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MicW Launches New E150 Modular Microphone

With the E150 Series, MicW once again breaks new ground. For the first time, a micro-perforated stainless steel panel is used as a front grille – an incredible 2,300 holes with a diameter of just 0.25mm.

The resulting effect on the sound is significant. Popping and sibilance are greatly reduced without any negative impact on the overall quality.

This technology is very common in aerospace and industrial audio measurement. It enables every nuance (detail) of the signal is transmitted unaltered. Recordings sound extremely natural and “rounded”, with high resolution and transient response.

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Noise Industries Releases Nattress Contrast Filters

Noise Industries‘ Nattress Contrast gives you sophisticated contrast adjustment tools to enhance visual impact.

Nattress Contrast works in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Motion.

Nattress Contrast contains four plugins: Bleach Bypass; Detail Preserve Contrast; Hyper Contrast; and Luma & Saturation Contrast. Adjusting the contrast of an image can greatly increase visual impact. Some lenses naturally produce a lower contrast image due to the way light diffuses through the lens elements, necessitating a post-production contrast boost. Nattress Contrast works natively in FCP X, FCP 7, Premiere Pro, Motion and AE.

Check out this tutorial on Noise Industries’ Nattress Contrast.

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EditShare Unveils Advanced Media Asset Management Capabilities at IBC2013

EditShare, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, is showcasing new releases of the company’s high-performance shared storage, ingest, media asset management, playout, archiving and backup, and video editing solutions for production and broadcast at the IBC2013 Exhibition held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from September 13 through 17 in hall 7 on stand B26.

Attendees to the exhibition can see the following groundbreaking new EditShare products and capabilities during IBC:

  • New EditShare Flow media asset management version 3
  • AirFlow, the new web browser-based application for remote access to EditShare Flow media asset management
  • New Flow Automation, which provides intelligent workflow automation and efficiency
  • EditShare XStream, Energy and Field 2 shared storage systems running version 7 with a sleek new interface and OS
  • EditShare Field 2 portable shared storage for “on-the-go” collaborative editing with integrated media asset management capabilities
  • New 10GBaseT Support, which provides economical 10-Gigabit Ethernet connectivity over standard CAT 6A copper cables
  • New Geevs Sports, a production server tailored to the unique needs of fast-paced, multi-channel sports coverage
  • Geevs Post, a compact, scalable, multi-purpose ingest and playout solution designed specifically for the post-production industry
  • EditShare Ark expanded tape library options
  • Lightworks Pro video editing software running on Windows and Linux with a preview of Lightworks Pro on Mac OS X
  • Horizon, EditShare’s new cloud-based health monitoring solution


About the EditShare Tapeless Workflow

EditShare seamlessly integrates high-performance shared storage solutions (XStream, Energy and Field) with video ingest (Geevs and Flow), media asset management (Flow), and archive and backup (Ark) to offer broadcast and post-production professionals a productivity-enhancing, tapeless workflow on a highly scalable infrastructure.

Designed to maximize collaboration, EditShare solutions integrate with industry standard third-party systems such as MOS-compliant newsroom computer systems, graphics and NLE applications, and sports production equipment.


New Flow 3 with AirFlow and Flow Automation

In this new version, to be released later this year, AirFlow and Flow Automation join the already popular Flow Browse, Flow Logger and Flow Ingest tools.

AirFlow is the new web browser-based connection to the powerful Flow media asset management system. It allows users to remotely access Flow for browsing, tagging and organizing media assets that live on EditShare’s shared storage, archiving and backup platforms.

Flow Automation provides new indispensable tools for setting up automated tasks such as transcoding and moving files across EditShare shared storage and archive systems based on easy-to-configure, rules-driven templates.

Other enhancements in Flow 3 include more powerful video editing and trimming; a new customizable user interface that gives users greater flexibility in arranging panes to maximize productivity; and support for non-video assets such as audio files, still images and documents.

EditShare Shared Storage Version 7

Version 7 operates on the world’s highest-performance Linux OS and sports a totally new and intuitive EditShare Connect interface. New features include “Project Profiles” (the ability to remember which spaces need to be mounted for different projects); a system status indicator, and localization support for virtually any language.

EditShare Field 2 — Portable Shared Storage

Field 2 is EditShare’s all-new, quiet, portable shared storage solution with integrated Flow media asset management and file ingest. The turnkey platform includes file ingest, advanced project sharing/bin locking, and archiving capabilities in an all-in-one, high-performance, rugged chassis. Ideal for on-location shoots, ENG trucks and remote offices, the new Field 2 is durable, light and compact, meeting the most stringent airline carry-on regulations.

