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November 19, 2019

Shutterstock Announces Unlimited Music Subscription and New Features

Content creators now have access to a range of track lengths as well as flexibility to license as needs arise 

New York, NY, November 19, 2019 - Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools and services, today announced the launch of an unlimited monthly subscription for Shutterstock Music. The new plan is geared toward digital content creators, including YouTubers, podcast producers, and social media managers, offering a cost-efficient solution to licensing unlimited high-quality tracks at $149 per month. 

 

Additionally, to meet the needs of short-form content projects, Shutterstock Music now offers shorter tracks for all license plans. Creating content for digital and social media channels requires tighter budgets, shorter timelines, and attention-grabbing messaging. Shorts, or shortened versions of a song (15, 30, and 60 seconds in length), and loops, a segment of a longer song that repeats indefinitely, are now available with every license purchased at no additional cost, enabling users to save time on edits after purchase.

 

With over 11,000 tracks, the Shutterstock Music library includes world-class music curated by professional musicians. The platform offers powerful filtering tools that allow users to search by genre, mood, popularity, among others. With hundreds of tracks added every month, the content is always fresh and Shutterstock Music publishes curated playlists of popular genres and regions. All Shutterstock music tracks are royalty-free and the standard license covers web-based and business usage, including conference presentations and trade-show booths.

 

“Today’s creatives are often working across multiple channels to create content for various projects and audiences. We launched the music subscription to make their lives much easier,” said Christopher Cosentino, VP of Product at Shutterstock. “Whether creating a social video, a conference presentation or a podcast, our new unlimited licensing option empowers creators to license music as their needs arise and frees them to focus on the creative vision rather than worrying about budget.”

 

Learn more about Shutterstock Music here

November 7, 2019

ZEISS Unveils New High-End Cinematography Optics: ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses

A Modern Lens, based on ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses, with Controlled Flares – orders possible by 31st March 2020! 

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ZEISS has unveiled the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, an exclusive new set of seven high-end cinematography lenses. The lenses are based on the high-speed ZEISS Supreme Prime lens family with the benefit of the new T*blue coating, which offers a distinctive look and consistent flares without any compromises.

 

“The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses deliver stunning, consistent flares across all focal lengths that cinematographers can create at will,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager for Cinema Products at ZEISS. “The new lens family has been infused with ZEISS’s experience and passion for premium-quality cinematography lenses – combined with its aspiration to support filmmakers throughout the creative process,” says Casenave.

 

Controlled images that exude artistic flair

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses are available as a set of seven focal lengths of between 21 and 100 millimeters, all with a maximum aperture of T1.5. This makes it possible to capture subtle nuances, even in poor light.

 

“When we spoke to filmmakers and industry experts, we took a close look at the appeal of flares and their unique impact on the atmosphere of a movie,” says Casenave. He describes how ZEISS is responding to users’ needs to integrate flares to ensure greater creative freedom with the lenses: “We didn’t just want to reproduce the effects, but to create tools that would allow this effect to be achieved at any time and in a controlled manner, and so the T* blue coating was born.” The new coating allows users to create flares in the right light without any losses in contrast or transmission – and in the high quality that customers have come to expect from ZEISS.

 

The versatility of the lenses can be used to create this visual look, which is due to the smooth depth of field and elegant bokeh, thus meeting users’ every artistic wish – from a blockbuster to a high-end commercial or a film d’auteur. 

 

Compact, lightweight full-frame lenses

In addition to their flare behavior, the new lenses offer all the benefits of the ZEISS Supreme Primes. Thanks to their image circle diameter of 46.3 millimeters, they cover the current largeformat cinematography sensors and are as such compatible with the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and Mini LF and RED Monstro. Moreover, they feature a front diameter of 95 millimeters with consistently positioned focus and aperture rings. They weigh around 1,500 grams on average.

 

The lenses are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology launched in 2017, providing frame-by-frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard metadata provided using the Cooke /i technology1 protocol. This simplifies and speeds up workflows, particularly for VFX and Virtual Production.

 

Limited availability

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses are available to order from announcement until March 31st, 2020. The seven focal lengths – 21 mm T1.5, 25 mm T1.5, 29 mm T1.5, 35 mm T1.5, 50 mm T1.5, 85 mm T1.5 and 100 mm T1.5 – are available exclusively as a set from ZEISS Cinema dealers. The lenses will be delivered from April 2020 after the end of the ordering period.

 

From November, 9th -16th ,2019, ZEISS will be unveiling its ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses for the first time before a large audience at the CAMERIMAGE International Film Festival in Toruń, Poland. The short film R&R by Rodrigo Prieto (DOP of movies like The Irishman, The Wolf of Wall Street and Brokeback Mountain) shot with ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, will also be shown at the festival. After CAMERIMAGE, ZEISS will be running a series of events at various rental houses around the world to give cinematographers the chance to try out the new lenses.

 

To find out more, please visit: www.zeiss.com/cine/radiance.

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October 10, 2019

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Shutterstock Announces Reverse Search for Video



Shutterstock's new Reverse Search for Video is a helpful search and discovery tool for videographers and video editors. Users can simply upload an image of their choosing and the AI-powered algorithm will instantly provide videos similar in look and feel to the original, making it easy to find footage resembling certain locations or specific light temperature, wall color, or object. Find out more here.

Vimeo Launches a New Way to Find and Hire Top-Tier Video Pros

Vimeo today introduced a new tool for businesses, brands, and agencies to find and hire world-class video professionals. The platform now offers a “For Hire” marketplace that provides anyone looking to produce a high-quality video with a simple, effective way to source the industry’s best talent for their project.
 

Those looking for professional video services can now post project requests, browse Vimeo’s global network of talent, and connect with available filmmakers, editors, videographers, animators, and more. Freelance video professionals can similarly search the listing pages for open jobs that match their expertise and find paid projects. Vimeo takes no commission or fee from the connections and projects created.

“Every business, brand, and agency today faces hurdles in producing video at scale. They have a continuous need to make high-quality content on a frequent basis. Right now, they rely on informal networks and word-of-mouth to find the right people to make those videos -- which is time-consuming and inefficient,” said Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo. “Our new hiring tool fundamentally streamlines this process, by connecting those in need of talent with top-tier video pros from our global creative community. Anyone with a video project can easily find industry-leading pros available to work in their desired location, match their needs with the right skillsets and budget, and get their videos made. Best of all, Vimeo is empowering our creative community to get paid doing what they do best.”

At launch, Vimeo will feature job listings from businesses and brands like VaynerMedia and Square, and provide access to a community of over 30,000 video pros (including award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick filmmakers, animators, and artists like Sontenish MyersJordan BrunerDrew Christie and Eric Power).

Aaron Kovan, Chief Production Officer at VaynerMedia added, “We're always on the hunt for talented video pros to help us make our next video. Vimeo is already a great spot to get inspired and source talent, and we can't wait to use this new hiring tool.”

Key benefits for Video Pros include:

  • Connect directly with top video pros: Hirers can browse Vimeo’s community of world-class video professionals by budget, project type, location, skills and experience and post “for hire” listings to connect with qualified pros, fast. This allows them to focus precious bandwidth and resources on growing their bottom lines, not chasing down referrals or developing in-house video capabilities.

  • No fees or commissions: Unlike other hiring sites -- which can take up to 20% off the top -- Vimeo takes no commission from the connections and projects created.

Key benefits for Video Pros include:

  • More opportunities, more paid gigs: Freelance video professionals can search the listing pages by criteria like location, type of project and skill set, submit to jobs that match their skills and expertise.

  • All-in-one-place video workflow: Once a project is kicked off, video professionals can leverage the rest of Vimeo’s tools to review edits with teams and hirers, manage video libraries, and distribute the finished video online.

The new hiring tool is available globally and in seven languages. Payment takes place off of the platform, and Vimeo takes no cut of the exchange. Any hirer can search Vimeo’s network of video professionals and post a listing with a Vimeo account. Any paid Vimeo member can be included in the professional marketplace by marking their account as “available for hire.”

For more information, please visit: www.vimeo.com/for-hire. 

July 16, 2019

Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers

Blockbuster-quality video effects created by industry professionals, including 4K lens flares, essential transitions, captivating video kits with smoke, fire, explosions and more

NEW YORK, NY July 16, 2019 -- Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools, and services, today announced its new footage offering—Shutterstock Elements. Over 3,000 elements captured on cinema-grade cameras and lenses have been added to the site, including transitions, lens flares, VFX (visual effects), video kits, film overlays, HUD (head-up display) and UI (user interface) elements. Compatible with all major video editing programs, Elements also includes detailed tutorials on how to optimize effects. 

 

Video consumption rates continue to grow and consequently, the power of video content has never been stronger. According to Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report, digital video is now up to 28% of average daily watching time and 59% of Gen Z users cite YouTube as their preferred learning channel. As marketers respond to this trend by making video a top priority in their marketing mix, Shutterstock Elements offers popular, easy-to-use video effects that anyone can apply to make their content stand out.

 

“The demand for high-quality video is growing while budgets are only getting smaller and timelines are getting shorter. Video editors, compositors, and vloggers are constantly faced with the challenge of maintaining quality and making the content stand out in today’s golden age of video,” said Sylvain Grande, SVP of Product at Shutterstock. “Elements is a one-stop-shop for creatives who are churning out projects at an unprecedented rate, providing assets made with cinema-grade equipment that can make any project look like a big-budget production in no time.”

 

The new offering includes expertly curated categories for specific genres, from content for everyday moments to blockbuster action scenes. Video kits like “Yum” are tailored for food vloggers and How-tos with over 100 elements including lower thirds, transitions, animated characters, and loopable backgrounds. Film overlays like “Illuminate” offer 120 different light leak elements and practical effects shot in 4K resolution. The curated collections are designed to take any video project to the next level by adding polished elements and finishing touches like flares and sizzle for a more professional feel.

 

The wide selection of elements ranges from digital assets, like transitions and overlays, to physical effects like explosions or glass shattering. The physical assets were each filmed on location with specialists using high-end gear—like the Ricochet VFX pack, which includes authentic muzzle flashes filmed working alongside gun experts, or the Detonate VFX pack which offers explosions as wide 250 feet. 

 

Explore Shutterstock Elements here

December 18, 2018

ARRI Inc. Signs Art Adams as Cinema Lens Specialist

  • Veteran director of photography will develop and support sales of ARRI lenses

  • Adams will collect feedback from and empower creatives

 

December 18, 2018; Los Angeles – ARRI Inc. is pleased to announce Art Adams has joined as Cinema Lens Specialist. The newly created position will further develop and support sales of ARRI lenses for North America, while collecting user feedback from imagemakers.

Adams has worked as a director of photography for over two decades, focusing on commercials, branded content, visual effects and much more. He also served as a technology consultant for companies including Sony, Canon, Element Labs, Sound Devices and more. He is a longtime contributor for publications such as ProVideo Coalition and DVInfo, in addition to authoring articles for American Cinematographer, Australian Cinematographer, Camera Operator Magazine, Film and Digital Times, and HD Video Pro. As a trainer for the ARRI Academy, he instructed classes on ARRI camera systems including the ALEXA LF.

 

Says Adams, "I've long admired ARRI's commitment to image quality, and I'm proud that I've been invited to participate in this commitment. I look forward to using my new position to support visual storytellers in achieving their cinematic goals."

 

Sebastien Laffoux, ARRI Inc. Vice President of Camera Systems Sales, notes: “We’re thrilled to have Art on our team. With his vast amount of experience in the field, he understands the demands of productions both technically and artistically to help us deliver the best tools possible.”

