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Shotgun Recognizes Excellence with Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH
News: Shotgun Recognizes Excellence with Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPHAt the Shotgun User Group held during SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Shotgun Software held the first ever Pipeline Awards to honor excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering, and usage. Members of the Shotgun community from around the world submitted inventive tools for consideration, and four were recognized with Pipeline Shotty Awards, distinguishing them as the best pipeline tools of 2014. Shotgun also recognized four individuals as "Pipeline Heroes," leaders who have had a significant impact on the pipeline community through their technical contributions and commitment to sharing ideas and best practices.
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NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera Technology in SIGGRAPH Demo
News: NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera Technology in SIGGRAPH DemoImagine a filmmaker, tablet in hand, walking through a live-action set and recording actors as they perform, while simultaneously seeing fluid updates of computer-generated elements within the shot.
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OTOY Expands OctaneRender™ Integration to NUKE, Houdini, MotionBuilder, Unreal Engine 4, and Digital Molecular Matter Engine
Cloud graphics company, OTOY Inc., today announced expanded support for its acclaimed OctaneRender™ software, giving artists and animators more choice in where and how they work and accelerating content creation by bringing lightning fast true-to-life rendering to four more popular 3D applications. Along with previously announced plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, OctaneRender™ plugins are also in development for The Foundry’s NUKE compositing software, Side Effects Software’s Houdini™ 3D animation software, Autodesk’s MotionBuilder® 3D character animation software, and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.
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Vicon redefines motion capture with unprecedented new products at SIGGRAPH 2014
News: Vicon redefines motion capture with unprecedented new products at SIGGRAPH 2014Launches new retargeting and solving tool and latest version of Blade software
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced the launch of two new products, Pegasus and Pegasus Advanced, a new set of retargeting and solving tools developed with IKinema, as well as Blade 3, the newest version of its industry-leading capture and data processing software at SIGGRAPH 2014 (booth #733). The products offer a new level of flexibility, accessibility and increased value for money in motion capture.
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Deluxe To Place All Motion Picture Dailies Services Under EC3 Banner
Company 3 and EFILM Dailies Operations Now EC3
Deluxe, a global innovator offering comprehensive creative, media, distribution and asset-management solutions for media and entertainment, has merged motion picture dailies operations of Company 3 and EFILM into the single business unit, EC3.
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Miller Camera Support Equipment Motors Through Tumultuous Terrain During "Woodhill Rush"
News: Miller Camera Support Equipment Motors Through Tumultuous Terrain During "Woodhill Rush"Air Tripod System Assists Cinematographer in Creation of Mountain Biking Video
When sports cinematographer John Colthorpe decided to create a short, action-packed mountain biking video, Miller Camera Support Equipment, a leader in the production of innovating camera support solutions, was along for the ride, with its Air Alloy System allowing Colthorpe to capture every motor maneuver.
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OTOY Unveils Holographic Video, Announces First Commercial Holographic Display for Early 2015
Ari Emanuel: “The Future of Media and Entertainment is not Going to be a Flat Screen. OTOY is Building the Content Pipeline for the Next Generation of Movies and Computer Graphics, where Immersion and Presence will be a Key Axis of the Creative Process.” Rod Roddenberry: “OTOY is Making My Father’s Vision of the "Star Trek" Holodeck a Practical Reality in our Lifetime.”
Cloud graphics company, OTOY Inc., today marked a major milestone in the future of media and entertainment, unveiling a holographic video pipeline for content creators, including the world’s first portable 360 holographic capture system and a cloud-based pipeline for creating and deploying holographic media to virtual reality and, in 2015, holographic light field displays. The pipeline enables holographic captures of real world people, objects, and environments, and one-click publishing of interactive holographic videos which are viewable on mobile devices and virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift. Forthcoming next-generation light field displays being developed by OTOY will bring commercial freestanding volumetric holographic displays to market in 2015.
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Cinesite Creates Digital Carnage for "Hercules" Battle
News: Cinesite Creates Digital Carnage for "Hercules" BattleCinesite has completed visual effects for a major battle sequence in MGM/Paramount Pictures’ latest release, "Hercules." The film, starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, is directed by Brett Ratner, with VFX supervision by John Bruno and Dean Wright. Cinesite’s Visual Effects Supervisor was Simon Stanley-Clamp.
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Vicon Gives Cara a Facelift at SIGGRAPH 2014
News: Vicon Gives Cara a Facelift at SIGGRAPH 2014New Version of its Pioneering Facial Mocap System to Feature Hardware Improvements and Updates to CaraLive and CaraPost for Faster, More Efficient Facial Tracking
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, will launch a series of updates to Cara, the world’s first out-of-the-box facial motion capture system for film and games production, at SIGGRAPH 2014 next week. The latest version boasts significant quality enhancements that accelerate facial capture workflows for fast-paced performance capture productions, right out of the box.
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Faceware Technologies Releases Faceware Live 2.0
News: Faceware Technologies Releases Faceware Live 2.0Upgraded Real-Time Facial Technology Includes Faster Calibration, Enhanced Face Tracking, Unity Support and More
Faceware Technologies, the leading provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that it has upgraded and released version 2.0 of its real-time facial mocap and animation product, Faceware Live. Originally announced at Siggraph 2013, the first version of Faceware Live has been in testing at a handful of studios since last Fall. Demos of the upgraded solution will be available in Faceware Technologies' booth #653 at Siggraph 2014, Aug 12-14.
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Cinematographer John Pope Takes MōVI to Medieval Times
News: Cinematographer John Pope Takes MōVI to Medieval TimesCinematographer John Pope’s recent undertaking was to create a 30-second national television spot for Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament attraction. With his imagination running wild, Pope prepared to capture footage of combat between jousting knights on galloping stallions with what he touts as “a tool of great ingenuity” ─ the MōVI™ M10 handheld camera stabilizer by Freefly Systems. “The MōVI M10 allows for booming up and down similar to a jib arm, a move that cannot be achieved with other stabilizer camera supports like the Steadicam. That opened up a whole new world of possibilities,” he says. “I was also thankful it gave me a new set of eyes to see with. The director and I were able to improvise in the moment, which is important to me.”
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OptiTrack Takes Over as Animation Market Leader; Customers Break Motion Capture Records
News: OptiTrack Takes Over as Animation Market Leader; Customers Break Motion Capture RecordsNew Customers Include Activision, Microsoft Games Studios, Eidos, Ubisoft, Crytek, DICE, and USC School of Cinematic Arts
With dozens of installations in the last six months, OptiTrack has become the motion capture technology of choice for production character animation. Many of these new adopters had capture requirements that were deemed impossible based on existing technologies, yet with OptiTrack's Prime Series cameras, exceeded expectations even in complex outdoor and large-volume shooting scenarios.
