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Postproduction

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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Cinemartin’s New 4K Compression Tool in Spain

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Barcelona-based Cinemartin recently announced the availability of H.265 HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) conversion with its new CINEC 2.7, which supports up to 4K resolution. The H.265 standard supersedes today’s most common codecs for encoding and Internet delivery of video (H.264) and makes 4K recording to SD cards possible on DSLRs.

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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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Editing in the 21st Century

EditingChris Ross Leong is known for his work as an editor on reality TV shows like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and as the current staff editor on the Fox syndicated series “Dish Nation.” His creative career began in the U.K., where he worked as a fashion photographer in 1975 before moving into film and television production, and for the past three decades he has been editing TV shows and independent features.

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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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