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DVEO Launches Price Competitive 4K Ultra HD H.265/HEVC Live Video Decoder & Server for Video Walls, Digital Signage, Broadcast Testing, and Post-Production

2017-08-16 16:41:32 dveo

San Diego, California — DVEO®, a well respected supplier to leading telco TV/OTT and cable operators around the world, will demonstrate their new H.265/HEVC 4K Ultra HD video player at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 15-19, at Stand 2.A34.

Now shipping, the Mavio™ 4K IP/IP: HEVC Live Out can be used as a single channel live HEVC 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 resolution) video player or a 4 channel Full HD video player. It ingests HD or H.265 based 4K compressed video files on to its local hard drive via Gigabit Ethernet or a USB port. Output for UHD is delivered via the built-in HDMI port, with multiple output frame rates up to 30 fps.

“The Mavio decodes live streams and plays back directly from stored compressed files in real time, with 10-bit color depth for High Dynamic Range content,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “It stores content in a compressed form, although playout is always uncompressed.”

“The Mavio features a playlist scheduler and can be configured for ‘looping’ playback,” Laszlo Zoltan went on to say. “This makes it a perfect 4K HEVC video source for video walls, museums, sports arenas and concert venues, and 4K Ultra HD broadcast services.”

The Linux® based system ships with a one terabyte SSD. Systems with additional SSD or HDD storage or an optional RAID are available.

Features:

  • Outputs: 4K Ultra HD (2160p) or 4 independent channels of Full HD (up to 1080p) on HDMI
  • Supports multiple output frame rates up to 30 fps
  • File to IP – playlist play out with schedules
  • 10 bit output precision supports high dynamic range imaging (HDR)
  • Real time decode and play back from compressed video files
  • Up to 16 channels of embedded PCM or pre-compressed audio output
  • Supports Dolby Digital® and DTS passthrough
  • Multi-viewer mode that combines 4 HD video as a single 4K Ultra HD output
  • NewTek NDI™ enabled
  • Convenient web browser user interface with proxy video display for monitoring during playback
  • Playlist with looping option for continuous playback of multiple hours of Full HD/Ultra HD Video programs
  • Includes playlist scheduler
  • Vertical Ancillary Data output
  • Test Pattern Generation
  • Supports closed captioning
  • Dual Ethernet port for content upload and video server management
  • One gig Ethernet Interface for fast file upload
  • HDMI 2.0 is an option

Suggested Retail Price:
Mavio 4K IP/IP: HEVC Live Out with one TByte SSD: $9,995 U.S.
Additional SSD, HDD, or Optional RAID: Contact DVEO for prices

About DVEO®
DVEO is a well established, privately held entity headquartered in San Diego, California, since 2001. DVEO develops and sells broadcast quality video encoding and streaming products, media servers and ad insertion solutions to leading Telco TV/OTT and cable operators around the world. The DVEO solutions enable multi-screen service delivery to any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. Deployment models include turnkey installations and cloud-based service delivery. All solutions are built on Linux OS and Intel Xeon-based platforms to ensure 24×7 reliability, and feature DVEO-developed software for maximum flexibility and upgradability, ensuring long term investment protection. These ultra-reliable products are matched by valuable pre-sales consultancy, outstanding post-sales service and support, and — not least — unusual affordability.

For more information on DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download the DVEO press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO and Mavio are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

DVEO®, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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IBC News: Vocas Introduces Accessories for Canon EOS C200

2017-08-16 12:38:03 artisanspr

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands—Vocas Systems, European manufacturer of innovative, professional-calibre camera accessories, today announces several new products developed expressly for Canon’s ECS C200 digital cinema camera. They include a C200 viewfinder bracket, a top cheese plate, a camera adapter plate for the Vocas Sliding System, a special C200 cage and a handgrip relocator.

Introduced by Canon in June, the EOS C200 has become a popular option among camera professionals seeking to capture 4K video, and the new Vocas accessories make it easier to use and more stable in a variety of production applications. “Our new C200 accessories address some of the limitations of the standard accessories and make using the camera a little easier,” said.  Vocas Manager of Business Development Lars Verlinden. “We believe they will become must-have tools for committed C200 users.”

The new Viewfinder Bracket represents a complete C200 viewfinder solution. Based on NATO rail, the bracket overcomes the limitation of the standard Canon viewfinder bracket, which is not adjustable in a forward or backward direction as required when using the camera on the shoulder. The 15mm viewfinder adapter fits the original C200 top handle directly, and provides a 15mm horizontal rod to mount any NATO accessory. The result is a rigid and stable mounting solution for the C200 LCD that prevents the LCD from twisting, which can result in a crooked image horizon. An adjustable friction mechanism is integrated to tilt the LCD up and down.

The Top Cheese Plate features integrated holes for 15mm rails and allows the mounting of either the original C200 handgrip or the new Vocas top handgrip low. A top handgrip kit for the Canon EOS C200 including the top cheese plate, top handgrip low and viewfinder adapter is also available.

The new, dedicated C200 Camera Adaptor Plate includes four attachment points for greater camera stability and makes it possible to use the camera in tandem with the Vocas Sliding System.  It makes the C200 compatible with 15mm and 19mm setups, drones and gimbals.

The new, lightweight C200 Cage provides added steadiness and stability with heavy set-ups. The Cage connects to the Vocas Top Cheese Plate and the Vocas Adaptor Plate on both sides of the camera. On the operator side, a standard rosette is integrated into the Cage.

The Handgrip Relocator allows the C200 handgrip to be relocated to accommodate shooting from the shoulder. While the original C200 handgrip is fitted with a standard rosette, the Vocas handgrip extenders allows the handgrip to be positioned in any place the operator chooses.

The new Vocas accessories for the Canon EOS C200 camera are available now. Vocas will show the new C200 accessories at the IBC show in Amsterdam, 15 – 19 September, Stand 12.D56.

About Vocas Systems

Vocas Systems is a developer and manufacturer of high quality camera accessories like rail supports, shoulder pads, matte boxes and focus controllers. Vocas products are sold all around the world through selected resellers. Due to more than 25 years of experience, the Vocas products are both high quality and well tested.

http://www.vocas.com/

 

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Restored Classic Film Premieres Highlight The Reel Thing Technical Symposium

2017-08-10 13:48:09 ignite

LOS ANGELES – The Reel Thing, a symposium dedicated to addressing the preservation and restoration of audio visual collections, will open with the U.S. premiere of a new restoration of the Oscar®-nominated 1960 film “La Verite” (“The Truth”). Two additional new 4K restorations also will be shown during The Reel Thing, including the U.S. premiere of Howard Hawks’ “Scarface” and the world premiere of Alex Cox’s “Sid and Nancy.”

The Reel Thing takes place August 24 – 26 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The event offers insight into the latest preservation and restoration efforts throughout the motion picture community, and brings together experts who are using the latest technologies to make cinema’s legacy accessible for future audiences.

Registration is now open, with discounts for industry groups and students, at www.the-reel-thing.org.

