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Microsoft and Samsung unveil Surface 2.0

Microsoft and Samsung unveil Surface 2.0

Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics demonstrated the next generation of Microsoft Surface, on Samsung's upcoming SUR40 device, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Microsoft Surface SDK now available to application developers for delivering unique experiences.

By Courtney Howard | January 09, 2011

Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. unveiled the next generation of Microsoft Surface, version 2.0, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Microsoft Surface, combining Microsoft software and Samsung display technology, enables people to share, collaborate, and explore together using a large, thin display that recognizes fingers, hands, and other objects placed on the screen. Read More

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Technicolor drives demand for multimedia and 3D content with MediaNavi, Certifi3D

Technicolor drives demand for multimedia and 3D content with MediaNavi, Certifi3D

Technicolor presents its Certifi3D 3D certification program and its new MediaNavi multi-screen content platform at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

By Courtney Howard | January 09, 2011

At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Technicolor is presenting its Certifi3D 3D certification program and launching MediaNavi, its multi-screen content platform. The latter is "designed to make navigating the universe of content simple, seamless, and social for consumers everywhere," reveals a representative. Read More

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AMD showcases new embedded technologies at CES

AMD showcases new embedded technologies at CES

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) presents new embedded hardware and previews its upcoming processors, including the first accelerated processing unit (APU).

By Courtney Howard | January 09, 2011

AMD has announced new desktop processors, including the company's fastest quad-core desktop processor, in response to the recent growth of high-definition and 3D digital content and immersive visual experiences. The new AMD releases are targeted at customers seeking a computer that offers multi-core performance, versatility, high-definition video, and 3D graphics. Read More

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Adults in China, India, and South Korea live more “visual lives” than in U.S., study reveals

A new study, conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Intel Corp., reveals some surprising trends in the U.S., China, Germany, India, and South Korea.

By Courtney Howard | January 09, 2011

American adults trail adults in China, India, and South Korea when it comes to living a "visual life," according to a new study. Intel Corp. revealed during the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the results of a recent "Visual Life" study conducted online by Harris Interactive. Read More

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NewTek Ships LightWave™ 10

NewTek Ships LightWave™ 10

3D artists' gain interactive viewport rendering, and much more...

By Scott Gentry | December 30, 2010

3D artists' gain interactive viewport rendering, real-time stereoscopic preview, Virtual Studio Tools for immersive walkthroughs and the first complete linear color space workflow, all within an enhanced user interfaceSAN ANTONIO - December 30, 2010 - NewTek, a worldwide leader of 3D animation and video products, releases NewTek LightWave™ 10-the latest version of its Emmy® Award-winning 3D software. LightWave 10 delivers a whole new set of capabilities for 3D producers and studio pipelines. Now, 3D artists have the ability to focus on the creative process with tools that provide immediate feedback-whether they work alone or in a multi-software studio. Read More

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When is a NAS not just a NAS

Network Attached storage as sexy as I could make it

By Steve Hullfish | November 20, 2010

Why do other guys on PVC do all the sexy reviews about stuff like new cameras and I always choose to write about unsexy stuff like waveform monitors and network attached storage?Probably because when I write about something it's because I just need something that is going to do a job for me in the background while I get the work done with my clients and creative partners. Hence, another unsexy, but critical review of something to make your life a little better while you get out and get stuff done. May I present the QNAP TS-659 Pro? QNAP has a bunch of other NAS and server products, but this one seems pretty well suited for my small business. Read More

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Hey, how about a MacPro clone to give us the system we need

It'll never happen but a Mac clone might be just what the doctor ordered

By Scott Simmons | November 17, 2010

For professional editors and post-production artists the choice of Macintosh is usually almost a religious decision. We want to nothing to do with the PC, not in the edit suite or with our machines at home.Macs have always had a prominent place in creative disciplines like graphic design, photography so Macintosh dominated post-production is no surprise. The Mac OS has always felt like it was created as a simpler, more elegant way to work with your computer so that has appealed to the right-brain thinkers since day one. Read More

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Hands-on with the Panasonic AG-3DA1 S3D Camcorder

Using the 3DA1 at the Createasphere / Panasonic 3D Workshop

By Adam Wilt | November 14, 2010

Last weekend I attended the two-day Createasphere 3D Production Workshop Utilizing Panasonic AG-3DA1 Cameras in Burbank, and got a good overview of the issues in shooting stereo 3D (S3D) content, as well as some immensely instructive hands-on experience with the AG-3DA1 S3D camcorder. Read More

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Foundry Releases CameraTracker and Kronos 5.0 Plug-ins for After Effects

CameraTracker enables 3D tracking without leaving After Effects. Kronos 5.0 brings updated retiming technology.

By Mark Christiansen | August 10, 2010

The Foundry, makers of Nuke and the Furnace tools, today released two After Effects plug-ins, and they are two of the biggest additions to come to the application in some time.CameraTracker will soon be the "I can't believe I lived without this" addition to After Effects, allowing you to matchmove a 3D camera to a scene directly from the Composition viewer. It's also an "I can't believe they pulled this off" piece of technology which rivals Trapcode for pushing the After Effects API to its limit, as it offers a multi-stage automatic tracking pipeline with the ability to manage individual points and work with selections, all without requiring a separate application.Kronos 5.0 offers a whole new approach to retiming footage, bringing the latest technology at the heart of the Furnace retiming tools to After Effects. It uses BLINK technology to leverage an nVidia CUDA GPU for optimum speed and performance with this processor-intensive task. Included with Kronos is a separate effect just for adding motion blur, called, intuitively enough, MotionBlur.Node-locked licenses of CameraTracker will be available later today for $250, floating license $375Node-locked Kronos 5.0 for After Effects are $100, floating license $150More complete coverage and reviews of these two effects to follow. Read More

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Innovation and Cinema 4D Part Two: William Dudley on Virtual Sets

Part Two of an interview with the production designer of Peter Pan, featuring circular virtual scenery around a live play.

