At AES 2019, Nugen Audio unveiled the latest update for its Sigmod software plugin. The update allows Sigmod to host multiple instances of the Insert module and incorporates hosting support for third-party VST2 and AU plugins. This enables users to access a wider pool of plugins – particularly in DAWs that support limited plugin formats – and increases access for creative routing options such as mid/side processing for any stereo or multi-mono plugin. Continue reading
Creative studio Nice Shoes has added colorist Yulia Bulashenko to its Toronto location. She brings over seven years of experience as a freelance colorist, working worldwide across on projects with such top global clients as Nike, Volkswagen, MTV, Toyota, Diesel, Uniqlo, Uber, Adidas and Zara, among numerous others.
Bulashenko’s resume includes work across commercials, Continue reading
Filmmaker Daniel Iglesias Jr., whose reel spans narrative storytelling to avant-garde fashion films with creativity and an eccentric visual style, has signed with full-service creative studio Good Company.
Iglesias’ career started while attending Chapman University’s renowned film school, where he earned a BFA in screen acting. At the same time, Continue reading
Colorists are often called on to help enhance a particular mood or item for a film, show or spot. For Netflix’s In the Tall Grass — based on a story from horror writers Stephen King and Joe Hill — director Vincenzo Natali and DP Craig Wrobleski called on Deluxe Toronto’s Joanne Rourke to finesse the film’s final look using color to give the grass, Continue reading
Harbor has added to its London- and LA-based studios. Marcus Alexander joins as VP of picture post, West Coast and Darren Rae as senior colorist. He will be supervising all dailies in the UK.
Marcus Alexander started his film career in London almost 20 years ago as an assistant editor before joining Framestore as a VFX editor. Continue reading
Goldcrest Post senior colorist Nat Jencks will take part in a discussion about the technology and creativity behind the Netflix series Russian Doll at NAB Show New York. Joining Jencks will be post supervisor Lisa Melodia in a session moderated by our own postPerspective editor-in-chief Randi Altman.
The session will take place on Thursday, Continue reading
Charlieuniformtango principal/CEO Lola Lott has named three of the full-service studio’s most veteran artists as new partners — editors Deedle LaCour and James Rayburn, and Flame artist Joey Waldrip. This is the first time in the company’s almost 25-year history that the partnership has expanded. All three will continue with their current jobs but have received the expanded titles of senior editor/partner and senior Flame artist/partner, Continue reading
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X with a new Metal engine designed to provide performance gains across a wide range of Mac systems. It takes advantage of the new Mac Pro and the high-resolution, high-dynamic-range viewing experience of Apple Pro Display XDR. The company also optimized Motion and Compressor with Metal as well. Continue reading
GoPro has added two new cameras to its lineup — Hero8 Black and GoPro Max — as well as modular accessories called Mods.
The Hero8 Black ($399) features HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization and offers improved pitch-axis stabilization. It also now supports all frame rates and resolutions. TimeWarp 2.0 auto adjusts to the operator’s speed and can be slowed to realtime with a tap. Continue reading
Foundry has released Nuke 12.0, which introduces the next cycle of releases for the Nuke family. The Nuke 12.0 release brings improved interactivity and performance across the Nuke family, from additional GPU-enabled nodes for cleanup to a rebuilt playback engine in Nuke Studio and Hiero. Nuke 12.0 also sees the integration of GPU-accelerated tools integrated from Cara VR for camera solving, Continue reading
The HPA Awards Committee has announced the nominees for the creative categories for the 2019 HPA Awards. The HPA Awards honor outstanding achievement and artistic excellence by the individuals and teams who help bring stories to life. Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in color grading, editing, sound and visual effects for work in episodic, Continue reading
Horton first joined Uppercut in 2017 after a stint as an assistant editor at Whitehouse Post. Stepping up as editor he’s cut notable projects, Continue reading
Cinelab London, which provides a wide range of film and digital restoration services, has added two new creatives to its staff — sound mastering supervisor Jason Stevens and senior colorist Mike David.
