Turner Sports The National Basketball Association and Cinedigm Digital Cinema have announced that they will team up to broadcast TNT's coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night February 14th in live 3D to 80 digitally-equipped theaters across the United States. The companies say the announcement represents the first-ever fully marketed deal to deliver an NBA sporting event to the public in live 3D. The live 3D HD event will be shown on a nationwide basis and continues to expand the league's groundbreaking efforts in 3D HD.
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When DP Joe Stunzi came to Chicago to test all of the new HD cameras on the market against each other he initially had hopes of making a short video using the new Canon 5D Mark II. However Zacuto’s Steve Weiss Jens Bogehegn and Scott Lynch decided that another 5D MKII fluff piece is not what was needed. We needed to see the 5DMKII in relation to other cameras says Weiss. So the Great Camera Shootout of '08 was born. In this video you will hear the four men discuss what they liked and disliked about each of the HD cameras and DOF adapters.
RealD has opened the doors to its first European office located in London. Bob Mayson as the newly appointed managing director of RealD Europe will lead a European team to oversee sales customer service and operations. A native of Leeds England Mayson comes to RealD after many varied roles with Kodak. From consumer marketing in Europe to his most recent as general manager and vice president of digital motion imaging in this role he managed Kodak's global digital cinema and post-production business.
Malaysian post-production facility TigerTiger Post has purchased a BrightDrive media recording system for a new commercials workflow. The system will provide a digital media-sharing infrastructure for TigerTiger Post’s range of digital intermediate applications. BrightDrive will have 30 TB of storage and will be connected to a Lasergraphics Director film scanner a da Vinci Resolve R250 color corrector an Autodesk Flame 2009 and Final Cut Pro editing systems.
Meant to be Seen has announced the preliminary results of the U-Decide Initiative an ongoing study of what customers think of 3D entertainment technologies and why. Made possible with the assistance of AMD iZ3D Blitz Games Studios The Game Creators and Guild Software U-Decide has become a credible determination of what customers think of 3D entertainment with hopes of dispelling the leading myths and assumptions about the technology. While the study is skewed to the game community it does offer some interesting insights about 3D in general.
By Donald L. Vasicek The query letter is a marketing tool that can get your script read and you recognized in the highly competitive world of Hollywood. Condensing your 100-plus page script down to a one-page letter exhibits your ability about how good of a writer you are. To have the skill to write a compelling query letter defines who you are as a writer. It must be written just as creatively and professionally as you write your script. If you are unable to attract readers to your script through your query letter it is unlikely you will be able to attract anyone to your script.
Da Vinci Systems believes it has the Resolve to Edit 3D To date according to Da Vinci Systems its 2K color corrector has been the most relied-upon tool for 3D projects. But the future promises an exponentially increasing number of stereoscopic projects and so the Da Vinci team — in collaboration with leading post-production studios — has developed the Resolve R-3D specifically to meet the challenges of nonlinear grading in 3D. The R-3D which is based on the company’s C.O.R.E.
By Michael Karagosian In the last issue I reported on the wave of investment on-going in the 3D space. Fascinating developments will be appearing for some time. So will the inevitable conferences. I attended the recent 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angles which had such a list of speakers and panelists that it made one wonder who was left to be in the audience. What caught my eye however was an interesting announcement from Trioviz and Darkworks that was timed for the event.
Music Video Shoots with Three HD Cameras to Finish in a Day Rockstar Media Group a Los Angeles-based boutique media and content production company recently shot a complex music video launching new Island Def Jam Music Group rock artists The Urgency. Three HD cameras were used to shoot the more than three-minute piece entitled Fingertips. The video was conceived and directed by Rockstar Media Group director Ryan Bosworth with fellow director Jim Matlosz serving as Director of Photography. Fingertips is currently in rotation at mtvU on air and online.
Access Integrated Technologies has announced that it will be changing its name to Cinedigm Digital Cinema. This conversion allows for significantly expanded possibilities for big-screen theatre-based entertainment including live performances and events in 3D according to the company adding that the new name and identity are designed to better represent the company's position in the new paradigm in cinema entertainment made possible by its technology and services.
Ballantyne of Omaha has announced that its Strong Digital Systems division provided 35 NEC Starus Digital Cinema projectors with RealD 3D technology to theatre chains including Regal Entertainment Group and National Amusements. The projectors shipments and installations were completed in time for the November release of Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature film Bolt. Strong Technical Services subsidiary is performing a majority of the installations and a majority of the specialty silver screens are being procured from the Company's Strong Screen Systems business.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema formerly AccessIT has signed its Phase 2 Entity on an $8.9 million credit facility. The facility will fund the launch of Cinedigm's first 137 Phase 2 conversions of Premiere Cinemas' theatres to the Company's digital cinema platform in what is expected to ultimately be a 10 000-screen digital cinema deployment plan. The first 35 systems are expected to be operational in December bringing the total for Phase 2 to 55 by the end of the year. To date Cinedigm has signed almost 500 screens to its Phase 2 plan and anticipates thousands more in the months ahead.
Earlier this month D&E Entertainment presented the U.S.
DigitalFilm Tree has been recognized by the Hollywood Post Alliance with the Judge’s Award for Creativity and Innovation for the modern data-centric post network they created.
There is no area of business that is more dramatically affected by the explosion of web-based services delivered to computers PDAs and mobile phones than the film and television industries.
In a move designed to accelerate the conversion of cinemas in Asia to digital technology GDC has reached separate non-exclusive agreements with three Hollywood Studios for digital cinema deployment across Asia. Under these agreements 20th Century Fox Paramount Pictures International and Universal Pictures International will be committed to supply Asian exhibitors with feature film content digitally as well as to make financial contributions towards the hardware cost of DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment deployed by GDC.
K-Tek has introduced the Klassic Traveler Kit. Created to meet the needs of the busy boom pole operator on the go the new kit offers the K-Tek Klassic 6-Section graphite boom pole (K-87CC) K-Mount microphone suspension (K-MT) and a slip-on Fuzzy windscreen (Z-FSO) in a single cost-effective package. K-Tek’s new Klassic graphite pole is engineered for quick storage and easy transportation. The six-section design allows the pole to collapse to a shorter minimum length with no sacrifice to maximum reach.
Mark II Productions of Almaty Kazakhstan has purchased an S.two production and post system to support their new Arri D-21 camera making them the first such company in the country to offer digital uncompressed field acquisition and associated workflow options. “This is a fantastic system ” says Alex Berkovitch of Mark II. “We were very impressed with S.two and their proven track record in the field of uncompressed digital feature projects.
The Foundry is now shipping Ocula – a collection of plug-in tools designed to solve common problems with stereoscopic imagery boost productivity in post-production and ultimately help to deliver a more rewarding stereoscopic viewing experience. Ocula plug-ins are designed to automatically replicate key processes on left and right channels and help artists polish and refine stereoscopic material literally removing headaches from the final viewing experience. “Since we announced Ocula at NAB 2008 this year the entire toolset has been through extensive beta-testing and further rou
Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of its new 64GB P2 solid-state memory card providing expanded recording capacity for its line of P2 and P2 HD camcorders and workflow products. Ideal for long-form production the high-capacity 64GB P2 (model AJ-P2C064)card allows professionals to record for hours offering double the record times of the 32GB P2 card and increased storage capacity for larger high-definition data files. The new P2 card also features an improved transfer rate of up to 800 Mb/s for faster transfer and offload of P2 content.