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15 2017 Sep

Le Bureau des Légendes Delivered in Ultra HD 4K with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Logo_blackmagic designFremont, CA  - Blackmagic Design has today announced its DaVinci Resolve Studio and DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel were used to

complete picture post in Ultra HD 4K on the third season of award winning Canal+ French drama series, “Le Bureau des Légendes.”
Post production for the ten part series now available on Amazon Prime was completed at Paris based Digital Factory by freelance colorist Guillaume Lips. “Not only did we grade the entire series from beginning to end in Resolve, but we also delivered in Ultra HD 4K for the first time,” he begins.

The turnaround for completing the DI on each episode was incredibly tight according to Lips. “With only two days to complete an episode our workflow needed to be both fast and efficient. Not only did Resolve’s realtime performance provide first-class shot tracking but it also meant that we could work with the project native materials in 4K.”

While the main unit captured to ProRes 4444, there was a whole raft of smaller cameras used by the production’s second unit to shoot the action scenes. “Resolve’s extensive format and multi-codec support proved invaluable,” explains Lips. “We carried out a basic technical grade to adjust contrast levels and correct for the differences in color space and that gave us our starting point for the final DI.”

When grading scenes from Syria, Lips drew on DaVinci Resolve’s extensive toolset and a series of power windows to unlock the rich deep tones and add a large amount of contrast while still retaining enough detail in the highlights and shadows.

“In order to achieve that, I used the HDR capabilities in Resolve to finesse the midtones,” he reveals. “And when it came to skin tones I wanted to bring back as much softness as possible to mitigate any over-definition resulting from the 4K delivery which Resolve proved highly adept at handling.”

“As an experienced colorist I have worked with a lot of different grading systems in my career and I firmly believe that DaVinci Resolve remains one of the very best in the market today,” concludes Lips. “Used alongside the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel you have a very efficient way of working, which allowed me to complete the grade on this particular project in record time.”

15 2017 Sep

Avid Honored with 15th Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering Innovation

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Burlington, Mass.  – Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), a leading global media technology provider for the creation, distribution and monetization of media assets for global media organizations, enterprise users and individual creative professionals, today proudly announced it has won a 2017 Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the company’s 15th Emmy Award.

NATAS bestows Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards on companies that are the “tool makers” of the industry and have materially affected the television viewing experience.  This year, NATAS’ Technology & Engineering Achievement Committee honors Avid editing technology that’s widely used by an overwhelming number of the media and entertainment industry’s top creative and editing talent who produce some of the world’s most popular television shows.  The award specifically recognizes Avid’s “Pioneering Development of a Computerized Hard-Disk Storage Based Digital Non-Linear, Multi-Stream Multi-Camera System,” identifying the influence of Avid Media Composer®, the industry’s preeminent nonlinear editing system.  Avid will receive its latest Emmy during the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Las Vegas.

“Our 2017 Emmy Award is immensely gratifying for Avid employees everywhere as we continue to focus on delivering innovations of enduring value for the media and entertainment industry,” said Avid Chairman & CEO, Louis Hernandez, Jr.  “All of us at Avid are especially grateful to our global customer community, which drives our innovation.  Our 15 Emmys, two Oscars® and Grammy® embody our strong bond with our customers and users, who inspire us and trust us to deliver tools and platforms that are instrumental in telling their stories in increasingly engaging and more powerful ways.”

Powered by the MediaCentral® Platform, the industry’s most open and tightly integrated platform designed for media, Media Composer is the prevailing tool of choice for television and film editors, including award-winning individuals such as Peter Chakos, who won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Multi-camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series for Big Bang Theory, every nominee for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for A Drama Series, and every 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Film Editing.

