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March 2009
P+S Technik Updates Weisscam
Building on the success of the Weisscam HS-1, P+S Technik and cinematographer Stefan Weiss have introduced the Weisscam HS-2 digital high-speed camera. In contrast to the HS-1, the HS-2 boasts integrated functions and components, making an additional computer unnecessary for operation. 
Air Sea Land Gear, Inc., Breaks Out Red Panel
Supporting the Red One digital camera, Air Sea Land Gear, Inc. has introduced the Remote Interface Panel.
Telemetrics Unveils Compact Pan/Tilt Head
Telemetrics’ line of servo-based Pan/Tilt units now includes the compact PT-CP-S4 Pan/Tilt Head, offering side camera mounting, a DC-DC converter to power accessories over long cable runs, a newly designed cable-management system, serial data control with multi-processor architecture and more.
Remote Station Goes on Location
Rental Station, a division of Media Distributors, has unveiled the Remote Station, an on-location post solution for turnkey video editing and storage management.
Superlight Studios Opens Santa Monica Facility
Superlight Studios, an interactive advertising production facility, has announced the launch of its new Santa Monica facility, along with its expansion into feature film and commercial visual effects.
PostFactory Installs DI-Grading Theater
Berlin’s PostFactory has installed a new digital-intermediate grading theater. Purpose-built to DCI specifications, the grading theater features a FilmLight Baselight HD system, a Christie 2K digital projector, 7.1 surround sound and FilmLight’s Truelight projector probe for color calibration.
Leica Introduces D-Lux 4
The Leica D-Lux 4 is a compact digital camera with powerful optics, a 1:1.63" CCD sensor, 10.1 megapixel resolution and a comprehensive range of settings. 
Leica Unveils S2 dSLR
Leica Camera AG has introduced the Leica S2 digital SLR, featuring a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30x45mm CCD sensor in the company’s classic 3:2 aspect ratio.
Zacuto Supports dSLRs
Zacuto is now supporting dSLR cinematography with a line of accessory kits accommodating varying needs: the Docu kit, the Cine kit, the Newsman kit, the Indie kit and the Filmmaker kit.
Southpaw Ships Tactic 2.0
Soutphaw Technology Inc. is now shipping Tactic 2.0, the next generation of its fully customizable workflow infrastructure. 
Domke Introduces Long-Lens Bag
Domke, a division of The Tiffen Co., has added the F-300 Long Lens Bag to its Classic Collection. The bag is designed to protect SLR and dSLR cameras that have a 300mm lens attached.
Celtx Smoothes Prep with Version 1.0
Developed by Greyfirst Corp., Celtx version 1.0 is available for free download. The fully integrated preproduction software suite allows users to create, organize and publish film, video, audio, theater, comic books and other media. 
Producers Guide to Michigan
ProducersGuideToMichigan.com is a new Web site designed to allow producers anywhere in the world to find film resources in Michigan and allow local talent and business owners to connect with filmmakers. 
Pond5 1.0 Goes Online
Pond5.com, an open marketplace for stock footage, has launched version 1.0 of its online service, where any video creator with professional-quality video footage can make it available for use in productions ranging from features, series and industrials to wedding and Web videos. 
CineForm Offers HD, 4K Solutions
CineForm, Inc. has expanded its line of high-fidelity compression-based workflow solutions for the post marketplace with Neo HD and Neo 4K software products for Mac OSX. 
Pinnacle Updates VideoSpin
Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a part of Avid Technology, Inc., recently redesigned its VideoSpin.com Web site, which hosts a free, downloadable version of Pinnacle’s VideoSpin software and a variety of resources for video-editing beginners. 
Lightworks Unveils Version 1.3
Lightworks has launched version 1.3 of its editing software for Alacrity and Softworks. Version 1.3 includes a number of new features and advances to offer faster and easier editing for video and film productions.
Karesslite Comes to America
Gekko Technologies’ Karesslite is now available in the United States through Gekko’s dealer network. 
Boris Expands Continuum with Film Look
Boris FX has expanded its Continuum family of visual-effects plug-ins with the release of Film Look. Effects included in the unit include Film Process, Film Damage, Match Grain, Film Grain, Deinterlace and Prism.
Massive Releases Version 3.5
Massive Software has released Massive 3.5, a new upgrade to the company’s artificial-intelligence-driven animation system, which allows artists to create and direct anything from CG humanoids to birds, animals, cars and more, delivering realistic and emotive virtual performances.
Craft Director Tools Available for Mac
Users of Autodesk Maya can now enjoy Craft Animations’ Craft Director Tools — a process-driven animation suite based on neural networking, artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems — on the Mac OSX Tiger and Leopard platforms. 
"FilmFellas" Premieres Online
Zacuto, in conjunction with Vimeo.com, has premiered FilmFellas, a new series of Webisodes offering behind-the-scenes conversations with influential and emerging filmmakers who are active in independent productions. 
Mobigrip Keeps Electronics on Leash
Reno, Nev.-based Mobigrip has introduced the Mobigrip device leash for handheld electronic devices.