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Announcing the 1 Beyond StreamCam™ AutoTracker™ Camera
News: Announcing the 1 Beyond StreamCam™ AutoTracker™ CameraIndustry-first: Zero-setup, automatic tracking camera added to 1 Beyond streaming product portfolio
1 Beyond, Inc., a leader in streaming video systems, has announced the availability of the 1 Beyond StreamCam AutoTracker camera as part of its streaming product portfolio. An industry-first, this zero-setup, automatic tracking camera will automatically focus, pan, tilt and zoom to follow a presenter. Perfect for lecture capture/streaming where the presenter would prefer to move around than be fixed behind a podium. This camera eliminates the need for an additional camera operator and, together with the 1 Beyond StreamMachine enables a multi-camera event to be recorded/streamed with a single button-push. Additional auto-archive software will automatically transfer recorded files for later use.
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Southern Theatres’ Movie Tavern 8 In Covington, Louisiana, To Be Powered Exclusively By Christie Vive Audio And Christie Solaria Series Projectors
News: Southern Theatres’ Movie Tavern 8 In Covington, Louisiana, To Be Powered Exclusively By Christie Vive Audio And Christie Solaria Series ProjectorsChristie’s Managed Services to Complete Southern Theatres’ Second “All Christie” State-of-the-Art Entertainment Complex
Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, is proud to announce that Southern Theatres has completed its second “all Christie” entertainment complex, at the new Southern Theatres Movie Tavern 8 in Covington, Louisiana. The eight-screen cinema eatery is powered exclusively by Christie Solaria® Series projectors and Christie Vive Audio™ cinema systems, comprised of Christie’s innovative line array wall and ceiling surround speakers, purposely crafted and built for the cinema environment. Christie’s Professional Services team provided complete design, integration and installation services and will continue to provide 24/7 remote monitoring and ongoing technical support through Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC).
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Chapman Students and Xsens Bring Robot Love to Life in “Some Like it Bot”
News: Chapman Students and Xsens Bring Robot Love to Life in “Some Like it Bot”Students Relied on Xsens MVN for Flexible Motion Capture On-set; Short Film Recently Screened at Comic-Con International
How do you catch robot love on film? The answer for Chapman College’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts students was “Some Like It Bot,” a short film that depicts the clumsy first date of a human and his cyborg crush. Produced quickly with Xsens mocap technology, the film was recently an official selection at Comic-Con International proving that the right tools are all it takes to update a rom-com.
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Chaos Group to Host Two “V-Ray Days” at SIGGRAPH 2014
News: Chaos Group to Host Two “V-Ray Days” at SIGGRAPH 2014ILM, Method Studios, and Digital Domain Among Featured Presenters, Real-Time Live Event Showing Rendering Advancements for Independent Filmmaking
At SIGGRAPH 2014, Chaos Group is bringing back one of last year’s most popular presentation events, “V-Ray Days.” Filled with behind-the-scenes information on rendering techniques used on films like “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Maleficent,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the two-day event will not only cover films, but broadcast television, commercials, game cinematics and more.
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Christie’s Donation to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches Immersive Cinematic Experience
News: Christie’s Donation to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches Immersive Cinematic ExperienceChristie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, continued its technology partnership recently with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC SCA) by launching a state-of-the-art cinema experience at USC’s showcase Theatre, the Eileen Norris Theatre. Christie, through a generous donation of equipment and installation services, will be the sole provider of all cinematic and audio equipment within the Eileen Norris Theatre, and will be working together with USC SCA in enhancing visual technologies, specifically cinematic ones.
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Kyle Camarillo Wins MōVI™ at REDirect Skateboard Filmmaking Competition
News: Kyle Camarillo Wins MōVI™ at REDirect Skateboard Filmmaking CompetitionWhen Kyle Camarillo was selected for the REDirect skateboard filmmaking competition sponsored by RED Digital Cinema and famed skate park, The Berrics, he chose to film his entry with Freefly Systems’ MōVI™ M10 camera stabilizer. “We’ve always skated alongside the skateboarder to capture footage, so keeping the camera steady is what we always strive for,” Camarillo says. “Using the MōVI perfected that as well as opened up new doors.”
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Synthia Introduces Itself in SynthEyes 1407 3-D Tracker
Revolutionary New Productivity Tool with Natural Language Text and Voice Control
The latest 1407 version of Andersson Technologies LLC's SynthEyes 3-D tracking application includes a revolutionary new productivity tool, Synthia. The SynthEyes Instructible Assistant, ie Synthia, enables chat-style natural language control. Unlike simpler assistants such as Siri or Google Now, Synthia responds to specific instructions, simple or complex, and can be instructed by the user in English to add additional functionality. Cloud communications make possible rapid improvement based on users' experiences.
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Blackmagic Design Announces New "heads up display" for Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of Camera 1.9 software which includes new "heads up display" on screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
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Vicon Customers to Take Center Stage at SIGGRAPH 2014
Framestore, The Capture Lab, Bradford University, Lumiscaphe, TechViz and Autodesk to Present Motion Capture Techniques for Media, Entertainment and Product Design
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, life sciences and engineering industries, has announced a series of customer presentations that will take place at its SIGGRAPH booth (#733) on August 12-14 in Vancouver, Canada. Customers spanning media and entertainment, education and virtual product design will share their motion capture expertise and provide insight into their latest projects. Vicon will also unveil groundbreaking new products, and enhancements to its existing motion capture software.
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Canon Cinema EOS Cameras and Lenses Enable Filmmakers to Bring the Narrative Dramatic Tale of a Troubled South American Community’s Struggle to a Worldwide Audience
News: Canon Cinema EOS Cameras and Lenses Enable Filmmakers to Bring the Narrative Dramatic Tale of a Troubled South American Community’s Struggle to a Worldwide AudienceEquatorial heat and humidity, sporadic electrical service, and a modest budget were just a few of the challenges that director Josef Wladyka and writer/DP Alan Blanco faced while filming their feature "Manos Sucias" (Dirty Hands) among the impoverished fishing villages of Colombia’s Pacific coast. They also filmed in the jungle and aboard small boats in rough seas, all while needing to keep a low profile in a dangerous region. Wladyka and Blanco met all of these challenges with the help of compact EOS C300 Cinema cameras and professional lenses from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. Filmed completely on location, "Manos Sucias" is a drama depicting the perils of two fishermen coerced into towing an underwater narco-torpedo up the Pacific coast of Colombia.
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Rent the RED Epic Dragon Sensor Camera From Adorama Rental Co Today
The Industry’s Hottest New 6K Digital Still and Motion Camera is Now Available from Adorama Rental Co; Filmmakers can get Their Hands on the RED Epic Dragon Sensor Camera with Mounts Compatible for Leica-M, Canon EF, Nikon and PL Lenses Starting at Just $910
Adorama Rental Co (ARC), the industry source for professional cinematographers, videographers and photographers, is now renting out the RED Epic Dragon Sensor digital cinema camera. The brand new 6K RED Dragon® sensor allows filmmakers to capture over 9x more pixels than HD, while 19 MP packs in detail beyond belief. The RED Epic is helmed as a groundbreaking still and motion camera that can capture up to 100 frames per second at full resolution, translating into thousands of chances to capture the perfect image.
