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Digital Production Buzz – May 31, 2012

  • Teaching the Craft of Movie-making
  • Digital Distribution for Retail
  • Getting Ready for EditFest
  • Finding Talent – and Clients – for Post

GUESTS: Alonzo Crawford, Gentille Gohoho, Josh Apter, Terry Curren

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Alonzo Crawford, Associate Professor, Howard University

Alonzo Crawford, MFA, is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Howard University’s School of Communications where he has taught film directing, editing, scriptwriting and cinematography to graduate and undergrad students. Prof. Crawford also created and is the director of DC/HU/FILMWORKS, a film workshop, offered free to interested members of the community each summer. We want to talk with him about how he teaches the craft of film-making.

Gentille Gohoho, Founder,

Gentille Gohoho founded in 2007. Stock4less is a California-based online discount store providing high quality brand name products to worldwide consumers In less than 2 years, their line has grown to over 4,000 products. Recently, they began streaming movies as Video-on-Demand (VOD), integrated into his online shopping site. He holds a Bachelors degree in International Business and Finance from the American Business School in Paris, France and an MBA in Information Technology Management from California Lutheran University. We want to talk with him about why he’s using digital distribution for retail.

Josh Apter, Founder/President, Manhattan Edit Workshop

It’s almost time for another EditFest in New York and Josh Apter, Founder and President of the Manhattan Edit Workshop, has all the info about who is attending, what they will be covering, and why this kind of networking is important for those of us who spend most of our days in front of a computer screen!

Terry Curren, Founder/President, Alpha Dogs, Inc.

In dog years, Alpha Dogs, a post production house in Burbank, California, is celebrating their seventieth birthday! (For us humans, that works out to ten years.) Terry Curren, President and Founder is a longtime member of our BuZZ audience and we want to get his tips on how to get and keep customers and how to find top-notch staff! If you are looking for work in the industry, listen to what Terry has to say.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — it’s another fascinating show!

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Turn Your iPad Into a Smart Slate

Want to integrate your iPad into your production workflow? Check out the T-Slate by ikan and the MovieSlate app by PureBlend. Together, they turn your iPad into a feature rich smart slate at a fraction of the cost.

Production Slate for your iPad

ikan’s T-Slate appears to be a traditional clapperboard but look closer and you’ll discover that it is the perfect companion for your iPad and MovieSlate app. Not only that but the T-Slate is an essential piece of your production arsenal.

Combine the T-Slate with your iPad and you get the smart features of the MovieSlate app along with the loud sound and motion of a traditional clapper stick. MovieSlate’s built-in clap detection software can detect T-Slate’s external clap stick using a combination of sound and vibration. Setup is extremely simple and you can use it with your favorite iPad cases.

Without your iPad, the T-Slate is still a fully functional marker/clapperboard that has become the timeless symbol and tool of any production.

  • Works with iPad 1, 2, and 3
  • Utilizes most iPad cases including popular brands such as Incase and Targus
  • Integrates with MovieSlate
  • Loud and crisp clapping sound
  • White acrylic clapboard with engraved lines and titles in black
  • Durable wood clapper with high quality finish
  • Remove your iPad for an easy to use traditional marker board
  • Not recommended for use with Apples magnetic Smart Covers

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Digital Slate, Clapperboard, and Shot Log app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

This convenient, all-in-one digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and notepad is used for film, TV, documentaries, music videos, and interviews. This professional production tool is the easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot- saving you valuable time later when capturing/editing footage, and creating reports. All at a mere fraction of a bulky digital clapperboard’s cost.

  • Works with T-Slate, or stand-alone
  • Detects Claps from the T-slate using technology from Pomfort GmbH
  • Auto-logs Shots to its own History
  • Generates Reports- without the hassle
  • Exports data to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer

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Boris Releases Soundbite v2

Powered by patented dialogue search technology from Nexidia, Boris Soundbite is a fast and accurate tool for locating footage by finding any word or phrase spoken in multimedia files. The new Version 2 release adds support for workgroups, ensuring that all media stored on shared storage is instantly searchable by all editors within a workgroup.

Boris Soundbite is a standalone Mac OS X application that quickly and accurately finds any word or phrase spoken in QuickTime media files. With Soundbite, video editors, producers, and journalists can instantly play all occurrences of a spoken phrase in their media, then insert the perfect take into their Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro project, organize clips around keywords, and even find replacement words for problematic audio. Boris Soundbite greatly reduces logging and transcription costs and lets editors spend their time being creative instead of manually searching hours of video.


