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Adobe Updates Suite of Pro Video Applications

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:25 -0500

Adobe released updates for its pro video applications including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Audition CC, Adobe Prelude CC, and Adobe Story CC Plus. The 2014.2 release offers feature enhancements and updates, including YouTube and Vimeo uploading via Destination Publishing in Media Encoder CC for an easier, more integrated workflow when sending video content to these destinations.

The Premiere Pro CC 2014.2 update includes a number of feature enhancements for editors, including support for Arri Open Gate media, the ability to set transitions and still image default durations in either seconds or frames, and improved GoPro CineForm export. In addition, QuickTime and GoPro CineForm codecs can now be used as sequence preview file formats on Windows.

The 2014.2 update of After Effects CC provides more control over text through scripts and expressions. Additionally, based on customer feedback, the team made visual tweaks to the UI such as making the keyframe icons a bit brighter to stand out better against the background.

Along with Destination Publishing to YouTube and Vimeo, the Media Encoder CC update includes updated Vimeo and GoPro CineForm presets, the option to automatically append preset names to output file names, the ability to export audio channels as separate WAV files, and more. Audition CC, Prelude CC, Story CC Plus, and SpeedGrade CC offer a number improvements as well.

Premiere Pro CC was used to edit David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl, which has been enjoying considerable success at the box office this fall. “When it came down to it, Premiere Pro CC was faster than anything else in the market, said Jeff Brue of Open Drives who served as postproduction engineer on the film. “That speed meant more iterations, more time to work on a shot, and more time to perfect an edit.” Many of the features introduced in Premiere Pro and After Effects CC were born of the collaboration with David Fincher’s postproduction team on Gone Girl, including new project management capabilities and usability enhancements.”

“2014 has been exciting for us,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management. “We kicked things off with Sundance last January and ended strong with Gone Girl. Along the way we’ve been able to add great new features, like tighter workflows between Premiere Pro and After Effects CC, an integrated editing and grading pipeline, and our all-new Adobe Premiere Clip app for making great videos quickly and easily on your iOS devices. We’re happy to round off the year with these new updates adding more functionality, refinements, and an improved overall user experience.”

CEA and Japan Audio Society to Collaborate on Hi-Res Audio Promotions

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:34:54 -0500

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Japan Audio Society (JAS) today announced a new partnership to help promote and support the marketplace growth of High-Resolution Audio (Hi-Res Audio or HRA) devices and content. Specifically, the organizations have agreed to make the HRA logo, developed and administered by JAS, available for use by CEA members. CEA also has agreed to utilize and promote the logo to its members and consumers.

The Hi-Res Audio logo, which currently is only available for use by JAS members, will be offered to CEA member companies via a licensing agreement with JAS for use in product promotion, advertising and merchandising efforts. In support, CEA will promote the HRA logo at the 2015 International CES®, produced by CEA, and throughout the coming year. CEA and logo licensees agree to follow the HRA product guidelines and performance requirements, as specified by JAS.

“We are excited and pleased to partner with the Japan Audio Society to help advance High-Resolution Audio,” said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. “CEA research shows consumers are ready to embrace Hi-Res Audio, and that the appeal of high-quality audio electronics extends beyond enthusiasts. Having a common logo will help establish consistency and assist consumers in navigating this exciting, steadily emerging market.”

“The JAS is very pleased to establish this partnership with CEA” said Ryoji Menjo, chairman of JAS. “We are also particularly proud that we could join with CEA in developing a worldwide market for Hi-Resolution Audio and look forward to working with their member companies to accomplish this.”

CEA will leverage its media relations and marketing tools as well as its online presence and social media properties to promote the availability of the logo to CEA members and to encourage consumers to look for the logo as they shop for HRA devices and music.

Earlier this year, CEA and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Recording Academy®, announced a formal definition for HRA, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The organizations and companies agreed to define HRA as, “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD quality music sources.” Separate from this definition, the organizations also agreed to designate four different Master Quality Recording categories, each of which describes a recording that has been made from the best quality music source currently available. All of these recordings sound like the artists, producers and engineers originally intended.

Consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers continue to expand the variety of HRA-compatible devices, with more than 50 CE companies offering a growing array of HRA-capable products, at a variety of price points. In conjunction, music labels are expanding their HRA catalogs online with tens of thousands of HRA albums already available for download across every music genre. Every major music label has expressed support for HRA, including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in addition to leading independent labels. HRA digital music stores are already online, with more being added each day.

