JUNE 2014


Broadcast Asia 2014
Join The Media Village and our partners at Broadcast Asia 2014, as we present an amazing lineup of creative and workflow solutions for file-based post production. We're truly showcasing the leading creative & workflow solutions for Post Production. Visit our website to find out more and to schedule a demonstration or a meeting. 


SOLUTION UPDATES


We're pleased to announce that we have been appointed the Southeast Asian reseller for Cinedeck, which offers a tapeless, direct-to-disk, video recording and ingest solution that is essential to any file-based workflow.

Cinedeck supports a wide choice of original camera formats, while simultaneously encoding to a variety of post production and playback formats, including AVC-Intra, DNxHD, ProRes, XDCAM HD and H.264.


The Media Village has signed on as the Singapore reseller for the Flame Family of products.


Catch a demo of Flame Premium 2015 at Broadcast Asia and see how well it collaborates with the new Mac-based Flame Assist system for a true collaborative online finishing workflow.

Learn more about the Flame family of products; Flame Premium, Flame, Lustre, Flare, and the new Flame Assist software.


Terrablock from Facilis Technology is an affordable solution for any post production facility looking at easily implementing a collaborative workflow through a shared storage system.

With FC, 10GB and 1GB connectivity, every TerraBlock easily accommodates the most complex multi-platform environments and enables collaboration among diverse applications and image formats.

 


ASIA'S BEST


Last June, Marilen Magsaysay picked up the first-ever 'Best Color Grading Award' at the Apollo Awards 2013, which was held in conjunction with Broadcast Asia.

She'll be back at the trade show this year but this time, The Media Village is honoured to have her as a guest at our booth, where she'll deliver a very special presentation called 'Painting with DaVinci Resolve'.

In her presentation, Marilen focuses on the creative aspects of color grading and the challenges she has to overcome in a typical color grading session.

Visit our booth at Broadcast Asia, where Marilen will be presenting twice a day, throughout the show.


SPECIAL OFFERS


The Media Village is having a special on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, with some very attractive bundles and prices. Visit our blog to find out more.

 


COMPANY NEWS

The Media Village has moved
We've moved to a new location, not far from our old office. Our new address:

213 Henderson Road #04-10, Singapore 159553

Telephone and fax numbers remain the same. Please update your address book and come by to visit if you're in the neighbourhood! 


New Office in Manila

We're pleased to annouce that we have set up a new business in the Philippines, The Media Village Inc. Lead by industry veteran Aleks Castaneda, the Manila operations aims to better serve our existing client base and to widen our reach in new markets.


If you're in Manila next week, join us as we present DaVinci Resolve v9, with guest colorist Giles Livesey, on 19 and 20 September 2012. It'll be a great opportunity to get to see the latest version of the world's best color correction software and to meet up with our local team.


PROMO NEWS

Adobe CS6 Production Premium

From September 5 to November 30, 2012, Adobe is offering 30% off to video professionals who have any version of competitor's video editing software when they switch to the industry-leading professional video tools — Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium.


Work faster, and do more with CS6 Production Premium. Get in touch with our sales team today to take advantage of this limited time offer and make the switch today!

Read the Top 10 Reasons to Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro.



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1 to 3 November 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists Strategies with DaVinci Resolve (3-days)

5 to 7 November 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists Strategies with DaVinci Resolve (3-days)

8 to 9 November 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced DaVinci Resolve (2-days)

10 November 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists ‘Looks’ (1-day)

Watch out for new certified Smoke 2013 courses and Adobe Premiere Pro from Media ASYLUM. Dates to be announced soon.
 

 

Singapore's main broadcaster, Mediacorp, installs their first DaVinci Resolve system. Expect better looking drama series real soon!


 

EditTide, a stylish, boutique post production facility in Bangkok, adds a DaVinci Resolve suite to it's setup. It's configured as a 4GPU Windows platform with the new high performance Accusys 12-bay PCI2.0 storage.

 

 


PRODUCT UPDATES


EditShare Storage Goes Into Overdrive With Latest Updates
A host of new announcements from Editshare:
- Adobe Premiere CS6 project sharing
- Edishare supports 480GB SSD drives
- NEW EditShare Atom - Shared Storage on the go
- Support for 10GBase-T, runs on standard Cat 6 or 6A cables, & Thunderbolt 
Read more


Dolby Professional Reference Monitor Increases High-Frame-Rate Support

Dolby Laboratories has announced that the Dolby® Professional Reference Monitor has added support for content shot at a rate of 48 frames per second (fps). It already supports 60 fps, and expanded support for 48 fps is part of a set of new features that enhance the content-creation process and reduce the cost of ownership involved in postproduction. The software update with new features is planned to be available beginning next week.




MediaV Appointed Southeast Asia Reseller for QUBE Digital Cinema Products
The Media Village is pleased to annouce that we have been appointed the Southeast Asian Reseller for QUBE Digital Cinema Mastering and Server products. QubeMasterPro, the flagship Digital Cinema encoding and packaging solution is designed as a simple yet powerful DCI Mastering solution suited to post production houses. 


Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 9
Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 9 at the recent NAB 2012, a major new software update with a completely overhauled user interface for an extremely elegant and modern look, while optimizing the workflow for speed. DaVinci Resolve 9 will be available in July as a free of charge update for all Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve customers. Other highights of the new Version 9 update can be found here. Blackmagic Design also announced that DaVinci Resolve is bundled free with every Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

 


THX Announces new Cinespace Color Management Offering

THX Ltd. has announced a new component to its THX cineSpace™ Color Management Suite. THX cineCube™ HD is specifically designed to emulate the ITU-Rec. 709 (HD video color standard) color space for facilities specializing in television commercials, music videos, corporate videos and television programs. 
 



14 to 16 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists Strategies with DaVinci Resolve (3-days)

17 to 18 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced DaVinci Resolve (2-days)

19 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists ‘Looks’ (1-day)

Watch out for new Smoke 2013 courses from Media ASYLUM. Dates to be announced soon.



 

Join The Media Village on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with all the latest post production and visual effects news

 

If you're a DaVinci Resolve user, join the DaVinci Resolve Southeast Asian Users Group on Facebook

 

Editshare has found more success in Singapore with installations at Singapore Civil Defence Force and at the Ministry of Education. Both facilities have implemented an end-to-end Editshare solution that includes shared storage, FLOW Media Asset Management and ARK for LTO archival.


Kantana Digital Post in Bangkok has upgraded their 4GPU Linux-based DaVinci Resolve to an 8GPU setup, while also adding an additional DaVinci Resolve Mac system.


Congratulations to Cinemasphere in Jakarta for being the first DOLBY PRM-4200 user in Indonesia! 

 

 

NAB 2012 UPDATES: PART 2

Our second NAB 2012 update focusses on the new announcements from Blackmagic Design.

Blackmagic Design presents Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a revolutionary digital cinema camera design that includes powerful features such as super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, high resolution 2.5K sensor, built in high bandwidth SSD recorder, open file format support, color correction with full version of DaVinci Resolve and a built in LCD with metadata entry, all in an attractive compact design for only US$2,995.

Here's an introduction to the camera on Vimeo


DaVinci Resolve Version 9 announced

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 9, a major new software update with a completely overhauled user interface for an extremely elegant and modern look, while optimizing the workflow for speed. DaVinci Resolve 9 will be available in July as a free of charge update for all Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve customers.

A list of new Resolve 9 features can be found on the DaVinci Resolve Creative Cow Forum.



More Announcements from Blackmagic Design:

New Teranex 2D and Teranex 3D Processors
ProRes 422 (HQ) Recording and Playback Added to HyperDeck Studio
New HyperDeck Studio Pro with 4K playback
UltraStudio Express with Thunderbolt Technology
New 3 Gb/s SDI Super Tough Battery Converters
Universal Videohub Editing Interface with Thunderbolt I/O Technology
Desktop Video 9.5
ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher Audio Mixer Software
New Low Price for Mini Converter Heavy Duty Models
New Price for Micro Videohub, Smart Videohub and Compact Videohub



14 to 16 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists Strategies with DaVinci Resolve (3-days)

17 to 18 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced DaVinci Resolve (2-days)

19 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists ‘Looks’ (1-day)

21 to 23 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Introduction to Smoke for Mac (3-days)

28 to 30 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Digital Compositing with Nuke (3-days)

31 May to 01 June 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced Digital Compositing with Nuke (2-days)



 

Join The Media Village on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with all the latest post production and visual effects news

 

If you're a DaVinci Resolve user, join the DaVinci Resolve Southeast Asian Users Group on Facebook

 

 

NAB 2012 UPDATES: PART 1

NAB 2012 is finally here and we're very happy to share all the latest news and information as they happen. 

Autodesk changes everything with Smoke 2013
now at US$3,495

Autodesk introduces Smoke® 2013, a completely redesigned and repackaged version of the all-in-one video editing and visual effects tool for the Mac. Smoke 2013, born out of two decades of visual effects leadership, features a unified creative workflow that brings powerful node-based compositing right in the timeline at a new price of $3,495 USD.

Find out more about Smoke 2013 on the Autodesk YouTube channel.

Please email MediaV to find out more about Smoke 2013. Media ASLYLUM, an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre for Smoke, will be announcing our plans for Smoke 2013 training very soon. 


Editshare awards The Media Village as
'Asia-Pacific Partner of the Year 2011" at NAB 2012

The Media Village was awarded with the Editshare 'Asia-Pacific Partner of the Year 2011' today, at the Editshare reseller meeting at NAB 2012.

This award is based to the reseller with the best overall performance, along with their commitment to the sales, marketing and support of the Editshare product line.

We thank Paul Hayes, Damian Miles and the entire Editshare team for their constant help and support.



14 to 16 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists Strategies with DaVinci Resolve (3-days)

17 to 18 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced DaVinci Resolve (2-days)

19 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorists ‘Looks’ (1-day)

21 to 23 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Introduction to Smoke for Mac (3-days)

28 to 30 May 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Digital Compositing with Nuke (3-days)

31 May to 01 June 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced Digital Compositing with Nuke (2-days)



 

Join The Media Village on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with all the latest post production and visual effects news

 

If you're a DaVinci Resolve user, join the DaVinci Resolve Southeast Asian Users Group on Facebook

 

 

COMING SOON: NAB2012

NAB 2012 is just around the corner. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre from 16 to 19 April 2012, it is the event that everyone in the industry looks forward to every year, with new and exciting products that continually re-define our professional world. 

