At SIGGRAPH, Autodesk announced a new visual programming environment in Maya called Bifrost, which makes it possible for 3D artists and technical directors to create serious effects quickly and easily.
“Bifrost for Maya represents a major development milestone for Autodesk, giving artists powerful tools for building feature-quality VFX quickly,” says Chris Vienneau, Continue reading
The Khronos Group has ratified and released the OpenXR 1.0 specification, along with publicly available implementations. OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free open standard that provides high-performance, cross-platform access to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) — collectively known as XR — platforms and devices. The new specification can be found on the Khronos website and via GitHub. Continue reading
OptiTrack has a new skeletal solver that brings artifact-free, realtime character animation to its optical motion capture systems.
Key features of OptiTrack skeletal solver include:
– Accurate human movement tracking in realtime
– Major advances in solve quality and artifact-free streaming of character data
– Compatible with any OptiTrack system, Continue reading
Dalet, a provider of solutions and services for content pros and broadcasters, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Ooyala Flex Media Platform business. The asset deal includes the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, as well as Ooyala personnel across sales, marketing, engineering, professional services and support.
The Ooyala Flex Media Platform, Continue reading
Cambridge, UK-based Vine FX was the sole visual effects vendor on Gurinder Chadha’s Beecham House, a new Sunday night drama airing on ITV in the UK. Set in the India of 1795, Beecham House is the story of John Beecham (Tom Bateman), an Englishman who resigned from military service to set up as an honorable trader of the East India Company. Continue reading
Masv, which sends large video files via the cloud, is offering a new extension for Adobe Premiere. The extension simplifies the delivery of data-heavy video projects by embedding Masv’s accelerated cloud transfer technology directly within the NLE.
Music and sound studios Squeak E. Clean and Nylon Studios have merged to form Squeak E. Clean Studios. This union brings together a diverse roster of artists offering musical talent and exceptional audio production to agencies and brands. The company combines leadership from both former houses, with Nylon’s Hamish Macdonald serving as managing director and Nylon’s Simon Lister and Squeak E. Continue reading
Chimney’s New York studio has hired Chris Peterson as its new EP of longform entertainment, building on the company’s longform credits, which include The Dead Don’t Die, Atomic Blonde, Chappaquiddick, The Wife and Her.
Chimney is a full-service company working in feature films, television, commercials, Continue reading
Molinare has boosted its visual effects team with the addition of head of VFX production Kerrie Bryant and VFX supervisor Andy Tusabe.
Bryant comes to Molinare after working at DNeg TV and Technicolor, where she oversaw all projects within the studio, as well as supervising line producers and coordinators on their projects. Continue reading
The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee have announced the winners of the 2019 HPA Engineering Excellence Award. They were selected by a judging panel after a session held at IMAX on June 22. Honors will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Continue reading
Director Lije Sarki’s Concrete Kids tells the story of two nine year old boys from Venice, California, who set off on a mission to cross Los Angeles on skateboards at night to reach the Staples Center by morning for a contest. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, the low-budget feature from The Orchard was shot by cinematographer Daron Keet with VariCam LTs in available light mainly at night. Continue reading
KRK Systems has introduced the KRK Audio Tools App for iOS and Android. This free suite of professional studio tools includes five professional analysis-based components that work with any monitor setup, and one tool (EQ Recommendation) that helps acclimate the new KRK Rokit G4 monitors to their individual acoustic environment.
In addition to the EQ Recommendation tool, Continue reading
Senior colorist Patrick Woodard has joined the creative team at Point.360 in Burbank. He was most recently at Hollywood’s DigitalFilm Tree, where he colored dozens of television shows, including ABC’s American Housewife, CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, NBC’s Great News and TBS’ Angie Tribeca. Continue reading
The latest collaboration between Framestore and director Kim Gehrig is for Brittany Howard’s debut solo music video for Stay High, which features a color grade and subtle VFX by the studio. A tribute to the Alabama Shakes’ lead singer’s late father, the stylized music video stars actor Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Continue reading
Jody Madden, who joined Foundry in 2013 and has held positions as chief operating officer and, most recently, chief customer officer and chief product officer, has been promoted to chief executive officer. She takes over the role from Craig Rodgerson.
Madden, who has a rich background in VFX, has been with Foundry for six years. Continue reading
Colorist Gregory Reese has joined LA-based grading and finishing studio a52 Color, which is led by executive producer Thatcher Peterson and includes colorists Paul Yacono and Daniel de Vue.
Reese comes to a52 Color after eight years at The Mill. While there he colored a spectrum of commercials for athletic brands, Continue reading
Work Editorial has added Biff Butler to its roster as editor and creative partner. Currently based in Los Angeles, Butler will be available to work in all of the company’s locations, which also include New York and London.
