VEGAS Movie Studio 15 released: Creating High-Quality Videos Just Got A Lot Easier!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in User Press Releases | 0 comments

VEGAS Creative Software releases VEGAS Movie Studio 15. This brand-new version makes it the most powerful two-in-one solution for video and audio editing in its segment.


Based on the core technology and features of the award-winning VEGAS Pro, the latest update of VEGAS Movie Studio enables professional results with minimal effort. 4k video editing and hardware acceleration improvements (support for Nvidia and Intel’s Quick Sync Video) bring top-level standards of video excellence and speed, whilst the new HEVC support allows users to significantly compress large video content while maintaining perfect quality.


The new modern user interface is now fully customizable to benefit experienced editors. Firstly, a new “hamburger menu” button has been added, giving users the power to decide which button set should be visible in each window. The most noticeable update from the previous version is a logical, modern docking window behavior and control that allows users to arrange the workspace to individual workflows. You can even select between dark or light shades of interface background color according to preference.


For the beginners, a Quick Start dashboard has been added to guide with step-by-step instructions for video production, making it even easier to get started. An integrated ‘Show-Me-How’ tutorial feature that already exists from previous versions is still there to help. On top, new features like picture-in-picture scenes, freeze frames and split-screen sequences provide a professional look-and-feel to the video with just a few clicks on the storyboard. YouTubers or Vloggers will love the sharing-workflow-automation feature, now with improved file format support including iPhone video files.


For advanced users, the Suite version additionally offers iZotope RX Elements to achieve high-quality sound, as well as top-notch film effects coming from HitFilm and Boris FX.


“With the new VEGAS Movie Studio 15 we bring the powerful technology and high efficiency of VEGAS Pro to everyone who wants to make best-quality videos with minimal efforts,” says Gary Rebholz, VEGAS Product Owner.”


Depending on their requirements, filmmakers can choose between three different versions of VEGAS Movie Studio 15:



VEGAS Creative Software – a MAGIX Brand

In May, 2016, MAGIX acquired the multiple award-winning VEGAS Pro and VEGAS Movie Studio product lines, along with other video and audio products. VEGAS Creative Software stands poised to take video editing to a new level. Our development teams in the US and Germany are working on innovative solutions to inherited challenges, and building tools that push the boundaries of what’s currently possible. Our goal: to provide users at all levels–from video editing amateurs to creative professionals–with tools that are perfectly suited to their needs and demands.



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Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in User Press Releases | 0 comments

Rotolight, the award-winning British LED lighting manufacturer, has announced its lighting has been used in the BAFTA-nominated Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. The movie, starring Annette Bening (American Beauty; The Women; The Search) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot; Fantastic Four; 6 Days), follows the romance between a Hollywood leading lady and a young actor.

Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the film was directed by Paul McGuigan (Wicker Park; Lucky Number Slevin; Victor Frankenstein), with Urszula Pontikos (Humans; Glue; Second Coming) as director of photography (DOP) and Stefan Lange (Casino Royale; Mission Impossible; Batman) as VFX cinematographer, consulting on all things VFX.

As standard, Lange carries with him a small inventory of equipment, including a set of three Rotolight NEO 2 on-camera LEDs, which were used during filming.

“These lights are something that I would never be without. They are versatile, powerful and with the convenience of being battery powered, they are portable and easy to use,” says Lange. “I’ve also always been a fan of the Anova PRO with its built-in suite of special effects, CineSFX™.”

The Anova PRO was used in the cinema scene within the film — where Gloria (Bening) and Peter (Bell) watch the 1979 sci-fi thriller Alien. The director wanted to project the film’s flicker onto the faces of the audience and the Anova PRO allowed them to do so.

“There was quite an elaborate set-up in a cinema location, which captured the ambience of a movie theatre beautifully, but rather too beautifully. That all important story-telling flicker effect wasn’t very strong. The director and DOP wanted more close-up shots in the scene, which led to a discussion about needing more flicker.