We've set up a special page on our website for those attending the show. Let us know if you'd like us to arrange meetings or special private demonstrations for any of the products and solutions we represent. And join us for our special ASEAN gathering in Las Vegas Chinatown that has become an annual tradition among our clients and partners. 

PRODUCT UPDATES


Blackmagic Design has released Version 8.2 of DaVinci Resolve. With this release, DaVinci Resolve now runs on Windows, in addition to Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Tangent Devices new Element panel is also supported, as is support for Sony F65 and Canon C300 formats. Other improvements include XML 1.1 support for FCP X, Sony SStP encoding and GoPro MP4 decoding. 


We are pleased to announce that we now represent metaSAN from Tiger Technology. metaSAN is a high-speed file sharing SAN management software that enables multiple users to share access to common data files in workgroups where heavy bandwidth requirements are the norm. Coupled with the ACCUSYS EXASAN product, we are now able to provide our customers with a powerful, yet extremely cost-effective SAN solution for small post production workgroups. 

MEDIA ASYLUM UPDATES

Media AYLUM is proud to be an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre for Smoke for Mac. We now run Autodesk-Certified Basic and Advanced classes for Smoke for Mac

Few seats remain for the THX Color Management Masterclass, held from 26 to 27 March 2012 and conducted by THX Color Scientist, Michael Chenery.

A special treat for colorists! 2-day Advanced DaVinci Resolve (28 - 29 March) followed by a 'Popular Looks' Masterclass (30 March). Sign up for both classes and enjoy more than US$500 off.

For enquiries, email Sharon Calenthral, Facilities Manager at Media ASYLUM.



12 & 13 February 2012
Smoke for Mac Test-Drive - FREE one-day hands-on training

26 to 27 March 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: THX Color Management (2-days)

28 to 29 March 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Advanced DaVinci Resolve (2-days)

30 March 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Popular Looks with DaVinci Resolve (1-day)

 

Join The Media Village on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with all the latest post production and visual effects news

 

If you're a DaVinci Resolve user, join the DaVinci Resolve Southeast Asian Users Group on Facebook

 



Filem Negara (Malaysia) adds BrightDrive to the DI workflow, which consists of a DFT Spirit telecine, Nucoda Film Master and Avid|DS.

Giantsponge Digital in Manila, Philippines, purchases a Resolve Control Surface for their grading suite along with a Cinemage 42" monitor to their Smoke for Mac online suite. 

Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies installs a turnkey DaVinci Resolve system, including a Resolve Control Surface.

 

INTRODUCING: Media ASYLUM


We're pleased to launch Media ASYLUM, a learning centre dedicated to post production and visual effects professionals. Beginning February, Media ASYLUM kicks off with courses for Colorists (DaVinci Resolve), Online Finishing (Smoke for Mac), VFX and Compositing (NUKE) and Color Science (THX Color Management). 

PRODUCT UPDATES

HIERO, a new desktop application for collaborative VFX workflow from The Foundry is finally released. It has a scriptable timeline tool that conforms EDLs & parcels out VFX shots to artists, allows progress to be viewed in context, & liberates your finishing systems & artists for more creative tasks.


Watch a 3-minute introduction to HIERO and email MediaV for more information on a special introductory offer!



New to MediaV, Farmers WIFE is a powerful Scheduling & Facility Management Software specifically designed for media professionals in production, post production, audio, broadcast, advertising & education.

With its unique ability to manage projects, create budgets, track resources, invoice & create financial reports, Farmers WIFE increases productivity & streamlines workflow for Post Production, Production & Broadcast companies.


Teranex's VC100 from Blackmagic Design Universal frame synchronizer and format converter yields unsurpassed flexibility & image processing quality.

When first introduced, the VC100 set a new standard for performance & integration in frame synchronizers. Continuous product development has added support for over 250 format and frame-rate conversions and 3D stereoscopic processing applications.



7 & 8 February 2012
NUKE Test-Drive - FREE Half-day hands-on NUKE training

27 to 29 February 2012
MEDIA ASYLUM: Colorist Strategies with DaVinci Resolve (3-days)

 

Join The Media Village on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with all the latest post production and visual effects news

 

If you're a DaVinci Resolve user, join the DaVinci Resolve Southeast Asian Users Group on Facebook

 



MTV ASIA (Singapore) adds an Enterprise Videohub 72 from Blackmagic Design to their facility.

Eltra Studios in Jakarta, Indonesia, purchases a Resolve Control Surface for their grading suite. 

New additions to our CUSTOMER PROFILE page:

ReelLoco (Singapore)
Fluid Post (Philippines)
Riot Inc (Philippines)
Pixelsgraden (Vietnam)

 

WELCOME 2012!

 

From all of us at The Media Village, a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! We enter 2012 with a great sense of excitement, as we bring to you some of the most popular post production and visual effects gear available today, including DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk Smoke for Mac, storage and workflow solutions from Editshare as well as Nuke and Hiero from The Foundry.

