The 38th edition of The Reel Thing, a three-day symposium addressing audio/visual restoration and archiving, will explore the constantly evolving ecosystem of film and digital restoration and preservation. This year's program will examine legacy film restorations and showcase modern technologies being used to future-proof collections and keep them viable for future display and distribution formats. The event will take place August 18-20 at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
Cloud-based media management company WCPMedia Services has implemented a new type of architecture, embedding shared, fast storage layers into a virtual environment. The company says this results in a boost in performance for the transcoding and QC engines that are true game changers.
A new report says that nearly three-quarters of all visits to film & TV specific piracy sites in 2015 used web streaming as their method of consuming illegal content, highlighting a clear piracy audience trend change away from content ownership using P2P/Torrents or web downloads.
WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based digital asset management platform is currently being used to manage content for Sports Memories: Rio 2016, a traveling sports media exposition depicting—after 10 years of intensive restoration—a cinematic history of world Olympic and Brazilian sports spanning 100 years.
Pixspan has released its PixMover software, now supporting 4K workflow speeds. The new GPU-enabled PixMover, when used with a dual-processor server and Nvidia M6000 GPU card, operates two-to-four times faster than with a CPU-only server. The company will be demonstrating this latest version of PixMover at the Innovation Zone during the HPA Tech Retreat UK, July 13-14 in Oxfordshire, England.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists has launched an online campaign called We Are AMIA with the goal of raising awareness in the industry about the critical need to preserve our motion picture heritage.
Universal Pictures premiered the restored 1929 silent film classic The Last Warning June 4 at the Castro Theater as part of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Directed by Paul Leni and starring Laura La Plante, The Last Warning is a dramatic horror centered on an unsolved murder during a theatrical performance and the revival production meant to solve the mystery. This restored version is a part of Universal's silent restoration initiative announced last year.
The television series The Young Pope, a joint production by Sky, HBO and Canal Plus, produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court and MediaPro, is currently using WCPMedia Services’ virtual screening room and collaboration platform to share media during production and post, and to deliver trailers to target buyers.
Ymagis Group has announced the June 8 launch of Celluloid Angels, the first crowd-funding platform to finance the restoration of heritage/classic films. Celluloid Angels will enable visitors to participate in a unique experience by assisting in the conservation of international heritage films in a meaningful way.
The Library of Congress is once again providing a unique opportunity for film scholars and archivists to play cinematic detective by participating in its free Mostly Lost workshop. The case is solving riddles and finding clues to the identity of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films. The scene is the state-of-the-art theater at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, and the date is Thursday, June 16, through Saturday, June 18.