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Data choke points and a cautionary tale
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:47:59 pm

During a normal week, I help a lot of customers with performance issues. Some of the most common complaints I hear include: ...

networking

Up Coming User Group Meetings
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:09:39 am

Hi All ...

networking

10Gb and SMB3 really rocks
By: Steve Modica on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:04:19 pm

We got RSS working on our 10Gb cards a few days ago. This is a feature that splits up data coming into the card into multiple queues. Then we can let different CPUS handle pulling in that data and passing it up the stack. We found what we figured we'd find: When we setup multiple streams, we see data in multiple queues. We see more cpus involved in the work, and things go a lot faster. ...

storage


Video Collaboration Tools: DaVinci Resolve
By: Stu Brown on Jul 28, 2014 at 2:42:39 pm

Last Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of visiting Neil Smith, CEO of LumaForge and Marketing Manager, Kahlani Leon, for a presentation of some new video collaboration tools. Neil is not just another ordinary video reseller. He has a background in digital computing that spans decades, having sold the famous Cray computers to the US Government. As a major player within the industry since that time, Neil has a unique perspective on identifying trends, and has managed to assemble his own hardware which is extremely compatible and robust when it comes to hosting today's popular video editing software. Check out...

collaboration

How Kevin Spacey Helped Me Get Started In Editing
By: Kylee Peña on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:31:14 pm

Last weekend I was bingeing on House of Cards (as you do) and after one particularly riveting episode where blank and blank blank-out and they all blank (spoilers/adult situations) I finally noticed a familiar logo: Trigger Street Productions, Kevin Spacey's production company. Not that it's terribly widely known I guess, but the logo is burned into my brain (a folder within a folder within a folder from years ago, but it was there.) ...

editing

Sound Decisions: A Properly Designed Mixing Room Makes All The Difference
By: walter biscardi on Jul 21, 2014 at 9:05:21 am

At Biscardi Creative Media, we understand the importance of great audio. To that end, we had our Rialto mixing theater designed specifically for quality sound design. The Rialto features a ProTools HD Native 5.1 system, SPL 5.1/stereo monitor controller, Genelec audio monitors and subwoofer, an 8 foot projection screen– and sound designers love working from it. ...

ProTools


Help us get Ice Cream Nation started!
By: walter biscardi on Jul 11, 2014 at 5:44:58 am

Hi all! ...

Ice Cream Nation

Actor/Playwright Laoisa Sexton
By: Bob Gillen on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:13:26 pm

“The whole female subject matter, female sexuality in an Irish film is untried territory… but that’s exciting to me to do something new,” says actor and playwright Laoisa Sexton of her debut play For Love. The play was staged off-Broadway by the Irish Repertory Theater in 2013. Laoisa (pronounced Lee-sha) Sexton has written the screenplay for her stage play, and is now working to shoot it in Ireland. “I am working with the producer Paul Heller. He was the producer of Withnail and I, Harold and Maude, amongst others, and some of my favorite films. It is a big dream...



10.1.2 Killed the Sparse Disk Star
By: John Davidson on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:31:17 pm

Hey gang, just wanted to give you a little update on what we're uncovering right now. ...

FCPX

Movie Clichés - Reading from Old Books
By: Peter John Ross on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:58:58 pm

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Videoguys Summer Update, June 2014
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 20, 2014 at 11:23:34 am

It's been a very busy year for us. We've seen a ton of new products introduced and we've picked up some new product lines. ...

videoguys

Filmmaker Jon Rosling’s “Five Pillars”
By: Bob Gillen on Jun 3, 2014 at 12:55:41 pm

In UK-based filmmaker Jon Rosling’s 2013 debut feature film Five Pillars, ex-soldier Darren returns from the war in Afghanistan to find himself disenfranchised by a society struggling to find its identity. Several critics commented that the societal topic is nothing new. I asked what impact he hoped to make with his film. Examining Themes About Life in England “Social realism films are not new in the UK, or any film market, to be honest,” says Rosling. “Some UK ones have made quite a few waves, Shane Meadows' This Is England being probably the most recent notable one. What I think...


Understanding the new Licensing Options of Avid Media Composer Software
By: Gary Bettan on May 22, 2014 at 11:17:24 am

At NAB2014 Avid announced that editors would now have several choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. Avid has now released the latest version (MC8.0) in all the new licensing options. Videoguys has put together a detailed FAQ with explainer videos to help you better understand your options. This blog post is intended as an overview to quickly help you understand the differences. ...

Avid

Writer/Filmmaker Tina Mabry
By: Bob Gillen on May 21, 2014 at 8:41:02 pm

“Audiences will always connect with universal themes explored through the eyes of real people,” says writer and filmmaker Tina Mabry. “That’s why it’s important that I make sure I remain honest to the humanity of the characters I create.” Tina Mabry heads up the Los Angeles-based production company Morgan’s Mark. Mabry and creative/business partners Morgan Stiff and Lee V. Stiff have structured Morgan’s Mark as an independent production company and editing facility that “focuses on producing films that emphasize character, and an editing facility that focuses on quality over quantity.” The company’s recent films include Brooklyn’s Bridge to Jordan, Mississippi...


