will launch at NAB in Las Vegas a totally new advanced Wireless Remote Follow Focus system for cine lenses, the Axis1. Production has already started and the first units will ship towards the end of April.
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NAB 2012: OConnorNAB 2012: OConnor
Fluid head pioneer OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, unveiled a 30L carbon fiber tripod, O-Focus Dual Mini follow focus unit, and Universal Camera Baseplate at NAB 2012. Attendees also had the chance to experience hands-on the Ultimate 1030D and Ultimate 1030Ds fluid heads.
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DSLR: WhatDSLR: What's a Follow Focus?
Robbie and Richard discuss the frustration of trying to get critical focus by just using the focus ring on a lense. Modern photography cameras auto focus when shooting stills but for DSLR video the answer is a follow focus to get professional focus.
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Another Couple of Reasons to Love SSDs
One day, when we're sitting in our rocking chairs recounting our past IT glories ("Why, when I was a young man, computers had ‘wires’”), we'll invariably start talking about our storage war stories. There will be so many. We'll talk of frisbee tossing stuck disks or putting bad drives in...
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Use a Field Monitor for Better Shots
A common phrase among DSLR pros is that everything looks good on the back of the camera LCD. While intended as a joke, the phrase really means that it s hard to judge aspects of your shot like critical focus, color, and exposure using the LCD on the back of...
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DSLR Video Tips: What is a follow focus?
On this week s episode of DSLR Video Tips , we ll look at a piece of gear called a follow focus that makes it easier to get repeatable, sharp focus. We ll examine how a follow focus works, and techniques for using one in the field. Learn the benefits...
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