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Luxology Ships modo for SolidWorks Kit

For years, SolidWorks users have been achieving stunning photo-realistic images of their designs by leveraging the PhotoView 360 application, built with Luxology rendering technology. Luxology is excited to announce a new tool that facilitates the use of the company’s award-winning modo software for advanced visualization by SolidWorks users. The new modo for SolidWorks Kit simplifies the importation of SolidWorks models into modo while maintaining user interface conventions familiar to SolidWorks users.

The modo for SolidWorks Kit expands modo’s native functionality with additional options for efficiently importing parts and assemblies while providing flexibility on how the model is organized for visualization purposes. Inside modo, users are presented with a familiar SolidWorks-style layout and navigation controls, along with drag and drop support for changing materials and selecting lighting environments.

A complete list of the new features in the modo for SolidWorks Kit is as follows:

  • Enhanced SolidWorks Import: allows additional import options for bringing SolidWorks parts, bodies and assemblies into modo. Benefits include reduced memory usage for large files and the ability to use instances for ease of editing and reduced overhead.
  • PhotoView 360 Compatibility: models open in modo with the same appearance and decal information as seen in SolidWorks.
  • Familiar Navigation for SolidWorks Users: user interface and navigation is similar to SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 so users have a comfortable and consistent set of controls.
  • Efficient Tools for Selecting and Reorganizing Imported Models: help users with the complex task of re-organizing model data so that it is easier to apply materials. Imported data can be selected by appearance, part, body or face and new layers can be created in modo to highlight specific parts of the design.
  • Library of Additional Materials: 350 material presets (PAD presets) beyond those included with modo let Kit users mimic real world surfaces like leather, carpet, tinted glass and mesh grills – or even “x-ray” materials that reveal interior portions of the designs.
  • Studio Environment Set 1 Kit: set of 51 HDRI spherical images complete with ground planes for easily obtaining professional-quality studio lighting for product shots and engineering visualizations.
  • Training Videos: prepared by experts in both SolidWorks and modo, these videos guide users in the SolidWorks-specific user interface, CAD tools, workflow and rendering creation.

A webinar detailing the highly-anticipated modo for SolidWorks Kit and conducted by SolidWorks expert and Luxology Registered Trainer Paul McCrorey, will be held on April 28, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT.  For more information and to register click here.

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NAB Show 2011 – Day 8 – April 18, 2011

Here’s the seventh in our series of Special Reports.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

Oliver Peters, Owner, Oliver Peters Post Production Services
Oliver Peters is a regular guest on The BuZZ and provides his perspective on the current trends in post-production: stereo 3D, higher camera resolutions and frame rates, and reactions to Final Cut Pro X.

Ric Viers, CEO & Founder, BlastwaveFX
Ric Viers loves creating sound effects. As the publisher of the world’s largest collection of sound effects, Ric talks about how he records sound effects and introduces their newest product: Sonopedia, their sound effects library with more than 30,000 effects.

Tony Papa, Video Products Manager, Cool-Lux
Tony Papa tells us about their line of camera-mounted, battery-powered lights and explains the difference between Quartz lights and LED lights.

Kip Watters, Director, Product Management, Media Group, Nexidia
Nexidia first appeared on the market with Avid Script Sync. Then, last year, they released Get for Final Cut Pro. This year, Kip Watters talks about their technology and a new way they have of indexing all the audio content on a website and making it instantly searchable.

Erik Otto, Managing Director, XDT
XDT develops software-based solutions for digital media transfers over local and wide area networks. In this interview, Erik Otto illustrates how to speed up data transfers between computers and servers for large media files.

NAB Show 2011 – Day 7 – April 17, 2011

Here’s the seventh in our series of Special Reports.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

Peter Crithary, Marketing Manager, Sony Electronics, is responsible for marketing most of Sony’s professional cameras in the U.S. He joins us to talk about a variety of new camera announcements – and solid state recording devices – that Sony made at NAB. Then, Vincent Maza, Marketing Manager, Avid Technology, joins us to talk about the new ability within Avid Media Composer to edit HDCAM SR video natively to more tightly integrate production with post.

Alexis Van Hurkman, Principle of Van Hurkman Productions, is a full-time colorist and a regular guest on The BuZZ, joins us to discuss the latest news from the creators of a variety of color-grading software; including DaVinci Resolve, LightWorks, and Assimilate.

Interviewed by Michael Kammes, Kimball Thurston, Lead Scientist, Reliance MediaWorks, explains new technology they are showing at NAB that allows better image processing and cleaner up-resing of SD to HD images.