“Using the CineSFX feature on the Anova PRO, we just flicked a switch and had the effect we needed. There were no additional cables needed, no time wasted, just an instant solution with an easily adjustable dial to help us get the correct, subtle effect. The light is fast to modify, quick to move and powerful enough to light a substantial area, even with full white diffusion. For me, one of the main benefits of using the Rotolight LEDs has always been their portability and convenience, and this was clearly demonstrated on-set with this scene,” explains Lange.

Director Paul McGuigan was keen to use traditional visual effect methods that were contemporary with the period of the film and the lead character’s earlier career. In later scenes, like the live action exterior shots and car driving scenes, the product team used a rear projection technique instead of blue/green screen process work.

“The Rotolight NEOs were an interesting addition to supplement the lighting package. The ability to select SFX modes helped give the lighting a more ‘dynamic’ feel. So for instance, in driving scenes where DOP Urszula Pontikos had moving lamps, we used NEOs as some of the static lights using the flicker effect in the SFX suite to help create that scene-changing effect.  We also found the Designer Fade™ feature particularly useful to fade up from zero output to 100% and back again to zero. It allowed a handheld lamp to be moved and create a shifting shadow — but with a source that came from nowhere, and simply went away again. It created a seamless effect and makes the light very nice to work with.”

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool also stars Julie Walters (Calendar Girls; Mamma Mia!; Paddington) and Vanessa Redgrave (Call the Midwife; Letters to Juliet; Atonement) and is based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner.

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Dalet Galaxy Federates IMF Interoperability Showcase at 2018 HPA Tech Retreat

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in User Press Releases | 3 comments

New York, NY – February 14, 2018 – Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase concrete IMF production and delivery workflows at the 2018 Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreats Innovation Zone. The special HPA showcase organized by the worldwide IMF User Group, an HPA open forum for the community of end users and implementers of the IMF family of standards, will feature member companies including Colorfront, Marquise Technologies and Rohde Schwarz demonstrating typical IMF scenarios with Dalet Galaxy media asset management (MAM) and orchestration at the core of the interoperability showcase.

“Turning IMF from a promise to an actual production-ready implementation is a great step for the industry as a whole. The adoption of the standard will become more and more critical for content originators and distributors to optimize workflows in today’s explosive film and broadcast market. Dalet has committed to this standard and initiative from the get
go. We are glad to spearhead and enable this new generation of workflows and format” comments Matthieu Fasani, product line manager for Dalet MAM SAAS solutions.  “There are real substantive business benefits in adopting IMF. Simplified distribution, optimized delivery, reduced storage footprint, shorter lead time for product turnaround and reduced
QC costs allow content producers to industrialize their productions and scale delivery to meet demands. Deploying IMF-proven solutions is game-changing and now is the time for broadcasters and content producers to make the leap.” 

The only MAM vendor participating in the IMF user group showcase in the HPA Innovation Zone, Dalet will demonstrate with member companies an end-to- end IMF workflow including receiving IMF packages, referencing IMF assets in a central repository, leveraging IMF metadata, both technical and editorial, to search on all assets and data; generating proxies for preview of track files and CPLs in Dalet WebSpace; visualizing assets relationships (track files and CPLs, CPLs and OPLs), automating the creation of new versions, connecting CPLs using EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual
Number) ids.

HPA attendees can book a meeting with Dalet to learn more about IMF workflows via: retreat-2018.

About Dalet Advancements in IMF WorkflowsDalet has been pioneering the IMF Workflow industrialization with Dalet Galaxy, a MAM and
Orchestration platform that features a comprehensive and intuitive set of tools to manage IMF packages at the production, distribution and contribution parts of a media business. Users can easily import and preview IMF packages natively into Dalet WebSpace, visualize IMF structures
and components with Dalet Context Maps, build versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Dalet Version Editor, and eventually wrap compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm, such as Dalet AmberFin.

A white paper on how Dalet IMF Workflow solutions can benefit your facility is available here:

About the IMF User Group
The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) User Group (UG) is a forum for the worldwide community of end users and implementers of the IMF family of standards.

