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RTW Names Mahmoud Chatah as Director of Marketing and Sales

RTW_Mahmoud_ChatahRTW, a distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, announced the appointment of Mahmoud Chatah as the company’s new Director of Marketing and Sales. In this role, Chatah will draw upon his extensive background in international marketing and sales strategies and management in the technology industry to further enhance the RTW brand throughout the world.

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Modus FX Delivers Visual Effects for Source Code, the Next Duncan Jones Thriller

The Montreal-based visual effects studio Modus FX served as the lead facility for Duncan Jones' upcoming action thriller Source Code, scheduled for release on April 1. Source Code tells the story of a U.S. soldier who wakes up in the body of another man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train - forced to relive the final 8 minutes of the incident over and over again until he finds the perpetrator. This December, Modus FX delivered over 150 shots for the film, including complex digital crowd shots, CG trains, environments and dramatic pyrotechnics.

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Hollywood Studios Announce Support for Ultraviolet Format

Six of Hollywood’s largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).  Complementing the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones.

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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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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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