 

NEW PRODUCTS

 

The Media Vilage has recently added 2 new products to our solutions lineup:

 

ACCUSYS EXARAID HD - an extremely cost-effective storage designed for post production and media applications. It's based on PCIe, which provides 250MB/s bandwidth per channel. The ExaRAID HD has four and eight data transmission channels that is the reason why ExaRAID HD can reach 10Gb/s and 20Gb/s bandwidth. Comparing with Firewire technology’s 250~300MB/s throughput rate,ExaRAID is far faster.

 

 

SILHOUETTE is the standard in roto and paint for visual effects work. Silhouette v4 breaks new ground and greatly raises the bar in the post-production tools industry. Leading a list of major improvements and innovations is an entirely stereoscopic workflow. All capabilities of Silhouette including its award winning roto and paint as well as its keying, Power Matte, effects and compositing features are stereo enabled. 

 

WEBSITE UPDATE

 

We've updated our website and included a few new pages. Visit our new SOLUTIONS pages. We've organised these solutions into 3 main sub-categories:

 

Post Production and Digital Intermediate Solutions

 

Storage, Backup and Archive Solutions

 

Visual Effects, Computer Graphics and Image Restoration Solutions 

 

12 January 2012

Dolby PRM-4200 presentation at Mulia Hotel in Jakarta. Email for details

 

13 January 2012

DaVinci Resolve Version 8 presentation at Mulia Hotel in Jakarta. Register online.

 

 

Join The Media Village on Facebook or Twitter to stay updated with all the latest post production and visual effects news

 

If you're a DaVinci Resolve user, join the DaVinci Resolve Southeast Asian Users Group on Facebook

 

 

Reel Loco in Singapore adds a Smoke for Mac into their post production pipeline, which already includes DaVinci Resolve Mac.

 

Zoom in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, installs Smoke for Mac.

 

Xtron Productions (Singapore) incorporates Editshare's Energy shared storage into their facility.

 

Phushia Post Production (Singapore) installs DaVinci Resolve Mac.

 

Check out our new CUSTOMER PROFILE page, which gives you an idea of the kind of solutions we've integrated for our customers.

 

 

Another great NAB has past and lots of new products and releases from our solution partners:

 

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN

 

DaVinci Resolve Version 8

More than 30 new features included in this new release of DaVinci Resolve. These include a new curve-based grading tool (hue, saturation or luminance curve); realtime Noise Reduction; a new Multi-Track Timeline with editing; XML Import and Export; AAF import; ALE Export; Image Stabilisation; Native support for CinemaDNG, Red Epic 5k, Open CL Processing, allowing Resolve run on the latest Apple iMac and MacBook Pros; automatic stereoscopic 3D image alignment tools; Support for the Avid Artist control panel.

 

You can find more screenshots of the new features on our blog.

 

Version 8 is a free upgrade to existing users and expected to ship before June. Also announced was DaVinci Resolve Lite, a free download with a limited feature set, and this be available soon after DaVinci Resolve 8 ships.

 

The Media Village is also proud to announce that we have been appointed as the HongKong reseller for DaVinci Resolve.

 

More from Blackmagic Design:

 

Ultrastudio 3D: Advanced 2K and 3D capture and playback for Thunderbolt™ technology.

HyperDeck Shuttle: Portable battery powered SSD recorder with SDI and HDMI. (pictured right)

HyperDeck Studio: SSD recorder with dual slots for infinite recording duration!

DeckLink 4K: Capture and play back SD, HD, 2K and now even 4K film!

ATEM Production Switchers: The worlds most advanced and most affordable range of broadcast quality live production switchers.

 

THE FOUNDRY


NUKE and NUKEX

The Foundry demonstrated their latest release of Nuke and NukeX, Version 6.2, which is proving equally as popular do commercial and episodic work as well as being the defacto standard in compositing in studios of all sizes.

 

Also on show was a preview of NUKE 6.3 which provides new tools, reducing the need to leave NUKE for external applications. New Spline and Grip Warpers, 3D particles, a Planar Tracker, new Denoise and audio scratch track all improve fluidity and flexibility of workflow, saving artists time.

 

NUKE 6.3 introduces for the first time a new Deep Compositing pipeline, allowing artists to work with deep data from 3D renders, supporting new ways to approach visual effects and more control when integrating and finishing CG rendered elements.

 

Other products from The Foundry:

 

MARI -  state of the art in 3D texture and projection painting that's used at leading facilities including Digital Domain, Framestore, Animal Logic and Double Negative.

 

STORM – a new digital workflow tool for use on or near-set, STORM offers a consistent and reliable way to review, organise, prepare, edit, conform, grade and deliver RED Digital Cinema camera media on a laptop or workstation on or near-set.

 

EDITSHARE


Editshare Energy Series

Editshare launched their new, cost-efficient 'Energy' Shared Storage product line. Designed for small and mid-size production workgroups, the new ‘Energy’ Series provides outstanding speed and agility with over 700 MB per second, read and write performance per server or expansion chassis.

 

Other Editshare Products:

 

Editshare Flow: Production Asset Management and Ingest

Editshare Ark: Integrated Archives and Backups for Media Production

Geevs: Broadcast Video Servers for HD/SD Ingest and Playout

 

BRIGHT TECHNOLOGIES

 

BrightDrive G2

Bright Technologies Inc introduced significant improvements to their BrightDrive G2 Media File Server, adding great new Admin and Monitoring GUI interface, making it easy for System Admins and other BrightDrive users to easily monitor their server from anywhere in the world.

