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Oscar®-Winner Guillermo Navarro Named 2013 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA/TFT

LOS ANGELES (November 4, 2013) — Kodak and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) have announced Oscar®-winner Guillermo Navarro, ASC, AMC will be the 2013 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence for the fall quarter at UCLA TFT.

The mentorship program will kick off with a free screening of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth on November 4, at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall. Navarro won the Best Cinematography Oscar® for Pan’s Labyrinth in 2007, and the film received numerous other accolades and critical praise. The screening is free and open to students, staff, faculty as well as the general public. A Q&A discussion with Navarro will be moderated by Professor Bill McDonald following the screening.

In his 40-year career, Navarro has worked with such established filmmakers as Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2), Guillermo Del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim), Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids), and Quentin Tarantino (Jackie Brown). Navarro is currently filming director Matthew Cullen’s London Fields.

“We’re so pleased to be part of this incredibly successful program,” says Worldwide Marketing Director Johanna Gravelle, Entertainment Imaging, Kodak. “We are committed to this industry and supporting emerging talent.”

The Cinematographer-in-Residence program was inaugurated by Professor McDonald in 2000 with the support of Kodak to enhance the learning experience of students with insight from renowned cinematographers. UCLA TFT is the only film school that offers a cinematography residency program such as this, where students can receive direct guidance from cinematographers through screenings, workshops and one-on-one sessions over the course of 10 weeks.

Past mentors who have participated in the program include Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC; Allen Daviau, ASC; Conrad L. Hall, ASC; Owen Roizman, ASC; Dean Cundey, ASC; Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Laszlo Kovacs, ASC; Joan Churchill, ASC; Stephen Burum, ASC; Victor J. Kemper, ASC; Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, John Bailey, ASC and Richard Crudo, ASC.

For additional information about the November 4 screening, visit http://www.tft.ucla.edu/event/pans-labyrinth-screening/ or call 310-206-8365. Admission is free, and on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available in Lot 3. There is an $12 parking fee. A limited number of pay-by-the-hour parking spaces are also available in Lot 3.

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About Kodak’s Educational Initiatives:
Kodak’s ongoing support of student filmmakers and educators encourages excellence in the field of motion picture education. The company’s efforts include a range of programs that enrich knowledge and learning experiences in the art and craft of filmmaking. Initiatives range from scholarships, educational materials, and product grants to awards, seminars and workshops. Student film showcases and the annual KODAK Student Scholarship and Student Cinematography Awards also contribute to raising the profile and recognition of emerging talent. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/education or join Kodak on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KodakMotionPictureFilm and on Twitter at @Kodak_ShootFilm.

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JVC Introduces Cost Effective, Full HD VN-H557U Indoor PTZ Security Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the VN-H557U network HD indoor PTZ dome camera, a cost effective, ONVIF Profile S-compliant unit equipped with a wide angle zoom lens (6.3-63.3mm) for excellent area coverage and Easy Day/Night functionality for 24-hour surveillance.

With its 2 megapixel CMOS imager, the VN-H557U delivers 1920×1080 full HD resolution, while its Super LoLux HD™ technology provides superior low-light color reproduction. The built-in lens includes 10x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom with automatic or manual iris control. The security camera also offers 350-degree, non-endless pan/tilt, along with 100 preset positions, auto return, auto flip, and auto pan.

“The new VN-H557U provides very wide, full HD imagery and automatic day/night performance at a very attractive price point,” said John Grabowski, national sales and marketing manager, JVC Security Division. “We designed the camera for a variety of applications, so it’s a great choice for casinos, airports, schools, offices, and retail stores.”

A built-in SDHC card slot allows flexible local recording options. Other features include privacy mask for up to eight areas, motion detection, 3D digital noise reduction, alarm in/out, and two-way audio communication. Multi-codec support includes M-JPEG, H.264 Baseline Profile, and H.264 High Profile, and the camera is compatible with third-party VMS products such as Exacq Technologies and Video Insight. Power options include power over Ethernet (PoE), plus 24V AC or 12V DC.

The VN-H557U has a suggested list price of $1,475 and will be available this month.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

“Nebraska” DP Phedon Papamichael to Address Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo

Acclaimed cinematographer featured in special Keynote Conversation hosted by American Cinematographer.

Burbank, CA— Award-winning cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC will discuss his work on such films as Nebraska, The Descendants and Walk the Line in a special Keynote Conversation as Createasphere’s 13th Annual Entertainment Technology Expo (ETE).

