10 Great Actors Bound To Win An Oscar

By Cristian Mois

Every Oscar season, some actors are overlooked, while others are considered overdue and others settle for their status as a nominee. While a lot of factors need to be taken into account when assessing someone’s Oscar chances (the competition, the movie’s success, the campaign etc.), there are a handful of actors who consistently give performances that are so great and so entrancing that they’re almost constantly in the Oscar conversation and almost guaranteed to win a statuette at one point, when all the variables work in their favour.

This list showcases some of the most acclaimed actors working today, who still have a long career ahead of them and have the strongest chances to claim an Oscar at one point in their careers.

10. Michael Fassbender

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German-born Irish actor Michael Fassbender made his big-screen debut in Zack Snyder’s war epic ‘300′ (2007), but it was his first collaboration with Steve McQueen that put him on critics’ map.

In McQueen’s directorial debut ‘Hunger’ (2008), he plays Bobby Sands, who leads the second IRA hunger strike. To portray the role authentically, Fassbender underwent a very strict diet and shed significant weight.

As his popularity increased, he started balancing big budget movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’ (2009) and ‘X-Men: First Class’ (dir. Matthew Vaughn, 2011) with films by renowned directors such as Andrea Arnold, ‘Fish Tank’ (2009) and David Cronenberg, ‘A Dangerous Method’ (2011) which have brought him strong notices.

In his second pairing with McQueen, ‘Shame’ (2011), Fassbender plays Brandon, a New-York executive battling with sexual addiction. His stellar performance in the role received widespread acclaim and nabbed him numerous accolades, which ultimately failed to materialise into a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards in what was widely viewed as one of the biggest snubs of the → continue…

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Sony unveils FS5 II Super 35mm camera with 4K HDR and 120fps RAW

Sony has announced the latest member of its professional Super 35mm lineup, the FS5 II. Similar in looks and functionality to its predecessor, the upgrades to the FS5 II are mostly features that were available to its predecessor through paid updates—only now they’re ‘free’.

Inside, the Super 35 Exmor CMOS sensor remains untouched. Likewise, the E-mount body of the camera remains identical aside from the updated nameplate and a different color neutral density dial. Where the camera gets the biggest changes is in its color science, Raw shooting modes, and high frame rate functionality.

The stand-out feature of the FS5 II is the updated color science that’s gone into it. Sony says it’s taken everything it’s learned from developing the 6K Venice camera and brought it into the much more compact (and affordable) FS5 II. The changes are said to yield ‘rich mid-range colours, alluring facial tones, and a softer tonal look’. Also added are nine color profiles, including a few designed specifically for S-Log2 and S-Log3.

Here’s a closer look at the new camcorder:

Also present in the FS5 II is Sony’s ‘Instant HDR’ workflow. This is one of the features available for the FS5 via a paid update, but it comes standard on the FS5 II. The Instant HDR workflow eliminates the need for color grading footage. This effectively means HDR video can be streamed straight from the camera when shot in HLG/BT.2020 mode.

Finally, the FS5 II features dual SD card slots that can internally record video up to 4K/30p and Full HD video at 1080/120p. For higher-resolution and RAW video, an external recorder is needed; however, if you are using an external recorder, the FS5 II can output 4K/60p video and even RAW 4K/120p, but only in four second bursts. At 2K, the FS5 II → continue…

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LaCie reveals slimmed down Rugged RAID Pro with USB-C and integrated SD card reader

French computer hardware company LaCie has announced the Rugged RAID Pro, the latest addition to its popular lineup of rugged external storage solutions.

Like its predecessors, the Rugged RAID Pro sticks with the iconic orange aesthetic made famous by Scottish product designer Neil Poulton. The signature design remains largely unchanged from its predecessors with the exception a few notable differences.

First, the integrated wrap-around cable is no longer present in the Rugged RAID Pro. While this might be a slight inconvenience, LaCie hopes the new, faster USB-C port and included Thunderbolt 3 cable (backwards compatible with USB-C connections) will make up for it. LaCie claims the max transfer speeds in RAID 0 configuration top out at 240MB/s, although you can configure the two internal hard drives to run in Raid 1 as well.

