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Lighting for Video (aka “Lighting 101”)

Modern lighting for video really got going in 1938 with the appearance of color television. One fact that many people don’t consider is that stage and movie lighting are a bit different. Proper lighting is not nearly as simple as pointing a light and turning it on. All the fancy transmitters and cameras don’t mean a thing if you can’t ...

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BEST PRACTICE: Asset Management in AV Environments

The better Digital Asset Management products keep all sorts of things in check. They organize everything into a single interface and keep track of clips, project files, scripts (as in copy!) and some even monitor available storage. Comprised of both content (or “essence” — the actual clip) and metadata (a description of the content, which includes the title, author, creation ...

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Canon Burbank Becomes Reality

I recently had the honor of visiting Canon’s newest (12,000 square ft.) facility, “Canon Burbank” – The Professional Technology & Support Center located at 3400 West Olive Ave., Burbank, California and conveniently located near The Burbank Studios and Warner Brothers. Canon Burbank has all latest tech and what’s exciting is that this facility is open to the Hollywood community! What does this mean? Educational events, ...

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Rayleigh (Resolution) Barrier Broken!

Well, they’ve done it.  While you were sleeping and unbeknownst to most (but knownst to me), they’ve finally broken the “resolution barrier” – aka “The Rayleigh Limit.” That’s GREAT, you say.  But what is the “resolution barrier?”  Read on, my friends, and I will enlighten you… First off, the “Rayleigh Limit” was named after its discoverer (as most things are) ...

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The Importance of Meta-tagging Assets

Before going into the actual importance of properly identifying your digital assets or “meta-tagging” them with “metadata,” we should all be familiar with what it is.  The term “metadata” defines the description of content, which can include the title, author, creation date, description and other things, such as the standards used, like the bit rate or format. Meta-tags don’t do ...

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The Evolution of IMAX

Since the creation of the cinematic medium, a multitude of attempts have been made to make the spectacle even grander; some of these attempts were successful, such as adding sound and color; and many of the attempts were not (like Percepto and Smell-o-vision/Scent-o-rama and the like). The 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo ‘67) in Montreal proved to be an ...

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Semi-Studios: Mobile Production Vehicles or Magical Mystery Machines?

You know you’ve seen’em – the super-large semis with full production studios inside them… And although they come in standard van sizes (that your local affiliates have), I’m talking about the ones you could practically live in – with all the bells and whistles that even some of the smaller studios and post-production houses just don’t have!  These are the ...

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Storage: Now That You Have It, Where Do You Keep It?

Let’s face it – insufficient storage causes major performance issues and failures.  We’ve all been there.  And we’ll all be there again there is no doubt.  As the assets continue to be created, so is the eternal question: “Now that we have it, where do we keep it?” Unlike actual physical possessions, digital assets need specialized equipment for storage.  Today, ...

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File-Based Workflows in Broadcasting

Times they-are-a-changin; while file-based workflow has been around for a while, the traditional tape-based workflow is fading in popularity, as much of the recordkeeping and content management shifts to a more digitally-inclined IT-centric infrastructure. Some cloud archival sites may store content on tape that allows high density data storage; but in the studio itself, the general trend is toward automating ...

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PIXAR Talks Render Farms with Ryan Salazar

Rendering Sucks….But It Doesn’t Have To…. When you hear the word “farm,” you either think of “Old MacDonald” or a bunch of cows or fields of wheat, etc. “Render farms” evoke the same type of vision — albeit one of many computers linked together with yards and yards of cabling, rather than animals grouped together in a barnyard. But the ...

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Closed Captioning: History and New Laws

Closed Captioning (or “CC” as it’s widely known) is a useful idea that took a surprisingly long time to come about.  The passage of two acts in the early 90’s marked the legal ‘birth’ of required CC:  the first of the two acts was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, followed by The Television Decoder Circuitry Act of ...

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Satellites: Those Heavenly Orbital Spheres

Not too many left who could vouch for 1945 being an eventful year – it saw the end of the most massive global conflict the world has ever known; the longest-running U.S. President ever Franklin Delano Roosevelt (our 32nd president) passed into eternity and was succeeded by his Vice President Harry S. Truman; the United Nations was proposed and established ...

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Camera-Ready by Rosco

Modern cinematography is the descendant of theater. This visual and audible medium has moved beyond celluloid into a purely digital realm – even though many people still refer to movies as films. When most people think of movies and the fine art of making movies, they first think of actors (and perhaps the director and crew), cameras, and computers. Those ...

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2016 Olympics: Sony/TVU Networks Go for the GOLD!

Coverage for an Olympic event is always tricky.  Recording at just the perfect angle and clarity is critical in pulling-off an enjoyable and spine-tingling scene.  I wanted to focus on two very different companies and their parts in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio! Sony is at it AGAIN (or, more accurately, STILL)! As you know, never a company to ...

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Reporting From 30,000 Feet Up – #BroadcastAsia Here We Come!

…And away we go! We are officially thirty-three-thousand feet up in the air, on our way to Singapore for BroadcastAsia 2016!  As usual, my level of excitement won’t let me settle-down, so I’ve started blogging while on the plane! (This is OBVIOUSLY becoming a habit!!!) The most exciting thing this year – is that Broadcast Beat will be reporting in ASIA! ...

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Broadcast Asia 2016 Overview

So I’ll get to Singapore, literally, the day before I left (16 hour time difference, you know), a few days before the 2016 Broadcast Asia Show. The Garden City has a lot to offer the intrepid traveler and I wanted to allow some time to adjust to the jet lag and soak-in some of the local sights before showing-up bright ...

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