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It’s Cine Gear Expo Time – Los Angeles Convention Center at LA Live – June 9-12

Cine Gear Expo LA is coming back, full power with its hallmark exhibits, film competition, seminars, screenings, and world class hobnobbing. It’s the place to reconnect with colleagues, friends and collaborators in the casual LA Cine Gear style at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 9-12, 2022.

The downtown LA location is a breath of fresh air with soaring ceilings, bright airy spaces inside, and outdoors exhibits too, with lots of on-site parking in addition to ample public transportation. Next door is the LA LIVE! entertainment complex with theatres, the Crypto.com Arena, the word-famous Grammy Museum, top restaurants, and hotels.

Thursday, June 9 marks the official opening of the Los Angeles 2022 show. The event starts at noon with the Film Series Competition which will extend throughout the day with screenings in the Student Short, Indy Short, Commercial and Music Video categories.

Also, on Thursday, the exhibition halls will open at 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year guests can meet with hundreds of exhibitors from technology companies worldwide. From ARRI to ZEISS, this is LA’s best opportunity to check out the latest equipment and services including, cameras, optics, lighting, grip, support, motion control, stabilizers, virtual stage LEDs, robotics, streaming, monitors, filters, camera cars, cases and other tools of the trade.

Exhibit Doors open again Friday the 10th, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the addition of a full slate of industry presentations from participants like the ASC, ICG Magazine/ICG Local 600, ARRI, Blackmagic, MBS, Sony, ZEISS, and more including the popular Got Agent? panel.

Friday evening, Cine Gear holds its annual VIP party and ceremony co-sponsored by Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc. and Sony Electronics, Inc. where the Film Series Competition winners are awarded. And, in the Cine Gear tradition, several industry favorites will be honored for their contributions to the art and technology of filmmaking. Look for surprise guests on hand to pick up special honors.

Free Registration for Cine Gear Expo is now open at:
https://www.cinegearexpo.com/la-expo/registration/

For the for up to date lineup of exhibitors, screenings, and seminars visit: www.cinegearexpo.com

Character Animator: How Do You Do That? Getting Started with Animation! | Adobe Community Meet-up

Learn how to work faster and level up your content with powerful tools like Adobe Character Animator. In this session, they will explore how to animate your story no matter how long or short so you can unlock creativity and improve efficiency.

This virtual event is part of a monthly series — Adobe Video Community Meet-ups — and will go live on Wednesday, May 25th at 12pm PT (UTC-8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhXQPhQPqzM

AVC Meet-ups feature product demos, conversations, and Q&A with Adobe product teams, and spotlights on exciting customer projects and creative workflows. Each event is streamed to Adobe Video YouTube, and Facebook, channels on the last Wednesday of each month.

What is Adobe Video Community? Anyone using Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Media Encoder, Character Animator, Photoshop, Animate… and more to create video content of all stripes.

Find more content like this on…
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/adobevideo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adobevideo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adobevideo/

OWC Announces Envoy Pro mini The Ultimate Works with Everything Pocket-Sized USB-C and USB-A SSD

Take, access, save, and share your data anywhere with any computer, tablet, and more, available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities

OWC®, a leading customer-focused creator of innovative solutions for over 30 years that have enabled individuals, businesses, content professionals, and educators to get maximum usefulness from their technology investment, today introduced the OWC Envoy Pro mini.

The OWC Envoy Pro mini is a pocket-sized SSD with full-sized SSD performance and capacity for audio, photography, graphics, gaming, and general data storage/backup uses. Now, everyday users, students, mobile professionals, IT techs, and content creators can take, access, save, and share their data anywhere. The OWC Envoy Pro mini…

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Book Signing Event At ZEISS Lens Demo Center

Join authors Jay Holben and Christopher Probst, ASC for a book signing at ZEISS, celebrating the release of The Cine Lens Manual!

LAPPG members are invited to the ZEISS Cinema Lens Demo Center for a meet and greet and book signing celebrating the release of The Cine Lens Manual. Refreshments and lens testing will be available courtesy of the ZEISS Cinematography team.

*Books may be purchased at the event.

