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Media Content and the Web - Meeting Again for the First Time with VR Casting By Forest Key, Founder and CEO of Pixvana Until recently, VR video creators have only been able to distribute content by developing their own apps for sharing. This is a very time intensive, tedious journey and it has presented a major barrier for the next generation of digital content pioneers, preventing them from bringing their productions into the world and reaching broad audiences. However, in February, Pixvana, a Seattle-based company that's powering the future of XR storytelling, introduced a new technology that eliminates this barrier for the creators of immersive media, and makes the distribution of VR content feasible for the masses. ...Read More »
Student Filmmakers Tackle the All American High School Film Festival with Blackmagic Design Founded in 2013, the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) has quickly become the world's largest high school film festival. Receiving nearly 5,000 films representing 48 states and more than 40 countries, the festival gives a voice to those that have found their passion for filmmaking early. Packed with screenings, workshops, an Interactive Technology Showcase, award show and more, the festival brings together student filmmakers who want to showcase their films and learn from each other, as well as experts in the field. ...Read More »
iPhone X competitors and copycats, Apple healthcare, Apple’s new TV shows: Macworld Podcast episode 594 By IDG.TV A few new smartphones have been introduced, and some of them look remarkably like the iPhone X. Apple is going to provide its own healthcare to its employees. Apple is also creating several new TV shows for the Apple TV. We also feature your comments and questions. ...Read More »
Logitech MX vs. Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse: What makes a $100 mouse worth the money By IDG.TV We compare the Logitech MX and Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse. Both offer a lot of features for their $100 price, but it's actually the unique software capabilities that make them worth the money. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Regional Emmy Award Gala from Multiple Locations Using TVU Increases Viewership and Member Participation For the past five years, video production company, Denver Media Center (DMC) has produced live coverage of the Heartland Emmy Award presentations, including pre-show edits and live direction. The Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) incorporates television markets that make up a large swatch of the expansive western U.S - Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. To make new shows more dynamic and reach out to its Oklahoma base, DMC wanted the live event to reflect the dual-location nature of the gala with real-time live feeds from each location. ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" 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 »
SCRATCH VR By Stephen Schleicher Have you participated in The Void experience at the Disney locations in California and Florida? My friends have been talking non-stop about it for weeks, and it seems people are finally catching on to how immersive an experience VR can be. If you have a 360-degree camera rig, we are at the point now where what was once a neat little gimmick has become a serious contender in the quest to capture viewers. While there are applications that are just starting to introduce the ability to work with 360-degree video, Scratch VR from Assimilate just may be the best application for your next (or first) project. ...Read More »
PixelSquid Assets' New Price By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid is changing its subscription model, but in a good way. While it may be true that the price per month is going up, the customizable library of options has gone up as well. For an increase of $5/month over the current subscription cost, new users are coming to PixelSquid with about 4x the options to place 3D objects in their comps. Even better - - if you're already an active subscriber, there's no price change - - and you know about the regularly growing library options. (* if you're new, you can get in on the old price before the change(below)). ...Read More »
Trick or Treat: Trick Digital Tackles Visual Effects for "Jeepers Creepers III" with Fusion Studio The chills continue in "Jeepers Creepers III," the latest film in the "Jeepers Creepers" franchise. The Creeper was first introduced to audiences in 2001 when it terrorized siblings Trish and Darry Jenner. It then returned to the big screen in 2003 when it attacked a school bus full of high school basketball players and cheerleaders. Now in the third installment, "Jeepers Creepers III" shows what happened in the days between the first two movies when the Creeper was still hunting for victims. Adam Clark of Trick Digital was the film's visual effects (VFX) supervisor who was tasked with bringing the Creeper to life in the new film. ...Read More »
6 Reasons WordPress is the Content Management System for You Literally millions of websites all over the globe rely on WordPress as the backbone of their operations, using the system to build and maintain an excellent blog or a business page. Despite the fact almost everyone has heard of WordPress, there is a lot about it that most people don't know. For instance, about 30% of all sites in existence work on WordPress. ...Read More »
Alpine Skiing By Miles Weston This is the second in the series of documenting the U.S. Olympic Trials covering figure skating and media day. Follow your favorites at this year's XXIII Olympic Winter Games. ...Read More »