In addition to the new USB-C port, LaCie took a note out of its own book with the LaCie Copilot and added a UHS-II SD card reader to the Rugged RAID Pro. Now there’s no need to carry around an extra card reader if you’re using an SD card, which should be nice for those times when you don’t want to fuss with more cables than absolutely necessary.

Like all of LaCie’s ruggedized external drives, the Rugged RAID Pro is shock, dust and water resistant. LaCie claims it can handle drops from 1.2m/4ft without skipping a beat. In the event something does happen to it, LaCie includes three-years of Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Services. It also comes with one month of Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, a $50 value.

The Rugged RAID Pro will be hitting shelves with 4TB capacity ‘this quarter’ with an MSRP of $350. To learn → continue…

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Blackmagic releases DaVinci Resolve 15 with all-new VFX and motion graphics module

In addition to the new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K announced earlier today, Blackmagic Design also released a major update to its video production software DaVinci Resolve. According to Blackmagic, DaVinci Resolve 15 comes with “hundreds of new features and improvements” but the major addition is a new Fusion module that fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics tools into the DaVinci Resolve workflow.

If you were wondering if Blackmagic is serious about making this a class-leading application, this update should help answer that. Already an industry favorite for color-correction, DaVinci Resolve 15 now includes four high-end video production applications in one: there’s a module for editing, a module for color correction, a module for audio production, and now, the new Fusion module for VFX and motion graphics as well.

Previously available as a stand-alone application, Fusion—which Blackmagic Design calls the “world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software”—is now built right into DaVinci Resolve 15.

“DaVinci Resolve 15 is a huge and exciting leap forward for post production because it’s the world’s first solution to combine editing, color, audio and now visual effects into a single software application,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We’ve listened to the incredible feedback we get from customers and have worked really hard to innovate as quickly possible. DaVinci Resolve 15 gives customers unlimited creative power to do things they’ve never been able to do before. It’s finally possible to bring teams of editors, colorists, sound engineers and VFX artists together so they can collaborate on the same project at the same time, all in the same software application!”

According to Blackmagic, the Fusion module gives visual effects and motion graphics artists a true 3D workspace with over 250 tools for compositing, vector paint, particles, keying, rotoscoping, text → continue…

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Ooyala and Avid Collaborate on Media Asset Management Solution Giving Content Companies Additional Flexibility

By Bob Gold

Ooyala has collaborated with Avid® to integrate the new Flex Media Platform into Avid MediaCentral®. The new Flex Media Platform now provides comprehensive, fully integrated media logistics functionality. With this new integration, Ooyala and Avid now offer a best-of-breed solution to get content to consumers seamlessly, rapidly and in a manner that is truly streamlined to maximize ROI.

“Media companies are managing growing inventories of high quality content, and they want a solution that eliminates the complexity of the process while increasing operational efficiencies,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “Being an Avid Alliance Partner means customers won’t have to uproot their existing tools and systems in order to have the most comprehensive solution possible. They can now leverage the advanced Media Logistics capabilities of the Flex Media Platform seamlessly within their existing Avid infrastructure.”

Managing video assets is a common challenge for many media companies that handle large amounts of content yet lack efficient metadata capabilities. Ooyala, a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, solves this challenge with the Flex Media Platform. It is an open and extensible video production, delivery and content-supply-chain-optimization platform that simplifies and streamlines the process of managing, curating, orchestrating, publishing, measuring and monetizing video content. Among other features, the platform can automate the assignment and management of metadata across complex, fast-growing inventories of video assets.

The integration empowers customers with advanced metadata modelling using metadata aggregated from a variety of sources. Assets can be seamlessly transferred from cloud-based storage into existing Avid production environments.