Tales from Behind the Lens will feature an intimate conversation between the two-time American Society of Cinematographers Award nominee and Jon Witmer, associate editor of American Cinematographer magazine. Papamichael will discuss the course that led him from a career as a still photographer to become one of the world’s most respected feature film cinematographers, and his close working relationships with such acclaimed filmmakers as Alexander Payne, George Clooney and James Mangold. The event is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 6th in Theatre 1 at the ETE host site, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California. more

Def Tech’s New Ultra HD Music Video, “Marathon,” Graded with DaVinci Resolve

Fremont, CA – November 4, 2013 - Blackmagic Design today announced that record breaking vocal duo Def Tech’s music video for “Marathon” was graded with DaVinci Resolve. The video for the song is one of Japan’s first Ultra HD in 60p music videos and was color corrected and finished at Tokyo based post production house IMAGICA.

 

Def Tech is a vocal duo that sold more than 2 million of their debut album as an indie artist and have continued to be one of Japan’s most popular musical groups. “Marathon” is included on their latest album, “24/7.” Def Tech teamed up with IMAGICA to create a high quality music video in Ultra HD 60p that showed the duo singing in a dark environment with strong lighting and various weather effects.

 

IMAGICA is one of Japan’s leading production companies and offers shooting, computer graphics and post production services for all types of visual work. The “Marathon” music video was produced to promote Ultra HD in Japan, as well as the duo’s song itself, and was first shown on an 84 inch Ultra HD monitor at Production Expo 2013 held in Tokyo.

 

For “Marathon”, the production team used ONSET DOCK, a mobile on set grading system designed by IMAGICA and based around DaVinci Resolve. ONSET DOCK allows a director or cinematographer to create the basic look and feel of a video and then allows the them to check footage against base color schemes created with DaVinci Resolve.

 

“The director for the music video requested we give it a cool, edgy look,” said Asako Harada, colorist, Data Imaging Team, TV Commercial Production Unit at IMAGICA. “I aimed to show off Def Tech’s faces when they are singing to bring out their charm. With Resolve, I could pull out the details of the high quality images, such as the facial expressions when they are singing and the clouds in the background, while I darkened the black for more contrast.”

 

The video shoot took place outside with the duo standing in strong lighting and artificial rain, while professional athletes and performers, such as skateboarders and break dancers, performed around them. The performance captured by the 4K cameras and the bluish contrasty look developed in Resolve gave a dynamic image to the music video.

 

Even though the director changed some shots in the timeline during the grading session, grading took around six hours. “Resolve was very responsive when using the control surface, so it really didn’t matter if I was grading in high resolution images. Rendering was a lot faster than I have expected.”

 

“One of the unique challenges of this video was the very strong lighting. Initially, I was boosting the level to add more contrast, but then the highlight level of the lighting inverted. But I fixed the problem quickly in Resolve using a tone curve. Resolve has a wide variety of tools I can pick and use so that I can cope well with any problems that come at me like this,” Harada continued. “This music video does not have many colors; however I did not want to give it just a simple monochrome tone. I wanted to show many emotions in the video, so I made many versions to show my client and was able to give the director the exact look he was looking for.”

 

Kenjiro Yamada of the Data Imaging Team, TV Commercial Production Unit at IMAGICA, said, “With Ultra HD, it is very time consuming and complex work in terms of data management. Ultra HD in 60P is 10 times more data than regular HD 24P material. It takes an immense amount of time to just move data between drives. So initially, we used DaVinci Resolve to make Quick Time files for offline from RAW camera footage. This was a huge advantage for us, since after the conversion and making backups, the rest of the workflow is the same because we use proxies for offline editing.“

 

He continued, “There are so many types of video formats, and we are expected to handle everything. Resolve helps us because it supports a wide variety of files and codecs, and also it always adds support for new formats as very quickly.”

 

About DaVinci Resolve
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is the world’s highest performance on set, editing and color correction solution for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux computers. DaVinci Resolve supports more real time color correction than any other system because it’s not limited by the performance of the computer it’s running on. DaVinci Resolve eliminates this performance barrier because it’s based on a cluster of high performance GPU cards, so all processing is always real time. DaVinci Resolve has the power of a true real time performance solution so handles complex color grades even when using dozens of primaries, secondaries, Power Windows™, multi point tracking, blurs, and more. DaVinci Resolve provides incredible performance in a low cost solution which can be easily upgraded by adding extra GPUs for supercomputer power to handle 4K resolutions, stereoscopic 3D and real time grading direct from raw camera files such as ARRI RAW, RED RAW and Sony RAW files which can be handled with ease.

