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The Don Juans Go Wireless

While shooting The Don Juans in the Czech Republic Oscar-winning Czech director Jiri Menzel (pictured above)  turned to Radim Hladík a renowned location sound engineer, sound editor, mixer, and sound designer to handle both location and post production audio work. 

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Rob Sephton Joins TODD-SOUNDELUX

Post production sound company TODD-SOUNDELUX recently announced that Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Rob Sephton has joined the organization. Sephton, whose credits include Remember the Titans; Spirited Away; The Smurfs; Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, most recently completed work on The Smurfs 2 for director Raja Gosnell.

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Creating Visual Effects with Tech-Savvy Artists

For today’s filmmakers, visual effects (or VFX) have become a fundamental component of the storytelling process. Productions are expected to push the envelope visually to create amazing yet realistic-looking scenarios that would be too dangerous, expensive, impractical or simply impossible to shoot in real environments. As a result, both the industry and the technology needed for top-quality VFX have quickly evolved.

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The Industry Transitions to Ultra High-Def

272003253The hot technological buzz phrase for today’s theatrical distribution and consumer space is “4K.” While the current digital cinema standard is an image resolution of 2048 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high (with width measurement rounded out to 2K), digital capture technology and projection technology is now at resolutions of 4096×2160 or higher — and 4K actually quadruples the number of pixels for richer screen resolution. On the consumer side, the HDTV standard delivers the same vertical resolution (1080) but isn’t quite as wide, with a resolution of 1920 pixels instead of 2048. Earlier this year, consumers were introduced to the new Ultra High Definition (UHD) format that delivers a resolution of 3840x2160. And even though that horizontal resolution is well shy of the 4,000 pixel mark, it’s still promoted as 4K.

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Apple’s Mac Pro Update Supports 4K Digital Video

 

MacPro4KToday’s higher resolution cameras and postproduction standards have led Apple to up the ante on the latest model of its Mac Pro desktop system. Now supporting 4K digital video, the newest Mac Pro features a very slick-looking chrome cylindrical design that, like other desktop systems, requires the user to attach an external keyboard, rodent and display. The new system offers Thunderbolt 2 and dual AMD FirePro graphics processing units with up to six gigabytes of dedicated VRAM, which is enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously — an ideal scenario for pro video workstations, visual effects work in cinema, and film editing. 

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