“By integrating the metadata capabilities of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, we’re powering a best-of-breed solution that provides a ‘single source of truth’ and better overall orchestration of the process,” said Ed Caracappa, Sr. Director Global Alliances at Avid. “We’re now able → continue…

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Frame.io announces smooth looking macOS integration app

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Simon Wyndham)

Frame.io announces smooth looking macOS integration app

Following on from it’s recent upgrade announcement Frame.io has some further surprises for us with new macOS integration.

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    Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    Way back in 2013, Blackmagic Design introduced the Pocket Cinema Camera, a compact camera with a Super 16 sensor that promised cinema recording quality in a body about the size of a Sony a6500. While it delivered high quality footage, many users acknowledged that it felt like a version 1 product, including frustrating issues like fussy behavior, short battery life, and inelegant ergonomics and controls.

    At NAB in Las Vegas, Blackmagic finally announced the sequel many were waiting for, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Video shooters will be happy to know that it’s a significant upgrade at a very aggressive price point.

    The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is built around a Micro Four Thirds sensor with dual native ISO and a native DCI 4K (4096×2160) resolution. Although we don’t have any technical information on the sensor, this sounds suspiciously similar to the one used in Panasonic’s GH5S. Blackmagic claims the sensor can capture 13 stops of dynamic range.

    Blackmagic finally announced the sequel many were waiting for, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Video shooters will be happy to know that it’s a significant upgrade at a very aggressive price point.

    The camera will be able to record DCI 4K at 60 fps and windowed HD (a native 1080 crop) at up to 120 fps in either 10-bit ProRes or 12-bit Raw formats. Various internal recording media are supported including standard SD cards, UHS-II cards, and CFast 2.0 cards.

    What’s potentially more interesting, however, is the option to record externally using the camera’s USB-C port. Blackmagic claims it’s the first camera that will let users connect media, like an SSD, directly to the camera’s USB-C port for direct external recording. This means it should be possible to go directly from shooting to working on your computer without transferring data from → continue…

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    NAB 2018, Blackmagic Design annuncia DaVinci Resolve 15, ora integra gli effetti di Fusion !

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    NAB 2018, la Blackmagic Design ha annunciato DaVinci Resolve 15, l’ultima rivoluzionaria versione del software con strumenti per effetti visivi e grafica in movimento. DaVinci Resolve 15 è il primo software professionale al mondo a racchiudere montaggio offline e online, correzione colore, post audio, collaborazione multiutente, e ora anche effetti visivi in un unico spazio.

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    Atomos unveils the Ninja V: A 5.2-inch 4K/60p external monitor and recorder

    For filmmakers who want an Atomos external monitor/recorder but feel like the 7-inch Atomos Ninja and Shogun recorders are a bit too big, Atomos has released something just for you. The Atomos Ninja V packs many of the same features into a smaller 5.2-inch form factor that the company says is “perfect for mirrorless cameras, DSLRs and gaming.”

    We’re not sure about (and not interested in) the gaming bit, but for video shooters who prefer a DSLR or mirrorless system, a smaller external recorder could be exactly what they’ve been waiting for.

    The Ninja V sports a 5.2-inch HDR screen with 1000nits brightness and anti-reflection finish for easy daylight recording, and can record up to 4K/60p 10-bit video over HDMI 2 in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR. And since portability is one of its main features, the whole thing is 1-inch (2.5cm) thick and weighs just 11oz (320g).

    Feature-wise, you get most of the things you’ve come to expect from an Atomos recorder: histogram, false color, focus peaking, movable 1-1 and 2-1 pixel magnification, waveform, RGB parade, Vector scope, 8 channel audio level meters, and the ability to load creative LUTs, for a start. And the Atom HDR engine promises to show you 10+ stops of dynamic range on the LCD in real time from your camera’s Log/PQ/HLG signals.

    Finally, the Atomos Ninja V also features the company’s modular expansion slot, which will allow you to dock “expansion modules” into the battery slot and add advanced features like bi-directional high speed video, audio and continuous power.

