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Sony Releases New Upgrades To Sound Forge Pro And SpectraLayers Pro Audio Editing Software

Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring solutions, has released new upgrades for two of their award-winning software applications, Sound Forge Pro 11 [WIN] and SpectraLayers Pro 2 [WIN/MAC]. Sound Forge Pro is the application of choice for a generation of editors, comprising a solid platform with an array of options that have enjoyed a continuous evolution since the birth of audio recording on the PC. The new edition introduces more efficient recording and processing workflows and new signal and effects processing plug-ins for crafting broadcast-ready audio masters. Upgrading the revolutionary editing application, SpectraLayers Pro 2 stands at the forefront of the audio spectrum editing movement. Working with audio in the spectral realm is now even quicker and easier, with a faster processing engine and a host of new tools, methodologies and user interface improvements.

While Sound Forge Pro 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2 are standalone applications, both are now configured to work seamlessly with each other, providing a comprehensive editing environment that combines deep waveform and spectrum editing capabilities.

Sound Forge Pro 11 Software New Features

  • One-Touch Recording: Sound Forge Pro 11 features a completely redesigned recording interface that keeps you anchored in the workspace at all times while you shape and monitor incoming audio, arm and record takes, review work, and prepare for the next pass.
  • CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act) compliant metering:New metering features help you follow the new rules while maximizing the dynamic range potential of your audio.
  • New Plug-in Chain Interface: Direct workspace access to every element of the plug-in processing environment.
  • Includes iZotope NectarElements plug-in: High end voice processing plug-in with style presets in genres like rock, pop, folk, soul, and voiceover & dialogue.
  • New Restore and Repair Tools by iZotope: New in this edition: Declipper, Denoiser, Declicker.
  • New Waveform Display Options: More than just a simple strip that displays your exact location, this feature also serves as an excellent navigation and auditioning tool.
  • Input Bus Effects: Set the mood for your talent by sweetening your source signal with plug-in effects.
  • Broadcast Wave File Format Enhancements: Supports BEXT BWF version 2.0, iXML, and includes autofill and verification options as well as automatic repair of BWF data.

SpectraLayers Pro 2 Software New Features

  • Significantly Enhanced Performance: Enjoy faster spectral graph explorations in any scenario.
  • Spectral Casting / Molding: Cast the frequency signature of one layer over that of another to derive a derivative layer that can be phase-inverted to create free spectral space for hard-to-distinguish sounds to occupy in a mix. Try a spectral alternative to typical side-chain/ducking processes, or tap this feature’s creative potential for incredible sound design possibilities.
  • Shape Tool:Perfect for extracting drum sounds, simply point at a shape on the spectral graph and click to pull your hits over to a target layer.
  • Frequency Range Display Options: Display frequency ranges plotted on your choice of logarithmic scales.
  • One-Click Noise Extraction: A new one-click command executes your custom noiseprint over the target layer’s entire spectral expanse.
  • Looping: Define a time range and engage looped playback to audition full-spectrum selections as well as frequency bandwidth-limited selections.
  • New Resampling and Remixing Options: Freely define, route, and mix channels during the resampling process.
  • Retina Ready:Peer deeper into the spectral graph while taking advantage of your Retina display equipped MacBook Pro.



Sound Forge Pro 11 software, SpectraLayers Pro 2 software, and both applications bundled in the Audio Master Suite package are now available for digital download, with physical products available August 12, 2013.

Click for more information about Sony Creative Software’s Sound Forge Pro 11 & SpectraLayers Pro 2.

Digital Production Buzz — July 18, 2013

  • Shooting an Underground Web Series
  • 3D Printing on 2D Paper
  • LIVE from India: The Mumbai Film Festival
  • Creating Text Transcripts – Better and Faster

GUESTS: Lan Bui, Gary Fudge, Anu Rangachar, and Dom Bourne

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

Lan Bui, Cinematographer, The Bui Brothers

Redemption: The Darkness Descending is a multi-platform project that started as a 24-episode web series. Cinematographer Lan Bui, of The Bui Brothers, had some real challenges lighting it and we have questions about what he used and how he lit the sets depicting the streets of underground New York City.

