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Could a "Hybrid 3D" Trifocal Camera Be on the Way to Hollywood?

Could a "Hybrid 3D" Trifocal Camera Be on the Way to Hollywood?

Could a camera capable of creating "hybrid 3D" that was co-developed by Disney, camera maker Arri and German research firm the Fraunhofer Institute be on its way in Hollywood?

The makers of the prototype trifocal camera — which creates 3D by combining 3D cinematography with conversion techniques — outlined the developing technology during a session Saturday at the IBC convention in Amsterdam.

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Blackmagic Enters VFX Business With Acquisition of Eyeon

Blackmagic Enters VFX Business With Acquisition of Eyeon

Blackmagic Design is stepping into the visual effects business. On Friday, it announced the acquisition of Eyeon Software. Both companies are privately owned and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Sony Unveils $10,000 4K Digital Camera

Sony Unveils $10,000 4K Digital Camera

Sony has extended its professional 4K line with a new camera aimed at indie features, documentaries, reality TV and other nonscripted work.

The PXW-FS7 4K XDCAM Super 35mm camcorder weights just under 4 pounds and is designed with handheld photography in mind. “We needed a camera that could support long-form recording and was lightweight," senior product manager Juan Martinez told The Hollywood Reporter. “And the electronics are sealed to resist dust and water.”

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Maleficent' Among Postproduction Award Nominees

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Maleficent' Among Postproduction Award Nominees

Oscar visual effects contenders Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Maleficent will compete against last year’s Academy Awards juggernaut Gravity and Oscar nominee The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the 9th annual Hollywood Post Alliance

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New Technology to Address Hollywood's Digital Archiving Dilemma

New Technology to Address Hollywood's Digital Archiving Dilemma

A new Archive Exchange Format created to give Hollywood more peace of mind when it comes to saving its movies in digital formats, is set to be launched next week by global standards body the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Randy Thom Urges Directors, Screenwriters to "Create Moments" for Immersive Sound

Randy Thom Urges Directors, Screenwriters to "Create Moments" for Immersive Sound

Skywalker Sound’s two-time Oscar-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer Randy Thom urged the sound community to encourage directors and screenwriters to “design scenes and moments around immersive sound to take advantage of the sonic cinematic experience” during a keynote at an Immersive Sound conference hosted by Mix with the Motion Picture Sound Editors and Cinema Audio Society.

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Progress Made Toward Adoption of High Dynamic Range Content

Progress Made Toward Adoption of High Dynamic Range Content

A key next step toward making high dynamic range imagery, or HDR, available to consumers, will be made next week. Global standards body the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers plans to publish a technical standard that will assist in creating a consistent way for Hollywood to produce HDR-supported content for distribution on TVs, mobile devices or in the cinema, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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ARRI's Alexa Camera, Used on 'Birdman' and 'Unbroken,' Gets Ultra HD Upgrade

ARRI's Alexa Camera, Used on 'Birdman' and 'Unbroken,' Gets Ultra HD Upgrade

Camera maker ARRI's Alexa may be the most widely used digital cinematography camera today for high-end movie and TV production. It's also one of the few in that class that doesn't support 4K resolution, though ARRI is taking another step in that direction with a newly announced software update aimed at Ultra HD TV production.

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Digital Domain Co-Founder Scott Ross Reveals Plan for "Burning Man Meets TED" VFX Festival

Digital Domain Co-Founder Scott Ross Reveals Plan for "Burning Man Meets TED" VFX Festival

Scott Ross — co-founder and former CEO of Digital Domain — has been among the most vocal in the effort to bring change to the struggling VFX business. Now he's come onboard as "Ambassador" of a not-for-profit VFX, game and animation festival with a "new format" aimed at inspiring artists and creativity, while also addressing the challenging career path.

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How 'Maze Runner' and Barco's New Panoramic Format Could Alter Moviemaking

How 'Maze Runner' and Barco's New Panoramic Format Could Alter Moviemaking

Earlier this year, digital cinema projector maker Barco unveiled Escape, a new theater configuration that is a sort of Cinerama for the digital age. Now, the first Escape theaters are getting the finishing touches and will open with Fox’s Sept. 19 release of The Maze Runner, the first feature film to be specially prepped for exhibition in these venues.

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How New Processing Technology Might Make Ultra HD and HDR Broadcasting A Reality

How New Processing Technology Might Make Ultra HD and HDR Broadcasting A Reality

During the transition to HDTV, Yves Faroudja won three Emmys for processing technology that remains in use today. And now the award-winning engineer is using his experience to take aim at new formats including Ultra HD, or 4K, which is four times the resolution of HD.

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George Lucas to Be Honored by Engineering Society

George Lucas to Be Honored by Engineering Society

George Lucas is best known as the filmmaker behind Star Wars, but he's also recognized for adopting new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition.

For the latter achievements, he will receive honorary membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the highest accolade handed out by the global engineers society and standards-setting body, during its Oct. 24 Honors and Awards ceremony.

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'Doctor Who': The Making of the "Half-Face" Villain (Exclusive)

'Doctor Who': The Making of the "Half-Face" Villain (Exclusive)

In Peter Capaldi's Aug. 23 debut as Doctor Who, the Doctor meets Half-Face Man — the principal villain in the episode — requiring London-based visual effects house Milk to replace one side of actor Peter Ferdinando's head in 87 digital shots.

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As Kodak Negotiates Film's Future With Studios, Archivists Seek Digital Options

As Kodak Negotiates Film's Future With Studios, Archivists Seek Digital Options

There’s been a lot of emphasis on Kodak and Hollywood’s current effort to finalize a deal to keep film alive, with the urging of leading filmmakers including J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan who want to continue to have the option to shoot film.

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