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Recommended 1 Apple Artificially Inflating Valuation: Analyst Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company Apple announced a share buyback, stock split and dividend increase. Tech analyst Rob Enderle from Enderle Group tells the WSJ's Joanne Po that these moves are artificially inflating the company valuation. ...Read More »
Recommended 2 Apple doles out cash, Facebook beat underwhelms Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company Apple wows the street with a 7-for-1 stock split that overshadowed a plunge in iPad sales. Meanwhile, Facebook easily beat forecasts but a slowing growth rate for active sign ups could be a problem for the high-flying stock. Conway G. Gittens reports. ...Read More »
Recommended 3 Apple doles out cash, Facebook beat underwhelms Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company Apple wows the street with a 7-for-1 stock split that overshadowed a plunge in iPad sales. Meanwhile, Facebook easily beat forecasts but a slowing growth rate for active sign ups could be a problem for the high-flying stock. Conway G. Gittens reports. ...Read More »
Recommended 4 Galaxy S5 Has Stronger Launch Than IPhone 5s (Report) Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company The release of a new Samsung Galaxy phone might not generate the same hype and fanfare as an iPhone launch, but some new stats suggest otherwise. According to a sales report from retail data company iQmetrix, the Galaxy S5 had a stronger opening launch weekend than Apple's iPhone 5s. ...Read More »
Recommended 5 Have We Already Reached Peak IPad? Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company Apples latest earnings report was mostly good news for the company, but there was one potentially dark cloud: iPad sales. On the quarter, Apple sold 16.35 million iPads, which was below the consensus estimate of 19.7 million units sold . If theres any good news for the iPad in this, its that the year-over-year sales drop isnt as bad as it first looks. Analyst Jan Dawson points out that the “real year-over-year sell-through decline in iPad was just 3% vs. 16% sell-in decline.” ...Read More »
Recommended 6 ITunes Now Has Nearly 800 Million Accounts, Most With Credit Cards Attached Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company In June of last year, Apple announced that over 575 million accounts had been created for iTunes. Just 10 months later, theyve grown that number by nearly fourty percent. On the Apple earnings call today, Tim Cook announced that they were just about to surpass their 800 millionth iTunes account. The crazy part? The vast majority of those accounts have credit cards attached to them. Thats nearly 800 million accounts with one-click purchase access on things like the App Store. ...Read More »
Recommended 7 Apple Expands Buybacks By $30 Billion, OKs Seven-for-one Stock Split Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. On Wednesday, Apple reported a 4.6 percent rise in March-quarter revenue to $45.6 billion, beating Wall Street's projections after selling a sharply higher than expected 43.72 million iPhones. ...Read More »
Recommended 8 Apple Slammed For Buggy IOS 7.1 Release That Left Users Vulnerable To Major Hacks For Weeks Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company We know that Apple released iOS 7.1.1 earlier this week to fix a wide range of bugs and it turns out those bugs might be much more serious than we realized. Ars Technica reports that Kristin Paget, a former Apple whitehat hacker who now works for Tesla, has been ripping into her former employer for allegedly leaving its users wide open to some potentially serious hacks in the weeks between the releases of iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. ...Read More »
Recommended 9 New Data Suggests Galaxy S5 Stole A Surprising Amount Of Business Away From Apple Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company data shared from used gadget trade-in site Gazelle showed that iPhone users, for the most part, appeared to be largely uninterested in switching to Samsungs latest flagship smartphone , the Galaxy S5 . UK-based gadget trade-in comparison website CompareMyMobile says it surveyed everyone who used its portal to trade in smartphones between February 24th when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, and April 11th when the new handset launched. With this new feature, the company found that current iPhone owners in the UK were by far the largest group trading in their old phones in preparation to purchase a new Galaxy S5. ...Read More »
Recommended 10 Rain or Shine, The University of Portland's Multimedia Team Gets the Shot with Blackmagic Design Project Profile By none Building a brand is important for any business regardless of the industry, and advertising and marketing campaigns are some of the main ways to do so. In addition to traditional methods, such as print ads and television commercials, today it's essential to leverage social media, especially when your target audience is one of the biggest consumers of the medium. The University of Portland was quick to realize this, and created its own in house multimedia team, in conjunction with its marketing department, which handles all television commercial, online video and social media marketing campaigns. Headed by photojournalist and videographer Jeff Kennel, what makes this team unique is that it produces high quality work just as good as many professional agencies and production companies, but at a fraction of the cost and twice the speed. ...Read More »