Gary Fudge, Director of Sales, Mcor

Gary Fudge is the Director of Sales for Mcor Technologies, a Irish-based 3D printer manufacturer whose printers use standard office paper as the build material to create full-color, photo-realistic 3D models… from paper! This is so cool, we wanted to learn more.

Anu Rangachar, Deputy Director, 15th Mumbai Film Festival

Anu Rangachar is the Deputy Director of the prestigious Mumbai International Film Festival, in Mumbai, India. The Festival is entering its 15th year with a stronger program than ever. We want to learn how she turned her love of film into managing one of the world’s premiere film festivals..

Dom Bourne, Founder/CEO, Take 1 Transcription

In a world of reality TV, documentaries and interviews, transcripts are king. Dom Bourne founded Take 1 Transcriptions 15 years ago and grew it into one of the dominant transcription houses in the world. This week, we talk with him about the challenges of creating accurate transcripts and what producers need to know to convert their media into accurate words on paper – quickly.

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VidOvation Delivers Unsurpassed SD/HD Video Quality with New Dual-Channel, MPEG-4 Advanced Video Encoders

VidOvation, a leading technology provider delivering high performance and cost-effective video and data communication systems, announced today the general availability of their stand-alone VEN-2200 and openGear card format VEN-5200 MPEG-4 advanced video encoding systems to the broadcast, corporate AV, public education and government (PEG) customers.

These new encoder products provide the industry’s most comprehensive feature set, latest compression technology and unsurpassed video quality at ultra-low bit rates – with a value designed to enable many more organizations to distribute high quality live video over the internet using standard web servers and without requiring special software. The encoder products can also be used for encoding applications in IPTV, microwave, satellite, contribution and remote monitoring.

Both the standalone VEN-2200 and VEN-5200 cards provide single or dual channel H.264 (MPEG 4 Advanced Video Coding) encoding of SD and HD SDI, supporting resolutions from 320 x 180 to 1080p at the highest channel density in the industry – up to 10 channels per rack unit (RU). Optional support for HDMI, composite and component video is available. The encoders have dual inputs for two separate or simulcast channels plus simultaneous dual DVB-ASI and dual gigabit ethernet outputs. Each stream is independently adjustable for output resolution and data rate, and robust network transport is achieved using SMPTE 2022 forward error correction. Moreover, standard video networking protocols are supported including UDP, RTP, RTMP, direct HTTP and HTTP live streaming for reliable transport over all IP networks, whether unicasting or multicasting. Both products are designed to operate on open architecture networks allowing compatibility with cost-saving commercially available set-top boxes, routing hardware, and VidOvation or third-party middleware (control software).

The VidOvation TV middleware seamlessly supports video encoded by the VEN-2200 and VEN-5200, providing an IPTV system with live television, video-on-demand, electronic program guide, digital signage and more. Fully customizable capabilities for television on the network are available for business, hospitality, entertainment, and healthcare applications with support for Apple and Android Smartphones and Tablets.

Other applications for the VidOvation encoders include video distribution through the public internet to a web server and subsequent Wi-Fi or Ethernet enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets; IP set-top boxes and computers; satellite uplinks; microwave links for ENG news trucks; HLS internet distribution or web based remote video monitoring from single to multiple sources through the internet.

Click for more information about VidOvation’s VEN-2200 and VEN-5200 systems.

Atomos Samurai Blade Cut Loose

Atomos, the creator of the award-winning camera mounted recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the Connect converter range, have commenced shipment of their latest recorder/monitor, the Samurai Blade.

The new Samurai Blade offers a stunning 1280 x 720 SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325ppi 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation depending on video input giving super smooth monitoring and playback. Every screen is calibrated to SMPTE Rec 709 colour space and a D65 white point with 100% gamut from factory. On the fly screen calibration is built into every Samurai Blade so you are always accurate in any shooting environment.

Samurai Blade adds essential set up tools with full waveform monitor functions, including vectorscope, RGB and LUMA parades with transparent overlay and bottom right, lower 3rd or full screen positioning, making it an extremely flexible tool.

