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Back to Basics: The Rule of Thirds in Filmmaking

Using the Rule of Thirds can dramatically increase the look of your composition. Here's a few tips on how to integrate this technique into your next shot.

Review: Pioneer DJ’s new Rekordbox 6 – is it worth subscribing?

With Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox 6 music management and DJ performance software, you can keep your prep your music files from multiple devices, sync changes seamlessly in the cloud, and hook up your set’s tracks from an iPhone to CDJs to perform. But is all that really worth the subscription price? Contributing writer Markkus Rovito tests […]

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DejaSoft releases DejaEdit 3.1

Par : RadianceC

  DejaSoft supports in-house hosted S3 server in DejaEdit 3.1 For Immediate Release, 2 July 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden – Hot on the heels of the launch of DejaEdit 3, and in direct response to client requests, DejaSoft announces the release of version 3.1 to support private cloud environments using the open source MinIO object storage ...

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Bientôt sur 3DVF, un système d’offres d’emploi : postez vos CV & portfolios !

Par : Shadows

Entre l’impact des évènements de ces derniers mois et l’arrivée régulière de nouvelles personnes dans l’industrie, la recherche d’emploi concerne plus que jamais bon nombre d’entre vous. A l’inverse, côté studios, les entités affectées entament leur reprise et ont donc des besoins de recrutement.

Par le passé, notre plateforme CGJobs dédiée vous permettait de déposer offres et CVs, mais elle se faisait vieillissante. Nous avons donc entamé une refonte intégrale du système, avec une nouvelle approche : une rubrique emploi directement intégrée au site 3DVF.

Vous pouvez d’ores et déjà envoyer votre CV, bande démo et portfolio avec le bouton « Poster un CV » dans la barre de navigation orange, afin qu’il soit visible des recruteurs dès le lancement complet de la plateforme. La section « Emplois » du menu vous permet de son côté d’accéder à toutes les fonctions : envoi du CV, dashboard pour éditer, supprimer un CV, et d’ici quelque temps gérer vos candidatures à des offres d’emploi.
Vous pouvez également consulter ce CV type afin d’avoir une idée de la manière dont votre CV sera mis en page.

La mise en ligne de votre CV ne nécessite évidemment aucun abonnement ou paiement. De même, la recherche dans les annonces restera entièrement gratuite.
Un compte 3DVF (gratuit) est nécessaire pour créer et gérer votre CV ; la page d’envoi de CV vous demandera donc de vous connecter par l’intermédiaire du forum 3DVF. Si vous n’avez pas encore de compte, la page de connexion vous permettra d’en créer un en quelques minutes (il sera ensuite validé manuellement par l’équipe 3DVF, afin d’éviter le spam).

Précisons enfin quelques détails techniques :

  • la liste de métiers proposés (« catégorie professionnelle ») est évidemment encore incomplète ; n’hésitez pas à nous contacter sur contact@3dvf.com si vous pensez que les catégories actuelles ne suffisent pas et que vous souhaitez faire une suggestion ;
  • suite à des échanges avec des studios, nous avons opté pour une approche non genrée des métiers, et la possibilité d’ajouter un pronom. Outre un gain en inclusivité, ces éléments nous ont été explicitement demandés par des personnes en charge du recrutement. Ils vont également dans le sens d’autres démarches similaires au sein de l’industrie (par exemple, le Festival d’Annecy a adopté un formulaire inclusif pour les accréditations) et il nous semblait nécessaire d’aller dans cette même direction.
  • De nombreux éléments sont optionnels, et votre CV pourra bien évidemment être édité à loisir : n’hésitez donc pas à entamer sa création.

Nous aurons l’occasion d’aborder très bientôt les prochaines étapes du lancement de ce service, avec en particulier le système de dépôt d’offres d’emploi pour les studios.

Enfin, n’oubliez pas de suivre CGJobs sur Facebook et Twitter : ces comptes servent de relais pour les offres d’emploi qui nous sont confiées.

HPA Industry Recovery Task Force Names Leon Silverman Chair

June 30, 2019 (Burbank,CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), the trade organization serving the professional community that provides expertise, support, tools and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of media content, announced today that industry leader and former HPA president Leon Silverman will lead the HPA Industry Recovery Task Force (IRTF). Regarded as one of the ...

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disguise r17.3 is now live: with New Key Features for More Streamlined and Efficient Workflows

disguise takes on the new ‘normal’ with the launch of r17.3, its latest software release that delivers an improved workflow for enhanced efficiency and successful completion of projects post-lockdown. New features include Indirections, Multi-layer Editing, Object Assignment Hotkeys, Crossfaded Loop Section Mode as well as a number of improvements and bug fixes to further streamline ...

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Museum of Other Realities : un musée virtuel à découvrir de toute urgence

Par : Shadows

Nous vous avions annoncé il y a quelques jours l’évènement Cannes XR Virtual, qui se tient cette semaine de façon dématérialisée.
Pour rappel, l’accès est gratuit et nécessite simplement l’installation de l’application Museum of Other Realities, compatible avec la plupart des casques du marchés. L’évènement se termine dans une quinzaine d’heures (au moment où nous écrivons ces lignes) avec en théorie un système de replay jusqu’au 3 juillet.

