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Red Giant PluralEyes 4.1 By Ko Maruyama Introducing Red Giant PluralEyes 4.1, a Free Update to the World's Best Audio/Video Syncing Tool EDIUS Pro support. A new music video workflow. Support for GoPro spanning media. Batch clip deletion and the ability to turn off automatic drift-correction. The best sync just got better. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Creative Tools With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Creative Tools With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
SCRATCH VR Introduction With the release of SCRATCH 8.5, ASSIMILATE also introduced the SCRATCH VR Suite. This Suite bundles SCRATCH, SCRATCH Web and a series of tools and features for a streamlined workflow for Virtual Reality 360 media - projects. Although the basic viewing of 360 media is available even in the (free) SCRATCH Play version - all the advanced edit, grade and composite tools are only available in the SCRATCH VR Suite which requires a special license. ...Read More »
REEL TALK RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD By Ko Maruyama Continuing to give back to the community of motion graphics and visual effects artists in the Hollywood area, Benjamin Budzak is hosting his annual review and critique of demo reels. With special guest Ryan Summers, they help artist get the most out of their past work so they can find new work. ...Read More »
Colorist Mark Todd Osborne Navigates a Child's Fantasy "Audi TT: Reality? Check." The recent national ad campaign for the Audi TT from MediaCom, the agency behind the concept, features the iconic sports car racing through rugged terrain and busy cities alike. The spot enters the mind of a child, and as he races his toy car around a track and imagines a full-throttle adventure of challenging terrain and jaw-dropping stunts, the Audi TT achieves it in real life. Mirroring the boy's movements, the spot cuts to real life shots of the Audi TT racing on the edges of cliffs, through dense forests of tall pines, around jagged boulders and hairpin turns, as well as through the nighttime streets of San Francisco, weaving through trollies, traffic and tractor trailers. ...Read More »
Mettle's Skybox VR Transitions By Ko Maruyama Pioneering 360/VR developer Mettle will debut Skybox 360/VR Transitions for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, a key component of Adobe Creative Cloud® at NAB 2016. The new plug-in package delivers transitions designed specifically for editing cinematic 360 content, a first for the industry. ...Read More »
Adobe Unveils Breakthroughs in Video and Film Production By Ko Maruyama Next week, NABShow will offer many new solutions for production and post production in the broadcasting world. Ahead of that avalanche of news, Adobe has made an early announcement of their own. New products in their CreativeCloud lineup for video users. ...Read More »
Rivalry on the Ice There is almost no rivalry in professional sports that matches the intensity of one in the National Hockey League. It is not just team against team, but city against city competing against each other in rivalries that have been passed down through generations. Which is one of the reasons why the Winter Classic has become a huge success. Every year, the NHL highlights hockey the way it used to be played: Outside, open to the elements, and in front of thousands of screaming fans. All while featuring teams that have forged generations of bitter rivals. One of these heated rivalries is between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. These two teams are members of the "Original Six", the first professional hockey teams in the NHL, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. ...Read More »
Cineversity VR Plugin By Ko Maruyama Cineversity Releases New CV-VR Cam Plug-in and Tutorials to Streamline Cinema 4D Workflow for Virtual Reality ...Read More »
The Cinema 4D R17 Lens Distortion Tool By Stephen Schleicher Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post Production Houses for their Sundance 2016 Nominations At the Sundance Film Festival 2016 in Park City, Utah the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories: Local Hero, Metropolis Post, and Storm Post Production. ...Read More »
Parachute Creates a Legendary Ballgame in an Empty Stadium for Chrysler with Blackmagic Fusion Studio When Miguel Cabrera swings the bat, there's usually a stadium full of screaming fans around him. However, for Chrysler's "Miggy at the Bat" commercial, the stands were empty. The commercial celebrating the 2015 Chrysler 200 centered on Cabrera in an updated "Casey at the Bat" tale and featured the legendary showdown between batter and pitcher. In reality, Cabrera and the pitcher were worlds apart, in Detroit and Los Angeles, surrounded by green screens and needed NYC's Parachute to create the scenery and game around the players. The Parachute team, led by founder Sam O'Hare, created the spot by building a stadium and providing the setting for the infamous strike out (and later, added comeback.) Using different software for various components to build the stadium, Parachute relied on Blackmagic Design's advanced visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics solution, Fusion Studio, to bring everything together. ...Read More »
Poser 11 & Poser Pro 11 By Ko Maruyama Smith Micro's Poser Pro has been a powerful character 3D animation tool for both professionals and hobbyists. Its toolset is easy enough to get started with, yet deep enough to allow professionals to get the nuanced performances that they want for animation and illustration work. The creative enhancements and workflow tools make both Poser 11 and Poser Pro 11 a fantastic update to Smith Micro's accessible character animation software. ...Read More »
Red Giant Trapcode Suite of Tools By Ko Maruyama Trapcode's design and animation tools have been an indispensable part of the motion graphics and compositor's tool set for years now. Trapcode Suite offers updates to some of the tools that you may already have in your arsenal, and boasts a brand new plugin that brings opportunity to create new 3D visuals. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH 8.4 Sets the Pace for Advanced Real-time Features, Workflow, & Ecosystem at a Price Everyone Can Afford ASSIMILATE today announced its new SCRATCH 8.4, the latest version of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow. "Leading the industry in offering the latest advancements in digital cinema technology is the cornerstone of what we do. Assimilate is all about developing real-time tools and a workflow that DITs, post-production artists and all filmmakers need to be creative, productive, and competitive," said Jeff Edson, CEO at Assimilate. "With SCRATCH 8.4, users get an abundance of advanced features that enable them to excel at what they do, and at a price everyone can afford. And with a host of SCRATCH industry partners, they can build an extensive and integrated SCRATCH ecosystem that gives an even greater boost to their productivity." ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie with the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie. ...Read More »
THE NINE OLD MEN By Ko Maruyama Chances are, if you?re an animator, you?ve heard about the nine old men from Disney as told in a way that might seem like a folktale. Andreas Deja and Focal Press have crafted a book that takes you on an inspiring ride through the wonderful world of The Nine Old Men and their techniques. But even more than simple rules and technique, the book illuminates the personality and character that each artist brought to the table. ...Read More »
Automatic Duck is back By Ko Maruyama For a long time, there were three camps of desktop NLE editors. Avid, Final Cut, PremierePro. They didn't talk to each other, and outside of Adobe's own PremierePro, they talk to After Effects. Then, Automatic Duck came along to allow editors to bring their edits into a project that allowed After Effects artists to bring the edits and media into their timeline easily. And now, after a brief hiatus, Automatic Duck Ximport AE allows you to bring your Final Cut X easily into After Effects with much more than just media and duration. ...Read More »
Howard Lukk's Short Film 'Emma' Gets the High Dynamic Range Treatment with Help from DaVinci Resolve There is something special about "Emma." Not only did the short film have its screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but it was also one of the very first films shot and produced in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflow. HDR produces a greater dynamic range of luminosity and allows the cinematographer to capture and display a much wider contrast ratio. And while HDR requires filmmakers to pay more attention to the nuances of shooting, such as lighting, production and costume design and makeup, being able to take advantage of a greater range in color in post production creates truly stunning images more akin to what the human eye sees. ...Read More »
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