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Eye Scream Factory Releases 74 DVE Transitions by Kevin P. McAuliffe

Eye Scream Factory, a provider of time-saving design templates, presets, and royalty-free content for digital media artists, has announced the availability of 74 DVE transition presets created by Kevin P. McAuliffe, Senior Editor at MIJO in Toronto, Canada, and an Avid Media Composer editor for 15 years. The presets include a wide variety of organic and fluid DVE transitions.

Editors can easily preview and apply presets to host application video inside the Avid FX or Boris RED Library Browser. The graphical preset Library Browser makes finding the desired look a snap. The package also includes Avid and Final Cut Pro 7 bins containing all of the presets, giving Avid Media Composer 6 editors, Avid Symphony 6 editors, and Final Cut Pro 7 editors who use Boris RED 5 instant access to the DVE transitions – without ever having to leave their timeline.

All of the included preset effects can be customized and combined with other effects. Editors can then save new customized presets to the Avid FX or Boris RED Library Browser – or an Avid or Final Cut Pro 7 bin – for future use. In addition, the presets can be used with Boris RED 5 or Avid FX 6 as a standalone application or inside any Macintosh or Windows host application in which Avid FX 6 or Boris RED 5 is installed.

Availability

Eye Scream Factory’s 74 DVE Transitions by Kevin P. McAuliffe is available immediately from the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX and Eye Scream Factory websites.

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Digital Production Buzz — Jan. 26, 2012

  • Make Money on Your Movies!
  • The European Film Market
  • The Power of Crowd-sourcing
  • Fund Your Film Using Crowd-funding
  • Screen Rough Cuts for Feedback
  • Play It Again in Extreme Slow Motion

GUESTS: Catherine Buresi, Simon Chappuzeau, Karsten Wenzlaff, Karyn Benkendorfer, and Laurent Renard

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This week is all about making money!

Great New Interviews! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Catherine Buresi, Co-Director, European Film Market

The European Film Market, which starts in two weeks and runs in conjunction with the Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, is the third-largest film market in the world; after Cannes and the American Film Market. Catherine Buresi, Co-director of the EFM, joins us this week in the first of two interviews explaining what the market is, how film makers can use it to sell their projects, and suggestions on what genres are popular today.

Simon Chappuzeau, Founder, digitalfilmcamp

Simon Chappuzeau is fascinated by crowds. We first met Simon last year during our Berlinale Film Festival coverage. He runs a two-day seminar, called digitalfilmcamp, on crowd-sourcing — which is an Internet-based way to raise awareness and money for film projects. This year, we want to get an update on what’s happening in the world of crowd-sourcing.

Karsten Wenzlaff, CEO/Founder, Ikosom

Simon set the scene for crowd-sourcing. Next, we invited Karsten Wenzlaff, CEO of Ikosom, to give us specific suggestions we can use to make the most of crowd-sourcing. Ikosom is a research firm specializing in social media. Crowd-sourcing isn’t just for fund-raising, its also for building awareness, creating an audience, and allowing the audience to participate in the creative process. Karsten is filled with suggestions on what filmmakers should do – and should avoid doing – when crowd-sourcing your next project.

Karyn Benkendorfer, Producer/Writer

Karyn Benkendorfer is a free-lance producer/writer and chairman of the Producers Guild of America, West, Documentary/Non-Fiction Committee. A few years ago, they started “Rough Cuts,” which is a screening and round-table discussion of works in progress, to help filmmakers improve their projects. This week, we talk with her to learn more about Rough Cuts and the PGA in general.

Laurent Renard, CEO/Founder, i-Movix

Ever watch sports and see an instant replay in extreme slow-motion? Well, the gear that did that was probably created by i-Movix, a company founded and run by Laurent Renard. They wrapped a Phantom high-speed camera into a EVS control system and delivered then entire package as a turn-key solution for broadcasters and sports coverage. This week, Laurent explains what it is and how it works. (And, yes, you can rent these for your next production!)

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Pixologic Announces The Release Of ZBrush 4R2b

Pixologic is proud to announce that ZBrush 4R2b is a major upgrade to ZBrush, including many exciting new features to push your artwork to greater heights.

