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The Rise of the Approachable Expert With the exponential growth of video, voice over and audio have become increasingly important aspects of production. Formerly limited to radio and TV spots, today voice is an integral part of productions of all kinds and formats - from a 15 second YouTube ad, to the audio instructions for e-learning platforms, to the characters behind video games and even the voices behind new AI assistants. But as voice has become more integrated into daily life, there has been a movement toward a more customized, personable tone - more closely resembling a knowledgeable friend than that of a professor. ...Read More »
Content Insider #553 - New TV By Miles Weston People are finding OTT viewing can really be liberating. Any subject, any time, anywhere, on any device is yours to consume, enjoy. Of course there may be some streaming issues but that's not your problem...until it is. 4K HDR content needs a lot of bandwidth and 5G wireless is still in the promise phase. Everyone in the M&E and communications industries can see the money-making opportunities that are out there because people just can't get enough. Of course there are still "a few" details to be worked out but it's going to be great! Honest. ...Read More »
360 Production By Miles Weston In addition to a strong roster of mainstream streaming entertainment, Hulu is also looking around the corner to meet the consumer's almost insatiable appetite for new, great, different content. They recently released Curious Minds in 360 degree viewing featuring Domonic Monaghan perhaps best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings and other feature films. Cream VR's Andrew MacDonald gives you a behind the scenes look at the show's production with a hint as to where 360/VR will take us in the near future. It's an exciting read and even more exciting to immerse yourself in. ...Read More »
Content Insider #550 - Content and the Pipe By Miles Weston Everyone wants video content and no one more than the people who make a living streaming the stuff to your device - TV, computer, tablet, smartphone. How big a deal is it? Disney thinks content and access to your device is worth about $52B plus outta the chute. All the service providers think it's worth more, lot more minute after minute so they're beefing up their capacity, bandwidth and toll roads. Depending on where you live it can be free, costly, restricted, censored, blocked. It has opened the door for a lot of creative filmmakers if we can only keep the pipes wide open and the video flowing. ...Read More »
Content Insider #549 - Show Me By Miles Weston We like the most recent news that folks like Google, YouTube and Facebook are adding people to help their systems choose good and bad content. Too many people are putting unwavering faith in the technology that is supposed to make their job easier and their decisions easier. Somehow that doesn't really work for the video content we develop, distribute and view. Too many variables are involved including things like "this is what I feel like right now, right here." Even a couch potato has something going on in his/her mind - even at the subconscious level - or they'd forget to breath. The new standards that are being rolled out will make content even richer, better, more intense but it will still require people who know how to produce great content and who appreciate it. Otherwise it will be a real waste. ...Read More »
Creating 360 Video When people thing of VR (virtual reality) or AR (augmented reality) most think of it placing you inside an interactive synthetic world (VR) or an enhanced interactive version of the real world (AR). But the most common form of this technology is 360 video. ...Read More »
ROGUE NYC Specializes in VR Production And Post Using SCRATCH VR ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex Maclean has produced a large body of work that demonstrates his color grading and finishing expertise in branding content for clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising. In a recent interview MacLean discussed the challenges and rewards of working in VR. ...Read More »
Karen Allen Brings "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." To Life Known for her roles in front of the camera in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Animal House," "Scrooged" and more, Karen Allen recently took on a new role: the director of "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." Adapted from the Carson McCullers tale, the new short film focuses on the story of a young boy and an old man that meet by chance at a roadside cafe and discuss lost love. ...Read More »
Content Insider #548 - Sharing Storytelling By Miles Weston VR is a video storytelling technique some scoff at it, laugh at it; while others are cautiously optimistic; and then there is the growing group of filmmakers who are professionally intrigued, push the envelope, make fantastic immersive films. There is plenty of outstanding 4K content being shot and delivered. Probably always will be but great VR is different. It not only lets the viewer in the story, it lets you control, explore, be an active part of the story. The SMPTE crowd were hungry to learn more about how the M&E industry can continue to tell the best stories, the best way even when they have to turn the story over to the viewer. In the final analysis great stories come from great filmmakers. ...Read More »
OWC President, Jen Soule, Recognized at 14th Annual Stevie Awards for Women In Business Other World Computing (OWC(r)), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced today that company President Jen SoulĂ© has received a Silver Stevie Award for the category Female Executive of the Year - Consumer Products - 11 to 2,500 Employees at the 14th annual Stevie(r) Awards for Women in Business. ...Read More »
