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Indie Thriller Ingenium Goes to the Big Screen Indie thriller, Ingenium, was a labor of love from start to finish. Creativity and dedication to their craft make indie filmmakers tick, and this was fully demonstrated by brothers Steffen Hacker - director, editor, producer - and color grading artist, Peter Hacker, in the production of their new mystery feature. The film is teeming with the typical indie challenges: multiple cameras with differing formats, resolutions, and codecs; limited time and varying work schedules; and tight budget constraints. Like many an indie filmmaker, the Hacker brothers used every ounce of talent and ingenuity, as well as the right tools to bring their creative vision to the big screen. Here's how they made it happen. ...Read More »
Tariffs and Trade Wars One of the key ingredients to maintaining a positive global marketplace is collegial trade between countries. Many partnerships are strong and create a win-win situation for all concerned parties. But, there are still many countries who cannot come to an agreement about the ratio of imports to exports between the nations. These disagreements can escalate into imposed tariffs and the beginnings of a trade war. So why should we be concerned about tariffs and trade wars? Here's what you need to know. ...Read More »
3D Printing Is Hot...And It's Only Going To Get Hotter We often think of 3D printing as a new technology with futuristic implications, but we rarely stop to consider how far it's come or where it could be in another few years. 3D printing was invented by Charles Hull in 1984, and in the ensuing 34 years we have developed ways to scan and 3D print objects in real time and have even begun one of the most science-fiction endeavors yet-3D printing human organs. Still, 3D printing has yet to reach its full potential, and that's a good thing. ...Read More »
Industrial Air Pollution Clean-Up Is On Its Way In 2018 Since 1955, the United States government has recognized the need for legislation to clean up air pollution. Subsequent revisions to the initial legislation strengthened the laws regarding allowable amounts of car emissions, factory smog, and other sources of air pollution. Now, in 2018, it isn't just legislation and governments fighting air pollution. Private inventors, corporations, and other organizations are harnessing the technology that can aid in cleaning our air all over the world, along with recognizing that some advances in technology are creating more air pollution and combating it with air filter and filtration systems, dust collectors, industrial vacuums, industrial blowers, air compressors, vacuum pumps and many other products. ...Read More »
Trade War With China Will Hit OEM Manufacturers First As trade relations between China and US deteriorate, OEM manufacturers and their metal suppliers are caught in the middle. Who is affected first? ...Read More »
Assimilate's Scratch 9.0 Now Shipping Assimilate is now shipping Scratch 9.0, an aggressive, high-performance, and user-friendly product update that delivers a huge boost in creativity, efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for all creative functions. Known for its high-quality 2D/3D/VR tools in a single, streamlined workflow - dailies, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing & mastering - now includes support for over 200 Matchbox Shader effects and an easy connection to AfterEffects and Nuke compositing tools with a single click. ...Read More »
MAXON sponsors HalfRez By Ko Maruyama Chris Schmidt, Greyscalegorilla director of 3D product development and Half Rez co-founder, explains that Half Rez, heading into its seventh year, has become an essential motion graphics destination honoring the diverse community of motion graphics artists. ...Read More »
China's Government Eyes Complete Scrap Import Ban Who's effected? Recycling Equipment Manufacturers and Recycling Companies! For a closer look, let's review the equipment that will be affected. ...Read More »
Stream On By Jason Pruett Live streaming. Once a term exclusive to the technology lexicon, it has quickly earned a place in everyday conversation. From the exponential growth of branded and independent content channels, to the explosion of esports and the emergence of social video, live streaming has evolved from a very niche application in the context of content production to a price-of-admission necessity for virtually every platform and provider with aspirations of multimedia supremacy. ...Read More »
IQS Enhances Pay-Per-Click Marketing IQS, a global industrial manufacturers directory, has officially announced the availability of a Google Adwords 'Pay-Per-Click' (PPC) option as part their marketing program line-up with enhanced negative keyword coverage. IQS has offered annual programs since 2000 and now with the introduction of this PPC program as an additional marketing choice, IQS will be the first industrial directory and manufacturing search engine to offer both annual programs along with enhanced negative keyword coverage along with utilizing leading edge Wordstream technology. ...Read More »
IQS announces partnership with the Yext Network Industrial Quick Search, Inc. and IQSDirectory have entered into a partnership agreement with YEXT which will let IQS efficiently manage your major online listings using the Yext platform. Yext provides an interface with over 100 directory publishers that allows immediate listings and updates to all properties. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH Play Pro ASSIMILATE's new SCRATCH Play Pro is the Essential Media Toolkit: a universal professional format player, immersive media player, look creator with version management, transcoder, and QC tool all in one. Play Pro is able to playback nearly all formats - camera formats, raw or not, including h.264 and h.265 (HEVC), deliverable formats of any sort, even still frame formats. You can also show the image full screen on a second/output display, either attached to the GPU, or through SDI video-IO. Play Pro is not only fast, it's easy to operate. It runs on just about any system from laptop to a desktop monster, running Windows or OSX. ...Read More »