Register via the link for the time that works best for you. Either 12-3pm pr 3-6pm.

eventbrite.com/o/zeiss-cinematography-46378521903

 

 

JupiterReturn Streams at SXSW with Teradek Ranger

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a wild scene—busy with lines of people collecting, producing, sending content from their mobile devices. They’re enjoying screenings, music, food, tech events, posting to IG, texting friends. It’s a world of communication on steroids with signals, signals, and more signals vying for airtime.

Victor Borachuk calls it an “RF free-for-all”.  He knows the Southby scene—he’s captured it through the lens for nearly a decade. Specializing in live coverage, his company, JupiterReturn has been streaming this and other events since 2006. “It’s the wild west out there,” he says. 

He knew that to keep his clients happy there could be no dropouts in this haven for RF interference. This year he was ready to try out a new live transmission system, the Teradek Ranger. 

His client, an agency representing an NFT company, Doodles, was doing an “activation” at the mega-event. With 248K Twitter followers and 450,000 on Discord, Borachuk was responsible for live content on all channels. They would be streaming an interview panel with the brand’s founders, a Q&A, and a live tour of the 100’ x 50’ warehouse including a gallery of live art unfolding and the all-important merch shop. 

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The day of the event they were one of many crews transmitting from a “house” on Trinity Street in downtown Austin. A line of Doodles holders wrapped around the block with iPhones in hand, streaming hints of what to anticipate inside.

Victor’s team was lean. His Camera/Producer duo carried a Sony FS7 outfitted ENG style with a light, shotgun mic and RF receiver. Meanwhile, he managed the line cut on a Tricaster TC2 Elite. To get the feeds into the Tricaster, they opted for the 1:2 Ranger set since they needed the robustness of the unit fine-tune controls for wireless channels. https://teradek.com/pages/ranger

At the venue Borachuk had the usual concerns about holding a consistent signal through the sea of frequencies. Would they be able to track from the cue outside and into the warehouse? Would the antenna reach the entire space including a tunnel to an adjacent side room? “I had never used this particular Teradek system before but, setting up the Ranger was simple—we were up and running in no time,” he says. “A big thing it solves are issues with mounting. When building the camera package there’s lots of outboard gear all over it. But this system is nice and well-built—with Gold Mount batteries and the backpack extension, it’s very streamlined.” Most importantly to him, the range held strong even shooting slightly out of line-of-sight outside the front door through obstacles, and although he had worried about it initially, the single receiver carried. “Throughout the space audio and picture were solid—there was no guessing like with other systems.” He appreciated the app setup that made it easy to own the frequency, adding “If there’s a drop it hooks up right away with seamless transition.” 

Borachuk notes that the Ranger’s Zero latency was especially evident when they were on the move. For the session’s Q&A we intercut with a wired camera, and then followed the moderator through the crowd, streaming video and audio instantaneously. It was nice and smooth which is so important for live streaming. “

Victor Borachuk of JupiterReturn 

In addition to live and remote streaming experiences, Victor Borachuk and his company JupiterReturn JupiterReturn.com produce and create original content for episodic narrative, arena specials and digital/broadcast hybrids. More information about streaming tools can be found at www.teradek.com

ZEISS Conversations with Brendan Uegama

Wednesday May 18th at 12pm PST

ZEISS is back virtually for another ZEISS Conversation event with Brendan Uegama! Brendan has an impressive list of interesting projects such as Moonshot, Child’s Play, Van Helsing, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Truth Be Told, Riverdale and his upcoming series release, Iron Mike, which explores the career of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Join them as they chat all things cinematography, from inspirations to lens choices on fan-favorite projects. They’ll also hear from Brendan about how his ancestry inspired his art, and how that tied into his early career. They look forward to seeing your questions during the Q&A!

BTS photo courtesy of Brendan Uegama

Registration Instructions:
• First 300 people to sign up will be accepted. Recorded session will be uploaded to @zeisslensesamericas on YouTube at a later date.
 
• A Zoom link will be emailed to ticket holders upon registration for the event. Please check your spam folder for Zoom Webinar reminders.

Introducing ZEISS CinCraft Mapper Lens Data Solution for More Efficient VFX Workflows

ZEISS Cinematography introduces its first service of the new CinCraft ecosystem for the digital application of lens looks into compositing and matchmoving workflows.

