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28 2016 Sep

SMPTE ANNUAL CONFERENCE! There’s a LOT going on during the conference – don’t miss it!

See what the best and the brightest of tomorrow have submitted in the expanded SMPTE HPA Student Film Festival!

Don’t miss the Time Code Summit!

And of course a full conference schedule and the Centennial Gala! Visit for a full schedule and complete information.
For free exhibit passes use SMPTE 2016: HPAEXFREE on the registration page.

28 2016 Sep

SoundGirls: Supporting and Mentoring Women in Professional Audio


NPR listeners might recognize the name Karrie Keyes from the Weekend Edition story of a few weeks ago.  Karrie, who has been Pearl Jam’s audio engineer for the past 24 years, is one of the founders of SoundGirls, an organization dedicated to supporting and mentoring women in professional audio. We asked Karrie to answer a few questions about the organization:

How did SoundGirls come about?

SoundGirls.Org was formed in 2013 by veteran live sound engineers Karrie Keyes and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato and operates under the Fiscal Sponsorship of The Northern California Women’s Music Festival, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In 2012, Karrie and Michelle participated in the “Women of Professional Concert Sound” panel at the AES Conference in San Francisco. The panel was hosted by the Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) and moderated by WAM founder Terri Winston. Terri brought together five women working in live and broadcast audio. The groundbreaking panel (which also included Jeri Palumbo, Claudia Engelhart and Deanne Franklin), provided young women and men a glimpse into life on the road, tips and advice, and a Q & A with the panelists. More importantly though, was how incredibly powerful the experience was for the panelists. We had all been in the business for 20 years or more, yet most of us had never met before that day and within minutes we bonded like long lost sisters. We were struck by how similar our experiences, work ethics, and passions were and wondered why our paths had never crossed and how our careers would have been different had we been there to support each other through the years. Each of us are strong on our own, but together we were even stronger and a powerful force. We were empowered. Each of us had been asked hundreds of times in our careers: Are there other women doing sound? How did you get into sound? How would a young woman go about getting into sound?

Through creating SoundGirls.Org, we hope to establish a place for women working in professional audio to come for support and advice, to share our success and failures, our joys and frustrations, and for empowerment and inspiration. While our focus is mainly live sound, women from all areas of professional audio are welcome.

Tell us about the process for becoming a SoundGirl. What qualifies you? What commitment is demanded? What are the benefits?

SoundGirls.Org is free.  It is easy to become a member – just sign up on the website! The only qualification is a desire to learn and share advice about professional audio in a safe community. We welcome all genders and non-conforming genders.

SoundGirls isn’t just for girls. Can you talk about how you came to that decision?

Audio is a male dominated field – You will work with men 100% of the time – (except the rare occasion of an all female festival). Audio needs to be diverse – the issues women face are the same ones that people of color face and the LGBTQ community faces. We need an inclusive and safe place to share, support and mentor everyone that is interested in pursuing audio. While we focus on women in audio, we would never dream of making this an exclusive space. Our membership is about 65% women and 35% men. We try to cover all aspects of audio – with a focus on Live Sound and Live Events

What are the most exciting areas in audio… RF, VR, cinema, gaming, live theatre/music?  

That depends on the person.  Some love to be in a studio. Some love to do editing and others love looking for that special sound effect.  I advise people to explore the different jobs – you usually know what fits for you.

Is the technical training in place to help talented, interested future audio pros in careers?

There are wonderful programs – some are extremely expensive and on the other end there are great programs at community colleges. We try and help people find the best programs to suit them and their financial needs. We believe that hands on learning and internships are needed, as so much is learned by doing it.

I encourage anyone interested to visit our website – we have a detailed resource page and many talented women willing to mentor or help out.

28 2016 Sep

MPSE and CAS Serve as Event Partners for “Mix Presents Sound for Film”

Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) and Cinema Audio Society (CAS) are event sponsors for the third annual Mix Presents Sound for Film, an all-day exhibition and conference spotlighting technologies and techniques behind sound for picture from production to playback. The third annual exhibition and conference event will be held September 17th at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

Sponsored by Mix Magazine, this year’s event will focus on workflow changes prompted by the boom in film and television production, and emergence of new entertainment media, including virtual reality.

