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Monday, May 4, 2015

Dave Helmly Adobe Premiere Pro & Apps NABShow 2015 Demo...

I'm very excited to once again get the opportunity to shoot with Dave Helmly..! If you are not familiar with Dave's Adobe Blog I highly recommend you check it out...full of useful tips, tricks, reviews and just the latest buzz going on at Adobe for the Media and Entertainment Industry.

In the video Dave will highlight some of the most exciting additions to Premiere Pro CC. Big plus is having better color tools right inside of Premiere Pro. Think Photoshop or even Lightroom looks like it was integrated in the new Creative Panel. The editor is becoming more are more than just an editor. Clients want to see that Log file or ruff cut with a color grade or correction via a Look or LUT right away. With the new tools being added to Premiere the editor will be able to get the client a look very fast.

Also very cool is the new Adobe Hue CC(previously called 'Project Candy'). It's a super easy to use but amazing functional addition to the Cloud. Now you can be anywhere and take a sample or samples from a photo or video clip and sample on the fly colors in the image and it will build a Look or LUT that can be used in Premiere Pro CC.

There is also another awesome feature called Morph Cut which Dave has his son Skip being interviewed and has a pause and takes a breath. Well it's not always easy to cut out such clip since you typically want the audio but need to cut out the pause or breath etc. Dave shows you how in seconds he is able to Morph the clips together rebuilding frames so the cut is seemless and the audio is retained to save the shot. This is sure to help you fix a lot of potentially unusable clips like in the interview with skip.

Finally there's some great Media Encoder additions for with one I'll mention called Time Tuner. What a great addition to Morph Cut to be able to not just clean up problem shots with new frames retaining the audio but taking a step further. The client says of shoot we added a commercial we need to squeeze the clip by 30 seconds or even a minute. Well with the new Time Tuner you can actually create a new duration length by taking areas of your footage with not much movement for example and it will do something kinda like removing frames that are not needed to rebuild the duration shortened to the length you need. It's definitely one I'll have to try just to see how this could help me save my cut in the future without having to go back and edit the clip. How cool is that..!

So check out the video below for a better walk through some of the great new features coming to the Cloud..!

Dave Helmly Premiere Pro & Apps NABShow Demo 2015... from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HP CES 2015 Displays and Workstations...


So here we are...it's that time of year again. The world of Consumer Electronics is in Las Vegas this week. What's the big news...well there's always something new. I think for many they are hoping for something they've never seen before...others are just looking for a new refresh because they are ready to buy the latest and greatest. Whatever you are after I think you'll find that HP has something innovative to offer with each big announcement.

This year HP has launched a variety of new products with many new Displays, including Virtual Reality, some super cool thin & light Mobiles and Virtual Workstations.

First off they have brought out some new 4K and 5K monitors. This is certainly welcome since other leading companies and some not so well known companies have brought out 4K displays over a year ago. So why is this really much of an announcement. Well I think sometimes it's best to be first in the market and other times it's better to wait. Why would it be better to wait. Well in this case higher resolution screens have been here for some time but how good are they. Do they have all the latest updated connections and so on. Early adopters get the latest tech no doubt...but sometimes tech is moving so fast that I feel companies just want to say they have a 4K monitor to have one. Maybe they just rushed it out. So I'm feeling like 2015 is the year 4K actually gets adopted. I think the quality is here...and better the price after waiting a couple of years for prices to come down for some-there really isn't much reason to wait. If you have a 4K camera or even a smart phone that shoots 4K you can start shooting and getting into 4K now. So what I'm saying is...many of you have the ability to shoot 4K. When you had no way to watch it(stream it), or shoot it, or cost effective way to view it...well then why would you be interested in a 4K or 5K and beyond monitor. Let's just say it...if you went to the local big box store and they had a 1080p monitor and a 4K monitor sitting right next to each other and the price was like a couple hundred dollars more for a 4K screen...which one are you going to buy. Ok maybe it's not quite that close but from last year to this year...it could be. So if your in the market for a new display you might just be buying a 4K screen because frankly it's not that far outta reach-prices are not terribly high anymore for UHD and beyond screens...compared to what we have been offered in the past. This year they will actually be a much better value than years past. So if I was buying new today...I don't think I'd hesitate to go 4K..!