About Avid

Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the most open and efficient media platform, connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption. Avid’s preeminent customer community uses Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and monetize the most watched, loved and listened to media in the world—from prestigious and award-winning feature films, to popular television shows, news programs and televised sporting events, and celebrated music recordings and live concerts. With the most flexible deployment and pricing options, Avid’s industry-leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, Avid NEXIS®, Interplay®, ProSet™ and RealSet™, Maestro™, PlayMaker™, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, YouTubeLinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

 

© 2017 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Avid, the Avid logo, Avid Everywhere, Avid NEXIS, Interplay, Maestro, MediaCentral, Media Composer, PlayMaker, Pro Tools, ProSet, RealSet, and Sibelius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. The Interplay name is used with the permission of the Interplay Entertainment Corp. which bears no responsibility for Avid products. Emmy and the Emmy statuette are registered trademarks of ATAS/NATAS. Academy Awards and Oscar are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Grammy is a trademark of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.

15 2017 Sep

ASC Photo Gallery Exhibit Relaunches with New Images

ASC LogoThe American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Photo Gallery  re-opened with a public debut on September 9 at the historic ASC clubhouse in Hollywood. The exhibit features an entirely new collection of still photographs by nine members of the organization, curated by Paris Chong, manager of Leica Gallery LA.

It will remain open to the public, by appointment, during weekdays from 11 am – 4 pm. To attend the opening night or visit the exhibit, contact office@theasc.com.

The ASC Photo Gallery is designed to showcase the artistic achievements of the organization’s members, which consist of 375 award-winning cinematographers from around the globe. The first exhibit opened in March to much success, prompting future editions.

“Still photography is the personal expression of the artist’s voice for many of our members,” notes Lieberman, Chairman of the ASC Photo Gallery Committee. “Images have inspired thousands of cinematographers over the decades, and we hope to encourage others by sharing our works of art so we may continue to fund outreach programs that influence the next generation of filmmakers.”

The ASC members participating in this new show include Antonio Calvache (Queen Sugar, Little Children), Richard Crudo (Justified, American Pie), Fred Elmes (The Night Of, Blue Velvet), Denis Lenoir (Still Alice, Uprising), Charlie Lieberman (My So-Called Life, Heroes), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (Suits, Houdini), Suki Medencevic (Stuck in the Middle, The Pixar Story), Steven Poster (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales), and Robert Primes (Felicity, My Antonia).

Each cinematographer contributed five photos. The 45 images on display are printed, framed and available for purchase. The limited-edition prints are numbered, signed and certified. Unlimited Edition Box Sets will also be available. Proceeds fund the nonprofit organization’s educational initiatives. Purchases will also be offered online via the ASC Store, where some photos from the March exhibit are still available.

For more information, contact office@theasc.com or call (323) 969-4333.

13 2017 Sep

VES Summit

Please join the Visual Effects Society’s 9th annual VES Summit ​on Saturday, October​ 28 at the Sofitel in Beverly HillsKeynote speakers include:  acclaimed director, Ava DuVernay, and visionary futurist, Syd Mead.

Join the 200+ industry decision-makers who consider the VES Summit their “must attend” event of the year.

The VES Summit features technical wizards, enlightened storytellers, fearless problem-solvers, VR pioneers, and VFX Visionaries.  Get the latest insights from:  Hollywood Data Hack Expert Hemu Nigam; IMAX Home Entertainment President, Jason Brenek; along with speakers from: Adobe, Autodesk, NVIDIA, SideFX, The Mill, WME with many more!

Register now to enjoy:

  • top thought-leading speakers
  • roundtable discussions on key industry topics
  • networking, lunch, cocktails and more!

Register at:  https://www.visualeffectssociety.com/news-events/summit/tabs/2017-register

13 2017 Sep

Sohonet’s Real Time Remote Review Tool Now Accessible from any Location

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LONDON, UK – Sohonet, the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry, has just announced exciting updates to its powerful real-time remote review solution ClearView Flex.

The latest features will give users the capability to operate ClearView Flex outside of the Sohonet Media Network. This exciting update means ClearView Flex users will not be constrained to uploading content exclusively from locations connected to the Sohonet Media Network. Instead they will have the flexibility to stream content from any “off-net” location with decent bandwidth capability and a proper security perimeter.

