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Nexidia Announces Nexidia Dialogue Search for Faster, More Affordable Asset Discovery

ATLANTA — Feb. 28, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia Dialogue Search, a tool that searches for any spoken word or phrase across workgroups or massive media libraries in seconds. With Dialogue Search, media organizations can make better use of their media libraries by easily, precisely, and quickly finding unique assets without being overwhelmed by irrelevant results. Dialogue Search enables content creators to be more efficient and creative, content owners to monetize their asset libraries, and content consumers to find media they want or otherwise might not find at all.

“Most digital data is unstructured and therefore can be difficult to find when you need it, and transcription, caption-based searches, and speech-to-text searches all have significant drawbacks because of cost, accuracy, and latency,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Dialogue Search, on the other hand, provides the richest, most relevant results at a fraction of the cost and time it takes for the other methods. It’s akin to Google for audio, where users enter keywords and phrases that locate the specific media and allow them to take action.”

Using Nexidia’s patented technology, Dialogue Search dramatically reduces logging and transcription costs and uncovers valuable assets that traditional metadata could never expose.

Dialogue Search integrates directly with media asset management (MAM) systems and editing applications, and no training is required. Users simply type any combination of words or phrases into the Dialogue Search interface, and it will quickly find any media clip in the system where those words or phrases are spoken. Users can preview results in a video player without having to scroll through numerous clips to find a specific sound bite.

When implemented with an asset management or other file system, Dialogue Search automatically accesses the media files and metadata stored in those systems. It also enables the export of search results as time-coded markers to MAM systems and video-editing applications. Dialogue Search is integrated with file systems, Square Box CatDV, Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) 7, and Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro 5.5 and newer. Additional integrations are added each quarter and upon request.

The versatile Dialogue Search application can be applied broadly to any market that creates, owns, or distributes content, including film and entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit.

Dialogue Search is available now. More information about Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Colorist Kent Pritchett Grades Oscar-Winning Short “Paperman”

Berkeley, CA—Colorist Kent Pritchett applied the final grade to Paperman, this year’s Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Short. Pritchett, who is now Lead Colorist at Colorflow, a full-service post-production facility located in Berkeley, worked with Director John Kahrs to apply the final look to the film, which tells the story of lonely young man in mid-century New York. The film earlier won an Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject. The film was produced by Disney Feature Animation. more

Kodak Calls for Entries in 2013 Student Scholarship Program; John Bailey, ASC to Judge Submissions

ROCHESTER, NY (February 28, 2013) — John Bailey, ASC, a renowned cinematographer known for his artistic contributions to cinema, will spearhead a panel of judges for the 2013 Kodak student scholarship program. This international competition acknowledges student filmmakers who demonstrate exemplary filmmaking skills and creativity at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The deadline for entries is May 17.

Accredited film schools around the world may nominate up to two students for consideration for the KODAK Student Scholarship Award, and one cinematography student for the KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Award. The cinematography student nominee may also be nominated for the KODAK Student Scholarship Award. Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.kodak.com/go/scholarships.

Bailey has a long list of memorable feature film credits including American Gigolo, Ordinary People, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, Groundhog Day, In the Line of Fire, As Good as it Gets, Incident at Loch Ness, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, The Greatest, Country Strong, When in Rome and most recently Big Miracle. He also blogs for the American Society of Cinematographers – John’s Bailiwick – on a range of topics that affect the art and craft of filmmaking.

“John’s experience and mentorship skills make a huge contribution to this scholarship process,” says Kodak’s Johanna Gravelle. “Students from around the world will receive feedback from him to assist in their efforts to succeed in filmmaking. We are extremely grateful to John for his ongoing commitment to this program and to sharing his knowledge with the next generation.”

Kodak, in collaboration with the University Film & Video Foundation (UFVF), holds this annual scholarship to encourage students pursuing a career in filmmaking. As part of the competition, the judges will review sample reels, as well as evaluate the students’ faculty recommendations and academic achievements.

The following prizes will be awarded to the finalists and announced in August:

KODAK Student Scholarship Award:
• Gold: $4,000 tuition scholarship and $5,000 Kodak motion picture film grant
• Silver: $3,000 tuition scholarship and $4,000 Kodak motion picture film grant
• Bronze: $2,000 tuition scholarship and $3,000 Kodak motion picture film grant

KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Award:
• First Place: $3,000 tuition scholarship and $5,000 Kodak motion picture film grant
• Honorable Mention: $1,500 tuition scholarship and $3,000 Kodak motion picture film grant

Since 1991, Kodak has been supporting future filmmakers and encouraging excellence in the field of motion picture education. The company’s ongoing efforts include a range of opportunities that students and educators can use to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking, including educational materials and discounts, in addition to sponsorship of film festivals, awards, seminars and student showcases that raise awareness about emerging talent. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/education.

