NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Eran Stern

Eran Stern:
Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer
(sternfx.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. I guess it’s hard to ignore what ‘Blackmagic Design’ is doing to the industry. Each year coming up with dozens of new gear and improvements, some of it for free, is something quite unique even in this industry. I’m not sure what their higher purpose goal is, but the development speed of those guys is very impressive, and it looks like their tools are working as advertised. Not everything they offer is usable for my needs, but they pace and motivation is something we all can inspire from.

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I think it’s the new version of After Effects (13.5), which is going to be a milestone release, especially due the new way you can preview inside the software. Adobe has separated the render engine from the interface and then tied it back in, this means that now you can preview and work at the same time. Creating changes while the preview is still running, (and saying goodbye to the spinning beach ball) means that you can be much more artistic and get a lot out of the software – this is going to make more free time for me to spend with my loved ones (not the After Effects is not part of my loved ones, but you get the point).

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. For me it was one moment before the show began, I was entering my first session (on Saturday morning) and the room was fully packed with people (in an 80 people room, we had almost 140 attendees) – My voice was shivering the first few minutes until I found my zone and went onto a smooth sailing. Later I found out that I made a new record for this Post|Production world conference, so I’m super proud for this achievement, I only hope my session was useful for all these attendees, but from the feedback I got at the end – it sure did.

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. I think that the main thing is Ready Made Stuff. From stock footage, templates, plug-in and automated scripts to sound effects – these days you only need to choose. With this huge growing of pre-designed presets and great footage it’s easier than before to jump on the Mograph ship. Both NLE and Effects software became an operating systems and not just software, and the open architecture of software these days, allow many third-parties to write tools that are more that just an index search. For many users this is going to change the way they work, and I’m amazed by the selections and extra tools that I now have easy access to.

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Alex Dow

Alex Dow_1Alex Dow:
Marketing Director
(zaxwerks.com)

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I found that as far as software goes the newest innovation is an AE plug-in called Paint and Stick. It’s created by the AE Scripts guys and will be  released soon. It’s really crazy that you can paint on your 3D scene in real-time directly inside of After Effects.

As far as equipment goes, I was amazed by the new drone section. There was every type of drone you could think of. There were small ones that held go pros and big ones that held giant equipment. They even had a giant net flying zone to demo the drones in action.

 

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?

Alex Dow showing how Zaxwerks ProAnimator with Rampant Effects

Alex Dow showing how Zaxwerks ProAnimator with Rampant Effects

A. My highlight was being able to demo at the Rampant Design booth.
I was able to show how Zaxwerks ProAnimator and  rampant effects work extremely well together.
We recorded the demo so it’ll be up online early next week.

 

 

 

 

 

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. Of course, I saw a lot of drones so I expect that’s not going away anytime soon. I also saw a huge increase in the number  of hand-held cameras. This is going to make it a lot easier for individual artists to shoot their own footage, and make their  videos look as professional as the big studios.

 

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Ben Balser

Ben Balser:
Apple Certified Trainer
(finalcutprox.guru/)

 

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. FCPWORKS and the Robotics And Drones Pavilion. 4K didn’t leave me feeling so excited, since it is so available to even low budget, and there’s no realistic delivery yet, and won’t be for a few years. Nothing else was as much of a game changer as the new 4K affordable drones. I challenge anyone to dispute this. All else was the same-old-same-old and YAWN fest…

 Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. New FCPX/Motion/Compressor updates. Shows Apple really is going to take over again. The presentations showing how it was used not just for editing, but titles, effects, coloring, etc in “Focus”. Lots of folks want to dismiss this, but you can’t stop an idea whose time has come. Everything else NLE wise was same-old-same-old.

 Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. Read above 3 answers.

 

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock
CEO/CTO

 

 

 

 

 


Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. Anamorphic lens announcements from Everyone, Zooms from Cooke and Angenieux to primes from Zeiss and Vedrya

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fusion 8 on the Mac- Much Like Resolve, Fusion maybe the future.
Teranex Mini Converters – Wrapping up the Teranex engine inside an entire converter line creates a toolset that no one else has.
URSA Mini, Weighs and costs less, but just as powerful, A true low-cost camera option for many wanting to start shooting 4k/

LaCie's Rugged RAID

LaCie’s Rugged RAID

 

LaCie’s Rugged Raid and G-Technology’s
Ruggedized Thunderbolt Drive enclosures.