Recommended 11 BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Featured News By none Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
Recommended 12 And the Giraffe Takes Blackmagic Cinema Camera for a Ride in Music Video for "Sorry" Project Profile By none For 'And the Giraffe,' an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN, making music videos is a blast. They love to put a video story on top of the story they tell in their lyrics, and connect with more people in doing so. The video for the band's latest single, "Sorry," was shot while the bandmates rode bicycles around Los Angeles, and according to band member Nick Roberts, the video turned out better than they had hoped, was one of their most fun projects to date and couldn't have been done without the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Recommended 13 Master Shots Author Christopher Kenworthy Returns to Filmmaking Project Profile By none Christopher Kenworthy almost gave up on filmmaking because of his frustration with the restrictions of big budget productions and the limitations of shooting with DSLRs. Instead of leaving filmmaking behind for good, however, he switched his focus from behind the camera to penning several books on the discipline, including the best selling Master Shots series, which provides filmmakers with the techniques to achieve complex shots on any budget. With his finger still on the pulse of the camera industry, Christopher was intrigued when he had the opportunity to test the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Little did he know that just weeks later, his passion for filmmaking would be reignited, and he would be directing films once again. ...Read More »
Recommended 14 IDG TechNetwork invites you to participate in a survey Business Issues By none DG TechNetwork invites you to participate in a survey to help us deliver the online content and services most useful to you. ...Read More »
Recommended 15 New Music Video from Seattle's Iska Dhaaf Project Profile By none Iska Dhaaf is a Seattle based musical duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Verdoes. The band, whose name translates roughly to the Somali term for "let it go," is releasing its debut album on March 11. In advance of this album, entitled "Even the Sun Will Burn", Iska Dhaaf has released a new music video for the record's first single, "Everybody Knows." The video is based on 1960s USO shows, drawing inspiration from both the iconic Playboy bunny scene from "Apocalypse Now" and authentic Bob Hope Vietnam War USO tours. The video even features cameos by other Seattle musicians, including famed Seattle rapper Macklemore, channeling Bob Hope himself. Directed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the video was shot by DoP A.J. Rickert-Epstein and Stephan Gray on two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras (MFT) and was colored on DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Recommended 16 AJA Ki Pro Mini Boosts "Just Seen It" Digital Transfer Times by 400% Case Study By none Four Panasonic HVX-170 cameras each equipped with an AJA Ki Pro Mini to capture and record ProRes 422 footage. Data is then downloaded from the Ki Pro Mini's CF cards and transferred to a Mac Pro via a Sonnet QIO CF card reader. Footage is edited in Apple Final Cut Pro and broadcast over the Internet and public television stations. ...Read More »
Recommended 17 AJA KONA LHe Plus and AJA Control Room Drive Capitol Television Broadcasts Case Study By none Eight Sony HDC-P1 HD cameras and three Sony BRCH900 robotic cameras send feeds to a Ross Video Carbonite production switcher and through a Ross Video router, where it's offloaded to any one of five playback and record servers, which are outfitted with AJA KONA LHe Plus I/O cards and AJA Control Room software. The SDI signal is then sent to the KONA LHe card within and back through the router, and all converted or compressed data is stored on a custom-built 36 TB RAID system. Telestream's Episode Engine software converts the DVCPro HD output of the KONA cards to H.264 or MPEG-2 for the on-air server. Material is on LTO tape. SAN sharing program Metasan allows all five playback and control servers to communicate with the storage. A sixth server houses the RAID. ...Read More »
Recommended 18 Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Australian Cinémathèque Preserves and Promotes the Art of Film with Blackmagic Design Case Study By none Located at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Australian Cinémathèque presents retrospective and thematic film programs and exhibitions, which explore the influence between the moving image and other areas of visual culture. Its mission is to collect, conserve and interpret film and screen culture by showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and artists from different genres, geographies and time periods. ...Read More »