    The Atomos Ninja V is available now for $695. To learn more about the new monitor/recorder, check out the full press release below or head over to the Atomos → continue…

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    AMP VISUAL TV Equips Newest 4K HDR OB Van With Extensive MediorNet Installation

    By Dundee Hills Group

    LAS VEGAS April 9, 2018 — TV coverage specialist AMP VISUAL TV, an innovator in the design of outside broadcast (OB) vans for remote video productions, has outfitted its newest 4K HDR OB van — Millenium 6 — with an extensive complement of Riedel Communications equipment. Following the successful deployment of its Millenium Signature 12 (MS12) OB van, AMP VISUAL TV has again invested in Riedel gear to ensure flexible, reliable communications and signal transport within Millenium 6.

    “By basing our OB vans on MediorNet and other Riedel systems, we enjoy a great deal of freedom in creating the sophisticated media infrastructures critical to modern productions,” said François Valadoux, Chief Technology Officer at AMP VISUAL TV. “In our experience, Riedel gear delivers the performance we require and the flexibility we need to address the demands of working in 4K. It was an obvious choice for our newest OB van.”

    AMP VISUAL TV has one of Europe’s largest and most innovative fleets of OB vans engineered to meet the requirements of global entertainment events, television studios, and sports competitions. The company has given Millenium 6 the benefit of beautiful workspaces with wood-paneling highlights, as well as a robust Riedel MediorNet real-time media network supporting as many as 26 wired and wireless cameras, a multiviewer monitor wall, and Artist (wired) and Bolero (wireless) intercom systems.

    Designed to handle most major productions, AMP VISUAL TV’s Millenium OB vans boast a rich blend of space, comfort, ergonomics, and power — the perfect conditions for producing any kind of program. With a modular design and mobile partition system adapted from its older sibling, MS12, the new van is an extensible semitrailer that incorporates flexible workspaces. For example, using a partition system, the production area can be split into two spaces. Their RF-12 fly packs can then be → continue…

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    NEP Sweden Chooses Riedel MediorNet for Decentralized Signal Routing Aboard All-New UHD Van

    By Dundee Hills Group

    LAS VEGAS April 9, 2018 — NEP Sweden is the latest division of NEP Europe, one of the continent’s largest providers of outside broadcasting (OB) services, to adopt Riedel Communications’ MediorNet real-time signal transport, processing, and routing technology. NEP Sweden is installing MediorNet on board its all-new UHD/4K OB van, UHD 1, to provide a decentralized and redundant communications and signal routing backbone for coverage of a broad range of high-profile live productions.

    UHD 1 features a Riedel decentralized MediorNet backbone consisting of eight MetroN core routers, a MediorNet Modular, 27 MicroN high-density media distribution network devices, and an additional 12 MicroN’s configured with Riedel’s MediorNet MultiViewer App to support comprehensive monitoring. The decentralized network conveniently allows signal I/O to be placed exactly where needed, enabling NEP Sweden to reduce cabling and overall system complexity. Two MediorNet Compact Pro frames are also available for use as stage boxes.

    “We designed our new van to be a showcase for the latest in 4K and UHD broadcasting technologies, and Riedel’s MediorNet is no exception. The highly scalable MediorNet signal transport and routing system gives us new dimensions of flexibility, redundancy, and reliability, paving the way for the van to support any type of 4K production,” said Jens Envall, Technical Director NEP Sweden. “We also appreciate the simplicity of the solution. With capabilities like the MediorNet MultiViewer App and other built-in signal processing, we’re able to eliminate many external devices.”

    Rik Hoerée, Sales Director at Riedel Communications, commented, “It’s a pleasure to add NEP Sweden to our growing list of NEP divisions that have embraced MediorNet for decentralized routing. With its track record of delivering first-class live broadcasts of all types and sizes, NEP Sweden’s choice is a strong endorsement of MediorNet’s power and versatility.”

    Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available → continue…

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    Riedel’s Bolero Celebrates First Birthday With New Features and Standalone Operation

    By Dundee Hills Group

    LAS VEGAS April 9, 2018 — Over the past year, Bolero has set the standard for what modern wireless intercoms should be. Its performance speaks for itself, and clients around the globe continue to be impressed by its range, sound quality, and beltpack density. At the 2018 NAB Show, Riedel will unveil the Bolero Standalone Application, a license-enabled upgrade that will provide several performance enhancements along with standalone capabilities.

    With the Bolero Standalone Application, antennas are daisy-chained to each other in a line or a redundant ring via a low-latency, synchronized TDM network. The solution is truly plug-and-play, with no IP configuration needed. A new external power supply can power up to five antennas, so power and data redundancies are easily achieved. A new, single-RU, half-width external interface box, with six analog 4-wires and three GPIOs, can be directly connected to any antenna and then patched into an existing intercom system. The system is easily configured via a web GUI internal to the antennas.

    Other new capabilities provided by the Bolero update include individual rotary programming, Bluetooth headset support, and a new beltpack QuickMute feature that allows users to easily set the volume of all channels to zero.

    “The standalone version of Bolero is a perfect wireless intercom solution for rental houses, clients with smaller requirements where intercom needs can be met solely through the flexibility of Bolero, and clients who are already invested in other intercom solutions,” said Wolfgang Fritz, Senior Product Manager, Riedel Communications. “With superior sound quality, outstanding RF performance, and simple interfacing, far more users will now be able to enjoy the benefits of Bolero.”

    Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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    New SmartPanel From Riedel Redefines How a Keypanel Should Look and Feel, Enables Multiple Workflows

    By Dundee Hills Group

    LAS VEGAS April 9, 2018 — Building upon the technology that powers its SmartPanel app-driven user interfaces, Riedel Communications proudly introduced the new 1200 series SmartPanel today. Making its debut at the 2018 NAB Show, the RSP-1232HL represents a quantum leap forward in workflow flexibility, power, and connectivity. Featuring multiple full-color multitouch displays, 32 innovative hybrid-lever keys, the ability to leverage apps for multifunctionality, and the ability to adapt easily to the various workflows in use today, this new panel is poised to allow users to work the way they always have while opening up entirely new possibilities.

    The two-year research and development effort behind the RSP-1232HL panel involved input from many users and industry pros. Every aspect of existing panel technology was evaluated, from the spacing of components to their look and feel. The result is a 32-key user interface with each lever key having an integrated rotary encoder that provides control over parameters in the same location as the key. The levers have been meticulously designed to have the perfect form, weight, comfort, responsiveness, and anti-fatigue qualities to effectively redefine the way an intercom panel should feel.

    The RSP-1232HL has been designed to support varied workflows. Some comms users prefer “Talk & Listen” workflows where the user chooses what to listen to from an initially silent panel. Other workflows prefer a “Talk & Mute” workflow where users start with a panel that broadcasts everything, with the users selectively choosing which signals to turn off. Users decide which mode they prefer on a per-panel basis.

    Inventing a panel from scratch also enables new features that greatly aid in making the panel easier to understand for users. Riedel’s new Logical Groups concept allows users to choose custom colors for either the key labels or the LED rings that are positioned around each → continue…

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    NAB 2018, da Blackmagic Design arrivano Mini Converter, Optical Fiber 12G, UpDownCross HD e Blackmagic MultiView 4 HD

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    Al NAB 2018, la Blackmagic Design ha annunciato tre nuovi Mini Converter, il Blackmagic Mini Converter Optical Fiber 12G è un convertitore bidirezionale per fibra ottica e SDI, Blackmagic Mini Converter UpDownCross HD è il nuovo convertitore di standard di qualità broadcast che converte i formati video SD o HD in qualsiasi altro formato video SD o HD

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    Industry News: Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for Just $1295

    By Canon Rumors Next generation 4K camera features dual native ISO, full 4/3 HDR sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and ProRes or RAW recording to internal SD/UHS-II and CFast cards, or even external USB‑C drives! NAB 2018, Las Vegas, USA – April 9, 2018 – Blackmagic Design today announced the all new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, a handheld digital … → continue…

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