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STORY’s Blair Hayes Bring Maroon 5 into Your Living Room for JBL

Latest ads in Doner’s “Hear the Truth” campaign promote wireless speakers that create a concert in the home.

Blair Hayes of STORY has directed four spots for JBL in which the brand’s new wireless speakers give partygoers the illusion of attending a live concert by Grammy-winning rock band Maroon 5. The ads are the latest additions to JBL’s Hear the Truth campaign out of Detroit agency Doner, which features star recording artists and underscores the product’s quality sound. more

Hollywood Center Studios Provides the Backdrop for Vanity Fair’s “Bruce Weber’s Hollywood”

Micheal Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Selena Gomez, Jonah Hill and scores of other stars take part in historic shoot for magazine’s Hollywood Issue

HOLLYWOOD—Some 75 actors, the U.S.C Trojan Marching Band, a team of gladiators and an elephant recently convened at Hollywood Center Studios for a spectacular photo shoot for Vanity Fair’s 19th annual Hollywood Issue (VF.com). The shoot was conducted by world-renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber and will result in a 44-page portfolio dubbed Bruce Weber’s Hollywood and a 4-panel cover, a first for the magazine, for the March issue. more

Sonzero and Nicole Scherzinger Hit a High Note for The Grammys with Remake of Iconic Herbal Essences Spot

LOS ANGELES—Top fashion and beauty director Jim Sonzero has directed Nicole Scherzinger in a remake of a classic Herbal Essences commercial that introduced the famous tagline “Yes! Yes! Yes!” The spot, which premiered during this year’s Grammy telecast, was conceived by New York agency atelier and shows the star of The X Factor entering an airplane bathroom to freshen up only to have her rapturous cries broadcast over the plane’s intercom—much to the surprise of fellow passengers. more

Expanded Role For WSDG’S Sergio Molho

New Offices – New Responsibilities

NEW YORK: Walters-Storyk Design Group co-principals Beth Walters and John Storyk have announced an expanded management role for Sergio Molho, a valued associate for 19 years, and long-term head of the firms’ Latin American office in Buenos Aires. “During the nearly twenty years of our working relationship, Sergio Molho has developed into a multi-faceted expert in every aspect of our architectural and acoustic design business,” Beth Walters said. “His creative design, technical and interpersonal skills have made him an indispensible member of our international team. We are delighted to name him Director of New Business Development as we continue our global expansion.”

“My new mission with WSDG is two-fold,” Molho reveals. “I will split my time on the development of new business both globally, and in the U.S., while continuing to manage the activities of our Latin American office. The synergy between our offices in the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing and Mexico City, flourishes thanks to technological and communications advances which enable us to collaborate with an extraordinary degree of creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. I will now bring that message to an expanding client base.”

Molho began his association with WSDG in 1994 as a founding partner of the firm’s Latin America office. Over the next two decades, he has played an integral role in the development of WSDG projects ranging from MTV’s Latin America Broadcast Studios to Platinum artist Fito Paez’s Circo Beat, (Latin America’s only TEC Award-winning studio). He has initiated and supervised numerous global WSDG corporate, educational, House Of Worship and home theater projects, including full A/V Systems Integration for Phillipe Starck’s award-winning Faena Hotel & Universe in Buenos Aires; acoustic design and consulting for Latin America’s first IMAX 3D Cinema and, most recently facility design work for Qatar TV, a major broadcast complex in Doha on the Persian Gulf.

Molho will continue to work closely with his long-time WSDG colleagues: Dirk Noy, Partner/GM Europe, and Renato Cipriano, Partner/GM Brazil. In a related announcement, WSDG Latin America has moved their offices to a new location in Buenos Aires nearby the country’s Congress and Parliamentary buildings.

Photo: Sergio Molho named WSDG Director of New Business Development

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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ANIMATION MENTOR NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW VFX FUNDAMENTALS AND TEACHING NEW CURRICULUM WITHIN ITS STATE-OF-THE-ART FULLY-DISTRIBUTED PIPELINE

Emeryville, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 – Animation Mentor, the state-of-the-art online school of animation and VFX, is now accepting applications for the inaugural Summer 2013 term of its new VFX Fundamentals. Students are encouraged to visit the
Registration Portal early to ensure their choice of industry professional instructor and class time.

VFX Fundamentals
The VFX Fundamentals is a series of three 12-week courses – CG Basics, Lighting Basics, and Compositing Basics – taught by industry professional lighters and compositors from Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Weta Digital, and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). VFX Fundamentals teaches the exact visual effects skills that studios seek: The ability to professionally collaborate and apply studio best practice workflows within a studio production pipeline and across multiple disciplines. Animation Mentor’s instructional design emphasizes collaboration within a production as enabled through its state-of-the-art, patent-pending
AMP(tm) studio production pipeline. This design replicates the current industry trend of making films within a fully-distributed pipeline.

