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# 1 Best Last-minute Christmas Deals on Apple iPad Air, Mini Tablets Video By Clip Syndicate The final weekend for holiday shopping can't match Black Friday for sales, but procrastinators can save a little on iPads. With Christmas falling in the middle of the week this year, this weekend is the last one to grab gifts. If you've been procrastinating, then you've missed out on some major deals out there. For those looking to give the gift of tech for Xmas,t here are a handful of last-minute specials on that always-popular present, an Apple iPad at chains including Target and Best Buy. ...Read More »
# 2 Netflix Brings Social Recommendations to Android Video By Clip Syndicate Netflix has expanded the availability of its social recommendations to Android phones and smartwatches. The streaming-video service's Social Recommendations feature is now available on the Netflix app for Android, the company announced Monday. The feature lets you make movie and TV recommendations privately to friends. Netflix announced the feature in September, making it available on its website, Apple's iOS devices, game consoles and a variety of set-top boxes and smart TVs

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# 3 "Only 78" Documentary Filmed With Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras Project Profile By none Jawad Mir is a Toronto based filmmaker who owns and runs two production companies: Film-Style Weddings and Sky Blue Productions. Film-Style Weddings offers high end wedding videography services, while Sky Blue Productions focuses on commercials and films. Jawad's passion for story telling is evident in both companies' productions. He aims to tell simple but meaningful stories in an insightful and powerful way. Jawad recently learned of a small coastal community in Nova Scotia, which is at risk of becoming uninhabitable on account of a deteriorating seawall. He has set out to make a documentary about the issue of various coastal communities. To tell the story of "Only 78," Jawad and his crew used two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
# 4 Facebook Begins Auto-enhancing Photos Posted From iPhones Video By Clip Syndicate Facebook is taking a page out of Google+ 's playbook, as it now automatically edits photos posted to the social network from mobile devices. Smartphones and apps have made photographers out of everyone; the problem is that many of us still don't have pro-level photo-editing skills. Now, when a Facebook user posts a photo using the iOS app, it is automatically "enhanced" for clarity, lighting and shadow. What's more, they won't have to decide between individual filters, as on Instagram.

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# 5 AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Project Profile By none Awarding-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including "Chiko", "Blutzbrüdaz", and "Boy7" as well as documentaries like "Violinissimo" and "Cosmic Encounters 3D." Bolliger's latest documentary venture, "The School on Magic Mountain," recounts the story of one American teacher's mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. ...Read More »
# 6 Canada Court to Order Apple to Turn Over Records in iPhone Probe Video By Clip Syndicate The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to order Apple's Canadian subsidiary to turn over documents to the Competition Bureau to help investigate whether Apple unfairly used its market power to promote the sale of iPhones. In seeking the order, the Competition Bureau had said agreements Apple negotiated with wireless carriers may have cut into competition by encouraging the companies to maintain or boost the price of rival phones. ...Read More »
# 7 VideoCopilot Element 3D Product Review By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...Read More »
# 8 ASSIMILATE Expands Metadata Support In SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab Featured News By none ASSIMILATE today announced SCRATCH(r) v8.2 and SCRATCH Lab(r) v8.2. This new release significantly expands metadata support with powerful functionality across many key areas of the software, The v8.2 release also introduces Live View(tm), giving DPs and DITs the ability to capture metadata from live camera feeds, grade live, and create looks; a new H.264 encoder licensed from Vanguard, providing optimized encoding capability for Windows and now for Mac OS; and Oculus Rift support, for grading and compositing VR shots in real-time, with or without a headset. ...Read More »
# 9 Fine-tuning cloud use Video-Based Tutorial By David Rivers In Part 3 author David Rivers explains how to optimize cloud performance. This includes storage, data organization and segmentation, where to store your data, and where the data center is located to your users. The course then explores the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing, including a candid look at balancing the sharing and privacy issues with the productivity gains of working in the cloud. David also presents an overview of migration and common cloud technologies as you contemplate a move to the cloud, including Google Apps, Microsoft Windows Live, and more. The final chapter outlines how to evaluate the ongoing effectiveness of the cloud for your business. ...Read More »
# 10 Apple Temporarily Halts Russian Online Sales Over Currency Issues Video By Clip Syndicate Russian customers waiting for Apple's iPhone 6 will have to wait longer. The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday temporarily shuttered its online store in the Eastern European country because of the instability of Russia's currency. Apple doesn't operate physical stores in the country, and the company declined to say when it would resume online sales there.