 

Adams will be based out of the Burbank, California office.

November 28, 2018

Introducing Shutterstock Select, Premium Footage Filmed by Industry Experts

Offering a diverse collection of over 10,000 premium 4K video clips filmed using cinema-grade gear

NEW YORK, NY November 28, 2018 -- Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global technology company offering high-quality assets, tools and services through its creative platform, today announced Shutterstock Select, a premium tier of royalty-free video content. The diverse collection of video clips includes exclusive content with everything from everyday moments to blockbuster action scenes, all captured by industry professionals using cinema-grade cameras and selected by our expert curators.

 

This new offering of content offers the highest production value available in the industry and features in-demand content categories such as cinematic aerials, millennial adventure, gastronomy, action scenes, and workplace scenes. The shots combine artistic and technical excellence and are filmed on cinema-grade equipment including RED cameras and cameras using Cine lenses. A highly-skilled team of professional filmmakers and motion designers created this selection of footage with a particular focus on executing the most exceptional camera movements, composition and acting.

 

“As most filmmakers and cinematographers know, creating high quality establishing shots are important to any film, but are also very expensive to produce,” said Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO of Shutterstock. “We’re thrilled to now have this new offering of Hollywood-quality content to our customers who are looking to elevate their video projects with a cinematic flair.”

 

As stock footage continues to solidify itself as an essential pillar within the TV and filmmaking process, Shutterstock is expanding its offerings to meet this ever-growing demand. Shutterstock’s current collection of over 12 million high-quality videos empowers filmmakers all over the world with the content they need to express their creative vision. With this highly curated new offering, filmmakers can now choose from a selection of premium footage produced by industry professionals using top of the range equipment.

 

The Shutterstock Select video collection is available to download in both 4K and HD. Explore the Select collection here.

 

About Shutterstock, Inc.

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), directly and through its group subsidiaries, is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 550,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 225 million images and more than 12 million video clips available.

 

Headquartered in New York City, Shutterstock has offices around the world and customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s brands also include Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media offering; Shutterstock Custom, a custom content creation platform; Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat a curated royalty-free music library; and Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world's media.

 

For more information, please visit www.shutterstock.com and follow Shutterstock on Twitter and on Facebook.

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October  4, 2018

Atlanta, Georgia: Cine Gear Expo kicks off its inaugural Hollywood-style event at the world-renowned Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville, Georgia on October 6-7, 2018. Free registration is open at:

http://www.cinegearexpo.com/ga-expo-attendee-registration

 

The 2-day Expo will offer the bustling Atlanta production community a relaxed venue to get caught up on techniques, tools and trade secrets. Like the revered annual Hollywood event, Cine Gear Expo Atlanta aims to create an environment where Atlanta’s professional artists, filmmakers, and content creators can mingle with folks from equipment makers, rental houses, guilds, associations, trade journals and more—all on the grounds of the South’s most famous studio.

 

The show will present nearly 100 exhibits from industry giants like Panasonic, Blackmagic Design, Carl Zeiss, and Canon as well as local sources including PC&E Atlanta, Georgia Film Academy, and The Rag Place Atlanta. Also on hand will be industry guilds and trade organizations including American Society of Cinematographers, IATSE Local 479, ICG Local 600, and the SOC Society of Camera Operators.

 

Guests have their choice of attending 10 different complimentary seminars and panels covering filmmaking insights, techniques, technology and safety by distinguished organizations and industry leaders including the ASC’s Dialogue with ASC Cinematographers moderated by International Cinematographers Guild sitting President, Steven Poster, ASC.

 

Cine Gear Expo Atlanta officially runs October 6, 10am to 6pm and October 7, 10 am to 5pm. For more about Cine Gear Expo and to see the full lineup of exhibitors, screenings, and seminars, visit: www.cinegearexpo.com. Follow these links for complimentary online registration: 

http://www.cinegearexpo.com/ga-expo-attendee-registration  

https://www.speedbadge.com/sreg2.php?s=cga&clear=1&t=1538447371

Cine Gear encourages early registration to avoid lengthy lines for this sought after event.

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October  2, 2018

Broadcast Equipment Provider and Integrator Combine Forces To Become Major Reseller Nationwide.

LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2018) – Key Code Media has reached an agreement to acquire Rocky Mountain and Southwest region integrator Burst Communications. The acquisition complements the strengths of the media and entertainment industry’s trusted media technology provider with the leader in broadcast and AV solutions, offering the market turnkey technology solutions and unparalleled engineering services.

 

With coverage in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Southern California, Burst Communications will operate as a new division of Key Code Media, maintaining their existing team. Burst Communications will also add additional competencies with large integration vendors, such as Crestron, Barco and Grass Valley.

 

“Strategically Key Code Media and Burst Communications have substantial synergies which will drive more value to our clients” commented Mike Cavanagh, founder of Key Code Media. ”Burst Communications has a 27 year legacy of excellence in Broadcast Engineering and AV, which directly compliments Key Code Media’s leadership in editorial, storage and asset management.”

Mike Cavanagh of Key Code Media and Kirk Basefsky of Burst Communications make an agreement.

Kirk Basefsky, CEO and Founder of Burst Communications, remarks that Key Code Media is the perfect fit to extend Burst Communications’ reach. “This acquisition is a huge opportunity for Burst Communications, giving us access to new markets, new products, and new offices while maintaining our core brand competencies that our customers know and love.” Burst Communications will continue under its current brand name and its existing locations, maintaining the full Burst team.

 

Burst Communications was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1991 by Kirk Basefsky, along with a core team of sales and technical experts. Embracing broadcast technology from its inception, the company has grown to be an industry leader in broadcast integration for TV stations, sports, churches, local government and education. Burst also has a strong presence in the Corporate AV space, designing conference rooms, classrooms, lobbies, and large-scale digital signage installations.

 

“Together, we will offer broadcast, AV, integration, and post-production solutions at a comprehensive level of support and services across all markets and geographies,” noted Mike Cavanagh. “This union positions us both to serve the industry with more advanced engineering and services- across the nation.”

For more information click here.

September 28, 2018

Zeiss’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Will Have Adobe Lightroom Built In

September 28, 2018 - Zeiss announced the mirrorless ZX1, its first full-frame camera, with a Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 T* lens and a proprietary 37.4 megapixel sensor developed in house.

The ZX1 shoots UHD 4K video (3840 x 21060) at up to 30fps and full HD 1080p at up to 60fps, but the real innovation here is aimed at still photographers. The Zeiss ZX1 has Adobe Lightroom CC on board, allowing photographers to manipulate raw images in camera via 4.3-inch LCD touch display. The back of the camera is slightly bent, with the “crease” separating the live view image from control icons on the screen.

The camera has 512 GB of internal memory and can be set to upload images directly to internet storage with no need for memory cards or other storage devices. Zeiss said software updates can also be applied over the air, without connecting to a computer or applying a file via memory card. (External storage can be connected via USB-C.)

It’s a Zeiss camera for photographers who wish their camera worked a little more like a smartphone — except without all that “phone” stuff cluttering it up.

“We are focusing on ambitious, professional creatives who want to produce their photographic experiences quickly and efficiently, and inspire as many people on the Internet as possible,” said Zeiss Consumer Products Business Group Head Jörg Schmitz in a prepared statement.

The ZX1 viewfinder is an 0.7-inch OLED (1920 x 1080). The Distagon lens has a minimum focus distance of 30cm.

Zeiss said it won’t announce pricing for the ZX1 until it begins shipping in early 2019.

Find out more information here.

September 14, 2018

ARRI introduces Stellar, the new intelligent app for professional lighting control

September 14, 2018; IBC (Amsterdam) – Stellar reimagines light control by automatically managing complex DMX settings and by featuring control interfaces with stunning graphic design. Stellar is the perfect app to quickly and easily control ARRI lights while on set. Whether a large film with many scenes and setups or a small project with just a few fixtures, Stellar is built to work in all scenarios. Coded intelligence and advanced communication make connecting ARRI SkyPanel and L-Series fixtures to the app simple and straightforward. After using Stellar, it will be difficult to go back to controlling lights in any other way. 

Many lighting control devices rely on outdated and generic user interfaces. Stellar has been imagined from the beginning to have beautiful graphic interfaces that are tailored to the different ways of selecting color. Exploring colors in a native and intuitive design for a particular color mode will make you never want to go back to faders. Complex color modes like x, y coordinates become more accessible and open up this powerful tool for everyone. With a long list of feature additions already planned, Stellar will grow into a fully featured lighting control platform. Stellar is the “go-to” application for controlling ARRI fixtures as it seamlessly integrates functionality with great design making the task of adjusting lights effortless.

ARRI Lighting Ecosystem
Stellar is the final link in a complete ecosystem of advanced lighting control products from ARRI. The SkyPanel features Art-Net, sACN, DMX, and RDM implementations for a wide range of control options. Combined with SkyLink, a large rig of SkyPanels can be controlled wirelessly with little effort. Stellar brings all these pieces together with intuitive controls that work seamlessly with the SkyLink, SkyPanel, and L-Series hardware. Creating a complex lighting network has never been simpler or easier to manage.

Color Mode Switching
There are seven amazing ways to select color and lighting effects with the SkyPanel. With Stellar, it is possible to instantly switch between control modes so that a color can be chosen with an interface best suited for that mode. There is no need to worry about DMX footprints or addresses as Stellar’s backend takes care of this. Simply pick the color mode desired and adjust the output accordingly. No compromises necessary with Stellar.

Auto Layout Feature
Stellar’s auto layout feature makes DMX patching a thing of the past. The app will automatically set the DMX start addresses for all fixtures and continue to manage the network in order to avoid any overlapping devices. Without the need to worry about DMX settings, there is more time to focus on the creative aspects of lighting.

Automatic Fixture Discovery
Today’s networks are a complicated mix of nodes, splitters, gateways, and much more. Stellar will navigate the DMX network for you. With the automatic discovery of fixtures, Stellar will search your DMX/RDM network and find every ARRI fixture connected to it. Simply assign the found devices to a project and start lighting. Whether it’s 10 fixtures,100 fixtures, or more, Stellar can handle it.

Built in RDM and DMX Technology
By incorporating DMX and RDM as standard features of the L-Series and SkyPanel, it has been possible to take control of all aspects of ARRI LED fixtures. Stellar takes full advantage of this technology but also hides the complexity in the background. Using Art-Net, Stellar is able to control color and change any setting on the fixture. It is not necessary to set a DMX address or change a DMX mode - Stellar does this automatically.

Light Plot View
Stellar has the ability to import a lighting plot image so that fixtures can be laid out in a two-dimensional space. This visual reference provides ultra-fast selection of light fixtures based on where they are in real space. No more searching through lists, look up tables, or fixture addresses, just tap and control.

Save and Share your Favorite Colors and Effects
Saving favorite colors is an important part of creating a look or preparing for a lighting setup. In Stellar, you can save hundreds of color and lighting effect favorites and bring them with you to every project. It is also possible to share one or all of your favorites with a colleague with a few simple taps.

Storing Lighting Looks
Creating different lighting looks is a key aspect of any lighting scene. Looks can be stored in Stellar which save all fixture settings and color selections. Switching between a day look and a night look has never been easier. Stellar will take care of switch color modes, settings, and output for all fixtures within a matter of moments.