C’est justement sur l’application elle-même que nous allons revenir ici : lancé un peu plus tôt dans l’année, le Museum of Other Realities sert ici de préambule aux galeries du festival Cannes XR proprement dit (que vous trouverez dans le musée en suivant le tapis rouge), mais mérite que l’on s’y attarde.

Concrètement, une fois le Museum of Other Realities lancé, vous aurez droit à deux versions : connectée ou non. Si l’environnement est le même dans les deux cas, le premier choix vous permettra de croiser d’autres visiteurs dans les couloirs de l’espace virtuel d’exposition, voire de discuter.

Bien évidemment, votre avatar est personnalisable à loisir, le levier de génération aléatoire vous permettant rapidement de trouver polygones à votre pied.


Il est également possible d’explorer les lieux par sauts, en flottant, et même à différentes échelles via un système de boissons à la Alice au pays des merveilles (en allant chercher un objet dans son dos, on récupère un cocktail aléatoire avec trois possibilités : taille normale, réduite ou géante).

Ces différentes options s’avèrent parfaitement adaptées pour explorer les sculptures VR du musée. En effet, au hasard des couloirs, vous pourrez admirer des oeuvres statiques ou mobiles créées par différents artistes. Le système de sauts, très classique en VR, est ici utilisé de façon intelligente puisqu’il vous permettra lorsque l’oeuvre s’y prête (diorama, par exemple) de vous y transporter en changeant d’échelle. Un concept astucieux qui permet d’exposer des sculptures et paysages entiers dans le coin d’une pièce virtuelle.

La sélection est particulièrement riche et hétéroclite : dinosaures à plumes de Nick Ladd, scènes florales de Sabby Lighf, Crystal Odyssey de Sutu (artiste ayant collaboré avec Jean-Michel Jarre), scène spatiale de Liz Edwards…

De salle en salle, vous serez amenés à voyager dans des espaces naturalistes ou fantasmagoriques, à pénétrer au coeur d’oeuvres mouvantes, et même à interagir avec certains des projets : Complex Chaos de Sean Tann est par exemple une scène fractale qui évolue selon vos déplacements, Friend Generator enregistre et rejoue vos propres mouvements, etc.

Seul regret, finalement, face à ce musée : le fait que le contenant soit finalement relativement classique, avec un système de salles et couloirs proche du réel. Une architecture plus folle, et quelques améliorations du système de déplacement (un peu trop lent à notre goût) seraient un plus.

Reste que l’ensemble mérite vraiment le détour, et nous vous le conseillons vivement. Gratuit via Steam le temps du Cannes XR Virtual, Museum of Other Realities est habituellement proposé 20€ environ sur la plupart des plateformes VR. Un tarif amplement mérité pour une galerie d’art moderne très réussie.

Space – Danny Bittman
Electronic Ocean, par Romain Revert
Lignes de Fleurs – Sabby Lighf
Infinity – Sutu
Immateria – Isaac Cohen

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Vive Sync accueille une nouvelle fonction qui va faire des heureux

Vive Sync accueille une nouvelle fonction qui va faire des heureux

HTC prouve que sa capacité d’adaptation aux enjeux sanitaires actuels est toujours au point grâce à sa mise à jour de Vive Sync. Non seulement organiser des réunions virtuelles est rendu possible, mais en plus tous les employés pourront en bénéficier. Le fait de ne pas utiliser de réalité virtuelle ne sera plus un obstacle désormais.

Une mise à jour pour faciliter les échanges

Les participants n’utilisant pas la réalité virtuelle pourront donc se joindre aux réunions virtuelles organisées grâce à HTC. En tant que logiciel fréquemment utilisé pendant la période du confinement, Vive Sync version bêta évolue au grès des besoins. Plus de 1400 réunions s’y sont tenues depuis son lancement fin avril, et celles-ci sont sur le point de se transformer.

Ajoutée dans la mise à jour, la nouvelle fonctionnalité permettra aux membres de la réunion d’y assister sans utiliser d’appareil de réalité virtuelle. Pour que des échanges puissent avoir lieu, c’est par leur voix qu’ils pourront prendre part aux discussions. La capture d’écran et les enregistrements sur leur PC restent disponibles pour eux.

L’ajout d’un panneau d’affichage à la réunion permettra de connaître l’identité des participants. Les noms des utilisateurs de réalité virtuelle s’y afficheront au même titre que ceux qui ne l’utiliseront pas.  Cependant, ceux qui ne l’utilisent pas doivent s’assurer de posséder un PC compatible avec celle-ci. Cette mise à jour rend accessible les réunions à tous.

