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.”

Axle Video Launches axle 2017 Media Management

Radically simple media management solution marks fifth major release – new transcode, metadata, hybrid cloud capabilities; support for 2 million assets

BOSTON  — NAB 2017 (Booth SL13609).  Axle Video, the leader in affordable, storage-agnostic media management software, today announced availability of their newest product, axle 2017. axle 2017 is a major step forward in the scale, stability and features of the company’s software, while retaining its award-winning radical simplicity.  Key innovations in the release include:
  • Doubling of capacity to over 2 million video, image, and audio files
  • Advanced Transcode option for axle Gear allows proxy encoding and other transcode tasks, including high-resolution transcodes of clips and subclips to be dispatched to an innovative transcode engine powered by Imagine Products’ Prime Transcode and additional integrated transcode tools. Advanced Transcode fully leverages Prime Transcode’s support for newer formats such as native RED and ARRI camera raw files, including acceleration via multicore CPUs, GPUs and RED’s Red Rocket hardware.
  • Refined versions of axle’s Premiere Pro Panel and Final Cut X export