Stellar Brings Gels to L-Series
With Stellar, it is now possible to set gels and sources on all L-Series fixtures. Due to a L-Series hardware limitation, this was not possible in the past. Stellar’s powerful interface now can send gel and source matching color data in the background directly to the fixture. It is now possible to choose from over 300 gels and over 45 light source matching colors. This integration is seamless and a welcome addition to the feature set of the popular L-Series.

To find out more information go to: http://www.arri.com/corporate/press/english/english_single/arri-introduces-stellar-the-new-intelligent-app-for-professional-lighting-control/7581/

September 14, 2018

ARRI launches Lightweight Matte Box LMB 6x6

September 14, 2018; IBC (Amsterdam) – The new Lightweight Matte Box LMB 6x6 is a robust and adaptable addition to ARRI’s LMB range. It allows for the same level of flexibility and creative possibilities as the LMB 4x5, which has proved very popular with camera operators and crews since it was launched just over a year ago. 

 

“The LMB 6x6 will make short work of on-set challenges,” says Philip Vischer, ARRI’s Product Manager for PCA Mechanical Accessories. “It’s streamlined and light, and altering the various applications doesn’t require any supplementary tools—that will make set-ups really quick and easy.” 

 

The matte box is extremely versatile. For example, it works well with gimbals, drones, or Steadicam rigs when used in a single-filter configuration. It can be simply clamped to a lens, or it can be used with rod-mounts, either 15mm or 19mm studio rods, or—in conjunction with an adaptor—15mm lightweight rods. 

 

It includes additional rotatable and non-rotatable filter stages in two different versions which can accommodate up to three 6.6 inch filters at any one time. Each filter tray has its own dedicated tray catcher. 

 

The LMB 6x6 can be tilted 10 degrees up or down, with an optional swing-away tilt module, to avoid unwanted reflections. This module also allows for fast and easy lens changes without the need to dismantle the matte box.

 

The set includes flags that fold flat for easier and more convenient storage.

 

The LMB 6x6 is available as a complete set, or as individual elements—as a clamp-on set, for instance. In line with ARRI’s usual attention to detail, it also comes with foam packaging which can be transferred directly to a travel case.
 

September 5, 2018

Introducing a new kind of stock video

Vimeo has long been home to a community of the most iconic filmmakers in the world. And, as a creator-first platform, we’re obsessed with providing the tools that busy creative professionals need to make your videos — exceptionally.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our newest way to empower and support our creative community. It’s something you’ve been asking about for years, and today Vimeo Stock is finally here.

Our new global, royalty-free stock marketplace is the result of countless conversations that we’ve had with you, our users. For the first time ever we’re unlocking content directly from Vimeo’s world-renowned storytellers. In fact, the majority of contributors in our launch collection are licensing their footage for the first time, and exclusively on Vimeo. We’re also excited to offer industry-leading economics for both stock contributors and buyers.

In other words, our footage collection raises the standard of traditional stock. Rather it’s a hand-selected, highly curated assembly of truly stunning footage designed to make your videos even better.

See for yourself:

You can read more information about Vimeo Stock here: https://vimeo.com/blog/post/introducing-a-new-kind-of-stock-video

September 5, 2018

ProductionHUB Acquires Variety 411

(Los Angeles, CA) — ProductionHUB, the global network of local crew and vendors, announces the acquisition of Variety 411. The asset purchase and talent acquisition will allow ProductionHUB to revitalize the LA 411 and NY 411 brands, expand its portfolio of resources and hyper-focus on the Los Angeles and New York markets.

“LA 411 and NY 411 are iconic brands in the production resources/directory space. We are very happy to see the brands move to ProductionHUB where their combined operations will add value and reach to the production community.” says Mark Hoebich, President of Variety Business Intelligence.

Over the past 19 years, ProductionHUB has built its employment network for the film and video marketplace by developing a platform to simplify the hiring process on a global scale. “We are excited to implement this technology locally in Los Angeles and New York, focusing on two of the largest production markets in the world,” says John Pokorny, President & Founder of ProductionHUB.

In the coming months, the website will be redesigned and launched under the iconic brands LA 411 and NY 411. The 40th edition of the print guide is planned for distribution in January 2019.

Aaron Biberstein, previous General Manager of Variety 411, will spearhead the transition. He says, "We look forward to reestablishing the LA and NY 411 brands. With the support of ProductionHUB's considerable technological assets and marketing prowess, 411 will be better able to service and adapt to the ever-changing needs of this dynamic industry."

For more information, visit LANY411.com.


LA | NY 411 Social Media
LA 411 Facebook: facebook.com/LA411
LA 411 Twitter: twitter.com/LA_411
NY 411 Facebook: facebook.com/NY411
NY 411 Twitter: twitter.com/NY_411

About ProductionHUB, Inc.
ProductionHUB is the global network of local crew and vendors that serves the film and video production industry. Find anything and hire anyone you need, whether it's a camera operator for one day, a video editor for one month, a studio space to shoot in, camera and lights for rent or the best candidates to fill a full-time position. Since launching in 1999, we've grown beyond a simple directory into the most trusted resource for finding the qualified and experienced crew, vendors, freelancers and facilities. We’re your film and video production partner. Learn more at productionhub.com.

August 28, 2018

Building designed to advance organization’s longstanding commitment to educating the next generation of filmmakers.

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) broke ground today on the construction of the new ASC ARRI Educational Center. The contemporary building, located behind the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, will serve as a hub for the organization’s ongoing efforts to educate the next generation of filmmakers on the art and craft of cinematography. The structure also will be home to all print and digital publications staff. The ASC ARRI Educational Center offers a modern, inspired space with offices and meeting rooms, and is slated to be completed in 2019.

ASC President Kees van Oostrum was joined by ARRI Inc. President and CEO Glenn Kennel for this momentous event.

“When the ASC was formed in 1919, our founding members pledged to foster and artistically inspire rising cinematographers,” says van Oostrum. “That mission has made us the society we are today. Through our members and initiatives, we have aggressively continued that edict. As we prepare to celebrate our 100th anniversary next year, the new ASC ARRI Educational Center symbolizes our commitment to the future and provides an excellent gathering place for the exchange of ideas.”

The educational center is made possible through the patronage of ARRI, a pioneering technology company that has a longstanding relationship with the ASC and its membership.

To continue reading about the ARRI Education Center please click here

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June 21, 2018

 

 

AVID MEDIACENTRAL | EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT

To kick off Key Code Media’s Broadcast2Post Demo Series, we’re inviting Avid Technology to present and discuss the new workflow module and ‘sleeper-hit’ product, Avid MediaCentral | Editorial Management.

Avid MediaCentral | Editorial Management is going to revolutionize the way productions and facilities use Media Composer, helping you find files faster across your NEXIS workspaces, share projects/media, accelerate editorial workflow, collaborate between departments, and allow media and project access through a web browser. You will not want to miss this online presentation.

SPEAKERS:

Michael Krulik, Avid Technology
Matt McClain, Key Code Media

DEMO PRODUCT: Avid MediaCentral | Editorial Management

June 11, 2018

ARRI Makes ARRIRAW Available for AMIRA

 

  • Option to record ARRIRAW 2.8K up to 48 fps

  • Requested by AMIRA owner/operators

  • Available through payable license after installation of new SUP 5.3


June 11, 2018; Munich, Germany – ARRI is enabling owners and operators of AMIRA cameras to record in ARRIRAW. The change will involve the installation of the new Software Update Package SUP 5.3, and the purchase of a license. It will give cinematographers the option to record ARRIRAW 2.8K up to 48fps, which increases the versatility of their AMIRA even further, and gives them more options to offer clients.


“It’s a response to an increasing demand,” says Markus Duerr, the ARRI AMIRA Product Manager. “With the growing popularity of ARRIRAW, more and more AMIRA users have been asking us to make it available to them.”  ARRIRAW data produced from an ARRI AMIRA can be considered a digital version of a camera negative. It is the only format that retains the camera's natural color response and great exposure latitude as uncompressed and unencrypted sensor data. The originally recorded raw data remains pristine, providing flexibility in postproduction and raw data archiving.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ARRI AMIRA is a versatile camera system that combines exceptional image quality and affordable CFast 2.0 workflows with an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, AMIRA is tough enough to take
anywhere and features in-camera grading with preloaded 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion. It is suitable for a great variety of production types, from reportage and corporate films, to TV drama and low-budget movies.


For locations and more information please visit www.arri.com.

June 7, 2018

DroneBase Brings Hundreds of 4K Aerial Clips to Shutterstock’s Footage Collection

 

June 7, 2018 - The explosive growth of the drone industry now means that filmmakers and videographers can capture immersive views unlike ever before. As Shutterstock customers are increasingly looking for aerial imagery to support their projects, the company is working to enhance its collection with this type of content.

Shutterstock is expanding its aerial footage collection in a new distribution deal that will deliver hundreds of high-quality 4K videos produced by the largest global drone operations company, DroneBase. From a soaring bird’s-eye view of the biggest cities in the world to incredible coastline vistas, all of this immersive content is now available to license for commercial use on Shutterstock.

DroneBase’s network of professional drone pilots will provide all kinds of high-quality aerial video content. With its global network of pilots in all 50 states and in over 70 countries, the DroneBase collection includes 4K video from all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The recent growth of aerial technology (particularly drones with 4K cameras) has transformed the production industry by offering crystal-clear, cinema-quality footage without the cost of a professional pilot and aircraft — and drones can even reach places helicopters and airplanes never could. Drone industry growth is expected to continue, and Shutterstock is committed to providing the best footage that the new technology can offer.

 

Explore these curated sets of beautiful aerial videos coming from the DroneBase collection available at Shutterstock: Sunlight AerialsWater Aerials.

May 24, 2018

New High-End Cinema Lens Family ZEISS Supreme Primes

With its 13 high-speed, full-frame, prime lenses for high-quality film productions, ZEISS is focusing on maximum quality, low weight, and significant versatility when it comes to creating superb visual imagery.


OBERKOCHEN, May 24, 2018 - ZEISS has introduced a new family of high-speed lenses for high-end film production: The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 13 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. “The lenses are designed for film productions of an extremely high quality,” says Christophe Casenave from ZEISS. “They are perfect for high-budget advertising or feature films, for example.” ZEISS Supreme Primes are
designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest  camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. According to Casenave, the versatility of the Supreme Prime lenses to create different visual looks is due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas.
Compact and Lightweight "Weighing an average of 1600 grams (3.5 pounds), ZEISS Supreme Primes are significantly lighter and smaller than comparable lenses on the market,” says Casenave. With these compact and lightweight lenses, ZEISS is responding to many camera operators’ desire for compact equipment that stills meets the highest standards of quality. “ZEISS Supreme Primes are unbelievably rugged and reliable. Regardless of whether filming in the desert or in the Arctic, the lenses perform flawlessly. And in the event that something should ever break, our worldwide service network provides fast and professional help.”

 

ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology
The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke's /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects 1 /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission.

for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer- generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. Previously, all of the data had to be measured manually so that it could be corrected in post-production. But ZEISS eXtended Data eliminates this time-
consuming job.

 

Price and Availability
The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters will be available starting on August 1, 2018. The ZEISS Supreme Prime 100 millimeter will be available in December 2018. The set of six lenses, consisting of the focal lengths mentioned above, is available from ZEISS Cinema lens dealers for 108,000 USD. The
remaining focal lengths will be released successively until 2020.

 

The ZEISS Supreme Primes will be presented to the general public for the first time at the CineGear expo in Los Angeles on June 1, 2018. Expo visitors can test the lenses and speak with ZEISS’s team of experts at the ZEISS booth (New York Street Exhibits 49).