D’autres options mises à disposition

HTC a tenu à offrir à ses clients un nouveau moyen de rendre l’expérience de ce type de réunion plus réelle. Ainsi, les participants utilisant la réalité virtuelle pourront habiller leur avatar pour refléter leur personne. De nouvelles options de tenue décontractée seront disponibles: jeans, tee-shirts…

L’accès aux réunions sera désormais plus rapide grâce à deux nouveautés. Tout d’abord, le temps de chargement sera réduit pour diminuer l’attente. Puis, une vérification de la vitesse du réseau se chargera de s’assurer que l’ordinateur utilisé est configuré pour des performances optimales.

Enfin, la mise à jour propose une connexion à la réunion via le bureau même de l’employé. Plus besoin de mémoriser les ID de réunion et les mots de passe avant de s’y lancer. D’autres ajouts sont à découvrir sur le site de VIVE Sync, qui a décidément vu les choses en grand pour ses utilisateurs.

Cet article Vive Sync accueille une nouvelle fonction qui va faire des heureux a été publié sur Réalité-Virtuelle.com.

Bluefish444 Announces video I/O compatibility with Aximmetry’s Virtual Studio Software

KRONOS K8 and Epoch SDI I/O for real time 3D graphics for broadcast and entertainment North Melbourne, Australia, 23rd June 2020 – Bluefish444, manufacturer of the professional video industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K SDI, ASI, Video Over IP & HDMI I/O cards and mini converters, has announced SDI I/O support for real time 3D graphics ands ...

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Magewell Unleashes Mac SDK for Award-Winning Video Capture Solutions

SDK for macOS and OS X joins existing Windows and Linux developer offerings June 23, 2020 — Nanjing, China: Magewell – the award-winning developer of innovative video interface and IP workflow solutions – has expanded its support for the Mac platform with a new SDK for the company’s popular PCI Express capture cards and plug-and-play, ...

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About Kusmos Live by Kuflex Lab

Par : Marco Savo

During these tough and uncertain times it has been inspiring to see so many audiovisual artists and events coming up with tools and formats to overcome the quarantine restrictions and social distancing.

A few weeks back the guys from Kuflex Lab reached out to showcase their latest tool that stands out among all the virtual/hybrid solutions we have seen so far. Kusmos Live allows to turn online concerts into interactive digital shows. Pretty neat uh?

Kusmos - Kuflex Lab - Audiovisual Interactive Tool

Let’s dive in and explore how it works. Down to the nitty-nerdy-gritty Kusmos is a custom VJ software written on openFrameworks + VDMX5 + Syphon.

In spring 2020 Kuflex studio began an experimental project Kusmos Live. The purpose of the experiment was to upgrade the Kusmos system in order to create a interactive online home shows.

In 2018-2019 the Russian audiovisual studio experimented with the innovative tool together with SILA SVETA studio on the Therr Maitz concert, Caprices Festival 2018, Nina Kraviz experimental performance at Coachella 2019.

OK, really cool but how exactly does interactivity work? We gave some feedback to Kuflex lab with a few tricky questions to better understand the whole potential of this new audiovisual tool.

KUFLEX: The Tracker program receives depth-sensor data, calibrates a point cloud as we need it (we can rotate the cloud, cut off everything you don’t need keeping only the data of the artist oneself and merge point clouds from two sensors) and sends it to the renderer (UE4 scene).

Scene functions build a 3D model using the data provided by the Tracker and then we can layer all kinds of features with effects on the model and also transform and distort it according to the artistic concept. We also captured video from the laptop’s webcam and sometimes showed its picture. 3D scene acting as the artist surrounding, a set of virtual cameras for capturing from different viewpoints and visual effects were set up in advance in the Unreal Engine. Then the OBS program captures the video of the launched scene and sends it to the video streaming server.

Kusmos Live - audiovisual tool

During our second live experiment we tested some new features for the viewers interactive communication with the stream. While Leksha (Smolensk, Russia) was playing his ambient-set, a VJ (Moscow, Russia) was controlling visual effects with the use of commands via YouTube chat in real-time mode. Our team has implemented this function between the concerts and decided not to tell the viewers about it.

During the stream, noticing weird messages in the chat, some of the viewers started to realize that they could not only send a message to the chat but to even affect visualization. In the end the concert has turned into a digital quest. Some viewers picked up effect control by sending particular commands to the chat. We have yet to comprehend how to develop this function in the future.

 AVC: We think it’s a really interesting and innovative project responding to the challenges of the pandemic. In terms of appeal for VJs there is the risk of potentially being extremely limited for the audiovisual artists creativity, and the aesthetic I guess would always be the same.

It would be key for the tool to have a wider range of possibilities of customization for the artists otherwise they might get tired soon. I guess they all want to leave their unique mark in the scene.

KUFLEX: Kusmos is a universal software tool, with the possibility of variability of visual and interactive solutions. As a rule, our team creates a virtual stage specifically for the performance of the musician. Of course, we want to upgrade the program creating a database with different scenes, effects. In this case, the user will be able to construct the scene himself and combine the effects for his live/stream. 

AVC: It’s a bit unusual to keep promoting the idea of “God is DJ”. Is the DJ persona so relevant the viewer wants to watch during the entire show in a virtual environment?