Snapshots…your trashcan, on steroids
By: Steve Modica on May 19, 2014 at 8:42:53 am

I have to admit, as an old time UNIX guy that's been around inodes, fsck and corrupted filesystems all my life, snapshots sounded a little too good to be true. ...

storage

The Purpose of Any Movie
By: Peter John Ross on May 18, 2014 at 7:42:33 pm

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Can Hollywood Still Make Good Movies?
By: Stu Brown on May 1, 2014 at 11:24:27 am

This is a repost of an article from my website nonlinearpost.com by my son, Royce. Your comments are welcome. ...

filmmaking

Indie Comics Guru Marcelo Lewin
By: Bob Gillen on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:29:47 pm

Marcelo Lewin’s website, IndieComicsTracker.com , covers the world of indie comics. Why indie? “Because Marvel DC already have enough help from their parent companies,” Lewin says. “Besides, in my mind, the really exciting stuff is coming out of the indie scene.” I asked Lewin how the core elements of story develop in the comic book genre. “I think the most important thing that writers should keep in mind when writing a comic,” says Lewin, “is that they can tell their story via not only words (the bubbles), but also working in conjunction with the illustrator visually.” READ MORE......


Videoguys' 2014 Update on Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt version 2
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:01:09 pm

We bring you up to date on all the latest Thunderbolt news, products and developments. This guide also includes our recommended configuration for a new iMac as well as our Thunderbolt Wish List for 2014. ...

thunderbolt

Director/Writer David L. Johnson
By: Bob Gillen on Apr 23, 2014 at 8:48:33 pm

“I’m looking for complicated characters dealing with complicated issues.” So says director/writer David L. Johnson when asked what he looks for in a script. Recognize a Story That Moves “Personally,” Johnson says, “I have no preference. I think a lot of directors get hung up on fitting into a genre, but the greatest directors have stepped out of their box on occasion. Although these experiments don't always equate to box office success, I think it's important to learn how to recognize a story that moves and to see the potential of what you as a director can bring to that...


Videoguys' Guide (with Video) to Avid Media Composer | Software
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 23, 2014 at 6:57:07 am

Avid Media Composer | Software is now available in 3 license types making it the perfect professional editing solution for everyone. ...

Avid


Unexpected Disk Failures in Large Arrays
By: Tim Jones on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:37:07 pm

My team has recently gotten calls for help from a number of our customers who have relatively new disk arrays (not ours) where the disks are failing unexpectedly. I'll leave brands out of this discussion, but the average age of most of these arrays is less than 12 months. ...

DISK

THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD
By: Stu Brown on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:23:14 pm

THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD ...

4k

Beyond the A's and B's of NAB
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 20, 2014 at 8:19:27 pm

There’s a whole big world out there in post-production-land, and most of it is pretty awesome. ...

post production

#8 Welcome to the Low End
By: John Davidson on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:09:58 pm

Hi everyone. ...

FCPX

Saying goodbye to a very special friend
By: Steve Modica on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:24:08 pm

Yesterday, I had to say goodbye to my dog Pete. He's been with me for almost 10 years and helped me raise my kids, chase all the deer away, and keep my house safe from squirrels and mailmen. ...

dogs

What’s missing from today’s tech based editing
By: ron sussman on Apr 11, 2014 at 5:26:17 am

(this is a re-publish of a blog article I wrote for my personal web page) ...

Editing

NAB Day Whatever - New Perspectives on Old Business
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 10, 2014 at 3:58:32 pm

With the show wrapping up and my body shutting down, I've been thinking about the stuff I've seen and people I've talked to at this year's show. This is the first year I've been covering the show in a full on press capacity (meaning sitting down with a number of vendors to get the story straight from them) and it's been great fun. It's also offered another perspective to me as a show attendee, maybe the clearest one about the industry overall I've had so far.  ...

nab show

Sonnyboo Podcast - Promotion
By: Peter John Ross on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:20:19 am

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promotion

NAB Day 1 - Throwbacks
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 8, 2014 at 8:15:23 am

The running gag on the show floor yesterday was a punchline to the effect of "AND we're releasing a camera!" If that kind of humor isn't your thing, then I can't really recommend you come to NAB for real. ...

nab show

NAB Pre-Show Buzz -- or lack thereof?
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:25:18 am

So yeah, if you haven't guessed by the articles you might have seen with my name on them or the NAB show guide and all that, I'm here in Vegas for my third NAB. My brain hasn't really caught up to the idea yet, so I've spent much of the weekend walking around in a daze. I think it's starting to settle in though, and just in time. No matter what tomorrow brings, I'll be on my feet a lot -- my poor feet that already have a blister. Damn you, shoes. ...

nab show

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
By: Dennis Kutchera on Apr 4, 2014 at 4:49:17 pm

For tech nerds like me, A week at NAB is like a trip to Disney World for a Kid. It's one thing to read about what's new or watch a video stream from the show floor, but there is nothing like being there and putting your hands on new and up-coming products. ...

