SSD Speeds Project By Miles Weston Getting your big break in the music and acting industry is usually a long, hard process that requires just the right connections and a fair amount of luck. Sklyer Reed found there was another option - Indiegogo - when she met and connected with cinematographer Cullie Poseria. Together the two mapped out a strategy and plan that would help Reed reach people who were interested in helping her open the door for her singing career. Ms Poseria showed that a quality music video can be produced even with a tight time and money budget. The rest is up to the viewing/listening audience around the globe. ...Read More »
Content Insider #394 - Singularity By Miles Weston Sure there are people who are saying that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the end of humankind but what do people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking know? After all this stuff is going to be our friend, relieve us of all of the tedious stuff so we can... Robots are already blowing off the tedious jobs and going for the things where you have to think/reason. That means you'll have more time for... Jeez maybe there is something to their concern. But we've gone to far and there's no turning back. You're too hooked on technology like a bad drug until it's too late. Then BAM! ...Read More »
Content Insider #392 - Indie Films By Miles Weston There's a lot of noise being generated and pixie dust being sprinkled around as to how cool it would be to be an independent filmmaker...free to create your own visual master that would change the world for at least a few hours. Don't kid yourself. It's a lot of work to create the film(s) you have in your mind but the efforts are definitely worth it. Whether you want to to tell your stories, educate, entertain, preserve history, inspire others or do your part to make a difference. Today the opportunities are economically available. Think about it. ...Read More »
Creative Storage Conference By Miles Weston With indie filmmaking growing in leaps and bounds because of economic, easy-to-use hardware, software, plentiful storage and a growing list of distribution options the Creative Storage Conference will highlight the needs of the expanding industry. Catch it all in Culver City, June 30. ...Read More »
Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders By Miles Weston Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers. The new tools, Internet and IPTV/OTT everywhere changed the face and infrastructure of the media & entertainment industry. Indies know that not everyone wants to watch another spin-off of CSI, NCIS and cockamamie formula police/fireman show. Great thing is the indie films don't have to be blockbusters they just have to find their group of people around the world who want to view their shows. Only people who seemed bewildered (and determined to protect their territory) at the show were the network, cable, studio bosses. Indies aren't worried...the tools are right...the overhead is right...the time is right! ...Read More »
Budget Doesn't Limit Film Success, Fear Does By Miles Weston John Putch, an award-winning cinematographer, finds that filmmakers don't need big Hollywood budgets to produce a movie people want to see. He has found that fear is the greatest deterent for independent filmmakers and once that is behind you creativity kicks in. Budget limitations can often make the project better and more rewarding for everyone involved. ...Read More »
NAB Filmmaker Announcements By Miles Weston Recognizing that the most fragile time in your filmwork is between capture and workstation production, OWC (Other World Computing) has introduced three mobile storage solutions to save and protect your video in the field (even in the most rugged environments) and get it home safely for production. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 390 - Video Uprising By Miles Weston At NAB it was obvious that the content galaxy is exploding with star wars battles everywhere on who will take control and win out every segment of the media & entertainment industry. It's traditional over cable, it's OTT, it's mobile, it's aerial, it's social media, it's Hollywood, it's indie filmmakers, it's kids in school, it's all of the above. Even Lucas or astrophysicist Stephen Hawkin couldn't imagine how the world would be taken over by video content. It will be interesting to see how the battles unfold as the universe expands. ...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 »
Reduce Your Business' IT Environmental Impact By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Simple ways to cut down on your energy consumption ...Read More »
Content Insider #369 - New Hollywood By Miles Weston The expensive budget-busting films that folks stole from Sony are only a small part of today's video entertainment. More than 200 hours of quality (and garbage) video every minute is uploaded to sites around the web. Indie filmmakers in record numbers (low-cost equipment, easy-to-use tools, fantastic storage bargains) are putting out really great movies you'll see at film festivals around the world and streaming OTT to your smart 4K UHD TV set you're glad Santa brought for you. ...Read More »
Content Insider #369 - New Hollywood By Miles Weston The expensive budget-busting films that folks stole from Sony are only a small part of today's video entertainment. More than 200 hours of quality (and garbage) video every minute is uploaded to sites around the web. Indie filmmakers in record numbers (low-cost equipment, easy-to-use tools, fantastic storage bargains) are putting out really great movies you'll see at film festivals around the world and streaming OTT to your smart 4K UHD TV set you're glad Santa brought for you. ...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 »
Monitoring Your Office While You're Away By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Protect your small business with the latest technology. ...Read More »
Software Firms Scramble to Jump Into Containers By Clip Syndicate A tiny company with little revenue to speak of has pushed the mighty Microsoft Corp. to up its game in computer operating software. The maker of Windows, the software that undergirds most personal computers as well as corporate data centers, announced a partnership last month with a relatively unknown venture called Docker. The San Francisco company is a leader in container technology, which is suddenly all the rage among programmers. Containers run on the Linux operating system, and Microsoft has had to add them to its corporate-focused Windows Server product or risk irrelevance.

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Protecting Content By Larry O Connor Let's face it people are uncomfortable with change even though it seems we have to make changes every day. It's even worse when you've got some of the greatest content you ever shot/created stored on devices spread around the office. So what do you do to ensure it's protected, available, safe from prying eyes? You decide to move to 20, 36, more TB of RAID (random array of independent drives) storage. First choice is hardware RAID because it's been around for a long time but now there's a strong option - software RAID - and it's time to understand the pros/cons of each. ...Read More »
Helping Small Businesses Manage Big Inventories By Christopher Walljasper for America's Backbone Weekly Take the guesswork out of the stockroom. ...Read More »
Film Work By Miles Weston Cirina Catania, Founder of the Catania Group , a female director, independent filmmaker and a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival is launching an informational tour for Post Production User Groups and guests around the country, sponsored by Blackmagic Design and with support from OWC. Scheduled to begin this month, the "Courage & Creativity - The Magic of Conviction" tours will provide creative groups with filmmaking tips and personal insight into her successful production processes. She will be visiting cinematography and production user groups around the country to discuss her latest movie project and the background for the documentary. ...Read More »
Content Insider - Video Storage By Miles Weston Most of the focus at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) was on enterprise storage (nice but dull). One of the biggest audience sessions and greatest amount of discussion was how the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry relies so heavily on storage -- flash, SSD and HD. We spent some time with one of the largest production/post productioin storage providers and added details from the lively session that featured professionals and solution providers to discuss the industry's storage demands for speed, performance, capacity. ...Read More »
M&E Realities By Miles Weston Lower cost, easier to use cinematography equipment, systems, software has put quality video production in the hands of 10s of thousands of indie producers and firms, organizations. Few count on The Cloud. ...Read More »
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