Archive for September, 2011

Pixomondo Relies on LightWave™ to Bring Dinosaurs to Life in “Terra Nova”

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NewTek LightWave Delivers Final Pixels Onscreen in Hundreds of VFX Shots for Spielberg’s “Terra Nova”

The two-hour premiere of Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated “Terra Nova” television series, which aired Monday September 26, 2011 on Fox Television, brings visually astounding science-fiction to prime time television once again—and NewTek LightWave™ software played a key role in the delivery.

In “Terra Nova,” which takes place in the year 2149, scientists discover a rift in time and space that allows humans to time travel some 85 million years into the past, in an attempt to save humanity. But bringing 85 million years of history to life, in a believable world for broadcast, requires powerful vision, artistry, and computer graphics software. To make the vision a reality, the team at Burbank-based Pixomondo, which produced all the visual effects for the premiere episode of “Terra Nova,” turned to LightWave more

Createasphere’s 3D Road Show Comes to Chicago

Expert Driven Workshop Brings the Latest Info to the Windy City, October 6th

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(Burbank, CA) Createasphere – bringing together the best of the creative, production and technology communities in dynamic experiences – is demystifying 3D stereoscopic capture, post and delivery by bringing educational presentations, exhibits and hands-on demonstrations to Chicago. These one-day workshops offer attendees the chance to talk one on one with experts from such companies as AJA, Assimilate, Manfrotto and Panasonic. Chicago is considered one of the most vibrant creative and filmmaking centers in the U.S. and interest in 3D filmmaking is high.

Presented by Createasphere, the 3D Road Show is led by 3D guru Keith Collea – a versatile and highly knowledgeable stereographer who has constructed 3D landscapes across a gamut of independent and studio features. He has worked on indies such as The Gene Generation and The Mortician 3D, as well more

SYMETRIX SYMNET SOLUS 8 OPEN-ARCHITECTURE DSP INSTALLED AT REEL FX CREATIVE STUDIO’S 3D VIDEO EDITING SUITE

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 2011: Reel FX Creative Studios is an award-winning animation studio (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Audi, Looney Toons, Watchmen, et al.) with production facilities in Dallas, Texas and Santa Monica, California. Recently, Reel FX Creative Studios repurposed a space at its Santa Monica location to build a new 3D editing suite. The company called on industry veterans Bruce Black and Charles Pell, both members of the Motion Picture Academy with well over half a century in the business between them, to design and install the audio monitoring section in the suite. The duo have worked at such heavy-hitter studios as HBO, Light Iron Digital, Larson Sound, and others. Black has also worked for Skywalker Sound, director Michael Mann, and film mixer Paul Massey.

Citing its flexibility, high-end fidelity, and competitive price point, Black used a Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 to route, level, and condition output to more

SSL DUALITY ACCELERATES WORKFLOW FOR BUSY ADVERTISING PRODUCTION STUDIO BOOMBOX SOUND

Duality Provides Significant Workflow Efficiency and Changes Approach to Production

TORONTO – BoomBox Sound, a Toronto-based music and sound design production company, recently installed a Solid State Logic Duality console, supported by Alpha-Link converters, as a major studio upgrade. Replacing working in the box with a controller and outboard mic pres, dynamics and EQs, Duality delivers an analogue signal path combined with DAW control, automation and Total Recall™ that gathers all studio elements together into one efficient system with a high level sonic signature.

Pictured are BoomBox Sound Partners; Roger Leavens and Umber Hamid.

Pictured are BoomBox Sound Partners; Roger Leavens and Umber Hamid.

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Broadcast Pix Ships New Mica Live Video Production System

‘Powerful Punch’ Tour Demonstrates Mica, Granite Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Mica™, its new cost-effective live video production system, is now shipping. Powered by native HD technology from Broadcast Pix Granite™ systems and Broadcast Pix Fluent™ software that tightly

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integrates video and file-based content, Mica allows even single operators to create compelling live productions. The company also announced its Powerful Punch Tour, which is stopping at a number of dealers and trade shows in cities worldwide this fall to demonstrate its Mica and Granite systems.

“With Mica, you pay for a switcher and get an HD control room. Our system is so well integrated that a solo operator can combine cameras, clips, and graphics to create compelling live video,” said Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “Mica was a big hit with international audiences more

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High Resolution Systems Announces UDC 3.2.3, a Major New Software Upgrade

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High Resolution Systems LLC has announced UDC 3.2.3, a major new release for the UDC-400, the company’s software-based Universal Device Controller, which has quickly become the product of choice for the live event, staging and rental, worship, corporate industrial and broadcast markets.

The new software upgrade offers additional support for a wide array of devices from monitors and routers to projectors and lighting consoles; improvements to a number of existing features; plus expanded functionality. Beta versions of UDC 3.2.3 are available now with the official release expected this fall.

Support for new devices leads the extensive list of selling points for UDC 3.2.3. “It marks a pretty big expansion of the roster,” says sales engineer Drew Taylor. “It’s been almost entirely driven by customers who want specific device control and by more

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Accomplice Teams Up With Bon-Ton Stores For New, Attitude-Driven Commercial Campaign

In a brand-new commercial campaign launched this fall for Bon-Ton Stores, the key to any fashionable woman’s character is revealed: her attitude. Directed by international talent Guy Sagy of Accomplice, the new campaign shows that a confident woman in the latest Bon-Ton fashions is a force to be reckoned with.

To view the new, three-spot campaign, go here: http://bit.ly/AccompliceBon-Ton

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Shot on location throughout Chicago amidst this past summer’s heat wave, Accomplice’s Guy Sagy directed a series of fashion models as they showcased the diversity of Bon-Ton’s fashions. According to the Director, who has shot commercial campaigns all over the world, the collaboration with Bon-Ton Creative Director Barb Pellegrino was incredibly important to the overall vision, as well as the partnership with the creative team at Laughlin Constable. “We had a lot of fun,” notes Sagy, “amidst really challenging conditions. We more

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Thinware Media Signs Software Deal with Ánima Estudios

Mexico City-based Animation Studio to Install Up to 100 Seats of StudioCAP Cloud-based Software to Realize Faster, and More Cost-Effective Project and Asset Management

VANCOUVER, B.C and MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—September 28th 2011—Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)Thinware Media Ltd., developers of StudioCAP workflow automation and asset management for animation studios, Ànima Estudios, one of the top animation production studios in Mexico and Latin America, today announced a software sales agreement to install up to 100 subscriber seats of StudioCAP cloud-based licenses. This addition will give Ànima Estudios artists never-before-available access to files and animation elements via ‘The Cloud’—for increased productivity and more accurate check-in and check-out—from virtually any location.

StudioCAP (CAP=Computer Aided Production) is a completely new workflow automation and asset management solution for animation studios. Its cloud-based system will enable Ànima Estudios to more efficiently store, track, and move its 2D and 3D CGI (computer more

FilmmakingWebinars.com Selects Telestream ScreenFlow Screencasting Software

Application used exclusively for recording, editing and publishing live web events

Telestream®, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced that its ScreenFlow® screencasting software has been selected by FilmmakingWebinars.com as the company’s application of choice for recording and editing all of its webinars. Owned by NewMediaWebinars.com, LLC, FilmmakingWebinars.com creates and produces live webinars for filmmakers working in film, video and the web. The company has standardized on ScreenFlow to create on-demand versions of the webinars. more

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Sonnet Introduces Fusion(TM) F2QR Portable Two-drive Hardware RAID Storage System

Ruggedized Storage Offers Quad Interface for Ease of Connection, Powers From Computer’s FireWire(R) Port, and Adds 2TB of Capacity more

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