The IMF UG brings together content owners, service providers, retailers and equipment/software vendors to enhance and promote the use of IMF globally, across domains of applications. The IMF UG discusses technical operational issues that arise in practical implementation, conducts interoperability testing, develops best practices, and seeks to
broaden the awareness of IMF.

The IMF UG is organized under the umbrella of the HPA.

About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to- end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and
radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution.

The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) Orchestration platform that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this
unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility.

Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative
Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario.

Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and
knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets.

The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year.

Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators
(Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.

Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

For more information on Dalet, visit

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HaZ Dulull’s Debut Feature Film The Beyond Delivered with Blackmagic Design

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in User Press Releases | 0 comments

Manchester, United Kingdom – February 5, 2018 – Blackmagic Design today announced that writer and director Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull, has completed his first feature-length film, ‘The Beyond’, which was edited and graded in DaVinci Resolve 14. Furthermore, the sci-fi documentary film was shot exclusively with digital film cameras from Blackmagic Design, including the URSA Mini 4.6K and URSA Mini Pro.

HaZ has drawn on his established footing within the industry, bringing onboard an impressive team that included long-time collaborator, DP Adam Batchelor, who worked on HaZ’s high-concept short films, “SYNC” and “Project Kronos,” as well as co-producer Paula Crickard (“Calloused Hands” and “Winter”) and colorist Max Horton, whose credits include the sci-fi hit “Gravity.”

Set in 2019, “The Beyond” chronicles a groundbreaking mission that sends astronauts modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered wormhole.

Requiring a mock documentary style, production crew interchanged between a cinematic and a grounded reportage feel throughout. “We shot the VFX scenes in 4.6K Cinema DNG RAW while the interview sequences, many of which feature a lot of discussion and improvisation, were all shot in ProRes 4444 or ProRes 422 HQ depending on the amount of post required.”

Batchelor found Blackmagic’s digital film cameras to be highly flexible when switching between shooting styles. This was especially true when creating a darker look that introduced viewers to the Human 2.0 robotic bodies. ”I wanted to scene with minimal lighting so I could use phone screens to illuminate objects without that light getting washed out by bigger light sources. I was worried that it was going to be too dark,” he begins. “However, it worked beautifully – it was dark enough to be moody but not too noisy.”

“The Beyond” was mastered to 2K with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and delivered in Dolby Vision although the decision to do so was taken late on in the production. “I had been skeptical as we hadn’t shot with HDR in mind. However that didn’t prove a problem,” reveals HaZ. “The 4.6K URSA Mini is an incredibly versatile camera capturing all of the expanded color range and brightness needed in order to achieve the HDR luminance advantage.”

Post production, including the complete edit and grade, was completed in DaVinci Resolve 14 according to HaZ. “I liked that there was just one edit process. Resolve did away with the need for a separate offline and online edits, nor did I have to worry about any transcoding,” he explains. “I also carry out a lot of basic VFX in Resolve as well as reframing 4K material during an edit. Being able to do this on the fly as I’m crafting the story was a big contributing factor in completing post on time without restricting myself editorially.”

HaZ completed a first pass grade on Resolve to communicate the tone and mood to colorist Max Horton, who then carried out the Dolby Vision grade at Dolby London. The Beyond is distributed by Gravitas Ventures and is available worldwide on iTunes.

Press Photography

Product photos of DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K, URSA Mini Pro, URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder, and all other Blackmagic Design products are available at

About The Beyond

‘The Beyond’ is shot in a Sci-Fi documentary style and follows a group of scientists that are trying to figure out the best way of sending the next generation of astronauts into a wormhole. But when the astronauts return, they bring back with them memories which could change the future of humanity as we know it. The cast includes Nigel Barber (Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Spectre) and Jane Perry (World War Z, Borg vs McEnroe). HaZ started off as a VFX artist on films such as The Dark Knight and Hellboy before rising to VFX Producer on television shows such as Poldark and The Aliens.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to

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Core SWX Unveils Nano-M Battery for Small Form Cine Cameras

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in User Press Releases | 0 comments

PLAINVIEW, NY, JANUARY 30, 2018Core SWX, a leader in battery and charging solutions, announces its newest cine battery, the Nano-VBR98, exclusively designed for Panasonic cameras. With a capacity of 98wh and weighing in at 0.9 pounds, the Nano-VBR98 is a 7.4v battery pack with a 12v power tap (2A max load).