Fraunhofer IIS is Europe’s leading research institutes. At NAB, they introduced MPEG compression for 5.1 surround sound, a real-time encoder for surround audio on the web, and a utility that lets you hear the results of audio compression in real-time, while you are mixing your audio. Matthias Rose, Head of Marketing Communications for Audio and Multimedia, Fraunhofer, explains.

Tom Vice, VP and General Manager, NextLab FotoKem. NextLab has developed an on-set hardware and software kit that can be used during production to simplify the process of working with tapeless media, which Tom calls “file-based workflows.” Listen as he explains his new system.

Michael Kammes interviews Jerry Pierce, Senior Vice-President, Hollywood Post Alliance, about its push to standardize IMF (Interoperable Mastering Format) and why this standardization is important to the professional side of the industry.

Bruce Devlin, Chief Technical Officer, Amberfin, explains their ICR software, which grew out of research at Snell and Wilcox, which is software for file and standard conversion, technical analysis, and conversion automation.

NAB Show 2011 – Day 6 – April 16, 2011

Here’s the sixth in our series of Special Reports.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

Alex Lindsay, CEO & Founder, Pixel Corps, a worldwide “guild” of digital artist, gathered together to share knowledge and, ideally, work. Founder Alex Lindsay, who is also the host of “This Week in Media,” explains why he started the Corps and what has been the result.

Michael Smollin, Free-lance D.I. Colorist, was working the Nucoda booth at NAB, showcasing their color grading software. We invited him to explain the process of color grading – that is, giving your film a “look” – as well as the benefits of the new Open EXR standard for improving exposures in difficult situations.

Greg Prentiss, Director of Sales – US, Autoscript. Autoscript makes a variety of teleprompters. In this interview, Greg Prentiss discusses the different kinds of prompters, how they can be used, and their new announcements at NAB this year.

Josh Apter, Owner, Manhattan Edit Workshops. Manhattan Edit Workshops provides training for Apple, Avid, and Adobe software around the U.S. Founder Josh Apter discusses the training they provide — plus, the hit of their booth: recording, editing, and posting videos directly from an iPad.

Craig Mott, Managing Director, Bluefish444. Bluefish444 makes uncompressed SDI video capture cards for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh systems. Crag Mott explains how their cards work, their latest NAB announcements, and why you need a capture card in the first place.

Dr. Ji Zhang, CEO & Chairman, Yuvad Technologies. Yuvad is a leading provider of multi-service video processing, and video over IP, with advanced advertising capabilities. Since all of us are looking for ways to turn our projects into money, you’ll be interested in what Dr. Zhang has to say.

Internet Radio Show and Podcast Digital Production BuZZ Presents Latest NAB Show Interview Line Up

Las Vegas, NV (Vocus/PRWEB) April 15, 2011

Larry Jordan, executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ, a popular international online radio show and podcast, announced today the guest line up for the first of the expected seven NAB Show BuZZ special shows of breaking news and interviews from its studio at SL#12114 on the trade show floor at the NAB Show 2011 in Las Vegas, April 9 to 14.

“The Digital Production Buzz is focused on digital production and post,” said Jordan. “When you combine our knowledge of the industry with the concentration of industry leaders at NAB, our location live on the show floor allows us to create shows filled with the news you need to plan your purchases and get ahead of new trends in the industry.”

“I am very impressed with how our guests represent leading companies in our industry,” continued Jordan. “They help us understand how all this new technology can simplify our projects, improve our ability to meet deadlines, and create amazing new ways to tell stories visually.”

The NAB Show BuZZ is powered by the Digital Production BuZZ, a long-running podcast specializing in tech news about digital production, post-production and distribution. The Digital Production BuZZ is now heard in more than 130 countries around the world each week. It has been podcasting regularly every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm Pacific Time for the last six years.

Cirina Catania, the show’s supervising producer said, “Covering the news accurately and timely is a combination of industry knowledge and the accumulation of years of relationships built by a mutual synergy. I appreciate so much the cooperation we get from executives, industry spokespersons and all of their support staff. It is through everyone’s combined efforts that the Digital Production BuZZ has been able to continue reporting ‘all the news now and in your digital future!’ for so many years.”

This first show features:

  • Scott Morris, Senior Director of Marketing, Adobe.
  • Lin Kayser, CEO, IRIDAS.
  • David Taylor, President, Cineform.
  • Jeff Stansfield, Owner, Advantage Video Systems.
  • Robert Sharp, President , Digieffects.
  • Mas Omae, Sales Manager, Accusys.
  • Doug Pircher, General Manager, International Supplies.
  • Paul Holtz, President, Class on Demand.