Other features will include: 

  • Audio for VR Room: Presented in the Kim Novak Theatre, a Dolby and Auro 3D-equipped re-recording stage. New tools and techniques for the ultimate in Immersive Sound.
  • Sound Reel Showcase: Presented in the William Holden Theatre, a Dolby and Auro 3D-equipped re-recording stage. Film studios present 10-minute reels of their showcase films with introductions by the sound teams.
  • Production Sound Pavilion: Presented in the iconic Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage. Top production sound mixers show what’s in their sound carts, and top manufacturers show the latest in wireless, microphone and recorder technologies.

Event sponsors also include Avid, Harmon, JBL, Meyer Sound, ADX by Audionamix, Yamaha Commercial Audio and Lectrosonics.

27 2016 Sep

What is Real? Join the Visual Effects Society on Saturday, October 29!


Explore innovations in Visual Effects and Virtual Reality with the Visual Effects Society (VES).   The annual VES Summit, devoted to shaping the future of the industry, will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills. This year’s theme “What is Real?” will include thought-leading speakers and panels discussing a wide range of perspectives and applications of VFX, VR and AR:

  • Peter Loehr - CEO, Legendary East
  • Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. - Director, Medical Virtual Reality – Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Edward Grogan- Technical Director for Advanced Counter-terrorism Technologies, Department of Defense
  • Panel Discussion – “Visual Effects in the Wild”
  • 14 Roundtable discussions – see topics here:
  • More to be announced…

Join us for an exciting day of networking and discussion on the realities of virtual and physical experiences, new technologies, new business platforms and the latest storytelling forms.  Lunch and post-event cocktails included.

To purchase tickets, go to: Contact Nancy Ward ( for further information or sponsorship.



27 2016 Sep

Glendale Premieres Tech Week

Following in the footsteps of New York, LA, and other tech-forward cities, Glendale launched its own week-long technology forum this September.  Nearly 1,000 people attended all events, representing over 50 companies. Entertainment tech companies featured on panels included Stashimi, Mashable, and Disney.


“This was our first year hosting Glendale Tech Week, and we were delighted with the turnout, the connections and the conversations,” said Glendale Principle Economic Development Officer and event organizer Jennifer McClain. “The talk hosted at CBRE with Rick Caruso and Lewis Horne was a hit, the startup pitchfest generated more than 150 people, and the panels during the day highlighted local companies like the Walt Disney Company as well as nearby talent such as Sidebench and Flashfunders. It was great to see people talking with VCs, startup companies, students, and current businesses.”

Plans are already underway for Glendale Tech Week 2017.



27 2016 Sep

Xytech MediaPulse Propels SuperSport

SuperSport, a major provider of premium subscription television channels in Sub-Saharan Africa, has implemented Xytech’s facility management platform MediaPulse to manage its production logistics, crew and crew logistics. SuperSport provides sports content across its region as part of the MultiChoice Group, South Africa’s leading entertainment and internet company.

SuperSport logistics are complex and time-sensitive.  Their programming includes basketball and football games and requires movement and management of staff members and actions in an array of locations. MediaPulse manages flights, hotels, car rental, and visa and vaccination requirements, along with other logistical assignments, to help SuperSport get the games on the air.

27 2016 Sep

Imagine Products Releases Next Generation of ShotPut Pro

Imagine Products Inc., creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets, has released ShotPut Pro 6, the next generation of its ShotPut Pro offloading application. With this update, users will see a completely new user interface, significantly faster media offloading, and a number of other new or improved features that give them much more control over their offloads – not only compared to ShotPut Pro 5, but to any other offloading application on the market.

