Friday, April 16, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

I hate the term "Game Changer" but Canon has made me a believer

I have heard the term "game changer" a lot lately and it's not new to hear it. It wasn't that long ago that I remember both Red & HDV technology having the same said about them. This is the first year I'm a believer. Canon 5d mkII has me smitten, it has the magic combination of quality, price, and user flexibility that amazes me. I won't go into gory details (that what the reps are for) but for me 3D is great, but the real news is the HDSLR movement.
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Hot Hot Hot, Go Pro is a #Nabshow hot spot for mini Hd ~ Show special $200

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3D monitors and live production, without the need for active shutter glasses

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Hearding at the monorail- failure for Las Vegas.

Well I must admit that as a huge fan of the monorail in vegas, my love is fading. This morning as approaching the station NAB goers were met with long lines and a hall monitor to ensure crowding didn't happen. After a reasonable wait we were then told where to stand to board the monorail. An note to Las Vegas Monorail - this is anything but efficient.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

NetBlender Unveils 3D Blu-ray Disc Solutions

NetBlender Unveils 3D Blu-ray Disc Solutions

Company to Demo MVC Encoding and 3D Authoring at NAB 2010
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 10, 2010 -- NetBlender ( announced today that they are adding 3D encoding and authoring capabilities to their DoStudio™ line of professional Blu-ray tools.
"This year's top consumer video trend is undoubtedly 3D," said John Harrington, NetBlender CEO. "Rapid adoption by consumers and content owners is fueling demand for professional solutions to deliver the 3D experience to the home. NetBlender is excited to meet the global post production community's need for practical, professional 3D Blu-ray authoring and encoding solutions, just as we have done in 2D. Indeed, since the launch of DoStudio Authoring at NAB 2008, hundreds of Blu-ray professionals from Hollywood to Hamburg have used it to author more than 1,000 mass-replicated titles. As these studios' clients embrace 3D, NetBlender will be there with the right tools at the right price to ensure our customers' continued success with Blu-ray."
NetBlender is working with VSOFTS for DoStudio's 3D MVC encoding capability and with Corel for the BD3D multiplexing capability. "NetBlender's success with DoStudio since its launch in 2008 confirms that they have a clear understanding of the needs of the global Blu-ray authoring community," said Joe Roberts, Executive Vice President, Products with Corel. "Corel is excited to work with NetBlender to support Blu-ray authors as they bring compelling 3D Blu-ray content to consumers around the world."
"The NetBlender DoStudio 3D encoder will be among the very first commercially available MVC Encoder and Decoder solutions," said Felix Nemirovsky, Vice-President Marketing with VSOFTS. "We are pleased to apply our expertise in video encoding architecture to practical products that enable the 3D experience for Blu-ray Disc, broadcast, streaming and other consumer experiences."
NetBlender's new 3D capabilities will be available options with the new DoStudio EX Edition, which will ship in Q2 2010 at an expected starting price of $4,995.00. DoStudio EX, which NetBlender is introducing at NAB 2010, also includes workgroup productivity features and offers customers the option to include third party interactive apps and bootstrapping for BD Live.
NetBlender will be demonstrating their 3D capabilities at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3D Pavilion during the week of NAB. Visit them in Booth # SL4514M.
About NetBlender
NetBlender was founded in 2005 by a team of veteran interactive media producers. The company designs and develops practical and professional Blu-ray technology solutions for the global BD production community. NetBlender's Blu-ray solutions include DoStudio Indie (formerly called DSA), a complete Blu-ray authoring tool designed for DVD authors moving to Blu-ray Disc, DoStudio EX, which adds options for 3D authoring, bootstrapping and adding custom java code, DoStudio Encoder, a fast, affordable and high-quality AVC encoder for 2D Blu-ray, and MVC encoding for 3D Blu-ray, and BD Touch, an acclaimed solution that lets end-users interact with Blu-ray content through their iPhones and Android phones. For more information, please visit:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Las Vegas and the NAB Show - The numbers say it all!

