A Look "Behind-the-Scenes" of Immersive VR By Lou Wallace With 2016 being its breakout year, 360° VR productions are everywhere. And VR headsets - like Samsung GearVR, Google Cardboard, or Oculus Rift - are making it a quality, immersive experience. But what's going on "behind-the-scenes"? ASSIMILATE is at the forefront of supporting VR with its new SCRATCH VR Suite that includes all the post tools - conform, color grading, compositing, and finishing - to work in 360° media, and includes SCRATCH Play for playback and SCRATCH Web cloud-based collaboration and review tools that are automatically formatted for 360° viewing in VR headsets. Getting out in the field with customers, Lucas Wilson and Jeff Edson, CEO at ASSIMILATE talked with us about how they are responding to the VR market with its SCRATCH product line to offer creators the streamlined professional and powerful production and post-production tools that are needed to enhance and finalize the look-and-feel of VR content. ...Read More »
Telling the History of St. Louis Organized under the banner of the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri History Museum, the Library and Research Center, and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis are not your typical local history institutions. In addition to the main museum building, which houses public galleries, classrooms, and an auditorium, it also consists of a Library and Research Center. Here is housed a library, archives, artifacts, documents, photos and prints, moving images and sound. The institution also runs the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, which was builtas a local military museum honoring individuals from St. Louis who we lost in World War I. ...Read More »
Digital Colorist Dave Franks Discusses VR Post-Production for Jaunt's "Pure McCartney VR" Digital colorist Dave Franks enjoys helping to deliver bleeding-edge projects, like director Tony Kaye's VR experience: "Pure McCartney VR"- a five-part series of stereoscopic virtual reality (VR) experiences, produced by Jaunt Studios. Innovation in the delivery of musical content has been a passion for Paul McCartney, so the VR space was a perfect medium for him to collaborate with director Tony Kaye and Jaunt to release these episodes. Each one of them is a unique vignette of McCartney discussing the origins of some of his most iconic music and other anecdotes within environmental montages of his artwork, photographs, and related imagery. ...Read More »
Singer Clara's 'Parasite' Music Video Shot with Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K by TruLove Post In the music video for her single "Parasite," singer Clara takes a unique approach. The song is about a girl who repeatedly tries to steal her friends' lovers, like bees who try to steal the honey bee's honey. Clara uses the music video not as a storyline for the lyrics, but as a message and a warning to the offending girl, while also expressing the feelings and confusion one goes through when trying to understand why someone would act that way. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Releases SCRATCH v8.5 Update, Supporting RED's New 8k Weapon Helium Sensor and 8k VistaVision Always at the forefront of post-production support for the latest RED digital camera formats (www.red.com), ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH 8.5, build 909, now includes support for RED's new 8K Weapon Helium Sensor, as well as the 8K Weapon VistaVision-sized Sensor (full frame). Support includes the Log3G10 gamma space and REDWideGamutRGB color space. ...Read More »
Shooting "Savior" on URSA Mini 4.6K Dillon McEvoy (DP), Mike Overton (Director) and Matt Ramey (Producer) are film students at Chapman University and just completed their Junior level Advanced Production short film." And you would be hard pressed to tell the difference in quality between their film, "Savior," and a big-budget Hollywood film. To create a high quality war film is a huge undertaking. You have to get the uniforms right. Weapons and scenery have to be accurate, and you have to combine that with action scenes, VFX, physical effects, such as blood, and making sure you get the right actors that can believably inhabit the role of soldiers. And for a student film, all on a miniscule budget that would not even pay for catering on a typical Hollywood set. ...Read More »
The Clock is Ticking An hour can fly by quickly when making a film but the team at indie production house Photon Harvest Productions is making the most of it. In their new One Hour Short Film Experiment, the Photon Harvest team is creating a series of compelling, polished short films that all have one thing in common - each part of the production and post production process was limited to an hour. An hour to write, an hour to shoot, an hour to edit, an hour to color grade, an hour to sound mix - the clock is certainly ticking away. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Continues Fast Pace of Leading-Edge Functionality for SCRATCH Ecosystem with New SCRATCH 8.5 In its continued commitment to boost the creativity and productivity of creative professionals in digital cinema within a streamlined workflow, ASSIMILATE today announced SCRATCH 8.5, a significant update to its entire SCRATCH ecosystem. The new, real-time SCRATCH 8.5 ecosystem includes the SCRATCH 2D/3D post-production tools - dailies, conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, and finishing; SCRATCH Play for playback and review; and SCRATCH Web for cloud-based review and collaboration. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Creative Tools With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Creative Tools With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Introduction With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
