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Content Insider #509 - Ratings By Miles Weston OK everyone is fighting to deliver you content -- YouTube and respectable channel folks around the globe. They're delivering to folks who have TV sets but fewer of them). But according to the folks at MWC (Mobile World Congress) the real plaything is the device you've got in your hand. Big deal. Everyone knows it's all about great content and that comes from great filmmakers (4K/HDR and VR). These driven men, women showed off fantastic stuff at the Sundance Film Festival and they're showing even more at all of the festivals around the globe. Put down the cat/dog/stupid guy trick stuff and check out what really counts...fantastic, professional content from folks who want only a couple of things - cheers and monitization. ...Read More »
(De)Signs of the Times By Istvan Csanady, Founder of Shapr3D 3D modelling has - finally - started to catch up with other technology sectors. Since its inception (exact dates are a little hazy), 3D modelling has revolutionized a number of sectors, including architecture, healthcare and manufacturing. Now, with mobile software options available, designers can finally make the most of mobile technology in the same way that accountants, journalists and other professions did before them. ...Read More »
Arrival: Gravity Shift Sequence By Ko Maruyama If you haven't had a chance to see it in theaters, it's releasing to home video soon. Check out the VFX process of a key scene in the film. A little spoilery - but you'll still want to check out the movie yourself. ...Read More »
Contribute to SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 Open-Beta; Includes Stitching and Expanded HDR ASSIMILATE today announced its most aggressive products update to date with an open-Beta for SCRATCH 8.6 and the SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6, the latest versions of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow -- VR/360 and 2D/3D content, from dailies, to conform, grading, compositing, and finishing. Both open-Beta versions give all content creators and post artists the opportunity to actively use the full suite of SCRATCH and SCRATCH VR tools, while evaluating and submitting requests and recommendations for additional features or updates. ...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 »
New Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) member PNY Technologies Joins Forces with Sharp at 2016 NAB Show NY The 2016 NAB Show New York, hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters at the Jacob Javits Center, is the largest media, entertainment and technology convention on the East Coast. The event, held from November 9 - 10, had the most attendees ever with more than 15,000. This year, an alliance between Sharp and new Sharp Strategic Technology Alliance Resource (STAR) program member PNY Technologies Inc. wowed the crowd ...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 »
Nab NY 2016 PNY Event Wrap Up PNY demonstrated the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics boards, including the new flagship NVIDIA Quadro P6000driving professional VR production workflows at NAB New York 2016. Visitors to the booth also experienced NVIDIA's new mental ray for Maya, now GPU enabled, and discovered why it is the standard for photorealistic rendering across the film, visual effects and animation markets. NVIDIA Quadro graphics solutions are proven to be the perfect solutions for professional 360 VR production, virtual sets, graphics compositing and multi-GPU based color grading in post production, as well as on-air broadcast graphics. ...Read More »
Pixel Squid: Easily add 3D By Ko Maruyama If you've ever wanted to inject a 3D object into your photo, whether it's a Star Wars character, or a simple seasonal icon, Pixel Squid makes is very easy. ...Read More »
Autodesk University 2016 Thanks to all our AU2016 partners who presented the latest Autodesk and NVIDIA professional design, large scale visualization and VR applications many powered by the NVIDIA Pascal architecture-based NVIDIA Quadro P6000 professional graphic boards. Visitors were impressed with the visual quality and speed which the powerful NVIDIA Quadro P6000 delivered to process complex 3D data across the IGI large scale collaboration 4K Powerwall projection systems and the many professional VR demonstrations. Presentations included Autodesk VRED using the HTC Vive for fully immersive interactive design application uses ...Read More »
Content Insider #492 - SMPTE Power Play By Miles Weston SMPTE may hold it's technical conference in Hollywood but it's not about the glamour (ok maybe a little) it's all about making better stuff that will entertain you and others. All the good tools are in the cloud to keep costs under control more people are working in the cloud and storing content there - especially for backup of the backup and archiving. VR is now on everyone's to-do list but no one is overpromising. No one wants another '3D is the killer' message flying around. The people who are doing it seriously and well are doing it right and it's awesome. Computer, storage and HMD producers are waiting for the list of titles to grow. SMPTE just wants the standards to be fairly firm so the expectations and quality is what viewers expect. ...Read More »
Magic Bullet Sweet Suite By Ko Maruyama Magic Bullet from Red Giant Software. Post Production and design studios have been using this suite for years. It is a designer's (and animator's) go to color correction tool. Because of it's ease of use, great looking results, and compatibility within so many editorial and compositing software hosts, it has become the color correction plugin standard. ...Read More »
SmithMicro Moho is ready for Microsoft SurfaceStudio By Ko Maruyama You may have known it as Moho before it became Anime Studio, well, it's back to Moho again - and making a big splash with the announcement of the new Microsoft Surface Studio. The software allows users to take advantage of the hardware features of Dial to quickly edit and animate. ...Read More »
Neotopy Studio Uses SCRATCH VR to Focus on Cinematic VR with a Touch of Magic The Neotopy Studio's mission is to create cinematic VR content with a magical touch. The team includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. A recent project is a VR mini-concert that features leading French artist, Yael Naim, for Unibail-Rodamco. The concert was shot specifically for VR viewing and will run as a roadshow throughout Europe. Set up like a movie theater, 30 people will "attend" the concert every hour at a particular venue to experience the show together. ...Read More »
Adobe Elements 15 By Ko Maruyama We are outfitted with hardware that allows us to capture photos and video easier than ever before. As a result, we're gathering more visual everywhere we go. Adobe Elements 15 makes sorting, editing, and sharing the favorites of our collections even better than before. ...Read More »
Digital Media Online Launches New Virtual Reality Sites - VR Developer Net and VR Gamer Net Digital Media Online today announced the launch of two vertical sites focusing on the emerging Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality markets and technologies. According to CEO Lou Wallace, "The timing of the launch of these new sites is perfect. Research firm Superdata Research has projected sales of VR software and hardware will hit $2.8 billion this year, and they foresee it increasing to $22 billion by 2019 and $40 billion by 2020." ...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 »
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 »
Hawaiki Keyer releases a new plugin for Final Cut Pro By Ko Maruyama Hawaiki Keyer 3 is a simple chroma keyer for Final Cut and Apple Motion artists who want a simple solution for lifting their subjects from greenscreens. The new keyer from Hawaiki includes several features that will be important to any editor/compositor, most notably features that will allow editors to control light wrap transfer modes. ...Read More »
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