The first show aired on Monday, April 11, 2011 on the NAB Show BuZZ website, where the show as well as individual interviews can still be accessed. The shows can also be downloaded from iTunes (just search for the Digital Production BuZZ)

Upcoming shows to feature interviews with:

  • Stuart Ashton of Blackmagic Design shares many new announcements at NAB 2011, including DaVinci Resolve 8.0, & Resolve Lite, the Hyperdeck Shuttle, and the new ATEM Production Switchers.
  • Moving to audio, Ben Clasper of Counterpoint Systems discusses Media Maestro – the 360° broadcasting rights and finance solution – their newest addition to their copyright, licensing and royalty tracking software.
  • Bruce Master of IBM discusses the migration of the industry to tape based digital backup via LTO5.
  • Miguel Saldate, JMR Technical Specialist, discusses Fibrestream, a new high performance Fibre SAN solution.
  • Michel Prouix of Miranda discusses the new Playout Glass Cockpit, which incorporates the iTX IT-based automated playout with Kaleido multi-viewers, as well as the iControl Playout Manager facility monitoring.
  • Phil Story from Xendata discusses the powerful LT05 backup solutions, including the new XOA-20.
  • Donn Gurule discusses Lightbeam Systems’ state-of-the-art, specialized hardware solutions for professionals in the media and entertainment, engineering, financial, academic and scientific communities.
  • Jim Tierney of Hold for Digital Anarchy discusses the latest software updates to Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box skin retouching software package.
  • Paola Hobson of Snell shares the new turnkey playout solution based on Morpheus and I.C.E. technology.
  • Newtek’s Philip Nelson discusses the new version of 3Play, and the increased feature set of the 850 – the 850 Extreme.
  • Kevin Klinger of SmartSound shares updates on the Sonicfire Pro Application and its new cloud based music customization service.
  • Steven Canepa, GM of the Global Media & Entertainment Industry Division of IBM, discusses his role in the handling of P&L of the division.
  • Josh Apter, founder of the Manhatten Edit Workshop, discusses his recent work at the Workshop.
  • Barbara DeHart from Telestream shares the new technology at the show including updates to Episode and Agility software solutions.
  • Cache-A CEO Phil Ritti stops by to discuss their LTO5 archive solutions – and the implementation of LTFS.
  • Paul Babb, president of Maxon, updates us on CINEMA4D.
  • And more!

The NAB Show BuZZ powered by the Digital Production BuZZ is sponsored by Pond5, the world’s stock media marketplace, AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and desktop solutions, Accusys, worldwide leader in design, manufacturing, and marketing of RAID products, and Automatic Duck, the creators of timeline integration software for digital media artists.

The Digital Production BuZZ at NAB 2011. 
This year at NAB 2011, the BuZZ will create a series of one-hour Special Reports and dozens of one-on-one interviews, bringing in-depth coverage of industry leaders featuring the latest technology on display at the NAB Show 2011. The Digital Production BuZZ, hosted by Larry Jordan, will post a new show of NAB highlights every evening (Las Vegas time), starting Monday, April 11th; with interviews posted directly to the NABShowBuzz website throughout the day.

About the 2011 NAB Show 
The NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, the NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available here.

About NAB 
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more here.

About the Digital Production BuZZ 
Digital Production BuZZ is one of the longest-running podcasts about technology bringing listeners all the news they need now and in their digital future. It remains a leader in programming related to digital video production, post-production and distribution, keeping its listeners in touch with the trends and technologies, people and practices essential to keep them up-to-date and entertained.

New episodes of the weekly Digital Production BuZZ air live every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PST. Listen live at the show’s website or download the program later on iTunes. The BuZZ also offers a Newsletter that gives listeners a behind the scenes view of each week’s show, available here.

Executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ is Larry Jordan (internationally-renowned digital media expert, Apple-certified trainer, author, and member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America). Michael Horton co-hosts (actor, film editor, and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets). Cirina Catania produces (writer/director/journalist and member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.)

Digital Production BuZZ can be found at booth SL12114.

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. Jordan’s FREE Monthly Final Cut Studio Newsletter is read by Final Cut users around the world available here.

To schedule an interview on the Digital Production BuZZ
contact Cirina Catania, Supervising Producer
buzz(at)catania(dot)us

Laura Peters
Marketing Director – for Sales and Advertising
Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.
Laura(at)larryjordan(dot)biz

NAB Show 2011 – Day 5 – April 15, 2011

Here’s the fifth in our series of Special Reports.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor, Government Video and DV magazines, talks about the latest trends in camera technology displayed at NAB 2011.

Tim Dashwood, Founder, Dashwood Cinema Solutions, talks about the challenges of shooting and lighting stereoscopic 3D, and the launch of his production aid: Stereo 3D CAT.

Paola Hobson, Product Manager for Conversion and Restoration, Snell, explains her company’s core products – Archangel and Alchemist – and how they provide real-time format conversion and file restoration.