Alright, call me lazy. I'm not a fan of trying to find an interesting blog post 24hrs before a re-enactment of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and the mad rush to actually get to NAB. Making the task even harder is the fact that everyone is seeking attention with tons of little teasers and "stay tuned for our big announcement".  So I do what everyone tries to do in a tough spot, "Go Local! " Las Vegas is a hot spot for many reasons, and don't think for a second that it's not the perfect location for the convention. But remember that in the same breath that we say we "love" Vegas, they love us more. We kick a nice little spike in their cash flow, and even on a bad year for us, it's a good year for them. So in light of the need to wrap up loose ends and prep for TSA loving kindness, I thought a local report out of the Las Vegas Sun would be a nice way to start the convention. So enjoy the article and I'll see you at the convention~

Original article can be found ~HERE~  

Re-post from the Las Vegas SUN

3-D technology attracts 85,000 for NAB

Fri, Apr 9, 2010 (3 a.m.)
An estimated 85,000 people will be in Las Vegas through next week for what usually is the city’s third-largest annual convention, the National Association of Broadcasters.
Three-D television technology is expected to generate the biggest buzz at the 2010 show, which runs April 10-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimated the show would generate $133.6 million in Southern Nevada. The city’s hotels have reported heavy booking patterns in the weeks leading up to the show.
The show is an economic boon to the broadcasting industry as well. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of media relations for the Washington-based National Association of Broadcasters, said the show, which will have 1,500 exhibitors — 200 new this year — generates $30 billion in sales and leads.
Wharton said the organization is being cautious with its attendance estimates and is hoping to announce a larger turnout once the show begins. In previous years, more than 100,000 people show up.
“We’re cautiously optimistic because while we’ve estimated 85,000, the industry has seen a real rebound in advertising revenue for radio and television in the last several months, so we’re hoping that translates into a larger turnout,” he said.
About 84,000 people attended the show in 2009, a number driven down by the recession from 2008’s 105,000 conventiongoers.
Another reason for optimism on the turnout this year is the association has been hyping Las Vegas’ discounted hotel rates. The association’s housing management partner, Expovision, says this year’s rates are 20 percent below 2009’s level and 40 percent below 2008’s rates.
“Increasingly affordable hotel prices, combined with more flexible registration packages introduced this year further bolster the NAB show’s already strong value proposition,” Chris Brown, executive vice president of conventions and business operations, said in statement. “Hopefully these factors will allow even more people to experience the world’s greatest event for the digital media business.”
Wharton added the association likes Las Vegas because its resorts “offer a price range for everyone, whether you want to stay at Circus Circus or Wynn, Encore or Bellagio.”
“Vegas has always been a warm venue for NAB, and it’s one of the reasons we’ve been coming here for many, many years,” he said. “It’s one of the few cities that can accommodate the size and scale of the NAB show.
“The international guests really love the night life in Las Vegas. And, frankly, we’re expecting a good turnout from the East Coast because we’ve had such a tough winter,” Wharton said. “I got pretty tired of looking out my window and seeing 40 inches of snow on the ground here in Washington, D.C. So we’re looking forward to enjoying the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas as well as sneaking in a round of golf.”
The National Association of Broadcasters has met in Las Vegas since 1991. The convention, first held in 1923, originally came to Las Vegas in 1975, meeting 10 times here through 1991 when the city became its permanent home.
The convention, the world’s largest electronic media event, attracts huge numbers because it draws from all facets of the industry — TV stars, content providers, technology whizzes and broadcast engineers. It also draws from all channels — terrestrial and satellite radio and television to cable TV to online broadband content and mobile TV.
The convention also has a large international presence with 25,000 delegates expected from outside the United States. Wharton said the event is the largest international trade show in the world based in the United States and key players regularly attend from South Korea, France, Belgium and Bavaria. This year, China and Israel will be represented for the first time.
Although several technical sessions are on the agenda, it’s the content niche that grabs the biggest headlines. The show’s tagline, in fact, is “where content comes to life.”
Recently made movies and television shows have helped 3-D expand exponentially in the last year, and Wharton thinks that technology will be one of this year’s highlights.
“Three-D is going to be huge,” he said. “With ‘Avatar,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and other films having done so well, I think it speaks to the future business opportunity for 3-D television and film. ESPN has even announced that it is developing a 3-D sports channel.”
The creators of “How to Train Your Dragon,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG will give a behind-the-scenes look at the recently released animated film.
Hiroshi Yoshioka, who oversees television, digital imaging, home audio and video businesses as the No. 2 executive for Japan’s Sony Corp., is expected to address global and U.S. consumer demand for 3-D technology and the company’s vision for the future of 3-D for consumers and professionals in his April 12 keynote address.
An April 13 panel will address filmmaking in outer space with 3-D IMAX technology and the Hubble telescope. And, ESPN will detail its S3-D technology — stereoscopic 3-D — in an April 12 panel that will include the network’s plans to broadcast the 2010 World Cup in 3-D.
Other highlights of this year’s show:
• Gordon Smith, who was appointed president of the association in September and took office in November, will make his first State of the Industry address for the more than 8,000 station members. Smith, a former two-term U.S. senator from Oregon, took over for Chief Operating Officer Janet McGregor, who was serving as acting president since the resignation of David Rehr in May.
• Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission chairman, will deliver a keynote speech April 13. Genachowski is expected to discuss a national broadband plan that would deliver signals to all unserved areas in the United States by 2020.
• Emmy award-winning actor Michael J. Fox, a Parkinson’s disease research advocate, will be honored at the opening event as the recipient of the distinguished service award that recognizes individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the broadcast industry.
• Emmy-nominated actor Jim Parsons of the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” will receive the 2010 television chairman’s award at a luncheon April 12. At that event, NBC Sports will be inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Emmy award-winner Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, will accept the award on behalf of the network.
• Comic book writer Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk, will speak April 14 on developing content for multiplatform distribution. In another multiplatform panel the same day, former Las Vegas resident and UNLV alumnus Anthony Zuiker, creator and executive producer of the “CSI” franchise, will talk about blending traditional TV with evolving multimedia platforms for his crime scene series.
• Matthew Weiner, creator and executive producer of the award-winning AMC drama “Mad Men,” will discuss the series as part of a conversation moderated by Cynthia Littleton, deputy editor of Variety, on April 13.
• Texas radio personality Ron Chapman will be inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame during a luncheon April 13. Nationally syndicated radio host and satirist Phil Hendrie will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


