Jody Michelle Solis

MSE to Feature ROVER – The New Smartphone Camera Cage at IBC

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Matthews Studio Equipment, known for innovative camera and lighting support for the entertainment industry will introduce the ROVER at IBC 2017 Booth 12-G71. The rapidly improving resolution and sensitivity of today’s smartphones is propelling them towards becoming a ubiquitous alternative for cinematography. That process took a step closer with the new ROVER smartphone camera cage.

“Whether you’re a YouTube creator, mobile journalist or aspiring cinematographer, the challenge is in how to get a smartphone to behave more like a professional style camera rig.” said Bill Hines, creator of ROVER. “We aimed for a minimalist design that is strong and comfortable yet versatile enough to work with most smartphones, lenses, microphones, lights and other accessories.”

The ROVER was conceived to provide a comfortable ergonomic position, so that hands and arms stay relaxed and the camera movement remains smooth and steady. Integrated dual handles connect to the unique Perfect Friction mounts that instantly adjust to any point of 360-degree rotation without additional tension adjustment or locks. This one-of-a-kind design also allows the handles to become a natural extension of the body; and they double as easel arms, perfect for low angle shooting, table-top viewing and editing.

Every detail of the Rover has been designed to provide a professional level of performance. To ensure flexibility, Rover was designed with 16 Points of Freedom which are industry standard ¼-20 screw mounts for customizing and accessorizing the rig for any situation. Combined with MSE’s MicroGrip hardware it can be mounted to rails, windows, trees, cars; almost anywhere. With Rover’s strength, comfort and versatility, the smartphone is now ready for an upgrade to professional.

The Rover’s Key Features include:

  • Strong, lightweight all aluminum construction adapts to popular smartphones
  • Open Rover Cage design accommodates many 3rd party lens systems
  • 16 Points of Freedom ¼-20” mounting points
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SAP 2017: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

SAP 2017: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception
Cottbus, Germany

At the Brandenburg University of Technology

The ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (ACM SAP) aims to advance and promote research that crosses the boundaries between perception and disciplines such as graphics, visualization, computer vision, haptics and acoustics. These fields can benefit from the exchange of ideas. The scope of the conference includes applications and algorithms in any area of research that incorporates elements of perception and computer science.

The fourteenth annual event provides an intimate, immersive forum for exchanging ideas about areas of overlapping interests. The ACM SAP 2017 conference will be held in Cottbus, Germany at the Brandenburg University of Technology on the 16th and 17th of September, 2017. The event aims to further promote communication between the core perception and computer graphics communities.

Visit web site at http://sap.acm.org/2017/

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HCITOCH 2017: Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage
Bologna, Italy
September 6 – 8, 2017

The new technologies offer us a series of instruments to develop the potential of human beings with the goal of increasing the quality of life of millions of users of interactive systems in our global village. The relation of the triad computer science, quality design and communicability has proven very productive in the new millennium.

In the current era of qualitative communication, the present virtual space is intended to be a meeting point of all those who freely wish to boost and perfect the set of strategies and techniques to improve the human-computer interaction, tourism and cultural heritage. The main goal is to facilitate communicability and make the fruition of the new technologies more pleasant.

Our effort focuses on finding the common denominator between the human-computer interaction, cultural heritage, tourism and the global village. That is, we address all those who are currently working to increase the quality of life of the human beings through the new technologies and all their derivations, wanting to know the last advances in the factual and formal sciences and that this international workshop can serve as a meeting point to boost the current and future lines of research of the investigators belonging to the university, governmental bodies and the enterprises and industries of the private sector. All contributions should be of high originality, quality, clarity, significance and impact.

Papers, demos, research-in-progress, posters, doctoral consortiums, didactic sessions, related to Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Quality Design, Communicability, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Collaborative Environments for Natural and Cultural Heritage, Digitization for Conservation, Archaeological Archives with New Technologies, Motion Graphics and other Computational Areas are solicited.

Visit web site at http://www.ainci.com/HCITOCH-2017/workshop_HCITOCH_2017.html

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effects MTL17: International Conference for Visual Effects & Animation

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

International Conference for Visual Effects & Animation
Montréal, Canada

Effects MTL17 is the 3rd edition of the conference and expo. Following the success of effects MTL16, the 2017 edition returns on September 6th and 7th at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal (QC, Canada). It includes two days of exciting expo, sessions, master classes, job fair, and networking opportunities.

