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Content Insider #496 - VR Progress
Learning, Testing the Boundaries of New Content Production
Content Insider #496 - VR Progress
VR film work - educational, documentary, entertainment and even marketing - has grown faster than the pioneers expected and it's only getting better and more exciting. All of the tools are getting better, faster, less expensive faster than industry forecasters predicted. Try even the basic (cheap) tools and you'll understand why once you watch it you want more. The good shooters and producers are delivering for the immersion hungry audience and learning that while it's great it doesn't meet everyone's needs the same way. The VR filmmakers are more than just creative in what they deliver, they're creative in how they get from concept to something you can don an HMD and enjoy. They're doing a lot of work-around activity to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated audience. 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
Case Study:
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
Personal Profile:
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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Animated Robot Enters The Real World in "Alpha4" By SNL Guitarist Jared Scharff
Animated Robot Enters The Real World in
Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff, solo project known as Pearl Lion, recently released a music video titled "Alpah4". The video's protagonist is a video game like robot who enters the real world and travels around Los Angeles. The video combines animation with live action - we think you'll love it! Read More
Case Study:
Rhythm System
Rhythm System
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) changed everything for professional and amateur musicians putting an entire band, orchestra at their fingertips. Musicians want to move the music from their head to the system as quickly as possible so they can visit again and again to enhance it and enrich it. There comes a point where you feel you could do better with a better system. Sometimes upgrading your Mac is a better solution than simply buying a new computer. Better for your music, better for your budget. Read More
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Short Deadline
Short Deadline
There isn't a filmmaker who hasn't wanted to take on a project even when there was no financial compensation involved, just a real feel good feeling. And when the time budget runs out you need fast, reliable storage you can count on. Cullie Posaria knows from first hand experience. Read More
Events:
Free Learning Event
Free Learning Event
If you're interested in improving your production/post production skills and learning about the latest in technology - hardware and software the Nov 21 event is right for you and...there's no charge for attendance Read More

iPi Motion Capture brings history to life
History buffs who have wondered about witnessing great moments in time are one step closer thanks to Toronto-based mobile content developer  AWE , t Read More
 
iOgrapher before Holidays
It's this time of year that we usually start to think about what to get each other for a holiday gift. This year, with all of the different siz Read More
 
Trapcode Suite 13 Powerhouse includes new Trapcod...
Out now:  Trapcode Suite 13, an upgrade to the industrys most essential tools for creating motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe After Effects. Read More
 
Autodesk Subscriptions & Mac OS
This is great news for the ebb and flow of work that moves through a studio.  Autodesk is offering subscription models for Flame software. Moreover Read More
 
El Capitan if you dare... Digital Anarchy updates
Digital Anarchy has updated their plugins for the intrepid who have decided to upgrade to El Capitan in production. (yecch) Check out the DIGITAL Read More
 

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