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How to Support Unified Communications in an Audiovisual Environment Remote collaboration is easier than ever before. From desktops and mobile devices, employees hold ad hoc audio and video conference calls, present and share content, send instant messages, schedule meetings, and more. They use cloud-based applications and unified communications platforms to conduct their communication activities. These kinds of tools are intuitive and familiar to users; they consistently have high adoption rates within the business environment because they are so easy to use. But when employees move to a traditional audiovisual group collaboration venue, they are frequently disappointed and frustrated. Whether it's an executive boardroom, a training facility, or a small auditorium, these rooms often lack access to the popular UC platforms and cloud-based content delivery solutions that employees want to use. Instead, users find collaboration solutions that are not familiar or intuitive. Due to the complexity of these systems, the technology often goes unused. Read More

From the Wastelands of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to the Dashboards of 'Furious 7' Two of the year's biggest films are "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Furious 7." Both movies had some of the most amazing action footage ever shot. They both contain action and stunt scenes beyond what seems possible to shoot live. And they both had Michelle Pizanis working on them. While shooting a number of scenes in Sydney, Australia, Michelle and John used Blackmagic Cinema Cameras EF for some of the film's key scenes, including an exciting escape scene and a large, climatic action sequence involving exploding trucks and cinematic mayhem. The scenes were shot in RAW, which allowed the team to capture as much detail as possible within each shot, givin Read More

Think of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and images of warm, savory comfort food probably come to mind. The restaurant's unique "New Orleans" style menu offers southern food items like spicy chicken, chicken tenders, chicken and biscuits and fried shrimp. To make Popeyes' famous food look as good in its broadcast TV commercials as it tastes in real life, colorist Brian Buongiorno of Tone Visuals uses Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. Read More

Indie Drama "Hero of the Underworld" Shot with Blackmagic Cinema Camera "Hero of the Underworld" is about redemption. And it takes viewers from high class life to the seedy world of drug dealers and drug dependence. The film is both literally and figuratively showing viewers the dark world of drug life.The characters in "Hero of the Underworld" exist in a dark world, but they also needed to be shown in stark, visible detail. DP and Director of the film John Vincent needed to toe the line of working with a limited lighting package while still keeping every expression of the actors visible. To do this, he chose to shoot "Hero of the Underworld" with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and grade it using DaVinci Resolve. Read More

Delicate Balance Between Connecting, Being Connected We like to think that the Internet and our growing cache of mobile devices have really brought us closer to each other. Someone once said we're now only six pixels away from each other. Well we're sorta connected but it doesn't mean we make a real connection. In a meeting, at a party, with friends/family you're always checking your device to ensure you don't miss chatting with someone else. Makes everyone in the group feel real special doesn't it? Being connected and making a connection with another person requires listening and that's getting tough to do with so many contacts in your life. Read More

Max Normandin always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. He dreamed of completing his own film, and decided to forgo traditional training and resources and just do it. To pursue his passion, Max purchased a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a few accessories, and started shooting his first film. With hard work and a lot of ingenuity, the short horror film, "The Rivalry," was born. Read More

In 2011, Timothy Thornton officially got tired of traveling the world. But who could blame him? After working in every possible facet of the A/V and live production industries for more than 30 years, Timothy had traveled the globe pushing road cases, hooking up wires and designing systems and workflows for everything from churches and fast food chains to concerts. His company was also involved with the Democratic and Republican Nationals Conventions, the Golden Globes, Grammy Awards and Oscars. Timothy has always had a faith based background, so when The Woodlands, TX based The Woodlands First Baptist Church asked him to revamp its A/V, he put away his suitcases and said yes. In his role as Technical Director of the Media Department, Timothy began by producing several in house events. Read More

In a new spot directed by Toronto-based director and cinematographer TJ Derry, an elaborate photosynthesis experiment proves that Scotts EZ Seed fertilizer helps grass grow almost anywhere, including a basement. Shot on CION at 4K in ProRes 444, with time-lapse footage captured on multiple Canon DSLRs, the spot showcases the beautiful cinematic images from the CION camera on a low light set. Read More

Converging Technology Will Help Humans Move Aside Sure there are people who are saying that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of humankind but what do people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking know? After all this stuff is going to be our friend, relieve us of all of the tedious stuff so we can... Robots are already blowing off the tedious jobs and going for the things where you have to think/reason. That means you'll have more time for... Jeez maybe there is something to their concern. But we've gone to far and there's no turning back. You're too hooked on technology like a bad drug until it's too late. Then BAM! Read More

A new dormant strain of "sleeper" ransomware has awoken and is causing a surge of trouble for IT managers around the world -- but with the ransomware information screen in English. It appears there is a new strain of dangerous ransomware infecting employee's workstations called Locker. The ransomware has infected workstations but sat there silently until midnight May 25, 2015 when it woke up. Locker then started to wreak havoc in a massive way. Since the strain reared its ugly head, Reddit has been swarmed with hundreds of 600 comments in the first 24 hours. Read More

The Cricket World Cup (CWC), held every four years with the top 14 teams in the world competing, is a much anticipated event with a large viewership, typically in hundreds of millions. The 2015 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Star Sports, the host broadcaster for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, covered every match live. All the matches played by India, plus the semi-finals and final, were broadcast live in 4K to local cinemas in India. Alston Elliot (AEGraphics), one of the world's leading providers of television graphics and data solutions, was asked to deliver 4K graphics on Star Sports' live 4K coverage of the CWC games. Read More

Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. Read More

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