Session Notes from "How SNL Produces Short Films in 48 Hours or Less" at the NAB Show.
(Basically, the SNL Film unit produces killer shorts in less than the time it took me to write these session notes). First, they kicked off the session with a montage of some of the best recent SNL shorts, including 'Red Flag', "Sopranos Diaries" and the "Real Housewives of Disney".
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So many successful films and television shows feature memorable music that strikes the perfect balance between what is seen on the screen and what is felt by the viewer. From haunting ballads to hard-driving rock and roll, much of this is accomplished through a mix of both production music and original scores. Leading music supervisors know how to work with both. In this panel of industry executives and working music supervisors, learn how the pros determine the best approach to achieving the desired mood for a film. Produced in partnership with the Production Music Association (PMA) and the Guild of Music Supervisors.
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Panasonic Debuts 3rd-Generation Varicam With Native 1080p, AVC-Ultra Recording And Expanded Off-Speed Shooting; Announces Native4k Resolution LCD Production Monitor
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 2013) — At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual convention, Panasonic unveiled its third-generation VariCam® HD production camera, and a new 31" LCD production monitor with native 4K resolution for 4K/2K/HD cinema production. The recently announced AJ-PX5000G and AJ-PD500, the company's first P2 HD camcorder and recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots, will be shown for the first time here.
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Blackmagic Design Announced Support for the Next Versions of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
Blackmagic Design announced that its entire range of desktop video products will support the next generation of professional video editing software from Adobe®, including Adobe® Premiere® Pro and Adobe After Effects®. The integration is available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design site when these future Adobe products are available. See related Adobe sneak peeks: adobe.com/go/nab_reveal
AJA Ki Pro Quad Now Shipping
Breakthrough 4K Camera-to-Post Workflows Available Now
AJA Video Systems announced immediate availability of its Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder enabling true 4K camera-to-editorial workflows. Ki Pro Quad enables a breakthrough 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD workflow with the efficiencies of Apple ProRes and the flexibility of RAW data in a compact, solid state recording and playback package that easily mounts directly onto a variety of cameras supporting workflow needs today and into the future.
Carl Zeiss presented its new zoom lenses from the Compact Family at the 2013 NAB Show
Photo: Courtesy of Carl Zeiss
Versatile, flexible and yet small and manageable - these are the characteristics that describe the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.
New Product Launch – Editware Introduces DiVA at NAB 2013
Editware's new DiVA provides more accessible and affordable non-linear editing functions and server control. DiVA incorporates many of Editware's award-winning Fastrack hybrid editing and server control capabilities with user-friendly control via keyboard, mouse, and/or touch screen. Fastrack will continue to be the best choice for those with the most demanding requirements. DiVA's simple to learn user interface makes it an excellent choice for freelance operator projects. The DiVA keyboard has every function clearly indicated on keycaps without hidden CTL and ALT functions. Also, a new graphical user interface is usable for every keyboard operation via mouse or touch screen. The GUI includes groups of functions positional anywhere on the screen allowing users the ability to set up their own grouping to best support their workflow.
Zylight Upgrades Product Line for NAB 2013
Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will debut new accessories and configurations for its current product line, formally introduce its F8 LED Fresnel, and announce lower prices on select products at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C5446), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The IS3c LED light, an updated version of Zylight's acclaimed IS3 large panel cyclorama and beauty light, now ships with a custom soft box produced exclusively by Chimera for Zylight. The fully dimmable IS3c is a wide, high-output soft light with built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction, and Zylight's Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters.
FOR-A'S 4K Variable Frame Rate Camera to Make NAB Debut
FOR-A Corporation of America will showcase its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera at the upcoming NAB Convention. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth C5116 at the show, which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas.
The FT-ONE can record up to 900 frames per second (fps). Employing FOR-A's high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, "FT1-CMOS," the self-contained unit records and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and playback. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system's internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.
Autodesk Debuts 2014 Entertainment Creation Suite
Autodesk announced the new features of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 today. The versatile workflow includes award-winning 3D animation, visual effects and creative tools, Autodesk Maya 2014, Autodesk 3ds Max 2014, Autodesk MotionBuilder 2014, Autodesk Mudbox 2014, Autodesk Softimage 2014 and Autodesk Sketchbook Designer 2014, all which have been updated to offer new workflow enhancements that help artists collaborate, manage complexity and move data through their pipeline more efficiently.
At the 2013 NAB Show, Matrox® Video will demonstrate Matrox Monarch™ HD, a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a Blu-ray quality version for post-event editing.
