Monday, May 22, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Explore Data’s Impact on Production Decisions at May Meeting

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, today announced that its next monthly meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 31, will examine how data — lots of it — is exerting a major impact on decision-making in television and film production. 

Data collected on social media, streaming services, mobile devices, email, and web-based communications affects decisions on how projects are green-lit, created, produced, distributed, and marketed. The ways individuals consume content are evolving and leading to data-rich models that claim to predict what consumers will watch, and how they will watch it. Everything in a digital environment is trackable. The question is: How are media professionals using this information?

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will present a discussion, led by Bernie Laramie, on how big data and analytics are affecting the industry.

Bernie Laramie
Laramie has been a producer in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. He is best known for his work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as such series as Shark, Threat Matrix, Profiler, Dark Skies, and Max Headroom. His credits also include the IMAX 3D production of James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep and The Last Mysteries of the Titanic, a 17-camera live broadcast from the sunken vessel.

Friday, May 19, 2017

WCPMedia Services to Discuss Cloud Production Workflows at Cannes

Representatives from Augustus Color, Eastman Kodak and the University of Rome will also take part in Saturday, May 20th event at Cannes’ Italian Pavilion.

CANNES—WCPMedia Services President Cristina Molinari and Vice President of Operations Giovanni Contri will describe how more and more film and television productions are moving their workflows to the cloud in a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.

Presented by Augustus Color, A Cloud Hub for Global Productions will also feature representatives from Eastman Kodak and the University of Roma Tre. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 20 May, at the Cannes Film Festival’s Italian Pavilion in the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic (Salon Marta).

WCPMedia Services is leading a revolution in the way films and television are produced. Its cloud-based digital media management system can serve as a production’s workflow backbone from concept through final delivery. It provides producers, distributors, post-production facilities and others with tools to manage and share assets with partners around the globe quickly, economically and securely. Recent projects that have relied on WCPMedia Services include HBO’s The Young Pope, Disney’s Tini: The New Life of Violetta and AMBI Media Group’s Bent.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sherpas Cinema Takes Audi into Undiscovered Country with “Hokkaido Calling”

Branded film directed by Leo Hoorn features freerider skiers Sam Smoothy, Jérémie Heitz and Dane Tudor.

Los Angeles— Hokkaido Calling, a new short film created by Sherpas Cinema (represented in the Accomplice Media) for Audi, follows big mountain ski legends Sam Smoothy, Jérémie Heitz and Dane Tudor on an epic road trip in search of deep powder, undiscovered paths and the chance to stand where no one has stood before.

Directed by Sherpas Cinema’s Leo Hoorn, the 8-minute film is filled with breathtaking skiing as the trio of freeriders spend two weeks touring the rugged mountains of Japan’s northern island in an Audi Quattro. Smoothy, Heitz and Tudor soar down steep volcanos, slalom through untouched forests and relax in wooden baths called onsen. Ultimately, their journey leads them to a towering hydroelectric dam whose dizzyingly sheer side is crisscrossed with snow covered concrete barriers. In the film’s climax, they dive down the pyramid-like structure in a wild, buckling ride.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WCPMedia Services Taps Peter Wetherell for Promotion and Marketing

Distribution production and financing veteran to expand relationships among producers and international sales agents.

HOLLYWOOD—WCPMedia Services, whose cloud-based media management platform is used by entertainment content producers and distributors around the globe, today announces that Peter Wetherell, who heads Magus Entertainment, Inc., has joined the company as Senior Advisor.  A 30-year veteran of the motion picture and television industry, Peter will assist with WCPMedia Services sales and marketing efforts, broadening its market share among international sales agents, producers and distributors. He will be representing the company at the 70th Cannes Film Festival next week in Cannes.

Peter Wetherell
WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based platform provides content creators and owners with fast, simple and secure means to both manage and deliver assets throughout the production and distribution life cycle. “Peter’s extensive local and international relationships, as well as his astute insight into the dynamics of the global film and television market, strengthens our ability to attract new customers” said WCPMedia Services Managing Director – Americas Kenneth Yas. “We are very pleased to welcome him to our team as we revolutionize the way the industry manages assets.”

