Hoover High School's "Mobile Storyteller" Hits the Road With Blackmagic Design By Lou Wallace The video journalism program at Hoover High School in North Canton, OH, recently expanded to include a mobile production truck, called the Mobile Storyteller, as a way to further student engagement with the community. The Mobile Storyteller provides high impact, career based education for students as they work on various client projects, preserve the arts in the community, build cultural awareness through journalistic storytelling, and provide onsite training for students and teachers in other video journalism programs. ...Read More »
Vegas Movie Studio Platinum By David Hague The familiar light grey facade of the Vegas family has been changed to a black motif in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (and I suspect this will flow through to Vegas Pro as well. All the kids are doing it!) that is not unattractive. In fact, the whole interface has been made over and somehow looks cleaner and more businesslike. Text descriptions and icons are sharp and clear and if there is any criticism, you may have to change your monitor's contrast a little as on my Dell 27 XPS All-in-One, the vertical lines in the timeline were quite faint. In the past if someone suggested you could get probably 85% of the power of Premiere and After Effects together in a package that sells for under a hundred bucks, you'd think they were barking mad and aiming to be the Pres of the USA perhaps! ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" The Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
Action Cams By David Hague No doubt there were a lot of so called "Action Cams" in Chrissy stockings this year or under the tree. These are bound to be one of the hottest items around, as they do a far better job than the humble smartphone for taking video of such pastimes as skateboarding, skiing, mountain bike riding, surfing, fishing or any of a few hundred other fun things. But while in general action cams are easy to use, to get the very best footage - like the really good stuff you see on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo etc - there are some things you can do to improve your shooting out of sight! ...Read More »
Animal Creates the Haunting Light of Echo Torch in SCRATCH It's clear that creative genius is at work in "Echo Torch," a visually stunning, twenty-minute short, a co-venture of by Chris Preksta of Mercury Man Pictures, Animal, and Steel Town Entertainment. "Echo Torch" tells the story of a photographer who creates an electrical torch that reveals a hidden world layered upon on our own. It's filled with revelations of the past, beautiful spirits, strange creatures, and dangerous phantoms. ...Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Digital Anarchy gop flicker removal By Ko Maruyama Jim Tierney from Digital Anarchy discusses how to fix certain artifacts that arise from compressing video. The tutorial also allows users to download the drone footage to see the correction that his plugin provides. ...Read More »
Rivalry on the Ice There is almost no rivalry in professional sports that matches the intensity of one in the National Hockey League. It is not just team against team, but city against city competing against each other in rivalries that have been passed down through generations. Which is one of the reasons why the Winter Classic has become a huge success. Every year, the NHL highlights hockey the way it used to be played: Outside, open to the elements, and in front of thousands of screaming fans. All while featuring teams that have forged generations of bitter rivals. One of these heated rivalries is between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. These two teams are members of the "Original Six", the first professional hockey teams in the NHL, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. ...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 »
A Look into "Peek-A-Boo": Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema Camera Captures the Dark Fairytale Not every game has a happy ending. In "Peek-A-Boo," a frazzled father finds out what happens when he refuses to play a game with his fun loving daughter who has her heart set on it. Mark Lawson of "One Life to Live" plays the father, an actor, who is managing the household while his wife is traveling while also juggling preparing for an upcoming audition. His daughter, Sally, is a handful and keeps begging him to play peek-a-boo with her. "You have to play the game!" she insists. Later that night, the father discovers his decision not to holds supernatural consequences. ...Read More »
Turning Orlando Into an 80s Arcade Game The American Advertising Association's Awards, formerly called the ADDYs, is one of the ad industry's highest honors. Taking place regionally, the award events are huge productions that bring together the best creatives in the US ad space. For this year's Orlando awards, Florida's Ad Club chose Levitation Creative Agency to come up with an intro video that would show off Orlando and why it is such an amazing place to live and create. And what better way than to fly through every part of Orlando and turn the city into an 80s arcade game? ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces Support for ProRes 4444 XQ By Lou Wallace ASSIMILATE announced today it has added support in its SCRATCH post-production tools and workflow for encoding and decoding using the Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec. ProRes 4444 XQ is the highest-quality version of the ProRes codec for 4:4:4:4 image sources (including alpha channels). This format has a very high data rate to preserve the detail in high-dynamic-range imagery generated by today's highest-quality digital image sensors. For the detailed facts and benefits, visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202410. ...Read More »
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