In addition to restored screenings at The Reel Thing, this year’s program addresses vital topics of interest to preservation and restoration professionals around the globe, including sessions on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in repairing assets; the explosion of digital formats and how to manage deliverables; optical sound recovery; and modern workflow solutions for safeguarding projects.

Case studies will examine the restoration of “Scarface” (1932), the silent film “Behind the Door” (1919), and “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” (1982). An in-depth look at how ACES was used to reformat and archive “The Troop” rounds out these discussions.

Speakers are expected to include Nicholas Bergh, End Point Audio; film director Marcus Dillistone; Miki Fukushima, Paramount Digital Archive; Mike Inchalik, PurePix Images; Wojtek Janio, MTI Film; Inna Kozlov, Algosoft Tech USA; Jim Lindner, Media Matters LLC; Josef Lindner, Academy Film Archive, AMPAS; Simon Lund, Cineric, Inc.; Andy Maltz, Science and Technology Council, AMPAS; Alexander Petukhov, University of Georgia; Michael Pogorzelski, Academy Film Archive, AMPAS; Peter Schade, NBCUniversal; Linda Tadic, Digital Bedrock; Sean Vilbert, Paramount Digital Archive; and Jason Wall, Metromedia Radio.*

An opening night reception will be followed by the screening of “La Verite.” Directed by acclaimed French director Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Brigitte Bardot, “La Verite” follows the trial of a young French woman (Bardot) accused of her lover’s murder. The film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, and was a box office hit in France. “La Verite” was digitally restored at 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment in partnership with The Film Foundation and RT Features.

Created and co-founded by Grover Crisp and Michael Friend, The Reel Thing supports the programs and services of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

For more information and to register for The Reel Thing, go to www.the-reel-thing.org.


ABOUT AMIA

As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to our media heritage in digital and analog formats. For further information, visit www.AMIAnet.org and follow AMIA on Facebook, Twitter (@AMIAnet) and Instagram (@AMIArchivists).

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Cospective launches cineSync 4.1

2017-08-04 14:11:59 ccwire-staff

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Cospective, creator of innovative software solutions for visual communication, has released the latest update to the Academy Award®-winning cineSync video review software.

cineSync 4.1 presents the first 64-bit release of cineSync, offering a much wider range of playback options. 4.1 also adds a new, comprehensive integration with NIM, adds support for Aspera’s Faspex, and updates existing integrations with ftrack and Aspera Connect. Other improvements include a new frame playback option and increased security around file transfers from Shotgun, ftrack and elsewhere.

cineSync goes 64-bit
cineSync 4.1 will be the first 64-bit version of cineSync, now that the 32-bit Quicktime 7 has been replaced as a playback engine. The move to 64-bit allows cineSync to take full advantage of all available system memory, which in turn enables massive optimisation of playback and support for 4k, high res and high frame rate media, and to add new features such as file encryption.

NIM integration
cineSync Pro now includes a direct integration with studio management software NIM, from California’s NIM Labs. NIM provides project management, job and asset tracking, financial tracking (including bidding, timecards and projections), review, approval and more within one easily accessible tool. NIM’s integration with cineSync Pro means that any media in NIM can be reviewed interactively in cineSync, and that all cineSync session notes and drawings can be easily be exported back to NIM at the end of the session. More information and a video demonstrating the integration can be found here.

Aspera updates
cineSync’s Aspera Connect integration has been updated, bringing the latest secure file transfer technology to cineSync Pro. Working in conjunction with your own Aspera server, users can now initiate transfers from within a cineSync review session, enabling even more secure file transfers to review guests without them having to leave cineSync to locate the files. Click here for more information and a video about this new functionality. Additionally, Cospective has added support for Aspera Faspex accounts for all cineSync Pro users.

Other additions
cineSync 4.1’s ftrack integration update further streamlines the process of saving all cineSync notes and drawings back to the correct version in ftrack.

cineSync 4.1 adds a new option for simple frame playback, which supports most frame media (including DPX, Cineon and EXR).

cineSync 4.1 also presents a new option to encrypt all media downloaded from Shotgun or ftrack’s AWS storage, so no downloaded media is ever left unencrypted on disk. Encrypted media can only be opened in a cineSync session hosted by the party that initiated the encryption. At the end of a cineSync review all downloaded/encrypted files can then be automatically deleted from the guest’s file system.

Finally, cineSync 4.1 makes the transport bar more responsive to different screen resolutions.

Rory McGregor, Cospective CEO, comments: “The wealth of updates in 4.1 showcase our continued commitment to the optimisation and improvement of cineSync. We’re thrilled to continue our work with our fantastic integration partners Shotgun, ftrack, Aspera, Safestream, and now NIM, ensuring that our product can adapts to studio workflows all around the world.”

Andrew Sinagra, NIM Labs Co-Founder, comments: “cineSync’s native integration with NIM is an exciting feature for our users. Providing collaborative review for NIM dailies anywhere in the world is a natural extension to NIM’s internal review system. We’re excited about this partnership and the work we can do together to further enhance studio management.”

cineSync 4.1 is available now. Users with a valid subscription to an existing cineSync package are eligible to upgrade to the latest version.


About Cospective
Cospective is the creator of innovative software solutions to visual communication challenges.

cineSync is the Academy Award®-winning synchronized review-and-approval tool used for major film productions. Frankie is used for real-time video review using standard web browsers and is ideally suited for short-form content produced by ad agencies, production companies and post houses.

Cospective is a privately held company based in Adelaide, Australia.

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Vocas introducing new accessories for Canon EOS C200

2017-08-03 22:45:02 ccwire-staff

Vocas introduces accessories specifically developed for the Canon EOS C200 camera! These accessories will be shown at the IBC show in Amsterdam, 15 – 19 September 2017. Vocas developed a C200 viewfinder bracket, top cheese plate, camera adapter plate for the Vocas Sliding System, a special C200 cage and a handgrip relocation.

Viewfinder bracket
Vocas will provide a complete C200 viewfinder solution based on NATO rail, because the original Canon viewfinder bracket is not adjustable in forward and backward direction. This is required when using the camera on shoulder. The 15 mm viewfinder adapter fits the original C200 top handle directly, and provides a 15 mm horizontal rod to mount any NATO accessory. The Vocas viewfinder bracket provides a rigid and stable mounting solution for the C200 LCD and prevents the LCD from twisting, which can result in a crooked horizon of the image. An adjustable friction mechanism is integrated to tilt the LCD up and down.

Top cheese plate
The new Vocas top cheese plate for the C200 has integrated holes for 15 mm rails and to this cheese plate, both the original C200 handgrip and the Vocas top handgrip low can be mounted. A top handgrip kit for the Canon EOS C200 consisting of the top cheese plate, top handgrip low and the viewfinder adapter is available as well

Vocas Sliding System
Vocas has made a dedicated C200 camera adapter plate with four attachment points which gives the camera more stability. The Vocas dedicated camera adapter plate makes it possible for the C200 to be part of the Vocas Sliding System. It provides the C200 of compatibility with 15 mm setups, 19 mm setups, drones and gimbals.

