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Big Machine Design Delivers Show Package for ABC's 20/20 Big Machine Design (BMD), a full-service creative services studio based in Hollywood, has just completed a major redesigned show package for ABC News ?20/20, in conjunction with the new fall season of one of Americas most respected news magazine shows. ...Read More »
DMN Interview: Adobe's Townhill Talks HDV and Premiere Pro By Charlie White Adobe Premiere Group Product Manager Richard Townhill again talks with DMN's Charlie White, this time in a conversation about the new HDV format and Adobe's plans to support it within Premiere Pro 1.5. Just before this mid-October 2004 interview, Sony had unveiled its new $3700 3-chip 1080i HDV camcorder, and Adobe announced its upcoming support for the new HDV 1080i format, showing its wavelet-based compression technology that it will offer free to Premiere Pro 1.5 users. Also in this wide-ranging discussion, Townhill talks about differences between Premiere Pro 1.5 and Final Cut Pro, and Adobe's ongoing relationship with Canopus. ...Read More »
Shooting Montana's West Glacier Fire By John Virata The Western United States has been experiencing a severe drought for many years, and partly because of this, fires have been ravaging the region's dry forests. Virtually every state in the region has experienced forest fires in the last four years. One state, Montana, has experienced some really devastating infernos. Montana resident and award winning videographer Jim Kinsey has documented several of these fires, including the state's Robert, Wedge, and Trapper Creek fires, the 2000 fires that burned through Western Montana, and the West Glacier fire of 2003, of which more than 145,000 acres of forest park land burned. ...Read More »
Sydney's Best Kept Video Training Secret By David Hague One of the best kept secrets in the video world, is the availability of the facilities offered by Sydney's Powerhhouse Museum - and more notably its division called Soundhouse. Located just out of the heart of the city in Ultimo, the Soundhouse sports a fully equiped laboratory of PC's each with a copy of Sony Vegas installed, midi keyboard and sound module. ...Read More »
Interview: Apple's New G5 Lineup By Dave Nagel Apple today announced its brand new lineup of Power Mac G5s, a range of pro desktop machines that includes dual processors across the board, a 25 percent speed bump on the top-end model (to 2.5 GHz) and other performance and feature enhancements. I had a chance to speak with Apple about the new lineup, about the company's strategy for the creative professional market and about development issues that prevented the release of the now-fabled 3.0 GHz G5. ...Read More »
Adobe Ships Premiere Pro 1.5, AE 6.5 By Charlie White In this exclusive interview with Digital Media Net, Dave Trescot, Senior Director of the Digital Video Group at Adobe Systems talks about today's (5/24/04) shipment of the newest versions of Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Encore. Trescot also offers his comments on Adobe's HD editing and compositing roadmap, the improved interaction within Adobe's suite of content creation software, and candidly gives his assessment of Apple's new Motion 1.0 compositing software and its competitive implications for After Effects on the Mac. ...Read More »
Beantowns Got Game By David Carr and David Comtois With the tenth anniversary of E3 upon us this week, its the perfect time to reflect on the impact the video game industry has made on Hollywood and the rest of society over the past 50 years. The project took us back to the earliest days of an industry that started in 1958 when a nuclear scientist named Willy Higgenbotham created a crude tennis-type game on an oscilloscope. ...Read More »
Hiro Yamada, Chairman & Founder, Canopus By Charlie White At NAB 2004, DMN's Charlie White speaks with Hiro Yamada, Chairman & Founder of Canopus Corporation, about the company's latest digital video editing products, including the company's newest offering, Edius HD. Yamada also has comments about the new HDV format, his company's support of Adobe Premiere Pro and more. The outspoken chairman also talks about the growing popularity of HDTV as it relates to various market segments, and the upcoming onslaught of HDTV demand from China in this exclusive DMN interview. ...Read More »
Digidesign at NAB By Frank Moldstad All the fabulous new HD Video and surround sound production tools on display at the NAB show in Las Vegas begged a question: Where are people going to put all this high resolution stuff? And with video and audio production increasingly intertwined, how are people working in post production or broadcast going to integrate their production workflow so it doesn't become overly complex? As we were pondering these things, we ran into Digidesign GM Dave Lebolt and asked him for his perspective. ...Read More »
DMN Interview: JVCs Dave Walton By Charlie White JVC has a master plan to democratize the HDTV production world, and has already released the first few pieces of this puzzle. Dave Walton, National Marketing Communications Manager of JVC Professional Products Company talked to Digital Media Nets Charlie White about the companys new JY-HD10U high definition camcorder and its implications for HD production. He also drops a few hints about the family of products the company plans to build around the new camcorder, and gives us an idea or two about what we can expect from JVC at this years NAB in April. ...Read More »
