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Digital Production Buzz — Nov. 24, 2011

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  • Behind the scenes at Fox Television
  • A close look at Telestream Screenflow
  • Interactive television for military families
  • Professional education for editors

GUESTS: Alicia Hirsch, Lynne Elliott, Dennis Butts, and Mike Flanagan

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Alicia Hirsch, Senior Vice-president for Post-production, Fox Television Studios

Alicia Hirsch, Senior Vice-president, Post Production, at Fox Television Studios, oversees more than 20 one-hour dramas, pilots and reality talk shows delivered to a variety of cable networks. Some of her shows include “The Killing,” “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” and “The Shield.” Alicia takes us behind the scenes to explain how all these shows get edited and delivered in time to meet their weekly deadlines. And wait till you hear her description of all the video formats she needs to work with!

Lynn Elliott, Screenflow Product Specialist, Telestream

Lynn Elliott is the Screenflow Product Specialist for Telestream. She has more than 20 years marketing experience and currently manages the marketing for ScreenFlow, an award-winning screen capturing software. Telestream says that ScreenFlow helps video producers create professional-looking videos, demos and tutorials, even if they have no previous experience. This week, we talk with Lynn to see if she can back up those claims.

Dennis Butts, Founder, Military Comm Networks

Dennis Butts, Founder of Military Comm Networks, Inc. will deliver a keynote speach at the upcoming Government Video Expo entitled, “Blending Video Conferencing with Broadcast.” Dennis is integrating multi-user interactive video conferencing with on-line video programming to create the feeling of watching TV programs with friends and family, even if you are separated by thousands of miles. He launched this to support far-flung military families and the results are amazing! (The Digital Production Buzz is the official podcast of Goverment Video Expo.)

Mike Flanagan, Founder and CEO, Video Symphony

Mike Flanagan is the president of Video Symphony, a professional post-production training school in Burbank, California. He’s been deeply involved with training and finding jobs for his students for many years. His book “Hollywood Jobs” provides guidance for job seekers who want to find work fast. This week, we talk with Mike about the options students have who want to enter the post-production industry.

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Gefen’s Newest Splitter Supports High Resolution Video Systems using Dual Link DVI

Connectivity solutions provider Gefen has announced its new 1:4 Dual Link DVI Splitter, offering plug and play signal distribution to four locations for high performance broadcast, professional and high resolution video applications.

The 1:4 DVI DL Splitter is ideal for industry professionals or anyone who wants a mirrored output of high resolution video on four dual link DVI displays. A simultaneous connection and delivery of video with no downtime or degradation makes the 1:4 DVI DL Splitter an effective addition to any high definition audio/video work station. All four identical dual link DVI outputs support dual link DVI resolutions up to 3840×2400 or single link DVI up to 1920×1200. This splitter can also be stacked with additional DVI DL Splitters to broaden the distribution.

Advanced features include internal or pass-through EDID for improved connectivity and optional output masking control using the RS-232 port. When not in active use, this Splitter will automatically move into standby mode to reduce power consumption, making it a “green” energy design.

The rack mountable 1:4 DVI DL Splitter comes with a locking power supply to further improve the installation robustness and performance.

Click for more information about Gefen’s 1:4 Dual Link DVI Splitter.

Effects Suite 10.0.1 adds CS5.5 support & Knoll Light Factory update

Red Giant Software‘s Effects Suite gives you creative freedom and your work a truly professional appeal. From volumetric light flares to a believable cartoon look, these are everyday tools for distinctive visual effects. Our free Effects Suite 10.0.1 update gives action-packed fixes to your favorite products, including the always-popular Knoll Light Factory.

Like your favorite steel-toed boot, Knoll Light Factory 2.7.2 crushes some pesky bugs. The KLF bug fixes includes occasional GPU crashes in After Effects; problems with the Region of Interest and Location Layer functions; and a Houdini vanishing act in 32-bit After Effects comps. For full details, read this blog post by our Engineering Manager.

Click here for more information about Effects Suite 10.0.1 CS5.5 Support and Knoll Light Factory Update.

AOTG.com Launches Their Apple Film Editors App

After several months of digital and online testing, Art of the Guillotine Inc., the world’s leading news aggregation and distribution system for film editors, is proud to release the new“AOTG” Apple App for iPhone and iPad.

The AOTG app with push notification provides editing news, as well as the videos from Art of the Guillotine’s “Association Video Series” which brings the American Cinema Editors, the Canadian Cinema Editors and the Australian Screen Editors together to share their professional videos.

Using location services, AOTG.com users can post and find professional editing events globally. The AOTG app also hosts The Cutting Room Podcast, hosted by Gordon Burkell and voted one of the top 40 film podcasts for filmmakers and editors.

Click here to download the new AOTG app.

LockCircle Announces the Professional LockPort UNIVERSAL

LockCircle has announcing the release of the LockPort UNIVERSAL, a new product developed to help avoid damaging your 5D and 7D mini HDMI camera port.

