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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.

LiveX Upgrades New 4K Broadcast Streaming Studio with Panasonic KAIROS

LiveX Upgrades New 4K Broadcast Streaming Studio with Panasonic KAIROS

Seeking a solution that would up level the quality of its productions and provide greater flexibility, LiveX purchased Panasonic’s KAIROS, a next generation IT/IP live production platform. The full-service production and broadcast company, whose previous work includes the Democratic National Convention and USGA U.S. Open Championship, will use the platform to automate its new 4K broadcast streaming studio and expand the company’s remote capabilities for future productions. 

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

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

Video Editor + Colorist, Denis Ogorodov discusses the 4K/8K workflow process, and how they've enhanced his work on various projects. 

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.

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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.

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GOL TV Leverages Grass Valley End-to-End Live Production Workflow for Studios and Mobile Units Upgrade in Multimillion Dollar Deal
GOL TV Leverages Grass Valley End-to-End Live Production Workflow for Studios and Mobile Units Upgrade in Multimillion Dollar Deal

MONTREAL – April 13, 2021 – Grass Valley announces that a suite of its live production solutions are central to GOL TV’s newly upgraded mobile fleet and studios. In a large and complex multimillion…

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Sonnet Announces Professional, Dual-Slot 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ Card Reader for SxS™ PRO X Media
Sonnet Announces Professional, Dual-Slot 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ Card Reader for SxS™ PRO X Media

Sonnet Announces Professional, Dual-Slot 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ Card Reader for SxS™ PRO X Media IRVINE, Calif. — April 8, 2021 What's New: Sonnet Technologies today announced the SF3™ Series –…

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BenQ Announces the CS Series Corporate Meeting Room Display
BenQ Announces the CS Series Corporate Meeting Room Display

The CS Series Display Features Intuitive Wireless Presentation, Collaboration, Signage, Device Management, and Cloud Access Tools COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 31, 2021 — BenQ, an internationally…

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HPA’s “The Found Lederhosen” Film Neo-Bedouin uses URSA Mini Pro 12K
HPA’s “The Found Lederhosen” Film Neo-Bedouin uses URSA Mini Pro 12K

Fremont, CA – April 2, 2021 – Blackmagic Design today announced that as part of the multifilm project, “The Found Lederhosen,” for the Hollywood Professional Association’s Tech Retreat 2021,…

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