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25 2014 Mar

ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood

A free Community event open to the public to celebrate early digital artists who gave birth to a new art form

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13 2014 Mar

#PostChat: Women in post

In celebration of International Women’s Day, this Wednesday’s #PostChat @postchat on Twitter was about women in post production. Guests included editor Kylee Wall (@kyl33t), Creative Cow editor-in-chief Tim Wilson (@metropolitim), Creative Cow (@CreativeCOW) editorial manager Stefani Rice, long-time industry writer and Creative Cow contributor Debra Kaufman (@MobilizedDebra), and  myself (@postperspective). Of course, Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) was  there helping keep things moving in the right direction.

Here is a transcript for those who missed it: http://storify.com/EditorLiam/postchat-women-in-post-production

Wall (pictured), an editor at Biscardi Creative Media in Atlanta, recently finished editing season three of the PBS series This American Land. She relocated from Indianapolis last year, where she worked primarily in industrial corporate video by day with some independent narrative film work at night. “Right now, I primarily spend my days in Adobe Premiere Pro CC with dashes of After Effects and a willingness to jump into whatever is necessary. I’m fairly NLE-neutral.”

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13 2014 Mar

HPA Day #2: The Washington Update…

Courts appear to be expanding Fair Use
Jim Burger of Thomson Coburn LLP traditionally provides the Washington Update at the HPA Tech Retreat. This year’s topic du jour was intellectual property, and how Congress and the legal system are grappling with related laws.

Last month,  a House hearing entitled “The Scope of Copyright Protection” highlighted a battle over broadcaster copyright protection, as well as copyright for “codes, laws and standards,” which Burger described as “facts.”

“You can’t copyright facts,” he said.

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13 2014 Mar

CACHE-A SHOWS LTO-TAPE ARCHIVING INNOVATIONS AT 2014 HPA TECH RETREAT

Breakthrough archiving advances deliver productivity gains and better insurance policies to content owners
Cache-A Corporation, manufacturer of award-winning LTO archiving appliances, will showcase the latest innovations in LTO-tape archiving that support enhanced productivity and deliver greater levels of asset protection, at the 2014 HPA Tech Retreat, Feb 17-21, Indian Wells, CA. Highlights include: enhanced interchange and delivery capabilities; Pro-Cache610, a turbo-charged version of the company’s flagship Pro-Cache6 LTO-6 archive appliance; and Simul-Copy™, Cache-A’s fast LTO-tape duplication and verification capability.

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13 2014 Mar

Colorfront Showcases Landmark Cloud Innovations

Colorfront, the Academy and Emmy Award-winning developer of high-performance, on-set dailies and transcoding systems for motion pictures, high-end episodic television and commercials, is showcasing the latest advances of its ground-breaking Colorfront Cloud Services at HPA’s Tech Retreat, Palm Springs, and at NAB 2014, Las Vegas.

Announced in October last year, Colorfront Cloud Services enable powerful and streamlined distributed post-production, and have been developed by Colorfront in collaboration with leading Hollywood studios and post-production facilities. Colorfront is now also working with leading broadcasters and content producers in the UK, Europe, Japan, Brazil and the US, as they adopt large-sensor cameras for Ultra HD production.
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13 2014 Mar

Colorfront Cloud Services Adds EDL Conform, VFX Pull to 4K Post

Flexible Cloud Service Expands Distributed Colorfront Technology Already Used on Six Oscar-Nominated Films
On-set dailies and transcoding developer Colorfront has announced it will add EDL conform and automatic visual effects pull features to the dailies transcoding and format rendering already available through its Colorfront Cloud Service, a flexible public and private cloud service that streamlines intensive post workflows for facilities separated geographically. Colorfront CTO Bill Feightner (above) will also speak with other panelists on the topic of distributed post tomorrow, February 20, at the HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, CA, near Palm Springs.

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13 2014 Mar

Toolbox: Hardware & Software News for the Week of Feb. 17, 2014

Developments on the industry task force front as well as at Autodesk, SMPTE, Colorfront, SGO, Media Links, Signiant, Roland Systems Group

Key Media Industry Organizations Launch Joint Task Force on File Formats, Media Interoperability
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The launch of the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability was announced by its sponsors, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is participating as an observer.

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13 2014 Mar

California Sees Huge Drop in Film Production, Ranks Behind Louisiana and the U.K.

The state’s share of the top 25 live-action films declined from 64 percent in 1997 to just 8 percent in 2013.

If there was ever a question about the impact and value of financial incentives to attract movie and TV production, it is dramatically dispelled in a new report released Thursday by the nonprofit group FilmLA that traces English-language movie production worldwide in 2013.

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Film LA 2013 Feature Film Production Report

 

13 2014 Mar

Dolby Signs Agreement to Acquire Doremi Labs

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Doremi Labs, the leading provider of digital cinema video playback solutions. Together with Dolby’s award winning Dolby Atmos object-based sound platform, Dolby and Doremi will enable exhibitors and content creators to redefine the movie experience for audiences around the world. Dolby is acquiring Doremi for $92.5 million in cash plus an additional $20 million in contingent consideration that may be earned over a four-year period.

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13 2014 Mar

Quantel acquires Snell to create a new force in Media Technology

Exciting news. Quantel and Snell – two great companies with fantastic track records for innovation, quality and support – have combined to create a new force in the broadcast and media technology market.

The combined Quantel and Snell is great news for our customers. The new organization offers a more comprehensive product range – all existing products from Snell and Quantel will continue as there is zero product overlap between the two companies. The combined business has more regional offices facilitating local access and even better support across the world. Future products and systems will combine best in class technology from Quantel and Snell. The combined organization has the scale, resources and expertise to respond quickly to new market demands.

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