Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CTRL+Console Official Broadcast Partner with Adobe..!

Today I caught up with both Jeff Chow and Mandy Godown Founders of CTRL+Console! We discussed the new Broadcast Partnership with Adobe. Mandy says "The partnership solidifies a supportive relationship that began in CTRL+Console’s Kickstarter days and highlights how valuable intuitive interfaces are for creative software companies and the people who use them."

Why am I excited..?! It puts CTRL+Console a creative new startup into a closer working relationship with Adobe one of the largest leading creative software companies in the World now boasting over a Million Creative Cloud Users. With CTRL+Console's Premiere Pro CC Editor you now have an intuitive iPad touch interface with gestures instead of just relying on your mouse and keyboard. I've personally been playing around with the Premiere Pro CC Editor with the buttons and gestures and it's a no brainer it's nothing less than a huge time saver. Any time I can get my hands on a control surface over a mouse and keyboard I welcome it. In time you will become so much faster like using keyboard shortcuts but using gestures is like being hands free to fly all over the iPad. I highly encourage you take a closer look and if you want more control over your edit I definitely recommend it. It will save you so much time and the cost is really very affordable. I see so much potential for future products based around this touch technology. I can't wait to get my hands and gestures all over it..! :)

ps: Here is the link to the coverage at NABShow 2014 Supermeet..!

Startup Gets Adobe’s Attention with Cutting-Edge iPad Editing App
New Adobe Partner Makes Creative Software Intuitive with iPad Interfaces

Press Release:

CTRL+Consolejoins the ranks of Blackmagic Design, Dell, ATOMOS, and RED as an Adobe Broadcast Partner. The Boulder, Colorado startup has released an app that builds better interfaces for creative software, including Adobe’s Premiere Pro for video editing. The CTRL+Console App brings smart design and touchscreen technology together to simplify user experience, speed up workflow, and give people a more intuitive way to create.

Computer programs are designed around the limited functionality of the keyboard and rely heavily on hundreds of keyboard shortcuts to improve speed of use (photoshop has 1,069 shortcuts). The development of touchscreens offers new ways to interact with computers. However, few products address this leap in design to improve user control of the complex software modern creatives use on a daily basis.

In response, CTRL+Console turns the iPad into a powerful and versatile control surface. The app is designed to give novice and pro users a modern alternative to the slow mouse and cumbersome keyboard shortcuts.

Instead of expensive hardware that only works with one program, the CTRL+Console app brings iPads into the workflow as an intuitive touchscreen for many programs (including the Adobe Creative Suite) and incorporates a cutting-edge Gesture Control System that allows creatives to edit faster, all while keeping their eyes on their work.

“Worth buying an iPad just for this software if you are an editor ...the gesture control is fantastic... Will make a lot of editors very happy!” ~ racgordon | Via iTunes

“Best editing companion EVER!!!” ~Adam Reber | Via iTunes

“Every day we use CTRL-Consoles for controlling our timelines for both our editing and motion graphics suites. We even unplugged our $1,000 Mackie after I got CTRL+Console because the app is more responsive! ” ~Arthur Bell | Dreamlike Pictures

CTRL+Console was born after photographer, videographer, and inventor Jeff Chow became frustrated with how difficult it is to learn and use many creative programs. He knew he was on to something when his 2012 Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal by nearly 20%.

“iPads aren’t just for watching YouTube, they’re an elegant way to seamlessly integrate touchscreen control into our work. There’s a huge opportunity to make life better for people by improving the way we interact with computers and software. That’s what’s really exciting about CTRL+Console. That’s what keeps us innovating and thinking creatively about next-gen interfaces.” Said Jeff Chow, CTRL+Console Founder and Chief Creative.

The startup has enjoyed a supportive relationship with Adobe. In 2013 Adobe was so impressed with the Kickstarter concept that they invited CTRL+Console to demo their Premiere Pro prototype in the Adobe booth at NAB. “The folks at Adobe have been amazing! They build world-class software and our consoles make those programs easier to use. It’s a great relationship.” said Jeff Chow.

Today, the app has thousands of users around the world and maintains a 4 star ranking on iTunes. Current consoles include Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Quicktime (free). Additional programs will be added on an ongoing basis to their expanding console “library.”

Additional Links Below:


CTRL+Console Video:

Touchscreen Gestures Video:

About Jeff Chow: LinkedIn-JeffChow

PR Contact:
Mandy Godown
Brand Builder & Creative | Co-Founder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cine Gear Entertainment Digital Expo 2014