Like its Ninja-2 and Samurai predecessors, Samurai Blade allows the recording of pristine, 10-bit images straight from the camera sensor directly to inexpensive HDD or SSD drives, captured using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs. Waveform, vectorscope and monitor assist tools such as tri-level focus peaking, zebra, false colour and blue-only offer a very comprehensive test and shot setup tool kit. The Samurai Blade has standard BNC connectors.

Also shipping are the Ronin portable recorder, monitor and deck, and the Connect-AC converters. Ronin is a rack-mountable solution for both fixed-facility and on-location production, based on the Samurai design. It can operate on location with battery or DC power, but it also has AC power built-in, standard HD/SD-SDI BNC connectors and balanced XLR inputs and outputs.

No engineer’s tool box would be complete without an Atomos Connect, and this portable and versatile battery-powered HDMI/HD-SDI converter, with built-in test pattern generator and audio tone, is now joined by its fixed-facility counterpart, Connect-AC. Stand-alone or rack-mountable, Connect-AC converters are powered by a standard figure-of-8 IEC cable and offer all the great functionality of Connect while rendering ‘wall-warts’ a thing of the past.

Click for more information about Atomos’ Samurai Blade.

EditShare Shared Storage Solutions Compatible With New Avid Media Composer v7.0 Release

EditShare, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, has announced that its industry-leading shared storage family of products – EditShare XStream, Energy and Field 2 – is compatible with Avid Technology’s new Media Composer v7.0 release.

A Leader in Media and Project Sharing

Pioneering media sharing for production and post-production professionals, EditShare was the first non-Avid solution to offer Avid Project Sharing and the first shared storage solution in the media and entertainment industry to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Continuing its leadership with media sharing, EditShare was the first to offer true Project Sharing for Apple Final Cut Pro and the first to deliver a portable shared storage solution with EditShare Field. At NAB 2013, EditShare announced a development partnership with Adobe, providing deeper integration across the Creative Suite and Creative Cloud product lines.

Support for Avid Media Composer v7.0 Across EditShare Tapeless Workflow

EditShare seamlessly integrates high-performance shared storage solutions (XStream and Energy) with video ingest (Geevs and Flow), media asset management (Flow), and archive and backup (Ark) to offer broadcast and post-production professionals a productivity-enhancing, tapeless workflow on a highly scalable infrastructure.

Highlights of the EditShare tapeless workflow

At the center of EditShare’s end-to-end workflow is high-performance shared storage that offers industry-leading stream counts, infinite scalability, and advanced Project Sharing with patented bin and project-locking capabilities for Avid, Final Cut Pro (v7), Adobe Premiere Pro and Lightworks.

Flow and Geevs record Avid DNxHD, ProRes and other industry-standard codecs direct to EditShare central shared storage and produce proxy files in real time, with optional mirrored and automatic backup to EditShare Ark. During ingest, users can log shots and create sub-clips.

The Flow MAM allows users to view proxy file content on their desktops without requiring access to full-resolution media as well as ingest media from file-based sources such as P2 and XDCAM. Simple editing tools and metadata templates let users add information to clips, make rough cuts, and drag-and-drop clips and sequences into their NLEs.

Ark Disk and Tape offer facilities a tiered storage infrastructure with nearline and offline archiving and backup. Ark systems can scale to multiple petabytes and allow users to browse, delete and restore archived materials (including partial restore) from any desktop on the EditShare network.

Click for more information about EditShare’s XStream systems.

Click for more information about EditShare’s Energy systems.

Click for more information about EditShare’s Field 2 systems.

Matrox Releases Support for Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer 7 on Mac and PC

Matrox Video has announced the immediate availability of full support for the latest releases of the Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer 7 families of professional video editing and content creation tools with the Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX I/O card. The award-winning Matrox I/O products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad and iPhone up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac and Windows support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt, PCIe or ExpressCard/34 — with the same versatile unit.


Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Support for Windows is part of Matrox driver release 7.5 and support for Mac OS is part of Matrox driver release 4.0. The drivers are now available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

Click for more information about Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices and Matrox Mojito MAX card.

