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Nice Shoes Teams Up with The Vault to Strike with Energetic Under Armour Spot


Following an award-winning collaboration on an ESPN/Sony spot, Nice Shoes has once again teamed up with The Vault, this time to add VFX and color to a visually explosive Under Armour spot. The Nice Shoes team, led by Colorist Lenny Mastrandrea and Creative Director Aron Baxter, created a unique look for the spot, which promoted Under Armour’s Charged Cotton line at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

Charged Cotton opens on a tractor-trailer backed into a nighttime Dick’s parking lot, with steady lightning flashes menacing the sky overhead. A pair of Dick’s workers emerges and stares in awe as the semi trailer opens to a burst of blinding light, releasing a mob of Under Armour-clad athletes. The group pours into the store, leaping and dodging the racks of clothing as a living lightning-bolt pattern ripples across their bodies and through the air around them.

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Norfolk State University Installs Three Hitachi HD Cameras in its Studio for Student-Produced Programming

WOODBURY, NEW YORK– Norfolk State University (NSU), in Norfolk, VA, installed three new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital high definition cameras in its television studio, which provides hands-on training to students enrolled in the school’s Mass Communication program. The studio, which is part of NSU’s School of Liberal Arts, enables students to satisfy media lab requirements and produce their own videos as they work toward a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.

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“Since our students have different levels of technical proficiency, it was critical for us to choose cameras that are extremely easy to operate, maneuver, and maintain,” said Michael Matovich, CBT (Certified Broadcast Technologist) and chief video engineer for NSU. “The Hitachi SK-HD1000 is all of those things, plus it produces a fantastic picture. As a state university, all major purchases must go out to bid. The Hitachi SK-HD1000 demonstrated more

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Award-Winning “Catskills Hotel” Documentary Leverages Grass Valley’s EDIUS NLE

Grass Valley EDIUS HD nonlinear editing software

Grass Valley EDIUS HD nonlinear editing software

The latest version of EDIUS® (6.0) HD nonlinear editing software from Grass Valley™ was used extensively to cut the feature-length documentary “The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around‚” which won a Gold Remi award at the 44th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in March. The prestigious Remi Award is named after famed sculptor Frederick Remington and was given to Tobe Carey, producer/director at Willow Mixed Media, a not-for-profit arts group located near Woodstock, NY, and the man chiefly responsible for the project.

“The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around” tells the story of America’s first great mountain-top hotel, romantic tourism, and cutthroat competition in New York’s Northern Catskills. For 140 years, from 1823 to 1963, the Catskill Mountain House stood atop the Catskill High Peaks as a symbol of the Gilded Age. Beginning in the 1850′s, The Laurel House, The Hotel Kaaterskill, The Overlook Mountain House, and The Grand Hotel also became world famous vacation spots, attracting world famous business tycoons, artists, and Presidents.

The story of the rise and fall of the Catskill Mountain House is a compelling tale of steamboat and railroad empires, bitter rivalries, exclusive private preserves, fabulous art, and picturesque landmarks that celebrated the Catskills as part of the American “Grand Tour” and as America’s “First Wilderness.”

Carey used EDIUS software and all of its real-time, built-in workflow tools to shape the captivating feature and prepare it for output to DVD and final distribution. The documentary includes a great deal of material from different sources in different formats. These could all be combined on the EDIUS timeline during the editing process.

“EDIUS was my bedrock in dealing with many hours of interviews with historians as well as organizing the hundreds of images, vintage art, 19th century music, and period films from the Library of Congress,” said Tobe Carey, producer/director at Willow Mixed Media. “The software’s strong and reliable workflow made it easy to shape the film and deal with the many changes that editing a documentary always requires.”

Carey, who specializes in documentaries and art projects, and whose work has also appeared on “60 Minutes,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and ABC’s “20/20” newsmagazine show, has used EDIUS nonlinear editing since its introduction. The variety of documentaries he has produced—including numerous festival showings and industry awards—reflects an attention to detail that could only be supported by EDIUS’s real-time performance and effects. This makes it easy to create multiple versions of an editing project when required.