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P+S Technik Updates Weisscam

Building on the success of the Weisscam HS-1, P+S Technik and cinematographer Stefan Weiss have introduced the Weisscam HS-2 digital high-speed camera. In contrast to the HS-1, the HS-2 boasts integrated functions and components, making an additional computer unnecessary for operation. 

The HS-2’s 35mm sensor features a global shutter to allow capturing at high speeds. The camera’s DigiMag DM-2 offers up to 2TB of storage, and an on-board monitor enables real-time preview. Additionally, as a two-stream camera with dual-link HD-SDI output, the HS-2 can support a raw workflow, and an external de-bayer box allows real-time de-bayering of raw data into standard definition. The entire system can also be completely controlled by a small and lightweight control device.

Other features of the HS-2 include 1,500 fps recording at 2K resolution, 2,000 fps recording at 1080p, 600 ASA sensitivity, 9 stops of latitude, PL lens mount and an optional optical viewfinder. The camera can record in YCC 4:2:2, RGB 4:4:4 or raw uncompressed.

ZGC is handling North and South American distribution of the Weisscam HS-2.

contact info:




 
www.pstechnik.de
www.weisscam.com
www.zgc.com
Air Sea Land Gear, Inc., Breaks Out Red Panel

Supporting the Red One digital camera, Air Sea Land Gear, Inc. has introduced the Remote Interface Panel.

Providing quick and easy access to the Red One’s I/O interface, the RIP converts all audio, video, time code, genlock and monitor connectors into full-size industry-standard connectors. The RIP can also be used in stand-alone mode or in conjunction with Air Sea Land Gear’s optional RIB (Remote Interface Box) break-out box. With the use of a single industry-standard DVI-I dual-link cable, the RIP and RIB together allow remote access to all of the Red One’s immediate I/Os — including start/stop — at distances of up to 50'. The combined system’s built-in video distribution amplifier can also send up to five preview outputs.
  

contact info:


 

 
www.aslgear.com
Telemetrics Unveils Compact Pan/Tilt Head

Telemetrics’ line of servo-based Pan/Tilt units now includes the compact PT-CP-S4 Pan/Tilt Head, offering side camera mounting, a DC-DC converter to power accessories over long cable runs, a newly designed cable-management system, serial data control with multi-processor architecture and more.

“The new PT-CP-S4 has been designed for user versatility and performance,” says Anthony Cuomo, Telemetrics’ vice president and general manager. “It’s the perfect tool for accommodating a variety of cameras and studio setups without compromise.”

The PT-CP-S4 can be configured with the camera — either upright or inverted — mounted on the side or on the top. The DC-DC converter at the base of the head converts 48-volt power to the appropriate voltage levels for the head, auxiliary robotic devices, camera, lens and viewfinder. When the pan/tilt head is used with Telemetrics’ PS-RM-48V power supply, cable distances between the control location power supply and the pan/tilt unit can be measurably increased. The unit is controlled through serial data using RS-232 or RS-422 and also features multi-processor architecture with flash-based RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) servo controllers.

The PT-CP-S4’s newly designed cable-management system routes cables to the camera through the pan/tilt head, thereby preventing the cables from swinging freely or continually flexing with the camera’s movements. The head also boasts Telemetrics’ velocity servo controls for equally smooth preset motions and joystick control. End stops can be set either mechanically or electronically, and heavy-duty cross roller bearings and isolation-mounted motors provide quiet operation. Up to 255 programmable timed presets are available with multi-axis convergence. Additionally, the unit offers optional camera control for a variety of cameras, as well as Bluetooth wireless control. An auxiliary control interface is also included for Telemetrics’ Trolley, Elevating Pedestal and Elevating Wall Mount.

contact info:  
www.telemetricsinc.com
Remote Station Goes on Location

Rental Station, a division of Media Distributors, has unveiled the Remote Station, an on-location post solution for turnkey video editing and storage management.