 

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Product photos of DaVinci Resolve are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images

 

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Audio-Technica Debuts BP894 MicroSet® Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone

— New BP894 features a rotating capsule housing with talk-side indicator for use on either ear —

— MicroSet® models are ideal for church/house of worship, educational and commercial applications, including corporate A/V presentations, broadcast and theater sound reinforcement requiring outstanding audio quality and inconspicuous design —

STOW, OH, November 1, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has debuted its BP894 MicroSet® Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone. Inspired by A-T’s popular BP892 MicroSet, the BP894 features a rotating capsule housing with talk-side indicator for use on either ear and perfect polar pattern placement. The MicroSet BP894 takes headworn microphones to the next level, by allowing the cardioid capsule to be aimed directly at the sound source (i.e. the microphone faces the mouth, rather than facing forward like other options on the market). The uniform pickup pattern provides excellent rejection of outside noise, with exceptional gain-before-feedback when used with live sound systems and stage monitors.

Featuring an inconspicuous and ergonomic design, the BP894 MicroSet (available in black and theater beige) rests comfortably behind the ear and can be worn for hours without fatigue. Its contoured earpiece stays in place even on the most animated performer/presenter and does not interfere with the user’s eyeglasses. The BP894 comes with the AT8464 Dual-Ear Microphone Mount which can be attached to provide maximum stability. The microphone provides superior intelligibility and clean, accurate reproduction for the most demanding church/house of worship user, lecturer, broadcaster or theater performer. With its high-SPL capability (135 dB), it is particularly ideal for high-volume motivational speakers/lecturers, pastors and stage actors. Frequency response is 20Hz to 20kHz.

The BP894 will be available starting in October in the following configurations:

BP894 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with AT8539 Power Module; US MSRP $639.00.
BP894-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with AT8539 Power Module; US MSRP $639.00.
BP894cW MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 4-Pin Connector (HRS-type); US MSRP $499.00.
BP894cW-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 4-Pin Connector (HRS-type); US MSRP $499.00.
BP894cT4 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with TA4F Connector; US MSRP $539.00.
BP894cT4-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with TA4F Connector; US MSRP $539.00.
BP894cL4 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone w/Lemo Connector; US MSRP $579.00.
BP894cL4-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Lemo Connector; US MSRP $579.00.
BP894c MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone; Unterminated; US MSRP $479.00.
BP894c-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone; Unterminated; US MSRP $479.00.
BP894cLM3 MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 3.5 mm Connector; US MSRP $539.00.
BP894cLM3-TH Beige MicroSet Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Headworn Microphone with Locking 3.5 mm Connector; US MSRP $539.00.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Project Studio Expo Rocks the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— Presented in association with Sound On Sound, the Project Studio Expo is designed to assist
home recordists in approaching their tools —

New York, NY, October 31, 2013 — A highlight of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention, held Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, was the second annual Project Studio Expo, presented in association with Sound On Sound. Intended to assist home recordists in approaching their tools, the Project Studio Expo (which saw attendance of over 1,000 people) included presentations by leading industry authors, journalists and educators, including Craig Anderton, Bill Gibson, Mike Metlay, Andrea Pejrolo, Gino Robair, Hugh Robjohns, Mike Senior, Paul White and more. Additionally, Craig Anderton also hosted a Question-and-Answer session on Friday with five-time GRAMMY® Award winner and renowned record producer, songwriter, musician, and entrepreneur Jimmy Jam. The Project Studio Expo was sponsored by Cerwin-Vega, Focusrite/Novation, Gibson Brands, KRK Systems, Onkyo, SAE Institute, Sennheiser, Stanton and TASCAM.

AES has a long history serving the recording community, from the early days of monophonic vinyl to today’s modern multichannel digital audio formats. With the rise of project studios, many home recordists may be at a loss on how to best use the tools at hand. The Project Studio Expo brought together the top people, tools and techniques, in order that attendees could learn best practices and tricks from the pros; talk to their toolmakers; and listen, learn, and connect with their peers. Topics ranged from acoustics in small spaces to microphone placement, mixing, and mastering.

Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, stated, “The Project Studio Expo is our answer to a recording business that has migrated from the classic big studios of the past to the spare bedrooms and garages of the present. Audio professionals need training on a huge range of skills to run their business today, and AES is here to provide that training.”

For more information on the Project Studio Expo, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/projectstudioexpo/. For further information on the Audio Engineering Society and upcoming events, please visit http://www.aes.org/.

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Hannover 96 Broadcasts Bundesliga Matches With ATEM Production Switchers

Fremont, CA – November 4, 2013 - Blackmagic Design today announced that Germany’s Hannover 96 Bundesliga football team used ATEM Production Switchers as part of its new broadcast studio, delivering live HD broadcasts of match day TV programming directly to in stadium and online fans.

