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BuZZ Show and Podcast for July 31

This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio for Digital Production, Post Production and Distribution is filled with great information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker, producer or editor.

6:00 pm – What’s the BuZZ?

6:05 pm – Kevin Wyatt – Companies Editor, Baseline StudioSystems

Baseline StudioSystems and their flagship product, The Studio System, may just be the world’s preeminent provider of film and television information; and they are developing product for both small and large production and distribution companies. Kevin Wyatt joins us and gives us the backstage tour.

6:20 PM – The BuZZ Beat

Listen as one of our regulars – Philip Hodgetts – updates us on what we need to know now.

6:25 pm – Avid BuZZ – Justin Kwan

Software Engineer by day, Avid Editor by night, Justin Kwan joins us to explain his QuickTime workflow for the Avid.

6:33 pm – Jonathan Handel – Entertainment Attorney, TroyGould

Entertainment Law is a scary subject. Don’t let it terrify you. Our favorite attorney, Jonathan Handel with TroyGould in Los Angeles, is back to talk to us about contracts for producers.

6:51 pm – Pick Our Brains

Pick Our Brains is devoted to getting your questions answered. Email them to us, or join us for the live chat during the show.

Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ is live 6-7 pm Pacific Time. Join the Show Live, listen to, or download an episode from the archives or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or off the website

Apple DVD Studio Pro: Scripting in DVD Studio, Part 1: How Scripts Work

Chapter: DVD Authoring

Topic: Scripting

Scripts, in DVD Studio, are awfully intimidating on the surface. Even though DVD Studio makes the process a whole lot easier than it would be by hand, you’re still trying to write the sort of hardware-level instructions that would make more sense to, well, a programmer. Rest assured, it’s not as bad as it seems. In this series, we’ll cover the basics, and some examples of how you might be able to use scripts to enhance your work.


Blackmagic Design Sponsors Powerup with Final Cut Studio Seminar Tour

Agoura Hills, CA – Blackmagic Design, industry-leading manufacturer of video editing products, becomes a gold-level sponsor for internationally-renowned editor, director and Apple-certified trainer Larry Jordan’s 2008 “PowerUP with Final Cut Studio” seminar tour in North America.

Starting Sept. 8th, Jordan will be presenting three seminars in each city: “Succeeding in the New World of Tapeless & HD Video,” “Integrating Adobe Products into a Final Cut Workflow,” and “Discover the Hidden Power in Final Cut Studio.” Scheduled locations include: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. Blackmagic Design’s products for Final Cut Pro will be featured during these seminar.

“I’m delighted Blackmagic Design has partnered with us as a gold sponsor for our 2008 seminar tour,” said Jordan. “In these challenging economic times, it is critical to select tools that provide the greatest flexibility with the highest quality. Blackmagic’s products become essential tools for capturing, transcoding, monitoring, and outputting video to meet all the different HD video standards. The Blackmagic product line offers an outstanding value to our seminar attendees.”

The seminar series is targeted to both new and experienced Final Cut Studio editors interested in enhancing their skills. In every seminar, Jordan designates ample time for answering challenging technical questions to provide detailed, personalized solutions. Sessions include take-home workbooks, valuable editing tools, sponsor-provided giveaways, and an automatic entry into the “PowerUP With Final Cut Studio” raffle to win a new Macbook Pro at the end of the tour.

Jordan also acknowledges the support of the Tour’s platinum sponsor Adobe Systems Incorporated, gold sponsor Media Distributors and The Rental Station, and silver sponsors Automatic Duck and SmartSound Software, Inc.

About Blackmagic Design Inc.
Blackmagic Design Inc. manufactures the world’s highest quality video editing products, converters and routers for the post-production and television broadcast industries. The Multibridge, DeckLink and Intensity family of products have revolutionized the post-production industry and made HDTV and film editing more affordable. Founded by the world’s leading editors and engineers from the post-production industry, this knowledge is constantly fed back into our products. Blackmagic Design has operations in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information We covering video production and post-production for practicing professionals and students through a variety of media worldwide. The company was founded by Larry Jordan, an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer in digital media with over 25 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. He’s a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Jordan is executive producer and host of three talk radio shows including the weekly industry-leading digital media podcast Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ; Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast syndicated by wsRadio; and Digital Production BuZZ, a weekly video podcast syndicated by GIMP.

