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SMPTE Releases Trailer for Moving Images

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 17:29 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has released the trailer for Moving Images, a SMPTE film project aimed at documenting the history of motion-imaging technology. The production team has captured more than 48 hours of interview footage and gathered archival material from the past 100 years, and drew from these extraordinary sources to create both a first-look preview for screening in 4K at the 2015 NAB Show and, more recently, a recut version newly released for public viewing at http://www.smpte100.org. Production of the feature-length documentary is dependent on further funding.

MPA Announces Coalition Against Camcording

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:44 -- Nick Dager

Piracy has been a recurring problem affecting Brazil for some time. Violators repeatedly have tried to illegally record the contents shown in cinemas for later use on the web. This harms the exhibitor, the distributor and ultimately the viewer. As a result, the Motion Picture Association has created a coalition named 4C of the Cinema against Camcording. The organization represents the six major studios based in the United States - 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Leopard Rises to Outdoor Sound Challenge

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 13:16 -- Nick Dager

The 23rd Openlucht (Open Air) Film Festival in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands presented seven nights of blockbuster movies with 3.1 cinema sound provided by a Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system. Recently acquired by Aukes Theatertechniek of Amsterdam, the Leopard system delivered power and clarity for nightly audiences of 1,500 in a secluded forest meadow outside the city. Covering an audience area 40 meters wide by 60 meters deep were full-range left, center, and right channels of four Leopard line array loudspeakers each, supported by an under-screen array of six 900-LFC low-frequency control elements.

SMPTE Publishes Study Group Report on HDR Imaging Ecosystem

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:15 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced the publication of the SMPTE study group report on the high-dynamic-range imaging ecosystem. The work of 170 top international experts, the SMPTE report summarizes an extensive discussion on the implementation of HDR in professional media workflows and addresses key questions that will arise for industry members as they move forward in taking advantage of HDR technology. The report also offers recommendations for further HDR standardization efforts by SMPTE and other organizations.

Meyer Sound Introduces Amie

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:13 -- Nick Dager

Meyer Sound has introduced Amie, the first studio monitor from the company in more than two decades. Developed to meet the demanding needs of Skywalker Sound, Amie brings a level of clarity professionals can trust, making it ideal for critical production environments where accurate translation to larger systems is imperative. Amie made its debut at the Sound for Film event on September 26 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.

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