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Noise Industries Releases Dashwood Editor Essentials for FCP, Premiere Pro, AE and Motion

Noise Industries has announced the release of Dashwood Editor Essentials, a set of plug-ins that can repair footage and perform other tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. It can make all the difference in delivering your edit on time.

Save precious time when your deadline is looming. Dashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins that can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort.

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Dashwood Editor Essentials is available now for purchase in their online store.

Digital Production Buzz — April 25, 2013

  • Making 4K Images Real
  • A Film Festival Solely on Facebook
  • Creating Comedy for Golden California
  • SAG-AFTRA Restructures and Approves New Contract

GUESTS: Rajesh Ramachandran, Sy Smensgard, Ron Hanks, and Jonathan Handel

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Rajesh Ramachandran, President/CTO, Qube Cinema

Recently, Qube Cinema collaborated with Canon to demo a 4K theater for digital intermediates during this year’s NAB Show. Rajesh Ramachandran, President and CTO of Qube Cinema joins us this week to explain the workflow and show how post houses can benefit from this new, higher resolution.

Sy Smensgard, Co-Founder/Director, OneCloud

OneCloudFest is a film festival that lives entirely on Facebook. Co-founded by Sy Smesgard and her husband, Jonas, they saw a need to combine the excitement of a film festival with the power of social media. This is either a “Really Good Idea,” or “Totally Demented.” Sy stops by this week to explain the idea behind the concept and let us know how its working.

Ron Hanks, Filmmaker, Golden California

Season 1 of Golden California is up and running and making us laugh. However, creating laughs is very hard work. Filmmaker Ron Hanks is the driving force behind these weekly webisodes, so we want to talk with him about creating comedy, what works and what doesn’t, and how he keeps it fresh from week to week.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

SAG-AFTRA has confirmed about 60 layoffs in the wake of the recent national board approval of a union restructuring plan. Jonathan Handel, the Buzz’s legal and labor expert, explains the meaning behind the news, as well as their newly approval Commercials Contract, which increases payments significantly for commercial actors.

The Buzz is 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!

MotionVFX Introduces mSmokes

MotionVFX’s mSmokes is a collection of 100 professional, high quality, organic, 2K and pre-keyed smoke elements designed to be used within any compositing or non-linear editing software (such as Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Nuke, Smoke, etc.).

mSmokes are simply huge Quick Time PNG Millions+ (yes, with an Alpha Channel), 24p files. Over 100GB of Data and amazing quality.

For those who don’t really care about an Alpha Channel, the download link includes 4GB H.264 version.

To use mSmokes in your production, just drag the file onto your timeline and you are done. Make sure you place the clip on a new layer above your current footage. Select the suitable blend or composite mode when using H.264 files.

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Other World Computing Introduces Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCIe SSD

Other World Computing, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, today introduced the OWC Mercury Accelsior_E2, a Mac and PC-bootable, high-performance PCIe SSD card that features up to 960GB of SSD capacity, up to 820MB/s of sustained data performance, and further external storage expansion capability with two 6Gb/s eSATA interface ports. Built to exceed the demanding needs of video editing and creative professionals, the Mercury Accelsior_E2 offers the best combination of speed, capacity, and connectivity for simultaneous internal and external storage performance.

Speeds Up Booting, App Launches, and Processor-Intensive Processes

By utilizing the fastest data interface available in a Mac Pro or PC — the PCIe slot — the Accelsior_E2 offers nearly 3x the performance vs. an SSD in a SATA 2.0 3Gb/s drive bay with well beyond even 6Gb/s speeds of up to 820MB/s. Now owners of PCs and Apple Mac Pros can stop waiting for I/O-intensive apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or Avid Pro Tools to render, capture or process; as well as experience near instantaneous booting and application launches.

Adds Faster than Factory Interface to Mac Pros

Featuring two 6Gb/s eSATA expansion interfaces, the Accelsior_E2 offers up to 6x faster file transfers and backups—600MB/s—than the fastest Mac Pro factory offered interface of FireWire 800, which offers up to 100MB/s speed. The two eSATA ports are fully bootable, and ideal for a variety of application requirements, enabling for up to 32TB or more of additional external drive capacity.