Cineware 3D for 2D Design By Ko Maruyama To call this a new way to design with 3D in 2D may not fully explain the power of the plugin. Taking advantage of the same Cinema4D bridge power that After Effects users enjoy, Illustrators are now able to easily wrap their 2D designs onto 3D objects as textures directly within Adobe Illustrator - working in the space that they're expert in. Using familiar language, this will open a new way of working with 3D objects for Adobe Illustrator CC artists. ...Read More »
Digital Camera Market Global Trends, Strategy, Applications Analysis and Growth by Forecast to 2022 By Herald Keeper The makers of digital cameras have a major challenge as sale of smartphone is continue to boom and frame digital camera market particularly fixed lens digital cameras. The shortfall of innovation has meant that customers are no longer inspired to buy new models. Makers are looking out for the next big thing in digital cameras, despite the market for digital camera is abstained. ...Read More »
OWC President, Jen Soule, Named Finalist In 14th Annual Stevie(r) Awards for Women In Business Other World Computing, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced today that company President Jen Soule was named a Finalist in the Female Executive of the Year - Consumer Products category in the 14th annual Stevie(r) Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program. ...Read More »
Lineage Solutions Creates Stereoscopic 3D VR 4K Video with Blackmagic Design The Lineage team's primary project in the studio thus far has been a project called Intelligent Education. They film college professors in stereoscopic 4K using Micro Studio Camera 4Ks so that students and viewers can watch them later in a 3D VR experience via Google Cardboard and soon with the VR headsets HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift. In this environment, the stereo 3D video is displayed alongside a dynamic transcript as well as 3D models and scenes that relate to the learning. ...Read More »
Watch The Hands By Miles Weston Most people can do one or two card tricks - even if we do them poorly. But watch a card like Richard Turner and you'll quickly put the deck back in your pocket. Learn that he is a blind card magician and you'll never touch a deck again. Dealt is more than a documentary about Turner's amazing slight-of-hand, it's about overcoming the odds. Dealt is opening at select theatres across the country but you can find out here why indie filmmakers deliver entertainment that needs to be seen. ...Read More »
Capturing the Realities of Hollywood Success in "This is Meg" with Blackmagic Design Wrangling the monster that is the Hollywood movie industry is no small feat. Professional filmmaker Alex Ferrari has encountered his fair share of production headaches, from last-minute project cancellations to the notion that a successful film requires a massive budget and huge stars. With today's technology on his side, Ferrari began planning for an entirely different kind of project. ...Read More »
Content Insider #537 - Road Show By Miles Weston Watching really good (and really bad) video content on your smartphone is becoming a big deal...even when the big screen is right in front of you. How big? T-Mobile did a deal with Netflix and people who measure speed said they had the fastest net in town. So AT&T said Ok we'll offer our new customers HBO and the new Ma Bell is waiting for you to call. Verizon is thinking about it. But as telcos know it isn't about unlimited data plans, it's how well they can throttle (manage) what you're viewing. The alternative? Head for the mobile internet. Turn it on and tune in. Free entertainment is a beautiful thing. Stealing content...not so much! ...Read More »
7 QUESTIONS WITH FILMMAKERS ARIEL & MALLIN ALTER By Ko Maruyama Mallin and Ariel Alter create a new take on "Spinster" for the millenial generation in a show they're funding through IndiGogo. I had a chance to ask them a few questions about what their plans are for the project before they had to quickly get back to a busy production schedule. ...Read More »
Behind the Scenes of the Gritty Drama "The Things We've Seen" In the new indie film "The Things We've Seen," a struggling town is devastated when the local mill catches fire, eliminating most of the town's jobs. Rayford Boem (Randy Ryan) is soon accused of arson by Sheriff Pascal (John D. Carver) but won't go down without a fight and organizes an armed resistance. Soon, word of Rayford's actions reaches his family, and his teenage son Reagan (Jarrett Maier) sets out to find his father and help fix what's gone wrong. ...Read More »
Content Insider #534 - IBC M&E Showtime By Miles Weston People don't really need an excuse to go to Amsterdam but IBC gives everyone who is anyone a solid reason to be there in a few weeks. This time the show looks more exciting because there is so darn much going on in the industry. VR showing it's real. OTT showing the way for a new way to watch content anywhere, anytime. 4K/HDR and 8K getting real real. Service firms of every shape, size setting out to tell the world they are the way of tomorrow. Executives will be there to do deals and learn. Following close behind will be publicists hungry to grab anyone with a media badge and offer them up to the boss. No the pro PR people won't do that because well they know these folks. Unfortunately it's the same at every show! ...Read More »
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