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4K and beyond - Quantel's solutions for professional content creators!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
February 26, 2015, at 11:57 AM

Quantel is one of the world’s leaders in delivering professional tools for media professionals. The company offers a wide variety of products for post production; news, sports & live production; management, control & monitoring; and infrastructure. Their Pablo Rio color and finishing system at the end of 2014 made the some big headlines, as it was used to complete David Fincher’s Gone Girl (world’s first 6K feature). Light Iron’s CEO, Michael Cioni said back then (quote from tvbeurope.com):

Together with Quantel we boosted our Pablo Rios and built the world’s first 8K DI system, giving us 6K playback in realtime, in multiple rooms. Pablo Rio and GE2 is the future; its power and storage is unbeatable as the industry looks to 4K workflows and beyond

In the latest press release, Quantel boasts about their product being sold to yet another post house: South Wales (UK) based Dragon (info via quantel.com):

Dragon provides creative, technical and digital media expertise for the film, television and media industry. The facility has established itself as an industry leader in audio visual services, film restoration and film digital delivery for clients such as the Imperial War Museum and the British Film Institute.

As we read in the press release, the Dragon post house has purchased Pablo Rio 4K color and finishing system along with Pablo Pa and a Neo panel for 4K color and finishing. Such a combination should allow the Dragon to be well equipped for 4K 60p (and beyond) real time workflow, when the 4K settles in for good.

You also might want to have a look at Quantel’s short promo video for Pablo Rio 4K workflow:

You can read more about each of the products at Quantel’s home page in the products tab.

Source: http://www.quantel.com

Will Autodesk Memento revolutionize the industry? Convert photos into 3D objects!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
February 26, 2015, at 1:37 AM

Autodesk is working on a technology that has a lot of potential and might revolutionize the VFX, games and film industry. Their new project is Autodesk Memento - an end-to-end solution for converting any captured reality input (photos or scans) into 3D in the form of high quality models that can be cleaned up, fixed, and optimized for further digital use, for physical fabrication methods like 3D printing and for 3D interactive experiences on the Web. According to Autodesk the tool can handle 2+billion polygon meshes and no advanced knowledge is required to use this program - the creation of 3D content should be extremely easy and effortless. Just watch the video below to see Memento in action. The company released a beta version that can be downloaded for free - you can get your copy here.
 

 

The company believes that Memento opens the door to exciting possibilities across a variety of industries (via Autodesk):

  • Visual effects artists and game designers in the Media & Entertainment field can use Memento to easily turn physical objects into digital assets that can be used in films and games.
  • Artists & sculptors can reimagine their existing works by making a digital copy of the work to showcase it online or to physically fabricate a new version in a different material or at a different scale.
  • Museums can create digital archives of their collections and offer visitors online interactive experiences via the web. This approach has allowed the Smithsonian to create a highly engaging online experience called Smithsonian X 3d
  • Scientists can extend their research, educate in novel ways and can make the fruits of their research accessible to and educate the public. Louise Leakey, for example, digitizes the fossils they’ve excavated and makes them available at AfricanFossils.org. Similarly, the non-profit organization The Hydrous makes 3D models of coral reefs from around the world to document the health of the corals and track how they are changing over time
  • Art & Antique dealers can create realistic 3D representations of their wares and present them online, helping them reach a wider audience.
  • Makers & producers of handmade objects—everything from jewelry and clothing, to hand made furniture, toys and custom accessories—can better represent their goods on online marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy, giving them a competitive advantage.
  • Designers of any kind can use captured reality as inspiration or to start a new design or to create customized products such UNYQ who makes custom prosthetic covers.

The official website features links to learning material and use cases and a 3D Online Gallery that allows 3D digitized models to be viewed and shared interactively online is coming soon. Autodesk also informed that Beta users will experience Memento first as a cloud-connected desktop app that will initially be available on the Windows platform, followed by a Mac version later in the quarter.

Source: http://memento.autodesk.com

RED announces WEAPON - a killer upgrade that'll be shown in full at NAB '15!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
February 24, 2015, at 8:24 PM

Last year’s RED booth at NAB show was an object of a few jokes due to almost no significant gear to show, but it appears that in 2015, RED team is preparing a real blast – RED’s announcing WEAPON. First some info from Jarred Land’s post at reduser.net (written on Feb 19):

For everyone with a Dragon... NAB is gonna be awesome.
For everyone that hasn't upgraded yet.... you are best to get that done before the show.
It will be worth it.