KUFLEX: Regarding Kusmos Live project, the Kuflex team is collaborating with various musicians. We wanted to support the performers. So this approach determined the emphasis on the figure of the musician on the virtual stage, under whose musical personality, sound we come up with a visual solution. We do not just shoot a video with a musician, as is often done in broadcasts, but create a digital avatar that changes depending on the script, music and VJ control.

At the same time, Kusmos Live is primarily a show, a kind of mix of live performance, a computer game and fantastic movie. The virtual camera can fly through digital space, we can switch to different visual elements of the scene and include additional visual effects to the music.

Kusmos Live - Audiovisual Tool

We try to achieve the effect of real interaction with the viewer as well. Our team is developing a function of interaction through chat – viewers’ comments fall into the scene, they can affect the content through certain chat commands. But Kusmos can be used by artists of other genres. In the near future we want to try to create a dance performance. Now we are discussing this idea with one Russian choreographer.

We will explore the topic of distances – where physical space ends, digital begins, the relationship of body and sound. Both dance and music will take place in live format.

Technically, the performer will find himself in different areas of camera scanning, on the screen we will observe how his digital avatar changes. Again, it will all be like shooting a movie in one shot and in real time!

360 Visual Festival - audiovisual event
AVC: We truly appreciate the viewers becoming active, participating and communicating with the stream. That creates a collective experience. Could people really tell if this was a live performance or not? It feels like the interaction should be more meaningful somehow, with a bigger impact to the overall audiovisual artwork.

KUFLEX: Our team worked on a concert from different cities. We thought about how best to organise remote control of virtual cameras and effects. And suddenly our creative director had an idea to manage content through Youtube chat. During the broadcast, he wrote commands like cam1 (switching camera 1), stars ( the star effect was launched).

We intentionally did not talk about this function in advance to get the quest. As a result, some viewers guessed and began to help in managing the scene. We explore different possibilities about other ways of interaction.

In the future we want to create a client application for connecting to the broadcast via a mobile phone, desktop PC screen or VR. We intend to develop Kusmos as an art tool. Our team believes in a power of collective interaction. We want to give a palette of visual solutions, effects. Let’s all together create beauty here and now! This idea is a sincere inspiration for us. 

AVC:  We would like to know more about how the collaboration you have done with Leksha where the viewers were controlling visual effects with the use of commands via YouTube chat in real-time mode.” How does the input of data modify the visuals? is it like a live coding or common human language and how it is related to the VR software?

kusmos live - kuflex and leksha - audiovisual artists

KUFLEX: Usually in an offline format, we work like this: musicians play music, and VJ manages visual content live using MIDI controllers. Some effects are linked to the amplitude of the sound. But in a situation where we did not have the opportunity to be onsite will all team, we decided to make control through chat commands.

We wrote a special function for our software that receives data from chat on YouTube using the Google API. We came up with several commands, for example: cam1, cam2, skin1, skin2, electric noise, lasers and the like. And when someone in the chat wrote one of these words, then a certain visual effect or a corresponding camera was included in our program.

In general, we have an idea to expand the number of commands and their appearance, so that it looks more like live coding. For example, add numerical arguments to the commands, which will additionally specify the parameters of a particular visual effect.

As for virtual reality, we have plans to create our own application for viewers who can watch live broadcasts using VR devices, thus more deeply immersing themselves in the atmosphere of the digital scene and additionally receive personal effects. 

Kusmos Live - audiovisual tool
 AVC: Fascinating this idea of “universal tool” for content in real time and interactive show. We think it’s important now to dig more into the idea of how it can involve more people in the creative process. It opens new ways of investigation on how to make every audiovisual experience unique, not only in terms of the aesthetics of the piece but also regarding the narrative.

KUFLEX: Yes, this is the main object of research for us. Usually, a limited number of people can come to the offline exhibition. So we want to overcome any space frames. With Kusmos we don’t have any restrictions online! We can find ourselves in amazing digital worlds that are impossible in the physical world.

Now that Kuflex Lab and its creation Kusmos entered our radar we will most definitely keep following their progression, as always supporting innovation and creativity in the audiovisual art world.

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Sarah Deas joins Pixel Power to strengthen sales team

Cambridge, UK, 18 June 2020: Pixel Power, the global leader in graphics production and playout automation, has appointed Sarah Deas to its head office team. Deas will provide internal sales support to the sales teams in the Cambridge base and regional offices in North America, South-East Asia and the Middle East. “I am delighted to ...

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Zixi Announces Deployment of Services on Microsoft Azure

(June 17, 2020) Zixi, an industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any-IP, and award-winning architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced that they have successfully ported their solutions to Microsoft Azure enabling media and entertainment companies as well as enterprises to securely and reliably distribute video content over IP using ...

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Calrec announces Andrew Munt as Software Manager driving the company’s development expertise

Par : Jump

Hebden Bridge, 17th June 2020 — Calrec has invested in further expansion of its R&D department with the appointment of Andrew Munt as Software Manager. In this role, Munt will oversee all Calrec’s software expertise from architecting, design and development of all new and existing products, continuing to drive and expand Calrec’s renowned R&D output. ...

