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Phillip Noyces Feature Film Thriller The Desperate Hour Shot with URSA Mini Pro 12K Posted: 21/02/2022
Phillip Noyce and rsquo;s Feature Film Thriller The Desperate Hour Shot with URSA Mini Pro 12K

Blackmagic Design announced that the feature film “The Desperate Hour,” directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts, was shot by Cinematographer John Brawley, ACS using the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K digital film camera. The film premieres in theaters and on demand on February 25th, 2022.

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Announcement | The Desperate Hour | Cinematographer | John Brawley | ACS | URSA Mini Pro 12K
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Bitcentral appoints Foccus Digital to distribute its Central Control and Core News products in Brazil, bringing efficient content production and playout to broadcasters Posted: 08/06/2021
Bitcentral appoints Foccus Digital to distribute its Central Control and Core News products in Brazil, bringing efficient content production and playout to broadcasters

Bitcentral Inc., the leading provider of media workflow solutions, announces a reseller agreement with Foccus Digital to distribute Bitcentral’s news production suite, Core News, and automated master control system, Central Control, in Brazil. The agreement, which sees Foccus appointed as a value-added reseller, involves technical support from Foccus’s highly trained team, pre-sales, and sales.


 


Core News provides an elegant and efficient way to handle news

production and is optimized to tasks that are vital to keeping mission critical

newsroom operations running smoothly. It is trusted by over 450 channels across

North America and over 1,000 media operations worldwide, delivering unparalleled levels

of reliability and agility across ingest, asset

management and live production.

Tags: OTT | streaming | broadacsting | playout | production | broadcast
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DACS delight at Chester University with a little help from Canford Posted: 22/03/2021
DACS delight at Chester University with a little help from Canford

Canford FSJ Multipair Cable and Universal Connection Panel Kits installed throughout exciting new Recording Studios at Chester University's Creative Campus for Music Media and Performance.

Tags: Canford | Studio | Panels | Cable | DACS | Chester | University | Installation
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Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production Posted: 06/03/2020
Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production

The Future Group, provider of live photo-realistic virtual production system, Pixotope™, has revealed its key involvement in the stunning production and delivery of the NFL’s ground-breaking Super Bowl LIV, mixed reality pre-game presentation. The complex, seven-minute production combined live action from multiple moving cameras with augmented virtual stages and graphics. The 2020 Super Bowl was watched by an estimated domestic audience of 100 million people, plus international viewers.

The Future Group provided six installations of its virtual production platform, Pixotope, along with essential technical expertise to liaise with all other aspects of the multi-faceted production.

As an opener to the Super Bowl LIV, NFL planned to reveal its “100 All Time Team”. They approached fan experience company– coincidently named, The Famous Group – to design and choreograph the pre-show content. The brief was to celebrate the history of the sport and the contribution of those 100 players and 10 coaches, using graphics, historical film and live shots of attendees. The Famous Group looked to achieve this through extensive use of mixed reality virtual elements, and selected Pixotope, with expertise from The Future Group, as their technological solution.

The complexities of such a project cannot be overstated. Multiple virtual assets such as stages and screens needed to be designed to exactly match the stadium environment to which they would be augmented. Cameras needed to be tracked in real time and have their lenses aligned so that the virtual elements would be generated at precisely the right angle to accurately match real-world positions. Lighting needed to be measured so that it could be simulated in the virtual world to ensure correct shadows and highlights.

In-stadium screens, which would show the augmented content to the crowd, had to be accurately marked out in the virtual scene so that they could be blocked out to avoid visual “feedback”. All this had to take place under precise time control to synchronise with the voice-over and contributing performers in the stadium.

Pixotope product specialist, David Stroud, was part of a team of experienced mixed reality technicians, helping to specify and install the required technology, and bring together all the constituent departments. The Future Group team were involved from the outset, initially collaborating using a shared virtual project to provide technical assistance for The Famous Group creatives. Then later, the team positioned themselves at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami FL, where the main event would take place 11 days later.

