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Digital Production Buzz — March 28, 2013

  • Dosa Hunt: The Search for the Perfect South Indian Crepe
  • Update on Video Copilot Element 3D
  • Sports Broadcasting on Internet Networks
  • Create A Personal Style as a Filmmaker

GUESTS: Zoe Schack, Michele Yamazaki, Jesse Kurtz, and Ryan Neil Postas

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New interviews every show! Join Larry Jordan and Mike Horton LIVE this week as they talk with:

Zoe Schack, Producer/Editor, Dosa Hunt

By day, Zoe Schack works as a per-visualization artist for a mid-town Manhattan post house. However, in her spare time, she recently produced and edited “Dosa Hunt;” which follows seven men searching for New York City’s best savory South Indian Crepe. We talk with her this week about her experiences in producing her own independent film.

Michele Yamazaki, Vice-president, Marketing, ToolFarm

Recently, Video Copilot released the latest version of Element 3D, their 3D plug-in utility for After Effects. Now at version 1.6, this software makes integrating 3D elements into your projects a lot easier. Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing for ToolFarm, joins us to explain what this plug-in does, what the new features are, and who should consider using it.

Jesse Kurtz, Executive Producer, Mountain West Digital Network

In the past, the only way we could watch live sports was via a broadcast, or sometimes cable, network. Now, live streaming via the Internet makes live sports broadcasts more accessible. Six months ago, the Mountain West Digital Network was formed to cover Division 1 college sports from ten different colleges and Universities. Award-winning sports broadcaster Jesse Kurtz was picked to head the operation as Executive Producer. This week, he talks with us about what the network is, the gear they are using and his challenges in getting an Internet-based sports network off the ground.

Ryan Neil Postas, Filmmaker, Elevated Minds

Style. That’s the word that comes to mind when we look at the work of music video filmmaker Ryan Postas with Elevated Minds. This week, we talk with him about how he developed his visual style, the role style plays in developing the look of a music video, and whether he feels he is mirroring or leading the look of contemporary musical artists.

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Beauty Box Photo 3.0 Provides Fast, Realistic Digital Makeup for Portraits and Photo Retouching

Digital Anarchy has announced Beauty Box Photo 3.0, a significant update of their award-winning Digital Makeup skin retouching plug-in for Photoshop and Aperture. Version 3.0 gives an amazing speed increase by using OpenCL, a new technology that runs on ATI and Nvidia graphics cards. The plugin also introduces new smoothing and masking algorithms that improves automatic masking, and adds shine removal for hot spots on skin areas. There are now over 30 preset Styles that photographers can choose from to make things even easier when getting the perfect look.

Since 2009, Beauty Box Photo has been a critical tool for dealing with skin and makeup problems that high resolution photography reveal. Beauty Box Photo 3.0 solves this problem by giving subjects an incredible makeover in post-production, using state-of-the-art face detection and smoothing algorithms that preserve important details and the natural skin texture. All this combines to create realistic Digital Makeup. The retouching is subtle and the resulting image looks natural. In many cases, it’s all the retouching a photo needs, but for more complex retouching jobs, it provides a great foundation, freeing up the Photoshop artists to work on areas that can’t be done automatically.

Beauty Box Photo is also designed for high volume photography environments. Photographers dealing with 8,000 photos a week can’t retouch them by hand, yet many of them benefit from some beautification. Beauty Box Photo’s ability to automatically retouch images via batch processing solves this problem. The blazing fast speed, due to using OpenCL and graphics cards, allows you to retouch hundreds of images an hour.

Here is a rundown of the great new features:

  • Fast Rendering: A complete rewrite of the skin-smoothing algorithm means Beauty Box renders quickly on ATI and NVIDIA cards.
  • Preset Styles: Give your photos a fashion look, by applying any of the over 30 preset effects.
  • Shine Removal: Get rid of hot spots caused by shiny skin and bright lights. This feature dramatically reduces the effect of poor lighting conditions.
  • Better Masking: The skin tone recognition algorithm has been redesigned for a better automatic masking process and improved automatic retouching.
  • Multiple Host Apps: Support for Photoshop, Aperture, and Photoshop Elements.