Use with Thunderbolt Equipped Apple MacBooks, iMacs, Mac mini, and PCs Too

The Accelsior_E2 isn’t just for desktop machine use. By utilizing an external PCIe expansion chassis equipped with Thunderbolt technology, such as the OWC Mercury Helios, the performance benefits of the Accelsior_E2 can also be enjoyed by customers with Mac or PC laptops featuring the Thunderbolt interface.

Connect Single Solutions or Create RAID Array

Fully compatible with 1.5Gb/s, 3Gb/s, and/or 6Gb/s external drives, the Accelsior_E2 offers two eSATA storage expansion interfaces. Each interface can connect to a variety of OWC and NewerTech single and dual drive RAID solutions and other brand eSATA interface-equipped solutions. By using Apple Disk Utility or SoftRAID with Macs or various software RAID applications for PCs, customers can even create a RAID array among two connected drives.

A More Efficient and Reliable Computing Experience

Massively boosting data transfer rates is only one of the benefits to the Accelsior_E2. With its custom SandForce Driven OWC Mercury SSD blades, the Accelsior_E2 card enables Mac and PC users to enjoy a more responsive and productive computing experience along with cooler, quieter and more energy efficient operation, compared to standard hard drives. Those benefits don’t come at the expense of dependable use as SandForce RAISE technology provides RAID-like data redundancy protection and reliability.

Boosts Entry Level Server Applications and Gaming Too

In addition to video-editing and multimedia creation / management deployment, the Accelsior_E2 takes entry-level servers and even gaming to entirely new levels of performance. With up to 100,000 IOPS, business-critical applications like online transaction processing databases are given an instant boost. For gamers, the Mercury Accelsior_E2’s extreme performance speed dramatically reduces game level-loading, object streaming and save times for more play time and less waiting.

Upgrade as Capacity Needs Grow

With OWC factory configurations from 120GB (2 x 60GB) up to 960GB (2 x 480GB) and the ability to upgrade to larger Mercury Accelsior SSD blades in the future, the Mercury Accelsior_E2 is future-ready for growing capacity needs.

User-Friendly, Professionally Robust

As easy to install as a memory module, yet robust enough to handle the rigors of professional multimedia production environments, the half-height Accelsior_E2 card is the clear choice for pro audio and video studios producing HD-quality work. This game-changing, high-performance upgrade is designed and built in the U.S. from domestic and imported parts and backed by a three-year warranty.


The Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCIe SSD card is available for immediate ordering in the following dual Mercury Accelsior blade SSD capacity configurations:

  • 120GB (2 x 64GB for 128GB total flash)
  • 240GB (2 x 128GB for 256GB total flash)
  • 480GB (2 x 256GB for 512GB total flash)
  • 960GB (2 x 512GB for 1.0TB total flash)

The final capacity figures represent each drive’s useable capacity after the 7% over-provisioning allocation for wear-leveling and drive management. OWC Mercury brand SSDs use over-provisioning to ensure high reliability over the life of the drive, as well provide exceptional drive longevity and consistent, high data performance with I/O stability. Without this and other technologies built into OWC SSDs, other brand SSDs lose consistency and/or performance over time and/or as unused space on the drive declines.

Trade-Up Program for Previous Accelsior Model to Be Announced

The previous model Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD was introduced at the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show and did not feature eSATA expansion capability.

To offer owners a cost-effective upgrade path to the current Accelsior_E2, OWC will soon announce a trade-up rebate program. Along with offering costs savings on the Accelsior_E2 card itself, the original Accelsior SSD blades are 100 percent compatible with the Accelsior_E2 and are easy to install. Or, the Accelsior SSD blades can be traded in for larger capacity modules totaling up to 960GB.

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Digital Production Buzz — April 18, 2013

  • Building Real Stages to Create Dreams
  • Adobe Reveals Their “Next Generation”
  • Megatrax Makes High-Quality Production Music
  • How Aframe Enables Adobe Anywhere

GUESTS: Keith Stephenson, Bill Roberts, Phil Macko, and David Peto

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Keith Stephenson, Founder, SkyDreams Technologies, Inc.

The studios we build today determine the dreams we create tomorrow. Keith Stephenson is the Founder of SkyDreams Technologies, Inc., which provides technical solutions to the production industry primarily for reality and stage television. Since facilities build-outs reflect what is happening in the industry, we thought it might be fun to get the current schematic!

