Ollo Clip Telephoto By Ko Maruyama Back to the well. It's like potato chips: so good, you can't stop. Olloclip telephoto for iPhone 6 will keep you shooting. What started out as one lens for our production (the 4:1) has turned into more. Shooting with your iPhone 6 is so much better with great optics. The telephoto lens from OlloClip isn't just a zoom, it?s a physical lens - which means a much better picture than digital zoom. ...Read More »
Road to NAB 2015 By Ko Maruyama This year, a small team and I will be trying something completely different. Rather than relying on the heavy duty gear that we've used in the past, our production is shifting to mobile. Completely mobile. That means iPhones and iPads. It means we can deliver quickly, but the smaller gear is also more difficult to control and protect. ...Read More »
Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube! By DMN Staff Writer Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. ...Read More »
Motion Capture x 3 By Ko Maruyama The aptly named iPi Soft upgrade now stands at version 3. It's not just the iteration that follows 2, but it captures up to 3 people at once. Using multiple cameras (up to 16 USB cameras or multiple Kinect 2 sensors), the software allows you to capture and edit motion data on your PC. Later, you can export the data to your favorite 3D software to use as animation data. ...Read More »
iOgrapher At Fit Expo By Ko Maruyama iOgrapher is a remarkable product that can turn your iPad or iPhone into a professional field tool for production. Last year, attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) visited the iOgrapher booth to see the framework in action. Since then, iOgrapher has been showing up wherever people are documenting their with iOS video. This weekend, iOgrapher flexed some muscle at The Fit Expo in Los Angeles, showing up where most people are talking about healthy lifestyle options. ...Read More »
EnvoyPro EX drives from OWC By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. Other World Computing is introducing yet another sexy new new drive. 1TB portable SSD USB 3.0 powered with 436MB/s read time. ...Read More »
Viper Pro drives from OWC By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. Other World Computing is introducing a new drive with up to 8TB capacity with an SSD RAID configuration that should help you in your evolving 4K production pipeline. ...Read More »
Drives for Doing: GTech's Rugged Drives By Ko Maruyama This year's International CES is complete with everything from toothbrushes to car parts, but we're interested in what might help us in professional production. G-Technology is introducing a new rugged drive that is small enough to bring to the to remote locations, but strong enough to withstand being out of the studio. ...Read More »
Shooter Suite By Ko Maruyama Red Giant Software is a familiar name in professional post production circles. Their current super set of software is called Shooter Suite, a package of several different applications that will help you get from production through post quickly and easily. ...Read More »
Some SSD questions answered By Ko Maruyama As we update our studio Macs to Yosemite and better SSD drives, the community of Mac users have been talking about what to do, not to do, upgrading, and general confusion - especially when it comes to looking at SSDs. I had a chance to ask Larry O'Connor to dispel some of the myths surrounding SSDs for our creative workstations. ...Read More »
MAXON'S NEWEST By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
NOTA Effectors By Ko Maruyama As a motion graphics artist - most of the time you're going to be moving the clones you generate with the CINEMA4D Cloner Object. NOTA Effector is going to make that much easier. NOTA Effector being a standard Module can be used with all Mograph tools as PolyFX, Fracture, Cloner and similar. ...Read More »
FOUND STUDIOS By Ko Maruyama Found Studios recently caught our eye after they teamed up with VCCP to create the Hiscox Insurance commercial projected on the surface of a house. Their recent projection was for the MTV EMAs and is on a much bigger scale, on Glasgow's City Chambers building. ...Read More »
MAXON at World Animation & VFX Summit By Ko Maruyama It's a year of Reinvention and Renovation for the World Animation and VFX Summit. It's only 10 days away, but you can still register for the professionals summit. Producer Bonne Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon 2), voice talent Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), animator and artist Glen Keane (Duet), director Rob Minkoff (Mr. Peabody and Sherman), media director Richard Taylor (RGH Themed Entertainment), and director David Silverman (The Simpsons) are some of the 2014 edition?s distinguished honorees and speakers. ...Read More »
New Hero in town By Ko Maruyama Here in Hollywood, it's not unusual to spot a GoPro in action. They're on nearly every movie and television stage, shooting main action and behind the scenes footage. But it's also a personal favorite around an active Los Angeles. The camera that makes even simple fun look epic is now even better. ...Read More »
Modbook: A 15.4" Macbook Pro By Ko Maruyama Way back in 2009, we had a 4 day hands on session with Modbook's (Axiotron) offering. Then, it was a 15" modbook. Granted, the Macbooks that were available then weren't nearly as powerful as the low end machines we have today. And, in 2009, the touch alternatives weren't great. Five years later, Modbook Inc. comes back with a brand new proposition: A Modbook from a Macbook Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 monster with 32GB RAM and 2TB of storage. ...Read More »
Back to School with Boinx By Ko Maruyama Boinx software has been a helpful aid to instructors at many levels. Most notably, their simple Mousepose cursor highlighting and keystroke callouts has been the widely used and recognized. There are a few other applications by the company you may want to check out while their school sale period is in session. Many apps are 10% off and come with a Mousepose license. ...Read More »
NVIDIA offers some major GPU muscle By Ko Maruyama Just in time for all of the crazy new supercharged software offerings from SIGGRAPH 2014, NVIDIA has given us the next generation of GPU muscle. This week at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA unveiled its Quadro GPUs which provide new tools and technologies. While it's not just for us VFX and Motion Graphics artists, the monster GPU power that sits behind the new lineup seems like it was made for us on the front line of these massive visual demands. ...Read More »
Ripple Creative Group Turns to NVIDIA Quadro and PNY Communicating what's in the mind's eye of an architect or interior designer can be daunting, especially for large, unusual, or groundbreaking projects. Ripple Creative Group has built its business around visualizing building and real estate projects in such exquisite and accurate detail that anyone can see what the built project will actually look like. Their latest project, using one massive file for design and edits, not only let Ripple achieve the 100% paperless design/build process criteria for the ABC Green House virtual tour, it completely revamped the way they work, establishing a more efficient graphics pipeline that has become their new standard. ...Read More »
Q&A CHRIS DIGIOVANNI Chris DiGiovanni has played a key role in the production of some of the most successful and highly-acclaimed animated films of the last 15 years. He started his career working for MTV Studios in NYC before segueing to a career in animation. In 1994 he moved to California to work at Pixar on such hit films as Toy Story 2, Monster, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He also worked on many of the studios beloved short films while there, such as the Oscar(r)-winning, Geri's Game and For the Birds, among others. He then went moved back to the East Coast to work at Blue Sky Studios on Horton Hears a Who!, and then went on to work at Starz Animation on the animated features, 9 and Gnomeo and Juliet. ...Read More »
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