NAB: Quick notes from Sony

Peter Crithary shows two new Handycams

Sony’s Sunday press conference covered quite a few things. I’ll focus on just a few. New Cameras Sony’s Peter Crithary introduced two new 4K handhelds, notable because they’re the world’s first 4K “Handycams” using three-chip designs instead of single sensors with color filter arrays. The PXW-Z280 uses 1/2″ EXMOR-R CMOS sensors and records 50p/60p 4:2:2 […]

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AE Project Diary: 5) Burning Embers

AE Project Diary: 5) Burning Embers 1

In this project diary we look at the process I went through to create an animation of burning embers in After Effects, using Trapcode Form.  Because the animation was a projected backdrop for a theatrical performance, it needed to be created as a seamless loop with a separate reveal on and off. In this case, […]

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NAB: Do Androids Dream of Making Movies?

Four AI tasks

“Do Androids Dream of Making Movies” was part of the Future of Cinema conference track at NAB. Annie Chang, VP of Creative Technologies at Universal Pictures, led a conversation with Yves Bergquist of  USC’s Entertainment Technology Center and Corto, an AI startup; and David Kulczar of IBM Watson Media.  Yves: Some background: What is AI? […]

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Stella Pro Lights Review – Pushing Light & Motion’s Filmmaking Lineup to the Max

Stella Pro Lights Review - Pushing Light & Motion’s Filmmaking Lineup to the Max 2

Light and Motion advertises their line of Stella Pro lights with phrases like: “travels anywhere” and “perfect for mobile production crews and independent filmmakers”.  The benefits of lights like these for a traveling filmmaker is the fact they are waterproof, have a 90+ minute built in battery, are drop resistant, and pack a punch, pushing […]

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Panasonic launches second century of innovation at NAB 2018

Panasonic launches second century of innovation at NAB 2018

Panasonic’s new line of PTZ cameras, the EVA 2.0 free firmware upgrade for the 5.7K AU-EVA1 cinema camera and the AK-UC4000 4K  studio camera are some of the products and solutions debuting at NAB 2018, celebrating Panasonic’s move towards its second century. Panasonic is marking its 100th year anniversary this year, and at the 2018 […]

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LaCie Rugged RAID Pro launched at NAB 2018

LaCie Rugged RAID Pro launched at NAB 2018 15

Encased in the famous orange rubber shell, the Rugged RAID Pro offers up to 240 MB/s in RAID 0 and RAID 1 for peace-of-mind in having a second copy in the field. The new product has a suggested price of $349. From the plains of Africa, to sub-zero temperatures, to the wasteland of abandoned Chernobyl, […]

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Avid updates Media Composer, lays out the future at NAB Show 2018

Avid Media Composer splash screen

I was teaching NAB Post|Production World classes on Saturday morning of NAB 2018 when Avid’s new CEO Jeff Rosica (which I plan to sit down with later this week!) took the stage to introduce a ton of new products and map out future upgrades to Avid Media Composer as well as many other Avid products. This […]

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Next wave of UHD technologies announced at NAB 2018

Next wave of UHD technologies announced at NAB 2018

The next evolution of UHD development is coming, and at NAB 2018 it is possible to experience phase B technologies first-hand, as  the Ultra HD Forum and UHD Alliance showcase future UHD solutions. The release of the Phase B Guidelines, an 80-page technical document that you can download and keep on your computer desktop for reference, […]

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ART OF THE CUT with Ben Mercer on editing “Unknown Soldier” in FCP-X

ART OF THE CUT with Ben Mercer on editing "Unknown Soldier" in FCP-X 18

Benjamin Mercer has been a feature film editor for more than a decade, after transitioning from a successful high-profile TV commercial editing career. In addition to cutting TV series, he has cut more than a dozen European (mostly Finnish) features, including the critically acclaimed Unknown Soldier (2018) for which he just won the Finnish version […]

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