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The Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library

 

pro_sound_effects_big_logoAs a sound designer, you are only as good as your tools. The full-blown sound library from Pro Sound Effects contains over 120,000 sound effects designed for professional use, but the cost is a bit pricey (and most of the sounds will never be needed). So what if you’re a freelancer who just needs some sound FX for various productions? Pro Sound Effects has the answer. The company took $13,000 of sound FX out of their master library to create the Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library for a fraction of the price. Designed for freelance and independent sound designers, it’s a really useful sound effects library that can be used for everyday projects.
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Bluefish444 Upgrade

bluefish444Bluefish444, a manufacturer of uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, has announced important software upgrades for both their Windows and Mac OSX installers.  The new OSX installer adds support for Avid Open I/O to its Create line of uncompressed HD-SDI cards. Avid Open I/O is designed to let third-party manufacturers develop plug-ins allowing their hardware to work with Media Composer and Symphony. 

The OS X 10.7 installer "provides cross-platform SDI I/O solutions to Avid users for the first time," said Bluefish444 Managing Director Craige Mott in a prepared statement. "Bluefish444 regards Avid as a long-term strategic partner and we will continue making Open I/O OS X releases in the future."

The Create 3D Ultra, Bluefish444's flagship card for digital content creators, features 2x HD/SD 3G-SDI IO, 2K dual-link IO, 3D stereo IO, 12-bit video processing, hardware-based scaling, DVI/HDMI preview, three 1D LUTs, eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio and two channels of analog audio monitoring. The Create card line starts at $1999.

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Los Angeles Top Film Spots

griffith parkGriffith Park was the most popular film location again in 2012

Griffith Park, Point Dume, the 6th Street Bridge near downtown L.A. and a former community hospital in Boyle Heights reputed to be haunted ranked among the most popular film locations in 2012, according to a new survey.

Eight of the top 10 sites for shoots of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos on city and county streets are publicly owned, the annual survey conducted for the Los Angeles Times by FilmL.A. Inc. found.

"We continue to see a considerable amount of filming that happens on government-owned properties or facilities, from beaches and parks, to public schools and libraries," said Phil Sokoloski, spokesman for FilmL.A., which handles film permits. "The list underscores the importance of having a good working relationship between the film industry and local government authorities."
Griffith Park was again the busiest site for location filming last year. The most popular canyon area, known as the Bird Sanctuary, generated 409 production days — 63 more than in 2011 — including shoots for the TV crime dramas "Southland" and "Sons of Anarchy." (One production day is defined as a crew's permission to film at a single location in a 24-hour period.)

Spanning more than 4,210 acres between the hills of Los Feliz and Burbank, the city-owned park has been a perennial favorite for location scouts because of its cedar grove, mountain roads and iconic observatory, famously portrayed in the James Dean classic "Rebel Without a Cause."

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Documentary Filmmaking Around the World

docfilmmaking_pre_greatwallofchinaMaking documentaries is one of the most challenging art forms. Filmmakers deeply experience the reality of the subject being documented, and the accumulation of raw footage can be incredibly challenging and dangerous. Afterwards, it takes a delicate hand to edit all the images to tell a story that will speak to millions. P3 Update gets up close and personal with a host of documentary filmmakers currently making waves in the industry as they tackle this all-consuming visual craft.
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New Indie Production Company Launches in Vancouver

Vancouver-based actress Nicole G. Leier (“Edgemont”) and cinematographer Brendan Uegama, csc (“Exit Humanity”) have formed Black Tree Pictures.  Black Tree Pictures produced the short, “Henry’s Glasses”, which won several awards including the National Film Board’s Best Short Film Award at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The film also won Best Picture and Best Director honors at the Vancouver Short Film Festival last October and Best Picture at Oregon’s Disorient Asian Film Festival.   The company is currently in development stages for the feature film production of “Henry’s Glasses.”

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Dominica: A Pirate’s Delight

img_0264While many have experienced the pleasures of the Caribbean, not all are familiar with Dominica. This nature island’s captivating beauty, gorgeous greenery and sparkling beaches has served as the backdrop for adventure films, including the popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Editing on Location

post_editingonlocation_mikesuitTo say that the world of digital technology has dramatically changed the way in which movies and TV shows are made is an understatement akin to a classic line in The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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Digital Cine Cameras Permeate the Production World

pro_hdcameras_randall-dark-with-jvcs-hmq10-camera_4k-shooting_012-5What a difference a couple of years can make on the pro camera scene. Little time has passed since the Panasonic AF100 became the first large (micro 4/3-inch) sensor video camera priced under $19K, triggering a succession of similarly priced large-sensor cinema cameras. This year, Blackmagic Design introduced one of the smallest new-generation cine cameras to capture 2.5K imagery for roughly $2.5K. Few were available at press time, but it’s clearly a key milestone in the affordable cine-camera trend launched by the RED ONE and HDSLRs several years ago. RED Digital recently debuted the SCARLET X, with a Super 35mm sensor that’s identical to the sensor of the RED EPIC, minus the extra digital signal processing that boosts its capabilities and price significantly.
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Top Places to Film in 2013

pre_abudhabi_1At the end of each year P3 scouts the regions and production support centers that are the most committed to filming, so we can tally our list of the top ten places to film worldwide. This year’s challenge involved sorting a wide variety of global regions that offer filmmakers a host of amazing perks. Below is our final list of locations that we feel should be considered for film and television projects in 2013.

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Inside the Mind of Hitchcock with Director Sacha Gervasi

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In 1960, Paramount Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film Psycho which quickly became a massive hit and the film most associated with the legendary auteur. Fifty-two years later, Director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) is taking today’s film audiences back to the late 1950s with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Psycho and the untold love story of Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville.
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