The Remote Station consists of a road-ready, high-definition editing system secured in two Anvil-style road cases. Each Remote Station includes a high-end Panasonic SD/HD-SDI video monitor, Genelec reference speakers, a Mackie audio mixer and custom Apple MacBook Pros running Final Cut Studio 2. The detachable accessory-case lid features folding legs to form a comfortable editing desk for on-location use.

“There is an increasing demand from our clients to deliver end-to-end solutions that bridge from production to postproduction,” says Steve Klein, CEO of Media Distributors. “Our preconfigured fleet of HD edit systems is great for local projects, but we feel like the Remote Station is an ideal solution for remote locations or for professionals who need a real-world postproduction solution for digital dailies, media archival using LTO, or even just editing with tight deadlines. With a short consultation up front, we can customize the Remote Station to the specific needs of each client, no matter where they are or what they’re doing, all the way up to 4:4:4 HD and 4K work.”

contact info:

Rental Station (888) 889-3130 

 
www.therentalstation.net
Superlight Studios Opens Santa Monica Facility

Superlight Studios, an interactive advertising production facility, has announced the launch of its new Santa Monica facility, along with its expansion into feature film and commercial visual effects. The Santa Monica facility was recently occupied by MacGuff Los Angeles, a local branch of the French visual-effects house; Superlight has joined forces with MacGuff and become the company’s stateside production arm. 

Pat Hadnagy, Superlight Studios’ executive producer and general manager, heads the new facility, where he is joined by fellow executive producer Sarote Tabcum Jr. With a team of experienced producers, CGI artists, compositing artists, visual-effects supervisors, photographers and cinematographers, Hadnagy and Tabcum are in charge of directing Superlight’s expansion into feature film and commercial visual effects.

In addition to its full-service facility in Santa Monica, Superlight Studios maintains photography studios and post facilities in several other locations, including Rancho Dominguez, Calif. and Troy, Mich. Superlight Studios’ new facility is located at 2403 Main St., Santa Monica, Calif. 90405.

contact info:

Superlight Studios (310) 362-2202 

 
www.superlightstudios.com
PostFactory Installs DI-Grading Theater

Berlin’s PostFactory has installed a new digital-intermediate grading theater. Purpose-built to DCI specifications, the grading theater features a FilmLight Baselight HD system, a Christie 2K digital projector, 7.1 surround sound and FilmLight’s Truelight projector probe for color calibration.

PostFactory received the Baselight in September, and the company will also receive FilmLight’s newly developed GPU upgrade to boost system performance. A new version of Baselight software, with features such as stereoscopic grading, will also increase functionality, and PostFactory has incorporated FilmLight’s recently developed Avid integration, allowing Baselight to share storage with the facility’s editorial and compositing systems.

PostFactory has set up its internal network so that output from any of its post systems can be directed to the DI theater. The output from an editing system, for example, can be projected onto the cinema screen for side-by-side comparison with the output from the Baselight.

contact info:  
www.filmlight.ltd.uk
www.postfactory.de
Leica Introduces D-Lux 4

The Leica D-Lux 4 is a compact digital camera with powerful optics, a 1:1.63" CCD sensor, 10.1 megapixel resolution and a comprehensive range of settings. 

Sporting a high-speed Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-12.8mm f2.0-2.8 lens — the equivalent of a 24-60mm focal range in the 35mm format — the D-Lux 4 also boasts an integrated image stabilizer to reliably protect against camera shake in all photographic situations. The lens consists of eight elements (four aspherical) in six groups; the optics are individually matched to the camera sensor, working in harmony with the electronics and software. Furthermore, the large image sensor also makes it possible to retain the full 24mm wide angle, and the camera can take photos in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9.

The camera’s 460,000-pixel display has a wide viewing angle and enables photographers to make a reliable assessment of the picture composition when shooting and reviewing. The viewing angle can also be adjusted to ensure a clear view even when capturing extreme camera perspectives.

Focus, shutter speed, stops and exposure override can all be set manually with the camera’s joystick, and for users who like photography to be less complicated, the D-Lux 4 integrates many improved automatic functions. Like the Leica C-Lux 3, the D-Lux 4 is capable of recording 30 fps video in high definition.

