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Twist Expands: Welcomes Director Scott Pitts to Company’s Growing Roster of Talents
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 01:15 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(New York & Los Angeles--April 7, 2014) The Twist motto for 2014 is “Expand.” Highly motivated by that intention for the New Year, Twist Executive Producer Amyliz Pera, based in Manhattan, has just signed up-and-coming talent Director/ Photographer Scott Pitts. Pitts has become very well-known over the past year on the Food Festival circuit for his award-winning short films with titles such as “The Benevolent Baker: Doughnuts” and “The Benevolent Butcher: Bacon.” Photo Credit: Troy Amber
Cinnafilm® and Wohler Set Standard for File-Based Media Retiming With Release of Tachyon® Wormhole™
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 01:07 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) Cinnafilm® and Wohler Technologies today announced the release of Cinnafilm's Tachyon® Wormhole™, an automated file-based retiming solution that enables up to a plus or minus 10 percent runtime adjustment while preserving not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. Based on Cinnafilm's popular Tachyon Standards Transcoding™ plug-in for the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform™, Tachyon Wormhole gives time back to broadcasters, allowing them to realize new revenue opportunities without materially altering the viewer's experience of their media assets. "Tachyon Wormhole allows users to eliminate nearly $500,000 worth of specialized hardware with a single server equipped with two graphics cards, at a price that is a fraction of the cost of the baseband hardware it is replacing," said Ernie Sanchez, chief operations officer of Cinnafilm. "Never before has a single commodity-hardware-based solution replaced so many pieces of dedicated SDI hardware."
Calibre UK’s FoveaHD MEMC Standards Converter Scores at World Cup
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 01:04 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
40 Calibre UK FoveaHD MEMC Standards Converters Will Be Used For Frame Rate Conversion of World Cup Broadcasts This Summer (Bradford, Yorkshire--April 7, 2014) Image processing specialists, Calibre UK announces that a massive installation of its FoveaHD motion estimated and motion compensated standards converter will be used for frame rate conversion of live footage for transmission to viewers in countries with 50Hz television standards throughout the highly anticipated world cup Brazil matches during Summer 2014.
Marin's 32TEN Studios Produces New TV Recruiting Campaign Promoting Efforts by Vallejo, CA, Police Dept. to Recruit New Officers
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 12:48 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(San Rafael, California--April 7, 2014) 32TEN Studios, a San Rafael (Marin, CA) -based company that provides production facilities and services, as well as practical effects services, to entertainment, advertising, community and corporate clientele, has produced a new TV campaign designed to help recruiting efforts by the Vallejo, CA, Police Department. The new PSA campaign will debut on the air on Northern California television during Spring. The announcement was made by 32TEN CEO Tim Partridge, who directed the TV spot. Last year, 32TEN Studios produced special effects scenes for such major Hollywood motion pictures as “Pacific Rim,” “Elysium,” “The Lone Ranger,” and the recently released “Noah.” The new PSA project is in keeping with the studio’s mandate to both promote the Marin area as a hotbed of production for film and TV productions of all sizes, while also serving as a good neighbor to encourage area safety and protection.
New Canon XF205 And XF200 Professional Camcorders Deliver Ideal Performance For Run-And-Gun, Cinéma Vérité Filmmakers
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 12:33 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Melville, New York--April 7, 2014) Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the introduction of the compact Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders, building on technologies carried over from the XA25 and XA20 Professional Camcorders and offering improved performance and enhanced operability in response to industry feedback. Positioned above the XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorder models, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders are equipped with the upgraded zoom lens, CMOS sensor and image-processing platform featured in the XA25/XA20 High Definition Camcorders. The new camcorders have a compact, lightweight body design, advanced operability and expanded network connectivity, satisfying a wide range of professional shooting demands from the production of high-definition content for news gathering, documentaries, weddings and event videography.
Canon HDTV Lenses Chosen for Ross Mobile Productions' "Future Is Now 3" Production Vehicle and for Ross Robotics' Furio and CamBot Camera Support Systems at NAB Show 2014
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 12:08 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
Canon Long-Zoom Lens Performance and Affordability Cited as Essential to Ross Video's New "openTruck" Initiative (Melville, New York--April 7, 2014) Ross Video, makers of production switchers, graphics/character generator systems, and remote-control camera-support technologies, have chosen HDTV lenses from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, to integrate with Ross Video products displayed at the 2014 NAB Show, April 7-10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Canon XJ76x9B and XJ60x9B long-field HD zoom lenses and HJ22x7.6B HD ENG lenses will be shown with Ross Mobile Productions' new "Future is Now 3" (FIN3) compact production vehicle, part of Ross Video's "openTruck" initiative to meet the needs of budget-conscious producers and operators. A variety of Canon ENG lenses will be shown with Ross Robotics' Furio and CamBot remote-control camera support systems, which utilize precision positional data from Canon lenses for integration with advanced virtual set and augmented reality applications.