Avoiding Footage Loss - Tactics for Storing and Recovering Data Months of planning and work can go into a filmmaking scene. There's the set design, lighting, location scouting, and many other facets that all need to work in concert to pull off a great shoot. With all of the care and attention put into the production, there should be more directed towards the actual product. If the footage data is damaged, corrupted, or incomplete, then all of the efforts going into a shoot were wasted. High-end cameras are not foolproof, and occasionally errors occur that disrupt the data. And people are certainly not foolproof, as they sometimes make unwise decisions about storing and protecting data. Thankfully, there are some best practices production teams and filmmakers can follow to best protect valuable footage. ...Read More »
2D vs 3D Animation - Which Should You Choose? There are quite a few elements to consider when tackling a video project for marketing and advertising purposes. A video project requires a script, voiceover, character development, themes and movement. Whether it's for a game, marketing or entertainment, animation is a great and creative way to bring a story to life. While animation is a top choice for video development, it requires a few extra elements to consider, such as deciding between 2D and 3D animation. For those who don't have much video production experience, it can be difficult to decipher which animation method will yield better results. But believe it or not, there's a time and a place for each one. ...Read More »
3 Reasons Why You Need to Embrace AR in Your Workflow The year 2017 marked a new development in my work as the mobile team manager at Vectorworks, Inc. - one that perfectly aligned with a new trend in the AEC industries. Apple just introduced its ARKit to complement the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X models. This platform allowed developers to create Augmented Reality (AR) applications that integrated live images from a device's camera with dynamic 3D models developed by the user. ...Read More »
How Artificial Intelligence Is Projected To Influence The Automotive Industry Artificial intelligence and data science are two main technologies that forms the processes of the automotive. Since 2017, Udacity selected a group of 18 talented engineers (out of hundreds of applicants) to form the Self-Racing Cars team Udacity offer the first self-driving Nanodegree program. The program was Built in partnership with Uber, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Nvidia. After a huge success, Udacity introduced another Nanodegree program for the beginners. At last, MIT and university introduced their courses in the automotive industry. ...Read More »
Assimilate Scratch - A Workhorse in television and feature Post By Iyke Iheukwumere Assimilate Scratch over the years has become a trusted tool, used for everything from on-set DIT to digital intermediate and finishing. One of the industries where scratch is being heavily used is VFX, and this is in part due to scratch's open support for xml scripting, which allows most VFX post houses to build their entire pipeline around scratch. One of such VFX houses is FuseFX, where I worked as a VFX editor for almost three years, working on various television shows such as The Blacklist, American Horror Story, Agents Of Shield, Luke Cage and feature films such as American Made, The Purge (Election Year). ...Read More »
Performance Arts and 3D&360VR Technology Join Forces to Give Viewers a Truly Immersive Experience in "The Cabiri Anubis" Film Both Virtual Reality (VR) 360 and 3D have the power to engage audiences in the action and emotion of a film narrative or performance, but combine the two together and you can create a compelling and highly immersive experience that brings the audience directly into the "reality" of the scenes. This is exactly what film producers and directors Fred Beahm, www.fredbeahm.com, and Bogdan Darev, www.bogdandarev.com, have done in "The Cabiri: Anubis", a 3D/360VR film, now showing at the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) VR Zone, www.siff.net, on May 18 through June 10. ...Read More »
REVision FX's new tools By Ko Maruyama 360 video production is quickly becoming part of your post production workflow, but there may be tools that you rely on in your 2D pipeline which weren't available until now. REVision FX has made both Twixtor and RSMB support 360 footage. RealSmart Motion Blur is a favorite in many pipelines, and now can be part of your 360 compositing as well. ...Read More »
Traveling Back to the 1950s with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" The new hit show from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino ("Family Guy") takes viewers back to 1958 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when life abruptly changes for Miriam "Midge" Maisel after her husband leaves her. Breaking the mold and trying stand-up comedy quickly lands Midge in jail, while also landing her a lot of laughs. Visual effects (VFX) veteran Lesley Robson-Foster ("Logan Lucky," "The Great Gatsby") joined the streaming series as VFX Supervisor. Robson-Foster and her team used a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro digital film camera to shoot B roll, establishing shots and VFX plates for the series. ...Read More »
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