The LockPort UNIVERSAL protects definitely the fragile output on your camera from tough production abuse with a rock solid universal clamp and a smart mini to full-size HDMI adapter.

The LockPort UNIVERSAL plate is designed to fit easily every head, baseplate, sliding plate, support out there using the original camera screws already there. Ready in 10 seconds.

The LockPort UNIVERSAL safely secures a 90° FRONT/REAR mini HDMI to full-size HDMI adapter, protecting forever the “expensive to repair” mini HDMI port on your expensive HDSLR camera.

The Adapter has gold plated contacts and the full-size female output allows you to use stronger standard HDMI cables, you can purchase everywhere.

Standard size HDMI plugs locks securely in the socket – no signal loose, and if somebody walks over your cable, the plug still can pop-out saving your camera from falling on the ground.

The full-size HDMI 90° output can be used in FRONT or REAR position (2 different adapters) to reach the best cable ergonomics solution on your rig set-up.

The LockPort UNIVERSAL adapters are availbale in FRONT and REAR editions, also available in kit or sold separately to upgrade the kits or like spare parts.

Instant reverse output direction set-up.

Click for more information about LockCircle’s LockPort UNIVERSAL.

Drobo and Pogoplug Partner to Deliver the Personal Cloud

Drobo, makers of award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, and Pogoplug, creators of the award-winning line of streaming and sharing devices, have announced a partnership to deliver a comprehensive personal cloud solution for anytime, anywhere access to files. Drobo customers will have access to free cloud storage, remote file access and digital media streaming using Pogoplug Cloud, a new service announced last week.

Using Pogoplug Cloud, customers can turn their Drobo into a multi-terabyte private cloud that provides secure, remote access to their entire digital library of documents, movies, photographs, games and music files. The agreement between Drobo and Pogoplug also provides Drobo users with 10GB of free public cloud storage – ideal for syncing valuable files between Drobo and the cloud.

Designed specifically for customers who require storage capacity without the complexity and price of legacy storage, Drobo delivers sophisticated yet easy-to-use and affordable storage solutions for professionals and businesses. Every Drobo is powered by the patented BeyondRAID technology that automates traditional storage challenges such as data protection, capacity expansion, and application performance optimization.

Pogoplug Cloud, delivered by Cloud Engines, has changed the way personal content is stored and delivered over the Internet with the advent of its personal cloud. Pogoplug Cloud provides secure storage of digital media from any location, enabling users to access, share and stream their content from a mobile or connected device. Together Drobo and Pogoplug Cloud offer customers with large personal media files remote access to these files under the security of linking a Drobo appliance to a personal cloud.

Click for more information about Drobo and Pogoplug’s Partnered Cloud Storage.

Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX Unbundled from Avid Media Composer 6

av3Software has announced that Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX has been re-engineered for 64-bit Windows and Macintosh operating systems and gives editors the most comprehensive VFX and compositing plug-in suite ever created.

A whopping 200+ filters include 3D Objects such as Extruded Text, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, award-winning chroma keying and compositing, a full suite of colour correction tools, time-based effects such as Optical Stabilizer, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects.

All BCC AVX filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.

The other important thing you need to know about is that Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX is now unbundled from Avid.

So, if you are an Avid user creating rich content and have used Boris Continuum Complete on your projects, it might be an idea to upgrade to the latest version of Boris Continuum Complete to maintain compatibility with other Avid users.

AV3 Software are running a promotion on Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX upgrades between now and the end of December.

Click for more information about Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX.

GenArts Releases Sapphire v6 for Final Cut Pro 7 and OFX Systems

GenArts Inc., the global leader in specialized visual effects (VFX) software, has expanded the newest version of Sapphire to include support for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, The Foundry Nuke, Sony Vegas, and other Open Effects (OFX) systems. With this release, Sapphire v6 is available on all major editing systems to give editors, motion graphic artists, and compositors the flexibility to create high-quality visual effects for their projects in less time. The GenArts Solution now powers Sapphire across all platforms to deliver the optimum combination of high-quality effects, contemporary VFX looks, and professional expertise in a single solution.

Sapphire v6 introduces significant innovations to the product that has been the longstanding leader in professional VFX for the media and advertising industries. Now Sapphire has a robust Flare Designer, new effects and transitions, over a thousand presets, and the ability to preview presets on actual footage, further enabling artists to create their best work in less time. Sapphire also includes one year of access to FX Central, GenArts’ portfolio of carefully curated looks, so customers always have the freshest and most relevant looks.

With Sapphire v6 OFX and Final Cut plugins, you can:

  • Design flares from scratch and control individual elements
  • Visually browse 1,100+ customizable presets on your media, or create and save your own
  • Get new presets monthly via an included one-year subscription to FX Central (currently in beta)
  • Enjoy expanded creative options with 240+ effects and transitions
  • Edit flare elements within After Effects’ 3D compositing environment and isolate effects easily with AE masks integration
  • Float Autodesk Flame licenses across platforms

As the second product to leverage the full GenArts Solution, Sapphire v6 enables artists to more easily and effectively realize their creative vision. The GenArts Solution builds upon the existing high-quality Sapphire effects engine with professionally curated looks from FX Central and informative metrics to give VFX artists the tools they need to create their best work in less time.

