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NAB 2015: Love and hate, plus blogs and videos

By Randi Altman I have been to more NABs than I would like to admit, and I loved them all… I’ve also hated them all, but that is my love/hate relationship with the show. I love seeing the new technology, trends and friends I’ve made from my many years in the business. I hate the way my feet feel at the end of the day. I hate the way that there is not enough lotion on the planet to keep my skin from falling off.  I extra-hate the cab lines, but mostly I hate not being able to see everything that needs to be seen.


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The audio team at Sony Pictures Post takes on Netflix’s ‘Bloodline’

By Jennifer Walden For many in the country, this past winter was a rough one. In fact, at times it felt never-ending. While spring now limps toward us just a little too slowly, you might want to imagine yourself in a tropical climate. May we recommend settling in with a refreshing drink and binge watching Netflix’s new drama series Bloodline. Shot on-location in Islamorada, a six-island section of the Florida Keys, Bloodline unravels the story of the locally renowned Rayburn family, whose children engage in a bit of Floridian fratricide. Re-recording mixer Joe Barnett at Sony Pictures Post notes, unsurprisingly, that bug sounds


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NAB 2015: Adobe, Foundry and revisiting the ‘big picture’

By Adrian Winter Admittedly, it’s taken me a while to put this entry together, as the days between when NAB wrapped up until now have been very busy. How busy? So busy that I have yet to catch up with Daredevil. THAT’S how busy. I am not starting Episode 10, despite the fact that Episode 9 ended on a really crazy note and I can’t stop thinking about it. Instead, I am taking this time to run through my last day at NAB. While the exhibit floor on toward the end of the show was significantly less crowded than earlier in the week, there were still some gems to be found that are worth reporting on. Adobe Wednesday morning found me at the Adobe booth, taking in demos of the new releases of CC


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NAB 2015: MPSE panel profiles audio post for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

By Mel Lambert “When a soundtrack is loud you can wing it, but for Fifty Shades of Grey everything had to be carefully balanced to match the different environments,” reported sound effects mixer Anna Behlmer who, with Terry Porter overseeing dialog and music, re-recorded the intricate soundtrack for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s recent film of the best-selling novel by E. L. James. “The film’s carefully crafted Foley, for example, created the sense of isolation on the 50th floor of the building that Christian Grey [played by Jamie Dornan] owned,” she continued. “My intention was to create an atmosphere for the scene that you cannot tell is there, but that you


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NAB 2015: A veteran’s perspective

Where have all the buttons gone? They’ve gone to servers. By Jonathan Moser For me, NAB used to be about “the buttons.” The latest and the greatest. Which black box could do what to a picture… and sound. K-Scopes, ADO, A53, DDRs…switchers with a LOT of buttons and colors. Consoles, decks, 1-inch, all the Ds (D1,D2…D5). Cool hardware. But post hardware (with the exception of some, like NewTek’s TriCaster and a handful of others) has gotten decidedly boring. Let’s face it — hard drives and ASCII keyboards just aren’t sexy. Now, NAB post production seems to be about everything else — servers, distribution, Ultra HD


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NAB 2015 Wrap-Up: The final days

By Will Rogers That was quite a week. Wednesday and Thursday at the NAB Show were much less hectic than Monday and Tuesday — no long lines for freshly squeezed product releases or swaths of spectators with tunnel vision. But don’t be fooled… every day of NAB is jam-packed and fast-paced, but the latter part of the week brought more of a wander-and-observe atmosphere. I forgot to set my alarm for the same time every day, so I got into Wednesday’s FCC keynote a little late. I caught the tail end of Tom Wheeler’s talk, but after the crowd was released, I


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Sound developments from NAB 2015: Part 2

Spotlighting Yamaha, JBL 7 Series Monitors, Audio-Technica, RTW and Fairlight. By Mel Lambert Continuing our homage to the NAB Show’s core theme of “Crave More,” here is another batch of new developments seen and heard in Las Vegas earlier this week. Yamaha put on a practical demonstration of the Nuage control surface for use with a variety of digital audio workstations, including Steinberg Nuendo, Cubase and Avid Pro Tools via the HUI


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NAB: We are a lucky bunch of nerds

By William Rogers I bolted awake at 5am this morning, Las Vegas time. I’m still ticking on New York City’s clock, and I don’t think that I’ll be changing that any time this week. I’ve also completely refrained from gambling, drinking (besides a sip of wine at a Monday night dinner with OWC) and any other activities that would cause me to think about keeping what happened here, here.


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NAB: Exploring collaborative workflows on the exhibit floor

By Adrian Winter It was back to the showroom floor for me today as I checked in on a number of exhibitors with an eye toward collaborative workflows. My first stop was the Adobe booth to take in a demonstration of Adobe Anywhere — Adobe’s collaborative platform for Premiere, Prelude and After Effects. The workflow is built around a number of users, working either in house or remotely, that can access and work with the same footage all stored in one place called a Collaboration Hub. This


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Sound developments at the NAB Show

Spotlighting Pro Sound Effects library, Genelec 7.1.4 Array, Avid Master Joystick Module and Sennheiser AVX wireless mic By Mel Lambert With a core theme of ”Crave More,” which is intended to reflect the passion of our media and entertainment communities, and with products from 1,700 exhibitors this year – including over 200 first-time companies – there were plenty of new developments to see and hear at the NAB Show, which continues in Las Vegas until Thursday afternoon. In addition to unveiling Master Library 2.0, which adds more that 30,000 new sound effects, online access, annual updates and new subscription pricing, Pro Sound Effects demonstrated a


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