NewBay Media announces winners of the first annual Product Innovation Awards, honoring outstanding product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio users. The PIA program recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio markets. Nominations were submitted by manufacturers. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World and Radio magazines.
Countless filmmakers have launched their careers at the Sundance Film Festival, many going on to gain honors as highly regarded as an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. For Director Jim Mickle, having his third independent film, We Are What We Are, premiere in the Midnight category was nothing short of an honor. After cutting his first two films on Final Cut Pro, Mickle made the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud for his latest work. The film has now been released in theaters, and we talked with Mickle about how working at full resolution in Adobe Premiere Pro not only saved time, but helped him complete the film—from first draft to final edit—in just a year’s time.
RevUp Transmedia rounds up some of their favorite plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X.
They write, "Final Cut Pro X has been around now for over two years, and in that time many developers have been writing plug-ins to help enhance the editing process. The goal of this article is to share with you some of the amazing tools that have been developed to help speed up your workflow and bring some much needed tools back into the application. As we all continue to sharpen our editorial skills with FCP X there are some plugs-in that you just don't want to live without."
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Delivering content for some of televisions top shows, including House of Lies, Grey's Anatomy, and, of course The Walking Dead, Stargate Studios continues to break the mold of how feature films, television series, electronic games, and commercials are generated. The studio was founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, a distinguished cinematographer and visual effects supervisor with 30 years of expertise in film, television, and visual effects. The now international production company provides concept development, advanced production services, and state-of-the-art postproduction services.
The New York Times reviews Western Digital's My Cloud, a hard drive and personal cloud system that allows owners access to their files remotely.
They write, "Like its predecessor, My Cloud allows users to store and share content on a home network and use that content from outside the home on mobile devices. The drive costs $150 for 2 terabytes of storage or $180 for 3 terabytes, which sounds expensive until you calculate the cost of a cloud service, which can run $50 to $100 a year. My Cloud offers other features too. It can connect to other cloud services, like Dropbox, and it serves as a backup utility, automatically syncing with PC or Mac computers to back up all files. Western Digital improved the performance of My Cloud by incorporating a faster processor and added a USB expansion port to allow users to increase the storage capacity."
Oliver Peters explains how third party transitions work in Adobe Premiere Pro.
He writes, "Switchers from Apple Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro might miss the wealth of inexpensive transition effects offered by third-party and hobbyist plug-in developers. Native Premiere Pro transitions, like dissolves and wipes, can be applied just like in FCP. Drop the transition on a cut and you are done. Unfortunately third-party transitions don’t work this way, leading some users to conclude that they just don’t work or that Premiere Pro is less versatile."
Read the full post here on his digitalfilms blog.
Video app Vine has added two new editing features to its interface, allowing for even more creative control for its uploaders.
Explains Wired, "The two new features, which arrived with an app update last week, are called Sessions and Time Travel. You’ll know them better as 'drafts' and 'editing,' roughly speaking. The former lets you save up to 10 Vines-in-progress to return to at a later time; the latter lets you dive into Vine videos and rearrange the individual clips within them (or trash them if they didn’t live up to your vision). While retaining the app’s key simplicity, they give users some sophisticated new ways to piece together their 6-second epics."
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Editor Alex Gollner shares his experiences editing natively in 4K with Final Cut Pro X and the new Apple MacBook Pro.
He writes, "What could the next Mac Pro / Final Cut Pro X combination bring to 4K editing? The ability to import 4K clips and to work with them instantly – playing more than one at the same time without having to wait for rendering. Two problems need to be fixed to make this work – fast enough hardware to decode large amounts of video information and a fast enough connection to the storage to get large amounts of data onto the screen."
Read the full story here on Gollner's blog.
When a television program wins an Emmy award for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction, it must be something special. World War II from Space, a program commissioned by HISTORY, is a stunning 90-minute documentary visualizing key events from World War II from the vantage point of space. This was a huge creative endeavor with 300 animations and 79 VFX shots—all completed over the course of one and a half years by U.K. production company October Films and visual effects studio Prime Focus. Simon George wrote and directed the film, while Prime Focus created the VFX, led by Design and Animation Director Hazel Baird, and Creative Director Simon Clarke.