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Hamburg Pro Media Announces New Products Offering MXF Support for Final Cut Pro X

Media solution specialist and integrator, Hamburg Pro Media, announced three new products offering MXF support for Final Cut Pro X: MXF Import, MXF ImEx Suite, and AVC-Intra Codec.

MXF Import

MXF Import allows users to access a broad range of MXF variations. Open, view, play, edit without transcoding.

The new MXF Import plug-in ready for Final Cut Pro X with a wide range of new metadata, including Apple sandbox support. This means “native MXF workflow ready” for Apple OS X Mountain Lion and Final Cut Pro X.

MXF Import is a MXF reader, importer, interpreter and file access plug-in for Mac OS X. It allows to natively open and access a broad range of MXF variations without converting or referencing to the QuickTime movie format. The unique integration enables Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 and other solutions to directly work with native MXF media.

Features:

  • Native MXF Support for Final Cut Pro X
  • MXF OP1a and OP-Atom Import
  • AS-11 Import
  • Import – Codecs: XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra,
  • Avid DNxHD, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10, JPEG2000 (option), DV
  • Import JPEG2000 with J2K Codec
  • Coming soon: Edit while Ingest – importing and editing of growing / streaming files

Click here for more information about MXF Import.

 

MXF ImEx Suite

The new all-in-one Im- and Export-Bundle to open, edit and export MXF files.

ImEx stands for Import/Export – the only MXF all in one solution for the Macintosh.

Using ImEx users can open nearly any MXF flavor and export the most important MXF industry formats with the most QuickTime compatible application.

Features:

  • Native MXF Support for Final Cut Pro X
  • MXF OP1a and OP-Atom Import
  • AS-11 Import
  • Import – Codecs: XDCAM HD, AVC-Intra,
  • Avid DNxHD, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10, JPEG2000 (option), DV
  • Import JPEG2000 with J2K Codec
  • MXF OP1a Export
  • Compressor support
  • Export – Codecs: XDCAM HD, DVC-Pro HD, IMX-D10, DV
  • AVC-Intra Codec for AVC-Intra MXF export and encode as an option
  • Export-presets for the most common formats

Coming soon: Edit while Ingest – importing and editing of growing / streaming files

Click here for more information about MXF ImEx Suite.

 

AVC-Intra Codec

The first AVC-Intra Codec for Mac OS X with encoding capabilities. When picture quality and flexibility counts. Supports the output of QuickTime and MXF files.

AVC-Intra Codec is the first AVC-Intra encoder for Apple’s OS X. The AVC-Intra Codec component makes AVC-Intra encoding available at the OS X QuickTime framework and is accessible by every OS X application. The encoder has been optimized to smoothly interface with the Apple AVC-Intra decode.

Features:

  • Based on the modern AVC standard (H264/MPEG4-AVC)
  • Defined and specified for MXF
  • 50 and 100 Mbps
  • 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Intra-Frame, aka I-Frame only -> no Long-GOP
  • Truly constant frame accurate Bit Rate (CBR)
  • Fast access of growing / streaming files
  • Encode AVC-Intra QuickTime .MOV files with
  • FCP X and 3rd party QuickTime applications
  • Encode AVC-Intra MXF with ImEx Suite

Click here for more information about AVC-Intra Codec.

Click for more information about MXF support for Final Cut Pro X.

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New Online Library Stereobot.com Brings Simplicity to Music Licensing

Music can make or break a production. The right song can say everything. Pick the wrong song and that message will seem flatter than an un-tuned trombone. Announcing Stereobot.com – a new online music library that puts simplicity first. Stereobot’s bold take on music licensing will make any voyage towards the “perfect track” a pleasant one for music supervisors and the creative productions they so valiantly champion.

Lit up by a vivid color scheme, the calling cards of Stereobot.com are:

  • A handpicked catalog of premium production music that encompasses all genres and all moods
  • Simple searches that lean on the magic of smart sliders (e.g. happy vs. sad)
  • Checkbox categorization filters (e.g. sounds like)
  • Pre-built playlists (e.g. Dark & Spooky).

Users can even tap the search skills of Stereobot.com’s own music supervisors if they are the delegating type. Every option gets users to the same place: a pain-free licensing experience.

Stereobot.com was born out of Frantzolas’ first venture, Soundsnap.com – the world’s most popular site for production-grade sound effects. After sending out a customer survey, a prominent portion of their community alerted them to a simple need that wasn’t being met by other companies: “a place for high-quality, affordable production music.” As sound effects and music naturally complement one another, Stereobot.com was designed to be a fresh take on an old formula; one that understands the needs of productions, but injects a little more life, and a lot less clutter into what should always be a smooth and intuitive process.

Stereobot.com’s song licenses are available in .wav format for use in any commercial or non-commercial application.

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Action Life Media Announces New mCAMLITE for iPhone 5

Action Life Media, the manufacturer of the first camera enhancer for the iPhone has done it again with the mCAM for iPhone 5.