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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for US$495
Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495. With a normal recommended retail price of US$995, this Summer Special represents incredible value and is available for a limited time and will end on the 31st of August 2014. This Summer Special price is subject to limited availability, after which the price will return to the usual recommended retail price of US$995.
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2014 Entertainment in the Internet Age (ETIA) Conference Show Report
ETIA 2014 Overview
Showcasing the state of the art in technologies for providing entertainment over digital infrastructures, the second Entertainment in the Internet Age (ETIA) conference was jointly sponsored by SMPTE and Stanford's Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN). On June 17 and 18, attendees gathered in the Nvidia Auditorium in the Huang Engineering Building on the Stanford campus to hear presentations from more than 50 industry experts. These visionaries shared their insights on best practices and future challenges for serving the entertainment needs of consumers worldwide over IP-based infrastructure — most commonly using the Internet.
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Method Studios Names Esteemed Visual Effects Supervisor Marc Weigert As President
Appointment Comes as Method Continues Work on High-Profile Projects Including "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Maze Runner"
Method Studios, Deluxe's global visual effects company, has named industry professional Marc Weigert as its president.
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iPi Soft Unveils Biomech Add-On To iPi Motion Capture
News: iPi Soft Unveils Biomech Add-On To iPi Motion CaptureNew Tool Designed For In-Depth Biomechanical Analysis Of Human Motions Includes Visualization And Motion Data Export To Excel, MATLAB
iPi Soft, developers of the iPi Motion Capture line of markerless motion capture technology, has unveiled iPi Biomech, a new add-on software tool for the biomechanical analysis of human motion. iPi Biomech extends the functionality of iPi Motion Capture for markerless tracking and visualization of motion capture data for medical, sports analysis and movement science applications.
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What Took You So Long Uses Shoots with iPhone & iPro Lens System from Schneider Optics
News: What Took You So Long Uses Shoots with iPhone & iPro Lens System from Schneider OpticsWhen Sebastian Lindstrom, co-founder of What Took You So Long, and his team journeyed to Liberia for their latest documentary, they employed an iPhone 5s equipped with the iPro Lens System® by Schneider Optics. “We are a small documentary production company that specializes in supporting non-profits and development entities around the world,” explains Lindstrom. “Our method of filmmaking depends on high-quality, lightweight equipment.”
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iPi Motion Capture Plays A Starring Role In “Stalingrad” – Russia's Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time
News: iPi Motion Capture Plays A Starring Role In “Stalingrad” – Russia's Highest-Grossing Film Of All TimeiPi Soft Markerless Motion Capture System Aids Moscow-Based Visual Effects House Main Road|Post With Crowd Simulation And Previsualization
The Battle of Stalingrad, among the bloodiest and arguably one of the most strategically decisive battles in all of World War II, has been vividly brought to life in “Stalingrad.” The now released Russian-produced epic film effectively used iPi Soft iPi Motion Capture markerless motion capture solution on numerous crowd simulation sequences created by the Moscow-based visual effects studio Main Road|Post.
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Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels In Viewers With HD Images Shot Using Fujinon Lenses
News: Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels In Viewers With HD Images Shot Using Fujinon LensesWhen America's best-known professional fisherman Bill Dance demonstrates his magic touch to TV viewers, his production crew captures the moment with super wide angle lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. A television fixture since 1968, Dance's trademark is his ability to entertain his audience, while he teaches them how they too can land the big fish. His shows, "Bill Dance Outdoors" and "Bill Dance Saltwater," reach a combined total of over 200 million households airing on the NBC Sports Network, Discovery's Destination America, and the Outdoors Channel.
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Eleven New Broadcast and Cinematography Manufacturers Join the Growing Ranks of Adorama Vendors
Tektronix, Cineo, Freefly, Cineped, Bright Tangerine, Wally Dolly, Ikegami, Transvideo, Middle Atlantic, Hive Lighting and Autocue recently added to the Adorama List of Vendors; New Products Now Available Through its Corporate, Government and Education Sales Channels
Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, imaging and electronics retailers, is now carrying 11 new manufacturer lines, adding some of the industry’s most renowned brands to the impressive lineup. New cinematography and broadcast products available for purchase through Adorama’s corporate, government and education sales channels, as well as online and in-store through the Adorama Pro department include:
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LightWave 3D Group and Sketchfab Create a Free Plug-in to Interactively Share and Publish 3D Models Online
News: LightWave 3D Group and Sketchfab Create a Free Plug-in to Interactively Share and Publish 3D Models OnlineNew Plug-In for LightWave 3D Software Creates a Seamless Path for Content Creators To Export 3D Models to the Sketchfab Web Platform
The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., has teamed up with Sketchfab Inc. to deliver a free plug-in for LightWave 3D software version 11.5 or higher that seamlessly exports 3D models from LightWave to Sketchfab, a popular online web platform that allows users to publish, share, embed, and view interactive 3D models in real time.
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Xsens Motion Capture Helps BYU Students Create Award-Winning Short Film “Owned”
Now a Gold-Medal Winner at the 2014 College Television Awards and 2014 Student Academy Awards
This week, Brigham Young University (BYU) students celebrate their second first-place win for “Owned,” a short film about a video game master who meets his match playing against a baby online. Behind these vivid video game characters was easy-to-use motion capture provided by Xsens; so easy that the students recorded all of their motions in less than 4 hours.
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Stardust Director Seth Epstein Celebrates Father’s Day With Oral B For New, “Small Things” Content Campaign
News: Stardust Director Seth Epstein Celebrates Father’s Day With Oral B For New, “Small Things” Content CampaignThe live-action division at Stardust has just completed an innovative commercial campaign for Oral B, featuring sentimental moments of fathers and their real-life children. Created primarily for Digital and Social Media, the campaign is a series of vignettes that capture tender moments of fathers and their kids in authentic “small moments” of everyday life.
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Phosphor Games uses Vicon Motion Capture System to Create Nether demons
Bonita Cameras and Blade Software Deliver Fast, Affordable Production
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, life sciences and engineering industries, has announced that Chicago-based games developer Phosphor Games used a Vicon motion capture system to create realistic character and creature animation for the new first-person shooter online game, "Nether."
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The Tiffen Company to Showcase New Products From Steadicam, Domke, DFX and Lowel Lines at 2014 CE Week
Tiffen Will Celebrate This Year’s CE Week Presence with Exclusive Looks at Revered Imaging Accessories and a Special Reception for The Media
The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, will be showcasing its celebrated product lineup once again at this year’s CE Week. The industry’s official mid-year conference and new technology showcase, CE Week will be held in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion from June 23rd through June 27th, with line shows and exhibits taking place on June 25th and 26th. Tiffen will be showcasing its award-winning digital imaging accessories at booth #50 with Tiffen technology experts on hand to answer questions and host product demonstrations.