ZBrush 4R2b Features:

  • FiberMesh to create true 3D fibers, fur and hair which may be sculpted, painted, UV mapped and even exported to other applications.
  • New set of dedicated FiberMesh “Groom” brushes and corresponding Brush settings.
  • MicroMesh support to render fibers or single polygons as another 3D object.
  • New set of BPR filters and operators to greatly improve your final ZBrush renders.
  • BPR Global Shadow and Ambient Occlusion settings which simplify shadow management.
  • New Cavity Mixer which to define different material shaders based on the mesh cavities.
  • Improved small details creation through Alpha and Mask. Alphas may be placed using TransPose.
  • Surface Smoothness feature detects mesh curvature for Mask creation.
  • New global deformation with Transpose Curve deformation and UnClip.
  • Improved Mask operations with Shrink and Extend.
  • Topology editing additions: Group Mask and Edgeloop Mask Border.
  • New JPEG Exporter with Crop, Preview and adjustment settings.
  • Numerous improvements such as storing shadow information based on the camera point of view, preview of mesh Extraction, Auto Adjust Mode for perspective. and a lot more.

ZBrush 4R2 revolutionizes digital modeling and unleashes your creative power by delivering a topological-free sculpting process with new tools like DynaMesh. DynaMesh will allow you to realize your concepts via a workflow that ignores the traditional geometry barrier. When sculpting with traditional techniques, polygons become stretched and difficult to work with. Now with a quick gesture, ZBrush will instantly generate a new sculpting-friendly model with uniform polygon distribution. This makes it possible for you to focus only on the visual aspects of your model, without worrying about its underlying geometry.

ZBrush 4R2b is a free upgrade for all registered ZBrush users. For anyone who already has ZBrush 4R2 installed, please contact marketing@av3software.com to organize an upgrade.

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Announcing Larry Jordan’s FREE Advanced Video Compression Techniques Webinar

In this Filmmaking Webinar we examine how, at the most basic level, we use video compression to make files smaller to simplify downloads. However, making small files with great looking images can be a real challenge. This webinar builds on the compression fundamentals webinar – Compressor 4 Workflows – and takes you farther and into other compression tools.

In this session, we will look at advanced features in Compressor 4, then compare them to Telestream Episode Pro. We’ll compare droplets with watch folders, check out how to create WMV and FLV files, and examine the different controls each interface provides. If you need to compress lots of files, quickly, with great quality – or you just want to check out the latest compression techniques – this webinar is for you.

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PreSonus Ships BlueTube DP V2 and TubePre V2 Tube Preamps

PreSonus is now shipping new and improved versions of two of its classic tube preamplifiers: the BlueTube DP V2 and TubePre V2.

Enjoy solid-state clarity or tube warmth with the BlueTube DP V2 dual-path mic/instrument preamp. The solid-state path feeds PreSonus’ Class A XMAX mic preamplifier with 80 dB of variable gain-an upgrade from the original BlueTube DP. The tube path features a 12AX7 tube that operates on voltages double that of other preamplifiers in its class, producing lots of headroom and big tone. The Tube Drive enables you to achieve anything from gentle warmth to edgy distortion. You also get 48V phantom power, an 80 Hz high-pass filter, -20 dB pad, and polarity reverse.

With two combo mic/instrument inputs, the half-rackspace BlueTube DP V2 is a great choice for guitars as well as vocals. Singer-songwriters can run their vocal through one channel and their guitar through the other, feeding both to the P.A.-no guitar amp needed. It also serves as a DI box, thanks to balanced XLR and unbalanced ¼” outputs, and is housed in a new, rugged, 1/2U case. Try the BlueTube DP V2 as a front end for a DAW, too. The BlueTube DP V2 is available immediately.

The single-channel TubePre V2 tube preamp is an affordable way to add high quality tube warmth and character to your sound. This new version provides an even wider palette of sound options, and a much more focused tube saturation, than the original TubePre. It has been upgraded to employ PreSonus’ popular XMAX Class A solid-state preamp, which is followed in the signal path by a 12AX7 vacuum-tube stage with Tube Drive tube-saturation control.

Housed in a rugged, 1/3-rackspace case, the TubePre V2 rear panel sports separate unbalanced, ¼” instrument and balanced, XLR mic inputs and unbalanced ¼” and balanced XLR line outputs. The front panel offers controls for gain, 48V phantom power, 80 Hz high-pass filter, and polarity-reverse, as well as a mic/instrument input switch. A lighted VU meter and a clip LED help you keep an eye on your levels. The TubePre V2 is available immediately.

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Introducing the New Grass Valley ADVC G-Series Multi-Purpose Digital Video Converters

The Grass Valley ADVC G-Series of affordable, multi-purpose digital video converters are at the leading edge of technology, and the latest additions to the renowned ADVC family. Housed in a practical and compact 1/3 RU form factor, these four converters tackle a variety of different A/V tasks and are particularly well suited to events and staging, corporate AV centers, and broadcast display applications.

All ADVC G-Series converters include a frame synchronizer (FS) and full format support. The ADVC G1 and G2 includes scaling features, while the ADVC G3 includes multiplexing features.