The mCAM is built out of a solid piece of billet aluminum, giving users the proper weight to stabilize hand-held shots while keeping the iPhone safe. Users can also mount themCAM to any tripod with four different ¼-20 mounting holes along the body, or attach a variety of accessories to the coldshoe mount on top. Each mCAM kit includes a Wide Angle/Macro Combo Lens which enables the user to shoot breathtaking images that an iPhone alone never could. A 180° External Mic improves audio recording with the ability to capture directional sound.

Description:

The mCAMLITE is a sleek and portable version of the mCAM by Action Life Media. The mCAMLITE allows users to shoot stunning photos and videos and share them with the world faster and better than ever before. The aluminum frame allows for better stability and empowers the user to shoot with confidence. Interchangeable lenses gives users more shooting options and the ability to capture breathtaking images that an iPhone alone never would. Compatible with iPhone 5.

What’s in the box:

  • Billet Aluminum Body
  • 37mm Wide Angle/Macro Combo Lens
  • 180° External Microphone
  • Silicone Case
  • Accessory Pouch

Click for more information about the mCAMLITE for iPhone 5 from Action Life Media.

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XenData and Empress Collaborate to Deliver a Digital Asset Management and LTO Video Archive System

XenData, a provider of LTO archive solutions, announced its partnership with Empress Media Asset Management, LLC to bring a more affordable, integrated digital asset management and LTO archive solution to the media and entertainment industry.

Traditionally, media asset management systems have run on one or more servers and have communicated with an LTO archive server via a network. Empress and XenData are now able to provide a powerful integrated MAM and LTO archive system running on a single server. This approach not only reduces costs, but also minimizes network traffic. The solution consists of a XenData SX-500 series rack mount server with 12 processor cores and 32 GB of RAM. This runs Windows Server 2008, XenData6 Server and Empress eMAM software to provide a functionally rich solution.

eMAM software benefits include:

  • Extensive Support Tags: Users can import metadata from the source video and also add additional metadata as customized tags.
  • Easy Previews: Thumbnails as well as low-res proxies are automatically created for all content. This enables the user to preview content even if the high-res files are offline. Low-res proxies may be stored in the cloud and previewed without impacting the local server performance.
  • Enhanced User Rights Management: eMAM adds sophisticated control of user rights management this allows for different content categories to be created and access defined for specific user groups and individual users.

The XenData6 Server software provides comprehensive management of one or more attached LTO tape libraries. Benefits include:

  • LTO Cartridge Replication: One or more replica tape cartridges can be created automatically. When full, the replica cartridges may be exported from the library and retained at an offsite location for enhanced data protection.
  • Choice of Leading Formats: LTO tape cartridge pools may be written in either LTFS or TAR, the two leading exchange standards for writing files to LTO.
  • Ability to use MAM or File System Interface: In addition to accessing the LTO video repository using eMAM, a standard file system interface may also be used. This means that the system may be used simultaneously by multiple applications.

The combined solution will be demonstrated on a XenData SX 502 Archive Server at Content & Communications World, November 14-15, in New York at the Javits Center, Empress booth #1340.

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CineFlare Nostalgia Released for Final Cut Pro X

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces CineFlare Nostalgia to FxFactory. Nostalgia offers Final Cut Pro X editors a package of effects and generators that add an authentic vintage look to any project. Three different customizable elements include retro color effects, lens flares and vintage slide vignettes. Editors can choose from a series of presets or make adjustments themselves. With a multitude of parameters to fine-tune effects, adjustments are simple to make while still offering a comprehensive set of controls.

CineFlare Nostalgia feature effects include:

  • Vintage Color Effects: A collection of 10 color presets to choose from, these color effects instantly add a retro feel to footage. Editors can tweak the effects with slider controls to adjust the intensity of the color, the gamma setting to be washed out or darker, and the contrast, from crushed to washed out.
  • Flare Builder: Users can add cool lens flares to footage, adjusting color, contrast, grain and opacity for the desired look. Twelve preset lens flares can be easily applied for an instant vintage feel, or fine-tuned to the editor’s liking.
  • Retro Slide Vignettes: With four different slide effects, editors can add vignettes to frames for the slide look of the past. Scale and position the slide frame for the perfect vintage feel.
  • Vintage Creator Effect: Editors can design their own looks by simply choosing which colorcast to add and adjusting intensity, gamma and contrast.

Click for more information on CineFlare Nostalgia.

Click to see Nostalgia by watching the online tutorial here.

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LockCircle Announces Fader Plate

Another simple innovative idea from LockCircle for the PrimeCircle MAT-BOX System to use a 77mm screw-in variable-neutral density with a 4×4 or 4×5,65 matte-box.

The Fader Plate designed by LockCircle offers a practical solution that many DSLR shooters have frequently demanded.

The new Fader Plate is an ultra lightweight CNC machined aluminum plate available with the classic size of 4″x4″ and 4″x5,65″ filters with a 77mm thread that offers the choice to mount a screw-in filter in every matte-box filter tray.

