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Orad Presents New Morpho 3.0 Character Generator at IBC 2012

Orad, a provider of real-time 3D broadcast graphic, video server, and media asset management solutions, will unveil Morpho 3.0, the latest version of its 3D character generator, at IBC 2012 (stand 7.B27). Morpho is a native 64-bit application offering 3D real-time graphics rendering. Smart graphic design tools and flexible playout capabilities are integrated within the application, facilitating an efficient and easy 3D workflow. The new Morpho version 3.0 introduces many new features; improves usability, workflow, ease of use and connection to external systems and data sources.

New features in Morpho 3.0 include:

  • Morpho dual: channel machines can now be configured to enable two independent program outputs (PGM+PGM), alternatively to the existing preview/program configuration. The functionality gives broadcasters the option to broadcast two different languages, or split the production to full-frame content and supers / lower thirds, and more.
  • Leveraging user: generated social media content, Morpho can incorporate content from Twitter and Facebook as part of the graphics. In conjunction with Morpho’s easy-to-use approach, the connection to social media data sources does not require scripting or programming knowledge.
  • Morpho’s graphic customization capabilities have been expanded to include full 3D transition effects, the creation of custom-made animation and rich-text effects, as well as the ability to group and animate objects. Morpho also streams web content, such as webpages and Skype, mapping the stream as a texture onto 2D or 3D objects. Some menus, like the text editor, have been refined to accommodate new functions and increase usability.

Now more than ever, Morpho offers an even better solution for broadcasters seeking a powerful yet easy-to-use next generation character generator.

Visit Orad at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, booth 7.B27.

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NewTek Unveils TriCaster 40

NewTek, a company that is transforming the way people create network-style television content and share it with the world, unveiled TriCaster 40 – the company’s latest entry in its TriCaster family of live production systems. TriCaster 40 creates a new entry point for broadcasters and producers who need full-resolution, HD, multi-camera live production and streaming capabilities, at a breakthrough price. The easy-to-operate, integrated, desktop system is the first on the market to offer such a comprehensive set of real-time video production capabilities for under $5,000 (US).

TriCaster 40 is a turnkey, desktop video production studio that makes it possible for virtually anyone to create live television for delivery to broadcast, Web and projectors. TriCaster 40 simplifies live multi-camera video production and streaming by eliminating complicated setup and cabling between production components, while integrating video switching, graphics, titles, effects, media playback, virtual sets, keying, recording and streaming in one compact, professional solution.

TriCaster 40 provides:

  • Real-time HD and SD Video Production – Use multiple cameras, video inputs, stored clips, graphics, laptops, iOS devices and more to create and deliver television programming in real time at the native resolution of video sources, without compromising quality
  • Portability – The small desktop footprint allows users to produce a broadcast-quality show from virtually any location, while its cart-friendly size can make any room a real-time studio
  • Turnkey Operation – No need for complex cabling, multiple integration points, or individual components that require configuration. A 14-channel switcher, with four live camera inputs, multi-view monitor, digital disk recorder, program record storage, network inputs, streaming encoder, downstream keyer, graphics, titles and effects, virtual sets, and chroma key are all integrated into system
  • Built-in Live Streaming – Instantly reach a global audience on any screen with worldwide distribution through any choice of CDN
  • Virtual Sets – Transform any location with a few square feet of green screen into an elegant, virtual broadcast studio set using the system chroma key. Each virtual set includes multiple camera angles, distinct set locations, moving backgrounds, active video monitors, real-time reflections, and over-the-shoulder double box effects
  • Network-style Visual Elements – Achieve maximum creative impact with true professional titles and graphics, 200 video transitions and 24 virtual sets

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axle Introduces Simple Media Management for Video Professionals

axle video, a startup focused on making media management simple and cost effective for small to mid-sized production teams, introduced axle 1.0, a media management solution for video professionals. axle lets video producers, small post production teams and owners of video libraries organize, annotate, search and comment on their media through a simple web interface without complexity or headaches. axle is based around two powerful concepts:

  • Radical simplicity: axle is focused on keeping out of the user’s way by minimizing changes to existing file organizations and workflows. Unlike other systems where media must be explicitly checked in and out or stored in special directories, axle monitors the user’s file system, automatically keeping track of files as they are newly ingested or deleted and accessing the database through an easy to use web browser interface.
  • Hybrid Cloud: axle integrates local and cloud media management. For each new media asset detected, a low-resolution proxy is created and delivered to a local streaming server and then optionally uploaded to the cloud. Users within the facility can collaborate with each other or with remote users on the same media through the same interface eliminating the need for separate local and cloud media management tools.

The axle server runs on a Mac mini, can monitor all standard file systems and SANs and is compatible with files from all the major content creation tool vendors such as Apple, Adobe and Avid. axle enables users to view, annotate, log, comment, upload, download and review and approve material from wherever they are located and on whatever device they choose, including Macs, PCs, IPads, IPhones and Android phones.

Visit axle video to see axle 1.0 at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam in Hall 5, Booth 5.C06, from September 7th – 11th.

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Mobile Content Providers Team Up with Ross Video for Small Format Remote Sports Truck

Mobile Content Providers (MCP), the production industry’s most efficient and cost effective format for live broadcasting to both television and the web, selected Ross Video as the core technology provider for their new Small Format Vehicle. Built specifically for Live Sports Production by Systems Integrator Mobile Studios of Boca Raton FL, the new vehicle features a Ross Carbonite Production Switcher and XPression Real-Time Motion Graphics System

MCP’s founders Mitch Rubenstein and Ray Colaiacovo are combining years of experience and new workflows to push live remote productions into a new era – where quality and efficiencies can co-exist. The maiden voyage for MCP’s MB2500 truck is scheduled for August 31st.

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Allegorithmic Releases Substance Designer 3

Texturing technology has released Allegorithmic’s Substance Designer 3 (SD 3), the latest version of its popular non-linear texture and material processing software. With the addition of 2D painting utilities, and new batch processing tools that can automate away the most tedious of tasks, Substance Designer has become an even more potent ally to developers working on every type of game project, from mobile and web, to the next generation of AAA games.

As game development is often expensive, SD 3 was designed to alleviate some of the biggest loss areas in an artist’s work routine, all while creating high-quality graphics that will help sell a game’s look and feel upon release. The robust tool set found in SD 3’s work environment begins this process by eliminating the need to jump in and out of numerous texturing programs. It extends it further by allowing users to customize, share and easily scale up their textures to any game platform, so a user’s focus can remain on the creative process, instead of unnecessary hurdles.

Key Features in Substance Designer 3 include:

  • Unique Batching Tools – automates 80-90% of the texturing work by replicating texturing templates on a collection of meshes.
  • Bitmap Painting System – allows users to do retakes on images, and polish the surface art of their textures with 2D painting tools.
  • Advanced Filter Library – slims the time it takes to get to a professional-grade texture with hundreds of predefined substances and filters.
  • 4K working environment – bake outputs at higher resolutions.

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Boinx Software Announces iStopMotion 3 Available for the Mac

Boinx Software, developers of award-winning animation, video production and photography software for the Mac platform and iOS devices, announced the brand new iStopMotion 3 is coming to Mac, with the added ability to create beautiful HD movies using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a camera via the free iStopMotion Remote Camera app. Its new look is fully optimized for the MacBook Pro’s riveting new Retina display. iStopMotion 3 also has enhanced app security by being sandboxed and signed with DeveloperID. It is localized in English, German, French, Japanese and Russian.

Support for the iStopMotion Remote Camera

Taking a cue from its sister app, iStopMotion for iPad, the newest version of iStopMotion for the Mac adds support for using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a versatile HD camera for creating stop motion and time lapse videos. Available free of charge from the App Store, iStopMotion Remote Camera transmits a live video feed and supports 1080p remote capture with the iPhone 4S and the iPad (3rd gen), and 720p with iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th gen) and iPad 2.

