Archive for December 11th, 2008

Telestream’s Episode Desktop Media Encoder Now Available for Windows

Episode Version 5.1 release introduces cross-platform support, enabling fast, high-quality, easy-to-use transcoding between virtually any format – for both Mac and PC users

Telestream today announced an important milestone for its Episode® Series media encoding software products. Previously only offered on the Mac platform, version 5.1 extends Telestream’s Episode and Episode Pro desktop encoding products to the Windows operating system. Version 5.1 also brings watch folders to Episode desktop products for both Mac and PC users. Episode provides universal transcoding between virtually any video and audio format, offering ultimate flexibility in a single software package. more

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Prime Focus Group Companies Help Steal the Show for ‘The Maiden Heist’

tmh4_hi.jpgFrantic Films VFX and Prime Focus London Contribute Effects; Post Logic Studios Completes DI

Frantic Films VFX, Post Logic Studios and Prime Focus London, all Prime Focus Group companies, completed visual effects, the main title sequence and the digital intermediate for the forthcoming feature film “The Maiden Heist� from Yari Film Group Releasing, LLC. Frantic Films VFX and Prime Focus Group London contributed 125 shots and the main title sequence for the Peter Hewitt-directed film written by Michael LeSieur, which stars Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden. The film screened at the American Film Market (AFM) on November 7, 2008. more

Canon U.S.A.’s XH G1 HD Camcorder Chosen by Varuna Entertainment to Shoot Two New Challenging “Reality� Series for Major Cable Networks

VARUNA CANON TRUCKInspired storytelling, superior HDTV production values, and prudent budgeting are essential elements in the competitive world of producing innovative programming for today’s cable networks. For Varuna Entertainment, achieving these goals is made easier by using Canon’s XH G1 HD Camcorders to capture dramatic, challenging, and often dangerous footage for two of their latest cable “reality� series. more

Kodak Wins Arbus Award at Annual Muse Celebration; New York Women In Film & Television Applaud Kodak’s Support

NEW YORK CITY – At the 28th Annual Muse Awards held yesterday at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kodak became the first corporation to receive the prestigious Loreen Arbus Award for the company’s support of female cinematographers. The award, given annually, recognizes the contributions of individuals or organizations that are proactive in ensuring equality for women in film, television or new media. more

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Scharff Weisberg Provides Video Support For Robert Rauschenberg Memorial Service At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

MetScharff Weisberg was tasked with providing video support at three venues within the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a by-invitation-only memorial service for famed artist Robert Rauschenberg who passed away earlier this year.

“They did an excellent job and guided us through all of the technical challenges of a very complex event,” notes Mark Pace, an independent event coordinator with extensive background in convention and performing-arts facility management. “It is my understanding that the Rauschenberg Memorial was the first time the Museum has had a ‘simulcast’ between The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and The Temple of Dendur, not to mention a delayed webcast of the event.” Speakers for the Memorial were split between the Auditorium and The Temple of Dendur requiring the live feed from each room to be broadcast to both rooms. more

CODEX DEBUTS TAPELESS WORKFLOW AT BAND PRO EVENT

codex-portable-with-disk-pa.gifCodex Digital (www.codexdigital.com), specialist in high-resolution recording and workflows, will demonstrate how its award-winning Portable and brand new Transfer Station systems can easily combine to deliver today’s most advanced tapeless workflow for digital cinema and broadcast, at Band Pro’s “One World On HD� open house event, taking place on December 11th 2008 (www.bandpro.com/openhouse). more

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