Wetherell brings expertise across diverse segments of the motion picture and television industries. For the past 20 years, he has led Magus Entertainment, which provides senior advisory services, corporate representation, strategic planning, risk management and training services to independent producers, film financing institutions and investors, foreign and domestic distributors, film commissions, film festivals and markets. Its current clients include the British Columbia Film & TV Office in Los Angeles, AFEX, the Cannes Film Market and IFTA, among others.  He also has extensive hands-on experience with individual project financing and distribution, and has served as executive producer on more than a dozen independent features.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Augustus Color Taps WCPMedia Services to Help “Bent” Soar through Post

Cloud-based media management platform used to deliver media to editors, visual effects providers, producers and others involved in international thriller.

Academy Award® winner Bobby Moresco (“Crash”, “Million Dollar Baby”) directed the film from a screenplay he wrote himself, based on characters created by Joseph O’Donnell.  AMBI Media Group principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi produced the film with Joseph O’Donnell.

Rome, Italy—  Bent is the latest motion picture production to move its media management to the WCPMedia cloud. Augustus Color, Rome-based Post Production Lab, is using WCPMedia’s platform to deliver dailies and other assets from production locations in Italy to production partners around the globe.

Jeannette Zepeda Joins Roundabout Entertainment’s Creative Services Team

BURBANK—Roundabout Entertainment has hired post-production industry veteran Jeannette Zepeda to fill the newly-created post of Executive Director for Business Development, Creative Services.

Zepeda will oversee sales and marketing for the facility’s newly-expanded DI department, which provides color grading, editorial finishing and deliverables for features and television. She will also work with the facility’s senior management in developing new services and workflows to meet emerging market demands.

Jeannette Zepeda
“We are very excited to add Jeannette’s considerable talents and enthusiasm to our sales team,” said Roundabout CEO Craig Clark. “Her knowledge of DI will be of enormous value to our effort to strengthen our ties with studios, independent producers and filmmakers.”

Zepeda has already been involved in several high-profile projects for Roundabout, including DI finishing for Terrence Malick’s Song to Song and an untitled project for director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jimmy Buffet Doc “Parrot Heads” Takes Wing at Roundabout Entertainment

Burbank facility provides a full package of finishing services for independently-produced, documentary feature.

BURBANK—Post-production finishing for Parrott Heads, a new feature length documentary about dedicated fans of singer Jimmy Buffett, was completed recently at Roundabout Entertainment. The Burbank facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, sound mixing and DVD authoring services for the film, currently streaming on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere.

Directed by Bryce Wagoner, Parrott Heads casts an affectionate eye on the passionate subculture that has grown up around Buffett and his signature blend of breezy, good-time music known as “trop rock.” It focuses in particular on Scott Nickerson, a fan of Buffett since the 1980s and founder of a worldwide organization known as Parrot Heads in Paradise. Its members not only attend concerts dressed in outlandish Caribbean-themed attire but have created a unique sense of community and carry out on a range of philanthropic activities.

Mr. Wolf Expands to New York

Visual effects boutique taps John Ciampa to lead East Coast operation, which has produced work for CBS FILMS, MTV, SPIKE, VH1 and others.

SANTA MONICA, CA— Culver City, California-based visual effects boutique Mr. Wolf has opened a studio in New York City. The new operation, located within the post-production facility Post FactoryNY, will provide visual effects and finishing services for features, television, broadcast media, advertising and other projects. Mr. Wolf is known for its work on features American Hustle, Hercules, The Brother’s Grimsby and Allegiant. Its New York operation has already completed work for MTV’s Teen Wolf, SPIKE’s Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff, and VH-1’s America’s Next Top Model and Leave It to Stevie.

John Ciampa
John Ciampa, a 25-year industry veteran, will head the New York operation as Creative Director. Like the company’s Culver City operation, the new site features a flexible IT infrastructure that enables it to quickly scale up or adapt its workflow to meet the needs of assignments of varying size and needs. In addition to tackling New York-based projects, it will provide supplementary support to the team in California.

“We’re extending the model that has worked so well on the West Coast,” said Mr. Wolf Executive Producer Mike Pryor. “It’s creative solutions through unparalleled client service.” Pryor added that the two offices share a data link that allows them to collaborate. Both sides have already teamed up on projects for the television series Channel Zero (SyFy), The Goldbergs (ABC),Kevin Can Wait (CBS), and The OA (Netflix) as well as the Peter Berg- directed Patriot’s Day.  They are currently in production on Nicole Holofcener’s Land of Steady Habits which recently finished shooting.