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Virtual DJ 2021 released, adds dynamic stems / signal separation mixing

Par : Dan White
Virtual DJ 2021 with Stems Mixing

Who would have thought two different DJ softwares would release the ability to isolate parts of a track on the fly on the exact same day? Today, Atomix Productions has released Virtual DJ 2021, with a signal separation functionality that allows DJs to “de-mix” finished tracks into the individual components. They join Algoriddim, who announced […]

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RISE dévoile deux nouveaux breakdowns, de Berlin au Moyen-Orient

Par : Shadows

L’équipe du studio d’effets visuels RISE nous présente deux nouveaux making-of.

  • Voici tout d’abord les coulisses de Kingdoms of Fire, série télévisée de 14 épisodes produite par Genomedia Studios avec un budget de 40 millions de dollars environ. Elle retrace les règnes de Sélim Ier (Empire Ottoman) et de Al-Achraf Tuman Bay (Sultanat mamelouk) et notamment la rivalité qui les a opposée dans la prise de contrôle du Moyen Orient.
    RISE est intervenu sur les scènes de bataille avec cavaliers et soldats 3D, cadavres, drapeaux à ajouter, ou encore gestion des explosions (simulées ou en tant qu’éléments filmés sur place, selon le cas).
  • Le studio RISE était déjà intervenu sur la série allemande Babylon Berlin (diffusée sur Canal+ en France, RTS 1 en Suisse), l’équipe est de retour sur la saison 3 : sous la supervision d’Erik Schneider, les artistes ont géré énormément d’extensions de sets afin de recréer des lieux détruits durant la seconde guerre mondiale, ainsi que l’architecture de la ville à l’époque. De nombreuses références photo ont été employées. Il a aussi fallu peupler la ville, que ce soit avec des véhicules (voitures, trams) ou des humains (foules et passants).

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JVC CONNECTED CAM™ Captures Stunning Image Quality for Video Journalist and Documentarian Chris Koehn

GY-HC900 Broadcast Camera Offers Unrivaled Connectivity and Reliable, Cost-Effective Streamlined ENG Workflow EDMONTON, ALBERTA, JUNE 10, 2020 — When former newspaper journalist turned Videographer Chris Koehn was given the opportunity to try out the GY-HC900 CONNECTED CAM™ from JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, he was excited to put the camera through its paces. ...

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The Mandalorian : un breakdown pour le droïde

Par : Shadows

Après un breakdown signé Image Engine et une interview de Chris Edwards de The Third Floor agrémenté de vidéos des coulisses par ILM, voici un nouveau making-of sur la série évènement de Disney, The Mandalorian.

C’est cette fois Hybride Technologies qui nous présente son travail. Comme l’explique le studio dans un article dédié, la confiance de Lucasfilm était logique, puisqu’Hybride a déjà travaillé sur l’ensemble des derniers films Star Wars, du Réveil de la Force à L’Ascension de Skywalker.

IG-11 : un droïde sans visage

En pratique, le studio s’est vu confier le personnage d’IG-11, un droïde assassin, mais aussi la création d’environnements virtuels pour la ville de Nevarro et les Lava Flats, une zone volcanique désertique.

Pour IG-11, explique Hybride, le studio a pu participer aux étapes de conception. Hal Hickel, superviseur d’animation, voulait une machine évoquant un assemblage grossier de pièces de voitures et un design rétro faisant penser à un pantin désarticulé. Hybride s’est alors basé sur les concepts issus de la production pour créer un modèle 3D. Une version physique de ce dernier a été mise en place sur le plateau afin de vérifier que rien ne posait problème. Quelques corrections plus tard, un modèle définitif a servi de référence durant le tournage.

En termes d’animation, l’absence de visage représentait un défi ; il a fallu exprimer les émotions et pensées du robot uniquement par ses mouvements et déplacements.

Nevarro

La ville de Nevarro, située dans un désert volcanique, a été entièrement conçue par Hybride à partir de scans issus d’Hawaï et d’Islande : deux régions qui ont déjà inspiré de nombreuses oeuvres pour leurs décors.

Hybride précise avoir utilisé plusieurs textures haute résolution afin d’imiter la lave via de multiples réflexions et textures : l’idée étant d’obtenir un tout cohérent et composé de plusieurs types de sols et couches.

En ce qui concerne la ville elle-même, un ensemble d’éléments (façades, portions de sol, accessoires, tours, tourelles) rassemblés dans une banque d’assets ont servi à créer une douzaine de scènes. 250 éléments au total, précise Hybride, ont été intégrés à partir des références visuelles de la production. Afin de proposer un rendu plus naturel, une passe globale a été appliquée pour altérer les bâtiments : elle est censée simuler l’effet des intempéries atmosphériques sur cette bourgade vieillissante.

Au total, Hybride aura truqué 451 plans en 15 mois. Voici pour finir le breakdown vidéo :

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The Mandalorian : Image Engine dévoile les effets visuels de la série

Par : Shadows

L’équipe d’Image Engine présente un breakdown de son travail sur la série The Mandalorian. L’occasion de constater que ce projet ancré dans l’univers Star Wars n’a pas été tourné uniquement sur un plateau cerné d’écrans de LEDs.