Boris Soundbite v2 is available for English, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, European French, German, Italian, and Dutch.

Find out more here.

PluralEyes Connector for Premiere Pro Simplifies Automatic Sync by Hooking Up Seamlessly to Adobe CS6

Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for video production, is pleased to announce download-availability of a greatly simplified integration between its multi-award winning PluralEyes software and the latest Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Connector links the workflows of PluralEyes and Premiere Pro, making the process easier. Rather than exporting and importing project files, editors can simply launch PluralEyes as an extension within Premiere.

Editors can now launch PluralEyes from within Premiere — which allows it to pop up already populated with the correct information without any need to enter it manually. They can then hit ‘sync’ and sit back and relax while the two programs work together to take care of synchronization automatically.

Users can download PluralEyes Connector from Singular Software’s website.

PluralEyes Multi-Camera and Dual-System Audio Workflow Timesaver

PluralEyes dramatically accelerates the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions. By analyzing audio information, PluralEyes synchronizes audio and video clips automatically without the need for timecode, clappers or other special preparation. One-click sync provides simple and accurate synchronization of media regardless of project type or size.

SUGARfx Rolling Credits For Final Cut Pro X

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, brings SUGARfx Rolling Credits, a collection of text generators, to FxFactory. Designed by SUGARfx exclusively for Final Cut Pro X, Rolling Credits offers a wide variety of movie credits to match your movie’s unique character. Editors can choose from modern, conventional, creative or off-the-wall movie credits, all customizable to fit specific project needs. Rolling Credits offers editors a collection of 12 text generators. Users can test drive a free trial then purchase Rolling Credits through FxFactory.

Rolling Credits Feature Highlights Include:

  • Easy To Use – Simply drag and drop the Rolling Credits generator of your choice onto your timeline, use the on-screen controls to import your text, and make the necessary adjustments for speed, style and color.
  • Fully Customizable – All Rolling Credits can be customized by using the parameters found in the inspector window. Begin with the style of your choice and easily change its color palette, font, size and other characteristics.

More Information on Rolling Credits.

Rolling Credits Tutorial Video.

Adobe Prelude CS6 Training Announced by Larry Jordan

Oak Park, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012

Larry Jordan, known world-wide for his in-depth Apple Final Cut Pro training, is now the first to offer a complete training for the brand-new Adobe Prelude CS6 software – the ideal program for ingesting, reviewing, and selecting video footage.

The new release of Adobe Creative Suite 6 software features major innovations and powerful new releases of fourteen applications, including the new Adobe Prelude CS6.

“Adobe Prelude CS6 is designed for tapeless media,” said Larry Jordan. “Whether you are working alone, or as part of a group, Adobe Prelude speeds the process of media review, ingest, logging, and sending files to your editing system. And our latest training shows you how to make this new program fly!”

Adobe Prelude CS6 provides the muscle for a member of the production team to use it for logging and selecting specific clips, without requiring the use of dedicated editing software or tying up an expensive edit suite. Then, when done, instantly send the selected files to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, or Apple Final Cut Pro 7.

“Larry Jordan has provided informative training for Adobe products, and it is great to see the addition of Adobe Prelude to his mix of dedicated training courses for production professionals,” said Bill Roberts, director of professional video and audio product management, Adobe Systems Incorporated. “With the latest version of Adobe CS6 and the inclusion of Adobe Prelude, professionals will be able to take full advantage of the new features faster and utilize all that Adobe Prelude CS6 has to offer like never before.”

The training consists of 30 QuickTime movies in HD, containing more than three hours of step-by-step video training. Available immediately as a download, and within a week as a DVD, the training has a retail price of $49.

Larry Jordan’s Adobe Prelude CS6 training joins his Adobe Audition CS6 training already available in his store and subscription service.

Adobe PreludeCS6 software streamlines every production task. Users can ingest almost any file-based format and begin logging immediately, creating searchable markers and other temporal metadata that flow through post-production, then share the results with the rest of the editing team. Adobe Prelude is included in Adobe’s Production Premium, Master Collection and Creative Cloud.


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 specializing in Final Cut training. Jordan’s FREE Weekly Newsletter is read by creative professionals around the world and is available here. Jordan is also executive producer and host of the weekly interactive internet radio show and podcast, Digital Production BuZZ, providing everything you need to know about digital media, production, post-production and distribution.