2013 NAB Show Gets Freaky & Funny with Paul Feig
Award winning producer, director and writer Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks," "The Office," "Nurse Jackie," "Bridesmaids") will appear at the 2013 NAB Show as part of the session "Paul Feig: Entertaining by All Means Necessary." The Q&A session will be moderated by the award winning producer and director Alan Poul ("The Newsroom," "Rome," "Six Feet Under"). The session is produced in partnership with Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Hexolux will unveil the LuXum, their revolutionary LED Fresnel
Hexolux will unveil the LuXum, their revolutionary LED Fresnel at NAB 2013. The LuXum design is based on hexagons to function as a modular system packing more light into a seamless configuration. It can be connected together in teams so you can transform a small source into a large, bright source. This gives you a faster lighting system with less to load in, and more to work with. This buys more time to craft the image and allows you to shoot more in a day.
Panasonic Announces 2/3-Inch, 3-Chip AJ-PX5000G AVC-Ultra P2 HD Shoulder-Mount With MicroP2 Card Slots, AVC-LONGG
SECAUCUS, NJ (March 2013) — Panasonic announced the AJ-PX5000G, its first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots. The 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-MOS camera combines superb image production, light weight and innovative expandability. The PX5000 features 720p and 1080p/i recording, and is the first P2 camcorder that will record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra100). AVC-LongG is standard.
The PX5000G will offer optional AVC-Intra200 recording, which at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra100 is virtually lossless, delivering a master quality codec in an affordable, file-based shoulder-mount camera. High-resolution AVC-Proxy recording is likewise an option.
With its breadth of recording options, ultimate image quality, variety of professional I/Os and powerful expandability, the PX5000G will address niches in network news, documentary, high-end corporate and sports production, as well as the rental market.
Litepanels Introduces a Variety of New LED Lighting Products at NAB
Van Nuys, California (March 2013) — Litepanels®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, will debut a variety of new LED lighting products at the 2013 NAB Convention in booth number C6425. For the first time at NAB LED lighting pioneer, Litepanels will show production models of the largest members of its Fresnel fixture family, the Inca 12™ (tungsten balanced) and Sola 12™ (daylight balanced) fixtures. These cool-running powerhouses combine the performance of large Fresnel fixtures with the advantages of LED technology. Both versions supply powerful and controllable illumination comparable to a 2K while using just a small fraction of the energy required by traditional tungsten or daylight Fresnel fixtures. With custom designed, lightweight Fresnel lenses, they emit even, collimated light that is easily controlled manually or via an integrated DMX module to facilitate remote dimming and flood-spot focusing simultaneously.
LAS VEGAS [NAB Show - Booth #C11001] — Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring applications, today announced new innovative audio and video editing tools for professionals set for release this summer. The latest additions to the Sony Creative Software product line include: Spectral Layers™, an audio editing platform featuring precise sound shaping capabilities and a unique visual workflow; and ThemeBuilder™ for Vegas™ Pro, a plug-in that enables intelligent template building for professional video projects. Both products are scheduled for technology demonstrations in the Sony booth.
Boxee Co-Founder Avner Ronen to Keynote NAB Show Conference on Disruptive Media
WASHINGTON, Mar 07, 2013 — (Business Wire) — Avner Ronen, CEO & co-founder of Boxee, Inc., will speak at the upcoming 2013 NAB Show, the annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms. Ronen will deliver the keynote address to the Disruptive Media Conference on Wednesday, April 10, 1:45 – 2:45 pm in Las Vegas.
The idea for Boxee was born in 2004 when Ronen and four friends began using Xbox Media Center, open source software for the original Xbox that allowed people to play digital media on their TVs. They became members of XBMC's open source community and in 2007 imagined a way to take the platform even further, founding Boxee.
NAB Show announces '2nd Screen Sunday' conference
NAB Show will launch "2nd Screen Sunday" at NAB Show in partnership with the 2nd Screen Society (S3), event organizers have announced. The afternoon conference at the Encore Hotel on Sun., April 7, in Las Vegas, will address and showcase the latest business opportunities, creative case studies and technology innovations related to the creation of supplementary, synchronized and social TV content.
Preliminary conference sessions include:
- Bring on the Brands: How (and Why) Advertising is Leading the 2nd Screen Charge
- 2nd Screen and Live Sports: From More Stats to More Camera Angles
- Building a Successful 2nd Screen Strategy and Platform
- By the Numbers: The Emerging $6 Billion 2nd Screen Industry
- There's a TV App for That: Case Studies of Successful 2nd Screen Experiences
ProHUB Partners with 12th Annual Supermeet
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Join the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network), including BOSCPUG, LAFCPUG, SF Cutters, New York MoPictive, CHICPUG, DC|MD|VACPUG and collaborative video user groups around the Globe in Las Vegas for the largest gathering of creative and collaborative editors, Adobe, Avid, Final Cut Pro and Autodesk gurus, Visual Storytellers and collaborative Digital Filmmakers in Las Vegas in 2013! SuperMeets provide the postproduction and broadcast community an opportunity to not only learn about the latest technology trends, but to network and share industry news and opportunities in a social setting that is both educational, exciting and fun!