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  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Army wants Microsoft's HoloLens headsets for battlefield
In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo people use Microsoft Hololens to get an impression of Mercedes accessories on the stand of Mercedes-Benz during the first media day of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany. Federal contract records show the U.S. Army has awarded Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply its HoloLens headsets to soldiers. The head-mounted displays use augmented reality, which means viewers can see virtual imagery superimposed over the real-world scenery in front of them. Microsoft says the technology will provide troops with better information to make decisions. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- 

Virtual- and augmented-reality headsets haven't had much traction in the consumer market, but they're finding a place on the battlefield.

The U.S. Army said Thursday that it has awarded Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply its HoloLens headsets to soldiers.

The head-mounted displays use augmented reality, which means viewers can see virtual imagery superimposed over the real-world scenery in front of them. Microsoft says the technology will provide troops with better information to make decisions.

The Redmond, Washington, company says the new work extends its longstanding relationship with the Department of Defense.

Military bidding documents say the technology will be used for both training and fighting, bringing more situational awareness to troops to help them become more lethal and mobile.

  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Women in Consumer Technology to honor 6 Legacy Award recipients at CES 2019
Bridget Karlin, global chief technology officer and VP of IBM’s global technology services business
LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- 

Women in Consumer Technology, an organization that promotes the advancement of women in the consumer technology industry, has announced the six recipients of its 2019 Legacy Awards. The awards honor exceptional women who are transforming the consumer technology industry through leadership in the retail, sales and marketing, integration, publishing, and trade association segments. They will be recognized during the Women in Consumer Technology’s annual networking reception on Jan. 8, 2019, during CES.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we started our proud CES tradition of recognizing truly inspirational women in the consumer technology industry,” said Carol Campbell, founder of Women in Consumer Technology. “Year after year we’ve seen continued growth from women across all industry sectors, and a corresponding uptick in the number of impressive nominations we receive for the Legacy Awards. This year was the most difficult yet to select six recipients from such a talented pool, so congratulations to the class of 2019 for this hard-earned honor.”

Here’s the Women in Consumer Technology 2019 Class of Legacy Award honorees:

--Melissa Andresko, communications director and spokesperson at Lutron Electronics. In her role, Andresko oversees the strategic creation and implementation of Lutron’s residential North American public relations activities, including celebrity and industry relations. As Lutron’s spokesperson, Andresko frequently appears on national and local television programs as a smart home expert and advocate and speaks frequently at conferences aimed at the real estate and consumer markets. In October of 2018, Andresko was named One of the Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology by Dealerscope magazine.

--Alexandra Harding, director of vendor management, business & consumer solutions (BCS) at Ingram Micro. With over 28 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, Harding brings her strong retail foundation, market insight, and key business relationships to her role, in which she oversees the strategic development of relationships among CTS’s hundreds of tier-one manufacturing partners. Harding’s forward thinking allows her to lead an expert team in identifying new trends and emerging vendors — and in developing creative, profitable solutions to capitalize on the opportunities in this dynamic technology space. She was recognized by Dealerscope as a Powerful Woman in Consumer Technology in 2016.

--Bridget Karlin, global chief technology officer and VP of IBM’s global technology services business. She is responsible for driving the corporate transformation by developing and delivering the IBM Services Platform with Watson. Karlin also leads innovation across the entire services delivery life cycle to facilitate the adoption of hybrid, multi-cloud, composable services and IT as a Service. She currently serves on the executive board of directors of CTA/CES (Consumer Technology Association) and on the advisory board of Zynstra, a U.K.-based hybrid cloud software company. Karlin is a recipient of the 2016 Industrial IoT 5G Innovators award, the Malcolm Baldrige Software Quality award, and the BellSouth Technology Innovator award, and she listed in the top Fast 50 Tech CEOs.

--Tiffany M. Moore, senior vice president of political and industry affairs for the CTA. Promoted to the newly created position in April 2018, Moore now holds an expanded role that includes overseeing CTA’s U.S. Jobs, and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In addition, she leads the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on issues including communications and technology policy, patent litigation reform, strategic immigration reform, and international trade. She also oversees CTA’s political action committee, CTAPAC. Moore’s career in Washington, D.C., spans 20 years, and she has served in a variety of roles including stints as a senior advisor to Congress, corporate government relations executive, political appointee at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and strategic consultant to tech and telecom companies and trade associations.