Recommended 19 Scott Freeman Cracks the Case Project Profile By none Scott Freeman is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. If Sherlock Holmes worked in post production with several broadcast clients with different workflows and tight deadlines. As the online editor for a number of television shows, including several of the most popular weekly TV dramas on cable, which are completely file based, Scott was challenged with creating a file based online conform workflow. With a variety of cameras used to shoot the shows, Scott needed to figure out a way to conform the different footage and create links between the files. And Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve color correction became the bridge he needed. ...Read More »
Recommended 20 iStopMotion for iPad Product Review By Ko Maruyama Last year, I wrote about the fun application called iStopMotion by Boinx.com. In returning to iStopMotion on iPad, I'm glad to see that the app has gone through many changes and upgrades. Most recently, Boinx has announced the ability to export up to 200 frames in an animated GIF! It's not only a fun application to have as an animator, but it's a teaching opportunity too. When I teach older animation students, they usually understand the importance of timing and number of frames per second. At home with my kids, iStopMotion for iPad is a fun way to craft stories and express creativity. For both older students and young kids, iStopMotion is an accessible way to start making stop motion animations right away. ...Read More »
Recommended 21 Monsters run Rampant Product Review By Ko Maruyama Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. ...Read More »
Recommended 22 Sorenson Squeeze 9 Quick Peek By David Hague For as long as I have been shooting and editing video, there has been a version of Sorenson Squeeze available. Quite simply, Squeeze has always been the premiere transcoding utility used by professionals. It is simple to use, effective, fast and covers almost every known codec and format type available. Squeeze 9 is the latest version of this venerable product, and while certainly not an inexpensive package, with pricing ranging from USD$799 to an eye watering $1999 for the server version, if you are a professional in the video game, it is an almost indispensable item to have in your toolbox. ...Read More »
Recommended 23 Sony Spectral Layers Pro 2 Product Review By Dr. David Smith Digital audio editing software has made amazing signal processing and manipulation possible with the click of a mouse, but until now it has been virtually impossible to take a fully mixed track and un-mix it. Sony's new Spectral Layers Pro allows you to do just that. ...Read More »
Recommended 24 Astute Graphics Mirrors Your Moves Product Review By Ko Maruyama Astute Graphics makes plugins for Adobe's Illustrator. Great plugins that make your design process not only faster and easier, but plugins that allow you to discover designs that you might not have considered before launching into Illustrator. With the holiday season coming around, it's time to start thinking about winter. Astute Graphics' MIRRORME plugin can help. ...Read More »
Recommended 25 Using Prodrenalin To Save Your Video! Product Review By David Hague If you are the proud owner of a GoPro (or similar such as the Sony Action Cam or the Kaiser Baas Sports Cam) you'll be all too familiar with a few problems. Not the least of these is the sheer amount of camera shake followed by distorted footage due to the 'rolling shutter' effect of these cameras. Also in the equation is fish eye distortion, and who hasn't missed that the camera wasn't exactly level when shooting? Or you need to flip video 180 degrees as the camera could only be mounted upside down. This is where ProDad Prodrenalin comes in. ...Read More »
Recommended 26 The RØDE Podcaster Microphone Product Review By David Hague An often overlooked aspect of video is the voice over dialogue. Of course this needs a good mic... While there are many, many 'broadcast' mics available to perform this, for many hobbyists and professionals not creating actual broadcast video, these are overkill and let's face it, probably too expensive. This is where the RØDE Podcaster Mic comes into its own. ...Read More »
Recommended 27 Canon's XA20 Professional Camcorder Product Review By David Hague Some time back we awarded the Canon XA10 Auscam's Camcorder of the Year. It was a truly ground breaking beast with its professional features such as twin XLRs, superb low light capability, brilliant lens and all crammed into a wonderfully ergonomic but small and light compact form factor. So what has changed in the XA20, and is it better? ...Read More »
Recommended 28 Flame Painter 2.0 Product Review By David Hague The premise of Flame Painter is that brushes simulate streaks of colored light - flames - and using this method, some amazing images can be created from scratch, or existing photos and images can be over painted. Version 2.0 extends the capability of Flame Painter in a large number of areas, some minor, but others notable indeed. ...Read More »
Recommended 29 Artbeats Driving Plates Product Review By Stephen Schleicher Problem: Your project has a scene where two characters are driving in a car and having a discussion. You don't have the budget to tow a car around town, and you certainly don't want to risk damaging your camera by attaching it to a moving vehicle and driving on a busy street. Solution? Artbeats Driving Video! ...Read More »
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