By Beth MarchantIn early February, I joined 12 of my colleagues from other industry publications on a Sony-sponsored press event in Japan. At the Atsugi Technology Center, Sony’s largest R&D facility, the company laid out its product strategy for the next phase of “ubiquitous HD” production, one that it says is as inevitable as waves …

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Stephen Sommers and ILM Take Universal’s Most Famous Monsters into Another Dimension in Van Helsing What could be better than having Stephen Sommers, the director who reincarnated Universal’s Mummy, perform the same magic with Dracula? Have him revive all of Universal’s monsters. “After Mummy Returns, I wanted to do something smaller, but I couldn’t come …

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Save time and money with the Firestore FS-3 Hard Disk capture device.By Douglas Spotted Eagle Time is money and money is time. How many hours have you spent in the past years ingesting tape? Wouldn’t it be a bonus if you could not only stop capturing, but simply start editing the moment the shoot was …

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Even in our postmodern world, where there is no longer a distinction between high and low culture, there’s a high/low struggle that’s waging between professional and consumer HD tools. At the high end—the rarified realm occupied by the Panasonic VariCam, Grass Valley Viper and Sony CineAlta HDCAM cameras used to capture everything from artful documentaries …

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With the recent announcement of the title for the next Star Wars installment, chances are fan films will start popping up recreating the famous Star Wars hologram.  One of the hallmarks of this effect is adding TV-esque scan lines to the footage.  With After Effects, you don’t have to knock yourself out, just use a …

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In part 2 of our ongoing series of Premiere Pro 1.5 tutorials, learn how to make the most of Premiere Pro’s more efficient ways of adding and manipulating transitions between clips. You’ll learn shortcut keys that speed up your editing, as well as techniques to fine-tune your transitions that work with any of the effects …

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Composer Cody Westheimer tells how he made 70 minutes of music in 14 daysBy Cody Westheimer Cody Westheimer Last April I was fortunate enough to work on «The Seeds of Creation: The Making of Hellboy.»  It’s a marathon 180-minute documentary that will be released with the DVD, coming to stores July 27.  Being attached to …

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Company calls new camcorder its «last SD camera in this type of configuration»By Charlie White (Click image for enlargement) Canon’s new XL2 DV camcorder At an elegant and highly-produced press event at one of the finest hotels in New York’s Times Square, Canon introduced a new DV camcorder, the XL2. The successor to Canon’s highly …

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Looking at the NAB website, one would get the impression that the show starts on Monday.  For those that think that, you would be wrong.  There are so many announcements many announcements made on Sunday, that getting here early really pays off.  Here is a recap of my first day in Vegas(baby!). Attendance Up NAB …

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Academy Award winner gains West Coast representation (July 08,2004) Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Jeff Brown, a specialist in directing children, has signed an agreement for exclusive representation with Tag Team Films, the industry’s leading producer of kids and toy commercials. Brown, on staff at Rocket Films, New York, for the past ten years, has directed …

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