AIMS Announces New Members CDV, ChyronHego, Dayang, and TAG V.S.

By Staff

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) continues to grow with the addition of four new associate members: China Digital Video Beijing Limited, ChyronHego, Dayang Technology Development Inc., and TAG Video Systems Ltd. (TAG V.S.) Also known as CDV, China Digital Video Beijing Limited provides content production and operation-related technologies and services to China’s digital […]

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SIGGRAPH 2017 Emerging Technologies: VR, Holograms & More

By Spencer Sterling

Every year at SIGGRAPH, the annual conference on computer graphics, artists, developers, and engineers gather from around the globe to show off the cutting edge in entertainment technology–and this year was no exception. Out of the 179 exhibitors, these 5 stood out from the rest of the pack to deliver amazing products that push the […]

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4 Kinds of POV Shots and How to Use Them Creatively in Your Films

By V Renée

POV shots are incredibly powerful.

Virtual reality is quickly becoming the place that filmmakers are boldly going with their work, but offering audiences an immersive cinematic experience isn’t anything new. Even as far back as the 1920s, point-of-view shots were used to put audiences directly in the shoes of a given character, offering them a unique first-person experience of the events unfolding up on the big screen.

Over the years, filmmakers have found creative ways to remix and employ POV shots in their work, and in this video essay by ScreenPrism, we get to take a look at four different techniques used in 51 films. Check it out below:

There are lots of techniques filmmakers use to give viewers a first-person perspective of the cinematic world, but ScreenPrism highlights four that are particularly popular.

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Watch: How to Edit an Epic Car Chase like the One in ‘Baby Driver’

By V Renée

Want to include a heart-pumping, high octane car chase in your film? Then you might want to take a look at this editing breakdown of Edgar Wright’s latest film, “Baby Driver.”

Do you find car chases exciting? Well, I suppose that depends on what you’re watching. If it’s on the news, you might be pretty bored, but if it’s in an action movie, you’re probably pretty hyped up. That’s because instead of one continuous aerial shot of the high-speed pursuit, filmmakers use a ton of great choreography, car stunts, and most importantly quick editing to make the action more kinetic, dramatic, and exciting.

Knowing how to construct a great car chase in the editing room can be a valuable asset to have, and in this video essay, Zach Ramelan breaks down how Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss cut together the insane chase sequences in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

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A visit to CW Sonderoptic

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

By Louis Philippe-Capele SBC

CW Sonderoptic GmbH is an internationally active manufacturer of premium lenses for movie and television productions and operates under the Leica brand name. It was founded in 2008, by Dr. Andreas Kaufman.
The idea was transferring the iconic name of Leica Still Photographic lenses to the movie industry.

Production started in 2010 with the Summilux and now the company currently manufactures four product lines for global distribution, the Summilux-C (T1.4), Summicron-C (T2.0), M0.8 to use the iconic Leica M – Look in a cinematic environment and lately the Leica Thalia lenses for 65mm Cinematography, VV, FF and S35. CW Sonderoptic GmbH is positioned in the premium segment of the respective markets and delivers innovations that set new standards in creative imaging.

The headquarters of CW Sonderoptic GmbH are in the city of Wetzlar, Germany.
In 2015, CW’s engineers got awarded by the Scientific Engineering Award of the academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Visiting Leica-CW Sonderoptic in Wetzlar

It was a kind of a dream, where nearing Xmas time, you think about what could be Santa Klaus best bet for your gift.
My colleague, senior optical technician Olivier Tordeurs needed to follow the maintenance workshop around the Summicron and Summilux lenses.
This is organized at the factory in Wetzlar upon request and for a group of maximum 4 people.
The date was set and I decided to join. A good opportunity to visit the factory, discover the manufacturing process of these famous tools and meet with Gerhard Baier, managing director and his team to discuss further about the joined activities of CW Sonderoptic and IMAGO.