  • 1100 Attendees
  • 200 Business Lounge
  • 266 Companies
  • 60 Exhibitors and Sponsors
  • An expo zone: showcase your products/services
  • Top quality sessions: benchmark with your peers, keep up to date with industry news/developments & strengthen your knowledge by learning new practices and new approaches using the latest technology available
  • A business lounge: for qualified meetings with potential partners and clients (all arranged in advance using our specialized Meeting App – making your time on-site extremely efficient)
  • Networking: grow your business network, catch up with existing contacts and cement relationships while having a ton of fun in great venues around Montréal
  • Job fair: recruit the best talent for your company

Visit web site at http://www.effectsmtl.com

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17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
(IVA 2017), Aug 27-30, Stockholm

About the IVA Conferences

IVA 2017 is the 17th meeting of an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. IVAs are interactive digital characters that exhibit human-like qualities and can communicate with humans and each other using natural human modalities like facial expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition, emotion and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments. In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the showcasing of working applications.

Who Should Attend?

Students, academics and industry professionals with an interest in learning about and presenting the most cutting-edge research being conducted today in the multi- disciplinary field of intelligent virtual agents. Advances in IVA research are enabling increasingly autonomous agents that are now being utilized across a growing number of fields, including counseling, entertainment, medicine, the military, psychology and teaching. Researchers from the fields of human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a relevance to IVAs.

What Can I Expect This Year?

IVA 2017’s special topic is “Situated Intelligent Agents”, that is, agents that have awareness of and/or make use of their environment (physical or virtual). The theme will address the synergies between agents with different embodiments, from embodied virtual characters to social robots. Advances in both domains require the development of computational capabilities that allow robots and virtual characters to engage in those direct, unstructured and dynamically evolving social interactions that characterise humans.

For more information, visit:

http://iva2017.org/

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ISM2017: 19th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

The 19th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2017) is an international forum for researchers to exchange information regarding advances in the state of the art and practice of multimedia computing, as well as to identify the emerging research topics and define the future of multimedia computing. The technical program of ISM2017 will consist of invited talks, paper presentations, and panel discussions. Submissions are solicited for full papers, short papers, industry papers, workshop papers, technical demos, and panels.

Event Date: Taichung, Taiwan, December 11-13, 2017

Website: http://ism2017.asia.edu.tw/

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SMPTE Announces Final Call to Register and Save: Early-Bird Rates Ends Tomorrow

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

SMPTE’s Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition is the world’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. Taking place at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the event will fill two exhibit halls and multiple session rooms.

The day-long SMPTE 2017 Symposium on Monday, 23 October is titled Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future. The Symposium will examine how AI and machine learning technologies have gained significant traction in the creation of digital media. Speakers will offer practical use cases throughout the production chain.

SMPTE 2017 technical conference sessions will address topics including advances in display technologies; cinema processing and projection; larger color and dynamic range; compression; content management and storage, restoration, and preservation; content security; VR/AR/MR; SMPTE ST 2110; image acquisition and processing; new techniques in audio; quality assurance and monitoring; workflow systems management; cloud; and encouraging diversity.

SMPTE 2017 will fill two exhibit halls, multiple session rooms, and feature beer garden, Broadcast Beat Live! Studio, and a series of special events culminating with the Annual Awards Gala, hosted in the Loew Hollywood Hotel’s Hollywood Ballroom on 26 October.

Register Now! www.smpte2017.org

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MSE’s DUTTI DOLLY Brings Color to IBC 2017

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Matthews Studio Equipment known for creating innovative state of the art Technology That Complements Your Imagination for the entertainment industry will be featuring James Saldutti’s DUTTI DOLLY at IBC 2017 in Building 12 – G71.

DUTTI DOLLY, the dolly known for its unique and elegant design is getting an upgrade to its color palette. Originally designed by James Saldutti, a Hollywood Dolly Grip known as “Dutti”, who needed a dolly that could set up fast, get low and fit into tight places. DUTTI DOLLY has already expanded the creativity of the dolly shot, and now grips have more of a choice in finding a dolly that matches their personal style. Anodized blue and green have been added to the line up along with the original anodized silver, red and black.

Regardless of color, the DUTTI DOLLY remains consistent in its versatility. It can be mounted on the ground, on stands or apple boxes, over or underslung without the wobble seen on other small dollies. The compact footprint is easy to set-up and transport, yet large and durable enough for standing or sitting applications, and is compatible with mounting tripods, bazookas, tilt plates and other accessories.

Saldutti actually created it for cinematographer James Muro ASC, who took it everywhere on Rush Hour 3. He now uses it constantly on Longmire. “It simply makes for an intuitive operating experience,” Muro says. “Where there is not a lot of discussion, not a lot of laying track, not a lot of big equipment. With the Dutti Dolly I can be in and out of the location quickly and still have a massive amount of production value, just as if I had all the big gear.”

