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25 2014 Feb

Another Post Retreat Treat

A look into what our Tech Retreat Program Maestro, Mark Schubin does for the other 51 weeks:

24 2014 Feb

The Entertainment Union Coalition Launches Movement to Counter Runaway Production

On Saturday, over 1,500 members of IATSE plus other California-based unions and guilds, including the local branch of the Teamsters, gathered at a Burbank rally with California state elected officials to support legislation to keep more film and television productions both shooting and posting in California. With the longtime tax incentives offered by Canada, but also more recently by other states including New York, Georgia and Louisiana, many productions have fled Southern California, leading to widespread job loss and familial disintegration.

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21 2014 Feb

Randi Altman’s postPerspective Update

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21 2014 Feb

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

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.

21 2014 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat 2014 – Day 4

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering where film and TV industry folks discuss all manner of technical and business issues. I’m taking notes during the sessions and posting them; it’s a very limited transcription of what’s going on, but it should at least give you the flavor of the discussions. This fourth day covered replacing SDI with Ethernet, “better pixels”, virtual post, “too much geek speak”, and more.

I indicate speakers where I can. Any comments of my own are in [square brackets].

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21 2014 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat 2014 – Day 3

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering where film and TV industry folks discuss all manner of technical and business issues. It’s the sort of conference where the chap next to you spends his time editing a six-camera show in FCP 7 on his MacBook Air. I’m taking notes during the sessions and posting them; it’s a very limited transcription of what’s going on, but it should at least give you an idea of the breadth and depth of the topics. Wednesday was day three of the five-day event; I’ve also written up days one and two, and two more days are yet to come.

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21 2014 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat 2014 – Day 2 – HPA Supersession

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering where film and TV industry folks discuss all manner of technical and business issues. The first full day is a “supersession”; this year the topic is:

THE NEW NORMAL IS ANYTHING BUT –
HOW DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FROM CREATION TO CONSUMPTION IMPACTS EVERYTHING

[As always, my stream-of-consciousness notes capture the framework of the discussion, but not the details or the richness; you really have to attend a Tech Retreat to get the full impact. With that caveat in mind, let's proceed…]

HPA’s Jerry Pierce: the supersession always addresses current topics. This year: The New Normal. Binge viewing! Bad movies shot on iPhones! Hence our three acts, plus an encore.

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21 2014 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat 2014 – Day 1 – Poynton & Watkinson

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering in the desert east of Los Angeles (in a posh resort, mind you; it’s not like we’re out sitting in the hot sun among the Joshua trees) where film and TV industry folks discuss all manner of technical and business issues. There are two parallel Monday sessions, an ATSC meeting and a tech talk; I attended the tech talk. Charles Poynton and John Watkinson discussed Physics, Psychophysics, and Vision for Advanced Motion Imaging.

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21 2014 Feb

HPA Day #2: YouTube’s Video Flow

The first YouTube video? “Me at the Zoo,” posted I 2005 and streamed at 320 kbps. Now, more than 1 billion people visit YouTube per month, according to Google’s Doug Stallard.

“People upload more than 100 hours of video per minute to YouTube every day,” he said. “YouTube has more than 6 billion hours of video.. in 61 countries in 61 languages.”

21 2014 Feb

HPA SuperSession Explores ‘The New Normal’ … ‘is anything but’

Expect TV to be delivered online sooner than later? Check it out: Netflix streaming comprises 33 percent of Internet traffic during peak couch-potato usage, i.e. between 10 p.m. and midnight. The first assumption comes from a PriceWaterhouseCoopers consumer survey and the second, from video veteran Michel Proulx, who talked over-the-top TV at the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat being held this week.

 

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