Additionally, recent software improvements will enable the “Flex Stream” to take full advantage of higher bandwidths that may be available in remote locations whilst still ensuring the near zero latency experience that remains a ClearView Flex hallmark. These updates enable ClearView Flex to offer picture quality for typical laptop configurations over WiFi and even a “studio quality” option requiring a wired connection — both in addition to the original mobile resolution, optimized for 4G/LTE connections.

The new features offer greater flexibility to current ClearView Flex customers, who will now enjoy the benefits of ClearView Flex whilst “on the move” or “in the studio”.  Companies, productions and individuals not currently connected to the Sohonet Media Network can also now take full advantage of the time and money saving benefits that ClearView Flex has to offer.

Chuck Parker, CEO of Sohonet said ‘It’s been fantastic to see media companies using ClearView Flex over the past year to condense their production and post windows whilst still producing incredible content. The latest updates will further support creative talent in working wherever they can be most effective’.

Sohonet will be showcasing ClearView Flex during IBC 2017. To schedule a meeting or for more information, please visit www.sohonet.com.

 

 

 

 

12 2017 Sep

HGST at IBC

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HGST will be showcasing how their technology is enabling production, broadcast and distribution companies to work more efficiently by delivering fast, flexible and scalable storage for every stage of the workflow. The team will also be talking about how HGST’s technology – from object storage and all-flash arrays to hybrid cloud storage solutions – is helping the M&E industry to create, utilize and preserve data, while improving productivity and lowering TCO for 2K, 4K, 6K, HFR and UHD workflows.

11 2017 Sep

Lumberjack System will be Previewing the Lumberjack Builder App

Lumberjack_Builder_300Lumberjack System will be previewing the Lumberjack Builder app: Automatic Transcription and Keyword extraction in an app optimized for building stories from transcript elements. Builder’s unique story building tools and advanced metadata acquisition and management make “writing” video stories as simple as dragging and dropping selects into a story. Builder features a unique tool for instantly creating new temporary narration with the system voice. Builder also features an advanced Keyword Manager to merge the best of human and machine keywording for the smoothest and faster user experience. More information at LumberjackSystem.com/builder.

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11 2017 Sep

Fortium to Demo Enhanced Security for Signiant’s Media Shuttle

Fortium, innovative provider of digital content security solutions to the media and entertainment industry, will demonstrate MediaSeal LiveFolders™, its new encryption on-the-fly technology, with Signiant at IBC 2017. LiveFolders functionality will be shown as an enhanced security feature interoperating with Signiant’s Media Shuttle, the industry-standard software-as-a-service solution for sending and sharing large media files. The demo can be seen at the Signiant stand, 14.L08.

LiveFolders enhances cybersecurity by making encryption happen automatically and transparently to the user. Files are encrypted instantly when saved to a Live Folder and decrypted automatically when accessed by an authenticated user. As a new feature of Media Shuttle, LiveFolders ensures that files are encrypted whenever they are created, saved or transferred. Sensitive content is kept safe from hackers and accidental sharing with unauthorized parties.

“LiveFolders is an essential component to total workflow security,” said Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith. “It makes encryption fast, simple and routine. It avoids common human errors, such as sending a file to the wrong party, that can lead to costly security breaches.”

Signiant is the leading provider of SaaS solutions for fast, reliable global access to media files, and is offering LiveFolders as an enhanced security option for Media Shuttle. LiveFolders will allow Media Shuttle users to seamlessly protect content while using the product normally. Files copied to or created in Live Folder are encrypted at rest and in transfer.

“We’re working closely with customers to accommodate their desire for the Media Shuttle framework to support a broad range of workflows, and we are excited to be demonstrating Fortium’s security in Media Shuttle for situations where extreme content security is paramount,” said Margaret Craig, CEO at Signiant.

Media Shuttle is used by hundreds of thousands of media professionals around the world. Delivered as a SaaS solution, Shuttle’s simple Web interface provides authenticated users with access to files stored within the enterprise or in the cloud.

“The continuing high profile cyber breaches of unreleased TV and movie content means that applying security across the whole workflow, not just in transfer, is no longer just an option – it’s a necessity,” said Gilliat- Smith. “Customers naturally want our software to work well with their other mission- critical applications, so alignment with Media Shuttle is in high demand.”