Cage
When using heavy set-ups, some extra steadiness and stability is required. Therefore Vocas has developed a light weight camera cage for the C200. This cage is connected to the Vocas top cheese plate and the Vocas camera adapter plate on both sides of the camera. On the operators side, a standard rosette is integrated in the cage.

Handgrip relocation for Canon EOS C200
When shooting from the shoulder, a relocation of the handgrip is required. The Original C200 handgrip is equipped with standard rosette. Via the Vocas handgrip extenders the Canon handgrip can be positioned at any place you wish. Vocas provides an extension cable for the Canon EOS handgrip series, because the length of the integrated cable of the C200 is far too short. Now the handgrip can be fully relocated with Vocas gear.

The new Vocas accessories for the Canon EOS C200 camera are available right now. Vocas will show the new C200 accessories at the IBC show in Amsterdam, 15 – 19 September, booth 12.D56.

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RED Digital Cinema’s RED Raven Camera Kit Now Available Exclusively Through Apple.Com

2017-08-02 11:27:17 ignite

Irvine, CA —  RED Digital Cinema announced today that its RED RAVEN Camera Kit is now available exclusively through Apple.com and available to demo at select Apple Retail Stores. This complete handheld camera package features a diverse assortment of components from some of the industry’s top brands, including:

The RED RAVEN Camera Kit is available for $14,999.95. Customers can buy this package or learn more at Apple.com and select Apple Retail Stores.

“We are very excited to work with Apple on the launch of the RED RAVEN Camera Kit, available exclusively through Apple.com,” said Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. “The RED RAVEN Camera Kit is a ready-to-shoot professional package that gives content creators everything they need to capture their vision with RED’s superior image capture technology.”

The RAVEN 4.5K is RED’s most compact camera BRAIN, weighing in at just 3.5 lbs. This makes it a great choice for a range of applications including documentaries, online content creation, indie filmmaking, and use with drones or gimbals. The RAVEN is equipped with a 4.5K RED DRAGON sensor, and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW (R3D) in 4.5K at up to 120 fps and in 2K at up to 240 fps. RED RAVEN also offers incredible dynamic range, RED’s renowned color science, and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes simultaneously—ensuring shooters get the best image quality possible in any format.

The RED RAVEN Camera Kit also includes Final Cut Pro X which features native support for REDCODE RAW video, built-in REDCODE RAW image controls, and the most complete ProRes support of any video editing software. Together with the free RED Apple Workflow software, Final Cut Pro allows professional video editors to work quickly and easily with RED RAVEN footage on MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro systems.

All RED cameras feature a modular design that empowers customers to dial in their ideal configuration for any production environment. Customers looking to outfit their RAVEN with additional accessories should go to www.red.com.


About RED Digital Cinema

RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED released the DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like the “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian”, Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards”, and magazine covers such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. The cameras of RED’s DSMC2 line — RED RAVEN, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W, and WEAPON — combine compact and lightweight design, superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, modularity, and cutting edge performance — including up to 8K resolution. In 2017, RED’s newest 8K sensor, HELIUM, set the new image quality standard with the highest DxOMark score ever.

Find additional information at RED.com

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Autodesk Highlights Next-Gen Storytelling & Collaboration Tools

2017-08-02 09:31:29 ccwire-staff
LOS ANGELES — Leading up to SIGGRAPH 2017, which kicks off in LA today, Autodesk released a series of updates for its media and entertainment tools, including Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection, Autodesk Maya, Shotgun, Arnold, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Flame. Engineered to streamline and accelerate production on films, TV shows, games and immersive experiences, the new releases include improvements and user-requested enhancements that connect creative workflows and teams, helping them bring engaging stories to life for a worldwide audience.
“The continued growth of AR and VR and steady flow of new productions from Netflix, Amazon and others, mean animation and VFX houses are in more demand than ever,” notes Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, media & entertainment, Autodesk. “We’re focused on helping our customers create, connect and compute faster and more efficiently so they can balance their increasing project loads with tighter schedules and budgets. Everything we’re showing at SIGGRAPH streamlines production and equips artists with the tools to handle nearly any creative scenario.”
Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection – To build on the value, flexibility and simplicity the collection provides customers, new subscription benefits will be added including Cloud Rights and SketchBook for Enterprise. Additionally, Media & Entertainment Collection subscribers can take advantage of an Arnold 5-Pack promotion.
  • Arnold Packs – Immediate access to rendering power. Starting September 7th, new Media & Entertainment Collection subscribers will get an Arnold 5-Pack promotion at no additional cost. For more information about Arnold renderer, visit SolidAngle.com.
  • Cloud Rights – Subscribers can take advantage of on-demand compute resources on the cloud and easily scale their rendering pipelines. To learn more, go HERE
  • SketchBook for Enterprise – Autodesk’s popular drawing tool, SketchBook for Enterprise, moves into the collection and provides artists with more options and flexibility for content creation. Visit www.autodesk.com/sketchbook to learn more.
Maya 2018
Maya 2018 offers additional character creation, motion graphics, and rendering functionality. Improvements have made character creation easier, faster, and fun. The motion graphics toolset now includes dynamics and new instancing capabilities. Maya 2018 is available with the latest version of Arnold, including new features and core architecture improvements. These Maya 2018 updates empower artists to create content and to tell compelling stories through lifelike characters and environments and dynamic motion graphics. A complete list of new improvements in the release, is available here.
Shotgun
Continuing the commitment of making media collaboration easier, faster, and more secure for studios of all sizes, Shotgun has introduced features to simplify workflows, make it easier to integrate creation tools with Shotgun, and strengthen security. Shotgun 7.2 introduced plug-and-play integrations to accelerate artist workflows; updates to RV; and new single sign-on. The latest updates in Shotgun 7.3 continue to build on Shotgun’s secure and reliable foundation for studios by adding improvements that make it easier for site administrators to run and manage Shotgun. Shotgun 7.3 features include smart data retention for improved site performance and community-driven enhancements including improved action menu items (AMIs) and the ability to restart your own site.
Arnold v5.0.1
Arnold 5.0.1 builds on the strengths of the recent 5.0 release, and includes new functionality like AOV shaders for cryptomatte workflows, thin film for standard surface shader and additional updates and optimizations. Arnold 5.0.1 is available with the latest versions of Maya and 3ds Max or as a plugin for additional DCC applications. Arnold is now available for free to educational institutions through the Autodesk Education Portal.
3ds Max 2018.1
The newest update to 3ds Max adds VR authoring tools for design visualization artists and generalists; 3ds Max interactive, a VR engine that simplifies the creation of immersive and interactive architectural visualizations; and additional UX and UV unwrap improvements. It will be available to check out in a 3ds Max to VR Workflow demo at the Autodesk booth.
Flame Family 2018.2
Flame Family 2018.2 introduces new creative tools that enhance artist productivity and expand pipeline integration possibilities. Some new features in Flame 2018.2 are Pybox, a python scriptable software handler for processing images via external renderers; projector functionality, map inputs and a contextual menu in action; smart merge for the connected conform workflow; and the ability to drive the batch environment via scriptable commands.
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Sigma’s First Short Film blur Selected for LA Shorts International Film Festival

2017-08-01 15:14:51 ccwire-staff

Ronkonkoma, NY – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is pleased to announce the selection of Sigma-produced short film blur for the LA Shorts International Film Festival’s 2017 Film Program to take place August 2-10, 2017 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE (August 2nd) and Laemmle NoHo7 (August 3-10). The film will be screened as part of Program 19 on Saturday, August 5th at 9:55pm PDT.