The D-Lux 4 is supplied with a battery charger, a powerful rechargeable battery and a comprehensive software package. A high-quality leather case is available as an optional accessory, as are a range of products designed to extend the camera’s potential.

contact info:  
www.leica-camera.com
Leica Unveils S2 dSLR

Leica Camera AG has introduced the Leica S2 digital SLR, featuring a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30x45mm CCD sensor in the company’s classic 3:2 aspect ratio.

In designing the camera, Leica’s engineers took a close look at the best existing dSLR designs, combining them in a practical camera body that incorporates the performance parameters of a medium-format digital camera with the ergonomics, form factor and handling ease of a 35mm SLR. The resultant S2 boasts an advanced dual-shutter system with an in-body focal-plane shutter and in-lens leaf shutters, an ultra-high-precision auto-focusing system, a new series of lenses designed to work with the new sensor, and a Maestro image-processing system that reduces power consumption and provides in-camera JPEG capability. 
contact info:  
www.leica-camera.com
Zacuto Supports dSLRs

Zacuto is now supporting dSLR cinematography with a line of accessory kits accommodating varying needs: the Docu kit, the Cine kit, the Newsman kit, the Indie kit and the Filmmaker kit.

The kits allow users to work with dSLR cameras in much the same way they would a prosumer camcorder. All kits are balanced for smooth movement and low user fatigue in both tripod and handheld use. Zacuto’s trademarked Z-Release (quick release) allows for fast installation of such components as an articulating arm, mattebox, follow focus, wireless microphone, on-board monitor and more.

The combination of Zacuto’s height-adjustable Universal Baseplate and Z-Spacer allows users to mount any mattebox or follow focus to any dSLR, and the new Zacuto Zwing-Away Adapter — included in the Filmmaker kit — can turn any mattebox into a swing-away mattebox. Zacuto has also created a universal case that keeps the camera package assembled for shipment.

contact info:  
www.zacuto.com
Southpaw Ships Tactic 2.0

Soutphaw Technology Inc. is now shipping Tactic 2.0, the next generation of its fully customizable workflow infrastructure. Available for Mac OSX, Windows and Linux, Tactic 2.0 offers a single software solution to manage the complex flow of digital assets, ensuring dependable, efficient and cost-effective workflow pipelines.

New features of Tactic 2.0 include project-customization tools, a visual node-based pipeline editor intended to visually create pipeline processes, a browser and custom-view builder designed for creation of custom views within the Tactic Web interface, and a powerful client API enhanced to control every aspect of Tactic.

“Our goal has always been to keep everything open and all things possible,” says Remko Noteboom, CTO of Southpaw. “With Tactic 2.0’s innovative and advanced new features, facilities can construct and integrate their own pipelines seamlessly across various departments, creating limitless potential for project and tool customization.”

Southpaw has also announced that Digital Domain has integrated Tactic into its workflow. “It’s very exciting to work with Digital Domain’s dedicated, creative and talented group of digital artists, and we are thrilled they have chosen to integrate Tactic into their production pipelines,” Noteboom adds. Phil Peterson, Digital Domain’s senior technology officer, notes, “Tactic promises to provide us with a solid infrastructure for managing the complex flow of digital assets through our pipeline.”

Tactic 2.0 has a suggested retail price of $895 per user; this includes all software upgrades and technical support for the first year.

contact info:  
www.southpawtech.com
Domke Introduces Long-Lens Bag

Domke, a division of The Tiffen Co., has added the F-300 Long Lens Bag to its Classic Collection. The bag is designed to protect SLR and dSLR cameras that have a 300mm lens attached.

The F-300 is foam padded on all four sides, and the design allows the camera — with attached lens — to be stored vertically for faster access. A 45-degree-angle, zippered main compartment allows quick access and sure handling of the lens barrel, and the bag also boasts an expandable front pocket with fitted weather flap as well as a rear pocket for accessories.

The adjustable 2" Gripper Shoulder Strap consists of twin tracks of high-friction rubber that are woven into the thickest, toughest cotton webbing so that it clings to the shoulder and runs completely around the bag for extra support. The side of the F-300 also sports hook and loop straps to hold a monopod, and easy-glide YKK zippers offer further protection and durability.

