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D P Buzz – Digital Video Expo – Day 2

4+ Hours of Special Coverage from DV Expo

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As the Official Podcast of Digital Video Expo 2010, we are in Pasadena, California, this week covering the latest news from our industry. We are live from the show floor with a wide variety of interviews. You can here them all at www.dvexpobuzz.com. However, for this week’s regular Buzz, we are putting together the highlights from all our interviews this week. We don’t have the entire show booked because we want to leave room for several surprise guests. Plus, we are changing our regular format in order to squeeze in more guests and hot news.

Jan Crittenden-Livingston, Product Line Business Manager, Panasonic

Last week, Jan Crittenden-Livingston, Product Line Business Manager for Panasonic, spoke with us by phone about their new 3D camera. This week, she joins us in our DV Expo broadcast booth to showcase their new DSLR-killer camera the AG-AF100. Priced about the same as a DSLR, with interchangeable lenses and a 4/3 inch sensor, but designed specifically for video, is this new camera a game-changer? We want to talk with Jan to find out.

Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor, DV Magazine

We spotted Ned Soltz, contributing editor for DV Magazine, wandering the halls the day before the trade show floor opened. We cornered him to ask his thoughts on the significance of Panasonic’s new camera, as well as other new trends we need to keep our eyes on.

Bruce Master, Senior Product Manager, Tape Storage Products, IBM

A while back, HP, IBM, and Quantum, formed a new company called Ultrium LTO. This new company developed the specs for LTO tape drives. Recently, the consortium released the specs for LTO-5 – targeted directly at media producers. In this interview, Bruce Master, Senior Product Manager for Tape Storage Products for IBM, describes this new technology – which is now available in shipping products. Tape drives as easy to access as a hard disk or DVD, with tremendous storage capacity, and seriously fast data transfer speeds. Amazing, but true!

Surprise Guests at DV Expo – Hot News About Cool Products!
We have lots more interviews planned — live from DV Expo. In-depth conversations, breaking news, and cool new products you need to know about. We’d tell you what they were, but we’re still roaming the trade show floor looking for all the cool stuff. Tune in to this week’s show and find out for yourself!

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Digital Production Buzz – Official Podcast for Digital Video Expo 2010

Agoura Hills, CA – The Digital Production BuZZ, one of the world’s first and most successful interactive internet talk radio shows, featuring news and information on digital video production, post-production and distribution, will be the official podcast of Digital Video Expo 2010 held in the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, September 28 to 30, 2010.

“As the longest continuously-running podcast covering digital production, post-production and distribution, Digital Video Expo is the perfect place for us to be,” said Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production Buzz. “By offering extended coverage of the Expo, we can provide listeners around the world with insight and information on the latest in technology, along with interviews with key industry leaders.”

Located in Booth 129, the Digital Video Expo BuZZ will produce daily hour-long show specials to be posted each evening of the Expo. Shows will include coverage of exhibitor news, special interviews with industry experts, coverage of Digital Video Expo special events, and in-depth behind the scenes reports.

About the Digital Production BuZZ
Digital Production BuZZ is one of the longest-running podcasts about technology bringing listeners all the news they need now and in their digital future. It remains a leader in programming related to digital video production, post-production and distribution, keeping its listeners in touch with the trends and technologies, people and practices essential to keep them up-to-date and entertained. New episodes of the Digital Production BuZZ air live every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT at show website or on iTunes.

Executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ is Larry Jordan (internationally-renowned digital media expert, Apple-certified trainer, author, and member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America). Michael Horton co-hosts (film editor and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets) and Cirina Catania produces (writer/director, new media, the internet and reality programming for clients such as National Geographic, Discovery and MSN and member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.).

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information 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 digital media analyst, consultant, Apple-Certified trainer, and Final Cut Studio expert with over 30 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; and Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast on WS Radio.

Digital Production BuZZ Delivers In-Depth Look at 3D Video and DV Expo

Agoura Hills, CA – On September 23, 2010, the Digital Production BuZZ, the world’s longest running interactive talk radio show for digital production, post-production and distribution, and the Official Podcast for the Digital Video Expo 2010 in Pasadena, September 28 to 30, looks at the realistic benefits of stereoscopic 3D video with a preview of new technology showcased at DV Expo.

This week’s show features Jan Crittenden, Product Line Business Manager, for Panasonic Solutions Company, who will give an insider preview of Panasonic’s showcase at DV Expo, including their new 3D camera, and Terry White, President of Bruno White Entertainment, to talk about shooting 3D for weddings. Jay Holben, technical editor of DV Magazine, will preview his DV Expo lighting workshops and Kevin Louden, Product Manager for Telestream, will deliver insight on video compression and recent Telestream acquisitions.

“One of the strengths of The BuZZ is its ability to bring industry leaders directly in contact with the people most interested in their products. I’m excited to talk with our guests this week because they represent some very exciting cutting edge products,” said Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ.