Every Photograph, Just Like Every Life, Is Amazing
blur, the first short film shot with Sigma’s cinema lenses, has emotional depth, compelling imagery and impassioned narration. It tells the story of a father’s love for photography, and how that love both binds his family – past, present and future – and, at times, drives them apart. Director Yu Yamanaka and cinematographer Yohei Tateishi selected the ARRI Amira 35mm camera paired with Sigma’s Cine High-Speed Zoom lenses to realize the creative vision of blur. Shooting in ProRes 444, with a final output to HD (1920×1080), the Sigma 18-35mm T2 and the 50-100mm T2 lenses delivered incredibly sharp optics and cinematic results, even when shooting wide open at an aperture of T2.0 – an aperture not often seen on cinema zoom lenses. Shooting the film at T2.0 and T4.0, the crew captured beautiful bokeh with perfect falloff and smooth skin tones, even in the film’s bleak desert locale.

Working on a tight turnaround and within confined spaces, Yamanaka and Tateishi teamed up with Mt. MELVIL, a full-service production company located in Hollywood, California to help overcome the challenges and create the beautiful feature film quality short film.

Introduction to blur 
Dad wasn’t exactly stylish, and neither were the photographs he took—at least on the surface. But what truth did they conceal? Sigma’s first short film blur brings to the screen an important message, to which the company adhered since its foundation: when people are moved, people are inspired to take photographs. And every photograph, just like every life, is amazing.

Watch and learn more about blur: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/blur/

Making of blur: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/blur/#behind-the-scenes

Staff and cast behind blur: https://www.sigma-global.com/jp/about/blur/#masthead

Over 280 shorts from 25 countries
LA Shorts International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), presenters of the Canadian Screen Awards.

LA Shorts alumni directors include Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Paul Haggis, Shane Black, Jason Reitman, John Woo, Tony Scott, David Lynch, Joe Carnahan, Louis D’Esposito, Terry Gilliam, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Vin Diesel, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais and many more.

About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning cine and camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.

In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last.

Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.

For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Blog.

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MAXON Unveils Cinema 4D Release 19

2017-08-01 10:16:07 ccwire-staff

Friedrichsdorf, Germany – Ahead of the SIGGRAPH 2017 conference, MAXON today announced Cinema 4D Release 19 (R19). This next generation of MAXON’s professional 3D application delivers both great tools and enhancements artists can put to use immediately and provides a peek into the foundations for the future. Powerful developments have been made to viewport performance, a new Sound Effector and additional features for Voronoi Fracturing have been added to the MoGraph toolset, a new Spherical Camera introduced, the integration of AMD’s ProRender technology and more. Designed to serve individual artists as well as large studio environments, Release 19 offers a fast, easy, stable and streamlined workflow to meet today’s challenges in the content creation markets; especially general design, motion graphics, VFX, VR/AR and all types of visualization. [NOTE: MAXON will debut Cinema 4D R19 at SIGGRAPH 2017 July 30 – August 3, in Los Angeles, Booth #701.]

With Cinema 4D Release 19, MAXON also introduces a number of re-engineered foundational technologies, which the company will continue to develop and bring to maturity in future versions. These include core software modernization efforts, a new modeling core, deeply-integrated GPU Rendering for Windows and Mac, and OpenGL capabilities in BodyPaint 3D, MAXON’s professional paint and texturing toolset.

“For more than two decades MAXON has been dedicated to delivering 3D graphics solutions with rock-solid stability, outstanding ease-of-use, a fast workflow, and cross platform capability,“ says Harald Egel, managing partner at MAXON Computer GmbH. “Cinema 4D Release 19 expands on those core values with outstanding new features and a first look at foundations for the future.”

The new highlights in Cinema 4D Release 19 include:

Viewport Improvements – provide artists with added support for screen-space reflections and OpenGL depth-of-field in addition to the screen-space ambient occlusion and tessellation features (added in R18). Results are so close to final render that client previews can be output using the new native MP4 video support.

MoGraph Enhancements – expand on Cinema 4D’s state of the art toolset for motion graphics with faster results and added workflow capabilities in Voronoi Fracturing – break objects progressively, add displaced noise details for improved realism or glue multiple fracture pieces together more quickly for complex shape creation. An all-new Sound Effector in R19 allows artists to create audio-reactive animations based on multiple frequencies from a single sound file.

New Spherical Camera – allows artists to render stereoscopic 360° virtual reality videos and dome projections. Artists can specify a latitude and longitude range, and render in equirectangular, cubic string, cubic cross or 3×2 cubic format. The new spherical camera also includes stereo rendering with pole smoothing to minimize distortion.

New Polygon Reduction – works as a generator, so it’s easy to reduce entire hierarchies. The reduction is pre-calculated, so adjusting the reduction strength or desired vertex count is extremely fast. The new Polygon Reduction preserves vertex maps, selection tags and UV coordinates, ensuring textures continue to map properly and providing control over areas where polygon detail is preserved.

Level of Detail (LOD) Object – features a new interface element that lets customers define and manage settings to maximize viewport and render speed, create new types of animations or prepare optimized assets for game workflows. Level of Detail data exports via the FBX 3D file exchange format for use in popular game engines.

AMD’s Radeon ProRender – technology is now seamlessly integrated into R19 providing artists a cross-platform GPU rendering solution. Though just the first phase of integration, it provides a useful glimpse into the power ProRender will eventually provide as more features and deeper Cinema 4D integration is added in future releases.

Modernization Efforts – in R19 reflect MAXON’s rich development legacy and offer the first glimpse into the company’s planned ‘under-the-hood’ future efforts to modernize the software, as follows:

Revamped Media Core – delivers Cinema 4D R19 users with a completely rewritten software core to increase speed and memory efficiency for image, video and audio formats; native support for MP4 video without QuickTime delivers advantages to preview renders, incorporate video as textures or motion track footage for a more robust workflow. Export for production formats, such as OpenEXR and DDS, has also been improved.
Robust Modeling – a new modeling core with improved support for edges and N-gons can be seen in the Align and Reverse Normals commands. More modeling tools and generators will directly use this new core in future versions.
BodyPaint 3D – now uses an OpenGL painting engine giving R19 artists painting color and adding surface details in film, game design and other workflows, a real-time display of reflections, alpha, bump or normal, and even displacement, for improved visual feedback and texture painting. Redevelopment efforts to improve the UV editing toolset in Cinema 4D continue with the first-fruits of this work available in R19 for faster and more efficient options to convert point and polygon selections, grow and shrink UV point selects, and more.