Originally from the UK, Butler moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to pursue a career as a musician, Continue reading
Alchemy Post Sound created Foley for Fosse/Verdon, FX’s miniseries about choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his collaborator and wife, the singer/dancer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Working under the direction of supervising sound editors Daniel Timmons and Tony Volante, Foley artist Leslie Bloome and his team performed and recorded hundreds of custom sound effects to support the show’s dance sequences and add realistic ambience to its historic settings. Continue reading
Steinberg’s SpectraLayers Pro 6 audio editing software is now available. First distributed by Sony Creative Software and then by Magix Software, the developers behind SpectraLayers have joined forces with Steinberg to release its sixth iteration.
Unlike most audio editing tools, SpectraLayers offers a visual approach to audio editing, allowing users to visualize audio in the spectral domain (in 2D and 3D) and to manipulate its spectral data in many different ways. Continue reading
Colorist Scott Klein has joined post house Light Iron, which has artists working on feature films, episodic series and music videos at its Los Angeles- and New York-based studios. Klein brings with him 40 years of experience supervising a variety of episodic series.
“While Light Iron was historically known for its capabilities with feature films, Continue reading
Bi-coastal video production studio CVLT has added Katya Pavlova as head of post production. She will be based in the studio’s New York location.
Pavlova joins the team after six years at The Mill, where she produced projects that include David Bowie’s Life on Mars music video remake directed by photographer Mick Rock, Continue reading
Virtual production software company Glassbox Technologies has released its virtual camera plugin DragonFly from private beta for public use. DragonFly offers professional virtual cinematography tools to filmmakers and content creators, allowing users to view character performances and scenes within computer-generated virtual environments in realtime, through the camera’s viewfinder, an external monitor or iPad. Continue reading
Accusonus is bringing its single-knob audio cleaning and noise reduction technology to its new ERA 4 Bundles for video editors, audio engineers and podcasters.
The ERA 4 Bundles (Enhancement and Repair of Audio) are a collection of single-knob audio cleaning plugins designed to reduce the complexity of the sound design and audio workflow without compromising sound quality or fidelity. Continue reading
Assimilate’s Scratch 9.1, a dailies and finishing software, now includes new and extensive performance and productivity features, including integration with Foundry Nuke and Adobe After Effects. It’s available now.
“A primary goal for us is to quickly respond to the needs of DITs and post artists, whether it’s for more advanced features, Continue reading
Burbank’s Picture Shop has acquired UK-based The Farm Group. The Farm Group was founded in 1998 and currently has four locations in London, as well as facilities in Manchester, Bristol and Los Angeles.
The Farm also operates the in-house post production teams for BBC Sport in Salford, England; Continue reading
Conductor Technologies’ cloud rendering platform will now support Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), bringing the virtual compute resources of AWS to Conductor customers. This new capability will provide content production studios working in visual effects, animation and immersive media access to new, secure, powerful resources that will allow them — according to the company — to quickly and economically scale render capacity. Continue reading
Technicolor is opening a new studio in Los Angeles dedicated to creating a seamless pipeline for feature projects — from concept art and visualization through virtual production, production and into final VFX.
As new distribution models increase the demand for content, Technicolor Pre-Production will provide the tools, the talent and the space for creatives to collaborate from day one of their project – from helping set the vision at the start of a job to ensuring that the vision carries through to production and VFX. Continue reading
NYC-based creative studio Nice Shoes has hired executive producer Nick Litwinko to lead its new film and episodic VFX division. Litwinko, who has built a career on infusing a serial entrepreneur approach to the development of creative studios, will grow the division, recruiting talent to bring a boutique, collaborative approach to visual effects for long-form entertainment projects. Continue reading
Tech company Uber has announced their latest transportation offering — an aerial ride-sharing service. With plans to begin service within cities as soon as 2023, Uber Elevate launched their marketing campaign today at the Uber Elevate Summit. Uber Elevate picked LA-based creative and production boutique Bipolar Studio to create their integrated campaign, which includes a centerpiece film, Continue reading
Envoi has launched a cloud-based data, migration and post production workflow solution at the AWS M&E Symposium on June 18 in Los Angeles. Enabled by Cantemo and Teradici PCoIP technology, Envoi is offering this as a media “production-to-payment” platform.
Envoi is a cloud-based content management, distribution and monetization platform, giving broadcasters and video content providers a complete secure end-to-end video management and distribution system. Continue reading
The SIGGRAPH 2019 Production Sessions program offers attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of the year’s most impressive VFX films, shows, games and VR projects. The 11 production sessions will be held throughout the conference week of July 28 through August 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
With 11 total sessions, Continue reading
Luma Touch has updated LumaFusion, its video editing application for iOS. Created by video editing industry veterans Chris Demiris and Terri Morgan, LumaFusion Version 2 introduces new features and a new UI, and effectively doubles the number of audio/video tracks supported to 12 tracks, with six video tracks supporting 4K video in realtime. Continue reading
Yoomin Lee has joined Moving Picture Company’s color team in London. Lee got her start working for some of Australia’s top post houses including Frame Set & Match, The Lab and Cutting Edge, before joining Jogger Studios London in 2016.