--Woman to Watch: Jennifer LaBollita, director of sales and marketing at InnerSpace Electronics Inc. Ambitious, passionate, and a team leader, LaBollita has been a part of the consumer electronics industry since 2012. With a core background in sales and marketing, she was a key player in the growth and development of Autonomic Controls Inc., bringing a unique skill set across all facets of the organization that contributed to its acquisition in 2016. A strategic leader focused on building cross-functional teams — and rallying for one mission: to succeed — she has transitioned into her current role at InnerSpace Electronics.

--Carol Campbell Inspiration Award: April Feller, chairman of the board for BGZ brands. Originally a small-screen protector website business started by Feller and her husband in 2002, BGZ brands is now the powerhouse parent company to three distinct brands of elevated value and quality — BodyGuardz, Lander, and Moxyo. BGZ brands is featured repeatedly as one of the fastest growing companies in publications including the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000, and it has earned many “Top Workplace” awards. In 2015, Feller and her husband created The Relief Haven Foundation, which fosters and promotes self-reliance through targeted assistance.

The annual Women in Consumer Technology networking reception will be held during CES 2019 on Jan. 8 from 7-9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
Foundry launches Katana 3.1

Creative software developer Foundry has announced the latest updates to its flagship look development and lighting tool, Katana.

Continuing the rapid innovation and progress of the tool, Katana 3.1 incorporates a range of exciting updates that will enable artists to achieve even more complex and creative results faster. This latest update brings advancements that further enable studios to remain competitive in an industry with challenging schedules and ambitious client goals. Features continue to place artists and users at the core with valuable time-saving results that enable production to be achieved at scale.

The ongoing developments cement Katana’s position as the premier look development and lighting solution for visual effects (VFX) and animation studios of all sizes.

Key features of this release include:

  • Performance improvements: Katana 3.1 launches with rapidly improved 3D scene processing performance, drastically reducing time to first pixel for multi-threaded renderer plug-ins. Due to improvements in Katana’s Alembic library, multi-threading rendering plug-ins can be up to 5x faster than with Katana 3.0, which was already up to 10x faster than Katana 2.6. This will create an even more powerful pipeline.
  • Integrated powerful rendering with 3DelightNSI: Katana 3.1 incorporates the next generation of the 3DelightNSI rendering plug-in which has added a host of improvements, including incredible volume rendering speeds and quality. The latest update also brings fast multiple scattering support as well as a new 3Delight Principled shader. Live rendering via 3DelightNSI in Katana remains stunningly interactive and artist-friendly.
  • Hydra-powered viewer tab: Foundry has introduced a number of upgrades to increase the efficiency and usability of the viewport launched in Katana 3.0. Common tasks are now accessible by hotkeys and facesets support shader assignment. It is now more powerful and the new UX touches make it even easier for artists to use. 
  • VFX Reference Platform 2017 support: This version now uses Qt5 UI library and OpenSubDiv 3.1 to bring Katana into full compliance with the VFXRP 2017 standard. Now all studios have access to all key media and entertainment products which use the same set of code libraries. This will make working with Katana in a pipeline even easier.

The launch of Katana 3.1 coincides with the product’s seventh anniversary, taking place throughout November. During this time Foundry has made Katana the industry standard, providing studios with the scalability needed to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects.

  • Monday, Nov. 26, 2018
Apple to tutor women in tech in bid to diversify industry
In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, Calif. Apple is opening a new training camp designed to address the technology industry's scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Apple is launching a new program designed to address the technology industry's scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs.

Under the initiative announced Monday, female entrepreneurs and programmers will attend two-week tutorial sessions at the company's Cupertino, California, headquarters.

The camps will be held every three months beginning in January. For each round, Apple will accept up to 20 app makers founded or led by a woman. The app maker must have at least one female programmer in its ranks to qualify. Apple will cover travel expenses for up to three workers from each accepted company.