In Case you were on the fence about the Supermeet - Heres the detail on the agenda

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~the original posting~

Written by Dan Berube
Wednesday, 07 April 2010

Apple, Adobe and Avid to share stage together for first time in SuperMeet history

Los Angeles, CA / Boston, MA - The agenda has now been set for the Ninth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet to take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in the Amazon Ballroom at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Doors open at 4:00PM and presentations begin at 7PM and continue until 11:00PM. This SuperMeet is the first to have Adobe, Apple and Avid on one stage together and promises to be the single largest gathering of editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the2010 NAB Show.

Tickets are on sale online for $15.00 each, (plus $1.36 ticket fee) and $10.00 for students with Valid ID or $20.00 at the door.

Scheduled to appear on stage (subject to change) will be:

7:05 PM - Canon, Shooting for Saturday Night Live;
Canon XF305 and XF300 professional HD camcorders
Alex Buono, 10-year veteran Director of Photography for NBC's Saturday Night Live Film Unit, kicks off the SuperMeet with a real-world perspective and a bit of humor on shooting for broadcast for the weekly live comedy series with Canon EOS DSLR cameras. Alex will be joined by Paul McAniff of Canon, who will introduce the new XF305 and XF300 professional HD camcorders, featuring 50 Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to affordable CF Cards.

7:30 PM - Adobe, Creative Suite 5 Production Premium for FCP Editors
Jason Levine, Adobe Worldwide Product Evangelist will highlight several new features that will be useful for the Final Cut Pro editor (including Round tripping to/from FCP and native DSLR HD video support) in the just announced Production Premium Creative Suite 5.

7:55 PM - XDcam and Canon 7D with Avid Media Composer & AMA
Production from an Editors POV: A guide for the Weekend Warrior
Editor Misha Tenenbaum will discuss production from an editor’s point of view and explore his use of the AMA plugin architecture with Sony XDCam HD and Canon EOS 7D cameras for his new show, "Handicapped John." Misha will explore watching and even editing dailies instantly, while still on location and demonstrate how to save money and avoid potential hassles by offline editing in camera-native HD codecs. Avid Media Composer and AMA brought his post to production.

8:10 PM - Apple, New Developments in ProRes and Stereo 3D
Steve Bayes, Sr. Product Manager for FCP at Apple, returns to the SuperMeet stage to highlight exciting new developments in Apple Partner Support for ProRes and Stereo 3D.


