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Pandora's Revolution Express

VHQ, one of Southeast Asia's leading postproduction companies, recently selected Pandora's Revolution Express to anchor the company's colour correction workflow, from ingest to deliverables. Along with YoYo software, included with the Revolution Express package, VHQ now has an efficient  data workflow for all file formats, crucial for the volume of work required of a modern commercials facility.

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Color Mill partners with Cache-A on 127 Hours

Cache-A Corporation, a leading supplier of network-attached archive appliances for the digital film, broadcast and professional video industries, has announced that Color Mill, in Salt Lake City, UT, utilized its Pro-Cache archive appliance to archive Danny Boyle’s latest feature film, 127 Hours. 

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Cascio Calls on OConnor

Cascio Calls on OConnor to Support Filmworks LA Event

Paolo_CascioCinematographer Paolo Cascio chose to equip his Sony EX3 with OConnor's (a Vitec Group brand) O-Grips and CFF-1 Follow Focus for his work on Filmworks LA’s press conference, which kicked off a multi-pronged campaign surrounding Los Angeles production and support capabilities.

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Artbeats Adds 3D

Artbeats Adds New Dimension with 3D Footage

010-C034RAnswering the growing demand for 3D elements for television and film, Artbeats, a contender in the production of high-quality stock footage, now has an immediate availability of a rapidly growing need for Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library. The initial offerings include a variety of nature shots, plus the first S3D aerial stock footage available to the royalty-free market. New 3D content will be added monthly, including pyrotechnic, city scene, establishment, winter scene and additional aerial collections.

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Universal Virtual Stage 1

Universal Studios just announced the opening of the Universal Virtual Stage 1 (UVS1). The former Sound Stage 36 has been converted into a pre-rigged, pre-calibrated virtual production studio with a green-screen stage that includes motion capture and real-time camera tracking for on-set visualization capabilities. The facility also offers two editing bays, a 60-terabyte server room and production office space attached to the stage. For more information, contact Aaron Rogers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Panasonic's 3D Additions

PANASONIC'S ADDITION OF 1080/24P PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES TO THE AK-HC1800 2/3-inch 2.2M 3-CCD CAMERA

Panasonic Solutions Company has made its premier compact, multipurpose camera, the AK-HC1800, a popular choice for 3D rigs and episodic production with the addition of 1080/24p recording. At the CES show, the company is demonstrating two HC1800 cameras delivering 1080/24p in a 3D rig supplied by Bexel, a provider of 3D production gear.

The HC1800 has been deployed in applications ranging from broadcast studios, sports and entertainment venues, and houses of worship. It delivers high-quality HD video available in a compact, multipurpose camera. With its new capabilities, the 2/3-inch 2.2-megapixel 3-CCD camera will deliver high resolution HD output in 1080/59.94i, 1080/24ps, and 1080/23.94psf. Incorporating an advanced single-channel transfer system and spatial offset processing features that reduce aliasing and provide finer resolution, the camera has an exceptional signal-to-noise ratio of 60dB and a high sensitivity of F10 (at 2000 lx).

The HC1800 incorporates a host of innovative Panasonic technologies, including a 14-bit A/D converter with a 38-bit digital signal processor (DSP) for pristine high resolution images, and a 12-axis color correction circuit that allows for fine adjustments of hue and saturation. It offers many advanced picture enhancing functions, including CineGamma™ curve to produce images that match the look of film, and Panasonic's exclusive Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to greatly improve results when shooting scenes with widely varying degrees of illumination.

The 3.3-pound camera unit comes equipped with a standard HD SDI output for flexible operation in remote studio production, sports and tower camera applications. It also features genlock, a mini 15-pin connector for power and control, tally function, iris and zoom/focus controls, motor driven optical filters (Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND), DC 12V operation and a low power consumption of 17 watts.

The AK-HC1800 with 1080/24p output will be available in Spring 2011 at a suggested list price of $29,900.

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Post Makes It Look Easy

PostCol_Rumors_Still_05Perhaps the only thing more extreme than surfing a 40-foot wave is shooting video of the surfer barreling down the face. That’s what Producer/Director Mark Kronemeyer did as one of several cinematographers on the documentary Rumors, as he followed surfers in rural villages around Mexico searching for the perfect wave. (See the Water Wonders feature in this issue to learn more about this production.)

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Interview with Let Me In Editor Stan Salfas

FilmEditng_DirectorMattReevesWhen the executives at Overture Pictures asked Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) to write the screenplay for the American adaptation of the Swedish cult hit Let the Right One In, he turned to his frequent editor and friend Stan Salfas. The original film, which came out in 2008, tells the tale of a delicate relationship between two pre-adolescents, a boy who’s an outsider and a girl who happens to be a vampire.

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LIGHTING Makes a Splash

LightCol_3Director/Cinematographer Ben Dolphin has plenty of experience working in extreme conditions, such as shooting underwater in limestone caves in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula for Televisa. And although he’s an expert in Unilux lighting, HD cameras and high-speed Photo-Sonics, he ironically faced an extreme challenge while shooting his short film ARISING on a Cine Magic soundstage in his own backyard: New York City. With a premiere on Hulu and iTunes, and screenings at various international festivals, Dolphin’s beautifully lit film features nine near-naked dancers flying, diving and dancing through an 8-foot-wide waterfall.

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Sony Creative Software Adds Vegas Pro 10 Compatibility in New Update for Z Depth 3d Blu-Ray Subtitling Software

Sony Creative Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, announced today that stereoscopic Blu-ray 3D™ subtitling application Z Depth™ is now compatible with Sony Vegas™ Pro 10 non-linear editing software, adding several new features and performance improvements to Z Depth for Blu-ray Disc authoring professionals.

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