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Codex Shows Advanced Motion Picture Workflows At Cine Gear 2014
News: Codex Shows Advanced Motion Picture Workflows At Cine Gear 2014Codex, the industry leader in RAW recording and workflow, will highlight how Codex Vault and other Codex-developed recording systems can be easily integrated with the latest technology, from partners including ARRI, Dolby, FilmLight and Ncam, to create streamlined capture-to-post workflows for motion pictures, at the Codex booth (#47) during Cine Gear 2014, June 6-7, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.
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Litepanels Introduces ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color Fixture
News: Litepanels Introduces ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color FixtureCompany Raises the Bar with Next Generation LED Panel Series
Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, is introducing its new ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel at Cine Gear Expo (Booth 64) in Los Angeles on June 6-7. Building on the legacy of the company’s original 1x1 fixture, which revolutionized the lighting industry, the ASTRA 1x1 sets a new standard for the form and function of professional LED panels. Following the Litepanels tradition of a one square foot form factor, the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color offers a light output that is up to four times brighter than the company’s traditional 1x1 Bi-Color fixture, high CRI (Color Rendering Index), and user-selectable active or passive cooling modes.
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Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt Drives 106 MPH During 2014 Indy 500 Race Week with OptiTrack Motion Capture Technology
News: Quadriplegic Sam Schmidt Drives 106 MPH During 2014 Indy 500 Race Week with OptiTrack Motion Capture TechnologyFormer Indy Racing League driver and quadriplegic Sam Schmidt got behind the wheel several times during race week for the 2014 Indianapolis 500, which kicked off May 18, 2014. Schmidt started off the week completing two warm-up and four qualifying laps on Pole Day in a modified 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray controlled by his head using OptiTrack motion capture technology. Schmidt's trip around the track maxed out at speeds of 80 miles per hour and marked his first laps on a professional raceway since a 2000 crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando left him paralyzed. He also served as the ceremonial pace car for the Indy Lights Freedom 100 on Carb Day, and on Monday following the Indy 500, Schmidt went at it again, this time topping speeds of 106 miles per hour.
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Panasonic Varicam 35 and Varicam HS To Make ‘Tour’ Stops at Abelcine LA And VTP Burbank In Advance Of Cine Gear Expo
Panasonic has announced that its new VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras will be previewed at AbelCine LA and VTP Burbank in early June, affording Southern California cinematographers an opportunity to see the new models in advance of Cine Gear Expo.
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The Steadicam Division of the Tiffen Company Expands Its Collection of Smoothee Stabilizing Options with New Drift Camera Mount
Capture All the Intensity, None of the Bumps With New Drift Camera Mount for Steadicam Smoothee
The Steadicam division of The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, has released a new Steadicam Smoothee mount for Drift action cameras, expanding its collection of stabilizer options for filming enthusiasts and professionals. The Steadicam Smoothee, which is featured in the new Apple “Powerful” commercial, lets users capture the action using Drift cameras, without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video. “The Steadicam Smoothee is helping shape a new generation of filmmakers,” comments Steve Tiffen, CEO and President, The Tiffen Company. “Cameras like the Drift offer a new level of versatility we once could have never even imagined. Combine that with the Hollywood ingenuity of Steadicam, and you enable a new class of filmmakers to capture their unique visions with clarity and quality. This latest addition to the Smoothee line continues to change the game for what’s possible in the world of small-camera filmmaking.”
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Multiple Codex Recorders And Workflow Systems Prove Pivotal On X-Men: Days Of Future Past
News: Multiple Codex Recorders And Workflow Systems Prove Pivotal On X-Men: Days Of Future PastCodex has revealed that multiple Codex recording and workflow technologies were used at the heart of the production to post pipeline on 20th Century Fox’s latest superhero movie "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." A combination of Codex Onboard Recorders, in-camera XR recording, and Vault systems, enabled the filmmakers to deploy a variety of ARRI Alexa cameras, shooting both native 3D and 2D using ARRIRAW, and to maximise image quality on-set and during post production.
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NuContext Creative Takes on Rockhard Directorial Roster For TV Promos/Branded Content; Completes “Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce” Season 2 Campaign
News: NuContext Creative Takes on Rockhard Directorial Roster For TV Promos/Branded Content; Completes “Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce” Season 2 CampaignLed by Company Founder/Executive Creative Director Angela Guice, NuContext Creative has taken on the Rockhard Directorial roster for representation in television promos and branded content. Together, NuContext and Rockhard Director Robert Hales have just completed the Season 2 launch campaign for “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” Fuse’s number one original series of all time.
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Anton/Bauer, Litepanels and OConnor Keep "The Americans" Camera Department on the Move
News: Anton/Bauer, Litepanels and OConnor Keep "The Americans" Camera Department on the MoveCrew Chooses Vitec Videocom Brands for Second Season
The camera crew behind the hit FX TV series "The Americans" chose Vitec Videocom brands to support the production through its second season. The show’s cinematographer Richard Rutkowski, and camera assistants Brendan K. Russell and Rory Hanrahan, rely on Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers, Litepanels LED lights, and OConnor fluid heads and tripods for their reliability and durability during stage and location shoots, which helps keep the show on pace and on budget.
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OptiTrack Motion Capture Helps VYV Reinvent Live Stage Shows for Top Entertainers
News: OptiTrack Motion Capture Helps VYV Reinvent Live Stage Shows for Top EntertainersOn Stage Performer Tracking, Projection Mapping, and Giant Inflatables Captivate Audiences at Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Show, Cirque Du Soleil, and Other Worldwide Tours
VYV's team of scientists and technical artists are combining real-time performer tracking, computer vision techniques and projection mapping to produce some of the most technically ambitious and visually spectacular live performances in the world. The Montreal-based company has delivered motion tracking and video projection mapping solutions for five Cirque du Soleil tours, including "Michael Jackson ONE," as well as concert tours for Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears. VYV couples proprietary technology with anywhere from 6 to 35 OptiTrack cameras, often mixing offerings to fit the specific demands of each show.
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Sennheiser Wireless Equipment Accompanies Research Scientist to The Arctic
News: Sennheiser Wireless Equipment Accompanies Research Scientist to The ArcticAs Oceanographer Victoria Hill Studies the Earth's Diminishing Sea Ice for Old Dominion University, She Relies on Sennheiser Wireless to Communicate Her 'Outreach from the Arctic'
Research scientist and oceanographer Victoria Hill has always been driven by her own curiosity and the possibility of discovery. As a researcher for Old Dominion University, this has taken led her to some of the more interesting — and remote — parts of the earth including Barrow, Alaska and the Barneo ice base, which is located at 89 degrees north and 30 degrees west — in immediate proximity of the North Pole. Before leaving for Barneo last April, Hill packed necessities including her ice boots, extreme cold mittens, down booties, many pairs of thermal socks and her Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 wireless system.
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Skull Bound TV Chooses iPro for Social Media & Location Scouting
News: Skull Bound TV Chooses iPro for Social Media & Location ScoutingJim Kinsey, executive producer for Skull Bound TV, airing on the Sportsman Channel, uses the iPro Lens System to gain more versatility and quality from his iPhone’s still and video imagery.