Avid Liquid: Avid Liquid Color Correction: Part 3 – Isolate a Color and Leave the Rest Gray

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Creative

For a technique that’s sure to impress, leave one object in your video in color while everything else is grayscale. As you’ll find in this Avid Liquid tutorial, this eye-catching effect is a lot easier to perform than you’d think. If you saw the movie Schindler’s List, you certainly remember the little girl in the red coat. Her coat was the only color in a moving black and white scene. You can achieve the same effect easily with Avid Liquid.


Boris Continuum Complete: Create Animated Video Backgrounds with Boris Continuum Complete

Chapter: Motion Graphic Design

Topic: Backgrounds and Stock Footage

Save money on pre-made video backgrounds! Quickly design and animate your own unique video backgrounds by combining Boris Continuum Complete 5’s Prism filter with your favorite Apple Final Cut Pro Generator.


Artbeats Releases New Orleans Aerials and Florida City Aerials

Artbeats’ newest royalty-free aerial stock footage collections, New Orleans Aerials and Florida City Aerials, featuring unique aerial shots of numerous landmarks including the picturesque southern coastline, commanding skyscrapers and prominent skylines. Shot with the Gyron system for ultimate stabilization, these new titles include superior quality, HD content that has made Artbeats footage a favorite among industry professionals.

New Orleans Aerials (containing 42 clips) features all the excitement and history one would expect from this famous city, even post-Hurricane Katrina. This breathtaking collection, available in HD and SD resolution, includes the Louisiana Superdome and the dominant towers of downtown; the renowned French Quarter and views of the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral from the Mississippi River.

Florida City Aerials includes soaring high above the scenic Florida coast and dramatic skyscrapers to gliding through water canals and massive harbors. Containing 45 clips in both HD and SD resolution, this collection showcases Florida’s most well-known cities, such as Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and the state capitol, Tallahassee.

Both New Orleans Aerials and Florida City Aerials are available now on the Artbeats website at Artbeats’ footage is available in HD-1920×1080, D1 NTSC-720 x 486 or D1 PAL-720 x 576 resolutions. Pricing for Artbeats’ HD collections range from USD $799-$1599; standard definition collections range from USD $399-$899. Individual clips are also available and range from $199-$300.

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Electronic companies agree on home wireless HD standard

A new wireless HD video standard for multiroom audio, video and control connectivity using Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology has been agreed to by a group of major consumer electronics companies including Sony, Sharp, Hitachi, Samsung and Motorola.

A key ingredient of WHDI technology is a video modem that operates in the 5GHz unlicensed band to enable wireless delivery of uncompressed HD video (including 1080p). WHDI allows secure, encrypted HD video delivery through multiple rooms and other potential signal obstructions, including people and furniture.

The objective of the consortium is to enhance the current WHDI technology to enable wireless streaming of uncompressed HD video and audio between consumer electronics devices such as LCD and plasma HDTVs, multimedia projectors, A/V receivers, DVD players, set-top boxes, game consoles and PCs. The new interoperable standard aims to ensure that devices manufactured by different vendors will simply and directly connect to one another.

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Telestream FlipFactory helps reduce HD encoding costs

The latest version of Telestream’s FlipFactory transcoding software offers significant codec optimization that enables users to achieve HD encoding speeds that were previously only attainable using multiple servers.

FlipFactory 6.1 delivers HD-to-HD transcoding speeds up to 15 percent faster than real-time on a single server for edit-to-broadcast workflows, including DNxHD and DVCPRO HD formats. The ability to achieve these speeds on a single server means substantially lower costs for users.

The new software also adds new features and enhancements, including support for all broadcast HD workflows, such as VANC metadata associated with HD files.

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Scripps Howard moves to HD production with JVC cameras and Fujinon lenses

Scripps Howard Broadcasting stations will acquire all of their HD newsgathering and studio production footage across 10 television stations with JVC GY-HD250 cameras and Fujinon HD lenses. This tapeless workflow, which includes storing video on Focus Enhancement FireStore disk drives and editing on Mac laptops running Apple Final Cut Pro software, will be used across the company as its standard way to produce HD packages for local newscasts.

The independent station group has ordered more than 100 lenses for six of its ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent. The Fujinon HTs18X4.2 BERM lenses with 2X extenders were specifically designed for the JVC HD cameras.

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CBS says less than half its audience watches shows online

According to a report in Broadcast Engineering, CBS claims that 46 percent of its online audience primarily views their favorite shows online, and most say that the wide availability of these shows across the Internet does not impact their TV viewing.

Thirty-five percent of the nearly 50,000 streamers surveyed by researcher Magid Media Labs on behalf of CBS reported that they are more likely to view shows on the network as a result of having been exposed to content on the Web.

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