The curriculum teaches students how to produce great work as a team under demanding circumstances – with Lighting Basics and Compositing Basics further emphasizing collaborative workflows among students of different disciplines. Students also learn how to synthesize technical and aesthetic skills within the world of visual effects – and to secure the familiarity, comfort, and confidence to contribute within a pipeline-based workflow. Students learn leading-edge VFX software, including NUKE, KATANA, and MARI from The Foundry and the Arnold renderer from Solid Angle.

After completing the classes, students are steeped in the best practices found in most top studio pipeline workflows. Students learn to work through the same challenges studios experience when multi-discipline talent is involved to create the final image. This real studio production experience serves two purposes: 1) Students secure very real studio experience, and 2) Studios are confident that Animation Mentor graduates are truly prepared for the high demands of studio quality work.

VFX Production Tracks
After completing the VFX Fundamentals, students can then enroll in a dedicated CG Pipeline Production Track, with an emphasis on creating the visual images on a fully-computer-generated short film; or a VFX Pipeline Production Track, where the focus is on creating the visual images on a mixed-computer-generated and live-action sequence. The detailed curriculum prepares students to excel in the VFX industry workforce on day one, particularly in working collaboratively across disciplines with other artists, troubleshooting when shots break, and contributing within the fully-distributed pipeline.

Students receive a diploma upon completing each respective program – VFX Fundamentals, CG Pipeline Production, and VFX Pipeline Production.

Industry Partners
Animation Mentor assembled a VFX Advisory Board and worked closely with industry professional lighters and compositors from Pixar Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Weta Digital, and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to provide ongoing consultation of the VFX curriculum and fully-distributed pipeline. Animation Mentor also partnered with leading software developers (Autodesk, Inc., The Foundry, and Solid Angle), character riggers (CG Monks), and VFX media partners (fxphd).

New Direction in VFX
Animation Mentor’s new characters have been developed to work in the VFX world. Each rig comes with a base high-end surfaced look development – and VFX students resource these characters throughout their studies to learn VFX lighting, compositing, and rendering. This includes an exclusive Morpheus 2.0 character from CG Monks – designed specifically for Animation Mentor.

About Animation Mentor
Animation Mentor is an online school focused on animation and VFX classes taught by industry professionals within the first fully distributed production pipeline of a studio school. The programs and curriculum teach the exact skill set that film, animation, and visual effects studios seek – the ability to professionally collaborate and apply studio best practice workflows within a studio production pipeline and across multiple disciplines – and do so in a customized, affordable, and quick fashion. Students work collaboratively on an online production and leverage the full capability of the state-of-the-art, patent-pending AMP studio production pipeline. For more information, please contact Micha Hershman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at 510-450-7220 or pr@animationmentor.com, or visit www.animationmentor.com.

(c)2013 Next Education LLC. All rights reserved. ANIMATIONMENTOR, AMP studio production pipeline, AMP tool, the Animation Mentor logo, and other Animation Mentor marks, logo, and trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Next Education LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Christie Projection Mapping Display Transforms Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block into Virtual Storybook

