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For the King of All Media, a Birthday Bash Gets a Royal Production
By Sebastian Thaler When you're the King of All Media, your birthday party is a royal event. So when Howard Stern chose to celebrate his 60th Birthday Bash at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom-part of the Manhattan Center, located at 311 West 34th Street-on the night of January 31, an array of topnotch production staff went into action to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The crowd inside the Hammerstein Ballroom-and those listening to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio-were delighted with Howard, his cast of regulars, and a galaxy of guests ranging from Rob Zombie to George Takei, Jimmy Kimmel, The Black Keys, Joan Rivers, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and dozens more. Behind the scenes, the quality of the production was just as brilliant. Topping it all off, the production staff had only two days to pull it off. ...Read More »

AJA KONA LHe Plus and AJA Control Room Drive Capitol Television Broadcasts
Eight Sony HDC-P1 HD cameras and three Sony BRCH900 robotic cameras send feeds to a Ross Video Carbonite production switcher and through a Ross Video router, where it's offloaded to any one of five playback and record servers, which are outfitted with AJA KONA LHe Plus I/O cards and AJA Control Room software. The SDI signal is then sent to the KONA LHe card within and back through the router, and all converted or compressed data is stored on a custom-built 36 TB RAID system. Telestream's Episode Engine software converts the DVCPro HD output of the KONA cards to H.264 or MPEG-2 for the on-air server. Material is on LTO tape. SAN sharing program Metasan allows all five playback and control servers to communicate with the storage. A sixth server houses the RAID. ...Read More »

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Australian Cinémathèque Preserves and Promotes the Art of Film with Blackmagic Design
Located at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Australian Cinémathèque presents retrospective and thematic film programs and exhibitions, which explore the influence between the moving image and other areas of visual culture. Its mission is to collect, conserve and interpret film and screen culture by showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and artists from different genres, geographies and time periods. ...Read More »

Scott Freeman Cracks the Case
Scott Freeman is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. If Sherlock Holmes worked in post production with several broadcast clients with different workflows and tight deadlines. As the online editor for a number of television shows, including several of the most popular weekly TV dramas on cable, which are completely file based, Scott was challenged with creating a file based online conform workflow. With a variety of cameras used to shoot the shows, Scott needed to figure out a way to conform the different footage and create links between the files. And Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve color correction became the bridge he needed. ...Read More »

Stereo D goes big with Quantel Pablo Rio
In the past three years, Stereo D has taken the 2D-3D conversion industry by storm. In the last six months alone, 13 big-budget movies have been converted at the facility, with the company now holding an 85% market share in 2D-3D conversions. Quantel systems make up the backbone of its post-production workflow, with the company recently purchasing three Pablo Rio color correction and finishing systems in order to complete the 3D conversion and post-production of sci-fi action movie, 'Pacific Rim', directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. ...Read More »

Broadcasting The Pickathon Music Festival
Held just outside of Portland, Oregon each August, Pickathon is not your typical music festival. The founder's goal was simply to create the best weekend festival of the year for music lovers. Innovation for Pickathon means creating and refining separate, unique performance stages. Bringing different music lineups and styles together each year. Being the world's only large music festival to eliminate plastic and single use items. Opening up festival planning to the public. While innovation is essential, community is the backbone of the festival. Pickathon brings together a community of music lovers; whether they are sitting in front of the Galaxy Barn stage or sitting in font of their computer in Iceland live streaming Feist's set. A huge part of building the community is based on live broadcasts and live streaming the festival to viewers around the globe. And that is where Ryan Stiles, Pickathon's producer, comes in. ...Read More »

NVIDIA Quadro and PNY Fuel AccuWeather's StoryTeller
Delivering fast-paced graphics and video has become a necessity for newsrooms both big and small. Whether it's the latest radar images of an impending hurricane, live traffic reports, or social media interactions with on-air talent, broadcast stations face constant pressure to find ever-more graphically powerful formats. Traditionally, only the largest network studios had the money and technology to wow their audiences. Now, the StoryTeller Interactive Touchscreen system from AccuWeather, powered by NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) graphics cards, levels the playing field-so news stations of any size can deliver compelling, real-time, multimedia interactive stories to their viewers. ...Read More »

Steve Beganyi Takes Viewers on a Trip Around the World
From locked cut to network delivery, Steve has just two to three days to color grade an entire episode. And that doesn't mean throwing one main grade onto the footage and calling it a day. It means creating a completely unique look for each episode that captures and enhances the feeling and theme of the specific location and trip. Steve's tool of choice that helps him deliver - DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »

Jump Studios, NVIDIA Quadro, PNY, and Adobe CC Help Predict the Future of NASCAR's Top Drivers
Thanks to NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, PNY and the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, Canadian-based Jump Studios was able to conceptualize, shoot, edit, design, and finalize the teaser in only two weeks-even responding to a last-minute change from ESPN to cut 15 seconds from the 11/2-minute ...Read More »

The H2 Channel's "America Unearthed" Series Travels Through Time with SPLICE and DaVinci Resolve
Have you ever wondered if what you learned in school was the whole story? So does forensic geologist Scott Wolter, which is why he seeks to uncover the truth in the documentary series "America Unearthed," airing on the History Channel's H2 network. Relying on his trusty tool set of a flashlight and microscope, Scott acts as a real life Indiana Jones, facing the challenge of digging for America's archaeological secrets in tombs and caves, uncovering surprising evidence and proving there's still a lot to be learned from our past. ...Read More »