DMN Interview: Pinnacle's New CEO By Charlie White Patti Hart took over as Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Systems, Inc. just a few weeks ago, yet shes gotten up to speed quickly in her new position. DMNs Charlie White visited the new CEO at the companys international headquarters in Mountain View, California for an exclusive interview, where Hart spoke candidly of Pinnacles corporate culture, its strengths and weaknesses, and gave some hints about its future direction. ...Read More »
?100 Years of Flight, DVD in Celebration of the Wright Brothers, Shot with Panasonic AG-DVX100 Mini-DV 24p Camcorder SECAUCUS, N.J. -- February 10, 2004-- Ohio-based filmmaker Allen Farst, director/executive producer of Niche Productions (Dayton, Ohio), recently shot a 130-minute DVD with the Panasonic AG-DVX100 Mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder. Called ?100 Years of Flight: 17 Days of Glory, the DVD is replete with never-before-seen footage documenting the events that shaped a community's celebration of the aviation groundwork laid by native sons, Orville and Wilbur Wright. ...Read More »
Dixie Chicks Concert DVD Shot With Panasonic AG-DVX100 Mini-DV 24P By DMN Staff Writer The Dixie Chicks Top of the World Tour DVD, shot with Panasonic AG-DVX100 Mini-DV 3-CCD camcorders, recently made its debut in stores and online. The 100-minute DVD was recorded live on-stage during the North American leg of the Dixie Chicks 2003 world tour, which consisted of 79 shows in North America, Europe and Australia. ...Read More »
User Story: Simon Scott and Sapphire Plug-ins By Charlie White Having worked at a number of the top post houses around the world during his fifteen-year career, Simon Scott, a veteran digital artist, is no stranger to Sapphire Plug-ins and their integral role in the creative workflow. Now, as he is planning his new company Process, a California-based visual effects company, he's bringing the lessons of the past and his Sapphire Plug-ins with him. ...Read More »
DMN Interview: Part 2 -- Avid's Matt Allard By Charlie White Here's part 2 of Charlie White's candid discussion with Matt Allard, Avid's product manager for DS and the Nitris line of products. Allard has been in the digital video editing business for many years, where he started out with Media 100, moved to Softimage in Montreal, and now finds himself back in Massachusetts at Avid's headquarters in Tewksbury. In part 2, Allard talks more about the challenges of creating 64-bit editing products for both Mac and PC, and the plight of competing companies like SGI, Discreet and Media 100. ...Read More »
DMN Interview: Part 1-- Avid's Matt Allard By Charlie White Digital Media Net's Charlie White joins Matt Allard, Avid's product manager for DS and the Nitris line of products for a wide-ranging discussion. Allard has been a major player in the digital video editing and compositing business for many years, where he started out with Media 100, moved to Softimage in Montreal, and now finds himself back in Massachusetts at Avid's headquarters in Tewksbury. In part 1, Allard talks about Avid's involvement with Advanced Authoring Format (AAF), and helps us understand the challenges of creating 64-bit editing products for both Mac and PC. ...Read More »
Panel Discussion: Pinnacle at IBC 2003 By Charlie White Here's an exclusive panel discussion with key members of Pinnacle's Liquid team, talking to DMN's Charlie White about this year's IBC announcements. Top of the list is the introduction of Liquid Edition 5.5 with its impressive new features, and a reorganization of Pinnacle's entire stable of editing products. On the panel are Jim Guerard, Vice President and General Manager for the newly-formed Professional Editing Business Unit, Patrick McLean, Product Manager of the Liquid family of products and Patrick Beaulieu, Product Manager of Liquid Edition. ...Read More »
Music Documentary Shot With Nine Panasonic AJ-HDC27 Varicam HD Cinema Cameras By Charlie White The piercing licks of B.B. King, the sliding vocals of Bonnie Raitt, the imposing delivery of Odetta only begin to intimate the scope and depth of the talent who performed earlier this year at "The Salute to the Blues," a five-hour concert staged at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, the first event in the Year of the Blues (beginning Feb. 1, 2003) proclaimed by the U.S. Congress. ...Read More »
Director Scott Billups Chooses Panasonic Varicam HD Camera For Discovery Special By Charlie White Scott Billups, Los Angeles-based director and visual effects artist, used Panasonic's AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema camera to create dramatic special effects for "Ultimate Blast: Eruption at Krakatau," an hour-long episode in The Discovery Channel's Moments In Time series. "Ultimate Blast," profiling the fourth-largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, airs on Saturday, August 9 at 12 noon (ET). ...Read More »
Modern VideoFilm Posts Complete Episodes of CBS' Baby Bob Sitcom By DMN Staff Writer For CBSs hit sitcom Baby Bob, Modern VideoFilm, one of California's premier post-production houses, oversaw everything from titles and dailies to editing, mixing, and effects -- meeting all of the client's needs in-house. ...Read More »
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