Like other major tech companies, Apple has been trying to lessen its dependence on men in high-paying programming jobs. Women filled just 23 percent of Apple's technology jobs in 2017, according to the company's latest breakdown . That's only a slight improvement from 20 percent in 2014, despite the company's pledge to diversify its workforce.

The idea behind the new camp is to keep women interested and immersed in the field, said Esther Hare, Apple's senior director of world developer marketing.

Apple's training camp is "a great step forward," said Lorrain Hariton, CEO of Catalyst, a group that fights for equal rights for women workers. "There a lot of talented women in technology. Hopefully, this helps set a tone for the entire industry."

But it's not clear how much of a dent Apple's new program will make. Google also offers training for girls and women pursuing careers in technology, but its program hasn't done much to diversify the workforce so far. Women were hired for nearly 25 percent of Google's technology jobs in 2017, up from nearly 21 percent in 2014, according to the company.

Apple and other technology companies maintain that one of the main reasons so many men are on their payrolls is that women traditionally haven't specialized in the mathematical and science curriculum needed to program.

But industry critics have accused the technology companies of discriminating against women through a male-dominated hierarchy that has ruled the industry for decades.

Apple isn't saying how much it is spending on the initiative, though beyond travel expenses, the company will be relying on its current employees to lead the sessions.

  • Friday, Nov. 23, 2018
Samsung apologizes over sicknesses, deaths of some workers
Hwang Sang-gi, right, father of former Samsung semiconductor factory worker Hwang Yu-mi who died from leukemia in 2007, shakes hands with Kinam Kim, left, President & CEO of Samsung Electronics Device Solutions after Kim apologized in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Samsung Electronics has apologized for the sickness and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- 

Samsung Electronics apologized Friday for illnesses and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories.

The announcement by the South Korean technology giant came weeks after the company and a group representing ailing Samsung workers agreed to accept compensation terms suggested by a mediator and end a highly-publicized standoff that went on for more than a decade. The company's apology was part of the settlement.

Kinam Kim, president of Samsung's device solutions division, said the company failed to "sufficiently manage health threats" at its semiconductor and liquid crystal display manufacturing lines. As detailed in Associated Press reporting over the past decade, dozens of employees who worked there have experienced grave illnesses such as leukemia and brain tumors.

"We offer our sincere apology to our workers who have suffered with illnesses and their families," Kim said during a news conference in Seoul, which was also attended by activists and relatives of the workers.

But while cutting a deal and loosely admitting to lapses in safety standards, Samsung has yet to fully acknowledge its workplace environment as the direct cause of the illnesses.

The standoff began in 2007 when taxi driver Hwang Sang-gi refused to accept a settlement after his 23-year-old daughter died of leukemia after working at a Samsung factory. Hwang's efforts to clarify the cause of Yu-mi's death and hold Samsung responsible for problems related to working conditions galvanized a broader movement to hold businesses and the government accountable for safety lapses in the chip and display industries, which use huge amounts of chemicals.

"No apology would be enough when considering the deception and humiliation we experienced (from Samsung) over the past 11 years, the pain of suffering from occupational diseases, the pain of losing loved ones," Hwang said at the news conference. "But I take today's apology as a promise from Samsung Electronics," to improve the safety of its workplaces, he said.

According to the settlement, Samsung will compensate for various illnesses of employees who have worked at its chip and LCD factories since 1984, including as much as 150 million won ($132,000) for leukemia. The compensation also covers miscarriages and congenital illnesses of the workers' children such as child cancer.

Since 2008, dozens of workers have sought occupational safety compensation from the government. Few won compensation, mostly after years of court battles. Half the remaining claims were rejected and half remain under review.

Families of the victims often have depleted their savings and sold their homes to pay hospital bills. Some workers end up incapacitated and unable to work.

  • Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Havas Group continues to develop Havas Blockchain in tandem with ekino

The Havas Group continues to build its blockchain offering around the different areas of expertise of its agencies. Now Havas Blockchain in conjunction with ekino is launching a new strategic and tech support offering in response to growing market demand, particularly at international level (France, UK, US, Vietnam, India and Singapore).