“No other offloading application has the functionality of ShotPut Pro, which is why it is the industry’s de facto standard and why so many major movie studios and insurance companies require it in their workflows. We listened carefully to our customers’ needs and wants and channeled all of that feedback into creating ShotPut Pro 6,” said Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products. “ShotPut Pro 6 simplifies the entire process without losing the security that the software is known for. It is the most feature-rich application we’ve ever created, and our competitors don’t even come close. With ShotPut Pro 6, we’re providing the most robust offloading application on the market at a price that’s still extremely affordable.”

27 2016 Sep

Converged Storage-Network Appliance with an Integrated Compute Platform for Media-centric Applications

Synergy is the next evolution in converged storage appliances. Synergy is designed to meet the high-performance storage, compute and network requirements of the Media & Entertainment market, while still being open to a wide range of content creation, media asset management and content distribution OEMs. Synergy delivers hardware consistency supporting ease of installation and simplified support that maximizes user ROI.

Scale Logic engineers and deploys storage centric solutions for broadcast, OTT, streaming, and video post production workflows. These solutions are designed specifically for customers requiring high-performance, highly-reliable data storage and network infrastructure. Its 30+ years experience in both structured and unstructured data workflows underpins its consultative approach as a trusted extension of its customers’ resources.

Scale Logic’s value to customers is demonstrated by the range of products and related services it offers, from entry-level and mid-tier storage solutions, to global enterprise platforms, including Scale-Out NAS, SAN, and archive. Scale Logic offers a complete suite of lifecycle management, workflow enhancements, solution design, installation, post warranty

maintenance options, and system integration.

More information:

27 2016 Sep

Cinedeck Announces Windows Support for CineXinsert While Streamlining Finishing Workflows with Additional Toolsets

CineXinsert provides true insert editing to flat files for program repair and versioning workflows, saving time and money.

Cinedeck, developer of versatile videoand playback tools, announced that the Windows version of their cineXtools kit for cineXinsert will be shipping the end of September. CineXinsert, introduced at the 2016 NAB show, is the world’s only cross-codec, cross-wrapper, file-based insert editor. Since its launch earlier this year, cineXtools kit for OS X has already started changing the way Hollywood works.

Using a familiar NLE style Player/Recorder interface, cineXinsert is the patent-pending, file-based insert edit technology built into cineXtools. True file-based insert editing allows users to frame-accurately overwrite new segments of video, audio, or closed captioning in closed flat files, without re-rendering or re-exporting entire programs. Editors can dramatically increase their efficiency by using cineXinsert to make changes to files rather than repeating the multi-hour re-export and re-QC process.

Accompanying the Windows version are several new features. Newly added is a complete audio versioning module for reorganizing existing audio tracks or building new layouts. Audio versioning also supports inserting up to 32 tracks of separate wave files providing full deliverable flexibility. In addition, a complete DPP (UK – Digital Production Partnership) metadata editing interface has been added. Other unique capabilities include instant timecode re-striping that allows changing the running timecode of files, switching between drop and non-drop timecode, file trimming to remove portions of the start and or end of a file and more.

“The ability to simply replace a few frames of video or a bit of audio in an existing file instead of re-exporting an entire program is life-changing for an editor. File-based insert edit shatters the decades old belief that files cannot be edited,” says Charles Dautremont, Cinedeck CTO. “With cineXinsert now a cross-platform application and new features like audio versioning and the built-in DPP metadata editing, cineXinsert enables everyone to streamline their deliverables process.”

The resolution independent CineXtools can be used with 4K, HD and SD material and supports the most common production codecs including ProRes, DNxHD, XDCAM HD and AVC Intra in the most common file wrappers including Quick Time and MXF.

27 2016 Sep

Cinedeck at Sept. 30 Editor’s Lounge!

Discussion of post finishing file-based workflows! Demonstrations include new features
developed for IBC, including the Audio Reversioning Tool for WAV file

And, we will be raffling 2 copies of cineXinsert! ($1495 msrp)

When: Friday, 09/30, 6:30 ~ 9:30pm | Where: 1612 W. Olive Ave. #200, Burbank, CA 91506