“The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around” premiered in October 2010 and is in wide distribution on DVD. An online trailer is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uEiqq_0WDc/

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I.E. Effects Making Movies Work for Michigan

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Postproduction Facility Provides Stereo Conversion for Gulliver’s Travels and Green Lantern

Traverse City, MI: June 30, 2011… Since opening its Traverse City, Michigan location in the fall of 2010 I.E. Effects has drawn high-profile projects to the facility, including stereoscopic conversion work on big-budget Hollywood films such as Fox’s Gulliver’s Travels and, more recently, Warner Brothers’ Green Lantern. As a postproduction facility, I.E. Effects is in a position to provide permanent high-tech jobs in the region, benefitting from Michigan’s generous film tax credits – currently the subject of debate in the state legislature.

“I.E. Effects is a great example of how the Michigan incentive program goes well beyond film,” said Ken Droz, cofounder of the Amend Don’t End entertainment industry coalition. “This kind of long-term high-technology investment is exactly what we all want to see in Michigan. Without more

Grass Valley and Dorna Sports Shortlisted in the IBC2011 Innovation Awards

IBC2011 Innovation Awards

IBC2011 Innovation Awards

Grass Valley™ and Dorna Sports have been shortlisted in the highly sought-after IBC2011 Innovation Awards. Recognized for its achievements in the Content Creation Category, the companies were shortlisted out of more than 130 submissions, for its involvement in the live production of the MotoGP World Championship with, Spanish-based production company, Dorna Sports.

Grass Valley developed a unique storage and asset management solution for Dorna Sports (the exclusive TV rights holder) for use during the racing events. Dorna Sports covers all 18 races in the MotoGP international motorcycle season, with more than 120 high-definition cameras at every event.

Approximately 2,000 clips a day are created and Grass Valley developed its innovative solution, based on touchscreen controllers, which allowed a small team of operators to mark, rate, and prepare clips for replay. The solution enabled the Grass Valley K2 Dyno™ Replay Controller and K2 Summit™ production client to interface seamlessly to an Apple XSan and 25 seats of Final Cut Pro for editing. The entire system was readily portable so Dorna could take easily transport it around the various race tracks.

“Dorna has been involved in the MotoGP World Championship live production since 1992, working hard to develop and refine innovative technologies to serve the live broadcasting requirements of a unique sport, said Manel Arroyo, Media Area Managing Director of Dorna Sports. “While we believe that we have the best workflow for the type of sports coverage we produce, being shortlisted for the IBC Innovation Awards just confirms this, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Grass Valley and Dorna Sports are one of just three shortlisted in the Content Creation category for the most innovative projects. The IBC2011 Innovation Awards are unique in the sense that they recognize how suppliers and customers work together to create something truly innovative — celebrating the application of technology in bringing creative, commercial, or operational benefits to the end user.

“This really is an outstanding year for the IBC2011 Innovation Awards, with a very strong shortlist,” said Michael Lumley, chair of the judging panel. “We have flying monsters and business graphics, news production and transmission networks, motorbikes and online delivery. All show a real partnership to identify the real issues and create an innovative, practical and effective solution.”

“We are thrilled to be nominated for this prestigious award alongside our partner Dorna”, said Charlie Dunn, Senior Vice President of Editing, Servers and Storage at Grass Valley. “Dorna was looking for a highly automated, tapeless workflow after its move to HD sparked a rethink of the way its production workflow is handled. We came up with a tailor-made solution which enabled them to work seamlessly and we are delighted that this innovation has been recognized at this high profile awards event.”

