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BuZZ Show and Podcast February 18

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

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Join host Larry Jordan in the UK as he talks with:

Dario Sinforiani, Producer/Editor for BBC-Scotland, about the challenges in teaching media to college students.

Keiron Seth, managing director, Broadcast Video Expo 2010, on producing the largest trade show and conference devoted to media in the UK.

Sean Safreed, co-founder and director of products for Red Giant Software, on two new product announcements they made this week in London.

Martin Brennand, product specialist for Imagineer Systems, on the challenges of designed special effects software for editors with limited knowledge of special effects.

Rex Olson, vice president of content development for NewTek, on the latest features and benefits of the NewTek Tricaster for live events.

Spencer Newbury, product and applications manager for EMEA for LitePanels, on the latest technology in LED lighting – adjustable color temperature, focusable LEDs and larger units with greater light output.

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

 


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RED Demos New Tools at RED DAY

At RED DAY, at RED Studios in Hollywood, RED demonstrated three new products:

  • Stereo R3D was shown using two tandem Rocket cards. They were playing back, in realtime, two R3D streams of 4K 16:9 material. Left Eye / Right Eye – full debayer/demosaic from a dual RED Rocket. And in SCRATCH – realtime flip/flop (for beamsplit eye), LUTs on both eyes, convergence fix, interocular fix, rotation adjustment, and a few levels of color grading on each eye.  All of this was playing back directly from a FW-800 drive brought from the set.  This makes for a cost effective, efficient workflow for stereo that enables Stereo Dailies to happen at the end of the day instead of having to wait for all footage to transcode and load in.
  • Three Rocket cards running in one unit, all tied to one stream of R3D providing:

  • a) Playback of MX footage at 60fps (10-bit) and 35fps (16-bit).

    b) Significantly improved render speeds. Using multiple Rockets, SCRATCH can render to 2K DPX from MX at 60fps to disk. Render to 16-bit TIFF at 35fps.

  • New RED Color Page for SCRATCH. In v5.1, Red has a separate page of color controls that contains all the SDK options – FLUT, ISO, Saturation, Exposure, etc. This works in conjunction with the standard L/G/G and shape controls that we have always had.

  • For more information click here.

    Footage Firm Giving Away New Time Lapse Footage

    Footage Firm is offering 10 different just released collections containing 150 time lapse clips in high definition and standard definition to a limited number of customers including landscapes, clouds, sunrises and sunsets.

    For more information click here.

    S.two Ships FlashDock Transfer Station

    S.two Corporation, a Reno based manufacturer that provides uncompressed digital film production solutions and the workflows to seamlessly integrate the move to post, has announced the FlashDock, a portable editorial ingest and archival station for FlashMag solid-state magazines from OB-1 which is S.two’s on-board digital film recorder. The smallest self-contained uncompressed recorder for HD, HD4:4:4 and raw production, OB-1 weighs under 7 lbs. (3Kg) and draws under 20W of power, is powered directly from the camera, fully solid state and completely silent in operation.

    Supporting uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB and raw data, including ARRIRAW, the FlashDock provides multiple transfer target interfaces, including dual-link HD-SDI, eSATA, USB 2.0, Gbit Ethernet, RS422, and SAS.  FCP-style XML and Avid-style ALE metadata files are generated and made available over Ethernet or to a USB device for automated editorial ingest.  An optional Expansion Chassis provides two half-height LTO3/4 drive bays and is powered from the FlashDock for true on-location archival or backup capability.  The FlashDock is capable of operating on 100-240VAC or 24VDC power and is designed to be used on remote shoot locations, in the studio, or in a post production facility. 

    For more information click here.

    Blur Out Face with Final Cut Pro

    Here’s a great Final Cut Pro video tutorial on how to hand-track a blur filter to cover up a person’s face or object.

    The particular effect is designed for a quick work-around for those who need to track a person’s face, or perhaps a license plate of a car. It’s down and dirty, but yet does the job. For automatic motion tracking, you can certainly use Apple Motion. However, I think you’d find it’s probably easier to create the effect manually within Final Cut Pro.

