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Content Insider #333 A New Capture By Miles Weston With their feet still firmly embedded in the video production/post production arena, AJA Video Systems jumped squarely into the camera marketplace with thier first offering that caught a lot of folks by complete surprise. Why? They did a lot of things very right with their first offering to cinematographers. ...Read More »
Content Insider #331 - Power of Choice By Miles Weston NAB was even more lively this year because so many people were scrambling. Cable folks were bristling that they're still the gateway to the home TV. Rusting big iron producers in the Central Hall were saying how important they were. South Hall was totally busy with people who understood the industry is rapidly changing to OTT/IPTV and it was already 4K ready. Everyone wanted to control the consumer but he/she saw the fiber pipe to the home as a way out of paying for 100s of channels they never or hardly ever watched. More importantly people wanted their content on their terms at their times. Freedom of choice is something we all want...right? ...Read More »
BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
Content Insider #332 - Video Consistency By Miles Weston On the eve of NAB I just read where kids watch an average of 40 hours of TV a week and you wonder why they're numb from the neck down and dumb from the neck up! Most of the parents I know sharply restrict/monitor their kids viewing habits even though they (and the parents) want quality content everywhere. It will come but still don't think the super high quality 4K streaming media we'll get (program schedules are fading memories) will make make the zombies, vampires, werewolves any more interesting. But Cosmos that's a great series...can't wait to see how it ends. ...Read More »
And the Giraffe Takes Blackmagic Cinema Camera for a Ride in Music Video for "Sorry" For 'And the Giraffe,' an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN, making music videos is a blast. They love to put a video story on top of the story they tell in their lyrics, and connect with more people in doing so. The video for the band's latest single, "Sorry," was shot while the bandmates rode bicycles around Los Angeles, and according to band member Nick Roberts, the video turned out better than they had hoped, was one of their most fun projects to date and couldn't have been done without the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Gaming Is Big Business...for Those Employing Predictive Analytics For online and video gaming, the upheaval in industry practices toward digital has caused a drastic reconfiguration within business models, advertising revenue and the general approach to the industry at large. In this live webcast, you'll learn how predictive analytics can help you analyze a myriad of data, understand the attributes of high-value players, predict lifetime value and score individual players on various affinities so you can deliver the right offer at the right time. ...Read More »
Master Shots Author Christopher Kenworthy Returns to Filmmaking Christopher Kenworthy almost gave up on filmmaking because of his frustration with the restrictions of big budget productions and the limitations of shooting with DSLRs. Instead of leaving filmmaking behind for good, however, he switched his focus from behind the camera to penning several books on the discipline, including the best selling Master Shots series, which provides filmmakers with the techniques to achieve complex shots on any budget. With his finger still on the pulse of the camera industry, Christopher was intrigued when he had the opportunity to test the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Little did he know that just weeks later, his passion for filmmaking would be reignited, and he would be directing films once again. ...Read More »
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For the King of All Media, a Birthday Bash Gets a Royal Production By Sebastian Thaler When you're the King of All Media, your birthday party is a royal event. So when Howard Stern chose to celebrate his 60th Birthday Bash at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom-part of the Manhattan Center, located at 311 West 34th Street-on the night of January 31, an array of topnotch production staff went into action to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The crowd inside the Hammerstein Ballroom-and those listening to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio-were delighted with Howard, his cast of regulars, and a galaxy of guests ranging from Rob Zombie to George Takei, Jimmy Kimmel, The Black Keys, Joan Rivers, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and dozens more. Behind the scenes, the quality of the production was just as brilliant. Topping it all off, the production staff had only two days to pull it off. ...Read More »
Content Insider #328 - Beauty to Behold By Miles Weston Ok Gravity didn't sweep the Oscars but the intense beauty of the film for anyone who saw it was amazing. Millenials liked it even more because they are very particular about the content they watch, enjoy and share. When NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) comes up we'll see the execution side of CES...getting content ready for you to view. The show will be packed with 4K content development/production/delivery tools. Ok so your cable company can't handle the delivery but there are ways around those folks and more and more people globally are making the change for the better. ...Read More »
New Music Video from Seattle's Iska Dhaaf Iska Dhaaf is a Seattle based musical duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Verdoes. The band, whose name translates roughly to the Somali term for "let it go," is releasing its debut album on March 11. In advance of this album, entitled "Even the Sun Will Burn", Iska Dhaaf has released a new music video for the record's first single, "Everybody Knows." The video is based on 1960s USO shows, drawing inspiration from both the iconic Playboy bunny scene from "Apocalypse Now" and authentic Bob Hope Vietnam War USO tours. The video even features cameos by other Seattle musicians, including famed Seattle rapper Macklemore, channeling Bob Hope himself. Directed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the video was shot by DoP A.J. Rickert-Epstein and Stephan Gray on two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras (MFT) and was colored on DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Getting It There By Miles Weston The 4K Ultra HD screens are brilliant to view and while people look on skeptically saying the content isn't there a few organizations are delivering not just great content but also content that can be streamed over broadband. This interview will get content owners thinking about the material stored in their vaults. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Mini Boosts "Just Seen It" Digital Transfer Times by 400% Four Panasonic HVX-170 cameras each equipped with an AJA Ki Pro Mini to capture and record ProRes 422 footage. Data is then downloaded from the Ki Pro Mini's CF cards and transferred to a Mac Pro via a Sonnet QIO CF card reader. Footage is edited in Apple Final Cut Pro and broadcast over the Internet and public television stations. ...Read More »
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