Key Grip Adrian “Ace” Dominguez (Speechless, NCIS, Ray Donovan) love the Dutti Dolly, not just for its many configurations but also because it’s → continue…

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Telestream Appoints Chris Drake as Vice President of Business and Corporate Development

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Continuing a very active period of organic growth, acquisitions and strategic appointments, Telestream®, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced the creation of a new senior leadership role within its organization. Chris Drake has been appointed to a new position, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, at Telestream. Drake took his role in July and reports directly to Telestream’s CEO, Dan Castles.

Telestream has achieved its 17th consecutive year of profitable global growth: the company recognizes that it is entering a key stage in its evolution with the recent acquisitions of quality control (QC) specialist, Vidcheck, and IneoQuest, the global leader in video quality monitoring and analytics solutions for content distribution across managed and unmanaged networks.

Many of the world’s most innovative technology companies are embracing the power of video as a tool both to bring their organizations closer together and to bring them closer to their customers. Telestream is strategically positioned to assist these organizations as they navigate the proliferation of devices and formats through which end-users opt to consume video. In his new role, Drake will be instrumental in shaping Telestream’s strategy: he is tasked with identifying, nurturing and growing partnerships in both file-based operations and live streaming marketplaces.

“Few companies can boast the long-term success, financial stability and customer loyalty that we enjoy at Telestream, but we aren’t becoming complacent with that success. Instead, we are building medium- and long-term strategies that will help both Telestream and our customers reach our full growth potential,” commented Castles. “In Chris Drake, we have secured an energetic and thoroughly experienced business development executive who is an excellent fit with Telestream’s collaborative culture and will help drive us to the next level and far beyond. I’m pleased to welcome Chris to the team.”

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Society of Camera Operators 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards Announce Technical Achievement Award Submissions Open

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) opens the online submission process for their annual Technical Achievement Award.

The Technical Achievement Awards is given each year by the SOC and awarded at the Lifetime Achievement Awards that will take place Saturday February 3, 2018 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles.

The nominees are reviewed by the Society’s Technical Committee with demonstrations and presentations conducted on November 11 and 12, 2017. The Recipients will also be highlighted in the Society of Camera Operators magazine, Camera Operator, magazine.

The 2017 Technical Achievement Award was given to SHOTOVER for the K1 6-Axis Stabilizer and That Cat for The Patented Silent Cat Slider. Past recipients include: Pictorvision for the Eclipse Gyro Stabilized Aerial Camera Systems, Motion Picture Marine for Perfect Horizon Camera Stabilization Head, Canon EOS Cine C300 and C500 Camera Systems, David Eubanks for pCam Film+Digital Calculator, Angenieux Optimo Lenses, ARRI Alexa Camera, to name a few.

The Submission process is open to any individual, manufacturer or organization that would like to be considered for the Technical Achievement Award. The online submission can be found at http://soc.org/techawards/. There is a $450 USD administrative fee when submitting.

For more information about the Awards

SOCAwards.com

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) advances the art, craft, and creative contributions of the Camera Operator.

The SOC is an internationally recognized professional honorary society. The core activities of the Society are the annual SOC Awards, publishing the Society’s magazine “Camera Operator,” and our charitable commitment to The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Spoofdance: Filmmakers revving up their comedy engines

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

In its second year, the Spoofdance film festival is seeking parody TV commercials and TV show parodies to include in its lineup. The event, which takes place online, gives away film gear and training ($2500 total value) to its funniest participants. Submission is free, and the deadline to send in videos is August 31.

Last year’s grand prize winner, Jordan Sovis, is planning to submit again. “I have been brainstorming. Gears have been turning!”

Sovis, a videographer in Owosso, Michigan, is a creative force in his small-town community. His parodies for Home Depot’s Search for a Star, including the award winning “The Magical World of Depot” have gone viral online. Sovis’ recent release, “We’re From Owosso,” involves locals in a full blown musical number, reviving a 1950s song from the town’s historic past.

Watch the video:

Last year, Sovis won Spoofdance’s top prize, a Glidecam HD-2000 camera stabilizer. “I film weddings full time, and the Glidecam has definitely helped be out in getting those ‘buttery’ shots! I love it!!”

Spoofdance entries will be judged by a panel of comedy experts, including the founder of the HBO New Writer’s Program, Steve Kaplan. Kaplan regularly serves as a consultant and script doctor to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others. All winners will be featured in the online awards show, and select entries may end up in the feature film comedy “Not From Space.”

See website for Official Rules and specifications.