 

Hannover 96, currently fifth in Germany’s Bundesliga, is using Blackmagic Design’s ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher and ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel to form the hub of a flexible, high quality HD production studio, which was developed by an in house broadcast team and built in the team’s HDI Arena. Blackmagic Design’s UltraStudio Express capture and playback device and ATEM Television Studio live production switcher are also being used as part of the new studio, which was upgraded from an SD system previously managed by a third party service provider.

 

As well as broadcasting live matches to the stadium’s 49,000 fans, the TV programming combines live commentary from two presenters, pre recorded ‘warm up’ footage of the team and post game press conferences, interviews and highlights. Content is also distributed to two big screens in the stadium and around 60 monitors in the HDI Arena’s corporate boxes and VIP areas, as well as on the team’s website after the matches to ensure fans are kept up to date.

 

Media Technology Engineer, Christian Martin, is responsible for the technical production along with a twenty person production team. On match days, programming is switched between live feeds from four HD-SDI cameras around the stadium and prerecorded content. The resulting content is fed and controlled via Blackmagic Design ATEM production switchers alongside a televised broadcast of the match, giving Hannover 96 a seamless HD broadcast quality workflow.

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Product photos of Blackmagic Design ATEM 1/ME Production Switcher, ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel, UltraStudio Express and ATEM Television Studio are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

 

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Israel’s Channel 10 Commits To HARMAN Studer Vista 9 Amidst Major Relocation

Photo caption: (Left to Right) In Channel 10’s news studio: Ignas Galuškinas, Studer training supervisor, Yaron Heizler, head of sound for JCS Studios (which hosts Channel 10), and Meir Kilim.

JERUSALEM, Israel – Channel 10, the third-largest TV studio in Israel, recently acquired a HARMAN Studer Vista 9 digital console from Kilim Electronics, Studer’s Israeli distributor. This upgrade in broadcasting equipment was justified by the studio’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, due to government regulation.

As the producers and technicians of Channel 10 were eager to convert from its old analog format to digital, they weighed many factors in choosing the best brand for their new sound setup. On both technical and financial levels, Studer came out on top, presenting its flagship Vista 9 console as the ideal solution for the new studio.

Besides its reliability and affordable price range, Studer offers unique advantages that include the reassurance of back-up, as well as technical support from the 63 year old broadcast specialists, led by MD Meir Kilim. Yaron Heizler, head of sound for JCS Studios (host of Channel 10) oversaw the integration of the Vista 9.

“Another asset which convinced the studio’s technicians was VistaMix,” said Kilim. “They were immediately impressed by this function, and it worked wonders in terms of increasing the clarity of our broadcasts.”

VistaMix was designed to clean up the mix of unscripted broadcasts such as multi-participant talk shows. Since programs of this nature inherently suffer from both microphone spill and background noise, VistaMix intelligently increases the mic gain on the active speaker almost instantly, while reducing that of the inactive ones. This solves the problem and creates a balanced mix.

“We also favored the Vistonics™ interface over any other UI we have tried in the past, since it is so quick and easy to operate,” Kilim added. “It is also very easy to understand, which is critical due to our high technician swap rates. Most of them have only operated analogue consoles until now.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

GUITAR CENTER BROOKLYN HOLDS RED-CARPET EVENT LAUNCHING SERATO-BRANDED IN-STORE DIGITAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE ON OCTOBER 24

Hosted by hip-hop icon Biz Markie, the grand-opening event featured leading members of the hip-hop and EDM communities

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has partnered with global Digital Music technology brand Serato to open exclusive new 2,500 square foot in-store space at Brooklyn, NY location.
Rap & Hip-Hop legend Biz Markie hosted the red-carpet launch event and met with fans and customers.
Event also featured live radio broadcast and a surprise list of legendary hip-hop DJ’s who performed, signed autographs and connected with media via Facebook.

(October 30, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY) –On Thursday, October 24, 2013, the Guitar Center Brooklyn store was the place to be as they unveiled their new world-class addition to the store, known as the Serato Digital Music Experience. Created in association with Serato, the new wing offers a permanent home for DJ’s and aspiring music producers to demo and buy the latest products in Serato’s product line. This 2,500-square-foot section of the store was officially launched with a special all-day red-carpet event, hosted by hip-hop legend Biz Markie and open to the public.

The event featured leading figures from Brooklyn’s hip-hop and EDM communities, Public Enemy’s Keith Shocklee, DJ Cash Money, Jazzy Joyce, EPMD’s DJ Scratch and Grand Wizard Theodore, several of whom also performed live. Also in attendance were representatives from manufacturer sponsors as well as leading journalists from the music industry. The new addition coincides with the expansion of Guitar Center’s hugely popular Music Mentor program (offering customers free lessons and instruction for top DJ and Digital Music products).