Availability

Beauty Box Photo runs in Photoshop CS3–CS6 (Mac) and Photoshop CS-CS6 (Windows), Aperture 3.x, and Photoshop Elements 9 – 11. The product runs on Macintosh 10.5–10.8, Windows XP – 8 and 32- or 64-bit systems. Demo filters and samples are available at Digital Anarchy.

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Red Giant Announces A Free Update to Denoiser 1.4

Red Giant has announced a FREE speed update for current owners.

Break the speed barrier while getting the reliable noise reduction you are used to. The new Denoiser 1.4 update runs 3-4x faster than Denoiser 1.3, with only a click of the new Use GPU checkbox. Editors and filmmakers will get a terrific speed enhancement on systems and graphic cards that support OpenCL 1.1 (and higher).

From smart default settings to advanced cleaning options, Denoiser II makes sure your story is seen through the noise.

Get the update FREE! If you own Denoiser 1, Denoiser II or any version of Magic Bullet Suite, you get the Denoiser 1.4 update for free.

How it works: Use your current Denoiser or Magic Bullet Suite serial number to activate. This update will overwrite the current Denoiser installation; you do not need to uninstall first.

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Telestream’s Episode 6.4 is Now Available

Telestream is pleased to announce the 6.4 release of Episode, Episode Pro and Episode Engine software. This free update expands Episode’s powerful encoding capabilities and makes it easier than ever to integrate Episode into your workflow.

Highlights include:

  • Optimized for even higher volume workflows
  • Support for .SCC and H.264 web captions
  • Easy-to-use API documentation with examples
  • Video rotate filter adding more filters to your toolbox
  • Sub-folder deployment for automated mirroring of folder structures

Click to upgrade to the 6.4 release of Telestream’s Episode, Episode Pro and Episode Engine.

Inside Insight: In Depth: Using Adobe After Effects for Print Work by Michele Yamazaki

After Effects for Print Design

After Effects is made for motion work but it can also be used for still imagery and print work. I recently did a birthday party invitation for my daughter with a Harry Potter theme and lots of effects. Here are somethings I learned a long the way.

You may wonder why I chose to use Adobe After Effects instead of Photoshop to create this invitation, which will be printed as 4″x6″ photos at my local Walgreens and handed out to select classmates. It may seem strange to use a video/motion tool for print but there are many reasons to do so.

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Inside Insight: Strike Averted as MPTF and Union Announce Cooling-Off Period by Jonathan Handel

Motion Picture & Television Fund

The Motion Picture and Television Fund and the union representing 500 of its employees, SEIU-UHW, jointly announced Friday a 60-day cooling-off period during which time the two organizations will continue to negotiate toward a collective-bargaining agreement. The announcement was made by Bob Beitcher, MPTF CEO, and Dave Regan, President of SEIU-UHW.

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Digital Production Buzz — March 21, 2013

  • Surviving the Stress — The Hollywood Post Alliance
  • Unrest Among VFX Artists
  • Funding Your Next Project – For Television
  • The Changing World of Web Video Compression

GUESTS: Eileen Kramer, Jonathan Handel, Philip Hodgetts, and Bruce Nazarian

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Eileen Kramer, Executive Director, Hollywood Post Alliance

Very few industries are as challenged as post-production facilities. Recent high-profile bankruptcies like Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues put pressure on the rest of the industry. Eileen Kramer is the executive director of the Hollywood Post Alliance. HPA is a trade association for the post industry. She joins us this week to tell us about HPA, the stresses the post industry is under, how HPA can help, and their plans for NAB.

Jonathan Handel, Of Counsel at Troy/Gould, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

As if the stresses of running a post house was not enough, the VFX industry is close to implosion. Recently, more than 400 artists held a VFX Town Meeting, with participants from around the world discussing the state of their industry. Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for The Hollywood Reporter explains what’s going on and why the VFX industry is making news now.