Since its launch in March 2018, Havas Blockchain has been offering global and international communications support for companies operating in the blockchain ecosystem or launching ICOs. Winner of the international “Blockchain Innovation Marketing Award” in Beijing in October, Havas Blockchain has provided communications support to a number of clients, including Carrefour, Chain Accelerator and the ICOs launched by Talao and Sandblock. These two fundraising rounds raised several million euros for the development of a decentralized platform to connect major corporations and freelance talent (Talao), and a platform for converting loyalty programs (Sandblock), discount coupons and vouchers into cryptoassets.

In keeping with its “Together” strategy, Havas is collaborating with ekino, a digital consulting and implementation group. Conscious of the speed at which businesses and new innovations like blockchain are evolving, ekino’s teams integrate design, innovation, consulting, tech and data in order to support its clients in facing these new issues and achieving their digital transformation. Since its beginnings, ekino’s ambition has been to be a positive digital player which develops solutions that have a real impact on people’s lives.

The teams will help their clients to implement turnkey blockchain projects. The solution features a number of components:

  • Technology-agnostic consulting.
  • Technical audit solutions (due diligence, security, etc.).
  • Project design and build services.

The Havas Blockchain solution is unique in two respects:

  • Agnostic as regards both blockchain technologies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, RSK, etc.) and programming languages (Solidity, NodeJS, PHP, Java, ReactJS, etc).
  • Pragmatic (ekino's teams are specialists in both centralized and decentralized architectures, and thus able to recommend the solutions best suited to the needs of each client).

"Since the launch of Havas Blockchain, we are gradually moving beyond the realm of communications consulting alone and assisting our clients in other areas, in particular in strategic consulting and governance with Havas Paris or in sports marketing with Havas Sports & Entertainment. Because we aim to provide our clients with an ever more comprehensive service package, we were naturally keen to develop a technology support solution from Havas Blockchain that would be both agnostic and pragmatic. To achieve that, we put our heads together with ekino's engineers, who have been working on this subject for over a year," explained Fabien Aufrechter, head of Havas Blockchain.

Expert digital teams digital building on initial experiments
"In developing our solution as part of Havas Blockchain services, we are signing up to a vision that is both ethical and pragmatic. Plenty of firms are promising their clients the moon right now, assuring them that blockchain is the answer to all their problems when, most of the time, that just isn't the case. This new technology is still only in its infancy and, as digital experts, we have a certain responsibility to live up to. First we need to fully understand this technology, explain it and make it work for the end client. We have a duty to inform our clients of the opportunities and the constraints this new technology involves, while at at the same time taking the user experience into account. Yes, blockchain is indeed a revolution, but it is not going to solve every business issue. More to the point, its widespread adoption will depend on its value in use," insisted Malo Gaudry, ekino's managing director. Ekino's expertise will provide the final link in the Havas Blockchain offering, providing end-to-end project coverage, from consulting to completion by way of communications.

Ekino's teams, headed by Hugo Briand, digital architect and Blockchain lead at ekino, have now been operational for over a year and are already trying out several solutions on blockchain technology. These include:

  • A chatbot developed on Ethereum to detect fake news, and structured on a collaborative model. Users are awarded a reputational score and vote on the reliability of a news item.
  • Joint experimentation with Prisma Media on introducing an HR token.This project will democratize the use of cryptocurrencies amongst the participants and identify user experience issues associated with the use of cryptocurrencies.
  • The introduction of Bitcoin and Lightning Network nodes to enable clients to make payments in cryptocurrrencies, and to confirm transactions on these networks.

"This comprehensive offering enables our clients to open up to new opportunities and give a new dimension to their projects. Companies will now find the decentralized web easier to onboard thanks to a truly turnkey solution. It is from this angle that we are experimenting with solutions. It helps us find concrete use cases and identify he constraints associated with these architectures. A pragmatic approach is essential, especially when working with new technologies such as blockchain," added Briand.

A few months after Havas Sports & Entertainment's launch of the first blockchain-based fan loyalty program for sports organizations, the Group has already formed a number of strategic partnerships, with Blockchain Partner (consulting and project development) and Coinhouse (compliance) among others.

Havas Blockchain’s new offering is now operational.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G unveiled
Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G
FREMONT, Calif. -- 

Blackmagic Design has introduced Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G, a new, upgraded model of its extremely popular rack mount audio monitoring solution. The new Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G features 12G-SDI video input, HDMI output, analog and AES/EBU inputs, a powerful class D amplifier, dual subwoofers, extended range speakers, an LCD and precision meters that can display VU, PPM and Loudness ballistic scales.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design InterBEE 2018 booth at #8216.