Complete feature set in Cinema 4D Release R19

Pricing, Availability / Upgrade Path Cinema 4D Release 19 is scheduled to ship September, 2017.

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About MAXON

Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well as for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. MAXON is part of the Nemetschek Group.

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Katana 3.0 to ship with ground-breaking rendering tool 3Delight

2017-07-31 12:37:52 ccwire-staff

The collaboration is underpinned by Katana’s track record of solving the industry’s toughest look development and lighting problems. The exciting collaboration between Foundry and Illumination Research Pte Ltd will continue to drive efficiencies and help artists to deliver better, faster and more cost-effective animation and VFX work through improved workflows and technology.

3Delight is powered by NSI – which is both nodal and hierarchical – allowing for fully interactive live rendering. 3Delight promises to refine look development and lighting tasks to enhance the artist experience. Unique workflows like the plug-in’s light mixer technology allows artists to render final quality images and adjust lighting interactively, while the edits are fed back directly to lights or groups of lights in Katana’s GafferThree lighting tools. The fully OSL-based shading engine is compatible with both Katana and Maya, allowing for the direct transfer of look development files between the DCC apps. The geometry based lighting frees an artist to execute compelling lighting with straightforward real world techniques.

Key benefits include:

  • Fast, physically based rendering technology with open shading language (OSL) at its core
  • Fully interactive live rendering and a real-time light mixer especially well-suited for Katana’s workflow
  • Material nodes that are 100% compatible with the Maya version
  • Ability to use fur/hair and displacements extensively with negligible impact on performance
  • Better quality rendering with perfectly smooth subdivision surfaces
  • Network caching for efficient network utilization by automatic scene dependency localization

Jordan Thistlewood, senior product manager for look development and lighting at Foundry, commented: “We are very excited to offer Katana 3.0 with 3Delight as an out-of-the-box rendering solution. This provides new users with a “download and explore” experience and our existing users with a very powerful option for their pipelines. Multiverse, 3Delight and Katana combine to offer a complete Maya and Katana pipeline solution. Working with the 3Delight team has been great and we are really impressed how far they have stretched the interactive look development, lighting and rendering experience in Katana.”

Aghiles Kheffache, chief technical officer for Illumination Research Pte Ltd, commented: “After two years of development of the NSI architecture, we are excited to bring 3Delight to Katana built entirely on that new state of the art interface/technology. It makes the entire process of scene editing and manipulation fun and efficient, thanks to across the board live rendering.”

John Carey, vice president of production and technology at Toonbox Entertainment, commented: “All of Toonbox Entertainment’s projects have been rendered with 3Delight and we have used both proprietary and third party tools for look development and lighting, but developments at the Foundry, including the high level of integration between Katana and 3Delight have enabled us to bring to bear a whole new level of flexibility and power which we hope to leverage on all of our future projects. This will enable us to do better work faster while consuming fewer resources. Yes, it is faster, better AND cheaper and that is a pretty compelling combination.

3Delight will be available as a free plug-in for Katana 3.0, at no additional cost for new or existing users for interactive renders. Katana 3.0 with 3Delight will be showcased at SIGGRAPH 2017 as part of a public beta. Combined Katana/3Delight render licenses for production rendering will be available for purchase, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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Picture Production Company Places First Order for the Brand New EditShare XStream EFS 300 Single-Node Solution

2017-07-27 23:17:55 ccwire-staff

London, UK — EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that elite film-marketing agency Picture Production Company (PPC) is the first facility to place an order for the brand new EditShare XStream EFS 300 single-node, scale-out storage platform. Renowned for its creative work, PPC has locations in Soho, London and Los Angeles, and produces trailers, television spots and online video for some of the world’s largest film studios. The full schedule keeps the two offices running 24 hours a day, working on multiple feature film campaigns at any given time.

“We have a range of systems in our London office, complementing our many workflows. To expand our portfolio, and specifically our Avid environment initially, we immediately thought of EditShare for our shared storage infrastructure, because EditShare supports the lot,” comments Nick Tipping, PPC technical director. “EditShare will work with Avid. It will work with Premiere Pro. It will even work with Final Cut Pro 7, and most other edit platforms you can think of. The new EFS 300 model is a very robust, cost-effective solution. We have had an EditShare system in our Los Angeles office for a couple of years now and have had nothing but good results, so it was a perfect choice.”

The EditShare XStream EFS 300 single-node, scale-out storage installation replaces the PPC Soho office’s aging Avid Unity system with a platform-agnostic EFS 300 solution that will futureproof the PPC infrastructure. The move to EditShare also provides a level of granularity in terms of managing media space access that well serves the PPC workflow. Tipping explains, “Given the nature of our business, security and media access are extremely important and with EditShare you can control who gets access to which media spaces very easily, with full Active Directory integration. We handle sensitive material for many of our clients, and are regularly inspected and audited to ensure we are security-compliant. Having the content on EditShare, completely locked down on its own media space, allowing access only to those editors who need it – that is an absolute necessity for us.”

The reliability of EFS combined with its fault-tolerant design also played a part in PPC’s decision to go with the new EFS 300 model. Tipping adds, “Content protection is certainly important to us. The distributed architecture means that EditShare is some of the most secure storage we have in the building. If we had a hardware failure, the fault-tolerant design means we are always protected, and would not experience any downtime or data loss.”

Paul Saint, who oversees the new EditShare Soho office, comments on key capabilities the new EFS single-node systems offer creative houses like PPC: “Facilities like PPC get the performance and protection they require without having to invest in a multi-node cluster out of the gate. They can scale as needed, without compromising on performance or security thanks to incredibly versatile data protection features. Plus, they can leverage the EditShare portfolio of products to expand workflows to include production asset management, parking content, QC and archiving within one fully connected media ecosystem.”

The EditShare Soho office opened in July 2017 and provides full consultation and support for the central London creative community.


About EditShare XStream EFS Platform
The premium XStream EFS storage platform is a powerful distributed scale-out file system combined with a highly resilient architecture, specifically developed for media intensive workflows. It’s designed from the ground up to support large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. Whether a one-node or multi-node system, every XStream EFS model can easily be expanded to increase capacity and bandwidth. For ease of use and administration, all XStream EFS systems present a single namespace, regardless of the system size. And unlike many SAN storage solutions, the performance of XStream EFS does not decrease as storage use increases. Its continual optimal performance and outstanding reliability are backed by RAID 6 technology.

For more information, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/xstream.

About PPC
Picture Production Company is a leading International Creative Production agency that combines a dedicated award-winning creative team with unparalleled post-production facilities. PPC provides global marketing and localisation services to some of the top Hollywood film studios, independent film distributors and consumer brands.

With offices in London and LA, PPC provides a 24 hour full cross platform service 5 days a week that delivers on brief, on budget and on schedule with commitment, passion and attention to detail which can be seen on-screen in each and every job.

For more information, please visit http://www.theppc.com/Home.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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L-com Releases IP68 Fiber Plugs, Receptacles and Jam Nuts

2017-07-27 21:42:03 ccwire-staff

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has launched a new series of LC fiber plugs, receptacles and jam nuts to address high speed voice, video and data networking applications.

