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Digital Production Buzz — June 9, 2011

Rory McKellar, Michael Kammes, Mark Davis, and Philip Hodgetts

HEADLINES: Creating branded entertainment in the UK, advance look at the next Avid, production management in the cloud, and is sharing stealing? All this, plus Pick Our Brains, on this week’s show!

This week’s 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 Jordan and co-host Michael Horton, as they talk with:

Rory McKellar, Producer/Director, MindHeist.

Rory McKellar is a free-lance producer/director based in Oxford, England, who’s credits range from directing reality programs to shooting low-budget sci-fi. What caught our eye is his involvement in interactive media – working with the BBC and Channel 4 in England to develop interactive, cross-platform projects to catch the eye of the very fickle youth audience.

Mark Davis, CEO, Scenios

Scenios CEO Mark Davis formally launched their flagship product – Scenios – at the Produced By conference last weekend in Los Angeles. Scenios provides cloud-based production file sharing, messaging, and media viewing to improve collaboration between all the different individuals involved in a production. We talk with Mark this week about his new product, what it does, and why he decided to offer an extended free trial.

Michael Kammes, Sr Applications Editor & Workflow Specialist, Keycode Media

Michael Kammes is a regular on The Buzz. And this week, he’s bringing us some inside gossip on an upcoming version of Avid Media Composer. Recently, he was invited to a technology preview on the new stereoscopic 3D features soon to appear in Media Composer. He joins us to tell us what he saw, how its different, what it means, and when its coming.

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Intelligent Assistance

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Intelligent Assistance, is another regular on The Buzz and joins us to discuss a trend we are seeing on the web. When does “sharing” a photo become stealing. If a photo is posted to the web, does that mean all copyrights are lost? Who has the rights to use a photo posted to Facebook or Twitter? Does any of this really matter? As always, you’ll find Philip’s opinion intriguing.

Pick Our Brains

This is your chance to get your technical and creative questions answered. You can contact us three different ways:

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show.
It’s 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!

Transferring Final Cut Pro or Avid Program Sequences to After Effects

Editors using Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer frequently turn to Adobe After Effects for a wide range of tasks, including basic format conversion, advanced compositing, and even complete desktop finishing. After Effects features a robust plug‐in architecture with a wide range of native and third-party filter options. As a resolution-independent application, it is also particularly conducive to working with larger-than-HD-sized camera files, such as RED Digital Cinema’s RECODE raw (.r3d) format. For these and other reasons, editors often perform basic editing in Final Cut Pro or Media Composer, but reserve After Effects for the finishing touches, such as keying, visual effects, and color correction with custom looks…

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Click to learn more about BorixFX Transfer AE.

DSLR Editors Get a Boost with New AV3 Production Power Pack

AV3 Software, developer and distributor of unique and innovative workflow tools for digital media, announced the latest in its new series of Production Power Packs. The latest powerful workflow pairing from AV3 includes Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Grinder bundled with the company’s award-winning dialog search solution, Get, at no additional cost (http://bit.ly/l2vSHK). Designed for Apple Final Cut Pro (FCP) editors working on DSLR projects, this latest AV3 Production Power Pack addresses the complications and time constraints associated with DSLR file preparation and management.

The Get/Grinder DSLR Workflow Advantages

With the new Get/Grinder Production Power Pack, editors can breeze through the pre-edit process. In one simple step, Grinder quickly transcodes DSLR files, making them “edit-ready.” Based on dialogue within the content, editors can then use Get to make their pre-selects, minimizing the need to search for alternate takes while editing. Get also creates clips that have permanent FCP Markers at each instance of dialogue found. Get Markers are searchable from within FCP itself using the Find function and maintain important clip metadata that can be used at any time in the future, even if the project is transferred to another editing application.

About Get

Get works hand-in-hand with Final Cut Pro and is designed to help editors become more efficient in searching for footage via the spoken word. Communicating directly with Final Cut Pro, Get derives sequences and clip metadata and indexes the associated media files, making them ready to search within. Select items are then exported directly to Final Cut Pro either as new clips with markers or markers into existing clips. Get is revolutionizing the editing workflow:

  • Provides access to the speed and accuracy of phonetic search technology.
  • Allows users to input search terms as they sound, bypassing spelling errors and mismatches with logged metadata.
  • Combines dialog and NLE metadata searches, as well as dialog and desktop metadata searches.
  • Provides users with the ability to pre-select content to be used within editing application and projects.
  • Editors can find content that already exists within a project, whether it resides in bins, clips, sub-clips, or sequences.

Click to view a demo video of Get.

Click for more information on Get.