Additional New Features in iStopMotion 3:

  • A brand new look optimized for Apple’s new Retina display
  • Enhanced app security with sandboxing and signed with DeveloperID
  • Integration with Final Cut Pro X
  • Compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Changes From Previous Versions

To create the best stop motion animation and time lapse movie making package, Boinx has consolidated all previous versions into one iStopMotion, bringing all the animation features from the former Pro version (previously priced at 499.99 USD), including the ability to create HD movies, to the unified version, all for one fantastically low price.

iStopMotion 3 Pricing and Availability – Special Introductory for a Limited Time Only!

iStopMotion 3 is now available both from the Mac App Store and the Boinx Website for 29.99 USD. This special introductory price ends August, 31st, 2012. Available for a limited-time-only introductory price of 29.99 USD, but beginning September 1st, 2012, the price will be 49.99 USD.

iStopMotion 3 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.

Because iStopMotion 3 has been updated to include all features of previous versions, discounted upgrades and updates from previous versions are not available.

Volume Licenses for Education

Click here for special multi-seat licensing available for educational institutions. 

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Kessler Introduces CineDrive

Kessler announced the pre-sale date for CineDrive (formerly known as Fusion). CineDrive is an advanced motion control system. CineDrive features near limitless connectivity and multi-axis control. Users can take control of the super intuitive interface with fully configurable key frames, Bezier curves and precision positioning. This digital encoded system will bring any motion control game to a new level. Whether it’s visual effects, time lapses, live action or stop-motion, CineDrive does it all.

CineDrive systems will start shipping in September after final FCC approval has been attained.

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Digital Production Buzz – August 23, 2012

  • Making Money as an Indie Filmmaker
  • Creating Commercials for Fun and Profit
  • Repurposing Old Footage into New Ideas
  • DV Expo Sneak Peek: Video Gear for Smaller Budgets

GUESTS: Mike Timm, Mark Schoneveld, Ken Jones, and Drew Henderson


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New interviews every week! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Mike Timm, Filmmaker, “A Girl, A Guy, a Space Helmet”

The last time we spoke with Mike Timm, the filmmaker behind “A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet,” was in March, just after he released his latest award-winning film. When we spoke with him then, he had won numerous awards, but hadn’t landed distribution. Now, he has. So, we follow-up with him this week to learn how he got his digital distribution deal, what the experience taught him, and how he came up with such a killer title!

Mark Schoneveld, Director of Community, PopTent

Mark Schoneveld is the Director of Community for PopTent, which is a community of filmmakers who are looking to connect with companies to produce advertising. From spec work to paying projects, this is a very cool way to show off your creative chops to companies that can afford to pay for them. We talk with Mark to learn more about how this works.

Ken Jones, Producer, Time Travel Movies

Ken Jones is the founder and producer of Time Travel Movies. He also has a passion for protecting the tropical forests and has taken that enthusiasm into his business. His successful podcast, “Calaveras Gold” is ongoing, but there is no moss growing under this man’s feet. We want to talk with him about how he combines growing a successful business with creativity.

Drew Henderson, Owner, Alzo Media LLC

Drew Henderson is the owner of Alzo Media, which provides video equipment kits for small production companies by manufacturing and selling direct to the end user. They are prepping some new DSLR hardware just in time for DV Expo next month in Pasadena and we want to get an early a sneak preview.

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Action Life Media Announces New Mini Cart

The ALM Mini Cart is a 5″ x 8″ table-top dolly that makes your average static shots more compelling. The Mini Cart comes with an aluminum chassis, drilled with alternating 1/4″ and 3/8″ holes and a 1/4–20 slotted rail, attached to two adjustable axels. It works great for straight line, curved and even 360° shots. Although smaller and lighter than the Action Cart, the Mini Cart retains the same 8″ wheel base and stability.

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