Warner Bros. warms to BitTorrent

Warner Bros has announced plans to utilise the BitTorrent peer-assisted delivery system sell through of motion picture and television content in the United States.
With this announcement, Warner Bros. becomes the first major studio to provide legal video content via the BitTorrent publishing platform.
The announcement follows BitTorrent’s agreement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to prevent film piracy and promote innovation in online digital distribution of content. Content published with BitTorrent will be available on the BitTorrent.com website and feature downloadable programming.
The service is intended to launch in the northern summer of 2006 and will initially feature more than 200 Warner Bros. new releases, old favourites and television series.…

Corel DESIGNER Professional

Aimed at technical illustrators who need to import specialised 3D CAD files for creating 2D vector and bitmap drawings, Corel DESIGNER Professional 12 offers native 3D-import capabilities from Spatial to support leading CAD/CAM packages including IGES, ProE, SAT, CATIA 4 and CATIA 5.
The suite also offers more than 75 import and export filters including CGM, PDF, EPS, JPG, TIF, and SVG.
It aims to bridge the file transfer gap between engineering and documentation often found in a typical technical illustration environment. In addition to the new 3D-import capabilities, the suite includes Corel DESIGNER 12 for precise technical illustration and layout; Corel PHOTO-PAINT 12 for professional image editing; CorelTRACE 12 to convert bitmaps and legacy paper documents into vector graphics; and Corel CAPTURE12 to create screen captures, an integral component of many technical documents.
The software costs $US5750 including one year of maintenance. www.corel.com/designerpro.

Photographing a different world view

David Simmonds is an award-winning photographer who is passionately committed to the dynamic, creative process of making extraordinary images. Beautiful, powerfully structured, bold and graphic, his work challenges us to see our world from a different point of view, to shake off our tired assumptions and enliven our perceptions. The contrasts and drama in the urban landscape are the source of his inspiration. David Simmonds will join an outstanding panel of speakers at the Digital Imaging day on June 8 2006 as part of the Digital Media Festival Melbourne. Since 1976 David has had over 20 solo and 10 group exhibitions and his award-winning images hang in many corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas. Learn how he utilises both traditional and digital camera systems for his work in the architectural, corporate, industrial and advertising sectors. Full program…

Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta

Microsoft has made available for download a beta software version of Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition. This is able to encode using Microsoft’s implementation of the VC-1 video standard (Windows Media Video) as utilise in the HD-DVD format.
The beta includes the following capabilities,:
• Segment-based re-encoding. This allows the content editor to adjust settings for specific segments of an encoded file, then re-encode only the desired segment. For clips with dramatically different attributes from one segment to the next, this ability is critical when a content editor attempts one or more passes at a given piece of content to achieve an optimal picture.
• Full-bit-depth support. Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition can transition from 10-bit to 8-bit without introducing artefacts or contouring, and it enables content creators to capture at full-bit depth without resorting to truncating or rounding any of the bits. This makes it possible to encode to 8-bit without sacrificing quality.
• Hardware acceleration. Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition can be used with hardware optimised for VC-1 video acceleration. This improves workflow and reduces encoding time.
• Additional features include metadata support, multiple audio tracks, encoding from multiple audio and video sources, and a graphical bit stream analyser that can verify the quality of any selected clip.…

Mini HDV 1080i camcorder

Sony has launched its compact HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam
camcorder (the “HC3”).
Weighing only 500g, the HC3 fits comfortably in the palm of a hand and Sony’s engineers have given it a seven-degree-angled design to make it easy to hold.
It boasts a 2.7” touch panel SwivelScreen LCD and one-button access to simplified camera operation and recording settings.  www.sony.com.au…

New Intel MacBook

Apple has unveiled a new MacBook featuring the Intel Core Duo processor and a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display.
Apple’s entire portables lineup now offers Intel Core Duo processors; a built-in iSight video camera; Apple Remote; and several advanced features including DVI with dual display support, optical digital audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, Sudden Motion Sensor, Scrolling TrackPad and MagSafe Power Adapter.
Prices start at $1749 (inc. GST) and the MacBook lineup includes three models: a 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz MacBook in a newly designed, sleek white enclosure and a 2.0 GHz MacBook in a new black enclosure.  www.apple.com.au

May program and booking form click here…

A Monkey’s Tale on Varicam HD

Peter Nearhos is an award winning cinematographer with credits spanning most documentary genres and involving film, tape and HD TV productions. For the past several years he has been specialising in macro and set work for National Geographic, the BBC and the ABC Natural History Unit. At the Digital Media Festival Melbourne, Peter will outline his personal digital revolution and the challenges of switching between film and HD with a sneak peek at a forthcoming Becker Television documentary for Animal Planet International “A Monkey’s Tale” recently shot on the Panasonic Varicam and post-produced in HD. “This was my first extended stint behind a Varicam,” said Nearhos. “While one of the reasons we were using the Varicam was to tale advantage of the variable speed function, we were aware that this means an extra step in post-production which means an extra cost.  Because of the limited budget it was decided we would limit our 60fps recording to only a couple of tapes.  Having seen the high speed stuff we did on A Monkeys Tale I wish we’d done shot 10 tapes of high speed.”
Peter Nearhos will deliver a masterclass on digital cinematography at the Digital Media Festival Melbourne on June 6. Full program.

MATROX Launches at DMF Melbourne

Riverstone Multimedia will be giving the first public demonstrating of Matrox Axio Le and Launching Matrox RTX2 at DMF Melbourne…

Training Super Store

Smart Digital Australia has announced the creation of a new on line super store for the distribution of video based training especially for the creative professional. With over 100 titles to choose from there is training available for everyone from all the major software publishers including Adobe, Apple, Avid, Corel, Macromedia, Microsoft and Maya.  There are specialist titles available for digital photography, blogging, podcasts, videocasts and Web creation.
www.smartdigitaltraining.com…

HD VMD format goes to Cannes

New Medium Enterprises will exhibit HD content on HD VMD at the world’s most prestigious film festival in Cannes, France from May 17 to May 27, 2006.
The company is continuing its campaign to position VMD is a feasible low-cost HD solution for the international motion-picture trade.
HD VMD utilizes today’s red laser DVD Technology and its industrial infrastructure. It offers the capacity for 1920x1080i/p High Definition up to 40Mbps bit rate playback using its 20GB – 40 GB red laser optical discs. The HD VMD players & burners, stand alone and computer embedded are inherently backward compatible with DVD and CD.
It is promoted as low-cost offering priced in the range of existing DVD players, burners and discs. www.nmeinc.com…

DMF MELBOURNE 2006 EXHIBITION HIGLIGHTS

Panasonic AG-HVX202, the World’s 1st DVCPRO HD P2 Handheld Camera is designed to meet emerging needs in HD content production using P2, the cutting-edge solid-state memory recording technology … Matrox AxioT LE, a high performance realtime HD/SD editing platform that makes Adobe Premiere Pro the foremost realtime HD/SD editor for demanding broadcast and post-production environments …. Manfrotto Fig Rig a hand held DV camera support system that offers the shake-free stability of a tripod with the framing flexibility of handheld shooting … Canon XL H1 supporting HDV and HD production at 1080i, DV production with SD and offering a range of production options and frame rates (50i and 25f) … Autodesk Toxik 2007, the latest version of its collaborative digital compositing software for feature film production … Autodesk MotionBuilder 7.5 character animation software, which features new keyframe-centric workflows that streamline the process of keyframe animation.…