FuseFX Appoints VFX Supervisor Jon Cowley to Lead Production Team in Vancouver

VANCOUVER— FuseFX has hired 18-year visual effects industry veteran Jon Cowley as Head of Production and Senior VFX Supervisor at its production facility in Vancouver. Cowley will oversee production activity at the facility lead its team of VFX Supervisors on projects including the television series Zoo and Mist. He brings deep experience as a manager, supervisor and artist with credits including the blockbusters Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, The Great Gatsby, and District 9. Most recently, he served as a client-side VFX Supervisor on the Netflix television series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Jon Cowley
“We are very excited to bring Jon Cowley on board as our new Head of Production and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor in Vancouver,” said FuseFX President David Altenau.  “He will be working closely with Executive Producer Wendy Lanning to lead the office and continue to improve and grow the studio.”

With a background in industrial engineering, fine arts, design and animation, Cowley began his career as a computer graphics artist in his native Toronto with credits including Panic Room and Jason X. He earned his first credit as VFX Supervisor on the Disney television movie A Wrinkle in Time. Since then, he has acted in supervisory roles on more than 30 motion picture and television projects with other highlights including Smallville, Total Recall and Men in Black 3.

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.

CARTONI to Introduce Master 65 at NAB

New fluid head is designed for broadcast and production cameras with long lenses; featuring the patented Magnum counterbalance system and new silicon fluid drag system.

ROME— CARTONI continues its legacy of high quality Italian design and manufacturing with the introduction of its new flagship for the MASTER series of broadcast fluid heads. MASTER 65 is Cartoni’s response to persistent requests from broadcast camera operators for a durable, high performing fluid head alternative that can support heavy camera packages with large zoom lenses.

MASTER 65 features a payload capacity of 44 lbs. (20 kg) to 143 lbs. (65 kg)—the most in the MASTER series. It also includes Cartoni’s patented Magnum counterbalance system, providing perfect balance throughout the full +/- 90 ° tilt range with no dead spots. It also features a new silicon fluid drag system that provides the option for heavier drag settings while still offering smooth starts and stops, and no backlash.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Visit Morro Data at NAB Show, South Hall (South) SL 13709.

Files Are Stored in the Cloud, Cached Locally, and Synced Globally with low cost units

LAS VEGAS—Morro Systems, an innovative developer of file transfer and storage solutions, will introduce Morro Data for production and post-production at NAB Show in Las Vegas. Morro Data combines the speed and convenience of networked storage with the scalability, flexibility and economy of the cloud to make it easy to sync, share, transfer and save data across sites and between business partners. The service is tailored to small and medium sized workgroups and businesses, including companies involved in production, post-production, editorial, visual effects, animation, design and other data-intensive applications, delivering the features and performance of an enterprise level solution at a fraction of the cost starting at under $998 per location.

Digital Bedrock and axle Video Offer Integrated Solution at NAB

Companies announce partnership for digital preservation workflows.

Boston, MA -- Digital Bedrock, an affordable, secure digital preservation service that protects and keeps digital assets evergreen, and axle Video, the leader in radically simple media management software, are announcing that axle has developed an export tool supporting Digital Bedrock’s new service.  Priced at $195, it allows “one-click” export from axle 2017 software and the axle Gear software-appliance to Digital Bedrock’s concierge archiving service.  From the intuitively designed export tool interface, assets (along with their metadata) can be selected using axle’s Approval button, and batch-exported in a file format that can be read directly by Digital Bedrock, for long-term, managed preservation.

NAB News: Vocas to Showcase Latest Matte Boxes

New MB-216, MB-256 and MB-436 include top bars mounts, swing-away bracket compatibility and improved locking mechanism.

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands—Vocas Systems, European manufacturer of innovative, professional-calibre camera accessories, will showcase three new matte boxes at NAB 2017. MB-216, MB-256 and MB-436 build on the Vocas tradition for performance and quality, and incorporate new features for increased versatility and ease of use.