New Connectivity Options

10GBaseT — economical 10-Gigabit connectivity over standard CAT 6A copper cables — is the latest wave in Ethernet technology. EditShare offers multiple switch options, including an EditShare-customized version of Arista’s groundbreaking 52-port 10-Gigabit switches. A user-friendly interface is designed into the switch with simple management features that customers have come to expect from EditShare products.

New Geevs Sports Server

A comprehensive sports production solution based on the new Geevs v6.6 architecture, Geevs Sports includes the Geevs Sports Replay multi-channel HD server, an integrated Multiviewer, a tactile Controller that facilitates fast playlist creation and instant replay from any camera angle with dynamic slow motion control, and the Geevs Sports Assistant web client for logging events with pre-defined markers and subclips. Competitively priced, Geevs Sports integrates with EditShare’s storage and Flow media asset management solutions, making it a complete sports production platform for broadcasters, outside broadcast companies (OBs), and in-stadium television producers.

New Geevs Post Server

Geevs Post is a scalable, compact, multi-purpose ingest and playout solution designed for post production. It integrates seamlessly with EditShare’s central storage and Flow media asset management, offering full integration with Flow projects. Sequences can be created in Post and edited in Flow, or vice-versa. Geevs Post is based on the new Geevs v6.6 release, which features live video for channel previews, expanded codec and frame rate support, real-time up and down conversion, Active Format Description for aspect ratio and active picture characteristics, and Geevs Scheduler, an intuitive web-based client for scheduling recordings.

EditShare Ark Tape — Expanded Tape Library Options

EditShare Ark Tape is an energy-efficient media backup and archiving solution that fully integrates with the company’s high-performance shared storage and asset management solutions. Powered by HP’s robust LTO technology, the new Ark Tape library options are available today in 24-, 48-, 72- and 96-slot configurations, supporting LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape drives with SAS or Fibre Channel connectivity.

Lightworks Pro — Now Available for Linux; Support for Mac OS X Coming Soon

EditShare will demonstrate its newly released version of Lightworks Pro running on Linux. The company will also give a preview of Lightworks Pro for Mac OS X. Providing support for Windows and Linux, and soon Mac OS X, Lightworks aims to be the first NLE to be truly cross-platform across all major operating systems. It continues to attract a growing user base with more than 600,000 registered users.

EditShare Horizon Cloud-Based Enterprise Support

Horizon, EditShare’s new enterprise monitoring solution, tracks the health of your entire workflow. It monitors all systems in the production and post-production chain, providing information to optimize the performance of your EditShare servers.

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Telestream Acquires Captioning Leader CPC

Telestream, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of leading U.S. captioning software company, CPC. The acquisition adds CPC’s award-winning products to Telestream’s offerings. It also brings deep expertise in captioning, which will benefit the company’s current and long term product strategies. Telestream’s transcoding, workflow automation, live streaming and web publishing products will all benefit from the addition of CPC’s technology and market leadership.

Content producers and distributors are all facing increasing demands to caption their content for broadcast, web and mobile distribution. Regulations throughout the world – such as the Twenty-First Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act in the U.S. – are mandating captioning of content for today’s growing number of viewing platforms.

The acquisition adds best-in-class products to Telestream’s worldwide business: MacCaption for the Mac and CaptionMaker for Windows. The addition of CPC’s team grows Telestream’s dedicated group of experts focused on creating solutions for tomorrow’s media. Further, Telestream brings its broad sales distribution and support and the ability for CPC products to scale more rapidly within current and new markets.

CPC has been a captioning industry leader since 1986. Formerly based in Rockville, Maryland, the company relocated this week to Telestream’s east coast office in Sterling Virginia. CPC offers the most advanced closed captioning software currently available to organizations worldwide. In July 2012, CPC received the prestigious Accessibility Award at the National Association of the Deaf Conference.

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Digital Production Buzz — August 15, 2013

  • Anderson Ranch – Where Art Meets Technology
  • Computer-controlled 3D Modeling
  • The Birth of After Effects
  • How Technology Changed Art

GUESTS: Andrea Wallace, Jason Schneider, George Jardine, R. Mac Holbert, and Greg Gorman

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

Andrea Wallace, Artistic Director, Digital Media and Photography, Anderson Ranch

Andrea Wallace is the Artistic Director for Digital Media and Photography at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado. Host Larry Jordan is spending the week teaching video editing at “The Ranch” and is exploring the intersection of the arts with digital media. Our show begins with an overview of how current technology is changing traditional arts and crafts.

Jason Schneider, Studio Director, Furniture Design and Woodworking, Anderson Ranch

Jason Schneider is the studio director for furniture design and woodworking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. What does this have to do with digital media? How they are applying new digital technology to traditional design and crafts.