While at Jogger, she worked on many campaigns, including those for Google, Continue reading
By Randi Altman
Franz Wieser passed away last week, and the world is worse for it. I’ve known Franz for over 20 years, going back to when he was still based in ARRI’s Blauvelt, New York, office and I was editor of Post Magazine.
We would meet in the city from time to time for an event or a meal. Continue reading
Lenovo has launched the next generation of its ThinkPad P Series with the release of five new ThinkPads, including the ThinkPad P73, ThinkPad P53, ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 and ThinkPad P53s and P43s.
The ThinkPad P53 features the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU with RT and Tensor cores, offering realtime raytracing and AI acceleration. Continue reading
UK-based animation and visual effects house Axis Studios has delivered 1,000 shots across 10 episodes on the second series of the UCP-produced hit Syfy show Happy!.
Based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel, Happy! follows alcoholic ex-cop turned hitman Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni), who teams up with imaginary unicorn Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Continue reading
Boxx Technologies, which makes computer workstations, rendering systems and servers, has introduced the Apexx W4L workstation featuring new Intel Xeon W-3200 series processors. This new single-socket processor provides performance increases over previous Intel Xeon W technology. Boxx’s Apexx W4L is purpose-built for rendering, simulation and other GPU-accelerated compute applications.
A new single-socket solution, Continue reading
Izotope, makers of the RX audio tools, has introduced Neutron 3, a plug-in that — thanks to advances in machine learning — listens to the entire session and communicates with every track in the mix. Mixers can use Neutron 3’s new Mix Assistant to create a balanced starting point for an initial-level mix built around their chosen focus, Continue reading
By Barry Goch
In addition to introducing the new MacPro and the Pro Display XDR, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC19), Apple had some pretty cool demos. The coolest, in my mind, was the Minecraft augmented reality presentation.
Across the street from the San Jose Convention Center, Continue reading
Chimney Group has hired industry veteran Jason Mayo as chief operating officer for North America. He will be based in the studio’s New York office. Mayo joins at a time of significant growth for Chimney Group, an independently-owned Stockholm-based creative and post company with studios in 11 cities and eight countries worldwide.
“What attracted me is Chimney being able to leverage their full power of resources around the globe. Continue reading
Blackmagic’s Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K HDR, is an advanced 8K monitoring solution that lets you use the new Apple Pro Display XDR as a color-critical reference monitor on set and in post.
With dual on-screen scope overlays, HDR, 33-point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration that’s designed for the pro film and television market, Continue reading
VFX house Zoic Studios has made changes to its creative team, adding VFX supervisor Chad Wanstreet to its Culver City studio and promoting Nate Overstrom to creative director in its New York studio.
Wanstreet has nearly 15 years of experience in visual effects, working across series, feature film, commercial and video game projects. Continue reading
London-based visual effects and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures is opening of a new virtual animation facility in Sheffield. The new site is the company’s fifth studio in the UK, in addition to its established studios in Fitzrovia, Central London; Brixton; South London; and Oval, South London. This addition is no surprise considering Jellyfish created one of Europe’s first virtual VFX studios back in 2017. Continue reading
During the Computex show, Dell showed new Precision mobile workstations featuring the latest processors, next-gen graphics, new display options and longer battery life. These systems are designed demanding data- and graphics-intensive workloads.
Dell Precision workstations are ISV-certified and come with Dell Precision Optimizer software that automatically tailors the system’s settings to get the best software performance from the workstation. Continue reading
The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has appointed Phil Kubel as the organization’s director. He will be the Burbank-based presence of the HPA management team, managing the organization’s day-to-day business as well as supporting strategic planning, membership development and program development.
After his graduation from USC, Kubel worked in a number of production-related positions. Continue reading
Sonnet Technologies is offering the Solo10G SFP+ PCIe card and the Solo10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition adapter, the latest products in the company’s line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network adapters.
Solo10G SFP+ adapters add fast 10GbE network connectivity to a wide range of computers, enabling users to easily connect to 10GbE-enabled network infrastructure and storage systems via LC fiber optic cables (sold separately). Continue reading
Cutters Studios has promoted Heather Richardson to executive producer and Patrick Casey to head of production. Richardson’s oversight will expand into managing and recruiting talent, and in maintaining and building the company’s client base. Casey will focus on optimizing workflows, project management and bidding processes.
Richardson joined Cutters in 2015, after working as a producer for visual effects studio A52 in LA and for editorial company Cosmo Street in both LA and New York for more than 10 years. Continue reading
New York’s Sound Lounge, an audio post house that provides sound services for advertising, television and feature films, has promoted Becca Falborn to executive producer.
In her new role, Falborn will manage the studio’s advertising division and supervise its team of producers. She will also lead client relations and sales. Continue reading
The-Artery has expanded and moved into a new 7,500-square-foot space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Founded by chief creative officer Vico Sharabani, The-Artery will use this extra space while providing visual effects, post supervision, offline editorial, live action and experience design and development across multiple platforms.
According to Sharabani, the new space is not only a response to the studio’s growth, Continue reading