CEA research consistently shows a strong opportunity for growth in the HRA market, with four in ten (39 percent) consumers expressing a moderate interest in audio indicating they are willing to pay more for high-quality audio electronics devices. Nine in ten consumers say sound quality is the most important component of an audio experience. Other factors include compelling content (85 percent) and superior audio electronics (72 percent) as vital to consumer enjoyment of audio (Notions of Quality: Audio Expectations of Consumers, July 2011). CEA research also has confirmed that audio buyers and potential buyers focus on quality as a critical purchase factor, second only to price (Discovering the Motivations and Opportunities Behind Home Audio Upgrades, November 2012).

The latest advancements in High-Resolution Audio will be on display at the 2015 International CES®, running January 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2015 CES features six HRA-related conference sessions. CES also will feature a Hi-Res Audio workshop to be held in Tech West (The Venetian, Level 2, Bellini 2001) showcasing products and services from leading manufacturers along with the latest HRA releases from digital music stores.

FCC Enforcement Warning: Jammer Use is Prohibited

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:51:26 -0500

The FCC again warns the public that it is illegal to use a cell phone jammer or any other type of device that blocks, jams or interferes with authorized communications.

This prohibition extends to every entity that does not hold a federal authorization, including state and local law enforcement agencies.

What are “jammers”? Generally, “jammers”—which include devices commonly called signal blockers, GPS jammers, cell phone jammers, text blockers, etc.—are illegal radio frequency transmitters that are designed to block, jam, or otherwise interfere with authorized radio communications. Jammers may block cellular communications as well as public safety communications.

Why are jammers prohibited? Jammers do not just weed out noisy or annoying conversations and disable unwanted GPS tracking. Jammers can prevent 9-1-1 and other emergency phone calls made by the public from getting through to first responders or interfere with police and other law enforcement communications that are critical to the carrying out of law enforcement missions. Jammers also prevent the public, including individuals and businesses, from engaging in any of the myriad lawful forms of communications that occur constantly in all corners of the country—simple one-on-one phone conversations, communication among persons in large groups (such as during lawful rallies and protests), use of GPS-based map applications, social media use, etc.

Although today’s smartphones may enable persons to engage in communications that are bothersome to others, this does not provide the right for persons, or even for state or local agencies—including state and local law enforcement—to operate jammers. In fact, use of signal jammers by state or local authorities is generally prohibited.

How do jammers work? A jammer can block all radio communications on any device that operates on radio frequencies within its range (i.e., within a certain radius of the jammer) by emitting radio frequency waves that prevent the targeted device from establishing or maintaining a connection. Jamming technology generally does not discriminate between desirable and undesirable communications. For example, jammers can:

- prevent your cell phone from making or receiving calls, text messages, and emails;
- prevent your Wi-Fi enabled device from connecting to the Internet;
- prevent your GPS unit from receiving correct positioning signals; and
- prevent a first responder from locating you in an emergency.

Violations of the jamming prohibition can lead to substantial monetary penalties (up to $122,500 for any single act), seizure of the illegal jammer, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.

All American Games, NewTek Announce 2015 NewTek All-American Video Crew

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:40:00 -0500

All American Games, producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and NewTek, Inc. announced the winners in the search for the best high school video production students in the country, to form the “NewTek All-American Video Crew” at the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 3, 2015.

The video crew will be producing content for the pre-game, half-time and post-game shows. They will be using award-winning NewTek TriCaster multi-camera live production and 3Play slow motion/instant replay systems, the same technology currently in use by professional sports teams and arenas.

“We’ve brought the best of the best high school athletes and musicians together for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band,” said Douglas Berman, All American Games chairman. “Getting the best of the best in high school video production to show the world the incredible work of the athletes and musicians on the field seems only natural. We’re providing the students with a challenging opportunity in every aspect of a major sports event in the professional world, and time and again we’ve seen them go on from here to great accomplishments.”

Here are the members of the 2015 NewTek All-American Video Crew:

Dylan Monson, Parkston High School, Parkston SD
Ryan Urquhart, Timber Creek High School, Orlando, FL
Riley Bussell, Lake Orion High School, Lake Orion, MI
Aaron Michael Sortal, American Heritage High School, Plantation, FL

The students will be flown to San Antonio for a five-day, all-expense-paid trip in which they will participate in various U.S. Army All-American Bowl week activities. This will include training at NewTek corporate headquarters on TriCaster and 3Play systems. Then, as members of the NewTek All-American Video Crew, they will assist with production for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“NewTek is proud to recognize Dylan, Ryan, Riley and Aaron for earning a spot on 2015 NewTek All-American Video Crew. Along with the athletes and band members performing at the game, they represent the best and the brightest making their first step onto a world stage,” said Philip Nelson, chief relationship officer at NewTek. “These promising young video storytellers will get to develop their skills alongside the experts at a truly top-level national sports event in a professional environment. They will be training on the same equipment currently used by the New York Giants, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and a host of other pro sports teams and university sports programs.”f

