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Content Insider #587 - Before the Game By Miles Weston Consumer crystal gazers keep putting up fantastic mouth-watering numbers on the HMD sales that are going to be delivered...next year. Next year rolls around and it's ooppss. Their projections aren't wrong obviously it's that the world (kids) don't want VR. Funny thing is they were sold instantly when they were first introduced a few years ago and sales keep rising. Where? Well gee just about in every business application you can dream up for virtual and augmented peeks as to what's going on. Trouble is everyday practical use isn't as sexy, as fun, as exciting as a shootem up VR game. No but it makes work safer and better so get into it ...Read More »
Industrial Air Pollution Clean-Up Is On Its Way In 2018 Since 1955, the United States government has recognized the need for legislation to clean up air pollution. Subsequent revisions to the initial legislation strengthened the laws regarding allowable amounts of car emissions, factory smog, and other sources of air pollution. Now, in 2018, it isn't just legislation and governments fighting air pollution. Private inventors, corporations, and other organizations are harnessing the technology that can aid in cleaning our air all over the world, along with recognizing that some advances in technology are creating more air pollution and combating it with air filter and filtration systems, dust collectors, industrial vacuums, industrial blowers, air compressors, vacuum pumps and many other products. ...Read More »
Trade War With China Will Hit OEM Manufacturers First As trade relations between China and US deteriorate, OEM manufacturers and their metal suppliers are caught in the middle. Who is affected first? ...Read More »
When a Movie is More Than a Movie: MYSTERY OF SIMBI_XOMBIES MYSTERY OF SIMBI_XOMBIES is a lot of things. Just another indie film it is not. A zombie horror film it definitely is not. What it is is a concept for showing how one band making their videos in VR can set off a global chain reaction. It is an underground music comedy. And it is a digital entertainment experiment. To help author all of this, David Kim used Blackmagic Design cameras and its DaVinci Resolve Studio software. ...Read More »
Assimilate's Scratch 9.0 Now Shipping Assimilate is now shipping Scratch 9.0, an aggressive, high-performance, and user-friendly product update that delivers a huge boost in creativity, efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for all creative functions. Known for its high-quality 2D/3D/VR tools in a single, streamlined workflow - dailies, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing & mastering - now includes support for over 200 Matchbox Shader effects and an easy connection to AfterEffects and Nuke compositing tools with a single click. ...Read More »
The WUNDER360 S1 360 Spherical Action Camera By Stephen Schleicher 360 video for Virtual Reality continues to be an area that next generation content creators are focusing more of their attention on. But, with professional 360 VR cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars, it might be a good idea to experiment with this wondrous new way to tell your story with a camera that does the same thing, but costs a fraction of the price. Funded via an Indiegogo campaign, the Wunder360 S1 360 Spherical Action Camera is a nice alternative to other 360 cameras on the market. ...Read More »
URSA Mini Pro - Taking It to a Higher Level By Matt Siegel For filmmakers, from high-end pros to novice students, the traditional production paradigm has undergone a radical change. "Good, fast, and cheap, AND in 4K" is the expectation. Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini Pro meets these requirements and has boldly ascended into the film industry mainstream, proving itself to be a reliable production workhorse. ...Read More »
Scratch Play Pro By Stephen Schleicher If you are looking for a responsive camera format player and transcoder that is light on system resources, and supports looks and metadata management, then SCRATCH Play Pro from Assimilate may just be the all in one tool for all of your playback needs. The application was released in July 2018, and after using the software for a month, it is hard not to find a reason to add SCRATCH Play Pro to your workflow. ...Read More »
Grading and Finishing with Scratch v9 By Rakesh Malik Last summer I filmed a short mockumentary spoofing a home improvement show where the homeowners are a family of zombies. We shot this in a weekend with a fairly minimal crew, working with a first time director. The camera we filmed with was mine, a Red Epic-W, and we filmed in 8K raw. Earlier this year after a lot of rounds of editing and screenings with test audiences, the editor sent me the final edit for color grading. At the time I was working on an IT contract in Seattle and commuting an hour each on the train, so I took my HP Spectre x360 and the hard drive and decided to get started while commuting. And I used the new Scratch v9 for grading and finishing. ...Read More »
China's Government Eyes Complete Scrap Import Ban Who's effected? Recycling Equipment Manufacturers and Recycling Companies! For a closer look, let's review the equipment that will be affected. ...Read More »
IQS Enhances Pay-Per-Click Marketing IQS, a global industrial manufacturers directory, has officially announced the availability of a Google Adwords 'Pay-Per-Click' (PPC) option as part their marketing program line-up with enhanced negative keyword coverage. IQS has offered annual programs since 2000 and now with the introduction of this PPC program as an additional marketing choice, IQS will be the first industrial directory and manufacturing search engine to offer both annual programs along with enhanced negative keyword coverage along with utilizing leading edge Wordstream technology. ...Read More »