AJA Launches New Hi5-Plus and HA5-Plus Mini-Converters at NAB 2014
marted́, 08 Aprile 2014 - 12:00 AM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
Hi5-Plus Connects SDI to HDMI Devices, HA5-Plus Connects HDMI to SDI, Including from DSLRs; Both Mini-Converters Offer Host Of New Features (Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today announced its new Hi5-Plus and HA5-Plus Mini-Converters, powerful and portable devices that harness AJA's proven technology for streamlining broadcast and post production workflows.
AJA Announces Development Partnership with Grass Valley
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:55 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
Grass Valley K2 Summit Adds Virtual 4K Pan and Zoom with AJA Corvid Ultra and TruScale (Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today announced a new development partnership with Grass Valley. As part of the partnership, Grass Valley will integrate AJA Corvid Ultra and TruScale™ scaling hardware into the Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System and Summit 3G broadcast replay server to drive real-time pan and zoom from UltraHD/4K to HD.
AJA Launches Corvid 88; Delivering Multi-Channel I/O to Developer Partners
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:51 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
Mix and Match Multiple Input and Output Channels of Different Video or Audio Files on a Single 8x 3G-SDI Card (Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today announced Corvid 88, delivering high-density multi-channel video and audio I/O via an 8-lane PCIe 2.0 card. Corvid is AJA's family of products designed for integration into solutions offered by third-party Developer Partners including Colorfront, Codex, Quantel, Autodesk and others.
AJA Announces KONA 4 Supporting High Frame Rate 4K up to 60fps
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:47 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
Development Partners Autodesk, Cisco, Codex and Colorfront Integrate KONA 4 to Drive 4K HFR Workflows (Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today announced KONA 4, the latest generation in its award-winning line of professional desktop video and audio I/O cards. KONA 4 offers unparalleled features for handling everything from SD to HD, 2K and 4K with full 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 color spaces for fantastic image clarity. New with KONA 4 is support for high frame rate (HFR) 4K/UltraHD up to 60p and HFR UltraHD HDMI output.
NVIDIA Showcases "4K Your Way" at NAB 2014
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:43 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
NVIDIA GPU Technology Powers Over 150 Solutions for Broadcasters, VFX Artists and Post-Production Pros and Supports the Most Demanding Real-time 4K Workflows (Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) Whether HD or 4K, desktop or mobile, workstation or in the cloud, NVIDIA is demonstrating how its GPU technologies are behind almost every type of broadcast and post production workflow in booth SL 6825 at NAB 2014. NVIDIA GPUs power over 150 media and entertainment software applications, plugins and turnkey solutions, accelerating performance and providing advanced stereo capabilities and 4K support for even the most demanding workflows.
AJA Launches LUT-box for Precise Color and Look Management
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:34 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
New Mini-Converter enables accurate image monitoring on-set or in studio with simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs (NAB 2014, Booth SL2505--April 7, 2014) AJA Video Systems today released LUT-box, a new Mini-Converter to allow monitors to display accurate color space and look for any SDI video signal. Easily load 3D LUTs at up to 17X17X17 points using the integrated USB connection and free MiniConfig software on either Mac or Windows. Simultaneous outputs support both HDMI and SDI monitors from a single LUT-box.
AJA Launches FS1-X; Next Generation Frame Synch and FRC
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:24 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
Frame synchronizer with new frame rate converter option bridges gaps to match up disparate video and audio formats and frame rates in compact 1RU chassis (Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today released FS1-X, a compact single rack-mount frame synchronizer and converter designed to match up disparate audio and video formats in broadcast, mobile and post-production environments. Tapping AJA’s industry-leading conversion algorithms, FS1-X supports up-, down- and cross-conversion between SD and HD signals ensuring the highest quality output possible. Featuring a flexible architecture, FS1-X simultaneously works with 3G/HD/SD-SDI 10-bit video and incorporates a massive number of embedded audio, AES, MADI and analog audio channels.
AJA Debuts CION: 4K/UHD/2K/HD Professional Camera
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:20 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today announced CION, an entirely new professional camera. CION features an ergonomic design and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. AJA pioneered lens-to-post Apple ProRes workflows with the introduction of the Ki Pro product line in 2009; CION builds on this achievement by offering in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs - including 12-bit 444 - for pristine image capture. ProRes codecs are well established in many post-production environments and offer wide compatibility with editing, color correction and finishing applications. CION enables today’s growing demand for high frame rate support and offers the ability to output 4K raw data at up to 120 fps via 4x 3G-SDI outputs. CION can record directly to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 60 frames per second. “CION represents a new direction for AJA. Bringing this sophisticated camera to market underscores our passion to support filmmakers, broadcasters and content creators,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems . “We are incredibly proud of CION. We believe that the thoughtfully considered design, along with a powerful feature set, will make it extremely useful and versatile for productions worldwide.”