Further information is available at www.zeiss.com/cine/supremeprime

May 23, 2018

Samsung Selects ARRI ALEXA Footage for New Onyx Cinema LED Screens

  • Films shot with ARRI’s award-winning ALEXA camera system chosen to showcase the 4K cinema screens capabilities.

  • ARRI will also work with Samsung to provide technical support for productions.

  • ARRI ALEXA technology has proven to deliver best image quality.


May 23, 2018, Munich/Los Angeles – In an effort to present the best visuals in exhibition technology, Samsung has selected footage captured with ARRI ALEXA cameras for their new Onyx 4K cinema LED displays. By using an array of modular LED panels to replace cinema projectors, the Samsung Cinema LED displays offer a completely new format of a cinema screen to enhance movie experiences. The technology displays Ultra Contrast with true blacks, high dynamic range and P3 color with supreme accuracy. To showcase this advancement in film exhibition, Samsung chose the productions LIQUID SUNSHINE, shot on ALEXA Mini by Luo Pan, and FACE TO FACE, shot by Tom Faehrmann on newly released ALEXA LF cameras.


ARRI’s Team Lead in Image Science, Harald Brendel comments: “The new Samsung Cinema screen impressed us with its HDR technology and remarkable rendition of images. Footage shot on the ARRI ALEXA LF camera are displayed with stunning effects. We are pleased Samsung has recognized ALEXA images as the highest quality to demonstrate their new displays.”

Motion pictures shot with the ALEXA have been highly acclaimed. Since the camera’s release, Best Cinematography Oscar winners captured on ALEXA include BLADE RUNNER 2049, THE REVENANT, BIRDMAN (OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE), GRAVITY, LIFE OF PI and HUGO.  ALEXA technology has also proven to deliver optimal images for High Dynamic Range viewing experiences.


“At Samsung, we strive to provide our customers with the highest quality products across industries, including film and production,” said Bill Mandel, Vice President, Industry Relations at Samsung Research America. “Choosing ARRI
ALEXA for our new Onyx Cinema LED screens was a logical next step in our quest for delivering the best movie watching experience for consumers around the world.”

 

ARRI will also work with Samsung to provide technical support in prep, on-set, and post for productions that want to use the full capabilities of the Onyx Cinema screen. Samsung has already installed two screens in South Korea, and one
each in Zurich, Bangkok, and Shanghai. The first U.S. theater to offer the technology will be in Los Angeles.

 

For locations and more information please visit www.arri.com.
 

April 10, 2018

ARRI announces new and versatile on-set crew supplies, expanding the company’s PCA range of Pro Camera Accessories.

Unit Bags II
ARRI is launching an updated version of its popular equipment bags. The tough and adaptable ARRI Unit Bags II are perfect for transporting camera gear and accessories. A fully padded interior and reinforced edges provide ample protection from the rigors of life on set.  

All bags are covered in durable waterproof fabric, with an additional waterproof rain cover for use in extreme weather conditions. As this is detachable, it can also be used to protect other pieces of equipment. 

The main compartment can be customized with the aid of soft yet durable dividers, which come in long and short sizes, and are included. Three to five removable accessory pouches attach to fabric hook-and-loop fastening strips on the underside of the lid and will also adhere to the sides of the main compartment, as required. 

There is lots of extra space for bits of kit including three differently sized integrated exterior pouches, containing integral net pockets, and closed with waterproof zips; and a fabric pocket on the back of the bag. Strong fabric loops on the front of the bag allow the attachment of additional items, with the aid of carabiners (which are not included).

The bags have sturdy two-piece handles, with a cloth hand-grip for extra carrying comfort. Two shoulder straps are also included. These enable the bag to be used as a backpack for short distances. 

There are three sizes of bag. The large and medium versions have a detachable zipped document bag, which fits to the top of the lid with the aid of fabric hook-and-loop strips. These can also be used to attach accessory pouches in the absence of the document bag. The small bag comes with an elastic drawstring and cord lock on the top of the lid. 

All sizes come with a baggage tag adorned with the ARRI logo, which also features on the front and top of the bags themselves. The traditional ARRI logo graces both end panels. 

Additional accessory sets are available separately.

Basic & Pro Accessory Kits for Sony Venice
ARRI’s suggested accessory kits for the new camera model from Sony, the Venice, are also now available. The kits bring a touch of ARRI style and workmanship to help camera operators get the most from the Sony Venice. 

Basic Kits for Sony Venice include a Plate, a Bridge Plate Adapter BPA-5, Support Rods, and a Quick Release Plate QRP-1.

Pro Sets for Sony Venice come with an additional Top Plate, a Camera Center Handle CCH-4, and a Rod Mounting Bracket RMB-3. 

A Top Plate allows the use of either the original Venice Top Handle, or the new ARRI Camera Center Handle CCH-4. The Bridge Plate Adapter allows a quick and simple transfer from shoulder camera to traditional cine style bridge plates (BP-8 and BP-9). It is also compatible with the upper part of the Plate for Sony Venice which allows the use of 15mm lightweight rods. VCT-14 broadcast or BP cine-standard can both be used with the accessories for the Sony Venice. 


About ARRI:
Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) is a global company within the motion picture media industry, employing around 1,500 staff worldwide. The company was founded in 1917 in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries exist in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.

The ARRI Group consists of five business units: Camera Systems, Lighting, Media, Rental, and Medical. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems for the film and broadcast industry, with a worldwide distribution and service network. It is also an integrated media service provider in the fields of film post- and coproduction, international sales, as well as equipment rental, supplying camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions. ARRI Medical focuses on the use of core imaging technologies for surgical applications.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.

For locations and more information please visit www.arri.com.

April 5, 2018

ZEISS LAUNCHES VIDEO SERIES: "FOCUS ON CINEMATOGRAPHY”

 

ZEISS Cine Lenses has launched a new video series, “Focus on Cinematography,” with its first slate of interviews with presenting cinematographers from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.  In this new series, a wide range of cinematographers, whose work featured at Sundance this year, sat for in-depth conversations with Mr. Snehal Patel, ZEISS Cine Sales Manager.  Each Director of Photography discusses the making of their new feature film or documentary, the art of cinematography, and their personal approach to filmmaking, as well as some of the tools and techniques used.  Mr. Patel interviewed cinematographers in Park City, Utah that came from across the globe.  

 

“ZEISS was honored to interview such a diverse and talented group of cinematographers at the industry’s marquee film festival in Park City.  These DPs are first-class artists and masters of their craft.  Our brand-new video series, Focus on Cinematography, kicks off with this amazing set of interviews — and will continue as we sit down with talented cinematographers across the world.  Our new YouTube channel, ZEISS Cine Lenses, and related social media channels, is dedicated to all cinematographers looking to connect and learn more about the art of cinematography.  We thank each DP who sat with us in Park City and shared their knowledge and experience,” said Tony Wisniewski, ZEISS Marketing Manager.

 

The following cinematographers are featured in this first slate: Denson Baker, Ole Bratt Birkeland, Nadim Carlsen, Björn Charpentier, Peter Flickenberg, Shana Hagan, Pepe Avila de Pino, Eric Lin, Matt Porwoll, Martina Radwan, Jeremy Rouse, Soraya Sélène, Yamit Shimonovitz, Danna Kinsky, and Nancy Schreiber, ASC.

 

All interviews can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2qbnAOr 

 

Follow ZEISS Cinematography channels here:

Facebook: @ZEISScinematography

Twitter: @ZEISScine

Instagram: @ZEISScinematography

 

Make sure to check back at the link above as many more will be released in the coming weeks.

 

About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe. 

 

In fiscal year 2015/16 the company generated revenue approximating €4.9 billion with over 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

 

Further information is available at www.zeiss.com.

 

Consumer Optics

The Consumer Optics business group combines the company's business with camera and movie lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes, hunting optics, virtual reality headsets and planetarium technology. The business group is represented at sites in Oberkochen, Wetzlar and Jena. The business group is allocated to the Vision Care/ Consumer Products segment. In fiscal year 2015/16 the segment generated revenue of €1.1 billion with around 9,300 employees.

March 29, 2018

OWC Demonstrating Powerful New Technology Solutions at the NAB Show in Las Vegas


“Tales From The Other World” sci-fi themed exhibit will feature workflow changing technology products throughout the show in Booth #C3647.  Woodstock, IL – April 3, 2018 OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, will showcase a family of new Thunderbolt™ 3-integrated products with an other-worldly theme at the NAB Show taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 9 - 12. The ground breaking new products represent over 30 years of experience developing innovative technology solutions for creative professionals, and provide some of the most extreme examples of Thunderbolt 3 technology ever produced. 

 

Attendees can view product demonstrations at workstations in Booth #C3647. Products include:

  • ThunderBlade – The ThunderBlade is the fastest external drive in the world and is revolutionizing 4K and 8K workflows. With transfer speeds up to 2800MB/s Read and 2450MB/s Write, it is the preeminent production solution for professionals. Fanless operation and a dimmable LED ensure workflow will not be interrupted by background noise or light. With its ruggedized hard shell carrying case, the ThunderBlade is at home on the road, on set or in the editing suite, and is tough enough to withstand rough treatment between locations. Available in capacities from 1TB up to 8TB, users can review 4K and 8K dailies at the end of each day with the ThunderBlade. MSRP from $1,199.99 to $4,999.00.

  • Envoy Pro EX (VE) with Thunderbolt 3 – The Envoy Pro EX (VE) with Thunderbolt 3is the extreme performance mobile drive offering sustained data rates up to 2600MB/s Read and 1600MB/s Write, allowing users to work in real-time with the most I/O heavy transfer tasks such as multi-stream video editing. Fully bus-powered and with no moving parts, it offers MIL-STD810G drop test compliance, a true portable powerhouse for professionals on the move. At about half the size of most drives in this class, it can easily be carried in a backpack or coat pocket. The Envoy Pro EX (VE) with Thunderbolt 3 is available in capacities of 1TB and 2TB. MSRP from $979.99 to $1,699.00. The Envoy Pro EX with Thunderbolt 3 is also available, in 250GB and 1.0TB versions. MSR! P from $279.99 to $599.99.

  • ThunderBay 4 Thunderbolt 3 – This new ThunderBay 4 is the fastest ThunderBay OWC has ever offered, with an interface that is twice as fast as its predecessor and now with the power of Thunderbolt 3. Available in capacities up to 48TB, it’s also backwards compatible with previous Thunderbolt versions.1 Starting at MSRP $699.99 for 4TB. 

  • Thunderbolt 3 Dock (Windows™ and Mac) – With the newest version of the award-winning OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, OWC is bringing its powerful dock to the Windows world, delivering more connectivity, power and charging capability at the fastest speed available. This sleek dock offers 12 ports including dual Thunderbolt 3, five USB 3.1, Gigabit Ethernet, S/PDIF, combo audio, Mini DisplayPort, SD Card Slot, and supports laptop charging. Available Q2 2018. 

  • Mercury Elite Pro Quad – The new Mercury Elite Pro Quad external storage solution offers four drive bays to provide vast amounts of storage from a single USB-C™connection, with the flexibility to be utilized in Mac, PC and mixed Mac/PC environments. The unit’s USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and USB-C port work universally with any USB-C or Thunderbolt™ 3 equipped Mac or Windows™ PC. The included USB-C to USB-A adapter cable provides the ability to connect to any USB equipped computer. MSRP from $549.99 to $2,999.99. 