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BRKLY Creates Epic "Brother Vs. Brother" Series Promo for HGTV
News: BRKLY Creates Epic "Brother Vs. Brother" Series Promo for HGTVHGTV's popular twins Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott, aka Property Brothers, return this summer with a new season of ultimate sibling rivalry in the hit series "Brother vs. Brother." To promote season two in epic style, HGTV teamed with Neil Berkeley and his design & live action production studio BRKLY to create a promo that captures the spirit of the head-to-head competition series, premiering Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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The Steadicam Division of the Tiffen Company Rolls Out Steadicam Smoothee Bonus Pack for iPhone 5 and GoPro
Featured in Apple’s new “Powerful” Commercial, Smoothee Captures Summer Vacations, Graduations, and Other Magical Moments with a Steady Hand
The Steadicam division of The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, is offering Steadicam fans an exciting new Steadicam Smoothee bonus pack. The introduction of Steadicam in 1976 revolutionized the world of film and video. Over the past three decades, Steadicam has been an invaluable, dynamic production tool in the industry. New generations of Steadicam camera stabilizing systems have been comprehensively redesigned to unleash endless creative possibilities. When purchasing a Steadicam Smoothee, users can now enjoy two mounts for the price of one. The new bonus pack features a mount for iPhone® 5/5s and a mount for GoPro® HERO® cameras — a 24.95 USD bonus value, offering even more stability for no extra cost.
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TERRITORY Purchases Pablo Rio with Neo Nano Panel
Ferndale, USA, Creative Boutique TERRITORY Invests in Quantel for interactivity, Speed and uality
Michigan-based creative boutique, TERRITORY, has purchased a Quantel Pablo Rio high quality color and finishing system to enhance its post production capabilities. TERRITORY has also invested in a Neo Nano panel to provide seamless interaction with Pablo Rio's comprehensive color toolset.
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Camera Corps Q3 and MeerCat to make APAC debut at Broadcast Asia
See Camera Corps on the Vitec Group stand, 5D1-07, at Broadcast Asia 2014, June 17-20, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Camera Corps has chosen Broadcast Asia for the APAC launch of its new Q3 advanced robotic pan/tilt/zoom/focus head and MeerCat miniature broadcast camera. Introduced as prototypes at the NAB Show in April, both are now in production and available for rental or purchase. Exhibiting on the Vitec Group stand, 5D1-07, Camera Corps will be represented by Shaun Glanville, Business Development Director.
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Christie’s 4K Digital Cinema Technologies Light Up Screens At Toronto International Film Festival
News: Christie’s 4K Digital Cinema Technologies Light Up Screens At Toronto International Film FestivalChristie Helps Filmmakers Share Their Visions With Brightest Images as Festival’s Digital Projection Partner for 14th Consecutive Year
Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays, is proud to once again be the official projection partner to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival® in September. A Festival sponsor for 14 consecutive years, Christie has played an integral role in ushering in the digital age at this renowned showcase for local and international talents. Today, with the help of this partnership, more than 99 percent of all Festival entries are screened digitally, with an increasing number in 4K, sharpening the shared experience between filmmaker and audience.
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‘Anchorman’ DP Thomas Ackerman, ASC, Impressed with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel
News: ‘Anchorman’ DP Thomas Ackerman, ASC, Impressed with Zylight F8 LED FresnelWhen he’s not the director of photography for commercials or major motion pictures like Beetlejuice or Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Thomas Ackerman, ASC, teaches cinematography at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. When his lectures inevitably turn to lighting, he has a surprising setup of choice.
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LightWave 3D SIGGRAPH 2014 Live Stream Call for Content
The LightWave 3D Group is gearing up for its SIGGRAPH 2014 Live Stream and is looking to feature video, tutorials, demo reels, project and interview of 3D artists and studios using LightWave 3D software. Deadline for submissions is June 19, 2014.
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Shotgun Announces First Pipeline Awards to be Held at SIGGRAPH 2014
Shotgun Software, the creative industry s trusted production pipeline partner, announces the first Shotgun Pipeline Awards, recognizing excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering and usage for creative production. Awards will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Tuesday August 12, at the Shotgun User Group meeting, and announced publicly on the Shotgun Blog (http://blog.shotgunsoftware.com/)
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Fairchild Establishes Strategic Footprint in Fast Growing 3D Motion Tracking Market with Acquisition of Xsens
Today, at the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Executive Forum in Munich, Fairchild (NASDAQ:FCS) formally announced the acquisition of Xsens, a leading global supplier of 3D motion tracking products for the industrial, health, fitness and entertainment markets.
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The Graphic Film Company Sinks its Teeth Into iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology For "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D"
News: The Graphic Film Company Sinks its Teeth Into iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology For "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D"Screening May 16 At Cannes Film Festival, 3D Animated Horror Classic Reboot Benefits From Markerless Mocap Workflow With Unprecedented Flexibility and Productivity,
With a seemingly unquenchable appetite for zombie movies, movie-goers will get their fill in 2014 with "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D," a 3D animated reboot of the original 1968 horror classic. The film features visual effects from The Graphic Film Company, Los Angeles, which relied on the iPi Soft iPi Motion Capture markerless motion capture software solution. The software’s ability to easily create massive amounts of zombie action and seamlessly integrate it with the studio’s complex workflow, provided the filmmakers limitless creative freedom.
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JWT Atlanta, MPC NY and Raf Wathion push the boundaries of innovation in Pennzoil's new campaign
News: JWT Atlanta, MPC NY and Raf Wathion push the boundaries of innovation in Pennzoil's new campaignToday Pennzoil is launching a new campaign called “Born from Natural Gas” for a first-of-its-kind motor oil made from natural gas, Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology - the first true innovation in the category in over 35 years. To debut the product, JWT Atlanta wanted to create something just as innovative as the product itself. The result is a first-of-its-kind TV commercial shot on gaseous vapor clouds. The project took almost a year to produce due to the technical and engineering side of pulling off a commercial, live in-camera, of this magnitude.
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Christie Powers World Premiere of "X-Men" at The Jacob Javits Convention Center
News: Christie Powers World Premiere of "X-Men" at The Jacob Javits Convention CenterChristie® has been selected by preferred partner Digital Media Systems (DMS) to provide the 3D digital cinema projection technology for the world premiere of 20th Century Fox’s film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" on Saturday, May 10. DMS will transform the River Pavilion at the Jacob Javits Convention Center into a state-of-the-art, fully equipped theater to screen the highly anticipated "X-Men" sequel, with two Christie Solaria® Series digital cinema projectors lighting up a 26-foot by 62-foot screen with bright, vivid images and 4K resolution.