So last week was Cine Gear Entertainment Digital Expo in Los Angeles. This was my first experience attending. I drove down from Portland Oregon to do some coverage for my blog and more importantly to see what it was all about first hand. I've been attending NABShow in Vegas for around a decade. My first NAB was overwhelming and covered a lot of different stuff from Broadcast, Radio, Tv, Audio, and in recent years with the introduction of Dslrs with Video I've noticed a trend of a lot more tools around Filmmaking. One thing I can say about Cine Gear that I can't say about NAB is that it's on a much smaller footprint but it's all about Filmtools. What more is that it's not too overwhelming but that being said very cool to attend. If your into Filmmaking or want to be and on the West Coast I'd say it's a must attend. It's basically all about the tools to help you make your films. The fact that it's much smaller is actually a benefit cause it's not always easy to get away for the full NAB and Cine Gear Expo portion is only two days. Plus it's all on Paramount Studio lot(for the most part...there are some off Lot happening but I did not attend them. More information can be found on there website if you want to learn more like films being shown and workshops). I can't speak on them since I didn't attend but the experience I had at Cine Gear was great. I saw a lot of old friends and made some new ones. Unfortunately I had some trouble with my car so I got there late Friday but I'd say if you hit it just on Saturday and had focus on what you wanted to see you could really get a lot in. If your going to attend some of the seminars(many are free thanks to the Sponsors). So there's definitely more than just booths with gear. Not to mention partly why I attend is to just network, meet vendors, ask questions, learn about what's new and what tools can solve your creative needs.

Here is a pic on the way down before my car challenges.
Here's a pic below at Cine Gear on the Paramount Studio Lot!
On site as you can see you already feel like your on a movie set...cause frankly you's at Paramount Studios.  That alone is very cool. I actually have never been on the lot being that growing up I tended to go to Universal Studios with my family. If you don't know there are a number of large and many smaller lots. Last year I was at an event at Red Studios. It was an invite only but anyone can attend Cine Gear to my knowledge. I'd recommend signing up even if you are not 100% sure you can go because my good friend I stayed with while down here visiting didn't and had to pay $25 after I believe May 31st. Before that it's completely free. So even if you are not sure you can make it I'd sign up. Now if you are for sure not going I'd say probably don't sign up for I'm sure they'd like to have a fairly accurate head count. I've heard from a number that it's grown over the years.

So onto blogging. Since I had the car trouble I didn't get as much exposure as I planned this year but I'll have half a dozen videos in the booths that will trickle out to the blog. Some are repeats of what you could have seen at NAB but if you didn't get to attend NAB I think you'll enjoy the coverage I got.

Thing is for me I'm all about meeting and taking the time to get to know people attending as well as the vendors. It's invaluable in my opinion to meet the vendors behind the products. If you are not hip on it basically it's your opportunity to speak directly with the people who create the products for more info, help and support. I've personally gotten a lot of help from many over the years and eventually created opportunities to blog, speaking and so on. Social Media has really changed the way we get information so even if you can't attend following the Hash Tags, and the vendors twitter accounts will get you the info but there's nothing like actually shaking the CEO or inventor of a product. You'll never experience that just sitting behind a computer. So I highly recommend getting out to attend as many of the events from DV Expo, NAB, Cine Gear, to name a few. Also note Cine Gear has added a New York show so if you're on the East Coast you are not left out. Honestly I've only really heard about the event in Los Angeles on twitter the past few years but after checking out their site I realized of the show on the East side. I'm sure it's equally beneficial to attend and if I had the time and money to attend every show in the world like IBC I would because different people will attend one but maybe not another. So what I'm saying is just get out to the shows you can and you will no doubt take something back beneficial. Below I have links to the vendors I will have video coverage in the near future.

Thanks so much for checking out my brief 411 on Cine Gear. I do hope to make it back next year and heck maybe the New York one too..! I had the pleasure to visit New York for the first time taking part on the HP Tech Panel past September. It's an amazing city with different things to offer than LA. So get out there and meet some new people, check out some cool film tools, and hey...just create..!


Ryan Brown Aka: Filmguy

List of Vendors with video coverage(coming soon:)

Camera Car Systems:

Flying Camera Systems:

Camera Gimbals and Accesories:

Wireless Video Devices:

Camera Support and Accessories:

Professional Lighting:

Quad-Copter, Camera Stabilizers and Unique Custom Configurations Upon Request:

Friday, May 9, 2014

Guenter Noesner Technical Sales Representative Arri Amira NABShow 2014

It was a pleasure to get all the details about the new Arri Amira from Guenter Noesner. In my opinion after getting a really informative breakdown I have to say the Amira is one really well layed out camera as far as mounting points, ND filters, I/O, adjustability, pinless media, and Arri is known for their amazing color and skin tones. This camera looks and feels like a winner...but don't take my word for it. Check out the video below and see all the really useful benefits of the Amira..!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dan May President Blackmagic Design NABShow 2014

Once again I get of the latest updates from Dan May President of Blackmagic Design. This is a three part series of booth videos. Part 1 is the new Ultra HD URSA Camera all it's highlights. Part 2 Dan goes over the possibilities with the new Studio Camera. Part 3 we get more updates to Davinci Resolve including some very useful editing capabilties. So kick back and check out all the latest Blackmagic has to offer..!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Aaron Pinto and Kira Letus NABShow 2014

Good times checking out all the cool new innovations over at Letus Direct. Aaron Pinto and his lovely assistant Kira show us all the latest offerings in part one of the Letus NABShow 2014 booth video coverage. In part two Aaron and with the help of Kira rocks the cool new GoPro gimbal and in part three Aaron and myself(Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy)check out the new and exiting updated Helix Electronic Stabilization System. So get all the latest in the video series below starting with part one of the series.

