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Boris FX to Acquire Imagineer Systems to Form Visual Effects Developer Powerhouse

Boris FX to Acquire Imagineer Systems to Form Visual Effects Developer Powerhouse

By PVC News Staff | December 17, 2014

Strategic acquisition merges leading visual effects software developer with creator of motion tracking and rotoscoping tools

Boris FX, the expert in integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems Ltd., the UK-based developer of the exclusive Planar Tracking™ and masking tools. Imagineer’s flagship product, mocha Pro™ plays a... Read More

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Airport Helipak, the Backpack for Your Drone

By Jose Antunes | December 17, 2014

Think Tank Photo have a new bag: the Airport Helipak, made on purpose for the new drone Santa will give you this Christmas.

Go everywhere with the Airport Helipak, and be ready to fly your Phantom Quadcopter anywhere you need it! That’s the promise that comes with the new product from Think Tank Photo, a Airport Helipak – the name fits the concept – that will be great value for DJI Phantom 2 users.

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The Photographic Market in Motion

By Jose Antunes | December 16, 2014

Mixing photos, 4K videos and interactive images to create unique imaging products with Hollywood appeal.

New technologies need new business models, and that’s what’s going to be in discussion in Cologne, Germany, on the 28 and 29 January 2015. True to the motto of the new Photokina congress, “Memories and markets in motion”, those two days will have top notch speakers talking about the issue of how innovative technologies are sustaining momentum in the photographic sector and how changing distribution structures are confronting all market participants with new challenges.

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proDAD Unveils Mercalli® V4 SAL+ Video Stabilizer and Automatic CMOS Distortion Correction

proDAD Unveils Mercalli® V4 SAL+ Video Stabilizer and Automatic CMOS Distortion Correction

By PVC News Staff | December 12, 2014

Delivers Perfect One-Two Punch to Dramatically Improve Bumpy, Jumpy Videos

proDAD today announced the immediate availability of its new Mercalli V4 SAL+ stand-alone video stabilization and automatic CMOS sensor distortion correction application for Windows users. Under development for more than two years, the new automatic CMOS correction technology automatically... Read More

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Vitec Group Acquires SmallHD

Vitec Group Acquires SmallHD

By PVC News Staff | December 11, 2014

Company Brings Quality Field Monitors To Vitec Product line-up

The Vitec Group today announced that it has acquired SmallHD, the North Carolina company known for its high-quality, high-definition, on-camera field monitors used by videographers, cinematographers, camera assistants and other creative professionals across the filmmaking world. SmallHD will be... Read More

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

By Jeff Foster | December 10, 2014

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 12/10/2014)

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 12/10/14)

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Asus 4K Monitor for Prosumers and Gamers

By Jose Antunes | December 09, 2014

Asus has a new monitor conceived both for gamers and professional users. It’s the PB279Q, a 27-inch 4K/UHD monitor for $799.

Prices for 4K monitors are coming down fast, as more and more monitors from different brands enter the market. Just in time for Christmas, although only Taiwan, Asia Pacific, and Europe will receive it this month, the new Asus PB279Q is one more example of how fast the market is moving.

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Find Out What It Means to Create Cinematic VR Content for the Oculus Rift

Find Out What It Means to Create Cinematic VR Content for the Oculus Rift

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 08, 2014

UPDATE: 12/8/14

Greg Downing, CTO of Santa Monica based VR studio xRez, is a pioneer in the cinematic virtual reality (VR) space. His company specializes in image-based 3D technologies that have been applied on various projects at xRez for the last seven years. He’s working to change the way... Read More

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Panavision Acquires Light Iron

Panavision Acquires Light Iron

By PVC News Staff | December 03, 2014

Adding Workflow Innovator Significantly Expands Trusted Brand's Service Offerings

Panavision has reached an agreement to acquire post production technology innovator Light Iron. The acquisition leverages the strengths of the entertainment industry's most respected designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high precision camera systems with the leader in digital... Read More

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KAMKOP Action JIB: a Crane for Action Cameras

By Jose Antunes | December 03, 2014

With a weight of 1.3Kg and extending up to 5 meters, the KAMKOP Action JIB will be available in 2015. Crowdfunding just started

Since action cameras have become very popular, action fans as well as professional film producers want to capture spectacular and unforgettable shots. And this is where KAMKOP Systems and their brand-new KAMKOP Action JIB come into play.