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Grass Valley Delivers Ultra Slow-Motion Technology to Broadcast Rental in the Netherlands
Broadcast Rental Purchases LDX XtremeSpeed Camera System to Deliver 6X Ultra Slow-Motion Capability to its Customers
For ultimate camera flexibility and superior image quality like never before, the Netherlands-based rental house Broadcast Rental has purchased the LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion camera system, along with companion XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber base stations and camera adapters from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Broadcast Rental is a full-service rental house and expert in super and ultra slow-motion cameras. It supplies leading broadcast technologies to clients around the world.
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Grass Valley Partners with AJA Video Systems to Enhance K2 Dyno and K2 Summit 4K Capabilities
New DynoZoom Function within K2 Dyno Supports Real-Time Pan/Zoom in 4K and HD
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, today announces a partnership with AJA Video Systems that will provide 4K enhancements to its K2 Dyno Replay System. Grass Valley is integrating AJA’s Corvid Ultra and TruScale scaling hardware into the K2 Dyno to drive real-time pan and zoom to allow HD extraction from 4K acquisition with DynoZoom. With DynoZoom functionality integrated into the K2 Dyno, and available on all resolutions, customers will now have extended workflow flexibility to create engaging replays and highlight packages.
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Faceware Technologies Partners with Binari Sonori to Offer New Video-Based Localization Service
New Service Provides Simultaneous Video and Voiceover Capture to Significantly Increase the Quality of Localization in Video Games
Faceware Technologies, the leading innovator and most experienced provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that it has partnered with pioneering localization service provider, Binari Sonori, to launch a new video-based localization service. The service uses Faceware's professional headcam systems to capture video of a voice actor's performance at the same time that the audio is being captured, providing both actors and animators with time-saving video reference for localization. The service launches today.
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Zoic Propels Players Right Into The Action for Kinect Sports Rivals
News: Zoic Propels Players Right Into The Action for Kinect Sports RivalsCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios transports sports enthusiasts straight into the action in the :30 Kinect Sports Rivals spot “You” for Microsoft out of Antfarm. In the spot, two live action competitors are facing off against their avatar counterparts, when the wall of reality is smashed and the spot launches into thrilling gameplay. The recently released game is the next generation of the popular Xbox franchise, Kinect Sports and includes Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Target Shooting, Wake Racing and Climbing and allows players to scan themselves using the Kinect system and create their own custom avatar. Zoic handled the effects and color correction for the live action intro section of the spot as well as the :90 trailer.
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Christie Provides Digital Projectors and Installation Services as Premiere Sponsor Of Lollipop Theater Network
Outdoor Cinema Installation by Christie’s Managed Services Team Brings “The Magic of Movies” to Hospital-Bound Children
Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, is pleased to announce its donation of digital cinema technology and installation services as a Premiere Sponsor of "A Night Under the Stars," Lollipop Theater Network’s fundraising event on April 26. Installed by Christie’s Managed Services team, the Christie Solaria® Series projector and Christie Vive Audio™ immersive cinema system will provide hospital-bound children the opportunity to experience the magic of movies through the screening of 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, "Rio 2." The event will be staged outdoors at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio lot in Burbank, California, and will also feature family friendly activities, food and beverages, music, and autographs from attending celebrities.
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Quantic Dream Doubles Its Investment in Vicon to Deliver ‘Outstanding’ Performance Capture
News: Quantic Dream Doubles Its Investment in Vicon to Deliver ‘Outstanding’ Performance CaptureT-Series Upgrade Increases Full Performance Capture Space By Over 200% Helping Quantic Dream Achieve More with Less Technology
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, life science and engineering industries, today announced that Quantic Dream, the world renowned games studio, has invested in 38 additional T-Series T160 cameras. Having previously enlisted Vicon technology for PS3 exclusive titles, "Beyond: Two Souls" and "Heavy Rain," the recent investment will enable Quantic Dream to execute future high-profile projects in a larger full performance capture (FPC) space than ever before.
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Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”
News: Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”Visual Effects House Was Lead Vendor for Futuristic Action Adventure
Visual effects house Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, was the lead vendor on Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent,” which has grossed over $175 million at the worldwide box office in its first four weeks of release. Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, brought the film to theaters in North America on March 21, 2014.
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Stardust Employs “Social Filmmaking”for New, 7-Eleven Commercial Campaign
News: Stardust Employs “Social Filmmaking”for New, 7-Eleven Commercial CampaignThe creative team at Stardust has just completed an innovative commercial campaign for 7-Eleven, featuring the iconic Slurpee. Created primarily for broadcast, the campaign is a Social Media-inspired collage of stills, video, and stop-motion sequences that capture the spirit of a “Slurpee Summer.”
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Ready-to-use 4K Broadcast Graphics Solution from Ventuz and Blackmagic at NAB
Ventuz and Blackmagic Partner Up at NAB 2014 To Showcase A Cost-Efficient, Off-The-Shelf 4K Broadcast Graphics Workflow In Booth #SL11127. Software/hardware Integration Enables Live, On-Air Broadcast Graphics Without Pre-Rendering.
Ventuz Technology, developer of resolution-independent, real-time graphics software and Blackmagic Design, manufacturer of creative video technology join forces to provide an affordable, off-the-shelf solution that can be used today for 4K Ultra HD broadcasts.
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NAB Debut Of Dome Productions’ Latest Production Truck Features FUJINON Wide-Angle Lenses
News: NAB Debut Of Dome Productions’ Latest Production Truck Features FUJINON Wide-Angle LensesFUJINON XA99x and HA14x Lenses on Board Silver to Capture All the Angles for Live Production
The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation announced that its lenses are on board the new mobile truck, Silver, from Dome Productions, a leading production facility provider based in Toronto. The truck is currently showcased at the NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas, which began on Monday of this week.
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camBLOCK Shows Adventure Motion Control System!
News: camBLOCK Shows Adventure Motion Control System!New Film-Making Tool To Create Special Effects, Motion Time-Lapse And Animation Footage
camBLOCK shows the camBLOCK Adventure - a fully featured, ultra-portable motion control camera system available to demo today at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas.
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News from Synaptic VFX: Leading Visual Effects Company Signed as Key Vendor for New FOX Series "Hieroglyph:" Company Opens New Orleans Office, and Is Coming Off First Season Success of "Sleepy Hollow"
News: News from Synaptic VFX: Leading Visual Effects Company Signed as Key Vendor for New FOX Series "Hieroglyph:" Company Opens New Orleans Office, and Is Coming Off First Season Success of "Sleepy Hollow"Synaptic VFX has just been signed as a key VFX vendor for the new FOX TV series “Hieroglyph”, and has launched a branch office in New Orleans. Synaptic is coming off the success of the first season of FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow,” providing the lion's share of the series’ visual effects as the show's primary vendor. The announcements were made today by Synaptic VFX co-founders Shant Jordan, Shahen Jordan, and Ken Gust.
