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29 2016 Aug

MPSE/CAS Golf and Poker Tournament Tees Off 18 September

8th annual charitable event co-sponsored by the Cinema Audio Society.

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) will host the 8th Annual MPSE Golf and Poker Tournament September 18, 2016 at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, California. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MPSE’s Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund, which provides mentoring and support for student sound artists, as well as the organization’s work promoting the role of sound in movies, television, gaming and other entertainment media.

MPSE Golf and Poker

29 2016 Aug

HPA Awards: Engineering Excellence, Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation Winners Announced

During a recent day long special judging event at IMAX, industry experts convened to consider a variety of compelling presentations for two special awards from the HPA. Recipients of both the Engineering Excellence Awards, and the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation have now been announced.

2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Award

The Engineering Excellence Awards were created to spotlight and reward companies and individuals providing services to the professional media content industry for their outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution and archive.

NAB Show returns as the sponsor the Engineering Excellence Award.


Aspera FASP Stream

Grass Valley, GV Node Realtime IP Processing and Edge Routing Platform

RealD Ultimate Screen

SGO Mistika

Honorable Mention:

Grass Valley – LDX 86N Native 4K Series Camera

Canon USA, Inc. - 4K / UHD / 2K / HD display

 The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation Award was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation.

The Mill: BLACKBIRD is the 2016 recipient of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The BLACKBIRD is the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars.



26 2016 Aug

ShotPut Pro 6 Offloading Application is now available!

SPP6M_Video_Screenshot-01Pause/Resume offloads for hours at a time, even when ejecting hard drives and camera cards. Create PDF offload reports with metadata and thumbnails and customize them with your company logo. Two different offload modes make it easier to queue up offloads or search files and drag to new offload destination. A color coded progress window allows users to see the progress of multiple jobs at a glance. Advanced naming features in presets offer naming consistency and nesting of files into folders. Export and send presets to other ShotPut Pro users. Allow ShotPut Pro to optimize the offload sequence or choose from several different options. Information buttons on both the attached media and offloads provide real time information like size, space and estimated time of completion. Desktop notifications as well as email and text can be set up easily. Export offload reports from previous jobs quickly and in multiple formats. No other offloading application has this kind of functionality, which is why so many major movie studios and insurance companies require it in their workflow.

Learn More: #offloadconfidently

26 2016 Aug

Xytech Expands Transmission Services With Launch Of New Division

xytech logoXytech launched its Broadcast Services Division.  The new division will address the rapidly changing needs of global video transmission services. Industry expert Daniel Lynch, with Xytech since 2011, will lead the division. Xytech Broadcast Services will build upon the company’s success in bringing holistic transmission and asset management solutions to the complex operations of facilities, studios and networks. The division will provide a technically advanced, modern solution delivering flexible, scalable and seamless software to operations facing increasingly intense content demands.

“Today, the unprecedented volume of digital content continues to drive change,” comments Xytech COO Greg Dolan. “This volume will grow exponentially for at least the immediate future. Successful transmission management must go beyond a feature-set to integrate with the key components of the ecosystem. We do not approach transmission management as a silo. We match a broad footprint of transmission-specific features to our message-based integration platform, Fuse – a full featured web interface – and our trademark configurability. This unified approach is the only way to succeed in today’s world.”

As VP of Broadcast Services, Lynch will drive the evolution of the platform. Lynch is well known in the industry for his groundbreaking work with the Associated Press. At AP, he served in crucial positions for over a decade. Lynch has led Xytech’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Division for five years.

Lynch comments, “From transmission architecture and SDN to high output satellites and fiber, the ecosystem is dynamic. It is our mission to provide a powerful platform compatible with the nature of today’s applications.”

26 2016 Aug

WCPMedia Services Provides Media Management Solutions for “Sports Memories: Rio 2016”

Innovative B2B Cloud-based platform used for sports media exposition hosted by the Brazilian Olympic Museum.

 Rio de Janeiro — WCPMedia Services’ revolutionary cloud-based digital asset management platform is currently being used to manage content for Sports Memories: Rio 2016, a traveling sports media exposition depicting a cinematic history of world Olympic and Brazilian sports spanning 100 years.

rioWCP is being used to ingest, manage and distribute both the exposition’s historical media and the festival submissions. The platform makes it easy and efficient to manage very large media files, resulting in significant cost savings for the festival over traditional distribution means. It also offers improved security, as well as cutting edge tools for transcoding, digital screening rooms and monitoring.