These new IP68-rated fiber products were designed to stand up to extreme environments while providing high throughput network connectivity. The ruggedized IP68 fiber plugs and IP68 fiber receptacles offer 400lb pull strength and 450lb crush resistance as well as protection from moisture, liquid and dust. Both plugs and receptacles are available in multimode, single-mode and APC polish single-mode types.

In addition to the new LC plugs and in-line receptacles, we now offer IP68-rated flange mount, jam nut, D38999 and daisy chain-style fiber receptacles that are perfect for mounting to an enclosure or panel. These receptacles are also offered in multimode, single-mode, and APC polish single-mode styles.

“These new IP68 fiber plugs and receptacles were designed to take a beating while offering optimal network performance. They are perfect for industrial networking applications involving fiber where exposure to chemicals, physical contact and the environment are prevalent, “said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

These new IP68-rated fiber LC plugs and receptacles are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

About L-com Global Connectivity
L-com Global Connectivity, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics company.

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IBC News: CARTONI to Launch MASTER 65, “Smart Deployment System” Tripod and More

2017-07-25 11:12:09 artisanspr

ROME –  CARTONI, developer of innovative camera support systems designed and manufactured in Italy, will present at IBC 2017 (14 -18 September in Amsterdam) a new tripod system and significant expansions to its MASTER, MAXIMA and LAMBDA lines of fluid heads. CARTONI will be exhibiting at Stand 12.E30.

CARTONI will also debut for Europe a new patent concept for enabling 360° Dutch rotation in nodal mode: TOTAL DUTCH, a revolutionary head design for creating the ultimate in Dutch angle compositions. After setting the standard in 2000 with its famed Cartoni Dutch head, Cartoni has expanded the canted angle capability with total 360-degree rotation.

The TOTAL DUTCH head can be mounted on any existing heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.

Other debut highlights include the SDS (Smart Deployment Series) system tripod, MASTER 65 and MASTER 30 broadcast and studio heads, MAXIMA 30 Digital cinematography head, and a 3rd Axis for new Lambda 25.

Continuing its history of innovation, CARTONI’s new heads were developed to accommodate today’s most popular camera systems, both large and small, and provide maximum flexibility in the use of lenses and other accessories. “We’re very excited about technical advancements we were able to achieve in our new tripod and heads,” said CARTONI President and CEO Elisabetta Cartoni. “They were designed with direct feedback from operators worldwide and include a number of patented features that continue our legacy of advancing the art and science of image capture.”

New products include:

MASTER 65 is a heavy-duty head for broadcast cameras with larger zoom or box-type lenses. It features CARTONI’s patented MAGNUM counterbalance system and unique silicon fluid drag system, offering perfect balance, and the preference of heavier drag with smooth starts and stops and no backlash. The new drag system is essential for tight shots on long, zoomed lenses that are subject to subtle camera movements. At a payload capacity of 20 kg (44 lbs) to 70 kg (150 lbs), it’s the largest fluid head in the MASTER series.

MASTER 30 features the patented CARTONI, “wing” counterbalance system that provides perfect balance throughout the full +/- 90 ° tilt range with no dead spots. Offered in a flat base, it can easily be converted to a 150mm bowl base with optional adapter. Its rugged construction can handle payloads up to 30 kg (66 lbs).

SDS (Smart Deployment Series) Tripod expands and improves upon CARTONI’s popular Smart Stop two-stage, single-lever trigger technology with a new Smart Lock mid-level spreader. It features a patented “no-bind” mechanism for fast spreading and collapsing. Combined, they form the most intelligent and fastest deployed 100mm & 75mm tripod in the industry.

MAXIMA 30 is designed for Digital cinema camera packages. It comes with a patented counterbalance and fluid drag system, and a wide payload range of 3 kg (6.6 lbs) to 30 kg (66 lbs). Pan and tilt brake controls are placed conveniently on the left (where operator muscle memory expects them) along with 4-rosette attachments for pan bars. The camera plate stage accepts all industry standard plates (ARRI, RED, etc.), and the safety lock and release latch can be activated with one hand to either disengage or remove the camera plate.

LAMBDA 25 3rd Axis is the latest accessory for CARTONI’s popular LAMBDA 25 head, featuring an innovative design allowing operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis. Offering a nodal setting on three axes, it is ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly shots, or on a slider.

 

CARTONI has a long and rich history of developing innovative camera support systems. Its legacy of high quality Italian design and manufacturing has resulted in numerous patents and awards, and helped shape the modern broadcast and cinematography industries.

CARTONI SpA – Via Giuseppe Mirri 13 – Rome 00159 (Rm) Italy – Ph +39 06 4382002 www.cartoni.com

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Keslow Camera Announces Acquisition of Clairmont Camera

2017-07-17 21:44:03 ignite

CULVER CITY, CA – Keslow Camera, the largest privately held motion picture camera equipment rental house in North America, announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment to the company’s extensive portfolio. Simultaneously, Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. The acquisition is expected to be complete on or before August 4.

Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow said, “This acquisition perfectly aligns with Keslow Camera’s mission – to never stop growing, never stop learning, and never stop improving. The expansion into the two busiest Canadian markets delivers on our clients’ ongoing requests for us to service them in more areas of the world.”

Keslow Camera will retain the talented support staff and experienced team of Clairmont’s Vancouver and Toronto facilities, who have been offering professional digital and film cameras, lenses and accessories to the filmmaking community in the region since the 1980s. All operations within California will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City.

Clairmont notes that this deal also serves as his endorsement. “Clairmont Camera is my life’s work and I never stopped searching for innovative ways to serve our clients. I have long respected Robert Keslow and the team at Keslow Camera for their integrity, quality of management, best-in-class customer service, and successful performance. I am confident they are the right company to honor my heritage and founding vision going forward,” says Clairmont.

Denny Clairmont, along with his brother, Terry, established one of the world’s most prestigious movie equipment and camera rental companies in 1976. In 2011, Clairmont received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), awarded by the Academy Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.  The Medal honors outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy. Clairmont and Ken Robings won a Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the lens perspective system, and Clairmont has won two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his role in the development of special lens systems. These innovative solutions will immediately be available to Keslow Camera customers.

“We are honored to have earned Denny Clairmont’s trust, and recognize the work and innovation that he and his great team have brought to the industry over the past 70 years,” added Keslow’s Chief Operating Officer Dennis McDonald. “To be able to offer our personalized level of service in more locations, with a wider range of technology to serve the needs of the creative community, we’re poised to elevate the Keslow experience for current and new customers.”

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com.


About Keslow Camera
Since 1990, Keslow Camera has been providing camera equipment for motion picture, television and commercialproductions throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company also operates from locations in Chicago, Santa Fe, Atlanta and now Toronto and Vancouver. Keslow Camera has earned a reputation among the industry’s creative community for uncompromising service and innovative problem solving on projects of any size. The company’s tireless support of the art and craft of cinematography has resulted in many long-standing relationships with the world’s most talented filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@keslowcamera).