Content Insider #582 - Social Video By Miles Weston Social media video is big business, at least it is for Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and the companies that were born on the iNet because wherever you find a few thousand or tens-of-thousands of viewers gather you'll find ads. That spells profits for them. The more viewers/followers, the more dollars they rake in. Along the way the social creators make money.They aren't my "gotta watch" OTT channels but when they start adding more real news we might tune in a little more often. But it is a great place for movies, TV series to reach new viewers. It can also be a great place for indie filmmakers to promote their work and themselves ...Read More »
IQS announces partnership with the Yext Network Industrial Quick Search, Inc. and IQSDirectory have entered into a partnership agreement with YEXT which will let IQS efficiently manage your major online listings using the Yext platform. Yext provides an interface with over 100 directory publishers that allows immediate listings and updates to all properties. ...Read More »
Behind-the-Scenes on the Portland Indie Feature "Pretty Broken" When her father goes missing during a mountaineering expedition, Lindsey Lou (Jillian Clare) sets out to find him - only, she's the least qualified candidate to do so. "Pretty Broken" follows Lindsey's journey as she struggles with the loss of her father, and deals with how life and family can be challenging (and funny). Directed by Brett Eichenberger, the film recently premiered at Newport Beach Film Festival. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH Play Pro ASSIMILATE's new SCRATCH Play Pro is the Essential Media Toolkit: a universal professional format player, immersive media player, look creator with version management, transcoder, and QC tool all in one. Play Pro is able to playback nearly all formats - camera formats, raw or not, including h.264 and h.265 (HEVC), deliverable formats of any sort, even still frame formats. You can also show the image full screen on a second/output display, either attached to the GPU, or through SDI video-IO. Play Pro is not only fast, it's easy to operate. It runs on just about any system from laptop to a desktop monster, running Windows or OSX. ...Read More »
Open Media Foundation Helps Denver Open Media While Open Media Foundation (OMF) regularly juggles a number of projects, they all encompass the same mission of putting the power of media into the hands of the people. The Denver, CO-based media and technology nonprofit organization is dedicated to enabling everyone to engage in their community, empowering underserved and underrepresented communities through media and technology. ...Read More »
Content Insider - IBC Hunt By Miles Weston With IBC only a few months away it's the beginning of hunting season. Writers, photographers and news film crews will be hunting for informative sessions, interesting industry leaders, real news about the products/services that will be most widely used next year and yes catching up with old friends. Publicists will be seeing how many media badge wearers they can bag. It doesn't matter if it's old news, new news or no news; it's all about the badges. But, it doesn't take much to do it right just common sense and commitment. Your boss and folks with media badges at IBC will really appreciate it! ...Read More »
Content Insider #578 - VR Filmwork By Miles Weston Some people think we like 360/VR just because it devours so much storage capacity. Ok that's a good reason but still the good VR stuff is really really good. Not just scare your pants off good but good to experience, enjoy, be immersively entertained, informed. Despite what Musk says we may never experience travel to the outer reaches of space or the depth of the Mariana Trench or climb Mt. Everest but 360/VR can let us experience, really experience these ventures and more. We know because some friends took us there and back. VR is good and it's getting better all of the time. ...Read More »
Content Insider #577 - Talk to Me By Miles Weston Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our techie talk we forget the ROW (rest of the world) doesn't know what we're saying and honestly...don't give a rat's behind! You know real people like Aaron Semmel an EP and his film project producers/directors. They may have heard the specs we're so impressed with but all they care about is...what's it do for me/us? Film people - and film viewers - may tolerate the jargon we're so impressed with but maybe, just maybe, if we did a better job of thinking in terms of what they want/need we could sell more stuff. What a revolutionary idea we need to practice...more. It's just a thought... ...Read More »
Avoiding Footage Loss - Tactics for Storing and Recovering Data Months of planning and work can go into a filmmaking scene. There's the set design, lighting, location scouting, and many other facets that all need to work in concert to pull off a great shoot. With all of the care and attention put into the production, there should be more directed towards the actual product. If the footage data is damaged, corrupted, or incomplete, then all of the efforts going into a shoot were wasted. High-end cameras are not foolproof, and occasionally errors occur that disrupt the data. And people are certainly not foolproof, as they sometimes make unwise decisions about storing and protecting data. Thankfully, there are some best practices production teams and filmmakers can follow to best protect valuable footage. ...Read More »
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