Olympics Journey By Miles Weston In a few weeks all eyes will be on a Pyeongchang County, South Korea to watch what could be one of the most historical Winter Olympic Games of recorded time. Putting politics aside, athletes from around the globe have been training for years for this moment to test their skills, endurance, stamina and grace against their equals. This year professional photographer Jeff Swinger captured images of the highs and lows of the U.S. hopefuls for USA Today Sports. ...Read More »
Content Insider #557 - Fresh Start By Miles Weston Sundance was "different" this year. The #MeToo ground rules took center stage this year with some good projects where females and minorities found their voice. There were some great leading edge/edgy projects to view. There was a solid set of VR (virtual reality) offerings that showed the technology is finding its way and its place in personal and group immersive entertainment. It's found its way and is moving to become commercially viable, not just another cute oddity. There was a whole lot of angst as to how aggressive the distributors were going to be with their checkbooks. Not a lot of them wrote big checks in the past and they said it was because the excitement quality wasn't there. They're hungry for the hits but they have to be the safe hits. ...Read More »
Take a VR / 3D Tour of Vogue Super Model Closets ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post-production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex MacLean and his team have produced a large body of work demonstrating their expertise in Color Grading, Finishing and Visual Effects with clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising, and understands the challenges and rewards of post artists working in VR. ...Read More »
Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Announce Integrated S1 VR Camera and SCRATCH VR Z Bundle for Professionals, Now at $3999 The Z CAM S1/SCRATCH VR Z Bundle - from image acquisition with Z CAM's S1 Professional VR Camera, and stitching with its WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with ASSIMILATE's real-time SCRATCH VR Z tools. With this ease of use and increased productivity, content creators benefit with the ability to focus on their creativity and storytelling rather than wrangling the complexities of technology. ...Read More »
Filmmaker Cole Claassen Capture the History of Country Music Through the Songs of Singer and Songwriter Dean Dillon How does a chance encounter bring about an on-the-spot decision to make a feature-length documentary? For Cole Claassen it all started with country music. "We wanted to shoot in 4K and had heard so much about the URSA Mini 4.6K," noted Claassen. "Its size was very convenient to our run-and-gun, fast setup format that we were basically regulated to by the celebrity interviewees who were very busy and kind enough to give us the time they did. We needed to be fast when interviewing the artists, and the URSA Mini 4.6K was a great choice for the job." ...Read More »
OWC Announces New ThunderBay 4 with Thunderbolt 3 OWC is introducing their fastest ThunderBay yet. Thunderbolt 3 speeds up this highly-acclaimed product line, with speeds up to twice as fast as the original. This new version will continue to provide the performance the pros rely on to create workflows without limitations and meet the demands of the most complex projects. ...Read More »
OWC Presents the Eagerly Awaited ThunderBlade V4 OWC is pleased to announce the release of the ThunderBlade V4, the fastest external drive the company has ever offered. Ultra resilient and completely silent, the ThunderBlade V4 is, in fact, the fastest external drive on the market today. Debuting at CES in Las Vegas, the ThunderBlade V4 is the ultimate working drive for media professionals. The ThunderBlade V4 is designed to be rugged and dependable as well as blazing fast, and is equally at home on the road, on set, or in the edit suite. Capable of speeds up to 2800MB/s Read and 2450MB/s Write, it is the fastest external drive ever built, the perfect solution for digital ingest and other high-tech applications. ...Read More »
OWC Goes Extreme With Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt 3 OWC introduces the bus-powered Envoy Pro EX Thunderbolt(tm) 3. OWC takes the award-winning Envoy Pro EX to the next level with one of the first external storage solutions to integrate Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, making the aesthetically sleek enclosure faster and more powerful than ever before. The dynamic mobile drive offers high speeds and durability, and at about half the size of most drives in this class, is ultra-portable and can easily be carried in a backpack or coat pocket. It's the perfect pairing for the latest Thunderbolt 3 Macs and PCs, offering all the phenomenal speed of Thunderbolt 3 - up to 40Gb/s. ...Read More »
The Rise of the Approachable Expert With the exponential growth of video, voice over and audio have become increasingly important aspects of production. Formerly limited to radio and TV spots, today voice is an integral part of productions of all kinds and formats - from a 15 second YouTube ad, to the audio instructions for e-learning platforms, to the characters behind video games and even the voices behind new AI assistants. But as voice has become more integrated into daily life, there has been a movement toward a more customized, personable tone - more closely resembling a knowledgeable friend than that of a professor. ...Read More »
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