DSLR shooters realized how practical can be using a variable -ND filters and still need the flexibility of a professional matte-box, this is the reason why the Fader Plate was designed: a simple and practical solution.

Available in two sizes: 4″ x 4″ and 4″ X 5,565″ fitting every brand matte-box filter tray.

Fader Plate is an accessory of the Prime Circle MAT-BOX system, the first Sliding matte-box that follows the focus barrel.

LockCircle Fader Plate features include:

  • CNC machined aluminum matte black anodized
  • available in two sizes: 4″ x 4″ and 4″ x 5,65″
  • exactly the size of 4″ X 4″ and 4″ X 5,65″ glass filters
  • ultra lightweight (great for clip-on solutions)
  • fits every 4″ x 4″ and 4″ X 5,65″ filter tray (every brand)
  • 77mm screw-in filter thread (82mm coming soon)

Click for more information about the LockCircle Fader Plate.

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Stellar Data Recovery Announces New Phoenix MOV

Stellar Data Recovery, leaders in data recovery software and services since 1993, rolled out its all new Phoenix .MOV file repair, a handy tool that repairs corrupt and damaged MOV files. New Phoenix facilitates fast and easy .MOV repair, fixing issues with every component of any QuickTime movie including frame, sound, video, and pixel.

Stellar Phoenix MOV Repair is Do-It-Yourself software that easily repairs corrupted MOV files in 3 easy steps: select, scan and repair. The software gives flawless result after repairing the corrupt or damaged MOV file showing the reason of corruption in the file. Phoenix MOV repair comes with a try before buy version to evaluate the functionality and runs smoothly on Mac operating system OS X 10.5 and later versions including latest Mountain Lion.

Click for more information about Stellar Phoenix MOV Repair

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Digital Production Buzz — October 25, 2012

  • What Video Producers Need to Know About Streaming Media
  • Training Filmmakers Internationally
  • Breaking News from Telestream
  • Weapons of Influence – Available Today

GUESTS: Dan Rayburn, Norman Hollyn, Lynn Elliott, and Michael Cowan

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New interviews every week! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Dan Rayburn, Executive VP, StreamingMedia.com

The world is quickly shifting from distributing media on physical objects, to downloads and streaming over the web. Dan Rayburn, executive vice president of StreamingMedia.com, and the head of Streaming Media West, coming to LA later this month, joins us to explain what streaming media is, how filmmakers can take advantage of it, and spots some of the trends we need to watch over the coming months.

Norman Hollyn, Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Norman Hollyn is an experienced film editor, a professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts… and a world-traveler, helping filmmakers around the globe improve their story-telling skills. Norman joins us this week to discuss why filmmakers are looking to the US for hints on creating great movies. Their focus isn’t on technology, its on the craft of story-telling, as Norman explains.

Lynn Elliott, Product Manager, Telestream

Just before showtime, Telestream introduced the latest version of ScreenFlow – software used by trainers around the world to capture computer screens. Lynn Elliott, product manager at Telestream, stops by to explain the new features in the software, way ScreenFlow is moving far beyond its original purpose of simply capturing screens, and gives us a glimpse of where Telestream is headed in the future.

Michael Cowan, Founder/Executive Producer, Commotion Machine Media

Creating successful advertising is hard enough for most businesses. But when you are a professional, like a lawyer, the rules and regulations of your industry can make advertising far harder. Michael Cowan, Executive Producer for Commotion Machine Media, specializes in helping professionals advertise; both legally and successfully. Recently, Michael has featured a series of blogs called: “Weapons of Influence,” which he shares with us on this week’s show.

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!


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Flanders Scientific Announces Two New FSI Monitors

Earlier this year Flanders Scientific added many advanced features, like 12 bit signal support and processing, C-Log and S-Log monitoring modes, camera record status tally indication, and even beta support of XYZ signals. Now Flanders is adding two relatively minor, but very helpful, updates to make FSI monitors even more useful to any user on a day to day basis.

The first update is to FSI’s onscreen timecode display feature. While Flanders has always had timecode displays many users observed that they were too small for many applications. So with the latest update users can now select timecode size from the OSD menu to suit the application being used.

The second update is a completely new feature: On-Screen Tally. When activated from the function menu this feature activates a small tally box onscreen located directly under the physical tally located on the monitor’s bezel. This onscreen tally will light up in any application where the physical tally lights up. So why is this so useful? Many users are using FSI monitors with a wide variety of custom hoods, cases, or panel covers that may obscure the physical tally light. This new onscreen tally allows users to clearly see a tally indication onscreen even if the physical tally is obscured. With the release of the camera record tally feature a few weeks ago this new capability has come at a particularly good time.

XYZ support continues to be in a beta phase in this release as Flanders collects more data from those testing XYZ sources on their FSI monitors in real world applications, but official full support of XYZ formats is expected in the near future.

This new firmware is now shipping on all new FSI monitors and is available as a free download to all current FSI monitor owners.

Click for more information about Flanders Scientific.