ABS To Address 4K Technology Questions During Free Open House mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:57 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Seatac, Washington--June 25, 2014) Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced a free 4K Open House at its offices in SeaTac on July 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a number of vendors at the event, including Adobe, AJA Video Systems, Elemental Technologies, Four Winds Interactive, FUJINON, Infortrend, Quantum, Planar and Sony. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees. 4K and other large raster acquisition formats offer improved resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) that rival film, enough to already convince many episodic television producers to replace 35mm film with video. Plus, 4K or ultra-high definition (UHD) displays are also being considered for a variety of applications, including I-MAG (image magnification), live events and high-end retail. However, a number of questions remain regarding production, post-production and distribution workflows.
ProductionLink Products Compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Available in New Online Marketplace mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:54 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Emeryville, California--June 25, 2014) DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced its ProductionLink for Adobe® Premiere Pro and ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects plug-ins are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud® 2014 and are available through a new Adobe Marketplace Web site, creative.adobe.com/addons. The new site supports 14 different Adobe applications. Previously, Adobe only provided access to ProductionLink through the Adobe Exchange Panel within Adobe products. Now, through the add-ons section of the site, five ProductionLink options can be purchased from DiaQuest: ProductionLink for Adobe Premiere Pro, which works with Windows and Mac platforms; ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects (separate versions for Windows and Mac); ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle, which includes one seat license for Premiere Pro and After Effects; and ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle with four seat licenses for both programs.
PESA Delivers New Cheetah 4K Routing Solutions, Retrofit Kits mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:50 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Huntsville, Alabama--June 25, 2014) PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced its new Cheetah 4K routing solutions. Built to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals, new routers are available in multiple configurations, while retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers. “4K is quickly becoming the display norm for today’s tech-savvy audiences, and PESA is now delivering a key component to any operation’s 4K infrastructure,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “With our easyPORT technology, existing Cheetah installations can be partially or completely upgraded to 4K in the field to support data intensive workflows. New Cheetahs can be dedicated 4K routers or partitioned and converted later as your 4K needs grow.”
Autodesk to Acquire Shotgun Software, Creator of Cloud-Based Production Management Platform for Film, Television and Games Industries mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:33 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (San Francisco, California--June 25, 2014) Autodesk Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Shotgun Software, a developer of scalable, cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for the film, television and games industries. Shotgun's tools for production management are used by some of the world's leading production studios and are tightly integrated with many of the most widely used tools in the industry including Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “Shotgun and Autodesk share a vision of an industry-wide, cloud-based production management system," said Don Parker, Shotgun co-founder and chief executive officer. “Autodesk’s broad global network and development resources will speed up the pace of innovation and development of our global platform. Together, we will extend our tools deeper into the production process, and develop new solutions that best support the studios of the future.”
aQ Broadcast Provides Centralised Video Solution for 3M Campus mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:24 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Reading, United Kingdom--June 25, 2014) 3M’s sprawling headquarters in Minnesota’s Twin Cities hosts the company’s central engineering, sales and marketing activity. As such, there is a lot of video moving in a lot of different directions: at any point during the day at least one of the campus’s 18, fibre-connected venues is in use, whether for a new product rollout, presentation of new branding, or the latest accounting numbers. In fact, in the last year these venues have hosted about 900 individual events. Neal Thomas, Chief Engineer at 3M Media Solutions, has to manage the content that plays to, is recorded from, or is distributed between, all of these locations. 3M Media Solutions recently charged aQ Broadcast with improving the way this video content and activity is managed. Previously, the machine racks were full of standalone, portable media player/recorders, each with its own local storage. While machine control of all these devices was centralised, the storage for the actual content was not. Instead, these files had to be pulled manually from each of the units via removable hard drives and then copied to local network drives for distribution. “We never really intended for things to work that way,” said Thomas. “But the system sort of grew, over time, out of necessity. Before we knew it, we had a stack of these player/recorders, and we were getting a lot of exercise running around with the portable flash drives that live on those units.”
Visual Unity Strengthens its International Sales Team mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:18 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow The Leading OTT/OVP Provider Announces a Number of Key Appointments in North America, Europe and and Asia. (Los Angeles &, Prague--June 25, 2014) With an investment cushion of $7.2 million, OTT platform provider Visual Unity is now in a formidable position to significantly strengthen is staff infrastructure in key international markets.
Dwarf, Partner of Babel Agency Produces Three Animated Commercials for Réseau Ferré De France's Viral Campaign for Safe Behaviour at Level Crossings mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 05:21 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Perols, France--June 25, 2014) Dwarf Animation Studio is proud to have collaborated with Babel and RFF to realize a viral campaign, both original and intergenerational, dedicated to the fight against dangerous behavior at level crossings. A mini-saga of three short animated films has been created to raise public awareness about the danger caused by risky behavior, the major cause of accidents. It presents the perilous adventures of hedgehogs; sometimes reckless, sometimes distracted, sometimes in a hurry. From this successful collaboration are born endearing characters and an original universe situated in a world of wonder. “Thanks to their vision and the trust they placed in Dwarf Animation Studio, the creative teams of Babel allowed a total visual freedom of expression which was precious for our team”, says Olivier Pinol, director and cinematographer.