With CinCraft Mapper, ZEISS presents a new digital service that quickly and easily provides frame-accurate lens distortion and shading data for the visual effects (VFX) industry. This data is essential for digital compositing and matchmoving in order to achieve a cinematic result that is as realistic and precise as possible. “Normally, lens grids must be recorded and processed in order to obtain this data – a process that is not only very time-consuming, but also error-prone and limited in scope,” explains Jonathan Demuth, Product Manager, Digital Cinematography at ZEISS. “With just a few clicks, CinCraft Mapper now provides this data directly on the basis of the metadata (lens type, focus distance, aperture) captured during film production. Lost clip metadata can also be added without difficulty. For compositing and matchmoving artists, this means that they can be sure they are not only receiving accurate data without having to rely on the preceding capture and workflow procedures, but also that the entire VFX process will be simplified and accelerated. The VFX studio also benefits directly from the more efficient workflow.”

ZEISS CinCraft Mapper provides frame-accurate lens data for VFX quickly and easily.

Frame-accurate lens data for complex shots
ZEISS CinCraft Mapper delivers precise, frame-accurate lens data with which complex shots with multiple and dynamic focusing distances, such as car chases, can be edited more easily, quickly and completely, without the need to make assumptions due to incomplete data. “CinCraft Mapper expands on the ZEISS eXtended Data (XD) technology that we introduced with the ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and have subsequently integrated into each new cine lens family,” adds Christophe Casenave, Head of Cinematography Products at ZEISS. “VFX artists no longer have to rely only on eXtended Data generated by lens and camera equipment on set. Now additional and historic lens family shading and distortion data can also be provided by the CinCraft Mapper service. At the same time, the service is also compatible with the existing XD technology.” CinCraft Mapper delivers industry standard ST Maps for distortion and Multiply Maps for shading. These can be used directly in compositing and matchmoving software such as Nuke, Flame, and 3DEqualizer.

“Mapper is just the beginning for our CinCraft ecosystem. We are already looking forward to being able to offer even more services in the future, which will provide a broad range of aspects of lens looks for VFX and other applications,” concludes Casenave.

For further information and availability about ZEISS CinCraft Mapper and the possibility of testing the service with a free start budget visit https://cincraft.zeiss.com/us/mapper

Karl Kresser’s Celebration of Life

It is with the deepest sorrow to tell you that Cine Gear Expo Producer Karl Kresser has passed away peacefully, suddenly and unexpectedly. There will be gathering to remember Karl’s life…his love of photography, filmmaking, travel, his vineyard and winery, and most importantly, his love and devotion to his family, friends, and his beloved wife Juliane.

Karl’s Celebration of Life will be live-streamed for any of you that wish to attend virtually and share in remembering Karl’s life.

In Remembrance
Karl Walter Kresser

Birthplace, Dornbirn, Austria
March 20, 1962 – April 10, 2022
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Livestream:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85212150558
When: Apr 30, 2022, 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Or One tap mobile :
US: +14086380968,,85212150558# or +16699006833,,85212150558#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Webinar ID: 852 1215 0558

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For those wanting to make a contribution please feel free to donate to the Beagle Freedom Project, a cause close to Karl’s heart.
https://bfp.org/donate/

Documentary Sound Mixing in a War Zone Webinar

Please join SoundGirls for an online conversation “Documentary Sound Mixing in a War Zone” with Xenia Vinogradova, a Kyiv-based Sound Mixer, who will share her experience about what it’s like being part of a documentary film crew in Ukraine right now, and what she’s doing to help first responders on the ground.

Date: May 1, 2022 at 11 AM PDT

Details and Registration at: https://soundgirls.org/documentary-sound-mixing-in-a-war…

Post your questions to the speakers here: https://bit.ly/3OB2out

Moderated by Leslie Gaston-Bird and joined by panelists Xenia Vinogradova and Iryna Kucherenko

Xenia Vinogradova is a production sound mixer/ sound editor, living and working in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2015, she graduated from Kyiv National University of Theater, Cinema, and Television with a Master’s Diploma in the specialty “Sound Engineering in Film”.

Since launching her career in the film industry, Xenia has been taking on various roles in creating sound for moving pictures: recording audio on location and working as a studio recording engineer; editing sound at the post-production studios, working as a music editor and sound designer. Her works include “Cenzorka”by Peter Kerekes, “Mountain Breeze” by Julia Kochetova, “Au Revel” by Sieva Diamantakos. Currently, Xenia continues to live in Ukraine, working as a production sound mixer in the war zone with various film and media productions.