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Cinemark Chooses Christie Vive Audio Cinema Solution For Cinemark’s Starcreek 16 In Allen, Texas
News: Cinemark Chooses Christie Vive Audio Cinema Solution For Cinemark’s Starcreek 16 In Allen, TexasCinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema Auditorium Features Powerful Combination of Auro 11.1 by Barco and Christie’s Immersive Line Array Technology
Christie®, a dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced that Cinemark Theatres has installed the Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound system in its state-of-the-art "Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema" auditorium at the Cinemark StarCreek 16 in Allen, Texas. The 282-seat premium auditorium, which includes Auro 11.1 by Barco audio platform, features a huge, wall-to-wall screen and plush seating for maximum comfort; and now, Christie’s leading-edge immersive line array technology that makes every seat the best seat in the house.
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Rapidly Expanding NewTek Developer Network Adds 22 Customer Workflows
NewTek Product Ecosystem Now Includes 57 Customer Solutions In Graphics, Streaming, Automation & Controllers, Content, Asset Management & Storage
NewTek™ today announced the addition of 22 new customer workflows into the NewTek Developer Network. The rapidly growing program now offers 57 innovative and seamlessly integrated workflows for TriCaster™ and 3Play™ users, extending significant time-and cost-savings efficiencies to anyone using NewTek live production tools.
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NewTek Unveils Transformed 3Play Product Family Starting at $9,995
Integrated Sports Production Systems Set New Price-Performance Standards; Breakthrough Pricing Provides Replay Opportunities For Producers At All Levels
NewTek™ today unveiled a new family of 3Play™ sports production solutions that includes major enhancements to the 3Play 4800, the introduction of a new 3Play 440 model, and the 3Play 425 model now starting at $9,995 USD. Unlike most replay systems that typically rely on linear, tape-based workflows, 3Play systems feature a broad range of new integrated production capabilities for creating dynamic sports programs that drive audience growth, brand awareness, and social media engagement––all with the beautiful, network-style look of a professional sports broadcast.
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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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Blackmagic Design Announces Cintel Film Scanner
News: Blackmagic Design Announces Cintel Film ScannerNew Cintel film scanner features an innovative new wall mount and desktop design with Thunderbolt 2 for real-time scanning of 35mm and 16mm film up to 30fps in Ultra HD resolution!
Blackmagic Design today announced a new model of Cintel Film Scanner designed with an architectural aesthetic that’s so thin it can even be wall mounted!
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Grass Valley Enhances K2 Dyno Replay System With Powerful New Capabilities
New AnySpeed Feature Guarantees Smooth Playback at Any Speed From Zero To 200 Percent for Compelling Instant Replays
To keep fans engaged, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, today announced feature enhancements to its widely used K2 Dyno Replay System that promise to deliver more captivating content than ever before — helping broadcasters to tell the best possible stories to their viewers. K2 Dyno includes a host of upgrades, such as the new AnySpeed dynamic playback algorithm, which automatically guarantees smooth playback at any speed from zero to 200 percent and in speed transitions for ultra slow-motion 6X playout. It also integrates with Grass Valley’s latest high-speed cameras and the K2 Summit 3G Production Client, and it is compatible with higher resolutions and frame rates — all while maintaining easy integration into the live production workflow.
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Blackmagic Design Announces Powerful ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K
New advanced Ultra HD live production switcher allows live production in SD, HD and Ultra HD, with 20 6G-SDI sources, SuperSource™, DVE, motion graphics and much more!
Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, a new extremely powerful 2 M/E based Ultra HD live production switcher with 20 6G-SDI inputs, SuperSource layering engine and much more for $3,995.
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Panasonic Unveils Third-Generation VariCam HS With 1080p High-Speed AVC-ULTRA Recording To 240fps
Provides 12-bit 4:4:4 AVC-ULTRA Acquisition for Field Mastering and Archiving, Plus Efficient 4:2:2 10-Bit Recording For Documentaries and Sports; Innovative Modular Design Allows Cameras to Dock with Common Recording Module
Panasonic has introduced a third-generation VariCam® camera, the VariCam HS, that incorporates the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs and high speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications. It also includes Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ* support for HD recording.(The ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd., which has shipped ProRes recorders for years.)
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Panasonic Announces ProRes Codec Support For VariCam 35 4K And VariCam HS Cameras/Recorders
Strategic Alliance with Codex Digital to Develop High-Speed Uncompressed V-RAW Recorder for VariCam 35 Also Disclosed
Panasonic today announced updates to its new VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders, including Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ* support for HD recording, as well as a strategic product development alliance with Codex Digital to deliver a high-speed 4K uncompressed RAW recorder for the VariCam 35 camera.
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EditShare Provides High-Performance Shared Storage Integration for NewTek Customers
Integrated Live Production Environment Features Shared Storage Platform with Comprehensive Media Asset Management Capabilities to Facilitate Capture-to-Archive Workflow
EditShare®, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, today announced its participation in the NewTek Developer Network. NewTek is the innovative provider of the TriCaster™ multi-camera live video production solution and 3Play slow-motion instant replay servers. Integrating EditShare and NewTek products gives users a unified live production and shared storage platform with a powerful media asset management (MAM) layer to track and control assets from capture and playout to post-production and archives.
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EditShare Expands Media Workflow Options with New Third-Party Integrations
EditShare Workflow Supports Servers and Applications from Adobe, Avid, Broadcast Pix and NewTek – Showcased at NAB 2014 on Booth SL5709
EditShare®, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, is qualifying a number of new third-party integrations for use across the EditShare workflow. New and enhanced integrations include Adobe® Anywhere®, Avid® ISIS® storage systems, Broadcast Pix live production systems, and NewTek Tricaster™ and 3Play products. “One of our big themes at NAB 2014 is third-party collaboration. EditShare has significantly increased its integration with third-party applications and systems,” comments Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare. “Many of our customers have existing equipment they want to keep using, not replace. So our open solutions are designed to augment third-party systems and enhance the overall workflow, whether a facility is running Adobe Anywhere with EditShare as their main shared storage, or EditShare Flow and Ark for media asset management and archiving with Avid ISIS storage.”
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Panasonic And Codex Announce High-Speed 4K V-RAW Recording Solution For Panasonic VariCam 35 Camera
News: Panasonic And Codex Announce High-Speed 4K V-RAW Recording Solution For Panasonic VariCam 35 CameraPanasonic and Codex, the leading developer of RAW recording and media management systems for motion picture and television production, today announced a strategic product development alliance.
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Codex At The Movies In Spring 2014
News: Codex At The Movies In Spring 2014Codex recording and workflow technologies were used in the production of a wide range of Hollywood studio and independent motion pictures on release in the coming months – from touching teenage romances and dance comedies, to high-octane racing dramas and VFX-laden sci-fi fantasies.
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Telestream Introduces Switch Multimedia Playback, Inspection, and Conversion Tool for Professionals
Public Beta program now available for Mac OS X
Telestream®, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced a public beta program for Switch. Switch™ is a new multiformat media player for Mac OS X that provides broadcast and post-production professionals everything they need to play, inspect, and correct their multiformat media in one, easy-to-use professional tool. Switch is built on the same technologies Telestream has developed for its professional transcoding tools, providing high quality, robust format support.