Industry & Co. Brings Nice Shoes Artists To Atlanta mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 04:56 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (New York, United States--June 25, 2014) NYC-based creative studio Nice Shoes has continued to expand its network of remote partners with Industry & Co. in Atlanta. With an innovative business model, Industry & Co is a multi-disciplinary post production studio, offering remote services to film and advertising teams. The shared mission of both companies is to cater to the local Atlanta market with a curated team of the best national talent available. Kristen Roland launched Industry & Co. to provide depth of creative resources in Atlanta through a unique virtual and remote model. Roland began her career at Propaganda Films, and then was music video commissioner at Elektra, before transitioning to the agency side, primarily with BBDO since 2006. Roland relocated to Atlanta after stints in both Los Angeles & New York and brings a long list of clients to the table. After meeting Nice Shoes CEO Dominic Pandolfino, and seeing what his team had accomplished with Remote Viewing in Boston, Dallas, Miami, Detroit and New Orleans; a partnership between the two companies was quickly established.
Globe on Screen is given the 2D Cinematic Look in Mistika at BTV Post mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 07:40 AM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow Mistika is a tough 2D act to follow in Shakespeare's Globe's 2014 Theatre Season (London, United Kingdom--June 25, 2014) Experienced freelance Colourist and Online Editor Ian Grey was responsible for the stylish 2D colour grading using Mistika at BTV Post for Globe on Screen's three titles for Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2014 theatre season.
Hiccup Media Rocks Music Biz With Featured Video Content For Its Biggest Acts mercoledý, 25 Giugno 2014 - 03:19 AM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow Creative Studio’s Approach And Experience Account For Success With Artists Including Michael Jackson, Santana, Gavin DeGraw And Many Others (New York, New York--June 25, 2014) Working closely with major record labels such as RCA and Epic, Hiccup Media has become an indispensable creative resource for crafting engaging, conceptually driven video content, graphics packages and more for music’s biggest stars.
Lightcraft Technology Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary as a Global Leader in On-Set Virtual Tracking and Visualization Solutions for Entertainment Industry martedý, 24 Giugno 2014 - 11:04 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Venice, California--June 24, 2014) Lightcraft Technology, a leader in the development of on-set virtual tracking equipment and visualization software, today announced that 2014 marks the company's 10th year anniversary of its founding and also announced the opening of a development office in Portland, Oregon. Lightcraft was started in 2004 by mechanical engineer and University of Michigan/MIT degree holder Eliot Mack. Mack worked at Walt Disney Imagineering and led the mechanical engineering effort on the iRobot Roomba before applying his skills and dedication to the development of the Previzion® virtual studio system. Mack was later joined by fellow iRobot engineer Phil Mass, who was the lead software engineer on the Roomba, the world's first successful home robot. The team at Lightcraft blends their unique technical skills and love of film to provide optimized tools for the entertainment industry.
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Filmworkers Launches “Churchill’s Studio” for Visual Effects and CG martedý, 24 Giugno 2014 - 10:09 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow Rob Churchill to lead new creative unit, whose first project is an all-CG spot for Cedar Fair. (Chicago, Illinois--June 24, 2014) Continuing its expansion mode, Filmworkers has formed a new in-house creative unit, Churchill’s Studio, focused on visual effects and animation. Headed by Visual Effects Director Rob Churchill, the new unit will provide services ranging from compositing and visual effects to full CG production.
Dave Sellars Returns to Rock Paper Scissors as Executive Producer martedý, 24 Giugno 2014 - 10:03 PM - 3 , 6 giorni ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Los Angeles, California--June 24, 2014) Leading editorial house, Rock Paper Scissors, is excited to announce the addition of Dave Sellars as Executive Producer in Los Angeles. Sellars comes to the team equipped with extensive post-production experience working with iconic brands including Apple, Target, Nike, Coca-Cola, Gap, Calvin Klein, and Xbox. His proven deft ability to manage and oversee the production process from bidding to completion has made him an asset to the industry and an ideal leader for the production department of Rock Paper Scissors.
"House of Lies" Promo Wins Award for Sound martedý, 24 Giugno 2014 - 09:37 PM - 4 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (New York, United States--June 24, 2014) After seeing the film “Les Miserables,” Showtime producers thought it would be funny for “House of Lies” stars Don Cheadle and Josh Lawson to sing lines Les-Mis style from the hit show and asked Sandblast Productions to add a musical score to the actors’ unique a cappella version. The result was comic genius – a minute-long parody, nicknamed “Les Mais,” which Showtime aired the same weekend as this year’s Academy Awards. Now Sandblast Productions has been awarded the Gold Medal in the 2014 PromaxBDA Promotion, Marketing and Design Global Excellence Awards for their music in the “House of Lies” promo clip (watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56T3TMkQ0qw) .
Shutterstock now offers 60,000+ High-Quality Music Tracks To Address Increasing Market Demand martedý, 24 Giugno 2014 - 09:18 PM - 4 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (New York, United States--June 24, 2014) Shutterstock Inc., a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and footage, has launched a groundbreaking music licensing offering. Shutterstock Music features thousands of high-quality tracks - available via simple and affordable license options - making it easier than ever for businesses, marketers, producers and filmmakers to add quality sounds to commercial videos and creative projects. "As technology makes it easier to stream rich media, our video footage licensing business has been growing rapidly," said Shutterstock 's Founder and CEO Jon Oringer. "With that comes a growing need for sound, and we felt we could offer high-quality music with simpler pricing than what is currently available," he added. "Shutterstock makes it easier than ever for businesses to obtain the highest quality music for their productions."