 

 

 

 

QNAP Thunderbolt Networking NAS
LaCie’s NAS Pro with one button Setup.
Barco 3D Laser Projection
HP’s Z32 Dreamcolor 4K Monitor
Sony’s New 4K OLED
Flanders Scientific showing a complete LUT pass thru on new 24” 1080p OLEDs
Video Devices PIX-E series 4K recorders set new standard for on-board recording capability and should give Convergent Design some competition.

Shure Retro Microphones

Shure Retro Microphones

 

SHURE’s New line of Retro Microphones for iOS,
high-quality design, really weight and the Shure Brand
makes these a must have addition for Podcasting.

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. Nothing was that surprising- Most of the best releases came in the 10days prior to NAB. BlackMagicDesign only company to really show an almost indecently large (33) number of product announcements.

Blackmagic camera

Blackmagic camera

Blackmagic camera on mini sports car

Blackmagic camera on mini sports car

Side view of Blackmagic camera

Side view of Blackmagic camera

 

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. 4K is here to stay, 3D is still here kicking around and is not about to go away anytime soon. I think the biggest trend is one towards better pixels and not more of them, it is why the HDR demo’s are so compelling to look at.

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan:
Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer
(larryjordan.com)

 

 

 

 

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. *The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it.
*Storage needs are increasing exponentially
*Film makers are shooting first, planning later; if ever
*SSD drives a darn fast but stubbornly expensive
*We still don’t have good, solid, inexpensive options for archiving media
On the other hand, wait six months and the world will change again at IBC.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. Sigh…the end of the show.

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. NAB is filled with surprises, but the most interesting thing to me was the speed of evolution, rather than revolution. Money is starting to flow in the market, finally, and vendors are expanding product lines to try to capture more business. New age camera companies, such as Red, Blackmagic Design and AJA are now considered a normal part of the camera business.

Hardware gets smaller, drones get bigger, and The Cloud is everywhere – especially where it doesn’t belong. Macintosh is the platform of choice and traditional vendors are scrambling to preserve their market.

Several new ideas caught my eye, including:
* The focus on infrastructure and managing media from companies like Axel Video, File Catalyst and Xendata.
*Drones are everywhere, especially underfoot
*Cameras are getting smaller, cheaper, and with better and better image quality

 

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley:
Senior Product Manager
(borisfx.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. The highlight of NAB for me was how popular Mocha is with end users. We had guest presenters showing Mocha and BCC in our booth on a stage every hour on the hour and I’d estimate that at least 75 percent of the demos were attended to the level of standing room only.

Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. Given that I spent about 95 percent of my time at the show on our booth, I can only speak from that perspective and the biggest surprise for our customers is that of the deep integration of Mocha into Boris Continuum Complete for version 10 of the product. It’s a huge undertaking on our part and a huge win for our customers.

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The push into 6K could be seen everywhere … and I’m sure it’ll be 8k next year. 🙂

NABShow 2015 – and that’s a wrap

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NAB: an event where content creation, management, commerce, consumption, distribution and delivery rule; large social arena to meet friends (new and vintage); a site to buy and sell content; a venue where one can acquire valuable tools and techniques from industry experts.

While touted as a must-attend event, it’s not always possible to drop by one of the largest trade shows in our industry. From launching a new site, keeping busy with jobs (that’s a good excuse to have!), clients, and a myriad of other obligations, you sometimes have to forego where you want to be for where you need to be. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a little insight into what this year’s NAB was all about so we spoke with a few attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

 

Larry Jordan: Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer (larryjordan.com)
Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it. Storage needs are increasing exponentially. Read all Larry’s comments:

 

 

 

Alex Dow

Alex Dow

 

Alex Dow: Marketing Director (zaxwerks.com/products/proanimator)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I found that as far as software goes the newest innovation is an AE plug-in called Paint and Stick. It’s created by the AE Scripts guys and will be released soon. It’s really crazy that you can paint on your 3D scene in real-time directly inside of After Effects. Read all Alex’s comments:

 

 

 

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster

 

Jeff Foster: Author, Producer, VFX Artist/Compositor and Trainer (Pixelpainter.com)
Q. When asked various questions about the show, here’s what Jeff had to say.
A. LOL – I might be biased, but my answer to all those questions would be: Drones, drones, new drones, drones.