Canon U.S.A. Introduces The HJ18ex7.6B Portable HD Eng Lens, Delivering Outstanding Optical Performance And Operability, And Affordability For HDTV News Gathering
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:15 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
New Compact Portable HD Lens for 2/3-Inch Imager Cameras Features High Peripheral Resolution, First-Class Magnification, Focal Length, MOD, and a New Drive Unit (Melville, New York--April 7, 2014) With an impressive design and competitive price, the new HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, delivers superb optical quality and versatile operability, improving on the performance of its widely used predecessor, the HJ17ex7.6B lens. Utilizing a generous focal length range of 7.6mm to 137mm (15.2mm to 274mm with its built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of 0.56m (10mm with Macro), this new member of Canon's family of HD portable lenses enables shots to be taken four centimeters closer than with rival lens models, an advantage for camera operators working in tight locations such as studio spaces or on-site home-improvement reality television locations.
New Versatile CINE-SERVO Zoom Lens from Canon Provides High-Optical Performance and Operation for ENG, Documentary and Narrative Productions
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:12 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
New Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens Features 4K Optical Performance, a Dynamic 17-120mm Focal Length Range, and Removable Digital Drive Unit for Cine-Style or Shoulder-Mounted Operation (Melville, New York--April 7, 2014) Shallow, creative depth of field, high-resolution and optimal low-light shooting capabilities are just some of the many reasons that large, single-sensor digital cameras have been kitted and rigged for use in nearly every application involving video capture. Further enhancing the versatility and adoption of these cameras into markets such as ENG (Electronic News Gathering), documentary, narrative production and special event coverage is the new CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 zoom lens from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions.
Appear TV Debuts Dense Multiscreen/OTT Encoder Module at the 2014 NAB Show
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:03 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 7, 2014) Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation headends for broadcast and IP television, will debut the latest addition to its modular system, the Dense Multiscreen/OTT Encoder Module, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SU6110). Designed for Multiscreen and OTT applications where SDI or HD/SDI baseband inputs are required, such as primary distribution, the module reduces the need to re-transcode in the broadcast chain for all screen delivery. “Multiscreen and OTT have created new ways for audiences to view content, but at the same time, they pose new challenges for broadcasters and content providers,” explains Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “One of the biggest issues is content rights protection, particularly when major networks or providers are sending out assets with DRM/CAS embedded that then need to be transcoded by the specific carrier or O&O. The Dense Multiscreen/OTT Encoder Module allows carriers or O&Os to compress the baseband HD/SDI feeds directly from major providers or from its own studio feeds to profiles, format and resolutions suitable for all screen delivery. This ensures that content is protected to the device, whilst providing greater control and flexibility of assets onward for re-distribution and even removing the need for further video processing and transcoding in the distribution chain.”
Canon Announces Free Software Upgrade for the EOS C500 Camera that Delivers Greatly Enhanced Efficiency with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics-Powered PCS
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 11:02 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Melville, New York--April 7, 2014) Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, shared today that its parent company, Canon Inc., announced a software upgrade for the EOS C500 digital cinema camera (launched in October 2012), part of Canon's Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products, that will enable users to more efficiently on-set production workflows. The Company plans to offer the free-of-charge Cinema RAW Development software upgrade* starting in October 2014. EOS C500
New PESA Xstream Live App Enhances Game-Day Experience with Customized Video Streaming
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 10:59 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Huntsville, Alabama--April 7, 2014) PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced PESA Xstream Live, a new streaming app for iOS and Android smart devices that works in conjunction with the PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance to allow users to view customized streaming video during live events. PESA Xstream Live will be demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL4619), which runs through April 10 in Las Vegas, Nev. PESA Xstream Live delivers a video stream that allows users to quickly change between four available camera views without lip sync disruption. In portrait mode, the “main view” displays one of the four sources on the top of the screen, with smaller windows of all four sources grouped below it. Users can touch any camera view to instantly change the main view. Landscape mode features a quad view layout with all four sources on the screen – tap any source to select it as main view, and all four sources move to a mini view window in the top-right corner.
Zylight Brings Upgraded F8 LED Fresnel to NAB 2014
luned́, 07 Aprile 2014 - 10:54 PM - 1 , 6 giorni ago  - top stories - 1-CreativeCow
(Los Angeles, California--April 7, 2014) Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, is showcasing an improved F8 LED Fresnel at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C5346), which runs through April 10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Introduced last year, the reengineered lighting instrument still delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport, but a number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications. The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and able to accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. Plus, all locking and adjustment is done with a single knob. On the light, the self-locking focus now automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include improved bellow design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

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