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Explores the Dark Side of Caribbean Folklore with Help from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Trinidadian born filmmaker Shaun Escayg has worked in VFX for more than a decade. He loves to create and manipulate images, especially when it comes to anything supernatural, as he is a huge monster film fan. For inspiration, he often draws upon his own heritage and love of Caribbean folklore, which has a variety of dark creatures in its beliefs, myths, tales and practices. In this type of folklore, the supernatural exists side by side with humans, and Shaun decided to explore this theme in his short film "Noka, keeper of worlds" which he wrote and directed. In order to bring the Caribbean's dark creatures to life, Shaun relied on his expertise in VFX, but when it came to capturing the live action, he needed a very specific camera to support his workflow. Read More

MaevexH.264 encoders and decoders cost-effectively stream low-bandwidth 1080p60 camera footage to air traffic control exhibit The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) uses Matrox Maevex H.264 encoder and decoder devices to stream live, low-bandwidth aircraft traffic footage 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to its Education Path aviation gallery. Maevex provides HKCAD headquarters with a camera view from the airport's air traffic control tower. Maevex H.264 encoders & decoders distribute or record Full HD 1080p60 content over standard IP networks with minimal bandwidth and latency. Read More

Noted Surgeon Finds It "Irreplaceable" for Live Teaching and Archiving To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD(tm) video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility's record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app "Dr. Modi." Read More

Post World War II Style with Blackmagic Production Camera 4K It's no secret that Hollywood is a tough nut to crack, and every aspiring actress dreams of her big break. But what many don't realize is that there is a rather straightforward way to ensure you land the role you want. One night over dinner Mehran Torgoley and Llana Barron realized that the best way to land a role is to write it yourself, and a few drinks later, the kernel of the idea for "Committed" was born. In the short film, a compassionate nurse in an overcrowded mental hospital in the early 1950s struggles to prove the sanity of a young paraplegic patient. "We decided to shoot with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K because of its image quality. It's amazing that we were able to get such an incredibly detailed image for such an affordable price." Read More

The Pros, Cons of Software vs. Hardware RAID Let's face it people are uncomfortable with change even though it seems we have to make changes every day. It's even worse when you've got some of the greatest content you ever shot/created stored on devices spread around the office. So what do you do to ensure it's protected, available, safe from prying eyes? You decide to move to 20, 36, more TB of RAID (random array of independent drives) storage. First choice is hardware RAID because it's been around for a long time but now there's a strong option - software RAID - and it's time to understand the pros/cons of each. Read More

Matrox Monarch HD is the video streaming and recording appliance for the first live underground music site of its kind, DMO Live (Don't Miss Out), a new platform that records and live streams international music parties, exclusive artist interviews and festivals direct to the DMO website. Created for the electronic music lover, DMO (www.dmolive.tv), will soon connect venues in different worldwide locations through one live event by streaming the night's main happening on large screens in club locations around the world. Read More

For this Campaign, the Gear Needed to Be as Tough as the Environment 686 Technical Apparel has always been about providing innovative, fashionable outerwear and technical apparel inspired from the same Los Angeles street culture and mountain lifestyle that it was founded on. When cinematographer Ian Post was hired to shoot cinematography for the brand, he knew his gear needed to be as reliable, durable and resilient, as well as able to withstand the elements, as the outerwear he was shooting. Not only does Ian's camera have to work in such harsh conditions, but it also has to deliver stunning footage that captures the snowy landscape as well as highlights the star of the shoots, 686 outerwear. Read More

At a macro level, Cloud was never really an IT opportunity and never should have been thought of that way. It was, and still is, a business opportunity. Whether it be the ability to lower costs, improve service delivery, speed up change, or add flexibility and scalability, Cloud has always been about greater business agility and productivity. With Cloud "a business and service delivery model" ahead of "the technology used to offer cloud services." At a micro level, of course Cloud is a great opportunity for internal IT organizations to deliver better IT services to their parent companies - so long as adoption is driven by the potential business benefits over the desire to use shiny new IT. Read More

José Menezes and André Dip José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Read More

The Development, Production of Courage and Conviction Cirina Catania, Founder of the Catania Group , a female director, independent filmmaker and a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival is launching an informational tour for Post Production User Groups and guests around the country, sponsored by Blackmagic Design and with support from OWC. Scheduled to begin this month, the "Courage & Creativity - The Magic of Conviction" tours will provide creative groups with filmmaking tips and personal insight into her successful production processes. She will be visiting cinematography and production user groups around the country to discuss her latest movie project and the background for the documentary. Read More

Jared Cohn Achieves Realistic Cinematic Look on "Wishing for a Dream" In making an independent film about the film industry and the journey of pursuing the Hollywood dream, the last thing Director Jared Cohn wanted was for it to look fake. Especially when the film was one of the most meaningful projects he had ever created. "The film looks almost like a documentary, but it's completely narrative and scripted. Since I made it on my own dime, the only way I was able to achieve such as realistic look was with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera," said Jared. "The camera's dynamic range provided such an authentic look at an affordable price, and many people think it's a documentary because it looks so realistic. Read More

Thunderbolt 2.0 Eliminates the I/O Bottleneck If you're doing a lot of heavy work then Thunderbolt 2 is the connection of choice for your system and external storage. It continues to deliver content faster and more reliably than even the emerging USB 3.1. It is widely (almost exclusively) used for M&E production and post production and needs to be more widely adopted to help other commercial users handle their growing workloads of data and content. Read More

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