 

 

 

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Eran Stern

Eran Stern

 

Eran Stern: Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer (sternfx.com)
Q. What was the biggest surprise of the show?
A. I guess it’s hard to ignore what ‘Blackmagic Design’ is doing to the industry. Each year coming up with dozens of new gear and improvements, some of it for free, is something quite unique even in this industry. I’m not sure what their higher purpose goal is, but the development speed of those guys is very impressive, and it looks like their tools are working as advertised. Read all Eran’s comments:

 

 

 

Ben Balser

Ben Balser

 

Ben Balser: Apple Certified Trainer (finalcutprox.guru/)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively. Read all Ben’s comments:

 

Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley

 

Peter McAuley: Senior Product Manager (borisfx.com)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer. Read all Peter’s comments:

 

 

Paul Babb: President/CEO (maxon.net)
Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. As you can probably imagine, I never got away from my booth or meetings to see anything around the show.
For us, the news was our outstanding group of motion graphics, vfx and viz artists sharing their creative approaches and production techniques streaming live from the show. You can see the list of guest artist presenters we hosted on C4DLive.com. Among our group were two Emmy Award and one Oscar winners, recent SXSW Award Winners, etc. We’ll be posting their recorded presentations there and on Cineversity.com in the next few weeks.

I’m a little jaded as far as what was hot and future trends. For me, what artists are producing with the tools is far more interesting than the “potential” new industry-changing tool or new number of pixels (4K, 8K, 16K, etc.). That’s why we feature artists in our booth rather than C4D itself.

 

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

 

Gary Adcock CEO/CTO
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery. Read all Gary’s comments:

 

 

 


MarkSpencer

Mark Spencer: Author, Trainer (rippletraining.com)
The show was great. On Tuesday, Steve Martin and I presented in front of a packed house of over 1,000 people, interviewing the editor of Focus and demonstrating new features of , and showing off some of our products. I don’t think I can be of much help on your questions because the only time I spent on the show floor was to walk to and from one of my presentations that I made on the floor on Wednesday. Most of my time was spent teaching or giving presentations or preparing and I had very little time to explore the show.

 

Encounter with a Tornado Part 2

The June 16th Wakefield Tornado

On June 15th I learned a new weather term: Helicity. If you think of a tornado as having a vortex oriented vertically, helicity is wind rotation that is horizontal. Why is helicity important? As a thunderstorm is forming and warm air is lifting, it pulls the horizontal rotation, bending it toward the vertical, aiding in the storm rotation from which tornadoes are born. On Sunday, June 15th the helicity forecast for Monday was literally off the charts. The attached image shows this forecast as bands of color. The red indicates the maximum amount the models can show which is 860 m squared/s squared. However, the red area is huge and we can only guess how much higher the value actually was.

Helicity forcast

Helicity forecast, red is extreme.

 

The whole day of June 16th seemed unreal to me. My chase partners Skip Talbot and Jennifer Brindly Ubl and I woke up to see storms forming in southern South Dakota. We knew this was not the tornado-forming variety, but we had some time on our hands, so we drove north to take a look. The storm was bordered by a dramatic shelf cloud that moved slowly toward us.

Shooting the shelf cloud. Photo by Jennifer Brindley Ubl

Shooting the shelf cloud. Photo by Jennifer Brindley Ubl

 

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Footage of the South Dakota Shelf Cloud

Underneath this structure, the cloud above us was dark, rolling and churning with spooky turbulence. The day’s helicity was very evident. I’ve shot a lot of clouds but never seen such weird movement. For lack of a better term, I call this shot my Harry Potter sky, and I absolutely love the haunting effect.

 

Harry Potter Sky (clip A195-C037v3)

The violence of the storm overtook us and we took shelter at a gas station mini-mart, but again, this was only the prelude for the day, not the main event. Soon we saw a storm initiating in our target area a hundred miles to the south and rushed to meet it.

This radar image shows the storm and our relation to it.

This radar image shows the storm and our relation to it.

As we approached, I snapped this photo through the window.

As we approached, I snapped this photo through the window.

In a very rare occurrence, two large F4 (cause catastrophic damage) tornadoes had formed and were bearing down on the small town of Pilger while we were still driving towards it. The sight of these tornadoes was surreal, they were enormous! As we found a place to park, Jennifer, who had been watching the radar, confirmed that we were in the direct path of the closest twister, so we had only a limited time to film. The conditions were less than ideal as we were in the middle of a downpour. I set the Red Epic on a tripod next to the van but everything was getting soaked. Water was splashing on the touchscreen monitor and activating the menus.

I had no control over the camera! Had I come this far just to be thwarted by a technical glitch? After an agonizing minute or so, I did a re-boot. Finally, I got a few moments of precious footage before Skip noticed a new tornado forming above our heads. “We have to leave now!” he said, so I stopped recording, grabbed the tripod with camera still attached, pulled it in the car and we took off to the east.