Stevens brings with him over 20 years of experience in sound and film archive restoration. Prior to his new role, Continue reading
Ziva Dynamics has introduced Ziva VFX 1.7, designed to make CG character creation easier thanks to the introduction of Art Directable Rest Shapes (ADRS). This tool allows artists to make characters conform to any shape without losing its dynamic properties, opening up a faster path to cartoons and digi-doubles.
Users can now adjust a character’s silhouette with simple sculpting tools. Continue reading
The feature film Downton Abbey is a continuation of the popular TV series, which followed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic help. Created by Julian Fellowes, the film is based in 1927, one year after the show’s final episode, bringing with it the exciting announcement of a royal visit to Downton from King George V and Queen Mary. Continue reading
Creative production house Flavor has added CG supervisor Joshua Studebaker to its Los Angeles studio. For more than eight years, Studebaker has been a freelance CG artist in LA, specializing in design, animation, dynamics, lighting/shading and compositing via Maya, Cinema 4D, Vray/Octane, Nuke and After Effects.
A frequent collaborator with Flavor and its brand and agency partners, Continue reading
Hollywood post house Pace Pictures and bicoastal visual effects, animation and motion graphics specialist ShockBox VFX have formed a strategic alliance for film and television projects. The two specialist companies provide studios and producers with integrated services encompassing all aspects of post in order to finish any project efficiently, cost-effectively and with greater creative control. Continue reading
FotoKem is now offering its video post services in Santa Monica. This provides an accessible location for those working on the west side of LA, as well as access to the talent from its Burbank and Hollywood studios.
Designed to support an entire pipeline of services, the FotoKem Santa Monica facility is housed just off the 10 freeway, Continue reading
Seasoned colorist Jimmy Hsu has joined Encore Vancouver, bringing with him experience in content creation and color science. He comes to Encore Vancouver from Side Street Post Production, where he began as an online editor in 2012 before focusing on color grading.
Hsu’s work spans live action and animated projects across genres, Continue reading
NYC-based post studio Nice Shoes has hired senior colorist Maria Carretero, who comes to Nice Shoes with nearly two decades of global experience in color grading under her belt. Her portfolio includes a wide range of feature films, short films, music videos and commercials for brands like Apple, Jeep, Porsche, Michael Kors, Disney and Marriott, Continue reading
AJA will soon offer the new HDR Image Analyzer 12G, bringing 12G-SDI connectivity to its realtime HDR monitoring and analysis platform developed in partnership with Colorfront. The new product streamlines 4K/Ultra HD HDR monitoring and analysis workflows by supporting the latest high-bandwidth 12G-SDI connectivity. The HDR Image Analyzer 12G will be available this fall for $19,995. Continue reading
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has named Martin Scorsese as the forthcoming recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented next year at the 18th Annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, Continue reading
Avid has added native support in Media Composer for Apple’s ProRes RAW camera codec and support for ProRes playback and encoding on Windows. In addition, Apple will provide 64-bit decoders for DNxHR and DNxHD codecs within the Pro Video Formats package that is available from Apple as a free download for all users. Continue reading
At IBC 2019, Sony announced the PXW-FX9, its first XDCAM camera featuring an advanced 6K full-frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new camera offers content creators greater creative freedom and flexibility to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences.
Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, Continue reading
At IBC 2019, Adobe introduced a new reframing/reformatting feature for Premiere Pro called Auto Reframe. Powered by Adobe Sensei, the company’s AI/machine learning framework, Auto Reframe intelligently reframes and reformats video content for different aspect ratios, from square to vertical to cinematic 16:9 versions. Like the recently introduced Content-Aware Fill for After Effects, Continue reading
Production music company Killer Tracks has rebranded as Universal Production Music. The new name strengthens alignment with parent company Universal Music Group.