It is not far from Brussels, driving distance, about 360 km of extremely packed German “autobahn” in a beautiful hilly landscape.
Wetzlar is located about 80 km north of Frankfurt, almost in the middle of green hills and forest. The center of → continue…

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Take a First Look at RED Hydrogen One

By Liz Nord

RED’s new Hydrogen smartphone is now more than just an announcement. But where’s the footage?

Although we’re quick to take jabs at RED for its active hype machine, admittedly we fall for the company’s ubiquitous PR tactics, too. Just today, we covered the RED RAVEN’s availability in Apple stores, and last month, we bit when the company teased and then announced its forthcoming Hydrogen One, a full holographic smartphone that allows you to view 2D and 3D VR and AR.

Today, the first public look at the Hydrogen has been released as a video by YouTuber Marques Brownlee (who goes by “MKBHD”), who got his lucky hands on a prototype. True to form, the video doesn’t give us what we really want—footage shot by the reportedly “revolutionary” phone camera—but it does give a good sense of the phone body’s exterior and materials.

The rugged body appears to have some features that will be convenient for filmmakers, like a dedicated video record button and pins at the back for snap-on modifications that add to the phone’s functionality, such as the sensor and lens mount displayed in the video.

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From:: No Film School

NASA will chase the August eclipse in jets to capture ‘clearest images of the corona to date’

It doesn’t matter where you’ll be during the August 21st solar eclipse, NASA plans to one-up you and capture a better photo—or at least a unique one. The space agency is actually going to chase the eclipse’s totality in two WB-57F jets, in order to capture the ‘clearest image of the sun’s […] corona to date,’ and the first-ever thermal images of Mercury.

The whole plan is detailed in the short video above, although we have to warn you, it might make you feel a little bit of gear envy—”if only I’d bought that full-frame fighter jet…”

Joking aside, the August 21st eclipse is a brilliant research opportunity, and NASA doesn’t plan to let it slip by unused. The two WB-57F jets have each been retrofitted with twin telescopes mounted on their noses. Using these telescopes, Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado plans to capture “the clearest images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere — the corona — to date and the first-ever thermal images of Mercury.”

One of the WB-57F jets is readied for a test run at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The instruments are mounted under the silver casing on the nose of the plane. Photo: NASA’s Johnson Space Center/Norah Moran

According to NASA, the jets will capture high-definition pictures at 30fps during the entire eclipse totality—which will last three times longer as the jets speed along, staying inside the moon’s shadow—from the stratosphere, avoiding interference from most of the Earths atmosphere. These photos will then be analyzed to determine why the sun’s atmosphere is so hot (millions of degrees), when the visible surface of the sun is significantly cooler (a few thousand degrees).

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From:: DPreview

RED Hydrogen One prototype: MKBHD gets a first look

By Erik Naso

With all the hype surrounding the RED Hydrogen One, RED’s entry into the smartphone market we haven’t seen what it actually looks like other than as a computer rendering. Well that’s…

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Nostalgia for Blockbuster Video Covers: Kyle Mooney on Brigsby Bear

By Meredith Alloway

If you haven’t watched Kyle Mooney’s early work, you’re missing out — it’s a healthy crop of innovative character work made with comedy group Good Neighbor. Mooney has also, along with fellow members Beck Bennett and writer Dave McCary, brought some of the best sketches to SNL in years. There’s the Kanye vs. Kyle bit and Mooney’s romance with Leslie Jones; often the best sketches are the ones that are cut for time (Ryan Gosling is a gem). When it was announced that Mooney and McCary’s first feature film, Brigsby Bear, would premiere at Sundance, there was anticipation around how they […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

NVIDIA Computational Zoom lets you change perspective and focal length in post

Researchers with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and NVIDIA have detailed a new type of technology called ‘computational zoom’ that can be used to adjust the focal length and perspective of an image after it has been taken. The technology was detailed in a recently published technical paper, as well as a video (above) that shows the tech in action. With it, photographers are able to tweak an image’s composition during post-processing.

