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The Evolving Role of Metadata in Video Workflows

The Evolving Role of Metadata in Video Workflows

Metadata is becoming more important than ever in media production and distribution as it is metadata that drives the ROI on our media assets. The reason is simple. The more knowledge we have about an asset, the greater value we can get from it. A really simple example would be basic descriptive metadata such as title and description. This enables us to find the assets we own (e.g., in archive) and use and reuse them.

SGO’s Mistika Ultima used as the backbone of groundbreaking Virtual Cinema Experience at UEFA Champions League Finals

SGO’s Mistika Ultima used as the backbone of groundbreaking Virtual Cinema Experience at UEFA Champions League Finals

UEFA®’s remarkable introductory Virtual Cinema Experience at the Champions League Finals is the ultimate expression of the latest technological trends in the M&E Industry. Virtual production, remote workflows, AI, immersive technologies, HDR, high-resolution and high-frame rate are just some of the characteristics of this avant-garde piece, extensively completed in Mistika Ultima - SGO’s complete workflow solution and full-finishing hero-suite. 

 

LaserFilm Optimizes Storage for 4K Workflows with a Scalable, High-Performance Quantum StorNext Solution

LaserFilm Optimizes Storage for 4K Workflows with a Scalable, High-Performance Quantum StorNext Solution

LaserFilm—a full-service audio and video post-production facility in Rome—is taking on an increasing number of projects in 4K resolution, mainly based on DPX format. To store large, uncompressed media files from these projects and support high-performance workflows, the studio needed a robust, scalable storage platform. By implementing the StorNext File System with Xcellis appliances, LaserFilm has accelerated post-production work and gained scalability for the future while simplifying collaborative access to files.

Laurel Canyon Live Uses Ultimatte and ATEM Constellation 8K for Live Streaming Virtual Productions

Laurel Canyon Live Uses Ultimatte and ATEM Constellation 8K for Live Streaming Virtual Productions

Recently, Blackmagic Design announced that Laurel Canyon Live is building a state of the art live streaming venue with Blackmagic Design gear, including Ultimatte 12 compositing processors, ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher, URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 digital cameras and more.

Inside ESPN’s New 4K-Capable Video Content Factory on the Las Vegas Strip

Inside ESPN’s New 4K-Capable Video Content Factory on the Las Vegas Strip

Earlier this week, ESPN opened the doors on a brand new video production studio in Las Vegas with an eye on churning out a wealth of live and VOD sports betting-themed content starting this fall.

The studio, which will be run full time by ESPN Director of Operations Nestor Cora (who relocated to Las Vegas after running ESPN’s facility in Coral Gables, Fl. for many years), is located in The LINQ Hotel + Experience through a partnership with Caesars Entertainment and is positioned right in the heart of the Vegas Strip. The space is more than 6,000 square feet and includes three studios.

Zixi Live Streams 4K Content on the 5G Edge With AWS Wavelength

Zixi Live Streams 4K Content on the 5G Edge With AWS Wavelength

Sports fans and entertainment buffs have a high bar for their live streaming experiences, demanding outstanding performances on any device, quick start times, and no buffering. Viewers also want more live streamed content than ever, and, increasingly, in vivid 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. These applications require ultra-low latencies in order to deliver high-quality viewing experiences on an increasingly wide range of 5G capable devices. For broadcasters and over-the-top (OTT) TV service providers, meeting all these expectations with traditional network delivery technologies is a tall order.

4K Opinions & Interviews

4K/8K Workflows + Online/Color Grading Production Workflow

Video Editor + Colorist, Denis Ogorodov, shared his thoughts on 4K/8K workflows + color grading production workflow through examples of his own work in documentaries such as The Donut King, as well plenty of commercial and sports work.

Is there a difference between 4K/8K/12K? Can you talk about what each of these actually means?
Yes, 4K, 8K and 12K are three different pixel resolutions. 4K stands for “four thousand pixels,” which is usually short for 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition). 4K is rounding up the horizontal pixel count, which for 4k UHD is 3840 horizontal pixels and 2160 vertical pixels. Unlike 1080p, 720p, and 480p, which use the vertical pixel resolution as its naming “label”; starting with 4K, the horizontal resolution is used instead i.e. 4k = 3840(w) x 2160(v), 8k = 7680(w) × 4320(v), and 12k = 11520(w) x 6480(v). There is also a difference between 4k UHD and what is colloquially referred to as “Native 4k” or “True 4k,” which is 4096 (w) x 2160 (v). This wider frame is usually the preferred and default settings in cameras as well as cinema projection (DCI) standards. It scales to 8,192 x 4,320 and 12,288 x 6480 for 8K and 12K respectively. You can see that the vertical resolution stays the same, but the frame width increases in each instance.
DP Benjamin Gaskell Shoots the Latest Installment of the Witness Project Documentary Series with a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story.

How did you get involved with "Witness Project: The Story of Anastasia Lin"?
The director / editor of the project, Adam Hawk-Jensen, asked me to come on board as his director of photography. As I understand it, the nonprofit organization “Victims of Communism,” approached him to helm a new series of documentaries that would tell the stories of these survivors. I knew going into the project that Adam needed me to bring a strong vision with a lot of creative autonomy on my end as his DP - he’s a great collaborator in that regard. I’ve worked a lot as a cinematographer on projects that explore themes of liberty and what it takes to sustain a free and prosperous society, as well as the inverse. While I have only shot three videos for the Witness Project, it’s been an absolute honor to capture the story of these heroic and inspiring individuals.

News: 4K, HDR & More

SmallHD Introduces the Most Compact, 4K High-Bright Monitor on the Market
SmallHD Introduces the Most Compact, 4K High-Bright Monitor on the Market

Raleigh, NC -- SmallHD announces the launch of a new 4K 13-inch high-bright monitor. Cine 13 is SmallHD’s most compact, agile, and pixel-dense 13-inch production monitor yet. With its low-profile…

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Amino Launches High Performance Media Player for Digital Signage Market
Amino Launches High Performance Media Player for Digital Signage Market

Cambridge, UK, June 22, 2021 — Amino, the global media and entertainment technology solutions provider, announced today the launch of the next-generation Amino Enterprise product line. The Amino…

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Hulu Original Series Iki wo Hisomete Shot With URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and Posted with DaVinci Resolve Studio
Hulu Original Series Iki wo Hisomete Shot With URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and Posted with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Fremont, CA – June 8, 2021 – Blackmagic Design announced today that the Hulu original series, “Iki wo Hisomete,” was shot on Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2. The series used DaVinci Resolve Studio…

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XR Tales Relies on Ultimatte 12 and Unreal Engine for Virtual Production
XR Tales Relies on Ultimatte 12 and Unreal Engine for Virtual Production

Fremont, CA – June 9, 2021 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Mexican immersive technology company XR Tales has incorporated its Ultimatte 12 compositing processor for virtual production on…

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