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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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The New Grass Valley is Future-Ready with Two Locations at NAB 2014
Combination of Grass Valley and Miranda Showcases Synergies and Integrated Demonstrations that Address Near-Term Challenges and Prepare Broadcasters for the Future
Booths SL206 and N2513, The new Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will make its debut at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show as an integrated presence, unified under a single banner, following the recent completion of Belden Inc.’s acquisition of Grass Valley. The new entity, the result of the historic merging of operations between industry powerhouses Grass Valley and Miranda, will host customers, partners, resellers and media at two different locations in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10: South Hall SL206 for Live and News Production, and North Hall N2513 for Playout.
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Codex Launches Action CAM ‘Point Shoot & Post’ Package
News: Codex Launches Action CAM ‘Point Shoot & Post’ PackageCodex has announced Codex Action CAM, an ultra-compact, all-in-one, digital cinema camera and recording package for 2D and S3D production. The camera is designed for use as an Action | witness | POV camera system on commercials, TV and movie productions as a companion camera when regular camera packages are too large for the situation or location in which the production is trying to shoot.
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Christie Vive Audio Helps Dolby Atmos Power Grupo Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo Auditoriums In Mexico
News: Christie Vive Audio Helps Dolby Atmos Power Grupo Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo Auditoriums In MexicoChristie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, announced that Grupo Cinemex, the sixth largest cinema chain worldwide, is installing Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound solutions in their current CinemeXtremo auditoriums powered by Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the full potential of sound by allowing filmmakers to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theater with object-based audio to create a lifelike, virtual reality audio landscape. With these installations, Cinemex becomes the chain with the largest number of premium auditoriums in Latin America to feature the unrivaled combination of Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio.
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Christie Delivers the Complete Cinema Experience with Projection, Audio, Lobby Displays and Service Solutions for All Customer Needs
Christie Innovation Theater Debuts World’s First ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector, Showing Hollywood Clips at 14 Foot Lamberts
CINEMACON – Christie®, the world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, will showcase a wide range of innovative cinema projection, management and audio solutions, backed by its remote monitoring and support services, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 24 – 28 at Booth #2103A. As well, Jack Kline, Chairman and CEO of all of Christie’s operating companies will receive the 2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award from the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc., at the Inside the Cinema breakfast awards’ ceremony on March 25, in recognition of his outstanding long-term contributions to improving the motion picture experience.
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NAB 2014: FOR-A To Show New Version of FT-ONE 4K Variable Frame Rate Camera, Debut 4K Extraction System
At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, FOR-A will showcase a new version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The company’s new ZE-ONE 4K extraction system will also be a highlight of the company’s booth (C5117), making its first NAB appearance.
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Bungie’s Destiny® to Use Faceware
Bungie Chooses Faceware’s Facial Mo-Cap Products to Help Breathe Life into Destiny’s Characters
Faceware Technologies, the leading innovator and most experienced provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that video game developer, Bungie, Inc., has chosen to use Faceware’s Professional Facial Motion Capture Product Line to add lifelike expressions and human-realistic emotions to Destiny’s characters.
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FreeRide World Tour Deploys Blackmagic Design Live Production Workflow
Blackmagic Design has today announced that the Swatch FreeRide World Tour by The North Face, which showcases the world’s best skiers and snowboarders executing stunts and runs at the top of Europe and North America’s biggest mountain ranges, is live streaming competitions using a Blackmagic Design broadcast infrastructure, including the Teranex 2D Processor and ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher.
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isovideo to Showcase Industry-First Stream-Based 4K/UHD/HD Standards Conversion/Transcoding/Transport Viarte Server Cluster at the NAB 2014
isovideo will be demonstrating the latest version of their highly scalable and efficient Viarte servers with stream-based, on-the-fly standards conversion/transcoding/transport capability. Also being demonstrated is a prototype of our upcoming product Vilan - an UHD capture/transmission server, for sending mathematically lossless HD/UHD/4k video in real time via 10 Gbits IP at NAB booth SU10211.
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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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Kenneth Copeland Ministries Reaches Millions of People Around the World with Sennheiser and Neumann
News: Kenneth Copeland Ministries Reaches Millions of People Around the World with Sennheiser and NeumannSennheiser 2000 Series Wireless System and Neumann KK 204 Capsules Play an Integral Role in KCM's Mobile Worship Team, With Live Broadcasts from Around the U.S.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries has been an important contributor in the Christian community since 1967, reaching over 60 million people through its various faith-based outreach activities. In addition to the KCM broadcasts, which reach an international audience of over 100 countries, the Ministry regularly provides humanitarian and disaster assistance through its KCM Relief Fund, which recently helped provide Haiti with $2.7 million of medical supplies and 7,000 pounds of antibiotics. KCM broadcasts its meetings from various arenas, conferences centers and ballrooms around the country using Sennheiser wireless equipment combined with microphone capsules from Neumann.
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Matrox Announces Low-Profile, Multi-Channel SDI Card with High-Performance Hardware Processing
News: Matrox Announces Low-Profile, Multi-Channel SDI Card with High-Performance Hardware ProcessingNew Matrox X.mio3 PCIe Video Card for Developers Offers Up to Eight Reconfigurable SDI I/Os with On-Board Scaling, Compositing and Motion-Adaptive De-Interlacing, from SD to 4K
Matrox® Video today announced the Matrox X.mio3 LP SDI video card, part of the next generation of Matrox DSX Developer Products. X.mio3 LP is a low-profile, half-length PCIe card that offers up to eight reconfigurable I/Os, from SD to 4K. Multi-channel hardware processing accelerates compute-intensive operations including motion-adaptive de-interlacing, up/down/cross scaling and mixing/compositing for all resolutions. When configured with inputs, the card is equipped with built-in frame synchronizers to generate clean SDI signals for any environment.
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OptiTrack Adds Two New Motion Capture Cameras to Its Prime Series
News: OptiTrack Adds Two New Motion Capture Cameras to Its Prime SeriesPrime 13 and Prime 13W will be debuted at GDC 2014
OptiTrack today announced a pair of additions to its premier line of motion capture and tracking cameras - the Prime 13 and Prime 13W, which will publicly debut in the OptiTrack booth (#924) at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) held March 19-21, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.
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Showlogix Has Demonstrated Show and Media Control Software at ISE 2014
News: Showlogix Has Demonstrated Show and Media Control Software at ISE 2014This new software offers very powerful media server functionality and control versatility. This includes the ability to drive an unlimited number of synchronized displays with geometric correction and edge blending.
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Faceware Technologies Forms Partnership with Vicon
News: Faceware Technologies Forms Partnership with ViconMocap and motion tracking companies partner to provide studios with greater flexibility in the facial and full-performance motion capture process
Faceware Technologies, the leading innovator and most experienced provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that it has entered into a global partnership with Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, defense, life sciences and engineering industries. The partnership will focus on providing mocap studios and service providers with more hardware and software options for capturing, analyzing and re-targeting facial and full-body mocap data.
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