 

Also introduced at NAB 2011 was the BrightDrive Ascella, an all-in-one box: storage, meta-data server plus the intelligence of BrightDrive - all in one convenient and affordable box!

 

 

NEW SALES

 

The Post Bangkok installs a 4GPU, Linux-based DaVinci Resolve as their new, commercial grading room. This works in tandem with a Mac-based DaVinci Resolve which they use as an assistant station. Both systems use the DaVinci Resolve Database server to centrally store and share Resolve project information. A Blackmagic Design Ultrascope completes the grading setup. In addition, they have upgraded their BrightDrive setup with an additional 64TB dual-stream 2k workspace and a 16TB single-stream 2k workspace, both configured with BrightClip support.

 

The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in Bangkok has added a DaVinci Resolve which will be used as part of their Diploma in Digital Film Making, making it one of a handful of courses in the region to incorporate colour grading as part of their curriculum.

 

The Media Village is pleased to have played a supporting role in the setup of The Mill, overseeing the system integration work and supplying Smoke for Mac and NukeX to their facility in Singapore.

 

CG Protege Animation School, a leading quality provider of WSQ accredited training programmes recognised by the Workforce Development Agency of Singapore, has added 11 Nuke licenses to their setup.

 

fluidpost in Manila and Digital Arts Pro in Jakarta add to the ever-growing ist of DaVinci Resolve users in Southeast Asia.

 

The Moving Images Company in Singapore add Smoke for Mac to their post production pipeline.

 

UCI in Thailand have purchased a 24TB Facilis Terrablock 24D. They have 6 direct-connect FC clients (Adobe Premiere Pro) and several other graphic workstations connected via Ethernet. It has the shared filesystem option for multi-write volume access.

 

It's official. The Media Village has been appointed as an Autodesk Silver Partner for Media and Entertainment in Singapore. As part of the partnership, The Media Village is able to offer the entire range of M&E solutions to it's clients. This includes products like 3D Studio Max, Maya, Smoke for Mac; as well as the high-end Creative Finishing products such as Smoke Advanced, Flame and Flame Premium.

 

To kick off the appointement, we're pleased to host a Smoke for Mac event this Thursday, 24 March 2011, at our office. Follow the link for more information and to register.

 

NEW SALES

 

We're pleased to have Filem Nasional (FINAS) as our latest DaVinci Resolve customer in Malaysia. With a 4GPU Linux configuration, we look forward to seeing more Malaysian movies colour-graded with DaVinci Resolve. The project also included our technical team integrating a 64TB BrightDrive G2 system and a DFT Scanity.

 

Other new sales include:

 

 

- Reel Loco in Singapore sets up DaVinci Resolve Mac with Resolve Control Surface

 

- New Smoke for Mac at editlounge, who already own a DaVinci Resolve for Mac

 

- 130 Nuke X Licenses sold to Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Interactive and Digital Media. There are now close to 300 Nuke educational licenses in Singapore alone!

 

- VHQ Singapore adds Nuke X to their visual effects arsenal

 

- Singapore Civil Defence Force upgrades their Macs and Facilis Terrablock SAN Storage

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT

 

Mocha Pro


one tool, all the features - 64 bit optimized
• object removals & clean plate generation
• lens distortion correction                                    
• offset & 3D offset tracking                                   
• insert compositing  & mesh warper
• planar tracking & roto export to After Effects, Flame, Nuke & more

 

play videotechnical specsvideo tutorials

 

TRAINING

 

Our new training facility got off to a brisk start with 4 straight weeks of training that stretched from February to March. Highlights from the training courses can be found here.

 

And we're all set for our next round of post production and vfx training, with the following scheduled:

 

 

More information and on our training and online registration forms can be found here.

NAB UPDATES

 

NAB is just around the corner (11 to 14 April 2011) and, as always, a team from The Media Village will be there. If you're keen on meeting any of our partners or would like us to coordinate private demonstrations for you, please let us know.

 

As is MediaV NAB tradition, we're also hosting a Chinese dinner for all our Southeast Asian customers. Details of the dinner:

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, 12 April 2010 at 7.30pm

Location: Spicy City Restaurant, Specialising in Yunnan Cuisine

Chinatown Plaza, 4215 Spring Mountain Rd #B205, Las Vegas, NV 89102 

Chinatown Plaza Website: www.lvchinatown.com

 

Please email us to let us know if you're keen on attending the dinner. We want to make sure there's enough seats and food for all!

 

If you're unable to attend the show, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@post_vfx). We'll be updating both sites with all the latest product news and information as often as we can.

 

 

 

 


The Media Village wishes everyone the very best for the year ahead. 2011 has started very briskly for us, with lots going on.

 

NEW PRODUCTS


Introducing CUBIX Visual and GPU Computing Solutions

 

Are you looking at Nvidia CUDA-based rendering applications? Or looking for greater GPU acceleration for your Mercury Engine-powered Adobe Creative Suite 5. Or you may want more realtime processing for your DaVinci Resolve color grading suite.