Sapphire v6 is currently available for After Effects, Autodesk, Avid, Final Cut Pro 6/7, and OFX systems.

Click for more information about GenArts Sapphire v6.

Tiffen Updates Award-Winning DFX Version 3 Filter Suite With Support For 64-Bit Avid Systems; Expands Sony Camera Options

The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for still and video imaging, motion picture, and broadcast markets has announced that its Tiffen Dfx v3 digital filter suite is now compatible with Avid 64-bit systems, Media Composer, and Symphony v6.0 as well as NewsCutter v10.0. In addition to 64-bit, the updated Dfx v3 plug-in sports enhanced filter control and adds support for 16 Sony camera models.

The Tiffen Dfx v3.0.5 update is free to existing Dfx v3.0 users and can be downloaded from the Tiffen website.

Tiffen Dfx v3.0.5 Update – What’s New

The following new features and capabilities are now available in Tiffen Dfx v3.0.5:

  • Support for Avid 64-bit editing systems: Media Composer v6, Symphony v6, and NewsCutter v10
  • Support for Sony Cameras: Sony DSLR-A550, Sony DSLR-A580, Sony DSLR-A700, Sony DSLR-A850, Sony DSLR-A900, Sony NEX-3, Sony NEX-5, Sony NEX-5N, Sony NEX-C3, Sony SLT-A33, Sony SLT-A35, Sony SLT-A55V, Sony SLT-A65V, Sony SLT-A77V, Sony XCD-SX910CR, STV680 VGA
  • Dfx Paint Mask tool with new blur controls gives more control over blending and transitioning in effects and filters
  • New adjustable brush slider covers large areas; brush coverage can scale up to 50% of the screen

Tiffen Dfx v3 Overview

A powerful and robust video and still image editing effects suite, Tiffen Dfx v3 boasts enhanced multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images, 10+ brand-new filters for optical effects, updated host support, interface improvements, and more, taking still and moving image editing to the next level of visual brilliance. With over 120 filter effects, with a staggering 2,000+ presets, digital versions of award-winning Tiffen filters, films stocks, specialized lens correction tools, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects, the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital filters for professional photographers, top motion picture filmmakers, video editors, and visual effects artists around the world. New features and capabilities include:

  • Color Shadow: Creates a high-contrast image overlaid with a gradient, simulating the look and feel of those colorful iPod commercials.
  • DeBand: Banding frequently occurs, in blue skies for instance, with DSLRs as well as digital cameras. DeBand removes banding artifacts from an image by smoothing pixels in banded areas while retaining detail.
  • DeBlock: Removes blocking artifacts created as a result of high compression factors, such as overly compressed JPG images, which often cause square blocking artifacts.
  • DeNoise: Grain and noise from digital cameras, whether still or video, is a common problem. DeNoise removes the grain and noise while still retaining detail.
  • Film Stocks: Simulates 113 different color and black and white photographic film stocks. For those desiring the look of either old or current film stocks, there are simulations of many of the popular brands from Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Polaroid, and Ilford.
  • Glow Darks: Glows and grows the dark areas of an image, creating a stylized, dreamy dark glow.
  • Key Light: Relights images with a directional or point light. Changing the lighting after an image has been photographed gives the photographer/editor control to fix or enhance images, as well as create interesting lighting effects.
  • Rays: Creates stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily. Rays can add shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting through an interior window. Rays adds a striking and dramatic quality to any image.
  • Texture: Applies textures to an image for a stylized look. Adding texture to an image is a great way to create a unique and customized look.
  • Match: Matches the color, detail, grain, and tone of one image and applies it to another.

Click for more information about Tiffen Dfx v3.

Wisconsin Is Even More Film-Friendly with New Film Tax Legislation

In Wisconsin, in an effort to make it easier for small businesses in the creative economy to tap into the $500,000 film tax credit program, Governor Walker has signed legislation to reduce the application fees for the film tax credit program administered by the Department of Tourism. The film tax credit program is available to qualifying film, television, advertising/commercial and video gaming projects.

The up-front application fee was previously set at 2 percent of the budgeted production expenditures or $5,000, whichever was less. The new legislation now sets these fees to either 2 percent of the production budget or $500, whichever is less. As an example, a film production with a $100,000 budget would have to pay a $2,000 application fee under the old fee structure. Now, the fee would be capped at $500.

The state offers two film incentive programs to increase the potential for economic development through the film, video, television or electronic game industry in Wisconsin. In order to qualify for the film tax credit a production must use Wisconsin-based businesses, equipment and/or crew.

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is to market the state as the Midwest’s premier travel destination by executing industry leading marketing programs and establishing strategic partnerships. The Department plays a significant role in generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin.

Click for more information about film tax credit applications.

Click for additional Wisconsin traveler information.