  • Mercury Helios FX eGPU – Featuring a robust power supply, the Mercury Helios FX is built to handle almost any GPU while simultaneously charging a laptop. The whisper-quiet cooling fan makes the Helios FX an ideal addition to noise-sensitive workstations. With its Thunderbolt 3 interface, users can add the Mercury Helios FX to computers needing a boost. Whether it’s a Mac or Windows PC, the Mercury Helios FX can be connected with the included Thunderbolt 3 cable for an immediate increase in performance. MSRP $319.00​


In addition to the new products, OWC will display a wide selection of the accessories, storage and memory products that have made OWC the upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts for 30 years. OWC will also host daily giveaways and raffles in-booth, offering attendees opportunities to win a variety of technology-focused prizes
and OWC shirts.


OWC will kick off NAB week with an exhibit at ShowStoppers on Sunday, April 8. Held at the Venetian Hotel from 1:00-3:00pm, the event offers attendees the opportunity to see the latest in technology, products and services aimed at changing workstyles and transformative business models.

About OWC
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides
extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by- step installation and support videos.


Get social: follow OWC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Company Contact: Jennifer Myers: (815) 502-5640 or pr@owcdigital.com
Agency Contact: Andy Marken – 408-390- 0003 or andy@markencom.com

February 2, 2018

ARRI launches large-format camera system

  • A complete new system: ALEXA LF camera, ARRI Signature Prime

  • lenses, and LPL lens mount.

  • Intimate and emotionally engaging images with an immersive, three-

  • dimensional feel, pulling the viewer in.

  • Compatible with existing lenses, accessories, and workflows.

February 2, 2018, Munich/London – At the BSC Expo in London, ARRI today unveils a complete large-format system that meets and exceeds modern production requirements, delivering unprecedented creative freedom. Based on a large-format 4K version of the ALEXA sensor, the system comprises the ALEXA LF camera, ARRI Signature Prime lenses, LPL lens mount, and PL-to- LPL adapter. It is also compatible with existing lenses, accessories, and workflows.


ALEXA LF camera
Featuring a sensor slightly bigger than full frame, ALEXA LF records native 4K with ARRI’s best overall image quality. Filmmakers can explore a large-format aesthetic while retaining the sensor’s natural colorimetry, pleasing skin tones and proven suitability for HDR and WCG workflows. Versatile recording formats, including efficient ProRes and uncompressed, unencrypted ARRIRAW up to 150 fps, provide total flexibility.


“The larger ALEXA LF sensor has the same optimal pixel size as other ALEXAs, resulting in a 4448 x 3096 image,” says Marc Shipman-Mueller, ARRI Product Manager for Camera Systems. “This doesn’t just add definition, it creates a
whole new look—one that is truly immersive, with a three-dimensional feel. The various recording formats and sensor modes make this look available to all productions and satisfy any possible deliverable requirement.”

ARRI Signature Prime lenses
Accompanying the ALEXA LF camera are 16 large-format ARRI Signature Prime lenses, ranging from 12 mm to 280 mm and fitted with the ARRI LPL mount. While the Signature Primes exemplify state-of- the-art optical precision, they
render organic, emotionally engaging images, gently softening and texturizing the large format. A fast T-stop of T1.8 facilitates shallow depth of field and the smooth focus fall-off gives subjects heightened presence in the frame. Thorsten Meywald, ARRI Product Manager for Optical Systems, comments: “The ARRI Signature Prime lenses are incredibly lightweight and robust, due to the magnesium lens barrels. They also feature LDS-2, ARRI’s next-generation Lens Data System. What has impressed cinematographers most, however, is the look. Skin tones are rendered beautifully and kindly, while all the detail of landscapes can be captured. Our focus was on the emotional impact of images, creating unique and pleasing bokeh both in the foreground and background.”


New LPL lens mount
Optimized for large-format sensors, the new LPL lens mount has a wider diameter and shorter flange focal depth, allowing the ARRI Signature Primes and all future large-format lenses to be small and lightweight, with a fast T-stop and pleasing bokeh—a combination of features that would not be possible with the PL lens mount. The LPL mount will also be available for other ARRI cameras and is being licensed to third-party lens and camera manufacturers.
Backwards compatible with lenses, accessories, and workflows Although the camera, lens mount, and lenses are new, full compatibility with existing PL mount lenses and ALEXA accessories is a cornerstone of the
system's design. A PL-to- LPL adapter offers backwards compatibility with all PL mount lenses, whether Super 35 or full frame. The adapter attaches securely to the LPL lens mount without tools, allowing crews to rapidly switch between PL
and LPL lenses on set, and offering cinematographers an unlimited lens choice. “As always, we want to make sure that our customers get the best possible return on their investments in ARRI equipment,” says Stephan Schenk,
Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and responsible for the business unit Camera Systems. “Providing compatibility with existing lenses, camera accessories, workflows, ARRI Look Files, lens metadata, and software tools
makes it easier for crews to work with ALEXA LF on set and for rental houses to incorporate it into their inventories. We think the system sets a new standard for the future, but it also minimizes redundancies and leaves no one behind.”

The first ALEXA LF cameras will be shipped at the end of March 2018. The initial set of four Signature Prime lenses (35 mm, 47 mm, 75 mm, and 125 mm) will be shipped in early June 2018. The remaining lenses will be available over the course of the year.
 

For more information, please visit: www.arri.com/largeformat

About ARRI:
Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) is a global company within the motion picture media industry, employing around 1,500 staff worldwide. The company was founded in 1917 in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries exist in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.


The ARRI Group consists of five business units: Camera Systems, Lighting, Media, Rental, and Medical. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems for the film and broadcast industry, with a worldwide distribution and service network. It is also an integrated media service provider in the fields of film post- and coproduction, international sales, as well as equipment rental, supplying camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions. ARRI Medical focuses on the use of core imaging technologies for surgical applications.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.


For locations and more information please visit www.arri.com.

December 15, 2017

2.0TB OWC Aura Pro X SSD Flash Shipping Now

Incredible doubling of capacity options for Mac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Retina

Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC solutions company, announces Aura Pro X SSD Flash upgrade availability to now include the 2.0TB model, providing up to an incredible 16X more capacity than an existing Apple factory drive as well as twice the maximum capacity option ever available for these powerful Apple systems. Not only does the Aura Pro X provide exceptional storage capacity, it delivers the speed and capability to meet the ever-increasing demands of today’s workflows by providing peak performance speeds over 1600MB/s and sustained data rates of over 1350MB/s.

 

Innovative, Dependable, and Designed for Mac first
Built around an advanced NVME controller, the Aura Pro X series is designed to reap the benefits of the latest macOS 10.13 High Sierra. On systems with macOS 10.13, the Aura Pro X is truly designed for Mac and requires no hacks, drivers or special support software for any aspect of its use on macOS or taking advantage of alternative Operating Systems supported by Apple BootCamp. Once again, OWC is providing Mac users with the most effective upgrade solution delivering performance, functionality and reliability. The new OWC Aura Pro X 2.0TB gives users the option for another doubling of capacity to meet their growing storage needs.

Availability and Pricing

  • 2TB OWCS3DAPB4MB20 $1,279.99

Also available in the Aura Pro X family of SSDs are the following capacities:

  • 1TB OWCS3DAPB4MB10 $649.99

  • 480GB OWCS3DAPB4MB05 $419.99

  • 240GB OWCS3DAPB4MB02 $279.99

An exclusive Flash Back trade-in program offers up to $300 additional savings.

In addition to the Aura Pro X, OWC MacSales.com offers the complete line of OWC Mercury and Aura SSDs with support for nearly every upgradeable Mac and Mac OS Version shipped over the past 20 years. Their easy to use online guide and installation video library make getting the right drive solution an easy and comfortable process.

Easy DIY upgrades
Replacing the drive in any Mac can be as simple as removing a few screws. MacSales.com’s extensive video installation library covers nearly every available upgrade for every Mac and means a technical expert is essentially alongside customers to assist them every step of the way. What’s more, 24/7 Live Chat and 8AM to 8PM Customer Support is ready and able to assist when additional help is needed.

Aura SSDs are designed in Austin, TX, and are backed by a 5-year warranty as well as a lifetime of free, award-winning U.S.-based support.

About OWC
OWC / MacSales.com is the upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts and has provided memory upgrades for Apple computers since 1989. MacSales.com offers an SSD upgrade for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, MacSales.com provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users worldwide.

Company Contact: Jennifer Myers: (815) 502-5640 or pr@macsales.com
Agency Contact: Andy Marken: (408) 390-0002 or andy@markencom.com

November 10, 2017

NEW APPOINTMENT SEES ARRI RENTAL STRENGTHEN ITS HOLLYWOOD ROOTS—WELCOME TO LISA HARP

 

  • Lisa Harp appointed President of ARRI Rental US Camera

  • Creation of new role reflects ARRI Rental’s continuing growth in North American market

  • Exclusive ARRI Rental technologies capturing the imagination of major US studios and filmmakers

 

 

(November 10th 2017, Los Angeles) – the global ARRI Rental Group announced today that Lisa Harp has joined its United States operation as President of ARRI Rental US Camera.

 

With more than 25 years of industry experience behind her, Harp served as Vice President and General Manager at Panavision Hollywood prior to joining ARRI Rental. She is exceptionally well connected within the Hollywood filmmaking community. ARRI Rental provides camera, lighting and grip equipment across North America, and Harp will be focusing on the camera business, which includes the exclusive ALEXA 65 large-format camera system and also ARRI Rental’s evolving program of in-house lens development.

 

Based out of the Los Angeles office, Harp will be responsible for overseeing all camera rental operations in North America, developing new opportunities, building relationships and ensuring a coordinated business across the group’s various facilities in the region.

 

The creation of this completely new role reflects ARRI Rental’s expansion in the North American market, with boutique offices recently opening in Los Angeles and Vancouver, and another coming soon in Brooklyn. It also reflects the growing interest among top US studios and filmmakers in ARRI Rental’s proprietary technologies. Recent or upcoming movies to have been shot with ALEXA 65 cameras and lenses exclusive to ARRI Rental are Thor: Ragnarok, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

 

Harp comments, “I am excited for the challenge ahead and to be working for a company that values so many things beyond the bottom line. It is clear that ARRI Rental has an amazingly talented team, so I am looking forward to working as part of it. The North American market offers a lot of opportunities and ARRI Rental is well positioned to capitalize on them, with its unique technology offerings, long-term vision and people-driven service philosophy.”

 

ARRI Rental Group CEO Martin Cayzer says, “Lisa has a track record that demonstrates her remarkable talent and leadership skills in our industry, and I look forward to working with her as we grow and expand our business in North America.”

 

 

 

About the ARRI Rental Group

ARRI Rental is a leading provider of camera, lighting and grip equipment to the feature film, television, advertising, broadcast and events markets. Operating through a network of rental facilities in North America and across Europe, the group’s combined resources and expertise allow ARRI Rental to develop and roll out exclusive, proprietary technologies. These include the ALEXA XT B+W and the ALEXA 65, a large-format solution for high-end theatrical motion pictures, comprising a 65 mm digital cinema camera, custom-designed prime and zoom lenses, and fast, efficient workflow tools.

 

Recent productions serviced by the group include: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Mary Magdalene’, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Bright’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Gerald’s Game’, ‘The Mountain Between Us’, ‘American Made’, ‘Marshall’, ‘Breathe’, ‘Okja’, ‘Doctor Strange’ (ALEXA 65 only), ‘Passengers’ (ALEXA 65 only), ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (ALEXA 65 only), ‘Live by Night’ (ALEXA 65 only), ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (ALEXA 65 only), ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, ‘Life’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (ALEXA 65 only), ‘The Great Wall’, ‘Divergent: Allegiant, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Snowden’, amongst others.

