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Sorenson Releases Squeeze Server 1.5

Sorenson Media’s new release underscores content providers’ desire to target mobile devices and also to deliver higher-quality video. Adaptive bit rate streaming is crucial for mobile because it auto-adjusts the quality of the video sent depending on variable mobile network conditions. Similarly, for larger, high-quality video files, adaptive bit rate streaming seamlessly reduces quality when required network capacity isn’t available.

Among other features included, Squeeze Server 1.5 emphasizes cloud delivery; transcoding processes can run from an enterprise’s server closet, data center, and on various clouds like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. A range of encoding parameters, or presets, is also included in the Preset Exchange, to more easily encode for various formats and devices.

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Digital Production Buzz — Sept. 22, 2011

The Official Podcast of Digital Video Expo 2011

Digital Video Expo 2011 provides the chance to “Be Inspired!” And The Digital Production BuZZ takes you right to the heart of the action with interviews and inside insight from the leaders in our industry as the Official Podcast of Digital Video Expo 2011!

Digital Video Expo, at the Pasadena, California, Convention Center, September 20 to 22, brings content creation professionals together with all the latest technologies. This is a chance to connect with others in the field with networking, events, and more in-depth training than ever before.

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Eric Trabb, Vice President Sales & Group Publisher, NewBay Media L.L.C.

Eric is responsible for all the NewBay print publications, trade shows, like Digital Video Expo, and on-line properties. These include titles like DV, Videography, and Millimeter magazines, 2-pop and Creative Planet websites, and both DV and GV Expos, We are delighted to welcome him to the show. Almost all of us depend upon NewBay for coverage of the industry and we want to get Eric’s take on where it is headed and what NewBay Media is doing to respond to it — you’ll be surprised at his answers.

Jan Crittenden Livingston, Product Manager, Panasonic

Jan is responsible for all of Panasonic’s professional cameras. She joins us today to talk about the premiere of several of their latest cameras, as well as explains what criteria filmmakers can use in deciding which camera is best for their project.

Cristina Clapp, Editorial Director, NewBay Media L.L.C.

Cristina is responsible for the entire video group at NewBay Media. This includes DV, Videography, and Millimeter magazines,, and the conference track here at DV Expo. We talk with Christina about her goals for the conference here at Digital Video Expo, PLUS, she gives us an exclusive announcement concerning DV magazine. A great interview!

Robert Brambila, Director of Technology, leads the technology team at Promax

Since the rebirth of the company a couple of years ago, Promax has been releasing new products for the video market on a regular basis. This week, we talk with Rob about how they balance their role as a reseller with that of developer, where technology is headed, and what storage trends we need to pay attention to.

Brian Dickman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Smartsound

Brian is a long-time friend of The Buzz. Recently, Smartsound introduced QuickTracks, an Internet-based system of music creation, editing, and manipulation. Brian joins us to explain how QuickTracks works, where the Smartsound library comes from, and ideas producers can use to find the best music for their projects.

Patrick Sculley, CEO of Pixelflow

Patrick offers a system of “Production in the Cloud.” We talked with him last year at Digital Video Expo and wanted to followup with him this year to learn what’s new.  What we discovered is they have a six-step system to enable filmmakers around the world to collaborate on a single project. Tune in this week to learn more.

Mathew Rehrer, Product Manager for Harmonic

Mathew was a speaker at the Digital Video Expo Conference, talking about how to plan your storage needs for performance and capacity. We pulled him out of the speaker’s lounge long enough to get him to give us a summary of his presentation.

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Digital Production Buzz – Live from DV Expo 2011

Digital Video Expo 2011 provides the chance to “Be Inspired!” And The Digital Production BuZZ takes you right to the heart of the action with interviews and inside insight from the leaders in our industry as the Official Podcast of Digital Video Expo 2011!

Digital Video Expo, at the Pasadena, California, Convention Center, September 20 to 22, brings content creation professionals together with all the latest technologies. This is a chance to connect with others in the field with networking, events, and more in-depth training than ever before.

Join The BuZZ in Booth 129 – share your thoughts on where the industry is heading. Then, listen to two shows recorded live at the Expo on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 29.

Listen to our Pre-Show Interviews — we add more every week between now and the Expo itself.

Interviews you won’t hear anywhere else!

Digital Production Buzz – Official Podcast for Digital Video Expo 2011

Agoura Hills, California (PRWEB) September 19, 2011

The Digital Production BuZZ, one of the first and most successful interactive internet radio shows, featuring news and information about digital video production, post-production and distribution, will be the official podcast of Digital Video Expo 2011 held in the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, September 20 to 22, 2011.

“The Digital Production BuZZ is delighted to be offering extended coverage of Digital Video Expo again this year,” said Larry Jordan, executive producer and co-host of the Digital Production Buzz. “We have listeners in 156 countries worldwide, and enjoy providing them with insight on the latest in technology, along with interviews with key industry leaders you can only get at a show like Digital Video Expo.”