By Mark Christiansen | July 29, 2010

In the second and final part of this interview, I chat with visionary production designer William Dudley about the usage of projection and computer generated spectacle in a live setting. (Click here to read and listen to the first part.) Read More

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NAB 2010: Final Thoughts

Another NAB has come and gone. What did the passing waves leave behind on the beach?

By Adam Wilt | April 23, 2010

It looks so peaceful at night...

I only had two days at NAB this year, but I still came away with the strong impression of three major trends; call them the 3Ds... Read More

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NAB 2010: Final Thoughts

Another NAB has come and gone. What did the passing waves leave behind on the beach?

By Adam Wilt | April 23, 2010

It looks so peaceful at night...

I only had two days at NAB this year, but I still came away with the strong impression of three major trends; call them the 3Ds...Click here to read the rest of Adam's thoughts on NAB 2010. Read More

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NAB Pix: 3D Rigs

Various alternatives for getting two cameras pointed in the almost the same direction.

By Adam Wilt | April 22, 2010

NAB showed that there are quite a few different ways to shoot stereo 3D. A lot of the buzz was about the Panasonic AG-3DA1 camcorder shown here, and rightly so: few other rigs come close to having anything like the usability of a standard, single-lens camcorder. Read More

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NAB Video - 3D Rigs

Looking at beamsplitter rigs, and GV's amusing display.

By Adam Wilt | April 22, 2010

A look at Grass Valley's 3D marketing, followed by a walkaround of several two-camera beamsplitter (a.k.a. mirror) rigs. 900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264. Read More

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NAB Pix: 3D Rigs

Various alternatives for getting two cameras pointed in the almost the same direction.

By Adam Wilt | April 22, 2010

NAB showed that there are quite a few different ways to shoot stereo 3D. A lot of the buzz was about the Panasonic AG-3DA1 camcorder shown here, and rightly so: few other rigs come close to having anything like the usability of a standard, single-lens camcorder.Click here to se the rest of Adam's pictures and thoughts of 3D camera rigs at NAB 2010. Read More

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NAB Video - 3D Rigs

Looking at beamsplitter rigs, and GV's amusing display.

By Adam Wilt | April 22, 2010

A look at Grass Valley's 3D marketing, followed by a walkaround of several two-camera beamsplitter (a.k.a. mirror) rigs. Click here to see Adam's video (900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264). Read More

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NAB2010:  The Story Of The Number “3” And The Letter “D”

By Bruce A Johnson | April 12, 2010

I would have posted this last night, before NAB2010 actually started, but I refuse to pay the extortionate $13/day that hotels here think is their God-given right to collect for the same (or worse) Internet access that is free virtually anywhere else.In making the rounds of the Panasonic and Sony press conferences on Sunday, I was just dumbfounded to hear the breathless fawning over what is at best nascent 3-D television technology. In a country (the US) where only about 40% of people have invested in HDTVs so far, the cravenness of manufacturers expecting people to rip it all up and buy new equipment already is breathtaking. This is not to say that 3D can't be compelling - in the right hands, and with the right content, the effect is impressive - but let's not kid ourselves. It is just an EFFECT, after all. Have you have seen the recent Samsung 3-D TV ad where a dad cuts a block of water out of an aquarium, takes it home, pushes it into their HDTV and then the family is suddenly awash (ahem) in fully-immersive 3-D fish? That spot verges on fraud, IMHO. The 3-D effect is limited to the inside of the monitor's bezel. And lets face it, not all that much content out there deserves hi-def treatment, much less 3-D.Here's hoping that consumers recognize this latest gimmick as just that - a gimmick - and send the gear manufacturers (and their junkie enabler, the Consumer Electronics Association) the 2x4 to the head they so richly deserve.So am I too much of a curmudgeon? What do YOU think? Read More

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Cineform Neo 3D Tutorial

Muxing 2D CineForm clips for 3D

By Matthew Jeppsen | March 03, 2010

For a few years now, Cineform has been quietly developing some incredible tools for 3D post-production. We caught up with them last year at NAB 2009 and talked for a solid half hour about their tools and 3D production in general, you can watch those videos here. So I was excited to see that David Newman has also recently posted a video tutorial on how to use Neo 3D to sync and mux multiple 3D footage sources. Watch below. Read More

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Making It Look Great 7 Review

Cinema 4D's MoGraph Unleashed

By Chris and Trish Meyer | February 26, 2010

Last summer I wrote an lengthy review of the Motionworks' Making It Look Great 6 training series, where Tim Clapham did a great job covering the integration of Cinema 4D and After Effects. I mentioned my wish for Tim to do a full series on using Cinema's MoGraph module, and little did I know that such a series was already in the works. Not wanting to wait, I offered to proof it as it was being developed (crafty, huh!), and now it's arrived in a store near you as Making It Look Great 7.MILG7 consists of six projects produced using a wide variety of MoGraph objects and effectors. Not only will you learn tons of MoGraph techniques as you create some fun animations, but sprinkled throughout are a great many solid Cinema working practices that will serve you well in any project. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2010 - Day 4

LOUDNESS, 3D, 4K, and unshaking shakycam.

By Adam Wilt | February 22, 2010

The fourth and final day of the 2010 HPA Tech Retreat started off with the vexing problem of TV loudness, and ended with an inspirational talk by Belden's irrepressible Steve Lampen. Read More

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