Event sponsors included ADJ, AKAI Professional, BBE Sound Inc., Beats by Dr. Dre, DMC, EV, Hotel BPM, JBL® Professional, Novation, Numark, Odyssey, Ortofon, QSC, Pioneer, Rane and Shure.

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Toolfarm Announces Worldwide Distribution Partnership with FXHOME

Toolfarm and HitFilm

Partnership to significantly expand the availability of popular FXHOME 

software, including newly released HitFilm 2 Ultimate for Mac

 

 

San Francisco, CA - Nov 4, 2013 – Toolfarm, the world’s largest reseller of motion graphics, visual effects and 3D plug-ins for the global creative community, announced today a worldwide distribution partnership with FXHOME, further enhancing its vast catalog of quality digital media tools for the media and entertainment industry.  Toolfarm will carry FXHOME’s software line of still image and video products, including its popular HitFilm 2 Ultimate software, which offers unique 3D compositing, visual effects and video editing software for creative filmmakers.  Previously only available on the Windows platform, this distribution agreement unveils the release of HitFilm 2 for the Macintosh platform, available immediately.

 

HitFilm 2 Ultimate offers video editing, visual effects and compositing in one package for creative filmmakers. Powerful and affordable, HitFilm 2 Ultimate reflects FXHOME’s ethos to help the next generation of filmmakers by bringing professional concepts to all filmmakers, regardless of age, experience or budget.  Easy to learn and with limitless potential for discovery and customization, HitFilm 2 Ultimate helps filmmakers learn the tricks and tools of video editing and visual effects, introducing techniques used by Hollywood visual effects artists.

 

Thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year (raising $93,000 – more than double the $40,000 goal) the Norwich, United Kingdom based developer has been able to complete the Macintosh version of HitFilm 2 Ultimate in 2013.  Previously only available for Windows, the new release will come with two installers, Mac and PC, for up to three machines per license.

 

New customers who purchase HitFilm 2 Ultimate can choose whether to download the Mac or PC installer, or both. All existing HitFilm users will automatically get access to the Mac version at no extra cost and the Windows version will also get an update with new features when the Mac version launches, so Windows users stand to benefit too.

 

Joshua Davies, FXHOME founder and CEO, commented, “When we launched the first version of HitFilm on Windows in 2011 we were inundated with requests for a Mac version. If you’re making video software you have to be on Mac, but, as a small developer, it’s expensive to go cross-platform. The Kickstarter campaign not only enabled us to bring the Mac version to market a lot sooner, but also to enhance HitFilm 2 Ultimate with new visual effects features so that PC users benefit too.”

 

Combining cutting edge visual effects capabilities and video editing with an intuitive interface, HitFilm 2 Ultimate includes essential editing tools, over 150 effects, groundbreaking 3D compositing and a revolutionary workflow. It also boasts particle simulators, professional chroma key and advanced color correction, import and animation of 3D models, 2D tracking features and 3D camera-solving, and extensive titling and motion graphics tools.

 

“HitFilm is growing every month, thanks to our community – not only the Kickstarter backers but also those who have supported us and our software from the start,” Davies added. “Our users are hugely important to us. They are the next generation of filmmakers and supporting young and indie filmmakers is the core reason that FXHOME was founded ten years ago.”

 

HitFilm 2 Ultimate will be available from 4 November and retails for $399.  It will be available for purchase from http://www.toolfarm.com.

 

Media information, including examples, logos, packshots, screenshots and reviewer’s guides, can be downloaded from http://www.toolfarm.com/images/uploads/vendors/logos/fxHome.  The HitFilm YouTube channel features tutorials, filmmaking techniques and occasional short films: http://www.youtube.com/fxhomehitfilm.

 

 

About Toolfarm

Founded in 1999, San Francisco based Toolfarm is the world’s largest reseller of motion graphics, visual effects and 3D plug-ins for the global creative community.  Recognized for reliable distribution, high-quality customer service, community and training, Toolfarm is THE place for creative professionals to learn about and shop for all video related plug-ins.

 

About FXHOME

FXHOME is a leading UK software developer and consultancy firm, specializing in video and photo products, web design and bespoke third party solutions for professional and amateur filmmakers and photographers.  Founded in 2001 by Joshua Davies, FXHOME has developed a strong global community of users ranging from film students to independent filmmakers. The current product range includes PhotoKey 6 Pro and the HitFilm series.

 

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