About Magic Bullet Grinder

Magic Bullet Grinder is the smartest way to transcode DSLR/HDSLR footage. Grinder converts Canon video into edit-friendly formats, burns in timecode, and generates web-resolution proxies in a single time-saving pass. Version 1.5 adds new features directly from customer requests, which include important Apple ProRes codecs, timecode from camera EXIF data, new 25p conform frame rate, and render priority control. Take the tedium out of transcoding and get to the editing.

AV3 Production Power Packs

AV3 Software’s Production Power Packs are cleverly packaged to provide maximum workflow advantages and boost editing performance. Each pack combines AV3’s unique dialog search tool, Get, with a unique editing counterpart that exists within the market. Each Production Power Pack is logically combined to expand the user’s editing arsenal, enhancing skill sets and amplifying system capabilities. Offered at a substantial price reduction of existing retail costs, AV3 Production Power Packs give editors the most bang for their buck, maximizing potential while minimizing dollars spent.

Click for more information on AV3 Software.

Larry Jordan Announces Scenios to Sponsor Digital Production BuZZ

Oak Park, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2011

Scenios, the collaboration platform built by producers, for producers, is now a sponsor of the online radio show and podcast covering the technology of video production, post-production and distribution, the Digital Production BuZZ, announced Larry Jordan, the show’s Co-host and Executive Producer.

Scenios allows production teams to collaborate on all aspects of their projects, from pre-production through production and then into post-production. The Scenios platform includes a collection of apps that manages items like the script, budget, locations, shoot schedule, call sheets, dailies and rough cuts.

“We here at the BuZZ are delighted to help Scenios launch their on-line production tool at the Produced By Conference June 3-5 in Burbank, California,” said Jordan. “They have a very interesting take on the challenging problem of keeping everyone involved in a production organized and informed.”

Scenios presented a one-hour workshop at the Produced By Conference called, “How ‘The Cloud’ Will Transform Production as We Know It.”

“Digital Production BuZZ is one of the most respected programs in the industry, with a large and loyal audience of production professionals worldwide,” said Mark Davis, CEO of Scenios. “We’re thrilled to join the program as a new sponsor.”

About Scenios 
Scenios is the collaboration platform built by producers, for producers. Scenios is fanatical about creating software that streamlines the process of film and television production. The founding team includes Jeff Wurtz (EMMY Award winning editor and current producer/director of “Inside The Actors Studio” as seen on the Bravo Network) and respected digital media entrepreneur Mark Davis. Scenios’ offices are at the Tribeca Film Center in New York City.

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.)

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. As Jordan gears up for the release of Final Cut Pro X it is essential to subscribe to his FREE Monthly Final Cut Studio Newsletter read by tens of thousands of Final Cut Studio users around the world; available here.

To schedule an interview on the 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

Litepanels Sola 6 Fresnel Now Shipping

Litepanels, A Vitec Group brand, is now shipping their award-winning new Sola 6 LED Fresnel light. The revolutionary daylight-balanced Sola 6 provides the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in a Fresnel light, but utilizes just a fraction of the power of conventional fixtures.

Like all Litepanels fixtures, Sola 6 Fresnels feature instant dimming from 100% to 0 with no noticeable color shift. The Sola 6 offers beam control from 70 in to 10 in. Output is flicker free, and remains consistent even if voltage changes.

The Sola 6 offers familiar control via on fixture knobs to access mechanical focus and electronic dimming. They are also remote-controllable via integrated DMX interface and do not require an external ballasts.

Featuring Fresnel lens, the Litepanels Sola 6 draws 75 Watts yet produces output equivalent to a 650W tungsten unit, and weighs 9.10 lbs. (4.13kg). Optional accessories include: 8-leaf barndoors, 5-piece gel filter set, and more.

Click for more information on the Sola series of Fresnels and other Litepanels HD-friendly LED lighting systems.

Digital Rapids to Showcase New 2.0 Version of TouchStream Live Streaming Appliance at InfoComm 2011

Digital Rapids will be showcasing the new 2.0 version of the award-winning TouchStream portable encoding and live streaming appliance at the upcoming InfoComm 2011 exhibition. The version 2.0 update adds support for the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder management software, enabling comprehensive remote monitoring, management and control of multiple TouchStream units from a centralized location. Additional new features in the TouchStream 2.0 upgrade include enhancements to HTTP Live Streaming for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and improved Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming capabilities.

TouchStream appliances deliver Digital Rapids’ superior output quality and reliability in a portable form factor with unparalleled ease of use. Operations are performed through an intuitive touch-screen interface with integrated video monitoring, eliminating the need for laptops, keyboards, mice and separate monitors. Flexible features allow refinement of the incoming source and the addition of branding to the outgoing stream, while support for multiple output formats provides easy adaptability to varying project requirements. TouchStream appliances are available in standard definition and HD models with a comprehensive selection of output configurations to reach viewing devices from mobile phones and tablets to personal computers and IPTV set-top boxes. TouchStream appliances are ideal for on-location live streaming of events such as concerts and sporting matches; educational activities; corporate and government communications; worship services; courtroom proceedings and more.

The Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager software provides enterprise-class automation, management, monitoring and fault tolerance for multiple live streaming encoders. Advanced scheduling capabilities offer the flexibility of using of a different set of encoding parameters for each scheduled task. A ‘control room’ view for multi-channel confidence monitoring complements the individual local video display on each TouchStream unit. Additional features include failover (automatically switching to a backup encoder if necessary); individual and group encoder management; and control of third-party video routers for automated source signal selection.

TouchStream and other Digital Rapids solutions — including the StreamZHD live and on-demand encoding system and Digital Rapids C2 secure, accelerated data delivery software — will be demonstrated in booth number 2378 at the 2011 InfoComm exhibition, June 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.

Click for more information about Digital Rapids.

The Bakery to Unveil A Range of Free Tools at MIFA 2011

The Bakery (http://www.bakery3d.com), the 3D computer graphics software company, will unveil a new range of free tools for lighting professionals at the forthcoming MIFA show in Annecy, France (8.-10. June 2011, stand 2.006). The new toolset, which is available from this month, draws on the core technology of Bakery Relight, the Company‚ is a high-end interactive lighting, shading and rendering solution, which launched at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The Bakery will also host an Exclusive Launch Event on the morning of Wednesday 8. June 2011, where they will give a full presentation on the new toolset and Bakery Relight. The event will also include presentations by key clients, such as Dwarf Labs and Cyber Group Studios on their production workflow and latest projects using Bakery Relight.

The free toolset will include:

  • Bakery Comp: a simple node-based compositing tool with C++ extensions to enable users to write new compositing nodes for simple 2D CG compositing. This compositing tool includes the Bakery’s object model and scene representation with abstract classes creation, and supports major image file formats
  • Bakery Image Player: for playing image sequences, with stereo synchronisation
  • Bakery Image Viewer: to display native Bakery image format as well as other standard formats.

Click for more information about The Bakery and to obtain the free Bakery Imaging Toolset.

Digital Production Buzz — June 2, 2011

Dan Deluca, Gregory Evans, Bill Boss, and Jessica Sitomer

HEADLINES: Protecting your computer from evil on the web, making the transition from in front to behind the camera, helping broadcasters predict the weather, and better places to look for work. All this, plus Pick Our Brains, on this week’s show!

This week’s 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.

Click to listen to the current show:

*Right click on Download and “Save Link As…”


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

Gregory Evans, Security Expert, Evans and Ligatt Inc.

Ninety percent of Fortune 500 networks have been hacked. Con-man to company owner, Gregory Evans, Security Expert for Evans and Ligatt, joins us to discuss these alarming statistics. Gregory Evans was one of the world’s most prominent hackers, managing to successfully hack major companies like ATT, MCI, and Sprint. He made more than one million dollars a week in the late 90’s until he was sent to prison. Now, Evans shares what he’s learned in the hacking world with others to help prevent them from becoming victims. If you value keeping your computers secure, you need to hear what he has to say.

Bill Boss, VP, Product Development and Marketing, Weather Central

Bill Boss is Vice President of Product Development and Marketing for Weather Central, LP. He is a 23 year veteran of the television industry, and joined Weather Central in 1999. Weather (especially lately) seems to affect all of us in production… so we want to find out what the newest weather reporting tools are and what we as producers can learn from a segment of our business that is rapidly changing the way it works. Bill joins us this week to tell us more.

Dan Deluca, Founder, Contender Films

Dan Deluca is the founder of Contender Films and best known for his work on HBO’s The Wire as Dr. David Parenti. Not only has he had success in front of the camera as an actor but he has also managed to be successful behind the camera as a Writer, Director, and Producer. How does he market himself and his films? Does it matter that he is in D.C. thousands of miles away from Hollywood? And what has he learned moving from in front of, to behind, the camera that he can teach to us?

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Buzz Regular Jessica Sitomer, President of The Greenlight Coach, joins us to talk about researching your next job. You know your next job is “out there,” but where do you look? Who do you talk to? What are the trends to follow? Jessica has all the answers for us this week.

Pick Our Brains

This is your chance to get your technical and creative questions answered. You can contact us three different ways:

  • Call 1-866-977-BUZZ (2899) (or +1-818-879-5115 for callers outside the U.S.) before the show;
  • Join in the Live Chat during the show and ask your questions there; or
  • Send an email to TheBuZZ@DigitalProductionBuZZ.com

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show.
It’s 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!