    Watch the video.

     

    Adobe Premiere Pro: How to Create the Opening Scene of “2001: A Space Odyssey” in Adobe Premiere Pro

    Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

    Topic: Reproducing TV or Film Effects

    How to create the opening scene of “2001: A Space Odyssey” in Adobe Premiere Pro

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    Watch the video.

    Apple Final Cut Pro: Blur out face with Final Cut Pro

    Chapter: Editing

    Topic: Effects

    Here’s a great Final Cut Pro video tutorial on how to hand-track a blur filter to cover up a person’s face or object. The particular effect is designed for a quick work-around for those who need to track a person’s face, or perhaps a license plate of a car. It’s down and dirty, but yet does the job. For automatic motion tracking, you can certainly use Apple Motion. However, I think you’d find it’s probably easier to create the effect manually within Final Cut Pro.

    http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2010/02/blur_out_face_with_final_cut_pro.php

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    Euphonix MC Color Grading Surface Available

    The Euphonix MC Color Grading Surface offers video editors and colorists control and integration with Apple’s Color 1.5. The slim-line MC Color attaches to the Mac via Ethernet, and features high-resolution optical trackballs, trackwheels, displays, encoders and a host of programmable keys to speed up and enhance the Apple Color workflow. MC Color’s compact design is portable enough for on-set grading, and can be combined with other Euphonix media controllers to build a larger, integrated video editing control surface.

    MC Color features include:

  • 3 optical trackballs for modifying color values, vignettes and pan and scan.
  • 3 optical trackwheels for controlling contrast sliders, vignettes and pan and scan.
  • 6 touch-sensitive rotary encoders for adjusting parameters.
  • 6 high-resolution OLED displays show parameter names and values.
  • 9 programmable soft keys that automatically update their function for each room in Color.
  • Comprehensive transport and navigation controls.
  • Dedicated copy/paste grade buttons for memory banks 1-4.
  • Deep, plug-and-play integration with Apple Color.
  • For more information click here.

    Stardom Announces ST8-U5, ATTO R380 and Hitachi 2TB Drives Performance Results

    Stardom announced that the ST8-U5 8 drive mini-SAS product running with ATTO’s newest MAC driver for the ATTO ExpressSAS R380 card can reach 800MB/s plus, in RAID 5, in independent testing.

    The tests were provided, unprompted, by a very respected, professional video editing resource. The source was very impressed with the performance of the Stardom ST8-U5 product along with the ATTO R380 card and Hitachi 2 TB drives. The source tested the new firmware on the ATTO ExpressSAS R380 SAS card and the Stardom SOHOTANK ST8-U5, which was loaded with Hitachi drives using a 16.0 GB sized file in 2048×1556 10-bit RGB format, the drive pushed 705 MB/s writes and 775 MB/s reads. Further, using a 16.0 GB sized file in DVCProHD 1080i60 format, the drive pushed over 822 MB/s read speeds.

    The SohoTANK ST8-U5 Features:

  • Hot Swappable Tray Modules
  • Mini-SAS interface
  • Hassle free drive installation and removal
  • Alarm buzzer when fan or power supply is defective
  • 2 – 9cm Ball Bearing fans
  • Portable Desktop Form Factor
  • LED Drive & System Status indication
  • For more information click here.

    ProductionHUB Launches Newest Version of Site

    Over the course of 2010, ProductionHUB.com, the business networking community for those behind the camera, will be revamping their site, and periodically unveiling new features to better meet the needs of users. Set for mid-February, 2010, the first series of changes include the rollout of the new My Account section along with the site’s latest feature, Recommendations.

    The new My Account page will be easier for users to set up, navigate and manage their content on ProductionHUB and will include the addition of Recommendations, which will work similar to recommendations on other networking sites, such as LinkedIn. The new Recommendations profile option allows users to recommend people and companies they have worked with and even leave a comment about their experiences with them.

    For more information click here.