So that being said. Take a close look at all the new innovations that HP has to offer. Having a name like HP behind a product is surely a plus. Not related but I just had to deal with an all in one HP printer. Well after a lot of issues with the driver not installing properly...I decided to give HP a call. The tech also ran into the same issue-but he went into the port configuration and within about 10 minutes manually got my printer connected on our network. I've used this method before and it's always worked for me.  I just didn't know that a 990c printer was the same driver for an 8600. So what I can tell you is from my experience...not all monitors, computers, or whatever electronic out of the box will work the same even if they are the exact same spec-meaning...if you run into a simple challenge like a driver failing...is the company going to help get you online. I've had a number of experiences with HP running basically all HP in my Edit Suite. They have always been there ready and willing to get me back online as fast as possible. It never pays to get a great deal(or steal of a deal)then there's an issue...and the company leaves you with zero follow up help and your wishing you payed just a little bit more and got something that just works...and when you have an issue it's just taken care of even at 1:30am. That's service whether it's a $200 printer or a $20k Workstation I've received quality support...That Rocks..! :)

Ok now for some specs to get you up to speed on the latest from HP at CES..!

Monday, September 8, 2014

HP Z Workstation and ZBook 2014 Fall Launch..!


Here we are again. HP is back with a brand new line of Z Workstations and Z Book Mobiles. I keep seeing more and more amazing products from HP. Just this past month I was up for Siggraph and sat down with some of the great people behind the HP Z products. All I can say is wow. They truly listen to us Media and Entertainment users like myself who was an all Mac guy from my cell phone, mobile, and workstation I made the switch over to HP Z products. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy seeing all the great ideas and products Apple has brought to market but as my needs changed and stepped into the Ultra HD 4K, 5K, 6K and beyond world I needed and wanted more from the MacPro. Thankfully there are options out there and that really what it's all about. Before the new MacPro(aka 'Garbage Can)came out I was patiently waiting for their next workstation. I'm one that is always looking for the edge when it comes to computer technology and really any technology for that matter. Well I decided to go HP from my tried and true workstation my MacPro(pre garbage can). I've heard great things from users who are incorporating the very well put together new MacPro but it's not so difficult to see why some users such as myself still like a true workstation over the new MacPro design. I still like to upgrade my GPU, and that's not really an option with the latest MacPros. So for me this is really a bonus that I have the option to still drop in the latest and greatest GPU. Currently I'm running the Nvidia GeForce Titan Z. I've ran the original Titan, and Titan Black in the past. For the money it's the obvious choice for many but I still think the Quadro line is amazing and one day I may give them a try again. My MacPro I ran a Quadro 4800 and when I first got my HP Z820 I ran a Quadro 5000 so I'm no stranger to Quadro Graphics. While I was up at Siggraph I got to check out the latest updates to the quadro line and I feel they are on the right path. The Quadro K6000 still sits as their flagship model with their cards like the K5200 there's an option for everyone. The new cards have more ram and that for me is definitely very welcome since so many apps and plugins now tap directly into the GPU for many computing task. That is a reason why the Titan Z was a good choice for me(it takes up 3 slots over 4 which is useful for keeping open slots for other cards such as the HP Z Turbo drives I also just recently added to my Z820-which isn't the latest machine but still a beast with plenty of horsepower to keep things moving along. The latest models just take the performance another leap forward with more computing in less time and effort.