The F-300 is made of heavyweight cotton canvas, which breathes to minimize condensation. The smooth, soft texture is friendly to both equipment and clothing, and the fabric is naturally water resistant.

contact info:  
www.tiffen.com
Celtx Smoothes Prep with Version 1.0

Developed by Greyfirst Corp., Celtx version 1.0 is available for free download. The fully integrated preproduction software suite allows users to create, organize and publish film, video, audio, theater, comic books and other media. Version 1.0 also contains an Internet friendly tool enabling online collaboration for writing and scheduling. 

Celtx’s unique hybrid architecture combines the strengths of desktop and Web applications, offering control, stability, power and flexibility. Intended to replace the traditional paper, pen and binder approach to prep, the software includes such features as Adapt To, which converts a fully formatted script of one type (such as a stage play) to a fully formatted script of another (such as a screenplay); iPhone, which allows Celtx projects to be viewed on users’ iPhones; Catalogs, a searchable dashboard view of all story elements and production items; Sidebar, which allows users to easily annotate their work; Project Scheduling, which fully integrates with the script breakdown and provides call sheets and shooting reports; and Storyboarding, which offers a variety of ways to view and manage images.
contact info:  
www.celtx.com
Producers Guide to Michigan

ProducersGuideToMichigan.com is a new Web site designed to allow producers anywhere in the world to find film resources in Michigan and allow local talent and business owners to connect with filmmakers. 

The site answers the needs of filmmakers and film-related businesses by offering an immense directory of professional production companies, legal services, producers, studios, limos, hair stylists, caterers, shooting locations, costumers and countless other resources. Nick Johnston, the guide’s co-founder, notes, “In popular shooting locations like L.A., it’s common to find numerous production management services and directories to help filmmakers find anything required to complete a production. We simply didn’t have a one-stop resource like that here before this site.”
contact info:  
www.producersguidetomichigan.com
Pond5 1.0 Goes Online

Pond5.com, an open marketplace for stock footage, has launched version 1.0 of its online service, where any video creator with professional-quality video footage can make it available for use in productions ranging from features, series and industrials to wedding and Web videos. The company’s online collection now includes more than 50,000 broadcast-quality SD and HD clips available for instant download, starting at $5 per clip.

Prices on Pond5 are set by the artists themselves, with an average price of around $40 for HD and $20 for SD footage. For each sale, the artist earns 50 percent of the selling price. The rapidly growing collection features work from more than 400 artists and libraries from around the world, spanning such categories as lifestyle, aerials, motion backgrounds, editorial and effects. All footage is reviewed for content and quality by Pond5 staff; approved clips are made available for instant search, preview, licensing and download. Clips on Pond5 are licensed under a simple, industry-standard “royalty-free” license agreement and can be used in virtually any production for a flat fee.

New features included in version 1.0 include an on-screen Clip Bin and Cart, which streamline the process of finding, organizing, sharing and selecting footage by letting users review and act on their clip choices immediately, from any screen on the Web site. Additionally, the Pond5 Stock Footage Widget offers a fully customizable selection of continuously updated clips that can be created by any visitor at Pond5.com. The Widget can then be embedded anywhere on the Web, from Facebook and Myspace pages to blogs, Web sites or even a desktop. The Widget works hand-in-hand with Pond5’s referral program, which offers referrers 5 percent of sales or purchases made by referred users for a full year.

contact info:  
www.pond5.com
CineForm Offers HD, 4K Solutions

CineForm, Inc. has expanded its line of high-fidelity compression-based workflow solutions for the post marketplace with Neo HD and Neo 4K software products for Mac OSX. The new products extend CineForm’s workflow solutions to all QuickTime-based video-editing and content-creation applications for the Mac platform up to 4K spatial resolution, including Final Cut Pro, Motion, After Effects and others. Both products offer Cine-Form’s compression-based technologies, including Active Metadata architecture for renderless color workflows, plus numerous format conversion utilities in support of most HDV, HD, 2K and 4K cameras on the market.

David Taylor, CEO of CineForm, notes the company’s objective “has been to enable seamless workflows across Windows and Mac platforms, and between standard industry applications like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and others. Using Neo HD or Neo 4K for Mac, our customers can now easily capture, edit and share media during postproduction with colleagues who may be using different applications on Mac, or who may be using Windows.”

Neo 4K supports up to 4096x4096 spatial resolution with 12-bit precision, and is intended for online editing using Final Cut Pro or other Mac-based nonlinear editors with no need for proxy files or conforming. Neo 4K also supports 12-bit CineForm RAW, its compression format for the emerging class of high-resolution digital cinema cameras such as the Red One and Silicon Imaging’s SI-2K.