David Stroud recalled, “Although the virtual scene had been set up “offline” from scans and measurements from the stadium, there are inevitably adjustments that can only be done on site. We used our Pixotope virtual production platform to receive images and tracking data from each of the cameras, one of which was a Skycam “wire-camera”, and augment onto those the virtual elements designed by The Famous Group. This allowed everyone to see the results in real time, making adjustments and improvements as we rehearsed the show in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.”

Stroud continued, “We helped the camera operators visualise how the preshow would come together, as understandably, they were more used to following the unscripted action of a football game than reacting to very specific time cues. Pixotope has the capability to continuously output the final result, even while editing the graphics – a great tool for directors following rapid changes and updates because it’s always live.

“We also worked closely with camera tracking specialists SMT, and in fact, we were able to improve our data exchanges to further perfect the virtual camera motion. And we worked with both the broadcaster (Fox) and the companies providing in-stadium displays to ensure the very highest visual quality possible.”

Andrew Isaacson, Executive VP Business Development for creative agency The Famous Group affirms, “Needless to say, the best creative ideas rely on solid technological platforms and expertise to deliver them. This could not be truer for a live event on the scale of The Super Bowl. We needed to know, without any shadow of a doubt, that what we planned would be delivered faultlessly, accurately and to the highest quality. This is why we chose Pixotope as our platform for delivering cutting edge mixed reality for the Super Bowl.

“Having used Pixotope on previous productions, we know that the system, and expertise from The Future Group, allow our creative ideas to be unleashed to the great benefit of our clients like the NFL. We look forward to working on many more productions with Pixotope.”

All hardware was provided by Quince Imaging and camera tracking was completed by SMT. The final mixed reality sequence can be viewed online, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqXBKweKQ9U

Tags: The Future Group | Pixotope | Super Bowl | mixed reality | live production | Super Bowl LIV | photo-realistic | virtual production | NFL | The Famous Group | David Stroud | real time | SMT | Fox | Andrew Isaacson | cutting edge | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Axons SMART DVB makes Middle East debut at CABSAT 2015 (stand 1-20) Posted: 09/02/2015
Axons SMART DVB makes Middle East debut at CABSAT 2015 (stand 1-20)

At CABSAT 2015, 10-12 March (stand 1-20) broadcast infrastructure specialist Axon Digital Design will demonstrate its latest range of customizable monitoring and master control solutions and unveil SMART DVB, its new platform for live MPEG-2 and DVB transport stream reporting.

Tags: Axon | CABSAT | CABSAT 2015 | SMART DVB | MPEG-2 | DVB | Cerebrum | broadcast monitoring | TRACS | compliance recording | Synapse | AV signal processing | Mark Barkey | CABSAT 2015 | CABSAT 2015
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Australian Cinematographers Society Introduces Technical Achievement Award in Honor of Miller Tripods Founder Posted: 17/07/2014
Australian Cinematographers Society Introduces Technical Achievement Award in Honor of Miller Tripods Founder

Miller Camera Support Equipment, a leader in the production of innovating camera support solutions, is pleased to announce that the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) recently partnered with the company to create a new industry award for the ACS National Awards for Cinematography. The Bob Miller ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award, developed in honour and memory of fluid head inventor Bob Miller, will be officially introduced to industry professionals at the ACS headquarters on July 31, with a champagne toast to celebrate Millers 60th anniversary.

Tags: Miller Camera Support Equipment | Australian Cinematographers Society | Bob Miller ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award
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Miller Camera Support Equipment Stands Tall Amongst the Golden Tripods at the ACS National Awards for Cinematography Posted: 17/06/2014
Miller Camera Support Equipment Stands Tall Amongst the Golden Tripods at the ACS National Awards for Cinematography

Miller Camera Support Equipment, a leader in the production of innovating camera support solutions, recently attended the 43rd Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards for Cinematography to host a charitable raffle, from which all proceeds were donated to the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society (MPIBS). The event marked the continuation of Millers 60th anniversary celebrations, awarding cinematographer and ACS member Peter Heap with a Miller LP 54 Classic Tripod.