 

For locations and more information please visit: www.arrirentalgroup.com

October 26, 2017

Today, Vimeo and Livestream announced their first product integrations as well as the launch of Mevo Plus, an all-new edition of Livestream’s pocket-sized live event camera. With the new integrations, users of Mevo Plus, Mevo, and Studio software are able to instantly stream to their Vimeo Live accounts, allowing for a seamless and high-quality experience. Mevo Plus comes with  enhancements to the critically-acclaimed Mevo camera, delivering faster data transmission speeds, increased range of use, stronger Wi-Fi performance, reduced network interference, and improved stability. These launches follow Vimeo’s acquisition of Livestream, a deal that was announced in September and finalized on October 18th. Together, Vimeo and Livestream are positioned to deliver the most premium live streaming experience and the most complete video solution in the market for business, organizations and professional creators.

“The past month has been incredibly affirming: Vimeo and Livestream are united in our commitment to democratize the storytelling process and give more creators access to capabilities that were previously limited to a select few,” said Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo. "Mevo Plus is a remarkable tool that puts the power of a TV studio in your pocket, and is the first camera that integrates directly with the Vimeo platform. We are excited to launch deeper integrations in the coming months that will make live event production infinitely easier.”

Mark Kornfilt, GM of Live, continued, “As livestreaming continues to explode, millions of consumers are focused on upping their livestreaming output and production value to capture and share the live events that matter most to them. With the enhancements to Mevo Plus and our first integrations, we provide both the tools and reliability to deliver the ultimate live experience. We’re excited about what this means for our customers and those who may be exploring livestreaming for the first time.”

Winner of Videomaker’s Best of CES 2016 Spotlight Award and Digital Trends' Top Tech of CES 2016 - Best of Photography, the original Mevo was launched during the infancy of the livestreaming movement and offered a compelling value proposition to creators: the power and capabilities of a multi camera production studio available to anyone. Mevo Plus continues to feature a 150 degree all glass lens and 4K Sony® sensor that enables the simple yet powerful app to control up to nine virtual HD cameras simultaneously. Now, with an enhanced wi-fi chip offering over 100 feet of range, and the ability to instantly and easily edit a video in real-time, Mevo Plus has been re-engineered for faster and stronger performance.

Highlighted features of Mevo Plus include:

  • Instantly stream to any platform: Mevo Plus users will be able to instantly stream to Vimeo Live and Livestream, as well as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Mevo Plus will include all recent Mevo software updates including features such as electronic image stabilization, Full HD 1080p streaming, and 4K recording, making it one of the most versatile video cameras available.

  • Upgraded hardware: A powerful new 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip combined with Bluetooth 4.1 deliver top of the line wireless connectivity. Mevo Plus users will have significantly more versatility for their broadcasts with over 100 feet of range, more than 5X the first generation Mevo camera. The introduction of 2x2 MIMO antennas allow for faster data transmission speeds, strengthened connectivity in noisy environments and increased connection range.

  • Live editing tools: In-app editing tools give Mevo Plus users the ability to cut, pan, and zoom between multiple live shots, delivering the same storytelling capabilities used in professional live TV productions. Sophisticated face detection and advanced scene analysis power Autopilot mode, which chooses the most interesting shot and edits the stream for the user.

Mevo Plus is available for purchase in the U.S. at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H, Adorama, and getmevo.com, for the suggested retail price of $499.99. The first generation Mevo will continue to be available while supplies last for a suggested retail price of $299.99.

About Vimeo

Vimeo empowers creators to tell exceptional stories and connect with their audiences and communities. Home to more than 60 million registered users and viewers in over 150 countries, Vimeo provides a powerful platform to host, share and sell videos in the highest quality possible. Founded in 2004 and based in New York City, Vimeo is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC). Learn more at www.vimeo.com.

October 10,  2017

Adorama to Exhibit Pro Audio and Video Solutions at AES and NAB New York this October

See the latest acquisition equipment from Canon, Panasonic and RED at the Adorama booth at NAB NY; audio professionals can get hands-on with top gear for electronic news gathering from Samson, Sennheiser, indiePro and more at AES

New York, NY – October 10, 2017 – Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, will be exhibiting at top trade shows for audio and video professionals in New York City this October: NAB Show New York (October 18-19) and AES New York 2017 (October 18-20), which will be co-located at the Javits Convention Center. Offering an extensive catalogue of equipment for audio and video professionals, Adorama is the one-stop-shop and a must-visit at both trade shows to provide attendees with sound guidance, easy procurement options, special discounts and much more.

See the Canon C200, Panasonic EVA-1 and RED Cameras at NAB Show NY
At this year’s NAB Show New York, Adorama (booth N859) will be giving attendees the chance to experience top camera and acquisition equipment, including full camera system setups for the Canon C200 and Panasonic EVA-1, which will be outfitted with gear from ARRI, Atomos, Convergent Design, Sachtler, Small HD and others.

Also on display at the Adorama NAB NYC booth will be the RED Epic, RED Scarlet, RED Weapon and RED Raven. As an authorized dealer of RED DIGITAL CINEMA® cameras and filmmaking accessories, now shipping from Adorama, filmmakers and video pros can look to Adorama for their professional cameras and digital cinema needs.

Attendees to the NAB Show can meet with experts from the recently launched Adorama Business Solutions team, who will be onsite at the show. The Adorama Business Solutions experience includes one-to-one managed customer relationships, giving customers a dedicated point of contact for all product questions, further strengthening the connection between enterprise customers and Adorama. Through the Technical Services team, Adorama is able to provide a 360-degree service, giving customers support at every step from initial consultation, to delivery, to post-installation. Stop by the Adorama booth to meet with experts, get hands-on with the newest gear on the market, and to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Pro Audio for Electronic News Gathering from Adorama at AES
At AES New York 2017, Adorama (booth 847) will be showcasing pro audio equipment for electronic news gathering. Attendees can visit Adorama for a comparison demo across wireless transmitters from Azden, indiePro, Lectrosonics, Nady, Samson, Sennheiser and Shure to help identify the best transmitter and lavalier mic suited for their needs. Also on display will be professional monitor headphones from Audio Technica, an 18-Input 12-Bus Digital iPad/Tablet Mixer from Behringer, handheld microphone system from Azden, and more. All attendees who visit the Adorama booth and have their badge scanned will be automatically ended for a chance to win Shure SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones (a $499 value).

Schedule a Press Briefing with Adorama at NAB and AES New York
Members of the NAB New York and AES registered press are invited to schedule a briefing with an expert from the Adorama team. For more information or to schedule a briefing, please contact Megan Linebarger at megan@zazilmediagroup.com .

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store

Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 40 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

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October 6,  2017

OWC President, Jen Soule, Named Finalist In 14th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women In Business

Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 17

WOODSTOCK, IL – October 6, 2017 – Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced today that company President Jen Soule was named a Finalist in the Female Executive of the Year – Consumer Products category in the 14th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 17. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the USA and several other countries are expected to attend. The event will be broadcast on Livestream.

Jen Soulé broke ground as the first person to hold the title of President of OWC, and in the past year took on a much larger role in the daily running of the $87 million company, freeing up Founder/ CEO Larry O’Connor to expand on strategizing the future direction of the organization. Soulé played a key role creating channel marketing collaboration, developing new international partners, and communicating new corporate strategy and goals. Soulé started as an OWC Sales Rep in 1997, moving on to manage the sales team before leading product development, and eventually becoming the company’s first President in 2014. Being an integral part of OWC’s growth for 20 of the company’s 29 years gave Soulé a unique perspective on the value of each department and person at OWC. 

“I was thrilled to learn that I was named as a Finalist in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business,” Jen Soulé said. “I am very proud of the team we have at OWC and the work we do, and it is an honor to be in the company of such amazing women leaders. I look forward to the awards ceremony in November.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year,


Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Finalists were chosen by more than 170 professionals worldwide serving on five specialized judging committees. Jurors’ average scores will also determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the finalists, which will be revealed at the November 17 event in New York.

“Every year we say that the current crop of Stevies for Women nominations couldn’t be better, and the next year we’re proven wrong,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “The judges’ scores and comments bear witness to the fact that this year we will honor a truly remarkable class of women and women-led organizations in New York on November 17.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

 

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

 

About OWC

Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

September 26, 2017

IAC’s Vimeo Enters Live Video Market with Agreement to Acquire Livestream and Launch of Vimeo Live

Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free open video platform, announced today an agreement to acquire Livestream, the leading live video solution that powers over 10 million events a year. Vimeo also rolled out its own Vimeo Live product, offering professional live streaming capabilities directly through its platform for the first time. Following completion of the acquisition, Livestream's offering will be integrated with Vimeo to empower creators to capture, edit, stream, and archive live events, as well as host, distribute and monetize videos, all in one seamless workflow. The move into live streaming positions Vimeo as the most complete video solution in the market for businesses, organizations and professional creators.

“Live streaming is the #1 request from our creator community this year, and we’re focused on bringing a new level of quality, convenience and craft to this evolving medium,” said Anjali Sud, CEO, Vimeo. “With the launch of Vimeo Live and the addition of Livestream’s impressive team and innovative product suite, we can empower a diverse range of creators to produce beautiful live experiences with professionalism and ease. We are excited to take a leadership role in this large and growing market, and look forward to quickly making our mark.”

Livestream provides businesses and organizations with a powerful solution for connecting with their audiences in real-time. Nearly 50 million viewers tune in to hundreds of thousands of live events powered by Livestream each month from customers including Dow Jones, Philadelphia Eagles, Tough Mudder and Spotify.

Livestream Co-Founder and CEO, Mark Kornfilt adds, “We’re thrilled to join Vimeo’s world-class platform, where we can accelerate the adoption of professional-quality live video by combining our tools and capabilities with Vimeo’s video expertise and global scale. Together, we will be able to go faster and further in making live video a truly ubiquitous form of communication for businesses and organizations.”

The Most Complete Video Solution in Market 
The integration of Vimeo's powerful video technology with Livestream's proprietary hardware and software products, production services and enterprise-level features will provide a true end-to-end video solution for a wide range of professionals, businesses and organizations. 

The combination of Vimeo and Livestream will offer: 

  • Innovative Production Hardware and Software - Livestream provides best-in-class production tools and services for capturing, broadcasting and editing live events, from its live event Mevo camera to its live production switcher Studio. Future integrations with Vimeo will provide creators with direct access to stream live events through Vimeo and leverage the platform’s robust video tools.

  • High Quality Streaming – With Vimeo Live, creators can now broadcast live events in full 1080p with built-in cloud transcoding and adaptive streaming, so viewers can watch in stunning high quality, perfectly fit for their device and bandwidth. Auto-archived live videos on Vimeo can be replaced with files to support 4K viewing.

  • Powerful Distribution and Marketing Tools - Creators using Vimeo Live have the flexibility to embed the fully customizable Vimeo player wherever they choose, see who’s attending their event by enabling email capture in the player, turn on live chat, and view live and archived stats to track performance. The addition of Livestream's syndication tools will enable live distribution across social platforms in the future, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Twitter.

  • Singular Home for Video Workflow – Vimeo now provides one home to help creators with all aspects of their video hosting and live streaming workflow – from broadcasting and auto-archiving to storage, management and collaboration to distribution, marketing and analytics. Post-event videos can also be monetized directly to audiences worldwide as a rental, purchase or subscription. Moving forward, Vimeo will also integrate live with its over-the-top (OTT) technology, enabling live content in branded apps across iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, Samsung, and more.