“The on-board 12v power tap is a key element in production, allowing you to power on-camera accessories, such as transmitters and monitors from companies like Teradek, SmallHD and Zacuto,” says David Isaacs, Strategic Channel Sales, Core SWX.

The Nano-VBR98 is specifically designed for select Panasonic cameras, such as the Panasonic AU-EVA1. The pack is equipped with a 4-stage LED power gauge and a power tap. The Nano-VBR98 has a typical runtime of five hours off of Panasonic EVA1 draw and charges on Panasonic chargers.

“We recognize that a large segment of filmmakers are utilizing ‘small form’ cine cameras, yet they’re relying on battery packs that are intended for the consumer market, or being forced to rig their cameras to use V-mount or Gold Mount battery power when powering accessories,” says Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. “We’re taking our Nano brick battery technology and repurposing it into a smaller form to address that segment of cine cameras. Utilizing the premier lithium ion cells in the market from Panasonic, insures this product will withstand the demands of video production.”

The Nano-VBR98 is the first battery pack to offer Core’s patent-pending SmartTap protocol. This will allow future integration with devices to utilize the smart battery data in the pack, another feature that until now, was only offered in premium brick battery packs.

“We see this product as the start of a new segment within the professional video battery market,” says Kanarek. “The resulting product is something Core is very proud to offer.” Additional Nano-M batteries, including the Nano-U98, designed for Sony will be available in late February, and a Canon model will be available in April. The complete line of Nano-M series batteries will premiere at Core SWX’s booth (C5633) at NAB Vegas 2018.

About Core SWX
Core SWX is the market leader in batteries and charging solutions for the digital cinema and the professional video industries, along with emerging markets such as drones and virtual reality. Our flagship products, including the Hypercore line of batteries, remain at the forefront, providing the power to create in a variety of applications. Compatible with leading professional and consumer manufacturers, such as Sony, Panasonic, Canon, RED, Blackmagic Design and more, Core SWX stays ahead of the curve in a technology-driven era that is constantly evolving. For more information, visit

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Sapphire 11 (Software Review)

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Featured, Reviews, Reviews (Software), Software | 0 comments

sapphire coverPublisher:  Boris FX
Website:  Click Here
Platform: PC, Mac
x32/x64: x64
Description:  Effects Plug-Ins
Purchase/Rent: Both
Pricing: $1,695 (New License), $450 (Upgrade), $495 (Annual Subscription)
Download Demo: Click Here
Expected Release: Available Now
Review Issue: Is. #143 (01/18)
Reviewed By: Mark Colegrove
Final Score: 9.0 (out of 10)

MFM Award of Superiority

Sapphire has long been an amazing set of high quality plugins that offer a diverse range of tools to power up your post production.  The bundle of over 250 effects in total, gives you access to everything from lighting effects, generated textures, transitions and more!  Sapphire 11 is the first version since its publisher, GenArts, merged with effects giant, Boris FX.  So naturally, the latest version touts integration with another Boris FX product, Mocha, for superior tracking and masking within each effect.

Sapphire Example combining Glow, Bokeh Lights, & Caustics on a Green Screen Image.

Sapphire Example combining Glow, Bokeh Lights, & Caustics on a Green Screen Image.

Where Sapphire really stands out is with its Lighting & Render effects.  But some of my most readily used effects are the simple ones.  There’s tons of slick transitions (like “Dissolve Glow,” and the good old “Swish Pan”) that quickly add some pizazz to your project.  “Beauty” will help soften up your subject’s skin for when you were too cheap to spring for makeup on set, and “Glow” goes above and beyond the standard glow effect that’s built into After Effects.

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