Grass Valley ADVC-G1

Any In to SDI Multi-Functional Converter/ Upconverter with Frame Synchronizer

The ADVC G1 is a compact and competitively priced converter, designed to convert and/or upconvert any kind of professional/broadcast signals to HD/SD-SDI with the full support of the latest 3G technology.

The ADVC G1 will convert and/or upconvert, at the user’s choice, sources from HDMI, DVI, component, composite, S-Video, AES/EBU, and analog audio to HD/SD-SDI (3G/1.5G support). With its audio inputs, the ADVC G1 can also be used as an audio embedder. It also features a reference in port which can serve as a frame synchronizer for the analog inputs, eliminating the need to purchase separate expensive equipment.

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Grass Valley ADVC-G2

HDMI & SDI to Analog & SDI Multi-Functional Converter/ Downconverter with Frame Synchronizer

Like other members of the ADVC G-Series family, the ADVC G2 combines the latest conversion technologies in a compact 1/3 RU form factor.

Featuring HDMI and HD/SD-SDI (3G/1.5G support) for the inputs and HD/SD-SDI (3G/1.5G support), component, composite, S-Video, AES/EBU, and analog audio for the outputs, the new ADVC G2 plays the role of many converters for the price of one. The ADVC G2 also features 3G support, downconverting, and a frame synchronizer, which becomes very handy when, for example, connecting the SDI out to a switcher.

The ADVC G2 can be used as a monitoring device for HDMI and HD/SD-SDI sources, but it can also act as an HDMI to HD/SD-SDI (3G/1.5G support) converter.

The AES/EBU and analog audio outputs, used for audio de-embedding, are a welcome feature in most monitoring applications.

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Grass Valley ADVC-G3

2X SDI to HDMI Converter/ Multiplexer with 3D Support

The ADVC G3 is a full-featured HD/SD-SDI to HDMI converter with 3G technology and the latest HDMI 1.4a connection support, designed to fulfill the demands of 3D monitoring and multiplexing.

The ADVC G3 can be used as a standard HD/SD-SDI to HDMI converter, but also features a second SDI input which can be used for left-eye/right-eye inputs. The ADVC G3 will, in real time, multiplex the two left-eye/right-eye signals for a 3D output through HDMI.

The analog audio and AES/EBU outputs, used for audio de-embedding, are a welcome feature in monitoring situations, for both 2D and 3D content.

The ADVC G3 features 3D multiplexing technology supported by HDMI1.4a (Side-by-Side, Top-and-Bottom, and Frame Packing—sequential), which can be turned on and off manually.

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Grass Valley ADVC-G4

Sync Generator with Reference Input

The ADVC G4 is more than just a compact and robust sync generator.

While most competitive products have only six outputs and restrictions on SD and HD signals, the ADVC G4 has nine outputs that can be individually controlled in groups of three.

For example, three outputs can be SD, the other six can be HD, or vice versa.

The ADVC G4 also includes a 48 kHz wordclock as well as a reference input, which allows it to be used as an extender when more than nine outputs are needed, or when an extension from the main system is necessary.

The ADVC G4 features the highest signal quality, best functionality, and the most comprehensive format support in the compact sync generator market.

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GoPro Releases New Production Software

GoPro has released a new version of its professional family of 2D and 3D production software: GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional.

The company also recently released a new version of its free software, GoPro CineForm Studio, which adds powerful new features appealing to consumers and pros alike.

GoPro CineForm Studio (free download) is available for both Mac and Windows platforms, and enables users to adjust aspect ratios and instantly correct distortions or image stretching that typically occurs when resizing images. The software also enables users to add keyframes anywhere in the video, and add effects such as pan and zoom to introduce movement and drama to timelapse sequences. Other new features include automatic recognition for 3D videos for YouTube uploads; auto-update of HD HERO2 camera firmware; and support for .mov and .mp4 video formats to bring in content from other camera systems.

GoPro CineForm Studio Premium captures the most popular features of both CineForm’s Neo HD and Neo 3D into a singular solution designed for 2D and 3D broadcast and feature film production. The app extends the stereo 3D toolset and is optimized for multi-camera stereo rigs, such as SI, Phantom, Red, and Arri Alexa. Additional features include a new and improved UI; non destructive color correction, reframing, and 3D correction; and support for a wide range of consumer and professional 2D and 3D (single body) video cameras. Support has also been added for HD and beyond.

GoPro CineForm Studio Professional features a new and improved user interface; non-destructive color correction, reframing/image manipulation, and 3D correction; support for a 2D and 3D (all types) video cameras; and support for HD and beyond; as well as independent eye control for professional 3D camera rigs.