Livestream is headquartered in Brooklyn, with offices in Ukraine and Bangalore, India. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and the transaction, which is subject to certain conditions, is expected to close early in the fourth quarter. Citi acted as exclusive financial advisor to Livestream and Cooley LLP as legal counsel. Williams Mullen acted as legal counsel for IAC. 

For more information on Vimeo’s new live offering, visit www.vimeo.com/live.

September 13, 2017

OWC Expands Dock Line-up with USB-C Travel Dock

New dock provides five ports of connectivity for convenient use while on the go.

Woodstock, IL ­ September 13, 2017 OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, has added to an already-strong line of connectivity solutions with the new USB-C Travel Dock. Connect the integrated USB-C cable to a computer and utilize five ports of mobile connectivity from a dock small enough to fit in a pocket.

The USB-C Travel Dock provides simple connectivity to USB devices through one USB Type-C integrated cable. That cable gives connectivity to five ports and the USB devices users need when on the move. The HDMI port connects one 4K display, so there is no need to worry about insufficient quality or connection when creating and presenting on the go. Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports connect and power two USB devices, so users can have a full tablet or phone charge at all times. An SD card slot allows users to access and store photos with one easy connection.

The new dock gives mobile users unmatched connectivity. For the traveling professional, there is no longer a need to carry multiple chargers or find an adapter for a presentation. Students no longer have to attempt to fit a laptop, along with multiple chargers and USB devices, into a backpack. Tech savvy end users can easily connect a notebook to a monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse, as well as charge a smart device.

Available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold, the OWC USB-C Travel Dock gives mobile users connectivity where and whenever it is needed, in a form factor that can be held in hand.

Available for shipping now, the USB-C Travel Dock gives the creative pro, traveler, student and tech-savvy end user the connectivity capabilities they need, when they need it, where they need it to connect to a mobile USB world.

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About OWC
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

September 6, 2017

OWC NOW SHIPPING AWARD-WINNING THUNDERBOLT 3 DOCK
OWC’S MOST POWERFUL CONNECTIVITY SOLUTION EVER FEATURES THUNDERBOLT 3, USB 3.1 GEN 1, GIGABIT ETHERNET, MINI DISPLAY PORT, FIREWIRE 800, SD CARD READER, DIGITAL AUDIO, AND MORE.

Woodstock, IL – September 6, 2017 OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced that the groundbreaking and highly-anticipated new OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, the latest in an award-winning lineup of connectivity expansion solutions, is available for immediate shipment. With an incredible 13 ports, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock provides exceptional connectivity through an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering power to laptops and other devices at the fastest speed possible.

Business maven and chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki needed a solution to keep his own devices connected to the latest Apple MacBook Pros and had this to say about his OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock:   “This is the best dock that I’ve found. It has every freaking port you know you need and some that you don’t know you need yet.”

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock takes full advantage of the cutting-edge performance of Thunderbolt 3 technology with throughput up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth and allows users to realize the maximum utility of Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs. The 13 ports offer the capability to charge mobile devices, connect one 5K or two 4K displays, add external storage (including legacy devices such as FireWire drives), import photos and videos from SD cards, access wired networks via Gigabit Ethernet, and enjoy pristine audio – all through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Because Thunderbolt 3 delivers phenomenal bandwidth, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can be the foundation of a perfect custom display setup, providing the ability to drive the latest- generation 5K displays, two 4K displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays with the Mini DisplayPort (mDP) with DisplayPort++ support, and additional Thunderbolt 3 port.

For professionals working in the creative industries, there is typically a highly detailed workflow complete with specialized and legacy ports such as FireWire and digital audio. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock supports FireWire 800 and S/PDIF digital audio, as well as an SD card reader and analog stereo audio.

All that and the 2-year OWC limited warranty: OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. With OWC, the possibilities are endless.

Numerous users and reviewers have had high praise for the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock:

"The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a versatile and capable device and a nice companion to a laptop computer in particular. Through its 13 ports, you can use and power a lot of different devices and its performance is good."  Jeremy Grey, Imaging Resource

 “Devices like the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock come along to save the day and be the bridge between the new world and the just a little bit older world."  James Ivey, Pro Tools Expert

“Forget the rest. This is the Dock I’ve been looking for."  Nicholas Calderone, MacSources

See video reviews of the state-of-the-art Thunderbolt 3 Dock:

AppleInsider:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMU8yvhJ-qU

Geekanoids:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEXJJGLJ0Yc

Chuck Joiner, MacVoices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQumqHK0U8k

August 28, 2017

New Staff Pick Premiere Films Coming to Vimeo in September

 

Slate features a selection of thoughtful and gripping narratives including winner of Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short “Hold On” directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson, award-winning short film and official selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Mounia Akl’s “Submarine,” and more

Vimeo announces September’s slate of Staff Pick Premieres, with a different film making its global online premiere each Wednesday on Vimeo.  To check out the Staff Pick Premieres channel, visit https://vimeo.com/channels/premieres.

This month’s slate includes titles such as “Rubber Heart,” Lizzy Sandford’s story of a one night stand and the effects it has on a woman;  Mounia Akl’s “Submarine,” a story set in a twisted near future about an abominable garbage crisis and a heroine who refuses to leave town; Mark Ram’s “Balance” which tells the gripping story of two friends and a rock climbing excursion gone terribly awry; and Charlotte Scott-Wilson’s “Hold On,” the story of a young cellist with crippling stage fright and what she must overcome to stay in her orchestra.

 

 To read all about the films please click here. 

Vimeo’s popular Staff Picks channel is curated by a five-person team that highlights the best short-form content on the platform.

Advance links to all of the films are available; please reach out to JordanS@vimeo.com to request.

Filmmakers interested in having their work considered for a Staff Pick Premiere can email premieres@vimeo.com for more information.

August 2, 2017

OPEN CALL ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship open call for its eighth annual award will run August 2, 2017 through September 29, 2017.

Applicants must have edited at least one feature documentary (60 minutes or longer) but no more than three and plan on living in the US between March 2018 and March 2019. 

The fellowship champions emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In collaboration with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and other partners, the fellowship offers a wide array of opportunities. 

Awarded once a year, the fellowship honors the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer (The Fog of War; Fast, Cheap & Out of Control; Bobby Fischer Against the World), who was killed in a hit-and-run at the age 39, on January 29, 2010.

Recent films edited by former fellows include Risk (editor Erin Casper), Quest (Lindsay Utz), The Lovers and the Despot (Jim Hession), and An Inconvenient Sequel (Colin Nusbaum).

Our application guide and FAQ can be found here.

The 2017-18 fellowship benefits include: Mentorship with veteran editors; pass, badge and/or admission to: ACE EditFest Los Angeles, SXSW Film Festival, IFFBoston, Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Sight, Sound & Story summit, the KSFEF/Sundance Institute’s Contemplating the Cut workshop, Rooftop Films, Stranger than Fiction, IDA’s Getting Real conference, DOC NYC and the Camden International Film Festival; travel, accommodations and per diem to two of the aforementioned events; a credential to the Sundance Film Festival; an IDA one-year membership; an Adobe Cloud membership; an ACE “special” membership; a $1000 cash award; a $250 gift certificate at Powell’s Books; a portrait session with a professional photographer; and a DVD collection of all 12 of Karen’s films.

KAREN SCHMEER, ACE, was an award-winning film editor whose work included Errol Morris’ The Fog of War (Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary), Mr. Death, and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. She edited Sketches of Frank Gehry, directed by Sydney Pollack, The Same River Twice, My Father the Genius, and American Experience: A Brilliant Madness. Her fiction film American Son premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. For the HBO film Sergio, Karen won the Best Editing Award at Sundance in 2009. Karen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Boston University. On her way home from editing Liz Garbus’ Bobby Fischer Against the World, Karen was struck and killed by a car fleeing a robbery in New York City on January 29, 2010.

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates & promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing.

July 20, 2017

Today Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free open video platform and an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC), announced the appointment of Anjali Sud as Chief Executive Officer. Previously General Manager and Senior Vice President of Vimeo’s flagship creator business, where she has been driving accelerating growth for the past 18 months, Ms. Sud will now oversee strategy and operations for all of Vimeo. Ms. Sud has taken over the role from Vimeo’s Interim CEO, Joey Levin, who remains CEO of IAC. 

“Vimeo is entering an exciting chapter with a renewed focus on the core value that makes our brand special and beloved around the globe – being the #1 platform to empower video creators,” said Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo. “With a world-class brand, exceptional product and thriving community, we are uniquely positioned to define new standards of storytelling and lead the $10 billion video creator market.”

Ms. Sud has been with Vimeo since 2014, hired initially to lead marketing, where she drove significant revenue growth through customer acquisition and retention, international expansion and brand building. In 2016 she was elevated to GM and SVP, to oversee the operations of Vimeo’s core SaaS business for creators. Prior to Vimeo, Ms. Sud held various positions in e-commerce and media at Amazon and Time Warner. 

"Having spent the last year inside the business working closely with Anjali and the team at Vimeo, Anjali has stood out as a leader: she’s creative, confident, aggressive, and always thinks of our users first,” said Joey Levin, CEO of IAC. "She’s a natural leader, and I expect she will build a very big business at Vimeo." 

With more than 800,000 subscribers to its creator tools and over 240 million monthly viewers, Vimeo has built a leading video platform that combines high quality products with innovative technology and an inspired creative community. Over the last year, Vimeo has accelerated its roadmap to roll out a slate of new capabilities, including 360 video support, a dedicated membership plan for marketers and brands, and advanced integrations designed to provide an end-to-end workflow for video professionals and filmmakers. The company is also expanding into live video and deepening its efforts to empower anyone in the world, whether studios or individuals, to launch their own direct-to-consumer video subscription services without relying on the traditional television infrastructure.

May 23, 2017

OWC Introduces Mercury Helios 3 with Thunderbolt 3 Technology

OWC helps users bring PCIe card functionality back to their workflow.

- OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, has released the Mercury Helios 3, the little black box to do it all. This Thunderbolt 3 version of the OWC Mercury Helios expansion chassis for PCIe cards delivers nearly unlimited PCIe card expansion potential for Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows PCs. 
The new OWC Mercury Helios 3 chassis builds on features that have made the Mercury Helios chassis a remarkable success. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports replace the Thunderbolt 2 ports found on the original Mercury Helios, with one port connecting to the computer. The other Thunderbolt 3 port enables connecting additional Thunderbolt 3 devices or hosting a Thunderbolt Daisy Chain of up to five devices. And the Mini DisplayPort connects a display up to 4K. Users will be able to connect to specialty high bandwidth NIC cards, HBAs and RAID controllers for high-performance storage, as well as add high-end video capture and processing cards and audio production PCIe cards for unrivaled Mac or Windows PC performance. 


Highlights include:

•    Two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports enable daisy-chaining up to five devices to a single host on the port computer
•    One PCIe slot, supports half-length, full-height PCIe cards 
•    One Mini DisplayPort to allow a second 4K display to be added to desktop
•    The Thunderbolt 3 port on the MBP allows the Mercury Helios to be connected to the Black Magic PCIe card for maximum bandwidth while transferring 4K video data at up to 40Gb/s – for remarkable remote productivity
•    A quiet, variable-speed fan automatically cools the card
•    Rugged aluminum housing offers sturdy protection no matter the environment
•    Energy saver mode powers on/off automatically with the computer
•    Thunderbolt cable included

Availability
OWC is now shipping the Mercury Helios 3 with Thunderbolt 3 technology. OWC upgrades are available from retailer and etailers in the US and around the world. For more information, please visit Mercury Helios 3.   An image is available for download here.