About Fortium

Fortium is a leading provider of digital content security for media and entertainment supplying innovative technologies that give businesses greater control over their digital content. MediaSeal file encryption protects all file types in Windows and Mac and can be used for all b2b workflows. Fortium’s products also protect the Academy and BAFTA award screeners with Patronus and Blu-Lock anti-rip.

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11 2017 Sep

Marquis Broadcast introduces cloud support for Project Parking at IBC 2017

Marquis Broadcast, the leading manufacturer of media and metadata management tools for post-production and broadcast, has announced cloud support for its Project Parking Avid storage management solution. This successful Avid ISIS and NEXIS application provides project analytics, visualisation, management and archiving, with cloud support delivering a seamless multi-site Avid workflow, ideal for film production and broadcast.

Project Parking is compatible with many different cloud storage providers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Dell EMC, Oracle and IBM, and is Avid-certified for added confidence. The software understands the relationships between Avid projects, folders and bins and all its media, examining project files and compiling a list of complete media references. Project Parking identifies how space is used, removes unused and duplicate media, archives projects and moves projects with media to other storage or systems. Projects can also be merged from other systems without media duplication. The system monitors how media storage is used, regularly reporting on usage, showing usage over time, plus archiving projects and executing analysis in the background.

Chris Steele, Managing Director, Marquis Broadcast, comments, The addition of cloud support for Project Parking makes for a great collaboration story. For example, you could be editing a film in Los Angeles, while filming is still taking place in New Zealand. The project can be parked in Los Angeles at night, then restored to the other side of the world via the cloud, enabling the director to see the story so far and to understand what still needs work. The director can then in turn upload the daily assemblies to the cloud via Project Parking, allowing the editing team to work with the very latest footage. Cloud support for Project Parking now makes it simple to move complete Avid projects, together with all the bins, sequences and media files, to any other location worldwide. In fact, we’re enabling the easiest transformation to hybrid cloud post production.

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11 2017 Sep

Marquis transforms Avid DR speeds to any location with Workspace Backup

Marquis Broadcast transforms Avid disaster recovery speeds to any location with new Workspace Backup cloud support – Recovery to live production in minutes, not weeks. Marquis Broadcast, the leading manufacturer of media and metadata management tools for post-production and broadcast, has announced an update to its Workspace Backup system that now also offers full cloud support. Entire workspaces can now be backed up to S3 storage, whether ground or cloud-based, allowing projects to be restored to anywhere that’s required.

The ever-increasing capacity of Avid shared storage has completely transformed production processes, with faster networks, greater storage and more concurrent clients operating at ever-higher resolutions. However, the risk of outage especially of work in progress  has become concentrated in increasingly larger systems, many of which are of petabyte scale. Conventional off-the-shelf backup software is singularly bad at recovering Avid projects and workspaces; it is neither fast enough to hit key production deadlines, nor is there any guarantee of recovering Avid projects with integrity. There¿s also no ability to recover work in progress based on operational priorities. This is where Workspace Backup can help; this powerful business continuity solution, designed especially for Avid ISIS and NEXIS¿ systems, analyses and understands Avid architecture, offering the fastest restoration of mission-critical projects by workspace, project or bin. Project-aware analysis allows an individual project, or individual bin, to be restored to any location, together with only the media it references. Media may be on the workspace, or located in the cloud, but is not duplicated, no matter how often it is used.

The expectation of heads of production or operations is that ¿recovery to live production¿ should ideally take minutes, not a week¿ explained Paul Glasgow, sales and marketing director of Marquis Broadcast. ¿Our design brief was not just to come up with a ¿me too¿ backup application, but to develop a solution that¿s wholly-optimised for disaster recovery and business continuity for Avid ISIS and NEXIS shared storage. We wanted to transform the recovery speed of mission-critical work in progress and, for larger enterprises, we wanted to provide a solution that could form part of an ISO 22301:2012-certified business continuity plan.