Neo HD supports up to 1920x1080 spatial resolution, and it can work with virtually all HD cameras on the market, including Grass Valley’s JPEG2000-based Infinity camcorder. Both Neo HD and Neo 4K support CineForm’s 10-bit YUV and 12-bit CineForm 4:4:4 (RGB) compression formats. Apple’s ProRes is also offered as an optional compression format when Final Cut Studio 2 is installed. Other features of both products include ReMaster, which provides image/video pre-processing plus camera- and file-conversion functions, and SetActive Metadata, which manages CineForm’s Active Metadata architecture for non-destructive color workflows without rendering.

contact info:  
www.cineform.com
Pinnacle Updates VideoSpin

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a part of Avid Technology, Inc., recently redesigned its VideoSpin.com Web site, which hosts a free, downloadable version of Pinnacle’s VideoSpin software and a variety of resources for video-editing beginners. 

Visitors to VideoSpin.com can experience how easy editing and sharing can be by clicking on the interactive, step-by-step tutorials, and for more information they can view white papers, how-to videos and user reviews, or search the online glossary and frequently asked questions. Visitors can also sign up to receive a monthly newsletter featuring further information and special promotions for Avid products. The site also hosts spotlighted YouTube videos edited in VideoSpin, and visitors can rate their favorites and submit their own videos to be shown on the site.

VideoSpin is designed for Windows XP with SP2 and Vista systems, and the program includes support for AVI, MPEG-1, WMV, Real Media and Windows Media with WAV audio support. The application can also be used with the Advanced Codec Pack (available for $15.99) to create, edit and export video in other file formats, and for one-click DVD creation, users can purchase the InstantDVD Recorder for $19.99.

contact info:  
www.videospin.com.
Lightworks Unveils Version 1.3

Lightworks has launched version 1.3 of its editing software for Alacrity and Softworks. Version 1.3 includes a number of new features and advances to offer faster and easier editing for video and film productions. With real-time mixed-format editing and native support for avi, mxf and QuickTime, Lightworks 1.3 offers easy integration in the world of open file transfers. Supported formats include HDV, XDCam and P2, and OMF, AAF and DPX sequences are also supported for interchange.

Building on Lightworks’ proven multi-seat editing, version 1.3’s full networking now supports larger volumes, allowing easy integration with large storage arrays of over 100TB. Lightworks 1.3 also maintains full metadata interchange and native-file-format support with the Geevs video server, allowing integrated tapeless systems to be built. An optional HD Codec pack for Lightworks 1.3 allows Lightworks to edit with Red raw files and Prores422 files from Final Cut Pro. 
contact info:  
www.lwks.com
Karesslite Comes to America

Gekko Technologies’ Karesslite is now available in the United States through Gekko’s dealer network. 

Aimed at studio and documentary market sectors, the Karesslite is a soft LED panel boasting a large projected output and beam-modifying optics with a strong punch and high versatility. The fixture can be used in an array of applications, either as a single unit or mounted in multiples. The Karesslite also features built-in DMX and battery-power options, and a padded carrying bag is available to protect the fixture.

Gekko has also announced that Hotcam Video Facilities in New York has joined the company’s dealer network.

contact info:  
www.gekkotechnology.com
www.hotcamny.com
Boris Expands Continuum with Film Look

Boris FX has expanded its Continuum family of visual-effects plug-ins with the release of Film Look. Effects included in the unit include Film Process, Film Damage, Match Grain, Film Grain, Deinterlace and Prism.

Film Process deepens the color response of a digital image to emulate film’s dynamic color range; it can also be used to color grade and mimic a variety of analog lens filters, optical processes and special effects. Film Damage simulates the appearance of old film stock, allowing users to add scratches, grain particles, hair, dirt, dust and water spots, as well as simulate flicker and camera shake.

Match Grain takes a snapshot of media that’s gone through a telecine and generates a grain structure to match, enabling users to add grain to video footage so it will cut more seamlessly with film-originated footage. Film Grain, on the other hand, creates an auto-animated noise effect designed to simulate the appearance of grain particles in film emulsion.

Deinterlace converts interlaced video clips into progressive-scan frames, and it can convert 29.97 fps NTSC video into 24 fps frames by adding pulldown. Prism is typically used to simulate the photographic effect of chromatic aberration in which a bad lens can generate prismatic color fringing along edges of high contrast within the image.