Bill Roberts, Director, Product Management for Video and Audio Solutions, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Adobe Systems made major news just before the 2013 NAB Show with the reveal of their next generation of video products. At NAB, we talked with Bill Roberts, Director of Product Management for Adobe’s Video and Audio Solutions, to learn more about their latest products and get more details on the newly announced Adobe Anywhere.

Philip Macko, Senior Vice President of Sales, Megatrax

Megatrax is one of the most-established sources of production music in Hollywood. Recently, they’ve been growing in the US, Latin America, and Brazil. We want to know what they are doing, and how they are helping students get better involved with production music. Philip Macko, senior vice-president of sales brings us up to date on these questions, plus the latest trends in music.

David Peto, CEO, Aframe

Adobe Anywhere means that editorial teams can collaborate from anywhere, not just within the same facility. But the only way to do that is using “The Cloud,” an amorphous collection of servers located on the Internet. Which is exactly the business Aframe is in. At NAB, we talked with David Peto, CEO, Aframe about how Aframe truly enables what can be done using Adobe Anywhere and The Cloud.

The Buzz is 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!

Special Report from the 2013 NAB Show – Day 5

This is day 5 at the 2013 NAB Show. Special report with guests:

Laura Loredo and Bruce Master, Ultrium.
Ned Soltz, Special Correspondent.
Kevin Klingler, SmartSound, Inc.
Alexis Van Hurkman, Van Hurkman Productions.
Ric Viers, BlastwaveFX.

Special Report from the 2013 NAB Show – Day 6

This is day 6 at the 2013 NAB Show. Special report with guests:

Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor, GV and DV Magazines.
Robin Brown, Product Manager, Autoscript.
Bruce Devlin, Chief Technical Officer, Amberfin.
Norman Hollyn, Associate Professor, USC Film School.
Robert Ventresca, Vice President of Marketing, ThinkLogical.
Cirina Catania, Producer, Digital Production BuZZ.

Live Updates from the 2013 NAB Show – Show 6

A 30 minutes live update with:

Philip Nelson, NewTek, Inc.
Oliver Masciarotte, Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc.
Barbara DeHart, Telestream, Inc.
Andy Liebman, EditShare.

Special Report from the 2013 NAB Show – Day 4

This is day 4 at the 2013 NAB Show. Special report with guests:

Sam Bogoch, Axle Video.
Jess Hartmann, ProMAX.
Philip Hodgetts, Intelligent Assistance.
Tim Jones, Tolis Group.
Skip Robins, Quiver.
Mark Walker, Boxx Communications.
Craig Nimens, Sound Ideas.

Redrock Goes Beyond DSLRs with New Redrock Black Line of Rigs and Cinema Accessories

Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable, professional-level cinema accessories, has announced its new Redrock Black lines of cinema rigs and accessories designed for working production professionals. Redrock Black premium camera support emphasizes ultra high-quality materials, time-saving features, and exclusive priority services and incentives through membership to Redrock Concierge. Redrock Black is exceptional gear for crews who rely on their equipment for their livelihood.

Redrock has been used in thousands of feature films and television productions including such noted names as Ron Howard, Shane Hurlbut, Rodney Charters, and Vincent Laforet. In addition, Redrock and Canon Inc. collaborated on the Canon EOS Cinema camera launch, featuring the Canon EOS C300 and Redrock ultraCage.

Redrock Black For Digital Cinema Cameras

Redrock Black line consists of cinema accessories and rigs designed for modern digital cinema cameras, the workhorse of filmmakers around the world. Redrock Black includes the ultraCage system for Canon EOS Cinema cameras, Sony F and FS series, Red Digital Cinema, and Blackmagic cinema cameras.

Redrock Black is easily identifiable by its sleek, black look with subtle gold accents and badges. The Black line will grow with additional product enhancements and support for other digital cinema cameras.

A Higher Level of Service with Redrock Concierge

Qualifying Redrock Black products come with a complimentary membership to Redrock Concierge, a unique set of services and incentives to inspire and support video professionals. From complimentary rig tune-ups and live Skype setup assistance, to special incentives and rewards at events and online, Redrock Concierge is one more reason Redrock is here for you wherever your career and creativity take you.

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Pricing and Availability

The Redrock Black series of products and services are now shipping; pricing varies based on specific rig and options.

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