The mobiles in the past were rather bulky and felt large. The new line of Z Books that were introduced last year at the launch in New York I attended and was on the tech panel were heading in the direction of smother lines, a thinner feel and look rounding those corners and making things less boxy. The pattern continues with the new additions of 15 and 17 G2 ZBooks announced today.  This is very welcome because even though the mobiles HP offers are far more powerful and have more potential for us Media and Entertainment users...many still preferred the MacBooks and MacBook Pros. I think the lineup today demonstrates HP is listening and continuing to bring equally powerful mobiles that now look as good as they perform. I am still running an older Elitebook which was the powerhouse mobile that featured a large 17" screen, multiple hard drives, Dreamcolor and so on. These kinds of features with the latest tech and Thunderbolt, Z Turbo Drive, etc are a great alternative to what Apple offers. I know what some of you are saying or thinking...ya it still doesn't run OS X. True...but if sheer performance is what you're after I welcome you to compare spec for spec. It might change your mind about what Apple offers compared to the very exciting HP Z line. They are just more powerful and rock solid with really good tech support. That in itself is also very important when you run into a challenge someone is there to help you though it. I've used it myself several times and it's just easier to make that call than to jump on google looking for mixed answers to your challenges.

So if you've been following the latest Apple products and haven't felt satisfied or just want to learn more about what options HP has...read on below for all the deets..! :)

Below I breakdown the new offerings with the detailed specs from their data sheets so you can compare for yourself and see how they can help you achieve your production and post needs..!

HP Z Turbo Drive and Setup for Adobe Applications..!


With the extensive line of HP Z products one that might go overlooked is their Z Turbo Drive. Think a ioFusion card but in a small form factor and at a lower buy in price. First off the cards are not going to outperform the latest ioFusion drives but I think you'll find them to be very fast, priced in the market of similar pci-e SSD cards and most of all stamped with the trusted HP seal of approval. Why does this matter. Well mainly because their are all kinds of these pci-e SSD cards out on the market now. Not all are up to the quality as say the HP Z Turbo Drive. HP partnered with Samsung to bring you an affordable alternative to the above mentioned Fusion cards but not cutting on performance as you'll see in some screen grabs below..!

I myself have tried another similar card out there called the ASUS RaidR. I was very excited to try this card out and for the money is an option you can certainly look at and give it a try. I felt like for the money it wasn't bad but my benchmarks didn't quit live up to the advertised speeds. That being said I like the HP Z Turbo Drive even better. Both are easy to setup. Basically plug and play. All you have to do initialize it like you would any other spinning hard drive or SSD. Initilize, Format, choose a block size or go with default and you are ready to start benefitting from having a super fast(approx double the speed of a typically SSD)and not double the price of an uber fast traditional SSD. Now that sounds like a winner doesn't it..?! :)

How I'm using it is mainly for my scratch, media and cache files. Why is this important you might ask? Well just like having a dedicated raid to store and playback all your media files like audio and video clips with the fastest access you can afford(see here my DIY 4K RAid)you want your scratch, media and cache files to load equally as fast without any lag. Even the fastest SSDs on the market won't be as fast as the HP Z Turbo drive or similar(but again not all are created equal so do your own test and make sure if you opt for an alternative they have a good return policy-I've talked to others who tried other brands out there and were not too impressed with the results like the Asus RaidR is wasn't as fast as advertised at least in my case).

So for me the HP Z Turbo dive has been a nice addition to my workflow. I've found that files load extremely fast, playback seems improved(more r3d layers playing back in some cases at FULL Resolution with multiple layers), and also great for After Effects in place of a fast traditional SSD. You can expect even better results.

I'm going to leave you with the basic setup I'm running. Note that I'm mainly focusing on Premiere Pro and After Effects but any program that utilizes a scratch, media and cache files etc will most certainly benefit also. Photoshop and Speedgrade come to mind but just scratch the surface of apps that do.

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:

Website: CTRLconsole.com

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 are...it'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..!

Best..!

Ryan Brown Aka: Filmguy

Vendors Video coverage below:

Camera Car Systems:
http://www.filmotechnic.com/


http://www.dactylcam.com/
Flying Camera Systems:

Camera Gimbals and Accessories:
http://defywithus.com/


Wireless Video Devices:
http://www.teradek.com/


Camera Support and Accessories:
http://elementtechnica.mybigcommerce.com/


Professional Lighting:
http://www.cineolighting.com/


Quad-Copter, Camera Stabilizers and Unique Custom Configurations Upon Request:
http://pmgmultirotors.com/pmg-products.php




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..!