As part of its rebrand, Universal Production Music has launched new US website. Using the new theme “Find Your Anthem,” the site provides intuitive tools for searching, sharing and collaborating, Continue reading
Visual effects and content creation company Whiskytree has gone through a growth spurt that included a substantial increase in staff, a new physical space and new infrastructure.
Providing content for films, television, the Web, apps, game and VR or AR, Whiskytree’s team of artists, designers and technicians use applications such as Autodesk Maya, Continue reading
Red has added its Helium 8K S35 and Gemini 5K S35 sensors to the Red Ranger camera ecosystem. These two new options offer an alternative for creators who prefer an integrated, all-in-one system to the more modular Red DSMC2 camera.
The Ranger Helium 8K S35 and Ranger Gemini 5K S35 are available now via Red’s global network of resellers, Continue reading
Nugen Audio will be at IBC with the latest updates to its VisLM loudness metering software. Targeting loudness metering, VisLM now offers a ‘Flag’ feature that builds upon the Alert functionality found in previous versions of the plug-in. This will allow users to navigate through True Peak and short-term/momentary loudness alerts, as well as manual flags for other points of interest. Continue reading
Boris FX, a provider of integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, has bought SilhouetteFX (SFX) and Digital Film Tools (DFT). The two companies have a long history of developing tools used on Hollywood blockbusters and experience collaborating with top VFX studios, including Weta Digital, Framestore, Continue reading
In another new addition to the Nvidia RTX Studio of laptops, the Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU will power the Asus ProArt StudioBook One, making it the first laptop to offer the Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 in a mobile solution so creatives can run complex workloads regardless of location.
The Quadro RTX 6000 within the ProArt StudioBook One provides creatives a similar high-end experience as a deskside workstation. Continue reading
At IBC, SGO will be showing enhancements and upgrades of its subscription-based finishing solution, Mistika Boutique. The company will demo color management solutions as well as HDR content delivery workflows with recently integrated Dolby Vision support.
This professional color grading toolset combined with the finishing functionality of Mistika Boutique will be showcased running on a Mac Pro workstation with Tangent Arc control panels and output to a Canon 4K HDR reference display through Blackmagic Design DeckLink I/O. Continue reading
Molinare has promoted Nigel Bennett to the role of managing director. He joined the studio earlier this year from Pinewood Studios, where over a 20-year period he worked his way up from re-recording mixer to group director of creative services, a position that he held since 2014.
Bennett’s responsibilities include growing revenue across feature film, Continue reading
Facilis, which makes high-performance shared storage solutions, has partnered with ATTO Technology to integrate ATTO’s new Thunderlink NS 3252 Thunderbolt 3 to 25GbE adapter within the Facilis Hub shared storage platform. The solution provides flexible, scalable, high-bandwidth connectivity for Apple’s new Mac Pro, iMac Pro and Mac mini.
At IBC in Amsterdam, Continue reading
The 3D Design + Motion Tour will hit the road September 2 through December 10, making stops in 26 cities throughout North America and Europe. Artists who want to break into high-end 3D digital production will have the chance to learn from VIPs in the motion design and visual effects industry, including Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot, Continue reading
Film and commercial director Danielle Katvan has joined the roster at Brooklyn-based production company 1stAveMachine. Her work includes the Clio-winning spot for Vogue and Free People, as well as commercials for The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Service Now’s The Future of Work. Her short film, The Foster Portfolio, Continue reading
Company 3 has acquired Sixteen19, a creative editorial, production and post company based in New York City. The deal includes Sixteen19’s visual effects wing, PowerHouse VFX, and a mobile dailies operation with international reach.