 

If the answer is yes to any of the above, you'll want to learn more about CUBIX's GPU-Xpander Desktop (pictured above). GPU-Xpander Desktop is a compact, inexpensive PC appliance which provides current PC and Mac Pro workstations with two or four full-length PCI Express x16 slots, plus large power supply and exhaust fans required for operating multiple, high-performance NVIDIA® graphics cards or GPU cards. Aside from Nvidia cards, the expansion unit also supports Blackmagic Design's Decklink HD Extreme card as well as the Red Rocket card.

 

The Media Village is the ASEAN Distributor for Cubix.

 

Genarts GOLD Reseller

 

The Media Village is pleased to annouce that we have been appointed as a Genarts GOLD reseller for ASEAN.

 

GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries, and its'  tools have emerged as the standard for creating high-end visual effects at leading post-production facilities around the world. GenArts’ products have been used extensively to create an array of breathtaking effects for countless feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos. GenArts enjoys the unique distinction of having been a key component of an Oscar-nominated film for the past 13 consecutive years.

 

The GenArts Sapphire™, Monsters™, Raptors™, Tinder™ and particleIllusion™ portfolio equips digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art visual effects such as glows, light rays, lens flares, film, fire, fluid and particles to create the continually innovative looks that bring the entertainment industry’s dazzling stories and broadcasts to life. GenArts’ tools seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into all leading editing and compositing systems.

NEW TRAINING FACILITY

 

The Media Village has doubled our office space, adding a new, dedicated space for training and workshops. Renovation of the space will conclude in time for our next round of training classes in February. Facilities include a 3D Projector, 58" 3D Plasma Display and surround audio. Pictures in next month's newsletter.

 

We're also pleased to annouce a new class, "Color Management Workshop" held on 1 and 2 March 2011. Organised together with Cine-tal Systems, this two-day classes will provide participants with a working knowledge in color management for digital film  & video production, digital intermediate (DI) & video post production, visual effects (VFX), HD & film print dailies, as well as digital projection. The class is lead by Cine-tal’s Michael Chenery, a leading expert in color science for the digital cinema and video industry.

 

Professionals in the video and feature film industry responsible for quality control of color across the entire production / post-production workflow should attend, including VFX production supervisors, VFX artists, DI Post-production engineers, CGI/VFX software developers, Digital Imaging Technicians (DITs) and Colorists.

 

NEW INSTALLATIONS

 

DaVinci Resolve is fast emerging as the de facto standard in color grading, with recent Resolve Control Surface installations at Zap! Visual Effects and Riot Animation in Manila. Cinemasphere in Jakarta is another recent DaVinci Resolve install, with the Tangent Wave panel.

 

Pictured on the right is Emil Batungbacal, resident colorist at Zap! Visual Effects. Their setup includes a Blackmagic Design Ultrascope and a 42" Cinemage monitor from Cine-tal.

 

PRODUCT UPDATES

 

Nuke Version 6.2

 

Now shipping, this major release encompasses artist feedback to deliver continued refinements to core operations whilst also incorporating the latest technology to emerge from The Foundry's highly regarded in-house research team. New features include:

 

- Introduction of the eagerly anticipated timeline Dope Sheet

 

- Improvement to rendering performance, flip book playback and 2D tracker integration

 

- New image-based modelling tools, allows artist to combile a tracked 3D camera with a selection of 2D image features, automatically creating simple scene geometry

 

- Pixar RenderMan Pro server support 

 

DaVinci Resolve Version 7.1

 

Now available, Version 7.1 is a major update to DaVinci Resolve. Updates include:

 

- Support for CUBIX PCI-Express expansion chassis, bringing clustered multi-GPU processing to the Mac


- Greater control through upgraded support for Tangent Wave control surface


- Support for JL Cooper CX Eclipse control surface


- Support for new file formats, including Arri Alexa & D21 Arri RAW, Phantom Cine, High Dynamic Range EXR, Sony MPEG-4 SStP, Sony XDCAM etc


- Support for ATI 5770 graphics card for GUI display

 

- New Stereoscopic 3D color grading controls including timeline slip to sync left and right eye, auto left and right eye color matching, pitch and yaw keystone control and side-by-side and line-by-line rendering

 

- New additional project configurations including improved drop frame timecode support, 720p50 and 720p conforming, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60 monitoring as well as automatic multi project ColorTraceTM support for transferring digital dailies grades

 

- New user interface displays including clip count display on the color screen primary grading tab, session duration display on the conform screen, a new slate option to show source clip name and additional autosave options

 

- Enhances RED grading controls by including REDcolor2 and Adobe 1998 colorspace support, REDgamma2 gammaspace support, automatic camera metadata support for HFlip and VFlip, ganged adjustment of decode settings and support for saving RED metadata in stills for copy and paste.

 

NEW SALES
AUTODESK SMOKE FOR MAC OS X continues to find its way into more post production facilities in the region, with sales to Iceberg Design in Singapore as well as Giant Sponge Digital and Underground Logic in Manila.

DAVINCI RESOLVE from BLACKMAGIC DESIGN is also high on the list of Southeast Asian facilities with RESOLVE MAC, with the RESOLVE CONTROL SURFACE, being sold to Color Resolve (Bangkok) and Pyramid Post (Jakarta)

The Media Village has supplied its' first EDITSHARE solution since signing up as a reseller, to New Creation Church in Singapore. The solution integrates a 32TB XSTREAM SERIES into their existing shared storage infrastructure, and is configured to handle multiple live-recording streams in HD resolution as well as editing across multiple FCP editing suites.

