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Audio in the Post Phase

The entire film and TV industry has been going digital by adopting tools and adding online and mobile platforms. But many companies, such as 5 Alarm Music, Jingle Punks and Syndicate 17, are already there as they take post audio to a whole new level. And with the proliferation of new platforms ─ from iPad and the Internet to mobile phones ─ music copyrights have become more complex.

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FUJINON LENSES DRIVE THE ALL MOBILE VIDEO 3D TRUCK

HA23x7_6BE_JPGAll Mobile Video (AMV) recently furnished its Epic 3D mobile production unit with lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division for use on Sony HDC1500 Series cameras and Sony HDC-P1 cameras on 3ality Digital 3D stereoscopic rigs. The Epic 3D features six Fujinon HA23x7.6BERM HD Premier Series ENG-Style telephoto lenses and 12 Fujinon HAs18x7.6BRM Premier Series HD ENG-Style telephoto lenses. Each 3D rig on the truck includes two lenses for stereoscopic 3D production. There are six 3ality Digital 3flex 3D camera rigs on the Epic 3D truck - four TS-2 Studio Beamsplitter rigs and two TS-4 Side-by-Side rigs.

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Lex Products Launches Slim Dimmer Plus with DMX

Lex_DimmerLex Products announces the Slim Dimmer Plus, a new portable single 1,800W dimmer with both local and DMX512 control.

The Slim Dimmer Plus is a compact, rugged single dimmer that can operate on its own with an onboard fader, or as a part of a larger dimming system, utilizing DMX512 for remote control. It is enclosed in a rigid aluminum extrusion, making it durable enough for theatre, film and event rental use. The dimmer is UL Listed for use in both the U.S. and Canada.

The Slim Dimmer Plus joins the Lex Slim Dimmer in the company’s small, single dimmer product line. Both the Slim Dimmer and the Slim Dimmer Plus are compact 1800W dimmers, respectively, one has local control and the other has both local and DMX control.


Graham Likeness, Business Development Manager, says “Our customers often need simple, on the spot dimming. Sometimes they need dimmers to be stand alone and sometimes they need to be controlled remotely. In either case, the Slim Dimmer Plus is the perfect solution”.

For additional information on the Slim Dimmer Plus or Lex Dimming products, contact Lex Products, 15 Progress drive, Shelton, CT. 06484. Phone (800)-843-4460, or (203)-363-3742, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Innovative Additions for DSLRs

InovativeGear_SonyPMWWithout a doubt, DSLR cameras have had a revolutionary impact on production technology and technique in a very short time. This is especially true for those involved in indie features, TV dramas, music videos and commercials. While the RED camera and its promised kid sister, the SCARLET, launched this bold new genre just a few years ago, DSLRs have since taken it to a new level.

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Digital Learning Curve

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You’d never know it, but one of the busiest production facilities in Southern California is based at the Dominguez Hills campus of Cal State University (CSUDH), where Bernie Clinch is a producer for the Distance Learning department. “We produce approximately 21 hours a week of live programming plus an average of five prerecorded programs every month,” explains Clinch. Most of that content takes the form of degree-granting courses that interested students can view through a local cable system and online at http://dhtv.csudh.edu/, and they can receive a full academic credit that’s transferable throughout the CSU system.

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Sought-After Asian Locations

TopAsia_HongKong_Victoria_HarbourSelecting the top three filming destinations in Asia is always a challenge, what with China’s vastness and financial strength, Japan’s stability, Singapore’s strong financial incentives and Hong Kong’s good business taxes. South Korea and Taiwan, both with established film industries, also offer various tax breaks, while Thailand’s cheap filming costs still manage to attract numerous films each year. And with Burma’s chaos alleviating and the emerging economies of Cambodia and Malaysia in good stead, the West continues to look to Asia as a source of financial capital and readily available markets, given the ongoing financial challenges plaguing the global economy.

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Western Canadian Filming Perks

Canada_Alberta_Jasper_compAlthough an abundance of great films and television shows have been shot in Vancouver, that production hub is just the gateway to British Columbia’s breathtaking sites and many other impressive locations throughout Western Canada. The increased exposure of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in film and TV productions is growing steadily thanks to ever-important incentives and other core attractions like great locations, crews and the exchange rate. And now state-of-the-art studios, postproduction houses, special effects facilities and other high-tech services are adding to the toolbox that’s available for producers, whether they’re shooting downtown Vancouver, the Saskatchewan prairie or ice-pressure ridges in the Northwest Territories.

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Servicing the Media From A-Z

Photo1_MediaServices_box_shots_rowSupporting film and television production requires heavy-hitting services and tools –– from accounting, payroll and top-notch crews to an online database of nationwide film/TV incentives and software for every step of the production process. Media Services is a company that has been providing all of this and more.

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Crewing and Gearing Up for Preproduction

Crewing_Img1147Robert Massey is a cinematographer and the president of Pulse Media, Inc., a full-service video production company. He recalls a producer once telling him, “I have a high-maintenance client, and I don’t need a high-maintenance vendor.” The message was clear: bogged down by pressures to cut costs and satisfy the often contradictory demands of clients, today’s producers have enough to worry about in preproduction. This is why the one-stop shop provided by many crew companies is more needed than ever. “Producers want things to be easy,” explains Massey. “We provide that.”

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GAME CREEK VIDEO’S TELEPHOTO COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLV


CANON_100x_ZOOM_SUPE191ABC_2For the more than 111 million viewers that watched the Super Bowl they got to enjoy spectacular football up close and personal.  This was accomplished by Game Creek Video that outfitted all 18 of its HD field cameras with XJ100x9.3B long-zoom HD lenses from Canon U.S.A. In addition to using Canon's first triple-digit long-zoom HD field lens, Game Creek Video equipped its portable HD cameras with Canon HJ22ex7.6B and HJ11x4.7B ENG-style lenses, and HJ21ex7.5B portable EFP lenses.

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