Iryna Kucherenko is a Ukrainian-born Angeleno working as a production sound mixer and audio supervisor for television and documentary productions. She has been working in audio since 2009, after graduating from the Vancouver Film School Sound Design for Visual Media Program.

Her work experience provides another perspective on working with subjects affected by war. Iryna’s entry into reality television started with “Surprise Homecoming”, a show that helped US veterans stage surprise returns from deployment for their families. Among Iryna’s notable documentary credits is “Dalya’s Other Country” by Julia Meltzer, which follows the life of a teen Syrian refugee whose family fled to Los Angeles, California.

Iryna is also a part of the Safe&Sound Ukraine initiative that is working to provide essential communication devices to Ukraine.

The webinar is moderated by Leslie Gaston-Bird (CAS, AMPS, MPSE) – the author of the book “Women in Audio” and a renowned member of the sound community. Leslie is an audio engineer specializing in 5.1 surround sound mixing and sound editing. Among her many contributions within the sound community, she is also a published scholar and voting member of the Recording Academy (The Grammys®) and its P&E (Producers and Engineers) Wing.

Safe&Sound Ukraine

A fundraising project aiming to purchase encrypted digital walkie-talkies and satellite phones for Ukrainian war medics, volunteers, and evacuation coordinators.

This is a unique case when the power of the sound community can help save lives. Since its launch, Safe&Sound Ukraine has partnered with more than 20 sound- and filmmaking-related manufacturers, businesses, and communities all around the world (such as LASoundMixers, AMPS, CAS, Gotham Sound, K-Tek, Lectrosonics, and many more), and has already supplied 14 locations across Ukraine with life-saving, secure means of communication.

SmallHD Launches OLED 27, Their Biggest, Brightest 4K OLED Monitor Yet SmallHD

SmallHD announces the launch of the OLED 274K HDR-Preview Monitor, offering exceptional OLED color accuracy with up to 550nits of brightness and field-tested durability.

“The OLED 27 4K Monitor meets our customers’ demand for OLED-quality color and contrast on a bigger, brighter screen perfect for HDR monitoring up to 550nits on set or in the grading suite,” said Dave Bredbury, Product Manager for CS Cine. “We combined the best 27″ 4K display available and protected it with our field-tested, set-ready design SmallHD customers love—this monitor will outshine any monitor in your workflow.”

OLED 27 features a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 4K resolution, true 10-bit color and up to 550nits of brightness offering around 12.3 stops of dynamic range. OLED 27’s larger screen and increased brightness joins the SmallHD 4K production monitor line-up and maintains the lightweight portability, rugged construction and video processing architecture.

SmallHD’s OLED 27 features a unibody chassis crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum and weighs in at less than 14 pounds. It features multiple versatile mounting points, offering customizable power and accessory configurations. It includes 4x 12G-SDI inputs/outputs, 1x HDMI 2.0 in/out, 1x 4-pin XLR power input, an SD card slot and 2x 2-pin locking power outputs to power external devices, such as Teradek Bolt 4K products.

The included PageOS 4 toolset features Color Pipe HDR color-rendering, Waveform, Vectorscope, Monitor Calibration Wizard and more. The PageOS 4 UX/UI offers quick and repeatable setups and full control over all parameters and display tools. OLED 27 is fully compatible with the entire zero-delay Teradek Bolt 4K ecosystem.

“We paid careful attention to our customers’ wish-lists to bridge the gaps between OLED-quality color accuracy, increased brightness, exceptional contrast and field-tested reliability,” reflects Bredbury. “Their desire to see a set-to-suite OLED monitor solution built on the foundation of our existing product family was a true driving force behind the OLED 27.”

Learn more at https://link.cs.inc/oled27

Pricing: $11,999.00

OLED 27 Monitor Specifications:

Display: 27-inch OLED
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (UHD) Resolution
Color: 110% DCI-P3/135% Rec. 709
Color Depth: True 10-bit
Brightness: Up to 550nits
Dynamic Range: 12.3 stops
Input: 4x 12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI, 1x HDMI 2.0
Output: 4x 12G/6G/3G/HD-SDI, 1x HDMI 2.0*
Power Input: 1x 4-pin XLR
Construction: Aluminum Unibody Chassis
Software: PageOS

Visit SmallHD at: https://smallhd.com

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