Vocas Systems products can be seen at the Manios Digital booth, Central Hall, C9521. NAB 2017 is April 24-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Roundabout Entertainment Adds Color Scientist Jerome Dewhurst

Former Framestore and Kodak imaging specialist to manage color pipeline, and develop new color tools and services.

BURBANK— Roundabout Entertainment today announces that Jerome Dewhurst has joined its technical staff as Chief Color Scientist. Dewhurst will oversee and manage the color pipeline for the facility’s growing digital intermediate and color correction operations, and set best practices for color company-wide. He will also lead research efforts to develop new software, technologies and services related to color management.

Jerome Dewhurst
“Jerome is a highly respected color scientist with deep expertise in the digital intermediate process and experience on top level motion picture and television projects,” said Roundabout Entertainment CEO Craig Clark. “He is also an innovative researcher and developer who will be a great asset to our plans to create new services and tools for the benefit of our clients. We’re excited to welcome him to our team.”

Dewhurst brings nearly 20 years of experience as a color scientist and imaging engineer to Roundabout. For the past six years, he has served as a freelance color consultant, assisting studios, producers and post-production facilities worldwide. He also developed software, including a mobile color grading application, used by more than 100,000 professionals and consumers.

FuseFX Launched Virtual Reality Spinoff

New FuseVR unit contributes 360° space environments to SXSW Virtual Reality project “Buzz Aldrin: Cycling Pathways to Mars.”

LOS ANGELES— Award-winning visual effects house FuseFX, which produces visual effects for such shows as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Horror Story, Luke Cage and Criminal Minds, has launched a spinoff venture to tackle projects in the rapidly expanding field of virtual reality. FuseVR will create visual effects assets for virtual reality projects, including 3D sets, digital environments and CG characters. The effort will be led by Bud Myrick as VR Supervisor and John Heller as VR Creative Director.

Bud Myrick, John Heller
FuseFX President David Altenau said that the studio has the tools, talent and expertise to enliven VR productions with Hollywood-caliber visuals. “We expect VR to become a major component of our media experience and we want to be a part of it,” Altenau observed. “Our workflow adapts readily to VR and we have a skilled team that is enthusiastic about taking on the challenge. There is a big need in VR production for digital assets and environments, and no one does that better than we do.”

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sound and visual effects artists reveal the secrets to the magic of the box office smash

Studio City, California –  The visual effects and sound artists from Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound will describe their roles in creating cinematic magic for last year’s blockbuster hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in a special Super Session at The 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Hosted by the Motion Picture Sound Editors in partnership with NAB, the Super Session, The Force Returns: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” is slated for Wednesday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Upper S222. Speakers will include ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll and Animation Supervisor Hal Hickel, and Skywalker Sound Supervising Sound Editor Matthew Wood. Hollywood Reporter technology editor Carolyn Giardina will moderate.

Rogue One

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Technicolor PostWorks Supports 13 Tribeca World Premieres

NEW YORK— Continuing its long support for filmmaking in New York, Technicolor PostWorks provided post-production services to 13 films screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, including three films in the U.S. Narrative competition, two in the Spotlight Narrative section, one in the World Documentary competition, four in the Spotlight Documentary section and one in the Shorts sections. Additionally, the facility supported three projects produced for television screening in the second annual Tribeca TV festival. Services included editorial conforming and color grading. PostWorks provided ADR, sound editorial and sound mixing.

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19-30, 2017.

Technicolor PostWorks projects include:


Aardvark, (USA, World Premiere), Director Brian Shoaf’s story of a therapist whose professional and personal worlds collide when a new patient walks through her door.
Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Alex Bickel, Colorist; Sean R. Smith, Online Editor. PostWorks provided ADR; Chris White ADR Recordist.

A plus B: axle Video announces axle 2017 support for Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

Radically simple media management teams with affordable cloud storage at $5 per terabyte per month; Complete end to end media management and cloud archive solution.

Boston, MA– axle Video, the leader in affordable media management software (NAB booth SL13609), today announced that it is making available support for Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage as a native archive interface for axle 2017.  Backblaze B2, similar to Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure, allows you to store unlimited data in the cloud, but for 1/4th the cost: $5.00 per terabyte per month ($0.005 GB/month) for storage with zero upload fees. Axle 2017 users can purchase the $195 B2 connector option and select Backblaze B2 as their cloud storage destination, and as a result can save up to 75% off any anticipated cloud storage bill.