ALM Announces New Action Cart

Action Life Media has announced the all new Action Cart. Perfect for table-top use or low-angle shots, the Action Cart adds that high production value element of fluid motion to an otherwise static shot.

The Action Cart’s 8″ chassis is made of airplane grade aluminum and supports two adjustable axels who’s orientation can be modified to direct the dolly move. The Action Cart can move straight, along broad curves, or in complete circles for 360 degree shots.

The Action Cart has three 1/4–20 threaded rail slots on its chassis for attaching your mCAM(TM) or camera. Professional quality urethane wheels roll on precision ball bearings to ensure that your dynamic shots are carried off smoothly.

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Digital Production Buzz – May 24, 2012

  • Reinventing Cinema – Digitally
  • Webby Award Winners
  • Blackmagic Design’s New Cinema Camera
  • Streaming Music: Always Free, Always Legal

GUESTS: Nick Dager, Aharon Rabinowitz, Seth Worley, Dan May, and Snehal Shinde

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Nick Dager, Editor and Publisher, IndieFilm3D

Nick Dager is a 30-year veteran tech reporter who is currently Editor & Publisher at IndieFilm3D and the Digital Cinema Report. We had a great conversations with him at NAB about the changing face of our industry and wanted to invite him back to talk about the good old days when print was king and reporters ruled — and figure out the future of film in the digital age.

Aharon Rabinowitz, Director of Communities, Red Giant
Seth Worley, Director, “Plot Device”

The Webbies are increasingly visible to geeks and web aficionados worldwide. When the folks at Red Giant announced that “Plot Device” had been nominated for a Webby, we were really pleased. Now that the short film actually won for “best editing,” we want to chat with director Seth Worley and executive producer Aharon Rabinowitz about their winning experience.

Dan May, President, Blackmagic Design, Inc.

When Blackmagic Design announce they acquired Teranex and lowered the price 90%, that was stunning. When they announced the Blackmagic Cinema camera at NAB, all the air left the room. This week, we talk with Dan May, president of Blackmagic Design, Inc., about their two latest announcements, what they are, and what they mean for our industry.

Snehal Shinde, Co-Founder, CEO

Music. Always free, always legal. The millions of songs on Dhingana are heard by over 10 million visitors each month. It is the largest online collection of indian music and is streamed from sites that are simple, clean and uncluttered. No pop up windows here! And…it is free. Snehal Shinde, Co-Founder and CEO of and his team from Sunnyvale, California, and Pune, India, looks to us as though they are living in geek heaven.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — it’s another fascinating show!

The Buzz is 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!

New 3.2″ Z-Finder Frame

This frame from Zacuto is for use small bodies DSLR’s with 3.2” screens such as the Canon 5D MIII and Nikon D800. This frame will not work if you are using a battery grip with your camera. For that you will need a battery grip frame for 3.2″ screens which we are still working on. We are also working on the 3.2″ frame for Tall Bodied Cameras and a 3.2″ Adhesive Frame.

The Z-Finder Aircraft Aluminum Frame must be used in conjunction with the Gorilla plate. The Z-Finder frame attaches to the Gorilla plate with two thumb screws; the Gorilla plate is attached to the bottom of your camera. The frame has a rubber coating on the end which stays against the LCD screen with pressure. The connection between the Z-Finder and frame is a snap fit. The Z-Finder snaps into the frame and can quickly snap off for going between video and photos. To release the frame from your camera, you must un-do the thumb screws and slide the frame off.

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Telestream Contributes Performance Improvements to x264

Telestream, a provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, announced the contribution of OpenCL performance improvements for pre-integration review to the x264 project. This follows Telestream’s recent announcement of the integration of x264 across its file-based transcoding product lines.

The enhancements developed by Telestream provide improved performance on AMD GPUs, including the Tahiti architecture to reduce x264 processing time. The development was completed in partnership with MulticoreWare Inc., a software solutions leader that develops highly optimized heterogeneous multicore parallel programming across platforms focusing on OpenCL programming.

Telestream products utilizing x264 currently include Episode and Vantage. Episode is an all-in-one, multiformat encoding application designed for post production and new media workflows. It’s the only cross-platform, multiformat software encoder on the market that scales from a desktop to a workgroup cluster. Vantage server-based software products combine media capture, transcoding, clip management, analysis, QC, and metadata processing into one future-proof video workflow design and automation framework. Vantage integrates with all the major broadcast servers, edit systems, streaming servers, cable VOD servers, SANs and virtually any network digital device in a facility to improve video operations—without disrupting video operations.

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