Cirina Catania, Producer of the Digital Production BuZZ said, “Those of us who live technology-based lives share two things in common: We often work solo behind our computers or cameras and in locations surrounded by the latest and greatest equipment. And, second, we are constantly working to close the evolving information gap. DV Expo helps us with both of these challenges because it gives us the perfect opportunity to meet with other like-minded professionals and also presents us with up-to-the-minute information from top industry leaders. The Digital Production BuZZ is proud to be an official partner of the DV Expo 2011 and we look forward to seeing everyone in Pasadena, September 20-22.”

Located in Booth 129, the Digital Video Expo BuZZ will produce two shows featuring interviews with industry leaders and newsmakers. The shows will include coverage of exhibitor news, special interviews with industry experts, coverage of Digital Video Expo special events, and behind the scenes reports.

Taping of interviews begins Wednesday, September 21st. The first show airs Thursday, Sept. 22, and the second airs one week later on Sept. 29.

For all the latest updates on shows and coverage, click here.

Show hours are Wednesday, September 21st, noon to 7:00 pm and Thursday, September 22nd, 10:00am to 5:00 pm. For information on DV Expo, click here.

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 weekly Digital Production BuZZ air live every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PST. Listen live at the show’s website or download the program later on iTunes. The BuZZ also offers a Newsletter that gives listeners a behind the scenes view of each week’s show, available here.

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 (actor, film editor, and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets). Cirina Catania produces (writer/director/journalist 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, producer, director, consultant and Apple-Certified trainer. His FREE Monthly Final Cut Studio Newsletter read by tens of thousands of Final Cut users around the world available here.

To schedule an interview on the BuZZ
contact Cirina Catania, Supervising Producer

Laura Peters
Marketing Director – for Sales and Advertising
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.

AV3 are no longer distributing ‘Get’ so Boris wanted to let users know that it is no longer able activate or de-activate Get licenses. Licenses will continue to operate unless users need to do one of the following: move the application to another workstation, replace or reformat the hard drive on the currently activated machine.

The Nexidia technology that powered ‘Get’ is now being developed and marketed by Boris as Boris Soundbite.

AV3 Software will distribute Boris Soundbite along with all the other Boris products.

By e-mailing and including proof of purchase of AV3 Get, Boris FX will crossgrade existing AV3 Get license(s) to Soundbite at no cost.

Boris and AV3 apologize if these changes have caused any confusion, but assure users that they will be able to continue to use the phenomenal audio search toolset they have become used to.

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DAZ 3D Ships DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro Versions

DAZ 3D announced the release of both DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro – the latest versions of its character creation, art and animation tool. DAZ Studio 4 shortens the time a digital artist needs to create a professional-quality 3D model of a monster, superhero or diva. DAZ Studio 4 boasts a new 3D figure platform that enables the GenesisTM series of figures from DAZ 3D. This new 3D figure platform allows artists to quickly create a large variety of custom characters with high detail from one common base model.

The foundation for the Genesis series of figures is comprised of DAZ 3D’s patent pending TriAxTM weight map system and a new open file format that is lightweight, simple to edit and easy to transfer. This makes creating, morphing and customizing characters a joy, as a push of a slider is all it takes to unlock limitless sizes, shapes and forms. This is possible because every Genesis figure shares both a common base mesh and a single joint system, which means that creative revisions, like changing a tall skinny man into a short fat one, are now going to be measured in seconds, not afternoons.

Click for video overview of Genesis.

Both DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro versions of the software build on the features released earlier this year in the base version of DAZ Studio 4. In addition, high-end rendering and character creation tools such as auto-rigging, joint editing, morph management, progressive rendering, FBX export and 64-bit support allow artists to consistently create professional-quality characters that transfer easily to other software packages such as Photoshop, Maya, Vue, and ZBrush.

Key DAZ Studio 4 Advanced features include:

  • Auto-Fit provides a quick and easy way to automatically fit clothing originally made specifically for your favorite fourth generation DAZ 3D figures to the new fifth generation Genesis figures. Click for video of Auto-fit.
  • Progressive Rendering allows you to quickly see a draft image followed by a series of better images on subsequent passes. This is very useful for adjusting lights and surfaces in test renders.
  • Multi-Layered Image Editor allows you to create image layers that you can then add to underlying surface textures to create things like tattoos and decals on your models.
  • 64-Bit Support provides users access to the full speed and memory handling of 64-bit operating systems for both Mac and Windows. Support is also included in the OptiTex engine and clothing line.

Key DAZ Studio 4 Pro features include:

  • Content Creator Tools such Property Editor, Figure Setup, Joint Editor, Morph Loader Pro, give artists the ability to easily construct, edit and manipulate 3D assets on their own custom characters.
  • GoZ Bridge allows artists to take their model from DAZ Studio 4 to ZBrush and back again, so that they can leverage ZBrush’s powerful modeling tools for detailed character creation.
  • 3D Bridge for Photoshop saves time and money by eliminating the need for costly photo shoots and stock imagery by allowing you to work interactively with 3D objects, while enjoying real-time results in Photoshop.
  • FBX Exporter gives you the confidence to create and transfer your cutting edge content into your other production tools without issue.
  • Texture Atlas allows you to automatically collect all of the textures associated with a selected 3D character, size and scale those images, and then combine them into a single texture atlas. This is great for repurposing high-resolution assets for use in real-time gaming or mobile environments.