K-Tek Announces Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount

K-Tek, innovative designer and manufacturer of mic booms and other audio gear, has announced the revolutionary Nautilus. Microphone Suspension Mount. This completely new patent-pending design offers maximum isolation with minimum compromise.

K-Tek’s Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount earned several top awards when it premiered at NAB. Inspired by nature’s extended coil design, seen in many natural phenomena like the seashell, K-Tek’s Nautilus fits both short and medium length shotgun microphones, as well as smaller cardioid production microphones. Rather than depending on traditional elastic mounts or pop-in vertical clips, the Nautilus floats the microphone in a round spring design with horizontal clips that are over molded with rubber to achieve optimum isolation. K-Tek’s Spring Mounts are made from a new ultra-tough, proprietary composite material that is engineered to allow the microphone to hang suspended, yet has the strength to support the mic’s weight. The Spring Mounts slide along a T-bar shaped rail and lock in place. This allows for quick microphone changes and gives the sound person unprecedented versatility. For particularly heavy microphones, the user can add a third Spring Mount.

The Nautilus Suspension comes standard with 4 Spring Mounts. Two provide tighter tension for heavy microphones. The other two offer less tension to suit smaller, lightweight microphones. Special Spring Mounts to accommodate the MKH series of microphones will also be available soon. Additional Spring mounts will also be sold separately.

The Nautilus Suspension Mount is now shipping. All K-Tek equipment is made in the U.S.A.

Click for more information on K-Tek’s Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount or other products.

Apple Unveils Logic Pro X

Apple‘s Logic Pro X has more than just a new look — it gives you new options you’ve never had before. You can work the way you always have, with the full power and depth of Logic Pro. Or if you’re exploring ideas, you can choose to work with a more streamlined set of controls to keep things moving right along. You can also personalize Advanced Tools to make your workflow match your creative flow.


Advanced Design

A powerful new interface lets the music-making process flow freely while also giving musicians more creative control than ever. Simple controls let you get great results quickly, with easy access to the full range of advanced tools for the most demanding professional workflows.

The new design also makes it easier to get things done. Transport controls are now located right at the top of the main window. You can easily browse and add more sounds from the Sound Library, conveniently placed next to other track-related controls. Visual snap guides help you quickly align and edit regions. A more responsive, more accurate tuner is just a click away. And Autosave keeps all your work safe and sound. Want to know how something works? Just hover your cursor over any part of the interface for Quick Help tips. To dive deeper, pull up the relevant section of the user manual with a single keystroke.

Track Stacks

Keep better track of your stats.

Keep your sessions better organized by consolidating multiple related tracks — for example, all the drums or vocals — into a new track format called a Track Stack. Choose to have your Track Stack routed to a new auxiliary for quick and convenient submixing. Or use Track Stacks to create rich, layered, or split instruments that are easy to manage, save, and reuse. And your Track Stack can be collapsed for simplicity or expanded at any time for more control.

Other new track-based features add even more functionality. Choose a track as the Groove Master for your song, then select any other track to follow and adapt to its timing. Use the new Arrangement Track to quickly move or delete the verse, chorus, bridge, or any other section of your song. Now that volume, pan, and send controls can be right in the track header, you can also quickly adjust tracks before going to the Mixer for deeper control.

Powerful Mixer

More flow in your workflow.

Finish tracks faster with the more intuitive Mixer. Now you can simply use your mouse to select, open, close, bypass, or re-order plug-ins. No need to reach for a modifier key. And channel strips serve up more useful information at a glance. Plug-in and routing menus have been re-ordered to better reflect signal flow. A new gain-reduction meter helps you keep an eye on dynamic processing. And the non-segmented metering design gives you more accurate and higher-resolution level feedback.

Score Editor

See more of the score.

The Score editor has been enhanced to improve visibility and functionality. With the new track-based design, it’s easier to see and edit notes on tracks with multiple regions. Notes within looped sections are also displayed. And empty staves fill the space between regions to help you stay oriented within a project. The Wrapped view makes maximum use of space by dynamically reflowing the staves to conform to the window size. The new design of the Staff Style editor shows the results of your settings before you apply them in the preview window. New tab symbols for string bends let you indicate just how far a string needs to bend.

