Archive for October 13th, 2011

XL Video for Phantom of The Opera 25th Anniversary Gala event

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XL Video supplied LED screens, Video Projection, IMAG camera system, HD Playback and Control systems and crew for the spectacular celebration event marking 25 Years of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” musical, produced by Cameron Macintosh and staged in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The high-impact digital scenery and projections elements were designed by Jon Driscoll. He was asked onboard by the anniversary show’s designer Matt Kinley and by Cameron Macintosh’s production manager Nic Harris. Driscoll also designed the projections for Phantom sequel “Love Never Dies” which ran at the Adelphi Theatre.
Driscoll in turn asked XL to provide the hardware, with XL’s Paul Wood project managing their elements of the three RAH shows, the final one of which was broadcast live to movie houses in the US, Japan, Australia, Europe and across the UK. Driscoll has worked with XL in the more

ANTON/BAUER FEATURES INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR SONY, CANON, PANASONIC, RED AND ARRI CAMERAS AT CCW 2011

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13, 2011—Anton/Bauer®, a brand of The Vitec Group, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will demonstrate the company’s latest suite of advanced power solutions to content creation professionals at this year’s Content & Communications World (CCW). more

Createasphere Releases Top Considerations of a Digital Asset Management Implementation

Whitepaper is a Precursor to Createasphere’s Digital Asset Management Europe Conference November 8-9

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BURBANK, CA – Createasphere – bringing together the best of the creative, production and technology communities in dynamic experiences and education – has published “Digital Asset Management Road Map,” a whitepaper providing an in-depth analysis of the top considerations that enterprises should assess as they build their digital asset management solution. The paper’s key findings look at the many elements involved in developing and sustaining a DAM implementation. To download a free copy, visit www.damroadmap.com.

“The entertainment and media industries are experiencing exponential growth in the creation and use of assets,” says Mary Yurkovic, co-author of the whitepaper and Createasphere’s Manager of Digital Asset Management Conferences. “Whether you are just beginning your journey to adopt digital asset management or a seasoned user, this publication offers insights and guidance.” Nigel Cliffe, a more

Click 3X Handles Featured VFX for Third Season of HBO’s Bored to Death


When the third season of HBO’s Bored to Death debuted on Oct. 10, it featured VFX by premier postproduction studio Click 3X. Click 3X’s handiwork will be apparent from the final shot of the first episode to the opening sequence of the second episode, in which show star Jason Schwartzman finds himself hanging from the hour hand of an iconic Brooklyn clock tower as his friend Ray (played by Zach Galifianakis) comes to his rescue.

To create the scene, Click 3X was responsible for 18 shots using multiple source plates from stills to live action, from different types of cameras with the addition of completely generated CG assets. These different mediums had to live in the same space to create a seamless final composite.

After a recent successful collaboration between Click 3X’s Theodore Maniatis and Chris Kiser and Bored to Death producer Brad Carpenter on more

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Mighty Invades Omaha for First National Bank Shoot


Mighty Director Phil Brown recently completed a five-spot campaign for First National Bank, emphasizing the company’s Omaha roots and regional pride. Shot in a natural, homespun style, the spots offer a panoramic view of all things Omaha, emphasizing the extent to which the bank has enmeshed itself into the community.

Heartbeat is a wide-ranging montage of Omaha, panning across the city skyline, a local butcher, a firehouse, a theater, a little league game, and much more. A narrator complements the scenery: “Listen closely,” it says, “and you will hear the heartbeat of a great city – history, culture, ambition. … This is Omaha, and we’re proud to be born and raised here.”

Employees offers a similarly wide-ranging journey, with a focus on the extraordinary efforts of First National employees in the city. Brown captures them interacting with customers, propped up outside of First National branches, more

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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Highlights RF Central Pro-Link HD 5.8-GHz HD/SD Portable Video Microwave Downlink at CCW 2011

Offers MPEG-4 Encoding/Decoding with Up to 2,000-Foot Range; Ideal for ENG News Broadcasts, Sports, House of Worship, Surveillance and Security Applications

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13, 2011 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, highlights its RF Central Pro-Link HD 5.8-GHz HD/SD Portable Video Microwave Link at CCW 2011 (Booth 931).

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The RF Central Pro-Link HD is a state-of-the-art, 5.8-GHz license-free digital broadcast microwave audio/video link. The transmitter is designed to mount between an ENG camera and its battery, but is unlimited in applications. The receiver can be mounted on the included tripod or in any suitable location.

“We are happy to bring the high-quality, yet value priced Pro-Link HD to the 2011 CCW show,” says Integrated Microwave more

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Tool’s HelloEnjoy Creates Interactive WebGL 3D Video for Cherrytree/Interscope Records Artist Ellie Goulding


Tool’s interactive director HelloEnjoy, led by founder Carlos Ulloa, remains at the forefront of the web-based, interactive 3D revolution with a new interactive music experience starring British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. Besides creating an exciting, technologically-forward visual experience for Ellie’s album’s title track, this interactive piece serves as HelloEnjoy’s further experimentation with WebGL, a Web-based software library that allows JavaScript to generate interactive 3D graphics within any compatible Web browser (e.g., Google Chrome or Firefox 4+).

Located at http://lights.Elliegoulding.com, the WebGL interactive music experience is a wholly immersive journey, inspired by Goulding’s single Lights– that both enriches the experience of the song and offers up a stunning visual interpretation. A techno-celestial light show allows viewers to soar through the music, cutting their way through the virtual environment with their mouse as their guide. more

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New Honda Pilot Commercial Strikes a Familiar Chord


Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011 – Honda is launching their redesigned Pilot SUV with a multimedia campaign. RPA, Honda’s long-standing agency of record, developed the campaign, which features as its centerpiece a 30-second spot to differentiate the Pilot by bringing attention to the vehicle’s smart and stylish utility.

“Road Trip” stars eight family and friends in the roomy Pilot, zooming down a stretch of desert highway. When one of the boys in the third row hits the note of “Crazy Train,” the other passengers follow one by one, adding drum beats and sound effects until they’re jamming with the full force of the tune. The spot will air during prime network programming such as “Dancing With the Stars,” “Big Bang Theory,” “The Biggest Loser” and the BCS National Championship.

“The campaign is built to generate awareness of this major vehicle redesign and to more

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY® PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING® PRESENTS GRAMMY SOUNDTABLES® AT THE 131ST AES CONVENTION

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Diverse Group of High-Profile Producers and Engineers Will Gather to Dissect the Songs That Have Made an Indelible Impact on Their Careers

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 13, 2011) — The GRAMMY SoundTables® at this year’s 131st AES Convention will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Room 1E 15 and 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Back by popular demand, the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” that will explore the sounds that have inspired and shaped careers of influencers in the field. Moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a New York-centric, diverse group of panelists including GRAMMY-winning engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt, with more to be announced shortly.

Chris Lord-Alge is one of the more

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Audez’e Debuts “Reality-1” Planar Magnetic Professional Reference Monitor

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Innovative speaker maker also plans to introduce next-gen LCD-3 headphones at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.
Las Vegas, NV —Audez’e (https://audeze.com/), the leader in planar magnetic speaker technology, today announces the introduction of Realty-1, a nearfield studio monitor designed for recording studios and other professional environments. Based on the same ground breaking planar magnetic driver technology that has given Audez’e’s LCD headphones near cult status among sound professionals and serious audiophiles, Reality-1 combines hyper-detailed response with the depth, accuracy and clarity of a state-of-the-art studio monitor. more

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