WEBSITE: http://www.borgus.com/spoofdance

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Zachary Galler Shoots Discovery Channel’s Manhunt: UNABOMBER with VariCam 35s

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Manhunt: UNABOMBER tells the true story of the FBI’s hunt for Ted Kaczynski – better known as the Unabomber – the deadliest serial bomber in history. Discovery’s first scripted series, the eight-episode show follows FBI Agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), who used forensic linguistics to identify and capture Kaczynski (Paul Bettany). The series was shot by cinematographer Zachary Galler with VariCam 35 cinema cameras.

After dropping out of film school, Galler got his start in the industry working as a truck driver for a lighting rental house. Working his way up as a gaffer lighting music videos and commercials, Galler got his first big break in 2014, shooting director Mona Fastvold’s indie feature, The Sleepwalker, which played in competition at Sundance.

For Manhunt: UNABOMBER, Galler got involved through director Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House), who directed all eight episodes. “Greg had been talking to me about a couple other projects and when he brought up this one, it seemed like a really great fit,” says Galler. “I created a couple of look books for him and we talked a lot about the themes of the script. It really went from there.”

During prep, Galler had the luxury of having outlines of all the scripts before shooting, as well as knowing that Yaitanes would be directing all of the episodes. After reading through the first few scripts, Galler knew he would have to create two different worlds. “Kaczynski was an anti-technology hermit who lived in the middle of the woods making sophisticated mail bombs,” explains Galler. “Then you have the main character of the show, Jim Fitzgerald, who’s basically existing within the framework of the FBI behavior analysis unit. Just the way those two stories run concurrently, I felt there was going to be a lot of interesting things we could do visually, especially → continue…

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Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera Enables Viewers to ‘See in the Dark’ on National Geographic’s ‘Earth Live’

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to congratulate the team behind the National Geographic’s live television special “Earth Live”. The two-hour broadcast featured a live-production first, by using Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera along with a variety of Canon lenses, including the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF to show television viewers live images of illusive nocturnal wildlife from around the world at night, in color, without using artificial lighting. Hosted by award-winning actress Jane Lynch and award-winning television personality Phil Keoghan, the unprecedented two-hour event gave viewers an unfiltered, real-time broadcast feed to see Earth’s wildlife in various natural habitats with the use of 51 cameras shooting simultaneously in 25 different locations across six continents. The show premiered on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO on Sunday, July 9, and aired in 171 countries and 45 languages.

Working closely with National Geographic, executive producer Al Berman’s idea for “Earth Live” involved several locations that were in total darkness during the live production and those dark locations would either require lights that would disturb wildlife, or the use of infrared or thermal cameras, which didn’t suit Berman’s idea. It wasn’t until 2015 when Canon debuted the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera that Berman saw the opportunity to broadcast undisturbed nocturnal wildlife in color. The announcement of this revolutionary four million ISO, full-frame sensor camera that can shoot full-color video in extreme low-light conditions, immediately caught the attention of Berman, who approached Canon U.S.A. with his idea. The Company’s technical support team worked closely with Berman and his crew to provide and test equipment to help bring this concept to life.

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Case Study: Digic Pictures: Assassin’s Creed

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Marvelous Designer provides the best way for CG artists to efficiently create beautiful 3D clothing. With a pattern-based approach to modeling, users are able to easily create and simulate quality garments that are compatible with your existing software products. For more information, visit https://www.marvelousdesigner.com.

“I used Marvelous Designer while working on Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher 3, MeTube 2 and several other projects. I have used it predominantly for making clothes and various garments (scarves, caps, gloves, shirts, tees, trousers, skirts). Later, I started designing accessories in Marvelous Designer, too (tents, foils, body bags, draperies, pillowcases, curtains and custom MoCap suits for dogs and horses).” ~Diana Sindel – Junior character artist in Digic Pictures

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RAISE 3D ideaMaker: Powerful Slicing Software

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Main Features

  • Native-compiled, multi-threaded, 64-bit, highly efficient slicing engine for faster slicing speed
  • Automates separating of parts in assemblies
  • Comprehensive repair features for fixing bad models
  • Automatically generates support structures
  • Manages multiple printing profiles to easily switch between different print settings
  • View cross-section of models
  • Auto-Layout of multiple parts
  • User-friendly interface that is very easy to use, only 4 clicks to make a print
  • Compatible to most FDM 3d printers
  • Input OBJ/STL, output GCODE
  • Multi-Language interface: English, Chinese etc.

For ideaMaker Release Notes, Manual, and other downloads, go to:
https://www.raise3d.com/pages/ideamaker

For more information, visit https://www.raise3d.com.

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