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G features the latest advanced 12G-SDI technology, along with professional balanced analog XLR and AES/EBU audio inputs, as well as consumer level HiFi audio inputs. That means customers can use it with virtually all analog and digital equipment. The multi rate 12G-SDI connection automatically switches speed based on the input signal, making it compatible with all SD, HD Ultra HD and DCI 4K equipment and formats up to 2160p60. Customers also get a 12G-SDI loop through for sending the original signal back out to other equipment, and an HDMI output for monitoring the signal on a big screen television.

Designed to fit in a single standard rack unit, the Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G is incredibly small yet features a surprisingly loud, crystal clear sound. The powerful new class D amplifier, combined with a dual subwoofer design and new extra wide range speakers, delivers a wide and smooth frequency response curve with crisp highs and powerful deep bass. It’s powerful and loud enough to hear in noisy environments such as broadcast equipment rooms, in the field in a fly away kit, or on the road in an outside broadcast truck.

The elegant front panel is designed from a solid block of machined aluminum and features a volume knob, control buttons, a standard headphone connection, precision meters and an integrated LCD screen. The audio meters feature 27 individual multi colored RGB LED segments per channel so the meter scale is infinitely customizable, making it easy to monitor a wide dynamic range. Meters can be customized to display VU, PPM and Loudness ballistic scales with a choice of EBU or BBC meters. Plus, they’re brightly lit, clear and easy to read, making them perfect for viewing in both bright or dark environments.

“The exciting thing about Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G is its incredible sound quality and the fact that it can be used anywhere, and works with virtually any signal,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It’s completely flexible and is perfect for monitoring broadcast feeds and transmissions in control rooms, monitoring audio in tight broadcast trucks, or even when working in a post production suite!”

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G will be available in November for $1,195 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
Sigel shoots portion of "Bohemian Rhapsody" with vintage Cooke Speed Panchros
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Rami Malek, left, and Gwilym Lee in a scene from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Alex Bailey/courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox)

Newton Thomas “Tom” Sigel, ASC chose a full range of original Cooke Speed Panchros, with a slightly new housing and updated mechanics from ARRI Rental UK, to shoot the early years documented in the 20th Century Fox/Regency production of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Sigel needed to capture the idealistic energy of Freddie Mercury and his future bandmates when he first came to London in 1970. To accomplish this, he made use of a full vintage set of Cooke Speed Panchros, with a very light net at the back of the lens and a special LUT for the Alexa SXT that was specifically designed for the period. This set-up was used for the entire first act of the film, with Sigel relying mostly on the 40mm lens, with the 25, 32 and 50 as secondary lenses.

“It is very golden and romantic, but also a little raw — hand-held and grainy,” explained Sigel. “I had used the Cooke Speed Panchros in the past--when they weren’t so vintage!--and was always fond of the look. We did tests with a number of lenses and camera systems to find the right recipe for the film. While we looked at a few other lenses, we just kept coming back to the Speed Panchros. Combined with the Alexa SXT, the custom LUT and light netting, it spoke to me for the look of the period. I wanted something to reflect the early days of the 70s...a romantic/nostalgic kind of look.”

But Sigel would need to transition from those early days to a more modern look. To accomplish this transition, the film makes use of Queen’s fourth appearance on the BBC’s popular TV program Top of the Pops in November 1974.

“Their appearance on Top of the Pops was a good way to make the transition,” said Sigel. “I used an ARRI ALEXA 65 mixed with Sony Betacam [introduced in 1982] to shoot the ‘Killer Queen’ set and while there weren’t a lot of cameras around, finding tape to record on was even more difficult. But this combination made the transition to Queen’s rise to fame less abrupt.”

One of the more memorable moments of shooting Bohemian Rhapsody for Sigel was the shooting of “I Want To Break Free” using 16 and 35mm film. “That video was shot on an Arriflex 35 BL--the exact same camera that photographed Freddie’s very last video, just before he passed away.”