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L-com Launches New Line of IP68-Rated Cable Glands and Couplers

2017-07-12 09:56:38 ccwire-staff

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has released a new series of IP68-rated cable glands and couplers. Typical applications for these new products include enclosures, outdoor plants, wired LAN connections and wireless installations.

This new product line consists of three models of feed-through couplers, IP68-rated cable glands and couplers: a cable gland with 12-inch RJ45 cable, a one-way-type panel mount cable gland and two-way-type couplers. All three series are available in Cat6a, Cat6 and Cat5e styles. These cable glands and couplers are IP68-rated when fully assembled to a cable and have rubber gaskets and grommets to protect connections from moisture and dust. All models in this series feature a shielded internal coupler and easy installation with two included grommets that are sized for cables up to 0.323 inches (8.2mm). These cable glands and couplers operate in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +80°C, depending on model.

“Our new IP68-rated cable glands and couplers provide a versatile solution that is ideal for running RJ45 (8×8) connections into enclosures and panels. With three series available in three category ratings, we are sure to have the right fit for every application,” said Dustin Guttadauro, Product Manager.

These new IP68-rated cable glands and couplers are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Peter McNeil
L-com Global Connectivity
17792 Fitch
Irvine, CA
978-682-6936 x1174

About L-com Global Connectivity:

L-com Global Connectivity, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics company.

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EditShare Celebrates New Soho Office Opening

2017-06-29 22:05:37 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK — EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced it will expand its UK operations with a brand new office opening in London’s Soho district in July 2017.

The central London location features full demonstration capabilities of Ultra HD workflows and beyond, plus EditShare’s professional and business development services, providing the local creative community a place to gain hands-on experience along with expert guidance for building next-generation editorial and VFX workflows.

Paul Saint, EMEA sales director at EditShare who will be spearheading the new Soho office, comments on the concierge service atmosphere they aim to create for London’s creative community: “We want to ensure London-based clients can visit and see EditShare Flow production asset management and XStream EFS scale-out storage solutions in a complete, working environment. With the addition of senior support and workflow staff, we are readily equipped to serve the Soho and greater London market with speed, efficiency and expert guidance.” The new EditShare Soho office is located at 48 Warwick Street in central London.

To celebrate the July opening, EditShare will host a party in Soho to meet and greet local media facilities and agencies. RSVP to soho@editshare.co.uk to receive party details. For those who would like to schedule a private workflow consultation at the Soho office, please contact EditShare at +44 (0) 207 183 2255 or via email at soho@editshare.co.uk for an appointment.

EditShare’s portfolio has expanded greatly over the years, from award-winning EFS scale-out shared storage, to media asset management, archiving, editorial and now QC, with its recent acquisition of QC specialist Quales.

“The new facility, located on Warwick Street in the Soho neighborhood of London, is a testament to our commitment to creative agencies and facilities where speed, reliability and efficiency are of the essence,” comments Peter Lambert, worldwide sales director for EditShare. “We are always listening to our clients’ needs and requirements. One of these needs was a closer relationship with EditShare. This investment in the new Soho office puts EditShare right next door.”

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Outloud Audio Adopts Fortium’s MediaSeal File Level Encryption to Meet Heightened Security Threats

2017-06-24 13:57:55 artisanspr

Los Angeles—Fortium, a leading provider of digital content security solutions for media and entertainment, today announces Outloud Audio, Los Angeles and New York, as a new customer for MediaSeal®, its file encryption software, which protects unaired TV and movie content at file level during the sensitive stages prior to release. In the current climate of increased concerns over cyber-crime, MediaSeal protects against leaks and accidental distribution by raising studio defences.

“Our clients’ media security is paramount,” commented Mark Kondracki, Principal of Outloud Audio.  “When I saw how easily we could encrypt files with MediaSeal at file level, it became the cornerstone of our media protection process for our stages in L.A. and New York City. We love knowing that encrypted MediaSeal files are rendered unplayable outside of our facilities.”

MediaSeal was created in collaboration with a major film studio to specifically address complex and busy workflows where security has traditionally been difficult to implement. MediaSeal, which is continually modified and integrated into third party applications, is used by over 200 facilities to protect sensitive content from unauthorized access and piracy.

“We are delighted to be working with Outloud Audio,” said Mathew Gilliat-Smith, CEO of Fortium. “The multi-factor authentication offered by MediaSeal means studios can add a crucial and seamless layer of security for their content, at user and file level, for the most vulnerable areas of post-production such as sound and picture editing, international dubbing, digital cinema distribution and marketing.”

About Fortium

Fortium Technologies is a leading provider of digital content security for media and entertainment supplying innovative technologies that give businesses greater control over their digital content. MediaSeal file encryption protects all file types in Windows and Mac and can be used for all b2b workflows. Fortium’s products also protect the Academy and BAFTA award screeners with Patronus and Blu-Lock anti-rip.

www.fortiumtech.com

About Outloud Audio

With offices in Los Angeles and New York, Outloud Audio provides the highest quality audio services for clients in television, film, advertising, and publishing.  Recent projects include work on Homeland (Showtime), Westworld (HBO), The Handmaid’s Tale audiobook recording (narrated by Claire Danes for Audible), Fargo (FX), This is Us (NBC), and animated series Elena of Avalor (Disney) and The Croods (DreamWorks).

www.outloudaudio.com

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Shemaroo Moves Its 3,400 Bollywood Show Titles to EditShare Storage Infrastructure

2017-06-22 08:05:43 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK — EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced today that Mumbai-based Shemaroo, the largest owner of Bollywood feature film and television program content, has implemented the half-petabyte EditShare XStream EFS solution to store its 3,400-plus titles. Content at Shemaroo is digitalized and repurposed for deliveries on major platforms such as broadcast, digital and direct-to-home (DTH) over modern networks. The installation of EditShare XStream EFS includes Flow media asset management as part of the configuration, bringing desktop search and retrieval of the vast asset pool as well as offering pre-production tools to accelerate Shemaroo’s media production workflow.

“More than reselling movie and TV program content rights, Shemaroo has a significant business in reselling rights to specific songs, fight scenes, love scenes and more,” states Hemant Karani, Sr. Vice President & Head of Studio and Technology, Shemaroo. “Centralizing our massive content catalog onto one storage platform was necessary from an efficiency standpoint. With so many titles and so many resale scenario’s in which we need to pull content, having a searchable online archive of titles and related sequences and clips was critical.”

“The high-performance XStream EFS platform with Flow MAM embeds smart media tools that allow us to deliver our content in the multiple formats required by our business partners, with the scalability and reliability to support our significant business demands,” states Aneri Savla, Asst. Vice President, Studio, Shemaroo.

