Nitro Circus is a global sports entertainment company that produces a wide array of live events, docuseries, television programming, and digital content. Founded by action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus began as an excuse to travel the world riding dirt bikes, BASE jumping, and performing crazy stunts. The brand quickly took on a life of its own, spinning into live-action sports competitions complete with screaming fans and multi-camera broadcasts to a massive worldwide audience. Today, Nitro Circus is a bonafide media company with shows airing on multiple networks, while also turning countless hours of digital content for their audience of 25 million fans worldwide.
Post House Creative is a full-service video production and animation boutique. On a recent project for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Post House Creative had an opportunity to try something new. Instead of the usual style frames, storyboarding, and animatics, they went with a hybrid video game/app based on the Unreal Engine called Cine Tracer—a realistic cinematography simulator.
On The Brink is a wildlife documentary series with a mission to create awareness about the conservation crisis facing India’s ecosystems and the species that inhabit them. The Gaia People, an award-winning husband and wife filmmaking team whose work has been featured on Animal Planet, BBC, Discovery, ITV, Nat Geo, NHK, and PBS, take viewers on an incredible journey across India.
When Avatar was released in December of 2009, it was the most expensive movie ever made, in total budget and total storage costs. The VFX team needed over 1 petabyte (PB) of storage to complete the film—which out of a 162m runtime, was 60% CGI—and it wasn’t even shot in 4K. Five years later, in 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 more than doubled that and generated roughly 2.4PB during the process of scanning 1.5 million feet of 35mm film to 4K. Today, it’s relatively common for a feature production to surpass the 1PB mark, and even boutique production companies and corporate video teams are buying hundreds of terabytes worth of media storage. When almost all of the popular DSLR cameras and even cell phones are capable of shooting 4K, it’s no surprise that we see it in video workflows outside of film and TV. Even if you’re not working on a blockbuster with a $300m budget, the growing prevalence of 4K, HDR, HFR, and other in-demand formats is being felt everywhere, especially on storage. That’s why it’s more important than ever to consider your workflow and infrastructure carefully so that you can get the most out of your 4K shared storage investment.
The wait is finally over. Just 6 years since the release of the last Mac Pro, lovingly dubbed “The Trashcan,” Apple has announced a brand new Mac Pro that harkens back to the original 2006 version. The new Mac Pro pays fromage to the cheese-grater design of its predecessor, but there’s nothing cheesy under the hood. In fact, the Mac Pro announced at WWDC marks a significant turning point in Apple’s quest to win back the post-production and VFX professionals.
When Bipolar Studio started to expand their capabilities to include things like 8K & 10K resolutions and 32-bit VR CGI, they knew it would be impossible without the right shared storage solution. They needed a server that could not only help them get over the roadblocks in their current workflow but help them fully realize their potential.
Bluefish444 and SNS team up to create more efficient workflows for Uncompressed, DNxHD, 4K, and 4K HDR media
Amsterdam, Netherlands, IBC Booth 7.H40 (September 13, 2016) — Studio Network Solutions (SNS) and Bluefish444 will be showcasing a live capture workflow for Avid Media Composer® and Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC that utilizes Bluefish444’s Epoch capture cards and ingeSTore software alongside SNS’ EVO Shared Storage. With this joint solution, users can capture multiple SDI streams directly to EVO network shares and make media immediately available to client computers in the workgroup.