9:00 PM - Introducing the ARRI ALEXA Digital Camera
Adrian Widera of ARRI and a special guest will showcase the new ARRI ALEXA Digital Cinema Camera, the only camera of its kind to shoot directly to Apple’s ProRes 422HQ and ProRes 4444onto SxS Pro cards.
9:20 PM - Blackmagic Design
Peter Barber, Director, Blackmagic Design, will show off brand new solutions that Blackmagic Design is expected to announce at NAB.

9:40 PM - Affordable 3D on the Mac for All
2010 is the year of 3D, so Stereo Cinematographer Tim Dashwood of Dashwood Cinema Solutions will show how content creators can affordably capture and edit footage and timelapse in 3D using Canon EOS 7D DSLRs and other cameras. Featured will be 3D footage and a live demo projected on stage.

10:00 PM - iPad for Digital Filmmakers
Director Taz Goldstein of will discuss how the iPad will impact filmmaking and show off 5 of the newest, most innovative must-have iApps designed for digital content creators, along with a variety of hardware that's been developed to support this growing market.

Rounding out the evening will be the always wild and crazy "World Famous Raffle" with an expected total of over $90,000 worth in prizes to be handed out to dozens of lucky winners, including a Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera and related HD-DSLR gear, Apple iPad, NLE software and hardware, plug-ins and much more.

Doors will open at 4:00PM with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 35 software and hardware developers including Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Canon, ARRI, Avid, Automatic Duck, Data Robotics, Future Media Concepts, Matrox, Noise Industries, NVIDIA, Panasonic, Vimeo and many others.

As part of the Digital Showcase, the producers have announced the "Open Screen Theatre," sponsored by ARRI. Filmmakers and digital content creators will have a 10 minute chance to "Get Seen" in an informal, collaborative setting. The producers want those who are shooting with DSLRS, camcorders, iPhones and anything that makes video to screen their content and interact. Just show up and sign up, get up and show off. Sign-ups begin at 3:45PM when the doors open and are open only to ticket holders. Only DVDs and QT movies will be accepted.

For those that cannot attend, the Las Vegas SuperMeet will be live video streamed courtesy ofBoinx Software and Registration will be required to view the free live stream at:

In addition, Issue #4 of the popular SuperMag will be announced and available for download at the start of NAB. The SuperMag will be filled with timely workflow articles with linked videos from some of the best Digital Video minds in the world. Issue #4 of the SuperMag will be optimized for the iPad and released online as a downloadable PDF, at the start of NAB, at:

To purchase tickets and for complete details on the SuperMeet including driving shuttle transportation, a current list of raffle prizes and details on ARRI Open Screen Theatre, visit the SuperMeet web site at:

About the SuperMeets
SuperMeets are gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world who use or want to learn to use Macintosh-based workflows and solutions such as Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of applications. SuperMeets are held annually in San Francisco, Austin, Las Vegas, Amsterdam and London, with a new major city to be announced in 2010. The SuperMeet agenda usually includes demos of new products, digital video tips and tricks, and filmmaker show and tells, including a SuperMeet Digital Showcase with vendors and small developers providing workflow solutions for digital filmmakers and content creators.


Nab2010blog is set to go mobile check it out on the go.

With only days to go, make sure that you are ready to go with mobile updates from nab2010blog. Soon you will see pics and tweets from the show floor to the events afterwards. The blog is mobile friendly so you can keep up to date on your phone's browser. And while on the run, share your finds with everyone by emailing them to I'll relay your tips and suggestions for the show.
~See you at the show~
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Apple Takes a Bite and is coming to this years FCPUG Supermeet!

~RE-POST from 

The Ninth Annual FCPUG Las Vegas SuperMeet. Agenda Set!

The agenda is set for the Ninth Annual FCPUG Las Vegas SuperMeet, to be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino on NAB Tuesday, April 13. Except we can’t give you a lot of the details because a lot of what we are going to show you is still SuperSecret.

But we can tell you this:
The times, they are a changing. It is no longer enough to know just Final Cut Pro. You need to know not only what other NLEs are out there, but how they might or might not benefit you. You need to know the differences and you need to know how to use them if you want to compete in today's job market. So this year, for the very first time in SuperMeet history we will bring to the SuperMeet stage Adobe Production Premium, Avid Media Composer and Apple FInal Cut Studio. That’s right, the 3A’s on one stage. Hug a puppy, share the love and learn something you need to know. Details on these presentations to come in the next few days.