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Intelligent Assistance

It may start with an idea, but projects don’t become real until someone puts up the money to fund them. And finding funds isn’t funny. This week, Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Intelligent Assistance, looks at new options for funding television projects. Why television? Because it has a vast, insatiable demand for new programming. And the sources of funding are more diverse than you might expect, as Philip explains.

Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy

Three weeks ago, Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy, began a discussion on new options in web video compression and distribution. He returns this week to pick up where he left off and showcase some of the low-cost content distribution networks (CDN) and on-line video compression services that can simplify the process of compressing your video and making it available across all platforms.

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!

RED.com Releases New Products

Red’s +1 ADAPTOR MODULE mounts onto the back of a DSMC brain and features an EVF/LCD port for adding an additional RED display. Also included is an AUX power port for 4-pin 3rd party accessories (2-pin accessories are compatible when using the 4-PIN TO 2-PIN ADAPTOR CABLE). Similar to the MODULE ADAPTOR, you will be able to add and secure DSMC modules onto the rear of the +1 ADAPTOR MODULE, to continue building your configuration.

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The +1 ADAPTOR MODULE W/ RED PRO EVF PACK bundles together the essentials for adding an additional RED display to your DSMC configuration. You will be able to simultaneously use a RED PRO EVF (LCOS or OLED) with a RED LCD, without the need for a PRO I/O MODULE or MEIZLER MODULE. The +1 ADAPTOR MODULE can power auxiliary accessories and also functions as a MODULE ADAPTOR, allowing you to add even more DSMC modules to your EPIC or SCARLET configuration. AUX power port is 4-pin based (2-pin accessories are compatible when using the 4-PIN TO 2-PIN ADAPT.

Click for more information about The +1 ADAPTOR MODULE W/ RED PRO EVF PACK.

The 4-PIN TO 2-PIN ADAPTOR CABLE converts 4-pin power into a 2-pin female lemo connection, allowing you to power your 2-pin based accessories from your +1 ADAPTOR MODULE or PRO I/O MODULE.

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Start/Stop Camcorders Wireless Remote with New Chrosziel Interface Using LANC

Chrosziel has created a solution for starting and stopping a professional camcorder remotely using handles or a wireless lens control system.

The interface cable contains a small board carrying the logic for the LANC protocol. The Local Application Control Bus System was introduced by Sony in the 90‘s as a bi-directional control system for video cameras, and nowadays is used widely for camcorders like Canon‘s EOS C 100 / 300 / 550, the Blackmagicdesign Cinema cameras, and many professional Sony camcorders.

Chrosziel‘s solution is universally applicable for all cameras equipped with a standard 2.5mm jack. As of now, the interface cable is available in three product versions:

  • Handles 403-07 featuring a pushbutton
  • Cable DFCOFL with a12 pin hirose plug connects the DigiFOX motor controller with the camera
  • Cable AL2-COFL is for use with the ALADIN MK II system

Also available upon request are versions of the interface cable for older Chrosziel wireless lens control systems such as Genio, MagFOX and the precursor model to ALADIN MK II.

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Adobe and Maxon Announce Strategic Alliance to Deliver 3D Capabilities In Upcoming Versions of After Effects

Adobe Systems Inc. and MAXON, the developer of CINEMA 4D, a leading 3D animation software for film, broadcast, motion graphics professionals have announced they have entered into a strategic alliance and will collaborate on technology that provides creatives in the motion graphics and visual effects industry with new levels of digital media content creation. As part of the alliance, both companies are expected to collaborate and engineer a pipeline between After Effects and Cinema 4D to give users a seamless 2D/3D foundation.

Adobe After Effects’ has a 20 year history of setting the standard for motion graphics and visual effects software. Collaborating with a market leader in 3D graphics programming like MAXON, will further accelerate how After Effects users create rich engaging experiences.

CINEMA 4D is a leading 3D solution, and the one Adobe After Effects users have come to know and love because of its real-world 3D capabilities. MAXON looks forward to continued collaboration between their programming and marketing teams to ensure that the interoperability of our software products makes a positive impact on artists seeking to easily and fully integrate 3D into their production pipelines.

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