Easy Exporting

Transfer your tracks.

Getting your music out there has never been easier. You can now share songs to your SoundCloud account right from Logic Pro. And the Media Browser lets you seamlessly move Logic Pro X assets to Final Cut Pro X or other Apple apps. Thanks to new support for the MusicXML format, scores with markings and ornamentations transfer to other notation applications completely intact.


Inspiring Sounds

Virtual session drummers. Highly detailed, realistic drum kits. Coveted bass amps and cabinets. Even more stompboxes. New vintage synths and keyboards. A sophisticated arpeggiator. Put more than you ever imagined into your music.



Lay down tracks with the best session players in the business.

Introducing the first virtual session player that sounds so realistic, everyone will think you worked with a real drummer in the studio. Created using some of the industry’s best session drummers and recording engineers, Drummer delivers impeccably performed, natural-sounding drums. It can listen to any selected track and come up with the perfect complementary groove. And it takes your direction.

Choose one of 15 drummers from the rock, alternative, songwriter, and R&B genres for your song. Each drummer has a custom kit, delivers his or her own signature sound, and can perform over a million unique groove and fill combinations. Simple controls let you adjust everything from the drums they play on to the intensity and complexity of their playing style. So you get exactly the performance you want.

Drum Kit Designer

Begin with a classic kit. Then make it your own.

While Drummer does the playing, Drum Kit Designer provides deeply sampled, realistic-sounding drum kits. Thousands of varied strikes were recorded from each piece. The result? Extensive layers of samples that faithfully re-create the character and sound of the originals — including how they respond to the nuances of a drummer’s performance.

Open Drum Kit Designer and select a kit. You can swap pieces to build a custom kit, choosing from a diverse variety of snares, kicks, toms, hi-hats, and cymbals. Finesse the sound of each drum by adjusting the tuning, dampening, and gain. And enable stereo or mono room and overhead mics. Each kit comes with its own unique mix designed by an industry hit maker. Choose a more elaborate Producer Kit and it loads with a Patch that gives you access to the full multi-channel mix, along with all the processing and routing the producer used. Once you see how the pros get their signature sounds, you can go with their techniques — or tweak away.

Bass Amp Designer

Big news for the bottom end.

Find the perfect tone with a new plug-in that accurately models some of the most popular vintage and modern bass amps and cabinets. Bass Amp Designer gives you plenty of ways to customize your sound. Mix and match cabinets and amps. Position one of three microphones on different speaker cones. And blend between amp and DI box signals, just like in the studio.

New Pedalboard Stompboxes

Fuzz, flange, and funk it up.

Logic Pro X adds seven classic stompboxes to your collection. Looking for dynamic pitch transposition or dive bomb effects? Go with Wham. For iconic distortion, there’s Grit. Crank up the woolly blues or a sizzling lead with Tube Burner. Get funky with Dr. Octave, which produces tones one and two octaves below what you played. Capture the classic sound of ’80s flangers with Flange Factory. Tweak the tone with the Graphic EQ stompbox. And for a psychedelic backwards delay effect, turn to Tie Dye Delay.

Redesigned Vintage Keyboards

A new look and feel for the classics.

The vintage keyboard collection is better than ever, thanks to beautiful new interfaces and sonic refinements that bring a new level of authenticity to your sounds. The most important interface controls on the Vintage B3, Vintage Electric Piano, and Vintage Clav are now front and center, while the full depth and flexibility of the real-time models are just a click away.

Retro Synth

Far-out sounds. Not so far away.

Re-create the sound of classic vintage synthesizers with an intuitive set of controls. Get the rich warmth of a vintage synth in Analog mode — perfect for dense basses, sweeping pads, and smooth leads. Analog Sync mode gives you the thick, fuzzy metallic character of ’80s synth pop. Wavetable mode lets you generate airy pads, glassy leads, and complex evolving sounds. And FM mode produces the bells, plucky bass, and brash leads of digital synthesizers from the ’80s.