Boris Continuum Film Look supports Abode After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. For Avid systems, the Film Look filters are included as part of Boris Continuum Complete AVX. The Film Look unit is available for a recommended price of $299, and customers who purchase individual units may credit the price toward the purchase of the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite.

contact info:  
www.borisfx.com
Massive Releases Version 3.5

Massive Software has released Massive 3.5, a new upgrade to the company’s artificial-intelligence-driven animation system, which allows artists to create and direct anything from CG humanoids to birds, animals, cars and more, delivering realistic and emotive virtual performances. Massive “agents” are 3-D characters that use sight, sound and touch to interpret and react autonomously to the world around them.

“The release of Massive 3.5 improves on many of the most-requested features from Massive users, including extended support for FBX files and Python scripts,” says Stephen Regelous, Massive Software’s founder and product manager. “With Agent Fields, Massive users can easily and efficiently handle local interactions between large numbers of agents. Agent Fields can be applied with the simplicity of particle-based simulators, without losing the flexibility extensibility of Massive.”

Other features of Massive 3.5 include Maya particle-file support, improving integration and allowing a Massive simulation to be imported into a Maya scene as simple particles, and improved dynamics and increased control of hair and fur; Mental Ray hair shader allows users to get high-quality hair and fur renderings without writing custom shaders.

contact info:  
www.massivesoftware.com
Craft Director Tools Available for Mac

Users of Autodesk Maya can now enjoy Craft Animations’ Craft Director Tools — a process-driven animation suite based on neural networking, artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems — on the Mac OSX Tiger and Leopard platforms. 

“Craft Director Tools offer an entirely new way of animating by quickly and accurately directing the physical motion paths of objects such as cars, planes and helicopters,” explains Luigi Tramontana, Craft Animations’ co-founder and CTO. “Using either autopilot functions or input devices such as joysticks and Direct X game controllers, professional animating is now as fun as playing a game. We are thrilled that the creative Mac community can now receive the benefits of these tools.”

Craft Director Tools include Craft Camera Tools, providing users with immediate, professional-quality cinematic results in real time; Craft Vehicles, allowing artists to create the most realistic and accurate simulations for in-motion vehicles; and Craft Accessories, simulating and animating props such as missiles, cameras and other moving parts.

Broadening its already widespread FreeWare catalog, Craft Animations has also announced free light versions of Craft 4-Wheeler, Craft ObserverCam and Craft Airplane. 4-Wheeler allows users to modify acceleration, top speed, steering angle, brake force, suspension and weight of any four-wheeled vehicle; ObserverCam boasts the ability to move in all directions, enabling camera animations with the help of input devices; and Airplane lets users rig and animate any type of airplane model in addition to modifying weight, top speed, elevation speed and turn speed.

Additionally, TurboSquid, the online marketplace of 3-D animation assets, is now an official reseller of Craft Director Tools.

contact info:  
www.craftanimations.com
www.turbosquid.com
"FilmFellas" Premieres Online

Zacuto, in conjunction with Vimeo.com, has premiered FilmFellas, a new series of Webisodes offering behind-the-scenes conversations with influential and emerging filmmakers who are active in independent productions. 

Cast and topics change regularly, with a new episode premiering every two weeks. January and February featured “Film School and Beyond,” a four-part series exploring a variety of topics for young filmmakers, from schools and mentors to gaining experience and finding distribution. The second four-part series, “Mumblecore and More,” will premiere in March and April and dig into directing styles, business models, credit-card debt and more.

To watch FilmFellas in full-screen HD on Zacuto’s Vimeo channel.

contact info:  
zacutovideo.com
Mobigrip Keeps Electronics on Leash

Reno, Nev.-based Mobigrip has introduced the Mobigrip device leash for handheld electronic devices. Mobigrip is an assistive disc with an integrated bungee, and it attaches easily to almost any handheld device, including cell phones, iPods, digital cameras, remote controls and more. Mobigrip’s bungee gently secures the electronic device to the user’s finger and helps keep it secure in the palm of the hand.

Manufactured in the United States, Mobigrip is designed for easy application: Users simply peel, stick and secure the Mobigrip to a portable electronic device. Furthermore, the Mobigrip is removable, leaves no residue, and is available in a wide range of colors and patterns.
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