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Audioengine Announces New Computer Audio Products at Macworld

Audioengine D1 – 24-bit Computer Interface

Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) allows you to bypass your computer’s soundcard or headphone output and send audio through USB or optical. D1 is the perfect digital interface between your computer and music system and will improve the sound of ALL your music.

The D1 accepts inputs from both USB and optical and has outputs for any audio system or headphones. D1 is the perfect way to get audio not only from your computer but also from your TV, Apple TV, DVD/BluRay player or CD player. And since it’s powered by your computer’s USB, D1 is also a high-quality portable headphone amplifier.

D1 Features:

  • Desktop or portable digital-to-analog convertor
  • Mac or PC plug-and-play, no drivers to install
  • Headphone amp included
  • USB and optical inputs

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Audioengine D2 – 24-bit Wireless Computer Interface

Audioengine D2 Premium 24-Bit Wireless DAC allows you to stream wireless HD audio from your computer to any music system, independent of your Wi-Fi network. D2 includes USB and optical inputs, a high-performance DAC, plus the isolation benefits of wireless. Setup is fast and simple, with no software to install and no network setup.

The D2 offers audio fidelity and features of DACs costing several times more, but with one very important feature – it’s wireless! The D2 processes computer audio at any bit depth up to 24 bits and sample rates to 192KHz, then sends your music over-the-air at 24/96. The 100ft (30m) typical range, low latency, built-in DAC, and resistance to interference and dropouts makes D2 the best-sounding HD wireless system available. Think of the D2 as Airplay for audiophiles, but without the setup hassles and dropouts.

D2 Features:

  • Wireless bit-perfect 24/96 digital-to-analog converter
  • Mac or PC plug-and-play, no drivers or network setup
  • USB and optical inputs
  • Optical and analog outputs

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Yanobox Moods – Next Generation Color Correction for FCP X

Noise Industries development partner, Yanobox, is pleased to introduce Moods, a unique color grading plug-in with support for Final Cut Pro X; Motion 3, 4 and 5; and Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5. Users can download a free trial version of Yanobox Moods.

Yanobox Moods feature highlights include:

  • Intuitive Interface – Moods sports a heads up display interface. Grading your HD footage in full screen becomes an immersive experience.
  • Desaturate – Silver – Contrast – Move horizontally to control the black level. Drag up or down to desaturate or create silver colors. Combine silver with contrast to get the famous bleach bypass look.
  • Exposure / Gamma – Move horizontally to control white levels. Adjust the gamma vertically.
  • 3-Way Color Balance – Shadow, mid-tone and highlight wheels alter color from subtle adjustments to crushed colors. Use punchy or classic mode to boost or preserve the luminance level.
  • Wash Shadow – Blend shadows with pure colors to create classic vintage looks.
  • Transparent Rendering – With GPU acceleration and integrated tools, color grading becomes an interactive process on standard laptop and desktop computers.
  • Presets to Get Started – Artists can use Moods presets or design and save their own looks to obtain the perfect Mood.

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Archion Further Enhances Avid Workflows with Introduction of Project Sharing on EditStor ES

Continuing to introduce products that leverage its more than 10 years of experience supporting Avid media workflows, Archion Technologies is now offering Avid project sharing on its EditStor ES Shared Storage System. EditStor ES provides real Avid project sharing that enables complete collaboration between multiple Avid editors simultaneously working on the same open project.

Native project sharing is the latest example of how Archion continues to provide more functionality than systems that cost nearly twice the price. Unlike very basic networked solutions, EditStor ES is a shared storage system that has been specifically designed with the level of features and scalability needed for media workflows, including such functionality as project sharing and on the fly volume expansion.

Project sharing on EditStor ES is transparent to the Avid workflow. When projects are placed on EditStor ES volumes, several users can work on the same project at the same time. Using the native locking mechanism, Avid editors do not have to keep track of who is currently working in a bin — the lock shows them. This allows only one user to write to a bin, but allows multiple users to read the files in that bin. This ensures that changes aren’t inadvertently overwritten to clips or sequences in the bin.

Other features include:

  • On-the-fly volume expansion without interruption
  • High-performance 10 GigE to support demanding file types
  • Hot scalable storage that enables expansion without shutting down
  • User-friendly administrator console offers simple management
  • Compatibility with Windows, Linux and Mac OS

EditStor ES is ideal for almost all production, post production and content creation environments. It can benefit Avid, Apple and Adobe users working in a full range of industries, including film, television, broadcast, houses of worship, education, commercials, corporate and the government.

The investment price for a complete EditStor ES is approximately 50% the cost of competitive solutions and systems are available for immediate delivery.

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