NBC Olympics Takes Home Five IOC Olympic Golden Rings Awards

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:35:46 -0500

NBC Olympics won five Olympic Golden Rings awards – three golds and two silvers – including gold for Best Olympic Program, this week in Monte Carlo, Monaco, at the International Olympic Committee’s biennial awards ceremony. NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell was in attendance in Monte Carlo to accept the five awards on behalf of NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus and the entire NBC Olympics division.

NBC Olympics won gold in the following three categories for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia:

Best Olympic Program: NBC Olympics presented a Winter Olympics-record 18 days of programming, which featured an unprecedented 1,500+ hours of multiplatform coverage on the NBC broadcast network, four cable channels (NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network),, and the NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC Olympics Highlights and Results apps.

Best Olympic Feature: “Winter’s Theatre” opened NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympic Games. Voiced by Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning actor Peter Dinklage, the tease welcomed the audience to the Games, and introduced them to the history and culture of Russia.
Best Digital Offering: NBC Sports Group’s digital platforms amassed nearly 62 million unique users (61.8 million) – a record for a Winter Olympics and topping the 2010 Vancouver Games by 29% — and more than tripled the hours of video consumption for Vancouver. The USA-Canada Men’s Semifinal Hockey stream amassed over 2.1 million viewers.

NBC Olympics also won two silver awards: Best Olympic Athlete Profile for its feature on Canadian freestyle skier and two-time Olympic gold medalist Alex Bilodeau and his brother Frederic, and; Best On-Air Promotion for NBCUniversal’s Symphony initiative, which leverages the company’s promotional resources to drive awareness to key events.

The Olympic Golden Rings are awarded by the IOC biennially to honor broadcasters for their outstanding coverage of the Olympic Games. Monday’s awards were specifically for Sochi.

This year, clips from countries around the world were judged by an international jury, with winners receiving their prizes in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach. Members of the IOC Radio and Television Commission attended together with representatives from the Olympic rights-holding broadcasters, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Rio, and Pyeongchang, International Sports Federations and the City of Monte Carlo.

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How To Mic a Guitar Amp from MXL

First of all, you want to record the amp. While the electric guitar can certainly be recorded directly, there are times when there is simply no substitute for the sound of a real amplifier. While digital modeling and processing systems certainly have their place, they may not have the same level of realism as the sound from an amplifier. A small guitar amp can be just as effective for this application as a stack, because you don’t necessarily need to “crank” the volume. Instead, you want to increase the amp’s initial gain to achieve the desired amount of overdrive.

Typically, a guitar amp is close mic’ed to achieve the highest direct sound. Placing the microphone roughly 4 inches from the grill, aimed directly at the center of the loudspeaker will produce the most “edge” to your sound. If you move the mic further away, it takes the edge off the sound. It’ll be a bit mellower.

Now, if you’re going to put a microphone super close to an amp, it better be able to handle some high SPLs (sound pressure levels). It doesn’t necessarily have to be a dynamic mic – a condenser or two can do the job. A good instrument mic can perform well on a variety of instruments, including a guitar cabinet.

Distance from the source isn’t the only thing affecting the sound. By angling the microphone slightly off axis and towards the wall, you can add more “room sound.” Experimentation is a key factor in achieving the sound you are looking for. You might put one mic close to the cabinet and one several inches way. You’ll target the cabinet but you’ll also pick up the cabinet sound as it’s reflected in the room (fig.3).

A ribbon mic might also give you the mix of guitar and room sound you’re looking for. The figure eight pattern picks up sound to the front and back of the mic without any creative placement. It’s what ribbon mics are made for.

Placement of the amp is another important factor. If the amplifier sits on a carpeted floor, you are more likely to reduce the amount of brightness in the sound. Similarly, elevating the amplifier off the floor may result in a loss of low-end. If you’re looking for a big reverberant tone, placing the amp and microphone in the bathroom is another popular technique. The hard tiles and other reflective surfaces can do wonders for a dull sound. In this case, move the microphone back a few feet from the loudspeaker and crank it up!

Recording audio is all about getting the sound you want. Garage band or singer/songwriter? Rock anthem or wedding ballad? Determine your desired sound and then adjust your mic and amp placement until you get it. There’s no wrong answer!



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