Tags: Miller Camera Support Equipment | Australian Cinematographers Society National Awards for Cinematography | ACS | Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society | MPIBS | Miller LP \'54 Classic Tripod | charitable raffle
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Sound Devices Announces Three Key Appointments Posted: 14/05/2014
Sound Devices Announces Three Key Appointments

Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Isaacs to VP of Marketing and Product Design, Dan Desjardins to Manager of Software Development and Quality Assurance and Gabriel Benitez to Sales Manager.

Tags: Sound Devices | Audio | Video | AV Specialists | Paul Isaacs | Dan Desjardins | Gabriel Benitez
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Megahertz keeps ACS flying high Posted: 31/07/2013
Megahertz keeps ACS flying high

Megahertz Broadcast Systems (MHz) has supplied another control vehicle to Aerial Camera Systems (ACS), recognised as the worlds leading specialist camera company. The new vehicle joins an existing fleet in which every unit was built by Megahertz.

The nature of ACSs business in flown, cable and vehicle-mounted cameras and remote heads means that every job is different and its equipment must be flexible. The latest vehicle is built on a long-wheelbase Ford Transit, with coachbuilding handled in-house by Megahertz. Within the confines of a relatively small vehicle Megahertz has provided accommodation for five operators on two desks.

Tags: Megahertz | Aerial Camera Systems | ACS | Vehicle | Truck | Sports | Live Events
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Anton Bauer Helps Keep PACSAT International On the Move with Dependable Batteries and Round-The-Clock Customer Service Posted: 03/05/2012
Anton Bauer Helps Keep PACSAT International On the Move with Dependable Batteries and Round-The-Clock Customer Service

Anton/Bauer® has been supporting PACSAT International, a full-service video and audio production, post-production and satellite transmissions company for the last 20 years. PACSAT has come to rely on the dependability of batteries from Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, whether shooting breaking news, major sporting events like the Olympics, a Katy Perry special for MTV or videos for corporate clients. Anton/Bauers HyTRON® 140 batteries have allowed PACSAT International Director of Photography Ken Cavalli and his production crew to focus on the creative work at hand without worrying about power needs.

Tags: Anton/Bauer | Vitec Group | Vitec Videocom | PACSAT International | HyTRON 140 | Ultralight 2 | camera-mounted light | Quad 2702 | DUAL 2722 | chargers
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Telline Video Broadcast invests in Polecam 7th Heaven Posted: 23/04/2010
polecam acs Telline Video Broadcast, a leading French equipment rental and video production company, has invested in a Polecam 7th Heaven HD rig. Based in Paris, Telline will be using Seventh Heaven for its own video productions with an Iconix HD-RH1 compact remote camera head. The rig was purchased via Polecam's French master reseller, ACS France.
 
"Telline had seen our three Polecam rigs in use at various outside broadcast locations," comments Nicolas Hoffnung of ACS France. "Their production staff were impressed both by the Polecam's unique combination of portability and stability as well as be the speed with which we are able to set up, manoeuvre and de-rig. Telline has ordered a complete system including a remote camera control unit which is scheduled for delivery around the third week of April."
Tags: telline | rental | france | polecam. 7th heaven | iconix | hd-rh1 | acs france
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MHz Wraps Up 2009 with Solid International Orders Posted: 18/12/2009
MHz Wraps Up 2009 with Solid International Orders Megahertz (MHz), an international independent systems integrator, will close its 2009 calendar year with a solid order book for its 2010 systems integration business. 2009 saw MHz play to its strengths by maximising on its in-house expertise to design, specify and build facilities for key international customers and recent orders including those from Boomerang TV and Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) will strengthen MHz's position as the New Year progresses.
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