According to UCSB, computational zoom technology can, at times, allow for the creation of ‘novel image compositions’ that can’t be captured using a physical camera. One example is the generation of multi-perspective images featuring elements from photos taken using a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens.

To utilize the technology, photographers must take what the researchers call a ‘stack’ of images, where each image is taken slightly closer to the subject while the focal length remains unchanged. The combination of an algorithm and the computational zoom system then determines the camera’s orientation and position based on the image stack, followed by the creation of a 3D rendition of the scene with multiple views.

“Finally,” UCSB researchers explain, “all of this information is used to synthesize multi-perspective images which have novel compositions through a user interface.”

The end result is the ability to change an image’s composition in real time using the software, bringing a photo’s background seemingly closer to the subject or moving it further away, as well as tweaking the perspective at which it is viewed. Computational zoom technology may make its way into commercial image editing software, according to UCSB, which says the team hopes to make it available to photographers in the form of software plug-ins.

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Report: 45% of Leica is up for sale, and Zeiss is interested

Reuters is reporting that investment group Blackstone is “in talks with potential buyers” in an attempt to sell its 45% stake in Leica Camera, possibly to Zeiss. The other 55% of the company is owned by the Kaufmann family, who brought in Blackstone as a co-investor in 2011.

The report cites “people close to the matter,” who claim the investor has already teamed up with an investment bank and “held talks” with potential buyers, although the process hasn’t entered the bidding stage yet. Potential buyers include Zeiss and, more speculatively, Huawei, neither of whom would comment on the matter. However, Reuters’ sources said Zeiss would only be interested if it could acquire a majority stake in the company, something the Kaufmann family might not go for.

Speaking with Reuters, Leica chairman Andreas Kaufmann said his family “has long-term goals with Leica Camera,” long term meaning a 100-year timeline.

Last year, there was some talk of Chinese investor CDH buying out Blackstone’s stake in Leica, but no deal was struck. But it’s a new year, and Blackstone could earn a pretty penny for selling its stake in Leica. According to Reuters, the iconic camera brand is expected to report earnings “of roughly 70 million euros” this year at a valuation of around 700 million euros, or approximately $828 million USD.

You can read the full report at this link.

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | ACM Student Research Competition

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

ACM Student Research Competition
LOCATION & HOURS
ACM SRC Final Presentation

Room 402 AB
Wed, 2 Aug, 3:45-5:15 pm

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. SIGGRAPH 2017 hosts an ACM Student Research Competition, which takes place in two stages. In the first stage, a panel of distinguished judges views the SRC posters during the poster sessions and selects six semi-finalists. These semi-finalists present their work to SIGGRAPH 2017 attendees during the ACM SRC Final Presentation. At the end of the presentations, the judges announce the first-, second-, and third-place winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories. First-place undergraduate and graduate winners go on to the Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | CG in Canada

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The CG in Canada event takes place Thursday, August 3, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

This session reviews the state of CG and entertainment technology in Canada, focusing on the country’s two big 2017 anniversaries: Montréal (375) and Canada (150). Prominent events and ongoing projects are reviewed. Refreshments provided.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Join the IRC in 2017

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The Join the IRC in 2017 event takes place Thursday, August 3, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

Informal overview of the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee, its year-round activities, and the International Center at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Are you a planetary citizen interested in the state of computer graphics across the globe? Are you an avid professional looking for new challenges and ways to learn novel things? Come and learn more about this international committee.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Silicon Valley Kids: Get-Together for Young Entrepreneurs

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The Silicon Valley Kids: Get-Together for Young Entrepreneurs event takes place Wednesday, 2 August, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

Attention young CG professionals! If you are under 30 and work in the CG industry or are starting your own animation studio, app, or game, here’s your opportunity to see who’s where doing what in the gaming, film, and animation industries. Connect, chat, and network with young people who share your goals and interests!

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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