26 2016 Aug

FuseFX Expands New York Facility

Buoyed by rising television productions, FuseFX has expanded its presence in New York, moving its operations to larger quarters to be able to accommodate a dynamic team of more than 50 artists. Fuse current projects include “Mr. Robot,” “The Get Down and “Luke Cage.”

FuseFXFuseFX New York’s new quarters are in the same SoHo building as its original facility, with more than 60 percent more physical space. The studio has also beefed up its workflow – which is optimized for 4K – with additional workstations, more servers and a larger rendering farm.


26 2016 Aug

The Molecule provides VFX for OWN’s Highly Anticipated New Series ”Queen Sugar”

The Molecule’s Senior VFX Producer Lauren Ellis describes her experience on set for OWN’s upcoming series “Queen Sugar” as diverse, supportive, and high caliber.

Based on the book of the same name, “Queen Sugar” focuses on three siblings who manage their family’s sugar cane farm in Louisiana after a family crisis bands them together. Executive Producer, Writer, and Director Ava DuVernay has been in production on the series throughout this year. The Molecule has been working on the Visual Effects and Motion Graphics in our LA studio since April.

“It has been my most encouraging and growth-inducing experience to date for me as a VFX Producer –  in the best possible way! The bar is high but you’re not alone in making sure you meet it. The honesty and transparency is refreshing and there is no covering of your behind only. Everyone covers everyone.”

One of the most unique elements of DuVernay’s hand-selected crew is that the group is mostly female. “Statistics on women in film and television are grim,” notes Lauren. “By bringing in an impressive list of direct-hers (as she calls them), Ava is not only showing that women are capable of taking on these roles but that it’s not very hard to find them!”

“It’s an all-female directing team for a show on the only African-American Woman-owned network,” Lauren continues. “Her inclusive message is resounding through the industry.”

Although “Queen Sugar” seems like a show that wouldn’t need extensive  VFX work, Lauren notes that there are many kinds of visual effects – not all are of the Jurassic World variety. “The most common effects are the ones you don’t notice: monitor burn-ins, removal of environmental elements, split screens, etc.” She continues, “Nearly everything we watch every day has been touched by a VFX team.”

Throughout the production, Lauren advised the production team on how to prevent VFX work later on. She recalls, “they shot in this gorgeous home in the hills but there were endless amounts of reflections. Calling out where the crew should move and how they should blend in helped to keep costs down.”

This is why a skilled VFX producer is an integral part of the production team; little fixes can add up to a large chunk of a team’s budget in post, but a VFX producer can help prevent those overlooked aspects. The result is that more of a team’s budget can be put toward creative aspects of the show instead of fixing tiny imperfections like crew reflections.

“Queen Sugar” is slated to make its debut on OWN in a two-night event on September 6 and 7. As anticipation continues to build ahead of the premiere, Lauren offers a couple key reasons why you should mark your calendar: “Tune in to support history and, of course, a fantastic story. Tune in to make sure this isn’t the only opportunity we’re given to support female voices.”

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26 2016 Aug

VES Summit on Saturday, 29 October, 2016 at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills

Join the Visual Effects Society (VES) for their annual one-day Summit devoted to shaping the future of the visual effects industry. This year’s theme “What is Real?” explores the realities of virtual and physical experiences, new technologies, new business platforms and the latest storytelling forms.

  • Expert Panel Discussions – include “Visual Effects in the Wild” and “Cinematography and VFX: What Constitutes ‘Real?’
  • Thought-leading Speakers – Speakers to be announced soon!
  • Networking Roundtables –
  • Product Display and Demo Booths

This year’s speakers to be announced soon.

To purchase tickets, go to:

To enjoy sponsorship recognition while networking with 200+ entertainment professional and thought leaders, please contact Nancy Ward.

About the Visual Effects Society
The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry’s only official organization representing over 3,000 visual effects practitioners including studio executives, supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers and educators in 30+ countries with 10 global Sections. Our global members contribute to all areas of entertainment from animation, hybrid films, films, television, VR&AR and commercials to music videos, games and new media. The top grossing 100 films of all time are visual effects driven or animated films: To learn more about the VES, visit and follow us on Twitter @VFXSociety

25 2016 Aug

Young Entertainment Professionals Accepting Applications

HPA is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of Young Entertainment Professionals, sponsored and selected by HPA Women in Post.   The YEP program is designed to promote the participation of young people within the professional media content industry. It is open to any man or woman between the ages of 21 and 29 interested in expanding their industry knowledge and building their media and entertainment career.