* Disclaimer: Grass Valley is not an official sponsor of the MotoGP World Championship, nor is it affiliated in any way with the MotoGP World Championship. Information supplied in this media alert does not imply endorsement from the MotoGP World Championship. As well, MotoGP and MotoGP World Championship are registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Qube Xi 4K IMB Spurred by Demand for Boothless Theatre Designs

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A Smart New Alternative for Digital Screens from Qube Cinema

Amsterdam: June 30, 2011… Qube Cinema has seen significant interest in the new Qube Xi 4K Integrated Media Block. Along with true 4K capabilities, the Qube IMB allows for innovative new theatre layouts, including boothless projection designs. Escape Cinemas recently launched a luxurious new 8-screen booth-less multiplex in Chennai, India and placed an order for the Qube Xi IMB to upgrade their screens to 4K. Numerous chains planning new construction or renovations have also committed to boothless designs thanks to to the flexibility and space efficiencies this offers.

“Escape Cinemas promises a premiere experience to its customers and our philosophy has always been to spare no expense in making sure they get that,” said Kiran Reddy, managing director at Escape Cinemas. “The Qube Xi Integrated Media Block excites us more

MC2 Audio Launches E100 Amplifier – Now Shipping

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British manufacturer MC² Audio has announced that its highly anticipated E100 amplifier is now shipping.

The remarkably compact 4-channel amplifier is the flagship of the company’s highly successful E series. The official launch marks not only the company’s most powerful 4-channel amplifier, but also the first 4-channel proprietary class-D switchmode amplifier to be developed by MC².

Designed to run cool even in the most difficult working environments, the E100 can deliver 2,800W into 4 ohms with all channels driven from a 2U, 11.8kg chassis.

Various proprietary technologies have been utilised in the design. These include a Hybrid Dual Loop Feedback system (HDLF) for load independent, accurate audio reproduction, a high performance Active Energy Steering Circuit (AESC), custom drive circuitry and magnetic components to ensure highly efficient, high power, low impedance operation without compromise.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV Digital SLR Cameras Provide Multiple HD Production Advantages for East Pleasant Pictures’ Commercial Shoots

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The challenge was simple: Shoot a series of commercials for a major cruise ship line amid vacationing passengers without inconveniencing them with the usual complement of equipment and crew needed for such a production. For East Pleasant Pictures, a global collective specializing in multiple forms of moving-image media, the solution was equally simple: Use the unobtrusive, high-sensitivity cinema-like imaging advantages of the EOS 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras available from Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging.

Directed by Emmy-winning producer/director Xander Strohm, the commercials featured candid scenes of cruise ship passengers playing dodge ball, anchoring their own vacation-video newscasts, and generally having a very good time. Stash Slionski, East Pleasant Pictures director/cinematographer/partner explained that he and co-director/cinematographer/partner Damien Drake first became familiar with the compact and lightweight Canon Digital SLR cameras that made more

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SOLID STATE LOGIC DUALITY CONSOLE DELIVERS CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO BLADE STUDIOS

SuperAnalogue™ Sound Perfect for All Styles of Music

SHREVEPORT, LA – Blade Studios, the newly opened name-sake studio for super drummer and co-owner Brady Blade, was built to bring the New York/LA recording experience to the growing recording and film industry in Louisiana. To meet that design expectation, Blade chose a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality SE as the centerpiece for Studio A. Duality’s signal routing flexibility combined with sophisticated DAW control addressed the needs of all working styles, while providing SSL’s benchmark, industry standard SuperAnalogue™ sound quality.

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Anton/Bauer Powers Motivational Documentary Films for Non-Profit Production Company

Triple Knot Productions Inspires with True Stories of Remarkable Human Beings

SEFFNER, FL – Brian Dery, founder and president of the Florida-based award-winning inspirational video production company, Triple Knot Productions, is a walking miracle, dedicated to telling the harrowing stories of individuals with astonishing injuries and disabilities. To bring these true tales of adversity and hope to life, Dery relies on the reliability, durability, and overall excellence of Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and the world’s premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. After battling his own harrowing ordeal with paralysis, Dery launched Triple Knot Productions in 2005 and with it his commitment to overcome and inspire through storytelling. Currently, Dery is filming “Evan Piper: Creating Possibilities Through the Power of Determination,” detailing the life of Evan Piper, who became paralyzed after a plane crash. more

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