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Eliminating Banding and Color Shift Issues in Your After Effects Renders

Eliminating Banding and Color Shift Issues in Your After Effects Renders

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | December 02, 2014

An interview with the creatives behind Compression Preview, a new plug-in to preview renders

Compression Preview, announced today by ZERO VFX, is the company's first new software plug-in for the post production marketplace. It enables After Effects artists to preview sequences prior to rendering, check for unwanted artifacts, banding and color shifts and make tweaks and changes to... Read More

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GoPro Will Have Their Own Drone in 2015

By Jose Antunes | November 28, 2014

Most drones in the market are conceived to use GoPro cameras, but in the future users of those cameras might use GoPro drones.

GoPro is going to make their own drones, states one article published recently in The Wall Street Journal. Faced with the competition of other small camera brands, and wanting to have their own saying in the world of drones, GoPro seems to be ready to have a drone they call theirs.

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Festival of Short Films Accepts Mobile Devices

By Jose Antunes | November 27, 2014

JamesonNotodofilmfest begins a new edition that will distribute more than $58,000 in prizes. Mobile devices are accepted.

Since 2001, the JamesonNotodofilmfest, one of multiple film festivals associated with the Jameson Irish Whiskey, has given young people a chance to show their film projects. This year any creator armed with a Smartphone may show there is no limit to their creativity and aspire to win a prize in the new category: Mobile Devices.

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New EIZO 31-inch 4K Monitor Self-Calibrates

By Jose Antunes | November 21, 2014

The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31-inch monitor with 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and able to self-calibrate.

Designed for media & entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting that need increasingly high-resolution formats and require appropriate display solutions for 2D and 3D CGI (computer-generated imagery), visual effects, compositing, and color grading, the ColorEdge CG318-4K  from EIZO Corporation offers an effective resolution of 4096 x 2160, in accordance with the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives). Built so it can be used for both editing and reference work, it is also ideal for photographers and printers requiring a monitor with a high resolution and pixel density.

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PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

By Jose Antunes | November 20, 2014

The new version of Cyberlink's PowerDirector video editor reaches the age of 13 and offers new features.

The support for XAVC-S, the latest open standard for 4K and HD videos is on top on the list of features present in the new PowerDirector 13 (it was only available for PowerDirector 12 through an update). For those aiming to import XAVC-S videos and produce MP4 videos up to 3840x2160/60p, this is a viable option for a cost under $100. In fact, the version Ultra, which costs $ 74.99, already offers support for XAVC-S. So, if you’re buying, do not go for the cheapest version, Deluxe, which does not offer this new feature.

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AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera

AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera

By PVC News Staff | November 18, 2014

Now Accepting Orders from Worldwide Reseller Channel

 AJA Video Systems today announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD... Read More

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The Last Patrol: Filmed with a Canon EOS C300

By Jose Antunes | November 17, 2014

The Last Patrol, the third installment of a trilogy of war documentaries, was shot with Canon EOS C300.

The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014, is the third installment of Academy Award-Nominated director Sebastian Junger and cinematographer Rudy Valdez trilogy of war documentaries, which includes Restrepo and Korengal. The filmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol.

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

By Jeff Foster | November 16, 2014

A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Last Chance to Register for the 6K Post-Production Workflow Webinar

Last Chance to Register for the 6K Post-Production Workflow Webinar

By PVC News Staff | November 15, 2014

Join us on Monday for a free webinar presented by HP and Intel

David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl, employed the first 6K real-time review pipeline in any feature film production. It was the first feature film to be cut on Adobe Premiere and needed to employ an incredibly advanced technical workflow to handle huge amounts of data. Various people with... Read More

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