Kari Grubin, WiP Chair, noted, “The HPA is committed to mentoring the next generation of professionals who will lead our industry.  YEP was launched to bring 10 young men and women into an environment of connection, education, and community.  If you work with or know someone outstanding, please encourage them to apply.  Or if you’re 21-29, apply yourself! It’s free, easy, and membership in HPA or SMPTE is not required.  The first YEP event is a full day of the SMPTE Conference, a networking mentorship lunch with industry leaders, and meetings with panelists and exhibitors.  You’ll be shepherded through the event by a dedicated team of HPA leaders.  This is the first of a series of YEP events.”

SMPTE and HPA Women in Post will host the YEPs at an exclusive day at SMPTE’s 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, where they will build a peer community while participating in a full day of mentoring experiences, including private booth tours with technology companies, a roundtable luncheon, and entrance to the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival.

Applications will be accepted until September 15.


25 2016 Aug

SMPTE® 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Society’s Flagship Technical Conference Will Feature Diverse, Expert-Led Sessions, and First-of-a-Kind Celebrations Honoring SMPTE’s Centennial

 The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) has details for the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016), Oct. 25-27 in Hollywood, California.

Papers will address ultra-high-definition (UHD) and 4K/8K resolution, higher frame rates (HFR), high-dynamic-range (HDR), and wider color gamut (WCG) in sessions that examine how these aspects impact and align with the director’s original creative intent. The “Future of Cinema” sessions will focus on delivering higher-contrast HDR images and increasing pixels per second by delving into the aesthetics of HFR capture, the psychovisual effects of HFR presentation, and the impact achieved by overfilling one’s field of view. Sessions dedicated to color management likewise focus on HDR while examining the art and science of preserving and enhancing creative intent. Presentations on display technologies will address the challenges of developing test patterns to evaluate and calibrate UHD HDR displays and also discuss the use of the 60 GHz radio spectrum to provide wireless high-bandwidth display connections.

Two sessions on new distribution modalities will discuss challenges in transmitting immersive-quality video for over-the-top (OTT) services and the influence of digital technology on distribution channels. In sessions on video compression, presenters will discuss both ends of the spectrum: low-bandwidth usage for OTT internet delivery to mobile devices and mezzanine encoding for high-end, intra-, and inter-studio/facility applications.

Sessions on broadcast infrastructure will explore the nature of continued broadcast signal distribution over coaxial cable and discuss the evolution of serial digital interface (SDI), including its potential to deliver 100 Gigabit services and enable a seamless transition to internet protocol (IP). Moving into the cloud, conference sessions will focus on how broadcast media-processing capabilities can be migrated to an IP architecture and virtualized across a data center and cloud infrastructure for encoding, master control, disaster recovery, and archiving.

Virtual reality (VR) will again be featured at SMPTE’s annual technical conference. Sessions will explore how standards, quality checks, and best practices can be counted on to protect, and even improve, the audience’s experience with VR. Speakers will present challenges, solutions, and metrics for VR workflows and content interchange, and they will review techniques to increase reliability and ensure the quality of VR productions.

Content security is an ongoing concern for the motion-imaging industry, and SMPTE 2016 conference sessions will investigate the security of Interoperable Master Format (IMF), particularly in the cloud, and the challenges of watermarking UHD/HDR content.

“Reinventing Entertainment Engineering: Merging the Experience of Today With Millennials’ Vision for Tomorrow,” features six millennials in entertainment engineering who will deliver presentations on their experiences, outlooks, and hopes for the future — on what it means to be a millennial in the motion-imaging field today.

Monday, Oct. 24 The annual Women in Technology Luncheon, co-produced with the Hollywood Professional Association’s (HPA®) Women in Post.

The SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, Oct. 25, SMPTE 2016 opening keynote, The Annual General Membership Meeting and the Fellows Luncheon, which is open exclusively to SMPTE Fellows and Life Fellows. The day concludes with the Welcome Reception in the Ray Dolby Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 26,   Oktoberfest Reception in the Centennial Exhibit Hall, as well as the HPA Student Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre.

Thursday, Oct. 27, SMPTE will host a box lunch in both the Ray Dolby and Centennial exhibit halls.

Friday, Oct. 28, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom, the Centennial Gala will celebrate SMPTE’s past, present, and future. SMPTE will honor director James Cameron with Honorary Membership and Douglas Trumbull with the Progress Medal.

Further details about SMPTE 2016 are available at Centennial Gala tickets and tables may also be purchased independently of SMPTE 2016 registration at