With the following photo:

Here's some explanation of RED’s policy from Jarred:

Weapon is a natural progression of our company going from sensor > body > sensor > body. Its the same path we have taken since day one. R1 came along, then we made the new MX sensor. Epic came along with a new body and used the same MX sensor. Then the Dragon sensor came along and it worked with the same body as Epic. Now there is a new body, Weapon, and it follows the same path. Then there will be a new sensor that comes next, and then a new body after that. Rinse and Repeat.

In truth, almost all that is known, is that it’s going to be an upgrade for all DRAGON’s. Throughout the lengthy conversation in the topic of WEAPON, Jarred only provides a handful of information about the lenses (lens mounts stay the same) or media (new SSD minimag module)

Jarred also confesses:

Adult Supervision is gonna kill me for talking so much about Weapon two whole months before NAB... But apart from my incredible lack of ability to continue to keep this bottled up from excitement, letting you know the auxiliary effects the new has on the old is one of the biggest reasons why it is important to share with you a bit of info tonight.... So you guys have enough runway to sort things out.

And a few posts further adds, he’d love to provide more details (pricing, tech details), but he can’t reveal too much, explaining that the competition is also reading the RED forum.

We can joke about the name, and the airport security being suspicious of big letters on the camera’s side saying ‘RED WEAPON’, and you explaining 'it’s for shooting', but putting the jokes aside, with the suspense RED team has began to spin, we have the right to believe this is going to be a real killer.

You may view the topic at reduser.net here. We’ll keep you posted if any more info comes up.

Source: http://www.reduser.net

UK's TOP 10 most often rented cameras of the past year. C300 wins for the 3rd time in a row!
Posted by Andrzej, motionVFX Team
February 24, 2015, at 7:08 PM

One year is a huge time span when considering development of technology. Yet, when we look at 2014 top 10 rented cameras survey, we see that it has not changed all that much in comparison with the previous year. Televisual now posted a new survey  and guess what, the 2014 winner is the exact same camera as in 2013 (and 2012 too)! We’re talking about Canon’s C300.

But first a word on  the survey itself – the data has been gathered from 20 hire companies in the United Kingdom:

At the beginning of the year, Televisual sent survey forms to a wide range of camera hire companies, both large and small. Each was asked to list their five most rented cameras of 2014, along with the percentage of hires each model received.

The ranking has been presented in the image below, light blue number indicated the position a particular model had in the previous year:


 

Each of the cameras has a short commentary from text's author and selected representatives of hire companies, this one’s for C300:

The secret of the Canon C300’s success is its ability to delivers a large sensor look at a very keen price – at £160 slightly less than last year’s hire average. Procam client relations director Andrew Black says: "The Canon C300 is as popular as ever. It’s a perfect choice for experienced programme directors to use as a second unit on many different productions.” Cruet’s Will Wilkinson says he’s surprised by its continued dominance - an indication of the lack of real competition. But that could change with the arrival of Sony FS7, adds Onsight’s Sam Higham.

As you’ve seen in the image above, there are two novelties made it to the top 10: ARRI Amira and RED Dragon. As we read in the text at televisual.com both are often sought after, and it’s popularity is increasing. And in case you were wondering, there’s one more cam that's becoming incredibly popular, but for now has landed just outside the ranking – it’s Sony’s FS7. The article not only suggests that it will make it to the top ten next year, but is also likely to claim the first place and push C300 farther.

To read more about the rest of the top 10 cameras, please visit the original article via this link.

Source: http://www.televisual.com

Apple's ad that aired during the 2015 Academy Awards was shot on the iPad Air 2!
Posted by Michal, motionVFX Team
February 24, 2015, at 3:51 AM

Can you shoot a film with an iPad? Sure thing you can! At least according to Apple - the company did an ad called "Make a film with iPad" that aired during the 2015 Academy Awards. The commercial was fully shot on the iPad Air 2 and it features excerpts from a Martin Scorsese commencement speech given at NYU that you can watch (in full version) below. Joe Marine of No Film School shared some more info on this specific iPad ad. It was made using tools like FiLMiC Pro and VideoGrade and it shows videos made by students of The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, so what you can see in this ad is something that can be easily achieved with an iPad Air 2, because students were using pretty simple tools to make their films. 
 

 

Joe wrote:

"These students are shooting on good ol' Redrock rigs and other DIY tools (including using skateboards), so the results are much closer to what the average person could do.

It's refreshing to think about the message of the ad when you consider all of the money Hollywood spends on making movies. It might be a cliche at this point, but yes, you can go out and be creative and make a movie with just the phone in your pocket or the tablet on your desk."

And here's Martin Scorsese's commencement speech:
 

 

Source: http://nofilmschool.com

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