We're seeing an increased interest in our stereoscopic solutions, not only in the commercial market but in education as well. Many schools are now looking at incorporating stereoscopy into their curriculum. Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film & Media Studies leads the way with their recent purchase of 16 OCULA licenses.

 

 

BRAND NEW SOFTWARE TO TRY

If you're working with RED material, you'll want to try out STORM. STORM, from THE FOUNDRY, is a brand new product developed in-house at The Foundry to assist RED Digital Cinema production workflows and is useful from the moment your media comes off the camera, right through to final delivery. The STORM Public Beta is available for free trial until 1 March 2011.

Or you may be interested in the LIGHTWORKS Open Source Project, which has just begun. Yes, this is LIGHTWORKS, the famed, award-winning professional-grade editor with over 20 years in the film and broadcast industry which is now owned by EDITSHARE.

 

 

EXPANDING OUR TECHNICAL SERVICES TEAM
We're pleased to welcome SIMON FOO & CHRISTIAN CORTEZ to our Technical Services team.

Simon joins The Media Village with a background in broadcast systems support and project management, adding a new set of expertise to the team.

Hailing from a leading post production facility in Southeast-Asia, Christian has a wealth of experience supporting post production systems, including those from Autodesk, DaVinci and Bright Systems. 

 

TRAINING
Registrations have begun for our February training classes and classes are beginning to fill. If you're keen to attend any of our upcoming February training classes, please register early to avoid disappointment:

- Tue 8 to Wed 9 Feb 2011 - Introduction to Resolve (US$995)
- Thu 10 to Fri 11 Feb 2011 - Colorist Strategies (US$995)
- Mon 14 to Fri 18 Feb 2011 - Introduction to Nuke (US$1,250)
- Mon 21 to Fri 25 Feb 2011 - Introduction to Smoke for Mac OS X (US$1,250)



POST PRODUCTION ROADSHOW
A big 'thank you' to everyone who attended our roadshow in Singapore, KL, Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila. It would not have been a success without your support. Visit our Facebook page for photos of the event!



THANK YOU & A MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The Media Village thanks everyone for their wonderful support throughout 2010 and we look forward to continue to serve you at the highest level in 2011. We also wish all our Christian friends a very Blessed Christmas!

 

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR 2011

We are pleased to announce our training schedule for 2011. Aside from courses for DaVinci Resolve, Colorist Strategies and Nuke, we are also introducing a new course for the increasingly popular online system, Autodesk Smoke for Mac. Classes are held once per quarter, with our next round of classes commencing in February:

 

- Tue 8 to Wed 9 Feb 2011 - Introduction to Resolve
- Thu 10 to Fri 11 Feb 2011 - Colorist Strategies
- Mon 14 to Fri 18 Feb 2011 - Introduction to Nuke
- Mon 21 to Fri 25 Feb 2011 - Introduction to Smoke for Mac

 

Seats are limited, so please register early to ensure a place at our next class. For online registration and a look at the course schedule for the whole of 2011, please visit our website for more details: www.mediav.com.sg/training.

 

We are working on adding more courses and workshops to the list, so be sure to check future newsletters for information

 

We also cater for onsite training at your location for larger facilities. Email pat@mediav.com.sg for more information.

 

NUKE AND DAVINCI RESOLVE DEMOS IN BANGKOK & MANILA

We wrap up our regional post-production seminar tour, "A New Era in Post Production", in Bangkok (on 22 Nov) and Manila (on 25 Nov) next week. Once again, the main highlights are  demonstrations of Nuke from The Foundry and DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic Design.

 

We also have a special lucky draw where we give away goodies from Nvidia, Monsters GT for Nuke as well as our grand prize of DaVinci Resolve for Mac.

 

If you have not already registered, please do so on our website: www.mediav.com.sg/news-events/post-seminar-2010.

 

Detailed information on the venue and timing of each seminar is there as well. This event is free of charge and open to anyone interested in post production, so please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in attending. We look foward to seeing everyone there.

 

SPECIAL PROMOS

 

A couple of fantastic, year-end promotions are on-going right now and we just have to share it with you. Please take note of the expiry date of each promo and contact our sales team for details. (sales@mediav.com.sg)

 

THE FOUNDRY

Enjoy these fabulous promos from The Foundry and enjoy up to 50% of your purchase! Details as follows:

 

NukeX + Furnace + 2 x NukeX Render Nodes + 2 x Furnace Render Nodes + 1 Year of Maintenance on NukeX & Rerend Licences: OVER 50% OFF - ONLY US$7,500

OR, Nuke + 2 x Render Nodes + 1 Year of Maintenance on Nuke & Render Licences - ONLY US$4,800

Offer Ends November 30th 2010.

 

 

CINETAL

A very special promo for the 42" Cinemage B420 monitor! More details on the monitor may be found here.