3D video is generating significant interest. This week’s show looks both at technology and how it is being used in real-world projects to make money. The show will also explore the impact DSLR cameras are having on the traditional video market.

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information 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 digital media analyst, consultant, Apple-Certified trainer, and Final Cut Studio expert with over 30 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; and Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast on WS Radio.

Sachtler Cine Announces New Fluid Head Tripod Mount for DSLR Cameras

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, presents a new fluid head specially designed for DSLR filmmakers. The Cine DSLR has a payload range of 2 to 11 lbs (1 to 5 kg) and is thus ideal for state-of-the-art digital single-lens reflex cameras with HD video function. A counterbalance in ten steps as well as three vertical and horizontal grades of drag allow for professional operation. In addition, the Cine DSLR comes with a special camera plate with an anti-twist retainer for HD DSLR cameras.

The new Cine DSLR fluid head works with Sachtler Speedbalance technology that enables a fast and target-oriented counterbalance of the camera set-up. The long sliding range of the camera plate as well as the self-illuminating Touch Bubble are practical features of the new head. The Cine DSLR has a tilt range of +90 degrees to -75 degrees.

The Cine DSLR is lightweight, compact, and easy to transport. It has a robust metal housing that dependably protects it from exterior influences. Thanks to the special Sachtler lubricated oil damping, filming is also possible in extreme temperature ranges, as the damping is not negatively influenced by them. With the Cine DSLR, Sachtler offers professional photographers and filmmakers alike an authentic, professional fluid head for filming with video-enabled DSLRs.

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AJA Announces Update to Ki Pro

AJA Video, a manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interfaces, conversion and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post-production markets, announced an update to Ki Pro.

The following features are implemented with version 2.0 firmware:

  • 8 channel embedded audio support—choose between 2 channels or 8 channels of audio via embedded SDI
  • Multi-unit Gang recording via the Web UI—use the web UI and ethernet connections to Ki Pro units on a common network to start and stop recordings
  • Custom Clip Naming—allows users to define their own naming convention using the front panel UI or the web UI
  • RS-422 support—allows interaction with some serial control devices and some non-linear editors

Note: AJA has specifically tested with JL Cooper and FutureVideo 9-pin serial controllers.
Other controllers may also be used, but may have not yet been tested by AJA. AJA has
specifically tested 9-pin serial control with Apple Final Cut Pro’s Log and Capture and Edit to
Tape for RS-422 compatibility. Other non-linear editors, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid
Media Composer, Autodesk Smoke and Sony Vegas, do not yet fully support ingest/output control via RS-422 when used with Ki Pro. Future firmware updates to Ki Pro will continue to add support for additional non-linear editors when controlling Ki Pro via RS-422.

Be sure to consult the Ki Pro Manual for detailed information about 2.0 features and
configuration guidelines.

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Redrock Micro Announces microEVF Electronic Viewfinder for HDSLR Cameras

Redrock Micro, a maker of professional-quality cinema accessories, announced the new patent-pending Redrock microEVF electronic viewfinder for HDSLR cameras. This is the first electronic viewfinder designed from the ground up specifically for HDSLRs, emphasizing compact lightweight design, superior resolution, and incredible affordability.

The popularity of HDSLRs such as the Canon 5D MKII for video and motion photography has skyrocketed in recent years, but the camera body is not ideal for video. The first generation of solutions for monitoring currently available -attaching an optical viewfinder to the back of the camera’s LCD screen -severely limit placement of the viewfinder and camera body and eliminate possibility of using additional monitors for camera assistants or directors. The new Redrock microEVF is an external electronic viewfinder that connects to the camera body and can be placed anywhere for maximum comfort and stability, and can be part of a multi-monitor solution. The microEVF uses a custom made state-of-the-art backlit LED fitted in an attractive, ergonomic housing.

Key features of the microEVF include:

  • A full color HD viewfinder designed specifically for the compact, lightweight needs of HDSLR cameras. The microEVF weighs in at less than 6oz.
  • Ultra-high resolution 1.2m dot display that is higher resolution than the Canon EOS cameras’ rear LCD
  • LED backlight maintains bright crisp picture with minimal power consumption
  • Electronic assist features that will be announced closer to production release
  • Infinitely configurable mounting options to position the microEVF exactly where desired
  • Low power consumption delivers a full day’s continuous viewing with a self-contained battery
  • The microEVF also compliments advanced camera crews by working alongside external monitors, such as a monitor for the assistant cameraman, and one for a director or video village. The microEVF is compatible with any HDSLR or video camera that provides HDMI output while recording. HDSLR cameras known to be compatible include the Canon 5D MKII, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, Canon T2i, Canon 1D MKIV, Nikon D3s, Nikon D300s, D3100, and D7000.