About OWC
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

Company Contact:  Jennifer Myers, (815) 502-5640, pr@owcdigital.com 

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Andy Marken
Marken Communications
www.markencom.com
1428 Bellingham Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
USA
O: (408) 986-0100
C: (408) 390-0002
Andy@MarkenCom.com

April 23, 2017

VER, the leading global provider of production equipment and engineering support, announces their new Flex Solutions mobile truck service at the NAB Show. A new broadcast service, Flex Solutions specializes in HD multi-purpose support units and equipment rental. The support units are customizable and can accommodate any type of facility including remote production, edit facilities, reality show productions, and operations trailers.

VER Flex Solutions has already supported Desert Trip, The CMA Awards, ABCs The View, American Ninja Warrior and Monday and Thursday Night Football. All mobile units have an HD infrastructure with multi-viewing monitoring and routing, and can be modified to meet the needs of specific productions.

“I’m really excited to combine my years of broadcast truck experience with VER’s incredible engineering and equipment expertise. Flex Solutions gives us the ability to offer just the right mobile unit and complete it with the specified rental gear. Our clients have been pleased because this new model for truck services gives them exactly what they need and saves them time and money,” says Craig Farrell, VER’s Co-President of Flex Solutions.

VER offers a choice of eight Flex Solutions models. The Flex 2 is a 53’ expanding trailer with a back storage area and lift gate. This multi-purpose unit can serve as a fully functional support space with HD viewing and monitoring throughout. Two flex rooms offer single front benches with wall monitors.

The Flex 3, 50’ single expanding unit, delivers VER’s VIP treatment. The main viewing room provides three 65” viewing monitors and a Dolby 5.1 system. Finished with custom cabinetry, it features a built-in stainless steel refrigerator. The two private executive offices come equipped with coffee bars and refrigerators.

For a 53’ single expanding support unit there’s the spacious Flex 4 which is a favorite for full production shows due to its unique feature rooms, edit suites, specialized technology and sub-mix rooms. The 48’ Flex 6 is a single expanding unit with movable walls that make it easy to customize for specific production needs. The Flex 7 50’ stage truck is an excellent platform for mixing broadcast with sponsorship opportunities. Formed from a stage platform, it works well as a host position.

The Flex 8, 53’ double expanding ops trailer, is built with 4K infrastructure and features operating stations for up to twenty-four. Plus, an enclosed conference room in the center offers windows on both sides for a unique mobile production space. Another double expander is the 24’ wide Flex 10 trailer offering ample floorspace to accommodate multiple broadcasts.

NAB Show attendees are encouraged to visit VER in South Lower meeting room S110LMR.

The company also announced their new used-gear sales program which offers high-quality equipment at competitive prices.

For more information contact susan@lewiscommunications.net

ABOUT VER

VER is a leading, global provider of production equipment and engineering support. With the world’s largest inventory of rental equipment, VER supplies the most advanced technology to a broad array of clients in the TV, cinema, live events, broadcast and corporate markets. Clients rely on VER’s depth of experience in Broadcast, Audio, Video, Lighting, LED, Cameras, Rigging, Media Servers, Fiber and more. With 35 offices across North America and Europe, 24/7 support, and unparalleled expertise, VER can support any live or taped production anywhere in the world.

For more information on VER please visit https://www.ver.com.

March 1, 2017

Hollywood, California, March 1, 2017 – Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Cine Gear Expo that returns to the landmark Paramount Studios on June 1-4, 2017. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore and compare the latest tools and services in filmmaking technology in a relaxed Hollywood studio environment. This year’s event will feature 300 exhibits and dozens of complimentary seminars and panels covering a range of filmmaking insights, techniques, and technology from top filmmakers. The studio’s famous theatre will host Cine Gear’s renowned film screenings and the Cine Gear Film SeriesCompetitions. Free registration is now open at http://www.cinegearexpo.com/la-expo-attendee-registration.

           
The action packed schedule begins with The Student Film Series Competition on Thursday June 1st from 12:00pm to 5:30pm where guests can view screenings from finalists in the Student Short, Indy Short, and Music Video categories. The competition is now open for entry through April 7th, and sign-up forms can be found at http://www.cinegearexpo.com/film-competition-forms

Visitors will have the chance to get their hands on the latest gear when the exhibits open on Friday, June 2nd from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00am to 5:00pm. In this casual atmosphere, the industry’s top manufactures, rental houses, guilds, associations, trade journals and more will be on hand to talk about new products, and share opinions and techniques.

For more information about Cine Gear Expo and to see the full lineup of exhibitors, screenings, and seminars, visit: www.cinegearexpo.com

 

About CineGear Expo


Cine Gear Expo is the largest and most important event of its kind in the United States and is an acclaimed and well attended occasion attracting over 16,000 professionals from more than 60 countries each June in Hollywood, California, USA. Created by industry insiders, Cine Gear Expo focuses on the needs of the community and draws the most dedicated specialists from all major department including Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Post Production, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Government and Military, Sports, Live Events, the Academic World and more.

August 12, 2015

Announcing the Open Call for the 2016 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship

Sixth Annual Fellowship Provides Remarkable Opportunities for Emerging Documentary Film Editors
Open Call for Submissions Begins AUGUST 12, 2015
Received by deadline is SEPTEMBER 30, 2015


NEW YORK – Now in its sixth year, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship assists emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In conjunction with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW and other partners, the fellowship offers a wide array of opportunities. 


Awarded once a year, the fellowship honors the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer (“The Fog of War”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”; “Bobby Fischer Against the World”), who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident at age 39, on January 29, 2010.
 

Current and previous fellows have made impressive achievements in their field: "Tough Love," edited by our 2014 fellow, Colin Nusbaum ("The Sheik and I"), premiered at Full Frame and Hot Docs, and had its television premiere last month on PBS' POV series. As a result of the increased profile our 2013 Fellowship gave him, Jim Hession ("Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present") was hired to edit "Rich Hill," which went on to win Sundance's 2014 U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. 2012 Fellow Lindsay Utz's ("Bully") second feature, "In Country," participated in the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and enjoyed its world premiere at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Since receiving the inaugural 2011 Schmeer Fellowship, Erin Casper ("Our School") has been prolific, editing "American Promise" (2013 Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award), "The New Black" (2013 AFI Docs Audience Award) and "The Last Season" (2015 Spirit Award nominee). Our current fellow, Anna Gustavi, edited “Seymour: An Introduction” (Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, distributed by IFC Films) and is currently working on Carol Dysinger’s “One Bullet, Afghanistan.”

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — the Fellowship will accept applications now through September 30, 2015. The Fellow will be notified in January 2016. More details about the Fellowship and application requirements/forms can be found online: www.karenschmeer.com 

The 2016 Fellowship benefits include:

• EDITOR MENTORSHIP — with guidance from American Cinema Editors (ACE), the Fellow will be given a mentorship with an established editor or editors who fit the Fellow’s interests.

• ACE EDITFEST LA — the Fellow will receive admission to Edit Fest LA (August, 2016); a seminar event featuring working experts in the field of editing. www.ace-filmeditors.org

• MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP CLASS — free class at New York City’s Manhattan Edit Workshop; an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized editing and training facility. www.mewshop.com

• SXSW FESTIVAL FILM BADGE — full access to films, panels, mentor sessions and more at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.  www.sxsw.com/film

• IFFBOSTON FESTIVAL CHROME PASS — full access to films, panels and more at the Independent Film Festival Boston.  www.iffboston.org

• MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP’S “SIGHT, SOUND & STORY” EVENT — admission to a day-long seminar with editing professionals. www.mewshop.com

• TRAVEL EXPENSES / ACCOMMODATIONS — the fellow will be provided with 3 nights accommodations, airfare and per diem to two of the events/classes above, based on the fellow’s preference

• ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES TRIPLE MEMBERSHIP & $1000 EQUIPMENT RENTAL — complimentary pass for the fellow and two guests to all regularly priced Summer Series shows at New York’s long-running outdoor film festival, plus an equipment rental credit for up to $1000 for projector, sound system, screen, etc. www.rooftopfilms.com

• STRANGER THAN FICTION PASS — a season pass to the Stranger Than Fiction documentary film series at New York City’s IFC Center. www.stfdocs.com

• $1000 CASH AWARD

• $250 POWELL’S BOOKS ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE — an online gift certificate to Powell’s Books (Karen’s favorite), based in Portland, Oregon.  www.powells.com

• TANYA BRAGANTI PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT SESSION

• DVD COLLECTION OF ALL 13 OF KAREN'S FEATURE FILMS

KAREN SCHMEER, A.C.E., was an award-winning film editor whose work included Errol Morris’ “The Fog of War” (Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary), “Mr. Death,” and “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.” She edited “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” directed by Sydney Pollack, “The Same River Twice,” “My Father the Genius,” and “American Experience: A Brilliant Madness.” Her fiction film “American Son” premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. For the HBO film “Sergio,” Karen won the Best Editing Award at Sundance in 2009. Karen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Boston University. On her way home from editing Liz Garbus’ “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” Karen was struck and killed by a car fleeing a robbery in New York City on January 29, 2010.

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates & promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing. www.ace-filmeditors.org

Contact information:
Garret Savage
Board President, KSFEF
info[at]karenschmeer[dot]com

For more information, please visit 
www.karenschmeer.com or email info[at]karenschmeer[dot]com

http://www.karenschmeer.com/
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Twitter @KarenSchmeerFEF

July 15, 2015

(New York, NY--July 15, 2015) Pond5, the world’s largest marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today that its network of over 40,000 artists has contributed more than four million high-quality video clips to the company’s library—a first for the industry. 

Artists have uploaded over one million clips in the past eight months, creating the largest, fastest growing collection of royalty-free video content on the web. Pond5’s library now includes more than 336,000 4K video clips, composing the web’s largest collection of royalty-free 4K footage. The company’s pool of 4K video clips tripled over the last eight months. 

"Since day one, we've made it our mission to create the world's most artist-friendly hub for royalty-free media," says Pond5 cofounder and CEO Tom Bennett. “Since then, tens of thousands of amazing artists from around the world have trusted us with their content and livelihoods.” 

In addition to its unrivaled collection of royalty-free 4K footage, Pond5 has pioneered cutting-edge video formats. The company recently introduced Backlots and Backlots+ video formats—160-degree green screen backlots with an effective resolution of 8K. Pond5 was the also first marketplace of its kind to support Redcode RAW (R3D). 

In January, the company released 80,000 free public domain video clips, photos, 3D models, and audio clips on its website. 

Pond5 footage has found its way into blockbuster films including Iron Man, Thor, and Dallas Buyers Club, along with hit television series such as AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC’s Saturday Night Live


About Pond5 

Pond5 is the world's largest marketplace for royalty-free video footage. The company offers more than 4 million royalty-free stock video clips, along with more than 18 million photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, motion graphics templates, and 3D models. Unlike traditional stock agencies, Pond5 empowers contributors to set their own prices. Contributing artists earn 50% on each sale — more than twice the industry standard. Customers pay only for the media that they need. Based in New York, with offices around the world, Pond5 is a venture funded company backed by Accel Partners and Stripes Group.

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