George Jardine, Photographer, George Jardine Photography

George Jardine began his career as a photographer, until he joined Adobe Systems Inc in the mid-90’s to help develop Premiere, After Effects and Lightroom (of which he was the product manager). We talk with him about the early days of non-linear editing, and how technology has changed the way photographers and cinematographers think about capturing images.

R. Mac Holbert, Co-Founder, The Image Collective
Greg Gorman, Photographer, Gorman Photography

R. Mac Holbert started his career developing image with Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame) and Greg Gorman started his career shooting photos of Jimi Hendrix. From there, their careers ranged from creating images for movie posters (Greg) to portraiture and image processing (Mac). This week, we talk with both of them about the importance of light, how to work with actors and models, and how their art has evolved as technology changed.

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

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iPi Soft Unveils Motion Capture 2.0

iPi Soft, LLC, is pleased to announce it has added multi-person tracking functionality and multiple video cards support for increased tracking speeds to its popular iPi Motion Capture markerless motion capture software line, as well as batch processing and support for eight Sony PS Eye cameras (up from six in previous version).

Responding to the demands of its growing customer base of filmmakers, animators and video game developers, the new capabilities are free to all Standard license owners. Multi-person and multi-GPUs functionality and other new features are available via the company’s website.

According to Michael Nikonov, iPi Soft’s Founder/Chief Technology Architect, the multi-person tracking feature lets users track two separate, perfectly synchronized, natural-looking motions – a remarkable innovation for users of all creative levels looking to capture intricate movements such as choreographed dance, fight, action sequences and more.

Nikonov added the multiple video cards capability represents a step closer toward the company’s goal of real-time tracking. With two GPUs, users will see an estimated 40-percent increase in tracking speed, as well as an optimized pipeline thanks to users spending less time tracking results. More info about multiple GPUs can be found here.

Additionally, the company has made two other significant changes to the software:

  • Batch processing – allowing users to set up several tracking jobs to be completed one after the other, saving their time with improved results due to opportunity to experiment with various tracking options. More info about batch processing can be found here.
  • Support for eight Sony PS Eye cameras – up from previous six-camera max, this improvement ensures more accurate tracking of two actors and more complex motions capture with one actor.

Anthony Hoit, Systems Development Lead at The Graphic Film Company, the Los Angeles-based visual effects house using iPi Motion Capture for the past two years on production of “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D,” the feature film slated for theatrical release in early 2014, sees the multi-person functionality and multiple GPU support as huge boon to animators.

Pricing and Availability:

The multi-person functionality is a free upgrade for those using the Standard license of iPi Motion Capture 2.0. iPi Soft is offering new customers and owners of Basic and Express licenses a 30 percent discount valid through August 25, 2013.

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Bluefish444 Releases Support for Avid Media Composer 7 on Mac OS X 10.8

Bluefish444 and Avid have partnered to bring together the world’s highest quality SDI I/O support for the most prestigious NLE in film and television today. Bluefish444 OPEN IO support starts from Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and Newscutter 10 and continues to Avid’s most recent release on both Windows and MAC OSX.

Bluefish 444 offer a range of HD-SDI products to suit every environment from portable HD-SDI preview, right through to RGB 4:4:4 finishing. 12-bit processing of each video frame ensures that you never compromise the image integrity, and is available on every Bluefish444 video card.

Bluefish444 Mac OS X Installer 8.7.0 enables the following new features within Create | 3D Ultra:

  • Support for Avid Media Composer 7
  • Support for Avid Symphony 7
  • Input video scaling
  • Hardware release/acquire
  • Macbook Pro support through Sonnet Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt
  • Expansion Chassis
  • Mac mini support through Sonnet Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis

Bluefish 444 is proud to announce that their Mac OS X Installer 8.7.0 is immediately available from the Bluefish444 Avid Open IO landing page.

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Sound Devices Update v3.02 Brings New Capabilities To The PIX 240i Video Recorder

Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, introduces its new version 3.02 firmware update for its PIX 220i and 240i Production Video Recorders. The update changes file formatting from UDF to exFAT volumes for PIX 220, PIX 220i, PIX 240 and PIX 240i users. This new update is available free of charge to all PIX customers.

The portable PIX 220i and PIX 240i recorders bring edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD recording to SD/HD-SDI or HDMI-equipped video cameras, simplifying both production and post-production environments. Previously, drives formatted by PIX Video Recorders were UDF volumes. While the PIX 220i and PIX 240i Video Recorders will now format drives as exFAT, users still have the ability to record and play back from UDF-formatted drives.