This new price point makes cloud storage highly competitive against traditional archiving technologies used in the postproduction and broadcast worlds, such as LTO tape, external hard drives and optical storage.  Customers who don’t currently own axle software can purchase either the Starter 2 user version of axle 2017 ($495, with an asset limit of up to 300,000 assets) or an unlimited asset count 2 user version ($1,295) plus the $195 axle to B2 connector.  More powerful configurations of axle software are available including the new Advanced Transcode option which includes native RED and ARRI support.
The two companies will be holding a webinar on Thursday, April 13th at noon EST (9AM Pacific, 5PM GMT) to discuss the partnership and demonstrate axle 2017 software with the integration enabled.  Interested parties can sign up for the webinar, entitled “A plus B” at

Thursday, April 6, 2017

axle Video Releases Softron Multi-Stream Ingest Integration

Radically simple media management software combines with MovieRecorder ingest for quick-turnaround, Mac-based workflows

Boston, MA-- axle Video (NAB booth SL13609), the leader in affordable media management, and Softron (NAB SL13116), a developer of powerful, affordable capture and playout software for the Mac, are announcing the availability of a software module for axle 2017 which supports Softron’s MovieRecorder software and associated video capture hardware.  The companies will be demonstrating the combined solution at the NAB Show in Las Vegas later this month.

The global boom in content creation and distribution has led to growing media ingest and management requirements that are being addressed by traditional broadcast suppliers.  Facilities like universities, houses of worship, sports teams and corporate and government video groups all find themselves looking for cost-effective video capture, along with storage and management of the resulting footage.

Both Softron’s Movie Recorder and axle Video’s axle 2017 can be run on any Mac Pro, making this single, compact system a powerful resource for video capture, sharing and management.  Alternatively, for larger configurations the system can be spread across two or more Mac Pros, with MovieRecorder capturing multiple streams of video on one system and axle and its associated transcoding running on one or more additional Mac Pros.

Softron supports tagging of videos during capture and can output XML in an axle Gear-compatible format, as well as the concurrent creation of H.264 proxy media that can be used directly by axle.  When configured with axle’s Gear option and the new axle-Softron ingest module (retail price $1,400), a seamless workflow is created in which one or more channels of ingest can be fed directly into an axle Gear system, with proxies and tagging metadata available as soon as the recording is complete.

Cognition’s Brian Pope to Discuss Photogrammetry and 3D Locations at AFCI

HOLLYWOOD— Cognition founder and CEO Brian Pope will describe his company’s groundbreaking work in using photogrammetry to produce 3D digital models of locations and landscapes in a Power Chat Theater Presentation at the AFCI Locations Show in Los Angeles. Pope will make his presentation on Friday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Burbank.
A hybrid production studio, Cognition is a leader in emerging production and post-production services including virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D scanning. Its work in photogrammetry is opening new vistas in film, television and game production by making it possible to create 3D models of virtually any location or environment in precise and intricate detail.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NAB NEWS: CARTONI to Introduce a Fast Deployment Tripod System and New Fluid Heads for Broadcast, Studio and Digital Cinema Cameras

Camera support innovator will also debut a revolutionary concept for enabling 360° Dutch rotation in nodal mode.
ROME— CARTONI, developer of innovative camera support systems designed and manufactured in Italy, will introduce a  new  tripod system and significant expansions to its Master, Maxima and Lambda lines of fluid heads at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas. Highlights include the SDS (Smart Deployment Series) system tripod, the MASTER 65 and MASTER 30 broadcast and studio heads, the MAXIMA 30 cinematography head, and the Lambda 25 3rd Axis and the Total Dutch head.
CARTONI products can be seen at the Manios Digital/ Cartoni USA booth, Central Hall, C9521. NAB 2017 is April 24-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Continuing its history of innovation, CARTONI’s new heads were developed to accommodate today’s most popular camera systems, both large and small, and provide maximum flexibility in the use of lenses and other accessories. “We’re very excited about technical advancements we were able to achieve in  our new tripod and heads,” said CARTONI President and CEO  Elisabetta Cartoni. “They were designed with direct feedback from operators and include a number of patented features that continue our legacy of advancing the art and science of image capture.”