For the fourth consecutive summer Christie® 3-chip DLP® projectors will be lighting up Ottawa’s famed Parliament Hill with a rich and engaging display that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually . The gripping narrative of Canadian history via the National Capital Commission’s sound and light show, “Mosaika – Canada Through the Eyes of Its People” begins July 10 and ends September 7 this year.
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Accompanied by lights, a 5.1 surround system, and audio track produced by Groupe Phaneauf, the four Christie Roadster S+20K and five Christie Roadster HD18K projectors paint a video canvas onto the 472-feet long by 246-feet tall, six story high Parliament Building Centre Block including the iconic Peace Tower in the middle. One portion features a dramatic 3D segment where the entire structure appears to move in and out in 3D space.
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A Journey in Three Acts
Act One explores Canadian landscapes and our founding peoples. The journey begins at Canada’s beautiful west coast, then soars eastward, over the Rocky Mountains, through the foothills and prairies, across the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River, into the Atlantic Ocean, and then northeast to modern-day Newfoundland and Labrador. From here, the audience is taken north, passing ice floes and polar bears, into Canada’s Arctic region, where the aurora borealis dances in the velvety night sky. Along the way, the audience discovers the gorgeous mosaic of natural landscapes, flora and fauna that make up Canada’s diverse natural world.
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Canada’s founding peoples are also introduced in Act One, and the storyline carries the audience beyond Canada’s Confederation in 1867. ‘Mosaika’ presents how multitudes of people, ideas and voices have combined in a great discussion to create this country.
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Act Two presents Canadian achievements. It begins with the railroad — the great iron link that tied the country together and encouraged westward expansion and settlement. Other achievements are explored, in war and in peace, social achievements that helped to create Canada’s rights and freedoms, as well as Canadian achievements in the arts and culture. Great Canadians are encountered, including Agnes Macphail, Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox and many others.
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Act Three is a discussion of Canadian values. In the third act of ‘Mosaika,’ Canadians from across the country are seen and heard, discussing what is important to them, what it means to be Canadian, and their hopes for the future. Their encouraging and inspirational words drive ‘Mosaika’ toward its emotional climax.
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From History to Projection Mapping Reality with Christie Reliability
Jean-Marc Beauvalet, manager, technical services, National Capital Commission (NCC), said the NCC used two Christie projectors for the predecessor of the current show; however, ‘Mosaika’ was one of its first forays into multi-projector use and projection mapping.
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“Because of our experience with them, we were fully confident using the Christie projectors for ‘Mosaika,’” said Beauvalet. “Christie has played an important role in helping us achieve our goals with this presentation – to reflect what Canada and its history are all about.”
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“We had used Christie projectors before and were fully confident of their performance – and, as the projectors play such a crucial role, that made everything else easier to deal with. After Moment Factory – the show designer – did a full pixel mapping of the buildings, our biggest challenge was how to repeat the placement of these projectors to ensure a perfect performance every night. The solution they came up with for the projectors that stayed on the hill was to have the projectors on hydraulic lifts with repeatable heights; they have a sensor that stops them at 120 inches so every performance is exact.”
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Not only the production itself but also the public and media reaction impresses the NCC.
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“The projection mapping creates something magical that people aren’t expecting – they don’t expect to see their Parliament Building transformed into such beautiful colors and delightful imagery. People say, ‘this is incredible. I never thought I would see anything like this in my life.’ It’s an honor to see visitors and Canadians with smiling faces telling us how wonderful the show experience was,” Beauvalet concluded. “With the help of Christie, we have achieved our goal with this presentation – to instill a strong feeling of pride in our country and our capital with a one-of-a-kind free nightly show. I can say that Christie and its technology are extremely reliable. They deliver exactly what they say they will.”
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“‘Mosaika’ is an extraordinary accomplishment that presents the history of Canada in a way that is entertaining, educational, and visually compelling,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “We are very proud the National Capital Commission selected Christie projectors to be part of this exceptionally innovative and memorable event.”

Bexel Launches Technical Sales & Solutions Division

New Division Brings Audio Specialties Group and Broadcast Video Gear Under One Roof

BURBANK, CA, FEBRUARY 28, 2013—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of Technical Sales & Solutions. Known as Bexel TSS, the division merges Bexel’s pre-owned equipment offered by Broadcast Video Gear (BVG), with new equipment featured by Audio Specialties Group (ASG), including audio and intercom products and solutions, RF-over-fiber and Managed Antenna Systems. Bexel TSS will also be expanding their new video sales by sourcing products and manufacturers to optimize growth and strengthen inventory.

“With Bexel BVG and Bexel ASG, we had two different sales organizations. Since we are all operating under one roof, it made sense to streamline our resources and merge the two units together to become the Bexel TSS division,” says Joyce Bente, director of sales, Bexel TSS. “By unifying these two divisions, Bexel will be able to provide more resources to our customers, including increased customer support and the ability to leverage our rental products with our new equipment sales within the same service order.”

As part of the Bexel TSS announcement, Bexel is also proud to have entered into an agreement with DiGiCo to be one of the premier resellers of the company’s broadcast digital audio consoles. In addition, Bexel will also incorporate DiGiCo’s consoles into its rental inventory. To this end, it has already taken delivery of a SD10B and SD11B, two of DiGiCo’s broadcast digital consoles, for its rental pool.

DiGiCo brings together the design skills and digital engineering expertise that have helped create some of the world’s most popular and groundbreaking digital audio solutions. Bexel will primarily focus on selling and marketing DiGiCo’s gear specifically to mobile trucks, small television production facilities (including those involved in webcasting), tier-two and tier-three call-letter stations, smaller owned-and-operated (O&O) stations across the U.S., as well as broadcast education schools and houses of worship.

“DiGiCo has a very successful track record of selling digital audio consoles in the live reinforcement and theater markets and now, as it enters the U.S. broadcast market, Bexel TSS is leading the charge in getting its products to the end user,” says John Root, business development manager, Western Region, Bexel. “DiGiCo is one of the only major broadcast audio manufacturers delivering solutions costing less than $100,000 while meeting the broadcast industry’s audio console requirements, specifications and quality performance standards that the industry demands. We look forward to expanding our audio line with its digital audio consoles.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™
For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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