While PIX 220i and PIX 240i units running version 3.02 will now be able to read and record to UDF-formatted drives, once a drive has been formatted as exFAT, it can only be accessed by a machine able to address exFAT. PIX 220i and/or PIX 240i recorders running firmware version 3.01 or earlier will not be able to address exFAT-formatted drives.

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Litepanels New Croma Flight Kit

Litepanels has announced the release of the new Croma Flight Kit. Based around the popular variable color temperature Litepanels Croma, this lightweight and compact kit is designed for today’s shooting environments. The Croma Flight Kit has a host of versatile power and mounting accessories, and offers room to spare for an additional lighting fixture or other items.

Out of the box, the Croma Flight Kit comes complete with everything needed for typical location lighting applications. This includes three Croma LED fixtures and associated Diffusion Gels, Ball Head Shoe Mounts, TVMP Adapters, ¼ – 20 Adapter Kits, AC Power Supplies, and compact light stands that each extend from 19.3” to 6.2’ (49cm to 1.9cm). In addition, the Croma Flight Kit is equipped with a versatile Manfrotto Justin Spring Clamp for use when a light source is needed in tight or confined locations. The gear stays secure and highly portable in a compact trolley-style hard case with a custom designed, rigid foam insert. And better yet, all of the gear fits neatly into standard airplane overhead storage.

At the heart of the kit is the Croma fixture, which combines both daylight and tungsten balanced LEDs. The mixture of the two LEDs can be controlled via a single ergonomic dial in order to effortlessly match any ambient light or create artistic accents. Through a similar manual control, the Croma also employs integrated, smooth dimming from 100% to 0 with no color shift, and is consistently flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. Each Croma offers output comparable to 40W HMI or 90W tungsten fixture and can be powered for up to 1.5 hours by six AA batteries for wireless lighting freedom. The Kit also includes 3 each international AC power adapter plugs.

Created to fulfill many of the day-to-day lighting needs, this compact kit can be deployed in a classic 3-point lighting interview set up, individual fixtures can be mounted directly on camera, and fixtures are ideal for creating complimentary edge or hair light. Because the Croma runs cool the touch, users need not worry about burned fingers or waiting for cool down before striking.

Fully loaded, users have the option to build out a 5 light custom lighting kit — all in the space of typical carry-on luggage. The custom foam in the Pelican case offers a dedicated space to add a fourth fixture, and even more additional space for a Litepanels Sola ENG or Micro fixture. Starting at just 26 pounds (11.8 kg), the Croma Flight Kit is one of the lightest and compact professional lighting kits available.

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Cache-A Simul-Copy Slashes LTO-Tape Copying Times

Cache-A Corporation, manufacturer of award-winning archiving appliances, has announced the availability of Simul-Copy, a brand new LTO-tape duplication and verification capability that slashes the time needed to create multiple LTO-tape copies. Cache-A has brought Simul-Copy to market in direct response to the media and entertainment industry demand for digital video content to be rapidly and securely archived to multiple LTO-tape copies as soon as possible after origination. Cache-A will spotlight Simul-Copy, along with a host of additional trailblazing archiving features, at IBC 2013, Amsterdam, 13-17 September, (Hall 7.A04).

Simul-Copy – fast, simultaneous LTO-tape duplication:

Ultimately, Simul-Copy dramatically improves archiving workflow by speeding-up the delivery of LTO-tape copies for production, post production, working archive and offsite disaster recovery. It is especially helpful on longform projects that can produce several Terabytes of RAW camera data every day.

Simul-Copy harnesses advanced replication technology, developed by Cache-A. It enables users to simultaneously make multiple tar or LTFS LTO-tapes copies, rather than sequential copies, at close to the same speed as a single copy. It works with Cache-A’s LTO-4, LTO-5 and latest LTO-6 generation appliances.

Source content, on network-attached volumes (SAN/NAS), direct attached storage devices, or Cache-A’s own RAID, needs to be only read once to be written to multiple tapes simultaneously. This has the added advantage of reducing wear and tear on disk systems and avoids strain on network resources. Using Simul-Copy, Power-Cache systems can create up to four simultaneous LTO-tape copies, while Pro-Cache models can create two simultaneous LTO-tape copies. These copy drives can be in Cache-A’s Library24 and Library48 accessories, in rackmount expansion chassis, or in Cache-A’s newly released LTO-Sidecar expansion drive.

First Simul-Copy adopters:

First adopters of Cache-A’s Simul-Copy include REDLab Digital, a leading digital lab and post production facility in Toronto, Canada, and NOW Productions, in Los Angeles, California.

Simul-Copy Availability:

Simul-Copy is available for Internet download as a standard software update for Cache-A systems running v3.0.

Click here for detailed release notes on Cache-A’s Simul-Copy.