It’s amazing what a simple chord can do.

A powerful, full-featured arpeggiator opens up a world of possibilities for creating contemporary electronic and urban music tracks. Easily shape the performance by selecting professionally designed presets. Or tweak it yourself by adjusting the rate, note order, octave range, and scale. You can also choose a note order mode — up, down, back and forth, inside out — or create your own. For more rhythmically interesting grooves, use the Step Grid editor to create patterns with up to 128 steps that can alternate between single notes or full chords at different velocities. And you can create variations spontaneously using the remote keyboard features, which let you control it all directly from your MIDI keyboard.

MIDI Plug-Ins

More MIDI. More fun.

Now it’s even easier to transform simple MIDI input into fresh sounds and ideas, thanks to nine new MIDI plug-ins that can help you generate and shape MIDI notes and controller data. Scale velocity, generate a rapid-fire series of notes, transpose incoming notes or conform them to a scale, and more. You can also chain multiple MIDI plug-ins together to quickly create sophisticated interactive performances. Or use Scripter to create a completely original MIDI generator or processor using JavaScript.

Powerful Tools

Logic Pro X gives you even faster, smarter ways to create your songs — and perfect them. Now you can fine-tune notes in a vocal performance long after you recorded it. Shape sounds in multiple ways by turning a single knob. And dive into thousands of entirely new sounds to spark your imagination.


Flex Pitch

Hit the right note. Even if you didn’t.

With Flex Pitch, there’s no reason to get hung up on a performance that’s less than ideal. Roll over any note you want to edit and all of the Flex Pitch parameters show up, ready to adjust. You can fine-tune pitch. Smooth out, add, or increase vibrato. Or even create or remove pitch slides between notes. All without having to constantly switch between tools. To make performances more consistent, simply adjust the gain of individual notes — no need for excessive compression or meticulous automation editing. You can also snap selected notes to a definable key and scale.

If you use the Piano Roll editor, then you know how to use Flex Pitch. Out-of-tune notes are shown with the offset from perfect pitch, so it’s easy to identify problem areas. And Convert-to-MIDI lets you double or harmonize a vocal or any other monophonic audio track with your favorite software instrument.

Smart Controls

The fastest way to shape your sound.

Smart Controls are innovative new sound-shaping tools that let you make simple or elaborate creative changes without having to dive into multiple plug-in interfaces. A single Smart Control can adjust several plug-in parameters at once, so it’s much easier to create complex transformations. And Smart Control mappings can be customized to suit your workflow — just choose from a variety of themed knobs, buttons, and backplates to reflect the type of instruments or effects being controlled.

New Sound Library and Loops

Incredibly deep. Infinitely inspiring.

The Sound Library and Loop collection has been rebuilt from the ground up by some of the world’s most creative sound designers. The new Patch architecture makes it possible to layer different effects on different instruments and get much more sophisticated results. And Library Patches are built to take full advantage of new features in Logic Pro X like the Arpeggiator, other MIDI plug-ins, and Track Stacks. Each Patch loads with a custom set of Smart Controls, so you can easily create the perfect sound. When you come up with a great sound, save it as a Patch. Then you’ve saved not only your track or multi-channel Track Stack, but also all the processing, mixer routing, and Smart Controls related to it.

Logic Remote

Control Logic Pro right from your iPad.

The Logic Remote app lets you wirelessly pair your Mac and your iPad — giving you the freedom to control Logic Pro from anywhere in the room. Swipe and scroll through the massive Logic Pro Sound Library. And play any of the software instruments with your choice of several Multi-Touch musical interfaces. Smart Controls are located just above the instrument you’re playing, so you can easily shape your sound. To get to any location in your song, simply tap the transport and drag the playhead. Ready to record or mix? Logic Remote gives you all the controls you need to do it from the vocal booth — or from any sweet spot in the room.

Click for more information about Apple’s Logic Pro X.


