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Content Insider #518 - Fast
4K, HDR Was Fast, Beautiful and Took Up a Lot of Space at NAB
Content Insider #518 - Fast
There was a ton to see at this year's NAB and over the next few weeks we'll look at what most filmmakers are doing today - 4K and trending toward HDR. It was 4K that is now being used by almost every filmmaker to do feature length films, documentaries, episodic series and marketing content for use to describe new prroducts, their applications and provide service/support. And the great thing for filmmakers is that the marketplace has opened up beautifully for them with financial opportunities - follow the money - with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Vimeo and yes the kids favorites YouTube and Facebook. Every content delivery channel - we'll cover the trend/opportunities soon - around the globe is looking for good and insanely great content to offer to their viewers regardless of the screen they're using to educate, inform, entertain themselves! Read More

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Content Insider #493 - VR Filmmaking
Content Insider #493 - VR Filmmaking
After a bumpy start VR filmmaking is starting to move forward. The craftspersons have and continue to do a lot of testing and refinement to find out what works, what doesn't and why. Along the way they're getting a lot of help from camera, system and tool producers to deliver consumers can immerse themselves in and enjoy again and again. The costs are already coming down as more and more filmmakers work with the new medium. Momentum is building and it's needed if HMD and solution producers are to sell the volumes we need to deem it a success. The good stuff is really good. The rest...not so much. Read More
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Content Insider #488 - Storytellers
Content Insider #488 - Storytellers
Studios and content buyers save their money for the big, sure hits for their shareholders. YouTube and Facebook open up their sites to good, bad, what the **** stuff. It helps people watch more and enjoy it less. Heck even Netflix has opted for quality not quantity in the stuff they offer. Fortunately help is out there from indie filmmakers who think with creative minds and creative hearts to weave stories they feel compelled to tell. It ain't easy but it's fun. Now because there are a gazillion ways people can entertain/inform yourself with OTT indies have opportunities to even make money doing what they love. It's freakin awesome! Read More
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Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere
Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere
I'd probably enjoy IBC just as much even if it weren't in Amsterdam but I sure wouldn't want to find out. Or maybe the city just looks better through 360/VR glasses because everyone at the convention centre seemed to have the suctioncup lines on their face. But the discussions at IBC - suppliers, studios, networks, filmmakers, production people - always seemed to touch on how quickly VR had come and how much further it had to go. True VR isn't "brand new" because it's been around since 1929 (Link Simulator) and the first headsets were introduced in the 1960s but now we've got affordable cameras to shoot 360 video and defining VR films. Most of the films are short right now - under 30 minutes - but it won't be long before we have a solid feature film. Read More
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Hawaiki Keyer releases a new plugin for Final Cut Pro
Hawaiki Keyer releases a new plugin for Final Cut Pro
Hawaiki Keyer 3 is a simple chroma keyer for Final Cut and Apple Motion artists who want a simple solution for lifting their subjects from greenscreens. The new keyer from Hawaiki includes several features that will be important to any editor/compositor, most notably features that will allow editors to control light wrap transfer modes. Read More
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Muzzle Flash and Smoke
Muzzle Flash and Smoke
Many compositors rely on stock media to complete their visual effects work. Having larger libraries offer potential for diverse types of VFX elements in a single project. Rampant Design has teamed up with FilmRiot and Triune to produce a new library for filmmakers Read More
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Content Insider #474 - New Creators
Content Insider #474 - New Creators
Video distribution has evolved over the years from a couple of channels to millions of channels. It is almost as though we are rapidly transitioning into a video-only world. With billions of cameraphone users stepping forward to ensure we don't miss a moment of the world around us (especially their awesome lives) the people who make their money distributing the stuff are grabbing as much as they can, as quickly as they can just to fill their "inventory." But when the newness wears off people will again become selective as to how they spend their time and want/view content that real filmmakers know how to capture/develop/deliver - great audio, outstanding video. Folks tastes will improve. They have to! Read More
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Half of the Film
Half of the Film
While you don't think about it much until it's too late the best films - those people watch and enjoy - are 50 percent video and 50 percent audio. A scary movie just isn't scary without the sound. A love story doesn't carry you away with it without audio. Woody Woodhall discusses how audio can improve the quality, impact of any film. Read More
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Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams
Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams
I'm a slow learner. It dawned on my at NAB we differentiate between filmmakers and indie filmmakers. But when studios cut back to their content buying/selling/distribution core everyone in the industry (ok almost) is an independent. Shooter, production, post, audio, special effects, colorists, everything. And guess what...they're darn good at it. They do it with a desire to tell a story - audio and visual. They have developed one of the finest coopetive industries you can find anywhere - working to tell their story and helping others tell theirs. Gawd I love this industry! Read More
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The Pitfalls of Pushing Noise Reduction Tools Too Far
The Pitfalls of Pushing Noise Reduction Tools Too Far
My name is Ron Bartlett, and I am based in LA. Over the years, I've been fortunate to work on numerous feature films including some blockbusters such as Blade Runner, Heat, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Mission: Impossible, Prometheus, The Life of Pi, and several X-Men films. iZotope's RX is my go-to tool of choice, and over the years, it has saved me valuable production time while wowing the supervisors in the process. Read More
Business Issues:
What Happened To The Music?
What Happened To The Music?
To cope with internet overload, we allow algorithms to sift through and feed us bits and pieces to match our tastes or cosmetically enhanced anchormen (and anchorwomen) to spoon up headlines to the tune of tone-deaf sponsors. All this through a multi-tasking world, where a generation pays half attention to work while constantly checking their Facebook pages and tweeting when they go to the bathroom. How does this affect the arts... and more specifically music? Read More

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