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    Matrox Announces Support for Avid DNxHD Codec in Matrox DSX Developer Products

    Matrox Video Products Group announced that support for the Avid DNxHD codec is now integrated into its Matrox DSX Developer Products. Manufacturers of PC-based ingest/playout servers, character generators, broadcast graphics systems, and transcoding systems can now easily support workflows that rely on Avid Media Composer, Avid NewsCutter, Avid Symphony, Avid DS, and Avid Interplay Assist systems.

    Key features of the Matrox DSX platforms:

  • Modular architecture gives developers the flexibility to meet technical and price targets
  • Multi-channel HD and SD video/audio I/O support from a single card including 3 Gb/s for 1080p
  • Extensive native codec support in HD and SD including DV, D10 for IMX, HDV, DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2 4:2:2, MPEG-2 4:2:2:4 YUVA, MPEG HD for XDCAM HD, MPEG HD422 for XDCAM HD422, AVC-Intra for P2, H.264, Apple ProRes, and Avid DNxHD
  • Cross platform file format support – MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, etc.
  • Multi-layer onboard HD scaler/compositor
  • Professional realtime effects including sub-pixel 2D/3D DVE, color correction, chroma/luma keying, graphics overlay, smooth speed changes, etc.
  • Application development support by a team of dedicated, experienced engineers
  • For more information click here.

    Telestream Releases Episode 6 Video Encoding Software

    Telestream, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced release of Episode 6, the only cross-platform, multi-format software encoder on the market that offers scalability from the desktop to a workgroup or server cluster. Episode Version 6 brings industry-first One Click Clustering with integrated file sharing to content owners, professional videographers, and post-production facilities. This powerful new feature allows users to easily pool resources and share encoding tasks across multiple computers in a mixed environment of PC and Mac computers. A new, intuitive user interface with graphical workflow builder simplifies the encoding process. New deployment capabilities in version 6, including automatic uploading to YouTube, enable greater audience reach.

    New video format support includes WebM, the web media format, based on the VP8 open source video codec, as well as high-quality Main Concept H.264 and MPEG formats. Because of Episode’s high-quality 10-bit processing, Telestream has been licensed to distribute the Apple ProRes codec, which enables native decoding and encoding in the Mac version of Episode 6 right out of the box.

    New deployment capabilities allow users to automatically deliver completed content using standard network delivery protocols, and upload content to popular video sharing websites like YouTube. All these new capabilities are easily accessible through the new user interface and graphical workflow builder, which allows users to visually create and view the steps in their encoding process. Video compressionist Jan Ozer describes the new user interface as “brilliant” in his Episode 6 video tour which can be found on StreamingMedia.com.

    Episode is an all-in-one video encoder that provides extensive format support for post-production, new media, web and mobile encoding environments. Best-in-class video processing, full 10-bit support and hands-on control with frame-by-frame video preview allow users to generate excellent picture quality. For time-critical workflows, parallel encoding and unique Split-and-Stitch technology allow users to distribute files across a cluster of Mac or PC servers or saturate the processing power of a single machine to achieve remarkable encoding speeds.

    For more information click here.

    BuZZ Show and Podcast September 23

    Jan Crittenden-Livingston, Jay Holben, Terri White, Kevin Louden

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    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 or industry professional.

    Join host Larry Jordan, and co-host Michael Horton, as they talk with:

    Jan Crittenden-Livingston, product line business manager for Panasonic, talks about the launch of their new stereoscopic 3D video camera. Is 3D just a flash-in-the-pan or can we really make money at it? And how do we watch 3D? And is this the best time to jump in? We have lots of questions. Jan has all the answers… well, at least from Panasonic.

    Jay Holben, technical editor of DV Magazine, is teaching an all-day session next week at DV Expo about lighting for digital video. So, THIS week, we’ve invited him to stop by to tell us what he’s going to be teaching. We will try to pry some lighting secrets from him as long as he’s here.

    Terri White, president of Bruno White Entertainment, is putting the new 3D technology to work earning her company money. She’s shooting wedding videos in 3D. We want to find out: is there REALLY a market, can she make money at it, and how much harder has it made her post-production work?

    Kevin Louden, product manager for Telestream, has years of experience compressing video. He joins us this week to talk about an as-yet-unannounced product from Telestream. Before he leaves we will find out what it is, what it does, and why the rest of us should care about it!

    You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show – all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!


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    Music 2 Hues Announces New Flagship Series CD Release

    Music 2 Hues, a leading supplier of Production Music and Sound Effects to the film, video, animation, and multimedia industries has just added a new Flagship Series CD release.

    The newest Flagship CD title,”Funky Licks,” is now shipping worldwide and is available on Audio CD, or can be downloaded in MP3 and WAV file formats. This release is composed of a category of progressive, R&B, and funk styled background beds for all visual and multimedia support.

    For more information click here.