I need more storage... said everyone By Ko Maruyama It's not uncommon these days to hear about a shortage of space when saving the a selected drive or server. With files getting bigger, and more resources so readily available, storage becomes more and more important. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Camera Captures the Cinematic Moments of Heartland Heading into its 10th season, Heartland is one of Canada's most popular television series and is known for its cinematic atmosphere and backdrops. Heartland director of photography Craig Wrobleski, csc explained the production framework for the stylistic series: "We do block shoots, shooting two episodes at a time. Each block is 15 days and we are generally out for 10 of the 15 days." Each episode is shot as a mini movie, with each block having a different set of requirements. Craig explained, "Because we shoot each block as a mini movie, we really have to approach each one individually, and the camera equipment is a big part of that equation as we like to keep the camera moving and just shoot the scenes in a more cinematic way." ...Read More »
Beholder Gimbal By Ko Maruyama ikan has looked at the most common cameras that photographers use and given us the Beholder Gimbal. The gimbal stabilizes the movement of your arms against the weight of your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you're shooting video. Not all cameras bodies and lenses have the same weight, so ikan has created a grid for photographers to create their own custom rig. Depending on what you shoot with, some lenses may not offer a perfect balance. The rig is small enough to take with you everywhere you want to shoot video with your DSLR. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Exorcisms Damien LeVeck knows that in Hollywood, there are two main ways to make a feature film. You can either have a great idea, sell it to a studio and risk it turning into a completely different film, or you can have a great idea, raise the money yourself, hire your own actors and crew and make your vision into a reality. When Damien decided to direct "The Cleansing Hour," a fresh spin on the exorcism genre, he knew he had to take the latter route. Six months later and more than $30,000 raised, Damien has now locked picture on the proof-of-concept short film. ...Read More »
Hit Television Show MythBusters Goes Out with a Bang with Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras By Scott Sorensen After 15 seasons, more than 280 episodes and countless explosions, the hit television show MythBusters aired its grand finale episode on March 5, 2016. For many years, the show had been answering questions and debunking myths and urban legends by putting them to the test, helping viewers find out which myths are true and which are not. And as with any grand finale, the show wanted to go out with a bang. Worried about camera coverage, Scott doubled the compliment of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras to an even 20. "When it came to filming a mile-long path of destruction, adding additional Pocket cameras was an easy decision," he noted. "The Pocket cameras have become the backbone of our second camera arsenal over the last few years for this specific reason." ...Read More »
REEL TALK RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD By Ko Maruyama Continuing to give back to the community of motion graphics and visual effects artists in the Hollywood area, Benjamin Budzak is hosting his annual review and critique of demo reels. With special guest Ryan Summers, they help artist get the most out of their past work so they can find new work. ...Read More »
Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA Once upon a time, a visual effects artist and a Grammy-award winning singer got together to make music video magic and Snow White was reborn. The tale begins when Adam C. Sager, a Portland, Oregon-based VFX supervisor and director, met with Kimbra, a New Zealand-born recording artist, and decided to honor Disney for the inspiration it had given both artists throughout the years. Kimbra had just recorded "I'm Wishing," the song from the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie, for a Disney tribute album, We Love Disney, Australia. Blending reality with Disney magic, Sager created a music video that inserted Kimbra directly into the classic animated film as the heroine Snow White and wicked Evil Queen. ...Read More »
Building Mobile Trucks and Broadcasting on the Go With Valenti Vision Films and Blackmagic Design Valenti Vision Films, an independent film and television production company based in New Jersey, produces everything from movies and television shows to live sports and entertainment. Since 2011 Valenti Vision Films has created more than 600 hours of original programming for various television and Internet outlets, including ESPN3, NBC, ABC, NUVO, Comcast Networks, Ivy League Digital Network, PBS and more, for clients such as the FXFL, NCAA, PMTV, US Soccer, The Ivy League, and TV One. To provide his clients with the best quality, Joe Valenti of Valenti Vision Films has built two mobile, multi camera production trucks from the ground up. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH VR Suite, the Only End-to-End VR Toolset and Workflow In its continued support of all things VR, ASSIMILATE(r) announced today its new SCRATCH VR Suite, the only professional VR end-to-end workflow with an all-inclusive, real-time toolset for working naturally within a 360 environment -- dailies, conform, color grading, composting, finishing, and mastering in any format, any resolution. It's a complete and powerful virtual reality (VR) toolset that enables the highest level of quality and productivity, and it's affordable for everyone. The first public SCRATCH VR Suite demo will be at NAB 2016, the ASSIMILATE booth N8525 in the VR Pavilion, north hall. ...Read More »
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