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#DocsSoWhite: The Gatekeepers at The 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

By Lauren Wissot

Recently, I’d been pondering why the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival always tops my must-attend U.S. doc fest list. Like few fests in the U.S. or Europe, Full Frame truly walks the walk — it’s a top tier, mainstream nonfiction festival in which the people in power are almost exclusively women. Indeed, one look at the 10-member staff page on the Full Frame website reveals just two male faces (only one of which is white). Then there are the attendees, the other ingredient that makes Full Frame truly special — as many folks of color as white. The one thing […] → continue…

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New firmware update for the Sony A7III resolves “blinking pixels” issue

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, BestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig. Sony a7III in Europe at Amazon DE, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK, ParkCameras UK, WexUK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES. – Sony issued a new firmware update for the Sony A7III (download here). Benefits and improvements – Resolves a “blinking pixels” phenomenon at the […]

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Ooyala and MPP Global Team Up to Increase Worldwide Video Revenue for Clients

By Bob Gold

MPP Global, the provider of eSuite, the world’s smartest subscription platform, and Ooyala, a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, announce their worldwide partnership to bring a suite of services for broadcasters, operators and media companies to easily, effectively and better monetize OTT and IPTV video services.

“By working together with Ooyala, we can offer a game-changing experience for our clients,” said Paul Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of MPP Global. “Between the capabilities of MPP Global’s eSuite platform and Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of software, we believe we can combine to help our customers deliver media experiences that are more personal, more engaging and more profitable.”

“Adding MPP Global to Ooyala’s partner ecosystem was a natural fit,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “We’re able to build on their content monetization and customer acquisition and retention capabilities by providing an exceptional solution to help media companies build out new subscription offerings, while improving existing ones. In today’s world, where consumers demand premium video content anywhere, anytime and on any screen, every media company is looking for ways to enhance their video offerings and better engage viewers.”

Ooyala is one of the world’s largest premium video platforms and an advanced content supply chain optimization platform that removes the cost and complexity of creation, orchestration and distribution. MPP Global’s subscription management platform and Ooyala’s cloud video services have already been deployed by leading media organizations around the world, with success supporting large OTT viewership for customers in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

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From:: Student Filmmakers

10 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked “Annihilation”

By Chris van Dijk

Stalker

For those who have been fans of Alex Garland’s written work and his cinematic directorial debut “Ex Machina,” “Annihilation” was eagerly anticipated. “Annihilation” was based on Jeff VanderMeer’s original novel of the same name, which was also the first part of a cerebral and mysterious trilogy known as “The Southern Reach.” Reading the original novel, it became clear that adapting it wasn’t going to be easy and when the trailer eventually came out, it diverted a lot from the source material.

Many feared that the finished film was compromised by the studio, as reports leaked out about how the main financier was worried that the film was ”too intellectual.” The film was originally supposed to be distributed by Paramount, but had then been sold to Netflix after poor test screenings.

Only those who lived in either the United States, Canada or China had the virtue of seeing this splendorous film in theaters, while the rest of Europe and the UK had to be content with streaming it via Netflix.

One apparent difference from the novel and the trailer was its emphasis on monster horror. Though there were hints of monster action in the novel, it was mostly kept to the reader’s imagination as the main character – named ‘the biologist’ in the book – would find the gory remains of numerous victims instead of witnessing actual slaughter. In the trailer, we already saw a strange bearlike organism attack the main characters. This could have been perceived as a studio mandate – stripping down the film’s intellectualism and bulking up conventional horror beats.

It turns out that we had nothing to fear. Garland won the final cut and “Annihilation” is his complete vision. In a strange twist, the changes to the novel worked, not just because they translate better to the medium of → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

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…

From:: Student Filmmakers

Tachar 50mm f/1.0 E-mount modified lens sells for £7,260 on eBay

By SonyAlpha Admin

This very rare Tachar 50mm f/1.0 E-mount modified lens sells for £7,260 on eBay UK. Image samples can be found on the auction page. – Sony A7III preorder links: Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, BestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig. Sony a7III in Europe at Amazon DE, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK, ParkCameras UK, WexUK, Amazon FR, […]

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Adobe update adds full Sony A7III RAW support

By SonyAlpha Admin

Adobe issued a new Camera Raw April Update which adds a multitude of new features and full Sony A7III support. Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, BestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig. Sony a7III in Europe at Amazon DE, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK, ParkCameras UK, WexUK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES. – Thanks Benji

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