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HDR Explained – for the rest of us…

Explained for camera people, but well done for all of us…

Michael Cioni and Aaron Kroger of Panavision pretend that they are uniquely qualified to explain HDR because they aren’t PhD graduates – which somehow equates to being simpletons who tripped into their senior management jobs. Yet, they have scrapped together a wonderfully scrappy explanation of HDRs nuance. Fun, rarely obtuse and hijacks ensue, as the movie plug often says.HDR Explained Expertly

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HDR Explained – for the rest of us…

Explained for camera people, but well done for all of us…

Michael Cioni and Aaron Kroger of Panavision pretend that they are uniquely qualified to explain HDR because they aren’t PhD graduates – which somehow equates to being simpletons who tripped into their senior management jobs. Yet, they have scrapped together a wonderfully scrappy explanation of HDRs nuance. Fun, rarely obtuse and hijacks ensue, as the movie plug often says.HDR Explained Expertly

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Blending the Basics of Audio and Light (Pictures): Part One

The day of the shoebox-shaped cinema auditorium is long passed. Even small rooms are built with stadium seating these days, which is a great benefit to audience’ sight lines. But it is no favor to the audio equivalent, the audience’ sound field.

There are a couple of reasons for this. One is due to the volume increase – the cubic meters of air to get vibrating increases with higher ceilings. Another is that the main speakers, which were somewhat pointed at the audience from behind the screen, are now pointed at only the front rows – the directionality of the voices and other objects that the sound mixer puts into space is somewhat (or a lot) messed up.

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Blending the Basics of Audio and Light (Pictures): Part One

The day of the shoebox-shaped cinema auditorium is long passed. Even small rooms are built with stadium seating these days, which is a great benefit to audience’ sight lines. But it is no favor to the audio equivalent, the audience’ sound field.

There are a couple of reasons for this. One is due to the volume increase – the cubic meters of air to get vibrating increases with higher ceilings. Another is that the main speakers, which were somewhat pointed at the audience from behind the screen, are now pointed at only the front rows – the directionality of the voices and other objects that the sound mixer puts into space is somewhat (or a lot) messed up.

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Network Training – BE

BE has listened to the masses and finds, Alors! it is a networked world?!?! It looks as if they have put together a great training program on networks for broadcasters. But Quel Coincidence. It looks like just the thing for a DCinema world as well.

An online course like this, taught by someone who has been involved in the entire evolution of the art and science, is certainly worth considering for the price they are charging. At least one person at your facility should know this stuff backwards and forwards.

File-based technology and workflow The essentials of professional networked media

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Network Training – BE

BE has listened to the masses and finds, Alors! it is a networked world?!?! It looks as if they have put together a great training program on networks for broadcasters. But Quel Coincidence. It looks like just the thing for a DCinema world as well.

An online course like this, taught by someone who has been involved in the entire evolution of the art and science, is certainly worth considering for the price they are charging. At least one person at your facility should know this stuff backwards and forwards.

File-based technology and workflow The essentials of professional networked media

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EditFest NY 2011: Editing Extravaganza Returns

The American Cinema Editor’s (ACE) EditFest NY, the east coast version of ACE’s popular EditFest series originally launched in 2008 as ACE EditFest LA, is gearing up for its return to New York City as the blockbuster editing event of the summer.

Set to kick off on Friday, June 10 at the Director’s Guild of America Theater in New York City, ACE EditFest NY, co-produced by Manhattan Edit Workshop (Mewshop), presents the editing and filmmaking community with two action-packed days of discussion, discovery and behind-the-scenes excitement, straight from the cutting room floor, with the industry’s most talented and well-respected editors of both feature films and television. From sharply planned, targeted panels like Editing Animation: Pixar, with Toy Story 3 editor Ken Schretzmann, and The Lean Forward Moment, moderated by Norman Hollyn, to interactive, face-to-face, dialog Q&A sessions with top editors, ACE EditFest NY is the summer’s must-attend event for everyone from professional editors, to production executives, network and studio staff, fledgling assistants, content creators, filmmaking enthusiasts, movie buffs, and more. Watch the ACE EditFest NY promo video here: http://vimeo.com/17345630?ab.

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Manhattan Edit Workshop

Less starving. More artist.                      PR Alert – But attractive tagline

Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Six Week Intensive Course in the art and technique of editing is a comprehensive jump-start for anyone serious about a career in post-production.

In addition to certified training in Avid, Final Cut Pro and After Effects, we devote time each day to film theory; covering the history & evolution of editing technique, as well as the aesthetics of narrative, short-form, comedy and documentary.  You’ll not only learn the tools – you’ll understand why we use them.
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Learning Computers

The path from mechanical to digital needs a foundation in computers.

Computers are somewhat mechanical to a point. Hard disks must plug into motherboards, and motherboards need clean power. Filters need cleaning, cable contacts need wiping.

Then, there is software, and firmware and the operating system, busses and registers. Here are a few courses that will get anyone on the way to knowing. Any courses mentioned in the comments will be added to the list.

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Certifying Help | MacUser

Universities are churning out students with computing degrees, but these mean little until a universal certification standard is introduced.

The past couple of decades have seen an explosion in qualifications. Whereas degrees used to be the prerogative of the few, everyone now seems to have gone to university; even your postman may sport a degree in psychology or economics from an institution that until a few years ago was a down-at-heel college coaching school drop-outs. Electricians and gas installers have to periodically repeat their trade certificates lest they be deemed unfit to practise, as will doctors who want to maintain their licence. Inevitably, bankers, still living in a charmed alternative universe, are now less likely to obtain professional qualifications than they used to, and politicians seem a lost cause for fear they might forge or purchase such credentials.

So what qualifications should you seek in a computer consultant, network wizard, software developer or even the salesperson whose advice you want to trust?

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Digital Cinema Tango! at Cannes Festival

Getting the right rhythm for the digitisation of European cinemas.

It will take place in the Salle Buñuel (Palais des Festivals) on Sunday 16th of May from 3pm to 4.30 pm. Last year’s Observatory afternoon conference packed in over 350 participants and this year’s event should follow the trend.

The Observatory’s Director, Wolfgang Closs, explained the curious title of this year’s Observatory conference: “We feel that it’s imperative to address the financing of the digitisation of cinemas in Europe. It’s THE big debate in the cinema industry at the moment and concerns all the players, from producers, through to distributors and exhibitors – right along the chain. On the one hand, the major cinema chains are part of the roll-out process, whereas the smaller independent cinemas are facing major financial challenges just to keep up. There is a clear problem of synchronisation of movement: the market is now going very fast, but the public policies necessary to support the transition for small cinemas are quite slow, due to complex legal issues. This two-speed process made us think of the ‘slow, slow, quick, quick, slow’ steps of the tango!”

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