Northern most Pilger Tornado on our first stop.

Northern most Pilger Tornado on our first stop.

 

We found a turnout a mile or so down the road with a clear view and no rain. The twin tornadoes that had hit Pilger had wound down, but the new twister was growing in size and strength. We filmed it as it crossed the road we had driven on moments before. It was a huge multi-vortex wedge-shaped tornado that later was shown to measure F4 in strength, just spinning in the field in front of us. Are we safe? Skip says we are absolutely OK in this spot, and he is describing the event for his video record, giving us a verbal play-by-play of every detail while we watched. I hear Jennifer Brindley Ubl’s camera snapping photos. With my Canon 24-105mm lens, I zoom in on the base of the tornado to catch detail of the multi-vortex. However, I am so overwhelmed I forget to check focus and a full minute of footage is lost to this error. My wide shots are sharp however, and soon I gather my wits and start checking focus on the subsequent telephoto shots.

Jennifer captures this photo of the debris cloud shortly after the tornado crosses the road.

Jennifer captures this photo of the debris cloud shortly after the tornado crosses the road.

 

Skip notices another tornado forming to the left of the large wedge. For the second time today, two tornadoes are spinning at once, one a skinny rope, one wedge, both in frame, both F4 in strength. It’s hard to judge scale, but they are enormous as they dwarf the power line towers underneath them.  A bolt of lightning shot from the larger tornado hits the ground between the two, like an epic battle scene.  It was a rare “positive” strike that is more powerful and longer lasting than the garden-variety “negative” strikes. It took a full 17 frames at 30fps to fade. The smaller tornado whips around the larger one at a ground speed of nearly 90 miles per hour. We watch it get swallowed by the larger wedge. Unreal.

These images show the positive lightning strike between the two tornadoes.

These images show the positive lightning strike between the two tornadoes.

 

The twister gradually moves to our northeast and becomes partially obstructed by higher ground in front of us. Skip suggests we re-position to get a better view. So once again, we hop in the SUV, this time following the tornado, which is to our front and left. The twister is becoming rain-wrapped, and we lose sight of it in the precip haze. Eventually we find a perch on the top of a hill, this time getting a wider view of the storm. The tornado is gone, but we have an amazing view of the rotating cloud structure. I see dirt spinning up underneath, the sign of yet another tornado forming, but the motion disappears quickly. Still, it’s enough for me to count as I keep a tally in my head. I’ve seen 5 tornadoes today.

 


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Other storm chasers park nearby and I recognize John Williamson, whom I had chased with before. It’s always like that with this community, you constantly meet your friends while on the road. John points at a funnel cloud to our west. It is a skinny tail dropping out of a little white puffy. Jennifer snaps a photo and someone remarks, “The parameters are so crazy today, it’s like every cloud gets a tornado!”.

 

Funnel Cloud Photo by Jennifer Brindley Ubl.

Funnel Cloud Photo by Jennifer Brindley Ubl.

We decide to end the day with a dinner in Sioux City and talk about our adventures. Truly an amazing day. Later in my hotel room, I agonize over footage lost to soft focus, finding it hard to get the proper perspective that I have also captured some amazing images. My heart goes out to the people affected by the storms that hit Pilger and Wakefield. Artbeats will be making a donation to StormAssist whose proceeds go to the victims. Looking back, I am also grateful for Skip Talbot and Jennifer Brindly Ubl for having me along. It won’t be my last trip with you both!

 

Links:

To view clips: http://www.artbeats.com/storms2014

To view demo reel: http://youtu.be/exxyB6pG60s

http://faceofastorm.blogspot.com/2014/06/twin-tornadoes-in-nebraska-june-16th.html

http://www.skip.cc/chase/

http://stormassist.org/

 

FCPUG SuperMeet 2012 in San Francisco

Join the FCPUG Network, including SF Cutters, Lafcpug, BOSFCPUG and other FCPUG and digital video user groups around the Globe in San Francisco, CA on January 27, 2012 for the largest single day gathering of creative and collaborative editors, HDSLR filmmakers, digital content creators and Gurus in San Francisco in 2012! Workshops will be offered all day prior to the SuperMeet Digital Showcase and the actual SuperMeet itself. Artbeats will be at the Supermeet with our wheel of prizes!. Stop by and spin! For more information visit http://supermeet.com/