Image Engine a contribué aux effets de 441 plans répartis sur plusieurs épisodes, qu’il s’agisse de décors complets ou étendus, de créatures, droïdes ou doublures numériques.

Production VFX Supervisor: Richard Bluff
Production VFX Producer: Abby Keller
Image Engine VFX Supervisor: Robin Hackl
Image Engine VFX Producer: Cara Davies

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SUAT: behind the DJ who walks for miles carrying and mixing on an XDJ-RX

Par : Dan Cole

Take your livestream outside, on the move with the UK’s top-trending artist. When the UK introduced lockdown measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, it immediately brought an end to the country’s nightlife and entertainment industry. It also forced people to limit the amount of time they could spend outdoors. For most DJs and musicians, […]

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PBT EU partners with Linxstream Media to provide localization services in Middle East

Par : RadianceC

NEXT-TT forms the technology backbone of unique PixelSub platform –  PBT EU forms a strategic partnership with Linxstream Media to provide localization services across Middle East 5 June 2020, Dubai  – Well-established systems integrator PBT EU is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with leading post-production, localization, and entertainment company, Linxstream Media. The partnership launches ...

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Quicklink announces Microsoft Teams support in latest Quicklink TX (Skype TX)

Par : quicklink

Quicklink have announced that Microsoft Teams is now supported in the latest version of Quicklink TX (Skype TX). With this compatibility it is now possible to integrate Microsoft Teams contributions in broadcast quality for talk shows, entertainment shows, radio and other live conferencing events. Quicklink’s award-winning Quicklink TX, used by used by broadcasters and production ...

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What digital did next: Digital Arts and Social Distancing

Par : Marco Savo



How digital arts can unlock value and opportunity in a socially distanced cultural sector?

Marco Savo from Audiovisual City and Kate Rolfe from The Revels Office have never met in person. Theirs is a true digital relationship born of the pandemic.

Cultural consultants who met over Zoom to explore where their world’s crossed-over, and how their mix of experience could help artists, freelancers, and the arts sector as a whole to combat this unsettling time.

Audiovisual City is a digital magazine that promotes and supports audiovisual artists and events worldwide. Connecting hundreds of digital artists from across the world, it is the go-to place for inspiration and information when it comes to the application of digital technologies in artistic expression.

The Revels Office is a cultural consultancy who specialises in finding new revenue for the arts, advising organisations on commercial opportunities and uniting them with funding partners who value the unique, high quality content that only the cultural sector can produce. Together with a network of consultants -The Catalyst Network – the team at The Revels Office manage a range of projects at the intersection between arts and commerce.

Together with a multi-disciplinary group of experts who all have touch-points with digital arts experiences, Audiovisual City and The Revels Office ran a workshop to explore what role digital arts projects could play in the future of arts organisations.

At a time when the sector is anxiously remodelling their core operations to survive months of low visitor numbers, reduced income through established business lines, and a new, uneasy socially distanced experience, we wanted to investigate what untapped value digital arts might offer.

We share with you here a summary of our findings, designed to inspire you at a critical time, to offer valuable ideas to consider in your re-modelling plans, and to decipher the role that digital can play in a sector based almost entirely on live and tangible experiences…


Case Study: Enjambre Cellular

Developed by Mónica Rikić, Enjambre Celular is a project created and designed specifically for the Medialab-Prado interactive façade.

It is a collective strategy game in which different levels and challenges must be overcome, based on the idea of a labyrinth. Controlled externally by passers-by, Enjambre Celular offers an example of a pandemic-proof artistic installation.


Case Study: Distances

Developed by Scenocosme, In this installation, two people in two separate physical spaces are filmed in real time by two devices.

They are invited to have contact virtually within the same image, bringing them together face to face. The head-to-head image created by the software is trying to constantly reduce the proxemic distance between the two people, creating unique and ephemeral meetings with the other and making a connection even when physically apart.

  • Distances Scenocosme Audiovisual Artists
  • Distances Audiovisual Artwork


Digital art vs digital design.

To make informed choices about the use of digital, it is important to understand the distinction of digital art as an artform in its own right, and digital design as a tool for engagement.

Put simply – do you need to move your live content online for commercial, audience or safety reasons, or do you want to create a new interpretation of your content that will explore your stories in an entirely new way? Neither choice is right or wrong, but it will impact the outcomes you achieve, as well as the process you go through.

“The importance of concept is key; you must start with your concept and then chose the technology to match”

Hayley Cantor

What digital art and digital design have in common is their ability to bridge between traditional cultural content and modern, digitally aware audiences, and allow people to fully interact with the arts.

No solution is quicker for overcoming an image of being elitist, static or uninteresting than a digital initiative, so long as it is done well, has a clear purpose and audience, and so long as it incorporates some kind of live and/or unique element that ensures the digital is not simply a mimic of the live experience.