Sean Safreed, Co-founder and Director of Product Management, Red Giant Software, discusses the challenges of communicating color decisions between different groups working on a project and showcases two new, free, utilities that they released to solve this problem.

Steven Canepa, General Manager, Global Media and Entertainment, IBM, discusses the challenges of moving to an all-tapeless workflow, and tells the story of Watson, a supercomputer his group invented that recently beat two grand champions at Jeopardy and the role that type of programming plays in analyzing unstructured content.

Greg Dolan, Executive Vice President, Xytech Systems, explains how his company can help in scheduling resources, staffing, and media to enable mid-size production companies to avoid getting buried in paperwork.

Erwan Maigret, CEO, The Bakery, discusses the benefits of using traditional 3D software to create stereoscopic 3D images, as well as some graphics technology trends to watch in the future.

Digital Production Buzz – April 14, 2011

This week we are LIVE at the 2011 NAB Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tonight’s guests include: Stuart Ashton, Philip Nelson, Kevin Klingler, Barbara DeHart, Phil Ritti, Paul Babb, and Tracey Ruesch.

HEADLINES: Some of our best interviews, recorded live at the 2011 NAB Show. New announcements from Blackmagic Design, NewTek, Smartsound, Telestream, Cache-A, Maxon, and Adrienne Electronics. Killer new technology — and great guests!

NOTE: No live show tonight – we are busy packing our booth. Tonight’s show was recorded earlier today.

Today’s NAB Show BuZZ Special episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio program covering Digital Production, Post-Production and Distribution is filled with information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker or industry professional.

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Join host Larry Jordanas he talks with:

Stuart Ashton, Director EMEA, Blackmagic Design, talking about BMD’s new product announcements, including a major update to Davinci Resolve.

Philip Nelson, Senior VP, NewTek, explaining why NewTek should be your first choice for live production and streaming.

Kevin Klingler, CEO, Smartsound Software, about Smartsound’s new cloud-based system for creating high-quality, customized music.

Barbara DeHart, VP of Marketing, Telestream Inc., discussing key new releases from Telestream, including WireTap, Pipeline, and Episode.

Phil Ritti, CEO, Cache-A, explaining why archiving is more than just plugging in an LTO tape drive. His philosophy is that you won’t archive unless the system is easy to access and easy to use. Listen as he explains why.

Paul Babb, President, Maxon, is showcasing world-class demo artists in his booth. We talk about what skills are necessary to be a successful motion graphics artist.

Tracey Ruesch, President, Adrienne Electronics, has a simple little box that grabs timecode from files or decks and makes it accessible to both the NLE or an external device.

You won’t find guests like this on any other program. The latest technology — the brightest guests — all in one place — the Digital Production Buzz!

All the news you need now — and in your digital future.

NAB Show 2011 – Day 4 – April 14, 2011

Here’s the fourth in our series of Special Reports.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

Stuart Ashton, Director EMEA, BlackMagic Design.

Philip Nelson, Senior VP, NewTek.

Kevin Klinger, CEO, Smartsound Software

Barbara DeHart, VP of Marketing, Telestream Inc.

Phil Ritti, CEO, Cache-A

Paul Babb, President, Maxon

Tracey Reusch, President, Adrienne Electronics

NAB Show 2011 – Day 3 – April 13, 2011

Here’s the third in our series of Special Reports.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

Bruce Master,Senior Program Manager, IBM & Laura Loredo, Product Manager, HP.

Nick Rashby, President, AJA.

Philip Storey, CEO, Xendata.

Vincent Maza, Worldwide Marketing Manager, Avid.

Jim Tierney, CEO, Digital Anarchy.

Gary Arlen, President, Arlen Communications.

Donn Gurule, President, Lightbeam Systems.

Michael Kammes, Post-production Consultant, Key Code Media.

NewTek Integrates Apple Mobile Device Support Into TriCaster 850 EXTREME

NewTek, worldwide leader in portable live production and 3D animation systems, today announced that the new TriCaster 850 EXTREME provides out-of-the-box, the ability to work directly with video and audio from any Apple AirPlay -enabled device and App. With instant wireless support for two simultaneous AirPlay sources, devices such as an iPad, iPod, iPhone and Mac can serve as direct inputs to the TriCaster 850 EXTREME.

TriCaster 850 EXTREME works seamlessly with every AirPlay application and can accept, receive and integrate two channels of media transmitted by AirPlay into a live production. With NewTek’s AirPlay support, producers have many options, such as using an iPhone to send content to the

TriCaster 850 EXTREME as video, photo and audio sources, or using a pair of iPads as touch-screen controllable DDR’s. AirPlay integration requires no additional equipment or installation.

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