Shemaroo is the latest and largest facility in India to install the EditShare XStream EFS solution. The installation of the enterprise platform was led by EditShare business partner Cineom Broadcast India Pvt Ltd, also based in Mumbai. “EditShare workflow solutions are proving pivotal for clients like Shemaroo who look to cost-effectively retool their infrastructure without sacrificing the investment in the latest technology,” states Peter Lambert, worldwide sales director, EditShare. “With an expansive film heritage and production community, India is one of the fastest growing markets in terms of new technology adoption. To meet the demand, we are expanding our resources and expertise with additions like technology expert Sreejith Sasidharan, who will support the needs of Shemaroo as they evolve their workflow.”

Stepping into the local sales and support position, Sreejith Sasidharan brings more than 12 years of IT and digital film infrastructure knowledge to EditShare, with a previous engineering position held at the prestigious Filmlab.

For more information on EditShare solutions, visit www.editshare.com.

About Shemaroo
Celebrating the golden jubilee, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd is among few entertainment companies that has hallmarked several pioneering efforts with its innovative and out- of-the- box thinking. Founded in 1962, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd is an established media content house in the country, active in Content Acquisition, Value Addition to Content and Content Distribution with a large content library of over 3400 titles.

Shemaroo is engaged in the distribution of content for satellite channels, physical formats and emerging digital technologies like the Mobile, Internet, Broadband, IPTV and DTH among others. With its partnership with the major telecom operators and other digital media platforms, Shemaroo is at the forefront of the digital age. The company has also tied up with many content providers across the country. The “Shemaroo” brand today is synonymous with quality.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Dalet Extends Deal with Perform Group to Deliver DAZN, Its Live and On-demand Sports Service in Japan

2017-06-15 18:23:05 ccwire-staff

Paris, France – Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that Perform, the leading digital sports content and media group, has selected Dalet Galaxy as the Media Asset Management and Orchestration platform for the launch and daily operations of its ground-breaking live and on-demand sports platform DAZN in Japan. DAZN, which launched in Japan in August last year, is a rapidly growing subscription-based OTT provider of multimedia sports content. Its offer in Japan is based around Perform’s 10-year rights agreement to broadcast the domestic premier J.League games live streams, highlights and magazine programs. To facilitate the production and distribution of highlights and magazine content, as well as share the high value assets with its UK site, Perform extended its existing relationship with Dalet and implemented an end-to-end production workflow powered by the Dalet Galaxy platform in its Tokyo facility. The agile Dalet Galaxy platform serves to connect and orchestrate the ecosystem of technologies used at DAZN, including Evertz Dream Catcher, Xendata, Qualstar, Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC and Avid ProTools, creating a seamless production and distribution workflow.

“Dalet has shown its worth in managing the large volumes of data generated daily for the J.League. Through its advanced features we have been able to craft ingest workflows that automatically fill out metadata forms based on the file extensions, move media to its allocated location, and enable retention policies based on the media type,” explains Robin Williams, Perform Group post engineering manager, Tokyo. “These workflows have allowed the DAZN team to maximize output efficiency while increasing the value of all content thanks to rich metadata collection within Dalet Galaxy.”

Dalet Galaxy manages content ingest from satellite sources via the Dalet Brio I/O environment, orchestrating all asset transactions for the DAZN VOD workflow. Web-based tools such as Dalet WebSpace let staff quickly assemble and deliver highlight packages and magazine show content to the DAZN platform and archives, while modules such as Dalet Xtend for Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC bring post-production into the main workflow with bidirectional metadata tracking. Dalet AmberFin takes care of all media processing with integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionality. Flexible Dalet API-based integrations with third-party systems allow Perform to design workflows tailored for its Japanese operation.

“The functionality of the Dalet Galaxy MAM and its integration with other systems and workflows meant that it was the obvious choice for the creation of highlights and promotional content for J.League post-production teams,” explains Mike Edwards, head of post engineering, Perform Group. “The expansion of the Tokyo platform and the creation of new workflows further cements Perform’s relationship with Dalet as a key partner, as Perform continues to expand and develop post-production facilities around the world.”

Deployed within three weeks, the Tokyo site is linked with Perform’s UK production hub for efficient and sophisticated content collaboration, with Aspera handling fast file transfers between bureaus.

Chris Wright, general manager, Dalet UK, Africa and Middle East comments, “By building its workflows in Dalet Galaxy, Perform automated the most time-consuming processes, allowing staff to concentrate on improving program and service quality instead of managing complicated media transactions. The automation combined with advanced applications such as Dalet WebSpace enable staff to manage content ingest, add metadata, edit clips and export them to publishing, or share them with other global branches from a laptop anywhere on the network. The friction-free workflow is necessary for Perform Group’s fast-turnaround projects.”


About DAZN
DAZN is a live and on-demand sports service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand. With access to the world’s best sports, fans can watch their favorite teams, leagues and players anytime, anywhere, for an affordable monthly price. DAZN has over 8,000 live events a year and features the widest array of live sports ever offered on one TV platform. DAZN has the ability to play, pause and rewind anytime with no commercial interruptions and no long-term commitments.

DAZN is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan on most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. DAZN is a part of Perform, a leading global sports media group.

Visit http://media.dazn.com/en/ for more information.

About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution.

The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility.

Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability.

Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets.

The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year.

Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.

Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.

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EditShare Parks Content at Object Matrix

2017-06-14 18:23:16 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK – EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced today that EditShare Flow, the company’s production asset management solution (PAM), now integrates with Object Matrix “MatrixStore” digital governance solutions, expanding the Flow managed storage environment to include parking storage workflows. A control layer for managing assets across systems and workflows, Flow’s new integration allows users to easily move content, including relevant metadata, between MatrixStore Vaults and EditShare XStream shared storage platforms. Further, users can utilize the Flow Automation module to fully automate movement of content between platforms, creating unmanned workflows for redundant and repetitive media migrations.

“Flexibility with regards to tools and connected workflows is key for our customers and thus expanding Flow third-party integrations and workflow scenarios is a main focus for EditShare,” comments Howard Twine, director of software strategy at EditShare. “Integrations like the one with Object Matrix optimize productions and cut costs by eliminating the need for resources to manually move valuable content between EditShare shared storage and Object Matrix parking storage systems. We will continue to work closely with leading vendors to expand the Flow eco-system and offer our customers options that improve production efficiency as well as the ability to tailor productions to their exacting needs.”

Nick Pearce, sales director at Object Matrix, adds, “The media and entertainment industry is moving away from manual processes and silos of storage and is heading towards automated workflows using best-of-breed integrated solutions. Integrating EditShare Flow with a digital content governance platform like MatrixStore ensures the market can benefit from adding security, audit and scale to production workflows.”

For more information, readers can download a workflow white paper detailing the integration between Object Matrix’s MatrixStore and EditShare’s Flow PAM solution from http://www.editshare.com/white-papers.


About Object Matrix
Object Matrix provides digital content governance & object storage platforms. The company was built on the philosophy that archive systems should be scalable and interoperable, as well as ensuring instant access to data and metadata. Its flagship product, MatrixStore, is an integrated object storage software solution providing protection and governance for the lifetime of any digital content. It’s used by global organisations that create, curate, and distribute video content, including NBC Universal, TV Globo, the BBC & BT.

For further information, please visit http://object-matrix.com/.
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About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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