While digital design is fantastic for bringing to life educational and historic content, and is arguably simpler for translating to an online platform, where digital arts stands out is in the sensorial, emotive experience that they can create, lasting longer in people’s memories and creating a sense of community and harmony even if you encounter the art alone.

Digital arts is the perfect solution for a hybrid cultural offering, connecting those experiencing it online and those there in person, allowing for smaller, safer groups to pass through it without losing the commercial, social and artistic benefits of scale.

Case Study: Virtual Archive.

Virtual Archive is a 3D, computer-generated environment open to interactive exploration by single users.

Via a VR headset, the user flies through a 3D data-point cloud formed, visualizing more than 1,700,000 documents present in SALT Research archive collections. Refik Anadol’s installation was displayed as an extension to the artist’s Archive Dreaming project.

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Case Study: Natural History Museum of Valparaisa.

In the Introductory Room at Natural History Museum of Valparaíso, Chile, visitors meet an installation of naturalistic illustrations of flora and fauna of the region, highlighting the work of Claudio Gay among others.

Developed by Delight Lab, this project was realised in partnership with the SUMO design and museum office for DIBAM.

  • Delight Lab - Museum Valparaiso - Audiovisual Artwork
  • Delight Lab - Museum Valparaiso - Audiovisual Artists


It’s time to set the price.

The price we have paid for the vast amounts of thrilling, comforting and informative digital content that has been dispersed throughout the global lock-down, is the expectation that digital means free.

Digital comes with development costs, artist costs and new software and/or infrastructure requirements, among other operational demands. Digital content is by no means free to create, and so why is it presented as free to consume? There are two ways of looking at this dilemma.

• Option 1 is to embrace the non-financial value that going digital presents: reaching new and much larger audiences, collecting insightful data, offering educational and social benefits, and adopting new methods in storytelling and human connection.

In this way there is still value, there are no barriers to audiences engaging with you, and you can use data and reach to collaborate with new funding partners, upsell products and services, and request donations wherever possible.

In this way we have seen a really positive response during the pandemic, with culture-lovers willingly paying for online experiences, seeing this as a charitable donation to save something they love rather than a charge for valuable entertainment. However this has not yet translated into a consistent approach that audiences and funders recognise, or indeed made up the huge gap in revenue that arts organisations face.

• Option 2 is to revaluate and recommunicate the value of the digital experience, and set up platforms that give organisations the option to charge.

Given the high value outlined by option 1, it seems reasonable that – just like the expectation to pay for the cinema or a gig – you will have to pay to participate in digital cultural experiences. This transactional view may not sit well alongside arts experiences that are traditionally free, such as museum-entry, but this demonstrates the opportunity presented by digital arts as opposed to digital design; by creating a new experience on a new platform, arts organisations can create something of value to their audiences (and new ones), one which better warrants a participation charge.

Ultimately this is an argument of supply and demand, but what we endorse is a collective reassessment of how and when to charge for digital experiences, thereby protecting arts organisations and artists from giving away valuable content for free, especially when for a time this might be one of their only viable sources of revenue.


Case Study: Fulldome Festival

The oldest full dome projection festival has been held virtually for the first time this year due to the pandemic, charging a ticket price for the online experience. A courageous decision from the organisers who decided to go full steam ahead, offering a 360 view of the festival using VR headsets.

Case Study: Mutek San Francisco, Nexus Experience

Mutek is one of the top audiovisual events worldwide, born in Montreal and then expanded through an international network. The San Francisco edition has been online this year with their ‘Nexus Experience’, hosting live AV performers on two stages, offering digital galleries, online workshops, and ‘viewing party’ film screenings. The event was free and open to donations, with 100% of the festival proceeds going directly to the artists.

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Demystifying the digital process (and budget).

Digital arts experiences are impactful and memorable no matter what their size, from single exhibition displays through to city-wide festivals. While they can be huge and expensive, often a digital intervention is as cost-effective as a live experience due to the flexibility of the format, recouping investment costs over a far longer lifespan.

For those who want to consider digital as part of their future plans, digital arts producer Steph Clarke shares some considerations:

• Once a digital installation, artwork or exhibition is installed, it can often run 24/7 with minimal staffing and low running costs. Not only can this make valuable budget savings, it also accommodates far higher audience numbers over time, and can easily be adapted to allow for social distancing measures.

• Digital works can easily have their content re-purposed to suit different objectives. Content can be refreshed regularly to suit seasonality, adapted for VIP or stakeholder events, and used for advertising purposes if required.

• It is relatively easy to scale digital work depending upon size of venue or audience size, meaning this approach can be considered for a variety of projects, places and budgets.

• Digital can be used to extend and enhance audience engagement before and after the event/exhibition itself, through engagement online and via apps, creating more touchpoints with your intended audience and opportunities to capture insights and data.

• By digitalising the content for a digital installation, you are simultaneously archiving it too, preserving it for future generations and achieving important cost-savings.

• Given the huge range of digital formats available – apps, projection, light shows, VR, AR – there will always be a format suitable for your budget, timescale and objectives.


Case Study: 400 Conejos.

