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SubtitleNext V5.6 with Smart Text Assist Available Now

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 11:21 -- Nick Dager

PBTEU of Sofia, Bulgaria has released SubtitleNext Version 5.6, which offers a new centralized Smart Text Assist feature that the company says significantly speeds up and simplifies the entire text-altering process. It combines all of the text-altering tools in one place so that they can be easily accessed. This provides a reliable and consistent framework for busy subtitlers to achieve fast results.

Streamlining DCP, KDM Workflows

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 09:30 -- Nick Dager

MetaMedia, Velocity and Pixelogic have formed MVP, a partnership between the three companies to deliver streamlined workflows and reduced cost in relation to the creation and delivery of content direct to theatres around the world. Harnessing the combined capabilities of each partner, MVP aims to improve how digital cinema packages, key delivery messages and cinema advertising are produced and distributed over managed internet connections directly to exhibitors’ screens and dynamic digital lobby displays.

Lighting Lush Life

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 09:23 -- Nick Dager

When Timur Civan was called upon to shoot a music video for the title track of Lush Life by the New York City-based band, Orion, he took his cue from the pop rock tune and decided to have fun with it. Dubbed “bouncy music for bouncy people,” its reggae vibe brings to mind lilting palm trees, rainbows, warm sunny colors, and sweet, simpler times. It’s no surprise TikTok fans are having a ball with it.

Marcus Announces Movie STAR Approach

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:22 -- Nick Dager

Marcus Theatres today announced its plan to begin re-opening theatres, which will begin June 19. As part of the initial reopening experience, Marcus Theatres is introducing its Movie STAR approach, which incorporates new health and safety measures and is in alignment with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Everyone can be a Movie STAR and play a role in creating a safe environment with social distancing (S); Thorough cleaning (T); App and website ordering of tickets, food and concessions for no-to-low contact interactions (A); and respecting each other by following these new protocols (R). Policies and guidelines will continue to evolve with time and will be assessed and updated on an ongoing basis.

Lighting the Way Out of COVID-19

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:13 -- Nick Dager

Sami Haddad is the founder and president of Digital Light Sources and has more than thirty years experience in specialty lighting in various industries including cinema, entertainment and science. DLS was established roughly one year ago as a niche provider of lighting, projection, audio and video products and disinfection services to cinema and entertainment markets. When it became obvious that movie theatres were going to be in need of highly-specialized cleaning services when they reopen in the wake of the COVD-19 pandemic, his company formed an exclusive and strategic partnership with American Ultraviolet, a company that uses ultraviolet C lighting to disinfect businesses of all kinds. Our conversation started there.

Axle ai Launches Remote Work Solution for Avid Media Composer

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:06 -- Nick Dager

Axle ai has launched a new Pro option for its axle ai 2020 software that supports Avid’s Media Composer professional editing software. With the new axle ai 2020 Pro module, Avid editors now have the capability of accessing both native Avid media and a wide range of other media remotely, through any standard web browser.

Stephen Lighthill Named ASC President

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:02 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers board of governors has elected a new slate of officers, elevating Stephen Lighthill to president of the organization. The board also voted in vice presidents Amy Vincent, Bill Bennett, and John Simmons; treasurer Levie Isaacks; secretary Gregg Heschong; and sergeant-at-arms David Darby.

DGA Theatre Gets Total Renovation

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

The Directors Guild of America recently completed a total renovation of its flagship motion picture exhibition space at the prestigious DGA Theatre in Los Angeles. Guided by a guild committee of six leading filmmakers, the renewal project has moved the 600-seat theatre to the forefront of cinema technology with the installation of custom-built Dolby Vision laser projection and a Dolby Atmos immersive sound system encompassing more than 70 Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers.

Making the Case for Subtitles

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 10:03 -- Ivanka Vassileva

Cinema history was made earlier this year when the South Korean black-comedy thriller Parasite became the first subtitled film in 92 years to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Director Bong Joon-ho used his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, where the film also won awards, to champion subtitles and encouraged audiences not to be put off by foreign language films. He said once audiences “overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles” they will be introduced to so many amazing films. He added that we use only one language: “the cinema."

SMPTE Hollywood Launches Ask an Expert Webinar Series

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 09:56 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has launched a new webinar series aimed at young people interested in behind-the-scenes careers in the entertainment industry. Titled Ask a Hollywood Expert, the series features successful, young professionals, across a range of technical disciplines including post production, visual effects and editorial, talking about how they got their start and what they learned as they advanced in their careers.

Estudios GGM Opens New Studios

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:02 -- Nick Dager

Estudios GGM, Mexico’s largest independent production facility, is unveiling three new soundstages as it prepares to resume production activity in June. Ranging from 10,000 to 13,000 square feet, the new stages will be the studio’s largest and give it a total of nine shooting spaces. Construction of one stage is already complete while work on the other two will be finished by November when the studio expects to be supporting a full slate of television and feature productions.

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