While many cinematographers can still find the vintage Cooke Speed Panchros lenses available for rent, complete with updated housings and mechanics, some prefer a more modern version of the same lens--the Cooke Panchro/i Classic. This lens range comes with a hardened PL mount and Cooke’s /i Technology for frame-by-frame digital information capture, while remaining true to the original look of the Speed Panchros produced from the 1920s through the 1960s. These T2.2 to T3.2 prime lenses are available in 18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 40, 50, 65 MACRO, 75, 100, 135 and 152mm focal lengths.

“I have a long history with Cooke,” said Sigel. “Back in the 1980s, I went to the factory in Leicester and picked out a 9-50 zoom lens for my documentary camera. Whether vintage or new, the quality of Cooke lenses is a constant.”

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Filmlight to showcase Baselight v5 at Inter BEE, Tokyo
A view of the Merge option in Filmlight's Baselight v5

FilmLight will demonstrate its creative and technical commitment to Japanese television broadcasting and postproduction with its own booth at Inter BEE 2018 (Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, November 14-16, #3311). This marks both the five-year anniversary of the FilmLight office in Tokyo, and provides the opportunity to showcase the latest version of FilmLight’s color grading and management platform, Baselight v5, for the Japanese market.

“Movies and premium television are hugely important in Japan, and it is vital that users of our cutting edge creative tools are well supported,” said Koichi Matsui, head of FilmLight KK, the company's Japanese branch. “Having a sales and support team in the heart of the Japanese industry is proving to be a great success among our valued customers, and I am very excited to further the direct relationship with our clients at Inter BEE this year.”

The latest release, Baselight v5, offers new features that help to streamline the most complex and time-consuming workflows both within the color grading suite and in collaboration with editing, VFX and 360˚ VR. The same software toolkit has been implemented across the product range, from Prelight for on-set visualization, the Daylight dailies system and the expanding Baselight Editions range for editing and VFX, as well as the high-powered Baselight grading stations. 

New features include intelligent branching, which means that different operators can now work on the same scene simultaneously with ease, either to perform specific tasks or to create multiple deliverables.

With HDR a hot topic, new Baselight functionality is also aimed at developing looks within the extended range and color gamut, which can then be faithfully retained across the multitude of delivery formats expected today. Boost Range, for example, is an automated tool to boost the dynamic range of an image from SDR to HDR using complex spatial processing to achieve a natural look, while Texture Highlight uses frequency analysis to avoid blocky highlights. 

Toei Digital Lab in Tokyo recently purchased an additional Baselight TWO system targeted at TV productions such as those for Netflix, NHK and other 4K/UHD programs. 

“Baselight v5 puts every creative nuance at the colorist’s fingertips for grading and VFX,” said Soichi Satake, sr. colorist at Toei Digital Lab. “With the new Base Grade, for instance, we can precisely reproduce the image that was achieved by adjusting camera exposure on set. The control of burnished highlights has become easier too, especially for deep shadows.” 

“FilmLight’s 24/365 support is a tremendous help for us, especially the remote diagnostic ability,” he added. “Our workflow in Japan sometime differs from those in other countries but the FilmLight team understands our needs and improves the features to meet what we require. FilmLight aggressively works through all new request features, so that I find Baselight evolves rapidly to match the path of our constant evolving needs.”

Baselight v5 will be demonstrated on the Baselight TWO system and within Baselight Editions on booth 3311 in hall 3 at Inter BEE 2018.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
ESTA elects board members

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) has elected four board members: Steve Surratt of Texas Scenic Company who will become treasurer; Steve Roudebush of BMI Supply who returns as dealer & distributor director; Steve Terry of ETC who will assume the position of manufacturer director; and Mike Garl of Mike Garl Consulting who will serve a second term as professional services director. 

All start a three-year term on January 1, 2019.

ESTA is a non-profit trade association based in North America with members around the world. ESTA’s members are responsible for creating some of the most important programs in our industry including the Technical Standards Program, Entertainment Technician Certification Program and Rental Guard. Membership in ESTA supports: increasing safety through the development of standards and certifications; educating members and providing business resources to increase profitability; representing the interests of the industry to government, regulatory bodies, and related industries; and raising the bar for ethical and professional behavior.

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