 

- Cinemage B420; Promo Price: US$14,950, Usual Price: US$18,950

 

- Cinemage B420 Digital Cinema Production Bundle; Promo Price: US$18,950, Usual Price: US$24,140

 

- Cinemage B420 DI Post Production Bundle; Promo Price: US$17,950, Usual Price: US$22,943

 

- Cinemage B420 HD Production Bundle; Promo Price: US$16,950, Usual Price: US$22,185


DAVIO Video Signal Processor +DAVIO Software Library Package; Promo Price: US$4,495, Usual Price: US$6,495

 

More information on DAVIO here.

 

Offer is valid while stocks last or until 31 December 2010.

 

A NEW ERA IN POST PRODUCTION  
DaVinci Resolve Version 7 is the product that probably best examplifies the theme of our upcoming roadshow, "A New Era in Post Production", where affordable tools with high-end features and break-through performances are changing the landscape of post production as we know it.

 

The DaVinci brand has always been associated with high-performance and high-quality but for a long time, also known for its' high price tag. When Blackmagic Design took over the development of the product last year, many anticipated dramatic changes to be made. They weren't disappointed, when, at NAB this year, it was announced that the DaVinci Resolve would be available for the Mac, starting at a price of US$995.

 

To start, users may configure DaVinci Resolve on a Mac Pro with a Tangent Wave panel.  More advanced colorists would want to work with the Resolve Control Surface, which works seamlessly with the software. For more demanding applications (2k, 4k or 3D stereoscopic) where multiple Nvidia GPUs are required, users may configure a Linux-based system.


What's important to note is that it's the same software that is delivered on both the Mac and Linux platform, with no difference in features. So the same feature set that is available to the colorists for Avatar, Hurt Locker or Quantum of Solace, is available to every Mac-based DaVinci Resolve user.

 

DaVinci Resolve Version 7 finally began shipping few weeks ago and we're happy to be demonstrating it as part of our upcoming roadshow, with experienced colorists Warren Eagles (in Singapore, KL and Jakarta) and Giles Livesey (Bangkok and Manila) driving the demos. We will also be giving away a copy of DaVinci Resolve Mac software worth US$995 in each city, in a lucky-draw at the end of each seminar.

 

Also featured at the seminar is Nuke and Nuke X from The Foundry, the world's most powerful node-based compositing software. Nuke is used extensively in all the main visual effects houses, such as ILM, Digital Domain, Weta, Double Negative and many more. Increasingly, Nuke and Nuke X are being used for commercial work as well and we'll be highlighting this aspect at our seminar.

 

If you haven't already registered for our seminar, please do so online.



OTHER NEWS 


 SMOKE FOR MAC DEMONSTRATION IN SINGAPORE - The Media Village is pleased to be appointed as an Autodesk Smoke for Mac reseller, providing turnkey system sales and support. Autodesk and ACA Pacific are organising Smoke for Mac OS X demonstrations in Singapore on 12 and 13 October 2010. If you're keen on attending, kindly email Tze Ming at tzeming@mediav.com.sg

 

 

COLLABORATIVE WORKFLOWS WITH EDITSHARE  - Editshare goes beyond storage, with solutions for managing and archiving projects and data. Learn more about how Editshare can improve your workflow at our in-house presentation on 28 October 2010. For more information, kindly email Tze Ming at tzeming@mediav.com.sg

FACILITIES ADD 3D STEREOSCOPIC CAPABILITY - Cinered ID in Jakarta and R.S. Video & Film Productions in Manila extend their visual effects capabilities by purchasing Ocula from The Foundry. OCULA is a unique collection of plug-in tools that solve common problems with stereoscopic imagery, boost productivity in post production, and ultimately help to deliver a more rewarding stereoscopic viewing experience.

 

NEW AND UPGRADED DAVINCI RESOLVE SYSTEMS

Underground Logic in Manila are the first DaVinci Resolve Mac user in Southeast Asia with the new Resolve Control Surface. "Ever since we got our BMD Resolve system, our clients have had a more pleasant experience with our color grading sessions", said Adrian Tecson, Managing Director/Director for Post-Production at UGL.

 

"Aside from several key features like pinpoint tracking accuracy and direct RED R3D import, the speed of the Resolve has been outstanding. The colorists spend more time creating and less time rendering, which is great for the overall speed of our workflow. The new Resolve panel is great as well, as it is both extremely functional, as it is sexy as the centerpiece of the suite"

 

Optima Digital in Manila have upgraded their DaVinci Resolve system to the new 4GPU Linux hardware and the RED ROCKET card, accelerating their realtime R3D capabilities and effective making their grading room the fastest in the country. A recent benchmark test indicated 10 to 20 nodes in realtime at Full-Res Premium (4k) resolution.

 

Home to some of the most experienced colorists in the highly competitive Manila post-production market, Optima Digital has also upgraded their software to the latest Version 7. They have also added a second Resolve Mac system, which is used as an assistant station to the main DaVinci Resolve suite.

 

New DaVinci Resolve Mac systems have been installed at Hang Meas in Cambodia and Zoom in Vietnam, the first in these respective countries. New setups also at Outpost and Giant Sponge Digital in Manila as well as Zealots in Bangkok and Edit Lounge in Singapore. All these systems are configured with the Tangent Wave panel.

 

If you're keen on colour grading and DaVinci Resolve, join the DaVinci Resolve Users Group on Facebook.