Rogers Vancouver: breaking down the silos with Enterprise sQ
City, OMNI and Sportsnet share all their resources and a single Quantel Enterprise sQ production to cover all their production needs. And it's a triumph. City's flagship live morning show BT (Breakfast Television) runs for three and a half hours each weekday, four OMNI multicultural news shows span two and a half hours in the evening, and last but not least, Sportsnet Connected puts out one and a half hours of news and chat daily, centered around the Vancouver Canucks, the hugely popular local Hockey team and other NHL (National Hockey League) news. ...Read More »

Aframe Helps Timeline TV Make Digital Dailies Workflow Less Grisly For Zombie Drama Series "In the Flesh"
Location shoots require swift methods of getting content to partners hours or days away, which can mean time, cost and complexity - especially with high end cinematic camera where the file sizes are large, it usually means there is no easy way to get dailies into cloud-based workflows. Timeline TV in Media City created a unique workflow for the second series of BBC Three's "In the Flesh" zombie love story, using the Aframe cloud video production platform. ...Read More »

"Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" Goes Behind the Laughs with Blackmagic Design
After more than six decades in the entertainment industry, comedic genius Mel Brooks is a legend. From his groundbreaking films (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) to his writing achievements and musical work, he is one of the most successful entertainers of our time. In fact he is one of just a handful of people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Although he is typically very private, Mel Brooks recently opened up and participated in a biographical documentary that sheds some light on his personal life, creative beginnings and legendary career. "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," a feature length film, aired as part of the American Masters series on PBS. ...Read More »

Film "20 Feet From Stardom" Casts the Spotlight on Background Singers
For many backup singers, the tale is all too familiar. Despite earning spots singing backup for well known musical acts, so many talented background singers never quite receive the success and recognition they want. Using Blackmagic Design's Teranex 2D Processor and DaVinci Resolve color correction, Tremolo Productions has transformed the plight of the background singer into an awe inspiring documentary called "20 Feet From Stardom." The film focuses on several former backup singers whose voices were famous even if their names were not, including Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega and Jo Lawry. In addition to interviews with these singers and with music legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder, the film includes a combination of archival footage from old television appearances and studio sessions, as well as live concert footage, new interviews and even footage from YouTube. ...Read More »

Sportsnet stays ahead of the game with Quantel
Over the last 15 years, Sportsnet has risen to become one of Canada's leading sports media operations. The Sportsnet and Sportsnet One TV channels are complemented by Sportsnet Radio, Sportsnet Magazine and its premium international sports channel, Sportsnet World. In May 2013, parent company Rogers Media also acquired Score Media, owner of The Score Television Network, further extending its reach in the sports broadcasting market. For the last five years, Sportsnet has been relying on a Quantel Enterprise sQ system for all its production needs. Over this period, the system has not only handled Sportsnet's full workload, but also accommodated a doubling of operational requirements. ...Read More »

DaVinci Resolve Helps Berke Creative Color the Future
FUTURESTATES is a series of short narrative films from veteran and emerging filmmakers that transform complex social issues into visions of the world in the decades to come. Season Four had seven filmmakers envisioning society at a crossroads, where discrimination, environmental catastrophe, visitors from the future and other worlds test the bonds of humanity. Co produced by MKSHFT/CLLCTV, a San Francisco based full service creative company, and ITVS, Mohammad turned to long time friend Stephen Berke, owner and colorist at San Francisco based Berke Creative, for end to end post production services for the film. ...Read More »

Arlene's Grocery and FirstLive Capture the Magic of Live Performance With ATEM Television Studio
The ATEM Television Studio is a full broadcast quality production switcher with real time H.264 encoding, so users can capture live events directly to files for Internet distribution. ATEM Television Studio includes six video inputs with both broadcast SDI and consumer HDMI inputs for cameras and computers. With the ATEM Television Studio, users also get a software control panel, chroma keyer, two media player frame stores, downstream keyers, transitions and more useful features. ...Read More »

ATEM a Run-away Success at Graduate Fashion Week
Encouraging and nurturing raw young talent, Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) is one of the largest international platforms of its kind. Showcasing the future of fashion, more than 1,000 aspiring designers descended on London during June for Graduate Fashion Week 2013. Made up of 22 catwalk shows and an exhibition with more than 40 universities participating, the four day event culminated in a gala awards ceremony hosted by designer Henry Holland and television presenter Zara Martin. The official production partner for GFW is Fashion Scout International (FSI), having won the contract two years ago. Seeking to step up the shows video production quality, FSI brought onboard Brightonart Ltd, who have for the past two seasons worked with FSI during London Fashion Week. ...Read More »

One Direction, Many Inputs, But No Bottlenecks
When One Direction, the British Irish boy band sensation, took on a rigorous tour covering the UK and Ireland, Europe, North America and Australasia, video production was of prime importance. The 120 date tour, which began in February, has seen the boy band sensation performing to sold out audiences including a six date sell out at the O2 Arena in London, so the action on stage had to be seen by everyone. This meant having multiple live relay IMAG (image-magnification) screens positioned around the stage and at strategic points in the auditorium. Throw in stage monitors pumping out graphics of cityscapes, sometimes mixed with the onstage performance, and you have a lot of video content to handle. ...Read More »

Manhattan Center: State-of-the Art Video Editing in NYC
By Sebastian Thaler It is no secret that reality shows can be made and broken in post-production. Think of Bravo TV, which has made a fortune from good editing. Editing has become as important a part of the mix as picking the right cast members or creating the right environment. There is so much juicy footage to air that a "hats off" must be given to the editing team at Bravo and all the other successful reality shows: The actors are voluntarily put through the wringer for an entire day, and most of it ends up on the cutting room floor. ...Read More »

 





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