Click for information about DAZ Studio 4 product line.

Litepanels Croma Debuts at IBC 2011

Litepanels, A Vitec Group brand, announced the premier of the Croma LED light at September’s IBC equipment exhibition in Amsterdam. Ideal for use on-camera or off, the new sleekly designed fixture provides Litepanels’ hallmark HD-friendly soft light, with variable color temperature output from daylight (5600°K) to tungsten (3200°K).

Croma is a versatile solution for run-and-gun news shooters, event videographers, or still photographers who move rapidly from one light environment to the next without time to change lighting equipment. Plus, this self-contained light can be a secret weapon on any set or location wherever extra kick or nice fill is needed, Croma provides infinite control of both color temperature and lighting intensity via two ergonomic on-fixture dials. One offers the ability to dim from 100% to zero with no noticeable color shift. The second lets the user dial-in the fill light to any point between daylight (5600°K) and tungsten (3200°K) to precisely match the ambient light.

The Croma draws just 9W, and provides the equivalent luminance output of 40W – 90W traditional fixtures. To power the fixture, the user has the choice of AA batteries, optional AC adapter or a DV Adapter Plate designed to mount Sony, Canon, Panasonic DV battery packs. Six 1.5V AA batteries install within Croma to provide power from 1.5 to 6 hours, depending on battery type.

The compact Croma weighs just 12 oz. (.4 kg) and measures 6” x 4” x 2” (54mm H x 36mm W x 102mm D).

To facilitate positioning when mounted on the camera, Croma comes complete with a metal ball head shoe mount featuring a 1/4 x 20 thread. Also supplied with the light is a carrying case and diffusion gel filter kit. An optional baseplate is available for off camera use.

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Click for more information about the Vitec Group.

Digital Production Buzz — Sept. 15, 2011

Meet the Adobe Product Managers, a NEW camera from Sony, and behind-the-scenes at the All Roads Film Festival.

GUESTS: Bill Roberts, Francene Blythe, Ashley Still, and Joel Ordesky. All this, plus Pick Our Brains, on this week’s show!

This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio program covering Digital Production, Post-Production and Distribution is filled with information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker or industry professional.

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Join host Larry Jordan and co-host Michael Hortonas they talk with:

Bill Roberts, Director, Product Management for Video and Audio Solutions, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe Systems Inc. made big waves last week at the IBC trade show announcing the acquisition of Iridas, a massive sales spike and renewed interest in their professional video editing products. This week, we invited two of their product managers to join us to explain all this news. Bill Roberts, director of product management for video and audio solutions at Adobe Systems, is responsible for products on the content creation side – Story, Iridas, Premiere Pro and others. We want to know what the heck is going on over there?!?

Francene Blythe, Director, All Roads Film Project

Francene Blythe is an award-winning 20-year industry veteran and now heads the All Roads Film Project for the National Geographic. The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world to showcase their works to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience. We want to talk with Francene to translate that last sentence into something that makes sense.

Ashley Still, Director, Product Management for Rich Media Products, Adobe Systems Inc.

Adobe continued making news at IBC with a wealth of updates to their Flash products – including the long-hoped for ability to play Flash movies on iDevices. Does this portend the death of Flash? Ashley Still, director,of product management for rich media products at Adobe Systems tells us what’s going on with her products, such as Flash Media Server, Flash Access, Adobe Pass and others? Join us this week and as we can’t wait to learn more with Ashley!

Joel Ordesky, Product Marketing Manager, Motion Picture Production, Sony Electronics

Another hot new announcements out of IBC was that Sony was showing their new F65 camera. Joel Ordesky, product marketing manager for motion picture production at Sony Electronics, is a senior executive with over 12 years experience in leading and managing operations for companies with revenues in excess of $30 million. Most recently, Joel has been leading a team with a focus on the launch of the new F65 camera from Sony. We want to learn more about this camera and where it fits in the world of RED, Panasonic P2, and Arri Alexa.

Pick Our Brains

This is your chance to get your technical and creative questions answered. You can contact us three different ways:

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

The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

K-Tek Offers Three Tadpoles for Extended Reach

K-Tek, makers of the industry’s favorite boom poles, has the ideal solution for holding the new generation of handheld recorders, mobile communication devices, and tiny cameras like the GoPro and Contour.

Convenient and lightweight, K-Tek Tadpoles feature the same quality materials and craftsmanship as K-Tek’s trademark boom poles but in a shortened form. They pack up in one-foot (30.4cm) or two-foot (60.9cm) lengths and can extend up to 6 ft 8 in (203cm) depending upon the model.

The K-Tad Short is a 3-section aluminum mini boom pole with a mini ball head fixed to a ¼ x 20 threaded stud. The ball head helps position the device any way the operator chooses. Collapsed, it’s as short as 1 ft (30.4cm) and extends to 2ft (60.9cm). The 4-section K-Tad Long collapses to 1 ft 2 in (35cm) and extends to almost 3 ft (91cm). For even greater reach, the new aluminum K-Tad 79 packs up under 2ft but extends to an ample 6ft8in (203cm).

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