Steve Mahrer Senior Technologist Panasonic North America NABShow 2014

I spoke to the team behind the new Panasonic 4K Varicam including Steve Mahrer Senior Technologist from Panasonic North America. He gives us details on the two flavors of Varicam and how their new recorder can attach to either camera body as well as extending the recorder up to 70 feets for jibs or other shots that need the camera in it's smaller configuration. So kick back and here what the new 4K Varicam is all about with Steve.

Also from their official press release:

Panasonic Debuts 4K Camera/Recorder, VariCam 35, With New Super 35MM MOS Sensor, AVC-ULTRA Codecs For 4K

Ultimate Image Production for Cinema and Episodic Drama; Breakthrough Modular Design Enables Docking Either 4K or 2/3-Inch Camera Head to Same Recording Module

NEWARK, NJ (February 27, 2014) – Panasonic today unveiled a 4K camera/recorder, VariCam® 35, that incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera’s superb image handling in multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD make it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, and commercials and episodic production as well as live 4K events.

With its innovative design, the 4K camera module unit  (AU-V35C1) is separate but dockable to the recording module unit (AU-VREC1), which is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” camera module unit (AU-V23HS1) (see separate news release). This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the s35mm 4K camera and the AVC-ULTRA recorder, providing “box” camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other “remote” camera needs.  This common recorder module is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” 1080p camera, enabling professionals to switch between s35mm and 2/3” camera heads to best suit their creative needs.

“Evoking the VariCam heritage of gorgeous, cinematic image rendition, this VariCam 35 establishes new standards for 4K production,” said Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “With its expanse of formats ranging from flawless 4K RAW output to more practical 4K, UHD, 2K and HD capture, the  VariCam 35 represents a matchless option for premier digital capture.”

The VariCam 35 utilizes a new Panasonic super 35mm MOS sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 4K image capture; this imager when combined with the AVC-ULTRA codecs for 4K enables very manageable and practical 4K production file sizes. The new imager boasts an impressive 14+ stops of latitude, and faithfully captures high-contrast, wide dynamic range imagery without compromise. Powerful color management capabilities provide a much extended color gamut for impeccable image fidelity, and permit support for an Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow for full fidelity mastering of original source material.

Among the camera/recorder’s top-level production features are real-time, high frame rate, variable speed 4K recording up to 120fps, proving the capability for master level 2K/FHD recording; and advanced workflows with parallel simultaneous 4K/ UHD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring / editing ease.  The camera also features a newly-developed OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with optical zoom functionality. Lastly, 24-bit LPCM audio is added for in-camera audio master recording.

The VariCam 35 will deliver an unprecedented breadth of recording formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K, and 2K and FHD in AVC-Intra 100/200.* Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the camera encodes high-resolution proxy files in parallel with 4K and 2K production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 Mbps down to 1.5Mbps.  Wireless workflows for proxy streaming and metadata management will also be available.

The VariCam 35 will use Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high frame rate and 4K recording (see separate news release).  The camera is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new expressP2 card can record up to 130 minutes of 4K/24p content.  The microP2 card is designed for recording HD or 2K at more typical production frame rates.

Professional interfaces include:  3G-HD-SDI x4 for 4K QUAD output; 3G-HD-SDI x2 for RAW output; an HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K); and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. A multi-connector facilitates docking the camera head to the recording module. In another striking design innovation, the VariCam 35 boasts a removable control panel to facilitate real-time control and easy access when the camera is in a fixed position. The VariCam 35 features a standard 35mm PL mount.

The VariCam 35 will launch fall 2014, with pricing to be announced. For further information about Panasonic professional video products, visit

*AVC-Intra200 is available only for FHD recording.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Jeff Chow Founder Chief Creative at CTRL+Console NABShow 2014

I had the pleasure to meet Jeff Chow at the Las Vegas Supermeet crusin around the vendors. He did a nice breakdown of his cool Control Console Apps and talks about future development and their new Mixing Console coming soon.

I also had a great Google Hangout chat with Jeff from my office back home. He gave me a live demo and also we had fun talking about how he got to where he is now. I'm going to leave you with his bio so you can get more familiar with the creative and founder behind CTRL+Console. I should mention I will be updating this post with me on the console at a later date showing you how it's working for me in my edit suite.

Ok now for the introduction with Jeff Chow:

Founder and inventor of CTRL+Console. I create - this is where it has taken me. I work in the space of Lighting Director and Projectionist for Space Farmer Productions. GPS Specialist for BACKPACKER Magazine, and freelance Photographer, Cinematographer, and Writer. I began in the world of science (physics being my favorite class), studied engineering and organizational development in college, had an Apple IIc and the first Mac (still do, actually) and have spent my adult life marrying my love of tech to my love of art. It's my passion. It's what I do. And I may never stop.

Check out Jeff Chow with CTRL+CONSOLE from the Supermeet NABShow 2014 in the video below..!