Archive for March, 2009

Seattle’s EMP|SFM Archives Oral Histories with AJA KONA 3

hendrixhires10.jpgDavid Wulzen is an editor and assistant producer of film and video for the curatorial department of Seattle’s Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM). Seattle’s EMP|SFM is a museum of music that first opened in 2000, and in 2004 the Science Fiction Museum was opened within the same building. Wulzen is responsible for producing, filming, collecting and editing oral histories from musicians, artists and filmmakers that are maintained as part of the institution’s library and archive. more

AJA KONA 3 Provides Thunder for Norway’s Storm Studios

nr24_pw_production_stills.jpgAJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced today that its KONA 3 video capture and playback cards are an integral part of the post production workflow at Norwegian VFX and post facility Storm Studios. KONA 3 is AJA’s top-of-the-line uncompressed capture card for SD, HD, Dual Link 4:4:4 HD and 2K formats for Apple Mac Pro systems. more

Xytech Systems Launches Powerful MediaPulse Pipeline

xytech-logo-copy.JPGStreamlined, Stand-Alone Workflow Solution to Be Unveiled at NAB
March 31, 2009 (Burbank, CA) Xytech Systems Corporation, a leading provider of media business software and services for workflow management, resource scheduling, and media asset management, will unveil MediaPulse(tm) Pipeline during the National Association of Broadcasters gathering in Las Vegas later this month. Pipeline is an exciting new workflow and asset management solution for both file-based and physical media. It is a streamlined solution, ideal for broadcasters, studios, educational institutions, and corporate media departments. more


ntropic-giants.jpgSan Francisco, CA – (March 31, 2009) – VFX Company Ntropic recently completed a brand-new ad campaign ushering in the San Francisco Giants’ 2009 season. With an all-star cast led by the Giants team, the cinematic spots humorously pay homage to classic film genres, wittily incorporating all the exciting elements of the Major League game. Created by Swirl, the Giants’ agency of record, each spot concludes with tagline, “Let’s play. Your Giants are in town.â€? more

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DAZ 3D Sweetens its 3D Model Library with Release of the Girl 4

the Girl 4Get ready to meet the Girl of your dreams! Adding yet another exciting addition to its immense 3D content library, DAZ 3D today unveils the newest version of its highly popular 3D figure, the Girl 4, complete with customizable body shaping, increased texture map resolution and greatly improved joint rigging. Created from DAZ 3D’s celebrated fourth-generation Unimeshâ„¢, the Girl 4 is fully compatible with all Victoria 4, Victoria 4 Elite and Aiko 4 head and body shapes, textures and poses, opening more options and new creative possibilities than ever before. more

Ben Affleck to Podcast on Experience Using Avid Media Composer

Actor, Director to discuss his experiences using Media Composer while filming and editing his documentary “Gimme Shelter�
TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 30, 2009 – Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that Ben Affleck will participate in a podcast with Avid® discussing his work as a director, producer and editor on March 30, 2009. Affleck used Avid Media Composer® on his latest project “Gimme Shelter,� a short film on the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. more

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USC Equips New Cutting Edge Cinema Arts Facility

School of Cinematic Arts gives students opportunity to unleash their creativity with industry-standard media creation tools used by today’s professionals
Tewksbury, Mass, March 30, 2009 –– Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that the University of Southern California (USC) has opened a new 137,000 square foot state-of-the-art School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) complex, featuring more than 260 Avid® audio and video systems. The new facility is home to one of the largest Avid workflows in any U.S. film school, with approximately 1,000 students expected to work on the systems in the first year. By standardizing its digital media curriculum with Avid solutions, such as Media Composer® and Pro Tools®, USC enables students to learn the tools they will use in a professional setting, exposing them to real-world post production workflows. more

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DUCK Signs Paris-Based Directorial Collective nObrain

Los Angeles-based creative production and post studio DUCK is bringing the dynamic four-man directing team of nObrain onboard to complement their existing deep roster of talent. The Paris-based collective, composed of Directors Sebastien Fourcault, Nicolas Pasquet, Charles Keramoal, and Sylvain Lefebvre, is known for boundless creativity in merging high-energy animation with live-action footage for TV, music videos, and spot work. more

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Visual Data Completes Major Expansion and Renovation

visualdata-logo.jpgMedia Center Expands to Include 6 New HD Edit Suites & Infrastructure Build-Out

March 31, 2009 (Burbank, CA) John Trautman, CEO of Visual Data Media Services, Inc., has unveiled a broad expansion of the company’s service offerings and a 1.5 million dollar design renovation of the Burbank facility. Over 13,000 square feet were remodeled in the project that yielded 6 new state-of-the-art editorial suites and expanded tape library facilities. For more than 15 years, Visual Data has been recognized as a high value partner to major studios and distribution companies by providing integrated, end-to-end post-production solutions for seamless repurposing and distribution of content for all media platforms. Visual Data undertook the long-planned expansion to address the evolving needs of its clients. more

Automatic Duck Debuts Media Copy 2.0 at NAB 2009

duck-logo-actualsize.jpgAutomatic Duck’s Media Copy 2.0 Makes Multi-Platform Editing That Much Easier; Simplifies Moving Edit and Media Files Between Multiple Platforms

SEATTLE, WA (March 31, 2009) – Automatic Duck (, the creators of timeline integration software for digital media artists, announced today it will debut an entirely new version of Media Copy, the popular tool originally designed for easily moving OMF media files between Avid editors and After Effects users. Completely re-built from the ground up, the newly released Media Copy 2.0 now adds AAF, OMF, MXF and Final Cut XML file support for editors who need to quickly move media files between their digital video systems. Automatic Duck will debut Media Copy 2.0 to customers in its booth #SL2529A – in the Plug In Pavilion – next month at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas. more


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