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# 11 Digital Juice: Pilot Pro Feature By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. A new PILOT SUBSCRIPTION program is going to help you get the most out of your Digital Juice experience. ...Read More »
# 12 University of Utah is Taking Care of Business with Matrox Monarch HD Case Study By none Picture this. Salt Lake City. Three feet of snow and wind blowing outside, cold and fever, and to top it off, having a bad hair day. Enough reasons for even the most diligent student to stay in bed! But there is one important class at the David Eccles School of Business that simply can't be missed. Not to worry, with the new classroom studio enabled by Matrox Monarch HD, all classroom activities, including lectures and white board content are captured and streamed live so students don't miss a single thing. The classes are made available online on demand as well for future reference. At the core of the classroom studio is the Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance. ...Read More »
# 13 Shooter Suite Feature By Ko Maruyama Red Giant Software is a familiar name in professional post production circles. Their current super set of software is called Shooter Suite, a package of several different applications that will help you get from production through post quickly and easily. ...Read More »
# 14 Send Your Creativity Through the Roof With the Latest Apps Feature By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Let technology guide you to innovate and problem solve. ...Read More »
# 15 Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Case Study By none San Antonio, Texas based Trinity University is dedicated to educating its students and helping them learn in any way possible. It's why the university developed the AT&T Center for Learning & Technology, which provides faculty, students and staff access to technology, media and training that enhance teaching, learning and research, as well as distribute and maintain media and media equipment for instruction and campus events. "Trinity University makes it a point to give the students access to the best tools and newest technology available for hands on learning," said Taylor Stakes, video and web multimedia content developer. "It's one of the reasons we chose to invest in Blackmagic Design's Production Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve." ...Read More »
# 16 One of the World's Largest Flight Information Displays Powered by Matrox M-Series Cards Case Study By none Munich Airport serves around 39-million passengers annually. The original analog flight information display system (FIDS) had been in operation since the airport opened in 1992, representing arrival and departure information on multiple small LEDs. The system required a high level of IT maintenance and intervention to keep it operational. Munich Airport sought a replacement solution that could reliably display flight arrival and departure information with minimal downtime. ...Read More »
# 17 Some SSD questions answered Featured News By Ko Maruyama As we update our studio Macs to Yosemite and better SSD drives, the community of Mac users have been talking about what to do, not to do, upgrading, and general confusion - especially when it comes to looking at SSDs. I had a chance to ask Larry O'Connor to dispel some of the myths surrounding SSDs for our creative workstations. ...Read More »
# 18 2014 RoundUp Product Review By Ko Maruyama As 2014 comes to an end, there are some products we've seen this year that continue to look good, moving forward into 2015. Although we'll see lots of new tech at CES 2015, there are some great products that you can get without waiting. Beacon Audio has a small bluetooth speaker that you can take with you wherever you want to enjoy audio. ...Read More »
# 19 MAXON'S NEWEST Product Review By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
# 20 Pinnacle Studio 18 Product Review By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
# 21 RED GIANT OFFLOAD Product Review By Ko Maruyama It's a media copy application for easily backup and - hey - OFFLOADING your footage from a removable camera media card to somewhere else. Simple enough for almost anyone on set to use. ...Read More »
# 22 Vectoraster by LostMinds Product Review By Ko Maruyama Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. ...Read More »
# 23 Quick Sketching with Ron Husband Book Review By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
# 24 Motion Composer Product Review By Ko Maruyama MotionComposer is a new way to create and deliver HTML5 or Flash animation. Designed by French company Aquafadas, the software is available in both Mac and PC versions to allow anyone the ability to start animating right away. Although Adobe Flash animations have recently been the subject of scrutiny, there are many advantages to using HTML5. With MotionComposer, you can easily make your content much more engaging. Adobe's Flash content is a very rich experience. There is a wide range of interactive animations that you can create using animation tools that develop for Flash player. However, Flash does require Adobe's Flash player in order to let your audience experience that content. ENTER: HTML5. ...Read More »
# 25 Design A Cloud Quick Peek By Ko Maruyama SoftSkies is a music visualizer created by SoundSpectrum. If you're an iTunes user, you may be familiar with the visualizer that comes packed in with your Mac software. These are those same guys, and they've just come up with a new way to watch your music. These cloudscapes can fit your chill music library. Clouds are always relaxing. Pair the visual with some of your favorite chill out music, and your afternoon downtime just got a lot more relaxing. ...Read More »
# 26 iStopMotion for iPad Product Review By Ko Maruyama Last year, I wrote about the fun application called iStopMotion by Boinx.com. In returning to iStopMotion on iPad, I'm glad to see that the app has gone through many changes and upgrades. Most recently, Boinx has announced the ability to export up to 200 frames in an animated GIF! It's not only a fun application to have as an animator, but it's a teaching opportunity too. When I teach older animation students, they usually understand the importance of timing and number of frames per second. At home with my kids, iStopMotion for iPad is a fun way to craft stories and express creativity. For both older students and young kids, iStopMotion is an accessible way to start making stop motion animations right away. ...Read More »
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