Monday, April 24, 2017

NAB NEWS: Symply Launches SymplyULTRA Bundles with axle Video

Collaborative Storage Workspace for creative teams pairs StorNext®5 Sharing for Fibre Channel and Ethernet users with radically simple media management

LAS VEGAS— (NAB Show, booth #SL13710) – Symply, Inc., the innovator in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, today announced that their range of SymplyULTRA™ solutions shipping at NAB will include bundled configurations of axle Starter and axle 2017 software from axle Video (NAB booth #SL13609).  Symply becomes the second OEM licensee of axle’s software, after long-time industry leader Avid.

SymplyULTRA is more than just storage – it’s a complete modern workspace built on an enterprise-class, high-availability storage processor architecture and industry-standard StorNext® collaboration - all made Symply easier. SymplyULTRA delivers high-performance, easy-to-use shared storage with lightning fast throughput and low latency for demanding 4K and HD video production.  Powered by StorNext® 5 and 100% Xsan compatible, integrated SymplyULTRA management software provides a simple setup, and intuitive management and monitoring on Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS. 

NAB NEWS: Killer Brings Nashville to Las Vegas

Singer/songwriter Justyna Kelley to be featured in a special live performance at NAB.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks today announces that Nashville recording artist Justyna Kelley will be featured in a special live performance at its booth at NAB Show in Las Vegas. Kelley will be performing songs from her new album Nashville, Tennessee, produced by Koka Media and just released in North America via Killer Tracks. A singer/songwriter who has been compared to Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat, Kelley possesses a stunning voice and delivers heartfelt songs bridging country, pop and adult contemporary.

“We’re excited to introduce NAB attendees to Justyna Kelley,” says Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. “She is a wonderful artist, rooted in the Nashville songwriting tradition, with a contemporary style and a genuine voice. It’s going to be a great show.”

Catch Justyna Kelley live on Wednesday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the Killer Tracks booth, South Hall (lower) SL7616. Immediately following the live show, Justyna Kelley will be featured in a live streamed concert on Broadcast Beat.

Recorded at RCA Studio on Music Row, birthplace of the Nashville Sound, Nashville, Tennessee showcases both Kelley’s sparkling vocals and her incredible range as a songwriter. The album includes 14 eclectic tracks about love and heartache, trouble and hope, all written by Kelley. In a novel twist, each song is sung once by Kelley and then “covered” by an all-star line-up of friends including Adam McPhail, Jamie Johnson, Sara Jean Kelley, Adam Fears, Brandon James and others. The album is produced by Rodolphe Plisson.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New SymplyULTRA Raises the Bar For Integrated Workflow Storage Collaboration

Compact 2U Design Combines Fully Redundant RAID and StorNext®5 Sharing for Fibre Channel and Ethernet Users–Ideal for Broadcast, Studio, Post, and Other Professional Media Workflows.

 TORRANCE, Calif. —  Symply, Inc., a global provider of high-performance digital storage solutions, today announced the launch of SymplyULTRA, the next evolution of the ultra-modern collaborative storage workspace. SymplyULTRA is a truly complete collaborative ‘workspace’ – developed from the latest available technologies including proven Intel Xeon multi-core processors and a bedrock Linux operating system. The advanced architecture features a powerful software-defined virtualized RAID and application hosting environment that deeply integrates high-availability StorNext®5 integration with nearly unlimited tuning and optimization capabilities. This powerful combination allows SymplyULTRA to deliver on the concept of the ‘complete collaborative workspace’ – an inclusive collaboration environment for Fibre Channel and Ethernet users. While ensuring truly seamless collaboration and connectivity – the system is absolutely designed for performance.  With eight 16Gb Fibre Channel ports users can handle the demands of online 4K editing, while eight additional 10Gb Ethernet ports are provided for proxy editing, graphics, review and other lower bandwidth operations that are ideal for Ethernet.  Broadcasters, film studios, post-production houses, and other media creatives will experience a new level of flexibility, efficiency, and workflow collaboration capabilities. 

The ultra-fast SymplyULTRA storage solution will be demonstrated at the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 24-27, at booth SL13710.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MTI Film Launches Cortex v4

See MTI Film at NAB, SL14808.

HOLLYWOOD— At NAB 2017, MTI Film ( will launch updates to its family of Cortex applications designed to take media from set to screen. Unveiled in four editions, Cortex v4 is MTI Film’s most comprehensive toolset to date. In addition to features standard in Cortex for years, such as a comprehensive dailies toolset, IMF and AS-02 packaging, and high-quality up-res algorithms, Cortex v4 adds DCP packaging (with integrated ACES color support), an extended edit tool and officially-certified Dolby Vision metadata editing capabilities.

“We allow users to manipulate Dolby Vision HDR metadata in the same way that they edit segments of video,” says Randy Reck, MTI Film’s director of development. “In the edit tool, they can graphically trim, cut and paste, add metadata to video, analyze new segments that need metadata, and adjust parameters within the Dolby Vision metadata on a shot-by-shot basis.”

NAB NEWS: CARTONI to Introduce SDS Tripod for ENG and Documentary

Newly-developed Smart Lock mid-level spreader combines with Smart Stop tripod to form the Smart Deployment System (SDS) for ultra-fast set up.

ROME— At NAB 2017, CARTONI, developer of high-quality camera support systems designed and manufactured in Italy, will introduce a new fast deployment tripod system, ideally suited to ENG, documentary and other fast-paced production applications.

The Smart Deployment System (SDS) is the evolution of Cartoni’s best-selling two-stage Smart Stop tripod. It features the newly-developed Smart Lock mid-level spreader with a patented “no-bind” mechanism that offers one-touch, fast spread and collapse capability. This revolution in spreader design combines with the Smart-Stop patented positive-clamping mechanism—which adjusts a double-stage leg with a single trigger lever—for a system with unparalleled speed and ease of use.

axle ai: Visual Search Makes Finding Media a No-Brainer

Automatic analysis, indexing and searching of video using artificial intelligence techniques to debut at NAB

Boston, MA -- axle Video (NAB booth SL13609), the leader in affordable media management, today announced the release of a breakthrough media analysis and search platform, axle ai, as well as the first product based on this platform.  Postproduction teams can save a tremendous amount of time that would otherwise be spent manually tagging their media, and can benefit from the ability to find media that may not have been managed at all, often simply with cryptic multi-digit filenames from camera media. The ‘ai’ in axle ai stands for Artificial Intelligence, shorthand for a variety of Deep Learning technologies which are rapidly making machine analysis of media files not only possible, but compelling in real-world use. 

Based on axle Video’s radically simple browser user interface and and a visual analysis and search engine licensed from Visual Atoms, a UK developer of deep learning software, axle ai helps video postproduction teams bypass the laborious task of entering detailed metadata about every scene. Instead, users simply select a frame from a video, or grab an image from any onscreen source including web pages. axle ai is then able to rapidly identify a ranked list of media clips, as well as the exact segments in those clips, whose contents most closely match the image.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The MPSE and CAS Annual Golf and Poker Tournament Tees Off May 21

American Cinema Editors President Stephen Rivkin to serve as honorary chairman of 9th annual charitable event.

Studio City, California –  The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) will host The MPSE and CAS Annual Golf and Poker Tournament, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at beautiful Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, California. Proceeds will benefit the MPSE’s Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund, which provides mentoring and support for student sound artists, as well as the two organizations’ work in promoting the craft of entertainment sound.

American Cinema Editors President Stephen Rivkin will serve as honorary chairman of the event. Rivkin, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Editors Guild, is an Oscar-nominated, ACE Eddie Award-winning picture editor whose credits include Avatar and the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.