NAB 2014

Expert filmmaker builds online community
By: Adam Spiel on Apr 1, 2014 at 9:13:45 pm

Pioneering filmmaker Ryan Connolly shares his passion for Adobe video software ...

Creative Cloud

Action DP Lawrence Ribeiro
By: Bob Gillen on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:34:18 am

“Every (action) shoot brings elements of uncertainty. For me, there are things I can do to increase certainty. And in the case of a rappel shoot, it was scouting. Going to the location a couple of times and looking at it with different light afforded me a strategy to approach the cliff.” Los Angeles-based action DP/camera operator Lawrence Ribeiro talks about shooting action, and about changes in the film industry. In a particularly challenging shoot, Ribeiro rappelled down a cliff to shoot a rock climber. READ MORE......


Live Event Production: Part 1 - Planning
By: Mike Cohen on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:34:18 pm

Over the past couple of years I have taken on the role of Technical Director for the several large medical conferences that our company manages. AV, catering, CME, registration, on-site support and hotel logistics are all services that go into managing a medical conference. In addition we have an exhibit hall and sometimes off-site events. ...

live event

Interactive video invention
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:01:12 pm

Powster creates striking user-interactive music video for Bombay Bicycle Club with Adobe Creative Cloud ...

Creative Cloud

5 Things You Need to Know about Shared Storage
By: Steve Modica on Mar 26, 2014 at 7:13:21 am

1. Shared storage is becoming the norm. It's not a "hack" anymore that's used to skirt licenses or the need for more disks. Vendors are beginning to embrace it more and more, and the storage software and protocols are adapting. There's never been a better time to implement a shared storage solution. ...

storage

Devin Super Tramp achieves extreme YouTube success
By: Adam Spiel on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:46:23 am

Brilliant emerging filmmaker uses Adobe Creative Cloud to edit weekly videos for popular online channel ...

Creative Cloud

Where Passion Takes You as a Writer
By: Bob Gillen on Mar 24, 2014 at 8:54:32 pm

“The heart of an engaging story resides in the heart and mind of the person writing the story. It is passion and where that passion takes you as a writer.” So says Don Vasicek, the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company. “This passion is reflected through the writer’s characters and the story. Each character, each location in the story, and each occurrence that takes place in, with and between the characters and in the story, should reflect that passion. READ MORE......


Thunderbolt Updates
By: Steve Modica on Mar 20, 2014 at 7:56:23 am

We’ve been working pretty hard on Thunderbolt products over the last few weeks and I thought I’d write up some of the interesting things we’ve implemented. ...

networking

NAB MATTERS MORE THAN EVER!!
By: Steve Modica on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:03:40 am

1. The non-linear editing market (FCP, Avid etc) is changing rapidly. Avid was delisted, FCP supports NFS natively, Adobe is adding tons of new features (and a subscription model). More than ever, editors need to see what's out there and how people are using it. ...

storage

NAB Show Guide to Thriving (instead of just surviving)
By: Kylee Peña on Mar 17, 2014 at 8:31:46 pm

The NAB Show again approaches and the various survival guides are being recycled into the Internet. I wasn't going to post one this year just because there are so many other completely comprehensive fully illustrated and hypertext marked up guides out there a Google search away. But I've gotten a number of requests to share my experience with newcomers again so I thought about it a bit, and I guess I do have something more to add to the conversation beyond just comfortable shoes and protein bars. ...

nab show

Adding a Video to PowerPoint
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 14, 2014 at 6:14:07 am

Shooting video is a lot easier and accessible than it used to be. Newer versions of PowerPoint are very compatible with most industry standard files, such as H.264, which is commonly used on most point and shoot and phone based devices. One of the cool things you can do in PowerPoint is also incorporate video pretty easily into your slide deck presentation. Video sometimes adds a nice unexpected element that your audience might not be anticipating. I will walk through how to add a video into your presentation in this course....


How to Get the GoPro In and Out of its Camera Case
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 12, 2014 at 6:14:00 am

It can be a little tricky opening the GoPro cases. Featured in this course are the GoPro3 and the GoPro3+. I will demonstrate how to properly open each of these cases. If you have one with you, feel free to follow along and open the cases as I open each of them....


What is a Mirrorless Camera: DSLR Video Tips
By: Richard Harrington on Mar 10, 2014 at 6:14:00 am

On this week's DSLR Video Tips we'll explore mirrorless cameras. Have you ever worked with a mirrorless camera? When mirrorless cameras take the image it doesn't hit a mirror and bounce off like DSLR cameras. There are pros and cons to using these types of cameras. Join Robbie and I as we jump into the studio to do a live recording with musician, Jason Masi demoing three different mirrorless cameras. Check out the various shots, picture quality and perspective of these cameras. Discover the ability to completely be adaptable and flexible with all sorts of lenses from Nikon, to PL,...


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