The Walk feature film, Atomic Fiction’s digital recreation of 1974 New York City—complete with hot dogs steaming on a vendor cart—earned the praise of critics who proclaimed the movie “a visual spectacle” with effects “so grand it’s easy to forget you’re watching a virtual 100 percent CG-created world.” Less visible but equally important to filmmaker clients is the studio’s behind-the-scenes production artistry. Marc Sadeghi, president of Visual Effects at Atomic Fiction said, “By combining the power of technology, the creativity of passionate artists, and a collaborative approach to working with filmmakers, we’re able to overcome the challenges inherent to VFX production. As a result, we can satisfy both the VFX appetites and production deadlines of our clients.”
Advanced Systems Group says that more than 100 film and video production and post-production clients are now using its NetApp's E-Series storage systems. "In the video and film production world, digital storage has transitioned from being a useful part of the process to being the central hub of the process,” said Dave Van Hoy, founder and president, ASG. “As such, the value of tier-one products such as the NetApp E-Series has become not just desired, but critical."
Archimedia has introduced new metadata features the company says are so profound it has changed its name to GrayMeta. Iris 2.0, one of GrayMeta’s software applications, has added the ability to extract and search all metadata from any file format.
Intertrust Technologies Corporation has added session-based video watermarking capabilities from Civolution’s NexGuard to its ExpressPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) service. NexGuard watermarking technology allows copyright holders to identify the source of unauthorized distribution even after a movie leaves the encrypted digital domain of a DRM system. The accountability provided by NexGuard session-based watermarking has already proven effective in reducing the volume of video piracy, and will be a key aspect of content protection as the distribution of streaming video increases globally. ExpressPlay using Marlin DRM is currently the leading video DRM in rapidly growing markets such as China.
For the second year in a row, Aspera has been selected as an Official Supplier for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, taking place February 11-21. As one of the most important events for the international film industry, Berlinale attracts more than 300,000 attendees from around the world, and showcases some 400 films of every genre, length and format on more than 60 different screens, totaling over 2500 screenings.
Kodak has announced the release of a new, P-200 Film Cleaning System that the company says transforms the traditional film cleaning process. The revolutionary design allows the cleaning solvent to be dispersed on the film surface in a unique way. This economical, compact and digitally controlled system, which uses Kodak HFE 7200 Film Cleaner Solution, makes it ideal for today’s archives and libraries.
Nomad Editing Company has expanded its Facilis storage infrastructure with the installation of a new 64TB TerraBlock 24EX shared storage system in its New York facility.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists has announced a full roster of speakers for the 2015 Digital Asset Symposium, taking place November 18-19 in Portland, Oregon, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. Experts from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Family Search, Game Metadata and Citation Project, the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, and Stanford University will discuss their approach to handling video, audio, written and physical materials in their respective fields.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists has enlisted keynote speakers Erik Weaver and John Downey for the Digital Asset Symposium, November 18-19 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. This year marks the first time that DAS will run simultaneously with AMIA’s Annual Conference, which takes place November 18-21.
Rich Phillips is chief technology officer for Arts Alliance Media, one of the pioneers of digital cinema. In this, the first article in an ongoing series of articles about the cloud, Phillips and I talk about how the evolving technology is changing the cinema business including distribution and exhibition.