The acquisition helps Company 3 further serve NYC’s booming post market for feature film and episodic TV. Continue reading
Assimilate’s Scratch 9.1 now supports AJA Kona 5 audio and video I/O cards, enabling users to output 8K 60p video via 12G-SDI. Scratch 9.1 is also now supporting AJA’s Io 4K Plus I/O box with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The product also works with AJA’s T-Tap Io 4K, Kona 1 and Kona 4. Continue reading
Creative agency Roger and full-service production company Big Machine have merged — a move that will expand the creative capabilities for their respective agency, brand and entertainment clients. The studios will retain the Roger name and operate at Roger’s newly renovated facility in Los Angeles.
The combined management team includes CD Terence Lee, Continue reading
MovieLabs (Motion Pictures Laboratories), a nonprofit technology research lab that works jointly with member studios Sony, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal and Paramount, has published a new white paper presenting an industry vision for the future of media creation technology by 2030.
The paper, co-authored by MovieLabs and technologists from Hollywood studios, Continue reading
Technicolor has added Patrick Smith to head its visualization department, partnering with filmmakers to help them realize their vision in a digital environment before they hit the set. By helping clients define lensing, set dimensions, asset placement and even precise on-set camera moves, Smith and his team will play a vital role in helping clients plan their shoots in the virtual environment in ways that feel completely natural and intuitive to them. Continue reading
At this year’s IBC, FilmLight will host a free two-day seminar series, Color On Stage, on September 14 and 15. The event features live presentations and discussions with colorists and other creative professionals. The event will cover topics ranging from the colorist today to understanding color management and next-generation grading tools.
“Color on Stage offers a good platform to hear about real-world interaction between colorists, Continue reading
New York-based Harbor has expanded into Los Angeles and London and has added staff and locations in New York. Industry veteran Russ Robertson joins Harbor’s new Los Angeles operation as EVP of sales, features and episodic after a 20-year career with Deluxe and Panavision. Commercial director James Corless and operations director Thom Berryman will spearhead Harbor’s new UK presence following careers with Pinewood Studios, Continue reading
The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) will honor renowned visual effects supervisor and creative Robert Legato with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the HPA Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on November 21. Now in its 14th year, the HPA Awards recognize creative artistry, innovation and engineering excellence in the media content industry. Continue reading
Digital Arts, an independently owned New York-based post house, has added several former Nutmeg Creative talent and production staff members to its roster — senior producer Lauren Boyle, sound designer/mixers Brian Beatrice and Frank Verderosa, colorist Gary Scarpulla, finishing editor/technical engineer Mark Spano and director of production Brian Donnelly.
“Growth of talent, Continue reading
LA-based editorial studio Cabin Editing Company has grown its editing staff with the addition of Greg Scruton and Debbie Berman. They have also promoted Scott Butzer to editor. The trio will work on commercials, music videos, branded content and other short-form projects.
Scruton, who joins Cabin from Arcade Edit, has worked on dozens of high-profile commercials and music videos throughout his career, Continue reading
Signiant will be at IBC this year showing off new capabilities to its SDCX (Software-Defined Content Exchange) SaaS platform designed to simplify secure content exchange between companies. These capabilities will appear first in the company’s newest product, Signiant Jet, which makes it easy to automate and accelerate the transfer of large files between geographically dispersed locations. Continue reading
Blackmagic Design has announced DaVinci Resolve 16.1, an updated version of its edit, color, visual effects and audio post software that features updates to the new cut page, further speeding up the editing process.
With Resolve 16, introduced at NAB 2019, now in final release, the Resolve 16.1 public beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website. Continue reading
London-based color and finishing house Cheat has expanded, adding three new grading and finishing suites, a production studio and a client lounge/bar space. Cheat now has four large broadcast color suites and services two other color suites at Jam VFX and No.8 in Fitzrovia and Soho, respectively. Cheat has a creative partnership with these studios. Continue reading
Adobe has added a new panel in Premiere Rush called Speed, which allows users to manipulate the speed of their footage while maintaining control over the audio pitch, range, ramp speed and duration of the edited clip. Adobe’s Premiere Rush teams say speed control has been the most requested feature by users.
Basic speed adjustments: A clip’s speed is displayed as a percentage value, Continue reading