In addition to this milestone, we will have user-driven presentations from Canon, who will show off their latest and greatest. Blackmagic Design will show off something SuperSecret. ARRI will showcase the brand new ALEXA Digital Cinema Camera, and what would the 2010 SuperMeet be if we didn't show 3D? So we will. Of course we will do it a bit different and show off AFFORDABLE 3D from production to post. Plus Hand Held Hollywood will select and show off the top five iApps every digital content creator needs for his/her iPhone/iPad. We will wrap things up with the World Famous Raffle where as of today we have over $76,000 worth of prizes to hand out to dozens of lucky winners. All in one night. Whew!

Hurry, as tickets are on sale now for only $15.00 each (plus $1.36 ticket fee), $10.00 for students with Valid ID and $20.00 at the door if there are any left to sell at the door. >

Doors will open at 4:00PM for the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring over 34 software and hardware developers showing off their solutions. This is your chance not only to see the new toys and software solutions, but get your problems solved by some of the best and brightest minds in the digital world. In addition we will inaugurate the very first Las Vegas SuperMeet Open Screen Theatre. Get seen! You have up to 10 minutes to showcase your movie. Bring it on DVD or a QT file on a thumb drive. You never know who will be watching, so show up early, sign up and get up and show off. It will be first come, first serve.

Not enough? We will also be live streaming the show so if you cannot make it to the event, grab a cocktail and sit back and watch on your computer screen courtesy of Boinx and ZapLive TV. But hey, it’s so much more fun being at a SuperMeet so plan to be there. >

Also, and this is going to be HUGE, Issue #4 of the popular SuperMag will be announced and available for download at the start of NAB. The SuperMag will be filled with tutorials and feature articles and linked video tutorials from some of the best Digital Video minds in the world. Issue #4 of the SuperMag will be optimized for the iPad and released online at the start of NAB. Look for it here: >

Keep watching this page for daily updates as well as a link to where to buy tickets. >

See you in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel on April 13, 2010. It will not only be historical, it’s going to be HUGE!


Daniel Berube
Co-Producer, SuperMeets

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1st - and the fooling has begun. Some great gags this year, Share yours!

Happy April fools day!
The day of the year that no company should make an announcement, based purely on the fact you will spend more time proving that you're not pulling someone's leg. 
It's early and I've already heard some really funny ones. 

Google really likes April 1st and has for years. This years I think they were a little less creative than others but it's still Funny ~SEE IT HERE~

A different kind of company name

4/01/2010 12:01:00 AM
Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.

Philip Bloom used the earths rotation to his advantage by posting what had to have been close to the first April Fools joke of the day. And boy was it a good one ~SEE IT HERE~

Exclusive: Canon DSLR video goes RAW!!

We have been hearing mutterings of this for the past few weeks. “Top DPs in Europe testing out RAW recording on Canon 5Dmkii”. It all sounded like nonsense didn’t it? Well I can exclusive reveal today (we are ahead of the US in time zones here in the UK) as the embargo I was given 0001 BST 1/4/10 has now passed…Canon have done exactly what we wanted. RAW baby, RAW! New firmware will be released imminently  for every camera from the Rebel T1i/ 500D through to the 1DmkiV giving it the much desired RAW recording on the memory cards. Not just that, but they have also finally unlocked the HDMI out to give us an uncompressed feed so we can plug in our Nanoflash or KiPro and record into a format that we have dreamed of!!
And From
And one more for good measure that came out to taunt people ~SEE IT HERE~

Canon, Olympus, and Nikon unveil App-e-ture: the app store for your digital camera

Download new ways to shoot photographs

Canon, Olympus, and Nikon have announced a new partnership (CON) to create an app store for digital cameras, that will allow you to download a range of applications for your digital camera, while at the same time inviting Samsung and Panasonic to join them.
The new app store is to be called App-e-ture and allows users to force their camera into taking images like a pro and is sure to help gain ground on phone cameras that many believe are damaging compact camera sales.

As a day to prey on my weakness for new tech news I will Ignore any other announcements today. BUT if the big news I heard a whisper of today ends up being true I will jump up and down and tell you all about it, Just not today. Enjoy April Fools !
Please post your favorite April fools day internet announcements / posts below in the comments. I enjoy reading them.