As part of the Bahidora 2018 festival, Medusa Lab created a unique experience for Ache Producciones and its client: Mezcal 400 conejos.

Attendees received a complimentary drink of mezcal prior entering the dome, and once inside they discovered the mezcal making process through an immersive, colour-filled experience using animations and 360 video.

  • Medusa Lab - 400 Conejos - Audiovisual Artwork
  • Medusa Lab - 400 Conejos - Audiovisual Artist


Case Study: Pinata Tweet.

Piñata was a project made by MID for +Castro agency and the SAKE production company. The piñatas were installed as part of a collaboration with Trident Senses at Benicàssim International Festival.

The interactive piñatas are controlled via Twitter messages sent by the audience. Every tweet contained #TridentSensesPinata, which activated a device that inflated the piñata. As messages accumulated, eventually the piñata exploded over the audience!

  • MID - Pinata Tweets - Audiovisual Artists
  • MID - Pinata Tweets - Audiovisual Artwork



Audiovisual City and The Revels Office plan to now work together.

We aim to connect arts organisations with digital artists and commercial partners, creating inspirational and viable projects in a time of pandemic.

Together we will champion the skills, value and authenticity that digital art and digital tools can bring those looking to find new audiences and new revenue. Get in touch to discuss how these ideas could be applied to your own organisation – hello@therevelsoffice.co.uk

This article was written by Kate Rolfe from The Revels Office and Marco Savo from Audiovisual City with contributions from Hayley Cantor (Audiovisual City Creative Director, Multidisciplinary Graphic Designer and VJ), Sean Carroll (Business Improvement Project Manager), Nicola Casperson (Brand Marketing, Events and Place-Making Consultant), Steph Clarke (Digital Arts Producer), Marta Minguell Colomé (New Media Artist, VJ and Photographer), Amy O’Brien (Events Producer), and Mónica Rikic (New Media Artist). Collectively our experience includes roles at the National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Secret Cinema, Battersea Power Station, Westfields, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

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KUFLEX

Par : Marco Savo

A Russian studio of interactive audiovisual art.

Kuflex Lab is formed by audiovisual artists exploring the newest ways of using video, sound and light, tracking technology and generative graphics to allow viewers to dive into that digital space and feel it to the fullest.

Kuflex large-scale interactive installations dismantle stereotypes of sensory perception. Immersive effect switches off rational evaluative perception and provokes spontaneous emotions of inner child.

A small team creates magic installations and art projects, exploring mechanisms of interaction and inter-influence of inter-subjective reality and its digital projection.

Interacting with constantly changing projection, the viewer enters meditative state, turns from a passive observer into a co-creator. Thus, in “Symbiosis” installation the viewer literally merges with the alien creature, becoming a digital avatar that can be controlled by him or her. 

Installations by Kuflex have been featured in many Russian and foreign exhibitions, festivals, museums, science and education centers in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tyumen, Abrau-Dyurso, Netanya (Israel), Antalya (Turkey), Athens (Greece, ADAF), Las-Vegas (USA, CES), Beijing (China,China Science and Technology Museum), Manila (Philippines) and others.

Since 2018 the studio has been working on Kusmos software system for interactive visual content of online home concerts. In April 2020 it started  developing Kusmos live version thus turning any stream from home into a fantastic 3D show.

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DejaSoft launches DejaEdit Version 3 –

Par : RadianceC

DejaEdit Version 3 takes file synchronizing to a new level with enhanced user experience, additional security features and improved workflow management For Immediate Release, 28 May 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden – Dynamic tech start-up DejaSoft has launched Version 3 of its cutting-edge media file synchronising software tool –  DejaEdit. An essential application vital for film productions, DejaEdit ...

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Rise roule des mécaniques pour Fast & Furious : Hobbs & Shaw

Par : Shadows

Le studio VFX Rise profite du printemps pour dépoussiérer ses archives et nous propose de revenir sur un projet de 2019 : le film Fast & Furious : Hobbs & Shaw.

Dans ce long-métrage dérivé de l’univers Fast & Furious, une séquence de course-poursuite au coeur de Londres a fait appel au talent de Rise, sous la supervision de Jonathan Weber. L’idée était ici d’améliorer les prises de vues en toute discrétion : ajout de véhicules dans les rues (qui n’étaient pas présents au tournage pour plus de sécurité), extensions de décors, FX pour simuler du verre brisé. Certains plans ont même nécessité la mise en place d’une doublure numérique pour l’acteur Idris Elba et sa moto.

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Geoffrey Soudant, concept artist senior chez Dontnod Entertainment

Par : Shadows

Découvrez les travaux ddu concept artist senior Geoffrey Soudant. Passé notamment chez Ubisoft (il faisait partie de l’équipe WatchDogs 2), il travaille actuellement au sein du studio de jeux vidéo DONTNOD Entertainment.

Espaces délabrés ou décors naturels, zones urbaines ou campagne, ambiance high-tech ou nostalgique : comme vous pourrez le découvrir, il a eu l’occasion d’exercer ses talents sur des concepts très variés.

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