Producer’s Corner: July 11, 2013

I was at an LAPPG (Los Angeles Post Production Group) event last night and many in the room were talking about this “industry,” and how hard it is to find work. The topics centered around the fact that many clients are not paying as much as they used to for our services. However, the presentations by members during the meeting of their current work, including a demonstration of the beta version of “Lumberjack” for logging,  faded all that into the background as I thought that, “surely, this amazing creativity will rise to the top.” And it will. Just persevere and it will pay off! Hopefully, some of the wonderful guests we bring on to the BuZZ have information that you find interesting, useful and inspiring.

Nick Campbell of Greyscalegorilla is a Cinema 4 artist and creative force with a huge fan base. He makes iPhone apps under the BananaCameraCo moniker, teaches motion design, and we are delighted to have him on the BuZZ tonight to talk about his most recent work. He has been sharing his time with students and creatives to help them become more successful doing what they love … and that is a very good thing. For what better way to be happy than to make money at your craft?

Talking about perseverance, Josh Mitchell’s short film, “Helen Keller Had a Pitbull,” sounds, well, pretty gripping…we have questions. How does someone who is working in several different arenas (writer, director, actor and publicist) have the time to finish a film? We applaud him!

I traveled to a very hip part of Culver City a couple of weeks ago to meet dynamic Ric Perez-Selsky, Technical Director at Popsugar. He is a whiz at using the Tricaster and managing live productions, which he is doing on a daily basis. Where does he find the time to also make his own films? Sounds creative to me! I watched his videos and was impressed and he kindly agreed to take time to speak with us on the BuZZ. I think you’ll like what he has to say.

Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design has some thoughts on the recent announcements about their company’s support for Adobe and some new ways for us to use DeckLink.

Adobe made a formal announcement concerning Adobe Anywhere this week. We had seen a preview of it at NAB and have been waiting to try it out. They are right, working long-distance is a growing problem for media producers and content providers. Media files are getting bigger and bigger and the highway is getting crowded. Is this our fast lane to the future? Hope so!

Thanks for listening to the BuZZ. I am always up for questions or suggestions for stories. Email me to news (at) catania (dot) us and I’ll get right back to you.

Happy creating!

Cirina Catania
Cirina Catania
Supervising Producer, Digital Production BuZZ
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XenData Launches New Range of LTO Network Attached Archive Systems

XenData, the leading provider of LTO archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, today announces the release of the SXL range of LTO archive systems. These are based on XenData’s SX-10 archive appliance and LTO-6 drives or robotic LTO-6 libraries. They connect to a 1 GigE network and make writing to and restoring from LTO as easy as writing to network attached disk storage.

There are five SXL models that provide up to 57.5 TB of near-line LTO and all manage an unlimited number of externalized LTO cartridges:

  • The SXL-1 includes a XenData SX-10 appliance and one IBM external LTO-6 drive.
  • The SXL-2 includes a XenData SX-10 appliance and two IBM external LTO-6 drives. It supports automatic simultaneous duplication of LTO cartridges.
  • The SXL-8 includes a XenData SX-10 appliance and an HP 8 slot LTO autoloader with one internal LTO-6 tape drive. It provides 17.5 TB of near-line LTO capacity and supports automatic duplication of LTO cartridges.
  • The SXL-24/1 includes a XenData SX-10 appliance and an HP 24 slot LTO library with one internal LTO-6 tape drive. It provides 57.5 TB of near-line LTO capacity and supports automatic duplication of LTO cartridges.
  • The SXL-24/2 includes a XenData SX-10 appliance and an HP 24 slot LTO library with two internal LTO-6 tape drives. It provides 57.5 TB of near-line LTO capacity and supports automatic simultaneous duplication of LTO cartridges.

The SXL systems write to either 2.5 TB LTO-6 cartridges or 1.5 TB LTO-5 cartridges using either the LTFS exchange format or the open standard TAR format. LTO cartridges provide highly reliable storage with archival lifetimes of 30 years.

They are ideal for video production and post production applications. Offering broad compatibility, they are compatible with most MAMs and NLEs. Alternatively, video files may be archived and restored manually to a file-folder structure using Windows Explorer, Finder or via FTP utilities.

Click for more information about XenData’s SXL range of LTO archive systems.